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!

Decorator's Notebook Indigo_drop_ceramic_serving_bowl_crop

*+-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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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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Go behind the scenes at Basha

Video behind the scenes at Basha kantha quilts

*+-Basha is our inspirational partner in Bangladesh that helps survivors of trafficking rebuild their lives. They do this not with handouts, but by providing vulnerable women with training and supported employment making vintage sari kantha quilts, so they can support their families through dignified work. We’ve been working with them for over a year now… 

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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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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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The Good List: Elephant Branded cement sack bags

James Munro Boon of Elephant Branded chats to Decorator's Notebook

*+-Decorator’s Notebook blog will be three years old next Thursday, so I’ve been in a bit of a ponderous mood this weekend. A lot has changed since I sat down and wrote my first post, but perhaps the biggest thing has been my attitude to what good design means to me. I’ve become a lot… 

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