Trend Watch: Global Monochrome

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If you’re not big into colour, you might think global decor isn’t for you. If this sounds like you, it’s time to think again. Adding pieces from around the world – whether gathered on your travels or sourced from an ethical homeware boutique – is one of the easiest ways to make your home stand out… 

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How To Run A Market Stall (that actually sells)

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The virtual marketplace can be pretty lonely for independent online shop owners. Although our shops Decorator’s Notebook and The British Blanket Company are web-based businesses first and foremost, selling at markets and artisan craft fairs has been an important part of getting ourselves out there and has been hugely beneficial in growing our brands. We’ve been selling… 

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Moroccan Decor: 4 New Ways

Moroccan style bedroom white

MOROCCAN RUSTIC Wood, leather and wool are key aspects of Moroccan decor and can be richly layered to give the look a rustic twist. Prioritise texture over colour; go heavy on natural materials but stick to a tonal colour palette to bring everything together. To make Moroccan rustic work, patterns should be carved, punched out or… 

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Can you really have a cosy kitchen? Five ideas to try…

Kitchen with patterned moroccan tiles

Even in homes that ooze warmth and comfort, the kitchen can often be the odd one out – clinical, cold and far from the heart of the home. Striking the balance between cleanliness and cosiness can be tricky in a room that needs to be functional, but it can be done. Take a look at these… 

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Take me to the beach, with House of Rym

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Isn’t it lovely when the place you live keeps offering up new surprises? Our most recent discovery was Ladye Bay, an idyllic rocky cove nestled between Clevedon and Portishead on the Bristol Channel. We call it our secret beach, because on a warm evening you can enjoy the sunset there with barely another soul around. When… 

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How are indigo shibori textiles made?

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Finding new suppliers is definitely one of the most difficult parts of our job. Why? Because we’re picky. Really picky. Our motto is that we never want our customers to have to compromise their style or their conscience, and finding suppliers who meet our high standards in both design and ethics isn’t easy. But, when… 

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Gallery: kantha quilts in the home

Vintage kantha blanket on bed - buy similar at Decorator's Notebook

It’s no secret that I’m crazy about kanthas. There’s something about the softness of the vintage sari cloth, the exotic block-prints and neat lines of hand-stitched embroidery that makes a kantha quilt of the most unique and beautiful items you can add to your home. Browse this inspirational gallery of ideas for styling a vintage… 

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Bohemian bedrooms styled five ways

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Do you think bohemian is still a negative way to describe a room? I wasn’t quite sure how to title this post, as this look has come such a long way from the hippyish swathes of fabric and wafts of incense the word might bring to mind. To me, new bohemian style is a perfect… 

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