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Winners of the VDM home and interiors photo competition.

Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. I don’t know if you can recall, a few weeks ago, I announced a home and interiors photo competition in collaboration with the Association of German Furniture industry.

They received a total 232 entries from 19 countries, and here are the 10 winners.

The winner for the Outdoor Living category is Silvia Ferrando from Italy ( above).

How cute is that little dog and outdoor space? Next up, is the winner for the Tiny Living category, Karst Rauhé from the Netherlands.

It’s brilliant how Karst has been able to incorporate a living room, dining space and bedroom into a small space, without compromising on style.

Absolutely love those on trend cane dining chairs too. This is Agata Dimmich’s winning Hallway photo. Super stylish and almost like a piece of still life art. Next, is this pink kitchen by a very green fingered owner, Mike Klar from Germany.

He is the winner of our kitchen photo competition category. Doesn’t this photo scream adorable? Love all the textures and likewise its cosy feel. Therefore very Hygge right?

This is the Relaxed Sleeping category winner, Anastasia Benko from Germany. This is such a pretty living room, with midcentury modern styling and pops of colours.

It belongs to the winner of the Living Room category, Roger Lemoyne from Canada,. What I would give, to lie here for a relaxing bath and hence be able to gaze out into nature.

This gorgeous bathroom photo belongs to Alex Schäler, also the winner of The Bathroom category. First of all, this is a kitchen of dreams, due to its beautiful pastel hue, bright skylight and gorgeous wooden floor, but most of all, I adore the fun little swing.

This space belongs to Elizabeth Barrett, from the USA, and she is the winner of the Living with Children category. How fabulous is it to be able to work from home surrounded by all this wonderful greenery? This is the winning shot by Vicson Chan Chua for the Working at Home category. If I were a kid again, I would so covet this outdoor play house. The winner of the Other Forms of Living category is Pepper Schmidt from Germany.

So, that finally concludes the 10 winners of the photo competition. Each winner will be awarded with a wonderful piece of German design, get a trip to Cologne and have their photo exhibited at the imm Cologne fair next year.

Furthermore, I hope you’ve enjoyed these inspirational pictures from the photo competition.

Finally, have a lovely week all.

( All photography are the copyright of the respective listed owners from the interiors photo competition. This is a paid partnership post with the association of the German Furniture Industry VDM ).

Affordable and stylish side tables to make your home look pretty.

I’ve been searching for some colourful side tables for a while.

As you know, I do love a pop of colour at home. 

I was so happy to discover that Matalan have them in my favourite colours of yellow and pink.

The prices are super affordable too. side tables This is the Lana side table in pink. Isn’t it cute?

It has a built in drawer with lots of space for all my odds and ends.

I have decorated it with some faux flowers from Matalan. Aren’t they pretty and look so real too? That French bulldog mug is also from Matalan. The mug also come in a Dachshund and cat print, so are perfect gifts for pet lovers, and at £3, is a real steal. I love that dusky pink shade on my Matalan Lana table. It’s the perfect grown up pink and really matches all the pastel shades in my bedroom don’t you think?  Next, I’d like to introduce you to my yellow Dax side table which only cost £30. I love its sunshine ochre yellow and wanted to show it off, so have placed it in front of my green sofa. I have styled my Dax side table with a few more accessories from Matalan.

Can you spot that cute smiling face cactus pot in pink? I actually have one in yellow too.

At £8, I think it’s going to sell out fast. side tables Did you know Llamas are the new flamingos? 

Remember that time when flamingo accessories were everywhere? Well, llamas are now apparently the cool new animal.

I simply had to jump on that bandwagon, and this llama planter from Matalan with a faux succulent was the perfect find. I’m so pleased with my two colourful side tables. They will come in handy for when I do photo shoots for room sets too, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of them on my Instagram soon. 

(All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan. This is a paid partnership with Matalan, but all choices and opinions are my own).

blackbody-lights-london-design-festival-photo-by-little-big-bell Last week was London Design Festival 2016. I really enjoyed it this year. Can you believe I’m already anticipating London Design Festival 2017?

Being an interiors and design blogger, this was an important date for me in the diary. There was so much happening from the UK interiors scene all over London, but I had to narrow down my list of places to visit on the weekend.

I was excited to learn that Designjunction, one of the large design Trade shows, was changing its venue from Oxford Street to Granary square in King’s Cross, a now regenerated area with many amazing restaurants. It’s also where the famed Central St Martins school of art is located.

Designjunction is definitely the place for interior design and decoration inspiration. It is one of the large London interiors events, where interior designers converge on, during London Design festival.

I thought I’d give you a visual journey of my favourite finds.

The lighting masterpiece above is by Blackbody. Stunning right? Blackbody uses OLED technology in their lighting, a component based on the latest development of nanotechnology. The light emitted is energy efficient, sharp and clear. kirkby-design-designjunction-2016-photo-by-little-big-bell Green is still very much on trend this Autumn. I’m totally in love with this quilted velvet sofa with its hexagonal patterns. It’s called Cloud FR and is by Kirkby Design. pink-hallway-console-table-by-bethan-gray-london-design-festival-photo-by-littlebigbell Green may be in, but pink in my eyes never go out of fashion, and just look how wonderful pink and green goes together.

This pink console table by Bethan Gray was one of my favourite finds. In fact, it was so popular that it made Top Post on London Design Festival and Designjunction’s hashtag on Instagram when I posted it.

It’s part of Bethan’s Shamsian Paua collection , which uses Paua abalone shell inlay sourced from the coastal waters of New Zealand and has been paired with birds-eye maple. band-table-by-bethan-gray-in-rosa-marble-and-brass-designjunctuion-photo-by-little-big-bell This beautiful side table is also from the same Shamsian Paua collection by Bethan Gray. This piece really embodies that girly glamorous and luxury lifestyle don’t you think? cool-wall-mounted-wooden-shoe-rack-by-we-do-wood-london-design-festival-photo-by-little-big-bell Check out this shoe rack made of sustainably sourced bamboo by Danish brand We Do Wood. Would look great in a contemporary Scandinavian style home and of course for those with amazing Jimmy Choos or Manolos to display. loop-shelving-london-little-big-bell This is called the Loop shelf and is also by We Do Wood. The supports for the bamboo shelving comes in brass or black steel. design-house-stockholm Don’t have a conservatory or garden, but want to embrace the indoor greens trend?

No worries, get your very own wooden greenhouse designed by Atelier 2+ for Design House Stockholm. So cool right? geo-fleur-at-designjunction-2016-photo-by-little-big-bell Or maybe get these cute ceramic pots from Geo Fleur. brass-geometric-pots-photo-by-little-big-bell Or these beautiful origami metal pots. floor-story-designjunction-photo-by-little-big-bell Now for some colourful finds. This carpet with the very on trend colour palette of green, blue and clay is by Camille Walala for Floor Story. tom-pigeon-designjunction-photo-by-little-big-bell I always have a soft spot for the prints by Tom Pigeon and adore this new collection called Playso named because they comprise of bold, playful patterns influenced by childhood building blocks. designjunction-whos-casper-movement-on-the-ground-little-big-bell This is a Caspar stool by Modus. It was part of a charity project called Who’s Caspar? where high profile creatives were asked to customise a stool and then placed for auction.

The proceeds would go towards supporting refugees at the forefront of the European crisis. Do take a peek at all the other customised designs. colourful-notebooks-designjunction-photo-by-little-big-bell Finally, I couldn’t resist snapping these colourful leather bound books. cubitt-house-designjunction-2016-photo-by-little-big-bell Hope you have enjoyed my curated finds at Designjunction 2016. I will be back with more, including my curated finds from the London Design Fair 2016 that took place in Shoreditch.

The above Cubitt House design was by Satellite Architects who worked alongside Danish designer Peter J. Lassen. interiors-ideas-from-london-design-festival-2016-photo-by-little-big-bell ( All photography are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell).

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