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colourful-walls-london-little-big-bell I was recently asked by renowned Italian furniture store, Calligaris, to join their ‘style your city’ campaign. The project involved selecting and photographing two chairs from their product range, then styling and photographing them in iconic locations of London. Rather than pick the obvious iconic locations linked to London, I decided to ‘style your city’ like a new millennial. In this digital age of social media, new places are now fast becoming the new icons of London. I thought I’d take you on a London mural tour.

Introducing you to my arctic blue leather chair called Amelie. calligaris-chair-style-your-city-campaign-little-big-bell Amelie is a chair made of a wooden frame but entirely covered in leather. It’s super soft and luxurious.

This beautiful Circles wall can be found in Powis Gardens of London’s Notting hill. It’s only a stone’s throw away from the vibrant Saturday markets and vintage stores of Portobello road. papermills-studio-photo-by-little-big-bell From circles to diamonds. This beautiful wall is in City Garden row, Islington, North London.

Right opposite it, is Paper mills studio, where Jamie Oliver filmed his shows. Paper mills studio also run a programme of fun craft events for all. colourful-walls-tour-0f-london-little-big-bell You will often see fashion bloggers and instagrammers taking selfies in front of this wall. I think Amelie looked perfectly at home there don’t you think? style-your-city-campaign-london-shoreditch-photo-by-little-big-bell Introducing you to my second Calligaris chair called Claire M. This is a black leather chair with a chrome sled base.

I have photographed Claire in front of the rainbow wall on Chance street in London’s Shoreditch. Shoreditch is definitely the place to go to when visiting London. It is London’s creative hub, full of beautiful independent stores and great eateries. claire-m-chair-caligaris-photo-by-little-big-bell-copy-copy Here’s a close up shot of my chair. The leather is so smooth and soft. I also love the curved edge of the back rest. colourful-murals-london-little-big-bell Also on Chance street is this ‘Keep calm and carry on’ wall by James Reka. colourful-walls-tour-london-little-big-bell-copy One street down from Chance street is this alphabet wall by Ben Eine. It’s on Ebor street and is part of the wall to Shoreditch house, a private member’s club for creatives. style-your-city-with-calligaris-little-big-bell Here’s another view. camille-walala-wall-shoreditch-little-big-bell This mural is by Camille Walala and can be found on Ebor Street, also in Shoreditch. Walala is one of UK’s most know mural artist.

I recently had the pleasure of going behind the scenes with Walala for London Design festival.  carnaby-street-wall-little-big-bell Now for a change of location, on this London mural tour.

This vibrant wall can be found behind London’s Liberty store, between London’s shopping areas of Oxford street and Carnaby street. Definitely a wall to visit when you next go shopping.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my London mural tour. I have had so much fun shooting these beautiful Calligaris chairs for the ‘ Style your city’ campaign.

Wishing you all a wonderful start to your weeks.

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

cornwall-guide-book-photo-by-little-big-bell Seasonal colour predictions come and go, but as always my heart lies with pastel hues. I previously discovered Desenio, an online store that sells stylish and affordable art posters . See how I have decorated my daughter’s room with their beautiful pastel art prints.

It was an instant yes when Desenio asked me to curate another collection of prints. I decided on a pink and green palette. I chose this pink and gold foil ‘Make it pop like pink champagne‘ and mint green Petrol fern poster.

koel-magazine-little-big-bell How perfect do those prints look sitting side by side at my desk, where I spend time sipping mint tea whilst reading these new publications written by friends.

Koel magazine by Irene Hoofs is all about yarn crafting, their makers and the beautifully made pieces styled in gorgeous interior settings. The magazine is filled with amazing photography, giving crafts such as knitting, crochet, macramé and weaving an edgy and new contemporary refresh.

Cornwall by Weekend Journals is another must have book for your desk and coffee table. The photography within is beautifully shot and perfect for lovers of pastel hues. Cornwall has curated the best shops, places to stay and eat in Cornwall. I can’t wait to explore some of those recommended places during the Summer holidays. decorating-a-workspace-by-geraldine-tan-little-big-bell How do you like my new pastel art prints? I’ve selected gold frames to go with them, also available at Desenio. colourful-gallery-wall-desenio-little-big-bell Here are a few other pink and green ones that I curated from Desenio. They compliment my sage green velvet sofa and colourful cushions well don’t you think?  wall-gallery-in-pastel-colours-little-big-bell This sofa is next to my work space. The colours fill me with joy and there is a constant temptation to dive into all those cushions. desenio-prints-little-big-bell-copy-copy Here’s a list of the pastel art prints from Desenio: Pineapple gold poster, Gold Ampersand, Creme de la Creme and Green Harlequin. wall-gallery-with-pastel-colour-prints-little-big-bell They look great as a collection of four.
gallery-wall-in-pastel-colors-little-big-bell Perfect Christmas gifts for design lovers.  desenio-prints-in-pastel-little-big-bell Which one is your favourite? desenio-print-pink-zebra Last but not least, I got this Zebra print as a gift for my friend’s daughter’s bedroom. I’m loving that shadow effect in the image. pastel-coloured-workspace-little-big-bell-copy If you do want to purchase any art prints at Desenio, I have a special 25% off discount code for you which is only valid from today 29th November till 1st December. All you have to do is add geraldine25 at your checkout. Happy shopping.

( 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).

laundry-the-eco-friendly-way-little-big-bell In a recent research commissioned by LG Electronics, over a quarter of British people polled considered the environment and climate change to be their biggest concern for future generations. This was even ahead of fears around the cost of living. Do you have concerns for the environment when it comes to doing your laundry? If so, I thought I’d share a few tips on how you could do it in an Eco-friendly way. eco-friendly-laundry-little-big-bell Out of the 2000 UK adults surveyed, 20% were willing to forgo a bath and 24% to not take flights in an attempt to make a difference.

When it came to clothing and laundry, the survey revealed some very interesting facts. Over a quarter of those surveyed said they would put off washing clothes for environmental reasons.

Around 40% of women questioned said they would wear their jeans up to three times before washing, whilst 19% of men were willing to hold out until after 11 wears.

The survey revealed that around a fifth of men confessed to re-wearing their underwear up to three times before washing them.  eco-friendly-washing Here are 8 tips on how to do the laundry the Eco-friendly way.

1.Wash in full loads.

The survey from LG showed that 5% of people did their laundry at least once a day, compared to 73% who on average will do 11 washes a month, and only when loads are full.

2. Use Environmentally friendly and biodegradable detergents or soap powders. laundry-the-eco-friendly-way-by-little-big-bell 3. Consider drying your clothes outdoors.

4. Reduce energy expenditure by reducing the temperature of the wash. laundry-energy-efficient-little-big-bell 5.Make your own Eco-friendly detergent. Here’s a recipe for detergent to share.

6. Avoid unnecessary ironing or dry cleaning.

7. Use non-Chlorine bleach. lg-centum-system-little-big-bell 8. Upgrade to an energy efficient washing machine.

LG has recently launched its Centum System technology washing machine. It’s a nod to being environmentally considerate. These energy efficient washing machines come with a 20 year warranty.

LG’s unique Centum system utilises a new damping system with shock absorbers, similar to those found in cars. With its fixed tub system, it boasts one of the quietest spin cycles on the market with less wear and tear to garments.

The Energy Saving Trust did an independent review of the LG Centum System washing machine, and tests revealed it to use 217kWh less electricity every year than an A+ rated model of the same size. This is a saving of 67% of the usual electricity running costs. laundry-the-green-way-photo-by-geraldine-tan-little-big-bell I’m happy to have discovered LG’s new energy saving Centum System washing machine. It would definitely be an option for when I need to replace my existing one.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the tips. I think I may attempt to try out that Eco-friendly detergent recipe too.

Wishing you all a lovely start to your week. laundry-1-the-eco-friendly-way-by-little-big-bell

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

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