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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

Tiptoe Design coffee table I’m excited to introduce you to Tiptoe Design, a savvy business with great product ideas.

They manufacture colourful and sturdy metal legs that you can use to create your own furniture of choice and more. Even better, they are on a mission to make more sustainable furniture, and I’ve been lucky enough to acquire one of their recycled plastic Venezia coffee tables as seen above. Tiptoe Design coffee table The coffee table look and feels like it’s made of expensive stone with a terrazzo effect. I was amazed to learn that it takes 100 plastic yogurt pots to make the top of this table. Tiptoe Design coffee table The flecks of gold, silver and colours creating a terrazzo effect on the top comes from the label fragments of the plastic packaging.

It is just so pretty, and the perfect surface to do flat lay photoshoots. The metal legs used for my table is in an olive tree green. You can get a variety of other colours on their site. Tiptoe Design coffee table They are so well made and strong, and it only took a few minutes to fit. Previously I had a low lying coffee table but I love how a slightly elevated table has now created a sense of space.

It is sturdy and yet surprising light to move around too, unlike the conventional heavy stone tables. What do you think of this Tiptoe Design Venezia table? I love it, both the design and concept. Off now for my morning coffee at my new Venezia table from tiptoe design.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the post, I’ll be back soon with more interiors post.

Finally, do keep well and safe.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell.) AD gifted tiptoe design table.

I am ever so grateful for all the messages and acts of support during this trying time of the Pandemic.

People keep asking me how I’m coping and am I OK. The truth is, it’s tough, just like how everyone is feeling now.

As a doctor, we are experiencing something out of the ordinary, but morale is good and everyone has rallied round to support each other, and work as a team.

For me, I continue to function as usual, and have not let it impact on me emotionally at work.

Although I must admit I’ve had the anxiety of unwittingly passing the virus, if I do get it, to my family.

Invariably every day I will come into contact with Covid or suspected Covid patients in the A&E department, hence I’ve been social distancing at home and sleeping in my basement bunker. That, I have found tough.

During this time of the Pandemic, this is what I have learned.

1.You know who your true friends are.

True friends are those who care or are sympathetic, who will try to find out how you are doing.

I have found that it’s those good friends I’ve known all my life, that I have lost touch with, who are the ones who get in touch privately to enquire and make sure I’m ok.

I’m grateful by the kindness shown to me on Instagram and the private DMs that I have received too. Instagram can at times be superficial, but during a time like this, you know who are the genuine ones.

I have also been touched by the show of support from people representing brands who I haven’t met before. These flowers were sent to cheer me up by Alisha of snug sofa.

beauty banks pandemic 2.There are amazing people doing wonderful things out there to support key workers in the NHS.

I’d like to mention a few amazing brands and organisations who I’ve encountered and helped me.

The Beauty Banks

The Beauty Banks is like food banks but for personal care and toiletries. They have been amazing with drop offs of self care products for frontline staff.

Last week, they did a huge drop off of hundreds of products at my hospital, which we have now distributed to all frontline junior and senior doctors of all specialties who are working the tough shifts in all areas to help the effort against Covid 19. jo malone hand sanitiser pandemic Estée Lauder companies – Jo Malone London.

I have a huge respect for the Estée Lauder group of companies in their efforts to support key workers.

Jo Malone London turned their attention to how they can help in the Pandemic with the manufacturing of alcohol hand sanitisers.

I was grateful to receive a shipment of the sanitisers, which I’ve distributed to the staff in my hospital – from receptionists, to porters, to nurses, physiotherapists and doctors.

Prezzybox

Last Christmas, I remembered Prezzybox getting in touch to see if I’d like a box of personalised Cadbury Heroes. This gave me the idea of getting chocolates for my team who have been working hard at the hospital.

Everyone of them a hero in their own right.

If there is a key worker you would like to thank, then this is a great gift don’t you think?

cotton face masks pandemic Face masks for NHS staff

My lovely friend Kit Lee has been making face masks for key workers.

These are the 2 that she had sent me. She is in need of more fabric, so if you can donate some, then do get in touch with her.

Face Visors for Key workers

I love how companies are so resourceful and innovative at a time of need, just like how Jo Malone turn to the production of hand sanitisers, Cameron Design house, a bespoke lighting company has turned to making visors to protect key workers.

A few weeks back, I got a delivery of visors which I have distributed to my colleagues at the hospital.

By the way, that’s me in the photo above. love NHS Pandemi 3.We must not forget about those left behind.

Whilst we are pledging support to the NHS during this Pandemic, I am aware there are sections of our population in need too.

There are vulnerable children and young people suffering during the lockdown who urgently need our support.

Hence I have collaborated with The Native State on this Love NHS art print as a celebration of our NHS but importantly for every art print sold, £10 will be donated to Barnardos the charity. Here’s the art print in my workspace. I love how the rainbow colours look so fun and happy.

I was super excited to see it feature on Good morning Britain with Lorraine Kelly on Friday. pandemic I hope you will help with this important cause at this time of the Pandemic. The art print looks great at the window too, to show the NHS your support. You can buy the art print here.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Stay safe all. x

Decorating your home to make it bright and happy needn’t be expensive. Here are my 5 Top tips on how to brighten your home with colours on a budget.

I always go back to these 5 decor tricks and it works.

Tip number 1 – Colourful cushions. 

By placing a mix of colourful cushions on any sofa, will give the room an instant lift. The heart and HAPPY cushions are from Bombay Duck London.

You can buy inexpensive colourful cushions from Homesense too. Tip number 2 –  Colourful art prints.

You don’t have to go to an art gallery to buy an original oil painting or  expensive work of art. You can get a similar effect with these colourful art prints.

The 2 abstract art prints in the bottom corners are by Jessica Ford, the headphones print are by The Native State and the H Heart print is by Lorna Freytag. home with colours on a budget Here you see the colourful cushions and art prints together. Tip number 3 – Colourful flowers

I’m so pleased that Tulips are now in season. They are one of my favourite flowers and I’ve written a post on how to care for them if you are interested.

Flowers always add an instant impact of happiness to a space and a relatively inexpensive way to add colour too. How does this make you feel? Tip number 4 – A coloured vase.

I absolutely adore this blue vase from the Relae collection by Nicholai Wiig for Raawi. They come in a variety of jewel colours. Makes me feel so happy looking at this. home with colours on a budget Tip number 5- A colourful rug.

I always go for rugs from Pappelina because the designs are beautiful, colours are vibrant and the quality is so good. I know they will stand the test of time. home with colours on a budget So, here you can see all of my 5 top tips in action on how to brighten your home with colours on a budget. What do you think?

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. x

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. Products featured are gifts).

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