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I’m super excited to announce that I have joined forces with Barnardo’s the charity, to curate an online Barnardo’s x Little Big Bell preloved Homewares auction store with everything starting at just 99p.

Yes, you heard right, starting at 99p! The online pop up will start on Saturday 1st August 2020 at BST 10am and end on 8th August 2020.

With the whole Covid 19 pandemic thing, it has been hard on charity stores.

Many have not fully open and goods are only slowly trickling into the shop floor because donations have to be quarantined.

It’s also been difficult for shoppers venturing into the stores because of queues and a limited number of people being allowed in. The good news is that, the preloved Homewares store online allows you to browse and bid at leisure, totally socially distanced and of course all proceeds will go to support the vulnerable children and young adults that Barnardo’s usually help.

As you can see from the screenshot of the shop above, the clock has already started ticking.

Fancy seeing what’s in the pop up? Here’s a little sneak peek: preloved homewares Do you already have your eyes set on something?

Spot those pastel coloured Le Creuset tableware on the trolley? I bet they will go quickly. Here’s a close up view of the Le Creuset set, starting from 99p! I love the concept of shopping for preloved Homewares, because it’s fun to hunt for that unique affordable piece that you can’t find in the high street. preloved homewares It also adds character to our homes and allow us to personalise our space. preloved homewares Most importantly, shopping for preloved items saves on resources and reduce waste whilst supporting a good charitable cause. preloved homewares Just so you know, Barnardo’s has more than 710 charity shops across the UK where you can find all

sorts of bargains, donate goods or volunteer. You can also shop online. All profits from the sale of

goods will help the UK’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

Barnardo’s has reopened almost 600 of their stores across the UK since lockdown restrictions were

eased and are working tirelessly to protect the health of all store colleagues and customers when

shopping in their stores.

Barnardo’s has introduced a number of safety measures such as hand sanitising stations and

protection screen guards at till points. All items on sale are quarantined for a minimum of 48 hours

before being sanitised and placed on the shop floors. preloved homewares Here are my top tips for preloved homewares shopping if you do go visit a charity store.

1.Be strategic.

Go at particular times of the year when stock is likely to be high, such as after Christmas/ New Year.

Go little and often, especially on weekdays when it’s quieter , to check out the newly arrived preloved stock, and the perfect time to grab a bargain

2.Know your Shop locations.

Map out the shops and research each area for their demographics, style and vibe.

This can give you an idea of the types of Homewares that will be donated.

3.Go with a plan.

The biggest mistake is going into a charity shop with no clear plan of what you want or where you are going to place the item.

You may end up overbuying or overspending ( although I always try to reassure myself that it’s for a good cause).

I’d say, take a look around your home before going, to identify what you need or want.

Do you need a new vase? What sort of colour should it be? Do you want to add to your collection, if so what’s missing from it?

Make sure you measure the space it’s going into or have an idea of what that space looks like.

4.Know your budget.

Ha, ha! I know easier said than done, but lots of things at very cheap prices can soon add up.

All I can say is that, you can comfort yourself by knowing that you are helping someone in need with your spending.

5.See the potential.

It may not be immediately obvious but what you have picked up, may have the potential to be an amazing piece of decor.

For example, you could frame the photos or illustrations from an old picture book to give them a new lease of life.

6.Resale value.

If you research and know your preloved items market well, whether it be on eBay or for auction, then rewards can be reaped.

As they say “One person’s junk, is another person’s treasure.”

7.Be bold.

Don’t  worry about mismatched items. It’s super fun to mix different patterns and colours together to create an eclectic look.

8.Go for a classic.

If you are apprehensive, then you can always err on the side of caution and go for a Classic that you know will have a resale value. The image above is in my home, and you can again see some of the pieces that will be in the pop up auction store.

Finally, I leave you with a few examples of how you could style your home with preloved items.

1.Create feature walls

A mismatched collection of vintage floral plates of varying sizes could create a striking effect on a plain white wall.

Or

You could collect white plates of different sizes and shapes to place against a painted solid colour wall. I quite like the idea of vintage white plates with scalloped edges of varying sizes against a Tiffany blue wall. 2.Vintage tins can really add a pop of colour or character to your space.

If you have a white kitchen, perhaps consider buying some tins with pretty designs to store your tea or dried goods. You could display them on a shelf.

You could also use vintage tins as vases to display flowers. Just place a glass jar of water inside. 3.Recycle tea cups and saucers.

You could grow herbs or small plants in  vintage tea cups and display them by your window. preloved homewares There are so many possibilities of how you could style your home with preloved items. I’d love to know what preloved homewares you’d buy when you visit a charity shop. Anyway, back to the pop up Barnardo’s x Little Big Bell preloved homewares store.

I’d also like to thank some amazing brands and creatives for donating their works to the online auction store. All the framed art prints on this bedroom’s wall will be in the charity auction, and starting at just 99p! I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the brands that have donated, and they are :

Bombay Duck, Catherine Rowe designs, DoodleMoo , Eleanor Bowmer, Gayle Mansfield Designs, Hannah Carvell, Kitty McCall, Moi Mili, Nanas of Anarchy, Particular People ,Sugar Snap Studio, The Happy Blossoms, The Native State and W.A Green London.

Anyway, do put the details of this amazing event in your diaries.

The Little Big Bell x Banardo’s preloved Homewares sale will be from Saturday 1st August 2020 at BST 10am till Saturday 8th August 2020.

See you there and please please do come to support.

( This campaign is done on a pro bono basis. I am not being paid. I believe this is a great cause to support. Styling are by myself, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The pink photos are shot by 3objectives, and the other photos in my home are shot by me.)

Tendence I’m so excited because I’m off to Frankfurt during the Summer, to cover Tendence, a forward thinking International trade fair for consumer goods.

As it is one of the first fairs in the second half of the year, it means that buyers will get to see first hand the latest Winter and Christmas trends. They will also be able to place early orders for the 2019 Spring Summer collections.

Here’s a little floor plan of the Tendence Fair.

As you can see, there is such a huge product portfolio to explore, from Homewares, to Seasonal decor and more.

Tendence is much more than a trade fair.

Recently, I was at a press lunch, where Tendence director Bettina Bär, told us about the amazing programmes that will be running.

There will be a Concept Store Inspirations product presentation in Hall 9.0, showing visitors how to turn their own shop into an experiential venue, a place that will encourage customers to spend.

Also new at Tendence 2018, is the Paper & Friends special area curated by Angelika Niestrath, aimed at book shop owners and stationer’s. This will be a beautifully curated space with wall calendars, cards and gift books. Tendence trade fair According to Group Show Director, Philipp Ferger, there will be a new Pioneers of Lifestyle Congress. Here, participants will gain an insight into the lifestyle scene, from experts and innovative newcomers.

Last but not least, there will also be a Tendence Academy, showing retailers how to start up their online businesses.

They will learn how to predict trends, and will get to participate in mood board workshops.

Isn’t this fair amazing? There is so much giving. Don’t you think it’s so worth going even for just the amazing programmes on offer? I am also looking forward to visiting the Outdoor Living area, where garden plants will be displayed with lifestyle products.

Here’s a little peek at what the Outdoor Living area looked like in 2017. I hear that 2018 will be bigger and better. A little heads up for crafters and jewellery designers, there will be a Talents’ competition organised by the German Arts and Crafts Association and Messe Frankfurt. Applications for both those areas are still possible until 19th March 2018.

So what do you think of Tendence, taking place from 30 June to 3rd July 2018? Doesn’t it sound like a great fair?

It’s not all about buying, but there is so much more on offer for buyers and designers.

I can’t wait to cover this on social media.

If you are interested in Tendence, you can register here. 

( All photography and graphics are provided by Messe Frankfurt, organisers of Tendence fair. I have written this as a sponsored collaboration with Tendence, but all views are my own).

My top 8 Interiors trend predictions from Maison et Objet 2018.

I was so pleased to have been invited back to Paris by Maison et Objet, to be one of their Design jury panel. The last time I was there, was in September 2017.

It was so fun to get to select my favourite piece from one of the exhibition halls. This time I got to judge the Eclectic Hall.

No trip back from Maison et Objet 2018 is without a trend prediction post right?

My 2018 predictions are also the things that I would purchase for myself.1.

1.PASTEL COLOURED GLASS ON FURNITURE.

The stunning Harlequin sideboard with pastel coloured geometric glass (photo above) is by Jonathan Adler.

I just think it has the prettiest combination of soft powdered hues. You can get it as a chest of drawers too.

I would happily place this in one of my living room alcoves, with an oversized art print above.

Here’s another beautiful example of coloured glass.

In fact, this glass coffee table, called York, was the winning piece that I awarded at the Eclectic hall for Maison et Objet 2018.

It’s by the Portugal based design company Mambo Unlimited ideas. On first sight, you may think it’s marble, but it’s actually printed glass that looks like marble on a brass base.  2. FRINGE

I think Fringe on furniture or lighting is going to be a huge trend. I’m pretty sure we will start to see variations of this on the high street very soon.

These gorgeous brass and pink fringe lights are from Houtique, a relatively new brand to the market.

I think it looks lovely hung on its own or as a cluster at varying lengths. Maison et Objet 2018 Velvet sofas just got more glamorous with the fringe treatment too from Munna. Here’s a view from the back. Maison et Objet 2018 3. COLOURFUL LIGHTS

I think Brass and frosted white glass lights were very 2017. I say bring on the colour.

These stunning brass and pastel coloured lights are from Magic Circus. I love how the colours especially pop against a darker wall. 4. HEARTS

Hearts are not just for Valentine’s day. I think 2018 will be a year of love as we see heart icons pop up in our homes. The pink heart pouffes in the previous photo and this blue hearts screen are by Royal Stranger. 5.CURVES

It’s bye bye to clean straight lines for 2018, as we embrace circular forms and curves. Petite Friture really showed this trend well with their well curated, beautifully designed, yet accessible pieces.

This Nubilo sofa is by Constance Guisset. Don’t you think those rounded velvet cushions really evoked the image of floating clouds. These elegant curvy dining chairs are a clever interplay of steel and wood, and were designed by Amandine Chhor.

How dreamy is that overhead metal light, designed by Noé Duchaufour Lawrence?

What do you think of that wallpaper in the background by Lisa Laubreaux? I think it looks really vibrant and fun. 6. MODERN HERITAGE

As we go into 2018, we are also reminiscing about the past and longing for it in the present. I felt that Gebrueder Thonet Vienna made that concept possible with this beautiful Targa sofa designed by Gamfratesi. It really reminded me of Colonial days gone by, but brought back to the now. 7.PINK MARBLE.

White marble has now a new rival which I’m sure is going to take the interiors world by storm.

Introducing you to pink marble. I was totally transfixed by the beauty of this pink stone being used for kitchen accessories and small furniture at Stoned. This beautiful side table is seriously tempting me to have my bathroom in a light pink marble too. 8. SLEEPOVERS

Let’s make sleepovers cool in 2018. These gorgeous sleeping bags or slumber sacks are from Sack Me, an Australian based company.  I love the donut and flamingo ones. Which one do you fancy?

It was a pleasure to meet the owner Li-Ann Scott, at an event organised by Maison et Objet, where new companies got the opportunity to pitch their products to the press.  Talking about sleep, check out these beautiful linen and bedding for babies and toddlers from Ooh Noo , who were also exhibiting at Maison et Objet.

So, that concludes my trend prediction for 2018.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my little curate from Maison et Objet 2018. Which is your favourite trend above?

Wishing you a beautiful start to your week.

(All press photography have been provided with permission from the respective brands and their PRs)

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