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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. )

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).

Maltesers Dot Dot Dot – Maltesers Luxury chocolates have arrived.

Good morning. Breaking news! Something unusual is happening in London, because everything is turning red with gold polka dots. Even the post box has contracted this case of MALTESERS Dot Dot Dot. This London phone box, in front of Big Ben, has transformed too.

That red bus better watch out, or it’ll be next. There was no escaping at home either, gold polka dots have infiltrated. All because this gift arrived in the post. Dare I open it? I had to know. Maltesers Luxury chocolates Ta dah! The reveal. 16 pieces of Maltesers Luxury chocolates wrapped in red and gold polka dot foils.

If you are a Maltesers fan like I, then this is probably music to your ears. These Luxury chocolates were so precious, hence the gold and glass box above. As you can imagine, because of my love for Maltesers, my glass box soon emptied out.

Tea was already made in anticipation. What does it taste like? I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into one. I wasn’t the only one, as my son was already waiting in anticipation.

This was therefore the fastest photo shoot I had ever done. Here it is all unwrapped. A milky chocolate outer layer, so smooth to bite into. Right in the centre is a delicious chocolate and malty filling, encased in a wafer shell, real MALTESERS Teasers pieces and covered in milk chocolate.

As much as I tried to resist, these chocolates didn’t last for long.  Don’t you think this would be the perfect Mother’s day gift? You can purchase a box now at Debenhams for £6.

I can’t believe that as a result of this post, I may well have tempted myself to go get another box. Have I tempted you too?

For more information, do check out MALTESERS’ Facebook page and Instagram account. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

( This is a sponsored post with Maltesers Luxury Chocolates . All photography and styling are my own except for the first three images that are by David Parry/PA wire. All opinions are my own).

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