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

Stairway to heaven {how to create a gallery wall up a staircase}

Since we decorated just before Christmas last year, the majority of the walls in our home have remained bare; and most of our framed pictures have been stacked up on the floor, waiting to be rehung. We used to have a ‘stairway photo gallery’ going up the staircase. Dozens of black framed, black and white photographs — in various shapes and sizes — containing the smiling faces of our friends and loved-ones; plus memorable places we’ve visited (or lived in) over the years. But after taking them all down I decided that I was ready for a change. We visited a really cool hotel last year and they had a gallery wall up a staircase. It was really impactful. Instead of a large collection of small pictures, the pieces they’d used were really large. So I decided to do the same up our stairs. I searched on Google for how to arrange pictures on staircase walls — and also on Pinterest for inspiration — but most of the gallery walls on there had a theme; either by colour or frame style. There always seemed to be a common thread tying all of the pieces together, plus there were lots of tips on creating a gallery wall but, more often than not, they were very contrived and the pictures… 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

Home Etc #94

Welcome to this week’s Home Etc! We’re on the countdown to the long Easter weekend and I’ve already started feeding my face with mini-eggs. Easter — along with Christmas — is one of the few times of the year when it’s perfectly acceptable to eat chocolate for breakfast. It is isn’t it? Not just me? Anyway. Back to this week’s link-up. For those not in the know, Home Etc is a weekly blog-hop 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 come from Steph who blogs over at Life at 139a, with a gorgeous allotment update. And the second comes from Fionnuala at Three Sons Later, with the second part of her kidney table upcycle. I’m always amazed at the things Fionnu manages to find in skips and flea markets. This little table is a gem and she’s really given it a fantastic lease of life. Do pop over and have a read of both of their posts if you missed them… Read More