My house is in a book!

It seems strange to be beginning the year by telling you about something that actually happened back in 2015 but for one reason or another I didn’t get round to sharing the exciting news that interior stylist Selina Lake chose my home to be featured in a book she published last Spring, Botanical Style. It does kind of fit with the start of a new year as the book is full of gorgeous images, photographed by Rachel Whiting, of very inspiring homes overflowing with plants, flowers and botanical accessories and textiles and I always think there is nothing better than a house plant to breath a bit of life into a stale room at this time of year.

Here are a couple of the photographs of my home that are featured in the book but you can also find images of my sitting room, home office, dining area and hallway if you buy the book…

Botanical Style by Selina Lake | Apartment Apothecary

My bedroom styled by Selina Lake featuring botanical textiles – my grandmother’s quilt and one of my favourite cushions designed by Abigail Borg.

Botanical Style by Selina Lake | Apartment Apothecary

The other side of my bedroom with my ‘wardrobe plants’ as I like to call them, a hanging planter and more vintage botanical textiles covering my grandmother’s nursing chair.


A hanging planter in my kitchen that I made from a vintage jelly mould filled with herbs – perfect if you have no outdoor space to grow plants.

Behind the scenes

I took a couple of snaps on the day that Selina and Rachel spent here of their props and set-ups. It was so wonderful to watch them at work and it felt such an honour for them to be styling and photographing my home!

Botanical Style

With Rachel Whiting’s brilliant images as well as all the tips and ideas for adding more green to your home this is one of Selina’s best books in my opinion (and not just because my home is in it!). Botanical Style by Selina Lake, published by Ryland Peters & Small, photography by Rachel Whiting ©Ryland Peters & Small.

Botanical Style by Selina Lake | Apartment Apothecary

You can buy the book directly through my blog, if you would like to. It would make a great coffee table book as well as a lovely present for a plant or interiors lover.

This is the perfect time of year to add more layers of green to your home to help freshen it up after all the festivities of the last month.

Katy x



  1. 5th January 2017 / 9:33 am

    Beautiful! Stunning fresh florals 🙂

  2. 5th January 2017 / 12:37 pm

    Oh Katy, it’s so cool your house is in a book! That’s so exciting! The photographs are beautiful (and only because your home is so beautiful too… I really like your floral armchair and how imperfect it is, and I think your grandmother’s quilt is beautiful too) . I like how you have that circular rug too – it’s a nice contrast to the other shapes in the room.

    Congratulations, and I’m looking forward to adding a bit more greenery here & there in my home this year… I’m kind of craving Spring right now!


  3. Bobbi
    5th January 2017 / 6:26 pm

    Thats so neat!! Just got this book at the library & plan on buying it so it can be looked at over & over. Its an amazingly beautiful book! And your house is adorable, of course!

  4. 6th January 2017 / 3:31 am

    Beautiful looking book… as is your home! Your bedroom looks so pretty and gently restful

  5. 16th January 2017 / 10:03 pm

    That is SO weird!!!! Rachel used to assist one of the photographers I used to regularly work with when I was art directing; I recognise her name. And her photography style is very similar to her mentors too!! Absolutely gorgeous!! What a lovely thing to have Katy!! You can go ahead and change everything but it will be forever immortalised in the pages of that lovely book! Caro xx

  6. 9th February 2017 / 10:41 am

    Wow! Congratulations 🙂 Such beautiful decor, so fresh!

  7. 27th February 2017 / 3:06 pm

    I love the mix of new and old bits and pieces, and also the greenery, I need to get some for my house!

  8. 2nd March 2017 / 9:50 am

    I like your bedroom.Everything is perfect.The bohemia rug, a cozy bed, hanging lamp everything is perfect.

  9. Jen Merritt
    26th March 2017 / 10:13 pm

    See that clamp light above your bed? Where did you get it? ,y boyfriend wants one but all he can find are office lights on amazon. Thanks!

    • katy
      1st April 2017 / 2:05 pm

      It is an Original BTC clip on light – you can buy them from John Lewis x

  10. 1st April 2017 / 2:43 pm

    I am in love with hanging plants. I too have them in my home. Your home deserve to be in the book. 🙂

  11. 6th April 2017 / 12:37 pm

    How exciting to have your room featured! It is a beautiful design. The fresh plants and soft colours against the white backdrop create a very inviting and calming atmosphere – which is what you want in a house! Thanks for sharing!

  12. 11th May 2017 / 11:15 am

    You have beautiful house 🙂 I love fresh green color in interiors so plants and flovers is mush have 🙂

  13. 28th October 2020 / 8:14 am

    I am in love with hanging plants. I too have them in my home. Your home deserve to be in the book. 🙂

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