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Spring refresh!

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How to refresh your home on a budget this spring

I’m sure many people will be considering what improvements they can make to their homes as the days become longer and we head into spring.

The longer days mean that weekends become the ideal opportunity to refresh the home ahead of hopefully a long and warm summer.

I’m always looking for new ways to improve a space with accessories but . To help, I’ve put together my top tips for refreshing your home on a budget this spring.

Oh, and don’t forget to shop local and support local businesses!

 

1. A good old fashioned spring clean

After a winter of closed windows and central heating, our homes need to breathe. Working from the top floor of your house downwards, be as ruthless as you can when deciding what should stay or go. Decluttered rooms will instantly feel larger and after a deep clean, your home will sparkle, feeling lighter and brighter. Once you’ve decluttered and cleaned you’ll then be in a better position to judge what needs some TLC or a total change. If the task ahead of you seems too big, do a room each weekend or, if you can spare the money, call in the professionals.

 

2. Accessorize - The perfect compromise

Tired of your current décor? Redecoration not an option? Don’t worry, accessorize! Cushions, throws, light fittings and curtains can easily introduce new accent colours that will add an extra dimension to a room and can even make a traditional home feel more contemporary, or vice versa. Bailey Laine’s range of luxury woollen throws and cushions include solid colours, herringbone patterns and abstract designs. All of the cloth is manufactured in Delph.

 

3. Picture this

If you’re walls are empty, then this is the ideal opportunity to put a stamp on your home. Whether you decide to fill them with private photographs, a print or a painting, the right frame can transform a piece from OK to wow. A picture framer will be able to help you pick out the right mount and frame to bring out the colours in your artwork and breathe life into your room.

 

4. Flower power

Seasonal flowers are an easy way to add a splash of colour to your home. Consider the size of your room and where you’ll place your arrangement. It shouldn’t overwhelm the space nor be lost at the side of ornaments. A good florist will be able to guide you to help you make the right decision so that you leave with a bouquet that you’ll enjoy and visitors to your home will admire.

5. First impressions count

If you don’t feel good when you look at your front door, then it’s time to change it or the colour. Think about what colour works for your property. Consider whether yours is stone or brick, your window frames and the colours in your garden or surrounding your home. Once you’ve decided, take a trip to a DIY shop to see what your options are for a new door knocker or letterbox to finish the look.

International Women's Day

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International Women's Day On March 8th is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. This year the motto is “Be Bold For Change”.

Change can be driven by an individual or by organisations but it starts by being aware of the need and being bold. Challenge conscious or unconscious bias, encourage gender-balanced leadership and ensure women and men’s contributions are valued equally.

When I saw women unite around the world for Women’s March, I couldn’t stop myself from being overwhelmed by sheer pride that together and individually, women, really are wonderful. I am so glad I am a woman, because we are incredible. Stop for a minute and think of everything women can do that men can’t.

As a woman in business, I face challenges daily, because I am a woman. Do I let them bother me? No! There are things that bother me, I am only human but these challenges because of my anatomical make up, make no difference to me. I know they make a difference to other women and I strive to be a person that can strengthen them and offer them hope where they fear there is none.

I am lucky, I have had so many women in my life that have inspired me. Teachers, (my art teacher in particular, whom I have recently got back in touch with and she is as inspirational now as she was then) colleagues old and new, acquaintances and friends from all walks of life. Women that have guided me, that have encouraged me. Women have taught me wonderful lessons and have without doubt made me who I am today and shown me sides to life that I never knew existed.

Not everyone has their tribe behind them, driving them to get the best out of life. That is why it is so important on days like International Women’s Day that we unite and celebrate every single woman around the world. To make the women with no tribe, realise that we are one tribe together striving for the same outcomes.

As a tribe, united in passion for equality, we can move forward with momentum and achieve more great things. The Suffragettes did not give up. Malala Yousafzai, did not give up. They stood up, they faced up, they charged forward and they spearheaded change. Let us do the same. I want a world where we value every single woman. Where we are equal regardless of ethnicity, social background or political choice. It is a mountain but every summit can be reached whichever path has to be taken to get there. Nothing is unachievable.

Whether you are a homemaker, a woman running a multimillion-pound company or women in Africa setting up their own businesses to sell their beautiful crafts to simply provide food, shelter, an education for their families, ultimately, we are all driven by the same things. Passion, pride and love. Take a chance. Hold on tight to your values and goals and take a risk. Be a role model and everyone else will follow.

Whether you are a mother, sister, aunt, grandma, entrepreneur, activist, feminist, actor, homemaker or artist, individually or together, like it or not, women are changing the world.  

 

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!

We hope you enjoyed the holiday period however you spent it and would also like to wish you all a very Happy New Year!

We all like to start things over in the New Year, making resolutions, cleaning the house from top to bottom once the decorations are down or even starting new hobbies. For so many, it is full of hopes and dreams. For many it is a fresh new start.

It can also be a time to add fresh new colours and ideas to our homes too. There are such simple ways of updating your home without breaking the bank on wallpaper and paint. It is so easy to use accessories such as colourful cushions and luxurious throws to add a new, fresh splash of colour here and there. With our January Sale now on, there is no better time to start with those little changes.

We are offering you 20% off orders over £20.00. All you have to do is go through the ordering process online at www.baileylaine.com/shop adding the luxurious products that take your fancy to your basket. Once you are happy with everything you have ordered, enter the code SALE17 in the promotion code box and 20% will be deducted from the total amount of your order.

Happy shopping!

A simple, thank you!

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As 2016 comes to an end and we write our last Blog of the year, we would like to say just one thing. Thank you! Thank you to every single person and customer that have supported us on our journey so far.

It is such a lovely thing when we receive positive feedback from all of our customers and we really can’t thank you enough for your loyal support of Bailey Laine.

We cannot wait for 2017 to start and to see what the year brings for Bailey Laine. With many things in the pipeline, we have to say we are very excited.

In the meantime, from us all at Bailey Laine, we would like to wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Spread the love

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"Spread The Love" this Winter

We are asking that you "Spread The Love" by thinking about someone that might not be feeling the festive cheer for whatever reason.

It's that time of year where everyone is beginning to become full of festive cheer, many are running around spending lots of money, writing cards, planning presents, buying food and rushing off to parties. We all know that this time of year can be wonderful but it can also be hard for so many. For many it brings misery, family dispute and debt to name just a few issues. For many it is lonely. People can so easily be forgotten as we all run around madly thinking about what we have to do and where we have to be. Here at Bailey Laine, we decided we wanted to offer a product that could be bought with all this is mind. Something that was going to spread a little love and happiness whilst being, luxurious and handmade but most importantly affordable. Our cute little hearts, stockings, Robins and stars are made from luxurious Lambswool so they are soft to the touch and have a beautiful Christmas scent of cloves making them an irresistible "Spread The Love" gift or stocking filler.  With such a treat for the senses, how can you possibly miss the opportunity of passing one of these little gifts of love on to someone that isn't necessarily feeling the festive joy? Knowing that you have thought about someone in even the smallest way can make the world of difference to them. So go on "Spread The Love" These cute little items have already proved popular and are a perfect little gift of love without having to spend too much money. Even if you don't want to "Spread The Love" and send them a little something in the post with these little gifts, think about those people in need in a different way. Offer them a gift of time, a chat, a coffee or even a simple smile. They can all go a very long way!

Hygge...

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By now, no doubt, you have heard the Danish word Hygge being used. No matter how you choose to pronounce it, (for us it is Hoo –ga) it really is about “Cosiness for the soul”. Creating a haven away from the cold outside. A form of human hibernation. 

In Belgium, they practice gemütlichkeit. They call it “gezelligheid”, the cozy mood among friends when having deep conversations with lots of candles, a glass of wine or a piece of cake and a cup of tea…It seems, that whatever you choose to call it, we all love to do it and it is not meant to be translated I am told, but rather felt!

Sitting by the woodstove as the hot embers crackle and the flames become hypnotic, sipping on a mug of coffee, and quite simply loving the beauty of the day and all its shades of grey outside. With candles lit, creating a lovely natural glow within the room, I realise there really is something calming about it all as the flame of the fire and the flickering candles dance before my eyes. It really does draw you in, allowing your mind to wander to a world or place that only you can enter. Allowing you to be peaceful in the moment.

Tomorrow, the house will smell like ginger as we bake our weekend Parkin (I know, a little more Yorkshire than Danish!) For us, this becomes a regular past time in the Winter. It really is part of creating a cosy home, for yourself, your family and your visitors. Hygge excites all of our senses indoors where the outdoors fail as everything dies off and becomes cold, baron and sparse. In truth, it seems that Hygge has always been a part of who we are as humans, except now we have a fashionable word for it instead of just “hibernation” Whatever word you want to use to name it, is a simple way of life. Almost caveman like. Fires, furs, home baking, cosy togetherness around a fire, in a small space. A place where we can belong and be at one with ourselves away from the demands of the outside world.

It is certainly a way of life to be encouraged and whatever you want to call it, Hygge, gezelligheid or hibernation, there is one thing that plays a vital role in it, cosiness. Here at Bailey Laine we are lucky to have an abundance of beautiful luxurious products to allow you to get warm and cosy in the cold months, whilst creating a stylish interior around you. We have it all, from cushions and throws to get snuggly with, to Ruanas, which make the perfect wrap around cosy lounge wear, that offers a bit more glamour to Winter life than your average onesie.

So, why not give Hygge a try and start by treating yourself and your home to some cosy luxury this winter at www.baileylaine.com/shop

Allow us to introduce....

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It is with total pleasure that this week we have launched our Lambswool Ruana wraps to keep you cosy this Winter. They are perfect for throwing on to get you out and about quickly without the hassle of a coat or as an easy lounge wear accessory in the home. We think this year it will be very much a case of capes not coats! #capesnotcoats

Similar to other poncho-like garments in Latin America, a ruana is basically a thick, soft and sleeveless square or rectangular blanket with an opening in the centre for the head to go through with a slit down the front to the hem. The hem of our Ruanas are stitched locally to a high standard offering comfort around your neckline and make them easy to wear.

These luxurious Lambswool Ruanas add an elegant look to any outfit whether it is with a pair of skinny jeans with boots or a dressy evening outfit. They are perfect for every occasion.

We were lucky enough to use a local beauty spot for the photo shoot for these stunning Ruanas. We were in the beautiful setting in Delph, where Bailey Laine is located with the stunning scenery as our backdrop. As previously talked about, we were very pleased to be supported by local women in business, Jo Ferns and Nicola Gerrard MUA for this photo shoot. We were also extremely lucky to have the fabulous talent of Adam Spencer Young Photography.

Adam is an award winning Photographer & Creative Director based in Manchester, specialising in Low Light (non-flash) Stills, Music Media Production, Band Promotion, Portfolio Imagery, Advertising and Events. Adam’s career has frequently facilitated travel; enabling him to work in London, Los Angeles, New York, Cannes, Croatia, Spain and Malta. And here at Bailey Laine, we now know why!

The photographs that were the result of the photo shoot are stunning. Adam was a true professional from start to end. He had researched the area and found the chosen location was perfect. He put our models at ease and had a set of beautiful images quickly and professionally, that we couldn't wait to use.

Our Ruanas are now online at www.baileylaine.com/shop Lambswool Ruanas are priced at £63 including postage and packaging, Check Lambswool Ruanas are £53 including postage and packaging.

 

Girl power!

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Saddleworth business women make a dynamic team……

Last week saw a top secret photoshoot for Bailey Laine. There will be more on this to follow in the coming weeks but what Bailey Laine wanted to talk about this week was a coming together of a great team of people that got a fabulous job done by working together. And what makes this worth celebrating even more was that 75% of the team were Saddleworth business women joining forces to make up the dynamic team.

On the morning of the photoshoot, we started off at the stunning Jo Ferns Lydgate hair salon with a fabulous team of stylists on hand to do the hair of our local ladies that were to take part in the shoot. We were keen to use local ladies that weren’t models in order to keep this photoshoot real and appealing to women of all ages. Jo Ferns Salon made everyone feel welcome whilst retaining high standards throughout and keeping to the relaxed brief. I have never come across such a professional and truly pleasant team of hairdressers. At Jo Ferns, this is what you get all the time. It is this continuity in standards that makes the fabulous, friendly salon what it is. This comes from top class management and a true knowledge of your own trade and business. Jo Ferns Salon, you quite simply excel in all that you do.

Once the hair of both our ladies was complete we were lucky enough to have Nicola Gerrard MUA on hand to keep the natural looking make up of our ladies on point. Nicola had a fabulous relaxed yet professional manner and made the models feel at ease whilst she worked her magic using her wonderful make up skills. It takes a special type of person to make people feel at ease whilst doing their job to the highest standard and Nicola did this without problem or hesitation. An absolute diamond of a professional to the core.

The morning was a true example of women in business coming together to support each other and being a solid unit in order to achieve great things. It was a complete honour to be surrounded by true talent and passionate women that want something and that go out and get it, letting nobody stop them.

Everyone finally moved to the photoshoot location which was headed by the very talented Adam Young – Photography. His high standard of photography and knowledge of this type of photoshoot were epitomical. His wonderful skills coupled with the teamwork of everyone else on location made for a fun filled morning full of laughter, whilst getting the job done quickly and ultimately to the highest standard. We had full faith in Adam that he would deliver and he truly did!

We can’t wait to share the outcome of this fabulous teamwork with you. Watch this space……

 

 

Contacts

Jo Ferns Lydgate,

85 Oldham Road, Grasscroft, OL4 4JF

01457 870348

www.jofernssalons.com

Twitter @jofernslydgate

Instagram @jofernslydgate

 

Nicola Gerrard MUA

01457 870348

Instagram @nicolagerrardmua

 

Adam Young

www.AdamSpencerYoung.com

Twitter @AdamYoungPhotos

Instagram @adamyoungphotos

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Happy 1st Birthday Bailey Laine

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July saw the 1st Birthday of Bailey Laine and what a first year it has been. We saw Jaqueline Gold award her WOW of the week on 12th August which was a real honour and gave us something to celebrate within the first few weeks of having launched.

Retailers have taken Bailey Laine and its story to their hearts and we continue to supply beautiful shops with our products whether they be small independent retailers or larger outlet stores. We are thrilled to have been received with such enthusiasm.

For Bailey Laine’s actual Birthday, we were at Harrogate Home and Gift trade show. This was a fabulous platform and a wonderful way to meet new retailers and see what other beautiful products businesses have to offer. It was an utter joy to see our products displayed so beautifully and to our surprise, we were thrilled to see that six of our products had been nominated for The Gift Trade Association “Gift of the year 2017” With the next process of this nomination to look forward to, our 2nd year is looking every bit as promising as our first year was.

To mark the beginning of our 2nd year, we have an exciting new range taking shape in the form of lighting. We will tell you more about this in our next Blog but in the meantime we have a sneak preview of some of our new lighting range in Mi Abode in Uppermill, Saddleworth.

Natures finest fibre - Wool

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There are so many reasons why wool is one of the most perfect materials for humans to live with. Here we talk about a few of the top reasons why wool offers a far more superior experience than any other fibre, natural or man-made.

QUIET & COMFORTABLE – Wool creates the ideal habitat for homes and offices. Wool textiles such as cushions, throws and carpets absorb noise and create warmth making your home or office the perfect place for relaxation, concentration and play.  Wool fibres come in a vast array of microns and crimps meaning it absorbs a higher range of frequencies than other materials.

SAFE & ALLERGY SAFE – In an age where people suffer so much with so many allergies wool is one of the best options for your home. Wool carpets act as a natural air filter, trapping allergens such as dust and pollen and keeping them out of the breathing zone.  Wool is great for asthmatics as it cannot be digested by dust mites, the main cause of asthma. Did you know that wool actually reduces humidity in a room?

CLEAN AIR –The build-up of indoor air contaminants has been a growing concern since the 1970s. It was then that energy conservation methods were introduced, which minimized the flow of outside air into homes and buildings. Less access to outside air increases the concentration of contaminants in an indoor space, making the air unhealthy…even toxic. Wool is a natural fibre that has the ability to absorb indoor contaminants, including formaldehyde, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide, and lock them into its core without re-releasing them. As such, wool improves indoor air and creates healthier working and living environments. Wool will absorb indoor contaminants and purifies the air of harmful gases locking them away for up to 30 years.

OUTSTANDING QUALITY – Durable and long lasting, wool products are renowned for long-lasting good looks and have many inherent qualities that assure performance is locked in. A wool fibre can be bent 20,000 times and bounce-back to its natural shape meaning cushions, with the occasional good “plump” will look great for years to come.

NATURAL – Wool is rapidly renewable, with sheep growing a new fleece every year. Wool is biodegradable and full of essential nutrients that plants love. Wool cushion covers and throws can be returned to nature or recycled into new products.

SUSTAINABLE – Wool is a sustainable material which is completely renewable, biodegradable and responsibly grown by farmers who care. Farmers take special care of the land, the animals and the people so that they can keep growing wool for another few thousand years.