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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!

Thornback-and-Peel-Silent-Auction-LDF

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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