Beautiful bags that build better lives

Decorator's Notebook jute bag black triangles - low res

Something I love most about having a shop is discovering all the amazing indigenous craft techniques around the world. I look at the gorgeous things we sell and just think ‘wow, there’s no way I could make that’. It really brings home to me how important it is for Decorator’s Notebook to be a showcase… 

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New blues!

Decorator's Notebook Indigo_drop_ceramic_serving_bowl_crop

I love spring. Despite the fact it comes around year after year, I still find myself filled with wonder as sleeping plants emerge from the soil, the days magically lengthen and my mood lifts day by day. This year, spring has also taken on another joyful dimension as we release our fresh new collection to… 

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Decorator’s Notebook at Downing Street!

Bethan John and Joe John from Decorator's Notebook at Downing Street

We were just finishing work for the day when the phone rang: “The Prime Minister is holding a reception at Number 10 for successful startup businesses on Monday… would you like to attend?” Well, it’s not exactly an invitation you receive every day, so of course we said yes! After much debate over what to… 

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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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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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What is a kantha?

What is a kantha quilt

We talk about kantha a lot: kantha quilts, kantha blankets, kantha throws and now even kantha stockings, make up one of the most important ranges in our collection and symbolise what Decorator’s Notebook is all about. But what does ‘kantha’ actually mean and what makes these textiles so special? Well, the word ‘kantha’ translates as… 

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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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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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