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July 22nd 2014
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KID’S CORNER: CHALKBOARD CHALLENGE

Part 1: We enlist four busy mums to share with us their inspiring ideas using our chalkboard paint…

It’s official – school’s out for summer! Keeping little ones entertained during the holidays however can be tricky business, so with this in mind we wanted to create a fun and exciting activity that will provide endless hours of imaginative play-time, without being too stressful for us adults. Introducing our chalky challenge, we set four busy mums the task to get creative with our new chalkboard paint, to get the little ones on board and show how they would use it!

 

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Coming up with a number of inspiring ideas, from transforming everyday objects to making over a kids corner in their home, we were so impressed with their creative thinking we simply couldn’t wait to show you their adventurous play-time ideas…

 

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Freelance writer Kathryn lives in her hometown of Harrogate, in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, where she pens her daily lifestyle blog Kat got the cream. Looking for a new way to update her son Charlie’s room, Kathryn reveals unique idea for the chalky challenge…

 

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‘We’re currently in the process of making over my 8 year old son’s room and I’ve been looking for a few ways to personalise it for him (as well as make it fun). Charlie loves drawing and doodling so I thought we’d create a chalkboard area on the back of his bedroom door, which he can regularly update himself. It’s really quick and easy to do, plus it blends in quite nicely with the rest of his room, which features monochrome as well as bright orange and blue. He loved the finished result!’

 

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Mother of two Kelle is a stylist and full-time blogger on her online corner Dinky and Dandy. Dedicated to sharing all things cool for little ones, both her children Hattie and Fraser got stuck into decorating her chalky table top…

 

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Kelle tells us… 

 

‘I’ve wanted to paint a chalkboard wall for the kids for ages now but because our house is now up for sale I decided to use our paint to turn an old table into a fun chalkboard instead. The kids love their new table and so far we’ve turned it into a train track, a farm, a zoo and a busy town so it’s perfect for imaginative play. I love how it’s so much easier to put away and clean than the mess painting creates and when the sun shines we can take it out in the garden. The chalkboard paint went on really easy, it took two coats to cover the table and I love the finished result. It didn’t use much of the tin either so when we buy a new house I’ll be using it to paint that chalkboard wall!’

 

Now how is that for a dose of daily interior inspiration? Transforming a kid’s corner with a lick of paint with endless fun involved? We’re in! Stay tuned for the next installment of our chalky challenge tomorrow on the blog…

 

Browse the Laura Ashley kid’s furniture and accessories here.

July 21st 2014
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THE GREAT BRITISH BEE COUNT

Do your part for nature and rehome our British bees with this fantastic new campaign…

This summer we are calling on your support to help us embark on The Great British Bee Count! An essential part of the food chain, the decline of the bee population has become an increasingly worrying factor. Whether you’re looking to spend more time in the garden or a keen nature lover, by taking a closer look at the bees buzzing around our gardens and parks, it really could help save this important species from dying out.

 

Sharing with us her top tips on how to encourage bee’s back into your garden, Melanie Kramers from environment charity Friends of the Earth explains all…

 

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As you’ve probably heard our British bees are in trouble and in desperate need of rehoming. In recent years, the numbers of bees in the UK have been declining at an alarming rate, with over twenty species of bees already extinct. With a  high percentage of our countryside meadows disappearing over the last 60 years, the loss of their vital habitats have left the bees homeless and feeling hungry. An essential part of the food chain, everyday we eat fruit and vegetables that have been pollinated by these buzzing creatures. As they move from flower to flower collecting nectar, they are an important factor in the pollinating process in helping distribute pollen far and wide.

 

Do you like strawberry jam on your buttered toast or a delicious Sunday treat of apple crumble? These are all pollinated by bees, along with 75% of food crops worldwide!

 

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Eventually our parks, gardens and countryside will become a barren place without bees to keep them blooming – so how can you help? The good news is that there are lots of ways you can be part of the generation that saves our bees.

 

- Got a smartphone? Download our free app The Great British Bee Count and log any bees you spot between now and the end of August. You don’t need to be any expert to take part, the easy-to-use app will help you tell the difference between bee species such as leafcutter bees and buff-tailed bumblebees. All the data then be logged to help scientists build a nationwide picture of bee health, where they are thriving and where they are in danger. Don’t worry if you don’t have the app, you can fill in all your bee-hunting business on our website here.

 

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- Green fingered?  Try growing bee-friendly plants from lavender to honeysuckle in your window-box or garden to encourage new buzzing visitors – just make sure to avoid using pesticides which can harm bees’ health. To find out which plants are most loved, create your own bee cafe with this handy list of what to grow here.

 

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Wooden Bee House / Aviary Garden Tool Set (both available in store)

 

-  Create a cosy nest with our wooden bee house, providing a valuable shelter or a nesting site for solitary wild bees that, unlike honey bees, don’t live in hives. The Mason species enjoy nesting in warm and sheltered environment, with plenty of room to rest in the thick wooden holes; make sure to position their new abode in a south facing spot with the bee house pointing downwards to avoid the rain.

 

-  If you’ve already done this – think bigger! Hundreds of people have already planted ‘Bee Worlds’ in their communities – larger wildflower areas that help provide hungry bees with food and shelter. Across the UK, we’ve lost 97% of our wildflower meadows in the past 60 years, so restoring this vital bee habitat can really help.

 

Hope you enjoy saving bees while having fun this summer – let us know how you get on!

July 17th 2014
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DRESSING YOUR WINDOWS IN STYLE

Your window style questions answered by resident Laura Ashley interior expert Kerry…

Whether you’re in the throws of sprucing up your living space or designing the decor of your new home, there are so many important decisions to be made. One that’s often overlooked is deciding how to style your windows, whether you opt for curtains or blinds, they can both dramatically enhance the look and feel of your room. With the practical reasons of privacy and keeping the heat inside, a well dressed window can also pull together the visual aesthetic of your interior – adding an attractive focal point. From functional blinds in the bathroom to sweeping styles in the bedroom, our resident interior designer Kerry is on hand to cover the basics of simple window dressing style…

 

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Rockpool Natural Roman Blinds

 

- How can I make blinds and curtains work together?

 

This is a question that is asked of me on a regular basis, where clients want the practically of a blind but the visually pleasing appeal of curtains. My top advice for having both curtains and blinds together is to have them at the same height on the outside of the recess. If your curtains are 15cm above the window then make sure to take your blind up the same height, it looks far better to have them in line with each other over the window.

 

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Awning Stripe Dove Grey Curtain Fabric

 

- How can I maintain privacy in my living room windows without it preventing the light?

 

Sheer roller blinds are the perfect tool for maintaining privacy, without being too heavy. They offer a much more contemporary look rather than sheer curtains. If this idea sounds a little minimalistic, place a roman blind over the recess to bring colour and print to dress the window area. The sheer roller blind will ensure privacy during the day, but the roman blind can be pulled down come evening to lock in warmth and block out the light.

 

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Swansbrook Amethyst Curtain Fabric

 

- Whats the best way to frame a window seat?

 

A window seat can be framed with either curtains or blinds, it simply depends on the style of window. If you have curtains and blinds inside the recess, this may not work if you plan to have scatter cushions at the back of the window seat. Whereas curtains, on the outside of the recess, framing the window with co-ordinating scatter cushions in different colours and textures will look and work well.

 

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Summer Palace Cranberry Curtains

 

- How can I dress a bay window?

 

I find the best way to dress a bay window is to have floor length curtains on the outside of the recess, which will frame the overall window. If you were to have separate curtains for each window, it would make the bay look crowded and squashed inside, so to open up the window make sure you have the curtains on the outside. Additionally, you could add roman or wooden slat venetian blinds in the bay on each window, if you prefer a more modern look.

 

- Is there a particular blind I can use for the bathroom?

 

Bathroom blinds can be any type, you just need to think about the type of fabric that is being used. Use a fabric that will withstand damp conditions without shrinking. Bathroom windows can usually be above the sink, so silk isn’t often a practical option as it would mark with water splashes. The Laura Ashley range at Thomas Sanderson offer a beautiful selection of shutters in a variety of colour ranges suitable for bathrooms.

 

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Thomas Sanderson Blinds / Bead Trim Roman Blinds

 

For more information on what type of blind will suit your home, why not check out our Blind Buying Guide?

 

Browse the Laura Ashley range of Made-To-Order Blinds and Curtains.

 

July 16th 2014
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INTERIOR GUIDE: DECOR TO SUIT ANY HOUSE STYLE

Associate Editor of Your Home magazine, Lisa Hibberd reveals her top tricks for furnishing your home regardless of any house style hurdles…

Transforming your house into home is an exciting but often daunting experience. Whether you are moving into a modern townhouse, country cottage or new-build apartment, furnishing your empty home into the perfect living area will differ depending on your house style. Guiding us through the different interior hurdles you may encounter, Lisa Hibberd the Associate Editor of Your Home magazine shares her top tips for decorating your space…

 

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Garrat Dark Chestnut Sideboard / Juniper Mirror (in-store) / Langham Two Seater in Caitlyn Sable

 

Creating a focus in a modern home can be rather difficult, with many lacking a traditional focal point such as fireplace but this shouldn’t mean that the style of your room has to suffer. Why not consider a stunning piece of furniture such as the Dorset Soft Truffle Sideboard, styled to perfection with a selection of gorgeous accessories, even with a theme in mind. It’s the ideal way to make a statement, and by hanging a large mirror like the Starburst Rectangular Mirror above will complete the look.

 

Maximising space in a narrow town house

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Clifton Ivory Triple Mirror / Dressing Table / Hadley Stripe Seaspray Wallpaper / Pale Seaspray Paint  

 

Long, narrow rooms can be tricky to design, especially when trying to arrange furniture. By placing large pieces of furniture along the length of the walls it can make the space feel more elongated, try to break up the space across its width with a piece of furniture, or try a cosy corner seating arrangement instead. When considering your colour palette, choose your paint colours carefully. Painting the long walls in a lighter shade than the end walls will give the illusion of a shorter room. If you’re thinking of wood or laminate flooring, make sure that the lengths run horizontally across the room – laying it vertically along the length tends to add to the narrow feel. Finally, a statement piece of art like the Cherry Blossom Canvas or mirror at the end of the room will help to focus the eye, as will a bold feature wall.

 

Adding a light airy feel to cottage with low ceilings

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Dorset Dining Table / Hadley Stripe Natural Wallpaper / Harvey Ceiling Lantern 

 

Although low ceilings are common in cottage-style properties, they can make a room seem smaller than it is, but there are plenty of tricks you can try to lift the space. Playing with the proportions of a room can work wonders. Consider lowering the level of furnishings with the use of seating and tables that are closer to floor level and more stocky in shape. Using panelling on the lower half of walls and painted to match, can also help to create an illusion of height. Draw attention to the floor with a light painted surface to help to reflect light. Many light fittings can draw immediate attention to low ceilings, so avoid central pendant lights and try wall lights instead like the Sorrento Wall Light.

 

Such simple tips that have such a striking impact, for more of Lisa’s expert advice be sure to check out the latest issue of Your Home magazine or their blog here. Or why not flick back to Lisa’s previous top tips she penned for the Laura Ashley blog where she shares her fail-safe tips on how to make the most of a small living space here.

 

Spruce up your interior look or plan a new DIY project with the Laura Ashley end of season Summer sale here.

 

July 14th 2014
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MONTHLY BLOGGER CRUSH: JULY

All keen DIY-ers will love our crafty July blogger of the month…

If there’s something we love at Laura Ashley, it’s definitely a little bit of make and do. From wedding and garden craft, to handmade beauty products and how to videos, we are thrilled to introduce our very crafty July blogger of the month: Jodie from A Handmade Cottage. All keen DIY-ers should be sure to bookmark this fabulous find….

 

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How did ‘A Handmade Cottage’ come about?

 

When hubby and I moved into our little cottage we didn’t have much in the way of money, so I crafted us a cosy home by thrifty shopping and making things. I’ve always loved crafting, and last May I put it to good use because hubby and I were married, and we had a handmade wedding! We made everything ourselves, from the decorations, favours, invites, flowers, my jewellery and even my antique lace wedding dress was made from scratch ‑ all of which I’ve been sharing on the blog. I’ve been a singer songwriter all of my adult life, and on return from our honeymoon I felt my life needed a change, so I started a craft club in my town, became a craft columnist for my local Observer and started a craft and rustic lifestyle blog ‑ A Handmade Cottage. I wanted to show people that crafting cosy characterful homes (or weddings!) is a lot easier (and cheaper) than you might think.

 

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What do you enjoy most about blogging?

 

Starting this blog has made me enjoy my life a bit more. There’s so many things we’d all like to do but we often put on the back burner because there’s more pressing matters, like work / housework etc so writing a regular blog about craft and rustic living has actually encouraged me to do the things I love more often! I now make things regularly and spend more time in the garden. Sharing the things I made for our rustic handmade wedding has also been lovely, especially when I see it inspiring and helping others ‑ which is really what it’s all about. I love sharing step‑by‑step ‘how‑to’ projects, tips on up‑cycling furniture, tips on spotting thrifty finds and even natural beauty recipes.

 

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What inspires you to write?

 

Nature. I spend a lot of time in the countryside with hubby and Ralphy (our Jack Russell) it fills me with good energy and has a definite impact on how I like to live, and the style in which I live. My dream house is ‘Moles’ house from Wind in the Willows … OK well I don’t want to live underground but I’d happily live in the woods in a hobbit house! Aside from nature, crafty things inspire me, anything to do with fabric, cross stitch and patchwork. Beautiful old things with a story to tell also inspire me. I love old victorian cottons and lace, and old antique furniture … not the ornate stuff you’d find ‘upstairs’ but more the simple furniture you’d find ‘downstairs.’ I recently bought an old milking stool from a market in London which is fine, except I had to carry it all the way home to Hertfordshire on packed public transport! The things we do for love ….

 

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What are your top bookmarked blogs?

 

Dottie Angel ‑ Dottie leads a wonderfully crafty life, she has gorgeous doggies and I love her sense of style.

Mrs Carlie Lee ‑ Diary of a country house wife.  I love Carlie’s writing style, her tales of adventurous dog walks always make for a rich and entertaining read.

Poppy loves – Poppy is a good friend of mine and her lovely vibrant blog is the only thing that has me pining for my old city life.

 

What is your must‑have item from Laura Ashley?

 

Blankets. I love Laura Ashley blankets … and on more than one occasion hubby has bought me one for Christmas, which is always received with a * only dogs can hear * squeal of delight. I’ve also been looking longingly at the beautiful Torrington rug for quite some time now … it’s green, floral and just so pretty! and my birthday’s coming up …. : )

 

Don’t forget to bookmark A Handmade Cottage for your next DIY project! What would you like to see Jodie write about next?

July 10th 2014
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SPRUCE UP YOUR DESK WITH KATE

We invited blogger Kate to give us some tips into making a work space more inviting…

A new season always calls for a good clean, and there’s nothing like getting your desk space in order to get you back into the working mode. With this in mind and with a new move under her belt, we invited blogger Kate from Gh0stparties to show us how to spruce up our desks for summer…

 

Having a clutter-free workspace is something I’ve always dreamed of having; a crisp white desk, minimal details and pops of colour to brighten the room.

 

My desk area was quite boring at first, and it didn’t get my creativity flowing until I added in some small essentials to freshen up the area. I started by choosing a lamp that would slot in nicely, something that stood out without taking up loads of room – I went for the Laura Ashley Pineapple Lamp, a statement piece that worked with my light colour scheme and also channelled my love for the exotic fruit. The lamp looks very elegant, but also has a playful vibe – so it’s the perfect item to fill my workspace.

 

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Pineapple Lamp | Linen Candle 

 

I added in a candle next to it, the Laura Ashley Fresh Linen and Jasmine candle, there’s just something so calming about having a candle lit whilst I work.

 

Sticking to the decluttered theme, I chose a chic Heart Trinket Tray to stash all my bits and bobs while I work. It holds anything from jewellery to paper clips and even SD cards so it’s a desk side must have for me.

 

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Heart Embossed Trinket Tray | Linen Candle 

 

Another fresh yet minimal addition is the Globe, which serves more as an ornament than something I consult on a daily basis. It works with the subtle colour scheme but also adds character to my workspace; everyone who goes by my desk can’t help but point out their love for this cool addition.

 

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Linen Candle | Small Globe | Milk Bottle Vase

 

Finally, to really finish off the area I added in bursts of colour; white, creams and taupes can make a desk area look washed out, so it’s important to bring in colours and textures where possible.

 

I chose a couple of roses held in this pretty Milk Bottle and then added in some bright stationery which is as useful as it is pretty.

 

With just a handful of perfect pieces I’ve really freshened up my workspace - it’s the ideal place to work and I have captured this bright but eye-catching theme.

 

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Thanks to Kate for her top tips! How do you de-clutter your desk and make it more inviting?

July 4th 2014
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£5000 CONSERVATORY MAKE-OVER: THE WINNER

Take a peek at the winning £5,000 conservatory make-over…

Last February we launched a competition with Thomas Sanderson and Daro whereby a lucky entrant could win an amazing £5,000 conservatory make-over. We were overwhelmed with how many of you wanted to win; we received over 20,000 entries in total! The lucky winner was chosen at random and was Mr and Mrs Newton from West Sussex. The pair were absolutely delighted. Congratulations!

 

The happy couple very kindly let us take some photos of their newly decorated conservatory for you to swoon over. Take a peek at the finished results below…

 

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Daro Rattan furniture

 

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 Thomas Sanderson Duette® Conservatory Blinds

 

Mr and Mrs Newton won £5,000 worth of vouchers to re-decorate their conservatory. £2,500 of them were used on Thomas Sanderson conservatory blinds from the exclusive Laura Ashley range, £2,000 on Daro Rattan furniture from the Laura Ashley range and £500 on Laura Ashley accessories for those finishing touches!

 

 

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The makeover began with fitting the beautiful Thomas Sanderston conservatory window blinds. Mrs Newton chose the Cobblestone fabric from the Laura Ashley pleated collection, and decided to have the brand new Laura Ashley Duette® blinds in the roof in Cobblestone to match! The blinds are both beautiful and practical, with fabric technology that reduces heat intake in the summer whilst retaining the warmth in the winter to create a conservatory Mr and Mrs Newton could enjoy all year round!

 

These were then complemented with the stunning Arley furniture collection from Daro with the Millwood Camomile fabric, which gave the conservatory a beautiful palette of creams and yellows. The finishing touches to transform the conservatory were made with stylish Laura Ashley accessories….

 

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Laura Ashley Finishing Touches

 

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Mr and Mrs Newton quoted “We were delighted to win the Laura Ashley conservatory competition, the conservatory blinds have transformed the room, and the furniture and accessories are simply stunning”. They then went on to say “We have used our conservatory more in the last 2 months than we did in the previous 3 years”.

 

We were so pleased to hear Mr and Mrs Newton were so happy with their makeover and loved seeing the transformation!

 

Do you like their new conservatory? How would you redecorate yours? Fancy replicating this look for your own space? Step this way…

 

 

July 3rd 2014
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THE PRINT WITH A PAST: SUMMER PALACE

We reveal the inspiration behind one of our most popular prints, Summer Palace…

Introducing the ever-popular Summer Palace! As one of the most loved prints at Laura Ashley, we thought it was about time to share with you a little bit about its past…

 

We first launched Summer Palace in 1988 as a home furnishing fabric, and to this day it has been recoloured approximately seven times! This outdoorsy print has been so popular that it has even inspired another range, Elveden, which has also proved increasingly popular.

 

In the home decoration catalogue where the summer palace print first appeared the inspiration behind it is made clear: “The advent of the summer sun would herald the annual retreat of the Chinese emperors to their summer palaces. There they would delight in the fresh, clean air, sweet-scented flowers and sonorous songbirds of the surrounding countryside.”

 

Perfect for the warmer months, this beautiful print is ideal for spring / summer, and has now made its way onto our wallpaper, mugs, cushions and even on to some of our fashion!

 

Archivist Holly explains…

 

“Summer Palace was inspired by a large Edwardian chintz curtain and chair cover that we’ve had in the archive since the 1990s, where it was purchased from Christie’s auction house. The pieces feature a Chinese style tree of life design and were decorated with nightingales and butterflies upon the branches. The ornate flowers are bright crimson, jade and emperor blue on a glazed fabric. Laura Ashley first launched Summer Palace in 1988 as a home furnishings fabric. In 2005, it was relaunched as a wallpaper and was a wonderful success, later inspiring our popular Elveden design too.”

 

Summer Palace Past…

 

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Original Edwardian chintz curtain and chair cover

 

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In house artwork alongside original piece

 

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In house artwork inspired by the piece

 

Summer Palace for Autumn / Winter…

 

Moving with the times, we have used our iconic archive print in our new Country Elegance collection, adding tones of cranberry to create a cosy atmosphere in any space. This collection is a classic example of British design, ideal for showing off one of our favourite prints.

 

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Our picks of the print…

 

Fancy getting your hands on some Summer Palace goodies? Take a peek at our picks of the print….

 

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Cardigan / Makeup Bag / Duck Egg Cushion / Mug / Scarf / Canvas

 

What do you think of our Summer Palace print? How would you like to see it reworked? What other prints would you like to hear some history about?

July 1st 2014
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READING LIST: INSPIRING INTERIOR TITLES

Penned by our book-marked bloggers, brush up on your interior know-how with our guide of new releases…

Opening up a world of inspiring ideas and bursting with expert advise, the Laura Ashley bookshelf is home to some of the most eagerly anticipated interior reads of the year. Penned by a number of our most trusty book-marked bloggers, who really are at the forefront of the interiors world, we take a peek into what you can expect from these online trend-setters…

 

The Cut Flower Patch by Louise Curley 

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There’s nothing more rewarding than growing your own flowers and filling your home with beautiful blooms. Taking us on a wonderful journey of flower patch growing, Louise (the well known blogger behind Welly Woman) talks us through the step-by step approach on creating your own patch in an economical and eco-friendly way. Covering everything there is to know from what seeds to sow with tips on maintaining your patch, we simply adore the chapter dedicated to growing your own wedding flowers. A truly inspiring read for any keen gardener or flower lover, Louise’s book shows that with a little love and care – anyone can grown their own blooms.

 

The Cut Flower Patch by Louise Curley, published by Francis Lincoln.

 

Decorate with Flowers by Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring 

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Taking floral arranging to the next level, Holly Becker of interiors blog decor8 and stylist Leslie Shewring have come together in this unique collaboration to showcase their creative flair in floral design. With a host of charming ideas to compliment your interior style, Decorate with Flowers shares all the tricks of the trade with step-by-step projects and crafting ideas that can easily be re-created at home. An enchanting book that will leave you feeling inspired and ready to explore the art of floral arranging.

 

Decorate with Flowers by Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring, published by Jacqui Small.

 

Craft Show & Tell by Torie Jayne 

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Stepping into the wonderful world of crafting, we join the inspiring Torie Jayne on a tour of her fabulous crafting room as she retells the story of how her make & do hobby transformed into a functioning business. Delivering top notch advice and taking a peek at the inspiring profiles of some of the world’s most successful crafters, let Torie guide you through the first steps in taking your love of crafting to the next level. From organising your work space to understanding the basics of good photography, Torie reveals all there is to know with her expert tips and tricks.

 

Craft, Show and Sell by Torie Jayne, photography by Sussie Bell, published by Search Press.

 

Design Bloggers at Home by Ellie Tennant 

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Taking a rare peek inside the homes of some of the world’s well known interior bloggers, Ellie Tennant’s first book showcases the inspiring styles and fresh ideas of some of the most beautiful homes we’ve clapped eyes on. From paired back scandi style to embracing the sunny hues of California, we join Ellie as she meets the faces behind their online persona for a tour of their humble abode. Feeling inspired? With a whole chapter dishing out the need-to-know advice on setting up your own blog, Design Bloggers at Home shows just how far the digital world has gone on to revolutionise the interior world.

 

Design bloggers at home by Ellie Tennant, photography by Rachel Whiting, published by Ryland Peters and Small.

 

Outdoor Living by Selina Lake 

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Transforming your outdoor living space couldn’t be easier with Selina Lake’s whimsical guide to decorating. Whether you’re dining alfresco or relaxing with friends, sprucing up outside area for entertaining or lounging is made simple with Selina’s practical suggestions and awe-inspiring ideas. Serving up a number of enchanting crafting projects, including how to hand-craft a floor cushion to even fashioning a picnic hamper from an old suitcase, now’s the time to read up on how overhaul your garden or balcony just in time for summer.

 

Outdoor Living by Selina Lake, photography by Debi Treloar, published by Ryland Peters and Small.

 

Which interior books will you be adding to your reading list? Not to be missed is Will from Bright Bazarr’s book, read here for an exclusive interview we did with the man himself.

June 25th 2014
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REFRESH YOUR HOME FOR SUMMER

Spruce up your home for summer with our top tips + tricks…

Now that summer is well underway, we thought it was about time we shared our top tips for refreshing your interior for the warmer months. A few simple changes can really transform your space for summer, making it feel fresh and brand new…

 

Living Room

 

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Lighten up your lounge by putting your heavy rug into storage and replacing it with a lighter one. Change your colour scheme from maroon and navy to fresher colours; simply changing a throw on a sofa or adding a summery cushion in a light colour can really make the world of difference. You can quickly refresh your lounge by purchasing a new lampshade for your table and floor lamps; simply select a lampshade in a colour that will emit more light. Adding wicker furniture is another way to make your living space feel more natural and summery.

 

Bedroom

 

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Add a large mirror to your bedroom, this can add a huge amount of light to your room by reflecting the sun. This is by no means confined to the this room, and can really help make any room feel bigger. Changing your bedlinen in a must, invest in a new floral duvet set reminiscent of the summer and brand new bedsheets. Rearrange your bedroom furniture to make use of the of the light; you may want to move your bed closer to the window to really take advantage of the sunshine.

 

Kitchen

 

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Bring the outdoors in with your kitchen space by decorating it with garden-inspired elements such as gardening tools, seashells and indoor plants. Fresh flowers for the kitchen is a must, and colourful blooms are always within reach in the warmer months! Play with different sized vases and experiment with storing your flowers in quirky accessories such as glass bottles. If you fancy a total re-haul, why not paint your kitchen in summer hues? If you don’t fancy going that far, invest in a few new tea-towls and kitchen accessories in bright colours. Clutter is a no-no for summer, make sure you clean up your kitchen cabinets to keep your interior looking fresh.

 

Bathroom

 

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Make sure you trade your hand soap and bathroom scent for a fruiter variety, this creates a real summertime ambience that can completely transform a home. The bathroom is often a place that gets overlooked when it comes to artwork; why not add a landscape picture of the seaside to invite the outdoors in, or add a bowl of seashells to the room?

 

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 Wicker Magazine Rack / Constellation Mirror / Summer Meadow Canvas / Clear Glass Vase / Aviary Garden Cushion / Set of Three Bud Vases / Summer Meadow Fragrance Set

 

We hope you enjoyed our tips and tricks for sprucing up your home for summer! There are plenty of other ways to update your decor for the warmer months which apply to the whole house; why not change your colour scheme to yellows or pastel hues? Plus, a good clean for the summer is a must to get your home feeling all new again!

 

Do you have any tips for refreshing your interior for summer? Please share….