Trop­i­cal Punch

In­te­rior and fash­ion de­signer Katie Kime serves up a col­or­ful vi­sion.

Flea Market Décor - - Q & A - BY KATHRYN DRURY WAG­NER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY MOLLY CUL­VER

KATIE KIME LOVES A GOOD MAKEOVER. Known for her col­or­ful life­style and home dé­cor brand—think palm-tree jam­mies and peel-and­stick wall­pa­per—she goes through dis­tinct phases when it comes to a hue she’s crazy about. “My team was jok­ing, ‘Oh, re­mem­ber this? This was when was she was in the mint phase.’ I get re­ally into a color and then move on.” Right now, she’s all about yel­low, par­tic­u­larly yel­low and white, or yel­low and pink. “They have that vin­tage 1960s vibe for me,” she says. The Austin-based Katie re­cently trans­formed a 1930s bun­ga­low into an of­fice, an event space and a to-the-trade show­room. (She also has a re­tail space on La­mar and 5th in Austin). We asked this trend­set­ter for some ad­vice when it comes to col­or­ful change-ups.

FLEA MAR­KET DÉ­COR: YOUR CA­REER STARTED WITH VIN­TAGE. TELL US

ABOUT THAT.

KATIE: Sum­mers in col­lege, one of my jobs was I would redo old fur­ni­ture pieces. I’d redo the paint, change out the hard­ware. I’ve al­ways been a thrift-store girl. Es­pe­cially liv­ing in the South, there are just in­cred­i­ble trea­sures to be found.

FMD: YOU’RE KNOWN FOR YOUR COL­OR­FUL PRINTS, TEX­TILES, WALL­PA­PERS AND FAB­RICS. WE LOVE THE OF­FICE’S CAMEL WALL­PA­PER WITH FLUFFY TAS­SELS ON ALL THE CAMELS. HOW DID YOU DO THAT? KATIE: The in­terns hand-placed hun­dreds of tas­sels on top of the wall­pa­per, us­ing clear Elmer’s glue. We put a glue dot, then the tas­sel, then a thumb tack to hold it while it dried, and later re­moved the thumb tack. I wanted the of­fice to be over­the-top bold.

FMD: NOW ABOUT THIS PEEL-AND-STICK WALL­PA­PER. THIS SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE! TELL ME HOW YOU REC­OM­MEND US­ING IT.

KATIE: I am a big fan of re­mov­able wall­pa­per! The best uses are if you are some­one like me who just wants to change it up all the time, or if you don’t own the home, if you’re a renter. It’s just like a big sticker. It doesn’t dam­age the wall. Now the tricky part is the mea­sur­ing and the seams. You can also use the wall­pa­per for other pur­poses. We just cov­ered a whole dresser with it.

FMD: WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO

SHOP FOR VIN­TAGE AND FIND IN­SPI­RA­TION?

KATIE: Mar­burger Farm at Round Top. It’s too much. It’s heaven. And The Hunt in Charleston, South Carolina. I haven’t been yet, but I fol­low them on In­sta­gram. It’s the coolest vin­tage; I day­dream about spray paint­ing all of it. And Un­com­mon Ob­jects in Austin.

“Peo­ple get so con­cerned with de­sign rules, whereas I just don’t think there are any.”

FMD: WHAT ARE THE BIG­GEST TRENDS YOU ARE SEE­ING WITH COLOR?

KATIE: I think dé­cor trends are

chang­ing. It’s not just peo­ple like me us­ing color. If you look at mag­a­zines, the cover col­ors are so bright. Peo­ple get so con­cerned with de­sign rules, whereas I just don’t think there are any. I say, if it makes you happy, if you like it, go for it.

There is so much in­spi­ra­tion in Katie Kime’s cot­tage kitchen. Who would have guessed you can put stripes on the ceil­ing? We also love how she painted the win­dow frames such a bold hue.

KATIE KIME in her Austin de­sign bun­ga­low.

THE SE­CRET TO THIS IN­CRED­I­BLE WALL­PA­PER? Elmer’s Glue andthumb­tacks.

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