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6 ways to style a kid’s room on a budget. Best of Pinterest award 2017 shortlisted. 

It was a pleasure to be recently asked by new homes builder, Keepmoat, to create some photos for their home inspiration gallery.

The request came at the perfect time, because I was planning on giving my son’s room a little Spring refresh.

Coincidentally I have also recently received wonderful news that I’ve been shortlisted for 3 Best of Pinterest award, including Best Kids bedroom, workspace and kitchen 2017.

Ever since I started blogging 4.5 years ago, my son’s room have undergone a series of makeovers.

I always do it on a small budget, changing around a few accessories such as wall prints, cushions, duvet covers and bed throws. You will see what I mean as you scroll through the images. This is his nautical theme room using predominantly primary colours and stripes. I have styled this room in blue and yellow hues to match the round rug I was sent all the way from Australia. This bedroom was styled in a British Icons theme. As you can see, the duvet cover has images of London buses and taxis. This was his Christmas bedroom. Think ‘Home Alone’ style, but an updated version.
This is one of my favourites, and the pin that has been nominated for the Pinterest award.

It is bright and sunny, so the perfect place to visit on a dreary British Winter’s day.
kid's room on a budget Finally, here are a few sneak peeks of the new bedroom refresh that I have created for Keepmoat’s inspiration gallery.
I have written my 4 steps to an affordable Spring refresh for a boy’s bedroom over on Keepmoat. The tips will be live next week, so do check back.

Hope you’ve enjoyed browsing through this post on ‘6 ways to style a kid’s room on a budget’. Have a wonderful day.

( This is a sponsored collaboration with Keepmoat. All my own styling and photography. All images are my copyright. )

Top 7 sofa trends from Salone del mobile with dfs.

I have recently returned from Salone del mobile, one of Europe’s largest design fairs, based in Milan.

Whilst I was there, I got to meet  the creative team of leading UK furniture brand dfs.

dfs produces sofas that cater for all budgets and tastes. I was impressed to see how they have been able to embrace new trends, bringing up to date styles quickly onto the high street.

I got to quiz Alison Hill, the creative director of dfs, over dinner, on her take of the top trends seen emerging from the design show.

Here’s what Alison had to say about her top 7 sofa trends spotted at Salone del mobile 2017.

Burnt orange as a dominant colour.

“Burnt orange took the crown for dominant colour in the latest furniture designs at Salone del Mobile, this year. Flanked strongly by its complementary colour, green, with botanicals and plants providing a revitalising sense of the outdoors alongside the lust-worthy orange hues.

As urban living is on the rise, more and more people are living without direct access to a garden or outside space so this need for greenery is increasingly translated to our interiors. It is widely recognised that to enhance a colour it must be sited with its other half. Burnt and rusty oranges provide the perfect base to layer restorative green life into our homes.”

( The image above is the Ashby 3 seater sofa in marmalade).

Green as the focal point.

“As well as greenery featuring strongly in accessories, it also dominated in the furniture stakes. Some designers turned the trend on its head and positioned green sofas as the focal point of a room. From zesty limes through to dark emerald and forest tones, green sofas make a bold statement while bringing positive psychological benefits such as renewal, harmony and balance – things we could all use more of in our daily lives.”

(The image above is the dfs LUPPO)

Velvet and marble retained appeal

” Velvets featured strongly throughout the exhibitions, with its richness and depth adding luxury to many new designs. As did marble, with nature’s most alluring pattern bringing a deeper sense of opulence.

The Topaz sofa in lime takes the style stakes further and incorporates all three of these major Salone del Mobile trends. The zesty beauty features a luxurious velvet texture you’ll love to sink into with marble accents that are a treat for the eyes. ”

( The images above are the Topaz sofas in lime and marble)

Cocooning curved back chairs.

“Curves are often seen as sensual and pleasing, and translating these shapes into products such as curved-back chairs allows people to hide away in their interiors. This ‘cocooning’ shape in furniture is increasingly popular, and is something we’ve reflected across different styles of armchair to fit with different looks.” The return of the ottoman

” The multifunctional requirements that people expect from their homes means that a room often needs to be able to morph from siting room to play room to entertaining space. There is something comfortable, yet practical, about an ottoman. It’s somewhere to perch, to set up a game, place a tray, sit a computer on or put your feet up. The ottoman offers an alternative to the traditional coffee table without any of the hard edges.”

( The ottoman above is from the Topaz range) Comfort.

” Comfort was at the core of many of the designs in Milan with loose shapes, tactile materials, casual softened silhouettes and relaxed styles dominating. Form and function fused to deliver the best of both worlds – aesthetic beauty and the ultimate in casual comfort.”

( The above image is the Zahara sofa )

Casual folds and visible seams.

” Some designers took the casual comfort trend further, with evolutions into even softer casual flaps and exposed seams spotted around the exhibition halls. Upholstery appeared nonchalantly wrapped around structures to provide an over relaxed and unpretentious look.”

( The image above is the Athena 3 seater sofa).

That concludes the interview.

So what do you think about the above sofa trends? Walking through Salone del mobile with the dfs team, I could see that many of the big furniture design houses have embraced them too.

I would be interested to see how orange as a colour would take off. I’m not surprised that the use of calming tones of green is still growing strong.

I myself have 2 green sofas at home. I absolutely adore them, but am now looking towards getting one in pink. I think pink sofas will be big this season, and going into the next one.

I’ll let you in on a secret, I’ve ordered the dfs Zania sofa above in pink. I can’t wait to show you how I will style up my sofa soon.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the insight into the sofa trends for the upcoming seasons. It was truly inspirational to meet Alison and the rest of the dfs creative team.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

(Photos are all courtesy of dfs. This is a sponsored collaborative post on sofa trends with dfs, but all opinions stated are my own.)

How to create a colourful gallery walls with Etsy UK.

Whenever the long Easter holiday weekend approaches, I get that urge to redecorate my home. Is that the same for you too?

If you, like I, don’t have much time for a major refurbish, nor want to spend too much money, then there is another way.

I find using a few key pieces of home accessories, can really refresh a space and give it a different look. This can all be achieved without having to break the bank.

My favourite place to hunt for those unique and quirky cool pieces, is the online market place that is Etsy UK.

I have redecorated a few rooms at home, with my new buys. Hope you enjoy seeing the transformation. I have mainly focused on gallery walls in my Spring refresh.

There is so much to find on Etsy UK. Here’s a little corner dedicated to all lovers of pink, cats and donuts.

The confetti cat plush is by Julia Staite, the pink yellow party ring cushion is by Hey Kitsch Kitty, and the cat mug is by Prints made with love.
Here’s my workspace. I spend a lot of time in here, editing photos and writing blog posts.
I love to surround myself with the happy, creative and inspiring work of others. What do you think of my new colourful gallery wall? gallery-walls I have replaced some of my old prints with these new finds.

From top left to right:

Top row

My existing mint ink’d print by Sketch.inc. I’m not sure if these are still being produced, but I highly recommend Becky’s super cool Etsy store.

WTF print is by Molu type shop , ‘Thou shall get her money’ print by Girl Visual, Heroes David Bowie print is by Kittys Prints GB .

Middle row

Cactus print by Alice Potter, Good Vibes print by The Native State, Baked Beanz print by You Make Me Designs.

Bottom row

Colour block print by Studio Onto, Floral print with peonies by And smile, Botanical print by Hej And Hello Creative Here is a better view of the space. gallery-walls What do you think? Do you like it? How does it compare to the old gallery wall here . This sunshine yellow shelf sits adjacent to my other workspace, above a sofa.

I wanted my shelf to be fun and full of life. I was so excited to have discovered these colourful pop art style prints.

The Beanz and bubble gum prints are by You Make me Designs. The Adventure Awaits print is by Colours Prints.
I have added a large cactus print from Seventy tree next to the shelf and a few fun pastel cushions from Etsy UK. The Custard cream and Jammy heart cushions are by Nikki Mc Williams. You can see the whole room here. The cactus garland is from Confetti Day.

What do you think of this gallery wall? I bought this vintage American desk a while back. My kids loved sitting here to do their homework. They have now outgrown it, but I’ve still kept it.  I’ve styled the desk to show you how it would look like now. I really feel that decorating a child’s space, need not always be superheroes and child centred art. They appreciate a space, as long as it feels fun and happy.

The London illustrated map is by Livi Gosling, the pen pot is by We are paper planes, the Mini plant book is by This Way to the circus, the Sprinkles zip pouch is by Julia Staite and the mini cactus face planter is by Big Fat Dreams.

gallery-walls Now we go downstairs, to peek at my living room. Here is another one of my gallery walls.

I have replaced the oversized art that normally sits over my sofa with these A3 sized art prints. I have bought some new cactus theme cushions to add to my existing collection. The cactus cushion at the far left is by NJS Boutique Co. and the cactus kitty cushion is by The Blue Rabbit Gifts. These beautifully painted cactus pots were sent to me by Mary-Ann of Hello Marilu. Aren’t they so pretty? Mary-Ann also runs workshops on how to create these pots. Here’s my whole living room refresh. How do you like it? That Fiddle Leaf fig tree in the corner is  one of my most favourite possessions. It was a Mother’s Day gift from my kids. The plant really pulls the room’s decor together don’t you think? Anyway, hope you have enjoyed seeing my Spring refresh at home, and how I have styled my gallery walls.

I have also re-styled my son’s bedroom, but will show you the full tour next week.

Have a lovely holiday weekend. (All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaboration with Etsy UK. All selections and opinions are my own).

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