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Pastel-coffee-ware-from-Dot-com-gift-store-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell It was music to my ears when Pantone announced Rose quartz and Serenity blue as their colours of the year for 2016.

These are two colours that I absolutely love.

So, when Dotcomgiftshop asked me to style up their products for Spring, I decided to style my work space in pink and blue.

Here’s what I selected, a super cute Classic Espresso Coffee pot in pink and this Turquoise espresso cup.  Colourful-workspace-by-Little-Big-Bell There you go. What do you think?

For those of you who visit me often here on the blog, would know that I absolutely adore gold  too.

Not Brass, not Copper, just that shiny yellow of gold.

Here, I have used a gold lamp and gold foiled prints to give a bit of girly glamour to my pink and blue workspace. A-blogger's-colourful-workspace-London-by-Little-Big-Bell-blog I also picked this gorgeous blue Parisian metal chair .

It’s perfect for indoors and outdoor use, and comes in a mint green and Ivory cream too. Would look great if those colours were mixed and matched together around the table don’t you think? Pretty-workspace-by-Little-Big-Bell As you can see, I always have something from Kate Spade New York in my work space.

The colours from my Kate Spade coffee table book with its shades of Turquoise blue and Fuchsia pink were just the perfect accent colours for this photoshoot.

I must admit, the temptation from the shoot became too much. I simply had to pause, sit down on my new blue chair, sip that piping hot Espresso, before it turned cold, and flip through that gorgeous book. Who says work can’t be pleasurable?  Girly-glamour-work-space-by-Geraldine-Tan-of-Little-Big-Bell-blog What I love about this table and chair is that they are both light and portable.

I’m just waiting for Spring and Summer to appear , then when it does, I might well carry them out into the garden.

Doesn’t working outdoors just sound so divine? Fresh air, warmth and sunshine. Pretty-tulips-on-blue-stool-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan Now that I have mentioned those wonderful words Spring and Summer, I simply had to show you some of my brightly coloured Tulips on this fifties inspired stool ,with legs the colour of a wonderful blue Summer sky.

Is it making you in the mood for Spring?

Hope you have enjoyed the post and my styling. Wishing you all a happy weekend ahead. I will be back next week with another interiors post bursting with colour. Can’t wait to show you.

( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The products stated above have been gifted to me by Dotcomgiftshop. All opinions are my own. )

Kate-Spade-NY-Stacey-wallet-get-gifted-2016-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell At the start of the holiday season, I always turn to my favourite brands for Christmas gift buying.

Kate Spade NY is one of my all time favourite brands ( Say I, with the huge colourful collection of Kate Spade handbags!)

The thing is, there is no such thing as leaving empty handed once you step foot into that store.

I feel like a kid let loose in a candy shop. Pay day is Kate Spade day!

So, it was such a lovely surprise to be sent a Christmas gift from them this year, as part of their #getgifted campaign. Kate-Spade-NY-Get-Gifted-styled-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell The #getgifted campaign is all about personalising the gift, adding that ‘that’s so her’ twist which makes it unique to the recipient.

The persona of my gift was ‘She’s a work of art and likes to look at it,too’ and comprised of the Cedar Street Stacy purse, the Holly Drive compact ‘Kiss and Tell’ and the Live Color Fully fragrance.

The wonderful UK team of Kate Spade NY chose the perfect purse for me. It was my favourite bubblegum pink and now I can display all those beautiful and creative business cards I have collected.

That compact mirror will definitely come in handy for when I apply make up on the go.

The fragrance with its top notes of mandarin, pink water lily and star anise is simply divine.
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My new Cedar Street Stacy purse perfectly matches my Kate Spade handbag, seen in this illustration, done a while back by Emma Kisstina. Kate-Spade-NY-Get-gifted-ribbons-by-Little-Big-Bell

I’m loving the idea of the #getgifted campaign. Last Saturday, I got to show the lovely customers of Kate Spade NY in Covent Garden, London, how to personalise their own gifts with ribbons.

I created two types of bows, the stacked bow and the floral bow, both in the image above.

I’m proud to say that they were all made from scratch. It was so much fun creating them and I’ve now lost count of how many I’ve made.

One thing for sure, with so much practice, I can now create them in a matter of minutes.A good skill to have for this festive season right? Kate-Spade-NY-Get-gifted-London-styling-and photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Last but not least, the £200 Kate Spade NY gift voucher giveaway.

All you have to do is to either LIKE and comment on my Instagram image or to comment on the blog here.

I would love to know what what your perfect Christmas gift would be. Good luck in the giveaway.

(8/12/15 Thank you to all who have entered. I really loved reading your comments. The winner through random selection is Angela Townley. Congratulations Angela.)

(The competition is open to all UK residents aged 18 and over and ends at 11.59pm December 3rd 2015. The winner will be contacted via Instagram DM or email within 7 days and announced at the end of this post. Only one entry per individual. The Instagram promotion is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by Instagram.)

( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a collaboration with Kate Spade NY. The above purse was gifted to me by Kate Spade NY.)

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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