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Shantell Martin + Best of the Web

by Grace Bonney

Before we head out for the weekend, I wanted to share an image I’ve been obsessing over for months now: a custom mural that artist Shantell Martin did for a private home in upstate New York, as seen in Elle Decor. I always have a soft spot for black and white interiors like this, but seeing Shantell’s work in this setting is a dream come true for me. Whenever I indulge myself in “pie in the sky” design elements at home, it always comes back to custom work created by some of my favorite artists. Shantell’s work has such a bold and beautiful style and it’s so fun to see it juxtaposed against more traditional interior fittings like these. If you want to bring a little bit of Shantell’s work home, you can pick up her pins and shirts online right here. Until Monday, have a great weekend and check out some of our favorite reads and finds from around the web below! xo, Grace

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  • OMG! Love, love, love the bathroom mural!

    And such serendipity! I have been thinking about what art to put on a blank wall in my office. Something big and bold because the opposite wall has several smaller pieces grouped together. I have a 4′ x 5′ artist-made quilt that I was thinking about hanging there but it gets direct sunlight so had to nix that idea.

    But just a few days ago, I thought — give a big, fat black magic marker to one of my artist friends and let them have at it.

    I’m going to store the pic of that bathroom as a fantastic example. Thank you!

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