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Stir crazy artist turns her house into a work of art when she decides to paint all over the walls

June 1st, 2020

People holed up in their homes for weeks on end due to the coronavirus pandemic have tackled long-forgotten DIY projects around the home. They’ve tried new recipes. They’ve even attempted to cut their hair with some scary outcomes.

Some have seemingly battled boredom by taking on the oddest projects. One man built an entire climbing wall from floor to ceiling across one room in his apartment. A pet owner constructed a cardboard tank for his cat.

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French artist Nathalie Lété channeled her immense artistic talent in an astounding way while quarantined. Nathalie, born in 1964, lives and works in Paris.

The artist uses different techniques and mediums to create her pieces that are painted on ceramics, textiles and canvas. The images she creates range from vintage toys to flowers, animals and landmarks.

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Nathalie also produces children’s books and graphic books, toys, postcards and silkscreen-printed clothes and accessories. Her dishes, vases and similar decor items are wildly popular among her followers.

But it’s the medium she chose for her quarantine project that has boggled people’s minds.

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She used her house. Her entire house. The doors, staircases, walls, furniture … not a section was left untouched by her talent.

“I bought Maison Atelier Suzanne three years ago. It’s an hour away from Paris, in a little village next to the Loing river and the forest of Fontainebleau.”

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Nathalie’s original intentions were to paint the house white so as to start with a blank slate. Then she designed it with intricate floral patterns.

“The first year we lived in a totally white house. I then started painting all of the details whenever I had the time. Now, due to the confinement, I’ve had two full months to focus on painting the walls. [I want] to not only do the walls, but also paint all the furniture, lamps, tiles, rugs, cushions and other fabrics. To create a nest that’s totally filled with my art.”

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Nothing she paints is planned out. She waits for inspiration to strike and goes with the flow.

“I do the work step by step, corner after corner, wall after wall. By doing so, I have the time to learn from my mistakes and avoid them later on the project. Even if I did something that I no longer like, there are no plans to rush, no stress, I can cover it the next day by simply painting over.”

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The colorful depictions decorating Nathalie’s home have brought her quite a bit of joy during these unsettling times.

“After I painted my staircase, I realized just how much I enjoy going up and down the house all the time. Seeing all the colorful motifs all day brings me a lot of happiness! Every step inside shows dreamy, candy-color flowers blooming on the doors, walls, staircases, and furniture—as though it’s a cottage from a fairytale.”

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Nathalie opted for acrylic paint for this whole-house project. She incorporated ample amounts of her favorite colors throughout.

“Personally, I like working in naïve style, but some days I simply paint a picture that I saw in some book. It’s a joyful, mixed pattern. My favorite colors are green and pink, and I often use these two in my palette.”

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In addition to designing whimsical paintings over almost every inch of her home, the artist also has been upcycling furniture and decor to lend an eclectic feel.

“What I liked especially was the idea of [creating] your own world, kind of a nest, just filled with your own art. From wall paintings to the rugs, from the fabrics to the lamps and everyday dishes. The idea is that you can transform a simple place and furniture found on the street into something special and personal.”

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A quick glimpse at Nathalie’s murals reveals she’s cleverly painted framed “paintings” on the wall. Vines and blossoming flowers creep up the walls.

The vividness of her artwork is simultaneously eye-popping and intriguing. Who knows how long this has taken her and how much more time she intends to spend garnishing her walls, doors and more.

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Even Nathalie’s floors are covered in patterns. Can you imagine walking into her home?

It truly is a multi-dimensional canvas highlighting Nathalie’s amazing talent. The photos surely pale in comparison to the real thing.

How incredible is this?

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Source: Bored Panda, Nathalie Lete, Facebook/Nathalie Lete, Instagram/Nathalie Lete, My Modern Mete

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