It don’t mean a thing (if it ain’t got that swing)

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This weekend I’m having a go at something I’ve wanted to try for ages… lindy hop! I’m not feeling terribly optimistic I’ll be any good (quite frankly, even zumba is a stretch for me!) but I’m hoping to have a giggle whatever happens. I’m doing a two-day workshop organised by Swing Dance Bristol and I’ll… 

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House tour: relaxed vintage style in the Finnish countryside

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Last week the lovely Soile from Ada & Ina emailed me some photos of her pretty Finnish home and asked if I’d like to feature it on Decorator’s Notebook. One look and the answer was most certainly yes! Soile and Sami’s wooden house was built in the 1950s and I love how they’ve mixed original… 

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Inside an elegantly faded home

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The owner of this house may call herself Plain Jane, but her rustic cottage is anything but. It’s located in New South Wales in Australia and belongs to stylist Jane Frosh, husband Michael and their three children. I love the relaxed vibe and understated displays of vintage treasures and thought you might like a peek… 

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I is for Insects

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You would need to have been walking around the internet with your eyes closed to have missed the trend for all things anatomical, botanical and entomological (try saying that after a couple of gins) seeping into interiors. That’s why I’m dedicating the letter ‘i’ in my Pinterest A-Z to the weird and wonderful world of… 

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Dreaming of a white wood house

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I stumbled across this lovely Norwegian home last week – it’s the kind beautifully put together house most of us can only dream about… freshly-painted wood panelled walls, time-softened linens, handfuls of wildflowers, zero clutter, restful rooms just for guests, vintage tat galore… I have a bit of a thing for vintage maps – this… 

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Explore a quirky Brighton home

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After all the embellishment and lavish decorations of Christmas have been packed away, I find myself drawn to simpler styles as the New Year begins. I spotted this quirky Brighton home before Christmas but wanted to save it, as it’s a perfect example of the relaxed, reclaimed look I’m coveting at the moment and I… 

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School (trend) report

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When I first started working in magazines, the concept of a location house – empty houses booked out for photo shoots – was completely new to me. If you know where to look, there are lots of agencies that specialise in hiring out interesting houses and their websites are a great source of inspiration. I… 

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