On The Road: The Good Life Experience

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Before I started my own business, I thought I worked really hard. I lived in London, I commuted by tube each day, wrote articles, arranged photo shoots, ate lunch at my desk most days and occasionally met friends for drinks after work before starting the daily grind all over again. But largely, my weekends were… 

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7 quick tips for hosting the perfect picnic


I love May. The hawthorn blossom is well and truly out so we can begin casting our clouts with confidence, two bank holiday weekends stretch ahead of us and there’s that blissful window of weather with cool sunny evenings paired with warm spring days. None of this is guaranteed of course, but the sun looks… 

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DIY: how to make a spring flower crown


It all started with a Friday afternoon twitter chat. You know the sort: when everyone’s an hour or so away from pouring their first G&T and avoiding the last few tasks they should be finishing for the week. The conversation turned to having pictures of ourselves on our blogs. If you’ve been reading for a… 

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Mood of the moment… last days of summer


{LIVE / EAT / WEAR / ESCAPE} {LISTEN Bombay Bicycle Fairytale Lullaby} Pictures curated by Bethan, music selected by Joe. We hope you enjoy our picks and they set the mood for a relaxed weekend… soak up these last days of watery summer sunshine.

On the Road: St Davids, Pembrokeshire

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At Decorator’s Notebook we love visiting new places and we’ll be sharing our travel stories with you. But to kick off our ‘On the Road’ series we’re starting with an old favourite. Every summer of our childhood, Bethan and I would go on family holidays to St Davids in Wales. We’d stay on the campsite… 

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DIY: quick autumn garland


Wasn’t Sunday the most gorgeous autumn day? I took a walk through Crystal Palace Park in the warm sunshine and gathered a few handfuls of turning leaves, hips and berries to make an simple garland to bring some of that autumn beauty into my home. This autumn garland is so easy it’s a bit of… 

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If you go down to the woods today


A former editor of mine once informed me that only stylists have picnics. Of course I disagree… but an autumn picnic on a hanging table with real glasses and silver candlesticks in the middle of a woodland glade? Yeah ok. I’ll give her that one. Whimsical yes, but tell me you wouldn’t want one of… 

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Earth laughs in flowers


I came across the dreamiest blog last week. To me it seems to perfectly capture the beautiful sadness that accompanies these last fading days of summer. Emerson Merrick is written by New York florist Amy Merrick. However her most inspiring posts come not from the Big Apple but from Elmwood, her tumbledown country escape in… 

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