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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

I have been searching high and low for the perfect extending dining table for a while. Here is a first close up peek.

I previously owned a long contemporary white glass table.

Whilst it was a beautiful piece of design, there were several issues for me.

It was too heavy to move. In addition to that, it was too large, so occupied my whole dining room space.

However, despite it being large, it wasn’t large enough for Christmas, when the whole family descended at our house.

You see, Christmas has always been a major event at ours, but as years have gone by, the extended family unsurprisingly expanded.

Armed with a long list of wants for my new table, the search was on. Here’s my list, the extending dining table had to be:

1. Small enough to create a sense of space in the room.

2. Able to accommodate up to 12 people for the Christmas family meal.

3. A beautiful piece of design with natural wood and a white surface, against which colours can pop.

4. Easy to move around.

5. A classic piece of design that will last the test of time.

6. Sustainable in its design. After much searching, I’m pleased to say that I came across Adventures In Furniture at the Grand Designs fair in London.

I couldn’t believe that they had the dining table that ticked all the boxes of my requirements.

Adventures in Furniture is a London based, family owned business that makes sustainably designed furniture, with 2 stores in Islington and Chiswick. extending dining table Here it is, my extending dining table of dreams. Introducing you to the Zurich Fenix oak extending dining table.

It’s 160cm x 90cm. It has two 50cm leaves below which can extend the table to 210cm and 260cm. extending dining table There are small castors on the legs of the table, which allows for the table to be extended out or moved easily.

With one hand you can just lift the butterfly leaf up in one swift and easy motion. extending dining table Here’s how the table looks fully extended. It can now fit 12 people for Christmas. Yay! extending dining table It’s such an elegant dining table don’t you think? I absolutely love it. Love its slender, rounded and tapered legs that fit flush to the corners too. You can have a solid wood top or select from a variety of colourful Fenix for the surface. I went for the white Fenix as it would be a great backdrop for food photography.

In case, you’re wondering what Fenix is, it’s an acrylic resin that is fixed with nano particles which makes it super tactile but also easy to clean.

You get a special cleaning sponge that can remove the toughest of stains such as Sharpie permanent ink marks. That’s great for me, as we sometimes work at the dining table. Hope you have enjoyed seeing my new table. I can’t wait to take more photos of it soon as we celebrate various events at home.

Do take a look at Adventures In Furniture for their variety of furniture. Their choice of extending dining tables is huge, and you can custom make a few features to your liking too.

( All photography are by Little Big Bell. I sought out the brand for this collaboration. The table was a gift).

I’ve been on the hunt for hallway lights for a while.

I wanted something understated yet elegant, and of course with that pop of colour.

I’ve always been a fan of Curiousa & Curiousa’s hand blown glass lights, so I was beyond excited to get some made for my hallway.

I’ve chosen Curiousa & Curiousa’s Oshka lights for their pretty silhouettes inspired by Russian Matryoshka dolls.

There were 23 glass colours and 8 different flex colours to select from. hallway light ideas I’ve picked a large Oshka in teal and ruby. and a medium one in citron and Turkish blue. hand blown glass hallway light This citron and Turkish blue Oshka light looks great against the pale pink of my wall.

The colours harmonise so well together don’t you think? The colours were selected to match my new hallway wallpaper. I love how the ruby of my large Oshka light adds drama to the hallway.

Even better, at night when turned on, it gives off a warm red glow, like sitting by a fireplace on a cold Winter’s night. hallway lights from Curiousa and Curiousa If you stand at my door entryway, you can see both lights greeting you as you come in, adding pops of colourful happiness to the space. Incidentally, Curiousa & Curiousa have released a new light collection recently that comprise of sculptural layers of hand blown glass with walnut wood, and are inspired by American totem poles.

You can see them above, aren’t they so pretty? Anyway, hope this post has given you some inspiration on how to add more pops of colours in the hallway.

I’m so pleased with my Curiousa & Curiousa lights. They have really added that finishing touch to my hallway revamp. I’d love to know what you think.

Finally, wishing you all a wonderful start to your week.

( Home photography  by Little Big Bell. The lights were a gift )

Autumn may be here, but I like to keep my indoors sunny and bright. Karen Walker Runaway Azure Eau de Parfum perfectly epitomises this.

It’s Paradise in an Azure blue bottle. The scent evokes adventures in warmer lands, like running away to your clifftop treehouse. I’ve been wearing Karen Walker Runaway Azure all day and it’s so lovely.

It has that spicy, smoky scent of Autumn against the sweeter notes of citrus and rose, like an interplay between masculinity and femininity.

As you can see, I’m intending on sharing this wonderful scent with friends and family for Christmas as gifts.

It may seem early to be talking about Christmas, but it always catches up on me unprepared every year. Karen Walker is a renowned designer from New Zealand. She also designs clothes and the most amazing sunglasses ever.

When asked, Karen describes Runaway Azure as ” a mystical bonfire with smoky amber and warm spices, cardammon, black pepper, and Guaiac wood, sparkling against the lushness of oriental mandarin and rose.” I normally only go for Spring summery scents, usually something light floral or with citrus tones.

However,  Runaway Azure has been able to balance both seasons so well that I’ve been able to transition into a warmer spicier scent, and I’m loving it. That clear blue bottle is transporting me to the clear waters of the Seychelles or Maldives.

It’s hypnotic looking at the bottle and though it’s cold in London, I feel a glow of optimism and tranquility. Karen Walker fragrances are stocked in Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge. It is a gorgeous scent, you have to try it.

There will be a giveaway of three 30ml bottles, each retailing at £50 on my instagram tomorrow (Sunday October 13th till Wednesday 16th October 2019).

I hope you’ll enter.

( Paid partnership post)

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