My dream home office

I’ve spoken on many occasions about my current work set up.

The fact that I run a design business from home but my office gave way to the boys’ nursery, shortly before they were born, and I’m now working in a slightly nomadic set up.

I have a corner of the dining room for one of my iMacs — the other has sadly been relegated to it’s box — the (enormous) printer sits in another corner and boxes (and boxes) of work stuff — cardstock, materials, tools etc — have been shipped out to various locations. My husband’s work being one.

I think it would be fair to say that it’s not ideal.

I shared my plans for a garden office back in May. Sad to say, things haven’t moved on at all since then.

dream home office
Still dreaming of a lovely set up like this from Fabric Paper Glue

The reality is very much still in the pipeline, although my boy and I have both agreed that, if we don’t make a start soon — and at least lay a concrete base for my dream home office— then the opportunity will have been missed for this year.

So imagine my excitement then when I saw this *claps hands and squeals*!

We are inviting you to get creative and create a board dedicated to your perfect garden room – we’re talking colour schemes, decorations, furniture ideas and anything that you would put in it.

Get as creative and pin-happy as you like, and you could be in with the chance of winning a brand new Waltons Helios Summerhouse PLUS £250 vouchers to bring your ideas to life.

Waltons — the garden building specialists — are running this fab competition to win a brand new ‘Helios Summerhouse’ PLUS £250 of John Lewis vouchers to kit it out and make your dream home office a reality.

A dream prize indeed!

And if you don’t work from home there are so many other ways you can use a garden building like the one up for grabs; games room, a yoga studio, hobby room, playroom for the kids… the uses are endless.

How to enter

  1. Follow Waltons on Pinterest (
  2. Create a board called “My dream garden ___” – fill in the blank with what type of room it will be e.g. My dream garden craft room.
  3. Pin your favourite garden building from the Waltons site.
  4. Get pinning!

Terms and Conditions

  • This competition is for UK Residents only.
  • You must be over 21 years old to enter this competition.
  • This is a one off competition to win a Helios Summerhouse
  • There is no alternative prize or cash alternative.
  • In order to be entered for the prize you must follow the entry instructions: Follow Waltons Garden Buildings on Pinterest, create a Pinterest board called “my dream garden” and fill in the blank of what type of room it will be. You then have to pin an image of a building from the Waltons website. Once you have created your board, submit the entry using the form. Users can only enter this competition once.
  • There is no cost to entering this competition and it is not endorsed by Pinterest.
  • The winner will be announced on the 8th September 2015 and will be announced via email and on Facebook.
  • The winner has 48 hours to reply. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours the prize will be transferred to another winner.

PHEW! What an awesome prize!

Needless to say, I’ve been pinning like a mad thing and have put together a little Pinterest board of inspiration for my dream garden office/design studio.

Follow The Twinkle Diaries’s board My Dream Garden Design Studio on Pinterest.

The main prize is spectacular enough but with the added bonus of the John Lewis vouchers, you can really go to town on how you’d kit out your perfect space.

Looking at all the lovely images on Pinterest has made me really excited about my dream becoming a reality. Particularly, the thought that finally I may have somewhere to house my 17 years worth of Living Etc magazines once again*.

Pop over and have a look — working from home has never looked so good!

* yes — you read that right — 17 years worth! ;)

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This post was written in collaboration with Waltons but all thoughts and words, as ever, are my own.

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About Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

111 thoughts on “My dream home office

  1. Good luck! I hope you win. Thanks for being so patient with me this week. Between the new job and the theme week, #TwinklyTuesday reading got pushed to the last minute!

        1. Aaah me too lovely! One things for sure, no-one could have wanted needed it more than me!! OR given it more media coverage!! When I finally DO get my dream garden office, I’ll be blogging about it for weeks!! LOL!! ;) xx

  2. This is such an amazing comp! Thanks for letting me know about it… what to design…… I love your home office but I’m thinking maybe a gym….. #twinklytuesday

  3. What a fab comp and prize! Your Pinterest board looks gorge, I have a similar one set up (we should probably check each others out!) as we have just set up our home office after moving into our dream home (I spent about 3 years dreaming about having a home office). After often working from home from the delights of a very uncomfortable sofa at our old flat, I completly sympathise with you – good luck, I hope you win it, you deserve that garden summerhouse!

  4. I really want a pin board for our office, I love them. I’m off to have a good nosey through your Pinterest ;) Also a 17 years collection is very impressive!!
    Thanks so much for hosting #TwinklyTuesday
    Becky xx

    1. Aww thanks lovely girl :) I cannot WAIT for an actual garden room to do a makeover on!! Fingers crossed I do win — it would save me a small fortune!! :) And, likewise, thanks for being my awesome co-host too — I love working with you xx

  5. 17 years of Living Etc?! I thought Mrs B was bad at hoarding mags but I take it all back!
    This comp looks amazing – I’d enter but we already have our own garden office as we are very lucky to have a talented and generous grandad who builds amazing things!
    Hope you win :)

    1. Aaah thanks so much Adrian :) My poor, long suffering husband!!! LOL! I’m pretty ruthless with most things but I can’t be parted from my Living Etcs!!
      PS — if I don’t win, please may I borrow your grandad? ;)

  6. Wow what a great competition! I love the sound of this… my study is a mess and I really need to get it sorted, this just might be the motivation I need!!

  7. Sounds fab! We have no space for a summerhouse in the garden, so won’t enter, but good luck to you! Love the office design pic too! :) x

  8. Oh my gosh, good luck! I love your board it’s so pretty. I really hope you win. We’d love to get a waltons summer house for Evie next summer. They are SOOOOOOO pretty. I think you definitely deserve to win this. :-D I have an office in our house and I am so grateful for it everyday. I’d be lost without it. An office in the garden would be amazing for you. Your own space, peace and quiet and a place to work. x

    1. Thanks so much Chloe! It would be nothing short of amazing to win such a fab prize! I dearly miss my office at home — although I wouldn’t swap my babies for the world!!! If I had to give up my space for anyone, I’m delighted t was them :)

  9. Oooh keeping everything crossed for you. Your pinterest board looks fab!

    Stopping by from your #twinklytuesdays linky. Thanks for hosting :-)

  10. What a fabulous competition & giveaway – your board looks fantastic! Good luck, I hope you win! Thank you for hosting #TwinklyTuesday x

  11. Ooh – I have my fingers crossed for you! When we eventually get back to our forever home we’re going to have a garden room so I’m loving seeing all of your ideas. I have a lot of home and interiors magazines in storage – hubby thinks I’m mad. Probably not quite 17 years worth mind you! Eeek – that’s dedication!

  12. What a fantastic prize! I love the idea of a garden office – so dreamy! I’ve started following your Pinterest board and will hopefully create one of my own and join in the competition later x

  13. OK, this is amazing and thank you so much for sharing this with the rest of us!! I’ve been pinning all morning – this would be so amazing to win. I haven’t been able to do much work yet with my fledgling business (who knew an 8 month old would take up so much of one’s time…) but this would be perfect in getting a kick start to my own space! #TwinklyTuesday

  14. Good luck with the competition. I would love to have a little craft room all to myself, but alas I dont have a gardwn. #TwinklyTuesday

  15. I have a dream to have my own little studio/hut in the garden! It would be lovely and a work place away from home but close enough for me when I have such rubbish health. Thanks for your inspirational ideas!

    Angela xxx

  16. what a fab competition! I am having a garden office built soon in the next couple of months! we have a good space for this now! cant wait to enter this! xx

  17. Your dream office space looks gorgeous! I was going to put an office in the garden too, but after a heart to heart with myself I decided not to go ahead with it as I didn’t feel I would get the benefit out of it for a few years yet. I am slightly gutted though as my kitchen table and a tiny bit of cupboard space is quickly becoming a little small. Especially with the ideas I have moving forwards! Good Luck with the competition lovely xx

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