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.



Before & After: Living room

Dear All,

Hope you had a lovely Christmas in the company of your family and friends.

As promised, I’ve started working on Before & After posts to summarise our house transformation.

Let’s start with our living room. The next three pictures show you the extent of our makeover.

Living room before we moved inliving room before the work commencedsecretgardenghome living room after

The work included: new gas central heating installation, new sash window, stripping wallpaper, wall replacement (hardcore DIY), replastering, repainting, new wooden flooring…let me catch my breath…new open shelving (thank you George), new furniture…If you want to see more detail, click here.

secretgardenhome living room after makeover

In terms of the colour scheme we went for a mix of white, pebble beach and grey. The sofas came from Habitat and the coffee table and TV unit were made by Unto this last.

Inviting and cosy small living room

In terms of the lighting, the main light is called Kaigami, and the side copper lamps were purchased at John Lewis.

We are almost there with this room now. Just a couple of things to do: putting pictures on the walls (should be fun), getting a small rug (I’ll share my research with you soon), and perhaps a magazine rack.

What do you think? Do you like it? Is there anything we could have done better?

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!


Teal and hot pink bedroom

Hi All,

Hope your weekend is going well. Let’s hope the rain will go away soon.

I thought I’d share with you few changes we’ve made to our master bedroom.

It was one of the first rooms we redecorated when we moved in. I had a vision of a teal and sage green, elegant room with a damask wallpaper on a feature wall.

I was happy with the room at first, but during our renovation process, our design decisions were skewed towards a more modern interior, so we felt our master bedroom needed to reflect that.

As much as I love teal, the room required an extra colour, which would liven this space up.

I was drawn to hot pink, and slowly started researching home accessories in this colour.

Teal and hot pink bedroom

In my opinion, teal and hot pink are a perfect colour match, don’t you think?

Masterbedroom teal and hot pink


1. I love the colour and shape of these Habitat Fitz table lamps. They also make the room look very romantic at night. Winning!

2. My boyfriend took this picture during our fabulous holiday in Brazil.  In order to match the scheme, he kindly adjusted the colour to fit with teal and hot pink scheme.

3. I was looking for a pink/magenta throw for a long time. I knew I could count on John Lewis…and it was on sale. Winning again!

What do you think? Do you think I picked the right colour?

Enjoy your Sunday!



Inspiring places: King’s Cross station

Hello hello,

What an awful weather we are having in London. Winter is coming!

Few weeks ago I wrote about Camden and Granary Square. If you happen to visit North London, make sure you won’t skip King’s Cross station and its surrounding bars and restaurants.

I would encourage you to pop in to Drink, Shop & Do, a quirky cafe bar where you can have a cake or a cocktail, or both; as well as learn something new e.g. how to do vintage hair& make up or how to swing.

drink shop& do

If it’s not your cup of tea, head for tapas to really cool bar and restaurant Camino (thank you Ros for introducing me to ‘The life and soul and tastes of Spain’).

Camino tapas Kings Cross

Tasty and reasonably priced tapas, and industrial decor with eye-catching wall art, even in the toilets, make it an inspiring place for after work drink and snack.

Camino tapas wall art

Have you ever been to any of these places? What did you think?


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!