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I’ve been in desperate need of a sofa bed since the start of the Covid 19 Pandemic, because I’ve been sleeping in my above “basement bunker” to isolate from my family whilst dealing with Covid patients in hospital during the peak.

My back was starting to hurt as the padding was thinning, and I could feel the metal frame beneath.

I was getting desperate, and so started researching for a sofa bed.

I wanted something comfortable both as a sofa and a bed, but would also fit in aesthetically with my home. So, here it is! The gorgeous Caruso sofa bed from Sofa Workshop. There is a choice of fabrics and finishes to pick from, and no surprises, I picked a pink fabric called Echo Rose Quartz.

I also selected light wooden legs to go with the pale pink.  The sofa covers are removable, so can be easily laundered which is just amazing. The covers fit so well and look so smart. You wouldn’t have known that they were loose covers. The bed itself pulls out easily. One little tug and it’s out, then pull up the legs for a wonderful comfortable double bed. Here it is up close in all its glory. As I write this post near midnight, I’m nestled on my cosy Sofa Workshop Caruso sofa, listening to Motown whilst sipping coffee. I’m really so happy with it. As lockdown is gradually being eased and the number of Coronavirus cases are coming down, I am becoming more relaxed in my interactions with the family. I’ve even ventured back into my bedroom upstairs.

However, as much as I’m hopeful for no second wave, I’m more prepared for it at work and at home.

I know that I will sleep better if I isolate in the basement again. If you are looking for a sofa bed, then the Caruso sofa bed from Sofa Workshop is super comfortable and the quality is amazing too. I write this after having used it for a few weeks. The cushions provide great back support, are adjustable and the seating are wide and deep enough for a whole family of four to snuggle together. When this Pandemic ends, the sofa bed would be handy for guests staying over.

If you are looking to buy one, then Sofa Workshop is currently offering a 15% discount off their Caruso range.

If you are an NHS worker, then you could get 15% off any sofa range. Happy shopping and have a gorgeous day all.

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

String shelving Styling for London Design Festival 2017 with String shelving and Skandium.

I have always been passionate about interiors and decor. I’m a bit of a shopper when it comes to beautiful accessories for the home.

For more than 10 years, I have always shopped at Skandium. It’s my all time favourite place for colourful and Scandinavian home accessories.

If you scroll through my Instagram feed, then the proof is in the pudding, as you will see that many of my photos and props used in styling are from Skandium’s mainstay collection.

I have a huge collection of Marimekko mugs, Moomin plates, ittala dinnerware, Alexander Girard dolls and many more.

When Skandium asked if I wanted to style a String shelving unit for London Design Festival this year, it was an immediate yes.

In fact, I already have String shelving units at home. I am looking towards getting a larger one for my son’s room. String shelfie Let me tell you a secret. You know how some people unwind with wine or a hot bath? Well, I actually unwind by restyling my shelves at home.

My husband thinks it’s crazy, but it’s not an uncommon sight with me on a chair, redecorating my shelves at night. String shelf It’s funny because when I look at my completed styling of this String shelving unit, I can honestly say that I already own more than 80% of what I have used. When I showed the kids, they said it looked like home. If you are near the South Kensington area, or planning a visit to the V&A museum for London Design festival, then do pop in to Skandium’s large new store on Thurloe Place to see the shelf.

I think it’ll only be up till tomorrow 24th September 2017. If you do go, I’d love you to take a snap for me to see on Instagram. Oh, and whilst you’re in the area, don’t forget to pop into Maitre Choux for their most delectable eclairs. They’re very Instagramable too.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaboration with Skandium. All views are my own).

I was so excited to have been invited to try, the new B ‘n T Brunch Afternoon Tea menu, at the Terrace Grill and Bar of London’s Le Meridien Piccadilly hotel.

Such a great idea to combine brunch and afternoon tea don’t you think?

Brunch afternoon tea B'NT at Le Meridien Piccadilly Here you can see the wonderful brunch inspired delicacies, served in the traditional Afternoon Tea style. I got to sample a different cocktail with each tier of delicious offerings.

Let’s take a closer look at what I ate. On the far side of this plate is the ‘Yorkshire Basket’. It’s a Yorkshire pudding filled with a full English breakfast, comprising of a cocktail sausage, streaky bacon, cherry tomato, baked beans, black pudding and quail egg.

This was one of my favourites. I love a full English breakfast, but may often overeat. I like how this is in a miniature portion with all the elements of breakfast.

Then there is the Yorkshire pudding. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t like Yorkshire pudding. It’s often the first thing to run out when we have a traditional English Sunday lunch at home. This is the ‘Eggs Piccadilly’, comprising an English Muffin with smoked salmon, poached quail’s egg, truffle, and a spinach hollandaise that was totally moreish.

Brunch afternoon tea B'NT Chef Stevel Ger, who created the Bruch Afternoon Tea menu, called these the open sandwiches with a twist. They were sandwiches with a trio of flavoured goat’s cheese.

How vibrant are all those colours?

Brunch afternoon tea

This is the Avocado Scotch Egg, inside a potato nest. Doesn’t it look pretty? I had this Pink fizz cocktail with the first tier of savouries, made with Grapefruit juice, Chambord and prosecco. It was a variation of the mimosa but fruitier. On to the next tier of the afternoon tea stand were a pair of scones, one sweet and the other savoury.

The sweet scone was raspberry and chocolate, and the savoury one had a combination of red pepper, chilli, cheese and avocado.

There were also a variety of sweet and savoury spreads to go with the scones.

We were served a Brunch Punch cocktail with the scones. It was Tequila, orange juice, apricot liquor, lime juice and fresh chillies. I loved the spicy kick to the drink. This was my cocktail of the meal.

Now for the bottom tier of the afternoon tea server stand – dessert time! There was so much to tempt.

I loved the fresh seasonal fruit tart above, with its crumbly pastry base that went so nicely with the fruits.

Next, is a Duo of chocolate egg soldiers. I was in chocolate heaven!

Last but not least, was the Sweet potato and Beetroot brownie. Such interesting ingredients, you couldn’t tell there was sweet potato in there. It was the health conscious version of a brownie. To pair with desserts, I had a delicious creamy Aranciano Caffe made of Espresso, Orange juice, Frangelico and Vanilla syrup. The Terrace Grill and bar at Le Meridien Piccadilly will be serving the 3 cocktail paired brunch afternoon tea B’NT to celebrate National Afternoon tea from Monday August 14th till Sunday 20th August 2017.

It normally costs £35, but you can get £5 off with this special discount code BNTLMP upon booking via phone.

Hope you will get a chance to try this brunch afternoon tea. I would love to to go back again.

Wishing you all a lovely day.

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

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