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House-boat-party-Little-Big-Bell A fortnight ago, I was invited to a bloggers party on a houseboat, complete with bubbly and candies on King’s Coss canal in London. Floating-cinema The icing on the cake was that it was a Floating Cinema!

Let’s play guess what film we watched?

Just for fun, I’m going to include some quotes from the show throughout the post.

Apologies in advance if it doesn’t totally sound like me.

Anyway, when I told my daughter I was going to watch one of her favourite films on a barge, I had hoped she would have thought that “I’m not a regular mom, I’m a cool mom”, but that was not to be. House-boat-cards-by-Scout-Editions-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell We passed loads of colourful houseboats, just like the ones illustrated above by my friend Pui of Scout Editions. Currys-movie-night-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Currys, one of UK’s leading electrical store hosted this fun party.

I think it was pretty obvious we had popcorn. The-floating-cinema-with-Curry's-styling-and-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I was going to wear my pink Kate Spade dress, but then realised it was Sunday and it’s only “On Wednesday we wear pink”. So it had to be a blue and green colour blocked dress.

Want to check out what was in my “You can’t sit with us” handbag? ( You have either got the film by now or I’ve completely lost you in this post.)

Anyway, you can see I am a real Benefit cosmetics fan and Quay Australia sunglasses are totally “fetch”.

Love the holographic effect of the floating cinema’s programme leaflet. Bando-girl-gang-party-styling-and-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell The party on the barge was so “grool” ( great and cool combine).

There was sparkling wine with raspberries and bags of candies which included my favourite Flying saucer sweets, love its sherbet fizz when the coloured rice paper melt in the mouth. Outdoor-cinema The film we watched was from an Acer projector.

Now I really need one to recreate this outdoor film party scene. It would be perfect for my daughter’s birthday, in my back garden, before Summer goes.

What’s missing? Oh yes, the birthday cake. “I wish I could bake a cake made out of rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat it and be happy!”.

Oh wait, no need to wish. anges-de-sucre-photo-by-little-big-bell I can just get this gorgeous one from Anges de Sucre.

Have you guessed the film? It’s none other than Mean Girls, starring Lindsay Lohan.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this and that I didn’t lose you with all those quotes. Just a heads up, the Floating cinema is running till 20th September, so do check it out.

Back soon with more fun and colourful posts. Happy Bank holiday for those in the UK and everyone else, a happy weekend.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan of Little Big Bell except for the outdoor cinema picture which is by Lay baby Lay. This post is done in collaboration with Currys but not sponsored. All opinions are my own).

Amara-interior-blog-awards-colour-inspiration-Little-Big-Bell Hi all! I wanted to pop in to let you know that I have been nominated again this year for the Amara Interior Blog Awards for Colour Inspiration #IBA15. I would be ever so grateful if you could VOTE for me here or click on the images.

I am so happy. When I think back, 4 years ago, I never knew I could be or was good enough to be creative.

Growing up, I have always known that I wanted to be a doctor. Science was my forte and I thought the path was clear.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love being a doctor and leading a team.

Awaking my creative side had lead me to achieve a lot in medicine too, such as becoming a finalist in the British Medical Journal Awards for Emergency Care.

Amara-Interior-Blog-Awards-vote-now-Little-Big-Bell I have always loved decorating since a young age, but never thought much of this.

Blogging has unravelled something in me which I didn’t know about myself. Being able to express myself with colour has enriched my life and I guess it’s the doctor in me, wanting to give cheer to people who read my blog or follow me on Instagram. Amara-Interior-blog-awards-thank-you-Little-Big-Bell As I hit 30K followers on Instagram this week, I just wanted to also say a big thank you to all who follow me there for their kind support.

I am always so happy when I get to post a colourful image, often on my lunch or coffee break, which hopefully brings those who follow me some colourful joy.

Anyway, I won’t say too much any more. I would love to at least make the shortlist for the awards and I would be so grateful if you would vote for me, if you like my blog. Thank you so much.

Here is the link to VOTE .

Have a lovely week all.

(Thanks to Scout Editions who designed the graphics above for me)

Farrow-and-Ball-2015-by-Little-Big-Bell Farrow and Ball recently commissioned me to produce a mood board for them. I absolutely love their paints, so it was an instant yes.

My whole house is actually painted in Farrow and Ball. Although my home is colourful, the backdrop is neutral.

My walls are Farrow and Ball Strong White, the skirting boards and cornices are in All White. My stairs and fireplaces are painted in Cornforth White.

That is going to change soon, as I will be introducing more colour to the walls.

So, here are the colours that I have chosen: Pitch Blue, Arsenic, Green Blue and Pink Ground. The main accent feature against all these colours is gold. ( All on mood board above).

I think blues and pastels are going to be a growing trend this season and next.

Girly glamour and gold is going to feature a lot too.

The indoor green movement with houseplants is still going strong, the shade of green is gradually being translated into rooms, as accent colours.

For Summer, I’ve been drawn to pale pink, fuchsia, mint, sky blue and canary yellow. They are actually my signature colours.

Now that Autumn is approaching, I have kept to a similar palette, but introduced warmer and cosier tones.

I’m loving Pitch blue for its darker Winter shade, but there remains a bright pigment which makes colours, pastels or bright, pop when set against it.

If you are worried about combining pastels with dark colours, then Pitch blue is the tone for you, because it works well with pale pink and mint.

If you look at the mood board that I created at the very top of the post, you can see that Pitch blue can combine well with the pale of Farrow and Ball colours such as Pink Ground and Green Blue.

The picture collage just above, gives you an idea of how well the mint and blue in the little girl’s outfit can combine. Also see how the blue rug goes so well with the pink chairs.

I have picked two greens, Arsenic and Green blue. The latter two colours are part of the same spectrum, just a different saturation. They combine well together. Have a look at the green chairs above showing how a green spectrum can combine.

Arsenic is such a vibrant green, great to use as an accent colour against Pitch blue. Take a look at the image of the living room in the photo above, with the green door frame and skirting. This is how Arsenic could work with Pitch Blue.

Summer for me is pinks in light candy sweet shades and bright fuchsias. Now that Autumn and Winter is approaching, I’m so pleased there is a calming and warm tone of pink being introduced. The chalky warmth of Pink Ground allows it to blend with the darker shades like Pitch blue and brighter greens such as Arsenic, without a clashing effect.

( Image for collage sources left to right, from top 1 |1a | | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 .)

Farrow-and-Ball-pink-ground Here, I have placed some bright blues against the calm of Pink Ground, Farrow-and-Ball-pitch-blue-styled-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell and look how happy the greens, pastel pink, gold and yellows look, when set against Pitch Blue.

Even white looks great against it. Imagine a wall in Pitch Blue with a shelf full of white porcelain set against it. Nice right? Alex-Foster-print-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Mix and match the Pink Ground, Pitch blue, Arsenic and Blue Green. They all go together in any combination. I have tried and tested those colours for you at home.

We’re all in the same boat when dabbling in colours. There is fear to combine because of the unknown. My advice is play with colours, get tester pots and create mood boards as I have.

The print above is by Alex Foster.

Moodboard-Farrow-and-Ball Remember to add ‘Gold’ ! Gold goes well with any of these colours I have chosen. I have used gold instead of the yellows I use in my Summer colours.

Gold will bring you sunshine in the Winter as Canary yellow does in the Summer.

I will hopefully, time permitting, be able to design one of my rooms using this mood board. Hope you have enjoyed the post and I would love to hear what colours you intend to use for your Autumn / Winter decor. I have so enjoyed putting together the mood board and vignettes.

Have a wonderful start to your weeks.

( The moodboard and vignettes are styled, photographed and created by me, Geraldine Tan of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored post in association with Farrow and Ball. All opinions are my own).

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