I am beyond excited to share this artist on the day her long awaited book releases.

I have long been a fan of her classically chic work and I am sure you will be too.

Enjoy getting to know uber talented 

Kate Schelter

New York, New York

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“Kate Schelter is a New York City based illustrator, creative director and stylist—owner of the luxury brand consultancy that bears her name—who is always armed with palette, paper and brushes on her travels. Taking a cue from her styling work, she is attracted to subject matters that she admires in real life and that she owns, like a red lipstick or an old pair of shoes, as well as objects found in nature.”

What is your training?

 I studied graphic design at Rhode Island School of Design and studied for a year at their campus in Rome.

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What inspires you and your designs?

 I paint what I love—it comes from my gut.

 What is your favorite piece? 

 Impossible to decide! That is why I love my new book Classic Style because it ties up all my work into a nice bow. I am happy for my work to go to a good home, but occasionally there are pieces that are hard for me to sell. My early watercolors are filled with memories of my own artistic path of self discovery (that I could paint again after a 15 year career as a fashion stylist). I keep my favorite paintings for my daughter, but I want my work to leave my studio and have a life in someone’s house where it will be admired and loved.

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What is your favorite restaurant in NYC?

 Bar Pitti

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and Café Mogador are my favorites in New York City.

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What is your favorite cocktail?

Moscow Mule

How do you balance personal life and work?

I talk about this in my book: structure gives me the confidence and the space to be creative. Childcare and schedules are so important to me. I love being a mother and I am passionate about my work—it’s important to set an example for my daughter that work can be joyous and fulfilling.

Dream trip?

 Amalfi Coast

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Dream commission?

 Kate Schelter x D. Porthault

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Your favorite host / hostess gift to give?

 I love to give fresh flowers. I live by the flower market so I try to stop in often. Or I call in the big guns from Tin Can Studios when I need a show-stopper.

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Who is your style icon?

 My mom and Grace Kelly.

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Your favorite up and coming artist?

Wayne Pate.

(Whom I featured HERE)

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 What is your most treasured possession?

My photo albums and my engagement ring.

What are your favorite blogs / publications?

Fresh Air with Terry Gross

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and WTF Marc Maron

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I love to listen to programs while I’m painting in my studio.

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A look at her fantastic wonderful works via her website

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Her murals are fab!

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The San Vicente Bungalow Murals are beautiful.

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She has done loads of collaborations.

I live these Sleepy Jones PJ’s

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I covet a wall of these beauties…

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Kate also illustrated a favorite book of mine, Gypset Living.

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How chic are the notecards?

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You can shop her prints HERE and originals HERE.

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