By Ashlee Duren
Photos by Jane Kortright
Mai King has always been the creative type with a passion for art and design.
In fact, one of her first jobs was working at Macy’s as a visual merchandiser, but as the department store industry began to change King struck out on her own and started a painting business.
“I did that for a while, but then I needed a new challenge,” King admits.
Then the pandemic hit. King, like so many, had time to reflect on her life and business. About the same time, wallpaper was making a comeback in the world of interior design.
“The impact that wallpaper can make in a space is amazing. But the best part is seeing my clients ecstatic with the end result.”— Mai king
“So, I jumped on YouTube and watched as many videos as I could find about wallpaper installation,” King says with a laugh. “And then I began to hang wallpaper in every room in my own house to gain experience. I am 100% self-taught.”
What began as simply another outlet for her creativity has become a full-blown business, Mai Wallpaper Lady, LLC.
From powder rooms and bedrooms to living rooms and kitchens, King has done it all. Currently, bold colors are on trend, along with animal prints in jewel tones and stripes.
“The impact that wallpaper can make in a space is amazing,” King says. “But the best part is seeing my clients ecstatic with the end result.”
As seen in the May 2023 issue of Augusta magazine.