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I have been obsessed with furnishing my garden since I moved in to my new flat at the beginning of May. It’s the first time I’ve had a garden of my own in which to play and it’s big enough to fit both sun loungers and an 8ft garden table so there’s plenty of room to fit lots of lovely things. I really wanted it to feel like a chic outdoor living room, an extension of my home.
But whilst, I had found the big pieces of furniture, what it was lacking was the bits and pieces to pull it all together. So my Homesense mission definitely included hunting for things that might work in my colour palette of pinks and greys. And, as the warm weather continues into autumn I know I’ll still be sitting out there for a while.
It’s hard not to be beguiled by the outdoor and garden section.
I came away with three sets of really lovely padded seat cushions for the wooden benches at my garden table, two chic slubby grey linen cushions (at top) for the sunloungers, a pair of beautiful glass candle lanterns for the table, and a huge china bowl to act as a centrepiece.
I love these lanterns – they’re exactly the kind of thing I would never buy at full price. Too much money for only being used a few months a year, but these were £14.99 each, less than half the price that I’ve seen them elsewhere. I lighted them for my first al fresco supper party on Monday and they added the atmosphere I wanted.
I also managed to get distracted by the china section. Again. I do think that this is the joy of Homesense. Whatever you didn’t know you needed seems to be on their shelves waiting to be discovered. When I visited there was even an entire aisle of coat hooks. (Next week they are bound to have been replaced with, say, candles.)
It could be argued that I really do not need any more china in my house, whether for eating or for shooting, but I always seem to come away with something irresistible each time I visit.
In this case a ravishing Portuguese footed white china bowl – for £12.99! It’s huge. And it looks wonderful on my garden table piled with fruit.
Although I did a big Homesense shop last weekend, I was feeling haunted by a beautiful Iranian rug that i didn’t buy. So I persuaded Clare to come with me this Saturday for another forage. I was gutted to discover that my beautiful rug had been sold (Homesense moral – buy it when you see it or it will be gone when you return), but we still managed to fill a trolley. Which was fine until we returned to my car. My very tiny two-seater car.