Home is a private retreat to treasure

Home is a private retreat to treasure

Did your home used to be somewhere to rush back to for some hurried, but much needed, sleep and a quick snack? Did your fridge exist purely to keep soft drinks chilled? Did you only have to vacuum your place twice a month as you were always either at work or running around after the kids?


Lynette Peck
Is your home now a private retreat that you treasure, nurture and spend time and money on? Do you relish being in your personal abode and take pleasure from simple tasks such as dressing the table for lunch with friends to choosing new wallpaper for the spare room?

Perhaps, after years of messy kids’ teatimes, you’ve finally decided to throw away that indestructible plastic tableware and confidently paint the walls a cool, clean white? Or maybe, with the arrival of grandchildren, you’ve actually been back into the attic to retrieve the cutlery sets especially suited to smaller hands?

Did you used to have a small patio area, for a garden, just to have impromptu drinks parties on? Did you only tidy up the garden if visitors were due? Or where there was once a permanent traffic jam of scooters and bikes adorned with training wheels, do you now have space to grow vegetables and have designated areas for rest and play with tables and chairs, lanterns, pots, plants and more?

If this all this sounds familiar and you were nodding through most of that, then Victoria’s Home & Garden section is just for you.

I am Lynnette Peck, your columnist, and I have over 20 years of experience writing about our lifestyles on magazines and newspapers ranging from Vogue and Homes & Antiques to The Telegraph and Sunday Times.

I am not here to tell you what to do in your home and garden but just gently steer you through the latest homes and garden products and trends with some top tips thrown in. I will speak to specialists, from landscape architects to interior designers, and together we will take this journey of discovery to ensure that your home and garden is the best that you wish it to be.

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We are to move into our new forever home in the new year and can't wait to male it our own. Moving from a new build with no character, don't get me wrong we've made it our own, but the 'new' house in an older property with a real fireplace and lots of charm. Going to need some tlc but can't wait to get started. Looking forward to all of the hints, tips and inspiration here

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I love to make my garden nice for the summer even if Im too busy to sit in it. It makes me proud when its done, a sense of achievement when I do any house of garden project.

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I am in the process of making a house my home, I also have a garden for the first time in years, a very bad patio and a bit of grass, so any ideas will be gratefully received.

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hart44

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I love my home and try to make it comfortable with bargain buys so this will be a great topic to join in with :)

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