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Bedroom inspiration for Summer and a day out at Royal Ascot with Christy.

I was so excited when Christy, one of my favourite luxury bedding and towels brand, invited me and my husband to Royal Ascot.

It was to be my first time there, and I just couldn’t wait.

Royal Ascot is the place for horse lovers, and race goers, but it is also one of those highly anticipated events in a socialite’s calendar.

Members of the British royal family were in attendance. I even managed to spot  HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, a few metres away from me, as I toured the Parade wing enclosure.

As you can imagine, fashion was high on the agenda. There was a strict dress code and hats had to be worn.

Some men wore their top hats and morning suits, whilst ladies came in a wide array of fashionable attire.

The image above was what I wore on the day. I decided to go for a red and pink theme.

For this post, I have decided to show you a series of photographs I took of a modern day Royal Ascot, followed by a Summer bedroom refresh, using my handpicked selection of Christy’s bedding range. Here is my first photo. It’s an image of a group of friends, all smartly dressed and relaxing together, in between races.

I love the departure from formality in this image, with the ladies chatting as they kicked off their heels. Here’s another informal shot of a group of young gentlemen.

Did you notice that they weren’t wearing top hats? It could well be a generational thing. Instead, they championed the dapper look in crisp white shirts, dark narrow ties, and shades.

Royal Ascot I was instantly drawn to this stylish couple in the centre of the photo.

The man was dressed in a shiny blue suit with a contrasting lemon yellow tie and orange pocket square, finished off with a pair of tan shoes. The lady wore a feathery pink hat and shoes, with a matching dress with pops of vibrant orange and yellow to compliment her partner.

I love how we see that hat in all its feathery glory, as she bowed her head to select her horses, from the book, for the race.

No Royal occasion is complete without the Queen’s guards, so I was lucky to spot them playing a few traditional British tunes at the start of the event.

Hope you’ve enjoyed how I see Royal Ascot through my lens.  Now for the second part of my post, my Summer bedroom refresh. Bedroom inspiration Here it is! I’ve never shown my bedroom on the blog before, so this is very much a debut.

I want my bedroom to feel light and bright, so have decided on some luxury white bed linen from Christy.

You can find out where my prints are from at my post here.

Bedroom inspiration I picked the Penny bed linen in white. Isn’t it so pretty? I absolutely adore the delicate lace trim at the edges.

Made of 100% Cotton Sateen, it is so soft and feels like you are sleeping in a 5 star luxury hotel. I picked the white Christy Amalfi throw for my bed. As I love the lace effect of the bed linen so much, I had to let it peep out from under the throw. Here is a closer view of the Christy Amalfi throw. I love its crisp white texture. Looks wonderful next to the bed linen, don’t you think? I’m so happy with the results of my bedroom refresh. Most of all, having beautiful quality bed linen made all the difference.

Here you can see that I have folded a Penny bed linen flat sheet over the duvet. This is a wonderful way to show off the lace feature.

Since it is Summer, it’s great to have a thin sheet to use instead of the duvet on hot nights. Hope you have enjoyed seeing my Summer bedroom inspiration, and finally do take a peek at Christy’s bed linen collection. I think once you’ve tried it, you’ll definitely want more.

I will be back soon this week with more stylings from home, and can’t wait to share. Have a wonderful week ahead all.

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

Do-it-differently-by-Carpetright-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell Carpetright is currently running a #DoItDifferently campaign, which showcases a collection of Interior design ideas for the home, inspiring people to think about how they can decorate their spaces.

As part of that campaign, I will be showing you how to style a shelf in your bedroom. The latter fits in nicely with one of Carpetright’s features about space saving ideas in the bedroom.

I’m liking the concepts of rotating your wardrobe with the seasons, by vacuum packing clothes away, to create space and also to “Display bits and bobs with pride”.

Although the image above was used to illustrate the need to pack away Summer clothes in Winter.I would like to use it again, but this time turning it on its head, with the opposite scenario of packing Winter greys away for the impending Spring and Summer.

I think the image kills two birds with one stone, illustrating the rotating wardrobe concept and also the display with pride analogy.

I call it ‘A beautiful mess’, just like a pretty abstract painting. Display your Summer brights with pride, even though it is an artistic mess here.Okay, maybe a little neater may be better, but I’m all for the open wardrobe trend. We all do it differently right? Storage-style-bedroom-Little-Big-Bell There’s is no denying that I love shopping for colourful homewares and decorative accessories.

The vibrant colours of the design and shapes from my buys often form an inspirational moodboard.

If you ever visit my home, you will see that I never banish my colourful finds into a dark cupboard. I display them with pride. Here’s one of my colourful messes. Admittedly this is not in my bedroom, but could quite easily be.It’s in my spare bedroom. What do you think?

Perhaps it’s not that messy, as I have taken time over the Christmas holidays to tidy it up.

I think you can guess by now that I have a thing for colourful Kate Spade New York handbags. There are 8 of them on this shelving unit. Can you spot them?
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‘Make use of every nook and cranny’. I am definitely heeding advice here by using the top of the shelves for further display.

I have styled the top with inspirational “can do” prints from The Little Green Studio. Can you spot more motivational sayings on the shelves?

There’s “Go team go!!”, “Girls Rule”, “Be Brave” and “YOLO”. Styling-a-shelf-at-home-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell This shelving unit was actually from Ikea and was relatively inexpensive. You can actually add drawers to the shelves, to maximise the use of space and storage of smaller objects, such as jewellery or make up.  Colourful-shelf-at-home-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Carpetright for their #DoItDifferently campaign, in addition to the clever space saving ideas for bedrooms, has also written posts about “Quirky bedroom interior design ideas” and “Alternative flooring ideas”.  Storage-ideas-for-the-home-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell It would be so fun to see how you would #DoItDifferently with your bedroom ideas, using some of the themes above. There is also a chance to win an amazing prize bundle in excess of £600. Take a peek at the #DoItDifferently page for instructions. Let me know in the comments section that you have entered.

I really can’t wait to see and I hope some of you will share your photos on social media.

I now leave you with a wider eye view of my room with the shelves. My daughter loved this shelving unit so much that I have bought the smaller 2×8 shelves version for her bedroom. She now uses it to house her books and larger school folders. We have also converted the top part of the shelf into a dressing table.

Hope you have enjoyed this Interiors related post and the little glimpse into my home. I will be back soon with another colourful post.

Wishing you a lovely week ahead.

( All photos and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of littlebigbell.com with the exception of the first image which was from Carpetright. All opinions in this post are my own.This post is a sponsored collaboration with Carpetright.)

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