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

Home Etc #92

Morning home lovers!!! I’m back at the Home Etc helm after what feels like YEARS away. A week’s skiing — and a week off with a knackered knee — has an amazing way of making you totally lose track of time!! The last time I hosted Jess and I had just announced that we were expanding our team and we’d be hosting with two of our favourite Home Etc regulars; Lins from Boo and Maddie and Kerry from Noah and the Girls. So this week I’m hosting with the lovely Kerry! HOME ETC FAVOURITES Faves from last week came from Sarah — who writes over at ‘Extraordinary Chaos’ — with the most gorgeous post; Gold is the New Black. We also loved Fionnuala’s — from Three Sons Later — post. She wrote about the faded glory of, Georgian gem, Lionsden House; just outside the village of Longwood in County Meath, Ireland. Such a grand old beauty —my dream kind of house to be honest. But for all the house’s amazing internal features, I especially loved this external yellow door!! Congratulations Sarah and Fionnu — you’re both now in the running to win this month’s voucher from our fabulous sponsor, Laura Ashley. HOME ETC HOUSE-RULES 1) Please include our lovely #HomeEtc badge at the bottom of… Read More

Home Etc #89 — and some news!

This week has felt very springlike indeed. And with spring comes newness and change. Talking of which, Jess and I have some really exciting news to share this week! Our little Home Etc team is growing! After almost two years of hosting this little linky each week, by ourselves, we’ve decided that the time has come for us to expand a little. So we’re delighted to announce that a couple of our fave Home Etc regulars — Lins from Boo and Maddie and Kerry from Noah and the Girls — will be taking turns, with us, to host each week. Exciting! Next week Kerry and Lins will be taking over the helm and you’ll find the Home Etc link up over on their blogs. Jess and I will be hosting the following week and we’ll alternate each week thereafter! We’re hoping it won’t cause too much confusion and will just mean that we’ll have a broader reach and will grow our lovely community even further! But back to this week. Home Etc Favourites Faves from last week came from Nancy — who writes over at ‘Hello Nancy’ — with the most gorgeous peek into her trip away to south Wales. And Karen who writes over at the… Read More

Home Etc #88

Happy, happy 1st March! And welcome to this week’s Home Etc! I’ll make no apologies for being a little bit giddy today; for me the 1st March signifies that spring is very nearly here and the dark, winter days are nearly over. Plus my little Welsh man is always very happy as it’s St David’s day. Hapus Dydd Dewi! Back to this week’s Home Etc. For those not in the know, Home Etc is a weekly link up for bloggers who have written posts that include interiors (wish lists, room tours or DIY), garden or allotment ideas, plus crafting or up-cycling, hosted by myself and my good friend Jess! Home Etc Favourites Last week’s favourites came from Lins at Boo And Maddie with the most stunning door wreath I think I’ve ever seen. It’s from the Big Door Wreath Company and is a work of art!! SO gorgeous and the perfect thing to welcome in the spring! Another favourite came from Suzanne over at Inside, Outside and Beyond. She showed us her cosy and stylish snug. Such a beautiful room. A far cry from my own snug, where the floor is often covered in a sea of Lego! Very well done ladies! Your names… Read More