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Outdoor lights for reading in the garden by Philips Lighting.

I am so pleased that I have recently decorated my garden space. It’s been wonderful spending time outdoors.

It’s like a little quiet sanctuary for me, to unwind and relax with a cup of tea and book.  outdoor lights Since I’ve installed some outdoor lights by Philips Lighting, I no longer feel the rush to retreat back indoors, to complete my reading, as dusk falls.

As you can see, I have installed two wall light fixtures. The one above the table is the Philips Hedgehog wall lantern in die cast Aluminium. It was really easy to install and is totally weather proof.

In the far wall, leading to my kitchen is the Philips Cistus LED wall lantern in stainless steel. It casts a warm white LED light up and down for an architectural wall-washing effect. To help provide extra lighting for reading, I have also used the Philips portable table lamps.

The portable lamps have 3 modes, one for soft lighting, a brighter one for reading and a flicker mode to make it appear like a candle burning. I have written about these portable lamps in my previous garden party post. Doesn’t this look cosy? I’ve also brought a soft blanket out for colder evenings. This new space has had me feeling like I am on holiday. Those of you who follow me on Instagram,will know that I have a huge collection of coffee table books, which I use for styling.

It’s so wonderful to now get the opportunity to read them, as I unwind outdoors. What do you think of this space? Doesn’t it feel like an outdoor living room? You can see the other side of my garden, in my previous post here.

Hope you have enjoyed reading about my outdoor lights. Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

(All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This post is a sponsored collaboration with Philips Lighting. All opinions are my own).

Style your home like a stylist

I was recently asked by the lovely team at Shurgard, a self storage facility, to reveal my 5 top tips on how to style your home like a stylist. Here is a photo of my coffee table. I thought I’d show you one of the tips on styling a coffee table, in steps:

Step 1 – Arrange coffee table books in piles.

Keep the books closest to the sofa, in a vertical pile, so your guests can see the cover images. Keep the piles furthest away from the sofa,in a horizontal stack, so you can show off the colourful book spines.

Step 2 – Add a scented candle.

Place the candle on top of the books. It becomes a decor feature and makes the room smell lovely when lit.

Step 3 and 4 – Create space between the piles of books.

Add a few decorative glass dishes in the space between the books. I’ve placed some candies on the plate for guests, and added a few trinkets to inject some personality.

Step 5 – Add a pretty coaster for drinks.

Step 6 – Add  some fun and colourful objects.

I’ve added a bright pop of yellow with a pineapple dish.

Step 7- Add a piece of art.

I’ve placed a colour blocked, hand made ceramic bowl, bought from Oregon, on the table.

Step 8- Add some plants.

I’ve placed a cute cactus in a pot, to add some fresh greenery.

This is only one of my 5 tips on how to style your home like a stylist.

Do pop over to Shurgard’s blog now to see my other 4 easy and affordable steps for transforming your home.

Hope you enjoy it. I will be back soon with more interiors posts. Wishing you a lovely week ahead.

( Photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell.)

How to create the perfect outdoor Summer garden party with Philips Lighting.

Warm Summer evenings are meant to be enjoyed, and even more so, now that I have spruced up my outdoor space. Philips Lighting Last weekend, I decided on an impromptu garden party for my extended family.  We all decided to make a Summer dish each. We had on offer, a spicy herb Cauliflower with olives salad, a Citrus fennel with dried grapes salad and an asparagus, pine nuts with Parmesan salad. We also had kebabs and roast lamb, grilled on the outdoor barbecue.
One of my sisters made a tasty homemade strawberry tart and Summer fruit drizzle cake. I wanted to create the perfect ambience for a chill out party.

I added lots of colourful cushions to the outdoor sofa and a soft throw, for when it got chilly.

As we would be sitting outdoors and chatting into the evening, the outdoor lighting to set the mood had to be right.

I recently installed a pair of myGarden wall lights by Philips Lighting which you can see mounted on the deck wall. The wall lights were LED, in die cast aluminium and glass. They were slim, elegant and gave out a warm glow via the glass plate. This was the perfect soft lighting to set the mood.

The other great news is, that these luminaires can survive the coldest nights, the wettest days or the hottest evenings.  I had decorated the seating area with a variety of flowers and greenery.

I didn’t want to lose the effect of the decor, so I decided to use a few strategically placed Philips Lighting portable myGarden lanterns.

The lanterns came in a variety of colours, and I had them in green, red and white. The lanterns were specially designed for outdoor use and were waterproof. They were also USB chargeable. What’s amazing about the lanterns, were that they had different light modes.

There was the powerful light mode feature which provided a warm, white light. This was bright enough to allow for outdoor night time reading.

The light was also dimmable, to allow mood setting, and there was a candle mode which made the light flicker. I could have sat out in my garden all night. We had a wonderful time chatting and eating a lovely dinner. Look at how beautiful the sky looked that night.

After our guests had gone home, our immediate family snuggled up on the sofa. It was a warm night, but there was a gentle breeze blowing.

It felt so good, just like being on holiday in a warm Mediterranean country. Finally, isn’t it great to know that Philips Lighting LEDs deliver the same light quality throughout their lifetime and save on energy?

Hope you’ve enjoyed the post. Wishing you a wonderful evening.

(All photography and styling are by Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaboration with Philips lighting. All views are my own).

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