Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Back to Campus Style & First Home w/ HomeSense + Giveaway!

Hello Wednesday! How are you all doing now that we are two weeks into September? The Fall brings on a variety of changes: the weather, your outfits, and more importantly (well at least to us decor addicts), your home.

I still remember the days when I was a university student.  Moving day was certainly fun and let me tell you, my student dwelling was definitely bare bone basic.  Students living in Waterloo today have  no idea how lucky they are to have HomeSense in town.  This location is definitely one of my absolute favourites and hey, why settle when you can have a fabulous place while in school right?

Here are a few budget friendly, but big on style goodies at HomeSense.  Super stylish round metal mirror + rope, a couple of leathered chairs for less than $90 a piece, mid-century inspired floor and table lamps, and a pouf in Union Jack.  Since square footage is often limited on campus, a settee is definitely a much more sensible choice and if you pick up this grey handsome number (with a few pretty pillows), I am pretty sure you will have the best movie nights turn out ever!


Now some of you may also be planning to move into your first place this Fall.  In fact, I also moved into my condo around this time of the year 6 years ago.  So I thought, why don't I put together a few essentials I spotted at HomeSense for the bachelors and bachelorettes soon to become first time home owners. 

Ladies first and in this episode of HomeSense makeover, I am going for Hollywood glam.  This Marilyn Monroe's print from Trowbridge is my jumping-off point.  She was such a beautiful lady and remains the icon for all things sexy, curvaceous, and feminine.  On that note, may I introduce you the most beautiful chesterfield I have seen ... that's right, in pretty pink blush.  We will stylish the place up with a couple of blue and white lamps with an elegant silhouette from Ralph Lauren Home, a Moroccan Berber style rug at an unbeatable price (8' x 10' for $499), and a tailored statement storage with white lacquer and mirror for extra bling.  Add a charming tie-dye pillow and a zebra artwork from Trowbridge, my work here is done.


Now for the guys out there, I have shopped you a well-traveled gentleman look: rich wood tone via the campaign style dresser and artwork, a moroccan style mirror with intricate wood work detail, a streamlined sofa in tuxedo style, a modern interpretation of the classic wingback, a super soft and comfy rug in chevron.  I am also throwing in a pair of oversized table lamps from Ralph Lauren Homes (love how the gold echo the hardware on the dresser and accent on the frame), and of course an assortment of cool faux ostrich boxes for stylish storage.  

Ready to move in Gents?


Now to help you to create your dream home either on campus or at your first place, HomeSense is offering one of you a $250 shopping spree.


To enter, simply leave me a message of what caught your eyes at HomeSense lately and how would you incorporate it in your home.  For extra entries, please follow HomeSense on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  For yet more chances to win, you could also be my "Followers" via the "join this site" button on the right, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

That's a total of 8 chances for you to take home this giveaway! Please do leave me separate messages for the extra entries.  This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only (sorry my friends from the US ... HomeSense is only in Canada) and the lucky winner will be randomly drawn & announcement will come on Friday September 20th.

Happy shopping friends!

151 comments:

  1. Shopping for your first digs at HomeSense, makes perfect sense! Where else can you find current and fabulous home decor at such a fantastic price? Most recently I bought placemats that became a couple of small cushions; such an easy way to inject a modern feel for a few dollars. Thanks for the chance to win, Tim.

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  2. I'm a follower via Google Friend connect

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  3. Hey Tim, just for a heads up, if reading your blog from within BlogLovin (which is how I read it), the links don't work. You actually have to open your blog outside of Bloglovin in order to get them to work.

    I follow you and HomeSense on Pinterest :)

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  4. I spotted a lamp for my bedside table that will hopefully still be there on pay-day!

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  5. I saw a great mirror the other day at HomeSense. Going back tonight to see if it's still there!
    anneblanke@hotmail.com

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    1. HomeSense does have a fab mirror collection! I love shopping there too! Please do follow HomeSense and me for extra entries! fingers crossed for you :)

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  6. Hi Tim! Thanks for the heads up on your giveaway. I've been following your blog as well and can't wait to meet you on Friday at the tea party!

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  7. I follow Homesense on Facebook :)

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  8. I follow Homesense on Twitter too :)

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  9. Following Homesense on Pinterest :)

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  10. Following you on Bloglovin'! You can add me as well here Love On Sunday :)

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  11. Already following you on Twitter and Instagram! :)

    omg...can you tell I want this giftcard? haha

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  12. .... now following you on Pinterest! Crossing my fingers and toes I WIN!!!

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  13. I've spotted some pretty gorgeous rugs at HomeSense lately that I'd love to take home!

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  14. Hi Tim! Thanks for visiting my site AND letting me know about your awesome giveaway! I am currently redoing my bathroom, so im sure the bathroom accessories, hand towels, and some art would catch my eye!!

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  15. and I am now following u on twitter!

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  16. and im following you on pinterest!

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  17. and im follwing your blog! (of course! cant wait to check it out!)

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  18. aaaand im following homesense on twitter!

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  19. and homesense on pinterest! I think that is all? hahaha I dont have instagram (stupid blackberry)

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  20. Wheeeeee!!!! I'd LOVE to win this. Flipping out at how awesome this is. I'd totally buy some mirrors that I've spotted lately in the stores - maybe an ottoman or two... So hard to decide!

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  21. Follow HomeSense on Twitter. :)

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  22. Homesense is my favourite! I love that nautical mirror - having been searching for it to no avail

    We're throwing a party this weekend and I picked up some of their kraft paper wrapper paper to use as a table runner

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  23. Following Homesense on Facebook

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  24. I am a Homesense addict. I spotted some giraffe and zebra art I really want!
    shoppingalways72@gmail.com

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  25. Love all the animal print at Homesense!

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  26. Hey Tim,
    I've seen a beautiful fretwork style mirror at Homesense a few months ago. It would have been perfect above the headboard of our guest bedroom. Went back to the store and it was gone :-(

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  27. Followed Homesense on Pinterest

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  28. Love Homesense...recently found 2 water hyacinth baskets perfect for the house. I put one by the couch for blankets and pillows and one by the door for bags. I'm still on the lookout for a smaller one that I can use as a catch all in the winter for scarves and mitts and stuff...

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  29. In desperate need of a mirror for my entryway!
    Pbbles@hotmail.com

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  30. A lot of the kitchen items and entertaining ideas have been inspiring me lately. I fell in love with a great stone pizza board I would love to get, but also need new lighting.

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  31. I follow you on google friend connect - SUMMER PLEWES

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  32. I follow homesense on twitter

    @fokxxy is my name :)

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  33. i follow homesense on pinterest
    http://pinterest.com/fokxxy/ is my account

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  34. i FOLLOW you on twitter.

    @fokxxy is my twitter handle :) Thank you.

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  35. follow you on pinterest.

    I am http://pinterest.com/fokxxy/

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  36. I love all of the amazing storage pieces that HomeSense has brought in for the fall. We are looking at redoing our bathroom in the basement. It is going from a 2 piece to a 3 piece and in order to do that I am losing one of the very few closets that I have in the house. It has been one of my main storage areas, so I will need to find ways to openly store items in the house, but "hide" them at the same time. HomeSense has some gorgeous boxes and bins that I can use on top of my bookcases and even my kitchen cupboards that will look pretty and still be functional. I mean, where and I going to hide my extra toilet paper? Yeah, I am going to have to be creative and HomeSense will be my first stop!

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  37. I have joined the site via Google Friends Connect.

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  38. Amazing...I heart homesense. Their furniture lately has been catching my eye - but that mirror with the role would be perfect for my nursery...must find it in Toronto!

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  39. there was this moroccan inspired mirror i spotted and fingers crossed it is still there this weekend. Homesense is my 'me time'. Keeping my fingers crossed!

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  40. totally follow you on instagram b/c I look for your homesense finds!

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  41. Fell in love with a gorgeous blue velvet sofa at HomeSense - has my name on it!

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  42. I love, love, love Homesense and I love, love, love the round mirror with the rope.

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  43. What have I not been eying at Homesense :) haha but seriously I've been drooling over a Beveled Mirror and a fabulous upholstered accent chair for my Living room.

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  44. I would LOVE to win $250 from Homesense. I would snap up a few lamps. A very chinoiserie Ralph Lauren lamp is catching my eye lately!

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  45. I just realized I wasn't follow you on Pinterest- the horror! I am now!

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  46. And I follow Homesense on twitter too!

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  47. Wow - great giveaway!!!! Homesense is like my second home! On my last trip, I spotted a geometric rug that I would love to bring home and incorporate into my living room.

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  48. Hi Tim,

    Absolutely in love with all the unique pieces of furniture at Homesense especially the fabulous finds from India and Indonesia. There selection on rugs is enormous and you can always find the perfect one that matches your particular style. Let’s not forget to mention the current chair event going on and it’s never ending selection in choices.
    I loveeee Homesense!

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  49. I am hoping they have that rug at my Home Sense, I want it for my living room! Gorgeous.

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  50. I follow you on instagram :) phew! I think that's it!

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  51. I would love a gray side chair so my guests have somewhere to sit when they visit :)

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  52. I saw some beautiful agate bookends on my last visit!

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  53. I spied a great console table there that I would love to place in the hallway I'm currently renovating - great piece!

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  54. I saw a handsome headboard few weeks ago with nail heads detail and although I like the headboard that I made few years ago, I think it'll be a nice change!

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  55. So exciting Tim! I love that round mirror - I have searched for it in a couple of stores, but no dice so far! That rug is pretty awesome too, although my husband would DEFINITELY have a canary if I brought another rug home! :)

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  56. Following @Homesense on Twitter...

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  57. Following HomeSense on Pinterest...

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  58. Following your site (as always!) ...:)

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  59. I follow you on Pinterest! Phew! I can't believe I haven't screwed up one captcha thinger yet!

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  60. Ooh you know I love me some HomeSense!! I would put the $$ towards my master bedroom makeover which is happening pretty soon!! Crossing my fingers :-)

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  61. I love Home Sense and I am on the hunt for a headboard for my guest room!

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  62. I follow you on twitter

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  63. I follow you on Pinterest

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  64. I follow you on Instagram

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  65. I follow Home Sense on Facebook

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  66. I follow Home Sense on twitter

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  67. I follow HS on Pinterest

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  68. I now follow your site ... but officially signing up! : )

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  69. spotted a pair of Ralph Lauren Lamps in marble and brass. Planning to use them in my bedroom!

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  70. following HomeSense now: jinlin

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  71. following HomeSense on Pinterest: jinlin

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  72. Hi Tim,
    I would definitely put the $$ towards some new side tables for my living room. Perhaps some of the brass action we saw at the holiday preview!

    Amy

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  73. I also follow you on Pinterest as I believe i browbeat you into joining it! :)

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  74. This is such a great giveaway. I would put the money towards a new rug for my family room. They have so many great ones lately! Thanks for the chance to win! Michelle

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  75. Hi Tim, great contest! I would use the gift card to start working on my dining room... I will be starting from scratch so I need all the help I can get!

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