M&S Home – shopping for explorers. Dedicated to anyone who’s gone into Marks and Spencer to buy thermals, and come out with marble kitchen accessories. That’s not going to keep you warm in winter, is it?
Is it really all going pear-shaped at M&S Home? Making the headlines recently is the news that some Marks and Spencer stores are tipped to close in the UK, following disappointing business results.
In spite of talk of slow sales and sliding profits, we’re still finding inspiring buys at M&S Home. Although like-for-like sales at homeware are falling in the same way as clothing, the intrepid shopper can still uncover some fantastic finds.
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Some of the interiors stuff is fairly uninspiring. M&S Home is not like those lovely stores where you eyeball the products and want to get your greedy mitts on just about EVERYTHING!! We’re looking at you Anthropologie, Rockett St George, Avoca.
No, M&S Home is for the campaigner, the explorer, those truly dedicated to uncovering a great find. In trying to be all things to all shoppers, the homeware style is less coherent than other interiors stores. There can be four or five contrasting themes going on at any one time, and that means you’ll probably only really like a minority of the products.
The fact that it takes a bit more work can be rewarding, but frankly who has the time?
So we’ve done the leg work for you. Here’s our choice of the best buys at M&S Home right now.
Boho luxe interiors
Surely everyone’s up for a bit of boho luxe inside their home? Bring on the tassels, fringing, sequins (subtle please) and velvet soft furnishings.
Who’d have thought you could embrace your wandering nomad right on the UK high street?
Instagrammers alert – for anyone looking for the perfect backdrop for those flatlays, or a little #fromwhereIstand post, look no further than this beach towel. Ok, so it’s going to be lovely at the beach or pool, goes without saying. But that Moroccan tile print will look glorious in a square close-up. Multi-tasking textiles!
Velvet and tassels tick all the style boxes this season. Combined, they’re magical. The velvet tassel cushion (£19.50) is super-tasteful in silver, and also available in blush pink and sage green. Made from 100% cotton, it looks perfect on a bed or armchair.
Every now and then, M&S comes up with a designer-look gem at fraction of the designer price. Last year it was the sequinned Moroccan wedding blanket, sadly no longer available (see title pic for this post). This season, we spotted this oversized velvet vintage print cushion. It’s available in green and grey, as well as colour of the moment, navy blue. The back is solid coloured velvet, and the burn-out effect on the printed front is chic. It’s a lot of cushion for £25!
M&S Home lighting
Just like last year, the lightning section has some real gems again this season. It’s illuminating!
Glass pendants are so hot right now, and M&S is all over it. Starting with the Blair flower pendant, a total bargain at a shade under £50. Looks great against that dark wall, but would be equally at home with dusky pastels or Scandi greys.
The Paloma pendant is another great example in glass. The ceiling cable’s adjustable, so you could hang this low over a side table or bed for a pool of light. Our preference is the amber one – we think it’s channeling the Peaky Blinders vintage vibe perfectly, and would cast a flattering warm light.
The ultimate looker in the lighting section this season is the update on last year’s stunning beaded chandelier, this time called the Margot (£229). Wooden beads on a metal frame, at over a metre high, the Margot is a fraction of the price of similar statement lights. A great investment, as the Margot would give any room the wow factor, and works well in contemporary and more traditional interiors.
Hang it as low as you dare over your dining table. Or go off-centre in your bedroom and hang it over your dressing table or bed.
Is clutter taking over your home?
You can’t have missed Marie Kondo’s message in her bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying. If you missed it, where’ve you been? Even if you haven’t read her book, you’ll have seen the theme in all the glossies. At Roomy Home we’re also big fans of Gretchen Rubin and the Happiness Project. We’re firmly behind her belief that, for most people, outer order contributes to inner calm (read about that here, and check out her inspiring and loveable Happier Podcast).
And how to create that outer order at home without feeling like a compulsive tidier? Get some lovely storage.
Baby steps, people!
Don’t leave your shoes lying around near the front door – throw them in a basket. Got magazines you haven’t finished flicking through? Stick them in a basket. Hats, scarves and gloves. Basket. Lego pieces and kids’story books. Guess where?
Get yourself some outer order with this M&S beauty. It’s 50cm tall, so plenty of room for any amount of
clutter essentials you can’t live without.
Put those M&S thermals back on the shelf!
And what about those marble kitchen accessories chosen instead of the trusty thermals? Here you go. These pinch pots are sweet enough to bring from the hob to the table. None of it’s too flexible to wear on chilly walks though!
Hope you’ve learnt that the key to shopping at Marks and Spencer Home is patience. Take some time to uncover the gems that speak to you. Or if the thought of that challenge tires you out, just let Roomy Home do the hard work for you. Like these? You’ll love our boho luxe heart-themed interiors.
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