Learn to Love Life at Home

For if you are a woman with an overflowing laundry basket and a head full of dreams, I can show you how to create routine, ritual,  and celebration, so that you can finally create guilt-free days stuffed with joy, books and cozy hot chocolate in a home that reflects your most authentic self.

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I have been writing here for fifteen years and in the blog I hope you will find joy, comfort and a wealth of homemaking knowledge.

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At the heart of Brocante is HomeSchool, my flagship membership for those learning to love life at home with routine, ritual and celebration.

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Who I Am...

Hello, I'm Alison.

Writer * Library-Lover * Mum + Step-Mum * Housekeeping Obsessive * Peri-Menopausal Mad-Woman * Occasional Pot Noodle Eater.

Yep. I think that just about sums me up, but if you want to know more, then hop over to my About Page as there I have gathered a few more things you might want to know as you puzzle your way through the blog, so I have introduced the family cast, added a resume of sorts and shared my favorite things. 

Above all else I want you know  that I am just like you: I get muddled and get things wrong. My mood varies and while I'm usually a domestic Goddess, I occasionally lapse into Waynetta Slob category because some days life is for living, not cleaning!

I am a total homebird, cherish my lovely community here at BrocanteHome and truly believe we can change the world, one home at a time...


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And How I Can Help You...

With a firm belief in the power of routine, ritual and daily celebration, my focus is on the sanctuary of home as a constant, reassuring reflection of our most authentic selves, and everything I do and create here revolves around teaching you that life can feel lovelier with gentle structure and a commitment to putting yourself first in a world that so often feels chaotic.  

Read more about what I offer here at BrocanteHome at the links below. There is something for everyone. I promise.

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