There’s nothing more comforting than a good, cozy blanket. Karrie Dean knows best. With her business model based wholly on blankets, Dean’s products can be viewed at once across a bed or in little window panes of color, all folded up on a shelf. Providing comfort as well as color and texture, her colorful throws can upgrade your habitat from boring to ravishing.
According to Dean, blankets also provide the perfect canvas. “There’s nothing wrong with loving color,” she claims on her website. “Loving cozy. I don’t know about you, but I get the feeling you hate boring and scratchy as much as I do.” Fair enough.
But no one is born a blanket maker, and Dean’s path to textile was a long and meandering one. In fact, it was only after being laid off from her work in advertising that she decided to put her art degree to good use. “So I started sketching, spent a ridiculous amount of time tracking down some awesome artisans who can do the softest, happiest things with beautiful fibers,” she relayed on her website.
With throws being the perfect canvas for her geometric designs and colorful patterns, she decided to take a leap of faith. “Even though I didn’t have money, I was looking at throws,” she told the Kansas City Star. “I thought of that as an accessory, but something that still, you open it up and it’s big and it’s pretty and you can put something on it, and it can be art kind of.”