About Us : storied goods for home + life
Why June + December
We began in 2010 as Paper, Ink & Earth, an Etsy store showcasing custom-made stationery and throw pillow cover designs that blended Katie’s signature graphic designs with whimsy, humor and the unexpected. However, through a serendipitous combination of customer demand and our own desire to grow and offer more, our small store was ready for something bigger.
We knew it was time to follow suit. We chose June & December for all it symbolizes—two months that could not be more opposite, but are a part of a greater whole. They're the months our two children were born and the months in which Michigan is like two homes: frigid and quiet in the wintertime, golden and ebullient in the summer. Life is about finding balance between contrasts and celebrating the happy accidents in between. We think memorable design is a bit like that, too.
Katie’s childhood was filled with skinned knees, mosquito bites, plaid uniform skirts, penny loafers and an extremely large family of opposites. It is those stark contrasts in which she derives much of her inspiration. Her work explores the harmony between rustic and refined through her hand-drawn, graphic illustrations and use of typography.
Her first endeavor as an entrepreneur was spending summers selling her Uncle’s sweet corn instead of lemonade. Prior to co-founding June & December, she worked as an art director creating TV & print ads for a large Detroit ad agency. Katie spends her free time collecting moments, vintage clocks and typography, experimenting with different mediums, snail hunting quests with her children and getting lost in a really good book.