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12/05/2014

Interior inspiration Day with HomeSense

HomeSense
Me enjoying a picnic at HomeSense


Last week was very exciting indeed as I was invited to take part in an Inspiration day at the Cardiff HomeSense. A lovely table with all sorts of yummy goodies including cupcakes and bubbly was set up and I was ready to help any readers and shoppers with any interior challenges they had. Before I settled down to have a chat with shoppers I spent the first hour walking around the store and picking out 10 must have items for the next season and with so many wonderful products I was really spoilt for choice.

Here are my 10 blogger picks

1. I came across these beautiful ceramic bowls with a retro design and they would bring a lovely fresh look to any kitchen cupboard.


patterned bowls


2. Rules are meant to be broken and you really don't need to have “sets” of things, so why not go for an eclectic mix of coffee mugs for a little quirky style

eclectic kitchenware


3. Following on from the retro look is this wonderful vintage inspired childs ride on scooter, not only is it perfect for little ones but also very stylish and would look great in any living room as a statement piece.


vintage ride-on scooter


4. Being from South Africa I have always been a fan of colour and world trends so it's very exciting to see Moroccan prints make a real comeback this season and with a few carefully picked pieces you can get that stylish ethnic touch without going over the top and this lovely fabric covered bench would look wonderful in a hallway or living space.

5. One should never take themselves to seriously when it comes to interiors and you should always have a sense of fun, so when I saw this fabric decorative cat I thought it was just to different and unique to leave out of my top picks

6. Storage really doesn't need to be boring and I love stylish trunks prove that.

Stylish storage

7. One of my favourite things to do in summer is relax outside in the garden with a nice book and a wine spritzer on a large comfy seat and this white cane chair totally captures that feeling to me.

garden chair


8. Another fun item and stylish item for the garden is a Eastern style headpiece that can be used for a corner of calm. I would say it's better to opt for one larger statement piece than lots of small ones, this way it keeps the clutter down and the impact high.

garden style


9. I never get bored of Parisian interiors, especially in the bathroom, I love these beautiful soap holders for a simple but elegant look

Soap holder


10. I always love having colour in places you would not expect and these cute laundry baskets are a perfect example of that


HomeSense


After I had chosen my blogger picks it was time to offer advice to any readers or shoppers who needed it and the turn out was great with quite a few people coming over for a chat, cake and some Elderflower presse. It was lovely to share everything I have learnt from growing up with parents who renovated houses and now myself who is in the process of doing up my own property. One of the ladies I spoke to had a long hallway similar to mine and wanted advice on how to create more light in what was a rather dark space of her home, we discussed wall colour, using mirrors to reflect light, simplifying the hallway to create a sense of space as well as adding some extra lighting. Overall it was a lovely way to spend an afternoon in such lovely store such as HomeSense and days like this is one of the reasons why I love doing what I do.

Interior Inspiration
Talking all things Interior with some lovely ladies 

9 comments:

  1. The things you picked are lovely, I love going to home shops like this, it makes me wish I had my own home so I could start decorating instead of being in a rental!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  2. Beautiful post, didn't know you were South African! I love the storage and the ceramics. x
    http://myrabev.blogspot.com

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  3. I've never been to a HomeSense before, will have to take a trip.

    I need those soap dispensers in my life :)

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  4. Some great finds, and your setup there looked so cosy too! Any shoppers that didn't stop by for a chat definitely missed out :-)

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  5. i lOVE that chair so much! It's fab x

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  6. I really need to visit a Homesense, I've never been before but the photos on yours and Fritha's blogs have made me want lots of things from there! x

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  7. Great product pics. I love the baskets and the retro scooter. So much fun helping customers find beautiful things for their home. x

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  8. love the cane chair and the little bowls in the first picture!

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  9. Love those bowls...and the scooter...and the laundry basket!! Ah, can feel a shopping trip coming on!! :)

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