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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).

An Autumn living room refresh with Pad Lifestyle.

Happy October! As Autumn is here, I’ve decided to give my living room a refresh. Autumn living room Since the days are getting shorter and darker, I’ve decided to go for a bright and vibrant look, but still maintaining some Autumnal tones in the colour palette. I’ve turned to Pad Lifestyle, an online and physical store based in Edinburgh, with a beautifully curated collection of homewares, for my room refresh. I’ve layered my sofa with cushions from bluebellgray, in painterly jewel tones of aubergine, aquamarine blue and emerald green, against a base layer of pink and blue Designer Guild pillows. For some extra coziness, especially on cold evenings, I’ve added a soft woolly throw. This charcoal grey Susan throw is from Care by Me. My square white coffee table has been replaced with this Eugenie round wooden one by Harto, which has added warmth to the room. I’ve styled it with a variety of new favourite coffee table books by Assouline and flowers. Love that bright pop of pink from the Ibiza book. One thing I adore about Autumn and Winter, is the excuse to indulge in hot chocolate.

I’ve decided to serve my cocoa from this earthy and organic looking Muuto push coffee pot.

I love the feel of the thick handles when pouring, and the warmth as I cup my hands around the mug. It’s nice to have the drink close by without having to reach out to the other coffee table.

I’ve placed this small portable Scandinavian style table from Design House Stockholm, alongside where I’m lounging on the sofa. Last, but not least, I couldn’t resist adding a pop of sunshine to the room. This Georges sofa is from Harto. Here’s a closer view So what do you think? Hope you’ve enjoyed my Autumn living room refresh.  I will be back soon with more interiors inspiration. Can’t wait to show you.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. A sponsored collaboration with Padlifestyle, but all views are my own).

how to style a pink sofa How to style a pink sofa. I am so excited to show you my new living room. Many of you who follow me on instagram, will know that I usually have a green sofa in my front room. That green sofa has now gone to another room, to make way for this new set.

Introducing you to the Zania by dfs. how to style a pink sofa Shades of pink for sofas are already popular, and predicted to continue into next season.

The great thing about a modular sofa is that you can rearrange it to whatever configuration you like. My Zania sofa came as an L shape unit with a footstool (the footstool is not in the photo).

I have decided to split the L shape into two sections, and as a result, it has opened up the room space. Here’s another view. I love having the sofa by the windows, and watch the world go by. This rug was bought from a Sunday flea market in Abbot Kinney, LA. Can’t believe I carried that rug all the way back from the US.

Needless to say, I couldn’t fit it into my existing luggage, and therefore had to run into a nearby Target store to purchase another bag.

The rug is pink with orange and coral tones. It goes well with the sofa set don’t you think? My Fiddle Fig leaf plant is still going strong, and perfect in between the two sections of the Zania. Love how the lights stream in and light up the sofa.
Here are my usual collection of colourful cushions to brighten up the space. I’ve joined the sofa pieces here together to make the L shape configuration. Feels rather cosy don’t you think? These peach coloured roses look so pretty against the coral pink sofa. I’ve decided that I could have it two ways.

The open space seating configuration for Summer, and the L shape for Winter.

It’s wonderful how a modular sofa can give you that flexibility of arrangement in a space.
Which configuration do you prefer?
Some of you may remember my mint green sofa, and how its colour complimented the oversized art print above it.

I am pleased to say that this coral pink sofa has fitted in well too, drawing out the orange hues of the artwork. I realise I’ve been talking a lot about how beautiful this sofa is, but we all know that aesthetics is not the only selling point.

This sofa is super comfortable too, and I even fell asleep on it the other day. The L shape has turned my coffee table into a focal point, so styling it well was key to the overall feel of the space. So, what do you think of this new change? I really adore it.

There is certainly more seating space now for friends and family who come to visit.

Hope you have enjoyed the post. Wishing you a wonderful weekend and week ahead.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. dfs gifted me the Zania sofa. All opinions in the post are my own.)

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