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Grow House Grow

Grow House Grow specializes in narrative-inspired wallpaper design. Our lifelong love of storytelling and affinity for pattern shapes every hand printed roll we produce. It can be argued that a good story--and we all have one--inspires and gives meaning to the world around us. From personal histories and architectural details, to souvenirs and heirlooms we hold dear, it's important to fill our living spaces with things that create an environment that is both personal and universal; just as a good story does. Each pattern Grow House Grow creates has a different tale to tell, and endeavors to spark the creativity, mystery, and comfort of stories in those around us. Grow House Grow is based in Brooklyn, NY, and is cared for by illustrator and designer Katie Deedy.


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Grow House Grow - Cottontail Wallpaper

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A story by Grow House Grow designer, Katie Deedy:

"It was on the tail end of a long car trip through south Georgia when I figured out where bunnies came from. Every now and then, between the peanut farms and peach orchards, we'd cruise past a big white swatch of cotton--a veritable bushy-tailed breeding ground. It made perfect sense that bunnies popped out from cotton sprigs; weren't their tails made of the stuff?Considering I believed that babies came from cabbage patches (and not much was done to deter the idea), this was a short leap. The neighboring alfalfa farms never saw it coming."
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Grow House Grow - Christopher Wallpaper

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A story by Grow House Grow designer, Katie Deedy:

"When I was little, we had the grandest forest with a roaring river down at the bottom of the hill; at least that's how big it felt from the perspective of a six year old. Every summer day, Christopher and I would run into the brush and make our way down the paths we'd memorized from years of exploration. Sometimes we would spend the days catching salamanders, other times we would sit on the Big Rock and have a picnic. One thing we always did was climb the trees. We each had our own special spot--mine was a magnolia with great big glossy leaves. Christopher's was a slightly thinner oak that he had to shimmy up to reach the bottom-most branch. From our perches we would chat and daydream the afternoons away. This pattern is for Christopher, who believed in a world so deeply that everything around him came to life."
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Grow House Grow - Mme. Jeanne Wallpaper

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A story by Grow House Grow designer, Katie Deedy:

"Jeanne Villepreux-Power (1794-1871) has been heralded as the "mother" of aquariophily, and was a pioneering female macalogist (the study of mollusks). Raised in the small village of Juillac, France, she made her way into the world at the age of 18 by walking to Paris where she became an accomplished dressmaker. She achieved initial fame following the celebrated creation of a wedding gown for a Bourbon princess; this led to an advantageous marriage to James Power, a wealthy English merchant who took her to Sicily where they resided for over two decades. Freed from the constraints of supporting herself, Jeanne was able to cultivate her love of the natural world, particularly the rich ocean life that surrounded her on the island. She immersed herself in the landscape, spending her days collecting and recording everything from shells and fossils to insect wings. In order to strengthen her scientific observations, Jeanne invented what is now her most famous achievement: the world's first aquarium. Three different models were developed to aid in her delicate work: the first, a "classic" glass aquarium, was built for study within her home. Two more, both anchored in the nearby sea, were of glass surrounded by protective cages. One housed smaller mollusks, while the second could be dropped to different depths to accommodate larger mollusks. Among Jeanne's distinguished discoveries were the unusual mating habits of the Argonauta argo (a species of octopus that was of particular interest to her, and one that fueled over 11 years of her studies), as well as her suggestion that rivers suffering from a loss of aquatic life could be repopulated by introducing tank-raised fish to sustainable levels. As a scientist she was accepted as the only female member of the Catania Accademia, was an affiliate of over a dozen other academies, and was the author of numerous scholarly papers. Jeanne's pattern traces her steps from humble, lace-stitching tailor to her hard-won aquatic scholarship, embodied in an elegant, ascending mollusk scallop."
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Grow House Grow - Ms. Ward Wallpaper

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A story by Grow House Grow designer, Katie Deedy:

"Mary Ward (1827-1869) was encouraged to nurture her love of nature from a young age. Born into to a renowned scientific family in Co. Offaly, Ireland, she was educated at home with her sisters and by the age of three had developed a penchant for collecting bugs. These insects became the subject of study for Mary, and with the help of a magnifying glass she began meticulously drawing and reproducing their details. By a stroke of luck, astronomer James South discovered the drawings, and was so impressed with her talent that he persuaded her father to invest in a microscope. This opportunity was a turning point in Mary's life. Owning her own microscope allowed her to transform her love of insects into full-blown, self-taught microscopy. She spent her time reading everything she could get her hands on regarding the subject, and became so skilled that her knowledge surpassed that of most experts. Over the years she wrote a series of books, of which A World of Wonders Revealed by the Microscope (1858) was reprinted eight times. It became a go-to student text in the field of microscopy, which considering her sex, is truly representative of her talent. Further distinctions include her work as an illustrator for scientific publications, and her significant status as one of just three female recipients of the Royal Astronomical Society's newsletter (of the other two women, one was Queen Victoria). True to her love of scale, this pattern blends late-Georgian silhouettes with over-sized insects; an entomologist's dream."
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Grow House Grow - Cattle Kate Wallpaper

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A story by Grow House Grow designer, Katie Deedy:

"Since her untimely death in 1889, Ellen Liddy Watson, dubbed "Cattle Kate" by local papers of the time, has been tangled in a web of rumors, mystery and all-out lies. Considered an outlaw by most accounts, Watson and her husband were brutally hung by vigilante neighbors near their Wyoming homestead on the grounds of cattle rustling. Albert Bothwell, the ringleader responsible for their unjust murders, was acquitted of his crime following a wave of mysterious deaths and disappearances of all known witnesses. His deep pockets helped sway local papers, who painted the couple as swindlers and thieves. This description sadly lasted well into the twentieth century. Perhaps the most frustrating element of the story is how honest, vigorous and strong the real "Cattle Kate" was. A frontiers-woman who made her way homesteading across the Midwest, Watson built herself into a successful entrepreneur and cattle woman on her own dime. Her unavenged execution stands as a reminder that not all bad guys "get it" in the end, and that evil can--and will--go unpunished. 'Witnesses were murdered or disappeared mysteriously or were bought off. The three Cheyenne papers, dominated by incredibly wealthy cattle interests, trumped up the ridiculous stories everyone knows today about Ellen being a dirty whore and rustler, and Jim her accomplice, pimp and murderous paramour.' - George W. Hufsmith in The Wyoming Lynching of Cattle Kate, 1889"
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Grow House Grow - Ms. Treat Wallpaper

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A story by Grow House Grow designer, Katie Deedy:

"Mary Treat (1830-1923) was an American-born naturalist devoted to the understanding of carnivorous plants. Throughout her many years of autodidactic study, Treat made extensive contributions to the botanical world, published several books and was an outspoken correspondent to Charles Darwin. Treat and Darwin's recorded discourse extends over five years, and most notably involves the inner workings of the Utricularia plant's trap. Darwin believed insects wedged their heads into the traps, thus becoming stuck and then consumed. Treat's extensive research, fueled by her curiosity and vigor for experimentation, revealed that the Utricularia plant actually snapped shut when small hairs around the entrance of the trap were triggered. Treat so influenced Darwin's understanding on the subject that he references her several times in his Insectivorous Plants (1875). Though much of Treat's work has been forgotten, four species of plants and animals bear her name, including the ant species Aphaenogaster treatiae. Look hard enough, and you might spy one of the little critters within her leafy carnivorous menagerie."
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Grow House Grow - Aleister Wallpaper

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A story by Grow House Grow designer, Katie Deedy:

"The bizarre stories surrounding the life of Aleister Crowley are anything but few and far between. Dubbed "the wickedest man in the world," Crowley kept heads turning as an avid occultist, insatiable drug user and devoted hedonist. This wallpaper pattern stems from the summer of 1938, which Crowley spent in Cornwall. Some unsubstantiated sources site cultish melees involving dancing beauties, hard narcotics and evenings spent in black magic debauchery. My interest, however, lay with a woman also residing in Cornwall that summer: Katherine Arnold-Forster, nee Ka Cox. Ka, an intelligent and practical woman, was the ex-lover of writer Rupert Brooke, as well as a close friend of Virginia Woolf. She eventually married into the influential Arnold-Forster family, and had been quietly living in Cornwall with her artist husband for some years prior to Mr. Crowley's arrival. The last night of Ka's life is shrouded in mystery and rumor. As the story goes, a couple from town found themselves entangled in Crowley's dark escapades and, fearing for their lives, approached Ka for help. Ever sensible, she took on their cause and made a visit to their cottage the following night. Her intention was to prove the dark arts they practiced were bogus, and it's possible that a seance was held. Some even believe Crowley himself was present, and a heated supernatural confrontation ensued. What is known for certain is that Ka Cox inexplicably dropped dead that night, making headlines across England and reinforcing Crowley's scandal-ridden infamy."
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Grow House Grow - Captain Smith Wallpaper

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A story by Grow House Grow designer, Katie Deedy:

"Edward John Smith's final evening as captain of the world's largest sea vessel was an undeniably sensational one. As the Titanic sank in those early hours on April 15, 1912, Captain Smith was lost and his final actions remain unknown. One eye witness, Junior Marconi Officer Harold Bride, claims he saw Smith dive into sea from the ship's open bridge, moments before the final sinking. Another story has Smith rescuing a child once in the water, then swimming into the darkness alone. Either way, the story takes Captain Smith into the waters he traversed for over 40 years--a place I like to believe he felt comfortable. It's easy to imagine the luxurious ocean liner gliding under the currents to the soft ocean floor, and being taken up by a new crew--this time with tentacles.
The rare Grimpoteuthis, also known as the Dumbo Octopus, is one such visitor to the ship's wreckage. I suspect the rest of Titanic's community is equally refined: elegant jellyfish, swarthy squid, some unusual, opulent sea fauna. It is in this dreamy, unhurried company Captain Smith eternally rests.
'When anyone asks me how I can best describe my experience in nearly forty years at sea, I merely say, uneventful ... I never saw a wreck and never have been wrecked nor was I ever in any predicament that threatened to end in disaster of any sort.'- Edward J. Smith, 1907 "
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Grow House Grow - Nellie Wallpaper

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A story by Grow House Grow designer, Katie Deedy:

"I only ever got into trouble when I was with Nellie. Ding Dong Ditch was her specialty. And the time we told my little sister the jar of Crisco was vanilla icing? Totally her idea. She was a pro, and I was the sidekick too slow to dodge the blame. In fact, everyone's parents loved Nellie. She was smart and polite, and never showed one iota of her capacity for these ingenious pranks when the grown ups were around. She was pure mischief with a side of tea biscuits."
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Grow House Grow Chochin Wallpaper

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Grow House Grow Chochin Wallpaper
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