Unique & Lovely artwork to
document memories

Unique & Lovely artwork to document memories

Wedding invitation design

custom house portraits

custom house portraits

I’m Lydia, the creative behind The Illustrated Life. It all started in 2016 with the idea of making pretty art to celebrate all our favorite things. Since then, I’ve drawn ideas from travel and fashion, but sometimes the inspiration comes from close to home. From Notre Dame to the shores of Lake Michigan to the skyscrapers of Chicago, beauty and adventure is everywhere, waiting to be found. 

Since the start, original custom commissions have been our customers' favorite way of preserving memories and bringing their ideas to life on paper, creating lasting mementos that will last for generations and celebrate life's big (and little) occasions. 

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"I purchased a custom watercolor of a newly built home for a couple's wedding gift and it turned out beautifully. The couple loved it and was happy to receive such a special gift by a very talented artist!" 
- Kate

"Our wedding maps beyond exceeded my expectations! Lydia is so talented and was so easy to work with. Her final product brought tears to my eyes. Thank you, Lydia! We are so happy to have these wedding maps as part of our invitation suite, and love having it as a memento from our wedding." 
- Jess

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