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March 3rd 2014
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ON OUR RADAR: MARCH

Celebrate the arrival of spring with our fun-filled family dates for the diary…

It’s official, winter is finally behind us! Let us welcome spring with open arms and fill the month of March with fun-filled activities for all the family. Gather up the children and start to plan your weekends around these jam-packed adventures. Whether you fancy yourself as a keen explorer or even a pirate, let’s jump on in and see what’s on our radar this month…

 

There be pirates! Merseyside Maritime Museum

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Take a trip back in time at the Merseyside Maritime Museum and discover the stories and treasures that are at the heart of this waterside port. Uncover the long lost artifacts salvaged from the Titanic, learn about what life at sea was like in the 19th century and learn the intelligent ways that ships used to communicate before the invention of telegraphs. Don’t forget to steer the family over to the Pirates crafting bay, where kids can create their very own fearsome pirate mask or treasure chest to hide their precious gold!

For more information on the Merseyside Maritime Museum click here. The ‘There be Pirates!‘ crafting session will take place on the 29th March.

 

Extreme Exploring  Exhibition at the Horniman Museum and Garden

15th February – 2nd November 

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Calling all budding explorers! Step out of your comfort zone and embark on an expedition to explore the world’s most extreme climates. Embrace this rare opportunity to discover the five harshest climates, from the dark dreary depths of the earth to the freezing cold, discover how animals and plants adapt and survive in these hostile environments. Experience these tough conditions for yourself with a range of activities, from stepping over hot sand to leaving a hand print on a freezing ice wall. Do you dare to enter  the Extreme?

For more information on the Extreme Exploring Exhibition click here.

 

Chalking Around

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With a little help from the kids, create a chalkboard masterpiece with our specially formulated Chalkboard Paint. With a lick of this innovative paint in the playroom or bedroom, let their imagination run wild as the transformed area is a blank canvas for drawings, messages and doodles. Let the artwork begin!

Browse our Laura Ashley kid’s paints here.

 

Alice in Wonderland Trail at Brodsworth Hall and Gardens 

Sunday 2nd March 

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Step into the magical and mysterious world of author Lewis Carroll as you discover your very own wonderland. Follow the enchanting trail through the beautiful gardens at Brodsworth Hall and get lost in the imaginative world of Alice in Wonderland. Meeting some familiar characters as you go, complete the trail to collect your prize!

For more information on the Alice in Wonderland Trail click here.

 

BKD Little Monster Baking Class

8th March 2014

London

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Make your way into the world of little monsters and cupcakes at the BKD baking classes. Encourage the little ones to get stuck in as they decorate their very own ghoulish cupcakes. With sprinkles, icing, and glitter provided, let your little monster get as messy as they please, without the worry of  having to wash up after – perfect!

For more information on the BDK Little Monster Baking Class click here.

 

The Decorcafe Decorfest 

23rd March 

London 

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For big kids and little kids alike, the Decorfest homes and gardens festival is a all round crowd pleaser. While mum and dad take inspiring tips and talks from leading interiors and gardening experts, with masterclasses on how to paint your furniture to getting the down low on growing your own vegetables; drop little ones off at the kids crafting corner where they can try their hand at making their own bird houses and owl cushions. Don’t miss house historian Ellen Lewis who will be on hand, sharing her secrets of how to uncover the history of your home.

For more information on the Decorfest Festival click here.

 

What action packed activities will your family be adding to the calendar this March?


February 6th 2014
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THANK YOU – WE’VE REACHED 100,000 FANS ON FB!

A thank you to our facebook fans: £10 OFF WHEN YOU SPEND £75* ONLINE

We couldn’t quite believe our eyes when we reached 100,000 fans on Facebook. Wiping a huge smile across our social media team’s face goes without saying but first and foremost we’re just ecstatic that you are feeling the Laura Ashley facebook love! As a thank you we decided to spell it out in flowers, carefully selected fresh from Covent Garden Flower Market our visual team set about creating a giant 100k made up of blooms. To mark this mutual affection we’d also like to offer you £10 off when you spend £75* online with the code N575 until Friday 14th February…

*TERMS & CONDITIONS APPLY: £10 off when you spend £75 until 14th February 2014. Available online at www.lauraashley.com only with the code N575. £10 off when you spend £75 cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount. This offer is not redeemable instore. Not open to Laura Ashley employees. Excludes Guardsman, Design Service Fee, Delivery charges, Giftcards and licensing products.

January 31st 2014
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SPLAT! OUR KIDS PAINT HAS LANDED

Bright and vibrant, our extra special range of durable Kid’s Paint has arrived…

Transforming your kid’s bedroom into a fun and exciting space couldn’t be any easier with our brand new range of child-friendly Kids Paint. Coming in a range of vibrant shades with playful names to tickle your child’s fancy, they will suit a whole host of themes you might have in mind. Not just appealing to kids, the durable and wipe-clean finish will have most parents breathing a sigh of relief, especially where wandering hands and crayons are concerned (we’ve all been there). We sussed out our top-tips for painting the little-ones’ bedrooms…

Be Bold

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Denim Kid’s Paint / Harry Blue and Red Union Jack  Duvet Set / My Room Hook 

Let the kids get involved in choosing the colour scheme; it will help them to adjust to the new look and encourage them to keep it clutter-free. Go all out with a bold colour such as the Denim paint (used above). Avoid this bold blue looking too overpowering by breaking it up with contrasting painted sideboards and vibrant white ceilings for a more streamlined look.

 

Mix It Up

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Peppermint Kid’s Paint / Esme WallpaperEsme Duvet Set / Emily Ivory Bed & Mattress

If you have a theme in mind like this whimsical garden look, why not mix up both wallpaper and paint? We love the combination of the calming Peppermint paint and complimenting Esme wallpaper. Whether your child loves pirates or fairies, wallpapering one focus wall against a painted background allows the print to breathe.

 

Get Creative

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Bubblegum Kid’s Paint / Rosalind Dove Grey Dressing Table / Summer Cotton Rug

Fancy yourself as a budding artist? why not hand-paint a mural of your own? Whether it’s pretty motif like the butterflies above or even enlisting your young ones to get in on the action with hand-prints (supervised of course), it’s all about creating that one-of-a-kind bedroom they’ll never forget.

 

Paint A Chalkboard 

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Chalkboard Paint / William Bedset / Riley Check Cotton Rug

Let your child’s imagination run wild with our innovative Chalkboard Paint, transforming any surface into an area for drawings, doodles and messages… without them getting into trouble! Let the creativity commence by dedicating an entire wall, the end of the bed (like above) or even framing a chosen area – the opportunities are endless.

 

Kid’s Paint Colour Range

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Icicle / Marshmallow / Candy Floss / Peppermint / Denim 

Lemon Sherbert / Bubblegum / Fondant / Jelly Bean / Chalkboard

 

We hope we inspired a few ideas of how to decorate your child’s bedroom using our new Kid’s paint, we love the idea of getting creative and getting kids involved too. Keep your eyes peeled for more blog posts on the Chalkboard Paint, we can’t wait to show you how it works in action. Stay tuned!

 

Browse the Laura Ashley Kid’s Paint range here.

December 23rd 2013
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COUNTING DOWN TO CHRISTMAS WITH GINGER LILY TEA

Blogger Keri-Anne sets the festive scene with daughters Elle and Mia…

Doesn’t time just fly? It was earlier in the summer when we last touched base with lifestyle blogger Keri-Anne, where she showcased snaps of her vintage Laura Ashley girlswear dresses. Mother to the beautiful Elle and Mia, Keri-Anne documents their daily life on her blog Ginger Lily Tea through her enchanting photography. We invited Kerri-Anne to share her festive snaps and tell us how her, Elle and Mia are celebrating the countdown to Christmas…

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‘Christmas is oh so close and we are so excited in our household! We have been doing daily advent activities including making shadow puppet shows and decorating lonely trees in the meadow with tinsel and baubles. I love making these memories and traditions with my two daughters and I know that we will be doing these activities again and again over the next many years.

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Something else that we love doing is picking out the girls Christmas dresses. They always want to look special and both of them were over the moon when they received these beautiful Laura Ashley dresses. It has been very hard to try and keep them clean and nice for Christmas day as they want to wear them every day! Laura Ashley have the sweetest little dresses this season for girls.

 

They keep with the classic and nostalgic look that Laura Ashley are well known for but yet have that modern twist that would make any little girl feel like a princess. As well as the beautiful clothes, their Christmas decorations are just perfect to add that traditional, enchanting feel to any space.’

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Pink Tulle Skirt Dress

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Thank you to Keri-Anne for sharing these merry photos, we certainly feel festive and the girls look adorable in their frocks! To see more of Keri-Anne’s adventures with her daughters bookmark her blog Ginger Lily Tea here.

August 23rd 2013
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GINGER LILY TEA SNAPS : VINTAGE LAURA ASHLEY GIRLSWEAR

Ginger Lily Tea blogger Keri-Anne snaps adorable daughter Elle in vintage Laura Ashley…

When keen photographer Keri-Anne told us the charming story of how her daughter Elle came about a beautiful red vintage Laura Ashley dress, we had to find out more. To our delight, Keri-Anne kindly shared these beautiful snaps that she took during a country walk with Elle…

 

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Ginger Lily Tea / Vintage Laura Ashley Girls Wear

Ginger Lily Tea / Vintage Laura Ashley Girls Wear

Ginger Lily Tea / Vintage Laura Ashley Girls Wear

 

We caught up with Keri-Anne to hear more about Elle and her vintage Laura Ashley dress…

 

‘Laura Ashley has always been dear to my heart, I remember visiting the store when I was younger with my grandma. Even now I still love to go and look at the wonderful children’s items and beautiful kitchenware.

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Ginger Lily Tea / Vintage Laura Ashley Girls Wear

 

When my neighbour brought a bag of clothes over that her daughter had grown out of for my little Elle, there was a beautiful vintage Laura Ashley dress inside that I fell completely in love with. The colour and style is so beautiful and it complements Elle’s red hair perfectly. Even though it is a vintage piece, it is completely timeless.

 

Ginger Lily Tea / Vintage Laura Ashley Girls Wear

Ginger Lily Tea / Vintage Laura Ashley Girls Wear

 

I would love to find more vintage Laura Ashley dresses for the girls as the styles will never grow old. Elle forever gets complimented in her Laura Ashley dress!’

 

Ginger Lily Tea / Vintage Laura Ashley Girls Wear

 

We can certainly see why… Elle is adorable! Thank you to Keri-Anne for sharing these delightful photos, to see more of Keri-Anne’s adventures with her daughter and her fabulous photography read more on her blog Ginger Lily Tea here.

 

To see our exciting new A/W Girlswear collections Pretty Neutrals and Winter Garden, see here.

August 14th 2013
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THE KIDS ONLY COOKBOOK: CHOCOLATE CROISSANTS

Easy one for the kids! Chocolate Croissant recipe from new book The Kids Only Cookbook

New fun things to do with the kids during summer holidays can often be challenging! That’s why we love new book The Kids Only Cookbook, written by food writer Sue Quinn with the help of her two children Ruby (11) and Ben (8) and friends. To capture kids’ culinary imagination, expect some great step by step photos and 50 super simple recipes aimed at children aged 8-12 years old, but those younger and older can also get involved too. Adult help alerts are clearly shown in each recipe so you’ll know when to step in.

Just to give you a little teaser, here is a chocolate croissant recipe to have a go with now…

Just look at how easy these are to make! Just a bit of cutting and rolling. You can use either dark or milk chocolate or just roll up the pastry without a filling and spread with butter and jam when cooked.

Ingredients

About 100g dark or milk chocolate

1 sheet ready-rolled puff pastry

1 egg

Berries or fruit to serve

MAKES 8

Method…

1. Set the oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6.

2. Line a baking sheet with a piece of baking paper…

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3. Break the chocolate into small pieces. Try to make them long and thin…

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4. Unroll the pastry onto a chopping board. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut the pastry into quarters…

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5. Cut each quarter diagonally into 2 triangles…

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6. Put some chocolate along one of the short edges of the triangle. Roll up the pastry, aiming towards the opposite pointy end. Gently press the point so that it stays in place…

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7. Lightly pinch the pastry together at the ends and bend them inwards to make a half-moon shape. Place them on the baking sheet as you go…

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8. Crack the egg into a small bowl and whisk with a fork…

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9. Lightly brush the croissants with the egg.

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10. Wearing oven gloves, carefully slide the baking sheet into the oven. Set the timer for 15 minutes.

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11. They should be crisp and golden. Sometimes they end up in funny shapes because they unwrap slightly – don’t worry, they still taste brilliant!  Eat warm with some fruit on the side.

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Eat warm with some fruit on the side!

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You can purchase The Kids Only Cookbook is £12.99 from Quadrille Publishing.

July 30th 2013
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WHAT’S ON? KIDS SUMMER HOLIDAYS 2013

Discover the exciting school holiday adventures to be had across the country…

It’s official – school is out for the summer! Six long weeks of freedom and utter mayhem for the adults… But no fear! We have rounded up our guide of fun-filled activities, full of wild and wonderful events happening around the country. Say goodbye to the dreaded moans of boredom and follow our hand-picked guide of things to do. Be sure to plan a jam-packed summer of adventures, keeping all ages entertained and out of mischief…

 

Brighton & Weston-Super-Mare Sand Sculpture Festival

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With over two thousand tones of sand and twenty world-class artists flying in to transform two of the UK’s popular beaches into magical works of art, the Sand Sculpture Festival is not to be missed! Marvel at your favourite artists and musical eras turned into giant sand sculptures in Brighton, or spot movie a-listers and Hollywood-themed masterpieces on Weston-Super-Mare beachfront. Why not take part in a sand sculpture workshop, learning the behind-the-scenes secrets that keep these impressive sandy artworks intact for months at a time.

Open daily till the end of September 2013, westonsandsculpture.co.uk / brightonsandsculpture.co.uk

 

South Bank Festival of Neighbourhood with Mastercard, London 

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This summer step into the South Bank Festival of Neighbourhood, London’s friendliest neighbourhood. Stroll along the popular urban beach designed by James Bowthorpe, watch Cirque Alfonse perform their impressive circus show ‘Timber!’ with juggling axes, daring acrobats and stunts, with little ones enjoying ‘The Queen’s Knickers’ comedy production.

Hop, skip and jump along to the pop-up Beano Town in the Festival Hall to celebrate the 75th birthday of The Beano, visit the impressive archive with never seen before stories dating back to wartime Britain. Join in with the fun and games taking place in The Beano Social Club, then get creative at the many workshops taking place with comic book drawing sessions to unleash your inner prankster at the Ultimate Prank Academy!

Open daily until September 8th 2013, London, southbankcentre.co.uk

 

Bats, Moths, Fire and Food at Hyde Park, London 

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Calling all nature fanatics! Do you dare to go along to the park after dark? Head on down to Hyde Park and join the Royal Park’s Education team to explore and uncover the wildlife that inhabits the park. Identify the different types of bats that reside in the trees, listening to the secret calls of the Common Pipistrelles flying above with your very own bat detector. Then head on back to camp to settle around the fire for a light-night snack, learning about all the moths who flutter by.

Thursday 29th August 2013, Hyde Park, royalparks.org.uk

 

Jacobite Stream Train, Fort William -  Mallaig, Scotland

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Go back in time on a classic stream train ride to Mallaig on the West Coast Railways, chug along on the Jacobite Stream Train through the picturesque hills of the Highlands. Boarding the train at Fort William marveling at Ben Nevis, steam along the 84 mille round trip, passing the deepest fresh water beauty of Loch Morar and crossing the famous 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct as seen in the Harry Potter films! Whilst gliding along on in your very own Hogwarts Express, spot the small isles of Eigg, Rhum, Muck and Canna in the distance. With a whistling stop at busy fishing port Mallaig for a well-deserved fish and chip supper, dip your toes in the sea and soak up the sea air before returning home.

Running weekends till 22nd September 2013, running weekdays till the 25th October, westcoastrailways.co.uk 

 

IncrEdibles Festival at Kew Gardens, London

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Take a voyage through the weird and wonderful world of edible plants at the IncrEdibles Festival at Kew Gardens this summer. Imaginative and informative is the dish of the day, taking your seat at the Rose Garden Tea Party where you can sample the delicious plant delicacies and decipher the riddles to guess what ingredients are in your favourite tea-time treats. Discover the 60 edible plants housed in Kew’s Palm House Tropical Larder, uncovering the plant’s fascinating historical and cultural histories. Get hands on with a Curiosity Box where you can have of a whiff of the smelly Durian Fruit and get a feel for a yam.

Next door, things are hotting up at the Waterlilly house where you can gaze at the 30 different species of chilli, with plenty of recipes to try at home. Don’t forget to take a ride on the Tutti Frutti Boating experience to reach the Pineapple Island art installation or taste the delights of Kew’s homemade ice cream in an incrEdible array of flavours; fancy a scoop of curry leaf and white chocolate ice cream or perhaps honeyberry and coriander seed?

Open daily till the 1st September 2013, Kew Gardens, kew.org

 

Knights Camping at Leeds Castle, Kent

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Set behind the majestic backdrop of Leeds Castle, come on in for a medieval sleepover in one of their luxury glamping tents in the castle vineyard, complete with four poster beds and a wood burning stove for cooking your supper, like knights preparing for battle. Come day, explore the castle once used by Henry VIII and journey through 900 years of captivating history. Punt gently along the castle moat, lose yourself in the spiraling maze and meet the castle falconer to get up close to the impressive birds of prey. Enroll young ones into the Knights and Princess classes where brave knights can dress in chain mail and armour learning combat skills. Whilst fair maidens can learn a medieval court dance and perfect their etiquette for meeting their prince charming.

Available till the 29th September 2012, leeds-castle.com

 

Blists Hill Victorian Town, Shropshire

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Experience life as it was over 100 years ago at Blists Hill in Shropshire, the recreated Victorian village. First stop is the town bank where you can exchange your money into pounds, shillings and pence. Discover first hand what day to day life was like, seek out the curious remedies in the pharmacy, admire the items on sale for the drapers or old favourites in the sweet shop, take a look inside the Victorian cottages and witness traditional skills in action at the printers and candle factory. Dress up in Victorian costume for a snap in the photographers shop and don’t forget to take a journey around the town in horse and cart.

Open daily 10am-5pm, ironbridge.org.uk

 

National Cycling Centre, Manchester 

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Whilst the Olympics may have come and gone, we are still on a high remembering all the inspiring sporting moments. Why not pop along to the National Cycling Centre, where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott trained to become world and Olympic champions? Register young ones in the Summer School Vendrome Sessions running daily, where you can spend an hour on the track with expert coaches learning the skills of what it takes to become a sporting medalist. Summer School Velodrome Sessions running daily till 6th September 2013, nationalcyclingcentre.com

 

So there you have it, our round-up of exciting adventures to be had – will you be visiting any of these attractions? Don’t forget to check out our range of girlswear, perfect for summertime fun!

July 5th 2013
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NEUTRAL NURSERY INTERIOR GUIDE

Make decorating your baby’s nursery simple with our interior top tips…

When expecting a baby, one of the most exciting (and slightly daunting) things to plan is the décor of your nursery – especially if you are keeping the gender a surprise! Long gone are the traditional days of baby blues and pastel pinks, for decorating your room gender neutral couldn’t be any easier. Here are our top tips for creating a stylish and comfortable space for your newborn…

 

PLAN AHEAD

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Broughton Ivory Chest of DrawersBroughton Ivory Wardrobe / Baby Elephant Cot Bumper Baby Elephant Cot Duvet Cover Baby Elephant Sleeping Pod

 

Choosing the traditional option of ivory furniture for your nursery will become a worthwhile investment for the future. Looking sleek and stylish, this classic style will never date throughout all stages of childhood, taking you well into teen years and beyond. The Broughton Chest of Drawers is the perfect solution for storage; fitting into the smallest of spaces it can hold anything from extra nappies to an array of adorable baby clothes including the Elephant Sleeping Pod.

 

CHOOSE A THEME

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Farleigh Dove Grey Wallpaper / Cottonwood Duck Egg Leaf Wallpaper / Stella Star Wallpaper / Cottonwood White Leaf Wallpaper / Lille White Stripe Wallpaper   / Pale Gold Paint / Blyth Duck Egg Stripe Wallpaper Biscuit Paint / Pale Cobalt Paint / Duck Egg Paint

 

When choosing a theme, soothing tones of yellow and pastel green not only appear fresh and bright but will also work well for your little one’s first bedroom. Thinking forward is the key, even if they are still in bump form! If you fancy adding a more creative edge, a feature wall with subtle printed wallpaper will create a focus. We love the nod to nature in the Farleigh and Cottonwood Leaf prints. Visually stimulating to toddlers, this pretty backdrop paired with neutral painted walls will add a modern stance on a classic themed nursery.

 

ADD A PERSONAL TOUCH

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Pudge Puppy Soft Toy Multi Layer Cutout Heart Frame Kubu Laundry Basket / Devon Blanket Box / Bramley Rocking Chair

 

When decorating keep in mind that the nursery is a space for you as well as your newborn, soon becoming a safe haven where you both spend a quality time together. Making the room comfy, personal and stylish can be very simple with a few key pieces that add character and reflect your interior style.

 

With furnishing accessories stay true to the neutral palette scheme, once the baby is born you can add touches of blue and pink if you wish. For the time being, add classic pieces that won’t date such as the Bramley Rocking Chair – such a traditional addition for the nursery but one that will become essential during night feeds! The stylish cotton lined Kubu Baskets can be used to store clean baby grows or bathing products, that can be kept within easy reach. With the Devon Blanket Box easily doubling up as a changing area, then transforming into the ideal home for toys in the future – it pays to think forward!

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Cream Wooden Heart Shelf Emslie Natural Stripe Throw Fenn Square Silk Shade / Trent Petite Lamp Base Gold Starburst Frame / Water Hyacinth Rectangular Baskets 

 

Just because the room isn’t stereotypically tailored to a gender theme, there is no reason why you cannot make the room feel homely, evoking that warm, inviting atmosphere. The Emslie Stripe Throw is the perfect snuggle buddy for early morning cuddles, whilst the Starburst Frame will certainly add a personal touch with family photos dotted around the room. Add subtle lighting that will create a soft backdrop when winding down to sleep and make sure to add a blackout blind to encourage a structured sleeping routine.

 

If you are pregnant and planning your nursery project, be rest assured that your main aim should be to create a simple, neutral backdrop with essentials, adding more décor pieces along the line and after the baby is born – keeping it as stress free as possible!

 

What tips and tricks did you follow when choosing your nursery décor? We love the idea of the nature inspired wallpaper with the wicker storage baskets!

May 14th 2013
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Modern vintage style nursery makeover

Lifestyle blogger Kathryn of Kat got the Cream shows us how to mix old and new in a child’s room

A little while ago our youngest child Beatrice moved out of our bedroom and into her own nursery. It marked the end of an era but was also a good excuse to spend some time personalising her new space.

I like mixing new with old and it’s a look that can work really well in a child’s room too. Over the years my love of second-hand and re-cycling has meant I’ve accumulated lots of thrifted bits, family hand-me-downs and car boot finds, many of which have come together in Bea’s nursery. Some of my most treasured pieces include an antique chair that used to belong to my granny and is the perfect height for nursing or reading a story. I also love the fact that Bea now sits and plays on a beautiful crochet blanket made by my husband’s grandma over thirty years ago.

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I also love mixing and matching patterns and fabrics. The thrifted curtains and lampshade don’t match but they still go together. They also complement the pink Lloyd Loom cabinet I found at a car boot and the dolls house, which was a great charity shop find. Now that Bea is growing fast, she’s ready for a new sleeping bag and this pretty Laura Ashley Sleeping Pod suits her room nicely. The matching floral edged hooded towel from the Bella Butterfly range will fit her as a toddler too.

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Girls Bella Butterfly Set of 2 Scented Hearts / Bella Butterfly Sleeping Pod

I’ve tried to add lots of colour and personality to Bea’s room; things that make me smile but will hopefully inspire her too as she grows.  You can never have too many garlands as far as I’m concerned; bunting makes any room instantly cheerful. So I’ve left up a cute paper chain from Christmas-time and added a garland simply made by tying together my collection of vintage hankies. Added to these, the gorgeous heart-shaped cotton bunting and scented pomanders from Laura Ashley means Bea will have lots to look at and enjoy over the years (and so will I).

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Girls Pink / Multi Heart Shaped Cotton Bunting / Laura Ashley dollies  / Bella Butterfly Sleeping Pod 

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Hopefully she’ll also learn to love a bit of vintage style and a second-hand bargain too!

 

Looking to do up your little one’s nursery? Take a look at our full nursery range here!

Kathyrn from Kat Got The Cream

April 22nd 2013
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Festival Fever

Top Family Music Festivals Not To Be Missed…

With festival season nearly upon us, it’s time to kick-start the summer action and amp up the family fun. With adult-only music festivals now something of the past, get little ones in on the action and double the fun! Delivering a jam-packed weekend of fun activities, there are a number of family friendly festivals springing up all over the country not to be missed. It’s time to dig out your wellies, scoop up the kids and jump in the car for a weekend of fun-filled entertainment! Get ready to sit back, chill out and soak up the lively atmosphere (and fingers crossed, sunshine too!)…

 

Camp Bestival  

Family Festival Guide

 

Family Festival Guide

 

Family Festival Guide

Hailed as the Isle of Wight Festival’s younger sister, Camp Bestival is the well behaved sibling catered solely for big and little kids alike. Set up by Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank, Camp Bestival is the ultimate family festival. Taking place in the magical Lulworth castle in Dorset, you can expect an amazing line-up of live music to keep all the family happy, from chart-topping Labyrinth, indie-rockers Ash and 80’s classic The Proclaimers. This year also brings the adventurous Around the World Theme, follow this magical mystery tour around the world with the captivating Indian circus, dine out at the pop-up Italian restaurant and dance away to the Belgian ska band. Don’t forget to try your hand at one of the many exciting activities taking place, whether you fancy your hand at medieval jousting, mastering your bollywood dance moves or getting to grips with nature in the magical woodland area – this weekend promises to pack a punch of family fun!

 

- When: 1st – 4th August 2013, Lulworth Castle, Dorset 4

 

- Camping highlight: If you’re a camping newbie then book your slot in the Tangerine Fields Campsite, simply rock up to your tent, sleeping bag and equipment all set up for you, with hot showers and plush loos on your doorstep – a campers dream!

 

- Not to be missed: Pull out all the stops with your fancy dress costume for the infamous Carnival taking place on Sunday!

 

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Recently crowned the UK’s ‘Best Family Festival’ we can certainly see why. A true music lovers festival, Latitude plays host to an impressive line-up of musical acts from Bloc Party, The Macabees and The Foals. This indie extravaganza combines chilled out vibes with a party atmosphere in equal measure. With over 500 live acts, Sean Lock leads the show in the comedy stakes, with Carole Anne Duffy taking centre stage in the poetry tent. Moving away from the main stage, relax in the enticing Children’s Arena where activities span from early morn till late keeping little ones entertained, from pond dipping to helter-skelter rides! For Latitude loving teens the Inbetweeners Area is a place to get away from cringe-worthy parents and get stuck in the fun too, with musical workshops and wildlife survival courses on offer. Proving effortlessly cool, Latitude festival mixes must-see musical acts with a laid back vide – no wonder it’s a sell out!

 

- When: 18th – 21st July 2013, Henham Park, Suffolk.

 

- Camping highlight: Push the boat out and camp in serious style and opt for Boutique Camping in a Yurt, fully decked out with a proper double bed and plush décor it’s a comfort home from home! Complete with a pamper pop-up tent on hand for preening and a drying service (just incase the weather stays in true British form).

 

- Not to be missed: With the Latitude Boutique Babysitting club on hand to look after little ones there’s no reason for the grown-ups to miss out on a little night-time dancing too!

 

Larmer Tree Festival 

 

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Family Festival Guide

Family Festival Guide

Family Festival Guide

 

One of Salisbury’s best kept secrets, Larmer Tree Festival takes place in a sprawling eleven acres of Victorian gardens. Head on deep inside the country side and escape reality at this friendly intimate festival. Keeping all ages entertained till the sun comes down, Larmer Tree festival has a whole host of entertainment lined up. With over 150 free workshops taking place, try your hand at African drumming, get moving with Swing dancing classes or even get in some quality down time and knit your own tree cosy – the list is endless! Not forgetting the exciting musical line up taking place on centre stage, sing along to the likes of Van Morrison, KT Tunstall and Dexy’s. Tuck into the many handpicked food stalls offering top quality nosh. With home comforts on hand, Larmer Tree Festival surely has upped the stakes with free hot showers, a tent dedicated to nappy changing (genius!) and for extra peace of mind, a wristband for children that contains their contact details (how did they know?!). Without a doubt Larmer Tree Festival is one of a kind and if you fancy staying a little longer, why not extend your pass to the five-day festival and snap up a mini-break in between.

 

- When: 17th – 21st July 2013, Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury.

 

Camping Highlight: Move on over to the Quiet Camp site to ensure you get a goodnight’s rest – ready for the next day of adventures.

 

- Not to be missed: Get in touch with your hip-hop side and watch human beatboxer Sholomo show you how to get to grips with this crazy musical masterpiece and even take part in a beat box face-off!

 

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Are you visiting a music festival with your family this year? Do let us know which one you will be visiting!