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Baubles-in-baubles-DIY-Little-Big_Bell This weekend was very busy for me as I was on call for the hospital. I managed to squeeze in a short time at home, making Christmas decorations with the kids before going back to do another ward round.

I bought a big box of clear baubles this year and let the kids fill them with colour.

Here is one filled with mini baubles, made by my son.

Christmas-bauble-2-DIY-by-Geraldine-Tan-of-Little-Big-Bell-blog This glittery star bauble was made by my daughter. She dabbed some clear glue to the inner walls and shook the stars all around, making a pretty pattern.

Little-Big-Bell's-Christmas-DIY-2014 Here they are suspended.

Clear-bauble-DIY-2-styled-and-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I love the combination of rose pink and gold, so these are the ones I made.

Christmas-bauble-DIY-2-by-Little-Big-Bell Colourful confetti stars.

Festive-Christmas-baubles-DIY-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell You can fill the baubles with anything you desire. Simple, fast and a great festive thing to do with the family.

Wishing you all a great week ahead.

Christmas-card-Little-Big-Bell Can you tell from all my festive postings that I’m so excited for Christmas? Yes, I absolutely am, like a child waiting eagerly for Santa Claus!

A few months back, I participated in a bloggers’ styling competition ran by West Elm in London, organised by the Urban Jungle bloggers and sponsored in part by At Mine.

Thanks to all your support and votes, my styling partner Kate Baxter and I WON the challenge!

At Mine is an online community for home and design lovers, where members share their real homes.

They have opened the registration to my readers for a week, so if you want a snoop around design bloggers’ homes, do register here.

They have also done an interview with Kate and I, so do pop over there to read it if you like.

West-Elm-candle-1-Little-Big-Bell Now, you may wonder what we won? £100 in vouchers each, to spend in West Elm. I was so excited!

I decided to style a festive breakfast with my purchases.

So, to set the scene, I lit my Pinecone and Thistle candle as Christmas carols played in the background.

Christmas-breakfast-Little-Big-Bell The festive theme was in red and white. I bought a set of red enamel plates and cutlery to go with the desired look.

West-Elm-London-Market-mugs-styling-and-photo-Little-BigBell The Brooklyn mugs above were my absolute favourites.

I must confess, I may have bought the last four!

West-Elm-Lemon-and-Lime-marmalade-andspoon-rest-photo-and-styling-Little-Big-Bell Breakfast consisted of some delicious Sourdough bread from our local artisan bakery, Gails. The marmalade set from West Elm was simply delicious.

West-Elm-Spiced-marmalade-Little-Big-Bell Here’s the Christmas spiced version and no festive breakfast is complete without mince pies right?

West-Elm-London-Christmas-table-Little_Big_Bell Hope this post has got you in the mood for Christmas?

Wishing you all a lovely week.

Advent-Calendar-by-Little-Big-Bell Better late than never! I thought I’d show you the Advent calendar I made the kids this year.

I wanted to do something colourful, so I decided to do some Ombre effect water colouring on tags stamped with numbers.

At the back of each tag is a cryptic treasure hunt trail to follow.

The cards can also be taped to the wall in a Christmas tree shape.

Hope you like my simple idea. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

Little-Big-Bell-work-space-1-photo-and-styling-by-Geraldine-Tan I’ve been wanting to show you my second work space for quite some time now. This weekend was the first in a long while that I wasn’t working at the hospital.

It was also lucky that the sun decided to peek through those thick Winter clouds, allowing me to shoot with my DSLR camera.

This post consists of two areas of the study. There will be a part 2 and 3 of the study to come in subsequent posts.

So here it is!  A pastel palette of pinks, peach and yellows, complimented by accents of copper and gold.

Hay-denmark-Little-Big-Bell These storage boxes are from Hay of Denmark. I really like how the copper cookie cutter draws the eye to the peachy tones.

Scout-Editions-bird-postcards-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell These beautiful bird postcards were given to me by my Instagram friend Pui of Scout Editions. Aren’t they adorable?

Little-Big-Bell-workspace-photo-and-styling-by-Geraldine-Tan I absolutely adore all things Kate Spade and there will be more to come in my next workspace post. This paper tray with its gold tinted mirror has been one of my most treasured finds. I love how it reflects and shows off the pretty patterns from my stationery.

Little-Big-Bell's-workspace-photo-and-styling-3-by-Geraldine-Tan Talking about stationery, have you checked out Studio Sarah’s new collection? I’m loving that grey grid card with gold corners that she sent me.

Kate-Spade-paper-tray-photo-and-styling-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell More reflection play against the tray mirror. Been practising Calligraphy with my new pen.

Stationery-Little-Big-Bell A palette of pinks and grey blues here before a slight change in colour tone, as I show you the recessed shelf area nearby.

Rise-art-M-L-James-Little-Big-Bell's-study Here it is! Brighter pops of colours with the metal accents as before.

The print above is by Lisa James from Rise Art, an online art platform that sells original and limited edition prints. They even have a ‘try before you buy’ service.

Mid century modern home decor with bright colours are very much in fashion at the moment, this print perfectly embodies that trend.

Kate-Spade-polka-dots-photo-and-styling-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell The trays from Hay provide endless fun as the inserts can be moved around to form different permutations of colour.

Kate-Spade-candle-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Love the polka dots, gold and inspirational saying on my Kate Spade candle. These are such perfect Christmas gifts for friends.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. There will be more of this study to come in the new year.

My next post will be a Christmas theme.

Have a great start to your weeks.

( All photos and styling by Geraldine Tan of Little Big Bell)

Paper-triangle-Christmas-wall-tree-by-Brit-and-Co Four and a half weeks to Christmas and I am so unprepared! I thought I should at least get a Christmas post out.

I have found some alternative festive solutions for small space living, where a large Christmas tree is simply not an option.

Introducing you to THE WALL CHRISTMAS TREE!

The easy to follow steps for the paper triangle tree above can be found on Brit & Co.

DIY-Honeycomb-Christmas-Tree This honeycomb ball tree by Studio DIY is just so cute. All ready for Santa’s gifts.

Easy-colourful-Christmas-tree-hanging-for-the-wall-by-hankandhunt-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell A genius idea here with some careful balancing of wood dowels and string by Hank and Hunt . Just add baubles.

Christmas-tree-wall-of-balloons-from-Raneytown.com-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell I never say no to balloons! This is by Raney town.

coloured-driftwood-christmas-tree-by-Leslie-Shewring For those who are artistically inclined, how about a weekend in with some mulled wine, scented candles and music as you paint sweet patterns on driftwood, to create a wooden wall tree?

The one above is by the talented Leslie Shewring for Decor 8.

christmas-tree-wall-with-coloured-tissue-paper Last but not least, a coloured tissue paper Christmas tree created by Brittni Melhoff.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Hopefully I can post my work space makeover next week.

Have a great start to your weeks.

Remodelista-market-London-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell It was rather grey in London this Saturday, but no fear, rays of sunshine were to be had at the Remodelista market.

This was Remodelista’s one day curated shopping event, bringing local designers and creators under one roof.

It was held in The New Craftsmen building. The New Craftsmen works with a selection of Britain’s finest craft makers, many of whose products were selected for this showcase sale.

I couldn’t help admiring the colour block Cashmere socks in the photo above by Esk, the perfect Winter cosy.

The-Remodelista-market-London-2014-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell These beautiful coloured cushions are by  R de Borman.

They definitely brought that required sunshine cheer. Coincidentally, the sun did come out when I took the shot.

macrame-pot-hangers-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Macrame plant holders are definitely making a come back this season and likely into Summer.

The ones above are by Gina Marris.

Geoffrey-Fisher-Design-skipping-ropes-Remodelista-markey-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-of-Little-Big-Bell How cheerful are these for skipping? I’ll have a sunny yellow one please.

They are all handmade by Geoffrey Fisher.

Aimee-Betts-Remodelista-Market-photo-by-Little-big-Bell I had fun rummaging through the old wooden drawers at the back of the building, which housed samples of work from the New Craftsmen makers.

The textile braid above is by Aimee Betts.

Silvia-K-ceramics-colour-palette-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell A wonderful surprise in another drawer, the bright colour palette used by Silvia K ceramics.

Silvia-K-Remodelista-market-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Talking about Silvia K, here hanging on the shelf, are some of her ceramic platters, in gorgeous, broad painterly strokes.

Above them, are the beautiful glasses by Michael Ruh. My favourite ones are those in citrus hues.

Silvia-K-bowl-Remodelista-market-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Here’s the Silvia K bowl I bought. Yellow and green, the perfect combination.

Native-and-co-Remodelista-market-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Native & Co did a great job styling their table. The utilitarian products they sold were handcrafted by makers from Japan and Taiwan.

Nom-Nom-chocolates-Remodelista-market-photo-by-Little_Big_Bell I just could not walk away from these chocolates, especially not when they were called Nom Nom.

The flavours such as Wild Plum, Winter Pear and Blackberry and apple crumble were already fuelling the temptation, but when I saw the colourful foil wraps, the 5 bars above became mine. For Christmas gifting of course!

There were indeed many talents under one roof. Others I also liked include the illustrated plates by Laura Carlin , the hand dyed velvet cushions by Kirsten Hecktermann, ceramic ware by Stuart Carey and beautiful Irish linen from 31 Chapel Lane.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my little tour of the Remodelista market. A really successful event and I can’t wait for the next one.

Wishing you all a happy start to your week!

Naked-floral-wedding-cake-fromevangcooper-photo-by-K-Bryant-images Whilst scrolling Pinterest, I kept seeing these naked cakes adorned with flowers. I naturally fell in love and pinned them on my boards.

So, a naked cake is one that is not fully covered by icing, like a Victoria sponge but multi-layered. On its own, it looks rather plain, but add some flowers and hey presto! It’s like the fairy godmother has touched the cake with her wand!

(image from evangcooper and photo by Hannah Akers.)

fresh-flower-naked-cake-by-cococakeland-featured-on-Little-Big_bell My first thought which no doubt many of you may have is ‘Which flowers to use?

The edible ones, from my research are Nasturtiums, Lavender, Violets, Pansies, Rose petals, Dandelion, Carnation, Petunias and Hibiscus. You can read more about the flowers here.

The above naked cake and how to create it  is from Coco Cake Land.

Floral-cake-100-layer-cakelet-photo-by-Katie-Pritchard-photography Then of course foliage could be fresh herbs.This is my favourite naked cake and it was featured in 100 layer cake . The photo is by Katie Pritchard.

I might try to create one this weekend. Hope this has inspired you to create one too? Wishing you a happy week!

Amara-Interior-design-blog-award-for-colour-inspiration-2014-Little-Big-Bell

Happy new week all ! I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to my wonderful readers who have supported and voted for me to reach the finals of the Amara Interior blog awards last week.

I am so happy to announce that I WON the award in the Colour Inspiration category, sponsored by Fired Earth.

It was a wonderful cocktails and canapes event at the Rosewood hotel in Holborn, beautifully organised by the team from Amara Living and sponsored by a group of amazing brands.

Thank you too to all who have already congratulated me on my social media channels, the response has been overwhelming and I really am truly honoured.

I will be back later this week, lots of exciting and colourful posts to show you. Have a great day all.

Vale_Lodge_1_by_2_Lovely_gays_featured_on_Little_Big_Bell This is the home of UK interior designers Russell and Jordan, also known as 2 Lovely Gays.

Earlier this year Jordan was the runner up of a UK homes show called the Great Interior design challenge.

When I discovered their website last week, I was instantly drawn to their design aesthetic and use of colour.

Vale_Lodge_2_Lovely_Gays_featured_on_blog_Little_Big_Bell I’m liking the mix of midcentury modern and bright accent colours of red, green and blue.

Vale_Lodge_2_Lovely_gays_featured_on_Little_Big_Bell How cool is that green paint wall effect ? I would love to try it at home.

I like how it matches the painted canvas on the shelf, drawing our eyes back to the gallery wall.

Vale_Lodge_by_2_Lovely_Gays_featured_on_Little_Big_Bell You can tell they like to entertain. A bar side table against a beautiful deep sea blue.

Trilby_road_by_2_lovely_gays_featured_on_little_Big_bell This next home is in Trilby road. A Victorian end of terrace house “stripped to its bare and brought back to its former charm with added modern functionality and a touch of humour” say the 2 Lovely Gays.

I am liking the copper blush pink they have used throughout the project.

Trilby_ Road_ 2_Lovely_Gays_featured_on_Little_Big_Bell The copper pink tones are punctuated by striking pops of green.

Trilby Road by 2 Lovely Gays featured on Little Big Bell Such attention to detail, with tableware that matches the wall colour throughout the rest of the house.

Trilby Road-2 lovely Gays Here in the main bedroom, the blush pink continues, now accented by electric blue and shades of Indigo.

Trilby_Road_2_Lovely_Gays I’m loving the details – that blue painted window and the patterned geometric rug.

Trilby_Road_2_Lovely_Gays_featured_on_Little_Big_Bell

This must be the guest room or reading nook, where the primary colours unify.

Such amazing talents don’t you think? Check out more of their interior projects here.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this feast of colour. Wishing you all a happy mid week!

( All photos are by Megan Taylor)

Boy's_bedroom_makeover_on_Little_Big_Bell_blog On Saturday afternoon, after work, I decided I needed to unwind.

How best to do that than to do a bit of styling and redecorating in my son’s bedroom. So, here’s a 30 minute makeover!

Click here to see what his bedroom used to look like.

I went with a relaxed red and navy Breton look with accent colours of green and citrus hues.

Boy's_bedroom_Little_White_Company_by_Little_Big_Bell My son’s bed, Breton duvet cover, bed throw, red striped cushion and storage bag are all from The Little White Company. 

The American Stars and stripes bag on the floor is from American Apparel and the Breton striped hoody is from Petit Bateau. Both of these items were bought a while ago, but I’m sure they will have similar online.

His green earphones are Urbanears, the red striped mug is Marimekko and the Apple Papple print over the bed is by Fine Little Day.

Boy's_bedroom_Little_White_Company_on_Little_Big_Bell Here’s M relaxing in his room. His top is Petit Bateau and jeans are by J. Crew.

Hope you like my 30 minute makeover. Have a wonderful start to your week. More exciting stuff to show you on the blog soon. Can’t wait! x

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