Print With A Past: Pussy Willow

Delving into the Archive, we look into the past of our iconic Pussy Willow print... read more

With the success of our Casual Country collection launching this Spring, we thought it was only right we took a closer look at one of the key prints of the collection; Pussy Willow. With it’s oriental inspired design and available in a multitude of colour ways, this pretty print has become a popular addition for your homes. Now in Seaspray, it seems Pussy Willow is here to stay. Making it’s way onto cushions, wallpaper and even curtains, join us as we take a look into the past of this iconic design…

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Pussy Willow in Seaspray Blue | Natural Floral | Grape Floral | Off White / Seaspray

Delving into the Archive, we sit down with Holly who tells us a little bit about the print.

Archivist Holly tells us…

“Pussy Willow originated as a contemporary painted scenic design which was discovered in a design archive in 2011 by the home furnishings designers. The original piece was in a very different colourway and included a bird, possibly a finch on account of its red breast and black speckled head.

Pussy Willow Inspiration Original Archive Print

However, what caught the designer’s eye, was the pussy willow for its pretty, oriental style of line and painterly effect. They adapted the inspiration piece to create a new arrangement of the pussy willow branches, resulting in a fresh design that still carries Laura Ashley’s distinctive signature. Pussy Willow was first launched in Autumn Winter 2012, as part of a story called ‘Moody Hues,’ which introduced the design in 2 colourways: Grape and Natural which are still available today.

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For Spring Summer 2015’s ‘Country Casual’ story, the Pussy Willow collection was expanded to include 2 further colourways that fitted perfectly with the season’s trend: Seaspray and Off-white/Seaspray.”

Taking centre stage for Spring/Summer, our new Seaspray Pussy Willow colour ways is a great way to add a fresh feel into your living space. Transporting us to a coastal scene, this print would make a great addition to your homes for the warmer months.

Do you love Pussy Willow? Do you have some in your home? What colours would you like to see it in next? Tweet us @LauraAshleyUK or leave us a comment below…

7 Comments

Love the Pussy Willow print in all the colours! Would like it in some grey shade or beige…. as well.

Just been to charleston, home of vanessa bell, and interested in the fabrics which I believe Laura Ashley produce. I can’t find them on your site, do you still produce your archive fabrics?

I have light coloured carpet with a filigree design in pale blue, cream furniture with the seaspray knitted throws over chairs. Also Nigella cushion in seaspray. I wanted to lighten the mood so have added cream background pussy willow cushions in seaspray with a Nigella bolster cushion in Ivory. The whole room was immediately lifted.

Hi I wonded what the colour of the paint used in the picture with the sea spray pussy willow was.
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