Risk Rewarded

Drew Hodges
Words By Brian Shuff
Photos By Sophia Van Dyk

Project Location:

Portland

Inspired by the bold and unapologetic mix of texture and color of the Bloomsbury crew’s Charleston House in England, graphic designer Drew Hodges and Peter Kukielski—in collaboration with Donna Parratt of Rockport and New York City—began work on this principal bedroom with a bright leaf wallpaper they discovered while thumbing through swatches in London’s Liberty. “That pattern grew into the rest of the design,” says Drew. “We decided to be exuberant and joyful and to take a bunch of risk.” The risk paid off. The room projects a palpable delight and acts as an unexpected backdrop for artwork by, among others, Maine artists Alex Katz (over the bed) and Jody Payne (over the mantel).