Kitchen wish list

As I told you this week I am hatching plans for a kitchen makeover (even though my bedroom spruce is still in progress – I must be mad!). This may take a while as both me and Jules are super busy at the moment but I have completely re-styled my kitchen to make it that much more bearable. I want to show you my inspiration and wish list for my kitchen styling to give you an idea of the look I am going for (you can see what it used to look like here) and, as always, I hope it inspires and give you ideas, too.
Kitchen wish list | Apartment Apothecary

The shops that I have been eyeing up for all of these lovely items are:

Labour and Wait – French stoneware jam pots, linen, enamel tea pots

Sparrow and Co – Handmade ceramics and Weck jars

Folklore – Handmade ceramics, enamelware

Workshop Living – Utensils, ceramics, linen

Occa-Home – Marble and wooden chopping boards

I will leave you to browse all the loveliness and will be back with some shots of my re-styled kitchen soon. Happy weekend everyone!

Katy x

 

 

 

Colour

Happy weekend everyone! I hope you have been inspired by the glorious sun we have had this week and hint of Spring in the air – hurrah! What else has been inspiring you? I was asked this week what colour inspires me most as we come into Spring and so I decided to share with you a few images of my favourite colour/s being used in the home in different ways. I’m not entirely sure what to call my favourite colour – it’s kind of bluey/greeny/duck eggy/ verdi-gris/grey/Chartwelly/minty…do you get the idea?

Here is my favourite colour, and its different tones, in action on the walls, floor, cabinets, woodwork. I love it’s depth and yet how neutral it can be; it never steals the show and allows everything else to shine. What do you think?

Colour inspiration | Apartment Apothecary

Image: Nicety

Colour inspiration | Apartment Apothecary

Image: Stylizimo

What colour inspires you most as we go into Spring?

Katy x

 

Sewing projects

I’ve had a bit of a craft block of late and not even Pinterest could offer up any inspiration. Even my little sister, Amy (I call her little but she’s actually in her thirties, too) called me up and said she thought I hadn’t ‘made’ enough on the blog recently. So, this week I spread out my magazine stash and craft books on the floor and sifted through them until something struck a chord.

One of my favourite sewing books is Made At Home by Lisa Stickley (now Lisa Levis). It is full of simple home projects, wonderfully clear instructions and beautifully styled pictures – what more can you ask for?

Made At Home sewing book | Apartment Apothecary

Beautifully styled pictures, which make each project so tempting. I watched Lisa do this pin tucking technique at our Crafting the Seasons afternoon at Liberty and she made it look so easy.

The sewing project that I have just completed, using the book, has a rather funny story. I decided to make the draught excluder (Sebastian the snake) because we’ve got a problem at home, and it’s certainly not a draught problem with our triple glazed windows. Just before Christmas, Otto, our Golden Retriever, got an eviction notice. Yes, an eviction notice! To sum up a long story, the owners of the freehold of our apartment block aren’t massively keen on pets (ok, we’re not allowed pets) and the person who cleans the communal hallways complained that there was dog hair on the carpet outside our flat. Now, being the clean freak that I am, I would dispute that claim but anyhow the complaint was the made, the eviction notice served and we were given four weeks to find Otto a new home. Ha! Floods of tears, a plan to chain myself and Otto to the balcony so they couldn’t remove him and a quick phone call later and everything was smoothed over and Otto is allowed to stay BUT we have to stop any dog hair drifting from our flat out into the communal hallway. Hello Sebastian the draught excluder snake…

Draught excluder from Made At Home sewing book | Apartment Apothecary

This is the draught excluder that I made, Sebastian the snake. I used a piece of old velvet for the body and Phoebe Liberty print for the mouth and button eyes. I wanted him to be quite old school looking, the kind of thing that you have for years that moves from one house to the next with you, which is why I chose the velvet. It is yellow to match the cushion and flowers in my hallway.

Made At Home sewing book | Apartment Apothecary

The instructions are clear and easy to understand with simple diagrams to follow. There are also explanations of basic techniques at the front of the book and templates at the back.

Draught excluder from Made At Home sewing book | Apartment Apothecary

This is after a muddy Otto attacked the new draught excluder instead of thanking it for saving him from eviction ūüėČ

Made At Home sewing book | Apartment Apothecary

Made at Home by Lisa Stickley is available from Amazon.

I’m excited to get sewing over the next few weeks as I’ve got a number of commissions lined up for Love Sewing magazine. Did you see the fabric buckets I made for this month’s edition? You should definitely take a look as it’s a great magazine.

Happy sewing everyone!

Katy x

 

 

House of Rym

Happy weekend everybody! I hope you’ve all had a great week. Now, go grab yourself a cup of tea, find a comfy seat and get ready for so much inspiration you won’t know what to do with it all – beautiful photographs, ceramics, textiles, interiors, lifestyle, flowers, nature. It’s all too, too good.

Have you met House of Rym yet? I’m a relatively new convert after buying my Heavenly honeycomb/rose blanket¬†but¬†now I am completely hooked to this Swedish company that sells a unique collection of ¬†homewares. So, when I saw the SS15 catalogue, ‘The Garden issue’, I wanted to share it with you as soon as possible. And I know you are going to fall head over heels in love, too, if you haven’t already.

House of Rym’s Swedish designers come together in this shoot by Hilda Grahnut to bring my dream life to reality: set in a beautiful 1930’s home in a Swedish fishing village, eating and drinking from stylish ceramics, frolicking in a meadow, wrapped in stunning textiles, surrounded by nature. I’ll say it again, it’s all too, too good.

Please enjoy…

House of Rym SS15 catalogue | Apartment Apothecary

House of Rym SS15 catalogue | Apartment Apothecary

House of Rym SS15 catalogue | Apartment Apothecary

House of Rym SS15 catalogue | Apartment Apothecary

House of Rym SS15 catalogue | Apartment Apothecary

House of Rym SS15 catalogue | Apartment Apothecary

House of Rym SS15 catalogue | Apartment Apothecary

House of Rym SS15 catalogue | Apartment Apothecary

House of Rym SS15 catalogue | Apartment Apothecary

House of Rym SS15 catalogue | Apartment Apothecary

House of Rym SS15 catalogue | Apartment Apothecary

House of Rym SS15 catalogue | Apartment Apothecary

House of Rym SS15 catalogue | Apartment Apothecary

House of Rym SS15 catalogue | Apartment Apothecary

House of Rym SS15 catalogue | Apartment Apothecary

House of Rym SS15 catalogue | Apartment Apothecary

House of Rym SS15 catalogue | Apartment Apothecary

Have a wonderful one (even if it’s not in meadow or your dream home!).

Katy x

All images by Hilda Grahnut.
 

Workshop Living

Happy weekend everybody! I hope you’ve had a good week. I’ve been far more productive this week compared to last; it always takes me a while to get back into routine after a holiday.

Anyhoo, I’ve been thinking about what has been inspiring me this week and I keep coming back to a few items that I have at home that I bought from Workshop just before Christmas. Jules and I try to take Otto to a new park or to the countryside each weekend and one Saturday we decided to jump on the train at London Bridge and get off at Brighton. I actually had an ulterior motive for this ‘dog walk’ that I failed to share with Jules because I’d been eyeing up Workshop’s Instagram for a while and I knew I had to get there somehow.

I have to admit that I’ve never had such a strong reaction to a shop. I came home and did a complete clear out in my kitchen and changed everything that I have on the surfaces to try and recreate the Workshop ‘look’. I absolutely love the simple, utilitarian look of enamelware, ceramics, raw wood¬†and linen. Love, love, love! I might even have to do some ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots for you (although I hate my modern kitchen, the changes I have made, thanks to the beautiful styling at Workshop, have made a positive difference).

So, I would like to introduce you to Workshop this weekend, if you haven’t met already, and if you can’t jump on a train to Brighton, then nosey on over to their online shop.

Workshop Living shop in Brighton | Apartment Apothecary

Workshop Living shop in Brighton | Apartment Apothecary

Workshop Living shop in Brighton | Apartment Apothecary

Workshop Living shop in Brighton | Apartment Apothecary

Workshop Living shop in Brighton | Apartment Apothecary

Workshop Living shop in Brighton | Apartment Apothecary

All images from workshopliving.co.uk

Have a lovely one!

Katy x