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autumn-table-setting-for-fall-photo-by-geraldine-tan-little-big-bell You know Autumn is approaching when that jacket that’s been hibernating in the closet, becomes a necessity again.

I love the colourful fallen leaves of Autumn and how they crunch as you walk on them.

I’m usually a Spring person, but there is also something very appealing during this transition period.

I think it’s because it marks the start of that ‘cosy’ and ‘comfort’ feeling. Think snuggling under a woolly throw or finding warmth in a hot soup or slow cooked roast.

I’m starting to plan for Autumn entertaining at home and exploring different table decor.

I thought I’d show you an Autumn dinner party that I recently hosted. I’ve decided to showcase the beauty of Autumnal colours by decorating my table with miniature pumpkins, heritage tomatoes and fallen leaves collected from the garden.
fall-table-styled-and-photographed-by-geraldine-tan-little-big-bell I used an Indigo blue table runner, against which the bright shades of oranges, reds and greens pop. fall-place-setting-photo-by-geraldine-tan-little-big-bell-copy I used gold rimmed plates and cutlery to add a little touch of luxury to the table.

A simple leaf on each plate completed the look.

You could write your guest’s name on each leaf to make a special place setting too. fall-table-decor-photo-by-little-big-bell All the colours and gifts of Autumn light up the table. This could be my perfect table setting for Thanksgiving. a-feast-for-autumn-photo-by-little-big-bell Now for that colourful comfort food of Autumn. I would love to claim the credit for the food, but I leave the honour to my dear husband who cooked up a feast for our guests. thanksgiving-feast-little-big-bell We had creamy Borscht to start, made from freshly picked sweet beetroots, and topped with sour cream, dill and a few edible flowers.

For the main course,we had a delicious slow roast chicken flavoured by grilled root vegetables.   autumn-comfort-food-photo-by-little-big-bell The meal went down a treat. Definitely Autumn comfort food don’t you think? pumpkin-spice-i-love-you-baileys-photo-and-styling-by-geraldine-tan-little-big-bell

Next up, is dessert. A meal is not complete without that right?

I was recently sent this limited edition Baileys Pumpkin Spice , and so thought it would be the perfect ingredient to use for making that after dinner sweet treat.

baileys-pumpkin-spice-photo-by-geraldine-tan-little-big-bell Did you know that Pumpkin spice doesn’t contain pumpkin in it? It’s actually a mixture of Autumnal spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

I am a huge fan of Baileys Irish cream anyway, so imagine how happy I was to receive this Autumnal version. It’s super delicious when mixed with coffee or just drunk on the rocks. baileys-pumpkin-spice-mousse-recipe-little-big-bell For dessert, I decided to make a layered pudding of Baileys Pumpkin Spice and chocolate mousse with hazelnuts and ginger nut crunch. baileys-pumpkin-spice-mousse-and-ginger-nut-crunch-by-geraldine-tan-little-big-bell I used Martha Stewart’s simple chocolate mousse recipe and replaced the chocolate with Baileys for the pumpkin spice layer.

It’s pretty simple to make. The bottom layer is just crushed ginger nut biscuits, then layered with Baileys Pumpkin Spice mousse, then a layer of crushed hazelnuts, chocolate mousse, then biscuits again and more Baileys mousse. I used a Mason jar to serve and topped it up with freshly whipped cream infused with ground nutmeg and chocolate sprinkles.

Dessert was served with freshly brewed coffee. pumpkin-spice-baileys-ginger-and-chocolate-mousse-ginger-nut-crunch-little-big-bell You guessed it. We were all very much comforted from the Autumn chill after that meal.

I might stock up on more Baileys Pumpkin Spice for the Winter before it runs out. It would be great to use for our after Christmas meal coffee too.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this ‘celebrating Autumn’ post. Wishing you all a wonderful start to your week.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaboration with Baileys, but all opinions and words are my own.)

future-and-found-curate-featured-on-little-big-bell London Design Festival for 2016 is now in full swing. There are just so many amazing things to see and experience.

I may not be travelling from show to show, but I have kept my finger on the pulse. Social media has cast a wide net, and nowadays it is possible to watch what’s happening from the comfort of your own home.

As I watch, I’m taking note of, and teasing out the cool and new emerging brands that I should explore.

For me, it is about spotting those unique products or brands, whose designs will not only stand out, but will transcend the test of time, and have a broad commercial appeal.

With that in mind, let me introduce you to Future and Founda design concept store based in North London and online. I am always impressed with how Future and Found is able to curate and bring together an on trend collection.

I have decided to do a little edit from their shop, using my colour predictions for the upcoming seasons. winter-2016-colour-trend-cushions The colours I feel instinctively drawn to for this season, can be likened to a make up palette of eye shadows.

It is one filled with shades of nudes, earthy tones and pinks, whilst punctuated by bright pops of semi-precious stone colours, such as greens (Aquamarine and Emeralds), small doses of purples, fuchsias, orange and blues.

The cushions above by Ferm Living, which can also be bought from Future and Found, reflects this Autumn colour palette. face-pot-by-group-partner-at-future-and-found-featured-by-little-big-bell-blog Earthy tones of sand, such as this light wood Gustave stool, and shades of clay such as this speckled face plant pot are the sort of colours I visualise Spring 2017 to be.

Orange is a difficult colour to use for interiors in large doses, but I think it looks wonderful when used in moderation, as an accent colour over a nude palette. josette-table-lamp Lighter woods such as Ash, Beech and Oak is regaining popularity, and I predict will continue into 2017.

The above is the Josette table lamp. It is both a lamp and side table. Such a great space saving idea. No more standing lamp bases getting in the way of the side table right?  wall-secretary-desk Here’s another cool space saving idea in light wood. It’s called the Wall Secretary Desk, and hangs on the wall with three functions in one. It can be used as a shelf, a console or a desk. You can pick from a selection of drawers in mint, yellow or grey. dash-pot-at-future-and-found-featured-on-littlle-big-bell Green as a colour is still holding its own in interiors, especially with the continued popularity of indoor plants.  ferm-living-concrete-pots Check out these grey and ochre concrete pots to hold your indoor greens. I would love to have them in my home. muuto-stacked-modules-from-future-and-found-featured-on-little-big-bell How about these storage module shelves to hold your indoor plant collection?

I must say, I’m rather attracted to that marble effect, smooth grey concrete wall too. table-tiles_future_and_found These pretty table tile coasters are perfect for adding pops of green to your interiors, if you are not too keen on looking after plants.
future-and-found-at-designjunction-little-big-bell Last but not least, Future and Found is exhibiting some of their goods at Designjunction for the London Design Festival. It’s at 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross.

The whole event at Granary Square is amazing and will be on till Sunday 25th September 2016.

If you have a chance, you should go explore. Wishing you all a wonderful week. winter-2016-colour-trend-cushions

( This is a collaborative post with Future and Found. Photos courtesy of Future and Found. All opinions are my own.)

camille-walala-in-her-studio-photo-by-little-big-bell This coming week marks the start of London Design Festival. It’s a big day in any design blogger’s diary. It can be very daunting too, as our email inboxes become flooded with hard to choose from previews and party invites.

Last year, I was away overseas during the festival, but managed to capture one or two amazing exhibits when I got home.

One of my highlights last year was photographing the work of graphic designer Camille Walala at Aria, a furniture and homewares shop in London. It was called ‘Walala in Da House’, a beautiful homage to the whole Memphis movement that embraced bright colours of the Art Deco and Pop Art era.

For this year’s London Design festival, I had already made a mental note to see the Trafalgar square Crazy golf project. The project would have included designs by Paul Smith, the late Zaha Hadid, Tom Dixon and Camille Walala. However, my plans were dashed when I heard the whole project had been cancelled following a failed Kickstarter campaign.

Imagine my excitement when Natuzzi, the renowned luxury Italian furniture brand, contacted me for an assignment to support their plans for London Design festival.

Natuzzi had commissioned 3 of UK’s leading pattern designers to customise its iconic Re-vive performance recliner chair. The 3 designers chosen were Camille Walala (photo above), Patternity and Eley Kashimoto.

I was delighted to accept the opportunity to go behind the scenes with Camille Walala, to see how she would customise her version of the Re-vive chair. camille-walalas-studio-in-dalston-photo-by-geraldine-tan-little-big-bell It’s always an honour to be able to peek into the workspace of a talented creative. Tucked away in a bright studio, off the main road, in a side alleyway off Dalston, is Camille Walala’s colourful office.

She shares her space with her equally talented set design and prop stylist Julia Jomaa.  memphis-trend-walala-photo-by-little-big-bell Camille’s workspace definitely spoke her style. She was surrounded by her signature palette of bright primary colours, black and bold geometric shapes. camille-walalas-workspace-photo-by-little-big-bell Such a happy and vibrant space don’t you think? camille-walala-london-design-festival-2016-photo-by-little-big-bell Check out that cool red Lego plant pot holder. camille-walalas-sketch-book-photo-by-little-big-bell So how does Camille Walala come up with her designs?

She showed me her book that she used to sketch and record her ideas in, and the large stack of paint swatch cards that she used for colour decisions.

Camille’s designs are instinctive and being a creative myself, I understood how she couldn’t completely explain in words how the design came about. It’s a culmination of the collective inspiration and ideas that only she can visualise in her mind and transfer onto the canvas without the need to explain.The final design does the talking. walala-project-for-natuzzi-london-design-festival-2016-photo-by-little-big-bell This is the initial computer generated design that Camille created for the Re-vive chair. camille-walala-photographed-by-geraldine-tan-little-big-bell Here’s Camille cutting out geometric vinyl shapes to make a stencil that would be used as template to paint over the chair.

The cut out black vinyl shapes do not go to waste, as they are reused as stickers to go on the chair too. test-painting-walala-photo-by-little-big-bell Camille and Julia had tested the enamel paints on a sample of the Re-vive chair’s white leather prior to commencing. walala-for-natuzzi-2016-photo-by-geraldine-tan-little-big-bell Here’s Camille putting the finishing touches to her Re-vive chair. walala-re-vive-chair-photo-by-geraldine-tan-little-big-bell Here is the completed chair in its entirety. It’s absolutely stunning.

If this was for sale, I would definitely buy it. The chair is super comfortable too.

walala-1-photo-by-geraldine-tan Such a special piece don’t you think? I’m also looking forward to seeing what the other 2 designers come up with.

The 3 commissioned Re-vive chairs will be on show in Natuzzi Italia’s Tottenham Court road flagship store window until September 25th 2016 for London Design festival. Do pop over there to see them in real life. I know I can’t wait to go.

Hope you have enjoyed this behind the scenes report and a big thank you to Camille for letting me invade her personal creative space. camille-walala-zebra-crossing-for-london-design-festival-2016-photo-by-geraldine-tan-little-big-bell Before I sign off, I thought I’d let you know of another project that Camille had created for London Design festival. It’s this super colourful zebra crossing in Southwark Street near Borough market in South East London.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

(All photography are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. Photos are copyright of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaboration with Natuzzi Italia.)

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