New York-based Katie Ridder spent Augusts in an old family home in Mishaum Point, Massachusetts, the quietest of Cape Cod coastal enclaves, when her children were little. By long-held custom, the house was without Internet or TV. “I had a month of looking out the window,” Ridder says.
She passed the summer weeks by designing a line of hand-printed wallpaper, creating the patterns by sketching seashore details—a regal crane, sprays of seaweed, the arc of waves, the graceful heel of a sailboat—alighting on fields of smoky blue and mossy green. Today, Ridder’s nautical touches grace rooms from Palm Beach to Nantucket. Like Lilly Pulitzer prints, they’ve become a visual signifier of a summery way of life.