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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.


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.


Here’s a fun donut pillow DIY via A Beautiful Mess

Printable donut garland

Printable donut garland by Amy Moss via Oh Happy Day


A tutorial on how to make donuts and their colourful glazes on Coco cakeland.


Donut shaped ice cream cake from Sugar and Cloth


Such a cool idea for a child’s party don’t you think? This is from  Hostess with the Mostess .

Spotted! Watermelon or Donut? from Paper and Stitch.

sugar and cloth recipe (3 of 7)

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.


Printable watermelon cone wraps from Design Eat Repeat.

Watermelon-print-by Lisa-Argyropoulos.jpg

Watermelon print by Lisa Argyropoulos on Society 6

watermelon wrapping paper

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, 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.


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

Here’s the quilt on the bed. 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).

Hello all! Last week saw the London launch party of 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! 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 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 ; Flora Lels (Chief revenue officer 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 makers and Britt Castellano here.

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.


The nautical print in the background is by Rosa Pearson.

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

These colourful mini wooden bowls are by Araya Jensen.


Hustle print is by Holly Casto. The two circle screen print is by Traci Yau and the plate, bowl and beaker by Bobo Ceramics.

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 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.

Have a wonderful week all!


Yesterday, I attended my nephew and niece’s party. Yes, 2 parties 2 themes with 2 sets of guests in full swing! My niece Eden Rose had a ‘My Little Pony’ party complete with real ponies. I thought I’d share her pretty party here since I was charge with helping to style and photograph the party.

The theme was based around a colourful pony called Rainbow Dash. The central rainbow garland and confetti on the table were both bought from Tesco Party. The Harlequin paper table ware can be bought from Alex and Alexa.

Colourful-paper-garlands-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell-blog.jpg These beautiful rainbow garlands were hand made by my sister Caroline Tan. I will add her tutorial here later.

Confetti-balloon-rainbow-party-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell.jpg.jpg Giant sized confetti balloons with rainbow ribbons adorned the large London garden, where the party was taking place.

Rainbow-candy-for-party-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell.jpg.jpg Rainbow candy treats for the little ones to take home.


More of the party and some seriously cute pony spotting here in my Steller album. Take a peek by clicking on the photo above! Have a great week!

Shoe-storage-stacked-shelves-from-Muuto-on-Little-Big-Bell.jpg Time for another instalment of ‘ A room in the house’  where I pick my room and discuss an interiors related aspect. This is followed by a search for similar products to help recreate the discussed look.

Today, it’s all about the hallway and how to keep it free of shoe clutter.

The stacked shelving by Muuto above is a stylish solution for displaying one’s shoes.

Shoes could also be stored in boxes with labelled tags or polaroid photos.

Hallway-display-on-Little-Big-bell.jpg If the hallway is wide enough, then it could become a storage display wall.

It’s nice to enter a hallway with a clear and unencumbered view, so placing the shoe storage against that entry wall is a great solution.

Placing a storage shelf at shoe height ensures shoes, not for view, are tucked away.

Colourful-crates-Brit-and-Co-on-Little-Big-Bell-blog.jpg This creative upcycling of wooden crates, in pastel hues, is such a great idea that can easily be achieved.

Shoe-ladder-photo-from-stylizimo-blog-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell.jpg A ladder it seems is a must have accessory in a stylish home. Not only does it look great displaying magazines, tea towels and for hanging pots in the kitchen, it is also a perfect perch for those heeled shoes, that are to show off.

Shoe-storage-options-on-little-Big-Bell.jpg So now, a little hunt for shoe storage :

1. Spray painted Ikea cabinets from the PS range to line the hall is a great, yet inexpensive bespoke solution.

2. Painted Ikea box shelves connected with clips, is an affordable alternative to the more pricey Muuto stacking shelf.

3. Slim white wall storage called Stall, again from Ikea with a few black framed prints, create that Scandinavian monochrome look for a pared down household. ( Source : Elisabeth Heier )

4. This Universal Expert shoe bench from Westelm is just the cutest! It reminds me of a cross between an Artek shelf and Isokon Donkey book case.

5.This Sko shoe rack by Normann Copenhagen comes in a grey or white. Simple, stylish and accessible.

6.  Here’s a ladder to hang those ‘to view’ shoes. This white and teak version is from HK Living.

7 + 8. For Industrial chic to shoe storage, how about these wire shelving from House doctor and Loaf.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this Room in the house feature. Do follow me on Bloglovin, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest for more updates and Inspirations.

Have a great week all!



Hello all! I hope you have all had a lovely weekend. I thought I’d pop in to show you a few corners of my home that I have recently posted on Instagram.

Here is a little vignette sitting on top of our piano. The air plant was purchased from our local florist. I’m so liking the idea of not having to water it.


Here is my String shelf again with a new look. I’m loving my Wooden Wonderland blocks designed by Lee storm for Hay. The prints are by Britt Castellano and Sketchinc, both available in Little Big Bell shop.


This is my kitchen which is very white and contemporary. In the far distance, you can see a glass partition and stairs leading to a large basement family room.


Here is another corner of my kitchen. The wooden mouse and boards were all recent purchases from Workshop in Brighton.


These three stacking dolls are by Wee gallery, sitting at the end of my son’s bed. Hope you’ve enjoyed the mini peek into the corners of my home.

Have a wonderful week ahead!

Jar-lights-Workshop-Brighton-Photo-taken-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell.jpg This Saturday was a wonderful weekend spent with the kids down in Brighton. Whilst they rode the head spinning rides on Brighton Pier with their dad, I had a little time to go exploring with my camera.

It was a wonderful surprise to chance upon a new design / lifestyle store called Workshop, which I believe has only been opened for 5 months.

I love the shop for its utilitarian, organic feel. Everything in there was styled to perfection.

My favourite find, and indeed a purchase, was the above Jar light, all readily wired with a plug.

Workshop-Brighton-Ceramics-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-of-Little-Big-Bell.jpg Love the milky tones of these ceramics and how they bring out the white grain of that wooden bowl.

Workshop-living-Brighton-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell.jpg These stoneware bowls are so charming, with their irregular rims. They look great paired with those grey enamel cups.

Workshop-Brighton-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell.jpg I think this shelf speaks for the shop.

The bottles of bath salts, smelled delicious! They come in 4 fragrances : Geranium, Prickly Pear, Pine and Peppermint.

Workshop-Olive-soap-Marius-Fabre-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell.jpg These Olive oil soaps are perfect for a visiting guest. Don’t they already make you feel so at home in that stoneware bowl?

Do take a peek at their online shop for more amazing goodies. I know I will be back for more!

Hope you’ve all had a great weekend! Have a good week ahead!

( All photos are by Geraldine Tan – Little Big Bell)


So, yesterday when I saw Happy Father’s day wishes on Facebook, my heart skipped a beat! Had I forgotten to get the children’s dad a card and gift! Luckily, it was only Father’s day in Germany. Father’s day this year in the UK and U.S falls on Sunday 15th June.

So, I have curated a collection of gifts in my Little Big Bell shop, hope you find something you like here!

So here’s a little bit about the gifts I have chosen:

1+2. The ‘Stay Awesome’ print by Sensible Habit and Love print by Anya Moreva is guaranteed to bring a smile to his face.

3. Why not bring a bit of Spa to the hardworking dad with this Grooming oil by Aster &Bay. It can be used for the hair, scalp, face and beard. Notes of mint and black pepper to help stimulate circulation, sounds simply divine don’t you think?

4. This padded stripy monochrome laptop case by Hanelca/ Aya Kawaura is perfect for that stylish, urban dad.


5. This geometric print in an icy blue and grey by Ellie Bradley, is pure elegance and simplicity. Perfect for dad’s office wall.

6. How cute is this orange screenprinted flag by Kate Taylor? “You’re my fave!” Says it all doesn’t it?

7.These mint coloured magnets by Hana Brewster are just the perfect Summer pick me up colour.

8. This hand dyed blue leather tray by Natalie Davis is perfect for his desk. In fact, can you visualise this tray with the geometric print above and the magnets? They all go so well together. I wonder which lucky dad will get all three?

Anyway, I hope you like this little collection I have put together. Father’s day is only 16 days away, so order soon for an on time delivery.

Have a wonderful weekend all!

Little-Big-Bell-photography.jpg This Bank holiday weekend was a busy one working in the Emergency department. When I had Monday off, I decided I needed to fully unwind.

What better way than to do some styling and photography. I also made a conscious decision not to procrastinate further, but to start using my DSLR camera rather than the frequent convenience of my i-phone.

So here is the result ! What do you think? Now that I’ve started, I’m totally addicted!

Utensilo-flowers-styling-and-photography-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell-blog.jpg I really enjoyed styling this classic Utensilo with seasonal flowers. However, word of warning, it is not waterproof.

Hope you like my photos. Wishing all a wonderful week ahead.

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