Last week I left the boys with their daddy for the day and toddled off down to London for a little adventure all on my own!
I’d been invited to the Laura Ashley Press Show AW15 and made the hour and a half long journey — on the train — to see what gorgeous things they have in store for us this autumn and winter.
I am big fan of Laura Ashley products — there are always such beautiful things to see each season.
Often the brand is associated with more traditional home furnishings but these days they’ve got a real mix, that would suit a contemporary style just as well as a more classic one.
I’m quite fascinated by Laura Ashley — she was such a modern gal for her day.
Born in Wales in 1925, she was a pioneering business woman — something that was a bit of an anomaly in those days. She began her career producing upholstery and furnishing fabrics but in the 1960s started designing and manufacturing clothes.
I once read an interview with one of her children and the thing I most remember — and something that has stayed with me — is that Laura once said her priorities were her husband, her children and then her business — in that order.
Her children didn’t seem to mind at all that they came second only to their father. I think they must have loved what a loving relationship their parents had. I absolutely love the fact that she was so in love with her husband too. She even turned down the offer an OBE because she was upset that he hadn’t been offered one too.
Her little cottage industry was a real family affair and all of the Ashley children were involved in the business in some way or another.
She sadly died in 1985 — due to a tragic accident — but her legacy still lives on and the Laura Ashley brand is absolutely thriving.
Anyway (got a bit sidetracked by history, sorry) back to the present day and the press show!
There were so many lovely things — from amazing lighting to beautiful fabrics, cushions, sofas, kitchen equipment — to be honest I felt like I’d gone to ‘home-heaven’. I’ve put together a little round-up of some of the things I saw.
Have a look and see what you think.
Christmas in June
They also had a display of their Christmas product.
Some absolutely beautiful things and although we’ve barely got into the swing of summer, it made me get just a *little* bit excited about this year’s festivities.
Through a berry red front door into a glittery wonderland of opulent gold, silver and red themed decorations.
One of the highlights of the show, for me, was a brand new offering that will be hitting the stores in September.
Inspired by ‘all things homespun’, they have produced an amazing collection of craft kits — knitting, candle-making, sewing — PLUS packs of their delicious trademark fabrics sold in ‘fat-quarters’ for quilters and crafters alike. With the nation hooked on programmes like ‘Sewing Bee’ and ‘Kirstie’s Homemade Home’, I predict that this new range will do really well.
Needless to say, I came home with my head buzzing with colour and pattern and am very much looking forward to seeing this lovely stuff hit the shops in a few months time.