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I’ve been trying  to decide on whether to get blinds or shutters for my son’s bedroom for quite some time now.

He has a small window, and for the first half of the year ( Autumn/ Winter), we have no issues.

However, when Summer approaches, the streaming light comes through and wakes him up.

It has became more of a problem recently because we moved his bed to face the window more directly.

After careful consideration, I decided to go for blinds.

In fact, blinds are not as I remembered them. No longer are they take away ones, where you have to measure, cut and fit yourself, and then get it horribly wrong.

They have definitely come a long way from being those floppy, blow in the wind ones, with pulls that tangle into knots.

The super expensive bespoke made quality ones are also now a thing of the past.

In fact, blinds have evolved, and I am so excited to introduce you to Bloc Blinds, a U.K. based blinds company.

They create all types to suit all styles of windows, from bay windows, to skylights to Patio doors and more.

What’s amazing is that you can request an array of fabric samples to pick from.

They have blinds for all tastes, from black out Bloc out blinds, to blinds that soften the light and more. I have chosen 100% black out ones for my son’s room. I have picked the Primrose yellow Bloc out blind. 

That soft yellow goes really well with the blue theme of his bedroom don’t you think? Black out blinds If you are unsure what blinds you need for a particular room, Bloc blinds can even do a Skype consultation with you and advise.

The icing on the cake is that they now have a Measure and Fit service. It’s a service that is both affordable and accessible. I was lucky to get to experience this service. 

Once you’ve made your choice, you just book a slot for someone to do the measurements. 

A few weeks later when the blinds are done, they will return to fit. 

The whole process is so fast and convenient. I think it took about 10 to 15 minutes per blind fitting . 

The fitters were incredibly thoughtful. They wore over the shoe protectors when indoors, and took all packaging away to discard. They can even be controlled via a touch of a button on the remote control. That’s so cool isn’t it? I feel like I’m in some luxury hotel.

Go one step further, the blinds can even be controlled via an app and Alexa. Imagine early morning, still sleepy in bed, and if it’s cold, there’s no longer a need to leave the comfort of your bed to see the sunshine.

Here’s how it looks three quarters of the way down. This is my workspace from where I blog from.

During the second half of the day, the sun can get quite harsh, which makes editing images on my computer screen tricky.

I wanted a way to soften the light, without throwing my room into darkness.

I have chosen the White Arosa Bloc blind which seem to have done the trick. Bloc blinds arosa white Its alternating opaque and sheer fabric mean that I can control the light intensity in my room. They’re almost like the blinds version of wooden shutters. It’s so nice to be able to adjust them remotely too. It means uninterrupted editing time.

So what do you think?

They are of wonderful quality and at a fraction of the price to similar ones in physical stores.

The whole process from picking the fabric samples, to the Measure and Fit service was seamless. I highly recommend them if you are looking for something similar in your homes.

I have placed a video clip of the blinds fitting on my instagram. Do check it out.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The blinds were provided for review. All views are my own).

Affordable and stylish side tables to make your home look pretty.

I’ve been searching for some colourful side tables for a while.

As you know, I do love a pop of colour at home. 

I was so happy to discover that Matalan have them in my favourite colours of yellow and pink.

The prices are super affordable too. side tables This is the Lana side table in pink. Isn’t it cute?

It has a built in drawer with lots of space for all my odds and ends.

I have decorated it with some faux flowers from Matalan. Aren’t they pretty and look so real too? That French bulldog mug is also from Matalan. The mug also come in a Dachshund and cat print, so are perfect gifts for pet lovers, and at £3, is a real steal. I love that dusky pink shade on my Matalan Lana table. It’s the perfect grown up pink and really matches all the pastel shades in my bedroom don’t you think?  Next, I’d like to introduce you to my yellow Dax side table which only cost £30. I love its sunshine ochre yellow and wanted to show it off, so have placed it in front of my green sofa. I have styled my Dax side table with a few more accessories from Matalan.

Can you spot that cute smiling face cactus pot in pink? I actually have one in yellow too.

At £8, I think it’s going to sell out fast. side tables Did you know Llamas are the new flamingos? 

Remember that time when flamingo accessories were everywhere? Well, llamas are now apparently the cool new animal.

I simply had to jump on that bandwagon, and this llama planter from Matalan with a faux succulent was the perfect find. I’m so pleased with my two colourful side tables. They will come in handy for when I do photo shoots for room sets too, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of them on my Instagram soon. 

(All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan. This is a paid partnership with Matalan, but all choices and opinions are my own).

My colourful Victorian floor tiles from Original Features.

Remember this a week ago?

Well, I’m happy to say that I can finally reveal my newly decorated exterior walkway.

I knew I didn’t want just the classic black and white Victorian floor tiles, so set out to bring some colour to my outdoor space. Here it is, in its full glory with pastel pink, blue and minty green.

What do you think?

Do the colours make you feel happy? I’m so pleased with it, and have been thrilled by the response of my neighbourhood. I even spotted someone doing a shoe selfie the other day.

I’m not sure I like so many people lurking around my doorway, but I must admit I’m equally chuffed with the response.

I’ve always longed for Victorian floor tiles and these gorgeous ones are from Olde English tiles. Victorian floor tiles Not only are they beautiful to look at, they are totally scratch, stain, frost and water resistant too.

I picked my Victorian tile pattern from Original Features’ collection, and brought it up to date using pastel shades. What do you think?

I was initially worried about the white getting stained, but I was pleased to learn that they are fully vitrified, so have low porosity, and therefore able to withstand the rigours of high traffic. Victorian floor tiles Now that the external walkway is done, I’m highly tempted to get my internal hallway done too.

Finally, If you are interested in Victorian floor tiles, I highly recommend checking out Original Features and Olde English tiles

Have a lovely start to your week, and I will be back soon with more home DIYs and updates.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The Victorian floor tiles have been designed by Original features and provided by Olde English tiles.)

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