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Camille-Walala-at-Aria-for-London-Design-Festival-2015-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell With all the rain in London last week, I thought I’d post something bright to give you all a mid-week cheer.

I was overseas for most of London Design festival this year, but I was so pleased to have at least caught this exhibition.

Introducing you to Aria’s London Design week 2015 presentation of Camille Walala’s work.

The exhibition was called ‘Walala In Da House’. Isn’t that exterior amazing? Camille-Walala-London-Design-festival-photo-by-Little-big-Bell Camille Walala is known for her tribal POP style, using vibrant colours and graphic prints.

Her work appears to be influenced by the Memphis movement.

The Memphis group was founded by Ettore Sottsass in 1981and they designed colourful furniture and decor inspired by the Art Deco and Pop Art eras. Camille-Walala-London-Design-festival-photo-by-Little-big-Bell It was great to get to photograph the exhibition up close.

Graphic squares on walls seem to be very on trend, I have noticed it popping up in various other design venues. I’m sure we will see more of it emerging come Spring/Summer. Camille-Walala-at-Aria-London-Design-Festival-2015-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The bright pops of colour and patterns go so well together. Camille-Walala-London-Design-festival-2015-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell This is inspiring me to paint the backs of my shelves in vibrant shades or even apply stripy wallpaper. Camille-Walala-graphic-Memphis-style-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Up close. Camille-Walala-at-Aria-for-London-Design-Festival-2015-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell It was wonderful to get to see this classic Memphis designed ‘Tahiti’ lamp by Ettore Sottsass. Camille-Walala-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell This is a simple way to inject a bit of Memphis style to your shelves. Wrap books in brightly coloured covers. Walala-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Mix and match bold patterns, stripes, swirls and splatter. These vases would be fun to create. Aria-shop-Walala-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I’m loving this pink decanter and crystal cut glasses. Walala-lights-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell If colour is not your thing, Memphis style can still be achieved with monochrome shades of black and white. London-Design-Festival-2015-colour-at-Aria-Walala-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I finish off with this pair of colourful shoes in Memphis style.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Would be great to create a bit of Memphis at home don’t you think? I think I may try, perhaps in a little shelf alcove, so watch this space.

Have a great day all. I will soon be back with lots of exciting gift and DIY ideas for Christmas.

For now, if you want to gift someone a piece of Walala style for Christmas, then Aria has a huge collection of homewares in that style available for sale.

( The shelving from the collection has been made by Dale Kirk and ceramics by CoBALTUM. The set and props have been styled by Julia Jomaa, the plants and fruit by Rosy Nicholas and the Memphis Milano by Hopper and Space.)

Start-each-day-with-a-grateful-heart-1-by-Suki-Mcmaster-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Colourful Christmas gift ideas?

I’m really getting ahead of myself aren’t I?

But no, this is my attempt at organisation.

Although big oops! I’ve just realised Halloween hasn’t made it on the blog yet.

Start each day with a grateful heart. I certainly was grateful one morning, when a colour filled parcel arrived for me. It came all the way from Australia, from Suki Mc Master.

I thought to myself, this would make a great colourful Christmas gift blog post. I held back for a while, but now the time is ripe, judging by the Christmas shops that have popped up everywhere. Suki-mcmaster-styling-and-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I am a Summer person and totally envious of Australia’s impending warm weather.

However, just because Winter is coming, doesn’t mean we have to drain the colour out of our living rooms right?

In fact, I think this is the best time to inject vibrant pops of bright to create an energised feel. These printed cushions by Suki should do the trick. Suki-mcmaster-cushion-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I really think Australia is one of the countries at the forefront of experimenting with colours.

I can still remember visiting Melbourne as a child, long time ago, and being struck by the bold and sunny colours used by the renowned artist Ken Done in his homewares collection. Suki-mc-master-print-styled-and-photographed-by-Little-Big-Bell This gorgeous Geometric print will soon have its place on my workspace gallery wall.  Suki-Mc-master-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Adore this sweet little bird mug with the brights from my pencils. Suki-mcmaster-mugs-styling-and-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell How cute is that bear with the scarf! It’s called Apricity. Suki-mc-master-print-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Botanicals and flowers are definitely in! Colourful-prints-by-Suki-Mcmaster-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Here’s how I’ve styled my prints.  Ladybird-and-palm-print-by-Suki-Mcmaster Have you noticed that the monstera plants are everywhere in interiors styling at the moment?

I’m sure it is a very resilient plant but I haven’t the green fingers nor the time, so I was quietly chuffed when Suki sent me this print. No need to water, just stare. Suki-Mcmaster-homewares-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Here they are, above my Victorian fireplace.

I’m feeling the Summer cheer now and absolutely no worries for the shorter daylight hours of Winter.

Hope this post has provided you some inspiration for a colourful Christmas present. Wishing you a lovely weekend.

( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan of Little Big Bell. The products were a gift from Suki McMaster.)

North-London-colourful-home-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Last week, I was invited by Arlo and Jacob , a cool new brand that sells and specialises in sofas, to the North London house tours. The tour was curated by one of my favourite design magazines, Living etc.

We visited 7 homes in total. This is the home of photographer Debi Treloar, one of my favourites.

Recently, I was also invited to a Colour and Pattern talk by Julia Begbie, the director of KLC School of Design , organised by the wonderful team behind the Interiors blog awards at Amara. 

So this was the perfect opportunity to analyse how this house has been decorated.

A striking feature was the use of accent colour. There were three predominant accent colours – Teal, pinks and bright orange.

The Teal accent colour above can be found in the metal chairs and arched wall.

Patchwork-wall-paper-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I love how colour and pattern has been added to this room by the wallpaper patchwork.

Livingetc-house-tour-with-Arlo-and-Jacob-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Complementary colours, the two colours that are opposite each other on a colour wheel, create maximum contrast but coexist well.

Red and green are complementary colours whose palette can be expanded by incorporating white to create tints, grey to create tones or black to create shades.

The photo above demonstrates that varying saturations of pinks (tints of red) worked well with different intensities of green tones. Window-seat-London-home-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell This bay window space is positively dreamy yet multifunctional, with its combined seating and storage. 
London-home-tour-colourful-stylist-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Love how textures add visual interest to this corner. Pnk-walls-and-teal-house-tour-London-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The pink and Teal look great together.  Painted-stairs-blue-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Isn’t geometrics just great when combined with colour?

I need to reproduce that monochromic strip of blue running up the stairs.

Such a bright and cheerful focal point at the entryway. Floral-mantlepiece-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Vases of differing heights and colours were filled with fragrant blooms.

Such a great idea to spread the individual stems out in different vases than bunched up on a narrow shelf. Floral-display-wall-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell So pretty, House-tour-London-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell when viewed from all angles. Colourful-dining-room-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Mismatched, painted vintage chairs here add eclectic charm.

The two accent colours of bright pink and orange would probably clash and cause too much visual noise.

I think the way they have been separated by the white table and powder blue chairs work really well.
Living-etc-house-tours-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I like the idea of the bench on the opposite side of the dining table as a counterbalance, to stop the table being over engulfed by colourful chairs. Colourful-outdoor-space-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Such a sweet outdoor space. Accent-colours-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The orange and blue works so well together.
Livingetc-house-tours-2015-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell When coming in from the outdoor space, the orange accent colour of the chair and mirror frame really draws one’s eyes towards the living room space.

Colourful-eclectic-home-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Such a cosy area. Livingetc-house-tours-2015-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The Teal continues. Livingetc-house-tour-North_London-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The embroidery on the cushions matches the palette of pinks, orange, blues and greens. Upcycled-painted-sideboard-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell An up cycled cabinet in blue. The decorative accessories in the same accent colours of orange and pink. Kitchen-DIY-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell More upcycling. Such a great idea to use these wooden frames as kitchen storage. Livingetc-house-tour-London-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Shelf details. Colourful-lantern-to-decorate-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell A colourful lantern sits alongside the wooden shelves. Livingetc-house-tours-2015-colourful-kitchen-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell What a joy to do the washing up here with that burst of colour against the wall.

Colourful-storage-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell A shelf to match. Pretty-flowers-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell  That concludes the tour. Hope you have enjoyed the colourful house. Wishing you all a happy weekend.

( All PHOTOGRAPHY are by Geraldine Tan of LITTLE BIG BELL).

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