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A painted Christmas mural wall with Frenchic Paint.

I’m excited to reveal the second instalment of my Christmas room preparation.

Last week I showed you how I restored my tired looking oak table ( photo above) back to its former glory with Ronseal Interior wax.

This week, I’ll be showing you what I’ve done to the walls of this room to create a festive feel.

I wanted to use something a little different to my usual pastel palette, a warm and festive Christmas mural.

I decided it should be a statement wall, but nothing over the top, something simple yet elegant. Christmas mural So here it is. The Christmas mural reveal! It’s a giant gift.

I decided to paint it a festive Flamenco Red using Frenchic paint. The Flamenco is from Frenchic’s Original collection that can also be applied to furniture.

What’s fabulous about this paint is that it’s a natural, chalk and mineral paint, that requires no stirring or addition of water. It is also toxin, solvent and VOC free with virtually no odour when applied.

It is a little different from my usual pastel colour palette isn’t it? However, I’m loving its warm comforting tone and it’s really getting me into the mood for Christmas. I also picked a muted minty green called Apple Of My Eye and a mustard tone called Hot As Mustard. They were both painted on as straight lines to create the ribbon effect on the red gift.

I love how the green and mustard contrast yet compliment so well against the Flamenco Red.

The Apple of my eye paint comes from Frenchic’s Al Fresco range. It’s a hard wearing chalk paint that can also be used outdoors and for garden furniture.

The Hot As Mustard paint is from Frenchic’s New & Improved Lazy range. It is chalk paint with a wax infusion that is self priming, self levelling and self sealing with no odour. I also made this gigantic gift rosette out of left over yellow wrapping paper. I was rather pleased with the end result. What do you think?

It was so fun to think up the whole concept. I have also used Frenchic’s Hot As Mustard paint to create a pin board effect on the adjacent wall. I wanted a striking colour to show off my new Christmas prints and cards. The Christmas print at the far end is by Katie of OSO TWEE. I love how she has set out the print and the font style used. In fact, the red perfectly matches my Flamenco red wall don’t you think?

The Noel Noel print is by my talented insta friend Gayle Mansfield Designs. I never tire of a red and pink combination.

The pretty Amaretti tin print is by another one of my favourite artists, that is the super talented Holly Maguire.

Can you spot that super cute “Dachshund through the snow” art print? It’s by my friend and watercolour expert Emma Block. I just adore her work so much.

Last, but no least is my bespoke neon art print created by Maria at House of neonIsn’t it wonderful? Certainly a great and affordable way of getting an on trend neon sign on your wall right? A great Christmas gift idea too.

Anyway, I just wanted to mention these lovely ladies for coming to my rescue, as I needed something special to decorate my beautiful Frenchic painted wall with.  I absolutely love using Frenchic paints. It goes on so easily and the paint coating and finish is just wonderful. You should get some samples to try out. Once tried, I can guarantee that you will become a loyal fan of their paints.

Anyway, now that you have seen the table and walls, the final post will be everything coming together in my Christmas table styling.

Can’t wait to show you.

Hope you have enjoyed seeing my Christmas mural. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

( All photography, concept and styling are by Little Big Bell. This is a paid partnership post with Frenchic.)

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).

Christmas-bedroom-decor-Little-Big-Bell Hello all, Christmas is only 3 weeks away!

By looking at this picture, you must think how organised I am with a room looking so festive. If only! This was my son’s room last year. I really need to get my act together this year to create some festive magic for him.

I love Christmas for that glint of excitement and anticipation in my children’s eyes, so creating that special holiday season feel is vital.

I know it’s only 3 weeks away, but you can recreate this look if you want, at a great price too.

I have collaborated with Wayfair to curate a collection of furniture for a child’s room. Take a peek below at my product selections: Little-Big-Bell's-Christmas-Wayfair-edit-2015- I have tried to set the mood by adding pops of red to a neutral backdrop. I have kept the main pieces of furniture such as the bunk bed in white and that red rug with the giant star creates an instant festive feel.

Green and red are classic Christmas colours. However, too much of each when placed together can become visually overwhelming. I’ve decided to use green in small doses, as accent colours in the lighting, set against a dominant palette of red. I have picked the Pagoda 1 mini pendant in green.

The red and white boxes are great for storing new Christmas gifts.They can be tucked into shelving too, like drawers.

The blues in the room soften the overall look. That classic Mickey mouse print will be timeless and it pulls together the blue and red elements of the room.

The red rocking chair above, gives the room a contemporary twist. Perfect for a dad with the little one on lap whilst reading ‘The night before Christmas’ on Christmas Eve.

Hope you like the curation. You can also shop the collection.Take a look at the affordable prices for amazing design. You will be pleasantly surprised. Have a wonderful Christmas all!
Wayfair blogger-curation-Christmas-2015

( This is a collaboration with Wayfair UK, all opinions my own).

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