Lily & Val’s original gifts, cards, and home decor items mirror life’s simple pleasures so you always have a reason to smile.
Each item is hand lettered and illustrated by Valerie McKeehan, who infuses her flourishes, flowers, typography and quaint illustrations with the same sense of whimsy and elegance that inspires her at home.
As the creator of the original Chalkboard Print, Lily & Val’s chalkboard designs begin with a simple pencil sketch before moving to chalk & slate.
Chalkboard art is considered ephemeral; it is after all nothing more than dust on a surface. In order to preserve the design for long-term enjoyment, Valerie photographs the freshly drawn chalkboard to make a high resolution, digital print. This method enables us to send you a gorgeous piece of chalkboard art, perfect in its imperfections, without worry of dust or erasing. All the nuance and unmistakable hand-drawn style of chalk art is preserved on archival-quality paper. We pride ourselves in unique, modern handcrafted goods with a nod to the nostalgia of a classic medium like chalkboard.
Every Lily & Val product is created from a simple philosophy: life’s ordinary moments are worth celebrating. It’s the spontaneity of these playful, everyday pleasures that inspires us. The smallest things are the most important things: a few words transforming a room into a cozy space, an illustration that makes you smile.
Since its creation in 2012, Lily & Val continues to produce its signature hand-lettered chalkboard art, greeting cards, and assorted paper goods, but like a true creative, Valerie continues to explore various mediums, bringing her unique aesthetic to watercolors, illustrations, and kraft paper prints.
While the Lily & Val product line continues to grow, expanding into gift items like The Keepsake Kitchen Diary™ and other specialty items, we remain true to our core values of integrity, creativity, gratitude, thoughtfulness, encouragement, kindness, and making a legacy. Our goal is that every person that interacts with our brand feel uplifted and delighted. We revel in mixing simple nostalgia with a modern style of pretty-whimsy to create gifts that are lovingly made, from our hands and hearts to yours.
It’s said that many great creatives begin their journey into their craft during childhood -- that’s certainly been the case with Valerie McKeehan.
A self-styled lifelong creative, she has been drawing, illustrating and painting for as long as she can remember. Creative expression runs deep. Encouraged by her grandmother and mother to explore and experiment with various mediums in the name of art and cultivating a keen business sense from watching her father grow his own venture from the ground up, Valerie is an intensely curious soul with a knack for entrepreneurship.
Art and business may seem like odd companions, but not to Valerie. Mixing the strategic with the creative came naturally as she pursued a degree in marketing. After building a career in radio sales (where she also met her eventual husband Mak McKeehan), she went on to start a boutique advertising firm with Mak.
A partnership was formed, and Valerie continued to cultivate and refine her unique style of visual storytelling.
Lily & Val was born of humble beginnings.
Newly wed and seeking a new creative outlet, Valerie transformed an old picture frame into a hand-lettered chalkboard sign that hung in the kitchen of their first home -- and instantly fell in love with the art form. Friends and family became equally enchanted, urging her to begin offering her work for sale through an Etsy shop. In the summer of 2012, Lily & Val opened its
virtual doors and it changed the course of her life forever. Whimsical and undeniably handcrafted, her designs are honest and authentic, at home with their imperfections and unique character. The small nuances and variations innate to hand-crafted art give each piece personality. Her artwork is lovingly drawn entirely by hand, from sketch to slate, illuminating inspirational quotations and the everyday pleasures of life like coffee and cooking.
The Lily & Val brand continues to be an expression of Valerie’s penchant for nostalgia
and sentimentality, capturing the simple beauty of ordinary life: a cup of tea and conversation at Grandma’s table, baking for her family, walking the city of Pittsburgh (a place she holds so dear and calls home) with her husband. Memories of days well-spent or days long since past inform and inspire much of her work. Through her whimsical and iconic designs, she encourages others to live creatively, passionately and in tune with the simple pleasures of life from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
5900 Ellsworth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(Parking is available in the lot off of South Highland Ave. We are located just across the walking bridge.)
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Friday noon - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 1 - 5pm
The Lily & Val Flagship Store, located in the quaint Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, features a cozy, eclectic mix of home decor, stationery and gifts including our entire line of signature chalkboard art and hand-drawn lovelies.
We also carry a selection of Lily & Val licensed items, thoughtfully procured one-of-kind vintage finds, products we love, and local, handmade goods. Check our schedule for upcoming workshops and special, in-store events.
While visiting our Flagship Store, be sure to take advantage of the Lily & Val Sign & Seal Station™! We believe in the power and beauty of a hand-written note and the Sign & Seal Station™ provides everything you need to beautify the inside of the card and envelope!
The Lily & Val corporate office is also located at our Flagship Store. Our team is a close-knit, creative group of people passionate about spreading joy through our products.