My Homewood story winner: Sharlene Baijnath | SA Garden and Home

Homewood asked all those who entered their competition, #MyHomewoodStory in our February 2018 issue to tell them about the role that a piece of furniture played in their lives. The winner, Sharlene Baijnath, who won two Imbiza Sun loungers valued at R16 680, shares her story.

“My Homewood story began eight months ago…

As a new home owner, I was excited about the prospect of buying new furniture and furnishing my home with only the best. I embarked on a journey to find the ‘Perfect Dining table’, a feat that would prove easier said than done. The biggest deciding factor was that this table had to be solid wood.

And so my journey began. After measuring up the allocated space I trawled furniture shops, in person and online, in search of this mythical prize. Days, weeks and months eventually passed and I still could not locate this piece of furniture. In my mind, I could picture it, however every store I entered seemed to stock ‘run of the mill’ furniture. Everything I saw was laminated or pressboard. Did nobody make solid wood furniture anymore? Defeated at the prospect of never finding my white whale, I resigned myself to the fact that I was destined to eat my meals on my couch unless I could find the ‘perfect table’.

I decided to give the great search one last effort. I drove around my neighbourhood, strangely on the same road as my home where I stumbled across the Homewood showroom. Maybe I will find what I’m looking for in here, I thought to myself. And besides, what do I have to lose?

As I entered, I was met by the lovely Vita who welcomed me into the store. I stood in the doorway and took the showroom in…it was beautiful. Minimal in its design and yet opulent at the same time. The smell of the wood intoxicated me and right then I knew: I was HOME! Vita went about explaining the various woods and finishes and the entire process in detail. I loved the idea of having to sign off on my table via the CAD drawing. This place, was not a furniture store, it was a design hub. The attention to detail, the beauty of the raw wood… it all was so beautiful. I chose my table, a beautiful custom Omusha design with a bevel top. I revelled in the idea of being able to be part of the design stage in creating something that was unique and made ‘JUST FOR ME’.

I told everyone about this amazing store with its exquisite artwork and following those conversations, a number of family and friends subsequently purchased pieces from the store. Now, after the long search for my perfect table, I received my artwork. A friendly team arrived with my table all wrapped in many layers of protective batting. It was like Christmas all over again! A little gift bag containing a stunning Homewood chopping board and Danish wood oil, as well as instructions on how to take care of my newly acquired woodwork accompanied my purchase. Over and above that gift, a wonderful voucher was also attached. I plan on using this voucher very soon. The most impressive aspect about Homewood furniture is the five year guarantee. I have yet to find another furniture maker who offers this.

As a brand new member of the Homewood family, I am delighted with the first (of many) Homewood purchases. Thank you for the craftsmanship, attention to detail applied to making my purchase one that will be enjoyed for many years to come.”

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