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Method-cleaning-products-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Do you dread cleaning your house and washing dishes? One of those unavoidable routines right?

I say we should bring some joy into those daily chores, with scent and colour the method way.

The method way is all about creating delightful surprises and making things better for people and the planet, whilst doing things in a design-led, colourful way. Method-cleaning-products-1-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Did you know that that 69% of people felt a bright Summer’s day made them happier than designer shoes and social media likes (survey by Morar). Method-pomegranate-hand-wash-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell In fact over half of people felt happier and more optimistic when surrounded by bright colours.
IMethod-cleaning-products-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell method’s cleaning products are both colourful and smell divine. So divine, that you may not want to stop cleaning. Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration!

I love method’s packaging and the fact that all their products are naturally derived, with biodegradable ingredients.

I find cleaning somewhat therapeutic after a hard day at work.

Colour and scents can only enhance it right? From the lilac coloured multi-surface cleaner that transports you to the scented lavender fields of Provence, to the Amber coloured wood floor cleaner that fills your head with the sweet scent of Almond, to the pink hand wash that smells of Pomegranate fizz and more. Method-floor-cleaner-Southbank To mark the launch of ‘the method way’ movement, method brought a colourful surprise to commuters last month at London’s Southbank.

Underneath that ‘Grab a mop + keep it clean’ sign on the floor is a stunning piece of artwork, that has reimagined London in technicolour. Method-people-against-dirty-London Cleaning products in the trolley ready for the big clean. Method-at-Southbank-the-Method-way Passers by and commuters were offered mops to clean the floor.

I was there in anticipation of the reveal. Method-cleaning-fun-in-the-rain It was actually raining that day, which certainly helped with the cleaning. Method-at-SouthBank Those who took up the challenge appeared to be having so much fun,   Method-floor-cleaning even on a rainy work day.
Method-floor-cleaner-at-Southbank Yellow floor cleaner that smelt of the Lemon Ginger from faraway spas of Thailand. Method-floor-cleaning-at-the-Southbank-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell As the rain stopped, the rainbow emerged. Method-floor-cleaner “Colour and brightness raises our endorphins and generally makes us happier, with the recognition of how simple things are still relevant in maintaining our general wellbeing.” says psychologist Emma Kenny.

She goes on to advise on some of the little things in life that we can do to make it happier, such as a digital detox ( very hard for me, but maybe I’ll give it a go when I go off on Summer holidays), smile more even if it is fake ( apparently our brains can’t tell the difference and will automatically release happy brain chemicals), spend more time with people you love and carry out random acts of kindness. Method-3D-artwork-Southbank Here it is. London’s grey skyline reimagined with colour. This 3D recyclable artwork was created by The Outside Collective. Method-cleaning-products-on-Little-Big-Bell-blog Cleaning just got fun right? methodway image2 In fact, you have to take a peek at this video by animator Abbie Stephens, as she brings to life the happiness in cleaning #themethodway.

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this. Have a lovely week.

( The first 4 photos are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The others were provided by method. This is a sponsored collaborative post with method).

desenio-5 One of my favourite creative hobbies at home is to decorate walls.

It’s interesting to see how trends in decorating walls change over time. I have created quite a few gallery walls in my home previously, from the grouped small sized art prints of my workspace, to the lone oversized art print in my living room.

This season, I’m predicting the grouping of mid sized (50x70cm) art prints, to create a larger but visually cohesive piece.

I was so pleased to have found Desenio, my new definitive destination for cool Scandinavian art posters online. desenio-10 When trying to create a visually cohesive look, the art prints should have a common theme or colours that compliment one another. desenio-print-9-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I have decided to decorate the wall above the fireplace in my daughter’s room. Desenio-print-1-Little-Big-Bell I wanted something that was visually calming, yet inspirational.

I was so pleased to have found these abstract and hand lettered prints.

I love marble fluidity effect of the abstract prints above, Gold Stream (top right) and Green Fusion (bottom left). Desenio-2-Little-Big-Bell What do you think? Desenio-prints-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I decided on gold frames to give the wall a girly glamour effect.
Breathe-print-Desenio They also match the gold decor on the fireplace well.

I decided to keep the mantelpiece simple as I didn’t want to distract the eye from the prints. Artwork-from-Desenio-1-pink-and-blue Once a theme has been created, you can mix and match prints. Here, I have replaced one of the aqua coloured prints with a pink abstract one. desenio-14 Pinks, blues and gold go very well together. Desenio-art-prints-Little-Big-Bell I’ve decided to create a warm pink gallery wall here. Pink-abstract-prints-posters-from-Desenio-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell What do you think?  Pink-poster-prints-Desenio It’s great how a grouping of art work can be mixed and matched to create different emotions isn’t it? It’s all down to being consistent with the artwork selected, once a theme has been decided on.

Command-3M-strips-gallery-wall-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell In addition to interchanging the art prints, you can move them around the house and display in different combinations on different walls.

I thought I’d let you in on my secret on how I do this, without creating holes from nails on the wall. I used 3M Command picture hanging strips. 3-M-Command-strips-1-UK-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell

Here’s the step by step guide on how to use the strips to put up the gallery wall:

Image 1+2 :  Separate the strips. You could stick the first set of the strips to the backs of the frame by removing the green liners, then press a new set of strips on top of those strips already stuck on the frame till they ‘click’ together.

Image 3 : Remove the remaining green liners and press the frame onto the wall. Press each side of the frame firmly against the wall for at least 30 seconds.

Image 4 : To ensure the adhesive will hold, remove the frame by grabbing the bottom corners and peeling the frame from the bottom first in a gentle away and upwards motion. Do not pull the frame at all corners straight off.

Press the entire strips that have remained on the wall for at least another 30 seconds and leave on the wall for at least 1 hour before reattaching the frame.

Image 5+6 : Removal of the strips.

After removing the frame ( remember to remove by grabbing the bottom corners and peeling the frame up and away from the wall rather than pulling straight off), you can then remove the strips.

Never pull the strips towards you or peel from the wall. Always pull straight down, keeping your hand against the wall as you go, pull as slow as you can, like in the image above.

Keep stretching up to 15 inches and the strip will just naturally pop off. The last image shows you what is happening behind the strip. Desenio-art-print-1-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The wonderful thing about the framed art posters from Desenio is that the plexiglass it is made with, is very light. This makes hanging up with wall strips easy.

As the prints are so portable, they can even be placed on surfaces, leaning against the wall. With the plexiglass, there is no need to worry about glass shattering. Art-print-on-table-Little-Big-Bell Here is a little workspace styling in blue, gold and pink. Hope you have enjoyed this post. Do check out Desenio’s wide range of art prints. They are affordable, cool and there is definitely something there for everyone.

Incidentally, you can win all these prints that I have shown here by entering my Instagram giveaway coming later today. Good luck.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a collaborative post with Desenio. All opinions are my own).

Dualit-Lite-toaster-blue-with-with-rainbow-bagels-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I’m so happy that it is now Summer. The skies are blue and the air is warm. Time for a kitchen refresh right?

There’s no need to spend a bomb doing this. A little Spring cleaning and pops of colour should do the trick.

When I first saw Dualit’s new pastel coloured kitchen appliances, I knew they would be perfect for my kitchen update.

I chose the Blue sky Dualit Lite toaster .

When the skies turn grey, all I have to do is look at that blue and add rainbow bagels for an instant Summer cheer. Dualit-Lite-toaster-pastel-blue-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Talking about bagels, we love them in our household.

Imagine my delight when I found out that the Dualit Lite toaster came with a special Bagel toasting button. It sure didn’t disappoint, we got those perfect bagels that were well toasted on one side, and gently warm on the other.

There were lots of other cool features too, such as the wider slots to fit thick cut breads, burger buns and sandwich cages. There was also a cable tidy at the bottom and crumb tray that kept our work surfaces clean. Dualit kettle-pink-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Now that I have a pastel blue toaster, I naturally needed a cordless Dualit pink rose Lite kettle.

So cute isn’t it?

It comes in 11 different colours, with clever features such as a rapid boil element and a boil dry safety cut out. Dualit-Lite-giveaway-on-Instagram-Little-Big-Bell Would you like a Dualit Lite toaster too?

You could win one.

All you have to do is head over to my Instagram account @littlebigbell to enter the giveaway.

You get a choice of Blue Sky, Pistachio Green or Rose Pink. Dualit-lite-toaster-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Which one would you choose? I love my Blue Sky toaster.

Grey London days will never be the same again.

I hope you will enter my Instagram competition. Here are the Terms and Conditions. Competition ends at midnight on 31st July. Good luck!!

( All photography and styling with the exception of the collage images are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a collaborative post with Dualit UK).

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