Welcome back in 2014

Hello All,

First of all…

Happy 2014

Apologies for an extended break on a blogging front. Life is so busy at the moment. It seems like everything and everyone is going through some sort of change…let’s just hope for the better.

I’ve got high hopes for this year, and a long list of things to do in the house. Thank God, not a heavy duty DIY, but mainly styling and re-organising. Surely, I’ll keep you posted.

I went for a walk in our local park, and saw this lonely tree, which made me realise that without any creative pursuit, I’m like this tree.  It’s time to change it. Winter is almost over, isn’t it!


Have a lovely 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: H&M Home

I got super excited last week seeing a new H&M Home store on the Kensington High Street. It’s worth a visit if you are looking for an interior inspiration. 

HM Home store

I’ve got my eye on their kitchen and bathroom accessories, as well as a range of blankets.

Also, if you are looking to refresh your kids’ room, they’ve got heaps of colourful and cuddly toys, cushions and so on.

Have you bought anything from H&M Home before?


Sweetcorn yellow and dove grey kitchen

Hello Dear All,

Hope your week is going well.

Apologies for being silent on a blogging front, but you know we’ve been very busy for the past few weeks.

All of you who follow me on Instagram must have seen some of the pictures taken along the way of creating our dream kitchen, but for all of you who missed previous posts, please see below.

Yellow and dove grey kitchen1

We are very pleased with the end result. A mix of sweetcorn yellow (the same paint we use in our utility roomand dove grey makes this kitchen fresh and welcoming. The flowery wallpaper is, suprise suprise, from Homebase, and the yellow pendant came from Habitat. I even manged to sources a kettle in the same yellow shade as the chimney breast:))

I love this kitchen a lot!!! Buying accessories for this colourful place should be fun. We’ve started with the cactus trio.

cactus trio


The cooking already is a pleasure. After eating takeaways and sandwiches for few months, I absolutely adore cooking home-made meals.

What do you think? Where do you buy your kitchen accessories? Where can I buy a funky yellow blind?

Have a good week.



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?