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Baby doll interior trend The Baby Doll trend and River Island’s first homewares collection.

The trend for high street fashion brands releasing their own homewares collection continue.

Last week, River Island revealed their first homewares collection, and it was an honour to be asked to be part of that launch.

River Island picked 3 key looks for their new collection: Electric Opulence, New Nordic and Baby Doll. They rented a Georgian house in London’s Soho Square over 3 days for the launch, and each room was styled in one of the key looks.

I was asked to give a workshop for the launch party. My brief was to talk about the Baby Doll Trend, and how I would style it for Instagram at home.

The Baby Doll look is one that is inextricably linked and influenced by fashion. This goes as far back as the 1960s, and then made popular again in the 1990s.

Twiggy ( a famous model and singer in the 1960s) typified the Baby Doll look with her pretty pink A-line Mary Quant dress and Mary-Jane shoes.

Fast forward to now, the Babydoll look is usually a floaty, above the knee dress with an empire waistline. The dresses are usually in pastel hues of pink and pale blues. Some people describe the look as ‘girly’ but I call it ‘girl power’, because it is a liberating look, away from the restrictive corsetry and hemlines of the past.

Whilst writing my talk for the workshop, I’ve come to the realisation that my home’s aesthetic was indeed very Baby Doll.  So, what does a Baby Doll interior look like?

I see it as : An explosion of pretty pastels, especially pinks and blues; Lots of fun prints and patterns; Faux fur and a mix of whimsical textures and Sparkles The new River Island Homewares collection have all the above elements.

You can see bursts of pinks, fun animal print patterns on the throw, sparkly sequin cushions and a mix of textures. What I love about the collection is its flexibility and that each piece can also be used to style the other 2 looks. Those who attended my workshop, would have heard me say “throw away the colour wheel “ and “there’s no such thing as colour clash”.

I truly believe in what I preach. This can be seen in my images.  Want to know how I do it? My solution is to divide a room into 3 sections : foreground, mid ground and background. Then set yourself free with colours. The key is to use small doses of colours but that are present in all three sections of the room. By doing this, it creates consistency and flow. Go ahead and give it a try. Hope you’ve enjoyed the tip and how I’ve styled the Baby Doll look. I’d love to hear what you think is your favourite piece. I love the pouffe, how about you? The River Island homewares Collection is now available online and in stores. If I were you, I’d get down there soon to snap up your favourites.

Have a lovely day.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a paid partnership post with River Island homewares, but all opinions are my own).

Fun and cool Teenage girl bedroom ideas that rock.

If I ask you to visualise a teen girl’s room, what do you see?

I’m sure the word ‘messy’ would feature frequently right?

You wouldn’t be wrong there, because ‘messy ‘ is a normal teen’s rite of passage.

Then if I ask you, where do you see your teen spending most of his or her time whilst at home? I wouldn’t be surprised if you said ‘in bed’.

Bed in our household has become synonymous with a teen’s hq, all made easy with accessible technology and entertainment nowadays, so there’s no need to get out of bed.

So a laptop in bed with headphones, watching You Tube or Netflix is not an unusual sight.

Does this all sound familiar?

The image above is how the bedroom looked before the revamp. Seeing as the bed is such a crucial location for all activity and I must admit, productivity for school work too, there’s no point in fighting against it any more.

So, ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ right?

Here is how it looks now. As you can see, I have stripped all the wallpaper off the walls and painted it white. I wanted it to feel light and bright.

I indulged in my daughter’s wish for a double bed, and got this white metal bed at the White Company Christmas sale. What I love about this bed is its height. There is ample room below for storage boxes or even a pull out mattress for when she has friends over.

A new bed means a new comfortable mattress right?  After some research, we decided to give the Casper mattress a try.

My daughter gave it the thumbs up after just one night.

Here’s a little run down on the 4 foam layers that make this mattress special:

The top layer latex foam has a springy elasticity that allows for easy movement and weight shifts. It also allows for air circulation to aid a cooler sleep, much needed with the current heatwave.

I was surprised how well my daughter slept, despite the windows being closed during this heat.

The second layer of the mattress is a memory foam that provides comfort.

The third layer is another memory foam layer that provides Zoned Support ( very important for a teen who sits in bed all day). The base layer adds durability. Teenage girl bedroom With the mattress ticked off the list, what next for a teenage girl bedroom? I reckon some comfortable and stylish bedding.

I recently experienced sleeping with some linen bedding, and I couldn’t believe I had never considered it before.

It was super soft and comfortable, and kept me cool during those hot breezeless nights.

My daughter’s pink stone washed linen bedding is from Piglet in Bed. She loves it so much, that I think laundry day may soon become a tug of war.

It’s such a beautiful natural pink too. I’m seriously having bedding envy now. Teenage girl bedroom ideas No bedroom is complete without a gallery wall.

I always turn to my favourite art print store Desenio, when looking for beautiful pieces to style. These gorgeous pink and blue Miami and California photographic prints from Desenio were selected by my daughter.  She also picked the cute pink and green palm trio of prints above the head of her bed. She then completed the look with some cool pillow cases from Urban Outfitters.  That cuddly sloth on her bed was a gift from me.  I feel so happy and optimistic when I lie on her bed, looking at the blue skies of the photos on her wall.

This is but one corner of my daughter’s bedroom. The other parts of her bedroom will be shared soon.  I’m actually lying on her bed now as I type this post ( whilst she is out partying). Teens these days! Tomorrow she is jetting off for a week with her friends to Cannes. I can’t remember my teen years being like that.

Anyway, I’m digressing. The Casper mattress is so incredibly comfortable, I’m nearly falling asleep. Hope you’ve enjoyed the post. Doesn’t this Teenage girl bedroom look so much more inviting than before? ( Do scroll back up to the top of this page to see the “Before” again). I know it’s definitely being appreciated by my little sloth. I mean the soft toy on the bed lol!

It’s a calm space conducive to studying, more than Netflix at least, I hope.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

( All styling and photography for this Teenage Girl bedroom are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is not a paid partnership but a product review post).

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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