Autumn stylingI can’t express how exciting this day is for me (thanks Kate!). After being a life long fan, I was recently asked to work on a feature with the lovely peeps over at the Laura Ashley Blog. I remember when my husband and I first moved in together, spending any chance we could visiting Laura Ashley for cushions, inspiration and just soaking up their style. So of course I jumped at the chance. Here are some pictures of my cosy reading corner makeover that I put together with Laura Ashley for winter reading and relaxing. Keep reading for my winter brownie recipe and more images!reading corner make over Cosy reading corner DIY

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Autumn Brownie recipe

185 g soft unsalted butter

185 g best green and blacks dark chocolate

3 large eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp chilli oil (more if you like it super spicy)

250 g caster sugar 112 g plain flour

pinch of salt

a teaspoon of chilli flakes for sprinkling

1 – Preheat oven to 180°C, and line an 8” square brownie pan with baking parchment.

2 – Melt the butter, chilli oil and chocolate together in a large heavy based saucepan stir until melted then let cool.

3 – beat the eggs with the sugar and vanilla extract in a bowl.

4 – Measure flour and salt into a separate bowl.

6 – When the chocolate mixture has cooled, beat in the eggs and sugar mixture, and then stir in flour until well combined and pour mixture into the lined brownie pan and sprinkle with chilli flakes.

7 – Bake for about 20 minutes. When its’s ready, the top should be set with a paler brown flake, but the middle still dense and gooey. Leave to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Best eaten warm with vanilla ice cream.

Don’t forget to pop on over to the Laura Ashley blog for the full post and product sourcebook!

Cosy reading corner DIY

  • found and sewn
    September 12, 2012

    What a lovely cosy place to read a book!

  • Kat
    September 14, 2012

    Oh you know how much I love Laura Ashley, getting so much for my new place from them. And love how these new things from their range work into your style J.
    I saw the chair you had covered over on their blog and it’s gorgeous. A perfect place for you or the cats to curl up!
    Kat x