Postcards from Kenya: dancing and weaving with our women’s basket co-operative

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We know many of you have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of our new collection of hand-woven sisal baskets from our women’s co-operative partner in Kenya. Well, not only have the baskets arrived in the Decorator’s Notebook shop, we can also share with you some fabulous new photos from behind the scenes, showing how your… 

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Beautiful video of kantha quilts being made

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It’s always an exciting day when the new collection of kantha quilts arrives at Decorator’s Notebook. Each quilt takes about six days to make so we usually have several months to wait while the women at Basha carefully sew our quilts by hand, ready for their long journey from Bangladesh. But oh, how they are… 

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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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The Good List: FairMail Cards

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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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Behind the Scenes: A Decorator’s Notebook guide to product photography

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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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