Growing up, I was never one of those girls who longed to live in the English countryside and feel like I was part of a Jane Austen novel. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it was just never my style or aesthetic. But then I discovered Anna Potter of Swallows of Damsons and my long-hidden desire to run away to the English moors appeared. Anna’s Instagram feed is a treasure trove of beautiful photos (and flowers) from her life and work in Sheffield, England and, after getting a peek inside her romantic studio and shop, I found myself wanting to see more and more of the gorgeous spaces she inhabits. Thankfully Anna and her husband Dan, an illustrator, were kind enough to share their home with us here today.
Anna and Dan moved into their Victorian-style Sheffield home 10 years ago. Along with their two sons, George and Albert, Anna and Dan loved the location of their house. Perched at the top of a steep hill between Sheffield’s city center and the English moors, their house felt like “the perfect place to raise a family and start a business”, Anna explained. While the family likes to spend as much time outdoors exploring the countryside, they wanted to create a space indoors that had character, but enough simplicity to let the things they love, mostly inherited and antique, shine. While their space looks as if it was always this put together and lovely, Anna says they made a few design “mistakes” along the way, including a questionable 70s orange paint color, but she’s accepted that the process of creating their home never stops ad is always evolving. I’m so enchanted by the current evolution of this family’s beautiful space and am so honored to share it here today. Thank you to Anna, Dan, George and Albert for welcoming us into their home. xo, grace
Photographs by India Hobson