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student university room Last year, I really enjoyed helping my daughter decorate her university student accommodation room. This year, she’s asked me to help again.

However, this year is a bit different, because I’ve totally left my daughter to decide on her own decor. My role is more of the helper.

She’s now in her second year, and sharing a house with 5 other lovely girls.  Here’s the “Before” image of her new bedroom. It’s actually a good size, with a double bed, en-suite shower and lots of natural lighting streaming through.

Last year I helped her create a gallery wall with my print collection . This year, she’s decided to get her own wall decor. She opted for posters. So, here’s my daughter’s student accommodation room reveal, as styled by her and put up by her mother, aka me! Posters remind me of those days in boarding school, where I’m putting up prints with Blu tack.

Blu tack never worked well, and I’ve had many a night of posters falling down on me. However, all is changed now since I’ve discovered poster strips by Command brand.  They are so easy to put on, sticks really well and there’s no mess or damage to walls on removal compared to the horrible staining you see with wall tack.

This all makes poster strips ideal for rented or student accommodation. Here’s a sneak peek of my daughter putting up her posters. All done! Her choice of posters are so lovely aren’t they? To further personalise her bedroom, my daughter decided to put up some of the decor accessories that she bought.  This boho style evil eye rattan mirror at her dressing table is from H&M home, and we have used a Command brand adhesive hook that is able to handle its weight.

The hook is simple to remove. Just slide the plastic hook off upwards, then pull the strip below vertically down for a clean ‘do no damage’ to wall finish. Since we are now heading into Autumn, creating a cosy feel to the bedroom was an essential.

We decided to hang fairy lights along the top of her walls using both Command brand mini hooks and decorating clips. Finally, to ensure a tidy look to her bedroom, we placed a Command brand metal medium designer hook on her door to hold up her coat. So, there you go, my daughter’s university student bedroom. What do you think?

I’m so sad that she’s away from home again, but I’m comforted by how her bedroom feels like home from home.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post and that it has given you some decor ideas. The Command brand products are great for rentals and student rooms. It’s great to have one less worry about losing their student damage deposit.

Have a lovely day all.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, Little Big Bell. this blog post on decorating a student accommodation bedroom is not part of the paid partnership with Command brand).

LEGO Art Pop art and LEGO are two things I love. So imagine my excitement when I found out about LEGO Art.

It’s a LEGO set for creating your own wall art.

When I saw they had a set with Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe in 4 colourways, I knew I had to try it.

As you can see, the finished product is already displayed in my workspace. The instructions for creating this iconic piece of art is so easy to follow.

In fact, I found building this rather relaxing. It was the perfect way to disconnect, de-stress and recharge after a busy day’s work in the A+E department. LEGO Art The colours are so happy and vibrant.

Whilst building, I got to listen to an exclusive soundtrack about Warhol that came with the set. All you have to do is scan the code in the manual with your phone, and the track opens up .

Did you know that Warhol based his colourful portraits of Marilyn on a black and white publicity photo of her from the 1953 film Niagara?

Then, he’d sell his artwork for as little as USD 250. If only I was there to snap up one of his art pieces.

I’m so pleased to have this gorgeous set. It fits in with the colours of my yellow workspace don’t you think? LEGO Art Here’s the Marilyn LEGO Art set up close. LEGO Art I decided to try placing it in my pink workspace. It really works well here too don’t you think? The set comprise 4 colourways. I think I might make the one in blue, yellow and pink this weekend.

These LEGO Art Set would be great as Christmas gifts. They have them in The Beatles, Iron Man and Star Wars ‘The Sith’ versions too.

In this current climate with all the news on Covid, I think it’s important to have time to ourselves,for our mental wellbeing, to do something that could help us unwind.

I certainly found building this Warhol LEGO art set a relaxing experience. You should try it too.

Hope you’ve enjoyed finding out about this new product from LEGO.

Wishing you all a wonderful day.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan. This is a paid partnership post with LEGO).

aroma diffuser The Aroma diffuser with 3 functions from Smellacloud

When I come home after work at the hospital, I’m usually exhausted. Throughout the years, I have developed ways to help me unwind.

For me, there are 2 key elements that help me feel relaxed at home, and that is colour and scent. I guess that’s why subconsciously I decorate with so many happy colours at home.

It took me a while to find the perfect aroma diffuser for my home. I wanted something stylish, that functions well and is affordable.

I was so happy to stumble upon the aroma diffuser ranges by Smellacloud whilst browsing social media one day. aroma diffuser There were so many designs to choose from, but I finally settled on the above Nimbus 2.0 Aroma diffuser 200 in green.

I just loved that green colour, it’s a soothing and calm colour don’t you think? Talking about colour, my aroma diffuser also changes colour. So not only do I get the beneficial effects of aroma, I also get the therapeutic effects from the colourful light. It goes from shades of purples, pinks, blues and yellows.

The mist from the aroma diffuser also acts as a humidifier, that helps with easier breathing, especially during Winter when the air gets too dry.

Come to think of it, it would work wonders for a blocked nose too if you had a cold.

Just place a drop or two of Peppermint essential oil in the water and vapourise that wonderful minty humidified air away. aroma diffuser There are a variety of essential oils to pick from. You would certainly be spoilt for choice.

I went for Peppermint, Bergamot and Mandarin.

Bergamot is a citrus plant that is a cross between lime and orange. I’ve tried mine at home and not only is it refreshing, it’s a great insect repellent for these Summer months too.

If you are off travelling somewhere exotic where mosquitoes roam, then this aroma diffuser is light enough to take with you on your holidays.  As I type this post, my aroma diffuser is busily sending the scent of Peppermint into the air to keep me feeling fresh and alert.

It’s such a wonderful addition to my home and now part of my mental wellbeing routine.

Do check out Smellacloud’s website to see their range of aroma diffusers and scents.

If you would like to purchase one then do use my special code GERALDINE10 for 10% off between August 30th and September 7th 2020.

Hope you have enjoyed the post. Wishing you all a wonderful day.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This Aroma diffuser and scents were a gift.)

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