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teen bedroom Teen bedroom ideas in blue.

I am excited to reveal my third and final room revamp to celebrate Homesense’s 10th birthday.

If you missed the other two, I’d love for you to check out my living room and workspace refresh using my top 10 Homesense finds.

Here’s my son’s newly decorated bedroom. There’s more furnishing to be done, but for now, I’m so pleased with what I’ve found to kickstart the decor. teen bedroom Now that he is getting older, I have had to rethink the look.

The cute prints, novelty Lego boxes and alphabets duvet cover simply had to go. To be honest, I’m sad to part with them, but I have to consider that my son is now embarking on a new phase in his life.

He wanted a bold feature wall, and after several tester pots, we decided on this calming blue hue. I experimented with adding more colours to his room, but it no longer felt right. It needed calm.

We settled for a cool blue, white and black  palette. My son is currently into recording on You Tube. He’s always making little paper placards that he place outside his room saying “Please do not disturb. I’m recording “.

When I saw this Letter Board for £12.99 at Homesense, I knew I had to have it for his room.

Not only does it look great as a decor and defines what he loves to do, it’s also perfect for him to place outside his room when recording. I couldn’t believe my luck when I found this blue and white striped duvet set in the bedding section of Homesense. It was the exact same blue as my son’s bedroom wall.

As his bed is white, the stripes are the perfect continuity of the blue and white colour scheme. The duvet and pillow set was such a bargain too at just £16.99. No bed is complete without a throw and cushion from Homesense. The geometric cushion, was an amazing £9.99 from an original retail price of £50.

The plaid fleecy blanket ( which my son loves to snuggle under) is great for cooler nights. I’ve balanced out the bed decor with a simple Homesense floor rug in blue and black, for £16.99. Now for the next important element, the storage.

I’m still looking for a chest of drawers to go against the wall on the far corner of his bedroom.

For now, I’ve managed to find some blue filing drawers from Homesense for £39.99 each, to keep his mountain of Pokémon game cards under control.  I also bought a blue zig zag fabric basket for miscellaneous items at £6. This huge laundry basket at £14.99 is an absolute essential in a teen bedroom, to keep those clothes off the floor. My final 2 Homesense finds is a cute nautical mug for £2.99 (rrp £7) and a book for £3.99 (rrp £9.99). I haven’t shown you the other end of his bedroom which houses his desk complete with 2 screens, a gaming computer and special gaming chair.

However, I’m pleased to report that everything fits in with the blue, white and black theme. So what do you think? My son is really pleased with his room.

It’s been so fun curating this teen bedroom decor from Homesense. Wishing Homesense a fabulous 10th birthday.

(All photography and styling are by myself, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaboration with Homesense, but all views are my own).

fridge organisation Fridge organisation made easy with Curver Smart Fresh containers.

I’ve just returned from a busy trip to Milan for Salone Del Mobile and Milan Design week. It was back to back meetings and lots of late night dinners with bubbly.

So, how should I unwind from my sleep deprived week, when back in London?

Of course I had to embark on the mammoth task of decluttering and cleaning my fridge.

Before you certify me crazy for this fridge organisation, I have to tell you that cleaning the fridge is actually strangely therapeutic.

Okay, some of you may be shaking your heads now in disbelief, but the task was actually made easier with my new Curver Smart Fresh food containers.

fridge organisation As you can see, I have given my fridge a good wipe down and threw out any out of date food.

It’s amazing how things accumulate in the back of the fridge when you are too busy to organise, don’t you think?

What I need, is to be able to open my fridge and just know what I have. What I love about the Curver Smart Fresh containers are that they are transparent , so I can do a quick visual sweep on opening and know exactly what I have, and what I can prepare. fridge oraganisation In fact, I’m a bit embarrassed to say this, but I have never seen my fridge look so organised before.

The Smart Fresh containers seal very well too, with their click shut latches, to keep everything fresh and crispy. I do have a fridge drawer for keeping fruit and vegetables fresh, but I really do prefer this container method.

There’s no more pushing a carrot to the side, past a soggy bag of Coriander, whilst in search for that half cut, but now wilted cucumber, deep inside the fridge drawer.

There is so much room in these Curver containers. Look at how many strawberries I’ve managed to pack in.

Cleaning is so much easier too. Just place the containers in the dishwasher and it’s all done. Meats and vegetables can be kept separately too. The tight click latches keep cross contamination at bay.

Who enjoys a midnight snack?

I’ve always seen on American TV, that sandwich making in the middle of the night is a routine ritual, for when one can’t sleep. Do you know what I mean?

I would often see them retrieve their sandwich making ingredients, all stored beautifully in air tight boxes.

I’m so happy I can do the same now. As you can tell, sad but true, it doesn’t take a lot to please me. Have you heard of the Home sort sisters on Instagram? They are amazing, and spend most of their time sorting and organising people’s home.

Anyway, I loved the way they label everything with beautiful writing. They were going to make me some labels but it was too difficult as they were so far away, so I enlisted the help of my fellow Brit and instagram friend, Adele from nutmeg studios to make me some.

To be honest, you don’t really need stickers for containers like these Curver Smart Fresh ones, as you can instantly see what is in them.

It was just, me being me, wanting to experiment on making my fridge even prettier.

They look great don’t they?

Oh and  before you say, where is the meat in my fridge, I have a lower shelf for that. It’s just not very pretty to photograph. Hope you’ve enjoyed the post. These Curver Smart Fresh containers are truly amazing. I’m so happy with my fridge now, that I want to show it to everyone.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan,editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaborative post with Curver on fridge organisation, but all opinions are my own).

style a desk How to style a desk space for less with my top 10 Homesense finds.

Following on from my recent living room post, to celebrate Homesense’s 10th birthday, I thought I’d share with you my next 10 Homesense finds.

This time it’s a style a desk post, for the revamp of my workspace.

I know I’ve blogged about my workspace many times, but I thought I’d show you how I would add to it for less.

I’ve used my existing work desk and chair, but you could find similar at Homesense too. Unlike other retailers that buy seasonally, Homesense buys throughout the year, which means there’s always something unique to find at the store.

I must admit, I love the thrill of “the hunt” for something quirky and cool.  My new 10 Homesense finds are also my 10 ingredients for a cute workspace. The total cost was less than £120. Here’s what I bought:

  1. Art prints
  2. Canvas art
  3. Colourful storage
  4. Books
  5. Fabulous mug
  6. Desk stationery
  7. Photo frame
  8. Jug for flowers
  9. Faux flower
  10. Fluffy rug

style a desk I’ve combined some of my new art prints with existing ones. The 2 typography prints on the right and the scenic canvas art at the top were from Homesense. Can you believe my ‘Rebel Rebel’ and ‘Good thing’ art prints were £7 each with the frames?  I absolutely adore the colour palette. Isn’t that minty green divine? The canvas art print caught my eye for its beautiful blue and white tones. It’s the perfect piece to have for instant calm, when work gets too stressful. Something like this would usually cost in excess of £80. I got mine for an amazing £19.99.  No desk area is complete without storage. If you don’t have drawers, then boxes can come in handy. I was so excited to find these colourful boxes with brassware. I got the large box for only £6.99 and the smaller one for £5.99. Homesense doesn’t just sell home decor, they even have a section selling books. I found lots of interesting titles, with the added bonus of beautiful covers that would make great props and decor to style a desk. Another desk essential is stationery. Any excuse for me to explore the stationery aisle and I’m there. I was totally spoilt for choice and finally settled for a rainbow clip board A4 note pad at just £5.99. You’ve got to have a tea or coffee break whilst at work right? I’ve picked this cute pink mug to go with my desk decor. It really was a steal at £6.50 from an original rrp of £12.50. As you can tell, I like to layer my desk. So I have the back layer which is the gallery wall, followed by a middle display layer with objects of differing heights, to add interest. The front layer should be relatively clear for efficient working.

I’ve already mentioned a few of the objects I use for the middle layer of my desk such as the storage boxes, books and mug.

The other two decorative accessories that I got from Homesense was a photo frame and a jug with flowers.

I found the beautiful turquoise blue frame for less than £5 and that gorgeous jug was only £6.99 from a rrp of £18. That’s a great saving don’t you think? I’ve placed a faux Peony, also from Homesense in the jug. The Peony came in a large stem with 3 to 4 flowers at £2.99. Lastly, to complete the look of my workspace is this cute fluffy pink and white Moroccan inspired rug. So much better with the pink don’t you think? I got mine for £49.99. Hope you’ve enjoyed my post on How to style a desk space for less with my top 10 Homesense finds.

I will be back before the end of the month with another Top 10 Homesense Finds room reveal.

In the meantime, if you want to find a Homesense near you, there are over 50 stores in the U.K. Find your closest one here.

( All styling and Copyright photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaborative post with Homesense UK, but all views are my own).

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