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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).

Keep London Creative and a peek into Morag Myerscough’s work studio.

I love London as it is such a vibrant city, rich in culture and creativity. There is always a fresh buzz of activity in the art, design and fashion scene.

London brings boundless inspiration and opportunities for creatives, and in return, this network of talents help the city grow its economy, and position itself as one of the world’s top cultural destinations.

The scarcity of studio spaces for work, and soaring costs of rent is putting threat to this working relationship.

Greenwich Peninsula in conjunction with Wallpaper magazine have recognised this issue of a lack of creative space in the capital, and have come together to promote a Keep London Creative #KeepLondonCreative campaign.

As part of the Keep London Creative campaign, Greenwich Peninsula has asked me to interview a renowned London creative in his/her work studio. Keep London Creative Introducing you to Morag Myerscough, one of London’s most colourful and prolific designers.

Morag has worked on a wide range of projects both locally and internationally.

You can find her commissioned work at cafés, hospitals and landmark locations such as the Design museum and Tate Modern.

I first came across Morag’s work at the Love festival in the Southbank.

Morag was definitely a busy artist in demand.

She had perfected the skill of multi-tasking and I saw that in action on the day of the interview.

I was impressed by how she coordinated a shipment to Las Vegas, where she would be painting for the Life is Beautiful Festival, whilst designing a ping pong table (image above), and having her interview with me. Here is an aerial view of Morag working in her brightly lit studio.

Morag lives above her studio and loves having this convenient accessibility. Her studio has good natural lighting and a large enough space to work in.

I have summarised my interview with Morag in the post below. I asked Morag if it was important who her neighbours were when she was at work.

Morag said that she tended to work in solitude, as that was when she was at her most creative.

She also liked quietness, but acknowledged that noise was not easy to escape from in London.

She valued the influence of her local community, with its rich mix of cultures and creative vibe. Next, I asked Morag what she thought the benefits of living in London as an artist were.

She felt that there was a lot to be gained, because London was already an established industry hub, so providing the necessary springboard and platform for creative work opportunities.

With benefits, came challenges for creatives in London too. I asked Morag what was most difficult about life in the city.

She told me she used to live and work in Clerkenwell, and although she liked it, she soon noticed the neighbourhood becoming more ‘money’.

The gentrification of Clerkenwell inflated rental charges and limited the access of affordable studio spaces for creatives.

She did balance her view, by saying that creatives do sell out too, a normal human response to a property boom.

When I asked Morag how she thought the government could ensure that London becomes sustainable for creatives, she mentioned the Eindhoven project.

I’ve since read up about the project, and think it’s a fabulous way of keeping London creative.

The Eindhoven project was a redevelopment of an area of that city previously owned by Phillips, into a creative neighbourhood.

Many of the disused factory buildings were converted into light filled studio spaces. Morag mentioned a few other land regeneration schemes that offered studio spaces to creatives.

It seems to me that this should be the way forward for London too.

Here’s one of Morag’s recent project, a bright and colourful bench. The painting is so precise and I love her colour palette. Hope you have enjoyed the colourful tour and the discussion of a problem facing creatives in London.

Please join us in the #KeepLondonCreative campaign on Instagram, by posting a photograph focusing on your workspace or you in your workspace.

Explain why it’s important for you to work and have your studio in London.

Do include the hashtag #KeepLondonCreative and tag @ThePeninsulist and @wallpapermag before 25th September 2017 for a chance to be featured on wallpaper* online.

(All photography are by and Copyright of Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaboration with Greenwich Peninsula ( Keep London Creative). All views and opinions if stated, are my own).

The Cook and Share hall at Maison & Objet 2017 Paris.

I am so excited, to be invited by Maison & Objet to Paris.

Maison & Objet is a lifestyle fair for the home and interiors market. It brings together a curated collection of brands, whose product offerings span the world of design, decor, furniture and more.

It is the place to go, to discover new trends and products for the home. This will be my first time at the fair, and I can’t wait.

I am also truly honoured to have been asked to be one of Maison & Objet’s star Discovery Jury member. I will be selecting, and rewarding, my favourite new exhibitor in the Cook and Share hall.

Since I will be judging that section, I thought I’d take a little peek at what was on offer there. Cook and share Maison et Objet Andrée Jardin, a French brand, caught my eye with their beautifully designed kitchen aprons.

Then I delved a little bit more into their story and loved what I found. They specialise in making the most beautiful brushes and brooms for the home.

Check out that pastel blue broom and pink dustpan and brush.

They now collaborate with a range of designers to bring modernity to their products. The pastel collection above was designed by Mr & Mrs Clynk. What do you think of these pink heart shaped SRDCE bowls by Tablo?

I can see them becoming an Instagram hit, for breakfast photos. I would fill my heart with endless varieties of berries, cereals and yoghurts. Do you have a set of pepper and salt grinder at home, or are you like me, who can’t resist having more than one, especially when a new design hits the market?

I console myself after the spend, that salt and pepper mills make great decor features on kitchen shelves.

These Peili salt and pepper grinders are by Zone Denmark, and have such a pared down beauty about them

If you are looking for a nut cracker for your Christmas festivities, I’ve found this elegant one from Zone Denmark too. As Autumn and Winter approach, there is a temptation (for me at least) to paint my walls dark. Styling it dark with pops of bright will be a big trend for the colder season, but I’m such a ‘style it light’ person, that I’m having second thoughts.

However, there are other ways to do the bright on dark trend, without having to paint your walls.

How about a set of vibrantly coloured plates, against a dark table? Would give your Winter table a great impact.

These beautiful hand decorated Limoges porcelain plates are from the fovéa Collection of Edition Porcelaine. I adore their colour pigments, in line with this season’s colour palette. All this talk of Summer ending is getting me down. I need a splash of colour to remind me of a sunny Mediterranean, and these vibrant table ware from DaTerra certainly do the trick. So pleased to find these remakes of the classic Cathrineholm enamel bowls. I can still remember buying the vintage Cathrineholm sets on ebay. Last but not least, are these amazing cutlery from Herdmar.

The ones I’ve shown above, may be slightly out of my budget, but browsing through their catalogue, there seems to be something for everyone there.

Hope you’ve enjoyed a little peek into what will be on offer, at the Cook and Share hall, at Maison & Objet. I can’t wait to discover more and to pick my absolute favourite.

I have also done a pre show curate of furniture and decor for Maison & Objet, if you fancy checking it out.

Please do follow me on Instagram and insta stories next week from 8-10th September to see what I get up to at the fair.

Have a lovely start to your weeks.

( All photography have been supplied by the brands mentioned.)

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