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Valentines day gift 5 more days till Valentine’s Day. This “10 cool Valentine’s Day gift ideas that ladies would love” post is for anyone wanting to buy something cool and unique for that special day.

This is also for all the lovely ladies reading, who may want to send a link to their other half.

Everything I have curated here, are things that I absolutely love, and would never give up.

VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT NO. 1 – A GORGEOUS GALLERY WALL OF ART PRINTS. Valentine's day gift Firstly, I’ve curated my new favourite art prints here. Why not surprise your love one with one of these prints?

From top left to right : Rollin by Nanas of Anarchy, Frida Kahlo by Sodacake, Best Day ever by Stitch and Press.

From bottom left to right : Daisy’s flower shop by Milly England, Love Lives here by The Native State, and Penguin by Lucy Begent.

VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT NO. 2 – AESOP HAND BALM. This is my absolute favourite hand cream and it’s from Aesop.

It’s called Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm and is made of Mandarin Rind, Rosemary leaf and Cedar Atlas.

Whenever I put some on, everyone turns around because the scent is amazing and it’s like being in a spa.

It’s wonderful as a moisturiser too, as my hands get very dry with all that hand washing as a doctor.

VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT NO. 3 JO MALONE PERFUME. What lady wouldn’t want a bottle of Jo Malone perfume? This is always a winner.

I’ve recently discovered that you can mix and match the Jo Malone scents to create your own unique signature scent.

My favourite Jo Malone scent is English Pear and Freesia, because it reminds me of Spring, very in line with my personality.

I was so lucky to be gifted this limited edition gold capped, red label bottle of English Pear and Freesia from Jo Malone for Chinese New Year. Why stop at one?

I’ve used the Wild Bluebell scent to partner the English Pear scent, which is delightful.

VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT NO. 4 – A VINTAGE CHRISTIAN DIOR NECKLACE. Here’s something unique, a vintage piece of jewellery.

This necklace is vintage Christian Dior from Hardware Vintage Jewellery.

VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT NO.5 – SAINT LAURENT PURSE. What can I say? I think a big kiss would be in order if any lady receives this beautiful Saint Laurent purse. Ladies am I right?

Men reading this, do take note.

VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT NO.6 – TIFFANY & CO. Tiffany & Co is another instant winner. There is such a huge selection of gifts to pick from.

One can go all out with diamonds or for those with a smaller budget, try one of their beautiful sterling silver jewellery that can also be engraved for a personal touch.

VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT NO.7 – KAY BOJESEN WOODEN DESIGN ICONS. A Kay Bojesen wooden figure is a lovely gift for design lovers. I already own a huge collection of these figures.

This Zebra wooden figure was a gift from my husband, and you can buy one at Skandium.

VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT NO.8 – BELLA FREUD TEASET FOR PLINTH UK. This is a gift for the Feminist in your life.

The pretty pink and white tea set was created as a collaboration between Bella Freud, Gillian Wearing and Plinth.

To mark the 2018 centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK, a statue of Millicent Fawcett, a feminist icon, was created by artist Gillian Wearing in London’s Parliament Square on April 24th 2018.

This tea set was therefore inspired by Fawcett’s message.

VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT NO.9 –  PRETTY SILICONE PLACEMATS FROM BY MAY STOCKHOLM. I had to share these pretty nude polka dot silicone placemats that I spotted at a trade fair last year.

They are from By May Stockholm. This would be a lovely gift to go with the teaset.

VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT NO.10 – THE NEW GOLD APPLE MAC BOOK AIR. The gold Apple mac book air is to die for. This would be a wonderful Valentine’s day gift for a tech loving lady, moreover it is super light, fast and has back lit keys. Cool right? So there you go, I think that there is definitely a Valentine’s day gift here that any lady would love.

In other words, look no further. Click through to buy or send the link to a clueless half. Wishing you a happy Valentine’s day if you are celebrating. (AD – Gifted products within this post but there are NO affiliate links).

neutral nursery How to style a calm neutral nursery for a baby boy or girl.

I remembered the excitement when I was pregnant with my first child.

After the initial 12 weeks period, that nesting instinct kicked in.

Being an interiors lover, I recalled how excited I was to start work on the nursery.

At 12 weeks, I still didn’t know the gender of my baby, so buying for the nursery was difficult.

In those days ( gosh, makes me sound ancient saying that!) there wasn’t a lot of choice in the nursery market.

Fast forward to now, and my baby has grown up, but I’m excited to be styling a nursery again.

Before you jump to conclusions, I am not pregnant.

Marsh and Parsons with their ‘matching people and property in London’ campaign, have just released their favourite look for a neutral nursery.

I was excited to be asked to create my take on a neutral nursery at home ( image above).

I’ve chosen a gender neutral scheme with white, greys and earthy tones of ochre yellow and brown.

The simple white cot is the Sundvik from Ikea UK.

I wanted to create a cosy feel suitable for all seasons. I’ve decided to layer sheepskin rugs on the wooden floor. The grey rugs are from Ikea UK and the cream one is from The White Company.

The rugs are perfect as play mats, keeping babies warm in Winter and cool in Summer.

One of my favourite finds for this room is the bed linen. The flat top sheet is by Numero 74, from Molly Meg, and it’s in a soft muslin gauze fabric.

I can still remember how babies love carrying muslin blankets around as comforters. How I wish they came in adult sized bed sheets too.

The sleeping bag and cot bumpers in a warm cream with gold stars are by Nobodinoz, also from Molly Meg.

The silver grey cotton futon is by Numero 74, again Molly Meg. Cuddly toys are an essential in any nursery. I’ve picked a cute penguin softie from noodoll and a beautiful collection of hand knitted cotton toys from Sophie Home.

After having two kids, I can say from experience that storage is an important factor when planning a nursery.

Another important point to remember is that kids grow up quickly, so it is essential to plan a bedroom space that can evolve with age.

My neutral nursery space has 2 large built in wardrobes to house baby’s clothes and toys.

The gap between the wardrobes are large enough for the cot bed and even in future, for an adult sized double bed. I absolutely adore this little rusty brown coloured See-ya travel case from Olliella. It’s perfect for storing baby’s toys, but also doubles up as decor in the nursery.

It’s a cool travel bag for a toddler don’t you think? As you know, no room is complete without something on the walls. In keeping with the neutral palette, I have selected a few wall pieces from my favourite brands.

The bunny art print is by HAM, the sushi Futomaki print is by bornlucky  and the bottom 2 cute art prints are from small bob.

The garland below the art prints is from Velveteen Babies, and the peace sign banner is by Happy Sunday Studio.

Finally, every nursery should have a night lamp. My lamp is from HIMMEE lighting.

I’m aware that I don’t have a nappy changing table or nursing chair in this room set, but I would highly recommend taking a look at Smallable for more nursery furniture.

So, what do you think of my calm and elegant neutral nursery for a new arrival? Hope you like it.

Do take a look at more nursery inspiration and how to on Marsh and Parson’s site.

( All styling and photography are by myself, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a paid partnership with Marsh and Parsons, but all opinions are my own).

Can you spot my cool new A1 bluetooth portable speaker from Bang & Olufsen on my desk?

I love that it is portable, and the design is just so elegant. It comes with a strap, so I can carry it anywhere and hang it up too. Let’s zoom in a little shall we? See my portable bluetooth speaker now? I’ve been playing this all day today and the sound quality is amazing.

It really does pack that punch beyond its weight and size.

With true 360 degrees sound, the music really disperses to wherever you are in the room. portable bluetooth speaker How beautiful is this sleek Aluminium design? It’s a dome that is dust resistant, light, rigid and protective.

From what I’ve read about this model, it’s polymer base is able to withstand the great outdoors – think grass, sand and water splash. portable bluetooth speaker Another cool feature is that there is an inbuilt microphone for making calls.

Once charged up it has a battery life of 24 hours, so you can carry it with you on long car journeys too.

We will be doing some long road trips in Canada during the Summer, so this will come in handy. I love how it has blended in with all the things on my desk. All I can say, is that I’m so happy with this new portable bluetooth speaker. As I’m writing this post, it’s playing out my favourite music and it’s just such a wonderful feeling.

Shame Christmas is over, but I say you deserve a portable bluetooth speaker too, I’d highly recommend it. Good design and happy vibes is all we need for this new year right?

Whilst talking about happy design, did you spot that art print at the top right of my desk? It’s an illustration of my styled sofa space, created specially for me by Sabrina Brugmann of  Elebea. So a big thank you to her too.

Hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend. Wishing you a great week ahead.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. I was kindly gifted this speaker by Bang and Olufsen. All views in this post are my own).

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