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On a very wet and gloomy Tuesday I made my way to the Laura Ashley AW 2016 press show. In a way I was quite glad the weather was acting in a typical English manner as it made the sneak peek at the Autumn and Winter collections even more enjoyable.  Keep reading to find out what the Laura Ashley team have been cooking up.


I walked into the homeware rooms first and was greeted with six new and very diverse collections. The blue Modern Botanique range was my favorite collection as it included touches of Mid Century and Shaker styling, and you know how much I love 1960's interiors.

This is a picture heavy post as I wanted to show you everything, so there's more after the jump..



The other collections due to launch in August are the nature inspired Woodland Walk which featured lots of painterly textures, the Ambleside range also consists of hand painted motifs in calm blues and greens. On the other end of the spectrum the opulent Montague Feather and Baroque ranges offered up lots of velvet and silk textures in purple hues. The Copper Canvas collection reminded me of a Scottish lodge, all I needed was a hot chocolate and a good book and I would have happily sat there all day.


Crushed velvets and lavender tones in the Baroque room set.


The Montague Feather range is inspired by boutique hotel styling. It looks as though the pineapple trend is here to stay too.



I loved the pale green wood-block style pattern in the Woodland Walk collection. That tartan rug is fabulous too.


Lastly the Copper Canvas collection with that wonderful velvet armchair, there are touches of warm toned marble and brass in this collection which I love.


Something new for Laura Ashley is the introduction of an Autumnal and Halloween range. That pumpkin dish though. Adorable.

I also got a chance to take a look at their Christmas ranges. I'm ashamed to say that I got pretty excited about all of the festive pieces, I really need to re-focus onto Summer.



I'm a huge advocate for a traditional Christmas and I thought that this tea towel was the cutest.




And now for the fashion pieces. I was so happy to see a lot of 1970's influences. The 70's is my favourite era, call me crazy but I love bell sleeves, maroon corduroys and avocado coloured bathroom suites.  I really hope this trend sticks around into 2017.


The design team went back to the archives and took a lot of inspiration from the L.A designs of the 70's. Some pieces are direct copies which I think is so clever. I would give anything to have a day in the Laura Ashley archive room. There must be some absolute gems in there. 

I loved something from every collection but my favorites were the Portrait of Laura range which was inspired by Laura's actual wardrobe from the 70's. I also loved Free Spirit and Welsh Blanket. In all the ranges I saw lots of embellished velvet, midi length dresses and Victoriana styling. 



The Verdigris range.


The Free Spirit and Portrait of Laura pieces.


I really want this whole ensemble from the Welsh Blanket collection.


I hope you enjoyed this little sneak peek into the upcoming Laura Ashley ranges. Let me know what your favorite collection is below. 


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  1. Oh I love Laura Ashley so much, I forget time once I enter into the shop. I especially love your picture of the Copper room. The 70's archive looks really interesting too xx #HomeEtc

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    1. I think the copper room was my favorite :)

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  2. Lovely seeing the new ranges through your photographs. I'd love to spend a day in their archives too! I like the look of some of the wallpapers you have shown, I will be checking those out and the fashion collections too. #HomeEtc

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    1. The wallpapers were so lovely, especially the birdy ones!

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  3. I also forget how much I like Laura Ashley - in the 80s I had some very LA patterned curtains in my bedroom Love the verdigris range but I'm hoping the styles are too 70s, I've worn those once before ;) #homeetc

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    1. If you've been there before I can understand why the 70's stuff might be a bit too much! I love it though!

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  4. Oooh wow you were there too that day- I could have walked straight passed you without realising! I love seeing a different perspective on the collection and your photos are great because the lighting wasn't ideal- my post is very 'pineapple-heavy'! #homeetc

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    1. Oh no, I'm sad we missed each other! I got there quite late though.

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  5. Unfortunately I couldn't make this event! I was so sad to miss it, but I'm so glad I got to see your photos. It looks absolutely gorgeous and I am so intrigued about the new clothing range. Absolutely stunning! x

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    1. The clothes were AMAZING! I'm sure you would have loved it all.

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  6. I was absolutely gutted not to make it down this time. I was all set to go too but the boys and I were all full of a cold and the thought of the three of us trekking into London was not pleasant, when I was feeling so rough — even to look at such a load of gorgeous stuff.

    LOVELY stuff though — so happy to live the event through you!! :) Thanks so much for linking up with us Nancy! — Caro x #HomeEtc

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    1. Oh no, not the best timing! Hopefully next time you can make it and we can properly meet each other!

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