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christmas gift ideas Christmas gift list 4 – colourful prints and cushions from Juniqe.

We are around 4 weeks away from Christmas now, and I know how stressful it can get for some, however, I’m here to help.

Buying gifts for friends and family can often take a lot out of you, can’t it?

I thought I’d help this year by doing Christmas gift list posts early.

As a result of the big C day closing in, I felt I ought to do a few more gift suggestions.

Have you heard of the lifestyle brand Juniqe before? They sell the most adorable collections of artwork and decor accessories.

I’ve curated a colourful collection from their site to style at home, as seen above. I’ve gone for bold and vibrant prints in the artwork and cushions.

The artwork at the top left to right is Botanical House, Lemon with two leaves, Mountain hut and Girls red.

The prints on the bottom row are Bike, Her I, Mr. D’s breakfast and Hong Kong 81.

The mug is called Red Lips.

The pillows from left to right are called Botanical House, Pink Gold Red, Crossed fingers and Morning sunrise.

The pieces that I have chosen can be easily mixed and matched together. This collection would definitely suit a colour loving interiors fan.

I think they would look cool in a teen’s room too, therefore I might move some of the pieces to my daughter’s room.

Anyway, If it makes you feel better, I thought I’d let you know that even though I’m organised on the “interiors” gifting front, I’m yet to do my own Christmas shopping for my kids. Hope you’ve enjoyed this Christmas gift list. I will be back soon with more festive posts.

As a special Christmas treat, I have a 20% off gift code for Juniqe gifts that’ll run between 28th November ( today) till 30th November if it’ll help?

Just quote LITTLEBELL20 at checkout. In the meantime, do keep an eye out for my progress with the Christmas room. I’ve already published part 1 which is getting the Christmas table ready.

Finally, I would like to wish you a calm and happy festive shopping period.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan.)

How to incorporate some Oriental decor into your home.

Have you ever been on holiday overseas and seen a piece of furniture that you want to buy but at the last moment, decide otherwise because of the cost and effort in shipping involved?

Aside from the shipping difficulties, do you also worry that it may not blend in with your decor style at home ?

An eclectic home, styled with pieces collected from foreign travels can really add depth and interest to a space.

Having statement pieces of furniture that can blend with different styles is key to showing off these finds.

In the past, I have brought home antique figurines and red betel boxes from Thailand, and more recently artworks from China. However, I haven’t found the right place to display them. oriental-decor It was lovely to discover The Nine Schools, a U.K based online store selling beautiful and elegant Oriental inspired furniture, that can also fit in well with a modern interior.

The Nine Schools was a name inspired by the nine tenets of Chinese thought.

As I have this thing with colour, I was drawn to their blue Oriental bookcase and cabinet.

They are both finished in distressed turquoise with hand painted gilt decoration. The bookcase comes with 3 removable shelves and is deep enough for tall reference books and small novels.

It’s such a pretty piece, perfect for creating an eclectic feel at home.

It would look lovely in the alcoves of a Victorian house or even mixed with  English style furniture in a child’s room. I have decided to style my bookcase flanked by the matching blue small cabinet and some artwork on the wall. That pretty red and green print above the blue cabinet is by Gosia Poraj. The blue cabinet is adorable isn’t it?

Check out that antique steel pin closure and the pretty gilt decoration with pops of gold, pink and green.

The blue cabinet would look wonderful as a bedside table.

I remembered once seeing how similar cabinets were being used as bedside tables in an English style guest bedroom in Hong Kong.

I remembered thinking to myself how two different styles could go so well together. Anyway, now I get my chance to try out some Oriental decor in my colourful living space.

I’ve also been able to use my antique finds from Thailand and China to style. So, what do you think?

I love this touch of Oriental decor in my space.

If you are interested in ordering, you can also request swatches of different finishes. This would make a wonderful and unique Christmas gift don’t you think?

The last day for The Nine school’s Christmas delivery is 8th December.

Wishing you a lovely day. x

(All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a paid partnership post with Nine Schools on Oriental decor but all opinions are my own).

How to restore a wooden dining table to its former glory with Ronseal Interior wax.

I can’t believe it’s one more week till December and soon the Christmas rush will set in.

Last year, I went all out with a rainbow Christmas tree, but this year I’ve decided to do something a little different.

I’ve decided to convert one of my workspaces into a Christmas room.

This will be done over 3 phases and I will show its progress over 3 posts. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed my large oak study table previously on Instagram, but it has taken quite a battering over the years. It was originally a dining table with two wooden benches. I’ve decided to restore it back to its former glory.

I’m not sure what I was thinking of, but I had painted the benches white too. That now all needs stripping out. I’ve discovered a fast and effective way to restore wooden furniture, and I thought I’d share the steps here.

I’ve decided to use Ronseal Interior wax for a matt finish. I’ve picked a natural matt finish to match my table.It’s really simple to use, just brush on after the table is prep. No buffing required. It provides excellent protection against knocks, scuffs and touch dries in 20 minutes. Here’s a list of what’s needed to start the project: Ronseal interior wax, 120 grit fine sanding paper, sanding block, gloves, mask, lint free cloth and brush.

Step 1: Sand along the line of the wood grain very gently. You can see the area sanded on the left compared to the right.

Step 2: Once sanded, wipe the table down with a wet lint free cloth. Then allow to dry. Step 3: gently brush on the Ronseal interior wax on the wood surface. Paint along the line of the wood grain. Step 4 : Allow to dry. It only takes 20 minutes. Can you see how beautiful the table now looks? The wood grain has come through so well. I’m so looking forward to styling this table for our Christmas feast.

I hope you will follow me in my progress as I refurbish this room into a warm and cosy Christmas space.

The next step in my Christmas DIY would be the walls. I’m going to do a Christmas statement wall. What colour do you think I’ll go for?

I’m so happy to have this table back to its former glory. Such an easy update to make everything tired look new and beautiful again.

Have a lovely start to your week.

This is a paid partnership post but all opinions are my own. All photography are by me.

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