With the disappearance of minimalism as a design trend, wallpaper is enjoying a renaissance. These three women-owned businesses are helping redefine the decor by creating bold prints inspired by their home countries.
1. Fort Lonesome + peer studios
Best known for its intricate embroidery and custom Western clothing, Fort Lonesome now offers equally intricate wallpapers through its new collaboration with Counterpart, a studio that works with artists to create fabrics and home decor. The psychedelic designs (pictured) are hand-stitched to scale and then scanned, so the prints have a three-dimensional effect. Of the seven options, Dreamland pays homage to the desert landscapes of West Texas, while Texas Roads is meant to evoke a nighttime drive with vibrant wildflowers popping up against a dark sky.
2. Katie Kime
Katie Kime, the woman behind the eponymous line, is known for designing intricate prints on clothing, paper products and home furnishings, from bathrobes and tea towels to wallpaper. The cities of Texas influenced much of his work. Kime’s best-selling offering is the Marfa Toile, which comes in four colors and features horses, bison, cacti and even the city’s famous Prada installation. “The print has really won customers across the country,” Kime says. Her success led her to develop similar designs based on Dallas and Fort Worth. Later this year, she will release canvases from San Antonio and Houston.
3. Supply showroom
Founded seven years ago, this boutique specializing in the trade of designer wallcoverings, tiles and fabrics launched its own range of wallpapers in March. Inspired in part by the state’s flora, the six pastel designs feature honeysuckle, cacti and, of course, bluebonnets. Decorators use wallpaper to beautify ranch homes, children’s rooms and dining rooms. Texpats were also drawn to the line, says co-owner Callie Jenschke: “It’s fun for a Texan who lives out of state and wants a little piece of home in his house.”
This article originally appeared in the June 2022 issue of Texas monthly with the title “Prints Charming”. Subscribe today.