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red start murals

by Grace Bonney


I hold a special place in my heart for Texas (hence my desire to have it counted as its own region or country). I’m never surprised to hear about an exciting artist or designer coming from such a diverse state, and I’m always pleased when friends decide to visit and come back inspired by the unique feel and style of Texas. I started reading an email from Michelle at Red Start and smiled when I saw that she was based in Austin. There are so many fantastic artists working there, and she (and her studio) is definitely one of them.



Michelle and her team have been in business for over ten years painting dramatic murals and large-scale commissions for both residential and commercial buildings. Each project is done by hand with the help of a small group of local artists that turn ideas, themes and inspiration into real-life wall art. I was so taken with this recent project that I couldn’t resist sharing. Inspired by a turn-of-the-century William Morris textile design, Michelle and her team hand-painted this amazing pattern onto a client’s wall in New York. They are still adding the finishing touches, but I thought the current state was lovely enough to share as is. (I love the little hand-painted metallic details.) I’d kill to be able to paint like that. It would be such a nice spin on a more traditional wallpaper option. Click here to check out more of Red Start’s work and here to visit their Facebook page, where they update project pictures regularly. xo, grace

More images after the jump…


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