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peonies-flower-of-the-month-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell I absolutely love this time of the year.

There is so much to love in May, but for me, it’s seeing peonies come into season, and being displayed on the flower stands of shops.

Peonies were part of my wedding bouquet many years ago. Not only did I have a hand tied bouquet of white peonies mixed with lilies, but they were also made into huge hanging balls, suspended from the ceiling of the marquee, in the grounds of our Oxford country home.

When I think back to my wedding day, my head fills with that lingering sweet but subtle fragrance of peonies.

Unsurprisingly, the peony symbolises love, happiness and health. sunset-peonies-in-living-room-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Peonies come in a variety of colours. From whites, to pinks, to reds and yellows.

For me, a rounded glass vase is just the perfect vessel to display peonies.

On my coffee table, you can can see both the red and coral pink varieties. For this post, I am focusing on the latter, the Coral Sunset peony. Pink-peonies-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell There is something special about Coral Sunset peonies.

They change colour from day to day, and it’s such a joy to see how the colours of my living room are being accentuated or contrasted against as they evolve.

The Coral Sunset peony starts off, when unopened, in a vibrant Fuchsia shade.   Sunset-peonies-pink-colour-Little-Big-Bell As its beautiful petals unfold, fuchsia turns to a lighter pink. Coral-sunset-peony-Little-Big-Bell Then Coral pink tones come into play. Peonies-that-change-colour-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Gradually,a light peach emerges. Coral-Sunset-peonies-Little-Big-Bell Here you can see the two tones of peonies at different stages of their colour evolution. Colourful-living-room-how-to-decorate-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Look at how the peonies accentuate my beautiful art print, drawing one’s eyes towards the matching deep pink and coral tones. Its stems punctuating the pops of green scattered in the room. Peonies-in-a-vase-Little-Big-Bell These colours are just perfect for a Spring and Summer decor.  Place them amongst a pastel interior with bright pops of yellows and pinks. Peonies-on-coffee-table-Little-Big-Bell Peonies look great as a bunch on its own, but you could also add to the bouquet.

Try adding Billy Buttons for some pops of yellow and also some light green foliage, or try that winning combination of white peonies with lilies.  Coral-Sunset-peonies-on-coffee-table-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell A pretty view from above. Peonies-changing-colour-Little-Big-Bell Here you can see my peonies in their final shade, a light golden yellow.

Unlike most flowers that get droopy and drop their petals as they mature, the Coral Sunset peonies do the opposite. They flourish, become fuller and look radiant. Living-room-with-day4-peony-photo-by-geraldine-tan-Little-Big-Bell Look at how the peonies now blend in with the yellow and orange tones of my living room decor. Coral-Sunset-peonies-turned-yellow-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-of-Little-Big-Bell-blog Just love how they fill out the rim of my rounded vase. Coral-Sunset-peonychanging-colour-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Layered petals unfolded to reveal the yellow stamens.

Hope you have enjoyed this peonies post, and that it has given you some inspiration on how to decorate and display them in a colourful setting.

Have a wonderful and happy day!

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. These images are my copyright and are not allowed to be used without prior permission. This is a collaborative sponsored post with Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk).

Little_Big_Bell's_home_1_photo_by_Geraldine_Tan I love to curate and create gallery walls, especially in my two workspaces.

However, I didn’t want all my rooms to have a similar grouping of small artwork.

I have often looked at some of my prints and wished they came in larger versions.

Statement oversized art pieces are now very much on trend and I was excited to learn that Minted could recreate their prints in larger sizes.

I was even more excited when they asked me to pick my favourite print from their collection, so that they could recreate a 40×54 inch framed version for me.

You can see it above my sofa.

Going through all the prints from Minted’s art marketplace was tough. Tough because I wanted everything! Such an amazing collection of global talents.

How did I pick?

I decided to focus on the sofa colour. Mint for Minted! ( forgive me, I’m not very witty, it’s the end of the week as I write). Billy-buttons-bouquet-by-Little-Big-Bell Then I realised I should pick something that embodied the Little Big Bell colour palette.

That palette can be seen in the bouquet of flowers which I have arranged above.

Summer-flower-arrangement-by-Little-Big-Bell Bright yellow, shades of pinks, lilacs, peaches and mint.
Colorful-flower-decoration-by-Little-Big-Bell Here’s another arrangement that I made. Minted_larger_size_prints_in_Little_Big_Bell's_home Can you see the same shades in the print? Minted_large_print_by_Kristy_Kapturowski_styling_and_photo_by_Little_Big_Bell My oversized print is called Fragment 3 and it is by Kristy Kapturowski of Hooray Creative.

Kristy is now based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and she draws inspiration for her art from music, film, fashion and her travels. Minted_large_prints You probably saw my living room in a recent post with a nautical theme?

So, it has changed again now. The Little Big Bell household is never static when it comes to redecorating.  Minted_Fragment_3_by_Hooray_Creative_photo_by_Geraldine_Tan_Little_Big_Bell What do you think about the oversized statement print trend? Love it? I certainly do. Minted_40_x_54_inch_prints_photo_by_Little_Big_Bell A scatter of cushions with my new art piece.

The two small cushions at the ends are by Kangan Arora, the second one from the left is from West elm, the central mint one with crosses is by Pencil me in stationery and the pineapple cushion is from Oliver Bonas. Which one is your favourite? Colourful_living_room_Little_Big_Bell My decor definitely doesn’t stay static. I decided to swop the coffee tables round, from the tall to this miniature one.

Actually, this was a table from my recent curated sale with Joss and Main. How-to-style-with-flowers-Little_Big_Bell_ Hope you have enjoyed reading this post.

Just to mention that the print, although large, is not heavy at all. Mine came from America, fully intact.

Have a lovely weekend and thank you Minted for my beautiful print.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The Minted print was a gift.)

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