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Little-Big-Bell's-workspace-2-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Blogging about design, interiors and all things colourful is my passion.

Since I spend a lot of time in my workspace at night and on weekends, I thought it would be fun to compile my top 12 survival tips for working from home. So here it goes.

Tip number 1:  Surround yourself with inspiration.

Creating a happy environment to work in, has a positive impact on mood and motivation.I have surrounded myself with colourful designs and art work that inspire creativity. Oh-Joy-for-Target-vase-photo-and-styling-by-Little-Big-Bell Tip number 2: Bring the outdoors in.

Don’t get stuck in a rut, from being indoors. If you can’t leave, then try injecting some outdoor freshness into your workspace with sweet smelling floral blooms and candles. These gorgeous Hydrangeas in a pretty vase were picked from my garden and that Lime and Bay candle from The White company is always a winner. Desk-organisation-workspace-photo-and-styling-by-Little-Big-Bell Tip number 3 : Keep organised.

File things away to keep the workspace clutter free. A clear desk begets a clear mind right?

I must admit my hospital work desk is not as pretty as this, probably because I don’t spend much time there, rather I’m running around the emergency department, seeing patients.

At home, I have organised all my receipts into colour coded paper envelopes. I’ve slotted them into a gold letter holder I bought from the U.S this Summer. All will come in handy for when I next do my tax returns.
Target-Sugar-Paper-desk-rack-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Tip number 4 : Switch off from the digital world for half an hour.

This is tough but I do try to switch off from the digital world every now and then. I spend this time reading magazines.

If you have writer’s block or just feel uninspired, take a break and browse through books and magazines. You never know, it may help spark an idea.

I keep my favourite magazines close by, in this gold and white file holder. Dell-XPS-13-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Tip number 5: Jot those ideas down.

I keep lots of sticky note pads on my desk, for scribbling down unexpected ideas and reminders of things to do. Colourful-pencils-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Lots of pens and pencils for the jotting. Bando-journal-2017-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Tip number 6 : Start your ‘next year’ journal.

I keep organised by planning ahead.

As well as recording my meetings on my iphone diary ( with alarm activated), I like to have a separate paper diary to plan out my blog post dates and to remind me of important events.
Marie-Kondo-books-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Tip number 7 : Have a cuppa!

A cup of tea to refresh or a coffee to keep awake and conquer those blogging deadlines.

I bought this pretty handmade mug from a pop up shop called Sundaze Collective in Portland, Oregon. Scandia-a-colouring-book-by-Zeena-Shah-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Tip number 8: Keep a colouring book on your desk.

I’m sure you have all seen the trend for grown up colouring books?

Colouring for me is so therapeutic and at times meditative.

I love this book called Scandia, by my friend Zeena Shah. Its folk inspired patterns and illustrations to colour,transports you to the wilds of a Scandinavian wonderland.  Libratone-music-in-workspace-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Tip number 9: Listen to tunes.

Music keeps me company when I’m working alone. I love listening to You Tube compilations whilst I edit photos.  What do you listen to as you work?  Quin-dreams-come-chew-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Tip number 10: A jar of candies.

A sweet little treat every now and then to keep you going is harmless right?
Honey-tubes-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Or maybe some honey sticks for your tea? Donut-cushion-from-Arro-home-Little-Big-Bell Tip number 11: Sit comfortably and stretch.

Sitting for long hours can be uncomfortable. I tend to do light stretching exercises every 30 minutes or even just go for a walk around the house.

I love this super cool donut cushion by Arro home. It’s so comfortable to sit on and seems to take the pressure away from prolonged seating. Obviously this is not what it’s meant for, but it works for me and so cute to look at too don’t you think? Workspace-1-inspiration-Little-Big-Bell Tip number 12 : Have a great laptop.

I work from my Dell 13 inch laptop. Do check out my Dell XPS 13 review here. I love it for its portability, sleek design and clarity of image.

Top-tips-for-working-from-home-by-littlebigbell.com Hope you have all enjoyed my top 12 survival tips for working from home. If you have your own tips to add, I would really love to hear about it in the comments. Have a wonderful day all.

( All photography and styling are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This post has been done in collaboration with Dell, but all opinions are my own).

Hydrangea-1-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Today, I’m delighted to introduce you to one of my favourite flowers, the hydrangea.

I love it for its simplicity, ease of styling with, and of course its beautiful range of colours.

There are hydrangeas in pink, purple, red, green, blue and brown. Hydrangeas also come in a variety of shapes and petal configurations.

I have managed to photograph most of the flower colours in this post, and will be showing you 5 ways to decorate with hydrangeas.

I start off with the simple white hydrangeas above. These were freshly cut from my back garden. Styling-Hydrangeas-Little-Big-Bell Style 1:  SIMPLICITY.

White hydrangeas look great when grouped together in a simple glass vase, with or without their foliage.

I placed my garden blooms in a round fish bowl vase, to decorate the kitchen table for tea. London-fashion-week-2-Hydrangeas-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Here’s another white bunch of hydrangeas in a simple vase. Do you also notice its subtle light green hue?

This was spotted at London Fashion week’s main show event space. Many similar bouquets were used on the window sills, to decorate and soften the industrial look of the venue.

The hydrangea foliage have been removed and replaced with a few similar coloured ranunculi. Living-etc-home-tour-NW-London-florals-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Style 2: ECLECTIC.

White hydrangeas look great grouped together, but they also stand out when mixed with pops of colours.

This was a photo I took during a design house tour in London.

The flowers were placed in vintage vases of different sizes and colours on a mantelpiece. They were set against a mirror to create depth.

Similar vases can be bought from flea markets, charity shops and car boot sales. hydrangeas-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I love how the hydrangeas have been mixed with pink coral peonies and red or orange roses.

There was no set rule to the styling of this look.

Fill each vase with one or two floral stems of varied lengths, to create a layered look. House-tour-London-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Add different textures of foliage to create an eclectic feel. Colourful-flowers-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Style 3: ELEGANT.

Now for the colourful hydrangeas. How many colours can you spot?

I see reds, dark pinks, purples and blues. Don’t they look elegant in that tall, gold vase?

The different colours of hydrangeas combine well with the smaller roses of similar shades. Flowers-at-Swarovski-The-Stylist-event-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Gorgeous tones of reds, pinks purples and blues. Dried-hydrangeas-as-decor-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Style 4: VINTAGE.

The wonderful thing about hydrangeas are that they are robust and easy to care for.

Often they are able to maintain their shapes when the water runs out, making them perfect flowers for drying.

Apparently there are two different groups of hydrangeas. There are those that you get during the first half of the year, these are the white, blue, pink and purple hydrangeas. Then, you get the ‘colour changed’ hydrangeas that were left to develop in the greenhouse, during the second half of the year. The latter are the darker green, red and brown tone varieties.

The ‘colour changed’ hydrangeas are apparently the ones good for drying. You can see an example of these hydrangeas on the kitchen worktop in the image above. dried-hydrangeas-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Here’s a closer look. Such a cosy Autumnal vibe, don’t you think?
Decorating-with-hydrangeas-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell You can see more of the dried hydrangeas in the blue dresser in the distance.

This time, rather than using fresh foliage, mix and match them with dried twigs. Christmas-wreath-by-Geraldine-of-Little-Big-Bell Style 5: FESTIVE.

Here is another idea.

How about a hydrangea Christmas wreath? I created this about 3 Christmases ago.  Christmas-wreath-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell I only placed the hydrangeas on the wreath the day before the Christmas party, in fear of them wilting.

Now that I have learned about the ‘colour changed’ variety of hydrangeas that I can dry, I shall be using them for my next wreath.

5-ways-to-decorate-with-hydrangeas-Little-Big-Bell Hope you have enjoyed this post. You can find out more information on how to care for your hydrangeas over on funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

( All the photography in this post is by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a collaborative post with funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk. All opinions are my own).

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Happy weekend. There’s a  Pineapple homewares instagram giveaway over on my Little Big Bell  account now. Hope you can enter. There are loads of super cool tropical theme things to be won.

The offerings are from: NoodollGood night light, Meri Meri Party, Ruby Taylor, The Crazy Craftsman, Becky Baur, Gogo’s Chop shop, Sugarfina and Valley Cruise press.

The competition has ended. Winner has been announced on instagram. Thank you all who entered.

I will be back next week with loads of colourful posts and keep an eye on my instagram account for many fabulous giveaways to come.

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