The quest for the perfect bedside table

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*+-Probably the most controversial post I’ve ever written on this blog centred around the humble bedside table. Innocent enough you might think, just a cool idea I saw on another blog. But boy, did one reader disagree… “I usually do not leave comments, especially a negative one, but I feel compelled about this. This is… 

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House Tour: an abandoned Welsh farmhouse frozen in time

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*+-There’s something about abandoned houses that I find so fascinating. When I was a child I used to conduct my own archaelogical digs in the vegetable patch of our home – a former Georgian pharmacy – and collect boxes full of ‘artifacts’ for my collection. Glass lemonade stoppers, fragments of willow-pattern crockery, clay pipes and… 

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My vintage mantelpiece

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*+-Do you feel a kind of void in your home when you take your Christmas decorations down? To me, rooms that felt perfectly warm and cosy in November suddenly feel empty and bland come January. The advantage for me this year is I’ve rediscovered some of my most precious styling treasures. When we moved here… 

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House tour: The secret Paris apartment of Madame de Florian

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*+-The story of Madame de Florian’s home seems almost too far-fetched to be true, but the discovery of her glamorous Paris apartment – which has been locked behind closed doors since 1942 – is evidence of a life and style too fabulous to be fiction. {Getty images via AnOther} The apartment belonged to Marthe de… 

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CLOSED Last chance to enter our screen print giveaway!

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*+-Our fantastic giveaway to win a hand-pulled A2 Campfire screen print (worth £60) ends at 10pm tonight so don’t miss out! Designed by illustrator Double Merrick exclusively for Decorator’s Notebook, this is the perfect present for adventurous types. To be in with the chance of winning just CLICK HERE TO ENTER plus there’s a BONUS… 

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CLOSED Giveaway! Win our exclusive Campfire screen print

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*+-UPDATE This giveaway is now closed – good luck to everyone who entered! The winner will be contacted by email later this week. It’s one whole month since the Decorator’s Notebook Shop opened its virtual doors and to celebrate, we’re running a fantastic giveaway! In a slightly tenuous nod to bonfire night we’re giving away… 

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Surprisingly fabulous Frome!

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*+-I have to admit to being a tad depressed this weekend as my brocanting chums began posting photos of heaps of vintage wonderment at this year’s Braderie de Lille. However, on Sunday I picked myself up, wound on my scarf (it was the 1st of September after all) and drove over to Frome where the… 

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3 best upcyled lighting ideas

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*+-{all Decorator’s Notebook} All spotted during my recent trip to Yeo Valley Farm with the lovely crew from This is Your Kingdom.