If there is one thing I am loving about going part time (and honestly, there are SO MANY THINGS) it’s having the opportunity to get out and about and actually do things! One of those very fun things I got to do recently was meet the very lovely blogger, interior designer and man-about-town Ashley Sutcliffe who owns and operates a very cool little shop in gorgeous Colne called Live Like the Boy, about an hour’s drive north of me.
I think it’s natural that people assume that all the coolest shops and the people who actually know and love design are all in London. In fact, I think there are quite a lot of people who forget about ‘The North’ completely when it comes to interior design. Which is a shame and frustrates me because there is a lot of talent up here dammit! And I’m gonna prove it today.
Meet Ash and his amazingly sweet pup, Stanley.
I mean, when the first story someone tells you is how they had a “wardrobe malfunction” in their local Sainsbury’s and how they had to hide their “not even very trendy blue underpants” from curious onlookers whilst pushing a shopping trolley, that’s pretty much all it takes for me. Ya know when you meet someone and immediately think, ‘Yep, I’m gonna like you…’? THAT.
Ashley’s shop is filled to the brim with absolute magic. There is just so much to see, especially for a magpie like myself. Quirky, retro, vintage, industrial – he’s got it all.
There’s an amazing selection of NLXL wallpaper – faux finishes that look like tin are my favourites although I’m quite partial to the L’afrique archives wallpaper as well. Honestly, you would be hard pressed to not find something you didn’t love.
From cushions to wallpaper to vintage finds to the most curious ephemera, you will find a wealth of hidden gems inside his store.
If you get the chance to come ‘oop North’, do give Colne (a lovely town in itself) and Ashley and Stanley a visit and tell them I sent you! (You might even get tea and biscuits like I did – BOOM.)