A couple of months ago I wandered into a store I’d never visited on our local retail estate and made a fantastic discovery. Inside the shop looked almost identical to Winners, my favourite home interiors store in Canada. As I walked up and down the aisles I saw more and more items I recognised and when I turned the corner into the Christmas section I even found a wreath that was almost identical to the one we bought when we lived in Alberta in 2008.
After a quick google I discovered I wasn’t going mad, the reason that Home Sense in the UK looks so much like Winners in Canada is because they are owned by the same company and HomeSense also operates the other side of the Atlantic too.
The timing of my discovery couldn’t have been better, not only did it mean I got to buy the autumn wreath I have been searching for since we left Canada, but I also found a place to indulge all my festive decorating fantasies!
Just like its Canadian counterpart HomeSense specialises in selling on trend home interiors goods at very reasonable prices and as they don’t sell online you are never entirely sure what you will find until you walk through the doors, which for me is half the fun of it!
So when HomeSense asked me to write about their Christmas stock, I was only too happy to return to the store with Theo to see what goodies we could find before the festive rush begins. In store there was masses of Christmas stock to choose between ranging from rustic log cabin style decor through to minimalist modern black and white items all grouped in themes.
We picked up some new decorations for our tree which is already decked out with a load of Canadian ornaments every year. To add to it this December we have a ‘magic’ white key which Theo is convinced is the key Father Christmas uses to get inside our house, a pair of puppies and a Santa bauble.
The biggest hit for Theo was a snow globe that cost just £12.99 and has a wind up mechanism on the base which plays We Wish You A Merry Christmas. Snow Globes seem to be having a bit of a resurgence this Christmas and there was a massive range of them in HomeSense varying in size and style. Theo spent a long time weighing up the respective merits of the different designs, but liked the teeny tiny Father Christmas on a sleigh inside this one.
Are you a HomeSense fan? If so what has been your best find in store so far?