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Candles and scent diffusers – How to bring the Mediterranean vibe of Italy into your home.

Hope you’ve all had a wonderful Easter weekend. Wasn’t the warm weather fabulous?

It reminded me of my recent trip to Milan for the launch of Acqua Di Parma’s home scent collection. Since my return to London, I’ve been able to enjoy a few of their wonderful candles and scent diffusers. Not only do they smell amazing and transport me to sunny Italy, they look wonderful as decor too. Yellow is so on trend in interiors now, and Acqua Di Parma’s yellow is just the perfect tone.

Therefore, I have decided to style their lovely yellow candles and scent diffusers at home. Here is  Acqua Di Parma’s Buongiorno candle in my living room. scent diffusers Acqua Di Parma’s scent diffusers combined with scented candles create the most amazing ambience. Buongiorno is revitalising and fresh, like the morning breeze on a hot day. I have now placed different candles and diffusers in various parts of my home, to experience those different Italian moments that each scent creates. This Acqua di Parma Fico do Amalfi is another one of my favourite scents.

It is inspiredby the gorgeous landscape of the Mediterranean immersed in the soft scent of fig trees. Here is Acqua di Parma’s Luce di Colonia scented candle. It has citrus notes of Orange and Lemon  combined with Neroli, Vetiver, Patchouli and Petitgrain.

Above all, it is vibrant and happy. I wasn’t kidding when I said I have the candles all over the house. Here is the La Casa sul Lago candle in my dining room.

It’s all about a blend of fresh flowers, aquatic notes and musk. I feel so relaxed with all these glorious scents at home.  If you fancy a slice of Italy in your home too, then you can find out more about the scents on Acqua Di Parma’s site.

Finally, wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

Samsung 24 hr. Kitchen at Milan’s Fuorisalone 2019

Last week I attended Milan’s Fuorisalone 2019. It was the start of Milan Design week.

I was invited by Samsung to experience their 24hr. kitchen, a concept kitchen at the centre for our busy lifestyles and increasingly round the clock needs.

I was impressed to see how innovative kitchen technology and design came together at Samsung 24hr. Kitchen. Flat style appliances flushed against the kitchen furniture gave them a seamless feel.

We all know that the kitchen nowadays is no longer at the periphery, instead it has become the heart of our homes. I was eager to explore how Samsung addressed this new trend.

There were 3 kitchens: The Morning, Day and Evening kitchens, each with their own integrated personality and working aspect. A 60metre table ran through these 3 spaces.

The tables showcased creative food concepts by Laila Gohar. Wheat was the focus of the Morning kitchen, tomatoes in the Day kitchen and sugar in the Evening kitchen.

Each room had tables showcasing the food in their raw and then the transformed states from using the appliances. The Morning room exhibited wheat and breads. There were also butter sculptures for us to spread from onto our breads. Samsung 24 hr kitchen Dual Cook Flex oven The Dual Cook Flex oven baked the wheat into bread.

What I liked about the Dual Cook Flex oven, was its ability to cook two different dishes using two different temperatures at the same time.

You could even flex the oven door open for the top shelf without affecting the cooking below. This oven would definitely fit in with my fast pace ‘on the go’ lifestyle. The Day room showed how fresh tomatoes could be transformed into sun-dried tomatoes, gelée and dehydrated tomatoes. Samsung 24 hr kitchen Family Hub fridge The Samsung Family Hub refrigerator was used to keep the tomatoes fresh.

Did you know it had IoT (Internet of Things) capabilities too? You could post photos from your phone straight onto its digital screen.

I always found fridge magnets annoying because they scratched the fridge. With the Family Hub, I would be able to transfer photos onto the fridge without marks.

You could also see the contents of your fridge on the Family Hub screen, a handy feature for when food shopping right?

Next to the Family Hub fridge was the Virtual Flame Technology cook top. This cooktop had LED lights that looked like flames, changing in intensity with heat strength.

It was a great feature because it allowed for better control whilst cooking. The Samsung Evening kitchen had matching Black Stainless Steel appliances. Here we got to see how sugar was transformed into a variety of candies.

Did you know that conventional two door fridge freezers had the same air circulating through them because they shared an evaporator? This apparently meant that the odours from the freezer could pass through to the fridge. Fish odoured candy doesn’t sound appealing right?

Samsung’s solution was the Twin Cooling Technology Integrated refrigerator. As each fridge had its own evaporator, there was no more mixed odours.

I am a doctor, interiors editor and mother of 2, so anything that could save me time and make my life easier would always be welcomed. The Samsung smart appliances I saw at Fuorisalone definitely fitted the bill. The tour of the Samsung 24hr. Kitchen concluded with a special cooking demonstration by Michelin starred and a member of Samsung Club des Chefs, Chef Michel Roux junior. He cooked up 3 amazing courses in a short time.

It was wonderful to get a live demonstration of the 24hr. Kitchen. Michel retrieved the fresh ingredients from the Family Hub refrigerator, cooked langoustine on the Virtual Flame Technology cook top and baked choux buns and quinoa patties in the Dual Cook Flex oven. Here is the Langoustine grillées, freekah, petit pois with huile d’avocat that Michel cooked on the Virtual Flame Technology cook top.

You can see more of Michel’s cooking on my IGTV now.

Hope you’ve enjoyed a little tour of Samsung 24hr. Kitchen. It’s amazing how far kitchen technology has come to meet our ever-changing needs.

(All photography is by Geraldine Tan. This is a paid partnership post with Samsung for the Samsung 24hr. kitchen).

How to style a fun and colourful Easter table at home.

After a rather downcast weekend, I’m so happy that Spring has returned again with some glorious sunshine.

I can’t believe how time has flown, as next weekend is Easter.

This year I’ve been very organised, and have started thinking about how I would style my Easter table for a tea party.

As you can see in the photo above, it is very light and colourful. Easter table styling Easter colours are my favourite, maybe because I’m a Spring person. The palette tends to be soft pastel hues with the occasional pop of yellow.

I’ve styled my Easter table using the homeware collection from Matalan. easter table I love those pastel blue placemats from Matalan.

How cute are those bunny plates? Love their pink cheeks and dotted orange ears. They come with matching egg cups, bowls and mugs too.

The prices are an absolute steal too. The plates are £4 each and the egg cups are £2 each.

I think they would make great Easter gifts for kids too, if you don’t want to overdo the chocolate gifts. An Easter table is never complete without some Spring flowers.

You may want to purchase some pretty Tulips or Daffodils, but if you want something that would last longer, then take a look at the pretty Faux flowers on my table from Matalan too.

They look so realistic and totally light up the table. Of course an Easter tea party is not just for kids right? We as adults need to join in the fun too.

I’ve selected some blue rimmed plates from Matalan to match the placemats, and also a pretty floral tea set collection. Here you can see the floral plate and teacup up close. This collection was actually being sold at Matalan for Mother’s Day, but I think the floral pattern is perfect for an Easter table too. I’ve placed some of the Easter egg hanging decorations in the bunny egg cups to create some fun.

You could of course hang them all up as an Easter table centrepiece too. To make the table more colourful, I’ve also added some other pastel mugs. The cute unicorn and pink with gold mugs are all from Matalan.

In the distance, on the fireplace, I have added a Happy Easter carrot sign and the fluffy rabbit head on the dresser is a bag for the Easter egg hunt. It goes without saying that cakes and chocolates should feature in the Easter tea party. Don’t those cupcakes look tempting on those floral tiered plates? I’ve also scattered chocolate eggs with cute pastel wrappers on the table.

The Easter paper decor are from an Easter egg hunt kit, again from Matalan. In the top left corner of the table is a fun Easter DIY kit, for children to decorate their own ceramic Easter eggs. After all, Easter tea parties are not just for eating chocolates right? There has to be some DIY followed by a vigorous run around for the egg hunt.

The silver cutlery is from Matalan too. I hope you have enjoyed the post, and that it has given you some inspiration for your Easter table. Everything in this place setting is from Matalan and they are so affordable too.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and a fabulous upcoming Easter holiday.

( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a paid partnership post with Matalan).

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