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.
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!
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’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.”
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!).