Designer Spotlight: Caitlin Wilson

As much as some days I love soothing colors, today I’m excited to write about the bold design aesthetic of Caitlin Wilson, an interior and textile designer based out of Portland, Oregon. Countless times I’ve spotted pretty rugs and fabrics on Pinterest and Instagram and traced the source back to Caitlin. I’ve become a huge fan. Her textiles, rugs, wallpapers and interiors are loaded with personality, fun patterns and color, all the while remaining sophisticated, classic and unique. I’m betting you won’t be able to resist either.

Below are some lovely rooms from her design portfolio. I’m absolutely drooling over every detail of this kitchen and dining space from the brass hardware to the bistro chairs to her signature fabric on the barstools.

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Great strategic placements of pink here.sod1-copy sod3

More gorgeous wallpaper and lighting love here in this little bar area.Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 8.42.22 PM blue-bed foyer Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 8.41.48 PMFrom Caitlin’s collection:

A blush and navy medallion Moroccan rug shown below with a pillow in her navy Fleur Chinoise fabric.


Confetti Moroccan rug shown here below with Bridge City Blooms and lilac Burnside Buffalo Check pillows. I’m seeing buffalo check everywhere these days which is so fantastic when paired with a floral, as you can see here.


I adore her antique inspired Persian “Kismet” rug shown here in coral, but it also comes in navy and is equally beautiful. I’m plotting a place in my home for one. Perhaps kitchen…


I hope to get back into the swing of regular posting. Thanks for your patience while I had a few sporadic weeks. Very soon I’m taking some photos of my recently completed rooms and can’t wait to show you so stay tuned.

xo Kerry



The tranquility of La Bella Cabina

Busy. That’s the best word to describe my life these days. I don’t use that word as a badge of honor though. I once went along with a friend from work to hear a sociologist talk about the science and practice of happiness. It was fascinating and one thing that stuck with me from the talk was about how so many people in Silicon Valley run around talking about how “busy” they are. You run into a friend at Whole Foods and ask how they are and likely, busy is one of the first words used– and, as I eluded to above, it’s often positioned as a “badge of honor” as if to somehow express how successful we are, how much we can accomplish, etc. The reality is, we are busy, over scheduled and frankly sometimes it is the first thing that comes out of my mouth too. However, I’m not exactly proud of it because I know the busier we are, the faster life speeds by and the more we take some of the best moments of life for granted. I’m grateful that the antidote for the over-scheduled “busy life” is the “mindfulness” movement because I truly believe we all need to slow down and enjoy more.

So where am I going with this? Well, all this “business” has gotten in the way of my summer but (and here comes the segue) my wonderful husband took notice and planned a little weekend get-away  last weekend. What did we ever do before air bnb? No kids, just the two of us and a fabulous little restored 1930’s cottage in Jenner, CA situated where the mouth of the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean. No TV, no phone (thankfully satellite internet – because I mean really!) Just stunning views as far as the eye can see and the most charming accomadations. You should have heard me gasp when we walked in the door, gushing over every detail. I felt as though the owners of the cottage decorated the place just for me! I never wanted to leave this tranquil retreat. It was the perfect antidote to busy.

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The owners added stylish and charming coastal details to every room while maintaining the integrity and character of this old cottage. Think thrifted and vintage items, mixed with some modern West-Elm type accessories. They stuck with a color scheme of soothing watery blue, with pops of coral and yellow.  Check out the concrete counters and beautiful details on this peninsula add-on. IMG_0023

I loved this cool old vintage stove and hand painted “tiles” on the floor.

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The dining nook was a great spot to warm up with a cup of coffee, but we spent most of our time out on the deck. The weather was moody and foggy much of the time, but the sun made a few appearances.


The owners stocked the place with great books and an awesome selection of vintage vinyl to play on the turntable which was just on the other side of this perfectly styled shelf unit. Little touches like cocktail glasses and a shaker and vintage seaside oil paintings added to the charm.


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I loved this capiz chandelier which hangs over the bed. Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 10.36.39 PM

This petite little bathroom sports a great old clawfoot tub and bead-board walls.Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 10.36.58 PM

But once again, the best part of this place was the deck. Loads of comfy seating from which to perch and soak in the views of the river and ocean beyond. (Oh yea and from which to drink lots of wine!)IMG_0039


Who needs TV when you have nature-vision — everything from kayakers to pelicans, harbor seals and tons of other shore birds were visible from this spot. IMG_0011

We’re off to San Diego next week with the girls which will no doubt be an awesome family vacation, but I’m grateful we had this little moment of quiet first.

xo KG


Wallpaper Beauty

Wallpaper is back! Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know this is not headline news. But I’m actually pretty excited about it. I love to see the way design trends get reinvented when they come back in style. I don’t want to give away my exact age, but let me just admit here that I’m old enough to have lived through the last wallpaper hey-day. I remember fondly how my mom took me to the local paint store and we poured over stacks and stacks of wallpaper books looking for the one that would work best in my “tween” bedroom. Oh yeah, this wallpaper ultimately had to coordinate with burgundy shag carpet and my tricked-out waterbed. I wish I could share with you the wallpaper that we were actually replacing. If I had the foresight to realize how cool that paper would have been to me today I would have kept a piece of it so I could show you, but you’ll just have to use your imagination — picture red, white and blue psychedelic swirls. So late 60s! (For the record, that paper predated my birth.) The paper I ultimately chose was a sweet little pink floral vine on a creamy white background. So 80’s. Alas in the 90’s everyone started ripping out all that “country” wallpaper in favor of paint (think faux finishes ala the “Tuscan” look) and here we are again in the middle of a wallpaper renaissance. Recent advances in technology have led to developments in digital printing, which in turn has brought a new generation of artists and designers. We’re seeing cool unexpected patterns and large-scale murals everywhere. Is it a trend? Yes and I’m sure we’ll get out our scrapers in 10 years in favor of something else, but for now I say live a little. Life is short so don’t be afraid to make design choices that make you happy.

Here’s a round-up of some papers I’ve had my eye on lately. These are some of my favorites from Hygge and West. They carry papers from a handful of amazingly talented designers and even carry removable wallpaper tiles.

How could you not love this pineapple design by Rifle Paper Co.? I’ve seen this used in a laundry room. It would be cute in a powder room too.HW_RPC009_Pineapple_Ebony_Detail_web_Rifle Paper

Here is another variation in blue. I could see this in a breakfast nook. HW_RPC013_Pineapple_Blue_Detail_web_Rifle Paper

This one’s great too. You know how much I adore peonies! HW_RPC026_Peonies_Copper_Detail_web_Peonies

Robin’s egg blue. Enough said. HW_RPC007_QueenAnne_RobinsEgg_Detail_web_Rifle Paper

This one’s called Diamata by Laundry Studio.HW_LY008_Diamata_Gray_Room_web_Laundry Studio

Knots in gray by Terrence PayneHW_TP010_Knots_Gray_Room_web

Love this “Petal Pusher” in blue by Oh Joy!HW_OJ001_PetalPusher_Blue_Room_web_Oh Joy

“Petal Pusher” also  lovely in gold.HW_OJ002_PetalPusher_Gold_Room_web_Oh Joy

More from Laundry Studio – Andanza in blushHW_LY004_Andanza_Blush_Room_web_Laundry Studio

This ballet pink and lilac would be so pretty in a girls room. HW_T_LR002_Ballet_Blush_Room_WEB

This paper is called “Daydream” by Julia Rothman. Another great one for a girls room.HW_JRO033_Daydream_Blush_Detail_web_Julia Rothman

You may know that a number of fabric houses also produce some beautiful papers. I love this Sigourney pattern from Quadrille. Sigourney_wallpaper Sigourney_wallpaper_Muse_Interiors

Another great source for paper is Serena & Lily. You know from my past posts how much I adore them. wp_env

I particularly like to see wallpaper used as accents in small spaces like an entryway, bathroom, laundry room or accent wall. It can be a great way to make a big impact without spending a fortune. I’ll follow up with a post on some great rooms highlighting wallpaper soon. Until then…

xo KG

Designer Spotlight: Cecy J Interiors

Summer is officially here. Today was the last day of school for my girls. The last three weeks have been a sprint to the end of 1st and 6th grade with tons of end-of-the-year activities and last minute summer camp and vacation planning — which is a long winded way of saying these are my reasons for being an absent blogger. But alas I’m determined to get something up today and I’m inspired to highlight a local bay area designer named Cecily Mendell of Cecy J Interiors. Her work was recently featured on the cover of the spring edition of Trad Home Magazine (which by the way you should also check out) and is totally worth a look. Cecily and team create spaces that are sophisticated, but also warm, welcoming and family friendly at the same time. That’s a big plus in my book. I had a hard time choosing the photos to feature because frankly, there isn’t a room that I don’t like.

6-CecyJ-Interiiors-LosAlto-copy-1000x675I love the planked ceilings and floor-to-ceiling gray built-ins with brass accents in this room.

8-CecyJ-Interiros-LosAltos-copy-844x675The gorgeous grass cloth wallpaper compliments the art in this room, but the star of the show is the great mod light fixture.

9-CecyJ-Interiiors-Woodsid-copy-1000x675 10-CecyJ-Interiiors-Woodside-FamilyRoom-Detail-copy-1000x675This is a fabulous, light and airy family room — the built ins, the gray sectional, the coffee table and the pops of blue all work together seamlessly.

15-CecyJ-Interiros-LosAlto-copy-905x675This sweet bedroom caught my eye because I’m so in love with this “feather” wallpaper from Serena and Lily. Don’t be surprised if you see it show up someday in Casa Gillette.

5-CecyJ-Interiiors-Woodsid-copy-491x675 4-CecyJ-Interiors-SanDiego-copy-805x675The happy mix of patterns and colors add personality to an otherwise neutral room. Plus more beautiful built-ins.

3-CecyJ-Interiros-LosAltos-copy-540x675 2-CecyJ-Interiros-SanDiego-copy-512x675 2-CecyJ-Interiros-LosAltos-copy-844x675Gorgeous backsplash here.

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To see more of Cecily’s work, click here to see her portfolio.

Happy Wednesday. I hope you’re jumping into summer with both feet!

xo KG

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