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mother's day Did you know Mother’s day in the UK is on Sunday 11th March? I thought it would be fun to do a Mother’s day gift post, in case any of you are looking for ideas.

As you can see, I have a desk full of goodies here. They are gifts that I have recently received ( with no obligation to post), but since I love them so much, I thought I’d share.  How about some beautiful hardback books as mother’s day gifts?

I absolutely adore coffee table books, and I’m sure if you follow me on Instagram, you will have noticed my growing collection on my coffee table.

I would like to extend a huge thank you to Hardie Grant books for sending me this wonderful selection. If your mother loves Interiors then you’ll have to buy her Kit Kemp’s ‘Every Room Tells A Story’ .

I have always been a huge fan of interior designer Kit Kemp, and love how she boldly mixes colour and patterns together. Her book is certainly a visual feast not to be missed.

For mothers who love to cook, I would highly recommend Sicily by Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi. The book unearths the most beautiful local Italian dishes straight from the largest island in the Mediterranean.

If you have a mother with a sweet tooth and a penchant for travelling ( actually that sounds like me), then ‘The Desserts of New York’ is a must. I can’t wait to explore all those delicious and insta worthy spots when I next go to New York.  For fashion lovers, I simply adore ‘ The Art of Stripes’ by Libby Vanderploeg. I mean, look at the cute cover in pink and red.  I never knew there were so many ways to wear stripes and look stylish at the same time. You can never have too many candles right?

The ones by Miller Harris are a perfect mother’s day gift. Not only do they smell delicious, they come in such cute and colourful jars and packaging too.

Miller Harris have asked me which ones are my favourite, so far it’s a tug of war between the sweet citrus scent of Tangerine Vert and the blackcurrant pear scent of Cassis en Feuille. In case you were wondering about those beautiful plates and milk jar I have used for flowers, they are from Cath Kidston’s Park Wildlife Home collection. The whole collection is gorgeous. I have my eyes on the bunny set too. If your mum is really into beauty, then how about these blushers from Benefit Cosmetics.

The Galifornia golden pink blusher is amazing for a little warm California glow to a Winter’s skin, whilst dandelion gives off a beautiful shimmer.

For fans of Benefit’s Porefessional face primer, I’m loving the new Pearl primer with its additional brightening effect for a radiant look. ( It helps that the tube comes in my favourite pink colour too) mother's day cookies Last but not least, how about a delightful tin of mother’s day bouquet luxe biscuits from Biscuiteers?   The tin contains 16 hand iced biscuits, inspired by the traditional language of floriography. The flowers represent grace, patience, kindness and a mother’s love. Tea time can never come sooner for me with this tin of biscuits at home. They are too pretty to eat too, but that hasn’t stopped me. They also have Gluten free versions, and you can order them online, to be sent straight to your mother. Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. It’s been so fun sharing this with you.

Hope you’ve managed to find something from here, that your mother would like too. I know I would love to receive these gifts on mother’s day.

Wishing you all a wonderful start to your week.

( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. All gifts featured here were presents with no obligation for posting).

Spring interiors Spring interiors 2018 with A by Amara’s Arcade collection.

It was such a pleasure last week to announce my brand ambassadorship with Amara, for their A by Amara Arcade range.

Since then, I’ve been busy styling my workspace and living room with this beautiful new collection.

I thought I’d show you how I’ve used a few of the colourful pieces at my desk. How do you like it? Spring Interiors I absolutely adore pink, so it’s probably no surprise that I’ve selected this Arcade fuchsia vase called Stardust. Isn’t it pretty?

Since I wanted a Spring interiors style, I decided to add a selection of pretty floral blooms into the vase. Next to my Stardust vase, is Circus, a monochrome black and white striped vase with a touch of gold. It’s such an elegant piece and would look great with all interiors styles.

I’ve decided to decorate it with a few sprigs of Eucalyptus. You could of course use colourful flowers, but I love how the green looks against the black and white. Next, is the Jamboree orange diamond weave pot, which I have used as a container for my colour pencils. The pot is perfect for little succulents and cacti too and also comes in a blue colour.

The vibrant orange and geometric patterns on that Jamboree weave pot really reminds me of the decor style of a mid century modern home in Palm Springs.

If you are unsure what I mean, here is a colourful post on Palm Springs I did a while back which may help explain.

The gold elephant trinket dish is also part of the Arcade collection. Isn’t it so cute?

I’ve used it to store my paper clips. So, what do you think of this bright new collection? I think it’s the perfect antidote to any lingering Winter blues or grey skies.

I have more Spring interiors posts coming up using the Arcade range ( the pink cushion on the chair above is a little hint of what’s next to come).

I’m really looking forward to showing it to you soon.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this colourful post. Wishing you a wonderful start to your week.

(All photography and styling are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This Spring interiors  Arcade post is a paid partnership with Amara living, but all opinions are my own.)

A by Amara Arcade When I saw the new A by Amara Spring Summer 2018 range called Arcade, I knew  instantly that it was the collection for me.

I simply couldn’t resist all those bright and happy colours. It’s definitely a welcome change from the lingering dull of Winter.

I was over the moon when Amara asked me to be their brand ambassador for this beautiful collection. It was just perfect for me. Wouldn’t it be fun to wake up to these bright hues?

The block teal bedlinen above, with its 300 thread count, is called La Croisette. I’ve noticed that in the world of interiors, colour lovers fall into two camps.

There are those who love decorating against a darker backdrop, and those who love decorating against a light and neutral background.

Pastel colours don’t work so well with dark colours, but it’s a different story with bright and vibrant colours, such as these jewel tones from the Arcade collection. They work well against any background, and so uniting all colour lovers.

This Fiesta bedlinen and brightly coloured cushions, also from the Arcade range, perfectly illustrates how bright colours pop against a dark wall. I couldn’t take my eyes off this bathroom, with its cool mix of colours and patterns. A by Amara Arcade I wouldn’t mind having that Harlequin style floor mat in my bathroom. Doesn’t this living room, with its tribal design cushions and tassel throw, just transport you to somewhere warm and exotic?

That yellow vase is like a ray of sunshine and the perfect accent colour. The Arcade collection is not just all colour, there are also few black and white monochrome pieces, like this striking rug with its bold patterns, against which the bright yellow chairs pop. Arcade A by Amara Here are some of the decorative accessories from the range. I already have those black and white jars at home, and they look gorgeous when mixed with colours.

This may be a Spring Summer collection, but these jewel tones would work as well during the Autumn/Winter season. I love how versatile Arcade is, as you could use most pieces to style your outdoor space too. Doesn’t the garden party above just make you long for warmer days outdoors?

Hope you’ve enjoyed finding out about Arcade. do take a peek at the collection here. I have started styling the collection at home, and can’t wait to show you.

Have a lovely start to your week.

(All photography were supplied by Amara. I have written this in sponsored collaboration with Amara, but all views are my own).

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