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Spring interiors Spring interiors 2018 with A by Amara’s Arcade collection.

It was such a pleasure last week to announce my brand ambassadorship with Amara, for their A by Amara Arcade range.

Since then, I’ve been busy styling my workspace and living room with this beautiful new collection.

I thought I’d show you how I’ve used a few of the colourful pieces at my desk. How do you like it? Spring Interiors I absolutely adore pink, so it’s probably no surprise that I’ve selected this Arcade fuchsia vase called Stardust. Isn’t it pretty?

Since I wanted a Spring interiors style, I decided to add a selection of pretty floral blooms into the vase. Next to my Stardust vase, is Circus, a monochrome black and white striped vase with a touch of gold. It’s such an elegant piece and would look great with all interiors styles.

I’ve decided to decorate it with a few sprigs of Eucalyptus. You could of course use colourful flowers, but I love how the green looks against the black and white. Next, is the Jamboree orange diamond weave pot, which I have used as a container for my colour pencils. The pot is perfect for little succulents and cacti too and also comes in a blue colour.

The vibrant orange and geometric patterns on that Jamboree weave pot really reminds me of the decor style of a mid century modern home in Palm Springs.

If you are unsure what I mean, here is a colourful post on Palm Springs I did a while back which may help explain.

The gold elephant trinket dish is also part of the Arcade collection. Isn’t it so cute?

I’ve used it to store my paper clips. So, what do you think of this bright new collection? I think it’s the perfect antidote to any lingering Winter blues or grey skies.

I have more Spring interiors posts coming up using the Arcade range ( the pink cushion on the chair above is a little hint of what’s next to come).

I’m really looking forward to showing it to you soon.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this colourful post. Wishing you a wonderful start to your week.

(All photography and styling are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This Spring interiors  Arcade post is a paid partnership with Amara living, but all opinions are my own.)

A by Amara Arcade When I saw the new A by Amara Spring Summer 2018 range called Arcade, I knew  instantly that it was the collection for me.

I simply couldn’t resist all those bright and happy colours. It’s definitely a welcome change from the lingering dull of Winter.

I was over the moon when Amara asked me to be their brand ambassador for this beautiful collection. It was just perfect for me. Wouldn’t it be fun to wake up to these bright hues?

The block teal bedlinen above, with its 300 thread count, is called La Croisette. I’ve noticed that in the world of interiors, colour lovers fall into two camps.

There are those who love decorating against a darker backdrop, and those who love decorating against a light and neutral background.

Pastel colours don’t work so well with dark colours, but it’s a different story with bright and vibrant colours, such as these jewel tones from the Arcade collection. They work well against any background, and so uniting all colour lovers.

This Fiesta bedlinen and brightly coloured cushions, also from the Arcade range, perfectly illustrates how bright colours pop against a dark wall. I couldn’t take my eyes off this bathroom, with its cool mix of colours and patterns. A by Amara Arcade I wouldn’t mind having that Harlequin style floor mat in my bathroom. Doesn’t this living room, with its tribal design cushions and tassel throw, just transport you to somewhere warm and exotic?

That yellow vase is like a ray of sunshine and the perfect accent colour. The Arcade collection is not just all colour, there are also few black and white monochrome pieces, like this striking rug with its bold patterns, against which the bright yellow chairs pop. Arcade A by Amara Here are some of the decorative accessories from the range. I already have those black and white jars at home, and they look gorgeous when mixed with colours.

This may be a Spring Summer collection, but these jewel tones would work as well during the Autumn/Winter season. I love how versatile Arcade is, as you could use most pieces to style your outdoor space too. Doesn’t the garden party above just make you long for warmer days outdoors?

Hope you’ve enjoyed finding out about Arcade. do take a peek at the collection here. I have started styling the collection at home, and can’t wait to show you.

Have a lovely start to your week.

(All photography were supplied by Amara. I have written this in sponsored collaboration with Amara, but all views are my own).

Mob hotel of the people – a cool, creative and affordable place to stay in Paris.

When a Paris hotel door looks this cool and instagram worthy, I knew I was on to a winner.

Introducing you to Mob hotel of the people,the brainchild of Cyril Aouizerate. Cyril wanted to create a poly-sensory hotel, that has hospitality at its heart, and one that embraced creativity.

His vision soon captured the imagination of highly successful entrepreneurs, such as the founder of AOL, Steve Case and designer Philippe Starck, who both joined his venture. Mob hotel The hotel, easily accessible via metro, is located in the Northern Parisian suburb of St Ouen.

It is a stone’s throw away from the famous Parisian flea market, Marché aux Puces de St Ouen. There were many quirky cool design elements in the hotel, like this door number that looked like a book page. mob hotel of the people My bed was a theatrical stage, complete with shadow puppets to create my own show. I wished my children were with me. They would have loved this. There was no conventional wardrobe in sight, instead clothes and the mirror were hung on hooks attached to a wooden rail on the wall. I must admit, when I was in Paris, it rained a lot. I actually narrowly missed the flooding that occurred there recently by a day.

There was a short window of opportunity to go out into my room balcony to snap this photo. I bet it would be lovely to have breakfast here during the Spring and Summer. There was a mix of vintage and modern at Mob hotel of the people.

Isn’t this vintage peacock chair spotted at the hotel’s lobby so cool?

Now that I’ve mentioned the vintage, I have to tell you about the brilliant modern element to the hotel. The latter being a mobile phone in my room that I could take out with me.

The mobile phone was free for local calls and internet access.

There were also apps on the phone, with a curated collection of local places to visit, shop and eat.

So forward thinking don’t you think? This is a corner of the hotel’s restaurant, where a daily breakfast selection of freshly baked breads, juice,homemade jams, french cheese and cold meats were served.

The restaurant also served an organic and seasonal menu for lunch and dinner using local produce. The pizza that I had one night was absolutely delicious.

At the centre of the restaurant, was an eight a side football table which encouraged guests to mingle with a fun match.

There was also a live DJ on certain nights for those who enjoy partying. You may have spotted the restaurant curtain in the previous image. Here is a close up view of it. How many famous faces do you recognise? Take a peek at the hotel shop that sells a curated collection of independent brands. Here’s a little exterior view of the hotel. There is a huge outdoor cinema and ping pong table in the grounds. There are also two additional large rooftop sun terraces with lots of lounging seats. I think I’ll have to return in the Summer, to truly experience the outdoor vibe. Judging by what I’ve already experienced in the Winter, I can imagine that Summer will be full of fun. Saw this outside the hotel. Not quite sure what it was there for, but kids seem to enjoy playing with it, pretending to ride a horse.

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading my little review of Mob hotel of the people. I have another post coming up soon, showing you the most colourful place to instagram in Paris. Can’t wait to show you.

Wishing you all a lovely week ahead.

( All photography are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. I stayed as a guest of Mob hotel of the people. All my views are my own).

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