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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

A tour of a luxury residential development – One Park Drive in Canary Wharf.

There is so much more to Canary Wharf than meets the eye. I’ve always thought it was just a financial hub with large banks and offices.

My perception have since changed following a visit to the area.

There is a real buzz in the air. The restaurants are amazing, there are many creative events, and don’t get me started on the shopping choices. Above all, it is a local community too.

There is a palpable sense of economic and social regeneration in the more deprived surrounding areas. Their ‘Making Sustainability Real’ report made interesting reading, particularly on how they have tackled problems with initiatives to help their local community and environment. I was interested to find out that Canary Wharf had reclaimed 23 acres of land – Wood Wharf.

Wood wharf is being master planned by Allies and Morrison Architects. It will soon welcome in 3600 new homes, 380000 sq ft of retail space, 8 acres of public spaces, plazas and parks.

There will also be boutique malls,public art, an NHS surgery and a primary school.

Wood wharf has now reached a prominent milestone in its development with the installation of Water Street bridge, which connects the original Canary Wharf estate to the new district. Last week, I got to see the progress being made on One Park Drive, one of Canary Wharf’s landmark residential building in Wood Wharf. One Park Drive Canary Wharf One Park drive is positioned at the head of the dock and is designed by renown architects Herzog & de Meuron who also designed the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing, China.

It will have 58 storeys and 483 apartments. Since the launch in May 2017, over 60% of the development have already been sold. The development will include state of the art amenities designed by GA Design. The reception, concierge, lounge, library and cinema are located on the ground floor. There will be an exclusive health club, including a 20 metre pool, gym, studio space and spa with stunning park views from the first floor. One Park Drive offers three typologies of apartments : the Loft, Cluster and Bay. I’ve labelled the photo to give you an idea.

Each apartment has a balcony offering generous views over the surrounding docklands and across London. Here is one of the Cluster apartments. The interiors have been designed by Goddard Littlefair. The Cluster apartments comprise one bedroom. There was certainly no shortage of storage with a wall of cupboards.

I love how mirrors were used to make the corridor seem wider. This kitchen within the open planned space of the Cluster apartment is just so elegant.

I particularly like how the doors can be folded into slots when opened. That’s such a clever idea for small space living. This is the kitchen in one of the Bay apartments. The Bay apartments usually have 2 bedrooms. This is the larger one. This is the second bedroom. Again, there are ample wardrobe space and clever use of mirrors. Here is a Loft apartment designed by Bowler James Brindley. Here’s another view. The Loft apartments have wraparound terraces with beautiful views of the outdoor green spaces and waterfront. Sliding doors acting as walls can be slid back to create a larger sense of space and to maximise lighting.

How cool is this feature? If you want privacy, then simply slide shut the doors and cloud up the glass panels with a flick of a button. I haven’t shown you all the bathrooms in the apartments, but believe me they are spectacular.

I particularly adore this cylindrical shower room sandwiched between a luxury dressing room and a stylish bathroom. Here is one of the terrace spaces of the Loft apartments.

It’s great to have a large outdoor space in an apartment don’t you think?

Everything about this set up is lovely. I can see our family sitting there in the Summer.

Behind the table is a gorgeous terracotta cladding that also adorns the building.

So, what do you think? I’m seriously tempted. I can’t wait to go back to see One Park drive when it’s all completed.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The blog post is not a sponsored piece. All opinions are my own).

Frenchic Paint Ta-Dah! Here’s my newly painted doors using Frenchic Paint , as inspired by the beautiful doors of Kenwood House in North London.

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while.

I was looking for a paint with a proven track record on wood, and after trying the samples from Frenchic Paint’s Trim range, I knew this was the one.

Frenchic Paint was founded in 2014 by Pam Gruhn, and is now one of the fastest growing chalk Paint companies in the U.K.

I have picked two colours Bon Bon (pink) and Ducky ( duck egg blue). Frenchic Paint Behind my Frenchic ‘Ducky’ blue painted door is my son’s bedroom. As you can see he really loves blue. The paint went on like a dream.

It’s a subtle satin paint with a robust finish. It really looks amazing, just like a brand new door. This door had been painted for a few weeks now, therefore I’m sure many of you with kids will know that seeing scuff marks would not be unusual..

However, as you can see in the photo, the door still looks in perfect condition. Frenchic Trim paint is as it says “providing an extremely high scuff resistance”. This is the door that leads to my workspace, and it is adjacent to my son’s room.

For those who know me well, it would have come as no surprise that I had picked pink. I’ve wanted a pink door for a long time. I resisted the temptation to paint my external front door pink.

The 2 males in my family have been more that patient with my pink transformations all over the house, so I thought it would only be fair to let them have some say in the front door colour. This is the door that leads into my special pink room, hence the perfect door for Frenchic’s Bon Bon pink. Frenchic’s Trim paint can be used directly onto wood ( bare or painted), brick, stone, plaster or any suitably primed rigid surface. I’ve recently painted my doors white, so without a huge amount of prep, apart from masking tape, I was able to apply the paint directly onto the door. It’s a gorgeous pinky tone, therefore perfect for my room. Frenchic paint is fast drying, odourless and is certified child safe. There are no VOC’s, toxins or solvents.

Above all, it has the EN71:3* certification which means that it is even safe to use on children’s toys. Frenchic Paint Finally, if you are feeling the upcycling bug, then maybe you should try some Frenchic paints. I highly recommend it.

Do keep an eye on my Instagram next week, as there will be a giveaway of Frenchic paints.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the post.

Wishing you all a wonderful start to your weeks.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell.  I have also written this as a paid partnership post with Frenchic paints, but all views are my own).

The Warehouse hotel singapore A stylish design boutique hotel to stay in Singapore – The Warehouse hotel.

I have just returned from my Summer holidays to Asia. We were in Singapore for 3 nights and stayed at The Warehouse Hotel, which had only just opened in January 2017.

I adore the heritage look, and this building from 1895 is not only beautiful, but steep in history. This is the preserved original façade of the building. the Warehouse hotel It sits along the banks of the Singapore river, opposite Robertson Quay with its bustling food and drinks scene. The Warehouse hotel lobby The interior of the hotel is testament to the hotel’s interesting and colourful past.

It started life as a Spice warehouse, sitting conveniently along the river trading route, and the light installation and pulleys were designed to compliment that history.

This space has since changed hands to being to being a distillery ( its shady past) and a cool disco. The vibe of the hotel is distinctly industrial with a midcentury modern feel, incorporating lots of design elements in the lighting, furniture and decor. Check out those plush and comfortable brown leather sofas and gorgeous midcentury olive green chairs. There are a total of 37 rooms in the hotel with 6 distinct room types. The rooms all have different layouts but with a relative uniform look, in terms of colours and materials.

The upstairs bedrooms are brighter and lighter, with higher ceilings compared to the ones downstairs. The smooth cement walls that surround the rooms were the original masonry walls, and adds a luxury industrial feel.

Love the black metal frame doors, reminiscent of the on trend Crittall doors. I love how all the design elements are put together, from this beautiful vintage black leather chair, ceramic mug, to the freestanding brass Flos ICS light in the corner.

I must admit, I was super excited to see the Flos lamp, as I have recently installed a similar Flos ICS S2 light in my bedroom. Feast your eyes on this sleek and modern Bang and Olufsen Beoplay A2 sound system which graced every bed side.

We drank filtered water from stylish refillable glass bottles rather than plastic, a little step to help the environment. Even the kettle is so cool. I have my eyes set on this Hario Coffee Drip Electric kettle.

The Papa Palheta drip coffee was superb. There is an on site restaurant called Pó. The decor is distinctively Asian, and their signature dish there is the tantalisingly good Popiah.

Popiah is a spring roll which you make yourself from condiments and specially cooked ingredients like crabs, prawns and pork.

I grew up in Malaysia eating Popiah and I can hand to heart say that it tasted just like what my grandmother used to make for us at home.

The fresh coconuts you can see in the zinc bucket above was for breakfast. The coolest feature of the hotel, after the lobby, is the glass infinity pool on the rooftop.

It has beautiful pink and white tiles and a lovely view of Singapore. It’s so cool to swim and be able to look out under water. Meet Lady Luck, one of Warehouse hotel’s classic and complimentary cocktails for guests, made of citrus vodka, roselle gin, honeybush, pineapple shrub, ginger, coconut and lemon oleo saccharum.

It was so fun to sip cocktails by the poolside.

If swimming is not your thing, then you could borrow the hotel’s Tokyo bikes to cycle along the river.

Finally, to add, I stayed at the Warehouse hotel with my family and it was truly enjoyable for all. In fact, all the design elements make me want to go shopping.I definitely recommend it as a place to stay in Singapore.

( All photography are by Little |Big Bell, except for the bedroom photos which are from the Warehouse hotel. We were offered a few nights free stay. The review is based on my own independent opinion. I sought out the hotel because I have heard great things and love the design elements.)

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