My London bedroom
THIS IS A SPONSORED POST IN ASSOCIATION WITH HOMESENSE
There is something very grown-up feeling about a properly stocked linen cupboard. Neat piles of crisply ironed sheets and duvet covers, carefully folded towels, these things spell order to me in a chaotic world. Although I grew up in a very old house that had plenty of cupboards to fill with sheets, neither my American or my London life for the past ten years or so has involved homes with the space to dedicate an entire cupboard to linen. So you can imagine my joy on moving into my new flat when I discovered a proper old school airing cupboard just waiting to be filled.
Except, as I soon discovered, much of my linen and most of my towels weren’t actually fit for use. I don’t have a tumble dryer so my towels get scratchy quickly and that makes them wear out sooner
Much of my linen needed an intervention – sheets were marked, duvet covers were ripped and poppers had been melted by ironing, and then, when I really got down to it, with a spot of housekeeping auditing, I discovered my guest duvets needed replacing – I think I had originally inherited them from my mother after a house move, and the mattress protectors were only fit for the bin after countless washes.
It’s handy then that, on the very day I was heading out to Homesense at Staples Corner just off the North Circular to do some linen replacing, they got in touch to ask me if I would like to visit their nearest store with some vouchers in hand to do some serious foraging. (Honestly, this really did happen. The same day!) So I immediately cancelled my planned trip, and booked myself a ZipVan for Saturday morning so that I could fit all that shopping in.
A van, you say? Well, when I last visited Homesense in January in my little old two seater MX5 I spent £100 or so. That went so far that I had to literally strap my purchases onto the boot of the car with bungee cords as well as putting the roof down so that I could fit it all in.
Since launching in 2008, there are now have 50 stores in the UK.
I’ve been a Homesense loyalist for years – when I bought my first flat many of the things that made it lovely (I particularly remember a lovely brown suede cube) came from the one just outside Milton Keynes, near my parents.
And, of course, my joyously organised linen cupboard with the towels and sheets I bought from Homesense.