Style At Home: Katie Rodgers Of Paper Fashion

Written by on April 24, 2012 in Lifestyle, Style At Home - 47 Comments

Photography: Tasha Bleu & Katie Rodgers

Katie Rodgers, the artist behind the bright and inspiring pieces from Paper Fashion, recently gave us a peek inside her Boston home. The whimsical, chic style with which she approaches art is evident in her vibrant home decor. From neon accents to well curated furnishings, Katie has created a home worthy of some serious Glitter Girl envy.

“My workspace needs to be clean, colorful, and fun in order for me to feel inspired!”

Your art is so fun, colorful, and glittery! How did you get into art?
Ever since I can remember I’ve been drawn to art! It’s always been such an escape for me. I grew up with three brothers, so as you can imagine, I needed to create some sort of ‘girl’ world to run off and dream in. My aunt gave me my first set of watercolors in elementary school, and I’ve been absolutely HOOKED ever since. There’s something so magical about creating things with a little bit of color and water.

Tell us about your home! How is it an expression of yourself?
My apartment is an ever evolving space. I’m a super happy and optimistic thinker (friends say my head is full of “gum drops and lollipops”…ha!), so I need things around me that inspire that state of mind. I believe in being positive and giving off good vibes, and that shows in my art work… as well as my home. Creating a space that inspires you is KEY.

Do you gravitate toward a certain design aesthetic, color scheme, etc?
Totally! I love a clean, neutral palette with bright (neon!) pops. My illustrations aren’t always so simple, but I’m definitely drawn to simple design. I also love the juxtaposition of old and new… but in a very fresh way. A vintage chair with a modern desk.

What is the most sentimental piece in your home?
My cello. I grew up in a musical household, and studied cello religiously for 13 years. I actually thought I was going to be a cellist in college, but last minute chose the design route instead (boy am I glad I did!). It was my first full size cello, so I’ve had it since I was eleven years old. It’s traveled all over with me, introduced me to people I still call friends, and even taken a good tumble down the stairs (yikes). I don’t play it as often now, but I take it out for a spin every once in a while so I don’t lose all musical ability!

“Pops of color and pattern sure do brighten things up!”

You’re not afraid to decorate in color. Do you have any tips for people looking to incorporate bold color into their home?
I’m a huge fan of color! Like I said above, I’m a huge fan of a neutral base with quirky pops of color. I love the personality a bright red pillow, or a bold patterned rug add to a home. Incorporating color into your home doesn’t have to be scary (or permanent). Start off with neutral bases (white walls, neutral sofa, etc) and add color in details. Try a pop color lamp, some bright graphic wall art, or a statement chair. I like to think of color in small ways, as opposed to colored walls and furniture.  Baby steps.

“I rotate my favorite illustrations weekly!”

“My all time favorite illustration, Jessica Stam wearing Prada for Vogue UK.”

“I’m not the biggest fan of curtains, but adding some pink string to tie them back makes them so much more fun.”

What are your favorite online stores to shop for home decor?
I’m always looking for fun home decor. For the basics I like West Elm, CB2, and IKEA. I love finding a simple IKEA piece, and adding my own personal touch to it. For things with more personality, I head over to Anthropologie, or boutique shops like Leif (color perfection!) and Fine Little Day. DIY items are fun too, and you can’t get more personal than that!

“I’m all about textured white bedding and a great full length mirror in my bedroom.”

“Flowers in the bathroom are a must. They add so much”

How do you add sparkle to your life and to your home?
Well, if you read my blog, you know I have quite the glitter collection… so I add some literal sparkle to my drawings… and inevitably my home (that stuff just doesn’t go away!).

“My favorite JCrew flats!”

  • kate {Domestikatedlife}

    How colorful, such a cute space! Nice to see some Boston girls on the site :)

  • kendall erica

    love this.

    love seeing how far Katie’s inspiration goes and grows. 
    this is awesome. 

  • Jennifer Rosson

    I love when you do this series it is my FAVORITE!! 

  • Emily

    Love, love, love the bright colors, quirky accents and the peek at Katie’s illustrations – she is so talented!!

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  • Hogger & Co.

    Katie is such a cool illustrator; what a great feature.

  • Samira Reyes

    love this space!!!!

  • Faye

    fast forward to 2012 from interlochen summer 2002 cabin counselor to now extra impressed 31 year old proud of her baby chick. congrats katie (you) and everything that surrounds your room is beautiful

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  • unikapparel

    Love the space!

  • Sarah

    Her space is amazing! So fun and girly! I loved this post. Where is that white and blue striped bag from though?

  • Amy Elizabeth

    Ohmigosh this is incredible – exactly how I’d love my home to look! The neutral background with bright pops of colour always makes me smile :) Thanks for sharing! 

  • Rossermegan

    Where is the flamingo pillow from??


      West Elm! 

  • Nichole McIver

    I’ve been a fan of Katie’s for awhile and her home is such a reflection of her work! Love to see that!

    I also wish I could keep my desk that need and tidy. 

  • Alex

    I have that kate spade tissue paper to frame as well! love all the pops of color it’s so fun!

  • Kate {Something Fabulous}

    I love her desk! Very cute indeed :)

    Kate {Something Fabulous}


  • Lizzie

    Adore this series, and go Boston!

  • Ashleigh @ Jolie Jouel

    I love all the pops of bright color! I also adhere to the neutral base philosophy…because then you can do anything you want with accents!

  • Mina

    Lovely Workspace & Illustrations!

  • laura

    This is really gorgeous, love the way she integrates colour. I am surprised that her desk seems so tiny! I can’t work in a small space, I make far too much mess! 

  • Gabi Valladares

    I am absolutely in love with the decor!  What a fabulous space.  I also have to agree with Kate, I love seeing the gorgeous homes of Boston ladies!


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  • Christine

    Where did you get your grey couch?? Love the texture!


      it’s from urban outfitters a while back! 

  • José Cruz

    I would like to wish you lot’s of success. You have a very accurate artist’s eye!
    I’m a huge fan of Paperfashion!
    Kind regards from Portugal!

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  • C.

    I love all the color! Did you make the polka dot prints and the flower prints (in your bathroom/above your cello)? Those are calling to me! I love the yellow, chevron-y pillow, too (not to mention your own work).

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  • Carolyn

    where is that awesome couch from? so cute!

  • Brynn

    Oh, I just love this! Where is the blue and white striped bag from? It’s gorgeous!


       ann taylor!

  • Pryta Anggraini

    Love her work space! She is one of my favorite illustrator..
    Do you mind if I re-blog some of the images? Of course I will put the credit on. :)

    here is the link to my post…
    thank you~

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  • Imogen Eve

    Gorgeous space. Discovered via pinterest.

  • Brit

    Where is that amazing desk from?

    • paperfashion

      it’s from cb2!

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  • Anna

    Where did you get the clock?!

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