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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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Last Saturday, I had a fun time with the family, walking around the exhibits of London South Bank’s Festival of Love.  It was indeed colourful! The structure above was built by Morag Myers Cough.

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Love these on trend, colourful geometric wall patterns. Here’s my son showing off his new ‘Awesome’ J.Crew T-shirt.

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The vibrant colours of the Southbank has inspired me to show you a colourful homewares brand that I’ve recently stocked in my Great.ly shop.

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Introducing you to UK brand Hokolo. The collection is designed by Jen Taylor. After seeing her designs, I felt compelled to introduce her to great.ly as a maker.

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Love the cushions. I’m sure you can guess which one is Blueberry, Tomato and Fried egg. There are also beautiful, warm blankets that match the cushions, all in bright, cheerful hues. Happy shopping and have a good week all!

Gorman-winter-harvest-on-Little-Big-Bell So, theoretically it’s still Summer but what’s with the grey clouds and chill in the air? Then, there’s that whole back to school thing everywhere!

Oh no! I don’t want Summer to end! How do we give impending Autumn a Summer cheer? Is it a goodbye to my favoured watermelons and pineapples? Then, I saw the above! Winter harvest veggies but with such colour and vibrancy.

Gorman-Winter-harvest-quilts-on-Little-Big-Bell I was so happy to discover Gorman’s Winter Harvest Home Time range. Time to redecorate for the cold season but no compromise here on colour and yes, Summer cheer!

Gorman-winter-harvest-cushions-on-Little-Big-Bell Have a lovely week all, let’s hope this is just a blip in the weather system!

(All images from Gorman except for the Summer photo from tea cup tea and the girl in Winter Harvest dress is illustrated by Neryl Walker.)

All-the-fruits-bugs-wallpaper-on-Little-Big-Bell When I saw the images of these wallpapers by All The Fruits,  I instantly knew I had to show it here.

As we near the close of Summer, these vibrant colours would be the perfect antidote to any grey sky days and to give a continued Summer cheer.

The talents behind these wallpapers are Stephen Cheetham and Jessica Pinotti, who live and work from Bologna.

You can also buy these wallpapers from FAO shop. I leave you to browse the beautiful collection, which is your favourite?

The one above is called Bugs

Vertical-garden-wallpaper-by-allthefruits-on-Little-Big-Bell This one is Vertical garden

Pop_wallpaper_allthefruits_on_Little_Big_Bell Embrace the geometric trend with Pop

cut_paste_pink_fridge_on_Little_Big_Bell How sweet is this? It’s called Cut & Paste.

Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this collection. Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!

Geometric-wall-via-Sett-digital.jpg Colourful geometrics are in the air ! From walls to furniture to DIY accessories.

Are you bold enough to venture down this route? I must say the effects are stunning! I guess it’s as easy as a fresh coat of paint over, if the need arise to go back to plain.

For now, I say, embrace the trend and make your room cheerful! What do you think?

(Image source : Sett Digital via Remodelista)

Geometric-ceiling-from-apartment-therapy-on-Little-Big-Bell Golden Geometric ceiling from Apartment Therapy

135rachelwhiting A colourful mural from Desire to Inspire by  Rachel Whiting 

Colourful-geometric-carpet-from-my-favourite-andmy-best-on-Little-Big-Bell Geometric carpet via Pinterest, source My Favourite and my Best .

Colorflash-5-duvet-cover-Society-6-on-Little-Big-Bell Colorflash 5 duvet cover from Society 6 .

Geo-headboard-urban-outfitters-on-Little-Big-Bell Geo headboard from Urban Outfitters .

DIY-knobs-by-Designlovefest.jpg Geometric knobs DIY via Designlovefest .

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Hi all! As you all may know I have a Great.ly shop called Little Big Bell shop where as a tastemaker, I sell a curated collection of design goods.

One of the first makers I introduced was Becky Kemp of Sketchinc. I met Becky on Instagram. To date, I haven’t met her in person, but I know she is a lovely and funny person. Above all, she is talented and super creative. Take a look on her Instagram and you’ll see what I mean!

She makes the cutest Kokeshi dolls. Currently she has given me exclusivity of her Coco Chanel, Anna Wintour and Andy Warhol dolls to sell on Great.ly.

Coco sold last week and I already know that Anna will go soon.

Becky creates bespoke dolls too. I recently commissioned her to make wedding gift dolls of my blogging friend Will of Bright Bazaar and his wonderful, now husband, Toby.

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Anyway, I thought it would be interesting to let you see the process of getting a commissioned Kokeshi doll done.

First, photos are sent. In Will’s case, it was easy, as he had photos of himself and Toby on his blog. Becky then sent me a sketch based on the photos she has seen. E-mail correspondence then takes place over the finer details, such as hair colour, outfit styles and so on. As you can see from the sketch above, Will’s hair has been slicked back but he usually wears a side parting, so these details were fine tuned including the hair lengths.

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My intention was to get dolls that mirrored the wedding outfits, so a little bit of fact finding took place.

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After more emails to and fro, these were the final dolls. Will and Toby’s bow ties did not arrive on time from the States for the wedding, but apart from that it was pretty accurate and Becky did a fabulous job.

Do check out my shop and you can follow what I get up to on my instagram. Have a lovely week!

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So, not everyone has space in their house for a ‘Carrie Bradshaw type walk-in wardrobe, and wouldn’t it be wonderful to display the outfits you love instead of hiding them behind closed doors?

In step the ‘Open Wardrobe’! So on trend at the moment.

The key is an ‘edited’ capsule collection. Understandably easier said than done, but the display could be used to compliment or visually enhance a space. It could also be an incentive to declutter!

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This was what fellow blogger Holly Marder of Avenue Lifestyle did to her newly refurbished bedroom.

I love the simplicity of the white coloured clothes racks, adorned by outfits in natural tones of white, sand and blush, a visual continuity of the room’s palette. The texture of the materials on the rails  evoke that sense of Riviera chic and serenity.

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For those who love to wear monochrome and to continue this palette into their living space, with a pared down Scandinavian or industrial vibe, then a storage rack in black metal could be the answer. This metal clothes rack is from House doctor DK and can be purchased from Bodie and Fou.

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For those with a Boho and eclectic style, I found this cool DIY using ladders via  A Pair and a spare DIY . Such a great idea to enhance the look with pops of neon.

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I love how Victoria of  SF girl by bay has turned a little nook in her room into a focal point with this  Copper clothing rack idea rather than trying to fit a solid wardrobe into a small space. The suspended rack creates an unencumbered visual sense of space.

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Here’s another idea from SF girl by bay. This metal rail evokes a vintage feel to the room.

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If you are a strict minimalist, how about this from Trendenser ? Only display a few key pieces. This I know would be difficult for me no matter how disciplined I am with editing.

Hope you’ve found this post useful. I would so love to hear what you think about the open wardrobe trend. Have a great week all!

( Top image is from thefabguide.com)

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Summer is here! So how better to celebrate than with some cheerful brights coupled with a little culinary indulgence. Yes, I’m talking Donuts!

It all started late one evening, or rather 2 am in the morning when I was scrolling my Instagram feed, only to come across photos after photos of Donuts!

Then I read Kelly Lanza’s post on Studio DIY where she mentioned California Donuts. Shame we don’t have one in London.

Hunger pangs made this doc do a bee line for the nearest Donut counter the very next day, conveniently located on the ground floor of the hospital where I worked!

Naturally the Donuts were for the kids! Pink, tempting ones with multi-coloured sprinkles.

I didn’t know until those very early hours of the morning how big a trend donuts were in the States. I’m liking it a lot!

The Donut costume above is by Studio DIY.

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Another one of Kelly’s DIY ideas is the  Donut balloons. How cute are they for a party?

It was indeed another new discovery that one could buy Donut shaped balloons! In the UK, I’ve found them at Party Delights. I can see a fun DIY project with the kids coming up.

I’ve included some other fun donut finds below. I’m sure you are wondering why I mentioned watermelons in the title.

This is because it is the other Summer bright and delicious, but of course with a little less calories! See if you can spot the transition of the post from Donut to watermelon.

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Here’s a fun donut pillow DIY via A Beautiful Mess

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Printable donut garland by Amy Moss via Oh Happy Day

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A tutorial on how to make donuts and their colourful glazes on Coco cakeland.

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Donut shaped ice cream cake from Sugar and Cloth

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Such a cool idea for a child’s party don’t you think? This is from  Hostess with the Mostess .

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Spotted! Watermelon or Donut? from Paper and Stitch.

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Donut or watermelon? It’s actually the healthier option, watermelon fruit donut bites by Sugar and Cloth on Cocorrina.

Now for some watermelon finds below.

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Printable watermelon cone wraps from Design Eat Repeat.

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Watermelon print by Lisa Argyropoulos on Society 6

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Watermelon wrapping paper idea found here. Would be a cool idea to adapt for fabric painting too. I wouldn’t mind a cheerful watermelon duvet cover.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this donut-watermelon post. Have a fab week ahead!

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