As I’ve written before, although my new home is much bigger than the house from which I have moved, the room configurations are completely different. There wasn’t a lot of wall space on which to hang things like mirrors and pictures (three huge mirrors came with the fixtures and fittings), I didn’t have a living room (it had become my home office), and the rooms were much smaller so I didn’t really have anywhere to put things like standalone lamps.
So I’ve been on the lookout for lovely things for this place. However, I’m not looking with intent anywhere – I prefer to just come across pieces that feel right, rather than buying lamps, mirrors and furniture for the sake of it.
Last month I did the most enormous foraging trip at Homesense at Staples Corner – my first mission was to replace a lot of the worn-out bedlinen and towels that I’ve had for ages; I know that Homesense always has household things in stock and I was thrilled to find exactly what I wanted at a fraction of normal retail.
Also on my list was looking for pieces for my garden and, well, things. I didn’t have anything particular in mind, but I know that in the many aisles and across the two floors of the store there are always treasures to be found. After I’d found my duvets and sheets, I headed back downstairs to check out the furniture and homewares section – just in case.
Almost the first thing that I saw was this fantastic huge round mirror. I’d been looking for one for my hallway that was interesting but not too dominating, and I really liked both the shape and the distressed iron of the frame.
At £69.99 (RRP. £149.99) this seemed too good to be true. And here it is hung in my hallway.
Next up was lighting: although I had vaguely been thinking about a standard lamp, what I actually ended up buying was this beautiful and very heavy reading lamp for the corner of my living room where I’ve placed a huge armchair for snuggling down and reading. I’m really thrilled as not only is it adjustable, so I can light more of the room with it should I have guests round, but it was £49.99 (RRP. £249) Result.
The one purchase that I really, really did not expect to make was a pair of curtains. I’m not that fussed by having curtains in my living room, as I’m not overlooked. But I had a friend staying over the weekend who would be sleeping on the sofa and, as I passed through the Homesense curtain aisle – which I didn’t even know existed, I spotted these grey blackout curtains with tabbed tops which would be perfect as a temporary measure so that she wasn’t woken up by the light. (Important as I only have a standard rail in the living room.) And, even better, they were just £29.99. Now that they are hung I’m thinking that they may not just be temporary…