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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).

I was so excited to have been invited to try, the new B ‘n T Brunch Afternoon Tea menu, at the Terrace Grill and Bar of London’s Le Meridien Piccadilly hotel.

Such a great idea to combine brunch and afternoon tea don’t you think?

Brunch afternoon tea B'NT at Le Meridien Piccadilly Here you can see the wonderful brunch inspired delicacies, served in the traditional Afternoon Tea style. I got to sample a different cocktail with each tier of delicious offerings.

Let’s take a closer look at what I ate. On the far side of this plate is the ‘Yorkshire Basket’. It’s a Yorkshire pudding filled with a full English breakfast, comprising of a cocktail sausage, streaky bacon, cherry tomato, baked beans, black pudding and quail egg.

This was one of my favourites. I love a full English breakfast, but may often overeat. I like how this is in a miniature portion with all the elements of breakfast.

Then there is the Yorkshire pudding. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t like Yorkshire pudding. It’s often the first thing to run out when we have a traditional English Sunday lunch at home. This is the ‘Eggs Piccadilly’, comprising an English Muffin with smoked salmon, poached quail’s egg, truffle, and a spinach hollandaise that was totally moreish.

Brunch afternoon tea B'NT Chef Stevel Ger, who created the Bruch Afternoon Tea menu, called these the open sandwiches with a twist. They were sandwiches with a trio of flavoured goat’s cheese.

How vibrant are all those colours?

Brunch afternoon tea

This is the Avocado Scotch Egg, inside a potato nest. Doesn’t it look pretty? I had this Pink fizz cocktail with the first tier of savouries, made with Grapefruit juice, Chambord and prosecco. It was a variation of the mimosa but fruitier. On to the next tier of the afternoon tea stand were a pair of scones, one sweet and the other savoury.

The sweet scone was raspberry and chocolate, and the savoury one had a combination of red pepper, chilli, cheese and avocado.

There were also a variety of sweet and savoury spreads to go with the scones.

We were served a Brunch Punch cocktail with the scones. It was Tequila, orange juice, apricot liquor, lime juice and fresh chillies. I loved the spicy kick to the drink. This was my cocktail of the meal.

Now for the bottom tier of the afternoon tea server stand – dessert time! There was so much to tempt.

I loved the fresh seasonal fruit tart above, with its crumbly pastry base that went so nicely with the fruits.

Next, is a Duo of chocolate egg soldiers. I was in chocolate heaven!

Last but not least, was the Sweet potato and Beetroot brownie. Such interesting ingredients, you couldn’t tell there was sweet potato in there. It was the health conscious version of a brownie. To pair with desserts, I had a delicious creamy Aranciano Caffe made of Espresso, Orange juice, Frangelico and Vanilla syrup. The Terrace Grill and bar at Le Meridien Piccadilly will be serving the 3 cocktail paired brunch afternoon tea B’NT to celebrate National Afternoon tea from Monday August 14th till Sunday 20th August 2017.

It normally costs £35, but you can get £5 off with this special discount code BNTLMP upon booking via phone.

Hope you will get a chance to try this brunch afternoon tea. I would love to to go back again.

Wishing you all a lovely day.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell.)

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.)

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