Have you heard of Styling the Seasons? It's a monthly project that encourages people to style something seasonal each month in their home and share it with the world. I loved the concept straight away: the quiet celebration of nature, taking time out of your day to go outside and breathe, bringing nature indoors... I recently got in touch with Lottie and Katy who started the project to ask some more questions. (my December contribution is at the bottom of the post, too!)
Can you tell us about Styling the Seasons? How did it start?
Styling the Seasons is a monthly series where we ask the online community to style any surface in the home (from window sill to ballroom) to reflect what the month/season means to them. For example, when we launched in September, my post was all about holding onto the last days of summer and Katy's was all about her office space and the sense of newness autumn brings. They were completely different but as the month held different meanings to us it was really inspiring seeing what each other came up with.
It started as a conversation between Katy and myself about being so busy and not always taking the time to notice the change of seasons around us. We thought it was a shame that you only decorate your home at Christmas, so wanted to create a project that could be carried out all year round to celebrate those forgotten surfaces and make your home feel loved. It was also massively important to us that anyone could join in, not just bloggers but the amazing communities on Instagram and Twitter. It's been such a joy to see real life homes and interpretations each month.
This is so true, it is a shame we only really decorate at Christmas, the other seasons have so much to offer too! Why, do you feel its important to be more aware of the seasons?
Yes, t's so important. Like you Hannah, I have been renovating house, between work and the house I don't think I went outside in daylight for the month of March. When I did go outside the seasons had completely changed and I had missed it, which was really scary. We all lead such busy lives its easy to be caught up in where you have to be next, you can forget to pause and take in what is happening around you now. Each season has its own beauty and taking time to celebrate and enjoy each one is a real pleasure.
Ugh, house renovating. Between that and work there has been no time but I have to crave a bit of time to be outdoors in the wild, or I sort of go wild myself?! I love that this project is a way to help ground people in nature and the seasons, if only for a moment, and I really believe it has lasting benefits to the earth as a result. What advice would you give to really busy people who would like to celebrate and be more grounded in the seasons?
I have a few tid bits of advice. Enjoy the process of popping outside to see what treasures are out there on your doorstep. Notice the colours of fallen leaves, interesting twigs or special feathers. This doesn't have to take long, 5 minutes is plenty - it's really an exercise in slowing down and noticing your surroundings. You could also gather your favourite items you already own and put them together in a new setting or grouping, there have been some wonderful posts on really personal one-off items that deserve to be celebrated. Finally, have fun! There is no right or wrong with Styling The Seasons everyone is different and unique which is why it is so exciting to watch it take shape and evolve every month.
And here is my Styling the Seasons- December; a little celebration of winter: of misteltoe and rosemary, chestnuts and evergreens, Christmas baking and candle light.