Styling The Seasons — January

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So we’re almost at the end of the first month of the year — January is nearly at a close.

What does this month mean to me? Well, in a few days time it will be my birthday.

It’s funny, I’ve always moaned about being born a month after Christmas. As a child I felt sad — and a bit cheated — not to have a summer birthday; parties outside in the garden and long, light days, enabling the birthday girl (or boy) to enjoy their special day for just that little bit longer.

But as an adult, I feel grateful that I have something to look forward to, during one of the greyest and — let’s face it — depressing months of the year.

That said, January is a time for renewal and change. And that’s got to be a positive thing.

The days are beginning to lengthen ever so slightly and, in our garden, the bulbs are starting to boldly sprout, little green shoots.

I’m definitely one for living in the moment but, in January, I can’t help but look forward to spring.

Last year, my friend Rachel — who writes at The Ordinary Lovely — joined in with a blog series called Styling The Seasons; run by Katy (Apartment Apothecary) and Charlotte (Lotts and Lots).

Every time she posted one I’d say ‘Argh — I keep meaning to join in with this!!’. And the following month I’d forget.

On repeat.

Well, in this years resolutions, I said that I wanted to do more making and doing posts — and I also said I’d plan better — so here I am.

Doing and planning, with my first Styling The Seasons post.

And, as I’m in a reflective mood — for my first attempt — I have found a corner of my home with the most reflective thing I own. My granny’s mirror.

I’m not a natural stylist, that’s for sure, but I love this little collection of items. All serving to remind me of my family.

And also to remind me that — even though it’s a grey and dismal month — January is a time for celebration.

I’ll be another year older (some may say that’s a bad thing but anything that gives you a genuine reason to drink Champagne and eat cake should be celebrated)!

Plus spring is just around the corner.

And that’s definitely a reason to put out the bunting, if nothing else.

Styling The Seasons | January

Styling The Seasons | January

Styling The Seasons | January

Styling The Seasons | January

Styling The Seasons | January

Styling The Seasons | January

Linking up with Katy (Apartment Apothecary) and Charlotte (Lotts and Lots) for #StylingTheSeasons

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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68 Comments

  1. 21st January 2016 / 5:47 pm

    This is so, so lovely! And happy birthday!! What a precious collection of objects and I love the soft colours. We are thrilled that you have joined in – welcome xx

    • 21st January 2016 / 6:46 pm

      Aaah thanks SO much Katy — I’m so, so pleased to be finally joining in. I’ve been promising myself I’d do it for so long — but last year the will was there but my planning was awful. This year I’ve resolved to plan a little better! :) Thanks so much for having me along xx

  2. 22nd January 2016 / 7:51 am

    What a gorgeous collection of images, love them a lot. Particularly the older items they are just so precious.

    • 29th January 2016 / 4:50 pm

      Ah thanks so much Karen! I’m so grateful to have all these lovely old bits and pieces!

  3. 26th January 2016 / 8:03 pm

    Caro, this is so, so beautiful. I’m so happy you’re joining in, this year. I think you’ll love it. Katy and Charlotte are so kind and I learn so much from them. My styling posts are still a bit rubbish but every month, I get a bit more confident, and it’s seriously helped me take better photos, too. Belated happy birthday … hope you’re feeling a bit better xx

    • 29th January 2016 / 4:38 pm

      Ah thanks so much Rachel. I find the styling aspect of photos really difficult. Often I can’t make things look — in real life — how they appear in my head!! Does that make sense?!

  4. 27th January 2016 / 8:14 am

    Ah beautiful pictures and so sentimental. Happy Birthday to you lovely. I have a personality clash with January but even I feel that spring is on its way and the lighter evenings are very exciting. Thank you for hosting xx #HomeEtc

    • 29th January 2016 / 4:35 pm

      Thanks so much lovely :) Yep — I don’t get on with cold dark days either! Roll on spring!

  5. 27th January 2016 / 9:13 am

    What a beautiful mirror – and a beautiful granny too :) I think you’re more than a natural stylist, your photos are just lovely. Happy Birthday to you too! It must be lovely to look forward to your birthday after the boringness of those first few weeks after New Year have passed :) Mim x #HomeEtc

  6. Tanita
    27th January 2016 / 11:27 am

    God Caro I couldn’t agree with you more. I am all for living in the moment too but desperately looking forward to spring, just the weather, mainly that it is not so extreme come spring time. We are nearly at the end of January now and I am looking so forward to February. I hope you had an amazing birthday, Happy birthday !! I love these photos you have styled them so well. They are beautiful x

    • 29th January 2016 / 3:14 pm

      Thanks darling — yep — living in the moment is hard when the skies are so grey!!! I’ve always got one eye on spring in the winter! ;)

  7. 27th January 2016 / 12:25 pm

    Happy Birthday! Such beautiful styling, very gorgeous, and a lovely tribute to your family and granny x

  8. 27th January 2016 / 12:48 pm

    What a beautiful photo and styling, that mirror is so pretty. I love vintage mirrors.
    I have seen a few posts on this and it looks like fun xxx

  9. 27th January 2016 / 12:58 pm

    Beautiful! What a lovely collection of treasures – is that your Granny in the picture? Gorgeous. I hope you have a lovely birthday with plenty of cake xx

    • 29th January 2016 / 3:12 pm

      Ah thanks Becky! YES! It IS my granny in the pic! Shame we can’t still have black and white passport photos! They’re so much more forgiving than full colour!!

  10. 27th January 2016 / 12:59 pm

    Gorgeous photos! That mirror is awesome, and the flowers look so subtle and pretty in that vase. Happy Birthday too! (I think we will always find a way to be disappointed with birthday dates though – mine is August and I always hated it because everyone was either on holiday or had just forgotten I had survived another whole year, lol) x #HomeEtc

    • 29th January 2016 / 3:11 pm

      Ha! And there we go!! It just goes to show that none of us are ever 100% happy!! ;)

      PS — yes — LOVE the mirror too! So happy my granny had such good taste! :)

  11. 27th January 2016 / 2:15 pm

    I LOVE this styling the seasons Caro. What a gorgeous and precious bunch of items. I joined in styling the seasons for the latter half of last year and loved it! You’ve reminded me that I need to finish mine off xx

    • 29th January 2016 / 3:09 pm

      Thanks so much Esther! It’s such a lovely prompt to have isn’t it? I’m so looking forward to joining in this year :)

  12. Amy Hunt
    27th January 2016 / 2:30 pm

    I had to scroll back up to read the blog post, I got so distracted by your beautiful pictures! Well done on your re-organising for the new year :) x

  13. 27th January 2016 / 2:57 pm

    You said you’re not a natural stylist – but your photos are absolutely gorgeous, so you definitely have a talent for it! I love the perfume bottle and old photo and postcard. Just lovely. Hope you have a lovely birthday x

    • 29th January 2016 / 3:08 pm

      Ah Cathryn — that’s such a lovely thing to say! Thank you so much! I find it hard work — in my mind I want things to look a certain way but I find it very difficult to place the objects exactly as they appear in my head!! ;)

  14. 27th January 2016 / 3:13 pm

    Eliza is a January baby and we are really restricted to what we do which is a shame. It is nice to have something to look forward to though. Happy Birthday :0)

  15. 27th January 2016 / 3:41 pm

    Love this, I will have to take a look at the Styling the seasons post linky. x

  16. 27th January 2016 / 4:18 pm

    Ahh so pretty, the pale grey/blue and the gold just go so well together. I’m personally so glad that Jan is almost over as its been quite a stress for me!

    • 29th January 2016 / 3:05 pm

      Thanks Nancy. Aah I’m sorry to hear that lovely — it’s not the best month to have stress in either, is it? Personally I cope with things much better when there’s blue sky and sunshine. Grey skies only serve to make matters worse, in my humble opinion!!

  17. 27th January 2016 / 8:09 pm

    Lovely! I agree that having a birthday in January is a great thing to look forward to after all the grey days. I am one of the lucky ones with a summer birthday, but as you say you can have bunting and champagne at any time of the year, can’t you!? I have finally joined in the Styling the Seasons too this month after seeing it on Rachel’s blog xx #HomeEtc

    • 29th January 2016 / 3:04 pm

      Yay! So happy you’re joining in too Lizzie! I was adamant that I was going to join in this year — so happy I’ve actually done it! Just another 11 to do!! ;)

  18. 27th January 2016 / 8:46 pm

    Happy birthday!! (Well belated!) Hope you had a lovely day. Lovely photos and beautiful items x

  19. 27th January 2016 / 8:50 pm

    Ah Happy Birthday! Lovely positive thinking, those pieces are beautiful and lovely memories attached to such little things.

    • 29th January 2016 / 3:02 pm

      Thanks so much Steph! So happy I have these little bits of ephemera — it’s lovely to have these family mementoes xx

  20. 27th January 2016 / 9:07 pm

    Happy birthday for soon. The pictures are gorgeous. I too tend to look forward to the next month or season. I need to live in the moment more x

  21. 27th January 2016 / 9:13 pm

    Beautiful Caro – I love the styling the seasons posts and did a couple myself last year and then got myself out of the habit. I should get back into it – maybe next month though. Thanks for hosting #homeetc x

    • 29th January 2016 / 3:01 pm

      Thanks love :) Yes — definitely start it up again! I’m so excited to be joining in at last! xx

  22. 27th January 2016 / 9:28 pm

    Belated happy birthday Caro! Such a pity you were struck by a bug.
    Styling The Seasons looks great. I have been having a look at some photos over on Instagram. I love your arrangement here.
    #homeetc

    • 29th January 2016 / 3:00 pm

      Thanks so much Fi — so happy I’m finally joining in! :)

  23. 27th January 2016 / 9:41 pm

    Caro what a gorgeous collection, and I just love you photographs so beautiful, stylish and vintage looking. pictures like this make me so happy, I just want to spend ages taking in all the detail x

    • 29th January 2016 / 2:59 pm

      Thanks so much lovely :) This ‘styling the seasons’ project is going to be good for me. I find the styling very hard so it’s good to have something to practice on!

  24. 27th January 2016 / 9:47 pm

    This is lovely Caro, something that looks beautiful and it means something precious too. I keep thinking that spring is just around the corner too, January is a tough month but at least you have your birthday to celebrate in the middle of it (although I know this week hasn’t been the best one for you!). We are starting to see daffodils on our walk to school now which is brightening our days a little xx #HomeEtc

    • 29th January 2016 / 2:58 pm

      Aah thanks darling. And YES!! We have snowdrops in the garden!! A sure sign that spring is on it’s way!

  25. 27th January 2016 / 10:22 pm

    I wait for spring as soon as winter begins. My hubby thinks iam crazy . My favorite season in India was Winter as my birthday falls in November but now I hate east coast snow storms .Anyways , Birthdays are special ! Happy Birthday and Hope you have a great year ahead!

    • 29th January 2016 / 2:57 pm

      Thanks so much Aparna! I am JUST the same — winter is definitely not my favourite season!! I LOVE the spring :)

  26. 27th January 2016 / 10:35 pm

    Happy birthday! I’m a January birthday and I felt the same when I was younger about not having a summer play outside type of party. Stunning photos x

    • 29th January 2016 / 2:56 pm

      Thanks Jenni — and happy January birthday to you too! :)

  27. Tori Gabriel
    28th January 2016 / 7:19 am

    I love this idea. I like what you have chosen too. I look forward to next months! Happy birthday as well. Hope you have a great day!

    • 29th January 2016 / 2:56 pm

      Thanks so much Tori — it’s such a lovely project to be involved in :)

  28. kerry
    28th January 2016 / 12:01 pm

    what lovely things, that mirror is so pretty! Happy almost birthday!! I hope you have some lovely plans xxx

    • 29th January 2016 / 2:55 pm

      Thanks so much lovely — birthday has been and gone and the boys were poorly!!! Hoping to celebrate this weekend instead :)

  29. 28th January 2016 / 2:53 pm

    I think that looks styled beautifully. I am going to check this out and see if I can join in too!

  30. 29th January 2016 / 1:59 pm

    Ahh really pretty photos, and i love the vintage postcard. I love finding old things like that, that my parent’s have kept – they threaten to throw them out, so I keep them with me instead! I should make some sort of arty display with them or something xx
    #HomeEtc

    • 29th January 2016 / 2:54 pm

      Do it!! My husband has just had my grandad’s medals framed for my birthday — it’s so nice having family memorabilia like this! :)

  31. 29th January 2016 / 9:01 pm

    Such a beautiful collection of pieces that are obviously so dear to you. Love the mirror. And the January calendar page would brighten any dull winter’s day up!

  32. 29th January 2016 / 9:57 pm

    Yay for birthdays around this time of year, I just had mine on the 22nd and whilst it’s not a fun time of year I do so love being an Aquarius :) Your styling the seasons is beautiful, a perfect collection of pretty and meaningful items. I must think about joining in with this one month too, determined to get better at styling this year with you as my inspiration Xx

    • 30th January 2016 / 2:14 pm

      Aah you’re a little Aquarian like me!!! :) Happy belated birthday! We’re almost birthday twins — I’m on 25th!! Thanks so much for your lovely comments pet — that means such a lot xx

  33. Jemma
    30th January 2016 / 2:32 pm

    Such pretty styling! I love the postcard, that is really special. xx

  34. Zena's Suitcase
    30th January 2016 / 5:41 pm

    The pictures and the styling are gorgeous. I think your right, January is a great month

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