It’s fascinating to us where artists, designers, and
other creative types find their inspiration. Often it seems people are
instinctively attracted to certain things without knowing exactly why –
other times it’s a bit more obvious, as is the case with our tile designer Kirsten Sharp.
For most of their childhood, Kirsten and her brothers and were raised in this late 1800’s Victorian farmhouse in the Midwest.
Over the years, it was painstakingly renovated by Kirsten's parents to
restore it as close to its original glory as possible. Among other
things, her father rewired the entire house, refinished period furniture
to match the decor, and her mother hand-stenciled and wallpapered much of
the house in a classic, Victorian design. They are both very talented
and the result of all their hard work is amazing.
Despite having this idyllic setting growing up, the first thing Kirsten did upon securing a “real” job out of college
was to rent the newest, most modern apartment she could find. It was so
new, in fact, they weren’t even finished building the complex! New
windows, new carpet, new plumbing. Nothing squeaked, nothing leaked, it
was “perfect”. This lasted about three months until she realized that each
apartment and building looked so similar, it was darn near impossible
to explain to friends how to come visit. Not that there’s anything wrong
with new construction, but this was the point where she realized she was an
old house person. She blames her parents entirely!
We like to think the style of our collections at Julep Tile Company is
a blend of this “old” inspiration with a new flare. Modern vintage,
perhaps. A throwback to the beauty and detail of old wallpaper and
fabric patterns, but simplified.
To get back to the inspiration behind our Hiser pattern, a few
years ago Kirsten's parents were redoing the closet in her brother’s old bedroom
and under layers of paint and other wallpaper, found this:
Kirsten's mom sent it to her and it ended up being the perfect inspiration piece
for our Hiser tile pattern (the Hisers were the family that built her parents’ house in 1893.) Here is Kirsten's interpretation:
Shown above: Hiser handmade tile in New Satin White
We hope you enjoy this look into where our inspiration comes from! Look for more posts to come about the inspiration for some of our other patterns.
Dreaming about your own home remodel? We'd love to hear about it! Contact us with any questions you may have, or get started by ordering samples.