For Grow House Grow’s lead designer Katie Deedy, wallpaper is the most exciting part of a room. Her lifelong love of storytelling led her to the bustling streets of New York, where she pursued illustration and launched her first collection while still in her twenties. Along with captivating wall art, the up-and-comer also specializes in tiling and decorative pillows. Deedy describes her design collections as narratives, such as the “Voynich” collection inspired by an ancient Italian codex, or a geometric, linear “Seattle” design reflective of the city’s architecture. This week, I met the woman behind the one-of-a-kind wallpaper business.The radiant “Petticoat Palm” design was inspired by Deedy’s Cuban heritage and stories of her grandmother.Grow House Grow’s “Dotty Hex” tiles are reminiscent of 1940’s Cuban dress
Andrew Joseph – If you had one more hour in the day what would you do with it?
Katie Deedy – It’s a toss-up between sleeping and reading a book. I never have enough time in my day for either, and both are some of my favorite things in the world to do.
Andrew – Least favorite color?
Katie – BEIGE. Something about it makes me want to lurch. I’ve seen it used in beautiful ways when combined with certain other colors, but other than that it’s right up there with overhead fluorescent lighting (*chills*).
Andrew – Best advice you’d give your teenage self?
Katie – It sounds a little cheesy, but “trust your gut” is hands down the best advice I could give myself. Your intuition not only delivers you those “aha” lightbulb moments, but it can also save your life. Who/what has your best interest more at heart than your own self?
Andrew – What would you like to be remembered for?
Katie – Being kind and honest. Second runner-up: making your favorite wallpaper or tile.
Andrew – How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Katie – I don’t!Hand-embroidered “Alexandria Eye” pillows are unique additions to any modern space.
About Grow House Grow – Grow House Grow specializes in narrative-inspired pattern work. Our lifelong love of storytelling and affinity for design shapes every single thing we produce.
It can be argued that a good story–and we all have one–inspires and gives meaning to the world around us. From personal histories and architectural details, to souvenirs and heirlooms we hold dear, it’s important to fill our living spaces with things that create an environment that is both personal and universal; just as a good story does. Each pattern Grow House Grow creates has a different tale to tell, and endeavors to spark the creativity, mystery, and comfort of stories in those around us.
Founded in 2007, Grow House Grow is based in Brooklyn, NY and is cared for by designer Katie Deedy.
About Andrew Joseph – Andrew Joseph’s passion for design and rich journalistic history led to the launch of his boutique PR firm in 2012. Prior to enjoying the successes of Andrew Joseph PR, Andrew honed his editorial skills at Vanity Fair and Allure. This experience, as well as the strong network of contacts developed over the years in public relations, brings a valuable edge to his new role as contributing editor. Let the musing begin.
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