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Affordable and stylish side tables to make your home look pretty.

I’ve been searching for some colourful side tables for a while.

As you know, I do love a pop of colour at home. 

I was so happy to discover that Matalan have them in my favourite colours of yellow and pink.

The prices are super affordable too. side tables This is the Lana side table in pink. Isn’t it cute?

It has a built in drawer with lots of space for all my odds and ends.

I have decorated it with some faux flowers from Matalan. Aren’t they pretty and look so real too? That French bulldog mug is also from Matalan. The mug also come in a Dachshund and cat print, so are perfect gifts for pet lovers, and at £3, is a real steal. I love that dusky pink shade on my Matalan Lana table. It’s the perfect grown up pink and really matches all the pastel shades in my bedroom don’t you think?  Next, I’d like to introduce you to my yellow Dax side table which only cost £30. I love its sunshine ochre yellow and wanted to show it off, so have placed it in front of my green sofa. I have styled my Dax side table with a few more accessories from Matalan.

Can you spot that cute smiling face cactus pot in pink? I actually have one in yellow too.

At £8, I think it’s going to sell out fast. side tables Did you know Llamas are the new flamingos? 

Remember that time when flamingo accessories were everywhere? Well, llamas are now apparently the cool new animal.

I simply had to jump on that bandwagon, and this llama planter from Matalan with a faux succulent was the perfect find. I’m so pleased with my two colourful side tables. They will come in handy for when I do photo shoots for room sets too, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of them on my Instagram soon. 

(All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan. This is a paid partnership with Matalan, but all choices and opinions are my own).

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).

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