Bench Home is a carefully curated shop that showcases beautiful decor items, fabulous gift ideas & exclusive design elements such as furniture & lighting. Nestled perfectly in the Kensington neighborhood of San Diego, we curate a variety of local artwork & artisans as well as offer an array of beautiful candles, incredible handmade jewelry & seasonal items for a unique shopping experience in San Diego.
Owner Helen grew up in the great state of Alabama. From her very first job in retail, she discovered a knack for retail & gift-giving that was grounded in the ability to match each customer with an item that perfectly met their needs. This talent steered her towards majoring in Fashion Merchandising & Design at Auburn University in Alabama. After completing her degree, she found success working with leading sunglass retailer Oakley as a top sales rep.
Helen lived in Kensington - a small, close-knit community - for over twelve years. While a active resident in the neighborhood, she quickly realized there was the lack of retail stores to shop at & decided to create a unique space filled with items that inspire.
“I curate Bench Home by several methods. I trust my feeling on products I think will make our customers happy and I like to support local artists and smaller artisans that may need an outlet for their items. I also gravitate to vendors who are outside the US and are unique to our area. Inspiration inevitably comes from special items and trends while traveling on holiday.”
- Helen, owner of BENCH Home