June 23, 2011

Caitlin Wilson Interview

You know how there are women out there who seem to constantly inspire and amaze you?  It's a rare kind.  And that's why they're special.  I often refer to them as my girl crushes.  And today I get to introduce you to one of mine.  You may already know her, but I'm betting you'll learn something new about her here today.


Caitlin Wilson is a triple threat kind of gal.  Once you get past the effortless good looks, you find that she's an insanely talented interior designer, inspiring mother, and expert of living life beautifully.  I've been following her blog for quite a long time now (and have learned a lot!).  So I knew I needed to share a little "Caitlin charm" here on my blog for you too.  Of course, to have the chance to ask her any question that I wanted was a bonus too :)

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LLL: Let's pretend we're going on a trip to Paris... What do you want to do first?
Caitlin: I'd go get a warm pain au chocolat and and then hit the flea market! {I spent a spring term in college in Paris and I ate a croissant for breakfast and a crepe every afternoon- let's just say it's a good thing I don't live in Paris!}


LLL: Do you collect anything? If so, what?
Caitlin: Shoes, handbags, sunglasses...but I intentionally collect cake stands.


LLL: What is your greatest extravagance?
Caitlin: A painting that my husband surprised me with for my daughter Olivia's room.


LLL: Willing to divulge any favorite shopping resources when decorating?
Caitlin: If you're looking for cute books for your bookshelves- there's an old readers digest collection with darling patterned covers that can often be found at thrift stores.


LLL: We're out to dinner. What do you order?
Caitlin: Something sinful...I try to eat healthy at home so when we go out, I splurge! A burger or steak and I always indulge in dessert! Chocolate anything will do!

LLL: You have a new fabric line in the works! What can you share?
Caitlin: My new fabric line is inspired by the places that we've lived in the last 2 years- the Middle East and Asia. Many of the patterns are classic geometrics that we all love- trellis, fretwork, chevron- but I've added a new twist. One of my main reasons for wanting to create my own fabric line was to offer color ways that I love and feel are missing from the market. You'll see corals, aquas, berry pinks, greys, and gold. The crowning pattern is my hand drawn floral reminiscent of Chinese flowers and foliage. I designed the collection so all of the fabrics can work together. You choose your favorite- and I'll show you 2 other pillows to put with it to create a perfect combination. I will be selling readymade pillow covers in a variety of sizes as well as fabric by the yard. This has been such an exciting venture, I can't tell you how excited I am for the launch on September 1st!

{She thinks she's excited??!  I cannot wait to see what all is up her sleeve!}


LLL: Is there a design trend that you are sick of seeing?
Caitlin: I appreciate all different styles so I try not to hate on anything...but I guess if I have to I'd say I'm a bit over the suzani look. I love authentic, antique suzanis- like I used in a project in Dubai...but I think the fabrics have been overdone.


LLL: On your blog you've shared that you've had clothing custom made. Could you tell us a little about the process?
Caitlin: In Dubai, it was so incredibly cheap to have clothes made...it's a common thing to do but I guess you could say I got carried away with it. The great thing about custom made clothes is that you can accentuate the good things about your figure and hide the bad. So under all those high waisted skirts and trousers with bows- I'm hiding my mummy tummy! I think that's probably the things about living abroad that I will miss the most...an affordable luxury!

{For the record, I see no tummy - just one hot momma with an adorable little girl!}

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Thank you so much for stopping by, Caitlin.  As we say here in the south, you're quite the gem!  And I hope you all go visit Caitlin's wonderful blog, Style Files.  She's one to watch.

32 comments:

Linh said...

Awww great interview and I agree - I see NO tummy whatsoever! That outfit is great and her baby is matching. Too cute! I also splurge when I eat out - you just have to! Too much too food to pass up :)
xoxo
-linh
http://la-lalinh.blogspot.com

Emily said...

I, too, have a total girl/blogger crush on Caitlin. She's amazing and seems like such a sweetheart. This was a great interview!

Simple Dwellings said...

You're right- she is definitely one to watch! I also follow her blog and am a big fan. I am excited to see what she's up to next. (And for the record, Chassity- you're a super talent too!)

Lili said...

LOVE Caitlin ~ she is amazing!

Things That Sparkle said...

Such a great interview!! And so excited for her fabric line, its going to be amazing!

Tiffany @ Savor Home said...

Great interview! She has superb talent and seems so sweet!

Morgan said...

Great interview! Love that she collects cake stands. :)

Simply LKJ said...

Great feature! And, what a beautiful woman inside and out!! Definitely, a gem!!

travelkate said...

What a great interview! Her blog was one of the first one's I ever read and continue to be inspired by! I can't wait to see her fabric line!!

Natalie said...

Great interview Chassity. I adore Caitlin's blog and it was fun to learn more about her. Wish I could get some custom clothes made:)

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

This was such a fabulous interview- I read every word! And PS, I can not wait for those fabrics!!!

17 Perth said...

Great interview!! I just checked out her blog and she certainly does have great style. I can't wait to see her fabric line.

Lily said...

Loved the interview...off to check out her blog now ! And cant wait for her fabrics, they look gorg !!

xxLily
goldandgray.com

Erica Jackson Curran said...

What a cute blog! Thanks for the introduction!

Marianne {Style For Living} said...

Great interview with Caitlin! Love her style and can't wait for her fabric line to launch! xo

Lindsey Regan Thorne @ be pretty said...

I loved this interview!!! Love the graphic textiles and bold colors! Can't wait to check out her blog!

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

great interview! I'm in awe of her lifestyle and am SO very excited to see those fabrics. She is a pattern mixing master.

Brittany {Gallery No. Eight} said...

Love her blog and her style is fab! Very excited for her fabric line!!

Michaela said...

Such a great interview! I love meeting designers I haven't come across yet- thanks for introducing me to her Chassity (: She's adorable! The painting in her daughter's room is amazing.

courtneyoutloud said...

I came over from Caitlin's blog. I love her and really love your blog! I also am jealous that she wears custom made clothes -- if I could do the same, I would in an instant!

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

I love that she pretends to have flaws, that is so cute! (c: Hers was one of the very first design blogs that I found and I still consider it one of the very best...she has a seriously enviable life living all over and traveling and the girl is *INSANELY* talented...I'm always completely knocked out by her designs. It's so fun to have *two* fabulous ladies on LLL today (c;

Bud and Leo said...

Thanks for introducing us! I'll have to stop over to her blog!

Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

Great interview Chassity! Her blog is one of my daily reads, I always look forward to her posts and she is one of my favorite interior designers.

A couple of days ago I sent her an e-mail for tips for traveling alone for LONG hours with toddlers, If I would have known about this interview I would have ask you to ask her that!! just kidding, she did say she's going to post about it ;)

Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

Oh! and the fabrics! really looking forward to those!

Lots of Laugh's said...

i have been following caitlin forever!!! she used to have a family blog that was fun to follow..then,..she went private..(now, i sound like a stalker.) i think she is classic...and i love her unique design style. she has no idea who i am...but, i feel like i know her!!

Ana Antunes said...

Like Audrey, Caitlin's blog was one of my first design blogs to follow everyday. When I found it it blew my mind that she had just visited Portugal the month before! I could have met her at Chiado (historical downtown) where my office is located. She is probably the only designer whose work I identify with 100%, her unique style has allways the perfect amounth of classic, colour, and detail. Plus she is a gorgeous mommy with a gorgeous family. I can't wait for her fabrics to come out and I'm hopping she will be able to ship them to Europe.

angie said...

I loved reading this and I love reading Caitlin's blog. I think Caitlin and I might have a lot in common: eating our way through Paris on croissants and crepes, eating well at home and splurging on burgers and chocolate when out to eat, not to mention hiding the mummy tummy. Can't wait for the fabrics! Caitlin- you are a girl after my own heart. Cheers!

Julie and Lauren said...

Great post- I love this. She's so adorable and so talented. Thanks for the intro- I can't wait to follow along... xoxo

Daydreamer said...

loved reading this interview. you are both such lovely young moms with adorable little girls!

La Maison Boheme said...

Thanks for posting this great interview! Caitlin is new to me!

Jessie said...

I am a new follower of Caitlin's blog and I think she is beautiful and talented as well. Thanks for the wonderful interview. I enjoyed getting to know her better and looking forward to her new fabric line.

By the way, you are a hot momma yourself and your blog is great. A new follower, definitely!

Jessie
www.mixandchic.com

Ashley said...

Oh I just love it! Cait has always been one of those gals I look up to very much. :)