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How to create a colourful gallery walls with Etsy UK.

Whenever the long Easter holiday weekend approaches, I get that urge to redecorate my home. Is that the same for you too?

If you, like I, don’t have much time for a major refurbish, nor want to spend too much money, then there is another way.

I find using a few key pieces of home accessories, can really refresh a space and give it a different look. This can all be achieved without having to break the bank.

My favourite place to hunt for those unique and quirky cool pieces, is the online market place that is Etsy UK.

I have redecorated a few rooms at home, with my new buys. Hope you enjoy seeing the transformation. I have mainly focused on gallery walls in my Spring refresh.

There is so much to find on Etsy UK. Here’s a little corner dedicated to all lovers of pink, cats and donuts.

The confetti cat plush is by Julia Staite, the pink yellow party ring cushion is by Hey Kitsch Kitty, and the cat mug is by Prints made with love.
Here’s my workspace. I spend a lot of time in here, editing photos and writing blog posts.
I love to surround myself with the happy, creative and inspiring work of others. What do you think of my new colourful gallery wall? gallery-walls I have replaced some of my old prints with these new finds.

From top left to right:

Top row

My existing mint ink’d print by Sketch.inc. I’m not sure if these are still being produced, but I highly recommend Becky’s super cool Etsy store.

WTF print is by Molu type shop , ‘Thou shall get her money’ print by Girl Visual, Heroes David Bowie print is by Kittys Prints GB .

Middle row

Cactus print by Alice Potter, Good Vibes print by The Native State, Baked Beanz print by You Make Me Designs.

Bottom row

Colour block print by Studio Onto, Floral print with peonies by And smile, Botanical print by Hej And Hello Creative Here is a better view of the space. gallery-walls What do you think? Do you like it? How does it compare to the old gallery wall here . This sunshine yellow shelf sits adjacent to my other workspace, above a sofa.

I wanted my shelf to be fun and full of life. I was so excited to have discovered these colourful pop art style prints.

The Beanz and bubble gum prints are by You Make me Designs. The Adventure Awaits print is by Colours Prints.
I have added a large cactus print from Seventy tree next to the shelf and a few fun pastel cushions from Etsy UK. The Custard cream and Jammy heart cushions are by Nikki Mc Williams. You can see the whole room here. The cactus garland is from Confetti Day.

What do you think of this gallery wall? I bought this vintage American desk a while back. My kids loved sitting here to do their homework. They have now outgrown it, but I’ve still kept it.  I’ve styled the desk to show you how it would look like now. I really feel that decorating a child’s space, need not always be superheroes and child centred art. They appreciate a space, as long as it feels fun and happy.

The London illustrated map is by Livi Gosling, the pen pot is by We are paper planes, the Mini plant book is by This Way to the circus, the Sprinkles zip pouch is by Julia Staite and the mini cactus face planter is by Big Fat Dreams.

gallery-walls Now we go downstairs, to peek at my living room. Here is another one of my gallery walls.

I have replaced the oversized art that normally sits over my sofa with these A3 sized art prints. I have bought some new cactus theme cushions to add to my existing collection. The cactus cushion at the far left is by NJS Boutique Co. and the cactus kitty cushion is by The Blue Rabbit Gifts. These beautifully painted cactus pots were sent to me by Mary-Ann of Hello Marilu. Aren’t they so pretty? Mary-Ann also runs workshops on how to create these pots. Here’s my whole living room refresh. How do you like it? That Fiddle Leaf fig tree in the corner is  one of my most favourite possessions. It was a Mother’s Day gift from my kids. The plant really pulls the room’s decor together don’t you think? Anyway, hope you have enjoyed seeing my Spring refresh at home, and how I have styled my gallery walls.

I have also re-styled my son’s bedroom, but will show you the full tour next week.

Have a lovely holiday weekend. (All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaboration with Etsy UK. All selections and opinions are my own).

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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