‘Themed’ Interior Design can go horribly wrong…..

…  but it hasn’t in this case, in fact it’s quite the opposite.

The Potting Shed is Beverley’s newest bistro bar serving the very best in homemade food and offering a wide selection of beers, cocktails and wine. Yesterday we decided on a work-lunch and had our own garden party to check-out the interior design!

IMG_4591What a great experience it was. The sun was shining, it was warm and the Potting Shed was busy as people enjoyed the last week of the UK’s summer holiday period. The newly established bistro bar is a transformation of the landmark Hodgsons pub and is located close to the recently developed Flemingate Centre where many fashion stores, coffee shops, a hotel and cinema can be found. Here is a team snap (left) … a rose between two thorns (some may say).


I dug up a little information about the Potting Shed brand, launched in Bingley, Yorkshire last year. It’s a contemporary bar and restaurant concept with an exceptional ‘garden‘ theme. They have a big emphasis on food, including a wood-fired pizza oven and also host live music acts each weekend. The quirky little areas of the place are also available for private parties.IMG_4589

14115506_1771258006477685_642002851573770072_o  On arrival the creativity & ingenuity of the interior decor is obvious, all fitting in beautifully of course with the bistro’s theme. Garden tools including spades, forks, and shovels were all displayed as if they were precious heirlooms. Watering cans and buckets were used as lighting features and wooden logs covered walls to create an authentic and grounded ‘garden’ feel. It was surprising how well a bucket can reflect the light, not to mention a cheap way to update the lighting features in your own home! Blooming brilliant! (OK! We’ve all noticed the ‘dad jokes’ here, in abundance; Laura Greenwood!) IMG_4579


I particularly liked this reclaimed chandelier centre-piece. Items hanging included old beer jugs, metal watering cans, glass jars and small garden trowels and tools. Although it appears to be old junk hanging from the ceiling it actually portrays a very genuine and accurate design element that adds a focal point to the room. I am always rooting for more reclaimed and recycled products!


The bar area incorporated reclaimed wooden planks across the front surface of the bar and mix’n match patterned tiles on the floor which really caught our eye! The ‘mix’n match’ approach to developing customisable patterned tiles is something we have talked lots about in Trend Presentations and it is nice to see how they have been embraced to fit in with this theme.

IMG_4582We finally planted (please!) ourselves down on a table made from reclaimed wood and old metal piping with and worn-look leather stools. For our lunch we ordered a selection of ‘Shed bites’ including pulled pork nachos, garlic dough balls, battered chicken goujons, crispy crab cakes and a selection of cold meats and bread served on a rustic wooden board… we definitely decided to go big and not go gnome (Any more of this Laura and we’ll actually ‘tell your dad’). The food was delicious, it really filled a hole and helped the work go down!


14066366_1771257736477712_6100505241297751287_oThe tableware also had a very rustic quality to it with a wonderful surface texture and aesthetic, it was unusually shaped, simple yet stylish.

As we weedled our way upstairs we found a room full of natural greenery, with a giant tree in the middle and a wall filled with thriving foliage. You don’t need green fingers to fill your home with lush leaves.

We took a look outside to grass-p the concept more. The astro-turf used on the terrace is a stroke of genius, a very simple, but very effective idea that pulls together the indoors and outdoors design beautifully. It will be easy to maintain and won’t ruin your heels ladies. The terrace and very large beer garden have unusually good quality furniture to sit on and it’s unusually comfortable. Water you waiting for? Go check it out! (Doh!)

And for the winter months…


You can grab your own plot and eat outside in one of the brightly colored sheds; each one a sheltered, private area in which to have your own exclusive garden party. I was extremely re-leafed to see that they have outdoor heaters for colder times; enabling everyone to stay cosy until turf-ed out!

14124358_1771257769811042_8918966620010400923_oWe had a very garden-inspired lunch at The Potting Shed, there is no worming your way out of trying this place out for great food and drinks, we predict it will grow extremely popular! It is an ideal spot for a relaxed dining experience, suitable for all. The ‘themed interior/exterior’ has been done in a very adult way and not in the least cheesey, it created the right amount of interest to become a talking point for all the right reasons…. so lettuce dance like no-one is watching and turnip that beet loud!  

Have you designed a hospitality interior that enables a good customer experience? Then let us know. If oyu would like some guidance, inspiration to create one we’d be delighted to help.

Happy Dining People!

And for those of you who don’t know about the location of Scarlet Opus HQ… we are based in the Town of Beverley in East Yorkshire, England. Beverley is described as the ‘Jewel of East Yorkshire‘ and renowned for its exquisite 13th Century Minster. The town is home to a lively market, a thriving music scene, excellent flat racing and a medieval skyline that remains refreshingly unspoilt… For more information visit Yorkshire.com.

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We have released our Autumn/Winter 2016/2017 Pinterest boardNative. This board will give you all the inspiration you need from kitchen & dining to flooring and product design, it also includes gift ideas, christmas direction and stationery design.

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Native is a trend that evolves to be very modern & futuristic but also very natural and it’s this combination that defines its unique look. It is an amalgamation of craft, eco design and technology, with suprising interactions between synthetic and natural materials to create a neo-craft aesthetic. Unexpected colour combinations, minimalistic styling and nomadic design qualities influence it’s overall style.

This trend expresses a lot of optimism about the future…

native - COLOUR-minThe colour influence is a very modern mix of crisp brights with very rich natural pigments such as bamboo, spruce green and burnt sienna. Colour play across this trend is dynamic and bright. Synthetic colours are combined with warm neutral tones which sparks fascinating colour clashes across product.


It is a unique and perfect mix between futuristic tech styling and the rusticity of traditional craft combined with contemporary global folk influences. It offers a new take on the eco sustainability trend.

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It is clean and simple in its aesthetic, handcrafted elements come through in the use of natural materials such as wood and bamboo as well as eco-friendly textiles. Geometric, native global patterns often mimic shapes found in natural landscapes.

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Stationery mixes pattern influences from around the world. Wolves, bears and owls come into play for pattern and decorative product with illustrative native american spirit guides. Arrow shapes, teepee constructions and contemporary aztecs can be seen in both neutral and synthetic colours.

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Explore a contemporary christmas this year; feathers and dream catchers make great tree decorations and gift wrap ideas, incorporate this with arrows and rustic textile weaves. Clean lines and simple constructions create delicate geometrics for a modern style.

Why not pick out the contemporary brights in the palette and combine the geometric shapes with global folk aztec patterns for a fresh craft aesthetic.

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All images and more can be found on our Native pinterest board.

We will be releasing a new Trend Board every month, follow us now to keep up to date with the latest interior design trends.

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Artisans, Craftsmanship & Contemporary Design – 2017 Trends

“Products made by loving hands in small volumes….” this is the beginning of the end of buying ‘stuff’ just because we can …..  perhaps…..

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The Best of Decor + Design Exhibition, Melbourne 2016

The team are back in the UK after a fabulous visit to Melbourne, Australia. For those of you who didn’t manage to visit Decor + Design, we have put together a snap shot of what you missed; including the inspiring Scarlet Opus Trend Hub, Victoria’s seminar content and our ‘Best Bits’ at the show.


This was the first year at Decor + Design that we created a Trend Hub for visitors to explore innovative materials and be inspired by trend information. We had lots of interesting samples from all over the world including moss, fish skin leathers, gemstone tiles and banana leaf veneer (Click here for the full list of samples).

We highlighted 3 macro Trend Stories for 2017 showcasing colour palettes, trend boards and materials for Analogue Workshop, Desert Wanderer and Organic Matter.


Victoria gave her annual Trend Seminar sharing information for 2017 including up and coming design trends for colour, pattern, texture, shape and materials. You can still download the SO Colour Book which includes 3 trend boards with referenced colour palettes CLICK HERE.


(Images curtesy of Decor + Design)

Visitors of the show also joined us for daily Trend Tours at the exhibition, we chose 10 exhibitors who showcased exceptional products relating to our trends.

Here are 3 of our favourites…


Felix Furniture is an emerging, Melbourne based business that specialises in creating bespoke plywood furniture of fine quality. We love the simplicity and craftsmanship of their product, the ethos of this brand and their unique design style relate specifically to our Analogue Workshop Trend.



Uniqwa are suppliers of unique, contemporary designer furniture and accessories to interior designers and retailers. Charl, who founded the company, is originally from Cape Town and he is deeply inspired by the culture he grew up in, but he studied furniture design in Melbourne. Uniqwa are passionate about protecting the environment, they use recycled and plantation woods. Being eco friendly and sustainably responsible are part of their core attributes, which to some extent shapes their ‘over-all style’.

Their beautiful stand was filled with products that represent a laid back, slow and steady lifestyle; which fits in perfectly with our Desert Wanderer Trend.

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Yolanda designs, hand prints and hand dyes beautiful unique textiles in her studio in Southern Tasmania. Yolanda studied textile design in Melbourne and graduated in 2013, her work plays homage to the natural & ancient landscapes found in Tasmania and the idea of a ‘wild land’ making it’s way indoors to become part of the interior environment.

The lush foliage prints relate to our ‘Organic Matter’ Trend… A trend that addresses the increasing desire to re-evaluate our relationship with Nature, we begin to appreciate and explore natural design processes and embrace unstructured design qualities.



Let us know your thoughts of the Trend Hub by commenting below…

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The Decor + Design show, Melbourne – Trend Hub materials list

A special Hello to everyone who has visited our Trend Hub at Decor + Design 2016. As promised here is a list of the materials on display on the sample table:


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