Friday, 13 October 2017

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Behind the Label

Jane Day - Tea with Ruby

Can you tell us a little about 'Tea with Ruby' and how the name came about?
Hello I'm Jane the name and face behind Tea with Ruby the lifestyle and interiors blog, I write, style and create content mainly for interior brands and publications. The name may seem a little confusing as I didn't start out where I am today, I used to hire vintage china for weddings etc but wrote a weekly blog, to cut a long story short the china hire is long gone and my business is  completely different but the name kind of stuck. Ruby is my daughter if anyone was wondering.

Lovely visuals on your blog, do you take the photographs yourself?
Yes the majority of the images that appear in my posts are my own.  I do like to use production shots of brands when promoting a certain piece it gives the article a better flow than just my images.  I sometimes source images via pinterest if the post isn't relating to a specific thing, more inspirational mood boards creating a look that I'm trying to convey.

What inspires you to write your blog and keep it current?
That's a hard one and I honestly don't know! I think it's because I'm so passionate about what I do I don't see it as a job. I am very lucky and through social media and interior publications I can't help be inspired every day, there's always something new and fresh around every corner.

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of becoming an interior writer and stylist?
Everyone has a passion and if it's writing about interiors and styling then just go for it.  If you create good solid content and are consistent in what you do then keep doing it, it's amazing how that opens doors for you.

With so many other lifestyle bloggers around it can be difficult to decide who to follow, what do you feel makes your blog stand out from the crowd? 
I'm not sure that I stand out but hopefully the topics I write about inform and inspire enough for people to follow me. There are quite a few of us bloggers out there but we all fall into different categories. I'd say follow those that create content that you are passionate about yourself, no point reading a blog focusing on vintage interiors when you love Scandi design

What three things can’t you live without?
Can I make it 4, my family, coffee, swimming and sleep!

Do you find time to relax and unwind?
I most certainly do, I set myself working hours and once they are up I literally switch off, there is nothing that is so important that can't wait until the morning. I never work on an evening, that's my time to spend with my family, have a good soak in the bath, watch movies or read.  I'm not a night owl so love being tucked up under the duvet quite early.

What's next for 'Tea with Ruby'?
I've just done some fabulous work for a high end department store, so hopefully more work like that will come my way.  Apart from that every week is different, you never know what client you will be working with next which is exciting. I'm building my brand slowly but surely and I get to work with some fabulous companies so if it continues this way then I'll be happy.

Today's inspiration...

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Summer Moodboard - DENIM
1. White Corner Sofa 2. Oval Frame, Stripe Blanket & Artwork - LABEL 3. Cushion with Crosses 5. Zinc Top Cabinet with Drawers 6. Large Set of Baskets 7. Oil on antique metal sign - Oceán David Cass 8. Mirror & Stripe Cushion - LABEL 9. Wings 10. White Rhino, Black Truffle Pure & Original Paint 11. Accessories, Furniture & Paint - Powder Grey store & LABEL

Summer Nights

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

From glass to ceramics, our vases offer you the perfect finishing touch to your decor style. Here are our top five glass vases at POWDER GREY.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Children's Bedroom

Here is the proposed look for the room above - a more inviting cozy bedroom, encouraging creative play yet a functional space with easy on the eye interiors and accessories. Also a place where any little princess will enjoy being in her very own area, if not playing, a place where she'll look forward to sleeping in. More photos available once the project is finished

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Behind the Label

MBE Kresse Wesling - Elvis & Kresse 

What gave you the idea behind the fire hoses?
It was the hose itself. When I first moved to London in 2004 I started exploring landfill sites and refuse transfer stations. I realise this isn't normal tourist behaviour but to each her own! In 2004, 100 million tonnes of material went to landfill and I genuinely wanted to help. In 2005 I had a chance meeting with the London Fire Brigade, and discovered that their 10 tonnes of decommissioned fire hose would otherwise go to landfill. It was love at first site. I took two hoses home that day and never looked back.  

To many it may seem a strange material to use?
Yes, absolutely, but not once you learn more about it. It is made of a very durable, nitrile rubber, with water and heat resistance built right in. 95% of British hoses are the rich lustrous red, a gorgeous colour that we have made synonymous with sustainable luxury. The hose also has a history, an honestly life-saving provenance; we don't have to 'come up with' a marketing strategy, we simply celebrate the truth of the material, the truth of what we do. I think our type of resource use could become the norm. In the future I think it will be more strange to use virgin, story free, resource intensive raw materials. 

What has been the most challenging aspect of working with this material?
Decommissioned hose is not a textile. It took us a lot of R&D and several years to refine the 6 stage process we now use to clean and transform the hose, making it ready for manufacture. Without our complete commitment to rescuing the fire hose we simply never would have overcome the series of challenges we faced developing our process.

Above all your designs which one stands out the most for you?
We are most proud of how we have designed the business itself. Elvis & Kresse was established to solve London Fire Brigade's hose problem, and it does. We have been solving that problem for over a decade. Beyond the hose we are also a B Corp, we are a Living Wage employer, we have a totally vertically integrated, ethical supply chain. We give 50% of our profits to charity. We run our business the way we want the world to be, not the way the world is now. Our products are helping to redefine luxury, but our way of running a business is a blueprint for any 
aspiring entrepreneur or business that cares about people and cares about the environment.

Designing, working, supporting your chosen charity the 'Fire Fighters Charity' & others, do you ever find time or a place where you feel you can unwind?
Elvis & I run the business together - and no, you can't turn it off, ever . We don't have a work life balance. We have a life, it involves a lot of work, but the work is often enjoyable and always rewarding. Every day we get to solve problems and we get to do this together. It is a joy to work with Elvis, a ridiculous gift to spend all my time with the most awesome human I know. I don't think you need to unwind from that.

Describe Elvis & Kresse in 3 words
Reclamation, Transformation, Donation

What's next for Elvis & Kresse?
We have an entirely new collection launching this summer with a material we have been working on for a while in a small way that is about to become so much bigger. We are growing our team too. Our main goals are to scale, to move faster, and to solve more problems.