"I think, when you're young, you tend to believe you'll grow up to "make it" in some way. Whatever it is for you--a successful career, an ideal family, the house of your dreams...it can manifest itself in so many different ways. When I started Grow House Grow in 2007, my idea of "making it" was to be big. I wanted to be the next Marimekko (and I still do!). But the one thing I'm always, always learning is that life doesn't travel in one straight line between hope and reality. There are kids, recessions, fallbacks, and hiccups. It doesn't mean you won't hit that end goal, but it forces you to change your perspective on what it is you really want and when you want it. It's not always easy, but I'm happier now that I'm able to find peace and appreciation for exactly where I am, and not where I want to be. "
Katie Deedy is the owner, illustrator and designer of Grow House Grow, a Brooklyn based company specializing in handprinted narrative-inspired wallpaper design . @growhousegrow