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Samsung-serif-lifestyle-photography-16-by-Geraldine_tan-Little-Big-Bell I am so excited to show you the Samsung Serif TV.

I don’t normally get excited about televisions, because they are all the same, a square box with an aesthetically unattractive back, that you really want to just conceal.

Then, there are the stands that they come in, which just don’t quite do it for me.

That was how I felt about televisions, until I set my eyes on the Samsung Serif (image above).

Isn’t it a work of art? It fits in so well in my living room. Samsung-Serif-lifestyle-photography-15-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Look at those elegant tubular legs and that slimline side profile.

It comes with a colour coordinated, fabric covered back panel that is attached on by magnets.

The panel gives it a sleek seamless surface.

I can now have a television that I can treat as a piece of modern art or furniture.

I can display it at all angles in the room, and there is no unsightly ports or connectors in view.

The Serif is light and portable, and their legs are easily twisted on and off. Samsung-easter-c Designed by the two renowned designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the Samsung Serif TV comes in three sizes and colours. There is dark blue ( which is very nearly black), white and red.

Here is the red one with some Easter styling I did earlier on in the year.

The base of the Serif has a solid flared footing, which keeps it stable when placed on other surfaces. Samsung-serif-lifestyle-photography-6a-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell The Serif is perfect for small space living. It can be displayed on a mantelpiece or shelf in an alcove.

I have placed my mini red Serif TV on a shelf amongst books and decorative accessories. Samsung-serif-lifestyle-photography-14-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell The wonderful thing about the Serif is its portability. It can be placed anywhere in the house.

I would love to have a large Samsung Serif TV at the end of my Eames lounger. The Serif’s design is as classic as an Eames. Samsung-serif-lifestyle-photography-13a-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Love its modern parred back simplicity. It absolutely fits in with all my design collections on the shelf. Samsung-serif-lifestyle-photography-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Although I have placed the red Samsung Serif here against a white wall, I think it would also look great when contrasted against a colourful or dark wall.

Against a darker pigment, the red around the screen will pop, for example setting the red against an Indigo blue wall. Samsung-serif-1-photography-14-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Green is big in interiors this coming Autumn/Winter. The red screen would fit in well with this trend, I can imagine it in a room with a Sage green velvet sofa, lots of indoor plants/foliage and accessories in gold. Samsung-Serif-lifestyle-photography-5-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Here is the dark blue Serif TV, styled with a feminine touch of pink and gold. Samsung-lifestyle-photography-9-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell The Samsung Serif is not just a television, it’s a design feature. The top of its frame is like a little shelf or ledge for display.

I would place small decorative accessories on top, something simple in a uniform colour palette.

It comes in full HD and the largest set has a 4K resolution. All three sizes come with Smart TV features and Bluetooth connectivity.

So you can see why I was so excited about the Samsung Serif. It ticks all the boxes, from design to functionality to portability.

Are you tempted to buy one too?

( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. Images are my copyright and will require permission for use. This is a sponsored collaboration with Samsung Serif.)

Eltham-palace-photography-by-Little-Big-Bell It was a sunny and warm Friday afternoon.

The perfect weather for an outdoor English garden party at Eltham palace, hosted by The White Company.

It was an event about Summer entertaining. We were being shown the tips and tricks for a fun and successful garden party. Reception-room-Eltham-palace-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Here’s a peek into the interior of the palace.

The 1930s Art Deco style reception room, with its gentle coral hues, totally caught my eye.

The owners of the palace during that period were Stephen and Virginia Courtauld.

I was interested to learn about the vivacious nature of Virginia. She had a snake tattoo that covered the whole length of her leg.

She would unapologetically expose her tattoo as she desired, a real defiance in the face of convention.
The-White-Company-bunting-Summer-Entertainment-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Back outdoors, simple and elegant white cloth bunting from The White Company adorned wooden fences around the garden’s perimeter.  eltham-palace-rock-gardens-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Check out the beautiful rock gardens surrounding the moat. Wisteria-at-Eltham-palace-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell These cascades of Wisteria were a true visual feast. String-quartet-Summer-Entertaining-The-White-Company-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Throw in a talented string quartet, and the formula for perfect Summer entertaining takes shape.

Summer-Entertaining-table-1-The-White-Company-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell The White Company’s interiors stylist, Luke Batchelor, showed us how to set a gorgeous Summer table.

Effortless chic with beautiful tableware and a few simple tricks. Summer-Entertaining-1-place-setting-with-The-White-Company-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Style napkins with flowers and fruit to give it an outdoor organic feel. Raffia is being used as napkin ties.

Pile the plates up according to courses.

I love these rounded shaped stoneware plates, part of the Artisan collection at the White Company. Summer-table-place-setting-for-Summer-entertaining-with-The-White-Company-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Add a bit of sparkle to the table with the Mercury collection of tea light holders and bud vases.

Don’t just add any tea light candle, heighten the senses with the scents of Summer.

I’m currently loving The white Company’s Lime and Bay fragrance range. The-White-Company-2016-Summer-entertaining-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell We drank wine and water from the elegant Stemware collection.

I’m already a proud owner of a set of these glassware, and love the smooth curved feel of the glass rim, when sipping bubbly.

Heads up to their new glass drinks dispenser ( seen at the end of the table). It can hold up to 5 litres. Here they have added slices of lime and lemon, to give the water a citrus zing.

It would be the perfect vessel for cold brew peach tea and fresh lemonade, to quench that Summer thirst, don’t you think? How-to-decorate-a-table-1-for-Summer-Entertaining-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell I am seriously tempted by the versatility of this Pavilion lantern.

It is being used as a table decor feature, to showcase Summer greens. It can also be transformed into ambient lighting at nightfall, with lit pillar candles.
Cutlery-setting-The-White-Company-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Add a bit of contrast to an all white table with this striped napkin. Summer-entertaining-1-with-The-White-Company-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Here are some pops of pink and red from Summer drinks.

The Danvers vase is being used as a drinks glass, paired with the Danvers jug. williams-Chase-wine-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell More colour for your Summer table with Rosé wines by Williams Chase.

This rosé from Provence has a fresh fruity note of white peach and grapefruit. It pairs well with a salad Niçoise or grilled vegetables.

Talking about grilled vegetables, I now turn your attention to the delicious food we had at the garden party. Outdoor-oven-garden-party-Summer-Entertaining-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Just look at the outdoor oven that our food was being cooked in.

We had the renowned former head chef of River Cottage, Tim Maddams, cook for us. He prepared the most delicious British barbecue.

You can see the Wood fired garlic flat bread with rape seed oil being cooked in the oven above. Salted-pollock-by-Tim-Maddams-The-White-Company-Summer-party-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan This was the Charcoal fired salt pollack with bay, rosemary and chilli that we ate.

It was beautifully seasoned with a balance of aromatic herbs. I loved the subtle kick of chilli to the palate.

The fish tasted so fresh and crumbled off into beautiful white bite sized chunks.

Its crispy, salty and lemon infused grilled skin tasted divine.

It was no surprise that we all made a bee line for the marquee, when we saw Tim’s team bringing over a fresh platter of fish, straight from the grill. Wild-flower-salad-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell We paired our fish with a dressed crunchy farm salad with edible wild flowers.

I’m not sure what the flowers were, but one of them had a very fragrant and distinct aniseed taste. Grilled-asparagus-by-Tim-Maddams-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell-blog This was my favourite dish. It was grilled asparagus with goats curd, lemon and mint.

These fresh green spears of asparagus were just the perfect tender to bite. They were sweet and nutty to taste, simply delicious when mixed with the creamy curd and tangy lemon. Strawberries-and-cream-Summer-garden-party-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell It would not be an English garden party without strawberries and cream. The cream was infused with geranium and limoncello. We had some crumbly, melt in your mouth shortbread to accompany. Qutdoor-scented-candle-The-White-Company-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell It was such a fun afternoon, to sit in the warm outdoors, having lunch and catching up with fellow blogger friends.

I spotted these large bamboo lanterns nearby with my favourite Lime and Bay candles. Outdoor-picnic-The-White-Company-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Check out this Henley outdoor mattress from The White Company, complete with scatter cushions.

If I had more time, I would have gladly lounged there all day with my picnic and Summer novel. Eltham-palace-grounds-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell It was a truly special event. Everywhere I looked, I was surrounded by the calm of nature.

This bridge led into a field of wild flowers, where roaming livestock can be seen wandering in the distance. Eltham-palace-gardens-Little-Big-Bell Here is the view of the bridge from afar. Eltham-palace-gardens-2-Little-Big-Bell Colours were everywhere, as we toured the palace’s gardens. Irises-Eltham-palace-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell From vibrant Irises

Pink-peonies-at-Eltham-palace-gardens-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell to bright fuchsia peonies Allium-at-Eltham-palace-Little-Big-Bell and purple Alliums.

It was such a perfect day of Summer Entertaining.

I’m feeling so inspired, and can’t wait to show you a few of the Summer tea parties that I will be featuring here soon on Little Big Bell.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is not a sponsored post. I was invited to The White Company’s Summer party as press.)

peonies-flower-of-the-month-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell I absolutely love this time of the year.

There is so much to love in May, but for me, it’s seeing peonies come into season, and being displayed on the flower stands of shops.

Peonies were part of my wedding bouquet many years ago. Not only did I have a hand tied bouquet of white peonies mixed with lilies, but they were also made into huge hanging balls, suspended from the ceiling of the marquee, in the grounds of our Oxford country home.

When I think back to my wedding day, my head fills with that lingering sweet but subtle fragrance of peonies.

Unsurprisingly, the peony symbolises love, happiness and health. sunset-peonies-in-living-room-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Peonies come in a variety of colours. From whites, to pinks, to reds and yellows.

For me, a rounded glass vase is just the perfect vessel to display peonies.

On my coffee table, you can can see both the red and coral pink varieties. For this post, I am focusing on the latter, the Coral Sunset peony. Pink-peonies-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell There is something special about Coral Sunset peonies.

They change colour from day to day, and it’s such a joy to see how the colours of my living room are being accentuated or contrasted against as they evolve.

The Coral Sunset peony starts off, when unopened, in a vibrant Fuchsia shade.   Sunset-peonies-pink-colour-Little-Big-Bell As its beautiful petals unfold, fuchsia turns to a lighter pink. Coral-sunset-peony-Little-Big-Bell Then Coral pink tones come into play. Peonies-that-change-colour-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Gradually,a light peach emerges. Coral-Sunset-peonies-Little-Big-Bell Here you can see the two tones of peonies at different stages of their colour evolution. Colourful-living-room-how-to-decorate-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Look at how the peonies accentuate my beautiful art print, drawing one’s eyes towards the matching deep pink and coral tones. Its stems punctuating the pops of green scattered in the room. Peonies-in-a-vase-Little-Big-Bell These colours are just perfect for a Spring and Summer decor.  Place them amongst a pastel interior with bright pops of yellows and pinks. Peonies-on-coffee-table-Little-Big-Bell Peonies look great as a bunch on its own, but you could also add to the bouquet.

Try adding Billy Buttons for some pops of yellow and also some light green foliage, or try that winning combination of white peonies with lilies.  Coral-Sunset-peonies-on-coffee-table-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell A pretty view from above. Peonies-changing-colour-Little-Big-Bell Here you can see my peonies in their final shade, a light golden yellow.

Unlike most flowers that get droopy and drop their petals as they mature, the Coral Sunset peonies do the opposite. They flourish, become fuller and look radiant. Living-room-with-day4-peony-photo-by-geraldine-tan-Little-Big-Bell Look at how the peonies now blend in with the yellow and orange tones of my living room decor. Coral-Sunset-peonies-turned-yellow-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-of-Little-Big-Bell-blog Just love how they fill out the rim of my rounded vase. Coral-Sunset-peonychanging-colour-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Layered petals unfolded to reveal the yellow stamens.

Hope you have enjoyed this peonies post, and that it has given you some inspiration on how to decorate and display them in a colourful setting.

Have a wonderful and happy day!

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. These images are my copyright and are not allowed to be used without prior permission. This is a collaborative sponsored post with Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk).

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