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motologo (white) I am honoured to have been picked by Motorola UK to be one of their industry experts at their Moto Design school launched today in London.

As I couldn’t make the physical pop up event, I have produced content here and on social media to run alongside it.

Hope you will enjoy the design hacks I have prepared below.

I have decided to show you how I would inject a bright and happy style into a home with a few simple steps, on a low budget.

Moto fireplace black This is my fireplace at home. It is not usually this pared down, but for the purpose of this post, all things colourful were removed.

Here’s what I did:  Paper -Bunting-from-recycled-wrapping-paper-DIY-for-Moto-Design-school-Little-Big-Bell I have injected colour instantly by creating these paper buntings, recycled from leftover gift wrap.

It’s really simple to make, all you have to do is fold the paper to create equal rectangular creases. Then cut out lengthwise two rows and fold them together. Using the creases as guide, cut out triangles of equal size. The base of the triangle being where the fold is. Wrap each triangle around some string and glue together. Colourful-bunting-made-by-Little-Big-Bell A bright injection of colour don’t you think?

I have also placed a freshly cut Hydrangea from my garden into the vase and styled with two postcards.

Being a lover of colour, I couldn’t just leave it at that. So here’s what I did: Embroidery-hoops-colourful-DIY-Moto-Design-school-Little-Big-Bell I bought some relatively inexpensive embroidery hoops and inserted some of my leftover colourful fabric into the frames. Simple-DIY-style-with-embroidery-hoops-decor-feature-photo-and-styling-Little-Big-Bell The hoops were then grouped together to create a colourful vignette on one corner of the mantelpiece. How-to-style-a-fireplace-with-DIYs-colourful-styling-and-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell-Littlebigbell Here’s the finished look. Colourful at a budget.  Colourful-fireplace-by-Little-Big-Bell What do you think? Accent-colours-to-shelf-Little-Big-Bell Next, is the creation of this colourful shelf.

I bought a pair of relatively inexpensive ledge shelving from |kea in white. I didn’t want the white of the shelving to melt into the neutrality of the background, so decided to paint the front a bright yellow accent colour.

I usually style with colour instinctively and dare I say, I’ve never used the colour wheel. But for those who want some guidance on the best colour combinations, then do take a look at my post here about the colour wheel.

Here’s a possible trick for you. Find a colourful object or print that you find aesthetically pleasing, extract the colour palette and use it as a template for your decorating.

Analysing in retrospect, I can see that my styling has a similar colour palette to talented Rachel of Pencil shavings studio’s print, which I have placed as the centrepiece on the wall.

How-to-style-a-shelf-Little-Big-Bell When styling a shelf, there are some important steps to follow:

1. Always vary the heights of the objects you are using but in relative proportion to one another. In other words, don’t place a towering high object next to a mini accessory, otherwise the flow of the decor will become lost.

2. Another important factor is to vary the texture of the objects you are using. Here, you can see me using the shiny surface of a plate, the rough texture of paper in the card and wood, both coloured and natural.

3. If you are using small objects to decorate, don’t leave the wall between the shelves bare. Tie the two shelves together with prints that pull the colour palette together.

Colour-at-home-Little-Big-Bell Love how the yellow accent colour makes everything else pop with vibrancy.

Moto-Design-school-styling-a-chair-Little-Big-Bell Here’s the third tutorial:

Upcycle a second hand chair with a coat of chalk paint. This chair was painted for me by my friend Louisa of Westegg interiors, but you can do similar by yourself at home.

The wonderful thing about chalk paint is that you can apply it direct to furniture without having to do any major preparation to the surface . Finish off with buffing on some wax, and then polishing with a dry cloth to protect.

The chair is such a versatile piece of furniture. For those who have limited space, the chair could be used as a side table.

Here’s 3 fail safe ways to style up your chair:

1. Use books with pretty coloured spines. You can use the colour wheel again if you need guidance on colours that sit harmoniously together. Pile them up in order of size.

2. Ensure one of the decorative accessory has the same colour as the book to draw the collection together.

3. Always add a ‘green’ element, like a small potted plant.

4. Make sure at least one of your decorative accessories sit vertical to the books. The effect is lost if it is low lying and horizontal only.

Styling-lessons-Little-Big-Bell Here, I have tied together the elements of ombre shades, in the pot and plate. Moto-Design-school-easy-styling-tips-Little-Big-Bell Adding a bit of texture such as the wrapped cord around the plant pot adds visual interest. Upcycled-painted-wine-box-Moto-Design-school-Little-Big-Bell Here’s another cool and easy DIY I came up with. It’s an upcycled wooden wine case carrier, made into a shelf for display.

I got hold of some free sample paints to create this two colour effect.

Just tape around where you want the divide to be, paint one section, let it dry and remove tape.

Then carefully apply another length of tape over the painted border. I use washi tape, so it doesn’t peel the paint off. Paint on the second colour, let it dry, remove tape and all done! Using the handle strap of the wine case, the box shelf can then be hung on the wall.

So, what do you think?  Moto-Design-school-DIY-hack-Little-Big-Bell Here’s DIY number 6 on a limited budget. Creating a pop of colour on your desk.

I bought an inexpensive cardboard photo frame from Cass Art and using brightly coloured Duck tape, I created this colourful frame. It only took a minimum of 10 minutes to do and adds instant happy colour to your space. Fabric-paint-placemat-Little-Big-Bell Final DIY! Make colourful polka dot placemats for the home. This is a really simple one to do. All you need is white cotton fabric, cut to equal rectangular shapes.

Get a round wooden ink stamper or just use any round object. Paint on some fabric paint and get stamping. You can see me in action on Instagram doing this.

Let it dry. Then cover with a light cloth and iron over with a warm iron to set the paint. The placemats can be washed in the washing machine with no issues of ink running after that. I used Dylon fabric paint.

Colourful-placemat-DIY-hack-Little-Big-Bell I have styled the placemats with my new Marimekko dinner set. Isn’t it cool that the plate and mug colours matched the placemat?

Goodness! As I’m writing this I have just realised how much of a creative overdrive I’ve been in, whilst preparing these design hacks.

Hope you have all enjoyed the DIYs, if you do try these out at home, do tag me on Instagram @littlebigbell and @motorola_uk to show us and use the hashtag #motodesignschool.

Happy day!

( All DIYS, design hacks, styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan of Little Big Bell. The Moto Design school is a sponsored event).

Home-London-2014 Hello all! Sorry for taking so long to post. I’ve been busy at the hospital lately, and have had numerous papers to write for our clinical team.

I did however manage to squeeze in the Home show 2014 last Sunday. It was fun to get a sneak peek of the new season home wares.

I will let most of my photos do the talking. Here are my picks:

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This sweet candy coloured print showing London landmarks is by Holly Francesca,one of Heart Home’s selected new designer.

Holly-Francesca-prints-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Here’s more by Holly Francesca.

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Another new designer picked by Heart Home is the talented Kirath Ghundoo. Love her geometric design wallpaper, in pretty pastel tones of mint, yellow and peach. The colour palette is just so perfect for this Spring and Summer.

I’ve just bought a mint coloured sofa and can visualise how perfect this paper would be as a backdrop.

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More wonderful wallpaper. These are by Claire Murray designs. Love the colourful one with Teal, yellows and fuschia pinks.

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Here we have the colourful work of talented Sian Elin. Her cushions and wallpaper are available at Heal’s, one of my favourite design stores in London.

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Aren’t those cat prints from Yoke adorable? Those bright splashes of colour bring so much cheer to our current grey weather in London.

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These vessels by Taz Pollard when grouped together are immediately eye catching, beautifully shaped and so unusual. Taz is one of the shortlisted candidates for the COADG bursary.

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There are more to these gorgeous patterned cushions than meet the eye. The top two are based on cross sections of human organs. The top one is the kidney and the middle one the brain. These bring back memories of when I was a medical student doing Anatomy.

The designer is Fanny Shorter and she is the winner of the COADG bursary.

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This jug by Mark Mc Ginnis looks great next to this blanket designed by Donna Wilson for SCP. Thank you to the lovely lady at the stand who allowed me to move her display around to get this photo.

Those minty greens and pinks go so well together. This may have been a purchase for me had it not been a trade show.

Donna-Wilson-for-SCP-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell More commissioned work by Donna Wilson for SCP.

Marimekko-Spring-summer-2014-Home-London-Little-Big-Bell

My love for all things Marimekko continues. It’s so funny that since I’m always promoting it on Instagram, I have had people ask me whether I was an agent for the brand.

This season is looking very sunny with bright yellows and pops of reds. This would be a perfect wake up photo for a rainy day.

Marimekko-cushions-Little-Big-Bell Here’s more!  Which cushion do you like?

I’m liking the black, white and green floral one.

Seven-Gauge-studios-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Dress your sofa with this gorgeous grey and yellow blanket from Seven Gauge studios. I first spotted this brand at a Heal’s furniture preview show. Perfect for cosy Winter snuggling.

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This forks range table runner really caught my eye. So quirky and cool. It’s by Jennifer Slattery. Do check out her website, there are loads more beautiful table linens there.

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This house shaped shelf reminds me of the one I own by Vitra. This is a cute display by Bloomingville .

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This is Mini Moderns‘ new print design for 2014 entitled ‘Dungeness’, part of their Hinterland collection.

Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire are the talented duo behind the brand. They have recently converted a railway car into a beach house and it is truly stunning. You can see it on Design Sponge.

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Mini Moderns have also developed a paint range that colour coordinates with their wallpaper and furnishings. Made up of 90% recycled content, it is also environmentally friendly. I can see the two perfect colours for this season – mint green and teal.

Mini-Moderns-Chouette-pillow-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Love the greens and pale blues of this ‘Chouette’ cushion, also by Mini Modern.

By-Nord-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell These colourful glasses from By Nord caught my attention. Liking the idea of placing a Spring bulb inside to sprout. You can buy them from the lovely Toni of Skandivis.

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The pink and mint green candle holder from Ferm Living is on my wish list.

Below is a gallery of my picks from the new season’s Ferm Living 2014. Enjoy!

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Ferm-Living-plant-holders Hope you like my picks. Have a happy week x

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Just popping back on the blog to wish everyone a fantastic New Year 2014.

2013 has been an interesting year for me both in terms of blogging and the progression of my medical career.

I have been on Instagram for one year and thought I’d share with you some of my daily photos in 2013.

Needless to say, colour played a huge part.

I have enjoyed styling with my Pantone cards. Each picture tells a daily story on Instagram.

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A passion for all things Marimekko.

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and a weak spot for Lucky Boy Sunday.

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Monochrome featured in 2013 too.

Wishing you all a lovely and happy 2014. x

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