Getting Nude

quoteThe Nude palette is now well established, going from a soft pink blush to apricot cosmetic tones, and smooth eggshell to a luxurious taupe.  We’ve seen a super feminine look come down the catwalks, nude tones working with neons,  and now a more structured look or slouchy and layered, with a definite edge.  It’s a fashion trend that has transitioned perfectly to interiors and home products.  Nude tones can soften the hard edges of a space and they exude a sophisticated tranquility, creating a soothing visual flow.  Be inspired by the Queen of Taupe, Interior Designer Kelly Hoppen.

kelly hoppenI particularly love the dreamlike delicacy of the Gastrologik restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden.


 Gastrologik by Jonas Lindvall

This project features within our A/W 2013/14 trend, The Vision, which sees cosmetic and blush tones playing with the season’s new diffused pastels, as well as nude metallics and iridescents which create a new gorgeously elegant shimmer.

You can purchase The Vision trend board in our shop here or email Phil for full details of all the season’s key trends in our A/W 2013/14 trend report.

Other Designers working this trend (all shown below) include Phil Cuttance and Lorna Syson, both presenting faceted, origami-like structures in hushed nude tones.  I also love the simplicity of Frederik Roijé’s candle holders, and the lustrous sensuality of the Chignon chair by Koket.


Clockwise from top left: Blumarine S/S 2013 collection; Faceture Vases by Phil Cuttance; Decanterlamp in white by Lee Broom; Wall of Flame candle holders by Frederik Roijé; MAC nail lacquer; Chignon chair by Koket; Plymouth Touch Task lamp in taupe from John Lewis; Notebooks from One Kings Lane: Utensil jar in nutmeg by Le Creuset from John LewisValentino S/S 2013 collection; The Ritz sofa by Studio Bertjan Pot; Maze bowl in taupe by Gordon Ramsay in collaboration with Royal Doulton from OCCA Home;  Linear Fold cushion in cream by Lorna Syson

The lovely people at John Lewis asked us to review the Plymouth Touch Task lamp (shown in the montage above); the sample arrived in the UK studio today, here’s what Zak and Victoria thought:

js1024_ZakZak: “This delightfully nude-coloured lamp from John Lewis has real attention to detail – from the perfectly smooth painted glossy nude shade & base, to the twisted cable. I also like that there is no noticeable button on the lamp we were sent – it is ‘touch control’ so you simply touch the product and mysteriously the light comes on with a 3-stage dimmer function.  It’s stylish enough to work in any room in the Home or in an Office – it certainly looked good on my desk in the studio!”

VR head2Miss V: “I like this classic yet pared-down modern lamp.   It’s a touch bigger than I expected it to be from the online picture, which was a bonus, and the brass components & angle adjusters are weighty & sturdy so it feels like a quality product that was made to last. As you know, I’m a stickler for getting the details right and so, like Zak, I really like that John Lewis had decided to go with an old school braided flex – it’s a nice retro feature, and of course making a design feature of cables on lighting is currently a strong trend in Interior Design.”





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ANDREX Launching Patterned ‘Limited Collections’

I realise every other posting in the blogosphere will be discussing the OSCAR winners today…but I’ve got exciting news about a new product range I wanted to share with you in advance of it going into UK stores later this week!

Last year we began working with Andrex forecasting trends for their product developments and this eventually led to us creating 2 collections of designs for patterned toilet paper! 

Don’t panic!  There aren’t any twee florals or Fleur de Lys in sight!…Andrex’s new patterns are bang up-to-date and in line with current interior trends. 

Months of work have been involved, but I’m really pleased to be able to give you a sneak peek today before the packs become available in Morrisons on Wednesday 2nd March…and filter through into other supermarkets during the rest of the month.

First up…the ‘Bright & Bold’ collection:

Cheerful stylised butterflies, funky flamingo’s, popped-out polka dots, dazzling stars and retro geo’s!  If you have a bright, white, contemporary bathroom or toilet scheme this is the collection for you.  The rolls add a splash of on-trend bright colours (Sooo this season!!!) to a plain white bathroom and will co-ordinate perfectly with plain zesty towels & accessories. 

They are also a fab point of fun conversation for when your friends next come round for dinner…and at Scarlet Opus we think kids will love them too! 


Now there’ll be no need to hide your toilet roll stocks.  Display these patterns with pride! 

The inspiration mix behind the ‘Bright & Bold’ collection includes a dash of 80’s Miami + a good measure of retro geometrics and finally a big spoonful of Summer sunshine! 

The rolls come in multi-pattern packs (kinda like variety-pack cereals) offering a variety of quirky designs all created from the same co-ordinating colour palette…even the cardboard rolls inside are pink!

My favourite from this collection?…well it has to be Rebecca’s kitsch Flamingo!  Quirky, cool and sure to make me smile everyday!  I’ll be adding a roll to my downstairs loo for visitors to get a kick out of too! 

Now let’s take a look at the ‘Subtle & Stylish’ collection:

Stylised Chrysanthemums, scattered Cow Parsley, delicate Leaves, trailing Buddleia and oriental Blossom & Butterflies!  If you have a spa style bathroom or nuetral toilet scheme this is the collection for you.  The rolls add a sophisticated touch of soft linen shades to a plain white bathroom and will co-ordinate perfectly with natural pebble-toned towels & accessories. 

These designs are much quieter than the ‘Bright & Bold’ collection but they are still modern, clean and crisp.  The patterns in this pack have a contemporary silhouette styling which blend beautifully into chic bathroom schemes.

Display these rolls with pride on wooden bathroom shelving with your towel bales, stack on a vertical toilet roll storage holder in your ensuite or neatly pack into a rectangular basket in your downstairs loo.

The inspiration mix behind the ‘Subtle & Stylish’ collection includes a bunch of wild flowers + a good measure of big blooms and finally a scattering of delicate leaves! 

My favourite from this collection?…I really like how my delicate skeletal Leaf looks (above left).  And that reminds me…the quality of the printing on the paper is brilliant!  I’ll be putting the ‘Subtle & Stylish’ rolls in my main bathroom to bring a touch of pleasing pattern into the nuetral scheme.


To celebrate the launch of Limited Collections, Andrex have enlisted the help of 2 celebrity designers (to be announced Soon!) who will each be creating 2 designer bathroom schemes – 1 Bright & Bold and 1 Subtle & Stylish

We’ll bring you an update on the designers and their bathrooms shortly.  We’ll also be tweeting information about which magazines will be including discount coupons for the Andrex Limited Collection pattern packs. 


So if you aren’t following us on Twitter yet, be sure to click the link at the top of the right hand side bar so you don’t miss out!

The first packs will be available in Morrisons supermarkets on Wednesday this week…that’s the 2nd March.  And they will then become available in other supermarkets during the course of March.

Watch out for new Andrex TV adverts for these patterned toilet roll packs from mid-April onwards!  We’ll tweet an update when we know the exact day/time slot.

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