Hot Trend: Blue & White

catherine polaroidI’ve been inspired to put today’s post together (following the ‘New Blue & White’ exhibition at Boston’s MFA),  in order to share the blue & white porcelain look with you that’s trending in Fashion as well as Interiors. It’s exciting to see a range of designers exploring this theme.

17th Century Dutch Delftware is the main influence for many designers, along with colours inspired by Chinese porcelain, and Wedgewood’s signature powder blue also providing inspiration for more delicate embellished pieces, prints and accessories.

As well as beautiful garments, contemporary ceramics and surface pattern designs, it’s very effective to combine the 2 styles of Delftware and Wedgewood together to create a quirky, fresh look for the home, with key pieces being easy and cheap to acquire from vintage stores and car boot sales…

Wear the ‘Blue & White’ trend:

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1. High on DIY 2. Giambattista Valli 3.Li Xiaofeng 4. Etsy 5. Nail Art 6.Etsy 7.Roberto Cavalli 8.Therese Dombek 9.Just Cavalli  10. Abed Mahfouz 11.Tibi 12.Just Cavalli 13. Forever 21 14.Golden Ink

Live in the ‘Blue & White’ trend:

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1. Martha Stewart 2. Marcel Wanders 3. Marcel Wanders 4.Jacco Maris 5. Prince Design UK 6. Lagom Design 7. Catkin Collection 8. David Hicks 9. Etsy 10. Boca Do Lobo 11. Duffy London 12. Laviva


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Today I love… Neon & Pastels

Summer has finally kicked in and today I’m loving beautiful pastels with funky neon accents.  Neons have been huge in fashion and transition fabulously for interiors: use as an accent colour to give white a new edge or, as shown here, in combination with soft pastels for a gorgeously fresh summer look.

Trend Tip: Diffused pastels, ombre’s, washes and tints of colour continue to be important right through into 2015.

neon & pastel 1. via shape+space 2. via Beauty Riot 3. Chair and cushion from Etsy shop Neon Vintage Design 4. via the style spy 5. Modern Neon Hardwood Salad Bowls by Nicole Porter 6. Styling and photography by Marij Hessel 7. Number cushion from John Lewis 8. Styling by Charlotte Love 9. Styling and photography by Marij Hessel 10. Happy Layers Print by Georgiana Paraschiv 11. via Cellar Door Magazine


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Today I Love … Vintage Citrus

catherine polaroidHi, I’m Catherine, currently studying Surface Design for Fashion & Interiors at the University of Huddersfield, and I’m excited to be starting an Internship with Scarlet Opus in July. With Summer just around the corner, I’ve been inspired by a chic, vintage citrus look for the home. From botanical watercolour illustrations and retro fruit crate prints, to stunning blocks of colour – hues of melon, tangerine and lime provide a refreshing twist on a classic vintage look. The kitchen is the obvious space to work this look, yet I’m excited to see bursts of citrus emerging in all areas of the home:

js1600_MontageABOVE: 1. Vintage Soda Pop Bottle Top Screen Print by The Design Conspiracy (available from Not On The High Street);  2. Sanibel Table Runner by Anthropologie;  3. Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe Art Print by Lucile’s Kitchen (on Etsy);  4. Flannel Fabric from the Della Flannel Collection (on Etsy);  5. Benjamin Moore paints in Sweet Pear, Tuscan Coral, Florida Pink and Sweet Vibrations (palette styled by Ann Fox);  6. Screen Printed Organic Cotton Cloth Napkins by ohlittlerabbit on Etsy;  7. Oranges and Lemons Cushion Cover by Tobyboo (available from Not On The High Street);  8. Apple Green Burlap Covered Chair by Knottooshabby;  9. Citrus Fruit Crate Box Label art print by ASLICEINTIME (on Etsy);  10. ‘Lemon’ Tea Box by Wooden Toy Gallery (available from Not On The High Street).  

Special thanks to Catherine for today’s super fresh posting.  We look forward to welcoming her to the Scarlet Opus team at the beginning of July. 

If you’ve got any suggestions for our ‘Today I Love …’ series of posts then email us at and we’ll add your idea to our schedule and make a special montage based on your favourite color, style, material or pattern for all our readers to enjoy!

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Today I Love … Japonisme

Japonisme is a French word referring to the influence of the Arts & Crafts of Japan on Western culture.  Since the World’s Fair of 1867 in Paris, when Japan took a pavilion and wowed the European visitors with their unique style, the elegant simplicity of Japanese paintings, ceramics and textiles have fascinated Western creatives and consumers alike.  The Spring/Summer 2013 fashion collections of Design houses such as Prada, Etro and Proenza Schouler clearly show that our fascination has not waned.  And here is how to translate the look into your Home:

montage 2 Above: 1 Fromental Prunus wallpaper in Samui colourway; 2 Rosette bedding in Charcoal with Kyoto Pillowcases from Lazybones in Australia (they have an online shop & ship internationally.  Details on shipping can be found here); 3 Glass Cherry Blossom Polaroid Table Lamp by Etsy sellers JerseyMaids in the USA; 4 Silk Kimono Robe by independent fashion designer-maker & Etsy seller Majo Rey in Uruguay; 5 Hand-Painted Cherry Blossom Bowl by Etsy seller Yevgenia based in NY; 6 Lavender Silk Velvet Pillows from Etsy seller Suzanne Fortescue / Studio Tullia based in Portland, USA; 7 Pouffe in Vintage Damask from Etsy sellers Cristina & Elisabet from Barcelona; 8 Vintage Cristal d’Arques Glasses in Dark Red from Etsy seller Villa Maria in Spain.


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Key 2013 Metallic Colour: Copper

js1024_zak2Back in September 2012 our team mentioned an exciting metallic shade as part of our TENT London show review that we knew was going to be important in the coming year. Well here it is in detail, the new rose-tinted copper colour for 2013. It has a softer sheen and warmth with a strong metallic appearance.

Copper is no longer banished to under the floorboards and is being seen on the catwalks, as well as in new Home Product collections and Interiors.  This age-old metal has been redefined and now reflects a rich, sumptuous look without being as flamboyant as Gold. This colour should be used boldly, it should stand on its own.

The copper shade manages to give both a futuristic feel as well as a  glamorous and classic aesthetic.  It looks equally amazing when patinated or polished. Once simply a conductor of heat it is now a conductor of style!


ABOVE: IMAGE 1: Emilio Pucci; IMAGE 2: Me-Far Bowls from CoWorks; IMAGE 3: Bronze Age Flatware from Anthropologie; IMAGE 4: Wave Table from Boca Do Lobo; IMAGE 5: Kimono Chair in Copper by Thai designer Eggarat Wongcharit from CRAFACTOR; IMAGE 6: Enignum IV Copper Chair by Joseph Walsh Studio; IMAGE 7: La Leaf from Artistic Tile; IMAGE 8: Copper Curved Sofa by Taylor Llorente.


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