My vintage mantelpiece

Surface View lace canvas - Decorator's Notebook blog

Do you feel a kind of void in your home when you take your Christmas decorations down? To me, rooms that felt perfectly warm and cosy in November suddenly feel empty and bland come January. The advantage for me this year is I’ve rediscovered some of my most precious styling treasures. When we moved here… 

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Clarity: my word for 2015

Word for 2015 Clarity

A new year beginning is always a time for reflection for me. For the last few years I’ve felt so whisked along by the hustle and bustle of life that it’s hard to find time to be still for a moment, to breathe, think and take stock. This year, I’ve chosen CLARITY as my word… 

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Design can change the world: Repurpose Schoolbags

Pupils wearing solar schoolbags in South Africa

Education is something we take for granted in Britain. But, in developing countries, school fees are beyond the means of many parents and we hear time and again from our artisans that they use the fair trade wages they earn to pay for schooling, uniforms and classroom materials for their children. Education can be the… 

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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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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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Birthday giveaway!

Decorator's Notebook Birthday Giveaway

Decorator’s Notebook shop is one year old today… it’s gone so fast! We want you all to celebrate with us so we’re running a giveaway to win a goodie bag of lovely stuff from our collection… This is officially our biggest competition ever, with a total prize value of over £120 all for one lucky… 

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The Good List: Rubies in the Rubble chutney

Decorator's Notebook The Good List - Rubies in the Rubble

Welcome back to The Good List, our guide to brilliant businesses making a difference to people and the planet. Today I’ve been chatting to the lovely Jenny Dawson about her company, Rubies in the Rubble. Two years ago, she made a dramatic career change, leaving behind her lucrative job in a hedgefund to make posh… 

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