The HomeSense team have been busy shooting some gorgeous new outdoor living piccies for spring and summer. Here’s a little sneaky peek behind the (not so) glamorous scenes…
But it wasn’t all messing about on the river (or trout lake, rather). Before we could start, there was a teensy bit of prep…
Our lucky producer, Anja, got to scrape duck poop off the jetty (nice!) Ooo, the lengths we go to, to create that perfect pic.
Our feathered friends waited in the wings for their modelling debut.
… And we set up our still life ‘studio’.
Does it even get more glamorous than this?
Luckily our talented stylist Abigail and her lovely assistant were on hand to make things look beautiful.
Pillow fight anyone?
And our photographer, Mel, couldn’t wait to capture that perfect shot.
But first, time for tea… All aboard everyone!
OK, the tea was for the photo – and it was cold – it didn’t half look pretty though.
Finally, we were almost ready for our final pic of the day – furniture, on a jetty, by a lake, surrounded by nature of course! Really, what could be springier and more HomeSensey?
And… It’s a wrap! Until next time. Summer here we come.
This spring we’re going global with tribal trends, colourful prints, homespun crafts and unique buys from around the world.
… It’s all about bringing a little piece of the big wide world into your own home.
We’ve been discovering bold colours and prints and are using them to full effect – these vibrant African fabrics are perfect for mixing and matching for extra punch.
The Navajo trend was hot on the catwalk for spring/summer, so we’re working that into our homes too – with quirky embroidery, hand-crafted beading and zigzag prints.
Why not bring a taste of your travels into your home with exotic finds, fabrics and interesting photos? This Indian temple is full of inspiration.
… And what’s not to love about these Moorish tiles? Blue and white is so fresh and inviting for spring.
Colourful lanterns and lamps are wonderful for adding atmosphere, don’t you think?
And how much more appealing does a minty Moroccan cuppa look in a decorative tea pot?
Come and discover our worldwide wonders… We even have some beautiful hand-woven baskets in store now that were crafted by women in rural areas of Western Uganda, supported by HomeSense, making them a perfect addition to our gathering of global goodies.
At HomeSense this month we are getting all arty. We have joined up with Ikon Gallery who are running an amazing competition with Gillian Wearing (the Turner prize winning artist). They are looking for one family to be cast in bronze by the artist and immortalised in Birmingham city centre. Find out more here
It has got us thinking about art in the home. The key is not to be shy about putting up your pictures that you like. Express yourself with some art and don’t be afraid to put together pictures that don’t match. The more the merrier. Take up a whole staircase or wall with various paintings, drawings and prints in different sizes. It is very in vogue for home and we love it.
Don’t just put one painting on your wall. Trending now in homeware is montage. Hang all your favourite pictures on one wall.
If you can’t find the piece of art you’re looking for…make your own.
Homeware really can be art!
We love these old 78’s made into wall art. How inspiring.
Edward Hopper. One of my personal favourites. But art is so subjective, your home is the best place to express what you like by the paintings you choose.
This painting, another one of my personal favourites “Christina’s World” by Andrew Wyeth is one of the most famous american paintings from the 20th century. Here photographer Bruno Dayan pays homage to the famous masterpiece. Love!
Egon Schiele. So these are just some of my favourites. But look out for what you like and stick them on your pinboard or make a wall of art in one room in your house.
Hang up a Calder style mobile in your kitchen to add a bit of modern art to your house.
Ooooh Robert Motherwell’s studio. Get inspired to make your own creations too. There’s no such word as can’t!
We’re well ahead here at HomeSense. The team was out shooting the Spring campaign just before Christmas. Luckily we got a beautiful, crisp winter day with blue skies and great light for shooting stills.
Spring is in the air (even in December)
Making use of the props
Josh, our runner, moosing around.
Location, location, location
Our production team found a great location in Kent. A wonderful old farmhouse with several outhouses and greenhouses to shoot our Spring product.
Meet the team
Here is our wonderful creative stylist Abigail and her lovely assistant Anita.
Here’s Anja our willing and able producer and her gorgeous assistant Boris.
“Hmmm not sure what that tea cosy is adding to the shot”.Photographer, marketing and art director reviewing the shots.
The writer (me!) is behind the camera, apart in this shot with my new friend.
It was ffffrreeezing out in the garden sheds without any heating. Might look like Spring but the weather didn’t feel like it.
We’ve got sleighfuls of gorgeous Christmas decs from cool minimal designs to Nordic wooden ornaments. It’s like rummaging through the best stocking in Britain. Have an eclectic Christmas from HomeSense.
…for less this Christmas. We’ve got a larder full of lovely gourmet food for you, your family and friends. Feast your eyes on these delicious festive recipes.