Creative Styling Ideas for Collections

glass display pyramids - Decorator's Notebook

These pretty display pieces from Decorator’s Notebook are designed for the collectors amongst us. These brass and glass candle holders, pyramids and frames can be easily filled with all sorts of treasures, from shells and pebbles to feathers and ephemera. Hoarding never looked so good! Above: Brass Box Candle Holder, £25.95, decoratorsnotebook.co.uk Above: Brass and… 

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Styling Ideas For Double Sided Picture Frames

Double sided picture frame collage Decorator's Notebook shop

Nothing makes a present feel more thoughtful than an element of personalisation, but making something from scratch isn’t always possible. I think that’s why our double sided picture frames are so popular in the Decorator’s Notebook shop as they make it really quick and easy to make a special gift using photos, postcards, invitations, pressed… 

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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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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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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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The fashion designer going one step further to learn #WhoMadeYourClothes

Ali Mapletoft won't buy clothes for a year without meeting the maker

Did you see the Clothes To Die For documentary on BBC2 last night about the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Dhaka, the same city where our social enterprise partner Basha makes our kantha quilts? Asking about the origins of the things we buy – from fashion, to food, to home accessories is something we should… 

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The Sea Chair: watch beautiful sustainable furniture being made from marine waste

The Sea Chair Video

Sustainable design is something that is really important to us as Decorator’s Notebook. Sometimes the most inspiring creations are those made from re-purposed waste materials and some of our favourite products on the Decorator’s Notebook Shop do just that. Our light shades made from recycled pallet wood, recycled glasses and of course our Kantha quilts to name a few. This week I… 

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