Stout textiles engages watercolor artist Kristen Leigh on a new collection of fabric and wallpaper

The artistic, lighthearted designs in the Morningside collection are exclusively developed for Stout Textiles’ Art of Color line.

Colmar, PA (February 1, 2024) – The Art of Color, an artisanal textile line under Stout Textiles, introduces its exclusive Morningside collection of fabric and coordinating wallpaper designed by textile designer and artist Kristen Leigh. Featuring hues that evoke a sense of joy, the collection is free from stuffiness and intended to offer levity to the spaces they decorate. Two years in the making, the collection came to life through Kristen’s watercolors on paper.


“I designed with colors that are calming to me, colors that I could live with day in and day out, relax by in the evenings, hues that evoke a sense of joy,” says Kristen Leigh Steen. “For me, that’s a lot of blue tones, greens, and some neutrals.”

Named after a street in her close-knit neighborhood in Houston, the Morningside collection reflects the feeling of home and the sense of ease and comfort that home brings to many. The artistic details are not unlike the care that goes into our homes and the pride people take in making their homes uniquely theirs.

The collection includes nine fabric designs and eight wallpaper designs each in two to four colorways. Kristen Leigh for Stout Morningside collection features scalloped, floral, and soft geometric designs in colorways such as harbor, lilac, denim, and spring. 

“As we photographed the finished collection with Kristen, the versatility became apparent as our imaginings took us to different places and homes where we could envision the designs being used,” says John Greenawalt, vice president of operations at Stout Textiles. “For me, that was a cozy New England living room while Kristen saw them in a southern breakfast nook or daughter’s room. That is the true testament to success – when we can be surprised by the application of our offerings and see them in vastly different settings catering to varying aesthetics. I look forward to debuting these new designs to our equally creative customers!”

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The Morningside collection of fabrics is made of linen cotton blends and the wallpaper is digitally printed paper sold by a 9-yard double roll (60.70 sq ft). Both the fabric and wallpaper are made domestically in the United States. For more information about the Morningside collection or Stout Textiles Art of Color line, please visit

About Kristen Leigh 

Kristen Leigh Steen is an artist and textile designer residing in Houston, Texas. She began her adventures as a creative when she paused her career as an elementary school teacher to stay home and raise her two children in 2015. Kristen’s patterns are derived from self-taught watercolor practice, from hours spent sketching at home, playing with color and technique to depict traditional emblems with a bit of whimsy. She adores spaces that are lovely yet lived-in and believes pieces should celebrate the vibrancy of a joyful home with the beauty of everyday, ordinary moments. She draws much of her inspiration from her surroundings- most of the time that’s her family,specifically her three children, or from her travels. Many of her patterns are inspired by her vacations to the beaches along the southern coast and exploring the outdoors with her children. When she’s not doodling or painting, Kristen enjoys early bird mornings with big cups of coffee, long runs with her dog in her neighborhood, and spending time with her family.

About Stout Textiles

Founded in 1927, Stout Textiles is a fabric, wallpaper and drapery hardware brand servicing the interior design industry. Based in Colmar, Pennsylvania, Stout is one of the American interior design industry’s oldest family-owned companies, now operating under the fourth generation of leadership. Stout designs both open and exclusive lines of textiles under three brand umbrellas: Stout, Bassett McNab and Marcus William.

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