Maker Monday: An Aspire Exclusive Interview With Karen Pulaski

Tribute Goods is a luxury Italian linen company based in Houston, Texas. Residential interior designer, Karen Pulaski, launched the company with the intention of sharing her love of art and beauty. She collaborates with fine artists, seasoned linen purveyors and Italian graphic designers to create original artwork, which is then evolved into distinct linen collections through digital printing. The result is a canvas of the finest Italian textiles, with breathtaking art and meaningful themes that touch the core within. Tribute Goods has been honored with the NY Now “Best New Product Award”, Neiman Marcus Spring Home Catalog cover, Paper City “Best in Product Design”, and featured editorials in Traditional Home, Luxe Interiors & Design and Modern Luxury. As a tribute to the community, Tribute Goods donates 10% of profits to organizations supporting the arts, education and AIDS research. Introducing this week’s Maker Monday, Karen Pulaski.

Placed upon the Egg and Dart duvet set is one of Tribute Goods repurposed Hermes scarf pillows. Procured through the most reputable dealers in Europe and Japan, these gems are the ultimate room jewelry.

Placed upon the Egg and Dart duvet set is one of Tribute Goods repurposed Hermes scarf pillows. Procured through the most reputable dealers in Europe and Japan, these gems are the ultimate room jewelry.

Andrew Joseph: If you could live in any home in a movie or television series, what would it be?
Karen Pulaski: I really am drawn to homes like the one that Diane Lane fell in love with in “Under the Tuscan Sun”. It feels like a living, breathing entity. There is something so special about Italy and this 17th-century villa would be amazing to live in! I picture all of the rooms being filled with guests at all times. It is the kind of home that is perfectly imperfect- something will always be needing attention. But that attention will be a natural offering and not an obligation. I know I would love this home like a family member. It feels as if the home has deep roots into the Earth just like all the beautiful landscape that cocoons the property. I am sure that everything would taste better eaten there, smell better….each night would be filled with serene slumber. Heaven! Wi-Fi would be terrible and connection to the outside world would be difficult…. but perhaps those are true luxuries. The luxury of unplugging! I imagine myself thriving there.

Andrew: Are you a good cook? If so, what is your specialty?
Karen: I love to cook and when I have the freedom of time, I approach cooking like art! I enjoy going to the market with nothing planned and selecting what looks fresh and beautiful. I love to mix flavors and styles. Balancing textures and colors….almost always spicy! I tend to lean towards Latin-influenced foods. I always have fresh tomatillo salsa in the fridge that I make weekly. One of my most requested recipes is a White Bean Soup I make with large Peruvian Lima Beans and lots of vegetables (Brussel Sprouts cut in half, carrots, squash, spinach, corn cut off the cob…) I add some of my tomatillo to the broth for kick! It’s really yummy!

Pictured above in the ornate yet classic bedroom are the Egg and Dart bordered duvet cover by Tribute Goods. Created from original hand-drawn artwork by artist Nancy Ruby, the Egg & Dart Collection delivers classic architectural detail with a twist.

Pictured above in the ornate yet classic bedroom are the Egg and Dart bordered duvet cover by Tribute Goods. Created from original hand-drawn artwork by artist Nancy Ruby, the Egg & Dart Collection delivers classic architectural detail with a twist.

Andrew: Who is your ‘Dream Date’ and what would you do with them?
Karen: Albert Einstein. I would let him cook dinner for me and we would go slowly through the Museum of Modern Art and discuss our reactions to all the exhibits. Love this idea!!!

Andrew: What would your dream project or dream client be right now?
Karen: I would love to create a dreamy bedroom space for Beyoncé! She has the best taste and I admire her so much! I’m sure it would be super chic with an edge.

Andrew: What’s one ingredient you put in everything?
Karen: Jalapeños! I love them in my eggs in the morning and basically everything that is savory. I’m not sure when it started but now I can’t get enough of them!

Andrew: What would you like to be remembered for?
Karen: My kindness, compassion, humor…my heart.

The subtle dynamic edge on this duvet set is called the Wisdom & Purity: Graffiti bordered duvet. The bold, edgy look deviates from the time-honored elements, and creates a modern masterpiece that would look great in any space!

The subtle dynamic edge on this duvet set is called the Wisdom & Purity: Graffiti bordered duvet. The bold, edgy look deviates from the time-honored elements, and creates a modern masterpiece that would look great in any space!

Andrew: What is your favorite COVID story that you will tell until your final breath?
Karen: It has been such a mix of emotions for all of us. Thinking back to the very beginning, I would say the first day of having both of my out-of-state college students’ home and listening to them telling me to be quiet when I was trying to conduct business from home! ‘What is wrong with this picture’ is all I could think of! So, I went into the shop to work and each day I felt so grateful to have a beautiful and safe space to be in.

Another moment was in the absolute scariest part of the first big wave of illness in Italy, getting notification that all our orders were en route on the last FedEx allowed to leave Italy. I didn’t even ask them to meet that deadline. Their dedication brought me to my knees with emotion. I love my team in Italy now more than ever!

Andrew: Embarrassing quarantine habit?
Karen: I have started talking to myself often! And now I feel like I have different voices that I use when I am talking to myself! As if I am asking a question and getting an answer! Ha. I find myself going through the grocery store mumbling constantly. Kind of funny. Kind of crazy. All good.

Andrew: Where is the first place you will travel to after COVID?
Karen: I want to go to Italy and then Greece! I want to rent homes in both places and have a few friends and their families do the same! So we can have family time but also time with friends.


About The Maker | Pulaski has an interior design degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She is an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and has had private clients in New York City, Los Angeles, and Texas for more than two decades. She has also served as a trustee, board member, and event chairperson for numerous Houston organizations, including the Museum of Fine Arts, the Contemporary Arts Museum, the Children’s Museum and the AIDS Foundation. Merging two of her passions, Pulaski often pairs clients with emerging artists to inject soul into living spaces, layering the storied and old with the fresh and modern.


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