Photograph by Katharine Peachey
We came across Apartment Apothecary well over a year ago and with its mix of interior design projects, helpful tips and ideas for making the most of your home, plus the inspiring crafting projects to try, we have been hooked on its weekly installments ever since. Though a very busy lady, we were lucky enough to catch up with Apartment Apothecary founder Katy Orme for a little Q&A. So lets get to it -
Tell us a little about yourself and what your blog explores.
"I am a Londoner and currently live in Bermondsey in a new apartment block with my partner and our dog. I was a secondary school teacher for 12 years before I decided to take a completely new direction and follow my love of interiors to begin my blog, Apartment Apothecary. I have always loved decorating and small DIY projects so my blog focuses on home improvement and interior design."
What inspired you to create Apartment Apothecary?
"I’ve always been obsessed with interiors, which probably began when I was 11 years old when we moved house and my parents asked if I wanted to decorate my own bedroom. I thought that was the best thing that had ever happened to me and proudly got on with painting the walls peach with sponged pale pink on top - not sure that would be my choice now! From that point onwards I redecorated my bedroom every year and did a bathroom, living room and kitchen makeover for my parents over the years before I went off to university to read History.
I loved teaching but when the creative freedom of my job changed I found myself on Pinterest rather than planning lessons and so I began my blog as an outlet for all of the decorating ideas I constantly have in my mind. I blogged for about a year, whilst still working as a teacher, and it soon became clear that I was enjoying blogging far more than being in the classroom so I decided to take the leap and try to make blogging full time a reality."
If you could choose just ‘One Interior’ where would it be and why?
"I think it would have to be a Scandinavian interior in a wooden cabin-style home next to the water. Heaven!"
What is your favourite piece in your home and why?
"It is a nursing chair that belonged to my beloved grandmother. She covered it in beautiful Sanderson floral fabric and it is falling to pieces but I absolutely love it and the fact it reminds me of her and her home every time I look at it."
Photograph by Katharine Peachey
What does your typical day as a blogger look like?
"I work from home and I’m never in a massive hurry to get to my desk; one of the biggest luxuries of working freelance has been reclaiming the mornings as my own so I like to take it slow. That being said there are some days that I know will be sunny so I will set up a shoot at home the night before and I will start photographing it almost as soon as I wake. Otherwise, I spend a long time answering emails each morning, I will style an Instagram photograph for the day, share blog posts across social media and I will write a blog post dependent on my blog schedule. Some days I go to blogger events or press days and other days I will spend the whole day styling a shoot in my home. There are frequent flower runs to the nearby Borough market and sourcing props any chance I get."
What projects are you currently working on at Apartment Apothecary?
"I started a kitchen and living room makeover in January and I have only just finished that after furniture deliveries were delayed. That will be shot for my blog and an interiors magazine in the next couple of weeks. I have also just styled a feature for 91 magazine in collaboration with Anthrolopolgie and I’m looking forward to a couple of outdoor living shoots now the summer is upon us."
Outside of Your blog, do you also work on other projects?
"I work with an interiors photographer, Katharine Peachey, to style home tours for magazines as well as writing and creating for craft magazines. I also work with people who are decorating their homes to give them interior design advice and help with sourcing furniture and accessories."
What are your greatest influences?
"I love looking at fellow bloggers’ posts, magazines and Pinterest. I get a huge amount of inspiration from visiting other people’s homes, especially when we shoot home tours for magazines. I come home filled to the brim with house envy and ideas for how to change things up. I also visit some of my favourite high end furniture stores and take note of what I love and come home and try to think of a cheaper alternative or find something similar second hand somewhere."
How does living in London influence your work?
"I live in Bermondsey, at the south end of Tower Bridge, which is a great area. I wish I lived in one of the converted warehouses on the river but you can’t have everything! The area has become such a great place to live as the local Maltby Street market is amazing and Bermondsey street itself is always buzzing. There are loads of shops, restaurants, bars and market stalls where I find interiors inspiration and I think because there are so many different types of homes all over London I always find something new to inspire me. Nothing stays the same for long; I like having that constant source of new ideas and influences."
What do you hope the future of Apartment Apothecary will be?
"When I left my teaching job I didn't make a plan; I open up my inbox every day and see what new opportunity has landed and try to be as open minded as possible. That way I hope I will continue to do what I enjoy most. Sometimes I think making rigid goals or plans will stop me taking other interesting paths so we will see!"
Photograph by Cathy Pyle
What advice would you give to an aspiring blogger starting out today?
"Be consistent, blog about something you love, grab opportunities as they arise, find a network of other bloggers for support as working in isolation can be lonely (I LOVE my new blogger friends) and don’t compare yourself to others. Remember that you are not just a blogger; you use your own individual set of skills to create content for your blog so hone in on those to find out what you are really good at."
Some final quick fire questions -
3 words to describe your blog
"I honestly have no idea - I can not think of a single word!"
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Where can we find you?
apartmentapothecary.com / @aptapothecary on IG, Twitter and Pinterest / Apartment Apothecary Facebook page
We just want to take the opportunity to thank Katy for her time in speaking with us this week and we hope you feel intrigued to find out more over on her inspiring blog.