She styles. Art directs. Inspires. Creates. And paints lovely watercolors like these.
Kate Schelter’s styling for Rita Hazan salon and
Lulu Frost first caught my eye, and then
her watercolor art work captured my imagination
with its simple elegance and tasteful subject matter.
You can read my interview with her where I
explored her creative process and philosophy
beneath the beautiful work she does styling,
creating, branding, and more.
|Interview with Kate Schelter
It’s exciting to see her career take off for her artwork. Kate was commissioned to paint murals inside
“Cashmere hippy. It’s like a very special secret garden (you must have the private code to enter), a charming, groovy, old-Hollywood vibe that’s intimate as hell. An exclusive poolside tropical oasis dotted with adorable bungalows amongst the treetops, hidden from the outside world.” Each motel room was decorated differently. “I chose a species of flower for each room. Then I chose my colors, climbed my ladder, and began painting. I had no sketches. It just came out of my brush. Sometimes the location spoke to me. The room I slept in, for example, had a gorgeous peaked roof with beams over the bed. I knew I had to paint a lemon tree that spanned three walls and the ceiling so it would be like waking up in an orchard. We brought the outside flora inside.”
|Artist and stylemaker Kate Schelter
Her designs even show up on pajamas!
|Kate Schelter for Sleepy Jones|
|Bonpoint watercolor by Kate Schelter|
|Rodin watercolor by Kate Schelter
Who is she?
From her website’s bio:Kate Schelter is an American artist, illustrator, creative director and stylist—owner of the luxury brand consultancy that bears her name—living and working in New York City and Cape Cod, MA. Her first author illustrated book Classic Style: Hand It Down, Dress It Up, Wear It Out (Grand Central), and line of paper products and notebooks, This & That (Abrams), will debut in 2017. Her limited edition prints are available through Domino, ArtStar and 1stDibs.
|Kate Schelter at home|
|Home of Kate Schelter
Kate’s been working in different sectors of the fashion industry for 15 years, from shooting for Vogue to starting the Street Style section for Style.com: photographer, stylist, trend caster, trendsetter, graphic designer, and, now, watercolorist and muralist. Her paintings have caught the attention of people in the art and fashion world. After illustrating the book Gypset Travel, she’s been commissioned to paint for Dior, Vanity Fair, TOMS, Diane von Furstenberg, GRAFF, One Kings Lane, Chantecaille, Bonpoint, Romy & the Bunnies, BVLGARI, Victoria’s Secret, Architectural Digest, and Toyota, as well as private commissions.
|Home of Kate Schelter|
|Artist and stylemaker Kate Schelter|
|Bedroom of Kate Schelter|
|Lovely and expecting|
|Lipstick watercolor by Kate Schelter
In 2015, she was sought after by hotelier Jeff Klein to paint site-specific murals throughout his latest landmark property, The San Vicente Bungalows in Los Angeles. Kate has shown original works in New York (John Derian Company), Dallas, Los Angeles, Palm Beach, and Cape Cod. She’s done residencies at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, in Tulum, Mexico, in Paris, and on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Kate has a BA from Rhode Island School of Design and their European Honors Program in Rome, and lives with her husband and daughter.It’s not surprising that Kate’s home is as stylish as she is…take a look.
|Painting a mural at The San Vincente Bungalows|
|Chanel lipsticks by Kate Schelter|
|Aviator sunglasses art work watercolor by Kate Schelter|
|An ad styled by Kate Schelter|
|Ad styled by Kate Schelter|
|Ad styled by Kate Schelter|
Wouldn’t it be thrilling to live Kate Schelter’s lifefor just one day?
Peace to you right where you are.
(This post was updated January 2017)