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I’ve been in desperate need of a sofa bed since the start of the Covid 19 Pandemic, because I’ve been sleeping in my above “basement bunker” to isolate from my family whilst dealing with Covid patients in hospital during the peak.

My back was starting to hurt as the padding was thinning, and I could feel the metal frame beneath.

I was getting desperate, and so started researching for a sofa bed.

I wanted something comfortable both as a sofa and a bed, but would also fit in aesthetically with my home. So, here it is! The gorgeous Caruso sofa bed from Sofa Workshop. There is a choice of fabrics and finishes to pick from, and no surprises, I picked a pink fabric called Echo Rose Quartz.

I also selected light wooden legs to go with the pale pink.  The sofa covers are removable, so can be easily laundered which is just amazing. The covers fit so well and look so smart. You wouldn’t have known that they were loose covers. The bed itself pulls out easily. One little tug and it’s out, then pull up the legs for a wonderful comfortable double bed. Here it is up close in all its glory. As I write this post near midnight, I’m nestled on my cosy Sofa Workshop Caruso sofa, listening to Motown whilst sipping coffee. I’m really so happy with it. As lockdown is gradually being eased and the number of Coronavirus cases are coming down, I am becoming more relaxed in my interactions with the family. I’ve even ventured back into my bedroom upstairs.

However, as much as I’m hopeful for no second wave, I’m more prepared for it at work and at home.

I know that I will sleep better if I isolate in the basement again. If you are looking for a sofa bed, then the Caruso sofa bed from Sofa Workshop is super comfortable and the quality is amazing too. I write this after having used it for a few weeks. The cushions provide great back support, are adjustable and the seating are wide and deep enough for a whole family of four to snuggle together. When this Pandemic ends, the sofa bed would be handy for guests staying over.

If you are looking to buy one, then Sofa Workshop is currently offering a 15% discount off their Caruso range.

If you are an NHS worker, then you could get 15% off any sofa range. Happy shopping and have a gorgeous day all.

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

Decorating your home to make it bright and happy needn’t be expensive. Here are my 5 Top tips on how to brighten your home with colours on a budget.

I always go back to these 5 decor tricks and it works.

Tip number 1 – Colourful cushions. 

By placing a mix of colourful cushions on any sofa, will give the room an instant lift. The heart and HAPPY cushions are from Bombay Duck London.

You can buy inexpensive colourful cushions from Homesense too. Tip number 2 –  Colourful art prints.

You don’t have to go to an art gallery to buy an original oil painting or  expensive work of art. You can get a similar effect with these colourful art prints.

The 2 abstract art prints in the bottom corners are by Jessica Ford, the headphones print are by The Native State and the H Heart print is by Lorna Freytag. home with colours on a budget Here you see the colourful cushions and art prints together. Tip number 3 – Colourful flowers

I’m so pleased that Tulips are now in season. They are one of my favourite flowers and I’ve written a post on how to care for them if you are interested.

Flowers always add an instant impact of happiness to a space and a relatively inexpensive way to add colour too. How does this make you feel? Tip number 4 – A coloured vase.

I absolutely adore this blue vase from the Relae collection by Nicholai Wiig for Raawi. They come in a variety of jewel colours. Makes me feel so happy looking at this. home with colours on a budget Tip number 5- A colourful rug.

I always go for rugs from Pappelina because the designs are beautiful, colours are vibrant and the quality is so good. I know they will stand the test of time. home with colours on a budget So, here you can see all of my 5 top tips in action on how to brighten your home with colours on a budget. What do you think?

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. x

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. Products featured are gifts).

My new yellow sofa and colourful armchairs from sofa.com

Just to give you a little break from the Christmas posts, I thought I’d pop over to show you my new sofa set.

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you must be wondering how many sofas does this lady have?

To be honest, I’m losing count too. Many of you may be familiar with my coral pink sofa which I have had for 2 years, and this month I learned that Living Coral is the colour of the year.

However, I’m now on to my next favourite colour. Yes it is yellow! I’m very much into Gen Z yellow at the moment.

Who knows, maybe this will make it into the next colour of the year, a year or two down the line. I’ve picked a yellow sofa because I feel that we need more happiness and optimism in the new year, after all the gloom and Brexit thing going on in the U.K.

It’s basically a ray of hope and sunshine. I was very fortunate to be able to pick and get my sofas made at Sofa.com.

I visited their large showroom in Islington, and it was amazing the amount of stock they have on the shop floor over 2 levels.

It meant that I could try out the sofas for comfort factor.

There was also a choice of fabric samples to pick from.

I met with one of their in house designers Henriette who helped me select my sofa based on my room’s dimensions and aesthetic. yellow sofa My yellow sofa is the Harper 3 seat sofa in Canary pure matt velvet with a blue piping called Amazon.

I love its elegant scallop back.

I have also decided on 2 small single seaters that would fit in my bay window space.

The aim is to ultimately replace my coral sofa set in my living room downstairs with these new pieces.

I thought it would be fun to get bright colours into the mix, so have picked a blue and pink armchair.

In case you are wondering, the rainbow cushion is from Sophie Home. The blue one seater is called the Betty armchair, and it is the same colour as the Amazon piping of my yellow sofa. I’ve also contrasted it with an Electric Blue piping and buttons. The pink one seater ( you didn’t think I was going to give up on pink did you? ) is also the Betty armchair in Peony pure cotton matt velvet with Claret piping and buttons.

There are a variety of wooden leg finishes to select from. I picked a light oak finish to compliment my light wood  floor. I’m so pleased with my selections. What do you think of the yellow sofa?

It feels so light and bright. Here’s to an optimistic and happy 2019.

A big thank you to sofa.com for a wonderful personal experience. It was such a seamless process from selection to delivery.

Finally, If you are unsure about what sofas, materials or colours, then head to one of their showrooms.

You will get great advice from their wonderful in house team. I highly recommend it.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. My next post will be the Christmas tree 2018 reveal.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan. This is a paid partnership post with sofa . com)

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