It’s been frigid here in Montreal these past few weeks. even for a girl who is born and raised in the Canadian winter, I still can’t get used to the blistering winds and extreme temperatures Mother Nature throws at us every year. It was one of those days when I was invited to be among the first to discover the spring summer collection at Home Sense. When I first entered the space, it was a breath of fresh air – a bright room lined with crisp white curtains from floor to ceiling, divided into sections representing different rooms splashed with warm, bright colours to welcome the warmer weather. It was such a beautiful way to start the day and gave me loads of inspiration to incorporate into my home (not to mention a very long wish list). Here are some of the trends in home decor I am looking forward to.
Black & White Garden Party
Polka dots and bold stripes are reminiscent of the playfulness of Kate Spade and add a sophisticated touch to your outdoor space. Gone are the days of ugly outdoor plates and glasses. Instead they are replaced with beautiful dishes that are not only safe to bring outside, but also look and feel like real dishes. The patterns are so gorgeous! I am especially smitten with the bright pink peonies (my favourite flower), the gold polka dot teacups and the black and white striped candles.
If you are a regular at Home Sense, you’ve probably noticed that the bath and beauty section is slowly growing. Bath & shower gels in aromatic scents, pretty patterned towels that break all the misconceptions about what bath towels are supposed to look like, a library of coffee table books designed to set the mood – all in fresh shades to give your space new life for spring.
The nautical look is always a sure thing. Classic white and navy, thick rope adorning candles and baskets, starfish and shells punctuating the room – it all just screams beach getaway and makes me want to reach for my wide straw hat. I especially love the combination of textures and patterns to give the room a more elevated sophisticated look.
Although the animal inspiration is there, I love that it appears in touches throughout the room – in the tiger throw on the back of the chair (faux, of course), the brass animal heads that I love displayed on a metallic dish, the print in the simple white frame. Coupled with zig zag patterns on the cushions and natural textures, it’s an updated look of a sophisticated classic.
Can we just take a moment to talk about these chairs. The black and white is so elegant, especially when contrasted with the bright green and orange leaf pattern of the cushions. Each chair swivels and rocks and the shape just makes me want to crawl in and relax while sipping a cocktail. (Yes, this has been added to my wish list).
A room that makes you want to fall into bed and feel the warm breeze wash over you while you nap. The colours, patterns, accessories are all reminiscent of a Bali vacation. Brightly patterned towels (like the ones sitting on the lilac seat at the end of the bed) redefine what towels should look like, while brass and silver accessories are mixed to create a point of visual interest to a simple bookcase. I would love to share my favourite pieces from this room, but they are all on my wish list.
The promise of warm pancakes topped with blueberry syrup and fresh pasta with spiced tomato sauce makes this room so inviting. Cute plates and table accessories of farm animals help set the tone for a summer BBQ. Not sure what to cook? Check out the book section to find culinary inspiration from some of the best-selling books. If you haven’t yet discovered the food section of Home Sense, I strongly recommend you check it out. I have discovered some of the most unique vinegars, spices and condiments to bring new life to my usual dishes. They also have an impressive selection of organic foods for so much less than you will find in your usual health food store. Definitely worth a look!
The beautiful spring summer collection will slowly trickle into store mid-March. What are you adding to your home decor wish list?
[All photos are my own and not to be used without permission]