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Sainsbury's Home Helsinki Sainsbury’s Home Helsinki range for a Scandinavian inspired interior.

Simple things make me happy, like the fact that there is now light as I emerge from work and my Spring bulbs at home are sprouting.

Even though it’s still freezing cold outdoors, I’m feeling hopeful that Spring will soon be leaping out at us from hiding.

If you can’t wait, then why not bring a spot of sunshine indoors with Sainsbury’s Home Helsinki range?

I’ve done precisely that this weekend, with glorious pops of ochre yellow, from this Scandinavian inspired home collection. Doesn’t this yellow Helsinki lampshade make the indoors shine, and how cute is this wooden desk calendar?

I can already sense that 2018 will be a year of colourful Scandinavian style. These cacti and succulents in concrete planters, also from Sainsbury’s Home Helsinki range, add another dimension of warmth to my space.

At first glance, you may think that they are real, but in fact they are totally faux.

Imagine what bliss it must be, to not have to water any plants at all. Talking about ‘faux’, you need to check out the plates and mugs from Sainsbury’s Helsinki range.

I wouldn’t be surprised if you thought they were made of ceramic, when in fact they are melamine. The attention to detail is amazing.

That black coffee pot is from the same collection. Sainsbury's Home Helsinki Can you spot that black wire basket on my desk? It’s also from Sainsbury’s Home Helsinki range. I love that it’s just the right size for the novels and notebooks on my desk. What do you think of my Spring Scandinavian inspired workspace? That yellow is rather infectious and as you can see has extended to my bed too. Here’s a wider angle view of my bedroom. Can you spot that Sainsbury’s Home Helsinki range also do bed linen and cushions? Here’s a closer look of my bed. Aren’t those colour block cushions fabulous?

It’s amazing how this new range has transformed and refreshed my bedroom and workspace, just in a matter of an hour. Sainsburys-Home-Helsinki Everything is now available to buy at Sainsbury’s. The prices are so affordable too.

So, if you have a weekend day free and fancy a little bedroom makeover, then do check out Sainsbury’s Home Helsinki range. You can also see the other Sainsbury’s Home collections here.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. I will be back pretty soon with more room makeovers and decor ideas. Can’t wait to show you.

Have a lovely start to your week.

( All photography and styling are my own. This is a sponsored collaboration with Sainsbury’s Home but all views are my own).

Ikea Stockholm 2017 furniture collection featuring rattan, velvet and more.

I was so excited when IKEA recently launched their new STOCKHOLM 2017 furniture and home range. I have been keeping an eye on the collection, for a while now, and I was over the moon when asked by IKEA to style a few curated pieces at home. I particularly love the Rattan furniture in that range. Those in the know, would have by now, snapped up their much coveted rattan cabinet. I think it’s already sold out in the U.K.

However, all is not lost, as there are still many amazing pieces available, such as this stylish IKEA STOCKHOLM rattan and Ash coffee table. Its pared down simplicity would be perfect for a minimal Scandinavian interior.

However, it’s possible to mix and match colours and patterns to create a vibrant but balanced look too. I have used this handmade IKEA STOCKHOLM rug in grey, as a bold contrast.  I wanted to accentuate the natural wood and surface weave pattern of the rattan against the dark coloured rug. Next, is the fun part of adding colour.  I’ve chosen a combination of bright red and blue patterned cushions from the STOCKHOLM range, to make my pale mint sofa pop with happiness.

To counterbalance the colours on the sofa, I have styled the coffee table with colourful books and flowers. The blue, mouth-blown glass carafe, vase and bowl on the rattan coffee table are also from the same range. I have decided to add some wild orange flowers to contrast the blue vases and cushions. This glass serving plate is smooth and of a great quality. It definitely looks more expensive than it actually was.

Gunnel Sahlin, the designer of the STOCKHOLM glass range said that ” The colour of the glass changes with the light and with what you put inside it. It really has a feeling of hands on craft that sorts of stays with the piece.” At first sight, you may think that there is a wooden side table by the sofa. It’s actually the Ash tray from the STOCKHOLM range, placed on an old IKEA Frosta stool. I’ve styled it with a few potted greens. Here’s the tray with some floral blooms. On the opposite end of my sofa is a velvet STOCKHOLM range pouffe in dark blue.

I love how a pouffe can be a footrest, extra seating, or a table. Hope you have enjoyed seeing how I have styled my IKEA STOCKHOLM 2017 range at home. I will be back soon with an interview with Viveca Olsson, the creative leader for the 2017 IKEA STOCKHOLM range. Have a lovely start to your week.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaboration with Ikea UK, but all opinions are my own).

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