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An Autumn living room refresh with Pad Lifestyle.

Happy October! As Autumn is here, I’ve decided to give my living room a refresh. Autumn living room Since the days are getting shorter and darker, I’ve decided to go for a bright and vibrant look, but still maintaining some Autumnal tones in the colour palette. I’ve turned to Pad Lifestyle, an online and physical store based in Edinburgh, with a beautifully curated collection of homewares, for my room refresh. I’ve layered my sofa with cushions from bluebellgray, in painterly jewel tones of aubergine, aquamarine blue and emerald green, against a base layer of pink and blue Designer Guild pillows. For some extra coziness, especially on cold evenings, I’ve added a soft woolly throw. This charcoal grey Susan throw is from Care by Me. My square white coffee table has been replaced with this Eugenie round wooden one by Harto, which has added warmth to the room. I’ve styled it with a variety of new favourite coffee table books by Assouline and flowers. Love that bright pop of pink from the Ibiza book. One thing I adore about Autumn and Winter, is the excuse to indulge in hot chocolate.

I’ve decided to serve my cocoa from this earthy and organic looking Muuto push coffee pot.

I love the feel of the thick handles when pouring, and the warmth as I cup my hands around the mug. It’s nice to have the drink close by without having to reach out to the other coffee table.

I’ve placed this small portable Scandinavian style table from Design House Stockholm, alongside where I’m lounging on the sofa. Last, but not least, I couldn’t resist adding a pop of sunshine to the room. This Georges sofa is from Harto. Here’s a closer view So what do you think? Hope you’ve enjoyed my Autumn living room refresh.  I will be back soon with more interiors inspiration. Can’t wait to show you.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. A sponsored collaboration with Padlifestyle, but all views are my own).

My statement wall workshop with B&Q and Valspar.

This weekend had been full of activity, as I ran a 3 session painting workshop for B&Q, one of Britain’s largest DIY and home decorating supplies stores.   The workshop was about creating statement walls at home, inspired by the colours and patterns of walls and murals we see out and about.

This colourful painted gate is by Aka Corleone, it’s one of my new favourites, and was discovered at Buxton street in Shoreditch. B&Q had also asked me to design two colourful geometric canvases, to be used as inspiration for a larger canvas being painted live at the event. The workshop was so fun, I met so many lovely customers. Most of them were families, out with their children, buying supplies to redecorate their homes. The kids really enjoyed painting their canvases, whilst I chatted to the parents.

I got to advise many of the customers on how to mix and match colours, whilst also showing them examples of how they could use a statement wall in their homes.

A statement wall could be the first step to exploring the use of colour and patterns in a small area. The result can really create visual interest in a room or even amplify its design intention. You can find more inspiration on my Pinterest board.

The feedback was amazing and many felt excited to try their new learned skills at home. Whilst the workshop was running, the live painting was happening too. Here you can see Graffiti Life applying Valspar paint to the shapes. Aren’t those colours so bright and vibrant? The amazing thing about Valspar paints is that, they really stay bright and won’t fade. You can also get your favourite colour matched to create your own paint.

Another added bonus, is that the paint is very stain resistant and able to withstand considerable wear.

Finally, the tape is coming off. statement wall Here is the final result. What do you think? statement wall This giant canvas will be placed at B&Q’s headquarter’s wall. I am truly honoured that something I helped designed, will be put on display there.

If you have created your own statement wall at home, then B&Q would love to see it. They are currently running a competition #MyStatementWall over on their Facebook page. Do check it out for a chance to win £150 in B&Q vouchers.

Wishing you all a wonderful start to your week.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaboration with B&Q, but all views are my own).

Autumn bedroom the White company My Autumn bedroom for cosy days in with The White Company

Summer is always full of busy months, so there’s lots of rushing around, and finishing tasks, before our long family holiday away.

I must admit, as much as I love Summer, I do welcome and take comfort from Autumn.

It’s almost as if the shorter days and cooler temperatures are giving me permission to slow down.

To kickstart my slow living, I’ve decided to transform my bedroom into a cosy and inviting space.

My Autumn bedroom will be perfect for weekend lie-ins, breakfasts in bed and lounging in pyjamas all day. I’ve turned to The White Company’s new Autumn bedroom collection to create my desired comfortable, and indulgent bedroom.

As the plan was to stay in bed, getting the bed linen right was key, something soft to cocoon into.

I picked the Symons bed linen in Egyptian cotton sateen,with a very high thread count of 1000, hence it was super soft and luxurious feel. I could have snuggled there in bed all day.  I added warmth and texture to the bed linen with a grey chunky knit lambswool bed throw and matching cushions from the Blakeney collection. Autumn bedroom Can you tell that the patterns on the throw have been inspired by a traditional Winter jumper? For added warmth on Winter nights, you could layer on this faux fur throw and pillows in Fig, also from the White Company. I’ve used it temporarily to cover over a sofa footstool, for a cosy little corner to sit and read.

I’ve selected a lace trim pyjamas set to lounge in.  Look at the pretty lace effect at the sleeves. Autumn bedroom All the ingredients for a perfect weekend in bed have therefore been put in place. This super soft natural velour robe is the perfect ‘stay at home’ house coat, for wandering around the house. I’ve paired the pyjamas with toasty warm cashmere socks. Last but not least, I always like to light a scented candle to create that sense of atmosphere.

This Wild Rhubarb candle, inspired by crisp Autumnal walks, with notes of freesia buds, plum blossoms, juicy red apples and ripe rhubarb, was the perfect finishing touch to an Autumn vibe at home. What do you think of my Autumn bedroom? I’m so pleased with my finds. Off to enjoy some breakfast in bed now in my Autumn bedroom.

Wishing you all a wonderful day.

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