Step back in time at 18 Folgate Street


I find myself bristling a little when people describe something as unique. Like surreal and eccentric it’s one of those words that seems so carelessly overused that it’s almost lost its true meaning. So imagine my discomfort when the best word I can find to describe my visit to Dennis Severs’ house is (horror) unique…. 

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French flea market finds


So, last weekend I went to Lille for La Braderie – want to see what came back avec moi? French jam jars were actually on my shopping list so I was pleased to track these down. I’m hosting a dinner party next weekend and I plan to set the table using these jars as water… 

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Inside Sania Pell’s gorgeous Croatian home


When I started Decorator’s Notebook, I didn’t anticipate finding one Croatian home worthy of a post, let alone two within the first two months! But despite the unexpected geographical bias, I couldn’t resist sharing this beautiful house the moment I laid eyes on it. The house was built 50 years ago by the Grandfather of… 

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La Braderie: the day I died and went to vintage heaven


My friend and I had a fantastic weekend hunting for treasure at La Braderie in Lille – Europe’s biggest flea market! There was so much to see, so much to buy and we came away with some great goodies. Photos of what I bought will have to wait until this weekend (it’s too dark for… 

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I’m going to La Braderie!


33 continuous hours of bargain hunting 100km of stalls 10,000 exhibitors 500 tons of mussels to be consumed {all Decorator’s Notebook from my 2009 visit} That’s right, my friend and I are off to Lille at the crack of dawn tomorrow for the biggest junk fest in Europe… La Braderie! I’ll be back next week… 

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This book rocks


You may or may not know that I am a huge David Bowie fan. If you are too, you’ll love this adaptation of astronautical hit, Space Oddity, as a children’s book by illustrator Andrew Kolb. If you’re not, you might want to come back here in a few days when normal interiors related service will… 

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