Styling the seasons – August

Without consciously meaning it to, this month’s Styling the Seasons really resembles my March styling in terms of textures and colours. March was a difficult month for me and August is also going to be full of big life stuff, which means we can’t go on holiday and experience all the loveliness that I normally associate with this month. Instead, I’m hoping for a calm and quiet time hence the muted colours and soft tones of all the beautiful ceramics that I have used to style my Pocket String shelf. I do also feel that these colours reflect the way I perceive August; the grass is drying out, the weather becomes hazy and the beautiful blooms of June and July begin to fade. I always connect colours with the different months of the year and August is definitely a yellowy golden month in my mind so the natural stoneware fits in well.

Let me just tell you a little bit about some of the gorgeous pieces that I have been collecting and brought together for this month’s styling. The jug on the top shelf and matching beaker on the middle shelf were lucky eBay finds and they are Welsh Helyg pottery. The two stoneware bottles were bargains I picked up in Hastings. The two white pouring bowls, small pouring jug and large vase are four of my favourite purchases ever. They are all made by Jude Allman who is a potter based on the Isle of Wight and her ceramics are hand thrown on a wheel using stoneware clay. Aren’t they beautiful? I also love the fact that they are such functional pieces. You can find more of Jude’s pieces over on Folksy.

I bought another trailing String of Hearts vine after my July post and I like the contrast between its delicate form and the big chunky leaves of the other plant – anyone know its name?

Styling the Seasons - August | Apartment Apothecary

Styling the Seasons - August | Apartment Apothecary

Handthrown ceramics and pottery on pocket String shelving with trailing plants | Apartment Apothecary

Handthrown ceramics and pottery on pocket String shelving with trailing plants | Apartment Apothecary

Styling the Seasons - August | Apartment Apothecary

Handthrown ceramics and pottery on pocket String shelving with trailing plants | Apartment Apothecary

I’m going to try to get as much rest as possible this month, which means I will only be posting here once a week but I hope to be back at the beginning of September with lots of great posts and to celebrate a whole year of Styling the Seasons! Charlotte and I are so pleased that we can celebrate the year with as many of you as possible as we are joining forces with a group of our favourite bloggers to hold a vintage jumble and prop sale on October 4th in Lindfield, West Sussex, that is open to anyone and everyone that can make it. Please do come along and buy lots of great stuff to style up your home!

Do pop over to see Charlotte’s gorgeous post this month as well as searching the #StylingTheSeasons hashtag over on Instagram for inspiration. Don’t forget to hop over to our Pinterest board with the hundreds of blog posts that have been styled and written since last September. We would love for you to join us this month and style a surface in your home to show what this month means to you. Blog about it or post a picture on your favourite social media platform and tag us in so we can see! I wrote up a few of my photo-styling tips (plus a video of me in action!) last month just in case you are new to the styling game and want a bit of guidance.

Happy summer holidays, everyone!

Katy x




  1. 3rd August 2015 / 10:20 pm

    Katy, this is so lovely! The shelf, the plants and those gorgeous ceramic pieces. I can sense the summer right through the screen. Feeling rather refreshed after a little blogging break and excited to be tackling my own Styling the Seasons post tomorrow x

  2. 4th August 2015 / 8:40 am

    Lovely and calming Katy, just what I needed today xxx

  3. 4th August 2015 / 11:24 am

    This is so beautiful! I adore this theme, it’s exactly the vibe I’m going for at the moment in my own space… have wanted a cascading vine of some sort too and this has pointed me in the right direction! Just lovely, thank you for the inspiration! x

  4. 4th August 2015 / 4:20 pm

    Beautiful pics and styling Katy, so calming. I love all the clean, bright white. We have a serious amount of white painting to do here – maybe after the summer….

  5. 9th August 2015 / 9:57 pm

    Great styling August and love greenery. I wish I could grow things in the house I kill pretty much everything. I am hoping to start joining in the styling the seasons when I return to the UK this September. So many great styling ideas for your home involved.

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  7. 28th August 2015 / 4:28 pm

    This is a wonderfully sensuous display of textures and greenery. I love it. And thanks for a year of styling the seasons inspiration. I’m now joining in myself and using this challenge as a way to stop and really look at my surroundings so that I can reflect them inside my home and enjoy a little stillness in my soul as well. Thanks!

  8. 29th August 2015 / 10:56 am

    Hi Katy! What a beautiful display and thank you for inspiring me to style and share my August! Have a lovely weekend. x

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