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Frenchic Paint Ta-Dah! Here’s my newly painted doors using Frenchic Paint , as inspired by the beautiful doors of Kenwood House in North London.

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while.

I was looking for a paint with a proven track record on wood, and after trying the samples from Frenchic Paint’s Trim range, I knew this was the one.

Frenchic Paint was founded in 2014 by Pam Gruhn, and is now one of the fastest growing chalk Paint companies in the U.K.

I have picked two colours Bon Bon (pink) and Ducky ( duck egg blue). Frenchic Paint Behind my Frenchic ‘Ducky’ blue painted door is my son’s bedroom. As you can see he really loves blue. The paint went on like a dream.

It’s a subtle satin paint with a robust finish. It really looks amazing, just like a brand new door. This door had been painted for a few weeks now, therefore I’m sure many of you with kids will know that seeing scuff marks would not be unusual..

However, as you can see in the photo, the door still looks in perfect condition. Frenchic Trim paint is as it says “providing an extremely high scuff resistance”. This is the door that leads to my workspace, and it is adjacent to my son’s room.

For those who know me well, it would have come as no surprise that I had picked pink. I’ve wanted a pink door for a long time. I resisted the temptation to paint my external front door pink.

The 2 males in my family have been more that patient with my pink transformations all over the house, so I thought it would only be fair to let them have some say in the front door colour. This is the door that leads into my special pink room, hence the perfect door for Frenchic’s Bon Bon pink. Frenchic’s Trim paint can be used directly onto wood ( bare or painted), brick, stone, plaster or any suitably primed rigid surface. I’ve recently painted my doors white, so without a huge amount of prep, apart from masking tape, I was able to apply the paint directly onto the door. It’s a gorgeous pinky tone, therefore perfect for my room. Frenchic paint is fast drying, odourless and is certified child safe. There are no VOC’s, toxins or solvents.

Above all, it has the EN71:3* certification which means that it is even safe to use on children’s toys. Frenchic Paint Finally, if you are feeling the upcycling bug, then maybe you should try some Frenchic paints. I highly recommend it.

Do keep an eye on my Instagram next week, as there will be a giveaway of Frenchic paints.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the post.

Wishing you all a wonderful start to your weeks.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell.  I have also written this as a paid partnership post with Frenchic paints, but all views are my own).

Outdoor cinema Outdoor cinema using the Intel NUC Mini PC.

I’m taking in as much of what’s left of Summer by embracing the few remaining warm evenings outdoors.

Barbecue dinners followed by a cosy snuggle on the outdoor sofa will soon be a distant memory.

I’ve had my outdoor cinema set for a while now but haven’t shown it here. I was initially powering it via my laptop but it wasn’t working quite so well, until I received my Intel NUC Mini PC.

Outdoor cinema Intel NUC The Intel NUC is a mini PC with the power of a computer tower. It’s size means it fits easily into the palm of your hands and can be carried anywhere.

It also means a neater workspace area without large tech equipment overshadowing the aesthetics of the space. For me, it’s the ultimate home media centre.

It’s fully capable of supporting the transmission of 4K movies too.

I decided to put my Intel NUC Mini PC to the test for my outdoor cinema screening.

Setting up was so easy and intuitive. It booted up instantly, with everything automatically updated.

The Intel NUC Mini PC fan was super quiet, so an added bonus for uninterrupted film viewing.

It has amazing built in wi-fi and Bluetooth capabilities, so image streaming was seamless.

All I then needed to complete the outdoor cinema experience was a large retractable screen, a projector and sound system.

Then my favourite part was to style up the space with an outdoor sofa and lights. The kids watched their favourite Marvel movie and I streamed my favourite guilty pleasure movie Dirty Dancing. outdoor cinema It was so fun!

If the weather stays warm, I might do a little barbecue outdoor cinema party.

Summer may be coming to an end but that doesn’t mean the joy of wide screen cinema need to end. With my Intel NUC Mini PC, I’ll be creating a home cinema in my basement family room. I’m now on the search for a cute popcorn machine to add to the vibe.

As I write this, I’m currently on holiday in Asia. It’s amazing that I could carry my intel NUC Mini PC and small portable Bluetooth keyboard in my handbag!

All I have to do is plug in to my hotel large screen TV and the possibilities are endless. The kids have been enjoying some gaming on the hotel widescreen TV. Hope you’ve enjoyed the post.

If you are thinking of upgrading your desktop or organising your own outdoor cinema, then I highly recommend getting an Intel NUC Mini PC.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan,editor of Little Big Bell. This is a paid partnership post with Intel and the Intel NUC was provided as part of this partnership).

How to find a trusted electrician with Amazon Home Services

I have been wanting to get a new feature light installed in my bedroom for a while now. However, I have been putting it off due to indecision and being too busy.

It hasn’t helped that there are so many choices of lighting out there.

I love the brand Flos, and already have 2 of their Glo Ball suspension lights in my children’s bedroom.

Imagine how excited I was to learn that Flos had released a new design, the Flos IC suspension light by the talented designer Michael Anastassiades.

I was instantly drawn to it and wanted to get one in brass. What do you think of it in the image above? Amazon home services My next and largest stumbling block was the installation.

Searching for a good electrician was tough. I’ve had a few hit and misses with electricians in the past.

Since the Flos IC suspension light was an expensive design icon, I wanted someone I could trust to do the job well.

I was recently introduced to Amazon Home Services, a group of thoroughly vetted trade and service providers who can provide installation or assembly support for products bought. They also offer upfront pricing with helpful ratings and reviews from verified customers.

I decided to order my Flos IC S2 suspension light via Amazon, and to try out the electrician via Amazon Home Services. Amazon Home services The whole process was fast and convenient. I just had to specify my postcode, and Amazon allocated me one of their handpicked trusted electricians.

Then all that was needed to be done was to pick a date, preferably a few days after the expected date of product delivery.

I’m pleased to report that the lights arrived in time for the electricians, who were punctual on the day.

I was most impressed with the professionalism of the service. My room was prep with dust sheets and everything was cleared away after the installation too. The electrician explained to me what he was going to do, and took time to position the light to my desired height.

I would definitely not have been able to do this myself.

The process included wire cutting, converting 3 wires into one, sawing the ceiling and attaching the heavy light onto the ceiling joist.

I was so pleased it was done so efficiently and safely. What do you think? I feel it fits in nicely with my interior space. My light now hangs like a moon in my bedroom.

It’s so beautiful and its intensity can be adjusted with a dimmer switch. I’ve specially styled my wall with some beautiful art prints by Rachel Powell, Pati Robins, Holly Maguire and Margo of Margate. I’ve also added a yellow throw to accentuate the brass from the light. This is now my happiest place in the house.  Hope you’ve enjoyed the post. I am so thankful to Amazon Home Services.

I’ve discovered there are so many other possibilities to Amazon home services, there’s even a home cleaning service, and you can check them out on www. amazon.co.uk/services. If you have been putting off a household task due to your busy schedule or because you are not sure how to do it, then I urge you to give Amazon home Services a try.

I would also like to do a special shout out for Polarity Electrics Ltd, who put my light up. They have been such wonderful ambassadors for Amazon Home Services. Finally, I’ll be back with more interior styling at home posts soon.

Wishing you a lovely day all.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a paid partnership with Amazon UK but all views are my own).

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