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My pink evil eye charm to scare away all things spooky on Halloween.

Hope you have all had a lovely weekend. I’ve been busy styling rooms and doing photoshoots.

I haven’t re-styled my upstairs workspace for a while, so I thought it was the perfect time to change a few things around, and add a few new pieces.

Can you spot them? (the title gives it away doesn’t it?) One of my absolute favourite new additions is that pink, gold and turquoise evil eye charm in the centre of the wall.

Isn’t it beautiful? It was kindly sent to me by Umasqu.

It’s made of American walnut, Veneer and MDF, with a wide variety of colours to pick from. evil eye charm Call me superstitious, but I totally believe in the power of the Evil eye charm.

Of course, it could all be a coincidence, but I will forever associate good and protection with this charm. evil eye charm Most evil eye charms are in the traditional blue, white and black.

I think Tzachi Nevo, the designer and founder behind Umasqu has definitely hit the jackpot with this idea of beautifully designed evil eyes as home decor.

Umasqu do lots of different wall wooden decor too, so do check them out. We all need an evil eye charm in our homes don’t we?

In fact, I will be giving one away on Halloween.

Keep an eye on my instagram for that day. Maybe together we will deflect all things spooky on October 31st right? Anyway, back to new things in my workspace. Did you spot my 2 new art prints?

That gorgeous Liberte, egalite and Sorite art print is from the lovely Stacey at Black and Beech. I love the inspirational saying and the colour palette is just perfect for my wall.

The print just above it is called Bloom by Particular People. It reminds me of a fairy ( another good sign, in my eyes) and I love the pastel pink and olive green hue. I also have a larger version, which you will be seeing soon in a new styling at home. Finally, did you spot the new Geometric Emerald carpet from my friend Lorena Canals? I absolutely adore her collection of machine washable rugs, and even better sales contribute to her Sakula school project in India for poor and deprived children.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my little home updates.

Don’t forget about the instagram giveaway on Halloween to win a Umasqu evil eye.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The products were gifted by those listed and the collaboration with Umasqu is a paid partnership ).

style a desk How to style a desk space for less with my top 10 Homesense finds.

Following on from my recent living room post, to celebrate Homesense’s 10th birthday, I thought I’d share with you my next 10 Homesense finds.

This time it’s a style a desk post, for the revamp of my workspace.

I know I’ve blogged about my workspace many times, but I thought I’d show you how I would add to it for less.

I’ve used my existing work desk and chair, but you could find similar at Homesense too. Unlike other retailers that buy seasonally, Homesense buys throughout the year, which means there’s always something unique to find at the store.

I must admit, I love the thrill of “the hunt” for something quirky and cool.  My new 10 Homesense finds are also my 10 ingredients for a cute workspace. The total cost was less than £120. Here’s what I bought:

  1. Art prints
  2. Canvas art
  3. Colourful storage
  4. Books
  5. Fabulous mug
  6. Desk stationery
  7. Photo frame
  8. Jug for flowers
  9. Faux flower
  10. Fluffy rug

style a desk I’ve combined some of my new art prints with existing ones. The 2 typography prints on the right and the scenic canvas art at the top were from Homesense. Can you believe my ‘Rebel Rebel’ and ‘Good thing’ art prints were £7 each with the frames?  I absolutely adore the colour palette. Isn’t that minty green divine? The canvas art print caught my eye for its beautiful blue and white tones. It’s the perfect piece to have for instant calm, when work gets too stressful. Something like this would usually cost in excess of £80. I got mine for an amazing £19.99.  No desk area is complete without storage. If you don’t have drawers, then boxes can come in handy. I was so excited to find these colourful boxes with brassware. I got the large box for only £6.99 and the smaller one for £5.99. Homesense doesn’t just sell home decor, they even have a section selling books. I found lots of interesting titles, with the added bonus of beautiful covers that would make great props and decor to style a desk. Another desk essential is stationery. Any excuse for me to explore the stationery aisle and I’m there. I was totally spoilt for choice and finally settled for a rainbow clip board A4 note pad at just £5.99. You’ve got to have a tea or coffee break whilst at work right? I’ve picked this cute pink mug to go with my desk decor. It really was a steal at £6.50 from an original rrp of £12.50. As you can tell, I like to layer my desk. So I have the back layer which is the gallery wall, followed by a middle display layer with objects of differing heights, to add interest. The front layer should be relatively clear for efficient working.

I’ve already mentioned a few of the objects I use for the middle layer of my desk such as the storage boxes, books and mug.

The other two decorative accessories that I got from Homesense was a photo frame and a jug with flowers.

I found the beautiful turquoise blue frame for less than £5 and that gorgeous jug was only £6.99 from a rrp of £18. That’s a great saving don’t you think? I’ve placed a faux Peony, also from Homesense in the jug. The Peony came in a large stem with 3 to 4 flowers at £2.99. Lastly, to complete the look of my workspace is this cute fluffy pink and white Moroccan inspired rug. So much better with the pink don’t you think? I got mine for £49.99. Hope you’ve enjoyed my post on How to style a desk space for less with my top 10 Homesense finds.

I will be back before the end of the month with another Top 10 Homesense Finds room reveal.

In the meantime, if you want to find a Homesense near you, there are over 50 stores in the U.K. Find your closest one here.

( All styling and Copyright photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaborative post with Homesense UK, but all views are my own).

Spring interiors Spring interiors 2018 with A by Amara’s Arcade collection.

It was such a pleasure last week to announce my brand ambassadorship with Amara, for their A by Amara Arcade range.

Since then, I’ve been busy styling my workspace and living room with this beautiful new collection.

I thought I’d show you how I’ve used a few of the colourful pieces at my desk. How do you like it? Spring Interiors I absolutely adore pink, so it’s probably no surprise that I’ve selected this Arcade fuchsia vase called Stardust. Isn’t it pretty?

Since I wanted a Spring interiors style, I decided to add a selection of pretty floral blooms into the vase. Next to my Stardust vase, is Circus, a monochrome black and white striped vase with a touch of gold. It’s such an elegant piece and would look great with all interiors styles.

I’ve decided to decorate it with a few sprigs of Eucalyptus. You could of course use colourful flowers, but I love how the green looks against the black and white. Next, is the Jamboree orange diamond weave pot, which I have used as a container for my colour pencils. The pot is perfect for little succulents and cacti too and also comes in a blue colour.

The vibrant orange and geometric patterns on that Jamboree weave pot really reminds me of the decor style of a mid century modern home in Palm Springs.

If you are unsure what I mean, here is a colourful post on Palm Springs I did a while back which may help explain.

The gold elephant trinket dish is also part of the Arcade collection. Isn’t it so cute?

I’ve used it to store my paper clips. So, what do you think of this bright new collection? I think it’s the perfect antidote to any lingering Winter blues or grey skies.

I have more Spring interiors posts coming up using the Arcade range ( the pink cushion on the chair above is a little hint of what’s next to come).

I’m really looking forward to showing it to you soon.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this colourful post. Wishing you a wonderful start to your week.

(All photography and styling are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This Spring interiors  Arcade post is a paid partnership with Amara living, but all opinions are my own.)

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