For The Love Of : Laura Ashley

Growing up I always thought that anyone who shopped in Laura Ashley was really posh, I had friends who’s parents had a ‘best room’ that no one, certainly not children, were allowed in and you could be certain it was decorated in the latest Laura Ashley colours. If I’m honest that impression stuck with me right into adulthood and as I certainly didn’t have a posh room in my house I didn’t think it was really a shop for me.

Then, every so often, an Instagram post or Pinterest pin would catch my eye and I’d be surprised to find that the decor or home accessory I liked was actually from non other than Laura Ashley so when they got in touch to see if I would like to collaborate with them my interest was piqued.

I decided I wanted to inject some grown up chicness (is that a word? I’m clearly not chic if I don’t know but you get what I mean!) into our bedroom as since decorating it last year it still felt unfinished and living in a house full of boys it was definitely lacking in femininity.

When planning this mini makeover I pictured crisp white bedding, soft grey’s and wood accents but what I really wanted to re-create was the look of a cosy Sunday morning lie in with tea, toast and a book, the kind I used to enjoy pre-children, so that way I could at least pretend that I get to stay in bed past 06:30 every morning….

I started with the bedding and chose the Aimee bedset which looks simple but classic with its broderie trim on both the duvet and the pillows which is just the right amount of frill to get past Mr T largely unnoticed! I’m not one for ironing bedding but this was so lovely that I felt it deserved special treatment when I unpacked it, I’m not sure what came over me but it was definitely worth the effort once I made the bed as it delivered the crisp effect I was after perfectly.

Next I added a grey throw and cushions to add tone and texture and give a real feeling of comfort and cosiness plus these colours matched the curtains we have in here already so really helped pull the room together. I’m a bit of a blanket hoarder as I love nothing better than snuggling up on a cold winters night wrapped in a blanket watching tv, or heading to bed early and throwing a extra blanket over me to keep warm, living in a Victorian house the heating only has to be off for five minutes and the house is freezing again so this will come in extra useful come December!

I upcycled our bedside tables about a year ago using marble effect sticky back plastic to cover the tops and I sprayed the original handles gold but after a year of use they were starting to look a bit worn so I decided to replace them with some new gold drawer pulls to add a little bit of sophisticated glamour to the room.

I think they are quite art deco looking and as you get 4 in the box they are perfect for updating any chest of drawers or wardrobe doors.

Once the handles had been replaced I quickly realised that the packet of baby wipes, over dried hydrangeas from my Nan’s garden last year and latest copy of Slimming World magazine wasn’t going to cut it as a stylish vignette next to my cosy and sophisticated new bed so I had a little faff with this area too.

I added a gold hexagonal mirror that was a Aldi special buy months ago but I hadn’t yet found a home for then a jar candle and finally a maiden hair fern in a pale pink geometric pot. All these things I had lying around the house and sometimes just grouping old items together in a new way makes an area look completely different and gives the items a new lease of life. Give it a go, there’s nothing better than a good faff!

Now my next choice was probably fueled by complete and utter wishful thinking on my part but I went for a wooden lap tray, I’ve wanted one of these for ages and I absolutely love it! Who knew one could get so excited over a serving tray?

This single wooden serving tray does make me feel properly grown up and I can just picture being brought breakfast in bed on it on Mothers Day or my birthday or every Sunday……or more likely me eating my tea off it on the sofa after a long shift in work but hey, both are fine by me!

Last but by no means least was my choice of this wicker magazine rack which is actually pretty big and very sturdy however I do not plan on using it as a magazine rack but instead for storing my collection of throws in and for generally making pictures look pretty for Instagram! The beauty of all the pieces that I have chosen for my bedroom makeover are that, apart from the bedset of course, everything else can be used throughout the house to mix things up and add a bit of style, interest and practicality.

My honest opinion is that despite my initial misgivings that Laura Ashley wasn’t really for me I have been really impressed with the quality, design and style of all the pieces I received and I think you’ll agree they have definitely helped create the lazy Sunday chic vibe I was after and although it is highly unlikely that I will actually get said lie in anytime soon at least I’ll be well prepared when the time comes!

For more information and inspiration why not visit www.laurashley.com (because it’s not just for really posh people!)

Jen xx

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*Although this is a paid collaboration with Laura Ashley all views and opinions are my own. I only work with brands that I am genuinely interested in and would recommend. 

2 Comments

  1. Laura
    August 20, 2018 / 8:00 am

    I love this. I’m currently making over our very unloved bedroom, which up until last week (despite having been in the house for 4 years!) had remained unchanged from the ugly brown ‘neutral rental’ colours chosen by the previous vendors. It’s the last room to be tackled and aside from changing the colour, I’m now at a standstill on other decisions, so seeing your gorgeous room has given me lots of ideas. I’ve popped into Laura Ashley over the years to buy bits and bobs (love their home fragrances) and I’ve always loved their wallpapers, but never been brave enough to make a bold statement! I’m definitely going to add the magazine rack to my wish list.

  2. September 13, 2018 / 10:07 pm

    Wow, I absolutely love this post (and Laura Ashley too 😊), reading how you and your home have been transformed! Laura Ashley have some gorgeous products, the kind I wish my own home was filled with… A throw here … A foot stool there … A splash of design on the walls. It’s great to have a shop you can walk around and dream how your home could be, to imagine sipping a cozy cup of hot chocolate in one of their gorgeous wing arm chairs (there is a beautiful orange check arm chair in my local Laura Ashley that I would love to own one day 💛 for now I will just admire but I will live in hope 😊)
    I hope you get at least one lay in and enjoy your new home look.

    All the best and look forward to following more of your posts.
    StephieAndZach x

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