A HomeSense shopping trip…

Image courtesy of HomeSense

Image courtesy of HomeSense

Last month I was lucky enough to be chosen as the monthly winner of the HomeEtc Link-up, hosted by Caro and Jess. The prize was a £20 voucher for HomeSense. Last weekend, armed with my voucher, I headed over to their Cambridge store.

HomeSense offers a huge variety of branded homewares at up to 60% of their original cost. You never really know what you’re going to spot – which is part of the fun!  Their stores are a treasure trove of unusual, quirky items and I could have spent hours there. I was on the lookout for cushions for our kitchen chairs and things to brighten up our garden this summer. The main focus downstairs was a beautiful array of outdoor things – from garden furniture, cushions and throws to sweet little bird houses and picnic rugs.

I quickly found some tie-on stripy seat cushions which were perfect for our kitchen and fabulously priced at £14.99 for two. They are lovely and squishy and will certainly stop my children moaning about sitting on our hard kitchen chairs! I’ve been looking for weeks for the right cushions, and finally I’ve found them.

Kitchen table and chairs

Part of the excitement at shopping in HomeSense is that little thrill you get when you find something really amazing. My lucky find this time was a set of Jane Foster tumblers at a brilliant price. I’d bought two of these beautiful glasses while on holiday earlier this year, but couldn’t afford to buy more. They’re so nice and we always fight over who gets to use them. At £1.99 each I snapped up four more, so we don’t have to argue any more!

Jane Foster glasses

I also bought lots of other little bits and bobs, which have been squirreled away in my present drawer. If you’re looking for end of term teacher gifts, there is a fantastic selection of beautiful soaps (the fancy French and Italian kind) and lots of lovely mugs. We also picked up a new box of Champagne flutes – fantastic quality at £7.99 for 4.

I was also really impressed with the furniture on offer. We’re on the lookout for some smaller chairs and sofas for our playroom and I really fell in love with a few pieces – particularly this armchair and footstool for £299.99.

Image courtesy of HomeSense

Image courtesy of HomeSense

There was also a really tempting selection of little miniature footstools. This one, for £24.99, is particularly adorable.

Image courtesy of HomeSense

Image courtesy of HomeSense

Finally, we couldn’t resist leaving without buying something fun for the boys. There were lots of outdoor games, and a little croquet set came home with us too!

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Lizzie x

Home Etc


  1. July 15, 2015 / 2:43 pm

    I’m so jealous of all these Home Sense shoppers, I really need to figure out where my nearest one is as I’ve never been. Well done on all your lovely finds and recommendations, that little foot stool is so cute! X #HomeEtc

    • marmaladepie
      July 15, 2015 / 4:36 pm

      Thanks! You’ll have to go, it’s always full of surprises. I always get a bit carried away as I love a bargain! #HomeEtc

  2. July 15, 2015 / 8:23 pm

    I once was a bit whizzy at maths but these days it’s usually a count-on-my-fingers effort from me… and yet, I’m pretty sure that all added up to more than your £20 voucher! You thoroughly deserved to win it though and I can see why you bought more. I wish I had a store near me! (Though not that near – large retail units and National Parks don’t really go together!)

    • marmaladepie
      July 15, 2015 / 9:14 pm

      Yes, I was a bit naughty and spent considerably more than my voucher! Slight intake of breath at the checkout. On balance, I’d probably rather have the national park than an industrial estate…. x

  3. July 15, 2015 / 9:10 pm

    YAY! So glad you have had fun selecting your items! You chose very well! You were such a well deserved winner as you’ve been one of our fave’s since day 1 of Home Etc! Love your blog Lizzie so much. Thanks so much for linking up again, much appreciated and love reading your posts 🙂 Jess xx


    • marmaladepie
      July 15, 2015 / 9:15 pm

      Thank you Jess, that’s so lovely. It’s such fun taking part each week, thanks again to you for hosting it x 🙂

  4. July 15, 2015 / 9:18 pm

    Yay!! Hurrah!!! I’m SO chuffed you’ve shared your prize with us Lizzie — it’s so lovely to see what the HomeSense voucher went on!! 🙂 They really do have some lovely stuff don’t they?! It makes me SO happy when I’ve got a bit of cash and a free afternoon and can go on a HomeSense mission!! 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with #HomeEtc — hope to see you again next week! x

    Caro | http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

    • marmaladepie
      July 15, 2015 / 9:33 pm

      Thanks Caro! I must confess to spending a teeny tiny bit more than my voucher, I get a bit carried away and can’t resist a bargain! Thanks again for hosting x

  5. July 16, 2015 / 9:04 pm

    What lovely finds! I love those glasses they are so beautiful! Very jealous! X

    • marmaladepie
      July 17, 2015 / 4:06 pm

      Thank you! x

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