Meet the artisans this Fairtrade Fortnight (plus a discount code!)

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Right at the heart of the Decorator’s Notebook shop is our mission to give people who love their homes a more meaningful way to shop, while helping artisans around the world build a more stable future. But making the connection between maker and buyer hasn’t always been easy for us to do on our website and… 

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FREE DELIVERY DAY… TODAY!

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As if a Decorator’s Notebook free delivery day isn’t exciting enough in its own right, the reason behind this one is extra special. That’s because, after three years of hard graft building our little brand, Decorator’s Notebook has been chosen for the Small Biz 100 as one of the most promising small businesses in the… 

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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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Ethical summer fashion (to the lighthouse)

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My modelling experience to date consists of being photographed from the chin down holding an object from the Decorator’s Notebook shop. A mini terrarium, a serving bowl, a giant vase… sometimes just my disembodied arm edging into shot! So it was with a lot of excitement (and just a hint of apprehension) that I approached the task… 

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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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First look at the new Decorator’s Notebook collection

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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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Design Can Change The World: Home Service Crockery

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So far in the Design Can Change The World series I’ve written about innovative creations that make life better for people in developing countries, like A Litre of Light that helps illuminate slum housing, The Information Blanket tackling infant mortality and Repurpose Schoolbags helping kids in Africa make more of their education. Today though, I… 

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Beautiful bags that build better lives

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Something I love most about having a shop is discovering all the amazing indigenous craft techniques around the world. I look at the gorgeous things we sell and just think ‘wow, there’s no way I could make that’. It really brings home to me how important it is for Decorator’s Notebook to be a showcase… 

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