DC Inspired: “Wheel” by Mary Catherine Starr

A serene work by a local yogini/painter inspires a calming meditation space.

By: Meg Biram

One of the first blogs I followed upon moving to Washington was Starr Struck, a lifestyle blog penned by Arlington resident Mary Catherine Starr, a talented yogini and painter. While she is incredibly dedicated to her workout routine (she is a yoga instructor, after all!), she’s even more devoted to following her passions in life. Starr shares this outlook in her blog’s mission statement: “My goal is to inspire you to create a bit more space in your own life in order to make time to do whatever it is that nurtures you most. Because what’s left in life if we don’t pursue what we love?”

Along those lines, Starr’s painting, “Wheel,” inspired me to create a calm, mellow space that could be used for yoga or meditation. I was drawn to this lifelike painting not just for its monochromatic colors, but because that very yoga pose is something I’ve been working on in my own practice. I’ve gathered a fresh look below to complement Starr’s painting, and think it’s the perfect space in which to finally master that pose.

Inspired by Starr? You can see more of her work on her website or at Artomatic in Crystal City, the pop-up gallery where her works will be exhibited until June 23.

Inspired items (clockwise from top left): Ivory Epoch pots from Anthropologie; Jonathan Adler floor lamp from LampsPlus; Tapestry bubble candle tin from Anthropologie; Chill media console from CB2; Andalusia dhurrie rug from West Elm; knitted graphite pouf from CB2.

Meg Biram writes about interiors, art, and fashion on her blog, Mimi + Meg.