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UK trade fair Autumn fair 2017 Interiors trend predictions and newly discovered brands at Autumn Fair 2017, a UK trade fair.

It’s that time of the year, when Summer is gradually coming to a close, to make way for the cosiness of Autumn and Winter.

I must admit I love Spring and Summer best, but I do get excited by the seasonal change, because I get to curate and share my new interiors trend predictions here.

Many of you who follow me on the blog, may recall that I have been an ambassador for the Spring and Autumn fair for the past 2 years.

I was excited to be asked to report from Autumn Fair, the largest Home and Gift UK trade fair again. There will be more than 1300 suppliers present, divided into 12 sectors,and will be taking place at Birmingham’s NEC, from 3rd September to 6th September 2017.

I will be providing coverage from the show, on my instagram and insta stories on the Sunday.

Visitors who attend are usually retailers, homeware buyers and trend spotters. There will also be workshops, seminars, meet the expert talks and even fashion catwalks at the show.

This coming season, I foresee the increase in dark and colourful interiors. The dark walls ( think midnight blue and black) has been trending for a while, and I see these backdrops contrasted with bright pops of colours becoming more popular in the coming months.

The colours, although bright, will take the form of Autumnal tones, such as Copper reds / browns, Purple hues in grape or mauve, Pinks that are dusky or almost rust coloured and Mandarin blues.

I have curated the furniture and homewares from 6 exhibitors who have caught my eye, the first of which is Zuiver (image above). Zuiver is a Dutch interior label with their own in house design team. They pride themselves in producing products that are contemporary, on trend, and with a fresh and young approach.

I’m totally smitten by their carpet collection (last 2 images). The patterns on the rugs were inspired by Norwegian sweaters. I call them boho rugs with a Scandinavian twist. Aren’t they just beautiful?
If you find painting a wall dark too daunting, then getting pieces of furniture with pops of Autumnal hues, can do the trick too, for a seasonal decor. The above Copper plated cantilever frame chair is also from Zuiver. I am forever a pink fan. The Autumn period call for dusky and rust coloured hues. My sofa is a perfect example here.

Check out that wonderful pairing of Zuiver’s grey and pink dining chairs with indoor greens. You could pair your dusky pink cushions against a dark throw, like this anthracite quilt, if you wanted to keep on trend, without having to paint your walls black.

The quilt and pillows are from IB LAURSEN, one of Scandinavia’s biggest wholesale suppliers of decor. They will also be at the Autumn Fair 2017. Here’s another lovely combination I would consider, an Aubergine coloured quilt, paired with the dusky pink cushions. Now that I have mentioned Aubergine, what do you think of this velvet sofa? It would be the perfect pop of Autumn Winter bright against a dark wall.

I would then accessorise the room with hints brass to give it that luxury glamour chic look.

The sofa is from Cozy living, a young interior brand from Copenhagen. If purple is not your thing, then how about the same sofa in a Petrol blue?

Did you notice that the stylist has placed blue against blue?

I think it has worked well here, without being camouflaged, because the lighter coloured decorative accessories have been able to draw our eyes towards the sofa. Doesn’t this dining room look elegant but cosy? Which Autumn Winter hues do you favour?

All the colours of these Cozy Living cushions seem to mix and match well. These brightly coloured face cushions from spira of Sweden, may be a slight detour away from Autumnal tones, but I never say no to brights and just look at those gorgeous illustrations.

This is now on my wish list. I can just imagine how I would style them in my living room. I’m looking forward to visiting spira of Sweden at the Autumn Fair next weekend.  Doesn’t this fabric look so dreamy and magical? If I were designing a nursery room now, I would consider purchasing this. I clearly have a passion for colourful Scandinavian design, as I’ve just realised that my last 3 curates for this UK trade fair, were Scandinavian brands.

This next brand, Magpie, although not Scandinavian, has produced a beautiful ceramic ware collection called Form, inspired by the 60s, that look Scandinavian.

They reminded me of the Norwegian vintage Cathrineholm ceramics.

You will be able to find Magpie’s Form range at the Cubic stall, in the Autumn Fair. Last but not least, I realised I haven’t touched on lighting.

I was instantly drawn to these Matcha green Haipot pendant lights by Dyberg Larsen. The pendants come in a variety colours. Feast your eyes on the colours. I would love a cluster in green, yellow, pink and orange. Which one do you favour?

Hope you’ve enjoyed my curate of this UK trade fair, the Autumn Fair 2017. What I’ve curated is  just the tip of the iceberg. I can’t wait to explore more brands next weekend.

Do follow my Instagram and insta stories next Sunday to see my finds.

Wishing you all a wonderful Bank holiday Monday and week ahead.

( All photography are from the relevant brands. This is a sponsored collaboration with Autumn Fair 2017, a UK Trade fair for homewares and gifts. However, all curated finds and views are my own).

colourful-christmas-gifts-for-the-family-little-big-bell Christmas is fast approaching and I’ve been busy browsing online for gifts. I know it is now Winter, but I’m already looking ahead towards Spring. I’ve decided on design led Christmas gifts for the family.

I was so happy to discover Smallable. It’s a curated website showcasing fashion alongside home wares for all. Once I started looking, I couldn’t stop.

Above is a collage of all my favourite finds and below is the list:

1. Arizona Diamond Teepee in a mint green and diamond pattern. Perfect for imaginative play to spark creativity. Looks great as a bedroom feature too.

2. Skandinavisk Berry candle with a lid. Such a pretty dusky pink jar. I’ve previously owned Skandinavisk candles and they smell absolutely divine.

3. Laurette Turquoise toy box. Will come in handy for storing all those Christmas toys away.

4. Sea Green bookcase by Nobodinoz. 

5. Kelim rug in pastel tones by Ferm living. I’ve included this here as part of my own wish list for Christmas. Would look perfect in my pastel coloured living room.

6. Set of 2 Green and Grey rope baskets by Rice. More beautiful storage solutions. This would be a perfect gift for my sister who has two small children. A stylish solution for storing toys away.

7. Party cushion by Ferm Living. Love the pastel colour palette here.

8. Sunset wallpaper by Papier Tigre.

9. Pale pink cadaques cushion by Nobodinoz.

10. Cabin bed head in Birch by Blomkal. This is such a cool idea. It instantly makes a bed look extra special.

11. Green metal lamp by Smallable home. Love the sleek shape of this lamp. It comes in a variety of colours.

12. Blue Jute round rug by Ferm Living. Perfect for the play room.

13. Pocket shelf unit in blue. Perhaps a gift for dad’s work space?

14. Gold dish rack by Present Time. Another one on my own Christmas wish list. Let’s make washing up glamourous.

15. Gold cutlery by Smallable Home.

16. Peach mug by Madam stoltz.

17. Eskimo night light in pink by A Little Lovely Company.

18. Mugs by Klevering.

smallable-magazine-christmas-gift-guide Hope this has given you some inspiration on Christmas gifts for the family. Smallable has also compiled a Christmas Decoration and gift guide. Do take a peek at their large selection of decor and toys for the little ones. You’ll be spoilt for choice.

I’ll be back soon with more festive posts in the run up to Christmas. Wishing you all a wonderful new week.

( This post was done in collaboration with Smallable. All opinions and selections are my own. Photos are courtesy of Smallable.)

Concrete-vase-Trouva-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I am super excited to tell you about Trouva.

It is my new online “go to” for homewares and gifts. They even do fashion.There is something there for everyone, regardless of age and gender.

Grazia magazine described it as the “new online treasure trove”. I totally agree. Ever since I discovered Trouva, I’ve been hooked.

Trouva is a simple but clever concept. It curates from the curators, a handpicked selection of UK’s best independent stores.

These stores were previously hard to reach, because they were scattered all over the UK.

The good news is that this is no longer the case, you can now buy from them all in one destination, from the comfort of your home, at the click of your computer mouse.

When Lucy Ward, the managing director of Trouva, got in touch to see if I would like to curate from their site, it was an instant YES from me.

I’m going to show you how I have incorporated some of Trouva’s products into my home.

Let’s start with the beautiful porcelain and cement plant pot above by SORT. I love its gold dipped base contrasted against the smooth cement. Being a fan of pink and gold, I decided to pair it with some pink peonies and roses. Trouva-box-shelf-Little-Big-Bell This set of 6 square box shelves by Bloomingville, is from Rigby and Mac, based in Dulwich, but now available on Trouva.

I chose it for its pared down simplicity and framed white background to showcase my design favourites.

It’s so versatile, and can be stacked into different configurations, on any surfaces, or hung on the wall.

Do you spy my cactus vase? I’m loving the whole Cactus trend at the moment. You can purchase a similar one from Rigby and Mac. Trouva-cactus-vase-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell I have styled mine with pretty floral blooms. Bloomingville-shelving-1-Trouva-Little-Big-Bell The Marimekko cups and plate, Jacob Pugh birds and Matt Pugh owl are all part of my own existing curated collection. However, you can also buy them now from Indish at Trouva.
Colourful-storage-1-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell I have this large square alcove in my study (image above).

I have never been able to maximise the use of that space in an aesthetic way, until now. The box shelves were the perfect fit. I’m loving how I can now style and display that space to my heart’s content.

The Love, Style, Life book by Garance Doré in the top middle shelf, is a beautiful style guide by one of fashion’s most powerful influencer. A wonderful read and a great coffee table book. You can purchase it from Home & Pantry at Trouva. colourful-work-space-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Here’s a better view of my workspace and the alcove with the stacking boxes. What do you think?

Do you spy that Monstera leaf in a vase on the floor? I’ve been wanting a monstera plant for quite some time, but haven’t quite manage to find them at my local garden store.

When I checked online, I noticed how expensive they were. So imagine how happy I was to discover this Faux Monstera leaf from Holly’s house at Trouva. You really can’t tell that it is faux and the wonderful thing is that you needn’t worry about plant care.

Have you noticed how faux plants and flowers are becoming in vogue? I predict that this will be a continued trend into Autumn and Winter 2016. Colourful-storage-idea-photo-by-Geraldine-Little-Big-Bell-blog I so love my little alcove space now.

This is the view from where I sit at my desk to blog. The colours just make me so happy. Trouva-curates-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Here are a few additional favourite ( image above) finds from Trouva.

To go with my Monstera faux leaf, I have picked this Monstera leaf print cushion from T&Shop.

As you know I love a little bit of girly glamour. The gold wall lamp by Bloomingville and the Dior book are  from PAD Lifestyle,  The Tom Pigeon print is from Cassius and Coco and the Design Letters tray in from Indish. My final pick is this bright yellow print by the Rifle Paper Co. from Tea and Kate. Cactus-vase-photo-Little-Big-Bell Hope you have enjoyed my picks from Trouva. Do take a peek at their site.

Have a lovely week.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The collage is from Trouva. This is a collaboration with Trouva. All opinions are my own.)

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