We all have that new-season feeling right now, don’t we? After a year of mammoth house clearing out and nesting, we think it’s safe to say we’re ready to inject some new energy into our living spaces for the months ahead. And whether you’re planning a big revamp or simply need a few key items to help set the tone, Homesense has you covered.
We have always recommended the high street hero, Homesense (part of the TK Maxx family) as an essential go-to for home-lovers, thanks to its array of unique, quality pieces at affordable prices as well as all of the everyday homeware essentials you need. This season, we’re excited to be teaming up with Homesense to give you a first look at some of the must-have items in their stores in Blanchardstown and Grand Parade, Cork, that are sure to elevate your living space.
We’ve even taken some of our favourite items home to show you how we’ve worked them into our own living areas, for inspo. As we all strive to make our homes work harder than ever for us, doubling up as home offices, home gyms and living quarters, too, it’s never been more vital that we love and curate our spaces to get the absolute most out of them. And to help you switch up your space in time for the long nights, we have a very special competition LIVE on our Instagram right now, for you to win a voucher for your own Homesense styling!
Ready to reimagine your GAFF? Here are our top home-boosting essentials for Autumn/Winter 2020.
We are all working to stretch our home’s possibilities right now. So anything that can help give us a feeling of more space is a big winner and a worthy investment. Adding a mirror is one of the easiest and most effective ways to bring light and space into a setting, and that’s just what we did in our living room, adding this minimalistic round mirror to the mantelpiece. This key addition is one of our top tips this season and thankfully Homesense has a huge array of designs and sizes to meet your specific style requirements.
Nothing helps to zone a space quite like a new rug, and thankfully Homesense is brimming with textures, patterns and sizes, perfect for any home. This season, think bold shapes and colours for smaller spaces like bathrooms or apartment kitchens to inject fun and liven up those less-loved rooms. We’ve gone for this earthy, woven rug that will help bring the outside in as we come into the winter months, and we love these colour tones as they provide the perfect neutral base to add your furniture and accessories to.
Changing up your home’s fragrance in line with the season is an amazing way to reset the mood and vibe of your place in an instant. We love to choose specific fragrances to match the mood of a space, for instance, think heady and heavy for the bedroom, citrus and light for the bathroom and something layered and adventurous for the hallway to awaken the senses when you come home. We love these oversized, three-wick candles from Homesense which bring an even more luxe vibe to your room. Plus, this glass candle, complete with cork lid, will make for a beautiful storage solution when it has been burned up.
Light It Up
Standout candlesticks and fabulous candelabras are having a moment this Autumn/Winter and we think they’re here to stay. Expect to see an array of cool candle holders of every shape and size take hold of our living rooms this winter. We picked up this copper piece and it ticks all our interior boxes – timeless, sleek and an instant talking-point piece.
Storage solutions are key in helping us to make the most of the space we have. This season, look to upgrade your storage pieces with feature items that will add impact. Baskets are a stylish and easy way to add character to a bedroom or bathroom, as well as provide vital storage for cushions, towels, throws and clothing. Wicker and rattan are holding strong as materials to treasure this season, so look to incorporate them with these helpful baskets.
Foliage Freshen Up
What would a new season GAFF Guide be without a shout out to one of our home favourites? We consistently wax lyrical about the impact foliage; plants and flowers can have on any home. Not only do real plants clean the air and bring life to a living space, foliage and flowers – real or faux – help bring nature inside, and provide an instant mood-booster. Homesense has one of the most impressive selections of high-quality faux flowers and greenery available, so you can stock up on pink roses, eucalyptus or lilies depending on your preference. We couldn’t resist giving our plants a new setting in this beautiful copper planter below and also invested in a new vase to showcase another big trend we’re going to see this winter – dried flowers. Whether you want to give your already-blooming house plants a fresh set up or need to spruce up a lonely shelf or corner, let these Homesense essentials inspire you.
There’s no better time to update your cushions and throws than right now. We are all craving cosiness as we begin to retreat for the colder months, so investing in new colours, textures and patterns will lift your entire home and give you a sense of newness without breaking the bank. Anything goes this Autumn/Winter, and Homesense has a style to suit everyone. Go for subtle but textured with these round, luxe velvet grey cushions, (these also come in teal, midnight blue and ruby red) or choose bold and bright, below. This is where you can throw out the rule book and really have fun experimenting with your home’s personality.
For those of you looking for a new key piece but are minding the budget, we love these side tables, which come with a removable tabletop that doubles as a tray. Whether you want to style up your bedside space, need a new place to charge up your crystals, or simply want to get rid of that heavy, cumbersome coffee table in exchange for something that will give you more flexibility and space, this is the item for you. We’ve used it as a place to showcase some of our favourite home items, perfect for snapping that coveted Instagram shot.
At GAFF, we understand the power of small changes that go a long way. For us, picking up a couple of beautiful small accessories can instantly change the overall feel of a space and bring endless joy as we style and arrange them together. We collected these small-but-eye-catching pieces while in store and love how they look together.
If we have one takeaway tip for you this season, it’s to explore your creativity, have fun and see what happens. When you head to Homesense, go with an open mind and see what grabs your attention – you might walk away with big brand kitchenware, or a one-of-a-kind couch! There’s nothing more exciting than making your house a home, so this season, explore your style as often as you want, for less at Homesense.
Want to be in with the chance of winning a Homesense voucher worth €100 to spend on your own home update? Head to our Instagram now to win!
This feature has been created in collaboration with Homesense, part of the TK Maxx family. The safety of Homesense’s associates, their families and lovely customers is, and has always been, a priority so, Homesense has implemented important measures to support safe shopping in stores.