5 easy ways to transform your home with textiles

photographic wall art in Harper Poe's home

When I see a home that really and truly reflects the personality and passions of the person who lives there, my eyes open a little wider. When that person’s passion is working with artisans in developing countries to create textiles that reflect local traditions, while appealing to Western tastes, the result is a lively blend… 

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The 7 secrets stylists use to give upcycled interiors a sophisticated edge

Walls covered in burlap hessian

Upcycling salvaged materials can be a fantastic way to give your home a really individual look, but it’s not an easy style to get right. Although the finished result may look effortlessly thrown together, get it wrong and you could end up creating the furniture equivalent of Frankenstein’s monster. The owner of this warehouse-style apartment,… 

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House tour: mix dark wood and white for a crisp industrial vibe

industrial vintage city apartment tour

I shared one photo from this apartment on Twitter last week and the response was an immediate ‘wow’, so I thought you’d like to see the rest! The owners of this one-bed apartment have achieve the renovation holy trinity: bigger, lighter and on a budget. Have a browse and soak up the cool mix of… 

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House Tour: New York apartment with natural elements

New York apartment in muted colours

I love bringing little touches of nature into my home… a dried seedhead here, a pheasant feather there… they help to soften up a minimal room and bring a tiny bit of the outdoors in. This small New York apartment belongs to prop stylist Rebecca Bartoshesky and I really admire her style. She has just… 

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House tour: The secret Paris apartment of Madame de Florian

taxidermy in Paris apartment of Madame de Florian

The story of Madame de Florian’s home seems almost too far-fetched to be true, but the discovery of her glamorous Paris apartment – which has been locked behind closed doors since 1942 – is evidence of a life and style too fabulous to be fiction. {Getty images via AnOther} The apartment belonged to Marthe de… 

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House tour: Christmas Scandinavian style

scandinavian Christmas decorations

December is here so festive planning has well and truly begun chez Decorator’s Notebook… and it also means I can share the first Christmas house of the season with you! It’s a Swedish villa that been decorated in quite a subtle style with lots of layered textiles and natural elements to create an oh-so-Scandinavian feel…. 

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House Tour: a Welsh barn that toes the line between simple and sparse

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I am a great lover of simple homes – what better way to get the most from much-loved home accessories than against an uncluttered backdrop – but how minimal can a home be and still feel homely? This new-build barn in West Wales is an interesting case to consider as the fabric of the building… 

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House Tour: Soviet chic in a Moscow

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I always enjoy featuring international house tours on Decorator’s Notebook, especially those in more unusual locations. Over the years I’ve shared beautiful homes in Croatia, Canada, Switzerland, Finland and Australia to name but a few. I’d never come across anything in Russia though that inspired me… until today that is! Unlike in Europe and Scandinavia… 

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