secretgardenhome about me


Hello and welcome! My name is Monika and I’m here to share some hints&tips about re-decorating your home and garden as well as to provide you with inspirations from my travels and walkabouts.


I live in Essex with my boyfriend Steve, and by joining forces with family and friends, we are transforming this 19th century Victorian terrace house into our first dream home.

By day, I’m a very respectable (wink) market researcher (No, I don’t stand in the street with a clipboard) working for a big media company in London.

By night and weekend, I’m an amateur decorator, designer, stylist and gardener; learning as I go along.

I’ve been writing this blog since July 2012 to share my experience and passion for decorating on a budget.

I do love designer furniture and textiles, but, as I don’t have a designer wallet, I try to look for high street alternatives and second-hand finds in antique and charity shops. I also strongly believe in restoring and/or upcycling existing pieces of furniture and materials (I’m originally from Poland, so this is what my mum taught me).

With time, this blog has been more about sharing inspiring places in London and around the world; everything that makes life more enjoyable. 

Hope you enjoy my blog and stay in touch.




14 thoughts on “About

  1. I love your blog Monika. Well done! It is difficult to get my attention for longer than 3 minutes but I can’t stop reading your blog! Marta

  2. Fantastic blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m
    a little lost on everything. Would you suggest starting
    with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option?
    There are so many options out there that I’m totally confused .. Any ideas? Thanks!

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