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How-to-style-your-bedside-table-1-styling-and-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-of-Little-Big-Bell A few weeks back, I was excitedly telling you about the tray table trend. It’s my mobile solution of delivering treats and drinks to visiting guests, or even to myself.

I love the concept of furniture that is multifunctional and perfect for small space living.

Let me show you my newest tray table. The-best-things-in-life-just-happens-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Introducing you to Houseology’s Damien side table by Wireworks. It’s made from solid American oak and wood veneer. Its compact square shape and clean lines gives it a definite contemporary feel.

Since Valentine’s day is fast approaching, I thought I’d style a few vignettes made out of romantic gifts.

Admittedly, these are romantic gifts that I bought for myself.

Well, why not right? I think we should all reward ourselves, regardless of whether we have anyone to spoil us on that special day, don’t you think?

Go on! set the scene with a glass of bubbly, a simple rose and a few inspirational messages on cards. On the table, is also a beautifully illustrated book of 100 iconic moments in fashion called ‘The Dress’. It’s by Megan Hess and a wonderful Valentine’s day gift. Celebrate-Valentine's-day-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell There’s no denying that I am a big fan of pink and gold. I’ve added my current favourite accent colour, green, into the mix.

Green is already very much on trend this season in the interiors scene. My favourite green hues are Emerald and Sage green. You’ll be seeing more of them on the blog soon.
Wireworks-table-1-from-Houseology-by-Little-Big-Bell Feast your eyes on these glamorous and girly treats on my Damien tray table.

Do you spot the brass cat? I bought it last weekend from Anthropologie. It’s actually a bottle opener. Really cool don’t you think?

That pretty bracelet with a bow is from my favourite shop, Kate Spade New York, and those earrings in blush and Turquoise are by Philippe Ferrandis. Bedside-table-styled-by-Little-Big-Bell I adore using this tray table to feature my favourite things.

It’s also great to use as a white background, for flat lay photography. The added bonus being that you can transport it around the house, to where there is natural lighting for that perfect shot.
How-to-style-a-bedside-table-photo-1-by-Little-Big-Bell XO New York!

That’s kind of a hint to my other half! I’m not sure he has noticed it yet. Oh well, maybe if I leave it up long enough, subliminal messaging may work. Colourful-bedside-tray-table-styled-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Here’s a shot of the whole table. It’s so easy to assemble. Look how elegant those oak legs are, so slimline with its simple straight cut.

I have added my matching oak Fiamma Candlestick by Wireworks to the vignette. Wooden-candlestick-by-Wireworks-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Here it is up close. The candlestick is available from Houseology, along with many more beautiful wooden home decor pieces. Bedside-table-styled-by-Little-Big-Bell Hope you have enjoyed this post.Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and Valentine’s day ahead.

I will be back with more colourful posts soon.

(All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a collaborative post with Houseology. All opinions are my own.)

Do-it-differently-by-Carpetright-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell Carpetright is currently running a #DoItDifferently campaign, which showcases a collection of Interior design ideas for the home, inspiring people to think about how they can decorate their spaces.

As part of that campaign, I will be showing you how to style a shelf in your bedroom. The latter fits in nicely with one of Carpetright’s features about space saving ideas in the bedroom.

I’m liking the concepts of rotating your wardrobe with the seasons, by vacuum packing clothes away, to create space and also to “Display bits and bobs with pride”.

Although the image above was used to illustrate the need to pack away Summer clothes in Winter.I would like to use it again, but this time turning it on its head, with the opposite scenario of packing Winter greys away for the impending Spring and Summer.

I think the image kills two birds with one stone, illustrating the rotating wardrobe concept and also the display with pride analogy.

I call it ‘A beautiful mess’, just like a pretty abstract painting. Display your Summer brights with pride, even though it is an artistic mess here.Okay, maybe a little neater may be better, but I’m all for the open wardrobe trend. We all do it differently right? Storage-style-bedroom-Little-Big-Bell There’s is no denying that I love shopping for colourful homewares and decorative accessories.

The vibrant colours of the design and shapes from my buys often form an inspirational moodboard.

If you ever visit my home, you will see that I never banish my colourful finds into a dark cupboard. I display them with pride. Here’s one of my colourful messes. Admittedly this is not in my bedroom, but could quite easily be.It’s in my spare bedroom. What do you think?

Perhaps it’s not that messy, as I have taken time over the Christmas holidays to tidy it up.

I think you can guess by now that I have a thing for colourful Kate Spade New York handbags. There are 8 of them on this shelving unit. Can you spot them?
Shelf-idea-at-home-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell
‘Make use of every nook and cranny’. I am definitely heeding advice here by using the top of the shelves for further display.

I have styled the top with inspirational “can do” prints from The Little Green Studio. Can you spot more motivational sayings on the shelves?

There’s “Go team go!!”, “Girls Rule”, “Be Brave” and “YOLO”. Styling-a-shelf-at-home-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell This shelving unit was actually from Ikea and was relatively inexpensive. You can actually add drawers to the shelves, to maximise the use of space and storage of smaller objects, such as jewellery or make up.  Colourful-shelf-at-home-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Carpetright for their #DoItDifferently campaign, in addition to the clever space saving ideas for bedrooms, has also written posts about “Quirky bedroom interior design ideas” and “Alternative flooring ideas”. Storage-ideas-for-the-home-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell It would be so fun to see how you would #DoItDifferently with your bedroom ideas, using some of the themes above. There is also a chance to win an amazing prize bundle in excess of £600. Take a peek at the #DoItDifferently page for instructions. Let me know in the comments section that you have entered.

I really can’t wait to see and I hope some of you will share your photos on social media.

I now leave you with a wider eye view of my room with the shelves. My daughter loved this shelving unit so much that I have bought the smaller 2×8 shelves version for her bedroom. She now uses it to house her books and larger school folders. We have also converted the top part of the shelf into a dressing table.

Hope you have enjoyed this Interiors related post and the little glimpse into my home. I will be back soon with another colourful post.

Wishing you a lovely week ahead.

( All photos and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of littlebigbell.com with the exception of the first image which was from Carpetright. All opinions in this post are my own.This post has been done in collaboration with Carpetright.)

Benefit-breakfast-with-a-twist-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell How cool is this breakfast invite from Benefit Cosmetics, for the launch of its new Porefessional skin priming collection? All in my favourite Tiffany blue hue.
Benefit-Cosmetics-UK_Rise-and-prime-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I’m loving all the attention to detail. Look what greeted me as I arrived at the cafe for the breakfast event.
Benefit-porefessional-matt-rescue-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I couldn’t wait to find out about the new Porefessional range.

I was certainly impressed with this life sized version of the Porefessional Matt Rescue at the door. Rise-and-Prime-breakfast-1-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The breakfast was all kinds of wonderful and definitely ‘greasy-less’ as stated on the sign at arrival.

I had a Skinny Buttermilk Pancake served with natural yogurt, blueberries and honey. All washed down with a lovely cup of filtered coffee.

I absolutely adore that blue and white plaid table cloth. Benefit-cosmetics-Rise-and-prime-breakfast-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I loved the event so much, that I decided to reproduce the look at home for my product shoot. Benefit-cosmetics-Porefessional-1-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Here you have the new Benefit cosmetics Porefessional range – The Instant Wipeout mask and the Matt rescue gel.
Benefit-cosmetics-2016-photo-by-Geraldine-of-Little-Big-Bell I couldn’t resist adding this bright pink sprinkled donut into the mix. A little harmless change to the healthy skinny pancakes and yogurt above right?

So, let me tell you about The Porefessional Matt rescue gel. I have had an opportunity to try it a few times now.

If you want to smooth over pores, get rid of excess shine or if you have slightly oilier skin, then this lightweight, water-based gel is ideal for you. Apply over your freshly cleansed face and that thin layer of application literally absorbs the excess surface oil. Pores and fine lines become visibly less.

Now for that top secret ingredient. Can you believe it contains Diamond powder?
Benefit-porefessional-instant-wipeout-mask-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell How about Benefit’s instant wipeout mask? It’s great for clearing out the pores. It’s so fun to use too. You have to press on the blue button to automatically release the cleansing fluid onto the wipes.

Place the wipes over pores around the nose, forehead or chin area to draw out those pore clogging impurities. On the other side of the wipe, is a textured fabric which you can use to help you exfoliate and remove the impurities.

The secret ingredient here is a special extract of mushroom. Benefit-Porefessional-Matt-rescue-Little-Big-Bell After treating my pores with the Porefessional range, I’ve noticed that my skin is visibly smoother and make up application, especially after using the matt rescue gel seem to glide on much more easily.

Which one will you Rise and Prime with, or both? Benefit-cosmetics-porefessional-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I usually follow the basic skincare routine of cleanse, tone and then apply a base foundation. But I’m now convinced to start my morning routine of priming my pores before make up. It’s so quick and easy. Benefit-cosmetics-hello-flawless-foundation-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell After the pores routine, I’m now using my new Benefit Hello flawless foundation. A sheer and smooth layer that brightens up the face. You can find your perfect skin tone match, just ask at a Benefit counter. Benefit-breakfast-with-a-twist The excess shine may be gone but the glow of healthy pores will come through.

Apologies for more donut photos but that blue sprinkled one is the perfect colour match don’t you think?

Hope you have enjoyed this beauty themed post filled with pretty shades of blue, and that you have found the information on this new product useful. Do let me know how you find it, if you do try it.

The Porefessional range will be widely available nationwide from January 30th, only a mere few days away.

Next week, I will be back with an interiors related post, where I will show you an unseen corner of my home. Can’t wait to show you. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend ahead.

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