Summertime, and the living is easy

Port de Soller, Mallorca 2019

"Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly"

                                                                                - Van Morrison


In my first year of launching House & Garden Shop I spent most of the year indoors, working on the website, painting furniture, sewing, planning and promoting etc. I spent very little time out in my garden, digging, planting, weeding, nurturing - and just enjoying the great outdoors. No wonder the winter of 2017 was such a tough one for me!

Working in my garden and being out in nature is good for my soul, it's my meditation. If I don't get my quota of fresh air and sunlight, just like plants, I can wither.

So I have since found my balance, my equilibrium. If the weather is good I take work outside or, if that's not possible, I leave it until the evening. I take holidays - a few days exploring new cities and enjoying the culture and cuisine, and breathing in the sea air are some of the joie de vivre - joys of life. 

The year has been a productive one so far, with new pieces being completed and quickly sold, and new commissions received. I have a big commission underway (see below) and new items of furniture ready to transform.

Some new lines are coming soon - some of which will have been inspired by my travels, and created in my garden, where I get my best inspiration!


I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful summer. Please come back soon to see some of the new lines.


Martene xx




New pieces & new commissions

Summer 2019

Why I do what I do


I love a bargain and am sometimes guilty of buying something I don't need, simply because it has been so magnificantly reduced! But they are always of good quality and worth much more than I paid for them. And whether I strictly "need" them or not, I will love them, use them and wear them.

However, I do not agree with buying one ... or many items, simply because they are cheap and "throw away". Too often these items of clothing lose their shape or start falling apart after the first wash and so "throw away" is invariably the reality.


Like clothes, any furniture that is mass produced and cheaply made will often have a short life span. Once it has been assembled it can rarely be dismantled and reassembled successfully.


Not so, lovely solid items of furniture made of good quality materials and created by craftsmen. And that is the reality of the items of furniture I'm working with. The only negative is that the darkness of the wood doesn't fit well in the light filled interiors we now desire, and so these gorgeous, well made items of furniture are often disregarded and may well end up on landfill - negatively impacting on our environment.


So I buy these discarded items /donated items of furniture and sand them, paint them, wax them and give them a whole new lease of life so they will once again, be loved and cherished by their new owner. 


When you are buying an item of furniture from House & Garden Shop you are buying something with history, that is unique, and that has been refurbished with passion, creativity, vision and a desire for a safe and healthy planet for our future generations.


Happy shopping xx



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I wanted to thank you for the beautiful decoupage wine table and the stencilled chest of drawers I purchased from you. They are so pretty. They have been painted and decorated so well. 

It was a pleasure dealing with you Martene and I know where to come when I need another piece. Thank you.


Mary, November 2018


I wanted to say how much I'm in love with the cabinet! It's in the hallway outside our bathroom and couldn't be more beautiful or fit more perfectly. It will become the new home to our towels.


Every time I pass it, it makes me happy, and I remember what a pleasure it was purchasing from you.


Absolutely delighted, thanks again Martene.


Catherine, April 2018

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