Time for purple lilacs

Good morning,

If you’ve got a good sense of smell, I’m sure you’ve noticed that the lilacs are back.

Lilacs tree in secretgardenhome; garden

I wanted to bring their beautiful scent inside, so I could enjoy them even more whilst having my breakfast.
Lilacs, lilacs display, bez, purple lilac, flowers, home flowers, secretgardenhome

No regrets there! And below a bit of fun on PicMonkey!

Time for lilacs, lilacs in the house, bez, purple lilac, flowers, spring, secretgardenhome

Have a nice week!



Chesterfield armchair in our library

What a beautiful day we are having today. Finally a sunny spell!

I thought I’d pop in on a blog to share with you our great Ebay find, a beautiful leather Chesterfield.

We’ve been looking for a perfect reading chair for ages, but didn’t want to pay a fortune. Couple of weeks ago, we found this stunner in blue leather, five minutes before the auction was closing…and we won!

Library, reading chair, Chesterfield, chesterfield in blueWe picked the chair yesterday from Kensal Rise; a bit of a drive, but it was still a massive bargain.

We temporary positioned the chair next to the bookshelves, but might experiment later.

The rug (bought on sale) is from Habitat.

What do you think? Do you feel our current room set up would encourage you to read more?


Norm 69: a classic and timeless pendant is up

Hi All,

Hope 2015 is treating you well so far.

It’s a really busy month for me, but I promised myself to finish a couple of jobs around the house in January.

One of them was to, finally, treat my library (read: treat myself) to the new ceiling light.

It didn’t take me long to convince S that our best choice is Norm 69 from Normann Copenhagen.

Norm 69 Normann Copenhagen assemble

I had my eye on this classic design pendant for ages. Originally, it was designed by Simon Karkov back in 1969, but it was kept hidden until 2001 when the start-up company Normann Copenhagen decided to release it. The rest is history.

The timeless Danish lamp inspired by flowers and cones, consists of sixty nine elements, which need to be put together by a buyer.

It took a couple of hours, but the effect is amazing, don’t you think?

Norm 69 lamp, Classic Danish design; design icon

What do you think of Danish design?



Christmas countdown

Hello All,

Hope you are enjoying this frosty but beautifully sunny day in England.

Those who follow me on Instagram might have seen the photos of my stunning Christmas cactus, which was a gift from S’s mum (Thank you).

Christmas cactus

It is prominently displayed on our kitchen windowsill. When it’s started blooming, I just can’t stop admiring it.

Christmas countdown has started. I might put my Xmas decorations up tomorrow.

Merry Christmas


Are you looking forward to Christmas? What are your plans?


Adding texture and colour with a rug

Hi All,

Hope your mood is better than the weather. It’s pouring down all day in England. Grim!

On days like these, one just wants to cuddle up on a sofa and read. Whilst I was doing so, I remembered that I never wrote to you about our new rugs.

I think the whole room can be transformed with the right rug. I love having wooden floorboards; they look great, but sometimes they might feel a bit cold under feet.

A rug can help with that. It can also add much needed texture to a fairly neutral room and/or a pop of colour.

Adding texture with a rug; textured wool rug; Next rug

For our living room, we found a multi-tonal tuft rug from Next, which helps the room look cosy and welcoming.

Adding colour with a rug; Habitat rug; green rugFor the office room, I wanted something funky and full of colour. I think the green rug from Habitat looks perfect there.

What do you think?

Happy Sunday!



Urban Jungle Bloggers: My plant shelfie

For those of you who don’t know it, Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series created by Igor and Judith who wanted to share their passion for green urban spaces with the fellow bloggers.

This month’s topic is about your plant shelfie, not to be confused with a selfie.

I’ve decided to showcase my favourite shelf in the kitchen with a view on our secret garden.

My plant shelfie, Urban Jungle bloggers

My plant shelfie is featuring the money tree, my happy fern (It came back to life since I moved it from the living room), and three cute succulents.

Feel free to join the fun with Urban Jungle Bloggers. I’d love to see what you come up with.