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The Most Versatile Home Décor Pieces To Own – Items That Multi-Task

Versatile home décor pieces to own – items that multi-task

Given how much time we are spending at home at the moment and realising what our essential needs are, it’s never felt more important to focus on having a few highly versatile home accessories that can be used in many different ways.
 
Introducing Artisanne’s 3 top multi-tasking home décor pieces:

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3 simple pieces to refresh your home for summer

Giving your home a summer refresh is as simple as 1-2-3

We hope you are all safe and well. 
It feels as though summer is here and with most of us spending more time at home than ever, it’s a great opportunity to give those forgotten corners and neglected areas of your home a refreshing touch.  Here are our 3 top tips for creating new revitalising looks with minimal effort and just a few key pieces. 

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International Women's Day 2020

International Women's Day 2020

This year, International Women’s Day on March 8th 2020 is focusing on creating a gender equal world where women’s achievements are recognised as part of ‘making an equal world an enabled world’


At Artisanne we’re 99% women so have we got it all wrong?

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Stay-at-Home Styling Tips

Stay-at-Home Styling Tips

Image Credit: Ideal Home Magazine 

With the house busier than normal, making space for everyone to work, study and relax is more important than ever.  We thought we would share some decluttering tips that we have picked up along the way.

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Home Decor 2020

As we embrace the new decade, various design trends for 2020 are being highlighted by Living Etc magazine and on Pinterest.  These range from Grandmillennial Style aka Granny chic where old heirlooms are placed in a modern setting to Global Influence, using design ideas inspired by overseas travel (here we’re definitely ahead of the curve!) to Biophilic designs which translates as using nature and plants in designs. nature and plants in designs.

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Artisanne is 99% women, have we gone too far?

I’m sure you are aware that today is International Women’s Day and this year’s focus is on #balanceforbetter, to accelerate gender equality, which we whole-heartedly support. But Artisanne is proud to be 99% women.  Have we taken things too far?  We would normally advocate a balance, but in Artisanne’s case we think the imbalance is right. Why?
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Senegal Series 2019 - Off to Dakar

I am writing to you en route to Senegal where I shall be spending the next week in the villages with the weavers, amongst other things working on our new handwoven basket designs.

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Keeping Christmas local

I adore Christmas and am guilty of indulging (over-indulging) and over-complicating the festivities: be it parties, food or buying gifts.  It can quickly turn into an expensive and exhausting time when I want it to be fun and magical.  So this year I’ve decided to try and simplify Christmas by keeping it local.
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Inspiring entrepreneurs: Jennie Hogg of Lois Avery

People are often ask what inspired me to start Artisanne and I have shared my story on the website. One of the highlights of Artisanne is meeting other entrepreneurs, often women, and discovering what led them to start their business. One is Jennie Hogg of Lois Avery (www.loisavery.com) who I was introduced to by the lovely Natasha of Wear and Where.

When Jennie and I first met, we talked for hours about beautiful design, travel and the fusion of creativity and practicality that make certain items truly unique.

Jennie, a former lawyer with a love of fashion, designs stunning Italian cashmere shawls...

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Ethical brands you will love

October is Fairtrade month and we wanted to share with you some ethical brands that we love and think you will too.

FARMDROP

My friend, Kathy, introduced me to Farmdrop and there’s no turning back.  The concept is simple: from farmer to your door in 19 hours. Wherever possible your food comes from within 150 miles and local farmers are paid 70% of the retail value. 

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Artisanne is Three!

Artisanne is 3!
Green Days - part of the Bedford Park Festival is happening this weekend and if you are in West London do pop by. It is a quintessentially British Fete and Craft Fair with a great mix of stalls and entertainment for the whole family. Chiswick locals, young and old, help man the stalls - the ones on the BBQ cooking the delicious Mackens burgers deserve a medal. I’ve been going since I was a little girl and I love it.  It is where Artisanne 'launched'!

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Artisanne's first Fair Trade conference - BAFTS 2018

As the founder of a small business that has recently been awarded the BAFTS (British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers) certification I found myself attending the annual conference for the first time and I had no idea what to expect.  Fair Trade can often be perceived as worthy and ‘heavy’ subject but this was not the case yesterday. 
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