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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!

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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.

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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

Angiebstudio_London_featured_on_Little_Big_bell Sometimes, I spot something and there is that instinctive ‘like’. These prints called Paper cities and places by Angie B are one of those reflex reactions.

They are prints of her original paper cut art work.

Angiebstudio_etsy_paris_featured_on_Little_Big_Bell I love the vibrant colours and that unifying bubblegum pink in all the prints.

Angiebstudio_Sydney_featured_on_Little_Big_Bell You can read her thoughts on creating these prints here. Which one is your favourite?

AngieBstudios-StIves-on-Little-Big-Bell I adore them all, but my absolute favourite, if I were to choose one, is St. Ives.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

(All photos of the prints above are by Mister Sullivan.)

John-Lewis-Flannelette-Herringbone-throw-photo-and-styling-by-GeraldineTan-Little-Big-Bell

Recently I styled up a vignette taking inspiration from John Lewis’s new Winter Luxe EDIT.

Winter Luxe to me screams a cosy blanket, steaming hot tea and sweet treats.

Then, to snuggle up in a warm blanket with a favourite novel!

I have picked the super soft Flannelette Herringbone Throw from their collection. It’s proving so popular in our household now that I think I might have to get another one.

John-Lewis-Tom-Dixon-Eclectic-candle-Winter-Luxe-Edit-1-styling-and-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell

To set the scene, light a scented candle. There’s nothing more relaxing than the hypnotising dance of a flickering flame.

I absolutely adore Tom Dixon’s scented candles. I bought the Royalty candle, housed in a smart nickel vessel, with a marble lid.

Just the description of the scent, is making me dream! Here it is : ‘ A reminiscence of tea time with a pot of Earl Grey, scones with strawberry jam and a drive home in a ’52 Bentley with tatty leather seats.’

John-Lewis-Winter-Luxe-Edit-on-Little-Big-Bell Now that I’ve mentioned Earl Grey, that is what I shall drink. Steaming hot tea poured from my Marimekko Oiva Siirtolapuutarha jug into its matching mug.

The beautiful white tray is from John Lewis’ Home collection. I absolutely adore it! If you place it on a stool, it makes a lovely side table – just perfect as a surface for styling shots.

Hope you like my Winter Luxe picks!

Happy week all! I will be back soon with more styling.

Talking about styling, please do check out our styling challenge on @westelmlondon ‘s Instagram and vote for our yellow bed with a ‘Like’. Thanks all! x

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!

Halloween_table_styling_and_photograph_by_Geraldine_Tan_of_Little_Big_Bell

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!

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