Design, Interiors & Lifestyle Blog
Design, Interiors & Lifestyle Blog

Styling a Cali vibe bedroom with Habitat.

My bedroom has had a Summer refresh, inspired by the current blue skies and warm air.

I’ve decided to style it with a Californian vibe.

I recently visited Habitat, and fell in love with their new bedroom collection. Furthermore, I’ve decided to use a few curated pieces from this collection to style my bedroom. Habitat To me, the Cali vibe is a light and bright space with a relaxed feel, filled with green plants and hints of mid century modern.

Here’s my take on Cali vibe with added colour.

I’ve picked Habitat’s Coates bed linen with multi coloured stripes, because its blue stripes matches the colour of my headboard. However, it’s super soft to sleep in too.

To stop the bed looking lost in a large room with white walls and high ceilings, I’ve surrounded the bed with rugs. The rug at the end of the bed is also Coates, and matches the bed linen. These colourful cushions, also from Habitat, can be easily mixed and matched together.

The orange cushion at the back is the Mattoni, next to it is the Coates cushion that matches the bedding.

The embroided cushion in the front row is called Oritz, whilst the green yellow one is called Zoe. In the far side of my bedroom, is my newly styled workspace. The art prints are also from Habitat.  My art prints are the mid century modern component of the Cali vibe.

That large orange print called Scattered Circle is by Lisa James, the colourful droplet print called Merge 1 is by Gharima Darwan, and the Hands print is by Anna Koveces. Potted plants in baskets were added to soften the blocks of colours and to give the room a fresh and relaxed feel. Don’t you think the Coates rug goes well with the art prints too? Here’s another view. I’ve left the walls above the bed unadorned, to stop the room looking too bright and busy. However, if you want to add more colour to your walls, then you could change your bedding to a white one.

I have used Habitat’s white linen bedding to style this second look. I’ve moved a few things round here.

The art prints are now above my bed. I’ve added a green and grey cotton throw at the end of the bed to balance out the colours. Habitat I’ve moved my potted plants to either side of my bed to compliment the green of the bed throw. How do you like these cool new cushions on my bed?

The emerald green Dot cushion pulls all the green elements in the room together.

Don’t you think the Hands and Face cushions are just the cutest? Did you spot the blue fringe on the face cushion? The art print above my bed by Eloise Renouf is called Shard. The Citrus orange, yellow and green really creates a happy sunny feel don’t you think? I’ve added some of the cushions from the first look bedroom here so you can see how they blend together easily. So there you have it, my Cali vibe bedroom.

I’ve had so much fun using the new Habitat bedding and also the new home decor collection.

Habitat has re-launched their bed linen edit with over 60 exclusive designs including Scandi-cool neutrals, statement pattern and colour, as well as luxe 100% linen designs. A visit to their store is a  great way to kickstart an update of your bedroom. Alternatively you can buy online too.

Finally, hope you’ve enjoyed the post, and I wish you a wonderful week ahead.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan. This is a sponsored collaboration with Habitat UK.)

Creating patterned Stair Risers with Farrow & Ball

May seems to be the month for home revamps.

Hope you’ve enjoyed what I’ve done so far to my son’s bedroom,  my workspace and my newly upholstered sofa.

Today’s post is all about being creative with paint.

It’s all about the creative use of paint beyond walls, and to consider the room as a whole, taking into account the ceilings, floors and trims.

I’ve decided to paint my stairs. My stairs is a Farrow & Ball Cornforth white which has a greyish tone to it.

There are so many ways of how you could add colour to your stairs.  I toyed with the idea of painting the risers in blocks of different pastel shades or a blue ombré effect but in the end, we opted for stencilling.

The thought of stencilling may fill some with dread, especially if you are imagining that 1980s stippling effect with paint.

I was happy with stippling, as long as the end result was not a dot and speck effect. We decided to use a Farrow & Ball wallpaper pattern for the design. I chose the Enigma pattern that I previously featured for Farrow & Ball’s 70th anniversary. Before the work on the stairs got started, I had the hallway painted in a Farrow & Ball All White. creating patterned stair risers with Farrow & Ball Then came the fun part, the selection of colours. My advice here is to get tester pots to test against the background colour. Each of Farrow & Ball paint colours have a complementary white which will subtly balance the scheme for a more considered feel. I picked Dayroom Yellow,  Blue Ground, Nancy’s Blush, Green Blue and Pink Ground to go against the Cornforth White. What do you think of the new look?

Hope this has inspired you to create your own patterned stair risers at home.  The rich colours and surprising finish combinations of Farrow & Ball paints are amazing. You can add colour to the most unexpected of places, creating a striking design statement at home.

I’ve included the video shot in my home, showing the whole process with steps explained.

Finally, wishing you all a wonderful weekend and new start to your week.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell.  Robin Kitchin  filmed the video and Bryony of Christie Decorating  did the painting and stencils. This post has been sponsored by Farrow & Ball).

A great sofa upholsterer in London.  My collaboration with Sharp & Simpson and Linwood Fabrics.

How have you been? I’ve been so busy redecorating my home these last few weeks.

One of the rooms that needed a revamp, was my workspace on the top floor of my Victorian house.

I have since repainted that room, and acquired a new desk and sofa too.

My workspace reveal will be in different posts, starting with my new sofa and art gallery wall today.

There are two sofas in my study, one of which is this blue vintage sofa (above). It was starting to look a bit tired and worn, so I decided to get it reupholstered. sofa upholsterer Ta-dah! Here it is. what do you think?

I’ve been searching for a good London upholsterer for a while, but haven’t had much luck, until now.

Imagine how happy I was when I stumbled upon Sharp & Simpson’s Instagram account, where I saw the wonderful way in which they transformed old sofas into bespoke new pieces.

I got in touch with Micaela Sharp, one half of Sharp & Simpson, and we decided to collaborate together on my sofa transformation. Sharp & Simpson co-owned by Micaela sharp and Steve Simpson, is an upholstery company servicing all of London and Kent.

Micaela met Steve at the upholstery course where he was teaching. Steve has been an upholsterer for over 35 years and knows all there is to know about the trade.

Micaela offers a fresh new approach to upholstery which has proved popular.  Sharp & Simpson were featured on BBC 1 recently in Flipping Profit, where they shared their passion for saving and up-cycling unwanted furniture. Here’s a little bit of the process:

They stripped down the sofa which revealed a broken frame, but luckily managed to fix it.

They replaced the back strut with new wood, and then stripped and sanded the legs before waxing.

The sofa was finally webbed, covered in hessian, and then new foam was added.   The old cover was used as templates for the new lush blossom pink Tango Velvet cover by Linwood.  Flamingo Pink contrast piping was made, and the cover was sewn together. I also chose the same Flamingo colour for the sofa’s buttons. Tango Velvet is a collection of plush Italian velvets by Linwood, in contemporary colours with the added practicality of a stain resistant finish.

Since discovering Linwood, via Micaela, I’ve been stalking their marvellous creations on Instagram.

Linwood are indeed designers of beautiful fabrics and wallpapers, from classic to contemporary. They really do combine beauty, quality and practicality in all their designs. upholsterer in London for sofas I was initially going to paint a colourful backdrop, but decided last minute to keep it white.

I’ve added a gallery wall held up with Command wall strips, to provide some contrast to the sofa. The strips are great because it means my prints can be hung without the need for nails in the walls.

Talking about artwork, I have two new art prints on my wall.

I do love a good slogan print. The pink ‘Te Amo’ and ‘real Queens fix each other’s crowns’ prints are by the wonderfully talented Emily of Doodle Moo. Did you spot that sparkly droplet garland below the art prints?

It was a special gift to me by Coral Atkinson, the lovely owner of Velveteen Babies. Isn’t it just the cutest? I’ve styled my sofa with a variety of cushions, including one made by Sharp & Simpson in the same Flamingo velvet and blossom pink Linwood Tango fabric.

I am so grateful to Sharp & Simpson and Linwood Fabrics for rescuing my sofa and breathing new life back into it.

The whole designing process and delivery of the final product was so effortless and perfect. I am so happy with how everything has turned out.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the post.  I will be back soon to reveal other parts of this room. Can’t wait to show you. Have a gorgeous week all.

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

Search the blog