Purple lilacs in the kitchen

Hope you are having a sunny Sunday.

I don’t know about you, but the smell of lilacs releases serotonin in my brain. I love it!

There’s a massive lilac tree in our garden, so every few days I’ve been bringing some flowers home to fill it with this wonderful smell (some folks think that the lilacs bring bad luck…I’m not superstitious about it).

Purple lilacks mixed with yellowI found an old tiny bottle and put a few purple flowers in it. I think it looks lovely in our kitchen. Purple and yellow look good together, don’t you think?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!



Inspiring places: Bright Bazaar book

Hi All,

Hope you are having a lovely Easter weekend. Today has been absolutely lovely, hasn’t it?

This time in Inspiring places, I decided to talk about the latest interior book by Will Taylor, mainly known for his extremely colourful and inspiring blog Bright Bazaar.

I’ve been following Will’s blog for almost 2 years now, so when I found out that he’s publishing a book, I was super excited and pre-ordered it immediately. I’ve been going through it for the past week and a half, and can’t get enough.

Bright Bazaar book review

The subtitle ‘Embracing colour for make-you-smile style’ is a perfect summary what you can expect from the author. For those who love colour like me (do you remember my column ‘Say it with colour’?), and for those who are still a bit shy or uncertain about using colours in interior design, this book can be used as a guide through all different hues combinations. A range of practical hints&tips and beautiful photography can convert any non-colour lover into, at least, a colour explorer.

My favourite part of the book is Colour Coctails chapter where Will references his travel and past experiences to present his signature colour palettes. He encourages his readers to create their own colour cocktails by slowly building a collage of colours that make them feel good when they are around them.

Each colour cocktail presented by Will has got a catchy name like ‘The Candy Crush’ or ‘The Strawberry Split’, and they all make sense when you find out about their origin.

I looked at my house, and had a go at identifying Will’s colour combinations.

secretgardenhome's colour cocktails

Did I get it right Will? I could always give them another name, couldn’t I? Choosing your colours is fun, and that’s what Will is trying to say to his readers.

I highly recommend the Bright Bazaar book, and I can assure you, it’s going to inspire you.

Have a good week.




Say it with colour: Fitz lamps

Hope your weekend is going well despite miserable weather (hot and cold; hot and cold).

Apologies for a slight delay, but I was getting my birthday BBQ party ready, so had no time for blogging or a thorough colour research…Hopefully you’ll forgive me:))

In the meantime, have a look what I spotted on my last visit to Homebase to buy a gazebo (it saved the party).

Fitz glass table lamp

Fitz Glass table lamps are available in three colours: cerise, white and orange. I got two in cerise for my bedroom as I think they go well with my teal wallpaper.

Which is your favourite?

Since Home Retail Group, owner of Homebase and Argos, purchase the UK rights to the Habitat brand, every time I visit my local DIY store, I feel inspired.


Say it with colour: Multicoloured interior

It’s Friday! Hurray! And we’ve got a Bank Holiday weekend ahead of us…and the weather forecast, for once, is looking promising…Good times!


In order to celebrate all of the above, I decided to dedicate this post to multicoloured interiors.

We’ve learned so far a bit about all different colours, but what is going to happen when we mix them all together?!

If we do it right, we can end up with an absolutely amazing, colourful space fulfilling us with joy and bringing people together.

multicolour collage

What do you think of the multicoloured rooms? Do you think it’s easy or not to create such a room?

From next week, I’m going to start looking at perfect colour combinations.

Have a lovely weekend.




Image source: Housetohome, Centro Architecture, John Lewis and Murals Wallpaper

Say it with colour: Colourful garden

Hello Everyone,

The weather has been treating us well this week hence I’ve been spending us much time as possible outside soaking up the sun…I know you will forgive me:))

I would encourage you to go to your garden or the nearest park and enjoy it…until it rains again!

garden colours

And whilst enjoying all the colours around you, please don’t forget to feed the birds. They need us!

Feed the birds

Have a lovely weekend, and let’s hope the weather forecast won’t come true this time!



Say it with colour: Brown

Every Friday, I’m sharing with you my learnings about colours, how they affect our psyche, and how we can create and often improve our surroundings using certain colours.

brown colourThe colour BROWN is frequently associated with nature and trees (just like green), so it can be perceived as down-to-earth colour signifying stability and support.

Brown is neutral just like grey, so it’s useful in balancing stronger colours. Its non-offensiveness is loved by estate agents who insist that sticking to a neutral palette (think beige…) will attract new buyers.

The colour brown is not the most exciting of colours; perhaps slightly on a boring side, but at the same time it’s homely, reassuring and comforting.

brown decor collage

1. Traditional rustic sitting room (brown goes well with wood and vintage finds).

2. The brown armchair and ottoman are my favourite here. This space is absolutely charming thanks to the antiques and the warm colour palette.

3. Modern rustic living space I adore. The exposed brickwall, vintage globes in one corner, and a mix of contemporary and vintage furniture make this living room special.

What do you think of brown? Is it your colour or not?

Have a lovely weekend.




Image source: Country Living and Home Adore