Artist Inspiration: Kate Schelter

Artist and stylemaker Kate Schelter painting her bedroom
Artist and stylemaker Kate Schelter

 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.

Kate Schelter interviewed on Hello Lovely Studio
Interview with Kate Schelter

 It’s exciting to see her career take off for her artwork.

Artist and stylemaker Kate Schelter painting floral mural with Farrow and Ball
Artist and stylemaker Kate Schelter

Kate was commissioned to paint murals inside

The San Vicente Bungalows in L.A.

and described the style of the project

like this in an article from Lonny magazine:

“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.”

Heart print Pajamas by Sleepy Jones designed by artist Kate Schelter
Kate Schelter for Sleepy Jones

Her designs even show up on pajamas!

Artist and stylemaker Kate Schelter
Bonpoint watercolor by Kate Schelter

Rodin watercolor of artist and stylemaker 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’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. 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.

Artist and stylemaker Kate Schelter at home with family
Kate Schelter at home

It’s not surprising that Kate’s home is

as stylish as she is…take a look. 

Sofa in home of Artist and stylemaker Kate Schelter
Home of Kate Schelter

Home of Artist and stylemaker Kate Schelter
Home of Kate Schelter

Home of Artist and stylemaker Kate Schelter
Artist and stylemaker Kate Schelter

Bedroom of artist and stylemaker Kate Schelter
Bedroom of Kate Schelter

Ezra Miller watercolo by artist and stylemaker Kate Schelter

Lovely and expecting artist and stylemaker Kate Schelter
Lovely and expecting

Lipstick watercolor by artist and stylemaker Kate Schelter
Lipstick watercolor by Kate Schelter

Painting fern mural at motel in L.A. artist and stylemaker Kate Schelter
Painting a mural at The San Vincente Bungalows

Chanel lipstick watercolor by artist and stylemaker Kate Schelter
Chanel lipsticks by Kate Schelter

Wouldn’t it be thrilling to live Kate Schelter’s life

for just one day?

She styles.

Art directs. 

Inspires. 

Creates. 

And paints lovely watercolors like these.

Check out her site and fantastic blog.

Aviator sunglasses art work watercolor painting by artist and stylemaker Kate Schelter
Aviator sunglasses art work watercolor by Kate Schelter

Ad styled by artist and stylemaker Kate Schelter
An ad styled by Kate Schelter

An ad styled by artist and stylemaker Kate Schelter
Ad styled by Kate Schelter

Ad styled by artist and stylemaker Kate Schelter
Ad styled by Kate Schelter

Peace to you right where you are.

(This post was updated January 2017)

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