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Gen Z yellow ( Paid partnership with Homesense UK)

It pains me to say this, but Millennial pink ( my favourite colour) is about to be replaced by the new kid on the block, Gen Z yellow.

Luckily yellow is one of the colours that I love too.

For those not familiar with the term Gen Z, it’s the generation born between 1995 and 2014.

There’s a lot of speculation as to why yellow is the chosen colour. It could be because they are a bolder generation or  perhaps it’s a colour that matches the ‘notice me’ culture seen on social media.

As you can see, I’ve styled a very vibrant party corner in my home, using yellow accessories bought from my local Homesense store.

I’m sure most of you know Homesense by now, but if not, it’s part of the TK Maxx family and has over 50 stores in the U.K.

You can read more about Homesense in my previous post here. Gen Z yellow Having 2 kids from Gen Z hopefully affords me an insight into how Gen Z yellow could be represented at home.

I’ve noticed that my Gen Z kids love retro brands and logos when they go clothes shopping.

Since fashion trends influence interior trends, I’ve decided to style my Gen Z yellow corner with a cool retro vibe.

I’ve chosen a Pina Colada and banana split party theme since they are both retro ( very 1980s)  and obviously yellow.

I’ve used this orange red trolley £89.99 from Homesense, to contrast and show off the pops of yellow. Standing tall on my trolley is this ceramic blown up yellow dinosaur for £16.99.

It was the first pop of yellow I saw in Homesense, and perfect for adding a party vibe.

I made Pina Colada cocktails with rum, coconut milk and some pineapple syrup I found in Homesense for £4.99.

The cute glasses with gold brush lettering are also from Homesense. They were a bargain at £12.99 for a set of 4, complete with gold straws. I can still clearly remember how delicious banana splits when I was little.

The pair of banana dishes were a steal at £4.99 each.

I must confess I did make some banana split for the photo shoot but the ice cream kept melting.

A party is not a party without some crunchy nibbles right? I bought some spicy snacks which I placed in this £2.99 yellow bowl, another Homesense bargain. As you can see this Pina Colada banana split party has been styled indoors, but it can equally be brought outdoors.

If I had a swimming pool, this is how my chilled poolside party would look.  This large pineapple candle at £14.99 smells of fresh pineapples and Citronella, so perfect for a scented outdoor party without those pesky mosquitoes. So there you have it, my Gen Z yellow party at home.

I say bring back Pina Coladas and banana splits.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the post. Do go and check out all those cool Gen Z yellows in Homesense. Have a lovely day.

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

teen bedroom Teen bedroom ideas in blue.

I am excited to reveal my third and final room revamp to celebrate Homesense’s 10th birthday.

If you missed the other two, I’d love for you to check out my living room and workspace refresh using my top 10 Homesense finds.

Here’s my son’s newly decorated bedroom. There’s more furnishing to be done, but for now, I’m so pleased with what I’ve found to kickstart the decor. teen bedroom Now that he is getting older, I have had to rethink the look.

The cute prints, novelty Lego boxes and alphabets duvet cover simply had to go. To be honest, I’m sad to part with them, but I have to consider that my son is now embarking on a new phase in his life.

He wanted a bold feature wall, and after several tester pots, we decided on this calming blue hue. I experimented with adding more colours to his room, but it no longer felt right. It needed calm.

We settled for a cool blue, white and black  palette. My son is currently into recording on You Tube. He’s always making little paper placards that he place outside his room saying “Please do not disturb. I’m recording “.

When I saw this Letter Board for £12.99 at Homesense, I knew I had to have it for his room.

Not only does it look great as a decor and defines what he loves to do, it’s also perfect for him to place outside his room when recording. I couldn’t believe my luck when I found this blue and white striped duvet set in the bedding section of Homesense. It was the exact same blue as my son’s bedroom wall.

As his bed is white, the stripes are the perfect continuity of the blue and white colour scheme. The duvet and pillow set was such a bargain too at just £16.99. No bed is complete without a throw and cushion from Homesense. The geometric cushion, was an amazing £9.99 from an original retail price of £50.

The plaid fleecy blanket ( which my son loves to snuggle under) is great for cooler nights. I’ve balanced out the bed decor with a simple Homesense floor rug in blue and black, for £16.99. Now for the next important element, the storage.

I’m still looking for a chest of drawers to go against the wall on the far corner of his bedroom.

For now, I’ve managed to find some blue filing drawers from Homesense for £39.99 each, to keep his mountain of Pokémon game cards under control.  I also bought a blue zig zag fabric basket for miscellaneous items at £6. This huge laundry basket at £14.99 is an absolute essential in a teen bedroom, to keep those clothes off the floor. My final 2 Homesense finds is a cute nautical mug for £2.99 (rrp £7) and a book for £3.99 (rrp £9.99). I haven’t shown you the other end of his bedroom which houses his desk complete with 2 screens, a gaming computer and special gaming chair.

However, I’m pleased to report that everything fits in with the blue, white and black theme. So what do you think? My son is really pleased with his room.

It’s been so fun curating this teen bedroom decor from Homesense. Wishing Homesense a fabulous 10th birthday.

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

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).

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