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Chelsea Flower show 2017 with Whistlefish. Chelsea Flower Show is always an annual highlight for me, so I was excited when I was invited by Whistlefish.

Whistlefish is a Cornwall based company that sells the prettiest of greeting cards, art prints and gifts.

The company has just turned 21 years old, and I was interested to read about the owner Lyn Thompson’s successful journey . She has now established ten gallery shops across Cornwall and Devon.

I love the idea that they search for fresh talent, and so artists are being invited to submit their work for potential collaborations.

Above are some of the beautiful Whistlefish greeting cards that I got to take home last weekend. This beautiful apron by Whistlefish was designed specially for this year’s Chelsea Flower show.

Now to show you my picks from the 2017 show.
This was one of my favourite gardens, and it’s called the Anneka Rice Colour Cutting Garden.

It was designed by Sarah Raven, and was inspired by the vibrant use of colour by renowned home and furniture designer, Tricia Guild.

Check out this secluded seating area. Love the pops of pinks and violets here. It really evoked that beautiful serenity of an English garden. Here’s another one of my favourite plants, potted succulents. Next, is ‘City Living’ by Kate Gould. This imagined apartment block was designed with an outdoor deprived urban space in mind, hence the introduction of lots of indoor greenery.

It was set on a 12×6 plot and built over three levels, featuring basement, mezzanine and top floor.

I was amazed to see how plants in small spaces could be creatively introduced, to create stylish living areas. How wonderful is this basement seating space? Love the 3 dimensional effect tiles and the hanging foliage too. Here’s another view.  Since this was the basement part of the house, Kate has used hardy shade loving Tropical plants. This is another view of the space, from outside looking in. That bright pop of orange from the giant Anglepoise lamp looked great against the lush of green. This was the upper deck area shaded by a pergola.

There was a great interplay of light and shadow here, with the stripes from the pergola being cast on the ground. Everywhere I turned, were flowers waiting for their photos to be taken.

How cute was this bronze sculpture bird bath? It’s by Willie Wildlife sculptures. Did you know that if you went on the last day of Chelsea Flower show, there’s usually a sell off of the plants? Hence, I’m now the proud owner of some of the flowers from the garden abve.
Since I am a lover of balloons, foliage and the Monstera leaf, I couldn’t walk by and not snap this image right? This is an aspect of the M&G Best in show garden for 2017. It was a garden inspired by an abandoned Maltese quarry.

These monumental blocks of limestone were planted with grasses, evergreens, perennials and ground cover unique to the arid Mediterranean island. Here’s a wider lens view, which probably gives you a better idea of their sizes and heights.

This was the Bermuda Triangle garden designed by Jack Dunckley. A large palm tree sat at the centre and became dramatically lit red at night from the laser cut aluminium sheetings.

Furthermore, each triangle of the garden, housed a mini sanctuary of tropical plants. Wished I was there in the evening to see it in its glory. Hope you have enjoyed my picks from Chelsea Flower show, and that it has inspired you to visit next year. Most of all, a big thank you to Whistlefish for inviting me. Do take a peek at Whistlefish’s gorgeous stationery store online. You’ll probably find something you love, once you start browsing.

Finally, I wish you all a lovely day and I will probably be back soon this week with a Summer refresh of my living room, so do check back to see. (All photography are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little big Bell, with the exception of the 2 photos of the models provided by Whistlefish. )

How to hang a canvas on a wall without nails. I’m not sure if I’m the only one, but have you ever bought tea towels that are just too pretty to use?I’ve got quite a huge collection at home now.

I’ve considered getting them framed professionally, but the quotes I got were just too expensive. I also don’t like the reflection from the glass of a picture frame. So I’ve decided to frame it up as a canvas. Since I’ve discovered Command brand’s wall strips for hanging up prints without the need for hammer and nails, I’ve been hooked. This is the only way I put pictures up now.

Unfortunately the strips are not as great for fabric canvases.

However, all is not lost as Command brand now sell canvas wall hangers that don’t require nails in the wall either.

To use is really simple, here’s  how to hang a canvas with Command brand’s canvas hanger:

1.Separate the strips and peel off the red liners. Press  adhesive onto the canvas hanger.

2.Now peel off the black liners.

3.Press the hanger firmly to wall for 30 seconds. Wait for 1 hour before hanging the canvas.

To remove, hold hanger in place and stretch the strip below the hanger vertically downwards against the wall for at least 15 inches to release.

Here is a site that teaches you how to make your own canvas. I’ve styled my canvas in the entryway of a large country house hired to shoot our stylings.

I picked this location mainly for its beautiful dark grey walls which I felt made the colours from the dish cloth pop. I’ve gone against all conventions by using a small and low table in a big space entryway. I quite like that ‘shrine table’ effect created. How cute is this bunny that matches the tea towel? What do you think about this idea of canvas wall art using tea towels? It would be fun to create a gallery wall with different size canvases don’t you think? Hope you’ve enjoyed this post on how to hang a canvas on a wall without nails.

You should try out all the wall hangers and strips available from Command Brand. They’re so easy to use, and no more unsightly holes on the wall. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend ahead.

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

How to create a gallery wall for small spaces.

This is the landing at the top floor of our home. It is a small area surrounded by two bedrooms and a bathroom. how-to-create-a-gallery-wall-for-small-spaces I have in the past attempted to decorate this wall with a collection of prints. It didn’t work out using prints of different sizes and designs , because it made the space look smaller and cluttered.

It finally dawned on me this weekend that, to make the space feel less busy, I should take an opposite approach.

I went for simple two tone colour prints, grouped together to create the effect of an oversized art print. This completely brightened and opened up the space.

The ‘Twin Tone Play’ screenprints I used were from Lane ( The vibrant blocks of colours accentuated the decor on the sideboard. small spaces gallery wall Everything looked so happy and in harmony don’t you think? Isn’t that puffin so cute? My husband bought it for my birthday last year. The vertical blocks of colour also created a sense of height in this small space. I’ve tried to create a midcentury modern vibe with my Eames bird and colourful Holmegaard vases.

So there you go, large blocks of colours can really open and brighten up small spaces.

Do you have a similar small and forgotten space in your home, just waiting for an injection of colour and happiness?

There are twelve colours in the print collection, so do take a look at Lane for your perfect combination.

Wishing you a wonderful start to your week.

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

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