One of the very best things about my interior design course studies – is that it encourages you to go looking for inspiration. Not that I need any excuse – but it has also reminded me that there are many interesting places nearby that are full of history, shape and colour. Talking of which – I am doing colour theory next on the course, so can’t wait to tell you al about that very soon.
In the meantime, I visited Lavenham yesterday, which if you don’t know already, is a very quaint, historical village not too far from Sudbury. Many of the buildings are timbered and as you will probably see in some of the photos – quite wonky ( it’s not my photography, honest .. ).
The impressive Guildhall building above is around 500 years old and is now looked after by The National Trust. Inside there are stories of its past and exhibitions. It was a prison at one point. Can’t imagine that now !
There is also a very cute cafe with amazing cake and lovely staff – and a gift shop.
Although it’s not a huge place, it feels like big as the roads take you off up and down higgledy piggledy streets. It feels much like being on the Harry Potter set, which funnily enough, this door that I spotted is was used as his birthplace in the films. In fact they used some other areas too. I can’t think of a better location as it really is medieval and unspoilt.
I noticed there are a lot of homes painted in orange shades and also Suffolk pinks. I love the steps leading up to the doors. It made me wonder why they are like this ? Have they been added afterwards or was it all the rage to have steps to your home 500 years ago ?
There is a fantastic hotel called The Angel and other very tasteful award winning places to stay and eat. I can’t wait to go back and try out an evening meal sometime soon.
How cute is this window box ? The people who live in this village all seem to work very hard to keep it looking spectacular.
I felt quite spoilt just being there for the day !
On the way home, Had to stop the car to photograph this beautiful old thatched, lemon coloured house with pink blossom tree outside. Pretty, hey ?
I found a book for my Mum about the different seasons at the National Trust shop in Lavenham which is really beautiful.
They have lots of new items at the moment including this colourful throw. So I sat outside in the garden when I got home and read the book.
Hope you’ve enjoyed the pics. I’m looking forward to sharing other places I visit along the way while completing my course. If you have anywhere to recommend then please do leave me a comment under this post. Or just say hi anyway – always good to hear from you. I’m also on snapchat now as lucylovesyablog. Another way to keep in touch.
Have a good day.
I was sent a few items by The National Trust to review. All opinions are my own.