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What do you think of, if I say a colourful retro interior?

It seems like the 1980s was definitely a colourful era, but which trend do you think looked best?

First of all, there was the neon pop and then the pastel pink and blue look, however most noteworthy and one that is currently having a revival, is the Memphis trend. The Memphis group was an Italian design and architecture group founded by Ettore Sottsass in 1980. They designed Postmodern furniture, fabrics, ceramics, glass, and metal objects. You can read more about it in my blog post here.

The trend embodied bright colours and bold geometric patterns.

Such vibrant colours and patterns are definitely gaining momentum, because at recent press events, I’ve noticed that many interior brands have started to incorporate the elements of the Memphis style into their new collections. I was super excited when Marsh and Parsons, one of London’s leading estate agents asked me to style up a colourful retro living space, one of their matching people to property looks.

I’ve gone for bright shades of blues, yellows, pinks and greens.

I’m sure some of you may be curious where everything is from, therefore I’ve compiled a list for you below:

Central art print and green cushion – Habitat

Prints on either side – Particular people

Sofa – Designer’s Guild

Block Table trolley – Normann Copenhagen

Vase on trolley – Vintage  Holmegaard via eBay

Bag – Eleanor Bowmer

Bright Ellsworth cushions – WA Green

Pink wooden figure – Vitra

Colourful RAAWII Strom vases ( yellow/ orange)  – W.A Green

White candle – Keith Haring Pink and red cushion – Cath Kidston

Coffee table books – Hardie Grant and Kate Spade NY

Blue tray with lips – Jonathan Adler via W.A Green

Red mug – Marrimekko via Skandium.

Rug- Lorena Canals You’ll get a better sense of how the colours and patterns go together if you stand back frequently to  view while you style,

Then all you need to do is to adjust and fine tune the decor as needed.

For more of my tips on how to create this colourful retro look, do hop over and check out Marsh and Parsons blog. Finally, hope you’ve enjoyed the post. I’ll be back soon with another styling for Marsh and Parsons. This time it’ll be a modern and neutral nursery. Can’t wait to show you.

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

The perfect carafe to serve wine or water – the Beak carafe by Nude.

Just popping in to wish you all a wonderful Christmas.

In case you are having a last minute panic of what to buy, I thought I’d show you a wonderful universal gift.

Introducing you to the elegant Beak carafe and glass by Nude, as seen on my coffee table.

Nude carafe It is called Beak because of its avian silhouette, a long neck and a spout that resembles a bird’s beak.

The carafe set, in lead free crystal was designed by Tomas Kral for Nude. Tomas is an award winning designer based in Lausanne, Switzerland.

He takes inspiration from everyday ordinary situations, and translates them with a touch of poetry and humour to create innovative solutions for everyday products. Since it’s nearly Christmas, I picked a Wintery hue of purple. They also come in clear glass and a smoky grey colour.

The carafe is perfect for serving wine at the Christmas table, or perhaps just water to help us get over any post festive hangovers. I’ve decided to use my Beak carafe for water. I’ve decided to style it on my coffee table against my new yellow sofa.

Don’t you love how that purple pops against the yellow? The carafe will be a great reminder for me to drink more water. I think the carafe set would be a stylish finishing touch to any bedside table too, especially in your guest room, if you want to impress.  I absolutely adore its jewel tone and love how it has added a bit of wow factor to my white coffee table.

If you fancy getting this as a last minute gift, then here’s the store locator for Nude. Hope you’ve enjoyed the post.

Finally, wishing you a wonderful Christmas and New Year again.

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

My Citrus theme Christmas tree for 2018

How time flies! It’s less than one week to Christmas.

I better get my skates on. Last year, my rainbow tree was a hit, and this trend has even gone mainstream this year, with John Lewis featuring a similar tree.

This year, I was interviewed by Grazia magazine on what my 2018 Christmas tree would look like.

I did mention to Rachel Loos, Grazia’s reporter that I had an idea but didn’t know if I would execute it as I didn’t have the baubles yet.

I told Grazia that I was going to decorate in Citrus tones.

So, Living Coral is Pantone’s colour of the year, and will be big in 2019, but I’ve already done coral for the past couple of years. My living room modular sofa is in that shade.

I felt a new hue, such as yellow, should step out of the shadows.

Who knows? Perhaps yellow may be the Spring colour of the year in 2020? Yellow is so energetic and happy. It’s the perfect colour to see us into the new year.

If you saw my last blog post, you may have seen my new yellow Harper sofa from sofa. com. Here it is again. So here it is! What do you think? I thought the yellow sofa was the perfect backdrop to style my Citrus theme tree against. Despite my last minute decision to do a theme tree, I was fortunate to have Christmas Time UK come to my rescue.  It was easy to find what I needed, as Christmas Time UK is one of the UK’s largest online retailer for Christmas lighting and decorations The yellow, lime and orange baubles on my citrus Christmas tree come in 3 sizes, and they are all shatterproof. I’ve also decided to layer on some tinsel. Tinsel is so fun.  So what do you think of the new citrus Christmas tree Christmas tree?

Hope you like it. I love how my space feels so vibrant and energetic now.

Hope you are all doing well in the lead up to Christmas.

Wishing you a wonderful and joyful Christmas and New Year.

( All photography and styling are by myself, the baubles were borrowed from Christmas Time UK)

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