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Boden-Christmas-baubles-2-photo-and-styling-by-Geraldine-Tan-of-Little-Big-Bell No sooner have I finished one festive table setting, I’m now on to the next! I simply couldn’t resist when I saw the Boden Homewares collection.

Boden is a brand I genuinely hold close to my heart. My children grew up wearing Boden and they still do now. I certainly have a love for all their colourful clothing and I’m simply adoring their sparkly shoes this festive season.

For as long as I can remember, I have always hoped for Boden to bring out a homewares collection. I was over the moon when I found out that they have finally decided to do a Home range, in true Boden style.

I am so excited to style their new collection. Colourful-baubles-by-Boden-1--photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Check out those colourful baubles. Don’t they scream out happiness? Definitely Super, Lovely and Hello!!

I decided to style a children’s Christmas table. Instead of an actual mini Christmas tree, I decided to display the baubles using my teal coloured mug stand. Kind of gives it that quirky Contemporary feel don’t you think? Colourful-Christmas-table-with-Boden-styled-by-Little-Big-Bell For the place settings, I used Boden’s colour block striped placemats and Slogan coaster sets.

The paper plates and reindeer napkins are from Meri Meri. Boden-table-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell So much fun styling this. The wonderful thing about those placemats and baubles are that, they can be used all year round, not just for Christmas. Boden-Christmas-table-1-Little-Big-Bell- They’re great as Christmas gifts too. Christmas-Boden-Little-Big-Bell Even better, they are all now on sale. Boden-Winter-2016-candle-Little-Big-Bell-blog This London in Winter scene candle, has the perfect sweet notes of Christmas Puddings, when burned. It comes in a beautifully illustrated box too.

Looking at it, is making me long for snow. Boden-tea-towels-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell These tea towels are just the perfect pops of colour to light up any kitchen. Boden-mugs-1-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I have a weakness for colourful mugs. These two have managed to make it in my growing collection.

Hope you have enjoyed my festive post. Will you be decorating a kids’ table too?

Wishing you good week ahead.

( All Styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, Editor of Little Big Bell. This is a collaborative post with Boden. All views are my own).

Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Does Fashion inspire the colour trends in interiors or is it vice versa? It’s that egg and chicken argument. Who is the trailblazer?

I have an inkling, although I am not privy to information, that it is a collective movement. The coming together of industry experts to tease out what the new season colours and trends should be. After all, this would make economic sense right?

I was so excited last week when I was invited to the Peter Pilotto catwalk show at London Fashion weekend in the Saatchi gallery by Carpetright.

Carpetright was partnering London Fashion weekend, by supplying the event with a luxury carpet for the Shop the Catwalk lounge and rugs for the VIP Luxe lounge.

I decided to dress up for the event and do that fashion blogger thing of getting my photos taken.

I say this with a blush, as many who know me, are aware of my aversion to the camera. But I always tell myself to step out of my comfort zone.  Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell-in-JCrew I decided to colour block my look in my favourite hues of mint, coral and powder pink. My dress is from J Crew and my handbag is from Kate Spade New York.

My hair was braided in a reverse fishtail with a distressed look by Elements studio and my photo was taken by Karolina Urbaniak . Little-Big-Bell-photo I’m loving how the subtle pastel tones of the walls complement the colours of my dress. Here we have fashion and exteriors going hand in hand. Peter-Pilotto-colourblocking-and-interiors-London-Fashion-week-2015-Little-Big-Bell Carpetright inspired this post because they interviewed me about my thoughts on the influence of fashion trends in interiors.

To be honest, the words didn’t quite flow on camera that day as easily as they should.

Perhaps I could be forgiven, for there was a slightly eccentric lady tiptoeing and gesturing at me as I was being filmed. Nobody I knew, but she seemed interested in me, gesturing for me to stand tall, to tuck that tummy in ( that made me feel self conscious) and to project one’s voice. Perhaps she was an opera teacher?

Anyway, back to the topic of fashion and interiors trends. The advantage of being a FROW for the day, pardon the expression, but I’ve always wanted to say I was front row, was that I could shoot the collection up close.

I have selected the catwalk photos that I took at the show and combined them with the interiors trends that I predict are going to be the most likely.

Peter Pilotto’s collection was inspired by board games from Ludo to Scalextric. See if you can guess what games they are in the outfits I have photographed.

Colour blocking was a predominant feature in the show. Combinations of blues, greens, dusky pinks and golden yellows.

(Image source: Catwalk photos are by Little Big Bell, interiors photos by Remodelista and Mel Yates) Farrow-and-Ball-2015-Little-Big-Bell I was quietly proud to see my colour block predictions come true. The above is the moodboard I did for Farrow and Ball a month ago.I chose Pitch Blue, Arsenic, Green Blue, Pink Ground and gold.

It would be fun to colour block a room in any of these combinations. London-Fashion-weekend-1-2015-Peter-Pilotto-into-interior-design-Little-Big-Bell The same colour palette was set against white in some of his other outfits.

For those not brave enough to paint or combine huge blocks of colours, then setting a similar palette against a neutral backdrop could work well.

(Image source:  Catwalk photos by Little Big Bell, interiors photos by Marij Hessel and Marie Claire Maison). Little_Big_Bell's_home_1_photo_by_Geraldine_Tan My living room is essentially the lighter tones of that palette set against a white background.
Citrus-colours-in-fashion-and-at-home-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I love colour block accessories. Here on my sofa, you can see my navy and yellow handbag and a pair of navy aqua shoes, which I previously purchased from Boden.

The mint, yellow, white and brown colour block handbag is by Rebecca Minkoff. I bought it at the London Fashion Weekend sale event, prior to the Peter Pilotto show.

Dare I say that I bought it within 5 minutes of entering the sale room. Good thing we were quickly ushered upstairs to the show, otherwise I might have done real damage to my bank account. Boden-and-Rebecca-Minkoff-handbag-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The colours of these handbags are totally at home with my sofa and cushions don’t you think?

(Image of bags and front room by Little Big Bell)

The blue-denim-trend-interiors-Little-Big-Bell So, colour blocking in blues, pinks, greens and golds for both fashion and interiors is a trend to contend with. What else do I predict?

Blue Denim, I think is a front runner. But many will ask ‘Is denim really a trend?’ and will challenge by saying that denim never really went away, being such a common wardrobe staple. However, I think you know denim has come to its own when those who never consider denim, start wearing them.

I think this has much to do with the continuity of the 70s trend that emerged earlier this year. Think dungarees, pinafore dresses, flares and A-line skirts.

I think this will be a micro trend that will hit the interiors market towards next Spring and Summer. I’ve created a collage of inspiration above.

We may soon start to see recycled denim used more for interiors DIYs.

Image source: 1 + 2 (top)  Frayed Language 3 At Home in Love  4 Lush Home  
Joules-plaid-scarf-throw-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Plaid will also be another micro trend. I’m already seeing it as fashion in shops for this Autumn/Winter.

It’s definitely the perfect cosy and colourful pattern to inject into interiors with the approaching colder months.

The above photo is of the super soft and warm oversized Heyford woven scarf that I was given by Joules. It’s so soft, warm and large that you could use it as a mini throw too. Valentino-handbag-London-Fashion-weekend-2015-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I end by showing you this beautiful colour block Valentino handbag, a photo I snapped at London Fashion weekend. This is definitely on my Christmas wish list.

Hope you have enjoyed my colourful fashion meets interiors post. Wishing you a lovely week ahead.

(Photography by Geraldine Tan of Little Big Bell)

(This post is not a sponsored post. Carpet Right invited me to London Fashion weekend).

Johnnie-B-Teen-Boden-Mara-dress-Geo-hearts-on-@stylebyjj-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell My daughter J and I spent a fun Sunday morning out in Shoreditch, taking photos of her new Boden dresses from the Johnnie B range for teens.

I have always loved Boden clothes and both my children grew up wearing Mini Boden, so we were thrilled to do this joint post on our favourite brand.

The dresses and shoes that Jojo wore were selected by herself.

Here, she is wearing the Mara dress with Geo hearts.

Jojo-@stylewithjj-in-Boden-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I asked Jojo why she chose this dress and here’s her answer:

” I have always adored my Mini Boden dresses and this dress has the elements I love about Mini Boden, with its bright colours and strong prints. However, it also makes the right transition for me into my teens. It’s just perfect for parties and I’m loving its prom feel. I can’t wait to wear it when I go off to Asia this Summer. Perfect for those poolside evening parties. To complete the look, I would wear rounded sunglasses. I have the perfect pair of shades from the Mini Boden range which I have kept all these year.”

Mara-dress-Johnnie-B-Boden-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Like Jojo, I absolutely adore this bold heart shaped print. Beautiful when contrasted against this minty wall.

Shoreditch-photoshoot-Boden-dress-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The bright pink straps and belt provide the cutest accent colour against the print of the dress.

Little-Moose-unicorn-necklace-and-dress-Johnnie-B-Boden-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell This is how Jojo has chosen to accessorise her Boden Mara dress.

Unicorn, it seems, is very on trend this season. A bit like the Pineapple trend of last Summer.

This necklace is from Little Moose and the bright pink tail and mane of the unicorn so perfectly compliments the straps of the dress.

Johnnie-B-sandals-Riviera-suede-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Yes, we will be off to Asia this Summer, so pretty footwear is a must for pedicured toes.

Jojo picked these suede leather sandals. Love how the straps cross over at the ankles. Because it is so minimalistic in its look, that bright pop of blue looks great with bold prints and can be paired easily with pastel tones, such as the candy pink of her nails.

Johnnie-B-Greta-dress-on-Jojo-@stylewithjj-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Here, Jojo has selected the Greta dress with a Dusty Lilac coastline print. Again, I asked her why she picked this.

Here’s her answer: ‘”This dress takes me back to when I was 7 years old, I love how it gives me that nostalgic feel of previous Summers spent overseas and also in Cornwall by the seaside. The thin material of the dress makes me feel light on my toes and I just love the pretty frills at the neckline.”

Johnnie-B-Summer-dress-modelled-by-Jojo-for-Boden-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Such a sweet dress with the perfect mix of lights and brights.

Fox-pendant-by-Little-Moose-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell This Hazel cardigan in orange is just the perfect colour against the aqua and pink tones of the dress.

Jojo has picked this cute acrylic fox necklace from Little Moose which matches with her cardigan.

Boden-dress-and-ring-by-Little-Moose-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell And why not throw in a chunky triangle ring in sunshine yellow too.

Jojo-@stylewithjj-modelling-Boden-on-Little-Big-Bell Jojo and I hope you have enjoyed this joint mother – daughter post. Again, I’m proud to say that Little Bell is back blogging with Big Bell.

Wishing you a lovely week. I will be back hopefully this weekend with a new post. I might be challenging myself with styling in neutrals. Invariably, colour will creep in, but let’s see how I do. So do keep an eye out for the new post. Till then, have a good day!

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bel. The dresses were gifted from Boden.)

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