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Turtle Mat Machine washable Lume Turtle Mat for a bright interior.

Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. For those who know my home well on Instagram, have you noticed something different about my living room?

Have you spotted my watermelon smile Lume door mat ?

Yes, you heard right, it is a door mat. I’m sure I’m right in saying that most people wouldn’t even imagine having a door mat as part of their living room decor right? This has disrupted perceptions hasn’t it? Let me tell you why I love it in my space.

Traditional door mats have a horrible rough texture, but my Lume Turtle Mat made of nylon is super soft to stand on.

Are you fed up of slipping on mats? Well, the great news is that these mats have an anti-slip rubber backing. It’s so lovely to have it firmly in place and not have to adjust it every few minutes as the kids run around.

Also, if you have elderly relatives, I would replace their mats with these. I have seen my fair share of older patients coming into the Emergency department, having tripped over loose rugs or mats. Obviously, the gorgeous design is a major factor to me allowing it in my living room. It really has such a happy vibe and has lit up my space on these dreary Winter days. Another added bonus are that they are machine washable.

It’s such a relief to have a mat that maintains its beautiful design and form after wash, so no more heart sink from those mats that come out with colour runs and crumpled textures. Lume Turtle Mat As well as being aesthetically beautiful, the Lume collection of Turtle Mats do work hard as a doormat.

They are pretty hard wearing and really do absorb all that grime and moisture from your footwear at the door, protecting your carpets and hard floor surfaces indoors.

Here’s another happy design. I’ve placed this pineapple mat by my bed as I love a bit of soft cosiness on my feet as I get out of bed.

Hope you’ll agree with me after this, that doormats don’t always have to be at doorways.

There are a multitude of areas where they can be placed, from kitchens ( especially by the sink area), to bathrooms, utility rooms and more.

I believe Turtle Mat is showing at the trade show Top Drawer this week. If you are going, you should go check their stall out.

Hope you have enjoyed this post. I’m off to Paris next week as the guest of Maison et Objet. Do follow me on instagram and insta stories, as I reveal to you the latest interiors trends.

Have a fabulous start to your weeks.

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

Pomegranate Fizz, a lower calorie festive drink with Splenda Zero.

Hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas. I thought I’d pop in to share with you an easy to make New Year’s Eve cocktail recipe from Splenda.

I’m sure many of us feel like we have over eaten during the Christmas period right?

There’s still New Year’s Eve feasting to come and I’m sure many are not looking forward to trying on their jeans again. Splenda Zero cocktail I recently went to a talk by expert nutritionist Helen Bond, about Splenda, which is a low calorie sugar alternative called Sucralose. The best way to lose weight if you have a sweet tooth is to cut down on your added sugar intake.

If you find it difficult to cope without that sweet sensation, but want to reduce your calories intake, then Splenda could be a great alternative.  Splenda is a sugar molecule with some of its atoms being replaced by chlorine.

It is essentially an indigestible artificial sugar, which is not fully absorbed in the gut, hence there is no blood sugar rises or calorie accumulation.

The photo above is of Splenda’s no calorie liquid sweetener called Splenda Zero. Splenda has been on the market since 1998 and is FDA approved.

It is particularly great for Type 2 Diabetics who find it hard to kick their sugar cravings. As a doctor, I would advise the best policy is to cut out all added sugars, but I’m fully aware that  it’s easier said than done.

With the latter in mind, here is the New Year’s eve recipe for Pomegranate fizz that I recently tried from Splenda.

Ingredients:

  1. 600ml 100% Pomegranate juice.
  2. 4.5ml SPLENDA ZERO Liquid sweetener
  3. 400ml tonic water or cava
  4. 4.60g pomegranate seeds.

Method:

  1. Gently warm around 50ml of pomegranate juice, then stir in the SPLENDA ZERO until it dissolves.
  2. Stir in the rest of the pomegranate juice.
  3. Pour the mix in to champagne flutes and top up with either cava or tonic water.
  4. Drop in a few pomegranate seeds to serve.

Hope you’ll enjoy the recipe. Wishing you a wonderful 2018.

( All photography and styling are by Little Big bell. This is a sponsored collaboration with Splenda, but all views are my own).

My very last minute Christmas gift list for the year 2017

Can you believe there’s only a week to go before Christmas? Have you all been busy last weekend doing your shopping?

I’ve been promising my Christmas gift list for a while, and today was the final push to get it out. Sorry for being late.

I have decided to show you some of my favourite gifts in case you need to do some last minute shopping. So here it goes. I have been a Jo Malone fan for as long as I can remember, so imagine how thrilled I was to be sent this Jo Malone London townhouse box , part of their crazy, colourful Christmas range. Isn’t the box just gorgeous?

Inside, you will find 6 amazing scents:

30ml Pomegranate noir bath oil, 30ml Wood Sage & Sea salt cologne, 50ml Nectarine Blossom & Honey Body Creme, 100ml Lime Basil & Mandarin Body Wash and 50g Geranium & Walnut Body Scrub.

Everything smells divine. I can’t wait to have some relaxing pamper time using them. My next gift idea is this gorgeous White Cuckoo clock  from Muji.

Don’t you just love the simple and contemporary take on the classic Cuckoo clock?

The clock has two chime functions and employs a clever light sensor, so it does not ring in the dark. It can be mounted on the wall too.

If you pop over to my Instagram, I’ve recently posted an image of the clock. If you swipe that photo to the left, then it reveals a video of the cuckoo bird in action. It really is the cutest thing. This pretty bottle is the La gourmanndises de Luna Eau de toilette spray from Nina Ricci.

I absolutely adore their iconic apple bottle with the sprinkles topping.

It’s a beautiful Spring scent with top notes of Pear Granité & pink grapefruit cream, heart notes of coconut milk & white peony, and base notes of Sri Lanka Sandalwood and Caramel. Here’s another view of my Christmas tree. So, now that Christmas is approaching, I’m thinking of gifts that could help with a Spring room refresh.

With that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to two new independent brands who have released beautiful collections of cushions. You can see them on my green sofa. The gorgeous Woodland creatures and Carousel cushions  are by Wild Hearts Wonder. They would look wonderful in a child’s room, don’t you think?

The pastel coloured cushions with polka dots are by Jericho Design House. Aren’t they just so cute and happy?

Anna, the owner of Jericho Design House, used to design for my favourite high street Home store, Oliver Bonas.

The grey chunky knit scarf on the sofa is by Made.com christmas gift list Now, next on my Christmas gift list, I’d like to introduce you to that sleek and elegant grey wireless speaker on my coffee table.

It’s the Beoplay M3 by Bang and Olufsen, the perfect gift for the man or music lover in your life.  The sound quality from the Beoplay M3 is really superior to lots of wireless speakers on the market currently. My husband loves it so much, he has already claimed my Beoplay M3 as his own. Its simple silhouette would fit in well with any interiors style. You can even change its covers.  The fabric covers for the Beoplay M3 are made by the renowned Danish brand Kvadrat. If you know someone who loves hosting tea parties, then this pretty Chelsea collection tea set from Sara Miller London for Portmeirion is a must.

Its made of fine china with 22 carat gold detailing. The set features stunning birds in enchanted garden settings, in an array of colours.

Did you spot my beautiful dots and crosses mustard coloured Eames blanket from Vitra on my sofa?

It’s one of my coveted gifts this Winter season and is made of 100% merino lambswool which is super soft and warm. On my blanket, is this stunning snake motif tray designed by Eames and Alexander Girard.

How cool is it to own something designed by two legendary and iconic designers?

The blanket and tray are perfect for the design lover in your life. Last but not least, this beautiful gift box from Miller Harris arrived last week in the post.  I’m definitely keeping this box after use. I’ve only just opened it up this weekend, and can I tell you, the scent is heavenly. I’m really looking forward to trying them all out.

I think this would definitely put a huge smile on the face of whoever receives it.

So, that concludes my very last minute Christmas gift list. Hope you’ve found it useful.

Wishing you all a festive season.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is not a paid for blog post).

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