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Christmas-table-setting-idea-Little-Big-Bell I am so honoured to be one of the 12 bloggers specially selected by West Elm UK and Teri of The Lovely Drawer to style up a Christmas table as part of The 12 days of Christmas project. I am Day 12, the final day.

You can also follow an interview I did with The Lovely Drawer and a feature of this and all 11 stylings on West Elm’s Front + Main blog.

I was given free rein to style however I pleased, using some of West Elm’s new Winter season products.

Last year, I styled a West Elm Christmas day breakfast table. This year I thought I’d host a Christmas tea party for the 12 Days of Christmas, except this party has no tea, just bubbly. Why not right? It is the season to be jolly. Christmas-table-setting-my-Westelm-styled-by Little-Big-Bell For those who have followed my blog or Instagram for a while, may have an inkling that I adore pink, gold and shades of blues.

As much I love classic red for Christmas, I have decided to go for my favourite hues. Westelm-Christmas-table-girly-glamour-styled-by-Little-Big-Bell Naturally, I chose flowers of pinky shades too. A little bit of blush and small pops of fuchsia. Pink-and-gold-Christmas-table-Little-Big-Bell I found these Raffia placemats in gold on sale. I just couldn’t resist them.

My table seated four people comfortably. I felt four gold placemats together may be too bright, so I punctuated them with these dusky pink part linen Rosette placemats that have been woven with a hint of sparkle. Urban-flower-company-flowers-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I introduced blues into the setting with floral blooms, small votive candle holders and jewel coloured vases. Christmas-table-setting-Westelm-styled-by Little-Big-Bell Pinks, blues and yellow golds. How do you think they look?

The good thing about not using conventional colours of Christmas is that you could re-use this look for other occasions. New Year’s eve is not that far round the corner right? Change the colour of the flowers, and you have an instant new look.

That personalised biscuit was specially made and sent to me by Nila Holden. Great name place setting idea don’t you think? Westelm-place-setting-styled-by-Little-Big-Bell This brass wishbone that I found in West Elm is such a unique and festive add to the table. It subtly spells Christmas. I used it as a napkin ring, but you could also scatter it around the table as decor.

Do you have a snapping the Turkey wishbone tradition in your household?

I hear it all started with the Romans who used to pull chicken clavicles apart in hope for good fortune ( not quite sure where that idea came from). Colourful-Christmas-table-photo-and-styling-by-Little-Big-Bell I used white linen napkins that came with a little festive shimmer for the place settings. How-to-decorate-a Christmas table-West-Elm-Little-Big-Bell It was intentional that I decorated my table in no set order. The napkins were styled differently at each place setting, the side plates were scattered, some to the side and some layered with the larger plates.

To me, festive means fun with no set rules. Tea-party-table-setting-Little-Big-Bell Love the minty green of that bottle of bubbly. Almost too pretty to open, but hey, I need to get my priorities right.

What kind of Christmas party is it if you were just munching on mince pies with no sparkly to wash them down with? Westelm-cake-tier-plates-Fish-Eddy-styled-and-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell When I saw this tiered plate server in pink, black and white with gold trims, I knew it had to be mine. Perfect for girly tea parties or rather the perfect excuse for eating cake. Christmas-tea-party-by-Little-Big-Bell The plates that I have used for my table are by Fishs Eddy from West Elm. Yummy indeed! Christmas-almond-cake-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell No party can be without cake. Christmas-tea-party-table-Westelm-photo-and styled-by-Little-Big-Bell Cake won’t taste nice if they weren’t served up in pretty plates with gold lettering.  Westelm-Christmas-table-2-by-Little-Big-Bell Here’s the table again. The brass letters adorning my table can all be bought at West Elm too.


Hope you’ve enjoyed my happy Christmas tea party table. I’m so in the mood for Christmas now.

Christmas for us a family is always to be spent at home. We host each year and family members near and far converge to our home.

How will you be spending Christmas?

Have a great day all.

( This is a collaboration with West Elm and West Elm London. All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell).

Little_Big_Bell's_home_1_photo_by_Geraldine_Tan I love to curate and create gallery walls, especially in my two workspaces.

However, I didn’t want all my rooms to have a similar grouping of small artwork.

I have often looked at some of my prints and wished they came in larger versions.

Statement oversized art pieces are now very much on trend and I was excited to learn that Minted could recreate their prints in larger sizes.

I was even more excited when they asked me to pick my favourite print from their collection, so that they could recreate a 40×54 inch framed version for me.

You can see it above my sofa.

Going through all the prints from Minted’s art marketplace was tough. Tough because I wanted everything! Such an amazing collection of global talents.

How did I pick?

I decided to focus on the sofa colour. Mint for Minted! ( forgive me, I’m not very witty, it’s the end of the week as I write). Billy-buttons-bouquet-by-Little-Big-Bell Then I realised I should pick something that embodied the Little Big Bell colour palette.

That palette can be seen in the bouquet of flowers which I have arranged above.

Summer-flower-arrangement-by-Little-Big-Bell Bright yellow, shades of pinks, lilacs, peaches and mint.
Colorful-flower-decoration-by-Little-Big-Bell Here’s another arrangement that I made. Minted_larger_size_prints_in_Little_Big_Bell's_home Can you see the same shades in the print? Minted_large_print_by_Kristy_Kapturowski_styling_and_photo_by_Little_Big_Bell My oversized print is called Fragment 3 and it is by Kristy Kapturowski of Hooray Creative.

Kristy is now based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and she draws inspiration for her art from music, film, fashion and her travels. Minted_large_prints You probably saw my living room in a recent post with a nautical theme?

So, it has changed again now. The Little Big Bell household is never static when it comes to redecorating.  Minted_Fragment_3_by_Hooray_Creative_photo_by_Geraldine_Tan_Little_Big_Bell What do you think about the oversized statement print trend? Love it? I certainly do. Minted_40_x_54_inch_prints_photo_by_Little_Big_Bell A scatter of cushions with my new art piece.

The two small cushions at the ends are by Kangan Arora, the second one from the left is from West elm, the central mint one with crosses is by Pencil me in stationery and the pineapple cushion is from Oliver Bonas. Which one is your favourite? Colourful_living_room_Little_Big_Bell My decor definitely doesn’t stay static. I decided to swop the coffee tables round, from the tall to this miniature one.

Actually, this was a table from my recent curated sale with Joss and Main. How-to-style-with-flowers-Little_Big_Bell_ Hope you have enjoyed reading this post.

Just to mention that the print, although large, is not heavy at all. Mine came from America, fully intact.

Have a lovely weekend and thank you Minted for my beautiful print.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The Minted print was a gift.)

Christmas-card-Little-Big-Bell Can you tell from all my festive postings that I’m so excited for Christmas? Yes, I absolutely am, like a child waiting eagerly for Santa Claus!

A few months back, I participated in a bloggers’ styling competition ran by West Elm in London, organised by the Urban Jungle bloggers and sponsored in part by At Mine.

Thanks to all your support and votes, my styling partner Kate Baxter and I WON the challenge!

At Mine is an online community for home and design lovers, where members share their real homes.

They have opened the registration to my readers for a week, so if you want a snoop around design bloggers’ homes, do register here.

They have also done an interview with Kate and I, so do pop over there to read it if you like.

West-Elm-candle-1-Little-Big-Bell Now, you may wonder what we won? £100 in vouchers each, to spend in West Elm. I was so excited!

I decided to style a festive breakfast with my purchases.

So, to set the scene, I lit my Pinecone and Thistle candle as Christmas carols played in the background.

Christmas-breakfast-Little-Big-Bell The festive theme was in red and white. I bought a set of red enamel plates and cutlery to go with the desired look.

West-Elm-London-Market-mugs-styling-and-photo-Little-BigBell The Brooklyn mugs above were my absolute favourites.

I must confess, I may have bought the last four!

West-Elm-Lemon-and-Lime-marmalade-andspoon-rest-photo-and-styling-Little-Big-Bell Breakfast consisted of some delicious Sourdough bread from our local artisan bakery, Gails. The marmalade set from West Elm was simply delicious.

West-Elm-Spiced-marmalade-Little-Big-Bell Here’s the Christmas spiced version and no festive breakfast is complete without mince pies right?

West-Elm-London-Christmas-table-Little_Big_Bell Hope this post has got you in the mood for Christmas?

Wishing you all a lovely week.

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