LIVE from The International Surface Event Vegas

This week we have been at The International Surface Event in Vegas hanging out in our luxury chalet…

Lots of hard work went into the design and curation of the trend hub, first we had to come up with the creative ideas and inspiration mood boards before beginning to draw and design the specifics of the hub. We worked with a very talented team of builders to bring the whole idea to life!

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Welcome to the Trend Hub… A space to be inspired, gather information on colour, textures and materials. Be interactive with our wool colour palette and play around creating your very own surface mood board, designing your own style and theme with our interesting and unusual surface textures and materials, a source of inspiration and design style trends. We have wallpaper, fabric, wood, tiles and resin samples from Alex Turco, ARTO brick, Campioni, KAZA Concrete, Carina Sohl, Bedrosians as well as fish skin leathers from Decorum Est along with many more interesting samples.


The chalet is a beautiful mix of natural elements; drift wood, shells, agate, faux fur and antlers alongside details of style and glamour, gold and glitter. It allows time and space to appreciate both the rawness and the refinement. With key interior features from Michael Aram and fantastic moose and deer heads from WallCharmers. Thank you to Quickstep for supplying our Dark Tudor Oak Brown floor from their Reclaime Collection.


The tree table of surface samples attracted lots of people, inviting people to be tactile and hands on with the products added an interactive element, you could also create your own wool colour palette to take home with you for your own reference, one from each of our 4 key trends. Thank you to Camira for supplying the wool it was a fantastic feature that everyone enjoyed.


Our international knitting project went down well with many people, mostly women, adding more and more rows. The special opal yarn creates a self stripe pattern, it’s fantastic!


Oh and here’s me giving one of many trend talks on the Hub…


Next week we will take you on our Trend Tour with images and information about the top ten exhibitors we spotted at the show.

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Top 10 Colours for 2015

So here we are once again bringing you the top ten colours for this coming year. This is one of our most important posts where we look at both the Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter colour forecasts, these 10 essential hues will be significant within the world of interiors, influencing the direction of both marketing and retail sectors. From earthy and rich to cold and crisp this beautiful mix of unexpected tones provides you with a valuable insight into 2015.

Don’t forget these colours are placed in no particular order, they are simply individual swatches that we forecast to be important throughout 2015. I hope you enjoy the post and have a very Merry Christmas!

1. Primal Red

Earth Red

2. Steel Silver

Steel Silver3. Indigo Blue

Indigo Blue

4. Rustic Amber


5. Soft Membrane


6. Iridescent Cellophane

Irredescent Cellophane7. Lilac Haze

Lilac Haze

8. Lucite® Green

Lucite Green 9. Marble Grey

Marble Grey

10. Coral Shrimp


For more information on our full trend report or future colour forecasts please contact

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Knit and Stitch Show 2014 Harrogate

The Knitting and Stitching Show is the largest and most highly regarded textiles and craft event in the UK, it’s packed with textile craft goodies to buy, workshops and galleries. I went along to check out some of the exhibitors this year and to see what was new in the world of embroidery…

Caren Garfen

‘She Was Cooking Something Up’.

Caren’s work consists of a full-size kitchen installation which brings together all of her research over the past three to four years on women, dieting and body image. Enter the kitchen at your peril!


TOFT Luxury British Knitting

TOFT designs and manufactures quality alpaca and wool yarn and fashionable knitwear here in the UK from British sourced luxury fibres and is based on an alpaca farm in Toft, Warwickshire. TOFT is for the stylish ethically-minded crafter looking for a proper great British story behind their knitting and knitwear. I loved their space at the exhibition, they had fabulous product, creative workshops and many patterns to learn and get involved in!

Jo Beattie

The image below is of a machine embroidery called ‘Playground’. This work is over a metre wide and 75cm in length. It hangs away from the wall, and so you see enlarged images of the children on the plain wall behind. It will hopefully give people the idea of a type of ‘PICK & MIX’ approach where the buyer can choose up to 4 images from the ‘Playground’ to put in a frame for themselves.


Leslie Morgan

‘How many Mountains’ is the title of this beautiful embroidered quilt – the detail of the stitch is amazing.


Olly mason

Main inspirations include urban architecture, surface texture and Middle-Eastern and Asian cultures. Her work focuses on surfaces and the conceptual contrast between hard and soft, incorporating both textiles and concrete. These designs have been created for innovative interior surfaces.


Hanny Newton

Her work is a combination of copper thread and glass on metal pins and industrial felt. Mining is part of the fabric of Cornwall, shaping the landscape while shaping the lives of the people. The Cornish mining story is all about people: the men, women and children who worked hard in dangerous conditions to earn a living.

The technique of layered felt padding is liberated from its conventional home underneath gold work embroidery that would be found on a coronation gown and up scaled to create sculptural rock forms. Gold and silver embroider threads are swapped for copper and tin – the lifeblood of Cornwall.


Bridget Donoghue

Currently studying at the University of Huddersfield on the Surface Design course, Bridget specialises in embroidery and exhibited some of her work at the show. Her work is based on the visual expression of dreams, and inspired by social issues, surfaces and her drawings. The pieces she has created are based on the four stages of sleep and the movement of the brain, by using the Amaya embroider machine she creates detailed movement in stitch textures.


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How to Build an Inspirational Christmas Window Display

We are nearly on the count down again for the most magical day of the year. I can almost hear the joyous laughter of children, taste the sweetness of mulled wine and already I can see the bottom of the old bank account. For me, one of the most exciting things about Christmas is decorating the house, office, car and anywhere else I can find to string fairy lights and tinsel. But instead of dragging out the same old decorations why not spice it up this Christmas with some new ideas.

Here is a peek into this years hottest colours and themes based on our 2014/2015 trends for this festive season.

Our first Christmas inspiration look is based on our Autumn/Winter 2014/2015 Trend called ‘LIFE’ this colour palette has a frozen look with iridescent qualities, we see icicles, frosted glaze effects, washed out colour fades and of course added sparkle.


1. Natural Birch Branches available at Save on Craft 2. Baubles available from M&S 3. Iridescent Baubles by Lisa Angel 4. Gradient Paper Gift Wrap by Mr Printables 5. Image Source easy baked 6. Turquoise Sequin Table Cloth available at Koyal Wholesales 7. Throw by Anthropologie 8. Image Source Style Estate

The second trend is based on ‘HISTORY’ which incorporate traditional qualities with a contemporary twist, we see crackled effects, tarnished golds, baroque style florals, heavily patterned textiles and amour like textures and surfaces.


1. Available at Next 2. Traditional Bauble by M&S 3. Gold Bauble by H&M 4. Available at Next 5. Sparkling Glam by H&M 6. Silver String Lights by All Things Brighton Beautiful 7. Candle Stick by H&M 8. Image Source Italiandipity

Be enchanting… Be inspirational… Be magical in your Shop Window Display

Here are 6 simple ideas to dress your windows this Christmas, from the simple fixes to the more creative ways to make your customers stop in awe at your beautiful visuals, give them inspirational festive ideas and show off all your lovely products! From flooring to fashion, wallpapers to stationary each individual window display should be designed to attract your consumer.

For the simple fixes…

1. Make it snow…


There are many simple ways to create effective window decorations, whether its cotton wool, marshmallows, paper or pine cones you can string anything together to form a snow style effect.

2. Build a product tree…


There are lots of shops this year already building their tree, you could dress your Christmas tree with products or you could use boxes and crates to form the basic shape and fill it with lovely goodies. Or even create the whole tree out of product? I helped build the Charles Tyrwhitt product tree this year in the Trinity Shopping Centre in Leeds, we filled the boxes with blocks of colour and pattern and included smaller visual ‘stocking filler’ displays to attract the Christmas shoppers. Be sure to check it out!

3. Play with paper…

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There are lots of beautiful things that can be made out of paper, and not just your usual snowflakes. Why not use tissue paper to create some show stopping flowers like we did at our TISE East Miami workshop, they can be as big as you like, click here for a link to show you how to make them. Don’t underestimate the uses of paper, be inventive.

And for those of you feeling more advantageous…

4.  Go GIANT…


Giant baubles, snowflakes, icicles, bows, you name it… But if you are going to go big make sure you use less, don’t go over the top. Less is more.

5. Create a room set…


One of the best ways to show off your products would be to create a room set, such as set up a dining table, or build the fireplace complete with Christmas stockings. Not only does it allow you to display everything as it would look in the home but it also allows the consumer to picture what she could put it with, how it would work in her home, and also what it looks like with other products encouraging her to buy the entire table!

6. That’s a wrap


And finally show off your creative skills through the wrapping paper. You can use glitter, pompoms, natural leaves or twigs, holly, pine cones, doilies and more. You can be as creative as you like, show off all the paper, ribbons and bows you sell…

 All links to images and more creative ideas can be found on our Pinterest board.

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LIVE from TISE East 2014 in Miami…

This week the Scarlet Opus team have been in Miami for The International Surface Event (TISE East) We’ve been busy creating show stopping window displays, presenting trends and running informative and inspirational workshops. It’s been an amazing few days so far at a fantastic show, here are some of the best bits we’ve seen today and of course some images of what we got up to at our Visual Merchandising Workshop!

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Take a look at some of our “best bits” that we’ve found at the show…

Gemstone Tile Works

Gemstone Tile created a beautiful display of their product in a bathroom roomset. They had a giant bath tub complete with basin and mirror and check out this amazing shower they had displayed on their stand! We love the intensity of the colours in their product, they would look great in any bathroom!

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Barbie Kennedy Designs

The combination of materials in these beautiful artful surfaces create unexpected shapes and patterns. The collection of hand designed creations make extraordinary surfaces that are both beautiful and inspiring which will look great in any interior. Her mood board is a great reflection on her work, the use of inspirational textural imagery and combined materials can be seen within the products. Check out more of her work here.

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By Rock Corp.

We loved the patterns created in this marble. They have bold, striking yet intriguingly fascinating patterns that work well as flooring or as wall panels. It would make a fantastic feature piece! See more on their website here.

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Marble of the World

This beautiful mix of natural stones and gold textures creates a luxurious look yet keeps its raw earthen qualities. Its unique, extravagant and of the finest quality exotic stone. The Brown Agate is from the Caesarstone Collection available in more colours on their website.image (1)


Bedrosians created wonderful little product montages that not only invite people to be more tactile with the product but they also look amazing as wall art pieces. This is a great way of showing how different products work together in terms of colour and textures, their catalogue of product mood boards include, Cinnamon Sugar, Butter Cream, Cotton Candy, Ansel Adams and Morning Fog.

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Scarlet Opus Visual Merchandising Workshop

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We put together a hands-on workshop to help inspire customers with fashion-led visual merchandising. We presented three interior design trends for spring/summer 2015 relevant to both hard and soft flooring and wall surfaces, the objective of the workshop was to help the participants develop an understanding of how you can incorporate these trends into store design and displays.

Phil, Victoria and myself had one window each, along with one Spring/Summer 2015 Trend and of course our group of participants to work with in order to create fantastic window displays for flooring products, bringing fashion into flooring for visual merchandising! Take a look at the images, would you stop by if you saw a story-telling display like this? I think so!

Re.Tell window in the making…

FullSizeRender IMG_2637 IMG_2644 The final window displays…

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The session was fun, interactive and we created some amazing window displays for flooring! A big thank you goes out to Bedrosians who sponsored the product for the event and to all the participants who took part!

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