Saying goodbye to Styling the Seasons

Charlotte and I began our Styling the Seasons project exactly two years ago by calling on people to take a moment to reflect on the change of season each month and try to style a surface in their home to represent what that month meant to them. The idea came from a discussion we had had over lunch one sunny day that summer after bemoaning how little time we had to appreciate the change of seasons being stuck in air conditioned offices and for much of year leaving home for work in the dark and returning home in the dark, too. We thought it would be a lovely way of being creative, forcing us to spend more time outside and the perfect motivation to clear dumping grounds in our homes.

We asked a small group of our favourite bloggers to help us launch the project and we were blown away by the level of support we received and everyone’s willingness to get involved. We knew from the start that we wanted to use Styling the Seasons as a way of bringing people together and we decided to hold seasonal events during the first year, which was an amazing way of meeting new people and building community. The fact that we can now say that we have made ‘real life’ gorgeous friends because of those opportunities to come together makes me so happy.

Our first Winter event at Liberty of London, Crafting the Seasons – one of my favourite days ever. Photographed by Katharine Peachey.

Two years on we have gained so much from Styling the Seasons but we have decided that it’s time to move on and do something different (not sure what yet!). We hope that it has become a habit for many to take a moment here and there to think about what each month means to them and we would love for you to carry on writing posts from time to time or using the hashtag still on Instagram, as we will, but Charlotte and I won’t be rounding up the images each month or writing a post about our styling each month.

Our Spring event, Styling Spring at{mine}. Photographed by Katharine Peachey.

We want to thank everyone who has taken part over the last two years, come to our events, used the hashtag and entered our competitions. You are all amazing and the sense of community that we have felt and still feel is very real. A thank you also to the companies and brands that supported our events.

Our Autumn Vintage Jumble Sale organised with some lovely friends we made through Styling Seasons. Pics by me.

So, this is not so much goodbye to Styling the Seasons but a celebration of everything that we have gained from it and we hope that lots of you carry it on in one way or another. I will miss much about not hosting this project each month but one of the things I have loved about it most is working with Charlotte – her positive energy, infectious laugh and amazing creativity made this experience so, so fun. Big kisses to her!

Katy x

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  1. Lowri 7th August 2016 / 8:22 am

    I have so so loved this project, funnily enough I remember the first month that I joined in (December 2014) and it was my first introduction to joining in with a hashtag community. You’ve done so much through it and inspired so many, thank you to you both for starting it! Lots of love,Lowri x

  2. June Anderson 10th August 2016 / 5:20 am

    Hi Katie!

    Thank you for hosting this fun project. I learned so much from participating. I have loved contemplating the meaning behind each month and the challenge of creatively expressing those thoughts and feelings to a shelf or mantle. Being new to styling, I found your blog, Charlotte’s blog, and the blogs of all the other participants to be very helpful and inspiring. I look forward to seeing what you’ll be up to next!

    Best Regards,

    June

  3. Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely 14th August 2016 / 9:08 pm

    This makes me a little sad. Thank you so much for hosting styling the seasons every month and introducing me to the world of making shelves and table tops that little bit lovelier. I’ve learnt so much over the past couple of years and I don’t think I’d be quite so happy with how my blog looks if it weren’t for you and Charlotte and all of your tips and advice x

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