Lauden Chocolates Giveaway!

Following our Valentine’s Day ‘Girls Night In’ posting, when we featured some beautiful patterned  chocolates by Lauden, the fine chocolatiers have been generous enough to offer a fab giveaway – you’ve got the chance to win a box for yourself,  just in time for Easter!

At Scarlet Opus we love that Lauden’s multi-award winning chocolates are not only delicious, but look amazing. They are adorned with decorative on-trend motifs and patterns in striking colours:


Lauden, based locally to us in Yorkshire, was founded in 2007 by Sun – a creative chocolatier from Singapore with a passion for food, and chocoholic Stephen whose ambition is to educate, and share the experience of fine chocolate.  First testing their creations at their local Leeds Farmers Market, they continue to create chocolate with character, depth and lasting taste through marrying the finest of ingredients to create wonderful flavours – from real Marc de Champagne, to fragrant Lychee & Rose, and Bohemian Sour Cherry.


As you can see above, Lauden’s British Airways First Class Collection is a mixed box of 24 beautifully decorated chocolates in flavours such as Salted Caramel (European Semi-final Winner & World Finalist at the International Chocolate Awards), and indulgent Marc de Champagne (3 Gold Star Winner 2013 and Top 50 Foods in the United Kingdom 2013 at the Great Taste Awards).

For your chance to win this box of gorgeous chocolates, all you need to do is email me at with ‘Chocolate’ in the subject line, and your name, before the closing date on 14th April 2014 (This giveaway is open to our UK readers only because of postal restrictions).

We will pick a winner at random… Good Luck!!!

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The Loving Chair Company

On Monday I told you that today we’d be announcing a super exciting giveaway from the fabulous ladies that are The Loving Chair Company.  When Victoria first came across them a couple of weeks ago, we just KNEW we had to get in touch as they represent everything we’ve been talking to our clients and seminar audiences about for the past year: upcycling and repurposing, the mixing of traditional crafts with contemporary styling, bold use of colour, getting personal…

TLC is a family business driven by the talent and vision of 3 generation’s of women; between them Celeste, Alex, and Brontey design and produce fabrics using the latest digital printing technology, and transform antique and vintage furniture into modern, statement pieces through a revival of traditional craft, skill, and a touch of old-fashioned personal service – could the ladies be any more on trend?!!

August has been an excitingly busy month for TLC, they started out with a request from the producers of Big Brother to supply some chairs for a weekly task; on August 8 one of my favourites from their collection, the Joy tub chairs with glamorously upholstered legs (check her out in Turquoise!), featured on the show.  They’ve also been hard at work creating an Olympic-inspired chair in honour of Britain’s Olympic gold medalists … and today we’re thrilled to be offering you the chance to win Jessica, named in honour of Jessica Ennis.

To win this fabulous piece all you have to do is email me ( with the subject, ‘TLC Jessica Giveaway’ and tell me your name – it really is that simple!  We’ll pick the winner from a hat during London Design Festival on Thursday 20th September.  So, for your chance to win TLC’s Olympic-inspired Jessica chair … send your email NOW.

If you aren’t lucky enough to win – or if you simply can’t wait until September! – take a look through the collection of chairs, footstools, and home accessories and order online with free delivery across the UK.  TLC also offer a wonderful bespoke service, genuinely encouraging you to be a real part of the creative process as they help you design the perfect chair for your interior space.

Allow me to introduce you to the creative forces behind the name:

Grandma Celeste started working as a milliner at the age of 13!  She is at the heart of the company, bringing all the ideas to life with her master sewing skills and an incredible eye for detail.  Celeste is also apparently the keeper of the peace!

Mum Alex grew up in the creative world that Celeste built, picking up her craft at an early age.  Although she’s one with a sandblaster, Alex is the innovator: “Here to change the world, one chair at a time”.

Daughter Brontey has been developing her artistic talent for fabric and textile design since birth.  She is the creative genius behind TLC’s exciting and wondrous fabric collections, bringing them to life in record time.

The ladies generously took time out of their travels around Asia and Portugal last week for a short interview, here’s what they had to say…




Here are some of my favourite pieces:

TLC’s exclusive stamp fabric, Pat, perfectly captures the essence of my favourite S/S 2012 trend, Colour Capital.

Left to right: Stamp cushions £50; Vintage chesterfield wingback armchair with chrome legs, Vinni £950; Tallulah footstool £475; Mahogany Victorian gentleman’s easy chair, Christopher Colombus £695

The super contemporary Bonnie and Clyde vintage dining chairs are a sophisticated way of working the mix and match trend with bright, bold colours.  Available as a pair in Blue/Turquoise and Yellow/Green combinations.

Who could not fall in love with these delightful Victorian nursing chairs, they have so much character.

Left to right: Sunny £225; Joey £250; Silvia £250

And finally, I just A D O R E Emma, a Mid-Century Ercol occasional chair in pink with studded seat pad.  I love that she has a simplicity to her form yet maintains a strong aesthetic.

(All photography by Andy Le Gresley.)

A HUGE thank you to Celeste, Alex, and Brontey for taking time out to help put today’s posting together … if you still haven’t entered, send your email now for a chance to win the TLC Jessica chair.

See you all next week lovely readers!

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