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August 27th 2014
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A PAMPERING TREAT FOR YOU: FREE GIFT WHEN YOU SPEND £75* OR MORE

Receive a free pampering gift set when you spend £75* or more in-store on Thursday 28th…

Save the date! As part of our new season launch and to say a little thank you to our loyal customers, we are delighted to offer you a pampering treat. Simply pop into any Laura Ashley store on Thursday evening and not only will you receive one of our hand wash and lotion gift sets for free if you spend £75*, you will also receive 10% off on the night! Whether you’re looking to refresh your home interiors or invest in your new season wardrobe, now is the time to indulge…

 

 

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Rhubarb and Vanilla Gift Set / Fresh Linen and Jasmine Gift Set / Citrus Blossom and Nectarine Gift Set

 

Taking pride of place in your bathroom, offer a warm welcome into your abode with our three pampering gift sets. Capturing three of Laura Ashley’s quintessential fragrances, take your pick from the fresh and delicate scent of the Fresh Linen & Jasmine, the sweet and tempting allure of the Rhubarb and Vanilla or the warm zesty notes in the Citrus and Nectarine Blossom. All wrapped up in our luxurious gift wrap, each set contains a moisture rich hand wash and lotion to both soften and soothe. A wonderful gift for a loved one or friend.. or even for yourself!

 

We hope you enjoy your pampering treat and discount, be sure to tweet us at @LauraAshleyUK and tell us which scent you picked!

 

Terms and Conditions: When you spend £75* or more in our UK and ROI Laura Ashley stores and concessions (not available online) you will be able to pick one free gift set of your choosing, whilst stocks last. We recommend hot-footing it down to your local Laura Ashley store earlier rather than later to avoid disappointment. The free gift offer will run on Thursday the 28th of August 2014 between the hours of 5-9pm during our new season launch evening. To find out where your nearest store is please check here. Customers will receive an extra 10% off everything on the night, on top of existing offers.

August 26th 2014
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BRIGHT BUYS: LIGHTING GUIDE

Light up your home with our guide to all things bright…

Choosing the lighting for your home can be a daunting task, but one that should be taken with careful consideration. An essential part of your home decor, choosing the perfect lighting will enhance your space with little effort. Instantly improving or changing the atmosphere of  your home, lighting is also a great way to highlight key interior features. Brightening up your home couldn’t be easier with our helpful guide, putting the spotlight on everything you need to know..

 

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Lighting Schemes

 

Whether you’re looking to create a cosy setting or the illusion of a brighter living space, each room will require different types of lighting to achieve a particular mood or atmosphere. Layering a mixture of lighting styles in your space will add depth and texture to your home, the three different styles to consider are…

 

- Ambient lighting is the most general form, mimicking the effects of natural light. It creates a relaxing setting, radiating enough light to fill the room without being too specific.

 

- Task lighting provides a bright fixed positioning of light, helping you perform certain duties such as reading, cooking or studying.

 

- Accent lighting is used to highlight an interior feature such as statement artwork or attractive fireplace, mostly through the use of wall mounted light fixtures or spotlights.

 

Room Schemes

 

With every room that you decorate each will have different lighting needs that call on different shapes and styles to both compliment and brighten your home. With comfort, style and functionality being our top priorities, lets discuss what lighting will be needed where:

 

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- A living room is where the family come together to spend quality time, from watching films to playing board games, the room will need a layering system of lighting. The main focal point of lighting will be a ceiling light to project practical everyday illumination, whether you opt for a stylish pendant light or add a dramatic statement with a chandelier, don’t be afraid to branch out with your lighting fixtures to work with your decor tastes. Task lighting is not to be overlooked, for reading purposes choose floor lamps that can add focus lighting, however make sure to weigh up the size and shape in consideration to the room.

 

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- Spotlights are the ideal option for the kitchen, they offer a bright focus on work surface areas. In the dining room, have a play around with low rise pendants hanging over the table. Keep the lighting focus on the table, however create a soft back drop in the room with subtle wall lighting.

 

- Create a warm and welcoming atmosphere in your hallway with a statement pendant piece for general lighting, then layer a lower level of lighting with table lamps. If your hallway is narrow then wall lights are the ideal space-saving option, reflect the light with mirrors and give the illusion of  a bigger space.

 

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- Bedside lighting should be your first consideration for the bedroom, choose a stylish option to dress the room, mixing and matching shades and bases to create your own unique look. Also make sure that the light is no higher than your eye level and pick the same lamps on either side of the bed to create a symmetrical look. For a central lighting, choose a ceiling light with a dimmer switch to create a warm glow come evening.

 

Lighting Trends and Tips

 

Brush up your lighting know-how with our expert advice from the Laura Ashley lighting buyer Shona:

 

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- Ceramics are a big trend for the next season, our Hascombe Artichoke Lamp base is an interesting yet classic shape, that can be used with a natural shade or something a little more fun with our made to order drum shade in Thistlewood Truffle, as seen above.

 

-  This season we have added more lighting accessories to the Laura Ashley range, such as the rose gold Chantilly faceted stacked glass flex. Our ceiling fixture Sienna gives an elegant touch to a home that may no longer have original period features and also provides a sophisticated edge to any standard ceiling pendants.

 

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- Our decorative Ockley glass pendant offers a more contemporary feel for a bespoke look. As seen in the trends for A/W14, by hanging the glass lights low over your dining tables it will create a fresh modern look and cosy atmosphere. Don’t be afraid to hang the Ockley in multiples for a statement cluster of lights!

 

- One of our best selling lights, our Marina Jar lamp invites you to store your favourite treasures inside and add lots of your character to your interior.

 

- Embrace the autumnal hues this season by updating your home with our extensive shade collection, for a pop of colour both apple and cyclamen are these seasons big hits! For a more unique look, our Made-To-Order handmade shade collection features a variety of shapes and sizes, available in over 100 fabrics.

 

For more information on bulb types and our nifty energy saving tips, read the Laura Ashley website lighting guide here.

 

Browse the extensive range of Laura Ashley lighting here.

August 22nd 2014
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BAKE WITH LIV: MINI VICTORIA SPONGE CAKES

Bringing to the table her GBBO inspired star bake, Olivia shares her spin on the traditional Victoria Sponge cake…

Inspired by the Great British Bake Off, (we’re smitten with Norman) this bank holiday we’re planning on baking up a storm! What better place to start than a classic Victoria sponge? A scrumptious crowd pleaser with fresh whipped cream and strawberries, it pairs perfectly with a cup of tea come afternoon.

 

Putting a spin on the traditional recipe, the wonderful Olivia (blogger at What Olivia Did) is here to kindly share her recipe for mini victoria sponge cupcakes. Perfect for a tea party or a tempting treat, they are (almost) too pretty to eat…

 

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Ingredients 

 

For the cake:

 

- 100g self raising flour

- 1 pinch of baking powder

- 100g unsalted butter at room temperature

- 100g caster sugar

- 2 eggs

- strawberry jam

- big cupcake/muffin cases

 

For the topping:

 

- 300ml double cream

- 2 1/2 tablespoons caster sugar

- chopped strawberries

- icing sugar

 

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Method:

 

1. Before you start, pop your oven on 180 degrees (fan assisted) and get going!

 

2. Crack the eggs into your bowl, and add the flour, sugar, baking powder and butter into a bowl and mix until light, fluffy and well combined. Be careful not to over mix though- just until combined is usually best, or until the mix easily drops off of a spoon.

 

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3. Prepare your cupcake cases in a baking tray, and spoon a tablespoon of cake mix into each case. Follow by a teaspoon of jam (or a wee bit less) and then follow with a final spoon of cake mix to cover the jam, like a sandwich.

 

4. Once complete, pop the cakes in the oven for about 20-25 minutes- checking regularly after 20 minutes. Once the cupcakes are golden, and a skewer comes out clean when removed- take your cakes out and leave them to cool completely.

 

5. Whilst the cupcakes are cooling, pour your double cream into a bowl and begin whisking (preferably using an electric mixer, or handheld whisk) until it begins to thicken. Gradually add your tablespoons of sugar until peaks form and the mix becomes thick and a little durable.

 

6. Once the cakes have cooled- pipe, spread or spoon your whipped cream onto the top of each cake (I piped them using a simple kit from the supermarket) and then chop your strawberries to go on top of that. Finish with a sprinkling of icing sugar- and enjoy!

 

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How delicious do Olivia’s mini victoria sponge cakes look? We could certainly polish off one (or three) with a cup of tea! Hand’s up who thinks Olivia should enter next years GBBO – we think she would definitely score a star bake. Keep up to date with her latest recipes on her blog What Olivia Did and keep an eye on her twitter and the hashtag #bakewithliv for an exciting competition that will be happening over the weekend…

 

Why not try your hand at creating your own strawberry jam with our tried and tested recipe here.

 

Browse the NEW Laura Ashley range of bakeware here.

August 19th 2014
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MAKELIGHT’S SURPRISE INDOOR PICNIC

Keep the spirit of summer alive with Emily’s surprise indoor picnic…

Come rain or shine, August for us is the month of picnics galore. There is nothing quite like sitting down with family and friends to a delicious spread of home made sarnies, cakes and nibbles in the great outdoors. Alas, faced with the unpredictable Blighty weather, blogger Emily (Makelight) took matters into her own hands and created the perfect indoor picnic with her children, sharing with us her snaps and ideas, let’s tuck in to her scrummy feast…

 

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The school Summer holidays are whizzing by and although we have been blessed with so many beautiful days full of sunshine this week has been a little unpredictable. My plans for a fun afternoon picnic in our new garden weren’t looking good to I had another idea instead…

 

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Kubu Picnic Hamper / Sophie Check Blanket / Vintage Bottle Caddy 

 

While the children were eating their dinner I sneaked upstairs and created a little indoor garden with faux flowers, fairy lights and paper decorations. I laid out a mini picnic with this adorable Kubu picnic hamper and soft, cosy check blanket. The pretty plates, cups and napkins provided a perfect summery feel and the vintage style bottle caddy was perfect for filling with summer drinks and more flowers. I added some of our favourite biscuits with mini cakes and called the children upstairs. They were so excited to find the surprise picnic in my daughter’s bedroom. “Wow our very own surprise party!”

 

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Mayflower Paper Plates / May Flower Paper Cups / May Flower Napkins

 

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May Flower Storage Tubs

 

The children and I all really love these gorgeous flower storage tubs.

 

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The summer holidays can often feel like they are going to last forever and it can be hard to think of new and exciting things to do each day, especially if it starts raining. This surprise indoor picnic was easy to put together but made four children very happy and added some more happy memories to their summer!

 

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What a wonderful way to keep the summer spirit alive in the miserable weather, who will be taking inspiration from Emily’s indoor picnic?

Don’t forget to bookmark Emily’s blog Makelight to keep up to date with her latest adventures.

 

Find all of Emily’s picnic pieces in-store now.

View our kid’s range here.

August 18th 2014
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WIN A £5,000 ROOM MAKEOVER

You could win a £5,000 room makeover thanks to our partners Thomas Sanderson…

 

With the summer coming to an end, our thoughts turn to redecorating our homes for the colder months, and we’re giving one lucky winner the chance to do just that! Transform your favourite room into a stylish and luxurious living space with our room makeover competition brought to you by our partners Thomas Sanderson…

 

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To be in with a chance of winning, simply follow the link HERE and fill in your details (terms and conditions apply). The winner will receive £2,500 worth of stunning window shutters from Thomas Sanderson’s exclusive Laura Ashley collection, £2000 worth of luxurious carpet from Brintons Laura Ashley range and a £500 Laura Ashley gift card to spend on some of our fabulous accessories. PLUS all entrants will receive a £250 Thomas Sanderson discount voucher on a minimum spend of £1,000.

 

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The Thomas Sanderson Laura Ashley collection features an exquisite range of bespoke handcrafted window shutters made in the UK guaranteed to compliment your newly decorated room, and the Brintons Laura Ashley collection features stunning soft and welcoming carpets of 80% wool and 20% nylon to finish your room in style.

 

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The competition will run for 4 weeks from 18th August to 15th September. Closing date is Monday 15th September 2014 and we’ll publish the winner’s before and after shots in the blog! Good luck!

Terms and conditions apply 

August 15th 2014
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PART 2, TIPS FROM THE EXPERT: INTERIOR DESIGNER GEORGINA

Interior designer Georgina shares her decor solutions for all your interior conundrums…

Following on from our last installment of decor tips from the expert (you can read part one here), our resident interior designer Georgina is once again here to share her decor solutions for the many questions that arise when redecorating your new home or refreshing your space…

 

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How do I divide an open plan room?

 
A open plan layout has become a preference for everyday living, however people often have issues with defining the separate areas. You can literally create a division in the room by using a statement screen or glass partition, or even an open bookcase positioned between two areas is equally effective for creative this division. This is quite useful if space is limited as it creates a wall where you can display books, vases and other decorative ornaments. If you want to maintain the open space look, opt for a more subtle divide. A corner or chaise end sofa with a console table on the reverse side is a popular option today. Finally, utilise rugs to divide the spaces and create intimate areas.

 

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How do you bring all the ‘finishing touches’ together?

 
Firstly, I would recommend designing the whole project together, by incorporating the minor details, right down to the tableware from the beginning. People have great intentions to finish the house ‘later’ but never get round to doing it. The cushions and accessories are just as important, as they can be a powerful tool to deliver the colour/fine detail in the room.

 

Bedroom

How should I dress the bed?

 
Magazines and catalogues always showcase the most beautiful and inviting beds and I am always asked how to recreate this. It is simple really- it all about layering. I personally prefer fresh, crisp, white bed linen which then creates a perfect backdrop for layering throws and cushions. I partially roll down the duvet to expose large square pillows at the back, which provide comfort and height. Then arrange your standard pillows in front. I use feather pillows which instantly provide that plump, luxurious look in an elegant Oxford Pillowcase. If you have a super king bed, then make sure you have super king pillows. Small pillows are such a common mistake. Then layer decorative cushions in front of this, in an array of shapes and sizes. Finally, lay one or two bed throws at the foot of the bed to provide both colour and textural interest. It just looks so inviting!

 

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How much should I budget for a new sitting room?

 

We work with a range of different budgets with the Laura Ashley Design Service, and can personally manage this to suit you. Assuming you are starting from scratch, I would budget for about £5,000 (obviously totally dependant on the size of the room and standard of finish) which for a standard sized room would include furniture, paint, curtains and accessories.

 

How long does it normally take for a project to be complete?

 

The design service involves an initial consultation where we pull together a scheme with our client. Following this, you will receive an inspirational mood board and full estimate for the works. On ordering, the approximate lead time for all the works to be complete is about 8-10 weeks (which is based on the longest lead time; made to order furniture).

 

We hope you found Georgina’s expert advice useful, as part of our Design Service she works wonders transforming houses all around the country. Keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook page for an exciting project we will be hosting with Georgina…

 

For more details on the Laura Ashley Design Service click here.

 

August 14th 2014
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MAKE YOUR OWN JAM WITH WE MADE THIS HOME

We invited Laura from We Made This Home to show us how to make your very own fruity jam…

As you will know we love a good recipe here at the Laura Ashley HQ, especially those quintessentially English ones. On scones, toast or even adding to your yogurt for breakfast, there’s nothing we like quite as much as a good homemade British jam. So much so that we invited Laura from We Made This Home to give us her take on the classic strawberry preserve. If that wasn’t enough, there’s even a downloadable recipe and jam labels in it for you too!

 

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Ceramic Storage Jar | Lidded Glass Cake Stand

 

You can’t quite beat a dollop of homemade jam on freshly baked scones. Nanna has always made her own jam, often using plums from her garden and sending us home with jars at a time, so I thought it was about time I gave jamming a go and to my surprise it was so very simple. The sweet aroma that fills the kitchen as the fruits soften and the sugar melts away is truly scrumptious.

 

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Duck Egg Mixing Jug | Pair of Tea Towels

 

Ingredients

 
1kg of fresh strawberries

Juice of one lemon

1kg of Jam sugar

 

Step 1

 
First things first, sterilise your jam jars and their lids, for this recipe you will need approximatly 4 jars. Wash them in hot soapy water, rinse well and pop them in a pre heated oven (130º) until they have dried out

 

Step 2

 

Wash and hull your strawberries, chopping the larger ones in half

 

Step 3

 

Pop the strawberries in a large pan, add the juice of one lemon and set to a low heat, after a minute or so when the fruit starts to soften add the the jam sugar. Turn up the heat, bring to a rolling boil and keep stirring for 5-6 minutes

 

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Step 4

 

Leave the jam to rest for 10 minutes before adding it to your sterilised jars, this will allow the fruit to distribute itself evenly

 

Enjoy on freshly baked scones or a thick slice of toast. it really is simply delicious.

 

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Download these Homemade Jam Labels to add to your jam jar! Perfect for little gifts.

 

 

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Download this Homemade Jam Recipe and pin it to your fridge!

 

Many thanks to Laura for sharing this simple yet yummy recipe with us! We’d love to know the different ways you use jam. We’ve heard it’s a great glaze for a main course!

 

August 13th 2014
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MONTHLY BLOGGER CRUSH : AUGUST

Introducing Rock My Style, the lifestyle blog that offers a daily dose of all things stylish…

Now that the month of August is in full swing, it’s now time to reveal our blogger crush of the month. As devoted readers of Rock My Wedding, one of the UK’s biggest wedding blogs we were delighted to stumble across their lifestyle sister blog Rock My Style. Taking us on a whirlwind journey of interiors, style and good food, without further ado let’s jump into our August blogger crush…

 

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Penned by a wonderful team of dedicated ladies, Rock My Style is our one-stop-shop for expert advice and tips on everything from interiors to fashion, with a good measure of delicious recipes and travel guides in-between. With fresh innovative content and pin-worthy photography, RMS is our daily dose of all things lifestyle. Covering the latest trends and discoveries, not to mention their cracking DIY section, RMS also touches on personal everyday life. From being a mama to taking the next step in your career, editor Miranda and her team have fast become our trusted internet pals with their personal recommendations and thoughts – RMS delivers well written and discussed topics in a refreshing personal tone. Also, did we mention they have a mouth-watering recipe for sweet & spicy popcorn.. need we say more?

 

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Talking to the leading lady herself, we sit down with editor Miranda to hear all things RMS….

 

How did Rock My Style come about?

 

Rock My Style is the sister blog to Rock My Wedding, the hugely successful UK wedding blog. Rock My Wedding has 200K regular readers, but the readership, although loyal, is essentially transitional and so it made perfect sense to create a site covering areas of long-term interest such as beauty, fashion, food, interiors, DIY, motherhood and wellbeing for our community. Rock My Style is the next chapter, if you like.

 

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What’s your favourite part about running the blog?

 

I love the immediacy of working online, both the speed with which a feature can go from idea to published post and the feedback from readers. I’m very proud of the fact that we’ve created a really positive community who are very generous in sharing their thoughts and recommendations.

 

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What inspires you to write?

 

The places I go, the things I do and the people I meet along the way. Since I started working on the blog I’ve found myself saying yes to things thinking, “Ooh, that could make a good blog post.” There are four of us working on Rock My Style, living in different parts of the country, but we get together as often as possible to plan future posts and shoot images to go alongside them. Blogging can be quite solitary and so I really look forward to the days when we get together, which always leave me feeling thoroughly inspired.

 

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What are your bookmarked blogs?

Just Opened London – for keeping up to date with the latest restaurants and bar openings in London.

Sincerely Jules – for outfit inspiration and a dose of Californian sun.

- Deliciously Ella - for healthy eating ideas.

- Beach Tomato - for travel escapism.

 

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What’s your must have item from Laura Ashley?

 

There’s nothing I love more at the end of a long day than a soak in the tub and so I love the delicately scented bath products, and the candles, to give as gifts and to light and fragrance my own home.

 

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Citrus Blossom and Nectarine Box Candle / Rhubarb and Vanilla Gift Set  / Citrus Blossom Hand Wash and Lotion Gift Set Mulberry & Damask Rose Boxed Candle 

 

Be sure to bookmark Rock My Style – we promise you’ll be in for a treat!

August 12th 2014
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WIN: LITTLE DESIGNERS BED LINEN COMPETITION

We’re giving you the chance to design a new range of kids bedlinen…

School’s out! With the summer holidays in full swing, we thought it was about time we introduced a fun competition to celebrate! We’re giving the little ones the chance to create a range of kids bedlinen for us that could be sold on the Laura Ashley website, plus a £250 voucher to spend on anything you like in store.

 

You don’t have to be a graphic designer or artist, just be creative! What would your children like to see on their covers? What do you think would make them smile? What’s never been done before? Work with your kids and get them to create their very own favourite bedlinen set…

 

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William Bedset

 

We’re looking for something different and creative but that ultimately fits in with the Laura Ashley brand. This is your chance to get creative with the kids during the holidays and really get your thinking cap on! Have you always wanted to try your hand at design? Do you think your kid is the next big designer in the making? Now’s the chance to show those skills!

 

We’re looking for two designs and will pick two winners – a range designed for ages 12 and under and another for ages 6 and under. Each should be designed by the children themselves – but of course can have a helping hand from mum or dad.

 

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Weymouth Flag Bedset

 

TO ENTER:

 

All you need to do is download this PDF kids bedlinen outline and incorporate your child’s design into it, whether it be hand drawn, painted, or sketched. However you like! Then scan it in or snap a picture of it and send it to Social.Media@Lauraashley.com. Please also sign the accompanied terms. Otherwise, you can send it to:

 

Laura Ashley

Social Media Department

Design Centre

27 Bagleys Lane

London

SW6 2QA

 

You will need to include your name, your child’s  name, and whether or not you are entering for the range 12 and under or 6 and under. You may also include any additional information about the design you deem appropriate.

 

We’re on the hunt for something fun and different – that children will love. Two winners will be chosen from a panel of expert judges and notified shortly after the closing date.

 

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Songbird Bedset 

 

Terms and Conditions apply.

 

 Good luck!

August 11th 2014
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MAKE & DO: CREATE A DISTRESSED WALLPAPER CABINET

Blogger Jodie gets creative with our wallpaper and paint to create a distressed cabinet…

We’re forever searching for creative ways to use our wallpaper, from creating a focus wall, to framing a piece, we love thinking of new fun ways to use the material. That being said, there’s nothing we like more than a good old fashioned up-cycle, so our thoughts turned to how to incorporate wallpaper in a new DIY project. With our creative hats on, we invited crafty blogger A Handmade Cottage to give us a step-by-step guide on how to create a distressed wallpapered cabinet…

 

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This weekend I took on a rather large up cycling project, with the help of the lovely Laura Ashley. I transformed my very dark corner cabinet into light one, using their pretty paints and wallpapers. My little victorian cottage can be rather dark at times, so transforming dark furniture is a great way brighten and create the illusion of space.

 

What you will need:

 

3 contrasting pieces of Laura Ashley wallpaper
Undercoat / primer in white
Laura Ashley Cotton White Paint
Clear Soft Wax
Fine Sandpaper
Masking Tape
PVA glue (in matt)
Paint Brush
Lint‑Free Cloth

 

Step 1:

 

Remove hinges and door knobs. (I know, it’s time consuming but it’s worth it.)

 

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Step 2:

 

Sand the furniture lightly ‑ don’t strip it completely, just give it light sand to help the paint stick.

 

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Step 3:

 

Apply a coat of primer. Once the first coat is completely dry give any lumps and bumps a light sanding. If your furniture is dark you may need to apply another coat.

 

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Step 4:

 

Once the primer is dry, apply your first top coat. Give another light sanding in between to ensure a smooth finish. Then apply the second coat (and a third if necessary).

 

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Step 5:

 

Once the paint is completely dry it’s time to distress! You can use sandpaper alone or a blunt knife … there are tools designed especially for this but a knife works perfectly well.
Take hold of both ends and scrap along all the edge until you have the desired effect, then sand. I find the sandpaper alone works better on the smaller / detailed areas, while the knife / sandpaper work better on the edges.

 

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Step 6:

 

Once you’ve finished distressing give it a good dust off, and apply your wax with a soft lint free cloth. Rub it into the grain then once dry, give it a good buff.

 

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Step 7:

 

The wallpaper is the tricky part. First measure the width and length you need to cover …

 

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Step 8:

 

Then ensuring your wallpaper edge is straight to begin with, measure your wallpaper and put a mark on each edge where it needs to be cut, then fold the edge, making sure it’s straight and cut to size.

 

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Step 9:

 

Once you’ve cut out all your pieces of wallpaper make sure they all fit into the space, and make any nessesary adjustments.
Put to one side and apply your first coat of PVA glue. Having another person on hand at this point will be helpful. My mum and I applied the glue together as it dried quickly. When you’re ready to lay the paper ‑ I suggest one person holds one end, while the other person lines up the other end with one edge, then gradually lay it down lightly. Once it’s in don’t press down…

 

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Step 10:

 

Take a clean, dry cloth or tea towel and smooth out the paper from the CENTRE outwards. Do one side, then the next. If you get creases or bubbles don’t panic, you won’t even notice them and many bubbles disappear overnight. Once the wallpaper is up, then brush on a thin, even layer of PVA glue on TOP of the wallpaper.

 

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Step 11:
Give the hinges one thick coat of top coat or two thin coats. Once dry, sand‑paper the paint off all of the edges, and gently bring out the detail. I also dabbed a little paint on the top of each screw, making sure I could still get the screwdriver in.

 

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Step 12:

 

Once completely dry screw all hinges back in place.

 

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Finally:

 

Stand back and admire your hard work! Adding fairy lights inside gives the whole cabinet a sparkle. These are micro LED lights in warm white. Tada!

 

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Finished with fairy lights

 

We love this creative way to use wallpaper, especially with the finishing touch of LED lights! Can you think of any creative ways to use the material? Do let us know…

 

Browse the Laura Ashley range of Wallpaper and Cabinets.