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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).


Hello all! I hope you have all had a lovely weekend. I thought I’d pop in to show you a few corners of my home that I have recently posted on Instagram.

Here is a little vignette sitting on top of our piano. The air plant was purchased from our local florist. I’m so liking the idea of not having to water it.


Here is my String shelf again with a new look. I’m loving my Wooden Wonderland blocks designed by Lee storm for Hay. The prints are by Britt Castellano and Sketchinc, both available in Little Big Bell shop.


This is my kitchen which is very white and contemporary. In the far distance, you can see a glass partition and stairs leading to a large basement family room.


Here is another corner of my kitchen. The wooden mouse and boards were all recent purchases from Workshop in Brighton.


These three stacking dolls are by Wee gallery, sitting at the end of my son’s bed. Hope you’ve enjoyed the mini peek into the corners of my home.

Have a wonderful week ahead!


To complete my report on the London Design Festival, I’d like to show you my picks from one of the main design venues, Designjunction.

On close analysis of my photos taken at the show, I noticed two recurrent themes. The first is the  trend for metal.  Copper, Brass and Gold with their Autumnal shades.

The brass animal holders above are by Gavin Coyle. I can imagine them hung in clusters over my study desk, a perfect organiser.


These Copper and wood containers are by Chilean designers Bravo! , providing storage that is simple yet elegant. They can also be stacked up into sculptural shapes if space is limited.


Those of you who follow me on Instagram may have seen this light before. It’s called Ripple by Poetic Lab. It works by focusing a beam of light over a gently rotating hand blown glass dome. It exudes an underwater calm and is most certainly hypnotising.


The styling on this String shelving unit is simply beautiful. Love that ‘organised chaos’ look . Those earthy warm tones of the books are so cleverly offset by the cool greys. I might just do some stationery shopping at Muji to reproduce this look.


Here is the String shelving in gold, a luxuriant alternative to the popular white don’t you think?


This image reveals the two spotted trends mentioned at the start of the post. Metal continues to make an appearance. The second trend reveal is Turquoise.

Turquoise is a spectrum of blues and greens, shades of which were clearly evident throughout the show.

Fast forward to next Spring/Summer and I’m sure we’ll be seeing lots of blues and greens. The green trend is certainly not abating and I am pleased about that.

The metallic lighting and turquoise table are part of a collection called Toffoli by UBS design.


This is 52 Meters, a company that was originally set up as a dealership in vintage 20th Century design. It has now started to produce a small range of furniture and lighting. This collection is called ‘Tube line’, inspired by the London Underground.

Here we have the Turquoise blue of Victoria line and I’m sure there is a District line green somewhere too.


Even the classic Wishbone chairs by Hans J Wegner have taken on shades of greens and blues.


I’ve always wanted these modular Montana shelving for my home. I’m liking how shades of beige have been contrasted with greens from tones of Chlorophyll to a Khaki green.


I am attracted to colour and so this shelving unit didn’t escape my eye. It’s called Brick and designed by Chilean designer Orlando Gatica Studio. This would be an ideal floor to ceiling storage solution stretching the length of my basement playroom area, had I not already had bespoke cupboards made. Spot the Turquoise?


I end this post these wonderful light boxes from Leal available from Molly Meg.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post, have a great weekend, coming up soon. x

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