Eco-friendly homeware with style

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One of my biggest bugbears about being an ethical shopper is that too often it means compromising on style. In fact, it was this that spurred me to create the Decorator’s Notebook Shop in the first place, to bring together a collection of design-led products so there’s no need to compromise your style or your conscience…. 

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House Tour: a small home with all the world inside

global style living room decor

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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First look at the new Decorator’s Notebook collection

Braided utility basket in Carnival Blue - Decorator's Notebook shop

Putting together each new collection for the Decorator’s Notebook shop is one of my favourite tasks. My ears are constantly open and when I hear of a new artisan group making beautiful homeware or gifts my eyes light up and my heart sings! The pieces we’ve found for the shop for Spring / Summer 2016 are… 

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Decorating Dilemma: a pop of pink

Grey room with pink sofa

I’m not really the girly sort when it comes to decorating my home. You’re more likely to find me surrounded by grey and natural tones with rustic textures than pretty pastels. So imagine my surprise at my new-found love of pink! It all started with this throw… {Heavenly Honeycomb throw by House of Rym, £58.95… 

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The Good List: FairMail Cards

FairMail cards

I’m sure we’ve all done it. Travelled to a country poorer than our own and taken photos of local people in a bid to capture the ‘real’ spirit of the place. But did you ever think to hand your camera over to your subject? Give them the opportunity to show their country through their own eyes?… 

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New blues!

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I love spring. Despite the fact it comes around year after year, I still find myself filled with wonder as sleeping plants emerge from the soil, the days magically lengthen and my mood lifts day by day. This year, spring has also taken on another joyful dimension as we release our fresh new collection to… 

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On the Road: Lambing in Shropshire

Lamb sitting on ewe sheep

Having enjoyed a lovely Easter weekend in Devon with the family, the following weekend we had the opportunity to help out with lambing season at a small sheep farm in the Shropshire Hills. Not dissimilar from the Somerset countryside in which we grew up, Hope Valley (12 miles south west of Shrewsbury) boasts beautiful rolling green hills beneath… 

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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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