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Pinata-cake-on-Little-Big-Bell I hosted a teen sleepover birthday party for 17 girls last night, for my daughter. It started at 630pm and the noisy fun went on till 3am but hey, it’s half term holidays for the girls.

Here’s the cake I ordered from Crumbs and Doilies.

Sprinkles-cake-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Covered in the most vibrant coloured sprinkles topped with glitter candles.

Confetti-cake-by-Crumbs-and-Doilies-on-Little-Big-Bell It’s a shame I can’t show you the inside of the cake. It was too dark to photograph by the time we cut the cake, and you know how it is with the anticipation for a slice!

It was a layered rainbow cake in pastel pink, green, yellow and lilac.

Then, there was the super surprise of overflowing Smarties when the cake was cut!

A rainbow and Pinata cake in one!

You can see a similar inside of the cake on 100 Layer Cakelet.

confetti-balloon-from-knot-and-bow-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell We bought the giant confetti balloon from Knot and Bow. (Image Knot and Bow)

confetti-balloon-from-knot-and-bow-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell It was so much fun to pop it over the kids after the Happy Birthday song! A beautiful shower of confetti.

Pinata-party-Little-Big-Bell Here we have the Pinata they enjoyed hitting for sweet treats. Then of course the popcorn for movie night, whilst they huddled in cosy sleeping bags.

The girls also enjoyed chatting whilst designing their own white T-shirts with special fabric pens. They had so much fun doing the latter task that we didn’t get round to doing the fireworks outdoors as planned!

Off to recuperate now. Happy weekend all!

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I was recently asked by one of my favourite online children’s clothes and lifestyle store, Alex and Alexa to collaborate on a Halloween feature in which I was interviewed. Even better, I got to do what I love best, to style and shoot a party at home with products from my favourite party brand My Little Day.

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After some DIY with spray paint….!

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What do you think of the result?

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Do pop on over to Alex and Alexa to read the interview on how I created this Halloween table and check out their Halloween shop.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed what you have seen. I’ve got more styling posts coming up and I can’t wait to show you. Happy week all!

Little-Big-Bell-workspace-2 I’ve noticed lately that many design bloggers have moved into their own creative work ‘Studios’.

I’m going to cheat and call my study my studio.

After all, I did spend yesterday afternoon there, crafting up pumpkins for my Halloween collaboration, soon to be revealed.

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Those who follow me on Instagram have already seen my ‘studio’, but I thought I’d post it here for my readers who do not venture into Instagram.

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Little_Big_Bell's_study Here’s where I sit for my weekend morning coffee.

Little_Big_Bell's_study_tour_photo_and_styling_by_Geraldine_Tan This pale blue shelf was a very lucky Ebay finnd.

Little_Big_Bell's-work-space-photo-and-styling-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big_bell These Ikea shelving are always evolving, a reflection of my constant re-arranging and decoration.

Little-Big-Bell's-work-space-1-shelf Here it’s changed again!

Anyway, hope you liked my study……I mean Studio! Have a wonderful week ahead.

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I always have grand plans for celebratory events, but time seem to catch up, hence a mad rush at the end.

So I thought I’d do an early Halloween post.

I’m thinking of a brightly coloured theme, yet with some retained elements of monochrome. Here goes:

The pumpkins above are just perfect. On trend too with the ombre hues and geometric patterns.

The DIY tutorial can be found on Funkytime.

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How about these cute pumpkin animals? Can you guess what they are?

Perfect party centrepieces for a Halloween table.

You can find the simple DIY tutorial at Studio DIY.

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Pops of neon on white painted pumpkins scream fun! Try out this DIY on For the love of.

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These monochrome printable Halloween treat boxes are just so cool!

Add gumballs for that instant colour cheer!

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Caspar the friendly ghost came to mind, when I saw these milk carton boxes.

The templates are free to print out from Minieco.

I’m thinking of filling mine with wriggly worm chews, immersed in a sea of colourful confetti. What would you put in yours?

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Check out these Halloween labels, a perfect compliment to the bright orange pop!

You can purchase them as printables from Tuesday mourning shop.

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These tassels have been specially created to go with my theme by Angie Mcluckie. You can purchase it from my Great.ly shop.

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No party is complete without pinata. This mini ghost pinata DIY can be found on Oh Happy Day.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my Halloween picks. Have a happy weekend ahead!

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Hi all! Just popping over to let you know that I have been nominated for an Amara Interior Blog award under the section colour inspiration. I am hugely honoured to have been chosen to be under this section alongside many of my truly amazing blogger friends.

There’s 12 more days to go before voting closes and I would love to have your support in voting for Little Big Bell if you like it here. Every vote counts! Here’s the link.

Everyone who votes will be entered into a draw for the two £50 Virgin experience gift vouchers.

Wishing you all a lovely week. I will be back in a few days with another fun post. x

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I have just returned from a long weekend away in Barcelona.

The last time I was in Barcelona was around 15 years ago and I was so looking forward to revisiting Antoni Gaudi’s work.

Unfortunately, the Sagrada Familia was closed to visitors on the day that I visited.

Luckily, I was able to visit the beautiful Park Guell designed by him.

Park_Guell_Gaudi_Little_Big_Bell Love the shape of the roof of the Porter’s lodge pavilion, with its colourful mosaics.

Pink_mosaics_Gaudi_Barcelona_Little_Big_Bell In the centre of Park Guell lies an open space originally planned for an open theatre, now rechristened Nature square. It is surrounded by undulating walls of mosaics.

Gaudi_yellow_tile_mosaics_Park_Guell_Little_Big_Bell Bright pops of yellows and blues, the perfect combination.

Gaudi_mosaics_park_guell_Little_Big_Bell The tile shard mosaics on the ceiling of the Hypostyle room, laid amongst 84 striated columns. Simply stunning!

Gaudi's_house_Barcelona_on_Little_Big_Bell Here is the external of Gaudi’s home – Pink, blue and green.

Gaudi_House_Park_Guell_photo_by_Little_Big_Bell The primary colours on the chimney are striking don’t you think?

Park_Guell_Barcelona_Little_Big_Bell Anyway, hope you’ve enjoyed the post. I’ll be writing more on Barcelona soon. Happy week all!

David-Mellor-cutlery-Another-Country-shop-London-styling-by-Little-Big-Bell A few weeks back, I was invited by Kate Baxter and Daniel Nelson to a styling party at Another Country’s new store in Marylebone, London. This was as part of their #anothersummer campaign.

I was given a styling budget and free rein to use whatever was in the shop to style. Now that is what design bloggers like!

Since the hashtag was a Summer theme, and being a Summer lover, I thought I’d style in bright and cheerful hues. Hope you like it!

The colourful children’s cutlery by David Mellor were photographed on Another Country’s beautiful wooden dining table. Do take a look at their gorgeous table collection.

Another_Country_bowl-1_styling_and_photo_by_Little_Big_Bell Love the series one inspired cream bowls. Perfect for some Fruit Loops fun to start the day!

Another-Country-pencil-holder-0n-Litle-Big-Bell-blog These colourful pencils are just perfect on their solid maple and brass pencil holder. In fact, the more I look at it, the more I know I need that pencil holder for my second study revamp, currently in progress.

Another_Country_bowl_and_mug_by_Little_Big_Bell A bit of surreal fun here. Yes, that is minty blue milk in an Another Country mug.

Another_Country_mug_styling_and_photo_by_Little_Big_Bell It may now be the end of Summer, but I am determined to celebrate its bright and colourful cheer.

Hope you like my styling. Have a fabulous weekend all!

Hooray-Today-on-Little-Big-Bell Hello all! I thought I’d post some of my favourite brights to kick start the week.

Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up to the print above by Hooray Today every day?

Cellofetti-cushion-1-Little-Big-Bell-shop-great.ly This colourful Cellofetti cushion by Lauren Bower is bound to cheer and even better, its geometric print is so on trend.

Pencil_shaving_studio_iphone_cases_featured_on_Little_Big_Bell When the time comes to renew my iphone case, then I will look no further than the Pencil Shavings Studio .

My favourite is the one on the bottom right, with its bright, painterly strokes.

Bright_Lights_print_by_Emily_Rickard_on_Little_Big_Bell Talking about painterly strokes, here is the  Bright Lights print  by Emily Rickard, beautiful, bold and vibrant.

Rowena_Martinich_ceramics_on_Little_Big_Bell More painterly strokes. Three indeed makes a trend.

These plates are by Melbourne couple Martinich and Carran. You can read all about them on the Design Files.

Sleep_pillow_by_Kate_taylor_on_Little_big_bell Last but not least, is this bright Sleep pillow by Kate Taylor. Love the pillow case but would love the confetti bed sheet too!

Hope you’ve enjoyed browsing my favourite brights. Have a great week all!

Drinks_trolley_shop_society_social_on_Little_Big_Bell I remember in the 80s on TV, you often see the scenes whereby individuals upon entering the house, would make their way to a side table, to pour themselves a tipple, be it Scotch, Sherry or a Gin and Tonic.

I’m sensing that revival with the trend for Bar carts.

( Image source: Shop society social.)

Drinks-trolley-image-from-Oliver-Bonas-on-little-Big-Bell Those beautifully designed bottles will soon see sunlight and become part of one’s home decor.

Here’s a little guide to get you started:

How to stock a Bar Cart by Style Me pretty Living.

Colour coordinate the bottles for your Bar Cart by Hank and Hunt

So before long, cocktail parties here we come!

(Image above is from Oliver Bonas).

Raspberry-basil-Limoncello-cocktail-Stylemepretty Here’s a delicious cocktail recipe that I have found.

Raspberry Basil Limoncello cocktail from Style Me Pretty.

For more cocktail ideas, do check out my Pinterest board here.

Champagne_and_popsicles_on_Little_Big_Bell This is such a cool idea to place a fruity popsicle into Champagne, found via Rue magazine.

You can create a light popsicle spritzer with equal parts champagne and ginger ale as base or for a fruity cocktail, use 3 parts ginger ale with 1 part white rum or vodka. ( from Hostess with the Mostess )

Fruit_ice_cubes_Designlovefest Here’s another great idea, to garnish your drinks with fruity ice cubes or floral blooms via Designlovefest.

Anyway, it may be the end of the Summer, but I say let the cocktail drinks party begin!

Wishing you all a wonderful start to your week!

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Thornback and Peel’s prints are quirky, cool and quintessentially British.

I was most excited to learn that they have upholstered three mid-century modern chairs with their new Autumn/Winter design prints, in a new colour palette.

Even better, they will be holding a silent auction for them during London Design Festival, at their Bloomsbury store between 13th to 21st September. The auction is to raise money for the charity Music as Therapy.

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Music As Therapy aims to develop and use music therapy to relieve the suffering in those with mental / physical disability or those suffering from the effects of poverty.

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I’m loving them all! Do pop in to Thornback and Peel’s Bloomsbury shop to support a good cause.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend ahead.

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