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child's reading corner How to decorate a child’s reading corner without holes in the wall.

I’ve always wanted to create a child’s reading corner, so I thought I’d style one up using some of my son’s old furniture from storage.

Here is my transformed kid’s corner. What do you think?

I’ve used a variety of Command products to help me with my wall styling. Child's reading cornerI love it that I don’t need a hammer or nails to put up the art prints, and even better, there will never be any unsightly holes left on the wall.

Command products can be used on painted walls, wood, glass, laminate or melamine furniture and more. All Command brand products have a similar adhesive method and are removed in the same way too. Here’s the step by step guide on how to use the Command strips to put up the gallery wall:

Image 1+2 :  Separate the strips. You could either stick the first set of the strips to the backs of the frame by removing the green liners ( I have used a combination of medium and narrow strips here) then press a new set of strips on top of those strips already stuck on the frame. As you press, make sure the strips ‘click’ together.

Or you could start by pressing two strips together till they click and then sticking one side of the pair to the back of the picture frame.

Either of those ways work well.

Image 3 : Remove the remaining green liners and press the frame onto the wall. Press each side of the frame firmly against the wall for at least 30 seconds.

Image 4 : To ensure the adhesive will hold, remove the frame by grabbing the bottom corners and peeling the frame up and away from the wall. Do not pull straight off. Now, press the entire strips that have remained on the wall for at least another 30 seconds.

The most important point to note is that the strips need to be left on the wall for at least 1 hour before reattaching the frame.

Image 5+6 : All about removal of the strips. After removing the frame ( remember to remove by grabbing the bottom corners and peeling the frame up and away from the wall rather than pulling straight off), you can then remove the strips.

Never pull the strips towards you or peel from the wall.

Always pull the strip straight down, keeping your hand against the wall as you go.

Keep stretching up to 15 inches and the strip will just naturally pop off. The last image shows you what is happening behind the strip. I was also excited to learn that Command now has a new product on the market called the Broom Gripper. Broom gripper for wall I’ve used the Broom Gripper to hold up a toy hobby horse in my child’s reading corner.

The Command Broom Gripper is a great idea for keeping the kitchen and utility room tidy. There’ll be no more of tripping over brooms on floors. To add a punch of colour to the reading corner, I’ve decided to drape a string of colourful lantern ball lights around the book shelf.

To stop the string lights from sliding, I’ve used Command Clear Decorating Clips to hold them in place. However, Command aren’t just for walls. I’ve also used a Medium Clear Hook to hold up a mini rucksack at the back of this wooden chair.

These hooks are great for hanging up coats behind doors.So there you have it, my kid’s reading nook. How do you like it? My cute Gumball sweets art print is by James Taylor Photo Art. I love how easy it is to style and put things up without damaging the walls with holes.

I will be back with another styling in this very same corner, using more Command products soon. Can’t wait to show you. Have a lovely week.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. this is a sponsored collaboration with Command).

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).

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