If you’ve been following me on Instagram and looking at my Stories in particular you’ll have noticed that I’m giving the dining room a makeover currently. I say dining room, but actually this is a thoroughfare room, leading from the hallway through to the kitchen, so it gets a lot of use. It’s also a kind of den for our children; we have a sofa and tv in here so they, or we, can have a little extra space from each other if we need it.
The room itself hasn’t been decorated for over 5 years and was looking very shabby so I’ve been painting it in the last week or so and it’s starting to come together. The colour scheme is completely different and we’ve gone from having a neutral room with statement wall, to a soft pink colour on all the walls AND the ceiling. I know, sounds pretty horrendous right? But don’t worry, that’s just the blank canvas on which I am going to create a very on trend look. Imagine those pink walls teamed with a dark green sofa, a black and white check floor and lots of greenery. Ok now you’ve got that, let me explain where I’ve been.
HomeSense has to be one of my favourite go-to places for home shopping. You NEVER know what to expect when you visit. The stock is always different and ever changing, so it’s really important to buy what you see, when you see it. There’s no going home and mulling it over; the next time you go it will be gone. Sounds a little frustrating, but actually that’s what makes it so exciting.
Part of the TK Maxx family , stock is brought in when it’s discovered from around the world. There are limited numbers of products (at least you know your friends won’t have it!) so when it’s gone it’s gone. That also means you never quite know what’s going to be in store, so even if you have a plan of what you need to buy, this can always change.
Prices are good too. Generally there’s 60% off a retailer’s recommended price, and as prices are usually so good you don’t very often find sales or promotions. They just don’t need to do it.
I’ve done a fabulous shopping haul in HomeSense for the dining room, but before I share that with you, let me give you some tips on the best way to approach a shopping trip to this exciting cavern of home interior delights.
- Prepare yourself beforehand with a list. Don’t be too fixed on it though, just give yourself general areas to look for like candles, faux flowers, kitchen pans, pasta dishes, pet goodies, bathroom storage, and so on. Don’t be too prescriptive.
- When you first arrive at the store, quickly zoom around the different departments getting a general feel for what’s in store.
- Take note of the main display areas, usually those near the front of the store. They’ll carry any seasonal goodies, like Halloween decor, products for summer living and of course, Christmas. This can help you narrow down anything you’re looking for within these areas.
- Then, identify a department that fulfils a product or two on your list and investigate it thoroughly. This is the best way to find the pieces on your list, even if you weren’t looking for them.
- If you can’t find what you hoped for, be flexible. Look for other great deals and offers, or features within the store that could be a replacement. Remember prices are great so take advantage of the inspirational pieces that you don’t see elsewhere.
Finally, I’d suggest keeping a tab, it’s so easy to grab a trolley full of beautiful pieces and come away with a lot more than you bargained for.
Want to see the goodies I chose on my visit? Take a look at the video here:
So, I would highly recommend sourcing your nearest store HERE. And let me know if you go, and what you find. You can share with me on social media using the hashtag #HomeSenseFinds just tag me @lovechicliving.