Rhubarb & Custard Ice-cream

Rhubarb ice cream recipe

With the weather improving by the day, I was easily persuaded last week to impulse-buy my first ice-cream maker! With some fresh rhubarb in the fridge I decided to take it for a spin and make some rhubarb ice-cream. I wanted to achieve that classic confectionery combination of rhubarb and custard, so found a recipe for… 

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On the Road: 6 spectacular stops for a weekend break in Cornwall

South-West-Coast-Path-Cornwall

Last weekend I decided to take a spontaneous weekend break to explore Cornwall. In the 5 years I lived in the North East, the farthest corner England always felt that extra stretch out of reach, but now we’ve returned to Somerset, a weekend trip to one of my favourite counties in the UK suddenly seems achievable once… 

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On the Road: Lambing in Shropshire

Lamb sitting on ewe sheep

Having enjoyed a lovely Easter weekend in Devon with the family, the following weekend we had the opportunity to help out with lambing season at a small sheep farm in the Shropshire Hills. Not dissimilar from the Somerset countryside in which we grew up, Hope Valley (12 miles south west of Shrewsbury) boasts beautiful rolling green hills beneath… 

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Behind the Scenes: A Decorator’s Notebook guide to product photography

how to do your own product photography at home

We get a lot of nice comments about our product photography on the Decorator’s Notebook Shop. It’s a huge compliment as we’ve produced all of our own product photography from our launch in 2013. Since then, I think the quality of the photography has improved as we’ve got to know our equipment and find our… 

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5 More ways to make your holiday photos more creative!

Paris Travel photography tips title

A while ago I wrote a post suggesting some ideas for more interesting photography having returned from a trip to Moscow. As I find myself involved in an ever increasing amount of photography for our products in the Decorator’s Notebook Shop, the opportunities for taking personal photos seems to diminish. However, in November I visited friends… 

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Why we’re re-launching Decorator’s Notebook

About Decorator's Notebook

You might have noticed things have been a little quiet here at Decorator’s Notebook recently, but we’ve got a good excuse! Over the past six months we’ve been scouting out some of the very best home accessories from all over the world made by inspirational projects, charities and social enterprises. To make sure we bring them… 

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A beautiful film about ancient craftsmanship in the Rainforests of Borneo

Sunset Over Selungo

When Bethan and I opened the Decorator’s Notebook shop, we didn’t know whether we’d be able to sell truly unique, handmade products online. Would people need to see them with their own eyes and touch them with their own hands to really appreciate their craftsmanship, beauty and value? Over the last six months, we’ve been… 

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Design Can Change the World: The Information Blanket

The Information Blanket

The idea that a purchase here in the UK can directly improve the lives of people in need in developing countries is central to what we do at Decorator’s Notebook, with many of our products being made by social enterprises and co-operatives around the world. For this instalment in the series we wanted to share with you… 

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