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papier photobook The perfect Christmas gift of happiness in a Papier photobook.

Do you find it difficult buying Christmas presents for your parents or in-laws?

I certainly do , for two reasons : Firstly, we have different tastes and second they have everything.

I’ve realised the things they value most may not be the expensive things we think they would like.

It’s the little things such as happiness and memories that are most treasured.

I know they love their grandchildren, and so creating a beautiful photobook of them as a gift will definitely bring joy.  Nowadays there are so many online photobook services, but one that has shone above the others is Papier photobooks. I adore the soft coated books they offer, printed on beautifully textured paper to give it a coffee table feel.

You have to check out the cover templates on their site too, they are stunning with lots of pretty pastels.

All the formats and fonts are just gorgeous. I picked a pretty sky blue cover.

It was so easy to create. Once I’ve picked the cover, all I had to do was to upload my edited photos from my  computer.

You could add captions or change layouts, but I kept mine simple with no words and let the picture do the talking. My photos were all taken during our family Summer holidays in Malaysia and Singapore.

In addition to photos of the kids, I added images of memorable moments , like this delicious yoghurt ice cream we chanced upon whilst hunting for that “instagram worthy restaurant” in the sweltering Kuala Lumpur heat. Can you spot that sunset by the beach in my Papier photobook? That was the romantic stroll I took with my husband whilst in the Tropical island of Langkawi.

There are loads of captured images of the kids too. I don’t want to spoil it for the grandparents in case they are reading this. I can’t believe I’ve managed to cross two gifts off my Christmas list.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post and that it has helped you with some of your Christmas gift ideas. Capturing those moments in a book is so precious, as often these moments get lost in the sea of digital images on our camera roll.

Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little big Bell. This is a paid partnership post with Papier. All opinions are my own).

teen bedroom Back To School workspace revamp with Ikea.

My heart sinks at the thought that Summer may soon be over, as we prepare our kids for back to school.

I’ve noticed on Instagram that the whole back to school shopping rush has begun.

There wasn’t much that I needed to buy this term, so I thought I’d focus on organising my son’s back to school workspace.

You may have recently seen my blog post on his bedroom revamp ( image above).

What you didn’t get to see was the desk area, because it was still a work in progress. It was also a mess, with wires everywhere. This was what my son’s desk used to look like before the invasion of technology and wires.

I knew I had to organise this space to help him back into the mindset of school.

I always turn to Ikea when I need to revamp a workspace area in my kids’ rooms.

This Ikea Lerberg trestle and table top has been wonderful, and served its purpose well for when he was younger.

I felt a revamp was due, as my son is now in Senior school and needs have changed. Ikea Alex desk Here’s the first part of the new back to school workspace.

I had a few prerequisites when it came to organising this space.

I needed to get a larger desk to accommodate the numerous desktop technology.

This Ikea Alex desk in white was perfect because it was large enough to work on without being too obtrusive in a small room. I opted for a desk with a storage compartment at the top that tidies wires away. Ikea Hattefjall chair Storage as always is an important factor. There are 2 drawers in this desk for storing away stationery, pens and pencils. Back to school workspace I’ve also added a further set of 3 drawers with this Fritids / Stuva unit, to tidy away the growing number of text books that comes with moving up a school year. I love the blue and white of the drawers. Back to school workspace The blue perfectly ties in with his room colour. Lastly, the study chair, sometimes an afterthought, but probably one of the most important elements for comfortable working.  Isn’t this Ikea Hattefjäll chair stylish? Not only is it aesthetically pleasing , it is super comfortable too.

The chair comes with height adjustable seat, armrests and a backrest that tilts for support and comfort. I have styled my back to school workspace wall with Art & Hue Beano wall prints. The banana print was bought from the Ikea Museum shop in Almhült, Sweden. So, what do you think? Doesn’t this back to school workspace look tidy and conducive to working?

Hope you’ve found some inspiration from this post and that all your back to school preparation is as planned.

Do check out Ikea for their amazing range of furniture, to help you prepare for your little ones’ new school year. My son is so pleased with the results, and I feel good that I’ve helped him prepare for the new school term and year.

( All photography and styling are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This back to school workspace post is a paid partnership with Ikea U.K., but all views are my own).

Fun and cool Teenage girl bedroom ideas that rock.

If I ask you to visualise a teen girl’s room, what do you see?

I’m sure the word ‘messy’ would feature frequently right?

You wouldn’t be wrong there, because ‘messy ‘ is a normal teen’s rite of passage.

Then if I ask you, where do you see your teen spending most of his or her time whilst at home? I wouldn’t be surprised if you said ‘in bed’.

Bed in our household has become synonymous with a teen’s hq, all made easy with accessible technology and entertainment nowadays, so there’s no need to get out of bed.

So a laptop in bed with headphones, watching You Tube or Netflix is not an unusual sight.

Does this all sound familiar?

The image above is how the bedroom looked before the revamp. Seeing as the bed is such a crucial location for all activity and I must admit, productivity for school work too, there’s no point in fighting against it any more.

So, ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ right?

Here is how it looks now. As you can see, I have stripped all the wallpaper off the walls and painted it white. I wanted it to feel light and bright.

I indulged in my daughter’s wish for a double bed, and got this white metal bed at the White Company Christmas sale. What I love about this bed is its height. There is ample room below for storage boxes or even a pull out mattress for when she has friends over.

A new bed means a new comfortable mattress right?  After some research, we decided to give the Casper mattress a try.

My daughter gave it the thumbs up after just one night.

Here’s a little run down on the 4 foam layers that make this mattress special:

The top layer latex foam has a springy elasticity that allows for easy movement and weight shifts. It also allows for air circulation to aid a cooler sleep, much needed with the current heatwave.

I was surprised how well my daughter slept, despite the windows being closed during this heat.

The second layer of the mattress is a memory foam that provides comfort.

The third layer is another memory foam layer that provides Zoned Support ( very important for a teen who sits in bed all day). The base layer adds durability. Teenage girl bedroom With the mattress ticked off the list, what next for a teenage girl bedroom? I reckon some comfortable and stylish bedding.

I recently experienced sleeping with some linen bedding, and I couldn’t believe I had never considered it before.

It was super soft and comfortable, and kept me cool during those hot breezeless nights.

My daughter’s pink stone washed linen bedding is from Piglet in Bed. She loves it so much, that I think laundry day may soon become a tug of war.

It’s such a beautiful natural pink too. I’m seriously having bedding envy now. Teenage girl bedroom ideas No bedroom is complete without a gallery wall.

I always turn to my favourite art print store Desenio, when looking for beautiful pieces to style. These gorgeous pink and blue Miami and California photographic prints from Desenio were selected by my daughter.  She also picked the cute pink and green palm trio of prints above the head of her bed. She then completed the look with some cool pillow cases from Urban Outfitters.  That cuddly sloth on her bed was a gift from me.  I feel so happy and optimistic when I lie on her bed, looking at the blue skies of the photos on her wall.

This is but one corner of my daughter’s bedroom. The other parts of her bedroom will be shared soon.  I’m actually lying on her bed now as I type this post ( whilst she is out partying). Teens these days! Tomorrow she is jetting off for a week with her friends to Cannes. I can’t remember my teen years being like that.

Anyway, I’m digressing. The Casper mattress is so incredibly comfortable, I’m nearly falling asleep. Hope you’ve enjoyed the post. Doesn’t this Teenage girl bedroom look so much more inviting than before? ( Do scroll back up to the top of this page to see the “Before” again). I know it’s definitely being appreciated by my little sloth. I mean the soft toy on the bed lol!

It’s a calm space conducive to studying, more than Netflix at least, I hope.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

( All styling and photography for this Teenage Girl bedroom are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is not a paid partnership but a product review post).

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