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Autumn may be here, but I like to keep my indoors sunny and bright. Karen Walker Runaway Azure Eau de Parfum perfectly epitomises this.

It’s Paradise in an Azure blue bottle. The scent evokes adventures in warmer lands, like running away to your clifftop treehouse. I’ve been wearing Karen Walker Runaway Azure all day and it’s so lovely.

It has that spicy, smoky scent of Autumn against the sweeter notes of citrus and rose, like an interplay between masculinity and femininity.

As you can see, I’m intending on sharing this wonderful scent with friends and family for Christmas as gifts.

It may seem early to be talking about Christmas, but it always catches up on me unprepared every year. Karen Walker is a renowned designer from New Zealand. She also designs clothes and the most amazing sunglasses ever.

When asked, Karen describes Runaway Azure as ” a mystical bonfire with smoky amber and warm spices, cardammon, black pepper, and Guaiac wood, sparkling against the lushness of oriental mandarin and rose.” I normally only go for Spring summery scents, usually something light floral or with citrus tones.

However,  Runaway Azure has been able to balance both seasons so well that I’ve been able to transition into a warmer spicier scent, and I’m loving it. That clear blue bottle is transporting me to the clear waters of the Seychelles or Maldives.

It’s hypnotic looking at the bottle and though it’s cold in London, I feel a glow of optimism and tranquility. Karen Walker fragrances are stocked in Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge. It is a gorgeous scent, you have to try it.

There will be a giveaway of three 30ml bottles, each retailing at £50 on my instagram tomorrow (Sunday October 13th till Wednesday 16th October 2019).

I hope you’ll enter.

( Paid partnership post)

I’ve always wanted to decorate a student university room.

This September, the opportunity arose, as my daughter was starting her undergraduate degree.

Firstly, when you think about university accommodation, do you think of a small dark box with dated furniture?

Indeed, many of the accommodation halls that I’ve visited were like that.

However, I was pleasantly surprised by Birmingham university’s accommodation. Everything was beautifully set up , clean and modern.  In fact, the whole of Birmingham university’s campus is beautiful.

It made me wish I was back at uni. I can only now live vicariously through my daughter.

The room was the perfect blank canvas for me and my daughter to decorate.

Above is the before shot of Chamberlain hall. student university room Here is the after shot.

What do you think? I’m so pleased with how it has turned out, because it feels like home for my daughter. student university room So let’s talk through what are the key elements for creating a cool student university room.

1.Patterned duvet cover and colourful throw.

Bring some joy with a fun duvet cover. Say no to bland, plain duvet covers.

This peaches duvet cover and pink fleece throw were purchased from Urban Outfitters.

2.Cushions.

Definite must haves to accessorise the room. We went for a fluffy sloth and quirky lucky cat cushion. 3.A rug.

We used a small rug that was machine washable to add some texture and warmth to the space. student university room 4.Create a gallery wall.

I helped my daughter pick some of my art prints from home to create this. I’ve removed the glass from the frames, since they were going above her bed.

5.Fairy lights

This is a must in any student’s room to create that zen like ambience after a busy day at lectures.

I’ve secured the fairy lights with Command clear decorating clips that can be easily removed without causing damage or marks to the walls.

6.Neon light.

I expect this is something very much on a teen’s wish list right? My daughter’s light was specially created for her by Sammy of neonpoodle.

Do check out neonpoodle’s site and get those customised orders in now before Christmas. student university room A lovely cosy feel right?

7.Call your parents print

That Call your parents art print from Pedlars has finally found its purpose, held up with Command strips that do no damage to walls. 8.A colourful wall of inspirational quotes.

Colour and positivity is so important for self care and mental wellbeing, don’t you think? I’ve put up this wall of inspirational quotes near her workspace, using Command Spring clips. student university room 9.Photos.

When away from home, it’s easy to miss friends and family, so hanging up their photos can be comforting.

We put some hanging picture frames up using Command brand clear medium hooks.

10.Mirror.

A small wall mirror for putting on lipstick before a party is a must right? I used a Command brand clear medium hook to hold the mirror up. 11.Key and bag tidy

After a night out partying, it could be a mad panic the next morning to find things.

This Command key rail would be perfect for her keys, I’ve picked this medium white Command designer hook to hold her bag. The rail and hook are again easily removable without leaving marks or holes on the wall. student university room My daughter was lucky to get an en suite bathroom with her room.

Here are some of the uni essentials to style this space.

12.laundry basket.

She chose a simple striped one.

13.Toothbrush holder

Her toothbrush holder is from Command too.

You can also use it to hold a razor in the shower.  It’s so much nicer to be able to reach your toiletries when having your shower don’t you think.

14.Bath caddy

This is the Command bath caddy that can hold up quite a few bottles of your favourite products. 15. Towel hook

The ensuite bathroom had quite a few hooks, but you can never have too many hooks.

We placed this Command medium hook next to the basin, so that the towel can be reached easily after a face rinse. So there you go, the student university room makeover. It was so fun to do.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the tips. What do you think? I certainly wished my university accommodation was like this.

Finally, have a lovely week.

( The first photo belongs to University of Birmingham, all other photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The Command products was gifted but this is NOT a paid partnership post).

Winners of the VDM home and interiors photo competition.

Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. I don’t know if you can recall, a few weeks ago, I announced a home and interiors photo competition in collaboration with the Association of German Furniture industry.

They received a total 232 entries from 19 countries, and here are the 10 winners.

The winner for the Outdoor Living category is Silvia Ferrando from Italy ( above).

How cute is that little dog and outdoor space? Next up, is the winner for the Tiny Living category, Karst Rauhé from the Netherlands.

It’s brilliant how Karst has been able to incorporate a living room, dining space and bedroom into a small space, without compromising on style.

Absolutely love those on trend cane dining chairs too. This is Agata Dimmich’s winning Hallway photo. Super stylish and almost like a piece of still life art. Next, is this pink kitchen by a very green fingered owner, Mike Klar from Germany.

He is the winner of our kitchen photo competition category. Doesn’t this photo scream adorable? Love all the textures and likewise its cosy feel. Therefore very Hygge right?

This is the Relaxed Sleeping category winner, Anastasia Benko from Germany. This is such a pretty living room, with midcentury modern styling and pops of colours.

It belongs to the winner of the Living Room category, Roger Lemoyne from Canada,. What I would give, to lie here for a relaxing bath and hence be able to gaze out into nature.

This gorgeous bathroom photo belongs to Alex Schäler, also the winner of The Bathroom category. First of all, this is a kitchen of dreams, due to its beautiful pastel hue, bright skylight and gorgeous wooden floor, but most of all, I adore the fun little swing.

This space belongs to Elizabeth Barrett, from the USA, and she is the winner of the Living with Children category. How fabulous is it to be able to work from home surrounded by all this wonderful greenery? This is the winning shot by Vicson Chan Chua for the Working at Home category. If I were a kid again, I would so covet this outdoor play house. The winner of the Other Forms of Living category is Pepper Schmidt from Germany.

So, that finally concludes the 10 winners of the photo competition. Each winner will be awarded with a wonderful piece of German design, get a trip to Cologne and have their photo exhibited at the imm Cologne fair next year.

Furthermore, I hope you’ve enjoyed these inspirational pictures from the photo competition.

Finally, have a lovely week all.

( All photography are the copyright of the respective listed owners from the interiors photo competition. This is a paid partnership post with the association of the German Furniture Industry VDM ).

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