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Sophie-Conran-plate-Little-Big-Bell A few weeks back, I sampled some amazing Tapas in sunny Barcelona. Longing for more, I decided to recreate that holiday feeling in our back garden.

This was also the perfect opportunity for me to try out the recently launched John Lewis After Dark Edit home collection.

For a Mediterranean feel, I decided to use the blue and white Florence Side plates by Sophie Conran, which perfectly complimented my gold cutlery from Zara Home.

Remembering the beautiful Bougainvilleas that lined the streets of Spain, I styled the table with fragrant pink sweet peas.

Spanish-Tapas-chilli-garlic-prawns-Little-Big-Bell My husband was the cook for that evening. The Tapas were served on vibrant and colourful Al Fresco plates from John Lewis.

The first dish he made was Garlic, Coriander and chilli infused King Prawns. Here’s the simple recipe:

Chop fresh garlic,  Spring onions and chillis. Sautee all in a pan, then add prawns, garlic pepper and chopped Coriander. Garnish with more fresh Coriander when finished.

It was delicious!

Sophie-Conran-for-Portmeiron-styling-and-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I injected a little bit of Emerald green into the table setting with my Design House Stockholm glasses and napkins from Designer’s Guild

Patatas-Bravas-Recipe-by-Little-Big-Bell The next dish was Patatas Bravas, a Tapas staple and one of my absolute favourites.

Here’s the recipe: Chop potatoes into small pieces, par boil for 5 minutes then mix it with some olive oil and place onto a tray and into the oven.

Fry some onions and garlic together, then add a tin of chopped tomatoes along with some seasoning of pepper and paprika. When the sauce is ready, pour it over the roast potatoes and pop back into the oven for another 5 minutes. Serve with Mayonnaise and chopped Parsley.

After-Dark-Edit-John-Lewis-copper-bowl-Little-Big-Bell Just so we felt like we were somewhere warm, I added a green succulent plant in a Matt Copper bowl.

I love the reflective earthy tone of Copper contrasted against the lighter gold from the cutlery.

Spanish-frittata-recipe-Little-Big-Bell Last recipe is a Spanish Frittata : Slice potatoes finely and par boil for 8 minutes. Soften onions in a pan and then add potatoes. Cook for 5 more minutes. Beat eggs in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Place the potato and onion into the bowl of beaten eggs, mix, then transfer all back to an oiled frying pan. Cook until firm. Serve with slices of spicy Chorizo sausages and add chopped herbs.

Spanish-Tapas-by-Little-Big-Bell Here they are all together. I have added some green olives on another plate.

John-Lewis-After-dark-edit-with-Tapas-plates-Little-Big-Bell We sat, ate and chatted. It really felt like we were on holiday. I styled the seats with blue Ikat rectangular outdoor cushions and we even had a sunshine yellow chunky knit throw to use when the sun went down and the cool evening breeze blew.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. It’s a long Bank holiday weekend here in the U.K, so I thought this could inspire you to have some Mediterranean fun outdoors. Happy weekend!

( Product review in association with John Lewis)

Kate-Spade-London-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell For those who have followed my blog for a while, no doubt will know that I am a huge fan of Kate Spade NY.

This post is all about my Limited edition red Spring forward watering can clutch.

Can you spot it on that beautifully styled desk at London’s Kate Spade shop?

The-Covent-Garden-Academy-of-flowers-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The wonderful people at The Academy of flowers in Covent garden made me this sweet little posy of flowers for the photo shoot.

Kate-Spade-NY-watering-can-bag-photo-and-styling-by-Little-Big-Bell Isn’t this bag so cool?

I absolutely adore it as it screams fun and happiness. Spring is definitely here.

It was made to celebrate Chelsea in Bloom , an annual floral art show, in association with the Royal Horticultural Society.

This year is the show’s 10th anniversary and between the 18th and 23rd May, the streets of Chelsea will be transformed with amazing floral displays.

Kate-Spade-Spring-Forward-watering-can-clutch-photograhed-by-Little-Big-Bell There is also an annual competition for the best floral shop fronts.

Last year, Kate Spade was the Gold winner of this prestigious award.

Kate-Spade-celebrates-Chelsea-in-Bloom-styling-and-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell This year’s theme is ‘Fairy Tales’. I can’t wait to see the creative results.

In addition to a panel award, there is also a People’s champion award. You can vote between the 19th to 21st May here.

Now, for the rest of the photo shoot reveal. A little explanation first:

Every time I go into a Kate Spade store, I notice how beautifully put together the shop associates are in their Kate Spade favourites.

They are also always on hand to give great styling tips.

Today, two of them kindly agreed to do a photo shoot with me during their breaks.

I left them to style their own this season’s look. All will feature my Kate Spade red watering can clutch.

The shoot took place around the bustling vicinity of Covent garden in London. We found lots of Donald Robertson murals to pose against.

Kate-Spade-Flamingo-sheath-dress-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Here is Agnes Bandere. Agnes chose the Flamingo sheath dress with a collection of Kate Spade accessories. I love how she has layered her necklaces.

Kate-Spade-UK-Spring-Forward-watering-can-clutch-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell This is what Agnes said about her dress ” I love flamingos and I love how the shape of this dress shows off my figure. I love layering my jewellery like Coco Chanel. Kate Spade is my favourite for accessories and that’s why I work here.”

Kate-Spade-Spring-forward-watering-can-clutch-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The colour of the flamingos perfectly match the bag. Love the layering of her bracelets here too.

Spring-forward-watering-can-clutch-Kate-Spade-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Such a fun shoot. Agnes has managed to create a style that looked perfect with the bag.

Kate-Spade-Pleated-crepe-kirt-andleopard-dot-layered-tank-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Next, is Natalie Jade Best, Senior sales associate at Kate Spade NY in London.

She is wearing this season’s leopard dot layered tank and pleated crepe skirt.

Kate-Spade-Chelsea-1-in-bloom-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The watering can clutch contrasts well against the pale palette of the outfit and is accentuated against the dark blue tiled wall.

Kate-Spade-Summer-2015-collection-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Here’s what Natalie said ‘ I love this collection! The colours are so perfect for Summer and they really compliment my skin tone. What’s great about these pieces is that I can also wear them in the Winter too by adding a piece of knitwear. And of course the flamingo ring is my ‘favourite party ring’.

Kate-Spade-NY-Spring-forward-watering-can-clutch-styled-andphoto-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Hope you have all enjoyed the post.  Do check out the Chelsea in Bloom floral art show May 18th to 23rd.

Have a wonderful week!

Botanicals-on-the-door-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I’ve previously posted the kitchen that I styled for a collaborative project with Red magazine and The Joy of plants. My theme was The Happy Life trend, which was full of celebratory brights.

There were 5 other designers who were each asked to style a room in the same Victorian house, in North London.

Their themes were very different to mine, hence a separate blog post.

The 2 themes in question were the Eco Luxe and Unexpected Wild trends.

Eco-luxe-botanical-trend-by-Marianne-Cotterill-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Styling the Eco Luxe theme in the master bedroom, was Marianne Cotterill, a renowned stylist.

Eco-Luxe-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Her brief was to create a room as an oasis of tranquility, using elegant natural materials for a sense of comfort and luxury.

Materials for the Eco Luxe trend included rough stone, unfinished and polished wood, smooth stainless steel and copper.

Toned down greens were used as part of the natural look, copper for a touch of luxury, powerful yellow ochre and black for clarity and order, and white for spaciousness.

Those pots created from copper sheet foil were simply stunning and that botanical print dress completed the look of the wall. Eco-Luxe-trend-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Beautiful shallow bowls of smooth contours, filled with green shoots were stacked on this elegant dressing table.

Examples of Eco Luxe plants are the Monstera and Dracena, that display gradations of colour from dark green to rust and hanging plants such as Nepenthus. Eco-Luxe-by-Marianne-Coterill-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Natural textures and materials were inter mingled and layered, creating a sense of depth. Eco-Luxe-trend-The-joy-of-plants-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Green was accentuated by metal black, white and wood, all working harmoniously. Eco-Luxe-1-by-Marianne-Cotterill-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Terrariums and upcycled milk bottles were used to display plants.

That Cire Trudon candle really set the mood for the room. Succulents-in-cork-by-Marianne-Cotterill-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Such a great idea to use recycled corks to display succulents.Terrariums-by-The-Urban-Botanist-photo-by-Little-Big-BellNext, is the work of Lucy Serafi, owner of The Urban Botanist, with her own interpretation of Eco Luxe.

Love those Copper bottles flanked by beautifully styled Terrariums.

Botanicals-in-the-hallway-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell As we move out into the the hall and stairways, we were met by the Unexpected Wild theme.

These have been created by Ian Drummond, the creative director of Indoor Garden Design.
Hanging-orchids-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell What can I say? I need to reproduce this hanging orchid look at home.  Orchids-on-chandelier-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell And this! absolutely gorgeous!

Ian’s brief, the Unexpected Wild trend, was to create “an aura of relaxation, as if nature was allowed to run free. To showcase irregular, robust shapes that have a simple natural look alongside natural tints and terracottas.”

Take a look at the bathroom he styled below. Unexpected-wild-botanical-trend-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell What luxury, to have a fireplace in the bathroom surrounded by wild and lush greens. Red-magazine-Unexpected-wild-trend-bathroom-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell How about this for an after work soak? It’s like taking a dip in the wilderness.
Bathroom-plants-by-Ian-Drummond-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell More bathroom creativity.Colour-in-the-bathroom-photo-by-Little-Big-BellNaturally, I had to snap this as it was colourful, and such an amazing idea for bubble bath storage. Unexpected-Wild-trend-Red-magazine-Sarah-Keady-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The Unexpected Wild theme continued into the dining room.

This was styled by Red Magazine’s Interiors Editor, Sarah Keady.

Love the idea of foliage in glass jars of varying sizes, that adorned both the fireplace and dining table.
The-Joy-of-plants-and-Red-magazine-Redgreenhouse-event-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell A natural tone of wood and creams. The look had been softened by the use of Asparagus ferns in the place settings. Styling-plants-at-home-Red-magazine-event-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Old step ladders and crates with vintage books were used to display potted greens. Styling-with-plants-Sarah-Keady-Red-magazine-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell A closer view. Unexpected-wild-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Here, Joanna Thornhill, also a stylist, has put her interpretation too on the Unexpected Wild theme, but with pops of colour. Spring-blooms-by-Jo-Thornhill-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Love this idea of sprouting bulbs from glass jars.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the green inspiration.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working on this project with my fellow designer friends.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

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