About me


Photograph by Cathy Pyle.

Welcome to my blog. My name is Katy Orme and I live in London with my partner, Jules, and our Golden Retriever, Otto (with our first baby on the way). I am interiors obsessed but I used to be a secondary school teacher until I started blogging full time in 2014. I now spend my days in a delightful creative haze, working from home blogging, writing/styling for interiors and craft magazines and helping others design their homes and I love it!

So, how did I become a blogger? I read History at Leeds University, where I was more concerned about decorating my student bedroom every year, than being in the library. I qualified as a teacher in 2004 and taught in a school in east London. I bought my first flat at this time, which pushed my interiors obsession to a new level – oh the joy of buying a flat’s worth of furniture. After ten years in teaching, I was craving more creativity and looking at Pinterest in lessons far too much (ssssh!) so I started my blog. A year later after spending every break, lunch hour and evening blogging I finally made the decision to take the leap and start blogging full time.

I started Apartment Apothecary in 2013 with the intention of sharing budget-friendly ways of improving my home, whether it be through DIY and craft projects, full room makeovers or simple but effective design tips. I focus on creating original content and showcasing my ideas in my central London flat. I won the Amara Interior blog award for the Best DIY Blog in 2014 and my home has been featured in several magazines and design sites as well as in print for Selina Lake’s latest book, Botanical Styling.

I run a monthly blogging series called Styling the Seasons with Charlotte from Lotts and Lots blog. We challenge bloggers and anyone on the social media scene to style a surface in their home to represent what the month means to them. As part of this series we have organised blogger events and have built up a lovely creative community.

One other thing you should know is that Otto, my Golden Retriever pup, is quite a feature around here…

Photograph by Cathy Pyle.

Thank you so much for visiting and make sure to have a good look around!

Katy x



  1. Kiran
    6th January 2020 / 10:06 pm

    Hi Katy,

    I am looking to paint my hallway radiator in the same colour you have in pics . How did you achieve this?
    I keep getting told for radiators need to use radiator paint. My radiator is similar to the original you had – making improvements to what’s in house at mo with little cost as possible.

    Has the paint withstanded high heat?

    Much appreciated, thanks

    • katy
      28th January 2020 / 10:49 am

      Hi there. I’m afraid my decorator did the radiators in this house but I’ve painted radiators myself in my old house. You need a metal primer most importantly and then you can use eggshell paint on top of that. It’s totally withstood the heat so far and no chipping 👍🏼

  2. Julia
    17th March 2020 / 7:59 pm

    I love your house ! We are self isolating as a family as I have symptoms but seeing your house has really cheered me up. It’s just absolutely gorgeous. Could happily live there ! Well done on all your hard work.

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