Postcards from Kenya: dancing and weaving with our women’s basket co-operative

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We know many of you have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of our new collection of hand-woven sisal baskets from our women’s co-operative partner in Kenya. Well, not only have the baskets arrived in the Decorator’s Notebook shop, we can also share with you some fabulous new photos from behind the scenes, showing how your… 

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Meet the artisans this Fairtrade Fortnight (plus a discount code!)

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Right at the heart of the Decorator’s Notebook shop is our mission to give people who love their homes a more meaningful way to shop, while helping artisans around the world build a more stable future. But making the connection between maker and buyer hasn’t always been easy for us to do on our website and… 

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Beautiful video of kantha quilts being made

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It’s always an exciting day when the new collection of kantha quilts arrives at Decorator’s Notebook. Each quilt takes about six days to make so we usually have several months to wait while the women at Basha carefully sew our quilts by hand, ready for their long journey from Bangladesh. But oh, how they are… 

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Meet the Maker: Just Trade Jewellery

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I have always loved how a well-chosen piece of jewellery can transform a plain outfit into something special, so when I discovered a brilliant fair trade company called Just Trade making beautiful ethical jewellery, I knew they were perfect for Decorator’s Notebook. This week, we launched our first fair trade jewellery collection and I caught… 

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Go behind the scenes at Basha

Video behind the scenes at Basha kantha quilts

Basha is our inspirational partner in Bangladesh that helps survivors of trafficking rebuild their lives. They do this not with handouts, but by providing vulnerable women with training and supported employment making vintage sari kantha quilts, so they can support their families through dignified work. We’ve been working with them for over a year now… 

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Meet the Artisan: Alice from Hadithi African Baskets

Alice makes Fair trade African baskets in Kenya for Decorator's Notebook

There’s something extra special about knowing who made the things you have in your home. When I discovered Hadithi African Baskets, which are handwoven by members of 15 women’s co-operatives in Kenya and come with the maker’s name and photo, I knew straight away they would be perfect for our new fair trade home collection…. 

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Meet the Maker: Nancy Straughan

Decorator's Notebook meets textile designer Nancy Straughan

Whether you’re a regular blog reader or have popped over to browse from our shop site, it’s easy to see that nature inspires nearly everything we do. From our lovely dipped-glaze pottery made from earth-dug terracotta clay to our landscape cushions featuring our favourite outdoor environments, natural materials and motifs are everywhere in the Decorator’s… 

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Meet the Maker: Eleanor Pritchard

Decorator's Notebook meets Eleanor Pritchard British weave designer

I met weave designer Eleanor Pritchard at Maison et Objet a couple of years ago and immediately fell for the vibrant colours and intricate patterns of her traditionally-woven Welsh blankets. Joe and I called in on Eleanor and her assistant Holly as they were hard at work on designs for their new collection to explore… 

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