Decor Inspiration: Mood Boards

I’ve been thinking more and more about how to add some extra inspiration to my office and I’ve fallen in love with the idea of creating a mood board or inspiration board since seeing them on the Kikki K website. I would love to get a big board and buy all of their inspirational notecards and cute little accessories. For inspiration, especially decor inspiration, I always head to Pinterest and they have some great vision board ideas. I think I’ll definitely have to get myself a board for my office and fill it with photos and motivational quotes.

In the meantime, here are some of my favourite photos from pinterest:
Follow Ruby Wren Designs’s board Inspiration Boards on Pinterest.

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Planner Inspiration and Dream Set Ups

Since getting my Kikki K Wellness Planner at the start of the New Year (yay for resolutions, and keeping them…I hope!), I’ve been addicted to planner decoration – who knew, there’s a whole heap of talented people online who share their planners and customisation. I had no idea than planner customisation was a thing, but now I know, I am having the best time getting inspiration from those creative photos.

My Pinterest board is full of amazing photos of planners, setups and great printables. I’m just getting used to the default planner pages that came with the Wellness Planner, but I’m looking forward to finding some great printables and inserts once I know what I really need and what I will actually use.

My Pinterest board is here, click through for more and photo credits

Review: The Mint and Grey Kikki K Wellness Planner 2016

(Read my update here)

My intentions for 2016 include much better organisation along with mental and physical health and wellbeing. I had a few planners on my wishlist and I wasn’t sure I’d find exactly what I was looking for. I wanted a planner that was about wellness as well as your usual day to day calendar and appointments. There were a few planners and journals that I looked at which were about reflection and gratitude, which I loved, but very few ticked every box for me. I really love the Happiness Planner, but wanted something that I could use year after year, and the Daily Greatness Journals were on my wishlist too, but didn’t incorporate much in the way of daily scheduling. Both would be great planners to use in conjunction with a more practical day to day planner, and both are still on the top of my wishlist for reflection and mindfulness.

I decided to buy the Kikki K Wellness Planner. Kikki K are a Swedish-inspired Australian company and their products are gorgeous! They’ve just opened a shop in Covent Garden in London, but I wish they had shops all over the UK. Having said that, buying from their website was a breeze and it arrived from Australia in 4 days. All their planners feature a ring-binder inside, so you can replace and add to the inserts if you like. This was a big tick in the plus box for me, as I want to get good value out of my purchase. I’ve already searched on Etsy and Pinterest for printable inserts so I can customise the planner further. That’s exactly what I love about these planners – you are given the bare bones of a beautiful planner, and the rest is down to you. I was in awe at some of the youtube videos and blogs showcasing how creatively people have decorated their planners.

The Wellness Planner is quite different to the other planners from Kikki K – it focuses on mental health, nutrition and exercise, in addition to the usual calendar, to-do lists etc. It also has an awesome little habits notepad in the inside cover so you can keep track of your daily habits and tick them off as you do them – I’m using this for water consumption, green juice, supplements and exercise. I’m sure I’ll add more to the list, but to see them written down and feel accomplished as I tick them off each day, it’s a great motivator!

The first section is a monthly calendar view. You can start this any time of year as you pop your own dates in the calendar, although January is a great place to start! The daily section features a list of ‘to-dos’, priorities, water tracker, daily gratitude and improvements for tomorrow. I love how it combines a practical diary with a more mindful journal…exactly what I was looking for!

Further on in the planner, there’s mind, nutrition and exercise sections, for tracking your daily lifestyle. I have used food and exercise trackers in the past (and still do when I’m training properly!) but having somewhere to write it down offline might be much more motivating than having it stored in an app. The mind section is all about gratitude, meditation and intentions, a really lovely section which makes the planner much more mindful than your usual diary.

Overall, I am so thrilled with this planner. I love that it combines everything I need to keep organised and productive, with health and wellbeing. The fact it’s so customisable, gorgeous and a joy to decorate, is the icing on the cake (mmm, cake!). I know that part of the enjoyment and mindfulness I’ll get out of the planner is the time spent each day decorating, customising and being creative with it.

The planner can be purchased directly from Kikki K online (shipping to the UK is only £6 and amazingly fast via DHL) and I also purchased an accessory pack, inspirational sticker book, motivational quote notecard (that quote “the difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do” reminded me of my favourite Matchbox Twenty song lyric “The Difference between what you need and what you want to be” so I had to add it to my order), and the most gorgeous glitter tape.

Wellness Planner

Sticker Book: Inspiration

Accessory Pack

The Difference Quote Card

Gold Glitter Tape

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

Colouring for relaxation and creativity

I am a bit late to the adult colouring book party but now I’m here, I’m wondering what took me so long! One of my intentions for 2016 is to disconnect from technology more and spend more time indulging in more creative and more relaxing pursuits.

I had a pattern colouring book when I was little that I loved, full of geometric patterns so that was something I wanted when looking for a book. I purchased the Indian Summer colouring book from Amazon, for it’s intricate bold patterns and mandalas…I knew I would enjoy this! As the patterns feature some very tiny details, I opted for some fine liner pens to add colour to my new book.

I’m so glad I purchased this – the patterns are stunning and my mind wanders as I decide what colour to choose next for the patterns. It’s a great relaxation tool and I find hours pass as I colour in. I’m looking forward to adding to my colouring book collection so I can enjoy different themes…the Liberty books look amazing and I’m still dreaming of geometric patterns too!

The colouring book I’m using below is Really RELAXING Colouring Book 6: Indian Summer: A Jewelled Journey through Indian Pattern and Colour: Volume 6 (Really RELAXING Colouring Books) and I’m filling it in with Staedtler Triplus Fineliner 334 SB20 Tips Desktop Box – Assorted Colours (Pack of 20)


Emma Bridgewater Pottery Studio and Factory, Stoke-on-Trent

Being big pottery fans, one of our favourite places to visit is the Emma Bridgewater Factory in Stoke-on-Trent. It’s quite a drive from where we live in Northamptonshire, but it’s well worth a trip, even more so if you’re collectors like we are. There’s a beautiful shop housing first quality pieces, along with a jam-packed seconds shop. Plus an amazing cafe full of freshly made food, homemade cakes and using grown-on-the-premisis ingredients (you should see their little garden in the summer, beautiful!). It’s really one of those great, innovative and creative places to visit – charming buildings emphasising it’s industrial history, lovely products and just a general ‘feel-good’ place. I always feel completely energised and inspired when seeing what they’ve accomplished – very motivating for a small business owner to see how they’ve created such an strong, iconic brand!

I thought I’d share with you one of the more creative things to do at the factory – pottery painting! In the summer, we visited and booked in to use the decorating studio. You can choose from a huge range of unpainted shapes and paint your own (much easier said than done!). We’d attempted our own pottery decorating in the past at the factory, but this time, we were determined to have something a little more presentable to show for it at the end (seriously, you should see how appalling our previous attempts have been!).

There’s a wide range of paint colours to play with, and tonnes of hand-cut sponges to stamp your own design onto the pottery shapes. If you choose to do the factory tour too, you’ll get a glimpse of the sponges being drawn and cut for the real decorators too. It’s actually much harder to stamp the shapes onto the pottery than you’d think, and quite terrifying trying to avoid ruining your blank canvas. Anyone employed as a decorator at Emma Bridgewater have some true skills!

Once your blank pottery has been painted, it’s then taken off to be glazed and fired in the factory. If you live locally, you can pick your finished personalised pottery a week or two later, or you can provide delivery details to have your ‘masterpiece’ posted to you.

It’s a really fun and creative experience, and it certainly makes you appreciate how talented the decorators are at the EB factory!

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Ed’s Animals & The Toft Alpaca Shop, Rugby

For the past eight months I’ve been teaching myself to crochet using various books and online resources. The best book I’ve found by far is ‘Edward’s Menagerie’ by Kerry Lord. It contains 40 adorable animal patterns to make, ranging from easy to hard difficulty, plus another ten emailed in pdf if ordered direct rather than through Amazon. I’ve found myself addicted to making them, finding any excuse to make them as gifts for friends and family, I’m currently working on a herd of Reindeers to give to everyone I know for Christmas!

Here at RW HQ we love supporting small, local businesses, and when we found out that the author, Kerry Lord, owns TOFT alpaca farm & shop, local to the Ruby Wren Studio, we just had to visit!

Located between Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire, the farm contains over 200 alpacas. It’s a lovely way to spend an afternoon, take a walk around the farms and see the alpacas, then pop into the shop to stock up on wool for your projects, or stop by the Cornflower cafe for a cup of coffee and piece of cake! I had a little fangirl moment when I was even served by owner and author Kerry Lord herself, with my arms full of alpaca wool, while Ed (the inspiration for the menagerie itself!) sat close by!

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