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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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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House Tour: a simple bedroom with handmade touches

Decorator's Notebook double sided picture frame in the home of Jen Little Birdie Blog

One of the things I like best about running our little online shop is imagining the things we’ve carefully chosen in their new homes, being looked at and loved by their new owners. However, it’s not something we often get to see, so when customers share their photos with us it always brings a huge… 

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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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