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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).

Decluttering and kids’ room storage. Stylish ways to hide toys away.

Hope you have had a wonderful weekend. We were lucky in the UK to have had a Bank holiday weekend, so the Monday off.

It is customary for me to Spring clean on one of the Bank holiday days, and I’m pleased to say, I managed to do some decluttering on Saturday.

I’m surprised at my renewed energy after my Summer break away.

I’ve managed to do 5 blog posts ( including this one) in 5 days. This is pretty out of the ordinary, because I usually post a maximum of twice a week.

If you fancy catching up on my blog posts, I have written about:

1.The most amazing Indian vegetarian restaurant in London that I have recently tried.

2.My newly decorated pastel workspace.

3.A super luxurious Urban resort in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

4.My Autumn Winter 2017 interiors and home decor curate for the Autumn Fair in Birmingham. Anyway, back to the subject of decluttering. I managed to fill up 5 large boxes with clothes and home decor that I no longer needed for the charity shop and friends. This seems like a good result right?

It’s such an uplifting feeling, when you can see the space in your home again. I’ve shown you an image of my son’s room, because I think we all know that children’s rooms tend to be the messiest space in the house. Do you agree that tidying a child’s room seems like an unending task? decluttering and kids room toy storage In line with the subject of decluttering, I have written a guest post for The Shurgard blog on the subject of “Stylish ways to hide toys in your kids room”

The image above is a little sneak peek of that post:

I have separated out, and organised Lego pieces by colour into plastic drawers. I’ve turned organising Lego pieces by colour, what seems like a mundane task, into a fun racing game with my son.

We each pick two colours and then try to fill the drawers as quickly as we can.

Do take a peek at more of my tips here, and I hope you’ll find them useful.

Have a lovely week all.

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

Kerry Hotel in Hong Kong – a review of this new Shangri-La group hotel in Kowloon.

My parents used to own a holiday home in Repulse Bay, Hong Kong. That was more than 15 years ago. I was curious to see Hong Kong again and rekindle those childhood memories.

As we were planning a trip to Japan, we thought we would make a stop in Hong Kong on our way back to London.

We weren’t planning on a major tourist trip, just a visit to shop, absorb the vibe of the city and eat lots of Chinese food. It was also the perfect opportunity for me to review the newly opened 546 room Kerry hotel based in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Kerry hotel, is part of the Shangri-La group of hotels. It opened on 28th April 2017 and has been designed by renowned architect and interior designer, Andre Fu. Andre Fu wanted to embrace the concept of an ‘urban resort’, a modern take on luxury that is relaxed.

Taking advantage of the hotel’s waterfront location and sweeping views of Hong Kong, he had successfully transformed the hotel into a light, bright and contemporary space. I was in awe of the lobby lounge area, with its 8 metre high floor to ceiling windows, that span 80 metres, opening up onto a waterfront terrace, topiary garden and a panoramic view of Victoria Harbour. Here is the view. Check out this impressive coffee machine in the lobby lounge area, where they served their signature local coffee and tea mixture yuanyang, in addition to a reinterpretation of local dishes and cakes.

The modern fluidity of the space was punctuated by an oasis of very on trend, green potted plants, such as the Fiddle leaf fig plant and Cheese plant. How do you like the pared down elegance of the bedroom? This suite featured eucalyptus timber, anodized bronze and mineral blue carpeting.  These custom designed lights brought Asian design references into the room Doesn’t this just look so dreamy?
This outdoor lounge area was so relaxing, just look at those soft chairs with their own foot rests.

You really felt like you were at a luxury holiday beach resort, and not in the centre of busy Kowloon. Breakfast was an absolute treat at their exclusive club lounge. Can you believe that this was my starter? The absolute piece de resistance was the à la carte breakfast. Take a peek at my eggs Benedict with lobster, the best I have ever tasted. I loved the Kerry hotel’s Club Lounge so much, I spent the morning there, with my laptop, editing photos.

This was my view from where I sat. I had vouched I would not leave Hong Kong without a photo of a Classic Junk boat. I managed to capture a distant view of one in this photo. Can you see it? There was such a variety of cuisines and food options at the Kerry hotel. We didn’t feel the need to go out in search of food. Adjacent to the lobby area, is Dockyard, an all day dining restaurant. It had 9 individual kitchens, serving up street style food from Japanese, to Korean, to Indian, Vietnamese and more.

There was also another all day dining area called the Big Bay Café, serving up delicious food at separate stations according to how the food was cooked. This is Hung Tong, the contemporary Chinese restaurant, with decor designed to take guests back to the historical heritage of Hung Hom (an area in Kowloon). Doesn’t the decor look wonderful? Look at those exposed bricks, vintage inspired leather chairs and tinted glass pendants. Check out the colourful bar area at Red Sugar. They served an impressive collection of craft brews, wine and oak barrel-aged cocktails.  It was total luxury at the Kerry.

I didn’t venture out of the hotel much, as I got to experience the Hong Kong I wanted, right where I was.

Here was where I lounged, looking at the beautiful views. This was the view just before sunset. It’s making me want to go back. Hope you have enjoyed my little tour of Kerry hotel.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

( All photography are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. I was a guest at Kerry Hotel, but all views are my own).

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