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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Are we ready for twee?

Laura and Bernard Ashley in 1976.

Dumplings, I was going to use the photo below for this week's "Your Thoughts Please," but not because I find it repellent. I'm diggin' that vintage wallpaper and wondering if it isn't time for a return to twee Laura Ashley prints.


Now I'm not talking about the amped-up wannabe Ralph Lauren florals of the past 15 years. More like the little ditsy prints of the 1960s and 197os or the chair fabric below (which isn't an Ashley print, just reminiscent).


Lest you think I've lost my mind, check out the boho goodness below.

A Laura Ashley ad from the 1970s.

The "before" and "after" of a Laura Ashley catalog shoot from 1986.

So, Dumplings, what are you thoughts?

35 comments:

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

I'm thoroughly biased because I grew up surrounded in Laura Ashley galore, including ill-fitting mother-daughter jumper combos a very rotund me used to squeeze/force myself into -- picture sausage casing en fleurs if you will.
So yeah, I say totally bring 'er on. She's a classic.
Alcira

nerochronicles.com

Brandi said...

I'm in! I love ditsy vintagey prints for sure. I think it's time to bring back some nostalgia!

Kelly said...

Bring it back!! I recently came across all my Laura Ashley design books form the 80's that I would look through over and over and over as a kid. I hated having to wear her stuff as a kid... but always loved her her home line.

Modern Country Lady said...

Yep love the Laura from the seventies- it was so different at the time...so I am ready- but not for the Laura Ashley of today ...

erin@designcrisis said...

I think you and Vogue agree... the latest issues feature a plethora of Vera Bradley bags draped over the shoulders of hip young things.

The Zhush said...

I don't normally associate Laura Ashley and "twee" with Boho goodness, but then there it is, and of course...your right!

Edith Hope said...

Dear Raina, Oh dear me no. I could never warm to the peasant smock Laura Ashley look the first time round so please do not tell me that we are in for a revival. Not bold enough, not cut well enough [that is the clothes, not of course the wallpaper],dreary colours and stultifyingly nostalgic for a Golden Age that never was. Please, dear Raina tell me that it will not happen!!

my favorite and my best said...

love love love!

inner english girl = appeased.

KellyMellyBoBellyBananaFanna said...

The last two pictures I adore. ADORE. The rest (and the concept itself) I'm not sold on.

Kelly

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

You had me at ditsy vintage- so I give an enthusiastic yes to Ms. Ashley and her lovely prints.

Jane said...

Oh yes. I even posted on Laura Ashley and my childhood in frilly dress and frilly roomed curtains a little while back. I am ready for small prints. And that ad is amazing. xo

David said...

I moved into a house once with Laura Ashley ribbon and bows lattice wallpaper in the bedroom. Scarred for life.

Savvy Gab said...

I say bring it on - with moderation!

sanctuaryhome said...

Nope, I am not ready yet. I am trying to think of a place or a circumstance where this look would make my skirt fly up and I am coming up with nothing. Also reminds me of a bad jumper from my past. I may be scared for life like David.

Raina Cox said...

Kelly - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

The Down East Dilettante said...

Many years ago, when Grandpa Dilettante was young, he used to hang out in the Society of Four Arts Library in Palm Beach on rainy days. In the Decorating and Architecture sections, of course. Laura Ashley would often also be there. We'd often be the only people in that section, surprisingly, given the location. She was always extremely sweet as we'd trade books back and forth. She was always kindly of manner.

Funny you mentioned this. I was just sorting and re-housing my 28 year's worth of WOI, and was struck just a couple of hours ago by a cover with her blue and yellow stripe all over a bedroom.

Appletree said...

I am ready for the word twee to enter my vocabulary, however I am not ready for the return of Laura just yet. I need another 30 years.

Leigh said...

Do you remember Victoria magazine? I had a subscription to that when I was 9. So, yeah, I'm ready.

ModFruGal said...

Does this mean Lanz of Salzburg revival is right behind it?

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Confession: I still have some fabric and sheets that I must like, because I've kept them for about a dozen years! Oh, and I was stumped for on twee for a moment!

I think the wallpaper and prints can work if the rest of the mix is perfection. You could pull it off...I just know it!

Kate said...

I've got too much bad history with Laura Ashley smocks and wallpaper from when I little. A Laura Ashley dress ruined my 10th birthday plan and I still haven't moved on.
William Morris in my house, all the way.

Camilla @ Designalogue said...

No. please no.
I grew up in a house that was locked in battle between Laura Ashley & Liberty fabrics. (my mothers house has terracotta carpet...no need to explain I think!)
I will have no part in this fad.....(I reserve the right to change my mind!)

Rebecca (Reluctant Floridian) said...

Had a Laura Ashley bathroom with matching towels in the house in which I grew up. Mom had her decorating books on the shelf next to Conran.

In other words, bring it!!!

(I'm also a Pierre Deux loyalist. Early habits die hard, I guess.)

Concrete Jungle said...

Amused by all the loyalists!

nkp said...

Oh yes! I'm all over it like white on rice. Only you, my darling, would have the foresight to predict this resurrection. My only fear is that my menz would kick me to the curb if I dared to bring this girly loveliness home. But no worries, you have room for me at your place, yes? ;0)

nkp said...

p.s.- and I just have to add, man, I heart that Grandpa Dilettante.

Teri said...

Love it!! I could so see my daughter in a boho goodness room. She has always loved florals like this.

The great stuff always stays good. The knock-offs, not so good.

Raina Cox said...

nkp - You know the Purple Palace is yours any time. And that Dilettante is an amazing fellow.

LiveLikeYou said...

Such a fun blog! I used to be obsessed with Laura Ashley, bought all her books, designed my home to look like it. Then I was so over it. But checking out that boho Laura Ashley look from the seventies...!! Perhaps it's time to check it out again. Digging the small print.

Topaz said...

Two things my daughter never forgave me for: bangs and a red velvet Laura Ashley dress. They came together rather cataclysmically for a holiday photo one year.

Mandi Smith T said...

Like Alcira - I am biased, but in the opposite direction. I think every girl I knew decorated her room and then her dorm room in the stuff. Overload - still not ready for a return. I am getting to the same place right now with fretwork fabric.

susieq said...

Dear Down East Dilettante, may I please come live with you?

Jessica said...

I'm of two minds about this. I love it when it's boho, but the explosion of this stuff all over the midwest in the 80's was a suffocating floral mess. And I love me some floral. Combine this with Pantone's color of the year and I might really need some actual pepto.

Raina Cox said...

Leigh - I think Victoria magazine was relaunched a year or two ago. It is time!

LiveLikeYou - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

Julie @ Chapman Interiors said...

ohhhh you pose a good question! The 70's ad is pretty incredible. And the B&A kitch is also damn cute. BUT tiny prints are like tiny ants running around and I no likely. BUT I could be swayed. I'll rearrange my brain-files to consider a pint sized print. I'll get back to you in a few months. Because my brain-files are a mess and it takes a long time to introduce anything new.

smooch
(and ps, hahahah regretsy, oy I laughed)