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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House tour: artist’s home with a bohemian twist

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This stylishly comfortable house reminds me of this Sydney home I featured a while back… they both work for all the same reasons. A crisp white canvas filled with unusual, casually-arranged finds from around the world. {James Stokes for VT Wonen via The Style Files} I can just imagine feeling really welcome and comfortable in… 

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House tour: officially my new Favourite Home Of All Time

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There are few things that please my inner decorator more than a crisp new Farrow & Ball colour chart. The thick concertina of cardboard fanning open to reveal subtley shaded chips of painty gorgeousness inside. Such a treat! I had the same warm glow of delight when I found this beautiful Swiss chalet. The designers… 

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City pretty… what colour is yours?

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I found these photographs of San Francisco on the beautiful Cachemire et Soie blog thanks to Victoria. The stunning pastel colour palettes created by the architecture reminded me a little bit of The Paris Colour Project and started me wondering what the colour palette of the cities I know would be… or whether there is… 

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Print & Pattern

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I don’t think I’ve ever grown out of that ‘back to school’ feeling so I usually try and sign up to an evening class at this time of year to keep my brain cells ticking over and my creativity alive as the nights draw in. This year I’m doing a beginner’s class in silkscreen printing… 

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Swedish summer textiles by Gudrun Sjoden

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When I think about Scandinavian style, the first thing that pops into my head is white. Simple white wood houses, chalky accessories and a few natural touches. Not the dazzling array of colours and patterns offered by Swedish textile designer, Gudrun Sjödén. Gudrun has been designing fabrics for clothing and homes for over 35 years,… 

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