Globe-trot­ter El­iz­a­beth Rees shares her roots, her trav­els, and her own wall­pa­per projects.

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You trav­eled quite a bit in your 20s. How did those ex­pe­ri­ences in­flu­ence your ca­reer path?

I truly think those years liv­ing abroad and trav­el­ing on my own shaped me as a hu­man, as a woman, and def­i­nitely as a leader and en­tre­pre­neur. There are so many things I learned about fol­low­ing my in­stincts and mak­ing quick de­ci­sions. I think it’s re­ally about re­ly­ing on my­self and be­ing able to say, “This is what I’m set­ting out to do and I’m go­ing to do it.” And hav­ing trav­eled now to al­most 40 coun­tries, I took in a lot of dif­fer­ent cul­tures, col­ors, tex­tiles, and prints that I had never seen be­fore, so that was re­ally en­rich­ing for me cre­atively.

How did your Mid­west up­bring­ing shape how you do busi­ness?

Even though I lived in New York for al­most 10 years, my Mid­west­ern roots are re­ally what has al­ways made Chas­ing Pa­per suc­cess­ful. There’s a work ethic that peo­ple in the Mid­west are brought up with. You don’t need to talk about it, you don’t need to have any real recog­ni­tion for it, but you just do the work. I’ve al­ways just kept my head down and done the work.

What is your per­sonal style?

I re­ally like to take bold wall­pa­per risks in small spa­ces. In my own home, we have this beau­ti­ful foyer on our sec­ond floor, and I did a re­ally bold print there. The rest of our house is a lot of black, white, and warm neu­trals, so it re­ally stands out and pops. We also just re­did our bath­room with one of our cement tile-in­spired prints, and it’s this huge pop of color and print.

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