Hi, friend! I’m Valerie McKeehan. It’s so nice to meet you.

Valerie McKeehan of Lily & Val

I am a sentimentalist, homebody, flower lover, author, wannabe-gardener (someday!), city-dweller, vintage collector (I can’t resist pink depression glass), Francophile, wife to my best friend who also happens to be my business partner, and mama to a sweet baby girl, Vienna (named after the Billy Joel song).

The McKeehan Family, Mak, Vienna and Valerie

Most of my days are spent painting, drawing, illustrating, and creating chalk art (tea is always involved) out of my home studio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It’s hard for me to choose one medium because I am endlessly curious and there’s just so much I enjoy. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to create and dream up ideas for things to make.

Lily & Val Started in the Kitchen

I was standing in the kitchen in 2012, newly married, wanting to create a piece of art to make our first home feel more homey. I decided to hand letter a chalkboard sign because I loved the nostalgic, cozy look. Little did I realize then that this humble chalkboard was the start of a new journey and Lily & Val was born shortly thereafter. Discovering that other people wanted to hang my art in their homes was a complete joy and thrill!

Through the years I've applied the same philosophy that started it all: create unique, meaningful products that I want to own myself and hope they resonate with you too. I hand letter and illustrate each item, so you're sure to get something truly unique & made with lots of love.

Valerie McKeehan drawing in chalk.

My Inspiration

The products I create are driven by a sense of nostalgia and whimsy.

I'm such a sentimentalist and when I think about my fondest memories, they involve scenes of cozy, simple, ordinary life.! I grew up in rural Pennsylvania and my Mother instilled in me a deep-rooted love of flowers and nature, which I am profoundly grateful for. I often look to happy memories of my childhood for inspiration. I believe it’s the small things of everyday living that mean the most and this sparks much of my work.

Mak & Valerie McKeehan | Lily & Val

A few other fun, random things about me:

  • Frasier is my favorite TV show and I’ve watched the entire series over a dozen times through.
  • I love Mister Rogers and everything he stood for. Rediscovering him as an adult has brought me such life and his quotes bring me comfort.
  • I played soccer for a lot of my life and in college. I felt at home on the field and miss it.
  • Despite my nostalgia for food, I’m not the best in the kitchen. Mak may have called me Mrs. Doubtfire at some point.
  • Ketchup should be a food group…and always Heinz. If it isn’t Heinz, I don’t want it.
  • The name “Lily” is not named after a person, but a nod to my Mother and our shared fondness of flowers.

Now that we’ve become more acquainted, I’d love to stay in touch...

For my creative experiments, what’s currently inspiring me (usually flowers), everyday living, and a baby photo popping in here and there follow me on Instagram @valeriemckeehan.

For shop news, new products, promotions, and blog updates follow @lilyandval

Thank you for letting me share part of my heart and world with you!

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