Design, Interiors & Lifestyle Blog
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Habitat-Sidney-corner-sofa-on-Little-Big-Bell Do you remember the first sofa you ever owned?

For me, it’s the fond, vivid memory of my bright blue 2 seater from Habitat.

The sofa was not the only piece I owned from there, as over time, a collection grew.

I remember how I used to anticipate the release of Habitat’s seasonal catalogue, it was then my trend bible.

So, it was with pleasure when Habitat asked me if I would review their new season’s sofas. I have picked four of my favourites.

The L shaped corner sofa above is called Sydney. I’m loving its understated elegance with clean, smooth edges and seat paddings that come in continuous pieces.

Great when placed together to make a guest bed or for snuggling up during family movie nights.

The pretty rug is called Manami, a perfect Spring update.

Habitat-cushions-2015-on-Little-Big-Bell-blog  A scatter of these cushions on the Sydney sofa would be the perfect icing on the cake.

Habitat-Kane-sofa-SS-2015-Little-Big-Bell-blog If this Kane armchair was a gentleman’s suit, I would say it’s very Saville Row, compact and perfectly tailored.

Habitat-vases-SS15lifestyle Both of the sofas I have chosen so far are of a neutral palette, but you can get them upholstered in a variety of fabrics and colours. Otherwise, brighten up with ceramics, of citrus hues, displayed in a nearby shelf. Habitat-CHESTERVINCE_SS15lifestyle The trend for mid-century modern has never really waned, in fact it is coming back in a big way.

I can still clearly remember the bidding wars on ebay for a Borge Mogensen leather sofa. I never really succeeded.

So, it was with excitement when I spotted this deep tan Chester leather sofa. Sure to become a classic itself, as the leather ages. It looks perfect set against that pale mint wall. Habitat-sofa-Spring-Summer-2015-on-Little-Big-Bell For a bachelor wanting to project a debonair feel, how about this look? ( saying this with 2 winks!). The sculptural copper table lamp oozes charm as it is set against the sheen of this sleek black Hyde sofa.

So that concludes my choices. Is there one that you really love or want? Would love to hear your thoughts.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Wishing you all a great start to your week.

(Product review for Habitat UK, all opinions are my own).

Mum-print-from-Jealous-gallery-and-print-studio-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell Today is Mother’s day in London. I had the most amazing surprise gift from my children this morning.

It was the ‘Mum’ print above that they bought from Jealous gallery and print studio.

It fits in perfectly with the colours of my workspace and so in line with my aesthetic. It makes me happy that I will be seeing this every time I sit at my desk.

As it is mother’s day today, I would like to introduce two very special guests.

First up is Jojo, my 14 year old daughter, who will be blogging with me today and possible monthly. You can find her on Instagram under the name @stylewithjj.

What makes me delighted about this, is that when I first set up Little Big Bell, the intention was to blog with my daughter. Her Chinese middle name means Little Bell, hence the name Little Big Bell. Me being Big Bell.

My second special guest is the talented artist Kristina Hultkrantz of Emma Kisstina, who has illustrated the contents of both Jojo and my handbag. She is one amazing lady and you will see what I mean soon. You can read all about her here.

A-doctor's-bag-Little-Big-Bell I recently purchased a bright pink Kate Spade Hayden, so when Kristina approached me to draw my handbag, I was most excited.

What do I carry in my bag? The stethoscope is unsurprising, since I am a full time doctor. However, I do tend to leave it at work most of the time.

Kate-Spade-Hayden-bag-1-Little-Big-Bell Here’s what I carry when I go to blogging events.

Missing, is my DSLR camera, which I was using. What’s wonderful is that the Hayden bag is big enough to accommodate it.

Bando-in-my-bag-Little-Big-Bell I am always in a rush, so early morning coffee on the go is essential. My coffee cup is from Bando.

I now carry a pink pen for a reason. I’m not sure why, but as doctors working within the Accident and Emergency department, the most commonly lost item is one’s pen. Perhaps it’s because all our pens look the same and so may be picked up by mistake.

So far, the pink pen has lasted a month and is still going strong.

What's-in-my-bag-Little-Big-Bell A portable mobile charger is essential for any blogger and I’m loving my pink and gold one.

I don’t wear my Pop and Fizz shoes at work, but I always keep a comfortable pair of flats I change into after work, as I do a lot of walking rather than driving.

Little-Big-Bell's-bag Here’s everything in my bag. Chanel lipsticks are my favourite and I was lucky to sample the new collections this season before they hit the market.

I’m also adoring my Bobbi Brown Pot rouge which can be used for both lips and cheeks.

Now, to reveal Kristina’s beautiful drawing of my bag and its contents.

Little-Big-Bell's-blogger-handbag-drawn-by Kristina-Hultkrantz How amazing is this? It only took her I believe, a day and a half to draw. I am so in love with it and can’t wait to receive my personalised print.

Kristina is able to do custom drawings of your bags and contents too. Here is the link to her Etsy shop.

Instagram-@stylewithjj-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell Now, to introduce my sweet teen, Jojo. I took this photo of her when we attended the London Fashion weekend catwalk shows. Jojo will be co-blogging here about teen fashion and lifestyle.

Toni-and-Guy-braids-on-@stylewithjj-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell Here’s her hair braided by the talented stylists at Toni and Guy during London Fashion week.

Anyway, without further ado, I hand the keyboard over to Jojo now to tell us about her handbag and its contents.

Teen-blogger's-bag-style-with-jj-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell-blog Thanks for the introduction! Hi, this is Jojo.

My pink Eau de Parfum bag is from Next. I think pastels are very much in fashion this season. As well as being useful, it is a super stylish accessory!

My Ted Baker purse again follows the pastel trend. The rose gold clasps on the purse are a favourite! Shimmer and shine was a predicted trend at the London fashion weekend catwalks, I saw a lot of Rose Gold.

My eos lip balm above is a no brainer to keep in my bag! It is one of my favourites for  fresh minty lips.

Next-Eau-de-parfum-handbag-and-Bando-Little-Big-Bell I always keep some kind of perfume in my bag and the Harajuki perfume is super cute with a sweet summer scent.  The girl’s pastel pink hair is also so cool!

Style-with-jj-handbag-print-by-Kristina-Hultkrantz-on-Little-Big-Bell It’s now back to Geraldine! Thank you Jojo for your short and sweet little post.

Here is the beautiful drawing that Kristina has done on my daughter’s bag and its contents. I was so excited when she sent me the two finished drawings. It is always such a pleasure to discover and promote amazing talents. Thank you so much Kristina.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the post today. Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

Shades-of-blush-Little-Big-Bell-shop Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Today’s post is all about my favourite colours.

I am currently crushing on blush. When I say blush, I mean the spectrum from pinks to corals to a light golden orange.

In fact, those were the colours I used in my workspace refresh .

Behind my work desk is an empty space and blank wall. I am thinking of putting a sofa there. To get the perfect sofa will take time, I am thinking of one in a pastel hue. In the meantime, I thought I would explore the soft furnishings and accessories that could go with it.

I have curated a ‘Shades of Blush’ collection above from a group of talented, international makers. Everything is stocked in my Great.ly shop and here are the details:

1. Practical Magic 02 is a large and beautiful fine art giclee print made by Duealberi. The colour palette is just so spot on. I can see this print on my wall, above the new sofa.

2. This Blush and wood geometric succulent planter by Sea and Asters would be perfect for my desk. I always find green plants around the work area creates a positive vibe.

3. The Light pink Origami lampshade by Tweelingen design is just so cute! I adore the contrasting bright yellow cord. I can visualise this lamp hanging low over the far edge of my currently imaginary, new sofa.

4. Since I am having a couch, I would need a blanket to snuggle up with. This Pink cloudy blanket in natural cotton, with neon orange stitching is simply dreamy and just the right colour tones to match the rest of my study. It is made in San Francisco by Happy French.

5+6. You can never have enough prints. So here are my favourite ones in blush and gold.  ‘Let Love lead’ and The Blushing Pineapple, both by Canadian maker Field Trip.

7. Last but not least, a pretty cushion to style my virtual sofa. I have picked Xavier & Me’s Abstract One cushion in a blush and yellow.

So, what do you think? Hope you like my curated collection. I will definitely show you my new sofa when I get it.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead. Mine will be busy with numerous exciting collaborations to come. Can’t wait to show you.

Collage created in partnership with Great.ly.

So-Klara-painting-1-by-Klara Capouskova-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell When Klara Capouskova of So Klara sent me an image of her work, despite the small size of the photo, my eyes were instantly drawn to the colours and patterns.

I knew I had to see more.

So-Klara-1-on-Little-Big-Bell Her use of vibrant and happy colours were totally in tune with my aesthetic.

How convenient it was that she lived nearby, and so I was able to view her work in person.

So-Klara-painting-styled-and-photographed-by-Little-Big-Bell Klara has a background in fine art and counselling. Torn between doing an MA in Psychology and art, she finally chose to follow her creative dreams, and completed an MA in Textile Design.

However, Klara tells me that throughout her postgraduate studies, she was able to channel her passion for art and psychology in her textiles, to create pieces that exuded a vibrant energy.

SoKlara-Little-Big-Bell  As you can see, Klara entrusted me with her work. I was able to bring her portfolio home, to style and shoot at leisure.

The sense of grey and rain outdoors soon disappeared, as I photographed the colourful pieces, that radiated vibes both happy and positive.

I have styled the above two pieces of her paintings with my Marimekko ceramics, because I really feel that Klara’s work is the perfect fit for that brand.

I would so love to have a So Klara designed Marimekko mug.

So-Klara-wall-hanging-2-Little-Big-Bell Here you see my work space again. Adorning the wall is a sample fabric from Klara’s original painting.

The piece above is called Espagna. Klara tells me that this captures the memories of her trips to Spain.

She describes it as ” you might be taken back to the sunny beaches, the wonderful markets, the smiley people… it might even awake your sense of smell and touch, you can feel the sun rays on your skin, hear the seagulls on the beach and smell the oranges.”

So-Klara-Little-Big-Bell How therapeutic it must be to paint in these colours.

So-klara-wall-hanging-Little-Big-Bell Here is another fabric print of her painting, styled against my storage boxes from Hay, in similar tones of greens, blues, peaches and yellows.

So-Klara-silk-prints-1-on-Little-Big-Bell The title of this blog post mentioned talent and colour, both obvious, I’m sure you’ll agree.

What is the good cause?

Well, Klara has printed her beautiful artwork onto larger pieces of silk, measuring around 180cm  x 120cm.The silk pieces above are miniature versions of her larger pieces.

One of her large silk hangings will be exhibited in the Traditions Run Deeper than Law exhibition, from March 10-15th at the Red Gallery in London.

This large silk piece will be auctioned online to support Forward UK, an organisation committed to gender equality and safeguarding the rights of African girls and women against FGM and child marriage.

So-Klara-silk-paintings-1-on-Little-Big-Bell Here, I’ve styled her miniature silk wall hangings above my cushion filled, reading nook. Very colourful right? Just how I like it.

So-Klara-colourful-fabric-1-Little-Big-Bell Her fabric prints are so beautiful. You can use them to upholster furniture or even commission Klara to make them into cushion covers.

Colour-inspiration-Little-Big-Bell Great too as backgrounds for styled shots.

So-Klara-on-Little-Big-Bell-blog

So-Klara-silk-art-styled-andphotographed-by-Little-Big-Bell So vibrant, so happy! If you are interested in seeing the large piece in person, do check out her exhibition soon. Also for a good cause, don’t forget there’s a charity auction.

Wishing you all a wonderful start to your week.

( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan of Little Big Bell)

Little-Big-Bell-workspace-3 So, I have two creative workspaces. You may wonder why I need to have two.

Well, my husband has somehow gravitated to the room above, when he is working from home, so I had to create another area that inspired me.

We are lucky to have so many rooms at home, to allow me to indulge in my love for decorating.

The workspace above has been my most popular photo on Instagram. I wonder whether workspace number two will live up to expectations? Here goes, see below:

Gallery-wall-styled-and-photographed-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Ta-dah! What do you think? I have only in the last 24 hours completed the wall gallery for this area.

I started with 20 framed prints and the 13 prints here were selected when they formed the visual palette that appealed.

Workplace-gallery-Little-Big-Bell I love the gallery for its imperfection. The mixed sizes of frames and the differing gaps between the prints.

Design-blogger's-workspace-Little-Big-Bell The monochrome calendar print above is by Sarah of Coco Lapine Design and the gold foil pressed ‘Magnifique’ print is by Minted.

Creative-work-space-Little-Big-Bell Here’s another view.

Colourful-gallery-wall-1-Little-Big-Bell The pineapple and papaya prints are from Hello Pants.

The stripy bunny print is by La p’tite madeleine.

The ‘find the wonderful’ print is by Zoe Murphy.

The Brooklyn and ‘Why the hell not’ prints are by Alphonnsine .

The mint rabbit print is by Ham.

The Coco Chanel print is from Annechovie.

Colourful-workspace-Little-Big-Bell The bottom right pink print is one of my favourites. It’s a collage of pictures taken by moving the camera in a room full of projections and you can buy it from Coco Lapine Design.

Free-computer-screen-saver-Little-big-Bell Did you spot my desktop wallpaper? Well, this is a collaboration between myself and fine stationery designer Nadine Picone of Pinch me moments, based in New York.

Nadine designed the screen saver from how she perceived the Little Big Bell brand represented. She looked through my Pinterest account’s Sayings to Inspire category and picked this saying ‘Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle’.

What beautiful calligraphy and such an on trend colour palette, which goes so nicely with my wall gallery.

lbb-dullsparkle-iPhone-by-Inch-me-studios Cool thing is, you can download this screen wallpaper for FREE courtesy of Nadine and myself.

Here is the  Desktop or i-phone  versions to download. 

Bando-keychain-Little-Big-Bell Ooh la la! Here are my pencils and pens from my favourite shop, Kate Spade.

How-to-create-a bright-workspace-Little-Big-Bell Hope you’ve enjoyed viewing my new gallery wall. How do you think it compares to my other study area?

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

Park-city-utah-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I’m finally getting round to posting some photos from my January trip to Utah. I visited Park City on the second day of my stay in Salt Lake City. It was approximately a half an hour’s drive away.

As Park City’s altitude was at least 800m higher compared to Salt Lake City, a transition in weather condition was expected.

The Wasatch mountains were indeed covered in powdery snow, so beautiful with the brightly painted houses.

Park-City-homes-photo-Little-Big-Bell As well as being one of the prettiest towns, Park City is also one of the wealthiest cities in the United States.

It is home to 3 major ski resorts and hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. There’s also a large and separate slope for daring snow boarders.

My driver was a wealth of information, he told me that the nearby Deer Valley resort was a Winter playground for the rich and famous, with their holiday homes.

No-name-saloon-Park-city-photos-by-Geraldine-Tan-of-Little-Big-Bell Park City was definitely different to downtown Salt Lake City. There was an immediate heritage feel to the place with its preserved architecture.

All around, people were busy preparing for the crowd surge that is to come. It was 3 days to go before the quiet town was to host the annual Sundance Film festival.

United-states-post-office-Park-City-Utah-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Isn’t the post office so charming?

Red-Banjo-pizza-Little-Big-Bell Along the main street were a great choice of eateries. I was recommended Cafe Terigo for lunch and it didn’t disappoint. I had the most delicious grilled salmon and avocado on mixed greens with a honey mustard dressing, garnished with crunchy onion rings. All washed down with the most refreshing iced tea.

Park-city-heritage-houses-1-Slat-Lake-City-photos-by-Geraldine-Tan-of-Little-Big-Bell-blog Lining the main high street of Park City were many little independent stores, although I must admit I found that majority of them were selling tourist merchandise. However, the good news is that there are free buses that transport you to the Tanger retail outlet store close by – Imagine J.Crew and Abercrombie and Fitch at 75% off!

What attracted me to Park City were the cute heritage homes like the one above. Love the sweet little porch. Just imagine some peace and quiet, drinking hot chocolate and watching the world go by.

Park-City-pastel-coloured-homes-Little-Big-Bell The sky blue and peach hue of this little home were so perfectly partnered that I couldn’t resist taking a photo.

Snow-in-Park-City-Utah-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Most of the homes were colourful, but I also adored this perfectly white one. I’m imagining Christmas inside with a log burning fire, sweet scents of oranges,cinnamon and freshly baked bread. Also a beautiful fir tree adorned with twinkling lights. One can dream right?

Park-City-blue-house-Little-Big-Bell Now for the visual feast of the other colourful wooden houses lining the streets parallel to the main high street of Park City.

Colourful-wooden-houses-Park-City-Utah-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell So bright and cheerful.

red-home-Park-City-Little-Big-Bell I’m sure Santa Claus lives in this one.

Park-City-Utah-colourful-house-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Hope you’ve enjoyed a little tour of Park City. I’m definitely returning here one Winter with the family. A perfect place for a ski trip break.

Wishing you all a happy week ahead.

Study I recently attended a presentation given by Rooms Made For You from British Gypsum on 3 innovative products they have developed for the home.

The first is the Thistle Magnetic plaster which can easily be applied to any walls. All you need is 3mm thickness of easy to apply magnetic plaster. Then paint or wall paper over as desired.

The possibilities becomes endless, indeed a canvas for self expression! I love how the magnetic wall above the desk, has been painted in different tones of pastel, to create a zoned pin board look. The advantages now are that you don’t need pins, nails, tapes or Blu-tack which can ruin the walls.

All you need are magnets, which can be applied to hold up your rotating gallery of cards, notes or prints. If you don’t want to see the magnets, you could get magnetic stickers or adhere small magnets to the backs of the objects you are styling on the wall.

Magnetic-wall-in-child's-room-Little-Big-Bell Love how a textured effect brick wallpaper has been applied over the magnetic wall here. Strong magnets are hot glued to the backs of the coat pegs that provide that instant hallway tidy.

Imagine how brilliant it is to be able to reposition the coat hook according to the child’s growing height. No excuses for not putting that coat away!

Here, an interactive art gallery has been created for the children’s art.Blackboard paint has also been applied for doodling masterpieces, when inspiration strikes.

What’s great about the magnetic wall is that styled spaces are interchangeable.

Living Room

Now, for the second amazing innovation, The Lifestyle wall. I couldn’t believe it until I saw and experienced it.

Imagine not having to drill, hammer or use plugs for your walls anymore, but to be able to put up heavy fittings like a widescreen televisions or shelves, by simply using a screw and screwdriver.

Well, this wall does it! A special plasterboard which allows a single fixing to support up to 15kg of weight. The screw can be inserted in a matter of seconds. As easy as that!

The shelves above are arranged on the Lifestyle wall with just a couple of screws and probably took only a few minutes to put up.

The last innovation of the three is The Silent floor, a system of superior sound insulation. I got to experience how noise changed in a room when the flooring system was applied. There was no longer the sound of the Boom from the party music or the thudding noises of kids upstairs jumping on beds. Just peaceful bliss.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. So many possibilities for the home. If only this technology was present when I was renovating my home a few years back. I am seriously considering the magnetic wall for my son’s room this Summer.

Wishing you all a wonderful start to your week!

( Day created in association with Rooms made for you. Images are from Rooms Made For You & styling by Becky Clarke).

Kate-Spade-Somerset-cardigan-2-on-Little-Big-Bell 2 weeks ago, I attended the blogging conference, Alt Summit, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Fashion it seems is a major part of Alt Summit.

I was lucky to have received the styling expertise of Kate Spade London’s stylist, Meghan Moore. Together, we were able to come up with 2 outfits.

The first outfit above, consisted of the Somerset cardigan in Rose Jade, and the Deco Polka dot Coreen cupcake mini skirt.

The cardigan and skirt are not available on Kate Spade UK’s website, but you may be able to purchase them from the London Sloane Square shop. Alternatively, you can purchase it online from Avenue K , who ship internationally.

The Day Tripper black necklace is available from Kate Spade London.

Geraldine-Tan-in-Kate-spade-Little-Big-Bell So here I am wearing the outfits. I learned a few styling secrets from Meghan. She suggested that the cardigan should be worn buttoned up as a top, and it should also be worn back to front.

The buttons at the back added a lovely visual feature and the plain front worked well with the necklace.

Tucking the top into the skirt was also a trick to draw one’s eyes away from the hips.

Kate-Spade-Netta-black-suede-shoes-1-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The black suede boots that I wore were called Netta. They were perfect for adding height and super comfortable.

I love the gold metal detailing of the inner heel and the Kate Spade signature bows at the back.

Kate-Spade-Bekki-sweater-1-Little-Big-Bell My second outfit was not too dissimilar. We kept the style similar to what I felt comfortable with. This was the outfit I wore to the evening mini parties at Alt Summit.

We chose the Bekki sweater in a bright pink. I love wearing colours but I was not used to wearing such a bright hue. Surprisingly, it worked well when contrasted against the black Satin gathered skirt . I accessorised it with the same Day Tripper necklace and a fun pair of black and gold flats with the words Pop and Fizz.

Geraldine-Tan-in-Kate-Spade-outfit-photo-by-Izzy-Hudgins Here I am wearing the outfit, looking out from the balcony of the Grand America hotel.

Kate-Spade-shoes-pop-fizz-Little-Big-Bell Here’s a close up of my shoes and a glittery Kate Spade bag.

Kate-Spade-wellies-Little-Big-Bell I arrived a day before the conference started, so went to explore Park City, a town busy preparing for the annual Sundance film festival. Park City is also a ski resort, so snow was to be expected.

I was pleased to have brought along my Kate Spade wellington boots (top left). Again, I loved the gold detailing and bow at the back.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the post. This is my first venture into a bit of fashion blogging. I would love to hear what you think.

Wishing you a wonderful day ahead and I will be back with some fun interiors post.

The phography of me in outfits are by Izzy Hudgins, a talented photographer who I met at Alt. The others are by me.

Copper-blush-Dulux-colour-combinations-3-Little-Big-Bell

Pastels-interiors-Little-Big-Bell Today was a busy day photographing my study. Remember Part one of my study here? So, finally Part 2 is completed. Part 3 is yet to come.

I didn’t quite realise it, but I had begun to incorporate tones similar to Dulux’s colour of the year, Copper Blush into my styling.

Interesting that I take a reverse approach to styling. Come up with the combination swatch (above) after I finish!

Brooklyn-print-by-Alphonnsine-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell

Out-there-interiors-dusky-pink-chair-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell It all started with a beautiful dusky pink Rattan chair from Out There Interiors and everything else just followed.

I bought the Brooklyn print by Alphonnsine whilst I was in America recently. The stool is from the Ikea Brakig range in mint and the cushion is by Kangan Arora.

Copper-blush-Dulux-colour-of-the-year-and Minted-print-Little-Big-Bell On the top shelf is the print ‘Find the wonderful’ which is in the actual Dulux Copper Blush colour, created by Zoe Murphy.

Copper-blush-Dulux-colour-combinations-3-Little-Big-Bell

Out-there-interiors-chair-little-Big-Bell The Rattan chair comes in a variety of colours and is handmade in Denmark.

Pastel-styled-space-1-by-Geraldine  Little Big Bell I can’t wait to put it out in the garden when Summer comes. I’m already imagining myself relaxing in the sunshine with a novel.

Pastel-shades-decor-styling-and-photography-by-Geraldine-of-Little-Big-Bell For now, as it is still Winter, I have placed a sheepskin throw on the chair to give it an extra cosy feel.

Copper-blush-Dulux-colour-combinations-3-Little-Big-Bell

Pastel-shades-in-the-work-place-Little-Big-bell Burn a scented candle and write Thank you notes whilst I lounge.

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Ikea-Brakig-stool-styled-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell

Copper-blush-Dulux-colour-combinations-3-Little-Big-Bell So, what do you think of the colour combinations – Mint, copper Blush, Dusky pink, ice blue and bright pink?

Hope you’ve enjoyed the post. Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

( Product review for Out there Interiors, all styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan of Little Big Bell).

Valentine's-day-card-by-Lagom-design-Styling-and-photograph-by-Geraldine-Little-Big-Bell I have just returned from a wonderful week in Salt Lake City, where I attended the Alt Summit blogging conference.

As well as learning new ideas for taking my blog to the next level, I have had the opportunity to connect with many inspiring bloggers there.

I have created the vignette above for the wonderful ladies I met at Alt. – You’re simply lovely!

A heads up for my lovely readers – Alt summit is now offering an early bird rate for their Summer conference in June.

Minted-Valentine's-day-2015-gift-styled-andphotographed-by-Geraldine-Little-Big-Bell As well as connecting with like minded creatives, we had the opportunity to mingle with brands and pitch our ideas for collaboration.

I had the great pleasure of meeting with the team behind Minted, an online design marketplace who source the creative work of independent artists and select the best to sell in the form of art, home decor and stationery.

Valentine's-day-gift-boxes-for-the-kids-from-Minted-Little-Big-Bell Here’s some of the cute Valentine’s day designs created by Minted which I have styled. My kids are certainly in for a treat.

Valentine's-day-Minted-Little-Big-Bell All wrapped up now in Minted’s printed fabric. Talking about fabric, they are bringing out a new line of party table cloths.

Valentine's-day-vignette-Little-Big-Bell-blog So Valentine’s day is fast approaching. I decided to play around with my Motex label maker.

Valentine's-card-Little-Big-Bell Here’s a fast and easy card to make. Just punch the words and stick! Simple but says it all.

Valentine's-day-love-heart-sweets-Little-Big-Bell Like Halloween, I get the impression that Valentine’s day is celebrated by children more in the U.S. than here in Britain and Europe.

Valentine's-candy-Little-Big-Bell I just can’t resist packing these heart shaped candies into my beautiful gold foiled paper bags.

Now the question is, will my young son take it to school to give to his little friends? Let’s just say I’m working on it. Pretty candies can’t go to waste right?

Or I may well have to resort to bringing it to work. Doctors do need all the sugar they can get to survive a full busy day in the Emergency department.

Eat-cake-and-drink-cocktails-in-bed-Little-Big-Bell Wouldn’t it be nice to have this for Valentine’s day? I might have to direct my wonderful husband to my Cocktails Pinterest board.

Valentine's-day-sweets-Little-Big-Bell Sweet treats, cocktails and party glitter, but what alternatives apart from that and flowers?

Vana-Chupp-Je-t'aime-Great.ly-Little-Big-Bell Gold foiled stationery is so on trend at the moment. It was not that long ago that I got my gold foiled business cards made, a collaboration with Studio Sarah London.

I have stocked the above beautiful ‘Je t’aime’ print by the talented Vana Chupp in my Great.ly shop. A perfect Valentine’s gift for him or her.

Inkspot-foil-tray-great.ly-Little-Big-Bell Then there is this tray by Inkspot Workshop which can be gold foiled to your custom words, a special meaningful something between loved ones.

I think I might get one made with the words Sparkle and Shine, in line with my new business cards.

Paper-heart-balloons-designed-by-Geraldine-Tan-of-Little-Big-Bell-blog Some glitter and pastel heart balloons I’ve created for you, my readers. Wishing you all in advance a happy Valentine’s day!

See you next week! I have a whole string of exciting collaborations coming up, can’t wait to show you.

( All photos and styling are by Geraldine Tan of Little Big Bell, the exceptions are the print by Vana Chupp and Inkspot Workshop).

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