Preview - Laura Ashley SS14

Anyone who reads this blog knows about my love for gorgeous homewares, so when an invite to the Laura Ashley SS14 press day arrived, I was delighted to accept. So, on a rainy day last week, I popped along to see the new collection for an injection of spring cheer. While the clothing collection was full of all sorts of pretty, plenty of which has gone on my wish list, I was totally preoccupied with the homewares collection. The five stories were beautiful, each with their own intricacies - and four of these stories really caught my eye: County Show, Flower Marquee, Freshwater and Operetta. These are the ones I could most imagine in my own home - they were charming, warm and inviting.

Flower Marquee: what a warm welcome! The Aviary Garden wallpaper really stood out, it is so delicate and cheerful. And the floral enamel ware (third image below) was a definite winner, and shot to the top of my wish-list.

County Show: This range brings in a gorgeous burst of colour, with a nod to the joy of the village fete. The farm animal cushions, {hello Mr Cow and Mr Chicken!} are so fun, and a lovely way to introduce an element of this theme in a really simple way. The dresser was full of covetable items, including these farm animal mugs, candles and a cookbook holder. But the stand-out item for me was the gorgeous day bed, and I liked it so much that I awarded it my Laura Ashley 'Best in Show' prize. It is so cosy, and inviting and I'd be more than happy to curl up on it, under the pretty blue pointelle blanket. Yes, that would be divine. {You can see more 'best in show' choices by searching the hashtag on twitter, here}.

Operetta: This sophisticated range is what I imagine my grown up house would look like. {That is, when I'm no longer in a rental property with sofas I'm less than keen on...} The whimsical lamps are fabulous, and would liven up any sideboard. And the Parisian mirror is so luxe, I love it. {So much so that I had to snap myself in it!} And afternoon tea will certainly be brighter with the delicate, floral Rose Hill china. Cake, anyone?

Freshwater: A gentle palette of neutral tones creates a calm, welcoming space - one that brings elements of the outdoors in. The carafe {on the table in the image below} has also found a spot on my 'must-buy' list. Out of all the themes, for me this feels the most 'me'. It is calm, laid back and would certainly be a happy place to unwind with friends and family.

Other highlights: The kids room ideas were so fun - and if I had a little person I'd have a ball kitting out their room with these pieces. The paint collection is smart, too. Wipe-clean, it comes in cheerful colours {marshmallow, jelly bean and lemon sherbet - yum} that are ideal for any child's room. I've got my eye on the blackboard paint, which I'm pretty sure is good for adults too! And come Easter adult and child alike will be sure to enjoy these Easter goodies, including pretty pastel pompoms and an Easter egg hunt kit. Marvellous.

All this talk of what's the come has left me hankering after sunshine, fairs and long walks outside. And with such lovely treats to look forward to it's going to be good; I just know it. Roll on Spring!

A big thank you for inviting me, team Laura Ashley!

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