Turn your house into a retreat with our home and garden ideas

Turn your house into a retreat with our home and garden ideas

As we age our needs change, and where our home may have been mainly functional before, we want it to be our own personal haven now.

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?

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? 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? Is your garden now an extension of you and you find solace in just staring at the stars or taking in the aroma of the lawn freshly mown?

If this all this sounds familiar and you were nodding through most of that, then Victoria’s Home & Garden ideas 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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