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style a desk How to style a desk space for less with my top 10 Homesense finds.

Following on from my recent living room post, to celebrate Homesense’s 10th birthday, I thought I’d share with you my next 10 Homesense finds.

This time it’s a style a desk post, for the revamp of my workspace.

I know I’ve blogged about my workspace many times, but I thought I’d show you how I would add to it for less.

I’ve used my existing work desk and chair, but you could find similar at Homesense too. Unlike other retailers that buy seasonally, Homesense buys throughout the year, which means there’s always something unique to find at the store.

I must admit, I love the thrill of “the hunt” for something quirky and cool.  My new 10 Homesense finds are also my 10 ingredients for a cute workspace. The total cost was less than £120. Here’s what I bought:

  1. Art prints
  2. Canvas art
  3. Colourful storage
  4. Books
  5. Fabulous mug
  6. Desk stationery
  7. Photo frame
  8. Jug for flowers
  9. Faux flower
  10. Fluffy rug

style a desk I’ve combined some of my new art prints with existing ones. The 2 typography prints on the right and the scenic canvas art at the top were from Homesense. Can you believe my ‘Rebel Rebel’ and ‘Good thing’ art prints were £7 each with the frames?  I absolutely adore the colour palette. Isn’t that minty green divine? The canvas art print caught my eye for its beautiful blue and white tones. It’s the perfect piece to have for instant calm, when work gets too stressful. Something like this would usually cost in excess of £80. I got mine for an amazing £19.99.  No desk area is complete without storage. If you don’t have drawers, then boxes can come in handy. I was so excited to find these colourful boxes with brassware. I got the large box for only £6.99 and the smaller one for £5.99. Homesense doesn’t just sell home decor, they even have a section selling books. I found lots of interesting titles, with the added bonus of beautiful covers that would make great props and decor to style a desk. Another desk essential is stationery. Any excuse for me to explore the stationery aisle and I’m there. I was totally spoilt for choice and finally settled for a rainbow clip board A4 note pad at just £5.99. You’ve got to have a tea or coffee break whilst at work right? I’ve picked this cute pink mug to go with my desk decor. It really was a steal at £6.50 from an original rrp of £12.50. As you can tell, I like to layer my desk. So I have the back layer which is the gallery wall, followed by a middle display layer with objects of differing heights, to add interest. The front layer should be relatively clear for efficient working.

I’ve already mentioned a few of the objects I use for the middle layer of my desk such as the storage boxes, books and mug.

The other two decorative accessories that I got from Homesense was a photo frame and a jug with flowers.

I found the beautiful turquoise blue frame for less than £5 and that gorgeous jug was only £6.99 from a rrp of £18. That’s a great saving don’t you think? I’ve placed a faux Peony, also from Homesense in the jug. The Peony came in a large stem with 3 to 4 flowers at £2.99. Lastly, to complete the look of my workspace is this cute fluffy pink and white Moroccan inspired rug. So much better with the pink don’t you think? I got mine for £49.99. Hope you’ve enjoyed my post on How to style a desk space for less with my top 10 Homesense finds.

I will be back before the end of the month with another Top 10 Homesense Finds room reveal.

In the meantime, if you want to find a Homesense near you, there are over 50 stores in the U.K. Find your closest one here.

( All styling and Copyright photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaborative post with Homesense UK, but all views are my own).

Pink and gold chair St Tropez from Calligaris.

Pink is my all time favourite colour and even better when combined with gold.

Such was my passion for those colours, that I created a pink and gold board on Pinterest 4 years ago. When Calligaris asked me to get involve in their #FrameMySaintTropez campaign that celebrated their latest range of Saint Tropez chairs, I accepted instantly when I saw the pink and gold chair. For those of you who are new to the brand Calligaris, it’s a renowned Italian furniture store since 1923, who started off producing small batch artisanal chairs. Fast forward to the present, Calligaris is now part owned by the luxury giant LVMH ( Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy ).

It’s now one of the market leaders in the furniture industry, distributing to over 90 countries worldwide. I’m already a proud owner of 2 Calligaris chairs and I’m so pleased to add this to my collection. As you can see, I’ve placed my new prized pink and gold chair in my very pastel workspace. Don’t you think my Saint Tropez chair looks right at home in this space?

You’ll notice that the chair is a cohesive element that binds all the pink together. If you love my pink and gold chair then you may be in for a chance to win one, as I will be doing an Instagram giveaway on Monday 27th November. Tune in to my Instagram then to participate. Fingers crossed.

It’s Friday today, so wishing you all a wonderful weekend. Hope you will all be doing something lovely. I will be back soon with some festive Christmas posts. Looking forward to sharing them.

(All styling and photography are by and copyright of Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. I have collaborated with Calligaris on a sponsored basis, but all views and opinions are my own).

eclipse charger My marble and gold ECLIPSE charger from Native Union.

Did you know that the average person owns 6 devices but only charge 2 to 3 devices on a daily basis?

Are you tired of that chaotic cable scenario, with cords getting tangled and looking untidy in your beautiful interior space?

I’m so pleased to have discovered the ECLIPSE charger from Native Union. It is a beautifully designed USB charging hub with a round and compact design, that can charge up to 3 devices in one go. The USB cables can be wound into their own precision engineered channel, making for easy cable storage and retrieval, without having to untangle knots before using. The ECLIPSE can be placed on your desk, bedside table, or even wall mounted.

You can even use your own cables that are up to 8 feet, with the device. The ECLIPSE itself has a braided power cable so extending your charging cables by an additional 4 feet. This means I can move around the room a little more with my phone whilst it is charging.

The braided power cable comes with a leather strap that keeps it neat if no extension of cord is required. There are so many advantages to the ECLIPSE charging hub.

One of my favourite feature is its smart IC technology that ensures my devices charge at their maximum speed, so no more hanging around and waiting for ages. eclipse charger Another really cool feature that you can’t necessarily see in my photo is that the ECLIPSE charger rises to a tap and emits a soft halo below. Check out my video on Instagram to see it in action. There are many colour options available. I love mine in marble and gold, but you can also get ones with walnut or cherry wood. See how beautiful the marble looks.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this introduction to the ECLIPSE charger from Native Union. I always love smart technology that combines functionality with aesthetics. It really is a cool addition to my workspace.

( All photography and styling are by myself, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaboration with Native Union, but all views are my own).

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