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I’m super excited to announce that I have joined forces with Barnardo’s the charity, to curate an online Barnardo’s x Little Big Bell preloved Homewares auction store with everything starting at just 99p.

Yes, you heard right, starting at 99p! The online pop up will start on Saturday 1st August 2020 at BST 10am and end on 8th August 2020.

With the whole Covid 19 pandemic thing, it has been hard on charity stores.

Many have not fully open and goods are only slowly trickling into the shop floor because donations have to be quarantined.

It’s also been difficult for shoppers venturing into the stores because of queues and a limited number of people being allowed in. The good news is that, the preloved Homewares store online allows you to browse and bid at leisure, totally socially distanced and of course all proceeds will go to support the vulnerable children and young adults that Barnardo’s usually help.

As you can see from the screenshot of the shop above, the clock has already started ticking.

Fancy seeing what’s in the pop up? Here’s a little sneak peek: preloved homewares Do you already have your eyes set on something?

Spot those pastel coloured Le Creuset tableware on the trolley? I bet they will go quickly. Here’s a close up view of the Le Creuset set, starting from 99p! I love the concept of shopping for preloved Homewares, because it’s fun to hunt for that unique affordable piece that you can’t find in the high street. preloved homewares It also adds character to our homes and allow us to personalise our space. preloved homewares Most importantly, shopping for preloved items saves on resources and reduce waste whilst supporting a good charitable cause. preloved homewares Just so you know, Barnardo’s has more than 710 charity shops across the UK where you can find all

sorts of bargains, donate goods or volunteer. You can also shop online. All profits from the sale of

goods will help the UK’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

Barnardo’s has reopened almost 600 of their stores across the UK since lockdown restrictions were

eased and are working tirelessly to protect the health of all store colleagues and customers when

shopping in their stores.

Barnardo’s has introduced a number of safety measures such as hand sanitising stations and

protection screen guards at till points. All items on sale are quarantined for a minimum of 48 hours

before being sanitised and placed on the shop floors. preloved homewares Here are my top tips for preloved homewares shopping if you do go visit a charity store.

1.Be strategic.

Go at particular times of the year when stock is likely to be high, such as after Christmas/ New Year.

Go little and often, especially on weekdays when it’s quieter , to check out the newly arrived preloved stock, and the perfect time to grab a bargain

2.Know your Shop locations.

Map out the shops and research each area for their demographics, style and vibe.

This can give you an idea of the types of Homewares that will be donated.

3.Go with a plan.

The biggest mistake is going into a charity shop with no clear plan of what you want or where you are going to place the item.

You may end up overbuying or overspending ( although I always try to reassure myself that it’s for a good cause).

I’d say, take a look around your home before going, to identify what you need or want.

Do you need a new vase? What sort of colour should it be? Do you want to add to your collection, if so what’s missing from it?

Make sure you measure the space it’s going into or have an idea of what that space looks like.

4.Know your budget.

Ha, ha! I know easier said than done, but lots of things at very cheap prices can soon add up.

All I can say is that, you can comfort yourself by knowing that you are helping someone in need with your spending.

5.See the potential.

It may not be immediately obvious but what you have picked up, may have the potential to be an amazing piece of decor.

For example, you could frame the photos or illustrations from an old picture book to give them a new lease of life.

6.Resale value.

If you research and know your preloved items market well, whether it be on eBay or for auction, then rewards can be reaped.

As they say “One person’s junk, is another person’s treasure.”

7.Be bold.

Don’t  worry about mismatched items. It’s super fun to mix different patterns and colours together to create an eclectic look.

8.Go for a classic.

If you are apprehensive, then you can always err on the side of caution and go for a Classic that you know will have a resale value. The image above is in my home, and you can again see some of the pieces that will be in the pop up auction store.

Finally, I leave you with a few examples of how you could style your home with preloved items.

1.Create feature walls

A mismatched collection of vintage floral plates of varying sizes could create a striking effect on a plain white wall.

Or

You could collect white plates of different sizes and shapes to place against a painted solid colour wall. I quite like the idea of vintage white plates with scalloped edges of varying sizes against a Tiffany blue wall. 2.Vintage tins can really add a pop of colour or character to your space.

If you have a white kitchen, perhaps consider buying some tins with pretty designs to store your tea or dried goods. You could display them on a shelf.

You could also use vintage tins as vases to display flowers. Just place a glass jar of water inside. 3.Recycle tea cups and saucers.

You could grow herbs or small plants in  vintage tea cups and display them by your window. preloved homewares There are so many possibilities of how you could style your home with preloved items. I’d love to know what preloved homewares you’d buy when you visit a charity shop. Anyway, back to the pop up Barnardo’s x Little Big Bell preloved homewares store.

I’d also like to thank some amazing brands and creatives for donating their works to the online auction store. All the framed art prints on this bedroom’s wall will be in the charity auction, and starting at just 99p! I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the brands that have donated, and they are :

Bombay Duck, Catherine Rowe designs, DoodleMoo , Eleanor Bowmer, Gayle Mansfield Designs, Hannah Carvell, Kitty McCall, Moi Mili, Nanas of Anarchy, Particular People ,Sugar Snap Studio, The Happy Blossoms, The Native State and W.A Green London.

Anyway, do put the details of this amazing event in your diaries.

The Little Big Bell x Banardo’s preloved Homewares sale will be from Saturday 1st August 2020 at BST 10am till Saturday 8th August 2020.

See you there and please please do come to support.

( This campaign is done on a pro bono basis. I am not being paid. I believe this is a great cause to support. Styling are by myself, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The pink photos are shot by 3objectives, and the other photos in my home are shot by me.)

teen bedroom Teen bedroom ideas in blue.

I am excited to reveal my third and final room revamp to celebrate Homesense’s 10th birthday.

If you missed the other two, I’d love for you to check out my living room and workspace refresh using my top 10 Homesense finds.

Here’s my son’s newly decorated bedroom. There’s more furnishing to be done, but for now, I’m so pleased with what I’ve found to kickstart the decor. teen bedroom Now that he is getting older, I have had to rethink the look.

The cute prints, novelty Lego boxes and alphabets duvet cover simply had to go. To be honest, I’m sad to part with them, but I have to consider that my son is now embarking on a new phase in his life.

He wanted a bold feature wall, and after several tester pots, we decided on this calming blue hue. I experimented with adding more colours to his room, but it no longer felt right. It needed calm.

We settled for a cool blue, white and black  palette. My son is currently into recording on You Tube. He’s always making little paper placards that he place outside his room saying “Please do not disturb. I’m recording “.

When I saw this Letter Board for £12.99 at Homesense, I knew I had to have it for his room.

Not only does it look great as a decor and defines what he loves to do, it’s also perfect for him to place outside his room when recording. I couldn’t believe my luck when I found this blue and white striped duvet set in the bedding section of Homesense. It was the exact same blue as my son’s bedroom wall.

As his bed is white, the stripes are the perfect continuity of the blue and white colour scheme. The duvet and pillow set was such a bargain too at just £16.99. No bed is complete without a throw and cushion from Homesense. The geometric cushion, was an amazing £9.99 from an original retail price of £50.

The plaid fleecy blanket ( which my son loves to snuggle under) is great for cooler nights. I’ve balanced out the bed decor with a simple Homesense floor rug in blue and black, for £16.99. Now for the next important element, the storage.

I’m still looking for a chest of drawers to go against the wall on the far corner of his bedroom.

For now, I’ve managed to find some blue filing drawers from Homesense for £39.99 each, to keep his mountain of Pokémon game cards under control.  I also bought a blue zig zag fabric basket for miscellaneous items at £6. This huge laundry basket at £14.99 is an absolute essential in a teen bedroom, to keep those clothes off the floor. My final 2 Homesense finds is a cute nautical mug for £2.99 (rrp £7) and a book for £3.99 (rrp £9.99). I haven’t shown you the other end of his bedroom which houses his desk complete with 2 screens, a gaming computer and special gaming chair.

However, I’m pleased to report that everything fits in with the blue, white and black theme. So what do you think? My son is really pleased with his room.

It’s been so fun curating this teen bedroom decor from Homesense. Wishing Homesense a fabulous 10th birthday.

(All photography and styling are by myself, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaboration with Homesense, but all views are my own).

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).

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