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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 .

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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!

arro-home-on-little-big-bell-blog.jpg When I stumbled upon this image on Pinterest, I was totally transfixed. How not to with a homewares range as vibrant and beautiful as this. The store in question here is Arro Home from Australia. The creative designer behind this collection is the talented Beci Orpin.

The more I look, the more I’m tempted to visit Australia, just to go shopping! Let’s hope they start shipping internationally. I believe that may be in the pipeline.

Maybe they’ll join Great.ly, then I can stock and shop!!

arro-home-pillows-on-blog-Little-Big-Bell.jpg Love the eclectic range of cushions above and you can shop for them here.

Arro-sidebed I so need that Ojo de Dois rug! Love the patterns and colours!

That yellow bowties Doona cover is definitely what I’ve been seeking for my son’s Summer room refresh!

Arro-eyecushion How cute is this Double Eyes cushion and that Sketchbook Ottoman is the perfect combination of Indigo and Yellow.

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The Runes Quilt in the background with its blue and white geometric stripes, scream the Mediterranean.

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Here’s the quilt on the bed.

arro-home-homewares-on-littlebigbell.com.jpg Another rug here on my wish list! The Harlequin rug!

Adoring that quirky cool Double Hands cushion too.

Arro-overheadtable Last but certainly not least, the ceramics! You’ve got to take a closer look at the blue and pink striped ceramics.

I haven’t been so excited for a homewares collection like this for a long time, so thank you Beci Orpin for the stunning collection!

( photos are by Brooke Holm and styling by Marsha Golemac).

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Hello all! Last week saw the London launch party of Great.ly which I helped organise and style. It took place at the organic pizza restaurant Story Deli in Shoreditch. The pizzas and brownies there are seriously the best I have tasted in London!

Great.ly is an online shopping site that connects tastemakers (bloggers) to makers. It is a platform that hosts tastemaker shops, selling a curated collection of homewares and accessories, from a chosen pool of makers. This is the brainchild of the talented CEO Sarah Bryden-Brown. Together with her wonderful team, Sarah has launched the site in the States and now London, followed by Stockholm and Paris.

Above is the photo of the London party:

From the back row (left to right) are : Silkie of Rosehip ( maker of beautiful stationery); Kyoko of the Link Collective (producer of furoshiki textiles); Will Taylor-Willis of Bright Bazaar blog ; yours truly; Griff Fairbairn ( Head of operations Great.ly team) ; Kate Baxter of the blog Fabric of your life ; Annie Kruse of blog Stylejuicer ; Tiffany Grant-Riley of Curate and display ; Joy of 31 Chapel Lane (purveyors of fine Irish linens) ; Marika Giacinti (maker of beautiful cushions).

Front row (left to right) : Alice of Alice Studio ; Emma of the blog A Quiet Style ; Sarah Bryden-Brown (CEO of Great.ly) ; Flora Lels (Chief revenue officer Great.ly team) ; Emily Quinton of blog Makelight and Xanthe Berkeley of blog Xanthe Berkeley.

Below are some of the makers’ products that I have styled and photographed. I have previously written about other wonderful Great.ly makers Sketch.inc and Britt Castellano here.

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This cheery ‘Hello’ print is by the lovely Anya of Colourmoon and this sweet cobalt blue tea towel is by Brandy of a Sensible Habit.

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The nautical print in the background is by Rosa Pearson.

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This sweet back portrait is called Brigitte and is by Monica Lee.

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These colourful mini wooden bowls are by Araya Jensen.

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Hustle print is by Holly Casto.

Bobo-Ceramics-great.ly-photo-and-styling-by-Little-Big-Bell.jpg The two circle screen print is by Traci Yau and the plate, bowl and beaker by Bobo Ceramics.
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Last but not least, these cute cushions with pom poms are by Marika Giancinti.

Hope you like what you see, please do visit and support my Great.ly shop Little Big Bell shop.

I don’t normally show photos of food on this blog but since that pizza at Story Deli was so delicious, I felt compelled to show you why.

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Have a wonderful week all!

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