cake and relaxing

I was invited to look around the new Next home and garden store in Warrington, along with other blogging Mums.  I love Next and am a regular shopper and love that I am part of the Next blogger network, so this was a great chance for me to take a closer look around the store.  Whilst I love the Next range I have never really given much thought about the displays and the thought process behind them.  

We began with a tour of the store and I was really fascinated to learn the stories behind each display, that they are not as I previously thought, items simply put together.  There is a story and an inspiration behind each one.  Each item carefully chosen for a specific target person in mind, from the person who loves colour to those that like the neat clean plain styles.  Items inspired by trips to Morocco and items grouped together to show you what works and what you can achieve,

living roomnext living room

next lightsnext bedroom

The idea is to make shopping easy.  So that you can simply walk into any Next store and be inspired for your own home.  My favourite item in the Home store was this children's Pirate bed, my daughter is really into Pirates and she would love this

pirate bed

I think though that having seen the following sign I may have found our new house hold motto

new kitchen motto

What I really liked about the Warrington store, was the wide range available in the garden section.  The thought process continues in the garden too.  With items grouped together to provide inspiration

garden housedeck chair

water featuresgarden inspiration

Items grouped by colour so even those with little gardening experience can easily find what they are looking for.  There is also a wide range of grow your own fruit and vegetables.  I thought it was very useful to see above each of the plants a useful chart to explain the plant labels.  It helped identify quickly what plants like shade or full sun and how hardy the plants are to ice.

colour plantsplants

plant chartfruit and veg

After a tour of the store we were whisked away for afternoon tea.  I think I may have eaten far too many cakes but then they were rather yummy.

yummy cake

The remainder of the afternoon was spent relaxing in the spa before having to pick the girls up from nursery.  It was really lovely to meet up with other blogging Mums for the afternoon and spend some time together chatting and relaxing.  A lovely day out with Next.

I was not asked by Next to write a review or a post, I simply had a lovely time and wanted to write about it.  I was provided with a tour of the store, a gift voucher, afternoon tea and a spa treatment. 

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