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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….

June 10th 2014
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A LITTLE TREAT FOR YOU: FREE GIFT WHEN YOU SPEND £75* OR MORE

Receive a free luxurious bath foam when you spend £75* or more in-store Wednesday and Thursday…

As a little thank you to our loyal customers we are delighted to offer you a luxurious treat. If you pop into store on Wednesday 11th or Thursday 12th June and spend £75* or more you will receive one of our refreshing summer bath foams for free! With four fragrances to choose from (while stocks last), indulge in a much needed dose of ‘me’ time and create your own spa-like experience in your own home.

 

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Rhubarb & Vanilla Bath FoamBeachcomber Bath Foam / Fresh Linen & Jasmine Bath Foam  / Citrus Blossom Bath Foam

 

Nothing beats a long soak in the bath after a long day to unwind and relax, even more so with the soothing aromas of our bath foams. Taking pride of place in your bathroom, our four scented bath foams will have you feeling revived and de-stressed. Take your pick from the fresh coastal nuances in our Beachcomber fragrance, to the sweet and tempting allure of Rhubarb & Vanilla, least not forgetting the delicate Fresh Linen & Jasmine, or perhaps the warm citrus notes combined in our Citrus Blossom & Nectarine bath foam takes your fancy.

 

We hope you enjoy your pampering treat, 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 Bath Foam 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 from Wednesday the 11th until Thursday the 12th of June 2014, to find out where your nearest store is please check here

May 30th 2014
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MAKING YOUR NEW HOUSE HOMELY

Blogger Rachel Christie gives us some tips into making your new home stylish and cosy…

Just moved home? Fret not! We invited interior writer Rachel Christie from Chalky Paint to give us an insight into making your new home cosy and stylish…

 

With house prices skyrocketing again, it’s no wonder first-time buyers are struggling to get onto the property ladder. More and more of us are now renting while some have managed to scrape together enough pennies to buy a boxy studio flat that needs a small fortune to bring it up to scratch.

 

But, fear not. You can make your home beautiful without altering your landlord’s property and more importantly, without blowing your budget.

 

An oldie but a goodie – lighting is one of the simplest ways to bring warmth and ambience into your home. No one likes a stark white overhead light, so get your hands on some soft filament bulbs for a quirky touch, plenty of fairy lights and the odd table and floor lamp. Plus, you can take your lighting with you to your next home. The Pineapple Champagne table lamp is bound to turn heads.

 

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Oakshaw Truffle Floral WallpaperPineapple Lamp / Horse Lamp / Fairy Lights

 

Get rid of the beige and bring in some colour. If you rent, talk to your landlord, they might be totally cool with you repainting or wallpapering. Otherwise consider using MDF or foam core boards instead for a non-committal way to incorporate paint and paper. On my radar this month is the gorgeous Thistlewood Natural Patterned wallpaper and Pale Charcoal water based paint.

 

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Chalk Pink Paint / Pale Amethyst Paint / Pale Charcoal Paint / Dove Grey Patterned WallpaperOakshaw Truffle Floral Wallpaper / Tolie Topaz Green Patterned Wallpaper / Serena Seaspray/Natural Wallpaper

 

Decorative accessories are what make houses feel like homes, like the pretty Freshwater Bay Natural Cotton cushion and super-cute Dogs doormat. Plus, don’t ignore your door handles, they too can be easily changed for a glamorous instant update – just remember to remove them before you relocate! My pick would be the Frances Pair Of Clear Glass Brass doorknobs for an elegant addition.

 

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Dogs Doormat / Beth White Rectangular Mirror / Dove Grey Patterned Wallpaper / Freshwater Bay Cushion / Dogtooth Wool Cushion

 

So, my advice would be to fill your home – whether you’re there a year or forever – with cosy textiles, warm lighting and quirky objects, for a space you can enjoy and relax in.

 

Don’t forget a fresh bunch of flowers every now and again, too!

 

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Clear Glass Fan Vase

 

Thanks to Rachel for her top tips in making a new house feel homely! How do you spruce up your living space? What makes you feel at home? Let us know…

May 29th 2014
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CREATE THE PERFECT COUNTRY STYLE BATHROOM

Learn how to create the perfect country style bathroom with our top tips…

The bathroom is often an overlooked room in the house when it comes to decoration, but it shouldn’t be neglected. Why not create a calming atmosphere and embrace some country style chic for your bathroom? You don’t have to live in a countryside cottage – this look can be achieved in almost any home, be it a small flat or a house in the city.

We’ve gathered together some top tips to help you bring a little of the countryside into your bathroom…

 

Country Inspired Furniture

 

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Invest wisely in furniture such as the Marlborough range from the Laura Ashley Bathroom Collection designed and produced exclusively for Laura Ashley by UK bathroom experts Roper Rhodes.

 

With its classic good looks and timeless shaker styling Marlborough really is a great starting point for achieving the country look. The details of this design speak for themselves with traditional 5 piece doors and high quality chrome fittings. The range is available in two options – pale solid oak with real wood veneer or a muted cobblestone finish featuring visible hand brushed strokes.

 

Depending on the space you have available and the look you are aiming for, chose from two basin unit options. A compact yet spacious 600mm freestanding unit and or for the ultimate in country charm there is a luxurious 1000mm unit finished with a worktop in honed marble or granite and topped with a vessel basin.

 

Reflect the Light

 

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Experiment and play around with the use of mirrors in your bathroom. Placing a large mirror above the sink will give the illusion of space and maximise natural light. Why not try the coordinating Marlborough illuminated mirror? Not only does it reflect light around the room but it will also open up dark areas. If its additional storage you require, why not opt for the Marlborough mirrored cabinet. With its two internal glass shelves it is a perfect way to de-clutter your bathroom from all those bottles.

 

The Freestanding Roll Top Bath

 

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Pull out all the stops and go for a freestanding bath as the centrepiece to the bathroom. It can really help pull this look together as a country style bathroom is nothing without a beautiful bath.  There are many roll top baths available or why not check out your local reclamation yard to see what original baths they have in stock as they can easily be re-enamelled or repainted to suit your new décor.

 

Bathroom Taps

 

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Traditional style taps are perfect for complementing the Marlborough furniture. Depending on your style, why not take a look at the Clifton and York ranges of brassware from the Laura Ashley Bathroom Collection, both classically elegant designs which are packed with appeal. If you opt for a free standing bath, then the Clifton range has standpipes which can be used with the bath shower mixer.

 

Colour Scheme

 

When it comes to choosing the colour scheme for your bathroom opt for a muted palette of duck egg blues off-set by neutral shades. This will enhance the feeling of space and create a calming, relaxing bathroom with an altogether fresher look. A softly tumbled tiled floor, flagstones or painted floorboards complete the look.

 

Light Up

 

Adding light to your space will instantly change the feel of the room. The Porter wall lights would work really well to give that cool country chic feel to the room and will perfectly frame your basin unit.

 

Finishing Touches

 

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Oval Kubu BasketsWren Sketched Print / Duck Egg Paint / Porter Wall LightBlossom Towels / Illuminated Mirror / Seaspray Pressed Glass Jug /  Beachcomber Body Wash and Body LotionLangham Illuminated Mirror

 

Accessories will add personality and a sense of warmth to your bathroom and give that perfect finishing touch. Why not pile up Indulgence sculptured blossom towels in Kubu wicker baskets and add a Seaspray pressed glass jug, the Wren sketch framed print and Porter wall lights.

 

The Laura Ashley Bathroom Collection is available through selected independent bathroom retailers nationwide. Visit  the Laura Ashley Bathroom Collection to browse the full range or find your nearest stockist.

 

Have you got any tips for creating the perfect country style bathroom? How do you like to style your bathroom? We’d love to know…

May 28th 2014
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TIME FOR TEA: EMILY’S AFTERNOON TEA PARTY

We talk through how to throw the perfect afternoon tea with our top tips..

If you’re looking to plan a summer soiree for a certain occasion, why not throw your very own afternoon tea party? Quite the fancy affair, no one enjoys a tea-party more than us Brits! Dinky finger sandwiches, homemade scones and an array of delicious cakes, an afternoon tea is a scrumptious option that can easily be created in the comfort of your own home. Kindly showcasing snaps from her roaring twenties themed afternoon tea, we take a peek at Buyers Assistant Emily’s delicious spread…

 

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The Basics

 

In our opinion the centre piece of any afternoon tea is a beautifully decorated cake stand. Housing all your delicious cupcakes and dainty sandwiches, the darling Honeysuckle Trail Three Tier Cake Stand is the perfect way to display all of your scrummy cakes. For such an elegant occasion, dust off your finest china crockery and set the table with matching tea-cups and saucers. Why not tap into your crafty side and create table settings for each of your guests? We love the idea of using lace-like doilies to create a vintage theme!

 

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The Spread

 

A typically British afternoon tea is comprises of a layer of petite sandwiches, scones accompanied with a large dollop of cream and jam of your choosing, and finally, a layer of mouthwatering cakes. When it comes to choosing what tasty bites to serve, you can follow the traditional menu of cucumber sandwiches (seriously underrated) with a slice of batternburg; or why not mix up your spread with a modern twist? Treat your guests to teacup filled jellies with ice-cream or chocolate coated strawberries, mmm!

 

A tea party wouldn’t be complete without the nation’s favourite tipple, tea! Entertain your guests with a variety of flavours including Earl Grey, peppermint, camomile and of course, English Breakfast. For a refreshing twist come the summer months, forgo the tea and serve pink lemonade or chilled ice tea in a teapot for a retro touch.

 

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Setting the Scene

 

With the food all prepped, next it’s time to decorate your humble abode for the fancy affair. A neatly pressed table cloth is a must, make sure to choose a colour theme that works well to compliment your tablewear.  A top tip would be to opt for an oil cloth table cover, they are easy to wipe clean and there is no ironing involved (serious brownie points). When it comes to laying the table, nothing beats a fresh bunch of freshly cut blooms in an elegant vase. We love the idea of teacup flower displays (as shown here), why not invite your guests to have a whirl at creating their own? Make & do with afternoon tea sounds right up our street.

 

If you have a particular theme in mind, we recommend having a look on Pinterest and peek at what other fabulous ideas you can bring to the table. Inspired by a mixture of decades, Emily’s vintage themed tea party played host to a number fun decor touches. Softly lit candles created an romantic ambiance, perfectly fitting for the roaring 20′s; whilst the retro bunting was very reminiscent of  the 50′s, all complete with a jazzy 40′s soundtrack with hits from the likes of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.

 

Our top picks for a delightful afternoon tea…

 

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Polka Dot Duck Egg PVC Fabric / Peony String Lights / Domed Cake Stand / Peony Garden Amethyst Teapot / Rose Hill China Cup and Saucer Hydrangea 3 Tier Cake Stand

 

Have you ever thrown your very own afternoon tea party? We would love to know all about it in the comments below!

May 15th 2014
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A HOME FROM HOME: TORIE JAYNE’S GARDEN SPOT

Part one: We join blogger Torie Jayne as she takes us for a tour around her adorable garden…

With the weather set for sunshine this weekend, we can’t wait to finally venture out into the garden and enjoy a spot of alfresco dining. If your garden is in need of sprucing up for summer, take inspiration from the wonderful Torie (blogger at Torie Jayne) garden make-over, as she shows us how to make your outside area a home from home…

 

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Pale Dave Grey Water Paint / Vintage Bottle Caddy / Seagrass Placemats / Polka Dot Duck Egg PVC Fabric / Faceted Tumbler / Domed Cake Stand / Hanging Bird Bath

 

As the sun has come out to play, all my thoughts have turned to getting our garden ship shape. Having moved into our new house in the Devon countryside at the end of the Summer last year, the garden was in such a state after years of neglect but with a little help from Laura Ashley, I now have the perfect spot in my garden to serve pretty cupcakes from.

Over  the past few weeks I have done nothing but weed and tidy our garden, ready to show off my lovely new garden treasures from Laura Ashley.  To be honest, after weeks of weeding, getting stung by nettles and removing half a dozen splinters from my hands, it is the only thing that has kept me going! So this past weekend all my hard work finally came to fruition when I got to style a small area of my garden up.

 

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Seagrass Placemats

 

I wanted to create more of a ‘country feel’ in our new garden, however our old modern looking bistro chairs just weren’t cutting it for me. When a friend of mine said she had a couple of the same chairs spare,  I gave them a couple of coats of paint with my new Dove grey garden paint and now they are perfect to me!

 

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My newly revamped table is the perfect place to serve my pretty homemade cupcakes housed in my new clear acrylic dome cake stand. To give the table a more rustic feel I placed the cake stand on a seagrass place mat and served raspberry lemonade in the faceted acrylic tumblers. I filled the vintage bottle caddy with pretty coloured bottles so when the drinks run out on the table, I don’t have to leave the sun to get more!

 

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Polka Dot Duck Egg PVC Fabric

 

To give my bistro table a softer look I made a lovely fitted table cloth using the Duck egg PVC fabric which I trimmed with a vintage broderie trim. Not only does my table look pretty, you can also wipe clean the fabric making it practical too! As the table cloth is fitted there’s no chance it will fall off the table, bringing my sweet treats crashing to the floor!

 

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Hanging Bird Bath

 

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Isodore Wallpaper  

 

Next I hung the pretty bird bath from a vintage hook on my fence to add interest and to keep the many birds that frequent our garden happy. I love bunting in the garden so to match my new tablecloth I made my own using MDF bunting shapes with the Isodore print wallpaper, pearl paint and Mod Podge Garden in order to give them a protective finish. All in all, I love the new pretty spot in my garden and can’t wait to share it with my friends when they visit later this month!

 

Torie’s Garden Picks

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Polka Dot Duck Egg PVC Fabric Hanging Bird Bath / Vintage Bottle Caddy /Faceted Tumbler Pale Dave Grey Water Paint / Seagrass Placemats / Domed Cake Stand

 

How charming does Torie’s garden look? Not to mention how delicious her cupcakes look! Stay tuned for next weeks post where Torie shows us how to recreate her darling polka dot table cloth using our Duck Egg PVC fabric…

May 7th 2014
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Monthly Blogger Crush: May

Natalie, the Deputy Editor of Homemaker magazine tells us who’s on her must-read list…

Always just a tap away, the internet is overflowing with ideas for our homes and beyond. Sites like Pinterest and Craft Gawker are fantastic jumping-off points, but for me, the real inspiration lies with the bloggers. They’re constantly finding new ways to re-imagine our surroundings and experiences, whilst documenting their own with imagery and commentary that pulls you, eyes first, into their lives. I think that’s the reason I follow the blogs I do; gazing at pretty pictures certainly has its appeal, but learning about the people behind the posts and how they fill their days with creativity is what truly interests me.

 

So, without further ado, here are my three blogs you need to be reading. First, there’s Artemis at Junkaholique, whose recent move to the Isle of Wight seriously made me consider upping sticks right with her… Jeska Hearn’s blog Lobster & Swan is always drenched in beautiful home ideas, and her moodboards capture the latest trends in picture-perfect detail. And finally, the lovely Caroline Rowland; the lady behind Patchwork Harmony and 91 Magazine. Let’s just say that the woman is a genius!

 

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Artemis lives on the Isle of Wight with her husband Nao and their super-cute daughter, Pehr. A very talented seamstress, Artemis regularly stitches Pehr little outfits (cue adorable pictures), as well as home accessories and decorations, all of which she makes in a decked-out shed in the back garden. We’ve got a fab feature in issue 19 all about it (on sale 16th May), so be sure to check that out. They also are big fans camping fans and regularly venture out in their 1978 VW campervan to the loveliest little-known locations, and Artemis takes her readers along for the ride with posts full of stunning photography. And, the final cherry on the cake: the VW’s interior is a feat of creative ingenuity, transformed by Artemis’ fair hand and impeccable taste.

 

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Patchwork Harmony is a story of two halves. First, start with Caroline’s blog, which is stuffed full of home inspiration and fun crafting ideas, along with regular previews of design books and interiors ranges. However, my favourite posts follow the transformation of her London home and her internal monologue about everything from stressing about storage to, drum-roll please, her recent (and long-awaited) Smeg fridge purchase. Then, once you’ve exhausted the archives, you can download 91 Magazine, which takes its lead from Patchwork Harmony, but brings in charming features from writers around the blogosphere, interviews with creatives near and far and yet more beautifully photographed DIYs. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Caroline will soon be welcoming her first baby into the world! I’m crossing my fingers for nursery revamps and new-baby projects to coo over. Hint hint, Caroline…

 

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Jeska Hearn is a girl who knows how to work a moodboard. In her ‘record the day’ series, which has been running for 3 years, she pulls together imagery and statements that inspire and reflect her life in that given moment. They are so beautifully curated that they’re works of art in themselves, and are brilliant to click through when you find yourself in a creative slump. Elsewhere, Jeska rounds up the latest and greatest interiors and fashion trends, which all contribute to the slightly ethereal, hazy tone of her blog. Readers are also treated to glimpses into her home (love this hot pink lamp currently perched on her dressing table) and the odd craft tutorial, but its the overall feel of her blog and beautiful way of collating images which makes Lobster & Swan so fascinating.

 

Read Homemaker’s own blog at homemakermagazine.co.uk, and be sure to pick up next issue, out 16th May. Or why not try three issues for £6? Click here to find out more.

 

Thank you to Natalie for sharing her must-read blogs with us. You may remember Jeska from her fabulous Spring Florals post here, her blog Lobster and Swan has been a long-time favourite of ours. We are also delighted to discover Artemis and Caroline’s blog, both wonderfully creative and inspiring – be sure to book-mark!

 

If you have any suggestions for our next blogger crush, we would love to know in the comments below…

April 30th 2014
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HOW TO: FRENCH DECOR

The French Take-Over: Inspired by our Provencale range, we take a look at this decor style…

For the final part of our French take-over, we take a look at the elegant interior style that originated in the Provencale region. A classic trend that works well in any home, this refined style is recognised for its delicate prints, ornate furniture and it’s timeless appeal. Our love affair with French style dates back to 1979 when Laura and Bernard Ashley moved from Wales to Northern France raise their family and build upon their brand.

 

We’ve rounded up our top tips on how to recreate this beautiful interior look…

 

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When choosing a colour scheme, opt for a palette of neutral shades in soft warm paint hues or delicate wallpaper prints like the Floral Trelis in Dove Grey. Introduce accents of colour with soft furnishings, such as the Aviary Garden cushion and Bexley stripe wool rug. For a bright and airy feel, make the most of the natural light by dressing windows in a soft fabric like the Honeysuckle Trail curtains shown above.

 

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Inspired by the traditional styling of the southern French region, our Provencale furniture collection is beautifully crafted by skilled tradesmen with intricate attention to detail. Featuring visible hand brushed strokes with hand applied patina on drawers and painted tops. A signature piece of French furniture, the Provencale Armoire is a stylish way to store and showcase anything from bedlinen to tablewear.

 

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For the bedroom, the ornate Provencale Bed Frame is a luxury statement piece. To compliment this elegant design, our Lucie bedlinen has an intricate embroidery detail with a romantic lace trim.

 

Are you inspired by this elegant French style?

April 24th 2014
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MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR HALLWAY

Transform your hallway into a welcoming sight with our top tips…

Often an overlooked area in the home, your hallway offers a first impression of your interiors, so why not make it a welcoming sight? Transforming your entry way into a bright and inviting space couldn’t be easier, even if room is tight and your hallway is a magnet for clutter. Read our handy guide for making the most of your hallway…

 

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Conceal The Clutter 

With the inevitable morning rush hour, combat the clutter of a busy household with clever storage solutions. Invest wisely in a sleek console like the Clifton Table to house all your home’s essentials. Doubling up on storage and seating with the Bramley Hallway Storage that features pull-out rattan baskets for storing bags and keeping shoes neatly tucked away. If you’re short on space, a good quality storage rack like the Josette Cream Luggage Rack is ideal for hanging coats and those lost gym kits!

 

A Bright Idea 

When choosing the lighting for your entrance way, it’s best to avoid harsh lighting and opt for space enhancing options. If your ceilings are low, uplifters like the Aria Wall Light reflect light up to the ceiling creating the impression of greater height. If your ceilings are lofty and high, go decorative with an oversized chandelier like the Gabby Glass Ceiling Pendant to cast a warm glow.

 

Colour Scheme 

When it comes to choosing a colour scheme for your hallway, opt for a palette of neutral shades, including pastel and soft warm tones. This will enhance the feeling of space, opening up the area for a brighter and fresher look. Add pops of colour through accessories, such as wall-art or smaller furnishings.

 

Reflect The Light 

Maximise natural light with mirrors to instantly brighten up a dark hallway. To create the illusion of space, hang the Gatsby mirror close to a light source to make the most of available light. Create a feeling of space and depth by the positioning of the mirror, for example if you have a narrow space by hanging a mirror horizontally will make your space feel wider, however hanging a mirror vertically will help make a low ceiling feel taller.

 

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Gatsby Mirror /  Aria Wall Light / Biscuit Paint / Josette Cream Luggage Rack / Clifton Table / Bramley Hallway Storage

 

We hope you found our hallway guide useful, no longer shall our entryways be neglected! If you have any advice you wish to share, we would love to know in the comments below…

April 23rd 2014
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WILD AT HEART: CARING FOR YOUR BLOOMS

Revealing the best way to care for your flowers, Nikki Tibbles from Wild at Heart shares all…

Nothing spells spring like fresh flowers dotted around your humble abode. Housed in an elegant vase, a bunch of your most-loved florals will instantly brighten your home and create a sense of wellbeing. Whether freshly cut from the garden or from your local florist, we are all about making the most of our floral arrangements.

 

Calling in a little help from the experts, Nikki the founder of Wild at Heart shares her top tips in prolonging the life of your beautiful blooms…

 

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If I had my way, flowers would live forever.  There’s nothing more spectacular and special than watching them flourish into a gorgeous vision of colour and beauty. One of the most common questions I’m always asked by customers is how to increase the longevity of florals.  Unfortunately, there’s no magic sprinkle which makes them live on for eternity (I’m working on it!) but there are some tips you can follow on how best to care for your flowers – and help them stay fabulous for longer…

 

       Strip stems clear of any excess foliage which will be below the water line, this will allow the water to reach the flower bud first.

 

-        Cut stems at an angle to give a larger surface area for them to drink from.

 

-        Add sterilizers – such as Milton – to the water to keep them fresh.

 

-        Always cut the stems as soon as you receive them and again when they start to look tired.

 

       Keep in a cool place, away from direct sunlight and any heat such as radiators.

 

-        Most importantly, love them!

 

Why not display your blooms in style with our range of elegant vases…

 

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Embossed Ceramic Bowl / Floral Corsage Ceramic Vase / Clear Glass Fan Vase / Set of Three Bud Vases 

 

Do you have any top tips for caring for your blooms, we would love to know in the comments below.

Browse Laura Ashley’s full range of vases here.

Don’t forget Wild At Heart’s blog to keep up to date with the floral world.