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Style your home like a stylist

I was recently asked by the lovely team at Shurgard, a self storage facility, to reveal my 5 top tips on how to style your home like a stylist. Here is a photo of my coffee table. I thought I’d show you one of the tips on styling a coffee table, in steps:

Step 1 – Arrange coffee table books in piles.

Keep the books closest to the sofa, in a vertical pile, so your guests can see the cover images. Keep the piles furthest away from the sofa,in a horizontal stack, so you can show off the colourful book spines.

Step 2 – Add a scented candle.

Place the candle on top of the books. It becomes a decor feature and makes the room smell lovely when lit.

Step 3 and 4 – Create space between the piles of books.

Add a few decorative glass dishes in the space between the books. I’ve placed some candies on the plate for guests, and added a few trinkets to inject some personality.

Step 5 – Add a pretty coaster for drinks.

Step 6 – Add  some fun and colourful objects.

I’ve added a bright pop of yellow with a pineapple dish.

Step 7- Add a piece of art.

I’ve placed a colour blocked, hand made ceramic bowl, bought from Oregon, on the table.

Step 8- Add some plants.

I’ve placed a cute cactus in a pot, to add some fresh greenery.

This is only one of my 5 tips on how to style your home like a stylist.

Do pop over to Shurgard’s blog now to see my other 4 easy and affordable steps for transforming your home.

Hope you enjoy it. I will be back soon with more interiors posts. Wishing you a lovely week ahead.

( Photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell.)

colourful-christmas-gifts-for-the-family-little-big-bell Christmas is fast approaching and I’ve been busy browsing online for gifts. I know it is now Winter, but I’m already looking ahead towards Spring. I’ve decided on design led Christmas gifts for the family.

I was so happy to discover Smallable. It’s a curated website showcasing fashion alongside home wares for all. Once I started looking, I couldn’t stop.

Above is a collage of all my favourite finds and below is the list:

1. Arizona Diamond Teepee in a mint green and diamond pattern. Perfect for imaginative play to spark creativity. Looks great as a bedroom feature too.

2. Skandinavisk Berry candle with a lid. Such a pretty dusky pink jar. I’ve previously owned Skandinavisk candles and they smell absolutely divine.

3. Laurette Turquoise toy box. Will come in handy for storing all those Christmas toys away.

4. Sea Green bookcase by Nobodinoz. 

5. Kelim rug in pastel tones by Ferm living. I’ve included this here as part of my own wish list for Christmas. Would look perfect in my pastel coloured living room.

6. Set of 2 Green and Grey rope baskets by Rice. More beautiful storage solutions. This would be a perfect gift for my sister who has two small children. A stylish solution for storing toys away.

7. Party cushion by Ferm Living. Love the pastel colour palette here.

8. Sunset wallpaper by Papier Tigre.

9. Pale pink cadaques cushion by Nobodinoz.

10. Cabin bed head in Birch by Blomkal. This is such a cool idea. It instantly makes a bed look extra special.

11. Green metal lamp by Smallable home. Love the sleek shape of this lamp. It comes in a variety of colours.

12. Blue Jute round rug by Ferm Living. Perfect for the play room.

13. Pocket shelf unit in blue. Perhaps a gift for dad’s work space?

14. Gold dish rack by Present Time. Another one on my own Christmas wish list. Let’s make washing up glamourous.

15. Gold cutlery by Smallable Home.

16. Peach mug by Madam stoltz.

17. Eskimo night light in pink by A Little Lovely Company.

18. Mugs by Klevering.

smallable-magazine-christmas-gift-guide Hope this has given you some inspiration on Christmas gifts for the family. Smallable has also compiled a Christmas Decoration and gift guide. Do take a peek at their large selection of decor and toys for the little ones. You’ll be spoilt for choice.

I’ll be back soon with more festive posts in the run up to Christmas. Wishing you all a wonderful new week.

( This post was done in collaboration with Smallable. All opinions and selections are my own. Photos are courtesy of Smallable.)

Atlas-sofa-Multiyork-1 Happy New Year! I’m starting 2016 with an interiors post.

Every year, I spend the Christmas holidays decluttering. Do you do that too? It’s my way of announcing a fresh start.

Once I finish, I get that urge to redecorate, to create a new look in my home.

Maybe it’s just my desire to say goodbye to Winter and hello to Spring.

I have decided on 3 colourful interiors trends for a home makeover, with 3 mood boards.

For the envisaged change, I have used the blue and grey Multiyork sofas.

My first mood board is all about the mixing of modern clean lines with period features in a home. Imagine the above as an open plan living space. Do you like it?

I’ve picked my favourite light aqua shade (think Tiffany&Co), mixed with bubblegum pinks set against a neutral backdrop.

I’ve chosen the Atlas sofa in Rose Aqua. Its upright posture,contoured silhouette and tufted back makes it the perfect fit for a combined period with modern look.

( Image source: Blue Kitchen from Tvis via Lamu Slenis / Pink books by Calhoun book store / White panelling and Caravaggio lamp image from Skandium )
Multiyork-grey-1 My second mood board is all about colour blocking.

After all, mixing and mismatching colours are big this season.

I think when colour blocking a room, it’s best to keep the larger pieces of furniture in a neutral tone. The bright accent colours can come from the decorative accessories, soft furnishings or smaller pieces of furniture, such as that red swivel chair in the photo above.

I’ve chosen this sumptuous grey blue Dunwich sofa, in Athena Sky fabric. It’s the perfect greyish neutral tone, against which brights will pop.

Other ways of introducing blocks of colour, could include painting a corner wall or adding wall art.

( Image source: Bedroom via SF Girl by bay  home of Anne Sofie/ Colour block room from Est magazine  photo by Derek Swalwell).  Simple-living-style-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell-blog Last but not least, if you fancy starting the new year in a Zen like state, how about this look?

Bring the look of nature indoors to create that organic feel. Try fresh green succulents grouped in ceramic pots on a tray, or pebble brown blankets made of cotton and linen.

I like the shade of blue to create calm. In my mood board above, blue runs through the decor. From the striped tray holding the potted cacti, to the blue stripe across the pillow on the bed and the Cameron Nordic fabric of the Abbington sofa.

Hope you have enjoyed this post. Has it spurred you on to think about redecorating for Spring?

Have a lovely, happy week.

( Image source: potted cacti from Sinnen Rausch  / bedroom from Diario design). 3-colourful-interiors-trends-for-a-home-makeover-Little-Big-Bell

(Collages and mood boards have been created by Little Big Bell,images credited as above and the images of sofas are from Multiyork. This is a collaboration with Multiyork. All opinions are my own.)

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