Wish list: The Original Pop Up Shop


What do you do with an ice cream parlour in the depths of the British winter? Open a pop-up Christmas shop of course! The Original Pop Up Shop is the brainchild of interiors stylist Louise Rastall and sees her family switch ice cream for icicles (boom boom) by turning their shop into a Christmas wonderland… 

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The art of repetition


My very first blog post for Decorator’s Notebook was about my plans for a picture wall in my hallway. Eventually I want to get around to framing up some old black and white family photos and mixing in bits and pieces of ephemera and other vintage crip-crap that I’ve gathered over the years in an… 

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F is for Festive Foliage


I’m heading back to the Westcountry for Christmas this year so won’t be getting a tree for Le Flat. But that doesn’t mean I plan to miss out on the festive scent of pine and eucalyptus and the warm glow of red berries. I feel Christmassy just looking at these lovely foliage ideas… {The Haystack… 

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Movember for girls


There are rather a lot of dashing mustachioed* men wending their way around London town at the moment. Not that I’ve been looking… If you’re feeling left out ladies, how about getting your own little floral number? {via Pinterest} Simply print, cut out and voila! * this is an actual word, which makes the whole… 

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Decorate with sugar and spice


I’m not really into ‘themed’ rooms but I do have a couple of Moroccan-style bits at home, like this carved screen and one of these leather pouffes. I love the juxtapositions that define this look: spicy accents against sugar-white walls and elaborate geometric patterns in pared-back, clutter-free rooms. I haven’t been to Morocco (yet!) but… 

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Blue, blue, electric blue. That’s not the colour of my room


Ok, so I am susceptible to the occasional decorating dilemma. But this one thing I know for sure: I don’t like blue. Oh no siree. Hang on, what’s that? You’ve got some beautiful blue rooms to show me? Rooms full of atmosphere and character in rich navy and teal tones? And I’ll definitely love them… 

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Before & After: my kitchen


After last week’s wobble about my home and all your comments and tweets I promised you a few more peeks of Le Flat here at Decorator’s Notebook. So, let’s kick things off with the heart of the home shall we? It’s a particularly appropriate place to start because this time last year I had no… 

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Friday, I’m in love…


… with this lovely recycled sari ribbon – use it to spice up simple brown paper for festive gift wrap with a conscience … with this feminine home in Uruguay (of all places) … with turning a plain pony into a beautiful bow … with these good-enough-to-eat photos of wintery comfort food … with trying… 

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