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working from home I thought it would be lovely to provide some decor inspiration to get your home ready for Summer if you are working from home.

Here are my top 5 tips for updating the workspace. working from home decor 1. Declutter

Firstly, for those having to stay home, more than ever, this is the opportunity to declutter.

Admittedly, there is nowhere to dump the stuff, but bagging things away ready to go when the lockdown ends will make life so much easier. home ready for summer 2. Gallery wall refresh

Art prints and frames are still easily available to purchase online and be delivered during this Coronavirus lockdown. home ready for summer In fact, I have done several gallery wall refreshes during my weekends off, for example, my hallway above. home ready for summer You don’t have to spend a bomb to do this. I’ve mainly used old prints that I’ve had in storage and added one or two new ones.

The “Magnifique” print is new, and from Gayle Mansfield. 3. Accessorize your desk.

After a declutter and wipe down, I decided to restyle my desk with a new lamp.

I absolutely adore the elegance of my new Hector 30 lamp from Original BTC, with its classic white bone China shade and brass fittings. 4. New floor coverings 

No floor is complete without a bright and colourful rug to usher in the Summer.

As this is hay fever season, you may want to consider a rug that can be easily washed or wiped down.

I have always loved the plastic rugs from pappelina. In fact, I still have the ones I bought from more than 10 years ago.

These aren’t single use plastic products. They are beautiful designs that last a lifetime.

They feel so luxurious and soft to step on, the colours stay vibrant even after many years, and they are so easy to clean too.

These 2 pretty rugs from pappelina are called Piglet ( pink) and Vera ( turquoise). 5.Pastel cushions

These pastel cushions in the shape of shells are from Moi Mili. Aren’t they simply divine? They match the aesthetic of my workspace so well. The cushions are super plump soft and definitely huggable.

So, those were my 5 simple tips on how to get your workspace ready for Summer if you are working from home. Hope you’ve enjoyed it.

Finally, wishing you a wonderful week ahead and stay safe.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The products mentioned are gifts).

Pink stair runner for my Victorian house in London. I’ve always wanted one for the stairs in my entryway.

That dream came true last week, when my newly ordered Off The Loom – Pretty Pink –Morden stair runner from Bowloom arrived. pink stair runner It’s made from 100% pure New Zealand wool in a 3 ply yarn and feels super soft and luxurious to the feet. pink stair runner Doesn’t it look wonderful? My hallway now looks complete, with the added bonus of warmth and happiness. hallway lights from Curiousa and Curiousa I can now see how the “Before” looked much colder. pink stair runner from Bowloom The pretty pink of the stair runner really pops against the pink floral design of my Graham and Brown Bloomsbury wallpaper. Morden pink stair runner The whole process of ordering to the final fitting from Bowloom was seamless.

It only took a few hours to install, and was done so professionally. This happy colour really brings a spring to my step.

It’s soft touch, non slip texture has certainly muffled the noise of going up and down the stairs too.

The weave is beautiful and doesn’t appear to bobble or pile. It also vacuums easily. If you fancy getting a pretty pink stair runner, or indeed any other other designs, then I highly recommend Bowloom.

They have over 60 years experience in the manufacture, design and installation of carpets for both residential and commercial projects.

My Victorian hall and stairway now feels complete. Hope you like it too?

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead. I will be back with more interiors post soon.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The Morden runner and installation were provided by Bowloom).

light cordless vacuum If you have lots of stairs at home, then I’m sure an ultra light upright cordless vacuum cleaner would come in handy, right?

We have 5 flights of stairs at home, so it’s often a struggle to lug a heavy vacuum cleaner up and down.

I have tried a few cordless options, some good, but not all perfect, hence I’ve always gone back to my old cord vacuum cleaner.

Here are some of my wish list for a perfect cordless vacuum cleaner :

1.It has to be light and easy to carry.

2.Doesn’t blow out gusts of air at my face as I vacuum.

3.Can be switched on and off easily without having to control a manual trigger.

4.Long lasting battery and easy to charge.

5.Suctions well without having to continuously vacuum the same area.

6.Has good capacity, so no need to keep emptying.

7. Beautiful design.

8.Has a stand to hold it upright. light cordless vacuum Introducing you to Halo’s capsule, an ultra light cordless vacuum cleaner.

One thing for certain, this is definitely the lightest cordless vacuum cleaner I have experienced.

How is that possible you might ask?

Well its body is made of ultra light carbon fibre. At just 2.6kg, it has made going up and down the stairs a breeze.

You can also remove the long metal tubing and attach the head to the main body for vacuuming the stairs. So, even lighter. light cordless vacuum I’m pleased to say that the Halo Capsule cordless vacuum cleaner doesn’t blow gusts of air out at my face as I vacuum, compared to other models that I’ve tried.

I’m also pleased to report that it can be kept switched on without the need to continuously press a manual trigger, so less hand strain. Charging my Capsule vacuum cleaner is easy and the charge has managed to last for a whole house vacuum.

One of the reasons why I have gone back previously to using my old cord vacuum cleaner is because the upright cordless ones don’t seem to have the same impressive suction power.

I think cordless uprights will never always have that sustained suctioning as with a cord version, but I must say I’ve been so far impressed with the Halo Capsule.

I was pleasantly surprised at how well it suctioned the dirt and dust from the floor.

Later on, I discovered you could increase the suction power further by activating its rotating brush system, but I think that feature is better for carpets ( and definitely don’t place your hands there to test when the brush is activated). As you can see, the Halo Capsule cordless vacuum is light enough even for my son to manoeuvre. No excuses for not helping with the household chores now right?

There is an excellent 1.6 litres capacity which means there’s no need to keep emptying in between vacuums. Emptying is also easy and less messy with its bag system.

Last but not least, it has a beautiful compact design that is elegant but not overly conspicuous. It would fit in nicely with any home style decor.

If I had to say a con, it would be that there is no stand to keep the vacuum upright but I’m sure that can be fixed in the future.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. I wanted to give an as honest opinion as possible. I will be feeding back in 6 month’s time on this post. If you don’t hear, please do message me in a comment on this blog post.

Last but not least, if you fancy winning a Halo Capsule vacuum cleaner then keep an eye out for the giveaway on my Instagram @littlebigbell on Wednesday January 8th 2020.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan. Although this is a sponsored post, my opinions are my own).

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