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Builder’s Bay the destination for affordable surplus building material and stock.

Is it just me, or is it that time of year, when everyone gears up to do building works or DIY to their homes?

This year, I have a long list to accomplish. I’m planning on repainting the whole house, both indoors and out. There are also 2 bathrooms and 2 bedrooms to refurbish. As you can see in the photo above, I’ve been checking out tiles for one of my home projects. Doing works to the house can be super expensive. I remember the last time we renovated our house, the builder was forever texting me for more money to buy building materials.

It’s amazing how the costs for basics such as bricks, mortar, glass and tiles could escalate the final bill. With house improvements beckoning, I was most interested to learn about Builder’s Bay. It’s like the eBay for builders or people who want to buy or sell off their excess building materials.

This is such a brilliant way to recycle and cut out unnecessary waste. It’s also an economical approach for those embarking on home projects, but with tight budgets. As I’m redoing my bathrooms this year, I will be replacing my bath tub and sinks. It would seem a shame to throw away the existing bathroom furniture. I’m going to list them on Builder’s Bay. As they say ‘one (wo)man’s junk is another (wo)man’s gold’.

Come to think of it, I have a few unused boxes of wood flooring left from our previous renovation.

Builder’s Bay would be a great place for me to sell these excess pieces, and at the same time declutter to create more space in our basement storage room.

Even better, I could make a little amount of money too.Doesn’t that sound like a win win situation?  builder's bay What do you think of these pretty pastel coloured tiles that I may use for my bathroom? I’m still undecided as there are so many amazing choices out there.

Are you embarking on any building or DIY projects this year? If so, do check out Builder’s Bay. Builder's Bay Here are a few of my finds rfrom their site. The grey vanity with basin costs £250, the butler sink costs £60, the mortice rim lock £5 and the cast iron fireplace with kissing peacocks is POA.

Hope you have enjoyed this post with the discovery of a very useful site and resource for when you plan to refurbish your home. Have a lovely day or night. x

( All photography and styling are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. I have collaborated with Builder’s Bay on a sponsored basis to bring you this post. However, all views are my own).

How I styled my orange sofa from Furniture village.

Last year, when I attended Milan’s design fair, Salone Del Mobile, one of the predicted trends was the burnt orange sofa.

Fast forward now to 2018, and we are starting see that trend trickle into the high street stores. We’re even seeing orange sofas in the stylish homes of people on Instagram.

I think for most, Orange is not a natural first choice colour for a sofa, probably because of its bright hue. When I mentioned that I was getting an orange sofa to a friend, she said she loved orange but found it hard to visualise it in her space, as it would clash with the colours in her home. orange sofa The image above is of my new Orange Novita swing chair by Nicoletti Home, from Furniture Village. It is a true celebration of Italian craftsmanship and Heritage.

I thought I’d try to show in this post, that orange is not as difficult a colour to style as we imagine. In fact, despite its brightness, orange combines really well with all colours.  Here you can see how I’ve combined my orange sofa with pops of blues, greens, reds and even pinks.

Orange surprisingly works well with pastel tones of sky blues, minty greens and dusky pinks too. My orange sofa looks great against a white wall but it would look equally amazing against a dark wall.

If I replaced my white wall with a midnight blue or stone grey wall, you would see all the jewel tones of my props, and that vibrant orange of the sofa pop. I adore the curved frame of my Novita Swing chair. I feel like it’s cocooning me all safe and sound.

Did you know this is the perfect instagramming chair ? What I mean is that  it has great back support for whilst I’m typing away on my phone. Then, if you feel tired, you just slide down a little and rest your head on the cushion. It’s bliss.

I’m sure the soft Italian leather and fluffy down cushions help. The frame comes in a dark walnut or Mahogany. Anyway, hope you liked my styling. It was so fun to do, and probably made easy by this beautiful 100% made in Italy chair.

Wishing you all a happy mid week.

( All photography and styling are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. I’ve written this post as a sponsored collaboration with Furniture Village, but all views are my own. )

Sainsbury's Home Helsinki Sainsbury’s Home Helsinki range for a Scandinavian inspired interior.

Simple things make me happy, like the fact that there is now light as I emerge from work and my Spring bulbs at home are sprouting.

Even though it’s still freezing cold outdoors, I’m feeling hopeful that Spring will soon be leaping out at us from hiding.

If you can’t wait, then why not bring a spot of sunshine indoors with Sainsbury’s Home Helsinki range?

I’ve done precisely that this weekend, with glorious pops of ochre yellow, from this Scandinavian inspired home collection. Doesn’t this yellow Helsinki lampshade make the indoors shine, and how cute is this wooden desk calendar?

I can already sense that 2018 will be a year of colourful Scandinavian style. These cacti and succulents in concrete planters, also from Sainsbury’s Home Helsinki range, add another dimension of warmth to my space.

At first glance, you may think that they are real, but in fact they are totally faux.

Imagine what bliss it must be, to not have to water any plants at all. Talking about ‘faux’, you need to check out the plates and mugs from Sainsbury’s Helsinki range.

I wouldn’t be surprised if you thought they were made of ceramic, when in fact they are melamine. The attention to detail is amazing.

That black coffee pot is from the same collection. Sainsbury's Home Helsinki Can you spot that black wire basket on my desk? It’s also from Sainsbury’s Home Helsinki range. I love that it’s just the right size for the novels and notebooks on my desk. What do you think of my Spring Scandinavian inspired workspace? That yellow is rather infectious and as you can see has extended to my bed too. Here’s a wider angle view of my bedroom. Can you spot that Sainsbury’s Home Helsinki range also do bed linen and cushions? Here’s a closer look of my bed. Aren’t those colour block cushions fabulous?

It’s amazing how this new range has transformed and refreshed my bedroom and workspace, just in a matter of an hour. Sainsburys-Home-Helsinki Everything is now available to buy at Sainsbury’s. The prices are so affordable too.

So, if you have a weekend day free and fancy a little bedroom makeover, then do check out Sainsbury’s Home Helsinki range. You can also see the other Sainsbury’s Home collections here.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. I will be back pretty soon with more room makeovers and decor ideas. Can’t wait to show you.

Have a lovely start to your week.

( All photography and styling are my own. This is a sponsored collaboration with Sainsbury’s Home but all views are my own).

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