Cake, candles and George Home | #GeorgeHome

Every once in a while, my blog presents an opportunity that makes me really grateful to be part of this lovely industry. And leaves me a little bit spellbound. Recently I was invited along to a very special blogging event. It was to celebrate the launch of the SS16 season for Asda’s George Home range.

Not unusual, you may think. I’ve been lucky enough to be asked along to various events over the last year. I’ve been to press days at Laura Ashley and Matalan;  but this was something a little bit special.

For a start, all three of my boys (big man-shaped boy AND the tiny boys) had been invited along too. This was a massive treat for me. To spend the day with my three most favourite people — midweek — was such a nice change.

And secondly I got to hang out with some of my very favourite bloggers.

We pulled up outside a pretty Edwardian house, in an unassuming North London street, with only the little board on the driveway giving an indication of what was inside.

The George Home

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The owners — and their belongings — had shipped out. And every corner of their home had been transformed with George Home product.

Even the contents of the kitchen cupboards. Plus the kettle that was being used to make everyone’s tea.

The house had been totally ‘Georgified’.

Downstairs there was gorgeous design led furniture, accessories, lighting — even the paint on the walls — all by George Home.

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LOOK at the gorgeous light, reflected in the mirror

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The softest soft furnishings

Fritha, Jess, Katie and Laura — plus their families — had also been invited along and we got to hang out in lovely surroundings and have a chat, whilst the kids played around us.

There were some fab toys for the littles to have fun with — my boys made a beeline for a little retro kitchen and Bertie spent a lovely half hour ironing (good to know that we’ve produced a couple of mini domestic-gods in the making!).

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Like father like sons… cooking up a storm, in the kitchen, like their daddy.

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Bert getting to grips with the ironing.

Wherever you looked there were gorgeous little touches.

Sweet little accessories, fabulous kitchenware and covetable furniture.

So many surprising things to look at — some that I had no idea that George Home even sells — but the most surprising thing were the prices. As with everything that George at Asda produces, all of the products were incredible value.

One of my favourite things was the Brooklyn dining set. Oak and white gloss — super-stylish — starting from only £100 for a pair of chairs. Bargain.

More lovely things than you can shake a stick at!

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Love these chairs and the Brooklyn dining table.

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This little recipe box was one of my favourite things that I spotted.

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It didn’t end there either.

Upstairs we were greeted by more of the same; a fabulous velvet statement sofa, flanked by lovely lighting.

Then into each of the bedrooms, which were also beautifully styled.

The house of dreams

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Pretty in pink: perfect for little princesses.

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Girls, boys plus a gorgeous unisex nursery — all kitted out with the most wonderful product.

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Bold brights for little monsters

And it didn’t end there…

Literally everything was by George Home.

And to top it all, there were games and activities for the little ones to do, with the day ending with a birthday cake and candles for Katie’s little girl LL, who was celebrating her 3rd birthday that very day.

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More fun than you can shake a stick at.

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King of Craft: Cosmo

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All the littles

All in all, a lovely day out.

I got to spend time with my favourite people in the whole wide world , chat to some lovely bloggers and indulge my passion for gorgeous homeware.

The boys got to eat cake and hang out with their daddy, whilst playing with some cool kids and lots of lovely toys.

Winning all round.

And best of all, I left the lovely George Home house knowing that — very shortly — all of that lovely product would be hitting the shops (and their website) and we’d all be able to fill our own homes with those gorgeous things!

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Tired and happy after a fun day at the George Home house :)

Thanks so much to the lovely folk at ASDA for a really lovely day. All thoughts and words, as ever, are entirely my own.

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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66 Comments

  1. 22nd February 2016 / 7:40 pm

    Ohhhhh there are so many gorgeous things right there. What a wonderful thing to do and it looks like you had a wonderful day. I’m off to have a browse on their website! xx

    • 22nd February 2016 / 9:18 pm

      I can’t tell you HOW amazing the stuff is!!! Honestly — SUCH good value too. You could kit out your entire house — it was all gorgeous!!!! :)

  2. 22nd February 2016 / 7:53 pm

    What an absolutely gorgeous day. I can’t belive all of those products are from George. I need to head to the website and have a look properly. Some of those soft furnishings are just beautiful.

    • 22nd February 2016 / 9:22 pm

      Aah Karen, honestly, I was blown away by it all. SUCH beautiful product. I’d give it all house-room!! :)

  3. 22nd February 2016 / 8:05 pm

    Wow, there are so many beautiful things in this house, what an amazing day with some ace bloggers too! What a treat Caro. I absolutely love the bedspread in white and green, and the kids stuff is lovely. Might have to invest in that little pink cushion seat for Flo! So cute xx

    • 22nd February 2016 / 9:19 pm

      Honestly — I was so, so impressed. They had some seriously beautiful stuff — and the prices were amazing!!! :) xx

  4. 22nd February 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Oh Caro I bet you was in your element the house looks gorgeous, and your photos are beautiful. I have spotted a few things that I want for my bedroom, we are doing it in the next few weeks so hope they will out by then. The boys looked adorable and I love Berties face in the group shot he looks so cheeky, glad you had an amazing day x

    • 22nd February 2016 / 9:21 pm

      It was AWESOME Sarah — honestly — the product wad absolutely gorgeous. I LOVED the dining room chairs especially. Just fabulous! :) xx

  5. 22nd February 2016 / 8:50 pm

    Oh Wow! Oh Wow! Oh Wow! I’m in absolute shock and awe. I cannot believe they moved into and styled a whole house!!! What s fabulous idea from those very clever marketing and PR bods. I really want to work for them now! Haha. You must have had the most amazing time in the world. I don’t think I’d have wanted to leave! The products look absolutely amazing. I really wish there was s George st Home store near me to have a good old rifle through all those fabulous looking products! I think you’ll approve of my new kitchen too then, as that’s white gloss and oak too. I’m so pleased you had the most awesome day. The post looks fabulous and I’m just off to buy everything now.. Xxx

    • 22nd February 2016 / 9:26 pm

      Aaaah there is SO much product that would suit your lovely new kitchen then!! I wanted ALL of it!!!! And it was such a lovely day. Such a treat to see other bloggers in a smaller, more intimate setting. It was so lovely :)

  6. 22nd February 2016 / 10:19 pm

    Ah this looks like such a fab day out, and what a great idea to kit out the whole house with their stuff, brilliant! x

    • 22nd February 2016 / 10:34 pm

      It was SO fabulous. Really, really nice to see the product in situ too — as you’d see it in the home. Rather than in a gallery space or on a shop floor. It was a really lovely day! xx

  7. 23rd February 2016 / 10:46 am

    Oh wow! What a perfect day – every bloggers dream! :-) And some great company too – the products look just great – and what a cool idea to deck out that beautiful house in all-things-George – gosh, I want the job of whoever got to do that. Awesome! I can’t wait to go and have a splurge over on their website now. My Bert already has that little retro kitchen, so cute isn’t it? xxx

    • 26th February 2016 / 8:52 pm

      Aaah HONESTLY! I had the best day!! Spending the day with such lovely bloggers and looking at fab product was ace… but having my three boys with me was the BEST treat!!! Loved it :)

  8. 23rd February 2016 / 11:35 am

    Lovely, lovely pictures! Looks like you had an amazing day and with some lovely fellow bloggers too! what a treat and to spend it with your boys too xxx

    • 26th February 2016 / 8:53 pm

      Aah thanks chickie. It was SUCH a fab day!! I felt so honoured to be asked along. But you’re right, spending the day with my three boys was the best thing of all!!! Such a treat!! :) xx

  9. 23rd February 2016 / 1:04 pm

    Sounds like such a great event Caro, your boys look right and home! What a great idea to do up a house to promote their range! I’ve just bought a few bits for Lucas’ room from George and they are such great value I’m really impressed with the things they have now, especially online. The little recipe holder is so cute, I love little bits and bobs like that. Glad you had such a great time xxx

    • 26th February 2016 / 8:50 pm

      I felt SO chuffed to be asked… particularly as I was spending the day with some big-name bloggers!! It was so lovely to hang out in a much smaller, more intimate setting too. The product looked amazing in a house — I LOVED all the stuff they had in the range!!! xx

  10. 23rd February 2016 / 5:36 pm

    George really have outdone themselves this time – I think I want everything in your photos!

    I’m particularly taken with the chair in the master bedroom. It would be heavenly to have that in my room. Xxx

    • 26th February 2016 / 8:49 pm

      Yes — the chair in the bedroom is lovely!! My personal fave are the dining room chairs — SUCH gorgeous stuff Cat!!! I wanted it all!!!! :)

  11. 23rd February 2016 / 7:53 pm

    That really does look so much fun! And your little boys and their ironing….very sweet..

    • 26th February 2016 / 8:48 pm

      It was SO much fun!! They’d literally seen their daddy ironing their shirts that morning (I don’t iron!)!! They were just leading by example!! ;)

  12. 23rd February 2016 / 9:07 pm

    SO lovely and what a fantastic opportunity! This is amazing, and what fun too! I love their products and the range – all so stylish but affordable. Great post and what an amazing day xx

    • 29th February 2016 / 8:33 am

      SUCH a fantastic day — lovely, lovely product and a lovely load of peeps to hang out with for the day too! :)

  13. 23rd February 2016 / 9:37 pm

    What a fabulous idea from Asda – the whole house looks fabulous and it’s lovely to be able to see how things work ‘in real life’. I love the dining chairs, and the chest of drawers that there is a sneak peak of in the boy’s room is just fabulous!

    • 26th February 2016 / 8:46 pm

      Ohmyword — the dining chairs were my absolute favourite thing!! If we’d have had room in the back of the car, I’d have taken them home with me!! ;)

  14. 23rd February 2016 / 10:05 pm

    Oh doesn’t it look beautiful – and I’m very tempted by that map cushion I can spy in one of your photos!!

    • 26th February 2016 / 8:33 pm

      It was all SO beautiful!! Made me want to replace everything in my house though!!! ;)

  15. 23rd February 2016 / 10:35 pm

    It looks like a fab day. We popped into George at Home a few weeks ago and I was amazed at the lovely ranges they stocked. The cushions and candles were particularly pretty and, they even had the spatulas I was looking for, it was great xx

    • 26th February 2016 / 8:32 pm

      The kitchen equipment was my favourite!!! They had some beautiful things — little copper measuring spoons — just lovely! :)

  16. 23rd February 2016 / 10:38 pm

    I am so surprised at all the items that are available. That sofa is my personal favourite…can’t beat a bit of velvet. I love the picture of them outside the door and I think that it is SUCH a good idea for George to come up with! Brilliant! xx

    • 26th February 2016 / 8:31 pm

      Such a clever concept isn’t it? It was so, so lovely to see the product in situ — rather than in an exhibition space or on the shop floor. Such a fab idea! :)

  17. 24th February 2016 / 9:50 am

    What a cool way to present the range! I love that little recipe box too – I can never resist pretty storage, even if I have nothing to put in it. (It won’t last long, clutter grows to fill these things!) I haven’t been to Asda in ages, I really need to go check it out. x #homeetc

    • 26th February 2016 / 8:29 pm

      Amazing isn’t it? Such a clever way of showing everything off! xx

  18. 24th February 2016 / 11:50 am

    They did an amazing job, everything looked beautiful, funnily last week I picked up their SS16 catalogue and they have some truly beautiful items in, I was won over by the dining set you have pictured for our new home xx

    • 25th February 2016 / 7:48 pm

      YES!! The dining set!!! It was my favourite thing — particularly the chairs. I absolutely loved them!! Great taste Kara!!

  19. Kerry
    24th February 2016 / 11:55 am

    When can I move in??? This is beautiful!! Can you get their designers come round and give my home a George makeover please??? That would be FABULOUS!! xxx

    • 25th February 2016 / 7:43 pm

      Ohmygoodness — how amazing would THAT be?! A home makeover? Yes please — I’d absolutely love that!! :)

  20. 24th February 2016 / 12:53 pm

    What a great idea to take over a home and showcase all the accessories, and what a gorgeous home it is too! Fab day out :-) I’ve really enjoyed seeing what they’ve got in their home range, as we don’t have an Asda near us so i’m really quite unaware about what they have available home-wise- thanks for sharing! x

    • 25th February 2016 / 7:43 pm

      I don’t know where our nearest ASDA is to be honest.I’ve always picked up bits and bobs online but didn’t realise they did such a vast range for the home. And the quality was fab! :)

  21. 24th February 2016 / 1:51 pm

    I’m gonna surprise you here, I’m not too surprised at this. I think the George range is something Asda does really well. How great to take the whole family! I’m particularly taken by the velevet statement sofa. Thanks for hosting #HomeEtc

    • 25th February 2016 / 7:41 pm

      I’ve always loved the George fashion range — especially for the kids — but their homeware range is absolutely outstanding. And I’m totally with you — that sofa is GORGEOUS!!

  22. Louisa
    24th February 2016 / 2:09 pm

    The entire house looks wonderful. I adore the dusky pink paint on the lounge wall. I went into Asda yesterday and fell in love with lots of the new range, there is a cushion with a bunny on it that I NEED but we have to decorate the lounge before we buy any new furnishings. Boo! Still, I know where to go when we are ready :-)

    • 25th February 2016 / 7:37 pm

      It looked AMAZING! Seriously impressive to see everything in an actual house :) And I totally agree — I’ve fallen in love with the new range too!! SO many beautiful things!! :)

  23. 24th February 2016 / 4:13 pm

    Such a gorgeous house! And with a real “family feel” as well. I feel like my local Asda George mustn’t have the same stylists as this home because it sadly always looks a little cheap on the shelves. I guess seeing everything in a real setting can work wonders!

    • 25th February 2016 / 7:34 pm

      The house was SO gorgeous. Made a lovely change to see product in situ, rather than in a shop or an exhibition space too. I agree that having it in it’s rightful setting can work wonders! The quality was fabulous :)

  24. 24th February 2016 / 5:03 pm

    Caro!!! It looks awesome!!! Having been quite dismissive of George in the past, I’m a huge convert. I love their home accessories and they’re the most amazing value for money. Love the boys in their little tank tops, too. Future heartbreakers, for sure!!

    • 24th February 2016 / 7:23 pm

      It was AWESOME!! There was so many lovely things — and the prices were amazing. There’s no excuse not to have a lovely home these days, is there? Not when you can pick up so much gorgeous, cheap stuff from your local supermarket! ;)

  25. 24th February 2016 / 7:29 pm

    Oooh all of that looks fab, I will be searching their website for the boys new bedroom that we are working on. Sounds like you all had a fab day, and how cute are your boys, they are lovely. x

    • 25th February 2016 / 7:16 pm

      Ah Caroline — they had some fantastic bits and bobs for a childs’ room!! We could have literally moved in to that house!! ;)

  26. 24th February 2016 / 9:39 pm

    What a range! That is incredible. The boys’ bedroom looks fab. My two older ones would kill for that stormtrooper cushion.
    #homeetc

    • 25th February 2016 / 6:59 pm

      It was INCREDIBLE! I think I liked the kitchen stuff the best — and the dining room chairs — I absolutely LOVED them!!

  27. 25th February 2016 / 9:14 am

    It was such a great day wasn’t it? So lovely to have the dads involved too. And it was lovely to meet you! x

    • 25th February 2016 / 6:58 pm

      Ah Jess — it was SO lovely to meet you!! :) And yes — what an awesome day. Really, really lovely to have the dads and kids involved. It made such a lovely change! :)

  28. 25th February 2016 / 9:58 am

    Wow, what an amazing opportunity and what a gorgeous house! I just love all the little details and they all look gorgeous.
    Asda is not a place I’d think about when I need home stuff but I will now go and have a look at their website
    #HomeEtc

    • 25th February 2016 / 6:57 pm

      Oh Elena — The George Home range is really, really excellent! It was so lovely to see it in such a lovely setting too — really made a change from seeing product in a studio space or shop floor! :)

  29. 25th February 2016 / 1:59 pm

    This looks like so much fun! What a lovely way to spend a few hours :)

    #HomeEtc

  30. 26th February 2016 / 1:55 pm

    I can’t believe they totally ‘George’ified a whole house – wow! I do love their home stuff and such good value for money too! xx
    #HomeEtc

  31. 27th February 2016 / 8:19 pm

    What a fab way to host an event – sounds like you had a fab time. But I think your boy may need some ironing lessons before it gets to the real thing or he’ll have a slightly singed hand :) Plenty of time to learn (and practice) though. Fab items too, wouldn’t you just love to move in? :) x

    • 28th February 2016 / 7:30 pm

      Haha!! He had been watching his Dad do the ironing that morning!! ;) I think he may not have been paying attention!! ;)

  32. 28th February 2016 / 12:26 am

    What a novel idea and a very convincing way to have us all heading along to Asda next time we’re looking for some home accessories! I’m checking out the website right now! Thanks so much for sharing xx #HomeEtc

    • 28th February 2016 / 7:28 pm

      SO much gorgeous stuff Sue!! But the thing that really surprised me was the paint!! I had no idea they made it!

  33. 29th February 2016 / 3:31 pm

    Wow this looks amazing, I really love how all the supermarkets have upped their game with either their home or fashion ranges and in some cases both. So glad you had a wonderful time with your family Xx

    • 2nd March 2016 / 6:45 pm

      It’s awesome isn’t it? I love how accessible lovely homeware is these days. It used to be confined to swanky homes-stores but it’s fab that you can pick up amazing design-led product doing your weekly shop!!! Brilliant :)

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