Styling the seasons – May

A bit of a soppy Styling the Seasons this month as May is birthday month for my husband-type, Jules, so it’s all about birthday breakfast in bed in our newly made-over bedroom.

I am guilty of taking those closest to me for granted sometimes but Jules and I have had such a tough year dealing with what has felt like a life’s worth of problems, which has really made me focus on what an amazing partner he is and how lucky I am to have him and the positivity he brings to every problem we face.

So, I want to make his birthday this year extra special and it always starts with breakfast in bed. It usually consists of croissants stuffed with ham and cheese and a good coffee. I have added flowers left over from our Styling Spring At Mine event in a little bottle Jules bought me recently “because it looks like an apothecary bottle”. Do you know that’s how we met? We were in a bar with mutual friends and he was drinking beer from a really nice bottle. I mentioned to him that I liked the bottle (thinking it would look really nice with flowers in it, not paying him any attention whatsoever – ha!) and he replied that he thought it looked like an apothecary bottle. That was it, he had my attention and I had a name for my blog 😉

The month of May also signals the beginning of warm days. We always have Jules’s birthday party outside and it is usually beautiful weather. Therefore, I have styled my Coco bed for warmer nights. Gone is the winter duvet and in its place is a lightweight summer duvet. My new gorgeous Lazy Linen from Loaf is absolutely perfect for the Summer months as it is wonderfully cool and light. The heavenly texture of this crushed Belgian linen and the dusty pink Scrunch cushion are perfect for the brighter mood that this time of year brings with it. I have also added a flat sheet, which feels so luxurious and is really practical for when it gets too hot.

Styling the Seasons - May | Apartment Apothecary

Styling the Seasons - May | Apartment Apothecary

Styling the Seasons - May | Apartment Apothecary

Styling the Seasons - May | Apartment Apothecary

I had finished taking photos and turned around for a few seconds and look who was ‘asleep’ next to the croissant! The new rule with the linen sheets is no Otto on the bed but he’s not in favour of that rule, as you can see.

Styling the Seasons - May | Apartment Apothecary

“Actually, I am awake, if there’s any of that Croissant going begging…” And, no, I couldn’t resist that sad little face, he got a piece of croissant in the end.

Charlotte and I would love for you to join us this month and style up a surface in your home and show what May means to you. Style your dining table, a shelf, hallway table, balcony, sideboard, kitchen worktop – anything you like. Either blog about your styled surface or post an image of it on any social media platform and use the #StylingTheSeasons hashtag.

I can’t wait to see what this month brings…

Katy x

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Oooooh, by the way, you can now buy some of the lovely products that I use or recommend in my posts directly through my blog. I will be officially launching the shop on Wednesday so I will tell you more about it then, as well as giving one lucky reader £150 to spend, if you buy something on that launch day.

For today, I’ve picked out some lovely boards like the one I have used in today’s post – if you like the look of any of them, click to see more details, add to cart and then buy it right here! Price includes delivery.



  1. Mckenzie 4th May 2015 / 1:33 pm

    I just found your blog and it is now my favorite I love your style. I do have to say though Otto is the star! I could not stop laughing at that photo. He seems to have a very similar personalty to my dog and I love to see his antics.

    • Katy 5th May 2015 / 10:55 am

      Thank you so much, Mckenzie – so glad you love the blog! And yes, Otto is always the star 😉

  2. Laurie 4th May 2015 / 5:03 pm

    This all looks sooooo dreamy. That linen – swoon!!!!

    • Katy 5th May 2015 / 10:56 am

      It really is a game-changer! Linen all the way from now on x

    • Katy 5th May 2015 / 10:56 am

      Thank you, Natalie. That’s so kind. Just popped over to have a look at your blog and it is lovely! x

  3. Polly 5th May 2015 / 1:06 am

    This is gorgeous Katy. I loovvvve your bedlinen, and the photographs are beautiful. I’m sure Jules appreciated it! I hope he had/has a lovely birthday. Also love the story of how you met/how your blog name came around, so cute. x

    • Katy 5th May 2015 / 10:57 am

      Thanks, Polly. Hope Oz is treating you well! x

  4. HannahB 5th May 2015 / 8:27 am

    Ah this is so lovely! I appreciate your honesty too re dealing with tons of problems- dave and I have had a similar thing! but its always nice to appreciate the good bits too- easy to forget. Also, you have got me seriously lusting after some beautiful bed linen!!! We’ll hopefully get to our bedroom soon and I can start thinking about new purchases…

    • Katy 5th May 2015 / 11:00 am

      Big problems are rubbish but you are right, there are far too many good things that we must try to remember. I always focus on the negative but Jules is the complete opposite and weeds out the positive in every situation – it’s quite inspiring really.

      You MUST go linen when you buy new bedlinen, it’s lush! xx

  5. Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely 6th May 2015 / 8:28 am

    This is exactly how every birthday should start (with the addition of the Sunday Times Style supplement, if your birthday happens to fall on the right day). It just looks lovely. And Otto? He’s an absolute superstar. Really looking forward to hearing more about your shop. You have such wonderful taste that I’m sure it’s going to be a huge hit.

    • Katy 11th May 2015 / 8:54 am

      Thank you, Rachel! LOVE your Styling the Seasons post x

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