May I introduce the new (to the UK) stationery brand Kikki K …

 

Dala horse Kikki k

 

You know when you see something that makes your heart stop for a moment and then race ten to the dozen? – For some people that thing is the Love Of Your Life, or a cute puppy or a parachute jump – for me it’s notebooks, pens, pencils, tiny post-it notes and giant year planners. Staplers, greetings cards, jazzy sellotapes and fancy drawing pins.

If you feel the same as me then you should hot foot it down to Londons Covent Garden and spend some time (probably between 20-90 minutes) at Kikki K.

 

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Kikki K was founded by Kristina Karllason when she realised that all the lovely stationery and organisational bits and bobs she had taken for granted in her native Sweden didn’t seem to be readily available in the rest of the world. So she designed her own.

 

Kristina Kikki k

 

I was lucky enough to meet Kristina when she popped over to the UK to check on the new store from her home in Australia.  We spent a happy hour chatting about all things paper (and me sniffing the notebooks). It was fascinating to hear how Kristina had come up with the idea in the first place; having no set plan on what her new business was to entail she struck upon the idea of nice stationery when she was organising her desk in preparation and realised there was a gap in the market for nice paper goods.  I like to think she was procrastinating a little like I do when faced with a new job or project … “There’s no possible way I can begin this project until all my pencils are sharpened, I have a new notebook, I’ve ordered the exact shade of green ink I need for my fountain pen, the skirting boards have been dusted and the cupboard under the stairs is tidy”.

 

 

mindful journam kikki k

 

To help the procrastinators among us Kikki K does a lovely range of journals to help you organise your thoughts, dreams and plans as well as pretty much everything else your little stationery heart desires.

 

notebooks kikki k

 

To see more of the Kikki K range head over to their website by clicking here AND if you sign up for their newsletter you get a £5 gift voucher for use instore or online (with no minumum spend this is pretty cool!!)

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Back in June I went to the Rumour PR press day. They had so many lovely Christmas gift ideas that I did momentarily wish it could be Christmas that very day (and then I went out side and it was beautifully sunny so promptly forgot my wishes).

My favourite and my best thing that I saw there were these fabric patches by Jennie Maizels. Jennie patches

Now I love a circus alphabet – I try and do a version in most of my books.

alphabet letters

From my books Fresh Prints and Little Sew and Sew

But Jennies little box of letters blew me away. I love them. I love that there are different colourways of each letter, I don’t love that the ‘C’ is quite boring but I’m used to that (I think it’s just a bit of a dull shape to begin with).

jennie maizels alphabet

Apart from letters Jennie also does packs of patches made up of cute little illustrations, all perfect for decorating plain jackets and dresses and also for disguising worn out jean knees and stains on favourite shirts.

jenni maizels dress

There’s much more to Jennie than iron on clothes plasters, she also writes and illustrated pop up books and has an awesome  Instagram account. Recently she has been on holiday and has been documenting it in a visual diary. Now this is my holiday diary …

holiday diary

(admittedly I was 6 years old)

and this is hers…

Jennie Maizels wednesday

tuesday Jenni Maizels

 

Oh to be on holiday in Jennies world!

To buy any of Jennies patches click here. To follow her on Instagram and be cheered up by her crazy bright colourful world click here.

It took six months after I moved in to get round to decorating my bedroom and another 9 to post it on here but finally the combination of a tidy room, a bright day and a moment to blog have all come together and this is the result.

bedroom before and after

The inspiration for this room was a beautiful piece of fabric by Harlequin. I didn’t have much but the plan was to cut out the trees and applique them onto the bottom of the curtains (made to measure by Ada & Ina 20% off till 31st of Jan). This has never happened. I did manage to find John Lewis blinds  in the same fabric at which I could gaze all day.

blind

The original layout of the room had built in wardrobes along the wall opposite the windows so the bed could only go where it was in the first photo or against the outside wall (where I have it now. Usually I have it facing the windows but got bored the other day and moved it. I wouldn’t recommend this as it’s definitely colder being on an outside wall in the winter months).

bedroom ideas

I thought the alcoves either side of the chimney breast were a better space for the wardrobes so we spent a day ripping the old cupboards out (keeping the wood for other projects (more of which later … like much later … like probably another 9 months) unearthing a time line of wallpapers in the process.

wallpapers

I had the wardrobes built by Emma from allsprucedupcarpentry they took about 4 days and cost around £1000 unpainted. She was an amazing worker and I’d love to have her back to make more things but she’s currently having a baby.

Though Emma built the wardrobes I set dad the project of building a fire surround. This fireplace used to live in my Aunts garage but we all decided that my bedroom would be a much more suitable home for it. I built a prototype in cardboard so dad could see what I was thinking and left him to it. (The fireplace isn’t fixed to the wall so it is totally coming with me if I move.)

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I didn’t have to buy any new furniture for the room. I just repainted things I already had. It was a lovely surprise finding these shiny brass hinges underneath all the layers of paint on this bedside cabinet.

Besdisde cabinet

a £5 junk shop find

I really liked the idea of these ombre drawers but maybe they are better suited to a nursery, so after about a day they got repainted.

chest of drawers

Found this chest of drawers in the street It took me and my mum three trips to carry them all home

One final treat was finding the original door hidden under two pieces of hardboard.

bedroom door

Shopping list

shopping list

1. Made to measure curtains Ada and Ina
2. Silhouette fabric Harlequin
3. Links Wallpaper Harlequin
4. Mason Rug Laura Ashley
5. Rolling Fog (Mid) paint Little Greene
6. Rolling Fog paint Little Greene (I got mine colour matched at the local paint shop … much cheaper)

WILKO DECORATIONS

Way back in September I had a nice trip out to the Wilko Christmas press day and I’ve wanted to blog about it ever since. Finally I’ve got around to it. I didn’t really know about the marvellousness that is the Wilko Home and Garden superstores as I don’t have one near by. Having seen the glory of their Christmas decorations this year I managed to track one down and have stocked up on tree treats that I feel may stay up well in to the new year. I think my overall favourite are the creamic keys and the wooden mushrooms. They’re the kind of thing you find in bespoke gift shops with a much heftier price tag.

Above are some of my favourites and you can buy them all here