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Joules-duvet-shells-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell I am very much a Spring and Summer person, because I like the warmth and longer daylight hours. It’s now starting to feel like that in London. It’s no longer dark when I get home.

When it feels brighter, I feel happier, and with that comes a renewed sense of energy, despite working flat out in the hospital on most days.

That renewed energy means it’s time for another bedroom makeover.  I have set myself the task to restyle my niece’s bedroom for her birthday. I will be doing a Spring bedroom refresh with Joules new season bed linen collection.

I will show you when it’s completed, but first I wanted to show you the bed linen that I have selected for the refresh.

Introducing you to the beautiful Shells duvet cover(above).

Those indigo coloured shells are a little reminder of happy Summer days with the family, strolling by the British seaside in Whitstable or Cornwall.

I love the stripes on the other side of the duvet cover too. You could essentially create 2 different looks with one duvet cover.

Then there is that brilliantly fun pink piping on the edges. It goes so well with the Indigo and visually screams fun! Joules-homeware-Peony-duvet Joules has a beautiful collection of Indigo bed linen. This is the Peony duvet cover with a contrasting polka dot reverse side.

Doesn’t this room look so fresh and beautiful, with the light streaming in from two large windows?

The electric blue shade of the Indigo really pops out, when set against the jet black frames of that metal bed. bed feature[4] (1) Here is a close up view.

Who knew polka dots and floral blooms could go so well together?

In fact, I think mixing and matching the Indigo flowers, dots, stripes and shells could work to a visually stunning effect. Joules-stripe-duvet Indigo goes really well with red and bright pink. That blue Moss stitch throw and cushion are the perfect match for the new Joules bedding collection. U_HOM1_PNKGRYCUSHION1_010 How about accessorising your bed with these beauties? Isn’t that Royal Hare cushion with the bright pink piping and that Marylebone throw just so tempting? They would fit in well with any of the duvet sets above too.

Hope you’ve enjoyed browsing through some of my picks of the Joules new Spring/Summer 2016 bedding collection.

If you want to purchase any of the bedding, I have a special discount code for you. Just use BELL20 when you check out and this will entitle you to 20% off. This is only till end of April 12th 2016.

Happy shopping and I will be back with more fun and colourful interiors posts.

( This post has been done in sponsored collaboration with Joules. All opinions are my own. Photos are courtesy of Joules.)

Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Does Fashion inspire the colour trends in interiors or is it vice versa? It’s that egg and chicken argument. Who is the trailblazer?

I have an inkling, although I am not privy to information, that it is a collective movement. The coming together of industry experts to tease out what the new season colours and trends should be. After all, this would make economic sense right?

I was so excited last week when I was invited to the Peter Pilotto catwalk show at London Fashion weekend in the Saatchi gallery by Carpetright.

Carpetright was partnering London Fashion weekend, by supplying the event with a luxury carpet for the Shop the Catwalk lounge and rugs for the VIP Luxe lounge.

I decided to dress up for the event and do that fashion blogger thing of getting my photos taken.

I say this with a blush, as many who know me, are aware of my aversion to the camera. But I always tell myself to step out of my comfort zone.  Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell-in-JCrew I decided to colour block my look in my favourite hues of mint, coral and powder pink. My dress is from J Crew and my handbag is from Kate Spade New York.

My hair was braided in a reverse fishtail with a distressed look by Elements studio and my photo was taken by Karolina Urbaniak . Little-Big-Bell-photo I’m loving how the subtle pastel tones of the walls complement the colours of my dress. Here we have fashion and exteriors going hand in hand. Peter-Pilotto-colourblocking-and-interiors-London-Fashion-week-2015-Little-Big-Bell Carpetright inspired this post because they interviewed me about my thoughts on the influence of fashion trends in interiors.

To be honest, the words didn’t quite flow on camera that day as easily as they should.

Perhaps I could be forgiven, for there was a slightly eccentric lady tiptoeing and gesturing at me as I was being filmed. Nobody I knew, but she seemed interested in me, gesturing for me to stand tall, to tuck that tummy in ( that made me feel self conscious) and to project one’s voice. Perhaps she was an opera teacher?

Anyway, back to the topic of fashion and interiors trends. The advantage of being a FROW for the day, pardon the expression, but I’ve always wanted to say I was front row, was that I could shoot the collection up close.

I have selected the catwalk photos that I took at the show and combined them with the interiors trends that I predict are going to be the most likely.

Peter Pilotto’s collection was inspired by board games from Ludo to Scalextric. See if you can guess what games they are in the outfits I have photographed.

Colour blocking was a predominant feature in the show. Combinations of blues, greens, dusky pinks and golden yellows.

(Image source: Catwalk photos are by Little Big Bell, interiors photos by Remodelista and Mel Yates) Farrow-and-Ball-2015-Little-Big-Bell I was quietly proud to see my colour block predictions come true. The above is the moodboard I did for Farrow and Ball a month ago.I chose Pitch Blue, Arsenic, Green Blue, Pink Ground and gold.

It would be fun to colour block a room in any of these combinations. London-Fashion-weekend-1-2015-Peter-Pilotto-into-interior-design-Little-Big-Bell The same colour palette was set against white in some of his other outfits.

For those not brave enough to paint or combine huge blocks of colours, then setting a similar palette against a neutral backdrop could work well.

(Image source:  Catwalk photos by Little Big Bell, interiors photos by Marij Hessel and Marie Claire Maison). Little_Big_Bell's_home_1_photo_by_Geraldine_Tan My living room is essentially the lighter tones of that palette set against a white background.
Citrus-colours-in-fashion-and-at-home-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I love colour block accessories. Here on my sofa, you can see my navy and yellow handbag and a pair of navy aqua shoes, which I previously purchased from Boden.

The mint, yellow, white and brown colour block handbag is by Rebecca Minkoff. I bought it at the London Fashion Weekend sale event, prior to the Peter Pilotto show.

Dare I say that I bought it within 5 minutes of entering the sale room. Good thing we were quickly ushered upstairs to the show, otherwise I might have done real damage to my bank account. Boden-and-Rebecca-Minkoff-handbag-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The colours of these handbags are totally at home with my sofa and cushions don’t you think?

(Image of bags and front room by Little Big Bell)

The blue-denim-trend-interiors-Little-Big-Bell So, colour blocking in blues, pinks, greens and golds for both fashion and interiors is a trend to contend with. What else do I predict?

Blue Denim, I think is a front runner. But many will ask ‘Is denim really a trend?’ and will challenge by saying that denim never really went away, being such a common wardrobe staple. However, I think you know denim has come to its own when those who never consider denim, start wearing them.

I think this has much to do with the continuity of the 70s trend that emerged earlier this year. Think dungarees, pinafore dresses, flares and A-line skirts.

I think this will be a micro trend that will hit the interiors market towards next Spring and Summer. I’ve created a collage of inspiration above.

We may soon start to see recycled denim used more for interiors DIYs.

Image source: 1 + 2 (top)  Frayed Language 3 At Home in Love  4 Lush Home  
Joules-plaid-scarf-throw-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Plaid will also be another micro trend. I’m already seeing it as fashion in shops for this Autumn/Winter.

It’s definitely the perfect cosy and colourful pattern to inject into interiors with the approaching colder months.

The above photo is of the super soft and warm oversized Heyford woven scarf that I was given by Joules. It’s so soft, warm and large that you could use it as a mini throw too. Valentino-handbag-London-Fashion-weekend-2015-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I end by showing you this beautiful colour block Valentino handbag, a photo I snapped at London Fashion weekend. This is definitely on my Christmas wish list.

Hope you have enjoyed my colourful fashion meets interiors post. Wishing you a lovely week ahead.

(Photography by Geraldine Tan of Little Big Bell)

(This post is not a sponsored post. Carpet Right invited me to London Fashion weekend).

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