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child's reading corner How to decorate a child’s reading corner without holes in the wall.

I’ve always wanted to create a child’s reading corner, so I thought I’d style one up using some of my son’s old furniture from storage.

Here is my transformed kid’s corner. What do you think?

I’ve used a variety of Command products to help me with my wall styling. Child's reading cornerI love it that I don’t need a hammer or nails to put up the art prints, and even better, there will never be any unsightly holes left on the wall.

Command products can be used on painted walls, wood, glass, laminate or melamine furniture and more. All Command brand products have a similar adhesive method and are removed in the same way too. Here’s the step by step guide on how to use the Command strips to put up the gallery wall:

Image 1+2 :  Separate the strips. You could either stick the first set of the strips to the backs of the frame by removing the green liners ( I have used a combination of medium and narrow strips here) then press a new set of strips on top of those strips already stuck on the frame. As you press, make sure the strips ‘click’ together.

Or you could start by pressing two strips together till they click and then sticking one side of the pair to the back of the picture frame.

Either of those ways work well.

Image 3 : Remove the remaining green liners and press the frame onto the wall. Press each side of the frame firmly against the wall for at least 30 seconds.

Image 4 : To ensure the adhesive will hold, remove the frame by grabbing the bottom corners and peeling the frame up and away from the wall. Do not pull straight off. Now, press the entire strips that have remained on the wall for at least another 30 seconds.

The most important point to note is that the strips need to be left on the wall for at least 1 hour before reattaching the frame.

Image 5+6 : All about removal of the strips. After removing the frame ( remember to remove by grabbing the bottom corners and peeling the frame up and away from the wall rather than pulling straight off), you can then remove the strips.

Never pull the strips towards you or peel from the wall.

Always pull the strip straight down, keeping your hand against the wall as you go.

Keep stretching up to 15 inches and the strip will just naturally pop off. The last image shows you what is happening behind the strip. I was also excited to learn that Command now has a new product on the market called the Broom Gripper. Broom gripper for wall I’ve used the Broom Gripper to hold up a toy hobby horse in my child’s reading corner.

The Command Broom Gripper is a great idea for keeping the kitchen and utility room tidy. There’ll be no more of tripping over brooms on floors. To add a punch of colour to the reading corner, I’ve decided to drape a string of colourful lantern ball lights around the book shelf.

To stop the string lights from sliding, I’ve used Command Clear Decorating Clips to hold them in place. However, Command aren’t just for walls. I’ve also used a Medium Clear Hook to hold up a mini rucksack at the back of this wooden chair.

These hooks are great for hanging up coats behind doors.So there you have it, my kid’s reading nook. How do you like it? My cute Gumball sweets art print is by James Taylor Photo Art. I love how easy it is to style and put things up without damaging the walls with holes.

I will be back with another styling in this very same corner, using more Command products soon. Can’t wait to show you. Have a lovely week.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. this is a sponsored collaboration with Command).

Decluttering and kids’ room storage. Stylish ways to hide toys away.

Hope you have had a wonderful weekend. We were lucky in the UK to have had a Bank holiday weekend, so the Monday off.

It is customary for me to Spring clean on one of the Bank holiday days, and I’m pleased to say, I managed to do some decluttering on Saturday.

I’m surprised at my renewed energy after my Summer break away.

I’ve managed to do 5 blog posts ( including this one) in 5 days. This is pretty out of the ordinary, because I usually post a maximum of twice a week.

If you fancy catching up on my blog posts, I have written about:

1.The most amazing Indian vegetarian restaurant in London that I have recently tried.

2.My newly decorated pastel workspace.

3.A super luxurious Urban resort in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

4.My Autumn Winter 2017 interiors and home decor curate for the Autumn Fair in Birmingham. Anyway, back to the subject of decluttering. I managed to fill up 5 large boxes with clothes and home decor that I no longer needed for the charity shop and friends. This seems like a good result right?

It’s such an uplifting feeling, when you can see the space in your home again. I’ve shown you an image of my son’s room, because I think we all know that children’s rooms tend to be the messiest space in the house. Do you agree that tidying a child’s room seems like an unending task? decluttering and kids room toy storage In line with the subject of decluttering, I have written a guest post for The Shurgard blog on the subject of “Stylish ways to hide toys in your kids room”

The image above is a little sneak peek of that post:

I have separated out, and organised Lego pieces by colour into plastic drawers. I’ve turned organising Lego pieces by colour, what seems like a mundane task, into a fun racing game with my son.

We each pick two colours and then try to fill the drawers as quickly as we can.

Do take a peek at more of my tips here, and I hope you’ll find them useful.

Have a lovely week all.

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

6 ways to style a kid’s room on a budget. Best of Pinterest award 2017 shortlisted. 

It was a pleasure to be recently asked by new homes builder, Keepmoat, to create some photos for their home inspiration gallery.

The request came at the perfect time, because I was planning on giving my son’s room a little Spring refresh.

Coincidentally I have also recently received wonderful news that I’ve been shortlisted for 3 Best of Pinterest award, including Best Kids bedroom, workspace and kitchen 2017.

Ever since I started blogging 4.5 years ago, my son’s room have undergone a series of makeovers.

I always do it on a small budget, changing around a few accessories such as wall prints, cushions, duvet covers and bed throws. You will see what I mean as you scroll through the images. This is his nautical theme room using predominantly primary colours and stripes. I have styled this room in blue and yellow hues to match the round rug I was sent all the way from Australia. This bedroom was styled in a British Icons theme. As you can see, the duvet cover has images of London buses and taxis. This was his Christmas bedroom. Think ‘Home Alone’ style, but an updated version.
This is one of my favourites, and the pin that has been nominated for the Pinterest award.

It is bright and sunny, so the perfect place to visit on a dreary British Winter’s day.
kid's room on a budget Finally, here are a few sneak peeks of the new bedroom refresh that I have created for Keepmoat’s inspiration gallery.
I have written my 4 steps to an affordable Spring refresh for a boy’s bedroom over on Keepmoat. The tips will be live next week, so do check back.

Hope you’ve enjoyed browsing through this post on ‘6 ways to style a kid’s room on a budget’. Have a wonderful day.

( This is a sponsored collaboration with Keepmoat. All my own styling and photography. All images are my copyright. )

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