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Goodwill Belgium Christmas decorations at home in London.

It’s now the end of November and I can sense the Christmas frenzy on social media.

Can you believe I was already decorating a Christmas tree in September when I was transported to the magical land of Christmas baubles, that is Goodwill.

I was in Antwerp, at Goodwill’s HQ, with a group of European bloggers and influencers.

We were invited to see the creative process that went into the making of their Christmas decorations, get a sneak peek of their new collections and experience a workshop in tree decorating.

In this post, I thought I’d show you how I’ve styled some of my Goodwill Christmas decor at home . Goodwill has been operating for nearly 32 years and was founded by Jean Paul Meus, a charismatic gentleman with a heart for philanthropy. Goodwill Belgium pink ribbon Check out this beautiful bauble, specially made by Goodwill in collaboration with Pink Ribbon Belgium to raise funds to fight against Breast Cancer. Goodwill apparently produces a collection of 4000 new items per year, and roughly 600 items are from the drawing table of their in house designer Darren Mackay (above). Darren also puts all the stunning displays up in the showroom with his partner designer Leslie.

Feast your eyes on Darren’s tattoos. They are all based on his illustrations and inspirations for the Christmas decorations that he designs. There were a few interesting take home points that I learned at the Christmas tree decorating workshop.

Frst, you should wrap the lights around the tree before decorating. Then,place a few shiny baubles inside of the tree, close to the trunk. These baubles will bounce the light outwards.

The next step is to make the tree look fuller by adding foliage decor before using the baubles.

Finally, the tip that has changed the way I decorate, is to wind the bauble’s loop around the tree branches rather than the conventional hanging.

It has made decorating faster and the baubles surprisingly stay on securely too. It was interesting to hear about the work that went into the making of the decorations. Goodwill not only make baubles,they also make the most intricate of dolls for Christmas decor. They would travel far and wide, so as to source the best materials for their collection.

We had a tour around the workshop lead by Goodwill Belgium’s CEO Johan Van Maercke. He told us that silver, gold and white Christmas decorations were very on trend.

Patterned fabrics such as tartan and the use of faux flowers would also becoming popular this season. Some of new themes that Goodwill have embraced this year were the colourful opulence of Marie Antoinette, the pretty and stylish side of Paris, the cute creatures of the woodlands and the whimsical land of flamingos and giraffes. Goodwill Christmas decorations are sold worldwide at most of the major stores. You will find them at Selfridges, Harrods and Fortnum and Mason in London.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the post. Have you started decorating yet?

I’ll be back soon with more festive cheer. Have a lovely day all.

(All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The photo of Darren Mac Kay was provided by Goodwill. This is a sponsored collaboration with Goodwill Belgium. All views are my own).

halloween ghost diy Halloween ghost DIY for your trick and treating party

How time flies. I can’t believe Halloween is nearly upon us.

I don’t usually over decorate for Halloween, but here’s a quick and easy DIY if you fancy throwing an impromptu party.

I’ve made a few floating ghosts by reusing my old white paper bell lanterns from a previous party.

It’s pretty simple. All you have to do is cut out some ghost eyes from black card stock and super glue them on, and then place some white netting over. I got my white netting from Ebay. In order to create that floating ghost effect, I used some transparent string attached to Command brand’s removable party ceiling hooks. The hooks are so easy to use, just apply the sticky tape supplied, and press it for a few minutes against the ceiling. You can easily remove the hooks without damage to your ceiling paint. All you have to do is pull the tab along the same plane as the tape. You can see some examples on how to remove the tape here in a previous post.

The ceiling hooks will especially come in handy for Christmas decorations too. I can’t believe Christmas is less than 3 months away. Will you be Trick or Treating with the kids or partying this Halloween? I prefer staying home with a huge tub of candy and seeing all the cute costumes come by. Maybe this year I may throw a little Halloween tea party at home. Check out my cute party ware from Meri Meri.

Wishing you a wonderful day and I’ll be back soon with more interiors post.

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

(I have written this Halloween ghost DIY post in sponsored collaboration with Command brand. All opinions and creatives are my own).

My statement wall workshop with B&Q and Valspar.

This weekend had been full of activity, as I ran a 3 session painting workshop for B&Q, one of Britain’s largest DIY and home decorating supplies stores.   The workshop was about creating statement walls at home, inspired by the colours and patterns of walls and murals we see out and about.

This colourful painted gate is by Aka Corleone, it’s one of my new favourites, and was discovered at Buxton street in Shoreditch. B&Q had also asked me to design two colourful geometric canvases, to be used as inspiration for a larger canvas being painted live at the event. The workshop was so fun, I met so many lovely customers. Most of them were families, out with their children, buying supplies to redecorate their homes. The kids really enjoyed painting their canvases, whilst I chatted to the parents.

I got to advise many of the customers on how to mix and match colours, whilst also showing them examples of how they could use a statement wall in their homes.

A statement wall could be the first step to exploring the use of colour and patterns in a small area. The result can really create visual interest in a room or even amplify its design intention. You can find more inspiration on my Pinterest board.

The feedback was amazing and many felt excited to try their new learned skills at home. Whilst the workshop was running, the live painting was happening too. Here you can see Graffiti Life applying Valspar paint to the shapes. Aren’t those colours so bright and vibrant? The amazing thing about Valspar paints is that, they really stay bright and won’t fade. You can also get your favourite colour matched to create your own paint.

Another added bonus, is that the paint is very stain resistant and able to withstand considerable wear.

Finally, the tape is coming off. statement wall Here is the final result. What do you think? statement wall This giant canvas will be placed at B&Q’s headquarter’s wall. I am truly honoured that something I helped designed, will be put on display there.

If you have created your own statement wall at home, then B&Q would love to see it. They are currently running a competition #MyStatementWall over on their Facebook page. Do check it out for a chance to win £150 in B&Q vouchers.

Wishing you all a wonderful start to your week.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaboration with B&Q, but all views are my own).

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