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What do you think of, if I say a colourful retro interior?

It seems like the 1980s was definitely a colourful era, but which trend do you think looked best?

First of all, there was the neon pop and then the pastel pink and blue look, however most noteworthy and one that is currently having a revival, is the Memphis trend. The Memphis group was an Italian design and architecture group founded by Ettore Sottsass in 1980. They designed Postmodern furniture, fabrics, ceramics, glass, and metal objects. You can read more about it in my blog post here.

The trend embodied bright colours and bold geometric patterns.

Such vibrant colours and patterns are definitely gaining momentum, because at recent press events, I’ve noticed that many interior brands have started to incorporate the elements of the Memphis style into their new collections. I was super excited when Marsh and Parsons, one of London’s leading estate agents asked me to style up a colourful retro living space, one of their matching people to property looks.

I’ve gone for bright shades of blues, yellows, pinks and greens.

I’m sure some of you may be curious where everything is from, therefore I’ve compiled a list for you below:

Central art print and green cushion – Habitat

Prints on either side – Particular people

Sofa – Designer’s Guild

Block Table trolley – Normann Copenhagen

Vase on trolley – Vintage  Holmegaard via eBay

Bag – Eleanor Bowmer

Bright Ellsworth cushions – WA Green

Pink wooden figure – Vitra

Colourful RAAWII Strom vases ( yellow/ orange)  – W.A Green

White candle – Keith Haring Pink and red cushion – Cath Kidston

Coffee table books – Hardie Grant and Kate Spade NY

Blue tray with lips – Jonathan Adler via W.A Green

Red mug – Marrimekko via Skandium.

Rug- Lorena Canals You’ll get a better sense of how the colours and patterns go together if you stand back frequently to  view while you style,

Then all you need to do is to adjust and fine tune the decor as needed.

For more of my tips on how to create this colourful retro look, do hop over and check out Marsh and Parsons blog. Finally, hope you’ve enjoyed the post. I’ll be back soon with another styling for Marsh and Parsons. This time it’ll be a modern and neutral nursery. Can’t wait to show you.

(All the photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of little Big Bell. This is a paid partnership post with Marsh and Parsons but all opinions are my own.)

Homesense finds My top 10 Homesense finds for a floral revamp of my living room.

I’m really excited to reveal my living room makeover on a budget in collaboration with Homesense to celebrate their 10th anniversary this April.

Do you know Homesense? If not, then you are in for an amazing discovery of a brand that for a decade have been offering the extraordinary to everyday homeware. I still remember the excitement of first discovering Homesense. I’m now totally hooked. Homesense finds Homesense is part of the TK Maxx family and now has over 50 stores in the UK. It operates a similar ‘off-price’ concept to TK Maxx, but for furniture, homewares, accessories, pets, toys, stationery and more.

The products sold are sourced from thousands of vendors around the world.

What I love about Homesense, is that ‘thrill of the find’ feeling you get when you discover that one-off, on trend piece at a huge discount.

The other thing that I’d like to emphasise is the unparalleled quality of the products on sale. Everything I’ve bought from Homesense is in perfect condition, and I often find myself in awe of it for the price that I have paid. The buyers for Homesense really know how to seek out top homeware brands. What you’ll see sold are high quality renowned brands that have been negotiated to the lowest possible price,up to 60% off.

With new deliveries arriving throughout the week, there’s always something new to discover every time you pop in.

As a Homesense advocate, I’ve been asked to show you my top 10 Homesense finds for 3 styled rooms over April.

I thought I’d kick start the celebration with a Spring refresh of my living room.

As this makeover is on a budget, I have kept my basic living room furniture the same, although Homesense do offer a range of quality furniture which were very tempting! I wanted to show you how the look and feel of the room can be easily updated just by replacing the rug, cushions, lampshade and throw.

I’ve done all of this at a budget of less than £200. I was over the moon when I found this gorgeous faded denim blue rug with pops of pastels and pinks.

A 4×6’ rug like this would usually retail from £150-£300, and I’m proud to say that I only paid £39.99 for it.  See how wonderful it looks when set against my cushions. Talking about cushions, I went slightly overboard on them. As far as I’m concerned, there is no such thing as too many cushions ( although my husband would beg to differ). I’ve decided to embrace the Floral theme in my decor. Just look at those vibrantly coloured and painterly flower cushions. It really makes me feel so happy. Do you feel the same too? Now,on to the savings. Stylish cushions like these would usually retail at between £40 to £60. I’ve managed to get these at a fraction of that price.

The two beautiful cushions at the back are £16.99 each and the black one in the front is £12.99. Great Homesense finds right? Here’s a closer view of the others. The front two cushions (L to R) are £19.99 and £14.99 respectively. The one on the back (right) is £12.99. Homesense is not all just about furniture and home accessories, you can buy kitchenware too.

I wanted to show you this fabulous pastel coloured China teapot and sugar bowl that I found. I’ve wanted to add some China pieces, but these types of teapots normally cost in excess of £70.

I managed to get mine for around £20. That’s a steal right? I also managed to find a pretty gold and blue mug similar to the one that I’ve bought from a shop that costs £15, at just £4.99. A living room refresh wouldn’t be complete without a new lampshade.

There was an amazing collection at Homesense, and I was totally lost for choice.

I finally settled for this beautiful pink and green foliage lampshade, to fit in with my floral theme living room. A similar shade like this would usually retail upwards from £40 and mine was a wonderful £12.99.  The lamp really goes with the cushions and rug don’t you think? Lastly, I have draped a brightly coloured floral print blanket at the end of my sofa.

This blanket is so super soft, I could just snuggle in it all day. It was a wonderful find at just £19.99. So, here it is. My top 10 finds from Homesense ( 6 cushions, 1 lampshade, 1 tea set and mug, 1 rug and 1 throw, all for less than £200).

Hope you’ve enjoyed this new floral look. There will be a second Homesense room refresh coming next week. I can’t wait to show you.

In the meantime, if you feel inspired by my Homesense finds, then you should check out your local Homesense here. Despite having bought loads of things recently, I keep wanting to go back for more as everything is such great value for money.

( All styling and copyright photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This top 10 Homesense finds post is a sponsored collaboration with Homesense UK. All views are my own).

How to transform your living space with affordable art prints.

I realise that my signature colours are usually very Spring and Summer. However, now that the outdoor temperature have started to plummet, there is no denying that Winter is fast approaching.

Velvet sofas are perfect for the cold season, because they look and feel cosy.  I thought I’d share with you my 5 quick steps on how to transform your living space into an inviting Winter ready space on a budget.

First of all, Step 1: Style it dark.

You could paint the wall a dark shade of grey, deep blue or even black, against which the olive green of the sofa will pop. affordable art prints However, I haven’t the time to paint my wall, which leads me to – Step 2 : Add a collection of affordable art prints in seasonal shades. I have bought a collection of abstract and geometric prints in my favourite Winter gem tones of Emerald green, Black Onyx, Coral pink, deep sapphire blue with a touch of old style glamour in the gold frames.

These affordable art prints were all from Desenio. Step 3:  Add a woolly rug that feels warm and comforting to the touch.

Step 4 : Select a scatter of cushions and a Winter throw. I’ve picked a palette of black and gold.  Step 5: Add a bit of your own personality.

You may have already noticed that there is a brightly coloured floral cushion in the centre and multi coloured striped throw amongst the black and white monochrome. That’s because I couldn’t let the Summer in me go.  So what do you think?

Rather than spend money and time on repainting the wall, try the affordable art prints.

They have really allowed me to go Winter dark without breaking the bank or into a sweat.

All the other decorative accessories used ( cushions, rug and blankets) were what I already owned at home.

Finally, add some cosy life into the space with a scented candle, books and snuggle up with some hot cocoa.

Hope you have enjoyed my tips on how to transform your space into a Winter ready space on a budget.

You can also get your own Winter ready art prints from Desenio with a 25% discount ( except for handpicked/collaboration posters) by quoting ‘littlebigbell’ at checkout.

The code is valid from31st October to 2nd November,

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

(All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. All views are my own).

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