February: A review

February seems to be the busiest and quickest of all the months; catching up after the slowness of January but not feeling that there are quite enough days in the month to do so. This month has been a bit of a blur and we are still all out of routine because the kitchen is only just finished and our sitting room is still completely empty asides from a beautiful new Ercol coffee table. Our new sofa was supposed to arrive mid-January but it has been delayed until mid-March so we are still in weird decorating limbo. I start a new round of IVF in a couple of weeks and had hoped to have everything sorted and done by then but the best laid plans and all that. So, February was all about trying to tie up loose ends and getting organised but it looks as though that process will continue into March.

This month I fell in love with all the blossom pinks and soft greys that lots of you were using to style your homes. As soon as I saw Lori’s Styling the Seasons post I fell in love with the muted colours and how calm her bedroom looks.

Styling the Seasons - February  | Wild and Grizzly

Image via Wild & Grizzly

I also have to mention Heather’s post, which is so beautiful and the light in her photographs is just wondrous. The words in Ruth’s post really struck a chord with me and you should definitely take a read here.

There was styling inspiration galore from all of these posts this month, too:

The Twinkle DiariesRainbeaubelle | Wild and Grizzly | The Lovely Drawer | Let’s talk Mommy | The Ordinary Lovely | We Made This Home | Tea with Ruby | Growing Spaces | Marmalade Pie | Gathered Cheer | littlemaldod | The Villa on Mount Pleasant | Inside Out & About |  Lotts and Lots | Apartment Apothecary

You can also see thousands more images by exploring the #StylingTheSeasons hashtag on instagram – thank you to everyone who joined in this month. There are now far too many each month for us to ‘like’ or comment on but I promise we do look at them all!

I will be back tomorrow with my Styling the Seasons post for March.

Katy x


Styling the Seasons – February

I’m very excited to give you a sneak peek into my sitting room today (just the teeniest tiniest corner as there is stuff everywhere after a month of DIY weekends as you can see in the behind the scenes pics here). After spending last week painting this room and re-painting the floor it is very nearly ready for a new month with a new colour as Spring slowly but surely approaches.

Farrow & Ball have launched nine new colours today, which is quite an event as it only happens every three years. I was lucky enough to go to the preview of the new colours last month and I immediately fell in love with Peignoir and decided there and then it had to go on my walls. It is the most amazing pink with a big dose of grey and in some lights it is a beautiful blushy pink and in other lights a very dark grey – I love it. As soon as I walk into the room it is like the walls are giving me a great big hug. It is the perfect colour to welcome in longer days and Spring blooms and that’s about all I have managed this month as we are still very much in a state of disarray.

I bought a lovely bunch of simple flowers from the market this weekend – because it wouldn’t be February without a nod to Valentine’s Day and flowers are a must! – and brought them home in this beautiful vintage French basket from La Petite Brocante.

Styling the Seasons - February | New Farrow & Ball colour - Peignoir | Apartment Apothecary

Basket from La Petite Brocante.

I put the flowers into a big jug and onto the table, mirror still to be hung, radiator still to be painted…

Styling the Seasons - February | New Farrow & Ball colour - Peignoir | Apartment Apothecary

With the sun streaming into the room Peignoir is the softest of pinks but Jules thinks it is dark grey so that gives you some indication of how much the colour changes with the light (and how I managed to convince him to paint our sitting room pink – ha!). It’s a bit magical.

Styling the Seasons - February | New Farrow & Ball colour - Peignoir | Apartment Apothecary

Radiator still needs to be painted – that’s tonight job!

I hope February is full of colour, flowers and ALL the love for you all. Charlotte and I would love to see your February styled surfaces so post a pic on Instagram or blog about it and we can’t wait to see.

Katy x

January: A review

I know it’s trad to hate January and all that but I have to say it’s been a really good month. I think because I was dreading it so much I made special efforts to make it a positive and productive month, which really paid off. And, as always, it was made even better by the stunning styling going on across the #StylingTheSeasons hashtag and so many wondrous blog posts with a few new faces this month, which has made it extra exciting.

My favourite post this month is full of colour, flowers that are beginning to emerge again and a sideboard full of joy…

Styling the Seasons - January review | Capture By Lucy

Pop over to Lucy’s blog Capture By Lucy to see how she styled this lovely lot for her Styling The Seasons post.

There have so many inspiring posts this month that you can visit by clicking on the links below:

Lobster & Swan | Let’s Talk Mommy | The Lovely Drawer |  Life by Naomi | Celebrate Creation | A Curated Mess | Capture By Lucy | The Twinkle Diaries | We made this home | Brit Decor | Sew Simone | Tea with Ruby | Gathered Cheer | The Villa on Mount Pleasant | Growing Spaces | Marmalade Pie | The Ordinary Lovely | thevintagehousethatcouldLotts and Lots | Apartment Apothecary

See you back here tomorrow with my post for February and don’t forget you can join in too by styling any surface in your home to represent what February means to you. Share on any social media, use the #StylingTheSeasons hashtag and tag me and Charlotte so we can see!

Katy x

Styling the Seasons – January 2016

Keeping it simple, stripping back, blowing out the cobwebs, refreshing and rejuvenating; this is what January means to me. One of the ways I try to motivate myself at the start of a new year is by having a clear, bright space, free of clutter – my way of taking control, I guess. The Christmas decorations are gone, the celebrations are over and the big clean up has begun and it’s time to move on and try to find the positive…

Styling the Seasons - January | White Hyacinths | Indoor bulbs | Vintage blue and white china planters | Apartment Apothecary

Styling the Seasons - January | Apartment Apothecary

Styling the Seasons - January | White Hyacinths | Indoor bulbs | Vintage blue and white china planters | Apartment Apothecary

Styling the Seasons - January | White Hyacinths | Indoor bulbs | Vintage blue and white china planters | Apartment Apothecary

Styling the Seasons - January | White Hyacinths | Indoor bulbs | Vintage blue and white china planters | Apartment Apothecary

And what could be more simple than white Hyacinths against a white curtained window, which is open to blow out the old and bring in the new.

What does January mean to you? Charlotte and I would love to know and see your styled surfaces. It is such a worthwhile process to stop, reflect and re-style a surface in your home, clearing what was a dumping ground, especially after all the festivities and house guests. Tag me and Lotts and Lots and use the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons – either write a blog post or post a pic on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Happy January styling everybody and i hope you have the most wonderful 2016!

Katy x


December 2015: a review

Wow, so that’s 2015 done and dusted. I can vividly remember sitting in a cottage in Wales on this day a year ago and feeling pretty apprehensive about the year to come and I have to say it’s definitely not been the best although I’m forcing myself to see the positives. In many ways this blog of mine is what has kept me focused and more importantly I have met and made friendships with the most wonderful group of fellow bloggers, who I chat to every day and laugh with (usually via emojis) many times a day. Thank you to those beauties.

I hope I can learn from 2015 to focus more on the positives and try as hard as I can not to become overwhelmed by what I don’t have. I want to thank the hundreds of people who commented, emailed or messaged me after this post. I am still struggling with the words to respond to as many of you as I can but I would really like to say that your kind words, thoughts and recounting your own experiences helped so, so much and I don’t think I will ever be able to express my gratitude as well as I would like to.  2016 is going to be a challenging year for us but I hope I can maintain a positive outlook throughout and who knows, maybe we will have some good news by the end of it.

I am currently with a group of my best friends in Norfolk, cooking up a storm in readiness for a feast this evening but to end the year I want to share my favourite Styling the Seasons shot that I fell in love with as soon as I saw it. I absolutely love it in every way. Katie’s living wreath set against that amazing colour of her front door (major front door envy over here!) is to die for.

KT Robbins Ceramics | Christmas succulent wreath

Image via KT Robbins Ceramics blog. Pop over to her post to find out how she made this stunning wreath.

There were nearly 3000 posts over on IG this month. Do have a little explore of the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons – they’re too good! These beautiful blog posts were also written and styled:

Mummy LimitedKT Robbins Ceramics | The Villa on Mount PleasantBrit Decor | A Quiet Style | Growing Spaces | The Lovely Blog | The Ordinary Lovely | The Lovely Drawer | Owl and Accordion | Candy Pop | Tea with RubyLotts and Lots | Apartment Apothecary

I hope you all have the most wonderful time this evening, in whichever way you choose to celebrate; personally, I feel a sense of achievement if I make it to midnight these days! I will be back on January 4th with my Styling the Seasons post for January after I have got home from Norfolk and cleared away the remaining few bits of Xmas debris.

Thank you for all of your wonderful support by reading, commenting, sharing and trying out some of my ideas in 2015. New Year’s kisses all round!

Katy xxx