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decorate a christmas table This post is about how to decorate a Christmas table with pastel colours.

Yes you read it rightly.

It may only be October, and whilst everyone is preparing for Halloween, I’ve decided to work on my Christmas table.

Better be prepared than never right?

I’ve gone for a fun Glamour look, filled with pastel colours.

I found some amazing pieces from Littlewoods online to help me create this look. decorate a christmas table Firstly, I wanted a dinner set that looked elegant and festive, but could later reuse for other occasions.

This 18 piece gold band dinner set by Waterside from Littlewoods online fitted the bill.  The white of the plates were a perfect blank canvas to style against.

White is good, because it’s an easy backdrop if you are using a variety of colours or different themes.

The gold rims give the table a festive glamour feel.

I’ve enhanced the place settings with patterned pink napkins, baubles, crackers and gold cutlery. These pastel coloured Polka wine glasses by LSA International, also from Littlewoods online, really add that pop of pastel and fun to the table.

The glasses come in a set of 4 with pink, yellow, blue and mint. Here’s my other favourite find, iridescent baubles from Littlewoods online.

I’ve suspended them from the chandelier to create a festive snowdrops effect. Finally, here’s my fireplace painted in Graham and Brown’s Penelope eggshell paint.

I just adore that shade of pink. Do you like it?

I’ve adorned my fireplace with a pretty Silver grey and white berry garland, also from Littlewoods online.

That silvery grey is absolutely gorgeous, and really makes it look like a frosty Wintery day, but thank goodness without the cold.

I’ve suspended some baubles from the garland to add colour. decorate a christmas table So here it is, my Christmas dining table with the suspended baubles and garland.

Incidentally, if you are wondering about the other decor, the 3 colour circle wall mirror and Pink tassel floor lamp are also from Littlewoods online.

I think you now know where I like to shop. Hope you’ve enjoyed the simple tips on how to decorate a Christmas table. It really was so easy to do.

If you want to create the same, without the stress of thinking up a scheme this Christmas, then do shop my finds from Littlewoods online.

I will be back soon with more festive posts. Now that I’ve started, there’s no stopping.

Have a lovely day all. x

( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The products from Littlewoods are gifted but this is not a sponsored blog post, I merely wanted to write this myself to show you how to decorate a Christmas table in pastel hues.)

I’ve always wanted to decorate a student university room.

This September, the opportunity arose, as my daughter was starting her undergraduate degree.

Firstly, when you think about university accommodation, do you think of a small dark box with dated furniture?

Indeed, many of the accommodation halls that I’ve visited were like that.

However, I was pleasantly surprised by Birmingham university’s accommodation. Everything was beautifully set up , clean and modern.  In fact, the whole of Birmingham university’s campus is beautiful.

It made me wish I was back at uni. I can only now live vicariously through my daughter.

The room was the perfect blank canvas for me and my daughter to decorate.

Above is the before shot of Chamberlain hall. student university room Here is the after shot.

What do you think? I’m so pleased with how it has turned out, because it feels like home for my daughter. student university room So let’s talk through what are the key elements for creating a cool student university room.

1.Patterned duvet cover and colourful throw.

Bring some joy with a fun duvet cover. Say no to bland, plain duvet covers.

This peaches duvet cover and pink fleece throw were purchased from Urban Outfitters.

2.Cushions.

Definite must haves to accessorise the room. We went for a fluffy sloth and quirky lucky cat cushion. 3.A rug.

We used a small rug that was machine washable to add some texture and warmth to the space. student university room 4.Create a gallery wall.

I helped my daughter pick some of my art prints from home to create this. I’ve removed the glass from the frames, since they were going above her bed.

5.Fairy lights

This is a must in any student’s room to create that zen like ambience after a busy day at lectures.

I’ve secured the fairy lights with Command clear decorating clips that can be easily removed without causing damage or marks to the walls.

6.Neon light.

I expect this is something very much on a teen’s wish list right? My daughter’s light was specially created for her by Sammy of neonpoodle.

Do check out neonpoodle’s site and get those customised orders in now before Christmas. student university room A lovely cosy feel right?

7.Call your parents print

That Call your parents art print from Pedlars has finally found its purpose, held up with Command strips that do no damage to walls. 8.A colourful wall of inspirational quotes.

Colour and positivity is so important for self care and mental wellbeing, don’t you think? I’ve put up this wall of inspirational quotes near her workspace, using Command Spring clips. student university room 9.Photos.

When away from home, it’s easy to miss friends and family, so hanging up their photos can be comforting.

We put some hanging picture frames up using Command brand clear medium hooks.

10.Mirror.

A small wall mirror for putting on lipstick before a party is a must right? I used a Command brand clear medium hook to hold the mirror up. 11.Key and bag tidy

After a night out partying, it could be a mad panic the next morning to find things.

This Command key rail would be perfect for her keys, I’ve picked this medium white Command designer hook to hold her bag. The rail and hook are again easily removable without leaving marks or holes on the wall. student university room My daughter was lucky to get an en suite bathroom with her room.

Here are some of the uni essentials to style this space.

12.laundry basket.

She chose a simple striped one.

13.Toothbrush holder

Her toothbrush holder is from Command too.

You can also use it to hold a razor in the shower.  It’s so much nicer to be able to reach your toiletries when having your shower don’t you think.

14.Bath caddy

This is the Command bath caddy that can hold up quite a few bottles of your favourite products. 15. Towel hook

The ensuite bathroom had quite a few hooks, but you can never have too many hooks.

We placed this Command medium hook next to the basin, so that the towel can be reached easily after a face rinse. So there you go, the student university room makeover. It was so fun to do.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the tips. What do you think? I certainly wished my university accommodation was like this.

Finally, have a lovely week.

( The first photo belongs to University of Birmingham, all other photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The Command products was gifted but this is NOT a paid partnership post).

I had been researching quartz surfaces for my bathroom makeover, to go on top of my vanity unit.

My search brought me to Caesarstone, a company founded in 1987 and a pioneer in the natural quartz surfaces market.

I decided to pay a visit to their showroom in London to find out more. Quartz surfaces It was amazing to see and feel the large slabs of quartz surfaces up close. There were a variety of colours, styles and textures on offer.

I chose quartz because it’s hard wearing and non porous, making it stain and scratch resistant.

There’s no need to wax or seal the surface once installed, which is great.

The fact that it’s easy to clean, looks stylish and has a luxurious feel made my choice easy. Quartz surfaces After perusing the vast collection, I was drawn to Caesarstone’s Frozen Terra design ( the rectangular sample above).

I didn’t want a surface that was too shiny, and so Frozen Terra’s matt surface appealed greatly.

It had a smooth concrete look that would compliment the concrete basins (square sample) that I was planning to use. Not only does Frozen Terra liken to concrete, but it also had a Terrazo look, with its irregularly distributed flecks of translucent aggregate and fine black basalt.

Here you can see a table and sample piece in Frozen Terra, compared to other quartz stones. Isn’t it beautiful?

In fact, Frozen Terra recently won the highly coveted Wallpaper* Design award.

I’m proud to say I’m now the proud owner of an award winning piece of quartz.

A plan of the vanity unit was drawn up by my builder Sam of Mead Architecture and Design, before it was sent to the fabricators.

It now looks amazing on the vanity unit and I can’t wait to reveal it to you soon.

If any of you are looking to get a stone surface for your kitchen or bathroom refurbishment, I highly recommend a visit to Caesarstone’s showroom. Otherwise you could also order samples by post.

If you haven’t read about the floor tiles I’m using for the bathroom, then do pop over to have a peek.

I will be doing weekly updates until the final reveal.

( The Frozen Terra were gifted by Ceasarstone).

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