By Jill Brooke
Meet Katie Herman, whose floral-inspired art, is bringing smiles to many. With a background in fine arts, she now creates feminine fun home decor.
We just love how she has painted pumpkins in such inventive ways turning fall into a garden delight. What a happy way to celebrate the season and also create at-home projects with the kids.
In the pastel colors so popular with Florida residents, she paints birds and daffodils basking in the sun with a pale pink base or Monet influenced peonies and roses with an Azur-blue stem reminiscent of Provence decor as well as Dutch porcelain.
But in her talented hands, the design is elevated, bringing both sophisticated whimsy and a cheerfulness people so crave.
They are literally pieces of art and can be lined up on any dinner table or even a kitchen counter.
Of course, she does much more than pumpkins.
“These just have flown out the door,” says Herman, who resides in Tequesta, Florida.
But she is also finding a market for baby blankets, monogrammed pillows and fabrics.
“I think floral decor is more popular than ever because we are all spending more time at home, and florals naturally spark joy,” she says. “Personally, I love having fresh flowers in my kitchen as much as I love having home decor with floral patterns. It’s like bringing the beauty of the garden into your home.”
In fact, while the pumpkins made her work known to a larger audience, she also now has a store vs. just being online.
Also, with celebrations now part of the cultural landscape since more and more are vaccinated, Herman has also created customized bottles that delight and charm.
“I painted one for a client with a custom logo,” says Herman. “They make great gifts for weddings, anniversaries. and any celebration.”
However, the lucky recipients must live in Florida. “I can’t ship alcohol,” she says.
Unless of course, someone wants to send an empty bottle from a special occasion and use it for a vase. Which come to think of it, would be a great gift and use of a beautiful piece of art that triggers memories too.
Jill Brooke is a former CNN correspondent, Post columnist and editor-in-chief of Avenue and Travel Savvy magazine. She is an author and the editorial director of FPD.