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peonies-flower-of-the-month-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell I absolutely love this time of the year.

There is so much to love in May, but for me, it’s seeing peonies come into season, and being displayed on the flower stands of shops.

Peonies were part of my wedding bouquet many years ago. Not only did I have a hand tied bouquet of white peonies mixed with lilies, but they were also made into huge hanging balls, suspended from the ceiling of the marquee, in the grounds of our Oxford country home.

When I think back to my wedding day, my head fills with that lingering sweet but subtle fragrance of peonies.

Unsurprisingly, the peony symbolises love, happiness and health. sunset-peonies-in-living-room-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Peonies come in a variety of colours. From whites, to pinks, to reds and yellows.

For me, a rounded glass vase is just the perfect vessel to display peonies.

On my coffee table, you can can see both the red and coral pink varieties. For this post, I am focusing on the latter, the Coral Sunset peony. Pink-peonies-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell There is something special about Coral Sunset peonies.

They change colour from day to day, and it’s such a joy to see how the colours of my living room are being accentuated or contrasted against as they evolve.

The Coral Sunset peony starts off, when unopened, in a vibrant Fuchsia shade.   Sunset-peonies-pink-colour-Little-Big-Bell As its beautiful petals unfold, fuchsia turns to a lighter pink. Coral-sunset-peony-Little-Big-Bell Then Coral pink tones come into play. Peonies-that-change-colour-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Gradually,a light peach emerges. Coral-Sunset-peonies-Little-Big-Bell Here you can see the two tones of peonies at different stages of their colour evolution. Colourful-living-room-how-to-decorate-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Look at how the peonies accentuate my beautiful art print, drawing one’s eyes towards the matching deep pink and coral tones. Its stems punctuating the pops of green scattered in the room. Peonies-in-a-vase-Little-Big-Bell These colours are just perfect for a Spring and Summer decor.  Place them amongst a pastel interior with bright pops of yellows and pinks. Peonies-on-coffee-table-Little-Big-Bell Peonies look great as a bunch on its own, but you could also add to the bouquet.

Try adding Billy Buttons for some pops of yellow and also some light green foliage, or try that winning combination of white peonies with lilies.  Coral-Sunset-peonies-on-coffee-table-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell A pretty view from above. Peonies-changing-colour-Little-Big-Bell Here you can see my peonies in their final shade, a light golden yellow.

Unlike most flowers that get droopy and drop their petals as they mature, the Coral Sunset peonies do the opposite. They flourish, become fuller and look radiant. Living-room-with-day4-peony-photo-by-geraldine-tan-Little-Big-Bell Look at how the peonies now blend in with the yellow and orange tones of my living room decor. Coral-Sunset-peonies-turned-yellow-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-of-Little-Big-Bell-blog Just love how they fill out the rim of my rounded vase. Coral-Sunset-peonychanging-colour-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Layered petals unfolded to reveal the yellow stamens.

Hope you have enjoyed this peonies post, and that it has given you some inspiration on how to decorate and display them in a colourful setting.

Have a wonderful and happy day!

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. These images are my copyright and are not allowed to be used without prior permission. This is a collaborative sponsored post with

Emily-Henderson-Living-Room-Poof-Couch-Tree Recently, I was asked by Modern Rugs UK to pick my trend predictions for rugs as we go into 2016. I was given a choice from their 5 key interiors trends and I picked ‘Inspired by Nature’.

2015 saw the popularity of outdoor greenery being brought indoors. There was certainly an explosion of foliage prints and patterns adorning soft furnishings and home accessories.

I think 2016 will still see the bringing of outdoors in, but in a much subtler way. I am thinking of pretty pastel hues of floral blooms and the changing tones of the skies and seas.

This also ties in nicely with Pantone’s colour predictions for 2016. The beautiful dusky blue shade of Serenity and the pinky sky tones of Rose Quartz.

I have curated a few images to show you what Inspired by Nature means to me in 2016.

The photo above is by Emily Henderson, found via Brit and Co. I’m loving the dusky blue rug with patches of white. It’s like having the sky below your feet. Looks beautiful when combined with Danish mid century style furniture. The blues pair well with the light teak colour of wood and the worn brown leather of the sofa. The white cushions draw out the patches of cloudy white in the rug.


To recreate this look, I have found a similar rug from Modern rugs UK by Designer’s Guild. It is called Phipps Sky rug .
Weekend-thuis-Binti-Home-ontwerp-3 Next, is a gorgeously styled living room by Souraya Hassan of Binti home. The rug is not quite Rose Quartz but on the more coral end of that shade. Love how the look is balanced with the grey of the sofa and the pinks drawn out by the accent tones in the cushions and rose gold planters in the far wall.

cameo_8246_fedra_swedish-1 I found a similar rug but with a darker tone, edging more towards Pantone’s Rose Quartz. Like the changing colours of the skies at dusk.

It’s the Cameo 8246 Fedra Swedish rug, part of the Louis de Poortere collection which can also be purchased at Modern Rugs.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Have a great festive week.

( This post has been done in collaboration with Modern Rugs, the images of the individual rugs are courtesy of Modern Rugs, all views are my own).

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