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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

fridge organisation Fridge organisation made easy with Curver Smart Fresh containers.

I’ve just returned from a busy trip to Milan for Salone Del Mobile and Milan Design week. It was back to back meetings and lots of late night dinners with bubbly.

So, how should I unwind from my sleep deprived week, when back in London?

Of course I had to embark on the mammoth task of decluttering and cleaning my fridge.

Before you certify me crazy for this fridge organisation, I have to tell you that cleaning the fridge is actually strangely therapeutic.

Okay, some of you may be shaking your heads now in disbelief, but the task was actually made easier with my new Curver Smart Fresh food containers.

fridge organisation As you can see, I have given my fridge a good wipe down and threw out any out of date food.

It’s amazing how things accumulate in the back of the fridge when you are too busy to organise, don’t you think?

What I need, is to be able to open my fridge and just know what I have. What I love about the Curver Smart Fresh containers are that they are transparent , so I can do a quick visual sweep on opening and know exactly what I have, and what I can prepare. fridge oraganisation In fact, I’m a bit embarrassed to say this, but I have never seen my fridge look so organised before.

The Smart Fresh containers seal very well too, with their click shut latches, to keep everything fresh and crispy. I do have a fridge drawer for keeping fruit and vegetables fresh, but I really do prefer this container method.

There’s no more pushing a carrot to the side, past a soggy bag of Coriander, whilst in search for that half cut, but now wilted cucumber, deep inside the fridge drawer.

There is so much room in these Curver containers. Look at how many strawberries I’ve managed to pack in.

Cleaning is so much easier too. Just place the containers in the dishwasher and it’s all done. Meats and vegetables can be kept separately too. The tight click latches keep cross contamination at bay.

Who enjoys a midnight snack?

I’ve always seen on American TV, that sandwich making in the middle of the night is a routine ritual, for when one can’t sleep. Do you know what I mean?

I would often see them retrieve their sandwich making ingredients, all stored beautifully in air tight boxes.

I’m so happy I can do the same now. As you can tell, sad but true, it doesn’t take a lot to please me. Have you heard of the Home sort sisters on Instagram? They are amazing, and spend most of their time sorting and organising people’s home.

Anyway, I loved the way they label everything with beautiful writing. They were going to make me some labels but it was too difficult as they were so far away, so I enlisted the help of my fellow Brit and instagram friend, Adele from nutmeg studios to make me some.

To be honest, you don’t really need stickers for containers like these Curver Smart Fresh ones, as you can instantly see what is in them.

It was just, me being me, wanting to experiment on making my fridge even prettier.

They look great don’t they?

Oh and  before you say, where is the meat in my fridge, I have a lower shelf for that. It’s just not very pretty to photograph. Hope you’ve enjoyed the post. These Curver Smart Fresh containers are truly amazing. I’m so happy with my fridge now, that I want to show it to everyone.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan,editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaborative post with Curver on fridge organisation, but all opinions are my own).

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).

Homesense finds My top 10 Homesense finds for a floral revamp of my living room.

I’m really excited to reveal my living room makeover on a budget in collaboration with Homesense to celebrate their 10th anniversary this April.

Do you know Homesense? If not, then you are in for an amazing discovery of a brand that for a decade have been offering the extraordinary to everyday homeware. I still remember the excitement of first discovering Homesense. I’m now totally hooked. Homesense finds Homesense is part of the TK Maxx family and now has over 50 stores in the UK. It operates a similar ‘off-price’ concept to TK Maxx, but for furniture, homewares, accessories, pets, toys, stationery and more.

The products sold are sourced from thousands of vendors around the world.

What I love about Homesense, is that ‘thrill of the find’ feeling you get when you discover that one-off, on trend piece at a huge discount.

The other thing that I’d like to emphasise is the unparalleled quality of the products on sale. Everything I’ve bought from Homesense is in perfect condition, and I often find myself in awe of it for the price that I have paid. The buyers for Homesense really know how to seek out top homeware brands. What you’ll see sold are high quality renowned brands that have been negotiated to the lowest possible price,up to 60% off.

With new deliveries arriving throughout the week, there’s always something new to discover every time you pop in.

As a Homesense advocate, I’ve been asked to show you my top 10 Homesense finds for 3 styled rooms over April.

I thought I’d kick start the celebration with a Spring refresh of my living room.

As this makeover is on a budget, I have kept my basic living room furniture the same, although Homesense do offer a range of quality furniture which were very tempting! I wanted to show you how the look and feel of the room can be easily updated just by replacing the rug, cushions, lampshade and throw.

I’ve done all of this at a budget of less than £200. I was over the moon when I found this gorgeous faded denim blue rug with pops of pastels and pinks.

A 4×6’ rug like this would usually retail from £150-£300, and I’m proud to say that I only paid £39.99 for it.  See how wonderful it looks when set against my cushions. Talking about cushions, I went slightly overboard on them. As far as I’m concerned, there is no such thing as too many cushions ( although my husband would beg to differ). I’ve decided to embrace the Floral theme in my decor. Just look at those vibrantly coloured and painterly flower cushions. It really makes me feel so happy. Do you feel the same too? Now,on to the savings. Stylish cushions like these would usually retail at between £40 to £60. I’ve managed to get these at a fraction of that price.

The two beautiful cushions at the back are £16.99 each and the black one in the front is £12.99. Great Homesense finds right? Here’s a closer view of the others. The front two cushions (L to R) are £19.99 and £14.99 respectively. The one on the back (right) is £12.99. Homesense is not all just about furniture and home accessories, you can buy kitchenware too.

I wanted to show you this fabulous pastel coloured China teapot and sugar bowl that I found. I’ve wanted to add some China pieces, but these types of teapots normally cost in excess of £70.

I managed to get mine for around £20. That’s a steal right? I also managed to find a pretty gold and blue mug similar to the one that I’ve bought from a shop that costs £15, at just £4.99. A living room refresh wouldn’t be complete without a new lampshade.

There was an amazing collection at Homesense, and I was totally lost for choice.

I finally settled for this beautiful pink and green foliage lampshade, to fit in with my floral theme living room. A similar shade like this would usually retail upwards from £40 and mine was a wonderful £12.99.  The lamp really goes with the cushions and rug don’t you think? Lastly, I have draped a brightly coloured floral print blanket at the end of my sofa.

This blanket is so super soft, I could just snuggle in it all day. It was a wonderful find at just £19.99. So, here it is. My top 10 finds from Homesense ( 6 cushions, 1 lampshade, 1 tea set and mug, 1 rug and 1 throw, all for less than £200).

Hope you’ve enjoyed this new floral look. There will be a second Homesense room refresh coming next week. I can’t wait to show you.

In the meantime, if you feel inspired by my Homesense finds, then you should check out your local Homesense here. Despite having bought loads of things recently, I keep wanting to go back for more as everything is such great value for money.

( All styling and copyright photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This top 10 Homesense finds post is a sponsored collaboration with Homesense UK. All views are my own).

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