Next Home Event: Part 1

Thursday, 28 March 2013
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ready to watch the new ad
Gillian and Jenn
me and Gillian
Jonathan and Charlene

Earlier this week I was kindly invited to a Next Home event at their store in Straiton, so popped along after work, meeting up with some fellow bloggers on the way for a wee bus adventure!  Once we arrived (yaaay to not getting lost) we were greeted by the lovely Next PR team and handed a glass of prosecco (I wish all greetings came with a glass of prosecco...).  

We were then free to go for a wander round the store (which is HUGE by the way) to take a look at their fab spring/summer range,  and oh my word there were so many beautiful things - I was like a kid in a sweet shop (as you can probably tell by the fact I took a MILLION photos).  I've always loved Next for homewares and have spent many an hour perusing their brochure mentally planning my dream home so this trip has further fuelled that obsession and I'm now itching to redecorate our flat like NOW! 

We were also rather kindly given a £50 giftcard to spend on anything we wanted from the store which was exciting, although it then lead to the difficult dilemma of what do I buy??! as I literally wanted EVERYTHING. I eventually managed to narrow my search down to some heart shaped plates, a metal jar (for my makeup brushes), an Eiffel Tower statue and a red wallet (couldn't resist a little peek in the fashion section too!).  I'll do another post later this week to show how I've incorporated these in my flat, as well as show you some other things that came in a goodie bag (it's safe to say I was blown away by how generous they were!).

So once we were all shopped out we headed back into town for more prosecco & canapes* at the Hotel Du Vin where we got to see a screening of their new TV ad, as well as a sneak peek at behind the scenes and the making of the advert.  It was also a great opportunity to chat with the PR team and find out a bit more about Next Home - it was really interesting to hear how the whole design process works, from trends analysis to mood boards to the finished product - all the stuff that you just don't even think about when you see a product on a shelf.  It was also really cool to hear about the new ranges that will be arriving in stores in the coming weeks/months - I loved all the shabby chic / Parisian themed products and apparantly there's a new romance range coming soon which ties in with this so I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for that!

This was the first brand event I'd attended and it has certainly set the bar high - I had an ace time (shopping + bubbles, what a combo) and it was genuinely interesting hearing all the behind the scenes stuff from the Next girls.  Also it was great to catch up with some of my favourite blogger ladies and to meet some new people too.  Thanks to Next for putting on such a great night!

*I'm still dreaming about the mini croque monsiers they had....divine!

Next up in my bloggy social calendar is Zen Lifestyle Spa next week - can't wait!

10 comments:

  1. Next Home do some gorgeous pieces, I got all of my kitchenware from there last summer! Think pastel coloured plates and pristine white cups and saucers!

    http://hannahrebekahcampbell.blogspot.com || GLASSES GIVEAWAY! x

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    1. Aww pastel plates sound lovely - all of the kitchen stuff was so pretty, I wanted everything! If my kitchen didn't already have too much crockery I'd so be buying all the pretties right now.

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  2. Love the post! Great photos and it was fab learning awww . stoptalkingtelltheworld.co.uke means behind the madness with the ad!

    Was excellent meeting you as well :-)

    Jonathan x

    www.stoptalkingtelltheworld.co.uk

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    1. Great meeting you too - looking forward to the next event! :)

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  3. Love this post! I'm not remotely jealous, obviously (I MASSIVELY AM!). I love Next for homewares, so pretty! Great pics, glad you had a good night :) xx

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    1. Thanks - it was so much fun, you need to get yourself involved the next time there's an Edinburgh event :)

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  4. Next have an amazing home section, though somethings are a little over priced in my opinion, but they definitely do shabby chic very well :)

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    1. I do love a good shabby chic range, haha!

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  5. I never knew Next did such amazing homeware. I love all the heart shapes going on, if only it was a little cheaper. I am an ikea / b&m bargains girl ;)

    xx

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    1. Lol I normally am too - that and Matalan! I was pleasantly surprised by the Next prices though, a lot of stuff wasn't far off Ikea, I expected it to be a lot more expensive than it was!

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