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).
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.
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.
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.
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!