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CLOSED Last chance to enter our screen print giveaway!

12 Nov

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.

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To be in with the chance of winning just CLICK HERE TO ENTER plus there’s a BONUS ENTRY for everyone who shares a link to this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. Remember to tag @DecoratorsNotes so we can keep track.

For more information please take a look at the original blog post.

House Tour: a Welsh barn that toes the line between simple and sparse

11 Nov

I am a great lover of simple homes – what better way to get the most from much-loved home accessories than against an uncluttered backdrop – but how minimal can a home be and still feel homely? This new-build barn in West Wales is an interesting case to consider as the fabric of the building has been purposefully left as a shell by its architect owner. Could live comfortably here?

modern barn interior with woodburner - Decorator's Notebook blog via Remodelista

Dutch woodburner and pantry - Decorator's Notebook blog via Remodelista

dining table made from reclaimed floorboards - Decorator's Notebook blog via Remodelista

exposed plaster wall panels - Decorator's Notebook blog via Remodelista

plaster panelling left exposed in new build barn - Decorator's Notebook blog via Remodelista

bedroom in modern barn - Decorator's Notebook blog via Remodelista

bedroom in contemporary barn - Decorator's Notebook blog via Remodelista

{Mojo Photography via Remodelista}

Do you think you’d feel at home in a living space like this or does it feel too bare for you? What would you add to make the barn more your style? Please use the comments to share your thoughts and ideas.

If you’d like to learn more about the construction and design of the barn there’s lots more detail in Remodelista’s post.

House Tour: Soviet chic in a Moscow

7 Nov

I always enjoy featuring international house tours on Decorator’s Notebook, especially those in more unusual locations. Over the years I’ve shared beautiful homes in Croatia, Canada, Switzerland, Finland and Australia to name but a few. I’d never come across anything in Russia though that inspired me… until today that is!

Industrial style kitchen in Russian apartment

reclaimed kitchen sink

Unlike in Europe and Scandinavia where the whole midcentury thing has skyrocketed, Soviet era design reminds many Russians of austerity, poverty and a lack of autonomy and they’d rather forget. It’s pretty uncommon for anyone to decorate their homes with vintage accessories or furniture out of choice rather than necessity.

soviet era furniture reclaimed in apartment

white vintage kitchen with reclaimed cupboards

The owners of this small apartment in Moscow are unusual in their tastes and have gathered a collection of 1950s Danish design and discarded Soviet pieces to create a utilitarian look I absolutely love. They picked up those gorgeous kitchen cabinets and aluminium stools for next to nothing from a Moscow hospital that was throwing them out! The industrial trend clearly hasn’t caught on in Russian either.

Russian apartment with Soviet antiques

bricks as wall art in Moscow home

It’s not just the stuff in this apartment that makes it stylish however – the owners have made some great design decisions too. As a fan of exposed brick walls I love the idea of fixing old reclaimed bricks face-up on the wall to create a similar but less commital effect.

midcentury style workspace in Moscow

Soviet era design in Russian apartment

{via Architectural Digest}

In fact, the vintage wonderment of this apartment almost makes me want to pack my suitcase and head over to Moscow right away. Although on second thoughts, I might just wait until winter’s passed!

For more fascinating international houses and apartments to explore, check out the House Tours archive.

CLOSED Giveaway! Win our exclusive Campfire screen print

5 Nov

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 an original Campfire Screen Print to one very lucky blog reader.

Win this exclusive Campfire screen print at Decorator's Notebook

The Campfire screen print is one of our personal favourites… it was designed exclusively for us by Double Merrick, a brilliant illustrator who lives and works in France.

Together with den building, homemade catapults and Horlicks; campfires are the stuff childhood memories are made of. We created this nostalgic print for adventurers young and young-at-heart, who know the irresistible draw of flickering flames and a warming meal at the end of a day in the great outdoors.

The print is hand-pulled in Britain using three colours of ink, each printed with a separate silk screen. It is printed on thick archival-quality A2 paper.

Win an original screen print at Decorator's Notebook

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T&Cs: Giveaway closes on Tuesday 12th November at 10pm when the winner will be selected at random from our mailing list subscribers. The prize will only be sent to UK addresses so please do not enter if you live outside the UK. The winner will be contacted via email.

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Wallpaper wars: is ephemera the new scrapwood?

16 Oct

My feeling is that we’re all over scrapwood wallpapers by now (?) but already the next big trend is peeping over the horizon. Linwood’s new range of Ephemera wallpapers are printed with vintage ticket stubs, matchbox labels, playbills and photographs to create a striking all-over collage effect.

Ephemera wallpaper by Linwood Back in the USSR

Ephemera wallpaper by Linwood Harrys Journey

Ephemera wallpaper by Linwood Mental Bloc

Ephemera wallpaper by Linwood Honeychurch

Ephemera wallpaper by Linwood Off Peak

Ephemera wallpaper by Linwood Skills to Pay the Bills

{Ephemera wallpapers, £79.90/roll, Linwood}

No doubt these wallpapers will soon be arriving at a trendy coffee shop near you, but would you go for one of these designs in your own home?

Answers on a (vintage) postcard…

House tour: artist’s home with a bohemian twist

11 Oct

This stylishly comfortable house reminds me of this Sydney home I featured a while back… they both work for all the same reasons. A crisp white canvas filled with unusual, casually-arranged finds from around the world.

Ethnic Dutch home via The Style Files

dining room with industrial light VT wonen

display of global treasures

close up of woven rug

relaxed ethnic home via VT Wonen

Dutch home with mezzanine VT Wonen

{James Stokes for VT Wonen via The Style Files}

I can just imagine feeling really welcome and comfortable in this home… although it also makes me want to travel again! If you like what you see too, there are a few more pictures over at The Style Files.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mood of the moment… Atlantic breakers

4 Oct

Blue moodboard Decorator's Notebook

The Mother We Share - Chvrches

{LIVE / EAT / WEAR / ESCAPE}

{LISTEN CVRCHES The Mother We Share}

What a week it’s been! Our new shop went live on Tuesday and the support has just been overwhelming for us – thank you so much to every one of you who helped us spread the word with your Tweets, Facebook Shares and Instagram likes and especially all those who sent us messages. When you work so hard on something that means so much to you, releasing it into the public gaze is a pretty scary thing, so the positive reponse we’ve had has been amazing. THANK YOU!

We hope you enjoy today’s Mood for the Moment and find some time to yourself this weekend to gaze and ponder. Isn’t that blue paint dreamy? See you next week!

Bethan and Joe

Decorator’s Notebook Shop is here!

1 Oct

Welcome to the most exciting day for Decorator’s Notebook ever!

It was almost exactly a year ago today that Joe and I joined forces to follow our dream of opening the Decorator’s Notebook shop. It’s been an amazing time and today we are thrilled to share the result: a refined range of handpicked accessories to help you create a more personal and beautiful home. Here’s a taster of our launch collection…

Easterly Welsh Blanket £230 Decorator's Notebook Shop

I love products with interesting stories, makers and traditions behind them, so everything I’ve chosen for the new shop has intriguing origins as well as good looks. The Easterly Welsh Blanket is designed in London on a vintage dobby loom before being woven at one of the last remaining woollen mills in Wales.

Dipped terracotta mug - £12.95 - Decorator's Notebook Shop

These Dipped Terracotta Mugs are so gorgeous! Each one is handmade in India by members of a fairtrade co-operative where training and secure employment is provided and the empowerment of women is encouraged. The base is unglazed terracotta and has a lovely earthy colour and texture.

Burren Waffle cushion - £60 - Decorator's Notebook Shop

As well as pieces we’ve sourced from talented craftspeople around the world, you’ll also find a growing range of designs made exclusively for Decorator’s Notebook. This tactile Burren Waffle Cushion is one of them and has been created for us by Irish designer Ciara McGarrity. The Burren is a breathtaking national park in Ireland where rare plants and flowers can be found growing up through the limestone. The colours of the plants inspired the embroidery.

Campfire screen print - £60 - Decorator's Notebook Shop

Another exclusive, this time our Campfire Screen Print designed by my favourite illustrator Double Merrick. The great outdoors was a big inspiration to us growing up, so we commissioned Merrick to create a design that reflected both our love of adventure and the comforts of home.

Feather vases - £34 each - Decorator's Notebook Shop

You’ll find a natural thread running right through our collection, whether that’s in materials, patterns or rural crafts. These stoneware Feather Vases are thrown by hand before being decorated with delicate photographs of guinea fowl and pigeon feathers. I think they’d sit equally well in an ultra-contemporary or country-style home.

Landscape coat hooks - £45 set of 3 - Decorator's Notebook Shop

If you’re organising your home for autumn these are for you! These Landscape Coat Hooks come as a set of three – one in copper, one black and one lakeland design. We have co-ordinating cushions too.

Wire and Wicker basket - £38 - Decorator's Notebook Shop

Lastly, a stylish Wire and Wicker Basket for homegrown produce or logs by the fire. Many a crumble was had after this photoshoot day!

So, what do you think? Without this blog the Decorator’s Notebook shop would never have come about, so there’s nobody’s opinion we’d love more than yours!

Have a good poke around www.decoratorsnotebook.co.uk then please let us know your favourite product and help us spread the word!

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Join The Room Debate!

13 Sep

Morning all! It’s been a rollercoaster ride of a week here in Somerset… a trip to Paris and several blisters later I’m back and putting the finishing touches to the Decorator’s Notebook Shop. Make sure you’re following us on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram to be the first to hear the big announcement. And we’re planning a really amazing giveaway right here on the blog to celebrate so stay tuned!

So, it’s Room Debate time again and I’ve found something rather eclectic and bohemian for your perusal today. I love imagining the people who might live in these rooms and I bet this lady’s a riot!

If it’s your first time joining in, simply take a good look at the photo below then head to the comments with your answers to these two questions:

One thing I like most about this room is…

One thing I like least about this room is…

eclectic bohemian bedrooms

{Elle Decor España}

Have a great weekend and I’m looking forward to hearing what you make of this room!

x

Mood of the moment… last days of summer

30 Aug

late summer moodboard by Decorator's Notebook blog

Fairytale Lullaby Bombay Bicycle Club

{LIVE / EAT / WEAR / ESCAPE}

{LISTEN Bombay Bicycle Fairytale Lullaby}

Pictures curated by Bethan, music selected by Joe. We hope you enjoy our picks and they set the mood for a relaxed weekend… soak up these last days of watery summer sunshine.

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