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

Fridah

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┬áthe connection between maker and buyer hasn’t always been easy for us to do on our website and… 

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Beautiful bags that build better lives

Decorator's Notebook jute bag black triangles - low res

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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Decorator’s Notebook is on Design*Sponge!

Decorator's Notebook on Design Sponge

If you’ve been following our journey for a while you’ll know that Decorator’s Notebook began life as this blog, several years before the idea for the shop was sparked. Back in 2010, Design*Sponge was the first interior design blog I ever read… Grace’s chatty posts and eye for creative bohemian style are what inspired me… 

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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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How are indigo shibori textiles made?

indigo shibori dying textiles

Finding new suppliers is definitely one of the most difficult parts of our job. Why? Because we’re picky. Really picky. Our motto is that we never want our customers to have to compromise their style or their conscience, and finding suppliers who meet our high standards in both design and ethics isn’t easy. But, when… 

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Summer collection kantha quilts are here!

Summer kanthas from Decorator's Notebook

Aren’t they just stunning? The wonderful ladies at Basha have been hard at work over the last couple of months making our new collection of vintage sari kantha quilts and I have to say, I think they’ve outdone themselves again! The 12 new designs have just been released in the Decorator’s Notebook shop. Each is… 

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Meet the Maker: Ciara McGarrity of Waffle Design

Decorator's Notebook meets Ciara McGarrity Waffle Design

I first met Ciara McGarrity, the Irish designer behind Waffle Design, at HOME last year. The strong graphic quality of her grey and white cushions drew me to her stand and on closer inspection, I loved the intriguing combinations of woollen threads running through the textured cloth. Later, over tea at The Albion, we chatted… 

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Meet the maker: Basha kantha blankets

Maker wrapped in kantha from Basha Decorator's Notebook

The stories our makers share are always inspiring, but the story of Basha – the fairtrade organisation that makes our beautiful new Kantha Bedspreads – is so powerful that it actually took my breath away. We are so proud to be the only UK shop selling Basha kantha blankets, quilts and throws, all handstitched from… 

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