Updating, Ashley-style

December 13, 1992|By Elaine Markoutsas

Few homeowners are in a position to decorate from scratch, according to Mark Winstanley, design manager for Laura Ashley primary products. And even though Laura Ashley catalogs sell room sets that feature bed linens, wall coverings, decorative pillows, and china coordinated with lamp shades and furniture, the company feels many of its products can be integrated with existing furnishings to update a look. Mr. Winstanley offers these ideas:

* Use cushions as a smart, inexpensive way to refresh a room. In 1993, Laura Ashley will offer limited-edition cushions in a range of styles, including a contemporary patchwork with a central diamond print surrounded by a woven stripe.

* Stitch up a tablecloth for the holidays, using a festive fabric such as Venetia, which is printed in gold on a burgundy or navy ground.

* Add a throw to a sofa or easy chair. Laura Ashley offers a 48-by-60-inch lambswool throw in dark green with a Regency striped print border and paisley on the reverse.

* Buy a new lamp. A contemporary nickel table lamp will be part of the Laura Ashley spring collection.

* Think of using fabric as art. An interesting print can be hung on the wall as a panel.

* Change lampshades. You can change the mood of the room, using florals, damasks or tartan pleated shades with bows.

* Use slipcovers. Choose from some of the new solid-color wovens or multicolored stripes for a more contemporary feeling.

* Underline your curtains for contrast. A windowpane check on the reverse of a floral is a fresh look; turn the drape back so that the underside shows.

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