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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.)

Baileys-chocolat-Luxe-recipe Baileys chocolat Luxe Easter banana cheesecake recipe. 

The whole Easter holiday weekend had sped by. I had a really busy three days of doing Instagram takeovers, hosting a birthday party, and Spring cleaning my kitchen cabinets.

I celebrated the end of the Easter weekend with friends and family. We cooked tapas dishes to share, and I made this Easter banana cheesecake with Baileys chocolat luxe and Baileys Irish cream.

I decided to do away with the standard three course meal portions for the party, and to embrace that fun Tapas concept of sharing our food. Baileys-chocolat-luxe-cheesecake-recipe I love drinking Baileys Irish cream , so you can imagine my delight, when the postman delivered the Baileys chocolat Luxe. It’s a blend of decadent Belgian chocolate and Baileys Original cream.

I can still remember enjoying the limited edition Baileys Pumpkin Spice version. Baileys-cheesecake-recipe

I thought I’d share the recipe for my Baileys chocolat luxe banana cheesecake here :

Biscuit base

5-6 Digestive biscuits

6-7 Ginger nuts biscuits

50g unsalted butter.

The cheese cake filling

600g cream cheese

20-30ml Baileys Irish cream

20-30ml Baileys chocolat Luxe

3 mashed bananas

3 eggs

150g caster sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Baileys-chocolat-luxe-recipe Topping

150ml soured cream

1 tablespoon caster sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. To decorate

Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies.

Butter finger biscuits. Baileys-chocolat-luxe-cheesecake-recipe Steps

  1. Preheat oven 180 degrees.

  2. Crush biscuits in bag with rolling pin.

  3. Melt butter over low heat and then mix with biscuit crumbs.

  4. Compress biscuit and butter mix on baking sheet in greased tin.

  5. Place in oven 5 minutes.

  6. Mix filling all together in electric mixer. Start slow and then increase speed till smooth and creamy.

  7. Pour mix over biscuit base and spread evenly.

  8. Bake 40 minutes.

  9. Remove to cool 5-6 minutes.

  10. Make topping by mixing ingredients together and smooth over top of cheesecake.

  11. Place back in oven to bake 10-15 minutes.

  12. Remove and leave to cool then put in fridge overnight.

  13. Decorate with butter finger cookies (stuck on with cream cheese) and chocolates for topping.

How does the cake look?

To continue with the party theme of sharing our food, I decided not to slice the cheese cake into separate portions. Instead, we all shared, by dipping our spoons into the whole cake. It was so fun. The Baileys chocolat Luxe in the cheese cake was so more-ish, so we all decided to pour more in glasses to share. Pairing the cheesecake with the Baileys chocolat Luxe drink was absolutely divine. Even better because we were all sharing the experience together, as we chatted and laughed.
Hope you have enjoyed the post. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaboration with Baileys Irish Cream, but all views are my own).

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