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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).

Gen Z yellow ( Paid partnership with Homesense UK)

It pains me to say this, but Millennial pink ( my favourite colour) is about to be replaced by the new kid on the block, Gen Z yellow.

Luckily yellow is one of the colours that I love too.

For those not familiar with the term Gen Z, it’s the generation born between 1995 and 2014.

There’s a lot of speculation as to why yellow is the chosen colour. It could be because they are a bolder generation or  perhaps it’s a colour that matches the ‘notice me’ culture seen on social media.

As you can see, I’ve styled a very vibrant party corner in my home, using yellow accessories bought from my local Homesense store.

I’m sure most of you know Homesense by now, but if not, it’s part of the TK Maxx family and has over 50 stores in the U.K.

You can read more about Homesense in my previous post here. Gen Z yellow Having 2 kids from Gen Z hopefully affords me an insight into how Gen Z yellow could be represented at home.

I’ve noticed that my Gen Z kids love retro brands and logos when they go clothes shopping.

Since fashion trends influence interior trends, I’ve decided to style my Gen Z yellow corner with a cool retro vibe.

I’ve chosen a Pina Colada and banana split party theme since they are both retro ( very 1980s)  and obviously yellow.

I’ve used this orange red trolley £89.99 from Homesense, to contrast and show off the pops of yellow. Standing tall on my trolley is this ceramic blown up yellow dinosaur for £16.99.

It was the first pop of yellow I saw in Homesense, and perfect for adding a party vibe.

I made Pina Colada cocktails with rum, coconut milk and some pineapple syrup I found in Homesense for £4.99.

The cute glasses with gold brush lettering are also from Homesense. They were a bargain at £12.99 for a set of 4, complete with gold straws. I can still clearly remember how delicious banana splits when I was little.

The pair of banana dishes were a steal at £4.99 each.

I must confess I did make some banana split for the photo shoot but the ice cream kept melting.

A party is not a party without some crunchy nibbles right? I bought some spicy snacks which I placed in this £2.99 yellow bowl, another Homesense bargain. As you can see this Pina Colada banana split party has been styled indoors, but it can equally be brought outdoors.

If I had a swimming pool, this is how my chilled poolside party would look.  This large pineapple candle at £14.99 smells of fresh pineapples and Citronella, so perfect for a scented outdoor party without those pesky mosquitoes. So there you have it, my Gen Z yellow party at home.

I say bring back Pina Coladas and banana splits.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the post. Do go and check out all those cool Gen Z yellows in Homesense. Have a lovely day.

( All photography and styling are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell)

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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