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Mob hotel of the people – a cool, creative and affordable place to stay in Paris.

When a Paris hotel door looks this cool and instagram worthy, I knew I was on to a winner.

Introducing you to Mob hotel of the people,the brainchild of Cyril Aouizerate. Cyril wanted to create a poly-sensory hotel, that has hospitality at its heart, and one that embraced creativity.

His vision soon captured the imagination of highly successful entrepreneurs, such as the founder of AOL, Steve Case and designer Philippe Starck, who both joined his venture. Mob hotel The hotel, easily accessible via metro, is located in the Northern Parisian suburb of St Ouen.

It is a stone’s throw away from the famous Parisian flea market, Marché aux Puces de St Ouen. There were many quirky cool design elements in the hotel, like this door number that looked like a book page. mob hotel of the people My bed was a theatrical stage, complete with shadow puppets to create my own show. I wished my children were with me. They would have loved this. There was no conventional wardrobe in sight, instead clothes and the mirror were hung on hooks attached to a wooden rail on the wall. I must admit, when I was in Paris, it rained a lot. I actually narrowly missed the flooding that occurred there recently by a day.

There was a short window of opportunity to go out into my room balcony to snap this photo. I bet it would be lovely to have breakfast here during the Spring and Summer. There was a mix of vintage and modern at Mob hotel of the people.

Isn’t this vintage peacock chair spotted at the hotel’s lobby so cool?

Now that I’ve mentioned the vintage, I have to tell you about the brilliant modern element to the hotel. The latter being a mobile phone in my room that I could take out with me.

The mobile phone was free for local calls and internet access.

There were also apps on the phone, with a curated collection of local places to visit, shop and eat.

So forward thinking don’t you think? This is a corner of the hotel’s restaurant, where a daily breakfast selection of freshly baked breads, juice,homemade jams, french cheese and cold meats were served.

The restaurant also served an organic and seasonal menu for lunch and dinner using local produce. The pizza that I had one night was absolutely delicious.

At the centre of the restaurant, was an eight a side football table which encouraged guests to mingle with a fun match.

There was also a live DJ on certain nights for those who enjoy partying. You may have spotted the restaurant curtain in the previous image. Here is a close up view of it. How many famous faces do you recognise? Take a peek at the hotel shop that sells a curated collection of independent brands. Here’s a little exterior view of the hotel. There is a huge outdoor cinema and ping pong table in the grounds. There are also two additional large rooftop sun terraces with lots of lounging seats. I think I’ll have to return in the Summer, to truly experience the outdoor vibe. Judging by what I’ve already experienced in the Winter, I can imagine that Summer will be full of fun. Saw this outside the hotel. Not quite sure what it was there for, but kids seem to enjoy playing with it, pretending to ride a horse.

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading my little review of Mob hotel of the people. I have another post coming up soon, showing you the most colourful place to instagram in Paris. Can’t wait to show you.

Wishing you all a lovely week ahead.

( All photography are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. I stayed as a guest of Mob hotel of the people. All my views 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.)

Honor8-launch-party-Paris-Molitor-hotel-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell A fortnight ago, I was invited on a whirlwind press trip to Paris, to celebrate the European launch of Honor’s new mobile phone, Honor 8. It’s now available to be purchased from Honor’s vMall.

The Honor brand is owned by the Chinese company Huawei.

The launch party took place at the stylish Hotel Molitor.

Honor 8 has been promoted as the phone for the millennials, those who embrace a “For The Brave” spirit.

With its new technology and features, Honor 8’s aim was to cater for a generation not afraid of taking risks or making bold life choices, to achieve their goals. Hotel-Molitor-Paris-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Journalists and bloggers from all around Europe were treated to cocktails and canapés by the poolside.

It was the perfect blue Summer sky day.

I must admit, I was tempted on numerous occasions to dive into the pool. Embrace the motto ‘For The Brave’ right? Yellow-and-blue-Molitor-Little-Big-Bell Love how the blues and yellows match so well. Honor8-Huawei-photo-and-styling-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Introducing you to my Honor 8 phone in Sapphire blue. I couldn’t resist dressing it up to party.

The Honor 8 also comes in a Midnight black and Pearl white.

The design element of the phone itself is already a desirable pull.

It shines and reflects like a prism or cut Sapphire, because of its 15 layers of glass set into a diamond cut metal frame. Honor-8-mobile-phone-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Doesn’t it just fit in so well with all my possessions? Honor-8-mobile-phone-sapphire-blue-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell It goes well with all my girlie stuff, but after saying so, its design appeals to all. Just ask my husband, who is already eyeing my new phone to replace his old one.

Can’t blame him though, but mine is for keeps. Honor8-phone-styled-by-littlebigbell How does honor 8’s motto ‘For the Brave’ resonate with me?

It actually does and here’s why:

Many of you may or may not know that my day job is a frontline medical doctor.

Before I started blogging 4 years ago, I never thought I could be creative, until I started styling and photographing my own images.

I took the leap into the unknown and my blog and social media has grown successfully since then. This was helped by the improved quality of my photos taken with my DSLR camera. The mobile phone photos were never totally up to scratch. Nowadays, tackling the manual functions of my DSLR camera has become an intuitive skill.

With the Honor 8’s dual 12-megapixel camera, I may well now come back full circle and start using my phone for blog photography again.  How could that be?  Well, the Honor 8’s Pro photo option has revolutionised taking photos with a mobile phone.

It has allowed me to control the camera functions of my phone like a manual DSLR. I can adjust for ISO, shutter speed, exposure, white balance, autofocus and even control for depth of field.

The Honor 8 has an RGB sensor to capture colour and a monochrome sensor that captures three times more light than usual so enabling greater detail

Below, I will show you the clarity and vibrant colours of the floral bouquet that I have styled, and then photographed using my Honor 8 phone. cof Crisp and clear photos of good resolution were possible with my Honor 8 without much need for editing. cof The phone allowed me to adjust for a dark day. Creating light and bright images. cof Fine detailing can be seen with clarity. cof It’s as if the flowers are popping out of the screen don’t you think? cof Here, I show how I can control for image depth of field.

The pink rose is well defined compared to the light green blooms above. cof I can reverse this, so that the pink rose is now blurred and the green flowers sharpened back into focus.

So cool right? I couldn’t have done this with my old phone camera. cof A few more snaps, I couldn’t resist. cof The final image with my Honor 8. What do you think?
Honor8-phone-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell I have concentrated on design aesthetic and the camera functions in this post, but there are lots of other amazing features that comes with the Honor 8.  There is the fingerprint Smart key function, fast charging feature, fast processing speeds from its i5 co-processor and more.

From my perspective, this is definitely a phone for the creative millennial who loves social media and photography.

Hope you have enjoyed the post. There will be a lot more to come this week. Have a good day.

( All photography and styling are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The mobile phone was given to me for purposes of review. All opinions are my own.)

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