William Morris and his designs and beliefs speak to the great truth that beauty matters in our everyday lives.
When I first encountered “The Strawberry Thief,” a popular design for textiles, I was enchanted. This was many years ago when we had just moved into a new house. It was a historic brick home with original woodwork and a stained glass window at the landing of the stairs, the type of house I’d always wanted to live in. As we unpacked the moving truck, I realized we didn’t have enough furniture to fill the new, larger space, and that the furniture we did have was all cheap, ugly, and falling apart. I wanted our furnishings to match the beauty of our home, and became obsessed with interior decorating. That’s when I discovered the wallpaper and fabric designs of William Morris — the most well-known among them is The Strawberry Thief — but there are many more and they are all amazing.