Styling the Seasons: June

I thought I would join in with Styling the Seasons this month for the first time, as I've been inspired by all the beautiful images popping up in my blog and Instagram feeds. Plus, my styling could use some practice!

For those who aren't familiar,  Styling the Seasons is a monthly styling challenge run by Katy from Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte from Lotts and Lotts. The idea is to style a surface of your home according to what that month means to you, and to share some photographs on your blog or Instagram/Facebook/Twitter with the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons. There's also a chance to win a £50 voucher from @loafhome this month if you tag them too.

In true Zoë style, I've probably chosen the most difficult area of my house to start with - the hallway! It doesn't get a huge amount of natural light and I could only stand a few centimetres away from the surface I was trying to photograph, so it was near impossible to get some good angles..... But I was determined to do it, as I have just finished painting my new-old bookcase and transforming the hallway from dumping ground to pretty space.

June always makes me think about light floaty pastels and beautiful blooms, especially peonies, so this was the inspiration for this month. The peony is from my garden :)

It took me forever to choose the paint colour for the bookcase. I couldn't decide between shades of peppermint or blush and ended up going with something entirely different based on my gut! I used Candyfloss from the Homebase range. It *almost* matches my new blog. I'm still not convinced it's right, but I've painted 4 coats so it's going to stay a while!

I love the bookcase, though. It was rescued from my husband's Uncle. It had been outside their house with a "free to a good home" sign on it and can you believe no one claimed it? It got blown over and damaged so they bought it inside to mend it, when we happened to stop by. It was obviously meant to be! It's the perfect fit for our hallway.

I've also displayed a couple of tote bags I made from some vintage fabric (formerly french bolster pillow covers) - perfect for summer outings.

I'm so pleased to finally have my new oak peg rack from Workshop Living up on the wall - the wood is so beautiful.

The stunning embroidery was a gift from our old neighbours when we moved house - isn't it amazing? I popped it in an embroidery hoop and it makes me smile every time I come home.

So that's it, my Styling the Seasons for June. I'll choose an easier surface next month!