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Ikea Stockholm 2017 furniture collection featuring rattan, velvet and more.

I was so excited when IKEA recently launched their new STOCKHOLM 2017 furniture and home range. I have been keeping an eye on the collection, for a while now, and I was over the moon when asked by IKEA to style a few curated pieces at home. I particularly love the Rattan furniture in that range. Those in the know, would have by now, snapped up their much coveted rattan cabinet. I think it’s already sold out in the U.K.

However, all is not lost, as there are still many amazing pieces available, such as this stylish IKEA STOCKHOLM rattan and Ash coffee table. Its pared down simplicity would be perfect for a minimal Scandinavian interior.

However, it’s possible to mix and match colours and patterns to create a vibrant but balanced look too. I have used this handmade IKEA STOCKHOLM rug in grey, as a bold contrast.  I wanted to accentuate the natural wood and surface weave pattern of the rattan against the dark coloured rug. Next, is the fun part of adding colour.  I’ve chosen a combination of bright red and blue patterned cushions from the STOCKHOLM range, to make my pale mint sofa pop with happiness.

To counterbalance the colours on the sofa, I have styled the coffee table with colourful books and flowers. The blue, mouth-blown glass carafe, vase and bowl on the rattan coffee table are also from the same range. I have decided to add some wild orange flowers to contrast the blue vases and cushions. This glass serving plate is smooth and of a great quality. It definitely looks more expensive than it actually was.

Gunnel Sahlin, the designer of the STOCKHOLM glass range said that ” The colour of the glass changes with the light and with what you put inside it. It really has a feeling of hands on craft that sorts of stays with the piece.” At first sight, you may think that there is a wooden side table by the sofa. It’s actually the Ash tray from the STOCKHOLM range, placed on an old IKEA Frosta stool. I’ve styled it with a few potted greens. Here’s the tray with some floral blooms. On the opposite end of my sofa is a velvet STOCKHOLM range pouffe in dark blue.

I love how a pouffe can be a footrest, extra seating, or a table. Hope you have enjoyed seeing how I have styled my IKEA STOCKHOLM 2017 range at home. I will be back soon with an interview with Viveca Olsson, the creative leader for the 2017 IKEA STOCKHOLM range. Have a lovely start to your week.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaboration with Ikea UK, but all opinions are my own).

how to style a pink sofa How to style a pink sofa. I am so excited to show you my new living room. Many of you who follow me on instagram, will know that I usually have a green sofa in my front room. That green sofa has now gone to another room, to make way for this new set.

Introducing you to the Zania by dfs. how to style a pink sofa Shades of pink for sofas are already popular, and predicted to continue into next season.

The great thing about a modular sofa is that you can rearrange it to whatever configuration you like. My Zania sofa came as an L shape unit with a footstool (the footstool is not in the photo).

I have decided to split the L shape into two sections, and as a result, it has opened up the room space. Here’s another view. I love having the sofa by the windows, and watch the world go by. This rug was bought from a Sunday flea market in Abbot Kinney, LA. Can’t believe I carried that rug all the way back from the US.

Needless to say, I couldn’t fit it into my existing luggage, and therefore had to run into a nearby Target store to purchase another bag.

The rug is pink with orange and coral tones. It goes well with the sofa set don’t you think? My Fiddle Fig leaf plant is still going strong, and perfect in between the two sections of the Zania. Love how the lights stream in and light up the sofa.
Here are my usual collection of colourful cushions to brighten up the space. I’ve joined the sofa pieces here together to make the L shape configuration. Feels rather cosy don’t you think? These peach coloured roses look so pretty against the coral pink sofa. I’ve decided that I could have it two ways.

The open space seating configuration for Summer, and the L shape for Winter.

It’s wonderful how a modular sofa can give you that flexibility of arrangement in a space.
Which configuration do you prefer?
Some of you may remember my mint green sofa, and how its colour complimented the oversized art print above it.

I am pleased to say that this coral pink sofa has fitted in well too, drawing out the orange hues of the artwork. I realise I’ve been talking a lot about how beautiful this sofa is, but we all know that aesthetics is not the only selling point.

This sofa is super comfortable too, and I even fell asleep on it the other day. The L shape has turned my coffee table into a focal point, so styling it well was key to the overall feel of the space. So, what do you think of this new change? I really adore it.

There is certainly more seating space now for friends and family who come to visit.

Hope you have enjoyed the post. Wishing you a wonderful weekend and week ahead.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. dfs gifted me the Zania sofa. All opinions in the post are my own.)

How to create a gallery wall for small spaces.

This is the landing at the top floor of our home. It is a small area surrounded by two bedrooms and a bathroom. how-to-create-a-gallery-wall-for-small-spaces I have in the past attempted to decorate this wall with a collection of prints. It didn’t work out using prints of different sizes and designs , because it made the space look smaller and cluttered.

It finally dawned on me this weekend that, to make the space feel less busy, I should take an opposite approach.

I went for simple two tone colour prints, grouped together to create the effect of an oversized art print. This completely brightened and opened up the space.

The ‘Twin Tone Play’ screenprints I used were from Lane (lanebypost.com). The vibrant blocks of colours accentuated the decor on the sideboard. small spaces gallery wall Everything looked so happy and in harmony don’t you think? Isn’t that puffin so cute? My husband bought it for my birthday last year. The vertical blocks of colour also created a sense of height in this small space. I’ve tried to create a midcentury modern vibe with my Eames bird and colourful Holmegaard vases.

So there you go, large blocks of colours can really open and brighten up small spaces.

Do you have a similar small and forgotten space in your home, just waiting for an injection of colour and happiness?

There are twelve colours in the print collection, so do take a look at Lane for your perfect combination.

Wishing you a wonderful start to your week.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaboration with Lane <lanebypost.com> . All views and opinions are my own).

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