Creating a Welcoming spare bedroom with Laura Ashley

Our spare bedroom has been a real mixed bag room – storage, dressing room, an office, you name it so I was delighted when Laura Ashley asked us to choose some items to revamp our spare bedroom.

I really wanted to create a welcoming space for family and friends to visit – the sort of room I could pop chocolates on the pillows like a hotel(!) so we were definitely in need of new items to make the room cosy.

The spare bedroom is all neutral – cream walls and carpet and “themed” around Cornwall with accessories and art in blues and greens so I wanted to expand within that colour scheme. I love the new Laura Ashley Duck Egg Damask range and was delighted to choose some items from the collection.

We have white bedding in all three bedrooms which I love but it can sometimes feel a little clinical. With the cold nights drawing in, I wanted to add some warmth. The Dylan Duck Egg Checked Cotton Throw works perfectly and adds some real texture. Topped off with the coordinating Dylan Duck Egg Cushion the bed looks really cosy.

I really like statement lamps in a room, I think the eye is drawn to them as soon as you walk in. I was so pleased to find the Marina Jar Complete Lamp. It has a lovely neutral shade and the beautiful glass jar base means you can change what you display inside it. I’m going to use shells and sand in the summer months and to celebrate us heading into Autumn I’ve added a selection of fallen leaves Harry helped me collect! It makes the lamp a real statement piece. I’m planning on displaying baubles inside it for Christmas too!

I love vintage accessories and the gorgeous Set of 2 Brass and Mirror Hexagonal Trinket Trays are such a lovely addition to our room. I like to display a candle or some flowers on them as the mirrored base looks so pretty but they look equally lovely with make up brushes or jewellery displayed on them.

I really love the house to smell fresh and inviting so I chose some home scents from the Sweet Pea and Freesia range. The Sweet Pea and Freesia Reed Diffuser and Scented Candle are a welcome addition to the room and actually scent the whole of our upstairs space, it’s really lovely.

I hope you like the changes we’ve made to our spare bedroom. I’m sure the next guests we have to stay will feel welcomed and cosy with our new additions.

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