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Homesense finds My top 10 Homesense finds for a floral revamp of my living room.

I’m really excited to reveal my living room makeover on a budget in collaboration with Homesense to celebrate their 10th anniversary this April.

Do you know Homesense? If not, then you are in for an amazing discovery of a brand that for a decade have been offering the extraordinary to everyday homeware. I still remember the excitement of first discovering Homesense. I’m now totally hooked. Homesense finds Homesense is part of the TK Maxx family and now has over 50 stores in the UK. It operates a similar ‘off-price’ concept to TK Maxx, but for furniture, homewares, accessories, pets, toys, stationery and more.

The products sold are sourced from thousands of vendors around the world.

What I love about Homesense, is that ‘thrill of the find’ feeling you get when you discover that one-off, on trend piece at a huge discount.

The other thing that I’d like to emphasise is the unparalleled quality of the products on sale. Everything I’ve bought from Homesense is in perfect condition, and I often find myself in awe of it for the price that I have paid. The buyers for Homesense really know how to seek out top homeware brands. What you’ll see sold are high quality renowned brands that have been negotiated to the lowest possible price,up to 60% off.

With new deliveries arriving throughout the week, there’s always something new to discover every time you pop in.

As a Homesense advocate, I’ve been asked to show you my top 10 Homesense finds for 3 styled rooms over April.

I thought I’d kick start the celebration with a Spring refresh of my living room.

As this makeover is on a budget, I have kept my basic living room furniture the same, although Homesense do offer a range of quality furniture which were very tempting! I wanted to show you how the look and feel of the room can be easily updated just by replacing the rug, cushions, lampshade and throw.

I’ve done all of this at a budget of less than £200. I was over the moon when I found this gorgeous faded denim blue rug with pops of pastels and pinks.

A 4×6’ rug like this would usually retail from £150-£300, and I’m proud to say that I only paid £39.99 for it.  See how wonderful it looks when set against my cushions. Talking about cushions, I went slightly overboard on them. As far as I’m concerned, there is no such thing as too many cushions ( although my husband would beg to differ). I’ve decided to embrace the Floral theme in my decor. Just look at those vibrantly coloured and painterly flower cushions. It really makes me feel so happy. Do you feel the same too? Now,on to the savings. Stylish cushions like these would usually retail at between £40 to £60. I’ve managed to get these at a fraction of that price.

The two beautiful cushions at the back are £16.99 each and the black one in the front is £12.99. Great Homesense finds right? Here’s a closer view of the others. The front two cushions (L to R) are £19.99 and £14.99 respectively. The one on the back (right) is £12.99. Homesense is not all just about furniture and home accessories, you can buy kitchenware too.

I wanted to show you this fabulous pastel coloured China teapot and sugar bowl that I found. I’ve wanted to add some China pieces, but these types of teapots normally cost in excess of £70.

I managed to get mine for around £20. That’s a steal right? I also managed to find a pretty gold and blue mug similar to the one that I’ve bought from a shop that costs £15, at just £4.99. A living room refresh wouldn’t be complete without a new lampshade.

There was an amazing collection at Homesense, and I was totally lost for choice.

I finally settled for this beautiful pink and green foliage lampshade, to fit in with my floral theme living room. A similar shade like this would usually retail upwards from £40 and mine was a wonderful £12.99.  The lamp really goes with the cushions and rug don’t you think? Lastly, I have draped a brightly coloured floral print blanket at the end of my sofa.

This blanket is so super soft, I could just snuggle in it all day. It was a wonderful find at just £19.99. So, here it is. My top 10 finds from Homesense ( 6 cushions, 1 lampshade, 1 tea set and mug, 1 rug and 1 throw, all for less than £200).

Hope you’ve enjoyed this new floral look. There will be a second Homesense room refresh coming next week. I can’t wait to show you.

In the meantime, if you feel inspired by my Homesense finds, then you should check out your local Homesense here. Despite having bought loads of things recently, I keep wanting to go back for more as everything is such great value for money.

( All styling and copyright photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This top 10 Homesense finds post is a sponsored collaboration with Homesense UK. All views are my own).

SUV design – the Future.

A while back in December, I announced that I was one of the judges for Hyundai’s Innovators of the future competition.

The competition sought entries to design the interior of a driverless Hyundai SUV based on the below criteria:

  1. Is the design innovative?
  2. Does the design have future proofing?
  3. Is the design seamless?
  4. Does their design take sustainability into account?

It’s a pleasure to announce the winner as Emily Armitstead, and the runner up as Thomas Chapman.

I thought I’d show you their amazing designs.

SUV design First of all, this is the winning design by Emily Armitstead from Leeds art University.

Emily is a multidisciplinary designer with a love for colour, material and design, which she says drives her creativity.

She has a passion for trend forecasting and research through colour and material explorations.

Emily works with jesmonite, resin, wood and also recycled materials.

She loves exploring the challenging qualities of materials, to constitute colour and texture.

Emily proposes a radical future vision for a Sports Utility Vehicle interior, based on her idea that with climate change, the future may be a place where daylight is scarce and extreme weather conditions the norm.

She describes her design as ethereal, a diversity of colour, texture and form that explores iridescence and reflection of light on surfaces.

The material ( above) that Emily has chosen for the car interior seems melted, frozen, thawed, cracked, cloudy and vaporous. She has designed her car interior with tranquility in mind. The car features rotating seats, holograms and voice control technology. I’d love to experience that surrealism of light ( as Emily describes it), via the recycled solar glass panoramic roof on an interior of crystalline iridescence. Isn’t this design stunning? Love her innovative use of recycled materials to create this gorgeous pearlised effect. Next up, is Thomas Chapman’s SUV design.

Thomas is a 3rd year student studying product design at UCA in Farnham.

He tells me that he has always enjoyed taking objects such as music boxes apart, then putting them back together. He felt this process of demystifying magical objects, has led him to his path in product design.

Thomas sees the driverless car as an aid to a dynamic family, in addition to being an extension of the home.

He likens his vehicle to the family’s assistant, a space where efficiency and relaxation could co-exist.

He illustrates his idea with a scenario of the car acting as an office when dropping a parent off to work, a family space for the school pick up, a space for conversation when both parents are commuting home and a place for relaxation when the day is done. His idea of sustainability and future proofing is explained by how the space can be easily updated  without the need to purchase an entirely new car. I was interested to learn about his futuristic idea of movable furniture that are held in place by electromagnets when the engine is powered up. This is definitely a cool family car, a home from home, that allows for efficiency in addition to customisation.

Hope you have enjoyed reading about these 2 brilliant concepts.

Finally, I want to thank all the other wonderful entries. I certainly had a lot of difficulty coming to a decision.

Congratulations once again to Emily Armitstead for her winning SUV design.

( The photography, drawings and concepts belong to the respective owners Emily Armitstead and Thomas Chapman. I’ve had permission to use them for this post. This is a sponsored collaborative post with Hyundai, but all opinions are my own).

My sheepskin Baa stool and the pink and red trend.

This weekend, I had so much fun styling my room in pink. Here is the result.

Do you spot my pink sheepskin footstool? Her name is Judy, and she was the inspiration of my styling. baa stool Judy is from Baa stool, an amazing online store, based in Wales, that sells a range of luxury British sheepskin furniture and accessories.

Isn’t she cute in baby pink with gold hairpin legs?

The cover is removable, so you can change the look of your stool with replacement sheepskin covers. Sheepskin stools are definitely a huge trend this season, especially on Instagram.

Not only does the stool look aesthetically gorgeous, it is super soft to the touch too. Every time my husband walked into the room this weekend, he saw me stroking my baa stool.

I couldn’t help it, as it was so soft. I can guarantee that you will be doing the same thing if you got one too.

You can also keep your baa stool looking tip top with a special metal brush that’s included. There are 26 styles of sheepskin footstools to suit all taste. Each style is available in 17 colours, from Ivory, Chocolate, Baby Pink, Cornflower blue and more. What colour would you pick? The stools also come in a variety of heights, and you can select according to whether you are a ‘feet up’ or ‘feet down’ person.

After a hard and long day of running around in the hospital as a doctor, I naturally want to put my feet up when I get home. I was so pleased that my Judy Baa stool was a ‘feet up’ stool. Anyway, back to the styling. As I mentioned previously my Judy Baa stool inspired my decor. I decided to go for a decor in shades of pink.

I’ve also got a crush on pink and red at the moment. This is another big trend for 2018.

Many people think red and pink clash, but as far as I’m concern, there are no such things as clashing colours. The secret is in getting the dose of those clashing colours right. As you can see, I have a new red and pink gallery wall for my styling.

I was very fortunate to have being able to collaborate with a group of talented printmakers. The last three prints on the bottom row were specially made for me to colour specifications.

If you are interested in the prints, then here are the makers :

  1. Yass Queen by The Gin Fox.
  2. Dusk (pink abstract) by Jessica Ford art
  3. Two hearts by Gayle Mansfield
  4. Rainbow art print that reads ‘ You are every nice word’ by Stacie Swift.
  5. Pink female print by Lena Goodison.
  6. Pink and red LHR baggage tag print by Offizina.
  7. ‘The bags under my  eyes are Chanel’ print by The Happy Cotswold Co.
  8. Blah by Little Dog Studio shop.

My daughter is already eyeing my stool for her room.

It was so cosy to put my feet up this weekend, since it was snowing outdoors. Here’s wishing for Spring soon.

I forgot to mention that sheepskin regulates temperature well. It keeps your feet warm in Winter and cool in Summer. Hope you’ve enjoyed the post and styling.

Wll you embrace the sheepskin stool and the pink red trend? I’m loving it. Do take a look here at Baa stools.

Wishing you all a wonderful start to your weeks.

( All styling and photography are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. I have collaborated with Baa stool on a sponsored basis, but all opinions are my own.)

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