Styling the Seasons is a project I’ve adored from a far and yearned to take part in, but felt totally intimidated by. Every single picture I see on Instagram or Pinterest is completely stunning, and with my limited camera skills and average styling talent, taking part scared me – a lot! After attending Katy’s wonderful and very helpful workshop at Brit Mums I vowed to start taking part, no matter how ropey my posts are. As long as I enjoy taking part, that’s all that matters (that’s what I’m telling myself anyway). So without further ado – welcome to my first ‘Styling the Seasons’ post.
Aside from the styling I have loved singling out a month and thinking about what it means to me – a question I’ve been pondering for the last couple of weeks. I decided that July means the start of birthday season, being outside (hopefully to the beach at some point), clearing out and getting creative. I chose to style the set of hooks that are right by our front door because it’s very busy this time of year as we decide what to take with us for the day. It was a very awkward place in the house to photograph as it doesn’t really get natural light, I’ll know for next time.
My birthday and my Dad’s birthday are in July, and they seem to open a door to summer birthday celebrations. I love shopping for birthday presents, wrapping them up in pretty paper and securing them with string. As soon as I find a present I wrap it up, so I can appreciate the paper as I walk past. A friend very kindly gave me some peonies over the weekend and I’m secretly hoping they bloom on my birthday – it’s looking good people!
Fashionably (or inevitably) late, as always, it turns out that it isn’t spring that makes me want to overhaul and clean the whole house, it’s summer. If we’re in, the windows are open, there’s music playing and I’ve been desperately trying to tidy and reorganise parts of the house whilst my two littles are by my side or in the garden. July also means long, light evenings – brilliant for crafting and getting lots done, but incredibly deceiving and means I end up going to bed far too late. I find myself looking through craft books with my eldest whenever we’re in and my youngest is napping – we discuss what we would like to make and get started on projects.
I’ve included two white and blue vases that I picked up from charity shops, they remind me of the seaside. I’m really hoping that I get to eat ice cream by the sea before July is over.
Enjoy your July, one and all. I wonder what August will bring?
Katy and Charlotte run a monthly blogging series called Styling the Seasons. You’ll find gorgeous images and inspiration by searching #stylingtheseasons on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
I am SO pleased that you have taken part, Esther, and nothing to be intimidated by – this is gorgeous! I want to steal that basket and those vases right now and I love the meaning behind everything that you have chosen to style. It’s a great way to practise styling and soon enough you’ll find yourself re-arranging everything at home as you discover what looks good and what doesn’t – I drive myself mad!! Happy, happy July and can not wait to see your August styling xx
Thank you Katy and thanks for your tips! I think I will start driving my husband mad! Happy July to you too! x
I feel similarly intimidated by *your* posts! They are lovely. I like the quirkiness of your July styling. 🙂
Ah Lilian, you are so kind. Thank you!!! I’m glad you liked it. Feeling a little out of comfort zone, but oh well! xx
Not really sure what seasonal styling is but will certainly be looking forward to seeing what you do 😁 your home always looks lovely and calm…and yes I do love those vases, infact surprised by how much I do haha xx
Thanks Mary! Both charity shop finds 😉 xx
Your space looks lovely – I adore the mint colour of those hooks! I chose a hallway for my first post last month – v tricky indeed to photograph 😉 You wouldn’t know it from your pics though, they’re fabulous xx
Thank you so much – that is very kind of you! Very tricky indeed! xx
I love this, Esther! What on earth were you worried about?! You have such lovely taste and style and take beautiful photographs so you shouldn’t be intimidated at all. I’m still thinking about July’s but seem to be running out of time with an incredible backlog of things to get through … maybe my styling needs to include an to-do list and pen 🙂
Thanks Rachel! It’s funny how you imagine things, and then it turns out totally different (in a good way though). A to do list and a pen sounds like a great plan! A pretty pen of course! 🙂 xx