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Atlas-sofa-Multiyork-1 Happy New Year! I’m starting 2016 with an interiors post.

Every year, I spend the Christmas holidays decluttering. Do you do that too? It’s my way of announcing a fresh start.

Once I finish, I get that urge to redecorate, to create a new look in my home.

Maybe it’s just my desire to say goodbye to Winter and hello to Spring.

I have decided on 3 colourful interiors trends for a home makeover, with 3 mood boards.

For the envisaged change, I have used the blue and grey Multiyork sofas.

My first mood board is all about the mixing of modern clean lines with period features in a home. Imagine the above as an open plan living space. Do you like it?

I’ve picked my favourite light aqua shade (think Tiffany&Co), mixed with bubblegum pinks set against a neutral backdrop.

I’ve chosen the Atlas sofa in Rose Aqua. Its upright posture,contoured silhouette and tufted back makes it the perfect fit for a combined period with modern look.

( Image source: Blue Kitchen from Tvis via Lamu Slenis / Pink books by Calhoun book store / White panelling and Caravaggio lamp image from Skandium )
Multiyork-grey-1 My second mood board is all about colour blocking.

After all, mixing and mismatching colours are big this season.

I think when colour blocking a room, it’s best to keep the larger pieces of furniture in a neutral tone. The bright accent colours can come from the decorative accessories, soft furnishings or smaller pieces of furniture, such as that red swivel chair in the photo above.

I’ve chosen this sumptuous grey blue Dunwich sofa, in Athena Sky fabric. It’s the perfect greyish neutral tone, against which brights will pop.

Other ways of introducing blocks of colour, could include painting a corner wall or adding wall art.

( Image source: Bedroom via SF Girl by bay  home of Anne Sofie/ Colour block room from Est magazine  photo by Derek Swalwell).  Simple-living-style-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell-blog Last but not least, if you fancy starting the new year in a Zen like state, how about this look?

Bring the look of nature indoors to create that organic feel. Try fresh green succulents grouped in ceramic pots on a tray, or pebble brown blankets made of cotton and linen.

I like the shade of blue to create calm. In my mood board above, blue runs through the decor. From the striped tray holding the potted cacti, to the blue stripe across the pillow on the bed and the Cameron Nordic fabric of the Abbington sofa.

Hope you have enjoyed this post. Has it spurred you on to think about redecorating for Spring?

Have a lovely, happy week.

( Image source: potted cacti from Sinnen Rausch  / bedroom from Diario design). 3-colourful-interiors-trends-for-a-home-makeover-Little-Big-Bell

(Collages and mood boards have been created by Little Big Bell,images credited as above and the images of sofas are from Multiyork. This is a collaboration with Multiyork. All opinions are my own.)

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.)

Joss_and_main_Little_Big_Bell_curated_blogger_collection I am super excited today to announce the Little Big Bell Joss and Main curated sale of furniture and home decor.

I often get asked where to buy the furniture and decor from the photos that I post of my home on Instagram. As many of the pieces I own are no longer in shops, I have often thought about bringing together a collection inspired by the Little Big Bell style, so this is a dream come true. Joss_and_Main_curated_design_sale_with_Little_Big_Bell Joss and Main is a special members only site that offers time limited sales on amazing design brands at a much reduced price.

I have put some of the pieces from the curate next to my home photos, in case you want to recreate the look.

Its parent company is based in the U.S and stocks a whole range of furniture and furnishings not seen on the British High Street. The cool thing is that it is now accessible via and shipped from its UK online site.

You have to be quick though, because the curated sale is only between July 26th and August 2nd 2015.
Joss_and_main_guest_curator_Little_Big_Bell The curation includes my favourite colour palette of mint, canary yellow, fuchsia, powder pink and blues.

The team at Joss and Main have also picked quite a few pieces they felt were inspired by the Little Big Bell style. So interesting to see their interpretations.

Get_to_know_Little_Big_Bell To coincide with the sale, I have also been interviewed on their blog Plume, where I talk about blogging and inspirations. Hope you enjoy reading it.

I really hope you like my Joss and Main curated sale, do let me know which is your favourite piece.

I will be back again soon with a fresh new room styling. Watch this space and happy weekend, Happy shopping.

( This post is a sponsored collaboration with Joss and Main)

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