Welcome to my blog. My name is Nicola and I am an architect with a background in visual merchandising. Launched in August 2016 this blog focuses on eclectic home accessories and aims to  provide home interior and style inspiration. I am also passionate about promoting small independent businesses. To contact me please drop a line to hello@heyshed.co.uk 


Local florists you need to follow

Local florists you need to follow

There is a new wave of floral artists spreading across Northern Ireland making beautiful floral creations. First let me start by saying there are so many amazingly talented floral artists in NI who specialise in weddings- Flowers By Mee, Victoriana Floral ,Flora and Wood, The Rosehip and Berry, The Flower Rooms Belfast, to name a few but for this post I want to focus on flowers for the home. To me nothing can brighten up a room like a fresh bunch of flowers so here are my top 4 picks to follow on social media:

Best Buds Belfast

Probably the best name I've ever heard for a florists based here! Owner and chief posy creator Caitlin puts together daily seasonal posies which can be ordered and delivered locally (BT1-BT18) with a card that afternoon.  I love seeing the daily updates of what is on offer and recently she has expanded to offer a mini posy on a Wednesday and double posies which are stunning. She uses everything from ornate cabbages, roses, protea to eucalyptus and pampus grass! These would look beautiful in anybody's home, they sell out super fast but can be pre-ordered for the day you choose so you don't miss out!

Follow her on Instagram at bestbudsbelfast and facebook: @bestbudsbelfast

Photos courtesy of Best Buds Belfast

Petal Studio

Abigail runs Petal, a floral styling and botanical illustration studio in the heart of Belfast. Her passion for using local flowers (many from her own garden) shines through in her photos and I love the less formal appearance her creations have. Her botanical illustrations are also stunning. Look out for an upcoming class which is a collaboration with The Bearded Candle Makers and lets us folk into the secrets of creating a floral arrangement and our very own candle. The summer class sold out! 

Abigail also runs floral crown parties for an alternative hen party idea!

Follow her on Facebook at PETAL Studio and on Instagram at: petal_studio

Photos courtesy of Petal Studio

The Wildflower

The Wildfower is based in Portadown and is a new venture run by Lindsey, she's still holding down a fulltime job as well as making these beauties! She recently collaborated with Betty's Lounge at their vintage furniture pop up event and had bouquets of flowers including monsterleaf available to buy. Her business stemmed from her love of flowers and her desire to buy different and more unique flowers to decorate her house after noticing a lack of variety available near her. Her dream is to open a shop selling her creations. Love the wild look of her arrangements, I think she's one to watch out for!

Find her on Facebook: The Wildflower  and on Instagram: we_are_the _wildflower

Photos courtesy of The Wildflower

Origin Flowers

Origin flowers, based on the North Coast of NI, came about from a group of like minded people growing vegetables and raising chickens,   to attract bees and insects they planted flowers (you can check out the groups page at The Garden Yard) and from there Origin Flowers was born in 2015 selling posies online  and in local speciality markets.. All the flowers sold are home-grown and therefore a little wild and unruly which to me make them that little bit magical.  No pesticides are used and as they are all seasonal they cant sell posies all year round. Vicky who owns Origin has big plans for the future focussing on keeping it all sustainable, planting more flowers to keep up with demand and turning an old shed into a coffee hut where everything will be sourced locally. I'm a big fan of locally produced products and sustainability so good luck to her! 

Check her out on Facebook: Origin Flowers and on Instagram: originflowersni

Photos courtesy of Origins Flowers



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