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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.)

04 Apr


Etsy Awards 2016 I am so excited to be partnering with Etsy UK again, and this time it’s to announce the UK and Ireland Etsy Awards 2016.

Etsy is a marketplace where millions of people around the world connect, both online and offline, to make,sell and buy unique goods.

The aim of this award is to celebrate and support local makers and designers throughout the UK and Ireland.

There are six award categories – Kids & Babies, Fashion & Accessories, Home & Interiors, Retail star ( in partnership with John Lewis), Etsy New Talent ( in partnership with Design Trust) and People’s choice ( voted for by the public).

The prizes all sound amazing. The People’s Choice winner will win a £10,000 small business grant. For all others, there will be a chance of winning one of five small business grants worth £2500.

Winners will also have their products exhibited at TENT in London Design Festival during September 2016, and receive top level business advice from industry experts.

One lucky winner will have the chance for his/her products to be stocked with retail giant, John Lewis. Cactus-cushion-by-Home-by-Bear-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell To celebrate the launch of Etsy Awards, I decided to style up my newly curated collection of products from Etsy UK.

Read on to find out………..
Green-velvet-sofa-with-pink-photo-and-styling-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell I decided to pick products based on three of my favourite colours ( greens, pinks and golds) and my current obsession for all things cacti.

This Prickly Pear print cushion in pink and green is by Home By Bear. Doesn’t it look wonderful on my Sage green sofa from Habitat? Cacti-prints-by-Amy-Rochester-Designs-Etsy-UK-photo-and-styling-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell These black and gold Risograph Cactus prints are by Amy Rodchester Designs and the Cactus green glitter party garland is from Confetti Day.

That cactus garland would be the perfect decor for a Cowboy theme party, don’t you think? Cactus-trend-for-the-home-Etsy-Awards-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell My sage green sofa was just the perfect backdrop to showcase all my Etsy finds.
Cactus-print-by-Alice-Potter-styling-and-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Check out this colourful cactus print by Alice Potter. Love how Alice combines her colours. The Emerald and Sage greens amongst the pinks and reds. Etsy-Design-awards-2016-photography-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Here’s another view of the room. Cactus-home-decor-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell This colourful cacti tea towel is from Maggie Magoo Designs. Maggie-Magoo-designs-cacti-tea-towel-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Look at all the shades of green and those colourful, patterned pots holding the cacti. Green-velvet-sofa-from-Habitat-and-Etsy-prints-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Take a peek at my side table, do you spot some colour block pots in pastel and gold? Colourful-pots-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell

Feast your eyes on these beauties. The pots have been hand painted by Boe Holder of This Way to the circus.

Picture how gorgeous a shelf would be, with a colourful collection of her painted pots. Colourblock-pots-from-This-way to-the-circus-photo-and-styling-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Here’s one up close. Print-by-made-by-molu-Etsy-UK-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Joining the pots, is a super cute print from Molu Printshop. This print has been specially chosen by my daughter for her bedroom.

You can probably tell that she’s a ‘Mean Girls’ fan. Come to think of it, so am I. Etsy-UK-curate-2016-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell This abstract Giclee print is by Honeymoon hotel. Love it for its simplicty and colour palette. Etsy-design-awards-uk-2016-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell

Hope you have enjoyed my curated picks from Etsy.

There are so many talented makers and it was seriously difficult to narrow down my favourites.

Perhaps you are one of my undiscovered favourites?

If you have a special hidden talent in arts, crafts, ceramics, photography and more, why not open an Etsy shop now? You are eligible for the Etsy awards on opening a shop. You can also get started with 20 free listings, by entering this code ETSYAWARDSUKIRELAND here.

Do participate in the Etsy Awards to win one of the amazing prizes. That grant sounds tempting doesn’t it? Perfect for helping one kickstart their creative career.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead and good luck in the awards, if you do participate.

( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This post has been done in collaboration with Etsy UK. All opinions are my own.)

Green velvet sofas This Summer, we will continue to see all things pastel in the interiors market, in shades of pinks and blues.

As Autumn / Winter 2016 approaches, I am predicting the new season trend of green and all things velvet.

Green has been making its appearance for quite some time now, especially with the indoor plants trend, and later on, appearing as foliage designs and illustrations in wall art and soft furnishings.

I predict it will start to emerge from being the occasional accent colour to a more frontline position.

For Autumn and Winter, I am gravitating towards the cosier shades of Emerald and Sage green.

In fact, I have already acquired a Sage green sofa from Habitat.

It was so difficult to choose, just look at the variety of green velvet sofas they stock (image above).

So GREEN is BIG! and so is VELVET!!!

Velvet in all shades of colours, will be big news this Autumn and Winter too.

So I have embraced the two trends by acquiring one of those green velvet sofas ( which I will be showing you in another blog post, in the not too distant future).  Habitat-trends-2016-by-Little-Big-Bell I have selected a few decorative accessories to compliment my Sage green sofa.

Pinks and blues will continue into Autumn/Winter 2016. I have picked a cosy velvet pink cushion to sit on my Sage green sofa, and a dining chair set in velvet blue.

I know I have been going on about gold for quite some time now, but it is the perfect accent colour to those velvet hues. I have picked some gold storage, cutlery and a standing lamp.

What do you think? Can you visualise the room I have created ? Green velvet sofas with pinks and blues followed by gold.

Hope you have enjoyed this post. Are you tempted to get one of those cosy green velvet sofas?

I will be back soon with more colourful interiors post. Can’t wait to show you. Have a lovely start to your weeks.

Here are the liknks to the products above: 1. Rafi Black and gold metal floor lamp  2. Teal Blue Cantilevered dining chair.   3. Bocksey gold storage box  4. Regency cushion  5. Turini gold finish cutlery.

( This trends post is a sponsored collaboration with Habitat. All opinions are my own. Images are courtesy of Habitat).

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