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HomeSense Brighton

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Competition, Home & Lifestyle, Information | Posted on 06-09-2013

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A few weeks ago the brand new HomeSense store opened in Brighton, just up the road from the existing TKMaxx Store. Unsurprisingly it was a rather popular event, as these images show.
brighton homesense openingI popped along recently to take a look at the new store and see what I could find on the shelves.

The store itself is in a great spot and a perfectly chosen building. Lots of glass allowing the light to flow in and illuminate the store which is spread across two floors. I have only been in one other HomeSense store and Brighton’s is much better. Its logically laid out and well stocked. The other store always tends to be chaotic, manic and unloved. I found a wealth of great bargains and quality products from some impressive brands in the Brighton store, and plenty to encourage me to return.

The kitchen department is my favourite, and probably one of the biggest. Great items from Le Creuset and Bodum stood out for me, as well as cookbooks from much loved chefs as well as hidden gems from lesser known people. If you want to bake a cake HomeSense is your destination for tins and pans in a huge range of shapes and sizes. Plastic storage boxes are also present in their multitude, along with a mind boggling array of gadgets and gizmos. I am terrible when it comes to kitchen bits and pieces and my kitchen is already groaning under the pressure. I tried my best to avoid buying the whole department.

Now HomeSense is all about finding something that little bit different, that little bit unique for your home without breaking the bank, as you can see from their new advert.

Well they’ve also teamed up with Abigail Edwards to provide you with some top tips from decorating YOUR home this year, whatever your style.

How to Achieve the ‘Urban Cool’ Look:

  • Keep it simple and slick using graphic shapes to achieve a minimalistic vibe
  • Look for accessories such as clean glass shapes, graphic cushions and simple accent colours

How to Achieve the ‘Country Chic’ Look:

  • Natural tones and textured fabric are essential for achieving a modern country look
  • Illustrated cushions and cut-out shapes add a contemporary twist
  • Try grouping lots of clocks together to make a room look more eclecti

How to Achieve the ‘Global Traveller’ Look:

  • Homeware items collected from your travels are ideal for achieving this look
  • Try layering cushions and rugs to achieve a naturel and thrown together feel
  • Don’t worry about mixing patterns – overlapping colours, shapes and different textures will add interest
  • Accessorise with imagery and vintage pieces you’ve gathered from places visited on holiday

Key Autumn Trends:

  • Texture
  • Weaves
  • Chunky knits
  • Mixing patterns
  • Tribal
  • Ombre

Tips for Easily Transforming a Room:

  • The easiest and most affordable way to style your home is by adding cushions and throws as it doesn’t affecting anything else in the room and it adds colour and texture quickly
  • Lighting also makes a massive difference so rather than having just one pendant light in the middle of the room, try having little table lamps dotted around and task lighting is also a good alternative
  • Filling a sofa with lots of different cushions is a quick way of changing the look of a room and adding a splash of colour
  • Pictures are another quick way of adding interest to your room

Feeling inspired? Well you can find more in the way of hints, tips and advice on HomeSense’s Twitter and Facebook pages. What’s even more exciting though is that I have a £50 voucher to give away to one reader, to spend in the new Brighton store. To be in with a chance of winning this voucher you need to comment on this post and tell me which look you’d like to achieve in your home this Autumn. Closing date for entries in Friday September 20th at 8pm and one winner will be chosen from all the entries and notified as soon as possible.

Kiddie Coupons Visit: Fishers Farm Park

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Kiddie Coupons, Product Reviews | Posted on 04-03-2012

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On Friday I went to Fishers Farm Park near Wisborough Green with Little Man and two of his friends and their Mums. It was our first visit there so we were very excited to go, plus it was our first trip out using our Kiddie Coupons Booklet. The Kiddie Coupon Booklet is a family orientated guidebook for Sussex which contains a wealth of vouchers for free or discounted entries or free meals at top local attractions. Priced at just £15 the book aims to save you over £200 during 2012. All the vouchers must be used this year, but that just gives you a good excuse to go on more days out with your children – perfect for this years “stay-cation”.

Fishers Farm Park is packed with activities for children, both indoors and out. There’s a huge array of farm and small animals to be seen and petted, as well as multiple soft play areas and outdoor play areas for children of all ages. Tractor rides, zip wires and rock climbing are also available, and there is a spacious restaurant and well stocked gift shop.

Entry into Fishers Farm Park is reasonably priced at the moment as its not peak season, so with the £2 off per person (up to 4 people) it was a bargain. Under 2’s get in for free as well, which was perfect. We all enjoyed looking at the animals in the barns and outside, riding on the tractors, playing in the toddler racing cars, and in the outdoor play zones. Little Man was a big fan of the tractor in the play area.

Unfortunately being out of season a lot of the rides were only running at limited times and some sections of the park weren’t operating at all. A return visit during the peak season would be a great idea, but perhaps not until Little Man is slightly older and can appreciate it all more. The one thing I would advise all visitors to do – apart from take your Kiddie Coupon voucher with you of course – is to take a picnic. There are plenty of picnic tables dotted around the park which would be lovely on a warm sunny day. The restaurant is large and has plenty of high chairs, but unfortunately it is very expensive for the amount of food you get.  Next time I’ll certainly bring my own food.

Kiddie Coupon Booklets are available now from their website. You can also find them on Twitter (@KiddieCouponsUK) and Facebook.