Stag head hooks

Hello hello,

Those who follow secretgardenhome Instagram might have noticed that our hallway has benefited from two new hooks.

Stag head hooksI got these two stag head hooks at Homesense a while ago, so was happy to find home for them. They look happy in our hallway, don’t you think?

Have a lovely weekend.



Inspiring places: Battlesbridge Antiques and Craft Centre

Every week I write about a new inspiring place/website from an interior perspective.

This week I would encourage you to visit Battlesbridge Antiques and Craft Centre.
Battlesbridge-antiques and craft

I tend to go there every 2 months is search for unusual home accessories. The centre is spread across many buildings and spaces, and it forms a good size antiques’ village.


old bottles-antiques

You won’t leave disappointed. You can even pick up interesting garden ornaments there.


The centre is open 7 days a week, and has got few lovely cafes, so make a day of it.

Have you ever been there? Do you visit antiques centres in your area?


Bargain of century: round wooden kitchen table

Hello Everyone,

Hope you are enjoying today’s weather after yesterday’s downpour.

I forgot to share with your our ebay find.

Our kitchen is almost complete, but was missing a table. I envisaged having a round wooden extendable table to accommodate our friends and family.

We managed to secure a beautiful table on ebay for less than… Ready! For less than £30!!! And who says you can’t find real bargain if you really looking for it.

wooden kitchen table from ebay

I’m planning to paint the table’s legs and the chairs in one of Annie Sloan’s chalk paint colours. I’m currently considering Old white, Paris Grey and Paloma.

Have you upcycled furniture before? Have you used Annie Sloan’s chalk paint? Any advice you’d like to share?

Enjoy Bank holiday Monday!





Kitchen update

Hi All,

Hope you had a great weekend soaking up the sun.

A quick note from me to show you how the kitchen transformation is progressing.

We managed to secure an excellent carpenter who was working very hard to make our dream kitchen come true (if you live in Essex, and looking for a carpenter, get in touch).

kitchen fitting day by day

We still need to paint the room and sort out the electrics, but we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel…

I’m going to start looking for a wooden extending round table, which I could restore.

What do you think of our new kitchen? Any advice about the wooden table?


Inspiring places: Unto this last

Every week I write about a new inspiring place, website, shop, gallery etc. . This time is about craftsmanship.

I came across this furniture workshop years ago when taking a walk from Brick Lane to the Columbia Road flower market. Unto This Last takes pride in ‘offering the convenience of the local craftsman’s workshop at mass-production prices’ (read: good quality at affordable prices).

Unto This Last is the title of a book written in 1860 by John Ruskin who advocated a return to the local craftsman workshops, having a few doubts about the human cost of the Industrial Revolution.

Please have a look at my favourite pieces of furniture created there.

unto this last

Unfortunately, they are only based in London, but if we support them, they hopefully will grow and duplicate their lovely workshop in other locations.

Let me know what you think.




Image source: Untothislast

Inspiring places: Butterfly Home at Debenhams

Last Sunday I went to my local Debenhams, and was impressed by a beautiful collection of home accessories designed by Matthew Williamson.

Debenhams collage

Butterfly Home is full of inspirations, and affordable (they’ve got a sale on).

Let me know what you think.

I’m going to be away for a week, so shall see you around Friday next week.




Images of accessories were taken from Debenhams’ website.


Kaigami not origami

In a moment of insanity, we purchased a design lampshade. The design has been created by Guillaume Lyons educated at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Since his graduation, Guillaume has been working on a new style of design he called Kaigami, which can be described as the art of bending flat flexible sheet material to create three-dimensional functional items, in this case beautiful pendant shades.

We fell in love with the shade below. It’s exactly what we were looking for our newly decorated front room.


However, for some bizarre reason, I didn’t realise it’s going to come in a flat pack, so all the fun with putting it together belongs to us. Time for some origami…I mean kaigami. Watch this space!