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

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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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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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The Sunday Times loves our kantha quilts!

Kantha quilts from Decorator's Notebook in The Sunday Times

Seeing our gorgeous kantha quilts in The Sunday Times yesterday put a huge smile on Bethan’s face. We have just six special quilts left made by Rina, Jahanara, Moni, Joli and Mukta. Buy one and put a big smile on their faces too! These brave women have all overcome shocking experiences to train with our… 

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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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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: Hatchet & Bear

Decorator's Notebook meets maker Hatchet & Bear

In our shop, we’re really proud to sell products that are made all over the world. The Decorator’s Notebook shop is a gentle, but deliberate, kick against high street shops that search only for the nearest, the easiest and the cheapest. Instead, we choose the most authentic, ethical and lovingly-made pieces to be part of… 

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