Katie Deedy

Season 1 | Episode 5

Katie Deedy, the owner of Grow House Grow wallpaper designs, didn’t always know she wanted to make bespoke, narrative wallpaper, but once she started there was no going back. Deedy’s passion for making patterns draw on her personal experiences and the curiosities of everyday life. The result? Artwork so rich that you want to cover your walls in it and live surrounded by it.

For her most recent wallpaper inspiration, the born-and-raised New Yorker traveled to Seattle, a city she often imagined as a child, because her father’s job almost transferred her family there. “Before I came here, my idea of Seattle was really clean air,” she said. “I envisioned wilderness, a city surrounded by a lot of greenery. In my child’s mind, it was this mythical place where I could’ve grown up.”

To capture the spirit of the Seattle she had dreamed of, Deedy adopted that whimsical, childlike attitude toward her trip. “When you’re an adult, time tends to move more quickly,” she says. “We get set in our routines and we don’t introduce ourselves to many new novel experiences. Whereas when you’re a child, everything is new and very exciting.”

In the end, Deedy explains, making a wallpaper – in fact creating anything – is about wanting to tell a story in a new environment and new space. See how Deedy turned her trip to Seattle into a pattern.

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Ye Olde Curiosity Shop Before the Space Needle. Before Woodland Park Zoo. Before the Seattle Aquarium. Even before the automobile replaced the horse and buggy, there was Ye Olde Curiosity Shop!
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Daybreak Star Cultural Center Located in Discovery Park, Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center is an urban base for Native Americans in the Seattle area.
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Smith Tower In 1914, Smith Tower became the first skyscraper in Seattle and the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. For more than one hundred years, it has remained a cultural icon of the city, offering breathtaking panoramic views and spectacular architectural beauty.
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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Hiram M. Chittenden (aka Ballard) Locks are the Nation's busiest with nearly 50,000 vessels/year "locking through."
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Wing Luke Museum The Wing is the only pan-Asian Pacific American museum in the nation, and an affiliated area of the National Park Service.
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The Pine Box Visit website
Manolin Visit website
Seattle Waterfront Visit page
Pioneer Square Visit page
Ballard Visit page
Chinatown-International District Visit page

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