Day 8 | Blogmas 2017 - Housing Units Festive Event

Friday, December 08, 2017

For the past couple of years, Housing Units have invited a few bloggers to experience their Christmas event and this year was no exception. 

Housing units is a vast site and it made up of three main areas. The Emporium Store, The Home Furnishing Store and The Cresent which has 4 smaller units which include a nursery shop and clearance centre. 

We had a tour of The Home Furnishing Store which includes large furniture items like sofas and dining sets on the upper floor then downstairs is more of a department store where you can find all the items you could ever need in the home. 

 I was very taken with the lightbulb light fitting, they have a range of statement lighting. This one wasn't with the main lighting section and I think that's why it caught my eye.

I also think I need a teal footstool in my life but I am quite taken with the mustard ones as well.

In this store, they mentioned each department decorates their own trees in each of the departments. My favourite was this one with all the kitchen items. I adore those little buckets. I have no idea what you'd do with a bucket so small but I want one.

Another weakness of mine is mugs we have a cupboard full of them and we've even had to get rid of some to make room for my new ones but I spotted this one reduced to £1.70. I was planning on trying to hide it as I'd left my purse in the cafe in the other building. I also think they'd turned the tills off but my photo doesn't do this justice. If you like mugs you will understand

There is such a wide range of products, as well as the practical items you need for a home they also have some more quirky items which would be perfect for gifts, I mean who wouldn't love a dino egg cup. I would have an egg every single day if I owned one of them.

And what better way to illuminate said egg than with a matching lamp! Can you imagine if I had my own house! Laurence Llewellyn Bowen would be quaking in his boots at my style choices.

We headed back to The Emporuim Store to embrace Christmas, even someone who is the Grinch (and that was me last week) can not fail to feel a little bit festive. There is so much magic and even staying in the Christmas section you could lose an hour or more.

The buyer for the Christmas department talked us through some of the things they look at when deciding on what to stock and the themes. They have 5 main themes this year with the first one being Toy Shop, with lots of elves and my own personal nemesis the Nutcrackers. I'm sure a lot of people love them but they would be in my room 101. I need a huge room 101, but they have been added to my Tom Cruise List.

I'm struggling to remember all of the themes but I there was a definite woodland vibe to the next area with lost of natural colours and woodland creatures.

My favourite theme was the one in the above picture which sadly didn't photo well, there was a lot of copper and it felt warm and cosy and I'm a sucker for a lighty up star.

 There was a huge number of proffessionally decorated trees which are a work of art in themselves. They really showcase how you could decorate a tree for a showhome but they really help you to visualize how you could do something similar at home. I love the idea of using oversized silk flowers and bird ornaments within the tree as well as the usual ornaments.

Our tree at home is a twig tree and while I'm not sure the silk flowers would work but I like the idea of frosted pine cones. 

I had a lovely evening at Housing Units, they also provided us each with a Gentleman's Afternoon tea as this year's food. Sadly I didn't get a great photo of it. 

It had a mini fish and chips, roast beef and yorkshire pudding, pork pie and a ham sandwich. The cakes were a square of Christmas Cake, mince pie, chocolate log and a scone all were delicious and I would have this if I went back to the wicken tree for food. I've had the original afternoon tea in the past which was equally nice. 

Finally, I think Santa has a confession to make, he's pinched my post box. My initials and my number 7 hmmm someone will be on the naughty list this year!!! 

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