Styling the Seasons – September

Yay! September is here and it is my favourite month of the year! It also marks the official start of our new monthly blog series, Styling the Seasons – hurrah! Too many exclamation marks!

I got back from Skopelos on Saturday night, so I am feeling relaxed, bronzed, happy and full of the promise that September holds. This month always feels like the beginning of a new year for me, unlike January, when I generally feel unhealthy, pale, hung over and overweight (a lovely combination). I am always full of energy and motivation and raring to go at this point of the year and never more than this September because I am beginning a new chapter, having given up teaching after eleven years.

All that being said, my styled surface had to represent all of my enthusiasm for new beginnings this month. So here it is…

Styling the Seasons SEPTEMBER by Apartment Apothecary

I have styled my new String shelving in my home office (the full home office makeover will be on the blog tomorrow). I have included some of the new stationery I have bought, which has become a yearly ritual since I was a child and something I always associate with September. As a child, we  often spent our summers in France and I remember that going to the hypermarche on the way back to the ferry at the end of the holiday was always a highlight as I was allowed to trawl the stationery aisles and choose my new pencil case, fountain pen and school bag (Benetton and Chipie were favourites – does anybody else remember those?) for the new school year. I have also added books and magazines, which are a constant source of inspiration, as I foresee September will be spent looking for a lot of inspiration to figure out what direction I am going to go in now that I have left teaching. The plants (I love the trays that attach to the shelving and I can water straight into them) represent how vibrant and full of motivation I always feel at this time of year, as though the slate has been wiped cleaned and I can start afresh. By the way, the two mint plants in the right hand tray not only smell delicious but are a lovely thing to have on or near your desk because you can add leaves to your water throughout the day, or the occasional iced coffee treat with fresh mint is delicious.

Styling the Seasons SEPTEMBER by Apartment Apothecary

So, there you go, that’s my September ‘shelfie’. I can not wait to see your styling and what September means to you. Hop over to Charlotte’s blog, Lotts and Lots, to see her beauteous September styling, too.

Share your photographs of your styled surface on any day this month – use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or your blog, if you have one. Please tag me and Charlotte and use the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons. You can also search the hashtag for styling inspiration from the other wonderful bloggers and creatives who are taking part and don’t forget that Charlotte and I we will be rounding up our favourites on our blogs at the end of this month.

Happy September styling everybody!

Katy x

Styling the Seasons monthly blog series on Apartment Apothecary and Lotts and Lots



  1. 1st September 2014 / 7:30 am

    Your String shelving is gorgeous, not jealous at all… (Yes I am). I’m with you on the back to school shopping in a French hypermarche too – that was always a holiday highlight. Can’t wait to see everyone else’s styling the seasons pics 🙂 xx

  2. Jenny
    1st September 2014 / 7:46 am

    This is such a great idea for a blog series. I need all the styling inspiration I can get so this is right up my street. I love your new shelves, the perfect combination between functional and pleasing to look at – also, it all looks real and not too staged or something you wouldn’t actually have in your home, which is nice to see as sometimes styling can feel so unrealistic. Look forward to seeing more 🙂

  3. Kat
    1st September 2014 / 8:18 am

    Love that mint idea. Feels so fresh!

  4. 1st September 2014 / 9:24 am

    Love that herb/plant shelf! What a great idea.

  5. 1st September 2014 / 12:10 pm

    Those shelves! Gorgeous. I cannot wait to see your home office post tomorrow. Love this concept, can’t wait to see more interpretations of the season. Leanne x

  6. 1st September 2014 / 1:17 pm

    Those shelves are just perfect. Functional and stylish. What an exciting new beginning it must be! x

  7. Jules O
    1st September 2014 / 1:55 pm

    Looks fantastic – working on my September styling idea now!

  8. 1st September 2014 / 8:04 pm

    Congrats on your new series.
    Welcome back…

    LOVE your string shelf styling. The tray with the mint is genius. I use mint nearly daily.

    Thank you for inviting me. Had lots of fun. Took far too long and I blame you:-))

  9. 1st September 2014 / 8:09 pm

    I know I said it before, but I’ve got to say it again, those shelves have been styled to perfection, they are gorgeous and so is the styling! Looking forward to sharing mine once I get the chance to write some words, although having seen yours and Charlottes, I’m also feeling a little apprehensive! X

  10. 2nd September 2014 / 9:13 pm

    Chipie! I loved my Chipie pencil case – felt sooooo cool. Stationery trips to the hypermache were ace.
    (Jealous of your string shelves too… and of their non-cluttered-ness)

  11. 3rd September 2014 / 3:34 pm

    STRING!!!! When we were in Copenhagen it was everywhere and we had no way of smuggling any on our plane (sad times).

    So I am super jealous of this set up! Love the magazine display and your mint to hand, so clever 🙂

  12. 3rd September 2014 / 7:23 pm

    Oh Katy this looks beautiful! I too was obsessed with stationary as a youngster (still am!). I loved doing my Styling The Seasons post, and I’m looking forward to sharing it on my blog tomorrow! xx

  13. 5th September 2014 / 7:58 pm

    I love your idea of a monthly project shared in various places, I posted mine and went to visit everyone’s great atmosphere – some are still summery, others are jumping into Autumn…Let’s see next month !

  14. 4th May 2015 / 5:56 pm

    I love this on instagram and have always joined in the hashtag but I didn’t know there was a whole post how lovely to do a round up each month. I will try to join in soon. I am redecorating the kids rooms and my office and spare bedroom soon so hoping to have a lot more new home decor to share soon. These are so lovely. I love how much plants you have in your home. I kill everything indoors.

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