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?



How to display artwork and pictures in your home

Couple of weeks ago, we finally started to fill our walls with pictures. It’s the most satisfying part of decorating your own place. Immediately, you add a personality to your abode.

In our living room, above the sofa, we wanted some sort of gallery wall. We decided to go for the vinyl album covers. We’ve been collecting albums for a good few years. Antique shows and second hand/charity shops are perfect for finding your favourite music from the past or present.

Vinyl albums arrangement

Vinyl album covers gallery wall

Obviously, Queens of the Stone Age are up there as well haha

What I like about framing your favourite album covers is changeability; you can swap them at any time.

Library pictures and cameras above the shelves

In the library, we decided to utilise a space above the shelves to display film-related equipment and memorabilia (it’s primarily my boyfriend’s room, so it was his call).

Plus, we’ve added another old album cover in a corner.

Library album cover

Upstairs, the hallway got a makeover as well. Keeping with a film theme, we decided to create old film stars’ gallery wall. I think the black and white pictures are great. Hope you can name all of the below.

Film stars hallway gallery wall

In the office/second bedroom, it’s all about contemporary art and street art. Above the fireplace, we placed Roy Lichtenstein’s reproduction of Girl with Hair Ribbon, which goes well with our green wall.

Lichtenstein reproduction, pop art

On another wall, we decided to display Steve’s pictures of Banksy’s street art, which we found in London in 2006/07. If you want to see more, please check Stephen Pick Art.

Street art pictures taken in 20062007My top tips for displaying artwork/pictures in your house are:

  • Pick the pictures/paintings/things that mean something to you. Every time you glance at your wall creations, the good memories will pop in your head.
  • Lay them on a floor first to check whether the combination you chose is right/flows nicely. You can use one binding colour or motive if you like, but generally just follow your instinct.
  • You can change it at anytime; so don’t be afraid to experiment with colours, textures and themes.

What do you tend to put on your walls? Have you got any tips about how to do it?


Houseplants for shady rooms

Hello All,

Hope you are looking forward to this weekend. Any interesting plans?

I’d started looking for some new houseplants in January with not much luck. My shelves in the living room looked somehow empty without any greenery. I had a difficulty finding something appropriate as the room is north facing and it’s pretty shady for most of days as we keep our blinds half-closed.

Also, as much as I love having plants indoors, I can be quite forgetful and time-poor, so the low maintenance was the key criteria.

After few months of searching around, I finally came across two options, both purchased at my local garden centre: Palour Palm and Boston Fern.

house plants for shady rooms

You’d be happy to know that both plants are doing fine despite my low effort. To find more about hard to kill houseplants click here.

In the meantime, my friend Kasia gave me her old plant, which I promised to take care of. The only issue is, I have no idea what it is. Any thoughts?

a mystery house plant

At least it’s hard to kill, whatever it’s called. It’s proudly displayed in our library.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Library is coming along

Hello hello,

How has your weekend been so far?

We’ve been adding more books to our grey library.


Whilst trying to organise them based on author or theme (definitely not by colour), I kept coming across real gems like The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. Must have read it when I was fourteen.

Classic books

If you love books as much as we do, having a library is a great idea. The best place to relax with a cup of tea.

There are still few things left to complete this room, so watch this space.

Do you like reading books? Where do you tend to read them in your house?



New library is coming together

Hello All,

How was your weekend?

We’ve been super busy in the past week or so, and the weekend was full on. We had new flooring installed (hurray), and the new bookcases have been put together (thanks to S and his Dad).

This means that finally, after 2 years of living in our secretgardenhome, we can unpack, I repeat, unpack all the boxes! What a major relief!

Library in the making

Can’t wait to show you more photos when we finish.

I wish all of us a nice and relaxing week…Hmm, 3 weeks until Christmas…Don’t panic!


Five shades of grey

We want to transform one of the reception rooms into a library (we are both undeniably bookworms). Between us we probably have hundreds of books read and collected over the years, which are still unpacked as they are waiting for the shelves they can rest on.

We agreed that ‘the library room’, as we call it, is going to be S’s room, so he is going to design it. Thank God we’ve got a very similar taste.

The main colour of the room is going to be grey. But which shade to choose?!

The shortlist consists of five shades of grey.

The room’s general style is going to be a combination of a traditional Victorian Bibliotheque and a contemporary reading room.












For more images please check my Pinterest board.

Let me know what you think. Which shade of grey shall we go for?