House tour: mix dark wood and white for a crisp industrial vibe

industrial vintage city apartment tour

I shared one photo from this apartment on Twitter last week and the response was an immediate ‘wow’, so I thought you’d like to see the rest! The owners of this one-bed apartment have achieve the renovation holy trinity: bigger, lighter and on a budget. Have a browse and soak up the cool mix of… 

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How to be a master of the Renaissance trend

Fashion to Home Renaissance decorating trend Decorator's Notebook

Ever since I learned of the concept, I’ve been fascinated by trend forecasting. At first I was a little miffed that the design trends I loved to see emerging each season were set out well in advance and therefore more of a self-fulfilling prophecy than a mystical zeitgeist. Now though, I love the guessing game… 

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Every time you spend money, you cast a vote for the kind of society you want

Kantha bedspreads made by women's social enterprise for Decorator's Notebook (763x800)

Back in my late teens I spent a month of my gap year volunteering on a cocoa plantation in the Ecuadorian Amazon. It was there, harvesting fresh cacao pods alongside the locals, that I got to understand what fair trade really means for people in developing countries striving to support themselves and their families through… 

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House Tour: New York apartment with natural elements

New York apartment in muted colours

I love bringing little touches of nature into my home… a dried seedhead here, a pheasant feather there… they help to soften up a minimal room and bring a tiny bit of the outdoors in. This small New York apartment belongs to prop stylist Rebecca Bartoshesky and I really admire her style. She has just… 

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The Room Mixer: global farmhouse

ethnic bedroom

Here’s a new post idea I’m playing with. Five rooms that could be in the same home, but aren’t, in an attempt to create the perfect blend! I’d start in this hallway, with its red brick floor and painted tongue and groove… {via Terrain} …it would lead to this cosy living room with its lovely… 

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Wait! 5 ways to decorate with fairy lights all year round

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As soon as the decorations come down on Twelfth Night it always seems to me that a previously homely house looks suddenly bare. It’s just too depressing! So whilst I don’t suggest we become strange Christmas people who never take down their tree and eat turkey 365 days of the year, I am going to… 

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