Everything listed under: Laura Ashley

  • Before & After with Domino & Traci Zeller

    Our design centric friends at Domino Magazine have done it again— presided over the perfect marriage of classic and contemporary styles and the union of Laura Ashley and interior designer Traci Zeller of Charlotte. Upon meeting Traci, we were delighted to hear she’s a lifelong fan of Laura Ashley...

  • On The Road: Laura Ashley AW14

    To celebrate the launch of our AW14 home and fashion collections, we did a little something different. Armed with lookbooks, goodie bags, and frozen yogurt, we followed Stan the van around London and visited the press to  talk about our latest collections...

  • Paper Flower Rose Hat

    Last year I entered a Kentucky Derby hat contest on The Today Show where I had made an oversize paper rose hat. They called me up telling me that I was one of the 3 finalists, flew me to NYC, and on the show I won the contest. I even have a 3' trophy to prove it!

  • DIY GUIDE: Wallpapering

    DIY gurus Alison and Jo reveal their guide to wallpapering with ease... Changing the interiors in your house is one of the most satisfying ways of putting a personal stamp on your home. If you are planning an interiors refresh, wallpaper can certainly create a striking impact...

  • New Home Story: County Show

    Discover our new country farm inspired collection... The age old saying “home is where the heart is” springs to mind when we admire our new home story County Show. This warm and relaxing collection is not only nostalgic but...


  • How to Create a Modern English Home

    Brittany Jepsen, The House That Lars Built, captures the essence of modern English style in her latest post.


  • Edward's Award Winning Laura Ashley Dress

    Dressmaking student Edward shows his award winning Laura Ashley homemade dress... When student Edward Jones came to us with the celebratory news that his handmade Laura Ashley dress had him crowned ‘Young Fashion Designer of the Year’ for GCSE level in the North of England – we were truly delighted for him. Made from recycled Laura Ashley material...

  • Bringing The Outside In: The Leaf Collection

    Bring a touch of the British countryside indoors with our newest interior collection Leaf. Whether your humble abode is a city dwelling or country cottage, transform your home with this fresh, nature inspired collection. With a retro 1950s vibe, Leaf offers a crisp contemporary feel, in hues of olives, moss and our new Laura Ashley colour way, soft teal.

  • Llangoed Hall: Hotel of Laura Ashley Treasures

    We headed to the stunning Wye Valley to explore Llangoed Hall… Many years ago Mrs Ashley used to pass a huge run down old castle near Hay-on-Wye in Wales and remark to her husband Bernard what a beautiful hotel it would make, should it be restored...

  • Pelham: The Print with a Past

    Formerly handcrafted on Laura Ashley’s kitchen table, we welcome back the print with a past. The Pelham print is one that is very dear to the Laura Ashley brand, originating as one of Laura’s first screen printed designs...

  • Unveiling Our New Hotel: Laura Ashley The Manor

    Join us on our grand tour of the brand new Laura Ashley Hotel The Manor... Here at Laura Ashley head office we’ve had a rather exciting secret under wraps and it’s now time to finally reveal our news! We are delighted to announce the very first Laura Ashley hotel, The Manor in Elstree, Hertfordshire…

  • How to Live the Floral Lifestyle

    We love all things floral and try to always incorporate it in our lives. If you're unsure how to, The House That Lars Built has some great ideas and she's back today to share a few...

  • Mini Break Guide to Bath

    Looking for a weekend break? Here is a little round up of all our favourite places to visit in Bath (first hand from when we hot footed it down there last month). With the help of our Bath shop staff, we’ve seeked out all the...

  • Laura Ashley: The Romanic Heroine Exhibition

    Last Monday was the opening evening of Bath Fashion Museum‘s latest exhibition ‘Laura Ashley: The Romantic Heroine’ and our archivist Angela and the Bath store team couldn’t have been more thrilled with the unveiling. Our largest Laura Ashley retrospective ever, the Bath Fashion Museum are marking our 60th year by celebrating the vision of the romantic heroine...

  • Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2013

    RHS Hampton Court Place Flower Show returns for 2013 with gardening and floral inspiration galore…Nestled behind the truly majestic Hampton Court Palace lays the home and sprawling grounds of the UK’s largest flower show, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Strolling along the river in the sunshine, we made our way towards the show with great anticipation.

  • Creative Ways to Use Wallpaper

    Personalize your space with wallpaper in these unexpected ways…Whilst interior trends may come and go, decorating your home with wallpaper is a traditional, fail safe option. Coming in a variety of prints, shades and textures – the world of wallpaper can become a playground for adventure! If you fancy pushing the boundaries of wallpaper, then it’s time to think outside of the box and look beyond the usual papering ways.

  • On the Radar: July

    This year is flying by and we can’t believe it’s already July! The weather is getting warmer and the summer storms are rolling in but that hasn’t stopped us from finding a variety of great events. Check out what’s on our radar this month…

  • Make and Do: Camera Strap from a Laura Ashley Scarf

    I love taking an object, like a scarf, and making it useful in another way, like a camera strap. In honour of the reintroduction of a classic Laura Ashley floral, I decided to do just that. This scarf is the perfect accessory for any photographer, from amateur to professional, especially if you need something cozy at your neck - it's SO soft!

  • ALL REVEALED: Press Day AW13

    We chatted, we reminisced and we coveted all the home, fashion and vintage treasures at our AW13 press day yesterday. Some of the biggest names in interior & fashion journalism joined us for an intimate showcase at the beautiful listed venue of Il Bottacio off Hyde Park. Arguably our most nostalgic collection yet...

  • Liz Looking Back

    The 60th Anniversary has not only kicked off an influx of heart warming customer stories but it has also got us reminiscing about the past right here in Laura Ashley Headquarters. One of the most endearing photo journeys is our very own Head of Home Buying Liz Mouat’s long-standing romance with the brand...

  • Second Nature Exhibition

    Fusing nature and fashion together, Laura Ashley dress at new style exhibition Second Nature…Housed at the elegant Pizhanger Manor, country retreat of British architect Sir John Soane, sits newly opened style exhibition Second Nature. Curated by Gemma Williams, a previous archivist at Laura Ashley, Gemma has unraveled the unique relationship between...

  • On the Radar: June

    Everyone is abuzz about the start of summer. Check out what’s on our radar for June. For all of our theater lovers, The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park kicks off its 51st season at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The beloved New York City’s summer tradition invites...

  • Bookcase Styling: 1 Bookcase 3 Ways

    Learn the art of styling a bookcase! Showcasing products from two of our new collections, Stuart our Visual Home Manager talks you through the art of dressing a bookcase for the coastal, traditional, and modern home. One bookcase, three ways...

  • Archivist Angela's Week in Pictures

    Tucked away, deep within the Laura Ashley headquarters lays the closely guarded Archive,
    preserving sixty years worth of Laura Ashley history. It plays host to a wide collection of fabrics, wallpaper and clothing through the eras. A constant source of inspiration for new season collections, the archive...

  • Behind The Design: Bloomsbury Collection

    Over 25 years ago, Laura Ashley played a key part in the restoration of Charleston Farmhouse by reproducing the fabrics originally designed in the 1930's by leading Bloomsbury artists, Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. Following this successful project, Laura Ashley was granted the rights to carefully re-colour these popular designs and introduce them into the 1987 Laura Ashley Home Furnishings collection.   Now in our 60th anniversary year...

  • Make & Do: Earl Grey Tea Cupcakes

    Just in time for Easter weekend spreads, the lovely team at Hummingbird Bakery have loaned us their Earl Grey Tea Cupcake recipe. Earl Grey tea has a lovely bergamot flavour that gives these cupcakes a subtle edge. Variations can be made using herbal and fruit teas…. 

  • Make & Do: Customized Boxes

    UK Craft blogger Torie Jayne is our kind of lady, with a shared penchant for all things pretty and creative, from shabby chic to fashion and decorative crafts. She recently showed us these super easy customized boxes she conjured up using our Isodore print wallpaper…

  • Style Files: Fashion Show Flashback

    We've spent the best part of the week streaming London Fashion Week on our iPads. From the decadent backdrops of Claridges (Mulberry AW13) and The Savoy (Moschino Cheap & Chic) to the awe inspiring venues of the Royal Exchange (Jonathan Saunders) and The Tanks at the Tate Modern (Unique AW13), catwalk venues today take residence in all manner of jaw dropping settings. 

  • Behind the Scenes: Spring Summer Girls Shoot

    We take to London's retro sweet shop Suck & Chew to shoot our SS13 Kids campaign… Our Kids Behind the Shoot film (below) is a charming recap of all the fun we had shooting the Spring/Summer campaign with all our little lady models back in November. After a speedy make-up, hair and outfit change, we headed to retro sweet shop...

  • MAKE & DO: Folksy Bird Decorations

    Get your craft on in the lead up to Christmas with the help of SEW Magazine (UK). In their Christmas issue Carolyn Letten shows us how to make folksy bird decorations. Create a whole flock of delightful birds to nest in your Christmas tree or make three to hang as an original window display…

  • MAKE & DO: Christmas Trimmings

    No holiday season would be complete for Laura Ashley lovers without traditional English bunting and festive paper chains. Laura Ashley’s Christmas Tree Bunting and Scandinavian Paper Chains make trimming the tree, mantle, stairway or foyer a delightfully simple task, but our President Penne Cairoli loves creating her own...

  • Behind The Design: Spring Summer 2013

    We are still in a spin from our recent UK press day, when flocks of journalists & bloggers descended on the London Vinyl Factory for a first look at our spring/summer 2013 collections. The event also marked the revelation that Laura Ashley is fast approaching it’s 60th anniversary (in 2013)...

  • DESIGN FILES: Wallpaper Round Up

    Patterns are plentiful in the Laura Ashley archive and continue to inspire new prints each season by the artful hands of our design team in London. If you are one of our brand veterans then you may recall that some of Laura’s earliest prints were more graphic than ornate as Mr. and Mrs....

  • AT HOME: Master Bedroom Closet Clean Up

    If you are like most, your to-do list includes addressing a burdened closet that’s home to old yearbooks, stale laundry, dusty sports gear and, of course, dated wears that may never come back in fashion. Thankfully, there is professional help for the overwhelming mess you have created. We were fortunate to take a front row seat to the makeover of a busy mum’s master closet...

  • The Festival of Quilts

    Now in it’s tenth year, The Festival of Quilts surpassed all expectations in true ‘flying colours’ (quite literally). With around 200 new people entering quilts in to the festival for the first time, the NEC have opened another atrium for what is the biggest quilt extravaganza yet. We can safely say that quilting is now inspiring a whole generation of quilters...

  • MAKE & DO: Paper Poppies

    Authors of new craft book ‘Everything Oz’ show us how to make a ‘World Famous Field-O-Poppies’ We were enthralled when we recently received a copy of new craft book ‘Everything Oz: The Wizard Book of Make & Bakes’ by the wildly creative Christine Leech and Hannah Read-Baldrey. The crafty duo are...

  • BEHIND THE DESIGN: In London With Our Buying Team

    There are certainly worse places to travel for business and fortunately for us London is where the brand calls home. Our buying team makes the trip across the pond several times a year for style inspiration and the fruits of design labour that have finally come to harvest—the Laura Ashley UK Press Launch is where we gush over the new collections for the upcoming season.

  • DESIGN FILES: Back To Campus

    Long, easy summer days make heading back-to-school seem like a distant reality. But for those leaving the nest for the collegiate life, summer involves a bit of planning and preparation—stocking up on campus paraphernalia, purging the old room and shopping for pretty things so that the new one feels like home...

  • GO SEE: The Mumbles

    Our insiders guide to Welsh seaside village The Mumbles Birthplace to famous poet Dylan Thomas and A-List Welsh sweetheart Catherine Zeta Jones is the beloved Mumbles – a pint sized village with an abundance of charm and just a short drive away from our popular Laura Ashley Swansea store.

  • COLOUR STORY: The Red, White & Blue

    If there’s one thing we have in common with our stateside friends, it’s the love of country and the red, white and blue. As we approach the Fourth of July, we’ve collected a few of our own favorite colourful things to inspire your holiday….Like a mouth-watering assortment of yummy sweets to share with family and friends.

  • Make & Do: Jubilee Embroidered Napkins

    How To Make Jubilee Embroidered Crown Napkins with Sophie Holt, Deputy Editor of Sew Magazine (UK)
    Stitched napkins make great party favors as they’re quick to stitch up and can be customized for any event – whether you’re creating Jubilee souvenirs or birthday party keepsakes.

  • Coming Up Roses

    Feature by UK guest blogger  
    If you’re familiar with my blog, Flowerona, you’ll know that I’m passionate about all things floral. Roses are the most popular cut flowers in the world…and it really is no surprise when you consider how many amazing different varieties there are. With colours ranging from pink, white, red and yellow to lilac, magenta, apricot and orange.

  • Go See: British Design Exhibition

    The Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics are almost upon us and events celebrating all things wonderfully British is reaching fever pitch. A very proud British brand ourselves, and with over 50% of our product made in the UK, we will also be waving our patriotic flag this summer with absolute gusto! Recognizing Laura Ashley as one of the great British heritage brands, The Victoria & Albert Museum has curated...

  • Welcome To The Welsh Archive

    Steeped in nostalgia and heritage, stepping in to the Welsh archive transports you back to the sights and smells of Laura Ashley back when Laura and husband Bernard first printed floral scarves on their kitchen table. An old photograph of Laura Ashley sitting at her desk hangs above the doorway to the archivist’s office, fabric covered photo albums and books decorate the shelves...

  • All A Flutter: Girls Spring Dress Collection

    We can’t imagine springtime without little lovelies dressed in soft flowing silhouettes—styles that beg for bare feet on the grass and make-believe tea parties with friends. Whether true or pretend, tea party guests will want to dress for the part and our spring collection of girl’s dresses couldn’t be more fitting.

  • Looking Back: Jane Ashley's Iconic Photography

    The irrefutably feminine and Victorian inspired image of Laura Ashley in the 1970′s and 80′s was largely defined by Jane Ashley, Laura Ashley’s oldest daughter. Her role as company photographer and art director, shooting everything from the advertising campaigns to in-store graphics, brought us the soft distinctive aesthetic that we first fell for in the 70′s and still hold in our memories today.

  • Make & Do: Thanks & Giving

    In as much as we appreciate a beautiful table setting, we’re more than a little fond of the mouth-watering all-American feast that will soon grace our plates. And in the spirit of THANKS and GIVING, we’re kicking of the upcoming holiday with a Week of Thanks just for you, our loyal customers, friends and followers. Nothing says thank you like giving, so we’ve selected a few delightful Laura Ashley things to bestow upon our closest followers….

  • Make & Do: Home-Made Halloween

    We’re all very busy preparing for the spookiest of all holidays-- making scrumptious treats in the form of creepy crawly things and creating imaginative costumes for our tots to wear on Halloween. Thankfully for us working mummies, there are a plethora of resourceful mums on the web willing to share their steps for creating beautifully hand-made costumes. At Laura Ashley we have a special appreciation for things made by hand...

  • Think Pink!

    As the saying goes, we’re looking at the world through rose-coloured glasses! Yes, this month we’re all seeing pink with the focus on breast cancer awareness.Did you know the phrase “looking at the world through rose-colored glasses,” dates back to 1861, when it was first recorded in Tom Brown at Oxford.* Coined as an attitude of cheerful optimism ...

  • Behind the Design: Free Spirit

    Welsh born Laura Ashley found inspiration from all around her, but most noticeably in the unrefined beauty of the English countryside. Some 50 years later you’ll still find nature’s influence behind the design, and most often with a contemporary twist that reflects how we live today. Today, our designers keep quite busy creating fresh collections from their busy offices nestled among the streets of Chelsea Harbor in London.

  • It Started with a Scarf

    It was the autumn of 1953 when film star and style icon Audrey Hepburn sparked a trend that would kick-start the forays of a very instinctive designer named Laura Ashley. Ms. Hepburn-- like our Mrs. Ashley -- had an eye for spotting a trend. Coincidentally, both had taken notice of young Italian women wearing neck scarves. The actress, known for redefining glamour, incorporated the style into her role in the film Roman Holiday.