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Outdoor lights for reading in the garden by Philips Lighting.

I am so pleased that I have recently decorated my garden space. It’s been wonderful spending time outdoors.

It’s like a little quiet sanctuary for me, to unwind and relax with a cup of tea and book.  outdoor lights Since I’ve installed some outdoor lights by Philips Lighting, I no longer feel the rush to retreat back indoors, to complete my reading, as dusk falls.

As you can see, I have installed two wall light fixtures. The one above the table is the Philips Hedgehog wall lantern in die cast Aluminium. It was really easy to install and is totally weather proof.

In the far wall, leading to my kitchen is the Philips Cistus LED wall lantern in stainless steel. It casts a warm white LED light up and down for an architectural wall-washing effect. To help provide extra lighting for reading, I have also used the Philips portable table lamps.

The portable lamps have 3 modes, one for soft lighting, a brighter one for reading and a flicker mode to make it appear like a candle burning. I have written about these portable lamps in my previous garden party post. Doesn’t this look cosy? I’ve also brought a soft blanket out for colder evenings. This new space has had me feeling like I am on holiday. Those of you who follow me on Instagram,will know that I have a huge collection of coffee table books, which I use for styling.

It’s so wonderful to now get the opportunity to read them, as I unwind outdoors. What do you think of this space? Doesn’t it feel like an outdoor living room? You can see the other side of my garden, in my previous post here.

Hope you have enjoyed reading about my outdoor lights. Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

(All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This post is a sponsored collaboration with Philips Lighting. All opinions are my own).

Chelsea Flower show 2017 with Whistlefish. Chelsea Flower Show is always an annual highlight for me, so I was excited when I was invited by Whistlefish.

Whistlefish is a Cornwall based company that sells the prettiest of greeting cards, art prints and gifts.

The company has just turned 21 years old, and I was interested to read about the owner Lyn Thompson’s successful journey . She has now established ten gallery shops across Cornwall and Devon.

I love the idea that they search for fresh talent, and so artists are being invited to submit their work for potential collaborations.

Above are some of the beautiful Whistlefish greeting cards that I got to take home last weekend. This beautiful apron by Whistlefish was designed specially for this year’s Chelsea Flower show.

Now to show you my picks from the 2017 show.
This was one of my favourite gardens, and it’s called the Anneka Rice Colour Cutting Garden.

It was designed by Sarah Raven, and was inspired by the vibrant use of colour by renowned home and furniture designer, Tricia Guild.

Check out this secluded seating area. Love the pops of pinks and violets here. It really evoked that beautiful serenity of an English garden. Here’s another one of my favourite plants, potted succulents. Next, is ‘City Living’ by Kate Gould. This imagined apartment block was designed with an outdoor deprived urban space in mind, hence the introduction of lots of indoor greenery.

It was set on a 12×6 plot and built over three levels, featuring basement, mezzanine and top floor.

I was amazed to see how plants in small spaces could be creatively introduced, to create stylish living areas. How wonderful is this basement seating space? Love the 3 dimensional effect tiles and the hanging foliage too. Here’s another view.  Since this was the basement part of the house, Kate has used hardy shade loving Tropical plants. This is another view of the space, from outside looking in. That bright pop of orange from the giant Anglepoise lamp looked great against the lush of green. This was the upper deck area shaded by a pergola.

There was a great interplay of light and shadow here, with the stripes from the pergola being cast on the ground. Everywhere I turned, were flowers waiting for their photos to be taken.

How cute was this bronze sculpture bird bath? It’s by Willie Wildlife sculptures. Did you know that if you went on the last day of Chelsea Flower show, there’s usually a sell off of the plants? Hence, I’m now the proud owner of some of the flowers from the garden abve.
Since I am a lover of balloons, foliage and the Monstera leaf, I couldn’t walk by and not snap this image right? This is an aspect of the M&G Best in show garden for 2017. It was a garden inspired by an abandoned Maltese quarry.

These monumental blocks of limestone were planted with grasses, evergreens, perennials and ground cover unique to the arid Mediterranean island. Here’s a wider lens view, which probably gives you a better idea of their sizes and heights.

This was the Bermuda Triangle garden designed by Jack Dunckley. A large palm tree sat at the centre and became dramatically lit red at night from the laser cut aluminium sheetings.

Furthermore, each triangle of the garden, housed a mini sanctuary of tropical plants. Wished I was there in the evening to see it in its glory. Hope you have enjoyed my picks from Chelsea Flower show, and that it has inspired you to visit next year. Most of all, a big thank you to Whistlefish for inviting me. Do take a peek at Whistlefish’s gorgeous stationery store online. You’ll probably find something you love, once you start browsing.

Finally, I wish you all a lovely day and I will probably be back soon this week with a Summer refresh of my living room, so do check back to see. (All photography are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little big Bell, with the exception of the 2 photos of the models provided by Whistlefish. )

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