Laura Ashley’s new Autumn Winter 2012 ranges

It’s that time of year again, while you are enjoying the peak of summer, to start thinking about the Autumn/Winter season. There’s something about interior styles for autumn and winter that are so inviting, giving a real glow, and Laura Ashley never disappoint with their super-stylish interiors. The new catalogue is out now, here are some of my favourites…

Moody Hues

Imperial Threads

Decorating with shades of grey

Grey is a versatile colour for the home and adapts well to any style of decorating, and gives a more modern and sophisticated feel that simple cream and beige. Here are some inspirational rooms that use greys to create a soft, romantic look, perfect for a faded vintage effect.

Christy Toile bedlinen

Grey Toile bed linen from Christy

Cabbages and Roses Charcoal fabrics

Charcoal fabrics, wallpapers and accessories from Cabbages and Roses

Laura Ashley Casual Chic

Casual Chic theme in dove grey from Laura Ashley


Valentine’s Day special gift ideas – accessories for around the home

It’s not long now until Valentine’s Day. Are you struggling to find the perfect gift for your loved one? Or maybe just want to add a touch of romance to you home for the special day. Here are some great ideas of lovely home accessories to get you in the mood…

Love pillowcase set £29.95,  Personalised love hearts picture £58, from Not on the High Street

Andrew Martin love letter wallpaper £49.90, Libra love bookends £71.50, from Bouf,384&wid=288&hei=384&layer=1&src=G_129626450_50_20100825&size=288,384&qlt=65&wid=288&hei=384&op_usm=1,1,0,0,384&wid=288&hei=384&layer=1&src=I_143226769_00_20110120&size=288,384&qlt=65&wid=288&hei=384&op_usm=1,1,0,0

Wedgwood Queen of Hearts collection from £40, Rose sculpture cushion £12.50, House of Fraser

Wall sticker £11.99 from Bouf, 1000 red silk rose petals £7.24 from Amazon


Christmas decoration ideas, plus all the top bargains

Now that December is here it’s time to start getting those Christmas decorations out of the loft. If your decorations have seen better days it may be time to treat your home to something new this festive season, there are loads of ideas in the shops now and plenty of bargains to be had.

House of Fraser Half Price on all decorations
Marks & Spencer
3 for 2 on trees & decorations
Homebase Half Price trees & lights
BHS have 20% off all decorations
Sainsburys have 1/3 off Christmas tableware
Asda have 25% off decoration, decor, cards & wrapping paper

Here are some colour themes to give you some ideas…

White Christmas – mix silvers and white for an ultra cool, winter look. Creates a magical glow in the evening when all lit up.

Create the look…5ft Ice white tree from Homebase £14.99, 50 piece bauble set from Next £10, Flower lights from BHS £6, Spiky wreath from John Lewis £10, Reindeer light from BHS £25, Silver charger plate form Sainsburys £1.99$product154x214$$list4$$product154x214$$medium150$

Purple & Blue - these rich jewel colours will create a really luxurious yet cosy feel in your home.

Get the look…Teal pre-lit butterfly garland from Next £24, Satin baubles from John Lewis £9, Purple wine glasses from Sainsburys £12 for 4, Blue Christmas crackers from Homebase £3.99 for 12, 6ft tree from Next £60, Pink glitter reindeer from John Lewis £8$list4$$large240$$list4$

Red & White – this look is so traditional but this year give it a Scandinavian twist with modern patterns and crafted pieces.

Create the look…Christmas stocking from Laura Ashley £14, Red berries wreath from Sainsburys £9.99, Red glitter word tree from BHS £4, Scarlet berry runner from Next £16, Hangin paper snowflake from John Lewis £18, Fabric angel tree topper from M&S £12,$medium150$$product154x214$$list4$,BottomRight,1,1_SX182_CR0,0,182,0_SH35_SH35_.jpg

Create a relaxed winter scheme with Highland hues

Bring a real cosy feel to your home this winter with Scottish inspired textiles such as tartans & checks in rich aubergines, greens and reds, team with textures like chunky knits, leather, faux fur and wool. Also inspiration comes from the highland landscape, use stag motifs and images of heather and green foliage. Here are some of the beautiful ranges of textiles and wallpapers available…

Textiles from Prestigious Textiles Isle of Skye range

Wallpaper from left: Cole & Son Tartan by Vivienne Westwood, right: Mulberry Home

Textiles from the  Zoffany collection of Tinto wools

Get the look for less with these pieces of furniture and accessories… left to right: John Lewis Gibson armchair £999, Dunelm Mill stag cushion, £12.99, Not on the High Street lampshade £26, Bouf stag mirror £100, Not on the High Street alpaca check blanket £59, Rugspot sheepskin rug £85, Easy Art print from £32, Not on the High Street wool footstool £99, Throws for Sofas check throw £75, Easy Art fern print from £30, Next Southwold armchair £399

Wonderful wall art ideas for your home

Have you got lots of empty wall space, looking for a stylish way to create an accent in your room? Buying framed prints or paintings can be extremely expensive and can appear bland if the images aren’t personal to you. Display a collection of plates, family photos or vintage postcards. Why not collect some cheap frames from junk or charity shops in different sizes and styles and paint them all the same colour. Use stencils or stickers to create an interesting backdrop to existing images.

Here are some more ideas for your home..

Here are some stylish ready-made wall art options to create the look…$fash_product$$fash_product$$fash_product$

Magical metallics – create a warm glow in your home

Decorating you home with metallics will brighten any room in the darker winter months and add a magical glowing effect perfect for a luxurious, chic style. Even with just a few home accessories with a bit of sparkle, which doesn’t have to be reserved for just the festive season, you can bring a warm glow to you home.

India Jane votives

Collection of votives from India Jane

bathroom tiles

Iridescent glass mosaic tiles from Fired Earth

Florence lustre wallpaper from Villa Nova

Metallic living room from House to Home

Lustre pewter bedding from Kylie at home

Here are some metallic accessory ideas from your home…$fash_product$

Stylish Christmas dining ideas from Laura Ashley

Laura Ashley have put together 3 themes for festive dining which look gorgeous, so if you’re thinking of sprucing up your dining table this year, these accessories are guaranteed to look great, and last for many years. They have created some stunning table settings – glasses, table mats, table cloths and runners.

The first is ‘Calm’ with whites and creams set off with metallic trim accessories and mirrored placemats. It’s all very sophisticated and if your anything like me, a bit of a calming atmosphere around the Christmas dinner table will be most welcome!

‘Refined’ has rich luxurious cranberry reds which work really well if you have a more traditional home, and if your dining table is in a darker wood. This candelabra will make a great centre piece for your table set off with red candles.

Here’s something a bit different for Christmas, ‘Jolly’ is bright and cheerful, and would certainly make a fresh change on your home this year. This is one I think that the kids will love and would work really well if you are having a more informal gathering this year.

Creating the perfect dining room for Christmas

Time to start thinking about this years festivities – there are lots of ways to create the perfect festive atmosphere in your home this Christmas, decorating your dining room and dining table for Christmas day doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are some simple ideas…

Personalise dining chairs with ribbons and evergreen foliage…

Create a simple table runner with a strip of fabric or use long lengths of red ribbon over a white table cloth.

Create a simple focal point for your table using flowers in dark reds and purples, mix these with some evergreen foliage from your garden to enhance the look…

Why not go for cool whites in your dining room and mix white with silver and a splash of green foliage.

Why not have your christmas tree in the dining room this year…