Hello! I’m Ksenia Phillips, founder of Darling Lemon, a paperie and design studio. Specializing in hand-painted illustrations, greeting cards, notepads, art prints, and custom wedding stationery, Darling Lemon is the outlet for my curiosity and passion for infusing art into everyday life.
Curiosity - the Driving Force Behind Awe-inspiring Creativity
For as long as I can remember, I have been curious about art, and it has been a constant guide down the winding path of my life. At 12 years old, I was accepted into one of the most prestigious art schools in St. Petersburg, Russia, where I studied for 3 years. I moved with my family to the U.S. when I was a teenager, and in my thirties, my marriage to a handsome, blue-eyed Southern boy landed me in beautiful, historic Savannah, GA.
After studying at several art schools, working for an advertising agency, and freelance designing for more than 10 years, I decided it was time to truly follow my passion.
The Art of Hand-illustrated Paper Goods
You know that thing you love so much that you stay up for hours lovingly working on it, studying every inch of it, even dreaming about it? That’s how I feel about hand-illustrated paper goods.
I always find time to sneak away to create little pieces of art. Our family’s dinner table even doubled as my personal studio for a while! It turns out that the rich colors, whimsical details, and creative energy behind each piece I design are what really fuel me every day. (That and my two darlings, Evie and Daniil, and our funny little rescue Chihuahua/Min Pin, Buster!)
My paintbrush led me here, and I’m glad you’re here, too.
I’m excited about the next chapter in this adventure! I’m currently dreaming up plans to expand Darling Lemon into a lifestyle brand by designing home décor and gifts as well. Follow me on Instagram and Facebook to see what unfolds!
photos by Paprika Southern Studios