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Ralph_Lauren_home_Periwinkle_rug_styled_and_photo_by_Little_Big_Bell The inspiration behind my nautical style living room here, lies with my beautiful Ralph Lauren rug in red, white and blue.

It’s from the new season 2015 Racing Point Stripe collection. The style and colourway is called Periwinkle.
Ralph_Lauren_Home_Periwinkle_rug_styling_and_photo_Little_Big_Bell The rug is a large 5 by 8 feet and as you can see, the colours are very bright and the stripes bold.

When decorating with such vibrant colours and striking patterns, it can often stand out too much at the visual expense of the surrounding furniture.

I thought I’d show you how I’ve styled this room whilst using such vibrant colours.

The key is to soften the impact with lighter coloured furniture.

Rather than just place the rug in front of the sofa, creating too much contrast, I have placed my mint coloured sofa over the top one third of the rug. This created a blending effect.

I have also used a white coffee table to break up the stripes, whilst using decorative accessories to accentuate the blue, red and white.

Ralph_Lauren_home_photo_by_Geraldine_Tan_Little_Big_Bell There are numerous colours from this rug collection, but I have picked this colourway because it reminded me of being on a coastal holiday.

There is a nautical feel to the whole look of my room, from the Breton stripes seen on the plate with the dog, to the anchor from my West Elm cushion.

The rug is made of hand woven easy care polyester yarn that is robust enough for high traffic areas and the outdoors.

If I had a huge porch outside my home or a conservatory, this would be where I would use the rug to style up the look. Ralph_Lauren_home_Periwinkle_rug_photo-and–styling_by_Little_Big_Bell The rug comes in different sizes. If you are interested in ordering a similar one, just send an order inquiry online and the purchase can be arranged through your local Ralph Lauren home store.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my colourful living room styling. Have a lovely weekend.

( All styling and photography is by Geraldine Tan of Little Big Bell, this post is done in collaboration with Ralph Lauren Home.

Joss_and_main_Little_Big_Bell_curated_blogger_collection I am super excited today to announce the Little Big Bell Joss and Main curated sale of furniture and home decor.

I often get asked where to buy the furniture and decor from the photos that I post of my home on Instagram. As many of the pieces I own are no longer in shops, I have often thought about bringing together a collection inspired by the Little Big Bell style, so this is a dream come true. Joss_and_Main_curated_design_sale_with_Little_Big_Bell Joss and Main is a special members only site that offers time limited sales on amazing design brands at a much reduced price.

I have put some of the pieces from the curate next to my home photos, in case you want to recreate the look.

Its parent company is based in the U.S and stocks a whole range of furniture and furnishings not seen on the British High Street. The cool thing is that it is now accessible via and shipped from its UK online site.

You have to be quick though, because the curated sale is only between July 26th and August 2nd 2015.

If you are not already signed up as a member, you can do so free here on the Little Big Bell curated sale.
Joss_and_main_guest_curator_Little_Big_Bell The curation includes my favourite colour palette of mint, canary yellow, fuchsia, powder pink and blues.

The team at Joss and Main have also picked quite a few pieces they felt were inspired by the Little Big Bell style. So interesting to see their interpretations.

Get_to_know_Little_Big_Bell To coincide with the sale, I have also been interviewed on their blog Plume, where I talk about blogging and inspirations. Hope you enjoy reading it here.

I really hope you like my Joss and Main curated sale, do let me know which is your favourite piece.

I will be back again soon with a fresh new room styling. Watch this space and happy weekend, Happy shopping here.

( This post is a collaboration with Joss and Main)

motologo (white) I am honoured to have been picked by Motorola UK to be one of their industry experts at their Moto Design school, launched today in London.

As I couldn’t make the physical pop up event, I have produced content here and on social media to run alongside it.

Hope you will enjoy the design hacks I have prepared below.

I have decided to show you how I would inject a bright and happy style into a home with a few simple steps, on a low budget.

Moto fireplace black This is my fireplace at home. It is not usually this pared down, but for the purpose of this post, all things colourful were removed.

Here’s what I did:  Paper -Bunting-from-recycled-wrapping-paper-DIY-for-Moto-Design-school-Little-Big-Bell I have injected colour instantly by creating these paper buntings, recycled from leftover gift wrap.

It’s really simple to make, all you have to do is fold the paper to create equal rectangular creases. Then cut out lengthwise two rows and fold them together. Using the creases as guide, cut out triangles of equal size. The base of the triangle being where the fold is. Wrap each triangle around some string and glue together. Colourful-bunting-made-by-Little-Big-Bell A bright injection of colour don’t you think?

I have also placed a freshly cut Hydrangea from my garden into the vase and styled with two postcards.

Being a lover of colour, I couldn’t just leave it at that. So here’s what I did: Embroidery-hoops-colourful-DIY-Moto-Design-school-Little-Big-Bell I bought some relatively inexpensive embroidery hoops and inserted some of my leftover colourful fabric into the frames. Simple-DIY-style-with-embroidery-hoops-decor-feature-photo-and-styling-Little-Big-Bell The hoops were then grouped together to create a colourful vignette on one corner of the mantelpiece. How-to-style-a-fireplace-with-DIYs-colourful-styling-and-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell-Littlebigbell Here’s the finished look. Colourful at a budget.  Colourful-fireplace-by-Little-Big-Bell What do you think? Accent-colours-to-shelf-Little-Big-Bell Next, is the creation of this colourful shelf.

I bought a pair of relatively inexpensive ledge shelving from |kea in white. I didn’t want the white of the shelving to melt into the neutrality of the background, so decided to paint the front a bright yellow accent colour.

I usually style with colour instinctively and dare I say, I’ve never used the colour wheel. But for those who want some guidance on the best colour combinations, then do take a look at my post here about the colour wheel.

Here’s a possible trick for you. Find a colourful object or print that you find aesthetically pleasing, extract the colour palette and use it as a template for your decorating.

Analysing in retrospect, I can see that my styling has a similar colour palette to talented Rachel of Pencil shavings studio’s print, which I have placed as the centrepiece on the wall.

How-to-style-a-shelf-Little-Big-Bell When styling a shelf, there are some important steps to follow:

1. Always vary the heights of the objects you are using but in relative proportion to one another. In other words, don’t place a towering high object next to a mini accessory, otherwise the flow of the decor will become lost.

2. Another important factor is to vary the texture of the objects you are using. Here, you can see me using the shiny surface of a plate, the rough texture of paper in the card and wood, both coloured and natural.

3. If you are using small objects to decorate, don’t leave the wall between the shelves bare. Tie the two shelves together with prints that pull the colour palette together.

Colour-at-home-Little-Big-Bell Love how the yellow accent colour makes everything else pop with vibrancy.

Moto-Design-school-styling-a-chair-Little-Big-Bell Here’s the third tutorial:

Upcycle a second hand chair with a coat of chalk paint. This chair was painted for me by my friend Louisa of Westegg interiors, but you can do similar by yourself at home.

The wonderful thing about chalk paint is that you can apply it direct to furniture without having to do any major preparation to the surface . Finish off with buffing on some wax, and then polishing with a dry cloth to protect.

The chair is such a versatile piece of furniture. For those who have limited space, the chair could be used as a side table.

Here’s 3 fail safe ways to style up your chair:

1. Use books with pretty coloured spines. You can use the colour wheel again if you need guidance on colours that sit harmoniously together. Pile them up in order of size.

2. Ensure one of the decorative accessory has the same colour as the book to draw the collection together.

3. Always add a ‘green’ element, like a small potted plant.

4. Make sure at least one of your decorative accessories sit vertical to the books. The effect is lost if it is low lying and horizontal only.

Styling-lessons-Little-Big-Bell Here, I have tied together the elements of ombre shades, in the pot and plate. Moto-Design-school-easy-styling-tips-Little-Big-Bell Adding a bit of texture such as the wrapped cord around the plant pot adds visual interest. Upcycled-painted-wine-box-Moto-Design-school-Little-Big-Bell Here’s another cool and easy DIY I came up with. It’s an upcycled wooden wine case carrier, made into a shelf for display.

I got hold of some free sample paints to create this two colour effect.

Just tape around where you want the divide to be, paint one section, let it dry and remove tape.

Then carefully apply another length of tape over the painted border. I use washi tape, so it doesn’t peel the paint off. Paint on the second colour, let it dry, remove tape and all done! Using the handle strap of the wine case, the box shelf can then be hung on the wall.

So, what do you think?  Moto-Design-school-DIY-hack-Little-Big-Bell Here’s DIY number 6 on a limited budget. Creating a pop of colour on your desk.

I bought an inexpensive cardboard photo frame from Cass Art and using brightly coloured Duck tape, I created this colourful frame. It only took a minimum of 10 minutes to do and adds instant happy colour to your space. Fabric-paint-placemat-Little-Big-Bell Final DIY! Make colourful polka dot placemats for the home. This is a really simple one to do. All you need is white cotton fabric, cut to equal rectangular shapes.

Get a round wooden ink stamper or just use any round object. Paint on some fabric paint and get stamping. You can see me in action on Instagram doing this.

Let it dry. Then cover with a light cloth and iron over with a warm iron to set the paint. The placemats can be washed in the washing machine with no issues of ink running after that. I used Dylon fabric paint.

Colourful-placemat-DIY-hack-Little-Big-Bell I have styled the placemats with my new Marimekko dinner set. Isn’t it cool that the plate and mug colours matched the placemat?

Goodness! As I’m writing this I have just realised how much of a creative overdrive I’ve been in, whilst preparing these design hacks.

Hope you have all enjoyed the DIYs, if you do try these out at home, do tag me on Instagram @littlebigbell and @motorola_uk to show us and use the hashtag #motodesignschool.

Happy day!

( All DIYS, design hacks, styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan of Little Big Bell. The Moto Design school is a sponsored event).

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