Recently I took a trip to Southampton (in Hampshire, UK) to have a gander at some home ware goodies.
Southampton has a number of home stores, such as Ikea, Dunelm and Next at home, which are always full of idea’s to give me inspiration for my own home décor (I do have a lot of home furnishings, as being a rented flat, I can’t hang up pictures or shelves *sobs*).
The first store I visited was Ikea, which I love. So many room sets and I think the way they can make a small room look stylish and homely, whilst compacting a lot of furniture in is rather clever. Storage is key, that is what I have learnt from personal experience anyway!
I hope I’m not the only one who likes to make a fictional ‘cuppa’ in one of the many kitchens and pretend that they have moved in 😉
After a good browse around the furniture sections we moved onto the Market Hall area, which is the area I like the most. Now, I like pretty and homely products and could fill a yellow Ikea bag up like Super Market Sweep, but my ever practical husband, will and did say ‘You already have enough duvet covers’ or ‘Do you really need another lamp?’ and the answer will inevitably be No!
|Inspirational Ikea products|
So in the end, I was the last of the big spenders and brought a plastic bag holder (as we or I, have too many and they are shoved into a draw that is over crammed), so this useful tool with eradicate my need to keep every carrier bag I get and keep just what I need.
The other item I purchased was some pretty faux potted flowers for my dining table. I do love real flowers (esp from The Flower Basement!) but these ones will not wilt and die, so again me being strangely practical!
(I’ll post a video after this blog about a couples trip to Ikea!).
After visiting Ikea we moved onto Next at home. I love Next at home for their pretty and feminine home ware products. I saw so many things that I wanted to buy and I have recently poured over their A/W 2015 catalogue dreaming of what my ideal home décor would look like.
|Some lovely items in Next at home|
As this is a small store compared to Ikea, there aren’t room sets as such, so it doesn’t take long to walk around, but I did pick up a couple of items. A lovely dish that is now on my desk, that says ‘Pretty little things’ which was £4 and ideal for my watch and charm bracelet.
I also purchased a little cup that I thought was really lovely as it has little feet on the bottom 🙂
|Pretty Little Things Dish £4 Next at home|
|Some great finds in Dunelm|
The final store we visited was Dunelm. Dunelm is like a treasure trove of home ware items. Their stores aren’t particularly big, but they do have a lot under one roof. What I also like about Dunelm is the price points. It is all very reasonable, and I normally find a gem of a bargain in there.
|Shabby chic draw set £12.99 Dunelm|
And on my visit I did just that! I found a 5 draw set, which a vintage, shabby chic feel for just £12.99! Ideal for my desk and storing any knick knacks away. Very happy with that find.
|My desk with my new finds|
Anyway I hope these few finds might give you some inspiration and I would love to know what sort of decor you like and have you found any brilliant buys recently?
Love Abbie xoxoxo
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