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How to style a festive Christmas table with M&S homewares.

This year I decided to celebrate Christmas with a festive room.

If you have been following me on here, you would have seen that it was originally a white room that was starting to look a bit run down and tired.

I started off by restoring my oak table with interior wax from Ronseal, and then giving the room a fresh lick of Frenchic paint. The final step in this room’s transformation, was the styling of my Christmas table, and I’ve decided to do this with the beautiful tableware collection from Marks & Spencer.

We always host a large family Christmas party in our home and it’s always a fun day.

I’ve decided to have a trial run for four here. Christmas table Since the room is so colourful, I decided that the table should be simple.

Instead of using separate placemats, I’ve used 2 table runners on either side of my Christmas table. I didn’t want to use a table cloth as I wanted to show off my beautifully waxed table. I’ve gone for elegant white plates,  plain white napkins and brass cutlery. The crockery is the 12 Piece Maxim Box dinner set from M&S. I used to go over the top with Winter foliage on my Christmas table, but I found that although beautiful, when we wanted to eat, we had to move everything away from the table.

This time I wanted decor that could stay on the table with the food.

I’ve decided to use some iconic centrepieces like paper Christmas trees, cute reindeers and a nutcracker. I’ve tried to keep the table decor harmonious with the painted wall.

So, I’ve used reds, yellows, greens and golds. I have also lit up the table with tea lights, candles and sparkly fairy lights. Don’t the lights make you feel so happy and cosy? To start, I would serve my guests some sparkly Prosecco.

How cute are these glasses from Marks & Spencer? When you have Prosecco, you need to snack on something right? I’ve used this Ash Wood Oblong Dip Platter to serve up some olives and nuts. In the background, I will burn a berry scented candle and play some soft soothing Christmas tunes.

That star serving dish is also by M&S. Here’s another view of my Christmas room with the painted pin board I created to put up my Christmas prints and cards. I love looking at the board. What do you think? Doesn’t the Christmas table look magical with a nutcracker? This beautiful white and gold Christmas crackers are also from Marks and Spencer. After the Christmas meal, we usually go for a lovely evening walk in the park. These festive mugs will come in handy for hot cocoa after the walk. Maybe, I should add a little tipple of brandy in as a treat? That Christmas art print is by Osotwee.

Hope you’ve enjoyed a little glimpse into our Christmas table and room.

How are your Christmas preparations coming along?

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

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

A painted Christmas mural wall with Frenchic Paint.

I’m excited to reveal the second instalment of my Christmas room preparation.

Last week I showed you how I restored my tired looking oak table ( photo above) back to its former glory with Ronseal Interior wax.

This week, I’ll be showing you what I’ve done to the walls of this room to create a festive feel.

I wanted to use something a little different to my usual pastel palette, a warm and festive Christmas mural.

I decided it should be a statement wall, but nothing over the top, something simple yet elegant. Christmas mural So here it is. The Christmas mural reveal! It’s a giant gift.

I decided to paint it a festive Flamenco Red using Frenchic paint. The Flamenco is from Frenchic’s Original collection that can also be applied to furniture.

What’s fabulous about this paint is that it’s a natural, chalk and mineral paint, that requires no stirring or addition of water. It is also toxin, solvent and VOC free with virtually no odour when applied.

It is a little different from my usual pastel colour palette isn’t it? However, I’m loving its warm comforting tone and it’s really getting me into the mood for Christmas. I also picked a muted minty green called Apple Of My Eye and a mustard tone called Hot As Mustard. They were both painted on as straight lines to create the ribbon effect on the red gift.

I love how the green and mustard contrast yet compliment so well against the Flamenco Red.

The Apple of my eye paint comes from Frenchic’s Al Fresco range. It’s a hard wearing chalk paint that can also be used outdoors and for garden furniture.

The Hot As Mustard paint is from Frenchic’s New & Improved Lazy range. It is chalk paint with a wax infusion that is self priming, self levelling and self sealing with no odour. I also made this gigantic gift rosette out of left over yellow wrapping paper. I was rather pleased with the end result. What do you think?

It was so fun to think up the whole concept. I have also used Frenchic’s Hot As Mustard paint to create a pin board effect on the adjacent wall. I wanted a striking colour to show off my new Christmas prints and cards. The Christmas print at the far end is by Katie of OSO TWEE. I love how she has set out the print and the font style used. In fact, the red perfectly matches my Flamenco red wall don’t you think?

The Noel Noel print is by my talented insta friend Gayle Mansfield Designs. I never tire of a red and pink combination.

The pretty Amaretti tin print is by another one of my favourite artists, that is the super talented Holly Maguire.

Can you spot that super cute “Dachshund through the snow” art print? It’s by my friend and watercolour expert Emma Block. I just adore her work so much.

Last, but no least is my bespoke neon art print created by Maria at House of neonIsn’t it wonderful? Certainly a great and affordable way of getting an on trend neon sign on your wall right? A great Christmas gift idea too.

Anyway, I just wanted to mention these lovely ladies for coming to my rescue, as I needed something special to decorate my beautiful Frenchic painted wall with.  I absolutely love using Frenchic paints. It goes on so easily and the paint coating and finish is just wonderful. You should get some samples to try out. Once tried, I can guarantee that you will become a loyal fan of their paints.

Anyway, now that you have seen the table and walls, the final post will be everything coming together in my Christmas table styling.

Can’t wait to show you.

Hope you have enjoyed seeing my Christmas mural. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

( All photography, concept and styling are by Little Big Bell. This is a paid partnership post with Frenchic.)

christmas gift ideas Christmas gift list 4 – colourful prints and cushions from Juniqe.

We are around 4 weeks away from Christmas now, and I know how stressful it can get for some, however, I’m here to help.

Buying gifts for friends and family can often take a lot out of you, can’t it?

I thought I’d help this year by doing Christmas gift list posts early.

As a result of the big C day closing in, I felt I ought to do a few more gift suggestions.

Have you heard of the lifestyle brand Juniqe before? They sell the most adorable collections of artwork and decor accessories.

I’ve curated a colourful collection from their site to style at home, as seen above. I’ve gone for bold and vibrant prints in the artwork and cushions.

The artwork at the top left to right is Botanical House, Lemon with two leaves, Mountain hut and Girls red.

The prints on the bottom row are Bike, Her I, Mr. D’s breakfast and Hong Kong 81.

The mug is called Red Lips.

The pillows from left to right are called Botanical House, Pink Gold Red, Crossed fingers and Morning sunrise.

The pieces that I have chosen can be easily mixed and matched together. This collection would definitely suit a colour loving interiors fan.

I think they would look cool in a teen’s room too, therefore I might move some of the pieces to my daughter’s room.

Anyway, If it makes you feel better, I thought I’d let you know that even though I’m organised on the “interiors” gifting front, I’m yet to do my own Christmas shopping for my kids. Hope you’ve enjoyed this Christmas gift list. I will be back soon with more festive posts.

As a special Christmas treat, I have a 20% off gift code for Juniqe gifts that’ll run between 28th November ( today) till 30th November if it’ll help?

Just quote LITTLEBELL20 at checkout. In the meantime, do keep an eye out for my progress with the Christmas room. I’ve already published part 1 which is getting the Christmas table ready.

Finally, I would like to wish you a calm and happy festive shopping period.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan.)

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