Several weeks ago I received a package in the mail. I opened it up to find six Laura Ashley Home Furnishings catalogues dating from 1982 through 1986. A card was enclosed telling me that they were a gift from a blogger-friend Linda who was cleaning house. I spent the better half of the morning just poring over the pictures. They held a lot of memories for me. I had worked for the Laura Ashley company at the peak of its worldwide popularity. It was, and still is, amazing how Bernard and Laura Ashley, with almost no business experience, came to dominate the decorating stage. And what a stage! The Ashleys produced all the necessities (fabric, wallpaper, furniture, tile, china, rugs, etc.) to recreate English country home decor, whether your home was a grand villa or a three room flat. As I look at the photos now, they seem a bit contrived. But you know what? It doesn’t matter. A part of me would love to see the return of softer…more romantic rooms.
Thanks again, Linda! :)
(Photo- Laura Ashley Home Furnishings catalogue, 1984)
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