HomeSense Ireland launch at the Blanchardstown Centre

Last night I was lucky enough to be invited along to have a sneak peek at the new HomeSense store in the Blanchardstown Centre ahead of its grand opening today. For those who may not know [I was one of them and asked this very question last night], HomeSense a sister company to TK Maxx and is essentially TK Maxx’s home department, except times a thousand. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived shortly after 19:00 last night, but all I’ll say is I was one of the last to leave when the sneak peek event closed at 21:00. 
I walked around its 2 storeys at least 3 times, touching things and taking pictures and clumsily Instagram story-ing as I went. These are a few pictures of what gave me heart-eye emojis in store last night, but to see a lot more, I’d strongly suggest checking out the #HomeSenseIreland hashtag on Twitter, or go directly to the source and see it for yourself in store as and from today! 

There was so. Much. And so much of it left me feeling like we need to magically have our own home to redecorate as so many of the pieces gave me so many great ideas. The range of styles and design across the store was impressive to say the least.  You could easily shop for every room in your home and it wouldn’t look like you got it all from one store.

It wasn’t until about 45 minutes into my visit last night that I realised I had a gift card to spend in store [I was handed an envelope when I first arrived, and you can blame my parents for raising me the way that they did, but I didn’t rip open the envelope then and there 😅 It was a happy surprise!]. That’s when I went around the shop again and picked up some of the pieces I had been eyeing-up. All of which I’ve already set up around our apartment and I’ll be taking proper pictures of them [once the sun reappears!] and blogging all about them as soon as possible. 

Trends that do good – TK Maxx Uganda

noticed since having Cora that I’ve changed. A lot. Chemically. Not
that I was emotionally devoid BC (before Cora), but I’m now much more
emotional whenever something child-related pops up in my news feed.
The little girl who loves
a broken water heater
? I cried. The sassy kids who interrupt
their dad’s BBC interview
? Cried. Different types of tears, but I
think they prove I’m doomed to look like crying Dawson Leery
at anything involving children going forward. 

week when TK

approached me to help promote their new homeware range with a
difference, they hit a chord with my new-found parental emotions.
From today, an incredible range of hand woven and hand crafted pieces
will be available that are not only perfect to brighten your home for
spring, but they also support a strong cause.
Each piece that’s sold supports the disadvantaged Ugandan parents who
crafted them by increasing their income so they can afford to keep
their children in school. 
Multi-coloured hand woven platter, €16.99, TK Maxx
Hand woven patterned vase, €16.99, TK Maxx
Rice spoons, €8.99, TK Maxx
4. Horn
bowls, €22.99 each, TK
5. Lidded hand woven basket, €19.99, TK Maxx

TK Maxx began working with parents in Uganda in 2008, school
attendance has risen from 53% to 94%. This isn’t something that in
the past would have hit home so hard, but since having Cora I can’t
begin to imagine how difficult
that struggle is and I’m only starting to realise how much we take
for granted.
sale of these bespoke pieces helps to achieve long-term improvement
in the everyday lives of the people who make them; an excuse to go
shopping if I ever needed one. Let’s also not forget the durability
factor. Now that Cora has reached pre-toddler mode, these woven bowls
and vases won’t shatter should your adorable bundle of grabby-hands
hone in on them. They’re uniquely crafted statement pieces that are
doing good for those less fortunate. 

note that the new Ugandan stock is limited and will vary per TK Maxx
store nationwide.
– this is a sponsored blog post by TK Maxx to help promote their new
range of Ugandan handmade products. As always, all words and opinions
are my own. I only work with companies I like and of course, think
that you will too. Thank you for supporting the companies that
support The Interior DIYer.