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How to style a fun and colourful Easter table at home.

After a rather downcast weekend, I’m so happy that Spring has returned again with some glorious sunshine.

I can’t believe how time has flown, as next weekend is Easter.

This year I’ve been very organised, and have started thinking about how I would style my Easter table for a tea party.

As you can see in the photo above, it is very light and colourful. Easter table styling Easter colours are my favourite, maybe because I’m a Spring person. The palette tends to be soft pastel hues with the occasional pop of yellow.

I’ve styled my Easter table using the homeware collection from Matalan. easter table I love those pastel blue placemats from Matalan.

How cute are those bunny plates? Love their pink cheeks and dotted orange ears. They come with matching egg cups, bowls and mugs too.

The prices are an absolute steal too. The plates are £4 each and the egg cups are £2 each.

I think they would make great Easter gifts for kids too, if you don’t want to overdo the chocolate gifts. An Easter table is never complete without some Spring flowers.

You may want to purchase some pretty Tulips or Daffodils, but if you want something that would last longer, then take a look at the pretty Faux flowers on my table from Matalan too.

They look so realistic and totally light up the table. Of course an Easter tea party is not just for kids right? We as adults need to join in the fun too.

I’ve selected some blue rimmed plates from Matalan to match the placemats, and also a pretty floral tea set collection. Here you can see the floral plate and teacup up close. This collection was actually being sold at Matalan for Mother’s Day, but I think the floral pattern is perfect for an Easter table too. I’ve placed some of the Easter egg hanging decorations in the bunny egg cups to create some fun.

You could of course hang them all up as an Easter table centrepiece too. To make the table more colourful, I’ve also added some other pastel mugs. The cute unicorn and pink with gold mugs are all from Matalan.

In the distance, on the fireplace, I have added a Happy Easter carrot sign and the fluffy rabbit head on the dresser is a bag for the Easter egg hunt. It goes without saying that cakes and chocolates should feature in the Easter tea party. Don’t those cupcakes look tempting on those floral tiered plates? I’ve also scattered chocolate eggs with cute pastel wrappers on the table.

The Easter paper decor are from an Easter egg hunt kit, again from Matalan. In the top left corner of the table is a fun Easter DIY kit, for children to decorate their own ceramic Easter eggs. After all, Easter tea parties are not just for eating chocolates right? There has to be some DIY followed by a vigorous run around for the egg hunt.

The silver cutlery is from Matalan too. I hope you have enjoyed the post, and that it has given you some inspiration for your Easter table. Everything in this place setting is from Matalan and they are so affordable too.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and a fabulous upcoming Easter holiday.

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

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.)

String shelving Styling for London Design Festival 2017 with String shelving and Skandium.

I have always been passionate about interiors and decor. I’m a bit of a shopper when it comes to beautiful accessories for the home.

For more than 10 years, I have always shopped at Skandium. It’s my all time favourite place for colourful and Scandinavian home accessories.

If you scroll through my Instagram feed, then the proof is in the pudding, as you will see that many of my photos and props used in styling are from Skandium’s mainstay collection.

I have a huge collection of Marimekko mugs, Moomin plates, ittala dinnerware, Alexander Girard dolls and many more.

When Skandium asked if I wanted to style a String shelving unit for London Design Festival this year, it was an immediate yes.

In fact, I already have String shelving units at home. I am looking towards getting a larger one for my son’s room. String shelfie Let me tell you a secret. You know how some people unwind with wine or a hot bath? Well, I actually unwind by restyling my shelves at home.

My husband thinks it’s crazy, but it’s not an uncommon sight with me on a chair, redecorating my shelves at night. String shelf It’s funny because when I look at my completed styling of this String shelving unit, I can honestly say that I already own more than 80% of what I have used. When I showed the kids, they said it looked like home. If you are near the South Kensington area, or planning a visit to the V&A museum for London Design festival, then do pop in to Skandium’s large new store on Thurloe Place to see the shelf.

I think it’ll only be up till tomorrow 24th September 2017. If you do go, I’d love you to take a snap for me to see on Instagram. Oh, and whilst you’re in the area, don’t forget to pop into Maitre Choux for their most delectable eclairs. They’re very Instagramable too.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

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

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