House Tour: a small home with all the world inside

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I really love this apartment – not just because it has ALL the features I adore about a global style home (geometric dhurrie, check; indigo dyed cushions, yup; lush house plants, oh yeah) but also because its clever owner has created this eclectic look in a small space and on a tight budget. Let’s see… 

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5 ways to cosy up your home for winter

How to make winter simmer pots - Decorator's Notebook blog

Fill your home with seasonal scents Ditch cloying air fresheners and make a Simmer Pot from real ingredients instead. Half-fill a saucepan with water and add seasonal herbs, spices, fruits and essential oils. Warm on the hob over a very low heat (topping up with water when needed) and enjoy the aromas drifting through your… 

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How to be a master of the Renaissance trend

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Ever since I learned of the concept, I’ve been fascinated by trend forecasting. At first I was a little miffed that the design trends I loved to see emerging each season were set out well in advance and therefore more of a self-fulfilling prophecy than a mystical zeitgeist. Now though, I love the guessing game… 

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The Room Mixer: global farmhouse

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Here’s a new post idea I’m playing with. Five rooms that could be in the same home, but aren’t, in an attempt to create the perfect blend! I’d start in this hallway, with its red brick floor and painted tongue and groove… {via Terrain} …it would lead to this cosy living room with its lovely… 

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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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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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