A look at some of HomeSense's summer ranges

I'm a recent convert to HomeSense, I think they've some great items and quite often it's the type of shop that you go into and leave with things you didn't even know you wanted. I picked up some garden pieces recently and I'll share those later in the week, but first I wanted to show you some of their summer ranges, which I got to take a look at in town one evening last week.

I met up with the HomeSense people and some blogging friends in the RSA building near to Charing Cross - it's a great building if you get the chance to go, we had a space in the basement which was a vaulted space so way better than it sounds!

Three of the alcoves had been styled with differing ranges, two were bright summery and tropical colours and the other a more relaxed, and perhaps dusky pink, lavender and metallic affair. I loved the latter, but unsurprisingly it was the brighter colours that caught my eye.

Let's take a look, first at the calmer summer.

A calm summer with dusky pink and metallic touches from HomeSense
A bird cage and the secret garden by HomeSense

This set showed me how to mix my metallics, something that I wouldn't usually do - it's great isn't it?  I often look at the bird cages in shops and think I should have one, but then again I don't think I could pull of this effortlessly cool look, and would probably end up with a brightly coloured (fake) parrot in it!

So let's look at some colour.

how about a circular chair, with that parrot I was talking about

This chair has a retro feel to it doesn't it, and it's got my parrot on a cushion.  I like the brightness of the colours, and I loved the footstool in the cooler blue, I think it's the patterns and the shadows that had me mesmerised.

A duck egg blue footstool by HomeSense that would add some retro zing to your garden

And hanging washing out this colourful you'd have to smile wouldn't you?

The most colourful and tropical washing - and beach towels - by HomeSense

As well as a lesson in mixing my metallics, there was also a good example of mixing patterns. I mean how often do you see damask, chintz and geometrics together, and how often do they look as good as this?

Damasks, chintz and modern geometrics from HomeSense
a tissue paper decoration in the brightest of bright colours from HomeSense

And I would quite happily have left with this little fella, maybe one day.

What do you think? Anything there you'd happily have at home?


* Thanks to HomeSense for a great evening.