Home Etc #120

Aaaah happy Home Etc day! We’ve seen some lovely new bloggers linking in over the last few weeks. My cohost Lins has been on a real mission to bring fresh blood into our little community. And, as a result, we’ve been treated to some fab posts; both linking in here, and over on Instagram. I remember someone once saying that Home Etc was a bit like an online interiors mag and it’s so true. It’s lovely to go through and have a browse. The things that people are doing to their homes are just fabulous. Take last week’s favourite post for example. Favourite Home Etc Blog It’s from Jenny who edits the blog Seasons In Colour. She won a coveted Amara Interior Blog Award last year, for best colour inspiration, and it’s easy to see why. Her blog is a veritable treasure trove of colour and full of tips and tricks to create a lovely home. She shared an IKEA hack — always a favourite for me. I once turned a shoe-rack into a bathroom storage bench and gave a tired old IKEA chest of drawers a little bit of a face lift too. Jenny took a couple of humble… Read More

Home Etc #118

Things are starting to calm a little now the boys are doing full days at school. I’m ploughing through my enormous to do list and beginning to feel as though I’m getting on top of things. It’s a good feeling. And I’ve been so distracted, that the fact the leaves have been turning — and the nights are drawing in — have *almost* gone unnoticed. Not quite but almost. Co-hosting Home Etc on a bi-weekly basis has definitely taken the pressure off too. To be honest, I’m wondering how on earth Jess I managed to host every week for so long! Sharing the duties with Lins is lovely, I love seeing who she’s picked for her favourite post too. Talking of which. Favourite Home Etc Blog Last week’s favourite blog post came from Pati at Style Squeeze. Now, Lins and I are both suckers for a great tutorial and this ticked all the boxes! Pati shared her brilliant DIY wooden tribal wall art/drinks tray. It’s SO fabulous — and the cleverest thing I’ve seen in a while. Totally loving the Aztec pattern she created. I’m thinking I’d like to have a go myself but create a tabletop for a side-table… Read More

Home Etc #116

I can’t believe I’ve only managed to write one post since the last Home Etc two week’s ago!! *face palm* I’m so behind, it’s ridiculous. I was struggling with all the plate spinning even then, but I feel as though it’s got even worse over the last week. Throughout the chaos, I’ve still managed to spend a little bit of time over on Instagram though and — even though I’ve not posted too much myself — I’ve really been enjoying seeing what everyone else is up to, via the Home Etc hashtag. Here’s a little selection. coffeeworksleep  / booandmaddie / harrybeau_and_i / mostlychloe  / babiesandbeautyx  / redpopcreative  / three_sons_later / lifewithmuncher  / brickdustandglitter Favourite Home Etc Blog Last weeks favourite blog post came from Home Etc newbie, Leoma, who writes over Style The Clutter. She showed off THE most amazing downstairs loo transformation. It’s absolutely stunning — particularly when you see how it looked before. Pop over to her blog  to see more pictures. Well done Leoma and welcome to our little Home Etc community! Your name is in the hat to win this month’s voucher from our fabulous sponsor  Laura Ashley. For anyone wishing to share blog posts in this week’s linky, have a little read of our house rules. HOME ETC HOUSE-RULES 1) Please… Read More

Home Etc #114

Morning everyone! Life feels very odd to be honest; almost as though someone has moved the floor from underneath my feet. I found out last week that last Thursday was the boys’ last ever day at nursery — *sobs* — so this week has been a little bit upside down. Plus we’ve done two weekends of festivals, back to back, and now I’m slightly behind the curve. As I type this, I’m at my parent’s house; the twins are in bed and I’ve half an eye on Holby City and the other half on a glass of gin. My two little boys are starting school next week and things seem to be moving at a million miles an hour. I’m so thankful for Home Etc! At least some things remain constant!! Last week’s favourite post came from Medina who blogs at Grillo Designs. She shared one of her fabulous IKEA hacks; a gorgeous industrial style side table, crafted from a humble stool. Pop over and have a read if you missed it. She got so many lovely ideas! Well done Medina — your name is in the hat to win this month’s voucher from our fabulous sponsor  Laura Ashley. For anyone wishing to share blog posts… Read More

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