Dwellings: Inside painter Brittney Schulz's home studio

Hello! Please introduce yourself

Hello, my name is Brittney Schulz, and I am an artist from Boise Idaho.

What drew you to painting? When did you start?

I have always been drawn to anything creative and have painted from a young age. Due to limited time after beginning a career in education and starting a family I hadn't picked up a paint brush for about ten years. After a difficult teaching year while going through postpartum depression, my husband encouraged me to paint again. It was such a breath of fresh air paying attention to my creative side that I neglected for years. I started sharing my paintings on my personal instagram and slowly had friends and family reach out wanting to purchase. From there I opened The Cedarhouse website which is home to my art for now but I hope to continue to grow the space into different avenues of creativity.

What does a typical day in your life look like?

A typical day for me is spent with my five year old daughter and four year old son. I have very limited studio hours for now but I am thankful to paint when I can. I use my time with them to be inspired whether from being outside or looking through endless amounts of books. It's pretty normal for the kids to be a part of my collections whether it's a critique (always needs more pink according to my daughter) or their help packaging my fine art prints.

What is one thing you love about where you live?

I deeply love Boise, there are endless amounts of locally owned coffee shops and restaurants. Within Boise you are always minutes away from a greenbelt or park.

How would you describe your personal style, and approach to interior design?

I always default to saying my interior design style is eclectic because I truly love pulling things together from various styles. We are currently renovating a 1940s home and it has been fun honoring that time period but also adding our style. I would say I approach my interior style with what fits our family and inspires our kids. I look for quality heirloom pieces that can be eventually offered to my kids, like my stunning lamp from Notary.

How have you been spending the summer? Do you have any plans for the coming months? 

We have been spending the summer outside, whether it is camping , biking, or caring for our garden. The coming months will be spent starting the process of creating some of my favorite collections, portraits and ornaments. The summer is full of landscapes due to being inspired from being outside and the colder months are filled with more reflective work like portraits and my hand painted ornaments.

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