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About littlebigbell

Hello! I am Geraldine and welcome to my design and lifestyle blog – Little Big Bell. I am a doctor by day and blogger by night. Here is where I explore and curate a collection of new talents and trends in the world of design and decor. I hope you enjoy reading my blog and I'm always happy to hear from my readers. You can contact me on littlebigbell@gmail.com

working from home I thought it would be lovely to provide some decor inspiration to get your home ready for Summer if you are working from home.

Here are my top 5 tips for updating the workspace. working from home decor 1. Declutter

Firstly, for those having to stay home, more than ever, this is the opportunity to declutter.

Admittedly, there is nowhere to dump the stuff, but bagging things away ready to go when the lockdown ends will make life so much easier. home ready for summer 2. Gallery wall refresh

Art prints and frames are still easily available to purchase online and be delivered during this Coronavirus lockdown. home ready for summer In fact, I have done several gallery wall refreshes during my weekends off, for example, my hallway above. home ready for summer You don’t have to spend a bomb to do this. I’ve mainly used old prints that I’ve had in storage and added one or two new ones.

The “Magnifique” print is new, and from Gayle Mansfield. 3. Accessorize your desk.

After a declutter and wipe down, I decided to restyle my desk with a new lamp.

I absolutely adore the elegance of my new Hector 30 lamp from Original BTC, with its classic white bone China shade and brass fittings. 4. New floor coverings 

No floor is complete without a bright and colourful rug to usher in the Summer.

As this is hay fever season, you may want to consider a rug that can be easily washed or wiped down.

I have always loved the plastic rugs from pappelina. In fact, I still have the ones I bought from more than 10 years ago.

These aren’t single use plastic products. They are beautiful designs that last a lifetime.

They feel so luxurious and soft to step on, the colours stay vibrant even after many years, and they are so easy to clean too.

These 2 pretty rugs from pappelina are called Piglet ( pink) and Vera ( turquoise). 5.Pastel cushions

These pastel cushions in the shape of shells are from Moi Mili. Aren’t they simply divine? They match the aesthetic of my workspace so well. The cushions are super plump soft and definitely huggable.

So, those were my 5 simple tips on how to get your workspace ready for Summer if you are working from home. Hope you’ve enjoyed it.

Finally, wishing you a wonderful week ahead and stay safe.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The products mentioned are gifts).

pastel home decor and design As the clocks go forward, I thought it befitting to write about how we could bring the latest Summer pastel home decor and design into your home.

I think soft pastel sorbet hues bring calm and relaxation into a space.

Also, there is no harm in indulging in some retail “therapy” now is there?

This could be a welcome diversion, and at the same time , an opportunity to support small businesses too.

I’ve decided to go for soft pinks, minty greens and little pops of yellow in my pastel home decor selections. Here they are :

1. Hay Storage Tin by Sowden in an an assorted range of pastel hues, for storing your kitchen essentials.

2. Muuto Mhy Pendant lamp in a minty hue. Love the curves on this lamp.

3. Muuto ceramic dots coat hooks. These are designed by Lars Tornøe and available in a variety of hues. Don’t you think they look like fun smarties on the wall?

4. Wesco Single Grandy bread bin in mint. I’m all for bringing some pastel cheer into the kitchen. This is perfect for storing our weekly sea salt and rosemary sourdough bread from the bakery.

5. Muuto Doze Lounge chair and ottoman in pink. The perfect lounging chair to sit back, read and forget the troubles of the world.

6. Hay Splash Large vase with gorgeous hand blown splashes of colours. Reminds me of Murano in Venice.

7. Normann Copenhagen Window tray set. Inspired by the shape of one of the windows inside Tivoli Gardens, the set includes 5 trays of varying sizes, perfect for desk top storage.

8. Vitra toolbox in mint. I’m so pleased that Vitra has decided to add colour to their classic toolbox designs. I have the original one in white, but I’m now coveting the pink or mint ones.

9.Anglepoise Margaret Howell desk lamp in seagrass. A design classic in a pretty pastel hue.

10. Brabantia pink bin.  The only place to find beautiful, functional pink bins. Do check out their collections.

11. Ferm Living Plant box in Rose. This wonderful plant box is the stylish solution to bring some greenery indoors, but even better, it can be used as different storage solutions too.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post on my curated selection of pastel home decor, perfect for Summer. I shall be sending the link to my husband as a hint.

Stay safe and Stay Home all.

Here’s my staying at home wellbeing kit, even though at present I can’t stay at home, as I’m a doctor needed to help treat patients.

I’m not sure what it is with loo roll and us Brits at this time of crisis.

I decided not to buy at the supermarkets, instead I bought a box online. Introducing you to ‘who gives a crap’ toilet paper.

Admittedly they are more expensive than the rolls you would find at the supermarkets, but I feel they are good value for money, and for a great cause.

The toilet rolls and their wrappers are made from recycled paper, and 50% of the sale profits are donated to help build toilets for countries in need. They are 3 ply, super soft and look so pretty too.

The wrappers can be reused as gift wrap or for creativeDIY projects. Another thing flying off the shelves at the moment are alcohol hand gel rub. Here are two lovely smelling ones.

The Aesop Ressurection Rinse free hand wash has the required 60% alcohol content for being antibacterial and costs £7. It smells divine, with Mandarin Rind, Rosemary Leaf and Cedar Atlas.

Talking about hand gel rub, I thought I’d show you my Byredo Suede hand gel which smells amazing with notes of Bergamot, Lily of Valley, crisp amber and Pear. However, the alcohol content here is only 30%, so not anti-bacterial or anti-viral. Being a doctor, you can imagine how raw my hands are now from hand washing after seeing Covid 19 patients.

My go to hand cream is Aesop’s Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm. It smells amazing, with Mandarin Rind, Rosemary Leaf and Cedar Atlas. Scent is an essential component for wellbeing, as you can see, from what’s in my bathroom cabinet. There’s no denying that I’m a real Jo Malone fan. At this current climate of high anxiety, I say it is all the more important that we treat ourselves to something special.

I really love Jo Malone’s new Lavender range, with their pretty lilac caps.

The Lavender and Coriander cologne , an aromatic scent of English Lavender is bolstered by the striking note of coriander.

If you are having trouble sleeping, then you may want to consider the calming Lavender and Musk pillow mist.   Talking about scent, the bathroom deserves some aromatherapy too, to help calm our nerves. I’ve been using Simple Goods’ toilet cleaning range which smells of Geranium, Lavender and Patchouli.

These products clean extremely well, but I’m unsure if they have ant-viral properties. Last but not least, keeping the air at home fresh and pure is important for that sense of wellbeing. This Brid air purifier from Atellani is great for hayfever sufferers.

Finally, hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Wishing you all a lovely evening and stay safe and well.

( All photography and styling are by Little Big Bell)

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