The Little Grey Bird was born at a desk in the financial city of London, after a chalk paint workshop at an Annie Sloan stockist. Boredom, stress and frustration at work caused an impromptu three-day holiday to Suffolk.
Over these three days it was decided that we could actually ‘up sticks, paint furniture’ and ‘live the dream’.
Two years later, a cottage with a workshop and with a Labrador now in tow, we are doing our best to keep our dream alive.
Hard work, furniture painting all hours, and grey hair, have become our lives! As well as living with the biggest spiders we have ever seen, constant dog walking, neighbour’s popping in for “drinks and nibbles at 6 dahling!”, the stress of finding yet another crack in our cottage and not getting much sleep (due to there being no police sirens at night). But we love where we live and are constantly amazed by how beautiful Suffolk is.
Our little shop opened in May 2016 at Helmingham Hall & Gardens and the response was fantastic. Our customers ranged from day trippers, holidaymakers and locals who couldnt resist the Tea rooms and gorgeous gardens.
We closed for the season in September 2017 and moved to Stonham Barns Retail Park. Here we will remain as we are now able to be open six days a week.
The support of our new shop has been amazing, our customers have followed us and we look forward to meeting and making some new friends.
With Stonham Barns now growing continuously we feel the move was the right time for us. There is a Soft Play Barn, Wildlife Sanctuary, huge Pirate Crazy Golf and a massive expansion to the holiday park areas planned for opening at Easter 2018!! Also a major event every week in the summer on the show ground next year, so pop along and come and find us in our new home!
Come and visit us at:-
Stonham Barns Leisure & Retail Village,