Home Etc #112

I had an interesting conversation the other day via Facebook. With a friend who asked what hashtags were for and — essentially — whether they were a load of old rubbish. The majority of her friends said yes — they were useless. One said that they were really useful on Twitter and it was a good way to find out sports news. I replied: ‘I use them a lot on Instagram mostly. They’re a great way of finding things — or communities — that I like. Home and interiors stuff, other twin parents, festivals.   It’s such a massive platform so hashtags are the best way of searching for the things you want to see. They’re used on Twitter too — but more for business or news related content than hobbies or interests.   Instagram hashtags are for everything under the sun… fashion, flowers, craft, baking, makeup…. I love them.’ And just going through Instagram yesterday and scrolling through all the lovely images that have been tagged with the Home Etc hashtag, I realised just how useful they actually are. I’ve found loads of lovely new blogs and IG accounts to follow, as a direct result of our hashtag. And, without… Read More

Home Etc #110

It’s so weird to be hosting Home Etc by myself. I’ve done it on the odd occasion when Jess was on holiday but now I’m all on my own! *Starts singing ‘All By Myself’ Bridget Jones stylee…* My lovely co-host Lins from Boo and Maddie  will be hosting on rotation each week: which means that — although we’re a team — we’ll be flying solo each week. The Home Etc Favourite Last week we had some gorgeous posts linking in but our very favourite came from fabulous Home Etc newcomer, Meera, who blogs at Arty Home. She shared her absolutely gorgeous bedroom makeover. We loved everything about it. From the wall colour to clever way she’s sprayed a lamp to tie in with the theme. So beautiful and definitely a relaxing retreat which would promote a restful sleep. Congratulations Meera, you’re now in the running to win this month’s voucher from our fabulous sponsor, Laura Ashley. And talking of which, this month’s winner is the lovely Kara from Innocent Charms Chats. We absolutely loved her use of the colour peach in her home. She’s most definitely a worthy winner of this month’s voucher. Well done Kara — let us know what you buy! For… Read More

Home Etc #108

Last week saw the news that my friend — and co-founder of Home Etc — Jess, will be stepping down from hosting. Next Wednesday will be her last official day. It’s sad but totally understandable. Jess has taken on such a lot of social media work over the past few months plus her blog is more fashion focussed these days too. She won’t be too far away though and will still also be linking up periodically! Home Etc will continue to be hosted by myself and the lovely Lins from Boo and Maddie, on rotation. Home Etc Favourites Last week we had some gorgeous blogs linking in. Special mention to Becky at Pinks Charming who shared a brilliant tutorial on how to create a fantastic breakfast bar using stylish hairpin legs that she’d sourced online. Such a cool idea. I love mid-century furniture and this modern take on the classic designs is genius! Second favourite came from Kara who blogs over at Innocent Charms Chats. Her post on the merits of peach interiors made me smile. As a fifteen year old with very strong ideas on interior design, my bedroom was a vision in peach and silver. It’s definitely not… Read More

Home Etc #104

Welcome to this week’s Home Etc! Such beautiful weather this week — I hope you’re enjoying this mini heatwave and not melting in the sun. I’ve been loving it but wishing I could work outside. Sadly, Apple haven’t perfected a non-reflective screen yet and all I can see in my Macbook is the garden! But hey. That’s a small price to pay for all this lovely sunshine. HOME ETC FAVOURITES Last week’s favourites, chosen by Jess and Lins, come from Philippa who is curator and editor at The Maker Place. She shared her top tips  for the best paint colours and brands to use in your home. This is a subject close to my own heart too. I’m a sucker for a heavily pigmented paint, with a chalky finish, and am never happier than when browsing through the colour charts. I absolutely love this blush grey toned pink from The Paint and Paper Library. I’ve literally just painted our bedroom walls but when I see something as glorious as this, it makes me want to get my painting gear out all over again. Another fave post from last week came from Caroline who writes the blog Diary Of a Mum of… Read More

Home Etc #102

It’s Home Etc day and normal service has resumed! Hurrah! The girls and I have been promoting our amazing giveaway that’s been running over the last couple of weeks. We’ve had over 10,000 entries but if you haven’t entered there’s still time! The competition ends tonight at midnight. Just pop over to the Home Etc birthday post and scroll down to the competition box to enter. One lucky winner will bag a fantastic £100 giftcard to spend at Laura Ashley. As we’ve not been running the link-up for the last couple of weeks, it seems a bit strange not to have any of our Home Etc ‘favourites’ to promote. So I thought I’d share a couple of pictures from Bosinver, in Cornwall, where I stayed  a couple of week’s ago. Anyway! Back to this week’s link up. HOME ETC HOUSE-RULES 1) Please include our lovely #HomeEtc badge at the bottom of your post. <div align=”center”><a href=”http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk/” title=“HomeEtc”><img src=”http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/HOME_ETC_BADGE.jpg” alt=”Home Etc” style=”border:none;” /></a></div> 2) You may link up to two posts — new or old (sometimes the old posts are forgotten about, so please dust them down and show them off; we’d love to read them!)  — but no more than two posts each week please. 3) Please be kind enough to comment on… Read More

Home Etc #100 | Win a £100 Laura Ashley Gift Card Competition

Happy birthday Home Etc!! Incredible to think that when Jess and I published our first Home Etc posts on 20th May 2015 we’d be celebrating our 100th link up 2 year’s later. When we first launched, I had no idea that it would still be going after a couple of years. We initially created the linky to fill a gap; there didn’t seem to be anywhere to share home or garden related content with other like-minded bloggers, so Home Etc was born. Two years on and we’ve been supported by two amazing sponsors; first HomeSense and now Laura Ashley. Plus we’ve recruited two lovely co-hosts — Kerry who I’m hosting with this week; and Lins who’ll be hosting next week with Jess. And best of all Home Etc has gathered together a fabulous community of influencers who join in both on the blog and/or over on Instagram using the #HomeEtc hashtag. I love our merry little band of home-makers. It’s lovely to see the changes that people make to their homes throughout the seasons; I collate the Instagram images together occasionally — from the hashtag — and it’s always interesting to see the synchronicity and flow of everyone’s pictures. HOME ETC FAVOURITES A very quick mention… Read More

Home Etc #98

One of the things I love the most about Home Etc is our little online community and the fact that — after almost 2 whole years — it really is much more than just a blog linky. I was chatting to a couple of my blogging friends about it, last weekend, and saying that the ‘linky’ part of Home Etc is most definitely secondary to the great little circle of likeminded people that it’s brought together. Since Jess and I began, our Home Etc hashtag has been used over 4.25K times on Instagram which — in social media terms — is a very little number but it makes me really proud to see people using it and it’s a lovely way of gathering together our little community. brickdustandglitter / jess_soothill  / whathannahdidnext  / theordinarylovely  / georgia_coote  / bevmurf  / booandmaddie / _bonmaison_   / lizzie_woodman As ever, when I look through the images that people are tagging it amazes me how well they coordinate. I’d be blooming proud if my IG feed looked like this!! But enough of Instagram  — back to the blogging community — welcome to this week’s Home Etc hosted by myself and lovely Kerry from Noah and The Girls. Home Etc Favourites Last week’s favourites came from Organised Jo — with her lovely new gallery wall… Read More

Home Etc #96

A warm and toasty welcome to this week’s Home Etc! We seem to have slipped back into winter again; yesterday gave us snow and hail and the temperature have dropped massively. Definitely a cause to cosy up indoors and lkeep the home fires burning. And talking of home. Back to this week’s Home Etc link-up. Home Etc is a weekly linky for bloggers who have written content that include interiors (wish lists, room tours or DIY), garden or allotment ideas, plus crafting or up-cycling.   This week it’s hosted by myself and the lovely Kerry from Noah and The Girls. HOME ETC FAVOURITES The first Home Etc favourite from last week comes from Jane who blogs at Maflingo. She took us on a tour of the new White Stuff store in her home town of Nottingham. Definitely more than just a shop; Jane’s post makes it look like THE shopping destination in Notts county. The thing I loved the most were the changing rooms. Designed to look like a little street; each changing cubicle has it’s own front door and opens up to reveal an ‘entrance hall’. Fabulous — that kind of attention to detail is second to none. Pop over and have a read of… Read More