From the Studio | Pics from lately

Seriously, how does time go so fast. I feel like months are going by in mere seconds and all the things I had planned for this blog are still sitting in my "drafts" folder. In some ways I can accept this shift and realize that I have had to focus on other areas of my business and honestly I won't complain because this space is growing, you are opening up your homes and lives for my artwork and I am beyond humbled and grateful! With that being said I miss this little space. 

From the Studio | Kendra Castillo

I started blogging almost 7+ years ago now (which is insane!!) I laugh at those post I used to write (you can still find them in my Archives) they were so innocent and care free. I would write about anything and everything, my favorite DIY , outfit or Recipe. Honestly it was playful and little did I know that I would prepare my heart to open up and share my life and my passion (art) with you all! 

Anyways, I thought it would be fun to start doing a little "From the Studio" series, where I can share photos and thoughts about anything and everything that has been happening in my home studio. 

So for this little entry I just dive right in.... 

Hand Painted Journal by Kendra Castillo

Lately things have been bustling in the studio. I feel like I have 100 ideas and only two hands to make them happen, which is complicated as I try to balance everything. I would have to say my biggest thing has been the new Hand Painted Journals I have started offering. You guys are amazing and keep me busy with all your orders which makes my heart swell with pride because a few months ago I had this tiny little thought, that if I could do anything as an artist I would love to be able to create art that is accessible to anyone. I totally understand that not everyone can afford to purchase a large scale painting, but what if you could still have artwork surround you everyday? 

Hand Painted Journal by Kendra Castillo
Hand Painted Journal by Kendra Castillo

This idea became such a driving force for me. I wrestled with how it may be a silly idea. How as an artist maybe I needed to be focused on one thing and stick to it. But really, when have I ever done that. I may be a minimalist, but I think I do that in my life so that I can feel free to explore any idea that may pop into my head artistically.

Eventually I settled on one thing that I want to drive my art and my business. This thought that "Everyone deserves to be surrounded by beautiful things." This may sound silly, but to me it is everything. I see so much hurt and suffering in the world and art, beauty and creativity are something to be cherished as a gift. It is a beautiful addition to life that reminds us that there is good in the world, that there are things to be enjoyed. That sometimes we need to slow down and see the beauty that surrounds us. 

So long story short, that is why these Journals are so special to me. They are a product that is given attention and love and then set out into the world to be enjoyed. I can't tell you how excited it makes me to know that there is art being enjoyed on a day to day basis. 

Now, I have a little question for you.... 

If you could bring art with you where ever you went, what sort of product would you like to see? I would love to hear your thoughts as I prepare some new ideas for the future! 

Three Guidelines for Seamless Style-Blending | Guest Post

I'm so excited to have my dear friend Heather on the blog today! We met via instagram and she has been such a source of inspiration & encouragement! I know you will love the advice she is sharing today. 

Hi there! I’m Heather, owner and stylist of Mysa Home Styling. I serve homeowners by helping them create functional and cozy spaces that cultivate contentment and joy.

Three Guidelines for Seamless Style-Blending | Guest Post

One of the biggest design dilemmas that I hear from people is that they just don’t know their style! Whether they feel they have no style at all, or are torn between multiple styles, the lack of clarity that people have is crippling when they decorate their home. They find themselves buying decor that doesn’t go with what they already have and end up feeling like their home is a hodge-podge of random items that doesn’t truly reflect them.

So to help solve this problem, I’ve created a 30-page guidebook all about discovering your style and creating a cohesive home. And today I want to share with you a little sneak peek into my new guidebook.

discovering your style and creating a cohesive home - 30 Page Guidebook
Three Guidelines for Seamless Style-Blending
Three Guidelines for Seamless Style-Blending

This snippet comes from a chapter on seamlessly blending styles. Once you've gone through the five steps to discovery and successfully nailed down your style, you might discover that you actually have two or three styles that you gravitate toward (that's definitely me!). And that’s totally fine… as long as you stick to a few simple guidelines. Here are three tips for blending styles throughout your home to keep things cohesive.

Three Guidelines for Seamless Style-Blending

1. Choose a consistent color palette

A consistent color palette is your greatest friend when you're mixing styles. If your room is filled with multiple styles and colors from all over the spectrum, it's bound to feel busy and confused. But if you narrow it down to a few key colors, your style mixing will look purposeful and united.

2. Choose one style to dominate and pepper in one or two pieces of the other style

For the most unified look when blending styles, you should choose one style as your dominant style and then pull in a few things in a contrasting style.

3. Stick to 2–3 styles

To keep things from looking too crazy or flea market-esque, stick to 2–3 styles throughout your home. You still want things to feel cohesive.

Now that you've gotten a sneak peek, perhaps you're wanting more!

  • Do you have trouble describing your unique decorating style?
  • Do you find yourself buying decor that just ends up sitting in a closet?
  • Do you like many different styles and have no idea how to blend them all?

Gain clarity today with my guidebook—"How to Discover Your Style & Create a Cohesive Home." Learn more here.

Birthday Bash Sale

This week only you can get my guidebook for 35% off it’s normal price! I’m celebrating one year of small business ownership, and am inviting my clients and readers to celebrate with me! Click here to see the Birthday Bash Sale! **Sale ends May 27th! 


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A day in the life of an Artist

I get a lot of questions about what my days look like being an artist, so I thought it would be fun to recap what a typical day looks like for me. Everyday varies slightly depending on deadlines and personal things that need to get done (think grocery shopping, laundry etc). You know, really fun and glamrous things. 

A day in the life - Kendra Castillo

7:15-7:30 am - I usually wake up around the same time my husband gets up to go to work. I forced myself to start this habit because I am 100% not a morning person and I needed to make myself get out of bed at a consistent time. 

7:30-8:30 am - I make my coffee and some breakfast then sit down to do my quiet time/journaling to get my head in the right place before the day starts. 

8:30-9:00 am - I schedule social media posts and try to reply back to any messages and comments from the day/night before. I also look at my to-do list for the day and try to prioritize the top 3 things that I need to get completed for that day. 

9:00- 9:30 am - This is typically the time I try to get a few home to-do things started before I start working. This usually means finishing up the dishes or getting a load of laundry started. 

9:30- 11:00 am - This is the time I tackle the biggest projects I have for any deadlines. Typically that means completing any orders that need to get shipped out or prepping and painting new work or commission pieces. 

11:00- 11:30 am - I'll answer emails or take care of behind the scenes blog stuff & usually make more coffee! 

A day in the life of an artist - Kendra Castillo
A day in the life - Kendra Castillo

11:30- 12:30pm - I try to wrap up whatever I'm currently working on and then I force myself to take a 30 minute break to eat lunch. This sometimes means watching a Netflix show while I'm eating, reading a book or calling a friend to catch up really quick. Then back to work. 

12:30-2:00pm - This is a hard time of day for me creatively (which is something I've learned over time) so I have learned to do something during this time that I don't have to use much mental energy. Sometimes that means finishing up house hold tasks that need to get done or grocery shopping.

Other times this looks like editing photos or if the lighting is good I'll try to do a little photoshoot for some stock photos of my art... like the ones in this post :)

2:00- 2:30pm - I try to prep our dinner. I've learned that right after this time I start to get creative and I don't want to interrupt it if I don't have to. 

2:30- 4:00pm - This is usually when things start to get messy. I think it has to do with the lighting in our house at that time of day, it hits the "studio" area of our living room perfectly and it just makes me want to paint. Lately this looks like spreading out a few canvases, setting the music loud and getting to work for an upcoming art install and a few commission paintings I am working on. 

4:00- 6:00pm - I temporarily clean up my art mess (realistically I just clean a pathway so that Marcus can walk through the living room when he gets home haha). We usually eat dinner and watch a show then I get back to work. 

6:00-9:00pm - this is the time that I usually finish unfinished tasks that need to get completed. That could look like writing blog posts, editing photos, painting, prepping orders to ship out the next day, answering end of day emails or try to get a workout in. 

9:00- 11:00pm - I try to prep a "to-do" list for the following day and then I usually watch a show or read a book to help me wind down. 

11:00 - Midnight - bedtime! 

Hope this answers some questions and gives you a peek into what a typical day looks like for me. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and let me know! I'll do my best to answer them.