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Meet Karen Walls of Karen G. Walls Fine Textiles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Karen Walls.

Karen, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up with an appreciation for art and design and inherited my passion for fine textiles from my mother, who is from Scotland and has great taste and style. Her uncle owned a woolen mill, so she grew up with a high regard for exquisite wool and cashmere. Her choices in clothing and home furnishings are always quality driven. Shopping with her as a child, she taught me to always “feel the fabric” before buying clothes and I guess, that stayed with me. I began my career in international business but became interested in interior design after I had my daughter. I started by experimenting with a few classes at the Boston Architectural College and went on to receive my Certificate in Decorative Arts in 2003. I joined Rogers & Goffigon, Ltd. in 2003 as their New England business development manager and became an independent representative for them in 2015. I currently distribute Rogers & Goffigon, DeLaney & Long, HB Luxe, Victoria Larson and most recently, Fabric & Steel. I’m also thrilled to be introducing an LA based print collection named Philomela in the very near future.

Has it been a smooth road?
My biggest challenge is scheduling face time with my clients. They are my greatest source of knowledge and inspiration and I have tremendous respect for their experience and expertise. They are also almost always on a deadline. Time is tight and setting up an appointment means taking time away from their work. The key to gaining access is establishing and maintaining trust. I ask questions and take the time to truly understand their needs and what drives and motivates them. I see myself as a partner, helping them to create beautiful spaces that will delight their clients. I think they value and appreciate that.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I’m a design consultant and sell expertly curated fine textiles to the interior design and architecture industry for upholstery and drapery. As the exclusive New England representative for a number of creative designers of exquisite, high quality fabrics, I offer my clients a wide range of traditional, transitional and contemporary styles, from soft and subtle to bold and fun, that can be mixed and matched to freshen a current space or create a completely new one. I am extremely careful about the textiles I choose to represent and consult with my clients before taking on a new collection to see if the product is something they love and can use. This kind of collaboration, which extends through the duration of their projects, builds the trust I spoke of earlier and ensures that, I can believe in and be proud of the fabrics I sell.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
Starting my own business. My father always said, “if you can work for yourself, do it.” And I did it! Like all small businesses, I face the same challenge of wearing many hats. But the relationships and friendships I’ve built with some of the most notable interior designers in New England, make it more than worth it.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Boston is a thriving and expanding city with an extremely talented and close knit design community. There are always new commercial and residential building projects and renovations, which makes it the perfect place for my business. I am fortunate to live and work here.

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