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working from home I thought it would be lovely to provide some decor inspiration to get your home ready for Summer if you are working from home.

Here are my top 5 tips for updating the workspace. working from home decor 1. Declutter

Firstly, for those having to stay home, more than ever, this is the opportunity to declutter.

Admittedly, there is nowhere to dump the stuff, but bagging things away ready to go when the lockdown ends will make life so much easier. home ready for summer 2. Gallery wall refresh

Art prints and frames are still easily available to purchase online and be delivered during this Coronavirus lockdown. home ready for summer In fact, I have done several gallery wall refreshes during my weekends off, for example, my hallway above. home ready for summer You don’t have to spend a bomb to do this. I’ve mainly used old prints that I’ve had in storage and added one or two new ones.

The “Magnifique” print is new, and from Gayle Mansfield. 3. Accessorize your desk.

After a declutter and wipe down, I decided to restyle my desk with a new lamp.

I absolutely adore the elegance of my new Hector 30 lamp from Original BTC, with its classic white bone China shade and brass fittings. 4. New floor coverings 

No floor is complete without a bright and colourful rug to usher in the Summer.

As this is hay fever season, you may want to consider a rug that can be easily washed or wiped down.

I have always loved the plastic rugs from pappelina. In fact, I still have the ones I bought from more than 10 years ago.

These aren’t single use plastic products. They are beautiful designs that last a lifetime.

They feel so luxurious and soft to step on, the colours stay vibrant even after many years, and they are so easy to clean too.

These 2 pretty rugs from pappelina are called Piglet ( pink) and Vera ( turquoise). 5.Pastel cushions

These pastel cushions in the shape of shells are from Moi Mili. Aren’t they simply divine? They match the aesthetic of my workspace so well. The cushions are super plump soft and definitely huggable.

So, those were my 5 simple tips on how to get your workspace ready for Summer if you are working from home. Hope you’ve enjoyed it.

Finally, wishing you a wonderful week ahead and stay safe.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The products mentioned are gifts).

Stranger Things style living room AD. I was excited to take on the challenge when Frith rugs asked me to style up a Stranger Things style living room using one of their rugs.

I could have gone all dark and retro, like in the film, but I decided to put my own take on it.

Stranger Things is one our family’s favourite Netflix shows, set in the 1980s.

The 1980s was the era of the neon pop look and the colourful geometrics of the Memphis style movement. However, alongside these bold colours was also a trend for light pastel hues. I’ve decided to style my living room in the 1980s pastel look. I have kept the Stranger Things theme by recreating the alphabet wall with colourful lights seen in the show. To compliment my pastel theme, I have picked a pretty pink rug from Frith rugs.

It’s a 100% wool Indian lattice design rug. It comes in a variety of sizes. Stranger Things style living room Frith rugs is a family owned business, since 1981. They sell a huge variety of rugs, handpicked and manufactured from their travels around the world.

You can find Persian rugs, to Afghan rugs, and classic styled rugs to contemporary rugs on their website. Basically there is a great collection to suit all tastes and budgets.  When it comes to rugs from third world countries I always like to know if they are being sold ethically, and I’m pleased to find out that Frith rugs do this responsibly. Stranger Things style living room I’ve had my pink Indian lattice design rug for a few weeks now, and can report that the quality is good. It’s soft, cosy and warm to walk on. There is no shedding or pilling of the carpet. It vacuums easily too. Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my take on a Stranger Things style living room.

I’ll be back soon with more posts in the New Year. Wishing you a wonderful 2020.

Small living room How to style a small living room.

Following on from my recent post on how to create a flexible Room for Living using John Lewis and Partners furniture, I thought I’d show you how they can be moved around flexibly to needs.

I’ve recently started doing workouts in my small living room, a small but positive step towards getting fit.

To create space for working out, I’ve moved my Design Project by John Lewis coffee table off the carpet. It was handy that the table was light and slim, so fitted perfectly between the rug and fireplace without looking obtrusive.

Talking about the rug, I adore my new Tora rug from John Lewis and partners.

It’s so soft and has made my workout  (especially sit ups) less punishing.

It’s also a great spot for the family to sit whilst playing board games on the weekend. If you recall from my last post, I had a console table where the sofa is now in this small living room.

It’s in my hallway at present, to make room for my Design Project by John Lewis shelf unit. small living room Now back to the shelves.

After work or on weekends , I usually like to unwind by leafing through my collection of hardback books on interiors, travel and food.

I have a huge collection of books ( which incidentally I also use as props for photo shoots). The Design Project by John Lewis shelf is so stylish and elegant. It was the perfect solution for storing and displaying my book collection. Here’s a better view of the shelf. My dining table and chairs are the only pieces that have stayed in their original spot. 

How do you like this new configuration in my small living room?

It’s great that all these pieces of John Lewis and Partners furniture allow for such flexibility in the way we live.

The key to living flexibly in this small space is to buy quality furniture that can have multiple uses, is light enough to move around, and of course looks beautiful too.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the post. Wishing you a wonderful day. x

( All photography and styling are by Little Big Bell. This is a paid partnership post with John Lewis and Partners.)

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