I've been a fan of Laura Ashley stuff since the 1980's, and although they failed to capture the American market long-term, they are apparently still popular in U.K., Europe and Asia, thanks to the enduring popularity of their home and decorating products.
Click here to view their Autumn/Winter 2010 catalogue on-line. There are pastels, yes, but so much more. A lot of rich, surprising color -- and everything is cheerfully restrained, of course, in the Laura Ashley style.
I would just love to get my hands on a vintage bottle of the no-longer-manufactured Laura Ashley No. 1, not just because it is gorgeous but because the scent (a chypre floral) still haunts me -- in a good way -- from the 1980's, when it established what has since become a reputation as a classic of the time.
They're so rare, however, that it would be cheaper for me to get my hands on this Laura Ashley Couture Rose lampshade.
all images: lauraashley.com