Styling the Seasons: July

I was hoping for some sunshine to take these photos, but July seems to be rather lacking in that department, so thought I'd just get on with it. In fact, It's lashing down with rain as I type this and my washing's getting soaked. Ah, well!

I'm sharing a small part of my craft room / office this month, before it all changes. I'm not happy with the space at the moment, both practically and aesthetically. I have my desk and computer next to some lovely french doors as I thought it would be lovely to stare out the windows at the garden...... However, the reality is that I'm baking hot when the sun shines, and have to shut the curtains so I can see my screen. And in the winter I'm really cold as it's quite draughty. So it's time for a big move around when I can summon the strength.

I'm also feeling the need to tone things down a little. I love colour and pattern (especially bold vintage florals from the 60s and 70s), but I also want to feel calm and create a feeling of space. It feels more like a nursery than a creative room of a 40-something right now. Still not quite sure how I'm going to reconcile it all - I'll let you know how I get on!

Anyway, back to July.... July always makes me think of Hydrangeas. They are one of my most favourite flowers and I love to see them burst into bloom and continue to delight for weeks and weeks. I was sad to leave lots behind in my old garden and have big plans to plant lots here come the autumn. This beauty was kindly donated by my neighbours. I'm lucky that they have some huge plants that wave in front of our lounge window - very pleasing indeed :)

July also means lots of walks on the beach. I love pottering along slowly hunting for pebbles and shells and other pretty things. I found this beautiful piece of driftwood on the beach at Westward Ho! in Devon, on our holidays earlier this month. I just adore it's tones. I'm forever squirrelling things away in my bags and pockets - bit of a lucky dip when you go rummaging around ;) 

The shells above have been found locally in East Sussex, accompanied by many squeals of delight! The pebbles below mostly came from the tiny island of Sark many years ago. Such a beautiful tranquil place with no cars - perfect for a "get away from it all" kind of break.

I have a bit of a thing with spirals of pebbles, ever since I first saw them at Kettle's Yard in Cambridge as a student, a couple of decades ago (!). If you've never been, I highly recommend it - you can read a bit more about why I find it inspirational and see some photos in my Kettle's Yard, Cambridge: Pure Magic post.

So that's it from me this month. Hopefully, I'll be getting my sewing machine out soon and sewing up a few more vintage tote bags like the ones in the photo (because clearly I don't have enough!). I might even get round to re-opening my Etsy shop to sell a few - you never know!

Styling the Seasons is a monthly styling challenge run by Katy from Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte from Lotts and Lotts that anyone can join in. 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.

By the way, I do hope these images look OK. I've had to send off my beloved iMac to have its hard drive replaced, so I'm using a teeny tiny laptop lent to me by my very kind husband and everything looks so different. You probably won't see me back on here until I'm properly up and running again. Finger's crossed my back-ups have worked OK!