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  • Unveiling the New Laura Ashley Hotel: The Belsfield

    Drumroll please... we are very pleased to announce the new Laura Ashley hotel, The Belsfield! The perfect place for a weekend getaway, the beautiful building is a Victorian property set in six acres of landscaped gardens, with snow-capped Langdale Pikes and the Fairfield Horseshoe often to be seen in the background. Take a peek at the newly renovated hotel...

  • Make & Do: Make Aviary Garden Pen Pal Cards

    Perfect for sending a little note to a loved one or old friend, try your hand at crafting these enchanting Aviary Garden cards...

  • 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...

  • Make & Do: Envelopes with Gift Frippery

    Call us old fashioned, but in our books there is nothing quite as heart-felt than receiving a hand-written letter in the post. Amanda from Gift Frippery shows us how to create elegant Aviary Garden DIY envelopes...

  • On the Radar: Summer

    Hip, hip hooray for summer! July for us spells just the beginning of our summer adventures, from lazy days by the sea to a backyard game of croquet, peek at what’s on our radar for the rest of summer… GO! Hit the road to a few of our favourite, seaside towns off the beaten path...

  • 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...

  • Milkmaid Scarf Wrap

     My hair is finally long enough to start braiding and I couldn't be more thrilled. I've been waiting 3 years for this day! One of my favorite braids is the milkmaid braid.



  • Get Organized: A Teen Bedroom

    Recently we took a front row seat to the organizational makeover of high school student Mary's room as she-- under the guidance of professional organizer Laura Moore of Simplicity Certified Professional Organizers-- restores order to a cluttered room. Follow our Q&A with the expert...

  • Make & Do: Tea Towel Beach Bag

    There's nothing like a large and spacious bag to inspire spontaneous trips to the beach! This beach bag was created out of two of my favorite Laura Ashley tea towels and is the perfect size for a beach towel and all your miscellaneous beach needs. Here's how to make it!

  • Make & Do: Tori's Polka Dot Tablecloth

    Make the most of the warm weather and plan an alfresco feast for the family with out latest Make & Do craft. Taking inspiration from Torie’s recent garden make-over, we were in awe of her simple, but oh-so-clever fitted table cloth that she crafted out of our Duck Egg PVC fabric.

  • Before & After with Domino & Kristin Jackson

    We have our mates at Domino Magazine to thank for a match made in design heaven. Domino, our go-to destination for design inspiration, has tapped top interior designer and blogger Kristin Jackson of The Hunted Interior to re-imagine Laura Ashley in her own home.

  • Fresh Summer Beauty Trends

    You've swapped the wardrobe for warmer, brighter, more playful days, but your beauty routine can't seem to kick the winter blues. Thankfully our favourite hair and makeup aficionado Jami Svay stopped by to share what's trending in makeup and beauty this summer. 

  • At Home: Blogger Torie Jayne's Garden Spot

    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 blogger Torie of Torie Jayne..

  • 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!

  • Making the Most of Your Hallway

    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…

  • Wild At Heart Caring for Your Blooms

    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. 

  • Make & Do: Fabric Lined Easter Basket

    Easter is nearing and I'm in full craft mode! I couldn't wait to get my hands on some springy Laura Ashley fabric to make an Easter basket liner. I came up with this pattern that is fast and easy for the beginner sewer.

  • FILM: Laura Ashley Wallpaper Process

    There is far more to our wallpaper process than meets the eye. Go behind the scenes at our factory in Wales and meet the people who produce over 1.3 million rolls of our bespoke Laura Ashley wallpaper per year…


  • Set Your Easter Table with Homemaker Magazine

    Homemaker Magazine shares it's ideas for a stylish Easter celebration. Set the scene this Easter with a touch of handmade decor. Tap into your crafty side and hop on the celebrations with our buffet of DIY decs. Create a mini bird nests, print onto duck eggs and whip up a ten minute display to place on a windowsill or sideboard, all in one afternoon.

  • Make a Spring Wreath from Laura Ashley Wallpaper

    Spring has sprung! Now that the sun is shining a bit more, it’s time to put those florals to work! I've been anxious to come up with a spring wreath project and using some Laura Ashley wallpaper was the perfect way to do so with their beautiful range of floral wallpapers.

  • 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...


  • Origami Tote Bag by Brittany Jepsen

    Origami Tote Bag by Brittany Jepsen of The House That Lars Built Photography by Trisha Zemp  I've been in love with this Laura Ashley poppy pattern fabric for quite some time and I wanted to find the perfect way to use it. I came up with this origami tote bag and I LOVE how it turned out. It’s so easy!

  • Valentine's Recipe: Love Hearts With Rhubarb & Stem Ginger

    If a home cooked dinner is on the cards for Valentine’s Day, why not make things even sweeter with this utterly adorable recipe from The Meringue Girls? Re-create these delicious Meringue Love Hearts with Rhubarb and Stem Ginger for that very special someone this Valentines Day… Before you can get started constructing your hearts, you need to whip together our basic Meringue Girls Mixture...

  • Super Bowl Party Food: Garlic Chicken Wings

    The saying goes that there's nothing more American than apple pie and football. Though the reference is to the full contact sport and not our beloved foot-ball, we tend to jump on the bandwagon where there are delectable dishes to be had. Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday, our favourite SoHo Chef Michelle Tchea is back with a finger-licking recipe to enjoy...

  • 5 Wholesome Homegrown Recipes

    Kick start 2014 with Fennel & Fern's Top 5 Homegrown Recipes...This year we’re planning to get back to basics and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. We love the idea of growing our own fruit and vegetables so to kick off the start of 2014 we have invited organic gardening blog Fennel & Fern to share some wholesome homegrown recipes…

  • The Meringue Girls: Almond Meringue Roulade Recipe

    Give in to your sweet tooth and whip up this tempting meringue recipe.. Step away from the cupcakes, cast aside your macaroons, for there is a new baking sensation in town. Quite literally whipping up a storm, let us introduce you to London's Meringue Girls. 

  • 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.


  • Daydreaming of Downton

    Whilst us all a buzz over the premier of Downton Abbey, we felt it much fun to imagine ourselves living among the Grantham’s. Though our wardrobe lacks the luster of such, we found a few distinctive wallpapers and fabrics to fit of our delusions of grandeur.Will you tune in Sunday?

  • My Little Soho Kitchen Mini Quiche Recipe

    Are you prepping for a New Year’s Eve soirée? Whether you are hosting or going over to friends to see the beginning of 2014 in, don’t greet your pals empty handed...

  • Mocktail Hour: Spiced Cranberry Sour

     Planning the drinks soiree this Christmas? Then set out to impress with our festive inspired recipe from the mocktail experts at Redemption,with their delicious Spiced Cranberry Sour mocktail...

  • Best Dressed Holiday Tables

    The fire places are burning, the sparkling lights are up and judging by the cold snap that hit us last week, the snow may be fast approaching! The holiday season has officially arrived and now is the time to allow your home to become your own creative playground. Create the perfect setting with our inspirational ideas for decorating your dining room table for...

  • How to Ice a Christmas Bauble Biscuit

    Biscuiteers show us how to ice a bauble biscuits... Our all time favourite biccie emporium, Biscuiteers, have guest ‘vlogged’ their ‘How to Ice a Christmas biscuit bauble’ today on the blog!


  • Merry Mantle Making

    All the stockings are hung... or are they? If you've yet to dec the halls (or are feeling defeated by your efforts) we're lending a few tips to set you on a cheerful course. A well-styled mantle is a perfect spot to start as it serves as the focal point of most living spaces.


  • A Stylist's Holiday Beauty Tips

    Tis the season to be social and we're quite found of a chance to spiffy up a bit. Thankfully hair and make up aficionado Jami Svay is sharing her favourite festive glamour tips just in time for the office soiree...


  • On The Radar: December

    Whilst it may be a little early to kick-start the Christmas count down, it’s never too soon to plan your festive diary. To help ease you into the merry spirit, we've rounded up our pick of the must-visit winter wonderlands… The Nutcracker The Nutcracker premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia on December 18, 1892, on a double-bill with Tchaikovsky's opera...
  • Best Dressed Thanksgiving Tables

    You've spruced up a bit. Changed the linens, cleaned the silver and planned a delectable menu including your first foray into stuffing a turkey. But with all the fuss over whose to sit where you haven’t given a second thought to dressing the table.

  • 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...

  • 12 Different Ways to Tie a Scarf

    Brittany Jepsen of The House That Lars Built shares 12 ways to tie a scarf... As we gear up for colder weather, our scarf collections inevitably come out of our closets to take a front and center role in our everyday fashions. I don’t know about you, but I find that after awhile I get really lazy and end up tying my scarf in the same way every day.

  • 15 Ways To Wear The Pelham Scarf

    Stuck in a stylish rut? We know how it is. A wardrobe full of clothes but alas, nothing to wear. A phrase we are all too familiar with. Therefore we decided to enroll our trusted scarf expert, blogger Jojo at Miss Jojangles to share with us her genius scarf wearing ways. Equipped with our 60th Anniversary Pelham Scarf...

  • On the Radar: November

    November kicks off the holiday season with comfort food, delicious smells and festive activities. Here are a few that made our agendas for the month...


  • Ghoulish Gingerbread Skeletons Recipe

    Forget the tricks, we’ll be having treats from GAIL’s Bakery… As you may know from reading the Laura Ashley blog, one of our absolute favourite bakeries in London is Gail’s so we were spell bound when we found out that they have some terrifying treats coming up on their menu for Halloween! That includes...
  • Wild at Heart Halloween Floral Masterclass

    Nikki Tibbles' of Wild at Heart creates a Halloween inspired arrangement... In the last few years, the popularity of Halloween celebrations in Britain has soared. I’ve been asked to create arrangements for spectacular Halloween parties up and down the country and the effort that goes into them is truly breath-taking.

  • 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.

  • Make & Do: Decoupage Tin Pots

    Taking pride of place on our ever evolving shelf of craft tomes is new book Makery by Kate Smith. Ever since we stumbled across craft workshop The Makery in Bath, England, we’ve been avid fans of owner Kate’s craft prowess. Her gorgeous new book has over 30 projects for the home, to wear and to give...

  • 2013 Coastal Living Showhouse

    Seaside style is more than just a nod to the coast by way of decorative nautical references, it’s the reflection of a lifestyle-- one that's comfortable, inviting and somehow reflects the good life. And there's no better tribute to contemporary coastal living than the 2013 Coastal Living Showhouse on lovely Daniel Island, SC. Sitting waterside to historic Charleston, SC this charming community...

  • On The Radar: October

    As the evenings draw in and temperatures drop, our closet conundrums quickly turn to layers. Lucky for you, we’ve just launched our new autumn collection so you can button up a stylish jumper in a snip. October also marks the ‘big reveal’ of our archive collection, awash with bold monochrome prints.

  • 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...

  • How to Make an Envelope Pillowcase in 5 Minutes

    Just in time for our fabric sale,Brittany Jepsen of The House That Lars Built is back with a great make & do using our fabric.One of the ways in which I like to add a little punch to any room I decorate is through throw pillows. Throw pillows allow you to test a pattern out without committing...

  • 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…

  • On The Radar: September

    The summer heat is still here, as we wait for the cool air to arrive, we’ve got fabulous events for everyone to enjoy. Check out what's on our radar this month...

  • Emma, The Iconic Perfume is Back with a Twist

    Calling all long-time Laura Ashley fans! Let us cast your mind back to the iconic Emma perfume, designed by Laura Ashley herself in 1984 for her youngest daughter Emma, we are delighted to announce it’s return...

  • 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...

  • Royal Outing: The Queen's Coronation Exhibition

    Marking the 60th Anniversary of Her Majesty’s Coronation, we explore the Royal Trust’s latest exhibition. A truly exciting year for British history, we at Laura Ashley are delighted to share our 60th Anniversary with none other than Her Majesty, the Queen! Marking the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, Buckingham Palace opens it’s doors to a very special...

  • 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...

  • On The Radar: August

    August has come and it’s a special month for the Laura Ashley family. We’ve got sporting events, festivals, sweepstakes, and an anniversary to celebrate. For those looking at sorting out their schedule of social activities, there is plenty in store.

  • 18 Great Paper Flower Tutorials

    And the make & dos just keep getting better! We're thrilled to have The House that Lars Built back on the blog. She's got a great "on trend" solution for all of our struggling gardeners out there...

  • 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.

  • Charleston House: Home of Bloomsbury Collection

    We head Sussex bound and fall for the charms of Charleston House.For Art & Craft devotees Charleston House is the Mecca of one of the most influential British art sets of the 20th century. Once the hub and home of the legendary Bloomsbury Group, a set of free spirited English artists, writers, intellectuals and philosophers. Most namely artist Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and Giles Bell as well as regular dwellers and on-going guests Virginia Woolf (Vanessa’s sister) and E.M. Forster. The collective of creatives...

  • 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...

  • Behind The Scenes: 60th Anniversary Shoot

    That’s a wrap! Behind the 60th Anniversary Shoot... We can’t quite believe it has been 60 years since Laura and Bernard Ashley first started printing fabric on their kitchen table in Pimlico (London) in 1953. To toast our 60th, we’re giving you a peek behind the scenes at our recent anniversary photo shoot.

  • 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...

  • On The Radar: May

    As luck would have it, this month brings much anticipated signs of spring and a handful of special happenings including a potential royal sighting. Keeping up with the royals is one of our favourite guilty pleasures and sources tell us Prince Harry is making his way stateside...

  • Pinterest Guide #101

    Word on cyberspace is social networking site Pinterest is the hottest trend in the stratosphere. Whether you’re planning a wedding, hungry for a tasty new recipe, on the hunt for an unusual holiday destination or looking to revamp your living space, virtual online pinboard ‘Pinterest’ is your go-to source for inspiration. For those of you yet to sign up, we have compiled our own guide to getting to grips with Pinterest, a must-have guide on Pinetiquette 101… 

  • 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...

  • Style Files: By The Seaside

    Strong trends often inspire all areas of the lifestyle and this season is no different. A touch of the coast has injected a breath of fresh air into our new UK Fashion Collection. This collection is all about Blue!

  • Behind The Design: Girls Spring Summer 2013

    Say goodbye to the winter blues and hello to spring with our new girls' clothing collection. You've fallen for our dressiest of dresses, now step into spring with a more casual range of dresses and separates. This season we've captured the magic of a quintessential English sweet shop-- Candy Shop brings all the key colours together within the theme that inspired them...

  • On The Radar: April

    Our NEW monthly hotlist of happenings and finds… You’ll often spot the ladies at Laura Ashley buried in their little black book, furiously scribbling down recommendations of new places to seek out, go see, read, buy or do. So much so we have created a black board in our office where we scribble down our latest haunts, cultural excursions, reads and news to share with our friends whilst out and about in our leisure time.

  • 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. 

  • Quince Tart Recipe By Lilly Vanilli

    Tucked away discreetly in a little mews off Columbia Road in London (famous for it’s Sunday flower market) is the utterly cool café come bake house Lily Vanilli, attracting a hipster crowd with Lily’s sculptural sweet cakes and creative yummies. Her cherry bakewell is in our opinion London’s best. Lily Jones, the lady behind Lily Vanilli recently released her book ‘Sweet Tooth’...

  • GO SEE: Manet Portraying Life Exhibition

    Arguably the most hotly billed exhibition in London since Lucien Freud, we felt extremely honoured to join the art elite at a preview of the ‘Manet Portraying Life’ exhibition last Friday. Housed within the grandeur of the Royal Academy Arts, this spell binding retrospective devoted to French painter Edouard Manet...

  • It's A Man Thing

    Leaping into an exciting new era for us folk at Laura Ashley, we can now confirm that the rumours are entirely true! We have now ventured into menswear with a small capsule of stylish men’s shirts. Made in Italy, we adore these floral trim shirts...

  • Clutter Busters

    Seeing in a fresh new year can often be just the booster we need to get the home looking more organized in time for spring. There is something wonderfully cathartic about injecting structure in to the home. In our opinion functional spaces are often far happier ones!

  • Gail's Kitchen Cornbread & Salsa Recipe

    We like nothing more than heading to Gail’s Bakery for some of the sweetest smelling artisan buns in London Town. Their famous bread is made with 100% natural ingredients hence their award winning taste and the amazing aroma when you walk past early doors. Our local Gail’s on the King’s Road is inspired by an old apothecary, only with a treasure trove of hand made loaves, pastries and yummy bakes.

  • 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: SEW AN EASY WASH BAG

    Give your toiletries a thorough scrubbing up with a stylish case from Homemaker Magazine (UK).For something that most of us use daily, it’s shocking how grubby our toiletry bags can become. We may be the proud owners of the sparkliest of nail varnishes or the sweetest smelling soaps, but it’s no good...

  • A Farmhouse Christmas

    This season beckons like the English countryside. Our minds fill with the image of a fresh cut tree hoisted up tall in a quaint country cottage next to a wood-burning fireplace where handmade stockings hang expectantly. Snow is falling softly outside.

  • 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…

  • Handmade Gifting

    As we step into this frenzied season of gift-buying it is refreshing to find unique homemade gifts (and wrapping) tucked under the tree for someone special. Decorative items made of reclaimed wood are particularly popular these days. It’s amazing to see something old made new again…suddenly the scratches, cracks, and imperfections become something beautifully unique.

  • 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...

  • Tea Party Style

    Warm up a winter afternoon with friends, blends, and elegant tea-party fare. A selection of teas, finger sandwiches and teacakes assure a delightful time for all-- especially the littlest of ladies who will welcome a break from the usual indoor cold weather activities. And so that you are charmed and ready for the special event...

  • 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: Fall Table Settings

    Before decking the halls, we will set the table for what is typically a grand Thanksgiving feast. Delighted to join our stateside friends in the official launch of the holiday season, we willingly partake in the creation of delicious comfort food and beautiful table settings. Take a peek...

  • WIN IT! Guest Room Makeover

    Checking in? With holiday guests on the way, your to-do list may be rather lengthy, but not to worry, we are here to help make your guest accommodations comfortable, cozy and pretty. Perhaps luck will fancy you and you will be the winner of our Facebook Guest Room Makeover and have the essentials delivered to your doorstep.

  • 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....

  • BEHIND THE DESIGN: New Fall Home

    The British are coming—or it may just be the in-laws from across town. No matter who is coming your way for the holidays, you will want your home to be warm, welcoming and stylishly accommodating. Fortunately in the midst of your re-decorating decisions, we have several new collections certain to win over even your most finicky relatives.

  • 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...

  • MAKE & DO: BOO Faces

    We love holidays at Laura Ashley and Halloween is no exception-- we fancy every opportunity to create, decorate and celebrate so we were quite envious of our teammates across the pond who attended the London Design Festival and a workshop to create their very own BOO Faces! Based in the Sackler Centre of the Victoria & Albert Museum (London) the workshop used re-purposed materials and hand printing processes...

  • GO SEE: Stateside Spots for British Fare

    The Great British Summer is coming to a close but not so are our cravings for traditional fare. Thankfully, a few stateside chums are satisfying our longings by catering to the tastes of home. New York City—where our buying trips require maximum stamina—is home to a few worthy spots for British fare seekers. For a hearty start to a rigorous day, we grab breakfast at Alice’s Tea Cup...

  • 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 SCENES: UK PRESS DAY

    You’ve followed our buying team across the pond to attend the UK Press Day, now take a closer look at this Behind the Scenes video of the event. Hear influential UK editors and bloggers chat to camera about their favourite stories. Explore the developments coming out of the UK...

  • GO SEE: Olympic Inspired Spots

    Our UK colleagues share all the quirky Olympic inspired installations they've been spotting around London... It looks as though our London 2012 visitors have brought the weather with them as the sun has finally come out to play. Walking home the last two nights (nice evenings for a stroll) London is noticeably busier and buzzier in the final countdown to the Games!

  • 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: Hummingbird Bakery's Apple Blossom Cupcakes

    Get ready for your garden parties with these floral inspired cupcakes…Inject some exciting floral flavor into your Garden Party spreads this summer! These were sold as part of Hummingbird Bakery’s summer floral range and proved really popular. This recipe is ideal for more experienced bakers, and variations can be made using different flower teas and essences.

  • Go See: Stratford-Upon-Avon

    Stratford-upon-Avon is synonymous with all things Shakespeare (making it the sixth most popular tourist destination in the UK) with flocks of people descending on the town for a snap outside Shakespeare’s birthplace or a wander round the beautiful cottage and grounds he shared with wife Anne Hathaway.

  • Vintage Patisserie Party Tips

    Angel Adoree owner of Vintage Patisserie gives us some tea party pointers… Hostess with the mostess Angel Adoree is owner of the wonderfully quirky and nostalgic catering company Vintage Patisserie and author of our top coffee table read ‘The Vintage Tea Party Book’ (an imaginative journey on how to create the perfect tea party). Angel and her team of glamorous clad ladies are our one stop for throwing the ultimate vintage inspired soiree.

  • Make & Do: Union Jack Cutlery Roll

    How to make a ‘Union Jack Cutlery Roll’ Sophie Holt’s (Deputy Editor of UK's Sew Magazine) final Jubilee ‘Make & Do’ post! One of the best parts of the Jubilee will be everyone getting together to celebrate outdoors (as long as the weather holds out)! Whether you’re going to have a picnic in the park or heading outside for a neighborhood street party...

  • 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...

  • Make & Do: Upholstering A Seat

    Do take a seat! You’ll want to relax a bit with such a busy weekend ahead-- we heard so many of your desperate chair woes this week, that we thought it necessary to nudge you to action. And if luck would have it, you may win our fabulous fabric giveaway and need to be staple gun ready!

  • Then & Now: The Best Seat In The House

    Most often the best seat in the house is qualified by either its look or its comfort, rarely both. Admit it… that old passed-down chair from mum and pop is your choice spot for curling up with The Hunger Games yet it remains the bane of your stylish façade. But not to worry...

  • Behind The Scenes: Summer 2012 Shoot

    Arriving on set of the Laura Ashley summer photo shoot was a bit like stepping onto the high streets of London. We were fortunate to find a little piece of home just a few miles south of our office in the charming neighborhood of Baxter Village. The Six Pence Pub and its token red telephone booth offered us the perfect spot for our inspiration to come to life.

  • Make & Do: Cake Pop Class

    Just in time for Easter making and baking, our friends at The Make Lounge in London share the how-to's of decorating cake pops...For those who have had their head in the culinary clouds for the last few years, a cake pop (in it’s most basic form) is a sphere of condensed cake sponge, covered in icing and secured on a stick (like a lolly only with cake).

  • Still Not Fooling Giveaway!

    We’re still not April Fooling! ReTweet + follow @lauraashleyusa on Twitter for another chance to win. This time we’re giving away a set of garden toiletries including our Hand & Nail Cream, Bar Soap and Lip Balm.

  • No Fools April Fools Giveaway!

    No April Fools on Twitter! April showers bring May Flowers. Be prepared for both with our Cressida Umbrella and Garden Gloves. Flutter over to Twitter... ReTweet and Follow @lauraashleyusa for your chance to win!

  • Go See: Young's Garden Center

    Tom Young is an accountant turned garden virtuoso and founder of our favourite local garden hub Young’s Garden Center. We caught up with the gracious Tom for a guided tour around the nursery and to secure a few expert tips for planting this season. You’ll stumble on a diverse range of botanical treasures at Young’s including...

  • Make & Do: Spring Decor Part II

    The date is set for a proper gathering among friends. You’ve secured grand mum’s recipe for scones as well as a selection of lovely teas for sipping. The linens are finely pressed for the table, but where will the little darlings have their tea?

  • Behind the Design: Factory Fly on the Wall

    It isn’t every day that you get an insider’s peek into where our illustrious (and highly regarded) home decorating range gets made. We were lucky enough to be invited to take the full tour (high vis safety bib at the ready!) by our busy team in Wales and can now reveal our factory fly-on-the wall pictures and all the hard work that goes into our products...

  • Make & Do: Spring Decor Part 1

    Warmer days are coming and beckoning us to play! And so that mum will finally have time for tea with her mates, she’ll need to keep the littlest of ladies busy in their own escape. To ensure the success of your springtime gatherings (real or naught), we’re making a few festive creations to delight play pals of all ages.

  • 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...

  • Behind The Scenes: With Hair & Makeup Stylist

    Arriving on set of the Laura Ashley Summer 2012 shoot, we greeted one very lovely and essential lady to our crew—makeup artist and hair and fashion stylist Jami Savy. You could easily argue this talented beauty belongs in front of the camera but by trade, she is the skilled artist who makes our Laura Ashley models look so fresh and beautiful.

  • 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: Shabby Chic Hearts

    Across the pond, crafters make their way to a sweet spot known as The Make Lounge. Just before Christmas our London friends were busy making vintage hearts for the tree, but we think they’re worth hanging around through Valentine’s.

  • Behind The Design: What's Old is New

    In keeping with the celebration of all things new, we’re thrilled to introduce you to Jessica Moore, an amazing mom and resourceful craftswoman passionate about making old things new again. An architect by trade but a designer by heart, Jessica has blossomed as a brilliant seamstress, transforming second hand clothes into something to be treasured.

  • British-ese: Traditional Christmas Fare

    It’s not Christmas in the UK without Mince pie. These tiny tartlets of meats, fruits and spices pop up all over homes, commercial kitchens and retail shops to accommodate those who believe it is good luck to eat a mince pie every day in December. Perhaps, it’s the English version of our lucky portions of pork, peas and field greens enjoyed on New Year’s Day.

  • Make & Do: Garland Makeover

    Five days and counting. The gifts are wrapped artfully. The tree is trimmed beautifully. And the garland—well, it’s a bit of a bore. No need to fret, our master merchandiser has a few pointers to transform ordinary garland from basic to brilliant.

  • Make & Do: Burlap

    Tis the season of hustle and bustle, a time marked by endless trips to retail, the post and of course, Lowe’s. And in the midst of this frenzy, remains the burning desire to create a picture perfect home where you welcome family and friends. Certainly, we appreciate the decorating enthusiasts-- decking the halls, the nooks and crannies, and even the loo with seasonal flair.

  • A Week of Thanks Giveaways: Day 5

    Celebrating A WEEK of THANKS! Today, we are thankful for a good night’s rest! Whew, the holidays can be exhausting!

  • A Week of Thanks Giveaways: Day 4

    Celebrating A WEEK of THANKS GIVEAWAYS! Today, we are thankful for a soft place to lay our heads. After turkey and all the trimmings, a long nap will be due… Retweet and follow us on Twitter for a chance to win a pair of soft bed pillows.

  • A Week of Thanks Giveaways: Day 3

    Celebrating A WEEK of THANKS GIVEAWAYS! Today, we are thankful for home cooked meals. Proper kitchen and table linens are a compliment to the chef… Retweet and follow us on Twitter for a chance to win a set of festive linens.

  • A Week of Thanks Giveaways: Day 2

    Celebrating A WEEK of THANKS GIVEAWAYS! Today, we are thankful for our homes, so warm and cozy. So why not snuggle up with a comfy new throw… Retweet and follow us on Twitter for a chance to win this plush throw.

  • A Week of Thanks Giveaways!

    To celebrate A Week Of Thanks, we are giving away some Laura Ashley treats every day this week on Twitter. All you need to do is retweet our tweet and follow @LauraAshleyusa and you will be entered into a drawing to win the giveaway of the day! Today, we are thankful for our friends near and far. Be sure to welcome them warmly into your home this holiday season… starting with a proper welcome mat.

  • 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….

  • 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...

  • British-ese: Sweets & Treats

    Around Laura Ashley, we certainly love to decorate for special occasions, but if the truth be told, our bunch would forgo the tricks and carry on with the treats. We’re anxiously awaiting Tuesday. Hopeful our tots will share the wealth of deliciousness they collect while wearing fabulously elaborate costumes.

  • Behind The Design: Girls' Holiday

    About the time you were on the hunt for the perfect pint-sized Easter dress last spring, we were busy putting the finishing touches on our girls’ holiday dresses for 2011. Yes, the holidays will be here before you know it, and with so many special occasions on the agenda, we are anxious to unveil our new girls’ dresses for holiday. But first, we thought it fun to take you behind the design--

  • All A Flutter: Nightingale Collection

    You don’t need a little birdie to tell you that all things feathered have made a comfortable nest in home decorating. Whether you fully embrace the winged lovelies on a statement wall or opt to find your wings with small accessories, our design team recommends you fly! We’re literally all a flutter over...

  • 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 ...

  • Make & Do: Perfect Pesto

    When our VP isn’t at the office, she enjoys preparing scrumptious dishes for her husband and daughter. Although a bit palette challenged at age 3, her picky little princess will devour a fair share of pasta. So as you can imagine there are quite a number of pasta dishes mastered in their kitchen.

  • 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.

  • British-ese: Translation

    Now and then we throw our American friends for a loop with our British-speak, so we thought it appropriate to translate a few of our favourite terms for our stateside readers just for fun. And yes, the Brits do favor the letter U; it shows up in favourite, colour and, of course, mum.With a chill in the air and new autumn wears on the mind, we find it fitting to start with a few definitions in fashion. Shall we start with trousers… our knickers certainly wont be in a knot if you call them pants, ...

  • Mixing Things Up

    Our Laura Ashley team was quite busy over the long weekend putting their talents to good use at home. Some of us were diligently making closet space for seasonal style— a slim fit suit and bowler hat plus a new range of prints including big checks, bold plaids and geometric shapes. Mixing prints is really on trend this fall though always a staple at Laura Ashley.

  • 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.

  • Welcoming Walls

    An ordinary nook can become fresh and inviting with a dramatic palette of berry set against white. These wide painted stripes are both fun and sophisticated in Laura Ashley signature colour Deep Pink 5. Complete your look with delicate details—like this custom pillow in Laura Ashley House Party Toile. Get started on your new welcoming spot with any of our 300 plus paint colours available at Lowe's Stores.    

  • Beautiful Inside and Out

    Tending to your outdoor living space is a must this spring. Let Laura Ashley make those tedious gardening tasks more delightful with tools and accessories that are both functional and fashionable. The classic Cressida Wellingtons and coordinating tote and toolset are part of a newly designed garden collection developed by women to suit women's shapes.

  • Royal Union

    In honor of the upcoming union of William and Kate, we're paying tribute to our British roots with design inspiration of royal style. Flying the flag is not only a hailed British tradition but also a popular trend in contemporary home décor being celebrated stateside. To create your own Union Jack, first select your canvas of choice - a door, chest or old trunk works nicely.

  • Hello Rosier Days

    Go bold but feminine in this zip-front cardigan with delicate, ruffled, shutter pleats. The rich colour pairs nicely with your go-to black, navy and charcoal slim-fit pants. For a more luscious look, mix it with warm mochas or new greens.

  • Goodbye Winter Blues

    We're saying goodbye to the winter blues and hello to rosier days by introducing a little honeysuckle into our seasonal looks. Deemed the colour of the year, honeysuckle pays homage to its sweetly scented namesake plant in gorgeous hues of vibrant pink as seen in this Laura Ashley shawl collar cardigan. Available at www.bonton.com    

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