• Lifestyle

    Oh, hello Spring

    There are some surefire signs that Spring has finally sprung. The lighter evenings, the blossom filled trees dotted along the streets, even a bit of sunshine that has painted small freckles across my face. You will also know it’s Spring and crave for more of that sunshine when you step into any HomeSense store. You’re welcomed with plenty of inspiration to spruce up the garden, whether that’s furniture, outside tableware or plant pots. For those who don’t have a garden or are limited on space outdoors, there are still plenty of accessories to brighten up the home. Welcome the floral decorations inside with easy to maintain synthetic flowers, along with…

  • Fashion,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Homeware Haul: The new light of my life

    Since moving in with James I’ve tried to make some small adjustments around the house, which he’s mostly been open to. We’re currently in discussions about a coffee table and why it needs to be so big. It’s all about compromise and why in fact a large coffee table will look great in the living room. The house still needs a few more touches to get it feeling homely and less bachelor pad in my opinion. There is the occasional candle dotted around, a vanity table and a crazy cat lady mug that signals there is a woman living here. Adding pieces that balance the gender isn’t really the aim but after…

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    Getting ready for Spring

    After what’s felt like a very long Winter (even if it was a relatively mild one), and months of cold, wet, dark dog walks, the days are finally starting to get a bit longer and the sun occasionally shows its welcome face. You wouldn’t know it to look at the thermometer, but Spring is nearly upon us! The prospect of finally being able to let a bit of fresh air into the house and have a good Spring clean is an exciting one, but more exciting still is the thought that soon we’ll be able to utilise those spaces which have been forsaken during the cold of the Winter, like…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Uncategorized

    Valentine’s inspiration from HomeSense

    They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach: I think this applies equally to most women; it certainly does to me! So if you’re struggling for inspiration this Valentine’s day, you couldn’t go far wrong with a tasty treat for your loved one and there’s options a plenty at HomeSense. If you’re not an aspiring Jamie Oliver and have limited culinary ability, then there’s lots of pre-made delights to choose from in the form of delicious chocolates and sweets. If however you’re the adventurous type in the kitchen then there’s a plethora of things which could help you create a gift which has the more personal…

  • Lifestyle

    Christmas is coming

    The words some people hate to hear. Not around here I’m afriad. Admittedly it seems to come around quicker every year but I tend to regress about 20 years (wow, that makes me feel old) and get all excited about the impending season considerably early. Yes, it can be expensive but what’s not to love about giving and receiving presents, eating copious amounts of food (and it being acceptable), and spending time with your nearest and dearest. Festivities for me began on the 1st November when we went to watch Oxford Street’s big Christmas Light Switch on. A slight anti-climax when the lights didn’t all go on simultaniously but instead…

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    Vegetarian inspired baking with HomeSense

    Once upon a time before Quorn mince, substitute veggie chicken and tofu there was Sosmix. A popular meat alternative for vegetarians that could be used to make up sausages, burgers, pies etc. Since then it has slowly gone out of fashion and is increasingly difficult to get your hands on. Which I discovered to be a true tradegy after James and I made up some spectacular sausages rolls with the stuff. With this I got to use some of my new HomeSense baking buys that helped along the way. The store has a whole host of equipment for all your baking and cooking needs. Frequently I’ll find something I didn’t know I…

  • Lifestyle,  Photography

    HomeSense August Bank holiday treats

    So far we’ve had a pretty pathetic summer, the rain has graced it’s presence considerably more than the sunshine. The temperature has dropped that I’m convinced I fell asleep for the whole summer and have now woken up to Autumn. Not a completely terrible thought, I love the colours on the trees, dusting off my autumnal coat, lazy darker mornings in bed, the crispness in the air and the cosy evenings. I’ve even already bought two pairs of Chelsea boots in preparation. I’ve got a summer holiday in a few weeks so I still get a hit of summer, so I’m selfishly not complaining too much. I recently made the…

  • Lifestyle,  Photography

    Unique finds

    As part of my campaign with HomeSense I was tasked with visiting the new Cheltenham store to source some of their unique items and share my findings with you guys. This was not a particularly hard task as all their items are unique. It’s perfect if you want your home to look different and offer some originality. I found some amazing gems that I’m keen to purchase for mine and Alan’s ‘bottom draw’. I love some of the vintage pieces like the vinyl player, such a great statement item or the skull bookends. So many items that can help show off your indiviual style. Some of the more classic items…

  • Fashion,  Graphic Design,  Lifestyle

    New store in Cheltenham preview and competition

    Earlier in the year there had been a large chunk of shops missing from Cheltenham’s Gallagher Retail Park and an intriguing amount of building work. That building work has now been revealed and marks the opening of a new homeware store called HomeSense, and I have been lucky enough to be given a sneak peak. It’s all very exciting! HomeSense launched in the UK in 2008 and prides itself on offering high quality, branded homeware for less than the recommended retail price. I love shopping for home trinkets and getting inspiration from what I see in-store, if it comes at a bargain price without compromising on the quality – I’m straight there! And that…