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How I styled my orange sofa from Furniture village.

Last year, when I attended Milan’s design fair, Salone Del Mobile, one of the predicted trends was the burnt orange sofa.

Fast forward now to 2018, and we are starting see that trend trickle into the high street stores. We’re even seeing orange sofas in the stylish homes of people on Instagram.

I think for most, Orange is not a natural first choice colour for a sofa, probably because of its bright hue. When I mentioned that I was getting an orange sofa to a friend, she said she loved orange but found it hard to visualise it in her space, as it would clash with the colours in her home. orange sofa The image above is of my new Orange Novita swing chair by Nicoletti Home, from Furniture Village. It is a true celebration of Italian craftsmanship and Heritage.

I thought I’d try to show in this post, that orange is not as difficult a colour to style as we imagine. In fact, despite its brightness, orange combines really well with all colours.  Here you can see how I’ve combined my orange sofa with pops of blues, greens, reds and even pinks.

Orange surprisingly works well with pastel tones of sky blues, minty greens and dusky pinks too. My orange sofa looks great against a white wall but it would look equally amazing against a dark wall.

If I replaced my white wall with a midnight blue or stone grey wall, you would see all the jewel tones of my props, and that vibrant orange of the sofa pop. I adore the curved frame of my Novita Swing chair. I feel like it’s cocooning me all safe and sound.

Did you know this is the perfect instagramming chair ? What I mean is that  it has great back support for whilst I’m typing away on my phone. Then, if you feel tired, you just slide down a little and rest your head on the cushion. It’s bliss.

I’m sure the soft Italian leather and fluffy down cushions help. The frame comes in a dark walnut or Mahogany. Anyway, hope you liked my styling. It was so fun to do, and probably made easy by this beautiful 100% made in Italy chair.

Wishing you all a happy mid week.

( All photography and styling are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. I’ve written this post as a sponsored collaboration with Furniture Village, but all views are my own. )

Sainsbury's Home Helsinki Sainsbury’s Home Helsinki range for a Scandinavian inspired interior.

Simple things make me happy, like the fact that there is now light as I emerge from work and my Spring bulbs at home are sprouting.

Even though it’s still freezing cold outdoors, I’m feeling hopeful that Spring will soon be leaping out at us from hiding.

If you can’t wait, then why not bring a spot of sunshine indoors with Sainsbury’s Home Helsinki range?

I’ve done precisely that this weekend, with glorious pops of ochre yellow, from this Scandinavian inspired home collection. Doesn’t this yellow Helsinki lampshade make the indoors shine, and how cute is this wooden desk calendar?

I can already sense that 2018 will be a year of colourful Scandinavian style. These cacti and succulents in concrete planters, also from Sainsbury’s Home Helsinki range, add another dimension of warmth to my space.

At first glance, you may think that they are real, but in fact they are totally faux.

Imagine what bliss it must be, to not have to water any plants at all. Talking about ‘faux’, you need to check out the plates and mugs from Sainsbury’s Helsinki range.

I wouldn’t be surprised if you thought they were made of ceramic, when in fact they are melamine. The attention to detail is amazing.

That black coffee pot is from the same collection. Sainsbury's Home Helsinki Can you spot that black wire basket on my desk? It’s also from Sainsbury’s Home Helsinki range. I love that it’s just the right size for the novels and notebooks on my desk. What do you think of my Spring Scandinavian inspired workspace? That yellow is rather infectious and as you can see has extended to my bed too. Here’s a wider angle view of my bedroom. Can you spot that Sainsbury’s Home Helsinki range also do bed linen and cushions? Here’s a closer look of my bed. Aren’t those colour block cushions fabulous?

It’s amazing how this new range has transformed and refreshed my bedroom and workspace, just in a matter of an hour. Sainsburys-Home-Helsinki Everything is now available to buy at Sainsbury’s. The prices are so affordable too.

So, if you have a weekend day free and fancy a little bedroom makeover, then do check out Sainsbury’s Home Helsinki range. You can also see the other Sainsbury’s Home collections here.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. I will be back pretty soon with more room makeovers and decor ideas. Can’t wait to show you.

Have a lovely start to your week.

( All photography and styling are my own. This is a sponsored collaboration with Sainsbury’s Home but all views are my own).

My top 8 Interiors trend predictions from Maison et Objet 2018.

I was so pleased to have been invited back to Paris by Maison et Objet, to be one of their Design jury panel. The last time I was there, was in September 2017.

It was so fun to get to select my favourite piece from one of the exhibition halls. This time I got to judge the Eclectic Hall.

No trip back from Maison et Objet 2018 is without a trend prediction post right?

My 2018 predictions are also the things that I would purchase for myself.1.

1.PASTEL COLOURED GLASS ON FURNITURE.

The stunning Harlequin sideboard with pastel coloured geometric glass (photo above) is by Jonathan Adler.

I just think it has the prettiest combination of soft powdered hues. You can get it as a chest of drawers too.

I would happily place this in one of my living room alcoves, with an oversized art print above.

Here’s another beautiful example of coloured glass.

In fact, this glass coffee table, called York, was the winning piece that I awarded at the Eclectic hall for Maison et Objet 2018.

It’s by the Portugal based design company Mambo Unlimited ideas. On first sight, you may think it’s marble, but it’s actually printed glass that looks like marble on a brass base.  2. FRINGE

I think Fringe on furniture or lighting is going to be a huge trend. I’m pretty sure we will start to see variations of this on the high street very soon.

These gorgeous brass and pink fringe lights are from Houtique, a relatively new brand to the market.

I think it looks lovely hung on its own or as a cluster at varying lengths. Maison et Objet 2018 Velvet sofas just got more glamorous with the fringe treatment too from Munna. Here’s a view from the back. Maison et Objet 2018 3. COLOURFUL LIGHTS

I think Brass and frosted white glass lights were very 2017. I say bring on the colour.

These stunning brass and pastel coloured lights are from Magic Circus. I love how the colours especially pop against a darker wall. 4. HEARTS

Hearts are not just for Valentine’s day. I think 2018 will be a year of love as we see heart icons pop up in our homes. The pink heart pouffes in the previous photo and this blue hearts screen are by Royal Stranger. 5.CURVES

It’s bye bye to clean straight lines for 2018, as we embrace circular forms and curves. Petite Friture really showed this trend well with their well curated, beautifully designed, yet accessible pieces.

This Nubilo sofa is by Constance Guisset. Don’t you think those rounded velvet cushions really evoked the image of floating clouds. These elegant curvy dining chairs are a clever interplay of steel and wood, and were designed by Amandine Chhor.

How dreamy is that overhead metal light, designed by Noé Duchaufour Lawrence?

What do you think of that wallpaper in the background by Lisa Laubreaux? I think it looks really vibrant and fun. 6. MODERN HERITAGE

As we go into 2018, we are also reminiscing about the past and longing for it in the present. I felt that Gebrueder Thonet Vienna made that concept possible with this beautiful Targa sofa designed by Gamfratesi. It really reminded me of Colonial days gone by, but brought back to the now. 7.PINK MARBLE.

White marble has now a new rival which I’m sure is going to take the interiors world by storm.

Introducing you to pink marble. I was totally transfixed by the beauty of this pink stone being used for kitchen accessories and small furniture at Stoned. This beautiful side table is seriously tempting me to have my bathroom in a light pink marble too. 8. SLEEPOVERS

Let’s make sleepovers cool in 2018. These gorgeous sleeping bags or slumber sacks are from Sack Me, an Australian based company.  I love the donut and flamingo ones. Which one do you fancy?

It was a pleasure to meet the owner Li-Ann Scott, at an event organised by Maison et Objet, where new companies got the opportunity to pitch their products to the press.  Talking about sleep, check out these beautiful linen and bedding for babies and toddlers from Ooh Noo , who were also exhibiting at Maison et Objet.

So, that concludes my trend prediction for 2018.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my little curate from Maison et Objet 2018. Which is your favourite trend above?

Wishing you a beautiful start to your week.

(All press photography have been provided with permission from the respective brands and their PRs)

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