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15
Apr
2017
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A Simple Path Interview No. 3: Jane Day’s sumptuous style

Ah friends, have we got a treat for you. This is the third instalment of our interview series, A Simple Path, in which we talk to inspiring creatives who are doing more with less. This week we are joined by the lovely Jane Day from teawithruby.co.uk. Sometimes you come across a blog that is inspiring yet authentic, beautiful yet simple. Tea with Ruby is just that. Jane is an interiors blogger, stylist, writer and photographer whose gorgeous blog always offers new ways to style your home using simple, sustainable, beautiful things. She is a master of light, taking pictures that have depth, texture and an incredible stillness. There is an authenticity to Jane’s work – you know she really lives what she writes. And she’s a huge fan of linen, which makes us very happy. We love her work and had to find out more about what she does, and why she does it.

Grab yourself a coffee and savour this post – it will inspire you, and get you thinking about small changes you could make to slow your life down and be properly in the moment.

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Jane, thank you so much for joining us for A Simple Path part 3.

  1. Can you tell us what you do and how you came to be doing it?

Hi my name is Jane Day and I am the name behind Tea with Ruby. I am an interiors and lifestyle blogger, content creator and writer. I started Tea with Ruby when my daughter (who the blog is named after) started school. I was lucky enough that I didn’t have to go back to work in the office after having her. I wanted to find something creative to do but still be at home and, most importantly, be a mum.

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  1. If you had one piece of advice or wisdom to pass on to your younger self, what would it be?

Believe in yourself, have the strength to do what you want to do. Don’t make choices based on what others want you to do.

  1. What is it about the simple life that you find appealing?

 Being able to embrace a slower pace of life is something that we cherish dearly. I know that today in this fast-paced world we are surrounded by a simple life can seem out of reach, but small changes in the way we live can bring so much benefit. Planning is the key to having a simpler life, making time to sit and have meals around the table together as a family, by not turning on the TV or laptop/phone, sitting with a book, listening to music, talking about your day. Get outside more, garden, be active and exercise. I swim nearly every morning which is the perfect start to my day, enjoying the time in the water with my thoughts. Stopping everything when you have that first coffee and not drinking it on the go, making that time count. Each little thing that you do either by yourself or as a family is far more precious if you’ve taken notice of who you are with, the surroundings you are in and made every minute matter. A simple life isn’t about having less but being more considerate with the things that you have.

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  1. How can we counter the pulls of content-sharing and curating images of our lives with the need for being in the moment?

This can be a tricky one to achieve. The pull to be constantly connected grows the more technology advances, but the world won’t stop if we don’t catch it all on Instagram stories! It can be a pressure to be seen to have the perfect life but we all know it’s not always like that. I think I definitely live more in the moment; if you happen to catch it to share then great but don’t worry about it if you don’t, there is always another day.

  1. Who inspires you?

Many of the talented women I converse with every day through the wonder of social media. I am surrounded by strong talented women, each and every one of them inspire me.   If I were to name one person at the moment it would be the designer Ilse Crawford. She puts human needs and desires at the centre of all that she does, emphasising the need for our environment to be comfortable and homely, enhancing and improving our everyday lives through design. She is a design icon whom I admire very much.

  1. What are your essential homeware items/ things you couldn’t do without?

Linen bedding, hamman towels and a coffee machine. Simple pleasures: sleeping under linen sheets is sheer bliss. Beautiful towels to wrap yourself up in after a lovely soak in the bath, and of course coffee, I couldn’t start the day without a slow cup of coffee in my favourite ceramic mug.

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  1. What would you like to be doing in 10 years’ time?

Do you know I don’t think I can plan that far ahead. Hopefully I will be happy and healthy and my life will be full. I would like to envisage that Tea with Ruby has grown and diversified, that I am content and still passionate about what I am doing and enjoying wherever it has taken me.

  1. What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever done?

I wish I had been wilder as my younger self and travelled a bit more before starting a family, but that aside I would probably say the wildest thing I have ever done was to shave all my hair off when I was 41. That and getting my first tattoo at the same age! I wanted to be free of dying my hair so thought this would be the quickest way of dealing with it. Not having chemicals put on my hair anymore was quite liberating and I’m loving the grey, to the point that I have quite a daring haircut because of it. The tattoos are a statement too; wild maybe not, but meaningful yes.

Thank you so much for your time, and sharing your thoughts with us!

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Isn’t Jane fabulous? Make sure to check out her gorgeous new post featuring LinenMe’s table linens for Easter. And you can follow her along on Instagram (@teawithruby) for more simple sumptuousness.

 

 

24
Mar
2017
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Interview No.2 in A Simple Path: Erica Lee

Woohoo! Here’s the second instalment of our interview series, A Simple Path, which explores how inspiring, creative people are doing more with less.

This month we had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Erica Lee, @thehyggewife on Instagram and creator of thehyggewife.com. We are huge fans of Erica’s stunning photography and admire her commitment to living a simpler, more intentional life. Sit back and enjoy – we think you are going to love this one.

  1.  Can you tell us what you do and how you came to be doing it?

Most of what I do revolves around my life as a wife and mom. It is where my motivation and inspiration comes from every day. In addition, I am a writer, photographer, homemaker, and connoisseur of all things hygge. Hygge is a Danish word that means, in simple terms, ‘coziness’, but that I consider to be a lifestyle. I live my life around it and have devoted my blog to inspiring others to find hygge in their lives.

I haven’t always lived a simple, intentional life. However, one day a year ago when I was exceptionally overwhelmed I began reading about hygge. Everything about it just really resonated with me. For me, it wasn’t just tea cups and blankets – I learned to build a lifestyle upon it.

I then started my Instagram @thehyggewife. Being the wife of a Norwegian (the word ‘hygge’ is Danish but originated in Norway), the name The Hygge Wife became my online journal for documenting our lifestyle. I aim to inspire others to also look for cozy moments, find meaning in the little things, and live more intentionally.

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  1. If you had one piece of advice or wisdom to pass onto your younger self, what would it be?

I have always been kind of an old soul. I love white and grey and, growing up, that was seen as kind of weird (though funnily enough it is now an appealing color scheme). I love to write more than anything, and I love to take notes! I’ve finally realized that it’s okay to be myself. I’ve always been interested in a simpler way of living, and I’ve always been afraid of how most of the world would view that (even now, I often get comments like, ‘Simple living? But why? You’re still young!’). However, when I finally found hygge and decided to build and document a lifestyle around it, I learned that there will always be those that don’t understand, but so many who will. No matter how ‘weird’ you think you are, there are people out there like you, waiting for you open up and make them feel like they belong somewhere. I hope that those out there looking for a simpler lifestyle will feel like they’ve come home, when they happen upon my feed or website.

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  1. What is it about the simple life that you find appealing?

When you live more simply, you feel more deeply.

I don’t know of a better way to explain it. Living with less allows us to slow down, consider, come to terms with things we may have been neglecting or work on things we want to improve. We can focus on what matters, we can realize that we don’t need to always have ‘the next best thing’ in order to feel good about ourselves. When we eliminate the unnecessary things, we can take the time to serve others, strengthen our friendships, feel more connected with our children or significant others, and follow our passions.

 

  1. How can we counter the pulls of content-sharing and curating images of our lives with the need for being in the moment?

I wish I had better advice for this one! It can be hard to find a balance, because you want to capture your ‘real life’ for your audience (and for yourself), but you also want your images to look good. I would say, just get into the habit of taking your camera with you wherever you go and get quick at using manual mode. That way, in a beautiful moment, you can snap the picture quickly and then get back to enjoying that precious moment.

 

  1. Who inspires you?

Kim Klassen. Oh gosh. What can I say?! Kim has been my biggest inspiration as I’ve navigated through my creative journey. I love her theme of ‘finding stillness’, and the beauty she conveys in simple moments. Kim is also a mentor and friend who gives me great ideas and cares so much about seeing me succeed. She is an amazing photographer and entrepreneur as well.

Angie Wendricks, from @countyroadliving, lives in a simple, yet beautiful country home. She shares everyday on Instagram about her minimalist lifestyle and it is such an inspiration to me. I hope to one day achieve the level of simplicity that she conveys.

My husband: He pushes me to keep striving and never to doubt myself.

My baby: He finds joy in the littlest things, like touching my hair.

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  1. What are your essential homeware items/things you couldn’t do without?

Candles and string lights: We have white string lights decorating our bedroom, and candles throughout the house. I light a candle at my desk every time I sit down to work, and every time we sit at the kitchen table for a meal. Even at breakfast, my son and I share our breakfast muesli and porridge by candlelight. It marks the beginning and ending of each activity, and candles help me to stay present in the moment, and let everything else melt away.

Good Books:

I’m currently reading ‘The Danish Way of Parenting’ (which I’ve written about on the blog under ‘Motherhood‘), and I’m also in the middle of ‘The Book of Hygge’ by Louisa Thomsen Brits.

For cookbooks, I love ‘A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in my Farmhouse’. It’s not Scandinavian, of course, but I love her emphasis on simple ingredients and finding time to cook. Another I use often is ‘Gluten Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.’

Linen bedding and table linens: Just so many linens! I love the natural and rustic look of them. We have linen bedding and napkins, and I am currently trying to sew linen baby blankets, so we’ll see how that goes.​..

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Cake Platters: Every Friday, we have ‘Friday fika‘ at our house. It is a weekly tradition of gathering on a Friday evening, chatting about our weeks and the weekend to come, and indulging in a made-from-scratch treat. I usually bake something Scandinavian for it, but not necessarily. I love looking forward to it at the end of the week, and it is such a wonderful way to mark the beginning of the weekend, sitting and chatting and eating together.

Our shaggy rug: We have one of those giant, shaggy rugs. Not only does it provide a soft place to land, but cozy materials like this bring more hygge into the home. It has become the center of our home and is where we tend to subconsciously gather.

Nature at home: Bringing nature into our homes actually makes them feel more cozy. It gives our homes a natural element and reminds us of the wonder that lies outside our doors.

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  1. What would you like to be doing in 10 years time?

Oh gosh! So many things! Most importantly, I plan to have a bigger family, and to be raising kids to live simply and cherish each other and the outdoors. I hope that in ten years time I will be continuing to do what I love, which is to inspire others to find meaning and beauty in simplicity, and to teach them about how I’ve built a lifestyle around the concept of hygge.

I just published a guide to hygge and Nordic living on my site that is free for my email subscribers. It’s all about hygge, of course, and gives you applicable ways to ‘hygge’ in your own life. However, in the future, I would love to write a full-on book about hygge.

And I would also love to host workshops around the world on photography, writing and simple living.

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Thanks so much Erica! It has been a delight to dip into your world, and we look forward to following your adventures with hygge in the future.

13
Mar
2017
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7 Ways to Celebrate the Coming of Spring

There’s been a definite spring-like smell in the air these past few days. The evenings are stretching a bit longer, the hens are laying more, wild birds are chorusing, bulbs are pushing stems gleefully up through the earth. It’s a time to celebrate renewal and rebirth, so we thought we’d give you 7 simple ways to herald in the new season. So sit back, pour yourself a cup of tea, open a window and drink in the beautiful spring.

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24
Feb
2017
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Introducing Our Fabulous New Blog Series: A Simple Path

We are so excited to announce the launch of a new monthly series of interviews with creatives and people who share our love for simple, sustainable living and beautiful interiors! A Simple Path is intended to be a place of inspiration, inquiry and insight into the lives and lifestyles of people who are doing more, with less. From photographers to stylists, B&B owners to apothecaries, we will bring you a smorgasbord of loveliness and fascinating ideas on how we can live life better.
Our first guest, Camilla Jorvad from the stunning Danish island of Aeroe, is special not just because she is the first in the series, but also due to her incredibly thoughtful answers and inspiring outlook on life. We sent Camilla some questions, and here’s what she replied. We think you are going to love her story (and her images). We are already packing our bags for a trip to Sigridsminde now…

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21
Feb
2017
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9 Brilliant Podcasts to Brighten Up Your Day

If you like to listen to something while you commute, relax in the bath, travel or do the washing up, we’ve got 9 brilliant podcasts that are just the job. On a range of subjects, from books to architecture, there is something for everyone in this list. Episodes range from short bursts (perfect for listening to while you’re folding the linen) to longer segments that really delve deep into a topic. Wherever you are, you will want one of these to hand.

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13
Feb
2017
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Come find us on Instagram!

Hello lovely folk. Hope your month is shaping up to be a glorious one.

Just a quick note to say that we are now on Instagram, so come on over and find us: @linen.beauty. We will be sharing images that celebrate our love for linen, simplicity, slow living and beautiful interiors.

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If you know of any great Instagram feeds we should follow, leave us a note in the Comments so we can check them out.

Can’t wait to see you!

21
Jan
2017
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Cleaning linen the old-fashioned way: Urine, sour milk and elbow grease!

If you thought doing laundry was a chore, we’ve got some fascinating historical facts about how people cared for linen before modern washing machines and Persil made an appearance. Linenbeauty.com met with textile historian and museums officer Emma O’Connor, of Sussex Past, a charity which runs several historic sites in Sussex, England, and learned some pretty eye-opening things about caring for linens the old-school way. Here’s what she told us:

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19
Dec
2016
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7 Ways to Look After Yourself Over the Holiday Season

This time of year is hectic. All that time spent running around getting things for other people, finding costumes for Nativity plays, baking things, throwing parties and trying to keep the peace within our families. And whilst it is the season for goodwill towards others, it is so important to look after yourself as well. If you are feeling overwhelmed or daunted by all that Christmas and New Year brings, here are 7 ways to make sure you have the energy to keep going, and to stay happy.

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28
Nov
2016
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Christmas Gifts for Stylish Kids’ Rooms

Christmas needn’t be a time when your home gets flooded with plastic clutter. Instead, pick gifts that will bring fun, style and beauty to your children’s rooms. We’ve shopped around and come up with an edit of chic gifts that will enhance your child’s bedroom, and that will last. From night lights to wall decals, be imaginative and playful. Just like your kids.

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24
Nov
2016
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More Christmas Gifts Ideas: For her

If you checked out our previous post you’ll know that we are compiling three handy gift guides to help steer you though the madness of Christmas shopping. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday approaching we’ve hunted down some fabulous gifts that will add beauty to your home, and those of your loved ones.

Today our edit focuses on Christmas gifts for the woman in your life. Plus, we’ve got some super-duper discount codes for you to cut the cost of your shopping, as well finding some cracking gifts. I know, we’re nice like that.

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