field trip

we’re off to an exotic weekend abroad…any guesses where we’re going?
i’ll be blogging from there {hoping to find some fun pieces to show you!}

chinese lamps

I’ve had a lot of emails asking about my Chinese lamps that I purchased at Global Village, here in Dubai. I feel so bad when I can’t tell people exactly where to buy things, so I did some online research and although I have not found my exact lamps~ I found some very similar beauties along the way {and at some pretty good prices}!
* NOW REMEMBER, there is power in the shades…a shade can make all the difference. Put a drum shade from Pottery Barn, target, or Restoration Hardware on these babies and they’re perfectly fit for any high-end home!

and if you live in a city that has a China town- go there for sure!
it’s been said that any house can have a few chinese pieces, so even if it’s not your “style”, it can add a unique, eclectic twist to any room. try it!

brickmaker’s table


I have been loving this brickmaker’s table from Restoration Hardware.

A brickmaker’s table is “originally a pallet used to cut, cool, and transport bricks 100 years ago in Belgium.”

Each piece is unique, one-of-a-kind, made from northern European azobe wood- from an antique dealer in Europe.

Restoration shows them in traditional settings {which is gorgeous}, but I love the idea of juxtaposing it in a clean, white, modern room.

Since they are actual antiques, they have limited supply so go here if you can afford the real-deal of $1360!

Luckily for the rest of us… Ballard designs has made a similar reproduction! Not quite as rustic as the vintage planked table-top, but I do like the shelf…and you can’t beat the price of $349. Love it! Go here for the Durham cocktail table.

running mommy.


this is kera, or running mommy. she’s my friend & she’s very cool.

we met here in dubai, but she actually lives in abu dhabi {the capitol of the UAE, an hour away} so this week I visited her and got to see her fantastic apartment with beautiful ocean views.

she’s a mother of two boys, a design guru, a model, a runner, and also writes a weekly design blog for pregnancy & newborn magazine. this week she featured Olivia’s nursery & an interview with me. So hop on over for a few tips & new ideas from yours truly.

livi & i had a fun day in abu dhabi with kera, owen, and asher.

we went to a cultural village where we saw craftsmen of all sorts

{kera was a natural at making ruffled pottery}

saw some rugs being made,

and some finished rugs that I wanted to take home with me {as usual…what’s with me and rugs?} but seriously aren’t these amazing?

and we picked up some orchids & succulents at the plant souk. abu dhabi is gorgeous & we had so much fun with kera. so thanks for hosting us running mommy, what a treat.

top 5 greys


Although yesterday was a terrible St. Patrick’s Day, today felt like Christmas morning! My in-laws arrived in Dubai to visit for 2 weeks, and they were bearing many gifts! The most needed gifts were my Benjamin Moore paint decks. I hadn’t planned on needing them when we left the states 6 months ago, but once I got here I quickly realized that they do not have BM anywhere and I’ve been struggling without it! {fyi- the online color-viewer is not accurate}

On that note, I’ve received several emails asking for recommendations on paint, and while I can’t offer specific selections for everyone that emails me {unless of course you hire me} ~ I can give a few suggestions to the blogosphere. The most requested is a GREY… so here you go. These are my tried and tested, favorite warm-greys.
TOP 5 Benjamin Moore warm-greys
1. greystone
2. ozark shadows
3. classic grey
4. cape may cobblestone
5. edgecomb grey
TRICK OF THE TRADE- lighten any paint by having them mix it at 25% or 50% strength. Sometimes a shade lighter will do the trick!

not so lucky…


found out today that my sore throat is now strep throat…oh how i wish i were irish.

~but here are some green items that make me happy anyway on this ole’ st. patties day!


ws home

madeleine weinrib~celery olivia! love the name.



we’ve seen it a million times, but i could stare at it forever…kelly wearstler’s imperial trellis

and the winner is…


I used and #5 is the winner of the storyboard giveaway!

Mauri said…

i am officially a follower! i think you are amazing cait! and i love that baby girl!

March 10, 2010 2:20 AM

Congratulations Mauri, I’m so excited to work with you~Email me!

And for the rest of you 328 voters, my new virtual rates are more affordable than ever~Please email me if you’d like to know my rates for storyboards, full-service design, or a la carte design hours! I’d love to work with you!

Thanks so much for “following” & for your participation~ stay tuned for more giveaways in the future!

pink party

speaking of little darlings…my good friend tiffani had her little zoe a few days ago. i thought i’d share some pictures of the pink party that i helped throw for her.

my friend toria thought of this idea, i just helped her make them. we used IKEA spice jars. super cheap & super darling! a great little candy jar favor for any occasion!
learn how to make these tissue pom-poms here!
beautiful {& delicious} strawberry cake by meredith
i filled the candy jars with strawberry mentos, yum.
and of course some pink roses!