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This post is all about the latest trends in bathrooms and kitchens, from my recent tour of PORCELANOSA in Valencia, Spain.

I’ve been thinking of re-doing my bathroom and kitchen lately, and so this showroom tour, a source of inspiration, was especially relevant to me.

We started the tour with some artistic fun, by tracing over the pencil illustrations on tiles, created by Spanish artist, Coté Escrivá.

Here is the tile wall completed. The black stone basin above, with its clean cut contemporary lines and luxury feel has now made it to my bathroom wish list. This beautiful wall mounted Noken tap, designed by renowned Italian designer, Simone Micheli, was also a favourite. How cool is this? A wooden stand with a groove for a mobile phone or ipod, that can be connected wirelessly to a sound system behind the mirror.  This is KRION™, PORCELANOSA’s next generation in solid surfaces.

What’s amazing about KRION™, is that it can be cut into sheets, joined and thermoformed to make seamless surfaces and curved shapes.

I was wowed at the live demo, showing us how resistant KRION™ was to acid and stains. This would definitely be the perfect work surface material for busy kitchens. Here is a basin shaped out of KRION™ . This white and gold bathroom is just gorgeous. The gold basin looked great when contrasted against black.
PORCELANOSA is more than just tiles and bathroom. This concrete effect wall, was made from one of their products called micro cement. We were shown how easy it was to mix and apply to walls.

What’s wonderful about micro cement is that it is waterproof, and so can be used as the walls in showers. We also got to tour PORCELANOSA’s large collection of kitchens.

How clever is this storage solution above the sink? I realised I haven’t talked much about tiles,so take a peek at the image above.

They look like wood don’t they, but are actually tiles. Rather than have wooden floors in wet areas such as the kitchen or bathroom, these would make perfect alternatives.

Hope you have enjoyed my take on the latest trends in bathrooms and kitchens at PORCELANOSA.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. I was invited to Valencia, as a press guest of Porcelanosa).

Weekend brunch at Aqua Kyoto restaurant in London Yesterday, I was invited to Aqua Kyoto, to try out their new weekend brunch menu.

The restaurant, conveniently located near Oxford street, was on the fifth floor, with lovely views over London.

The executive chef there was Paul Greeningwho also happened to have a degree in microbiology. I could tell from meeting him, that he was very passionate about food. He uses his knowledge of science, to help him research into food and to create innovative recipes. I was invited along with a group of lovely food bloggers.

To start, we were served cocktails. As I wasn’t drinking alcohol that day, a delicious mocktail of fruit juices with almond syrup, was specially made for me. The new weekend brunch menu consisted of at least 7 courses, with an option for bottomless Bellini’s or Veuve Cliquot Champagne.

Our first course was a bowl of edamame, flavoured with a sprinkling of sea salt. This was followed by a bowl of steaming hot white miso soup, with tofu and wakame. Sushi platter at Aqua Kyoto Feast your eyes on this beautiful platter of omakase sushi and sashimi.  Doesn’t it look so vibrant and colourful? Almost too pretty to eat right? Everything was so freshly prepared and perfectly flavoured. The ebi mataha yasai tempura ( prawn and vegetable tempura) above, was delicious when dipped in a kimchee and garlic sauce. This made from scratch yaki soba came with onion teriyaki, winter vegetables and ohba leaf.

I can honestly say that this was one of the best yaki soba dishes I have tasted. The feast continued with these yakitori skewers of robata chicken with spring onion, and omakase vegetable. The chicken was moist and cooked to perfection. Those shitake mushrooms with the sesame seeds, were so juicy and mouth-wateringly good. For a small supplement charge to the brunch menu, you could order this Wagyu beef yakitori. The beef was so tasty and tender to the bite. We were lucky to be treated to Paul Greening’s famed Fuji apple dessert. This apple shaped dessert consisted of a crisp sugar shell, blown up like a glass with nitrous gas, and filled with a light apple mousse and caramel.

It was airy light, sweet and tangy to taste. It was divine. This dessert is not usually part of the weekend brunch menu but can be ordered separately.
We finished our meal with an omakase Japanese brulée, served on a beautiful ceramic stone dish.

So, have I tempted you to go try the amazing weekend brunch menu at Aqua Kyoto? I highly recommend it. It costs £49 with bottomless bubbles or Bellini’s and £65 with bottomless Veuve Clicquot Champagne. This menu is available both on Saturdays and Sundays.

If you fancy going, I have a great offer for you. Here’s a special promo code that entitles you to a free weekend brunch when you book for 3 or more people in addition to yourself. This special offer is only available till 28th May 2017. Hope you can make it.

Have a lovely day all.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. All opinions are my own. I was a guest of Aqua Kyoto for the brunch.)

morning-noon-night-little-big-bell A review of Morning Noon Night, the lifestyle book from Soho House.

Hello all! Apologies for the recent silence on the blog, but for those of you who follow me on Instagram, will know that I have been away in LA and Palm springs. There will be posts on sunny California to come soon.

For now, I wanted to tell you about a trip I made a few months ago to Oxfordshire. I was invited by Pinterest UK to celebrate the pre-launch of Soho House’s new book, ‘Morning Noon Night’ at Soho Farmhouse.

Soho House & Co is a private members’ club for a community of like minded, creative people. They have at least 17 Houses world wide, as well as restaurants, cinemas, spas,and shops.

The Houses are a lifestyle concept that embrace the moment one wakes up, until the time one goes to bed. Morning Noon Night reveals those elements that go into this aspirational way of living.

In the book, there are delicious recipes, gardening ideas, vintage hunting tips, advice on interior styling and more. soho-farmhouse-country-living-photo-by-little-big-bell Set on 100 acres of Oxfordshire countryside, Soho Farmhouse ( part of Soho house) is a beautifully renovated Grade II listed building.

The Morning Noon Night book allows you to experience and recreate this signature brand of living.
soho-farmhouse-room This is one of the guest houses surrounding the Farmhouse.

In the book, you will get to see some of the varied and beautiful interiors of their guest bedrooms worldwide. english-country-living-little-big-bell Look at this beautiful brick work and door. outdoor-country-living-uk-little-big-bell Doesn’t this space look so cosy around the fire? english-country-living-outdoors-style-little-big-bell Guests can lounge around these beautiful Boho style sofas or have a game of table tennis.

The book talks about how to dress the outdoors, create the perfect English garden and how to grow your own vegetables. vintage-furniture-soho-farmhouse-little-big-bell The interiors and exteriors are a mix of old and new styles.

Siobhan O’Flaherty, one of their interior designers, have travelled around Europe to source prize pieces for the Houses. In the book, she shares the places she goes to for antiques, and the tactics she uses to find the best in vintage. vintage-leather-sofa-little-big-bell Want the perfect leather chair?

Then look no further, as Morning Noon Night openly reveals its sources, and give tips on how to select and refresh a leather chair. outdoor-spa-little-big-bell Doesn’t the spa area look divine?

Cowshed, one of Soho House’s brands, comprise of spas all over the UK. They also have a line of skincare products that sell worldwide.

You will find great skincare ideas and routines in the new book. soho-farmhouse-england-little-big-bell Isn’t the view stunning? english-countryside-living-little-big-bell Guests can even go rowing. outdoor-pool-at-soho-farmhouse-little-big-bell Check out the outdoor heated pool.  tequila-cocktail-at-soho-house-photo-by-geraldine-tan-little-big-bell After brunch, we were treated to workshops in screen printing and floral decoration, these were hosted by the talented makers of Soho House.

After the workshop, I had a Penicilina cocktail ( above). It was a mix of blanco tequila, lemon juice, ginger syrup and honey water, with crystallised ginger, to serve. Could this as its name suggested, be a remedy? I wish! The full recipe is in the book, along with many more.  chocolate-cake-at-soho-farmhouse Now, the tea time cakes were in a league of their own. Imagine being confronted by a table of at least 10 different cakes. tea-time-cakes-soho-farmhouse-little-big-bell-copy Not only were they so beautiful to look at and so perfect for Instagram, but they were incredibly delicious. coffee-cake-soho-farmhouse-little-big-bell There are lots of tea time recipes in the book, from making Devil’s Food Cake to the classic lemon tart.

There is even a page on how to make a perfect cup of tea, including a discussion on whether milk should go in first or after the tea. I must say that I have learned something new about milk and tea, do I want a creamier flavour or just milk to taste? You need to read the book to find out.

green-house-soho-farmhouse-little-big-bell If only I possess a greenhouse as beautiful as this.  soho-farmhouse-chicken-little-big-bell Soho Farmhouse wouldn’t be a farmhouse without livestock. These were the friendliest chickens ever. They ran towards me when they saw me with the camera. piglets-at-soho-farmhouse-little-big-bell Meet the Tamworth pigs. They are apparently one of the oldest breeds in the world, descended from wild boars. morning-noon-night-soho-farmhouse Hope you’ve enjoyed a little tour of Soho Farmhouse. You can read more about the Design, food and drink elements of the Houses in the new book. I’ve been browsing Morning Noon Night this evening and already feel inspired to make some of their cakes this weekend.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. I was invited to Soho Farmhouse as part of press, for the book launch. all views stated in this post are my own)

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