Upcycled brick door stop

Hello All,

Hope you had as amazing weekend as I did! Don’t check the weather forecast just yet!

I’m popping in to show you S’s latest creation.

We’ve been building lots of things in our garden using reclaimed bricks, so the idea to use one of them as a door stop, must have struck him then.

Upcycled brick door stop

He painted one half using our leftover paint in Dove grey, and kept the other half to show the old pattern. Easy peasy!

In my opinion, it’s pretty good upcycling effort. What do you think?



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?


Inspiring places: Home for Now

I’m so glad that April saw the launch of two interior books I was looking forward to.

Last week I reviewed the Bright Bazaar book, and this week I’m going to share my thoughts about Home for Now by Joanna Thornhill.

I’ve been following Joanna’s blog for over a year now, so I was very keen to get hold of her first book as I love her writing style and share the same experience of redecorating our first homes. Her passion for interior design is evident, and I find her tone of voice very personal and amusing.

Home for now review from secretgardenhome

Joanna wanted to inspire the whole generation of renters to transform, often dull and restricted dwellings, into beautifully designed homes, on a budget.

The author encourages both renters and budget conscious first time-buyers to use their imagination and flair to experiment with interiors and learn how to bypass the limitations, especially with regards to the rented accommodation.

She takes the readers through living rooms, kitchens and dining areas, bedrooms, bathrooms, home offices (I’m currently working on my study, so it’s a very useful chapter) and outdoor areas showing numerous examples of clever interior solutions and hints & tips.

My favourite, however, are how to sections where Joanna is motivating us to take up craft and upcycling by simplifying each step and making it less daunting.

The book is beautifully written and laid-out with the images being inspiring and bringing all the key points to life. I love the font used throughout as well.

I just wish I had this book when I was renting in London.

If you want to get your own copy, please click here.

Let me know what you think when you read it?





Spring garden project

Dear All,

Apologies for a lack of contact for the past few weeks. I’ve been feeling a bit low, and went into hiding. But the sun is out now, and my optimism is slowly coming back.

Gardening is one of the most therapeutic hobbies known to humankind. I don’t know about you, but every time I spend time sorting things in my garden, I feel joy of being outside and my vitality increases. Viva la nature!

You know I’m a big fan of upcycling, so wanted to share with you my idea for new-old flower planters. Our old cupboard was falling into pieces, but I convinced S that we should keep the drawers, as their condition wasn’t bad. I’m so happy we did. I used them as planters in our courtyard.

secretgardenhome upcycling garden project

Also, I used one of the drawers to grow lettuce. The sign was a gift from my friend Krzysia who lives in Seattle.

grow your own and upcycle

We love cooking, especially S, so we know how handy is to grow your own fresh herbs. Hmm, tasty!
Grow your own fresh herbs

Let’s just hope the temperature is not going to go down below zero.

How is your garden/green space looking? Are you into growing your own? What do you think of upcycling? I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

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?