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Smart Ideas 04/04

Multicultural wallpaper, post-prom events and more

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Beyond Borders

What: A manufacturer of multicultural wallpaper and borders
Who: John and Cynthia Ham and Steven V. Jones of Cultural Hangups Inc.
Where: Huntersville, North Carolina
When: Started in 1999

When John and Cynthia Ham were expecting their first child in 1997, they knew they wanted to decorate the baby's room but couldn't find exactly what they were looking for. But when Cynthia saw celebrity mom Holly Robinson Peete in a TV interview talking about the multicultural mural she commissioned for her children's room, inspiration struck. Cynthia also wanted a border on her child's walls that would reflect their African-American heritage.

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