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