Behind the Design: Laura Ashley Holiday

Tis the season to be jolly… And a thousand things to do! Whether you started shopping in July or yet to take down your lights from years past, the season of gathering, giving and celebrating is quickly approaching. Anticipation. It’s in the air. And we happen to be very merry about introducing our new holiday range full of festive décor and charming gifts.

A quintessentially English holiday dish takes decorative form in a charming doorstop, cushion and ornament. The inspiration, Christmas pudding (also known as plum pudding because of the abundance of prunes), is not only a flavorful confection but a lovely family tradition born in England. It’s often made five weeks before Christmas, on a day deemed "Stir-up Sunday," where each member of the household gives the pudding a stir and makes a wish.

Another British born treasure making its way in our holiday collection is bunting. This always festive adornment is now widely popular stateside as a playful accessory in home décor and entertaining. Bunting was originally a lightweight fabric born around the turn of the 17th century for use as ribbons and flags—in particular, signal flags for the Royal Navy. Our seasonal variety has taken shape in a string of Santa’s “Ho, Ho, Ho” and delightful Christmas trees.

And while we cannot take credit of the commercialization of Santa Claus, we’ll certainly celebrate jolly ole Saint Nick with his joyful cry on a few other items merry and bright. We’re quite fond of these colourful wooden blocks—they’re the perfect addition to the table or mantle, while the doormat and draft excluder are ideal for keep winter weather at bay.

Stay glued as we share more holiday tips and tidbits.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Dolly wrote:
Is that really all there is to it becusae that'd be flabbergasting.

Mon, December 26, 2011 @ 11:15 AM

2. Amber wrote:
That's really sherwd! Good to see the logic set out so well.

Tue, December 27, 2011 @ 11:44 PM

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