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Apartment Apothecary’s Christmas Wishlist

by Lou Archell

Following in the fabulous footsteps of Emily Quinton and Jeska Hearne, we were thrilled to have the brilliant Katy Orme as our Guest Pinner. Katy is a London-based interiors and craft blogger and writes the inspirational Apartment Apothecary blog. We loved watching Katy’s perfect Christmas take shape on her Pinterest board and reading about her top picks from Folksy designers and maker over on her blog. We caught up with Katy to find out more about her favourite pins and her festive family traditions…

Can you talk us through your top 5 picks from Folksy, what do you love about them and why, who would you buy these for?
My top 5 picks are:

  1. Raindrops Cushion by Mabel & Bird – I love hand-printed textiles and I would give these stylish cushions to my sister as she has just moved into a new flat. They would look amazing on her new pale pink sofa.
  2. Crowns by Boo Bear and Bean – These beautiful crowns would make the perfect present for my friends’ children – so much better than tacky plastic toys.
  3. Scandinavian bird by Kirsti B Ceramics – My mum would love this as she travels to Scandinavia every year and is a big fan of their design and aesthetic.
  4. Bird Tail Bowls by Jude Allman – I would buy these for myself as I have a major ceramics crush at the moment. I love how unique these bowls are. Just beautiful!
  5. Oak Stationery Holder by Dan Hoolahan – A couple of these would be perfect for my partner as we share an office at home and he is far too disorganised for my liking (and his side of the desk isn’t stylish enough!).

You’re a brilliant crafter and love to make a handmade home. What do you see trending in interiors for 2015?
I can’t say I’m a big trend spotter but I love being inspired by new trends, which means my style is always evolving. I’ve been in love with Scandinavian interiors this year and I’m sure that will continue to be popular next year.

What’s your favourite family Christmas tradition?
My favourite Christmas family tradition has to be opening our stockings together as a family – and, yes, we all still have stockings even though we are no longer children. My dad has always gone out shopping on Christmas Eve for the stockings and spends all evening and late into the night wrapping the presents. It’s so lovely sitting round with each other opening the presents –but the ones under the tree are not allowed to be touched until after lunch.

What do you love to make at Christmas?
I love making gifts at Christmas, as handmade presents are so much more special. My sister and I also have a tradition of making each other a new bauble for the tree each year, so that our trees are filled with memories, which I love.

Thank you Katy! It has been a delight having you!

Take a look at Katy’s board over here >>

Sarah Louise Kimmer, Lapin BluOur next fabulous blogger is the super creative Sarah-Louise Kimmer from LapinBlu.com. We can’t wait to see what she discovers from the pages of Folksy! You can keep up with all Sarah-Lou’s festive pins and makes here >>

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