sneak peek: caitlin mociun

i’ve been a fan of caitlin mociun for quite a while – it was her tie-front dresses that first caught my eye – so easy and comfortable made with fantastically cool textiles. caitlin graduated from risd with a bfa in textiles and it’s no suprise that she brings that love for pattern, color and texture into her own home with the same (seemly) effortless cool that she brings to her clothes. (see more of caitlin’s home on flickr!) {thanks caitlin! and many thanks to lena corwin for the lovely photos!}amy a.

[Since it’s an open loft space, the challenge was to make it feel warm and welcoming but not to built it out in a way that tightens the space or makes it feel cluttered. I have a lot of little things and no storage space so I look for things that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing – I think you can take things that are kind of ugly and if they are  displayed the right way or put with the right things they can transcend their ugliness. I love antiques and things from thift stores – I think the reusing is important. When I do buy something new, I like to support working designers, artisans and crafts people even though those things are often more expensive. Quality is very important to me and I want the things that I have in my home to be beautiful and lasting. I love little things and will buy weird, small things just because they are small and then find something to do with them – like the tiny pots that I use to sprout clippings. I think this is why I like making jewelry so much. It’s tiny intricate sculpture!]

[I love all the combination of prints and colors here – and the neon pink cat toy on the floor adds the perfect bright splash of color.]

[photo above: Curtains that I printed. It’s one of my favorite prints, which is being reissued for my Spring 2011 collection. Yea!]

CLICK HERE for the rest of Caitlin’s peek (and all the images on one page!)

[photo above: I love these deadly squire sausage links. I think they’re funny!]

[photo above: There are no drawers in the house so I keep my cutlery and utensils in old jars]

[photo above: Hand-woven Mexican bird – found it in a thrift store. I have a mini collection on top of the frame – a coyote jaw bone, two stakes (in case vampires get in?) that my friend made for an art project we did years ago, a wooden bird and a vertebra from an unknown large animal. The little photo to the left is of my awesome grandfather. The plant is a cascading jade.]

[photo above: This is one of my favorite little groups of art in my house. There are two drawing by Alyson Fox – one of my dearest friends and collaborators. (editor’s note: see alyson fox’s sneak peek). Also there is an old painting that was my grandfather’s – it is special to me because my grandfather was awesome and my dad is a sea captain so it reminds me of previous generations. And finally there is a petrified sand dollar – a gift from one of my best friends.]

[photo above: Photos by Kara Healey. Camel/donkey bridal rope from Morocco.]

[photo above: I love that aloe plant! It’s also growing so well – I used to kill all plants but have learned to take care of  them so when they are doing well, I am really psyched.]

[photo above: A rug that Lena found on Ebay and thought I would like, which I did! I hadn’t seen anything like it before.]

[photo above: Two Mociun + Corwin pillows and a 10 Swedish designers pillow that I picked up in Stockholm last spring.]

[Books – part of my library of great visual references – on a bench that was found outside of my house.]

[Bathroom at sunset. My bathroom is my favorite room. I love all the different shades of white with the black and white tile floor. The plants make me feel like I am showering in the jungle – through which you see the city. It’s pretty cool.]

  1. Love the eclecticism

  2. Flora says:

    Oh PRETTY! This makes me want to shift a little from my minimalism space.

    I love the whole idea of honoring the things we use everyday so I adore the cutlery in glass jars. Beautiful.

  3. Nidhi says:

    I love the mix of textiles and colors…so perfect! And especially love that bathroom…so bright!

  4. Chelsey says:

    I love this place! It’s feels calm but still has great splashes of color. I love the rugs in the bedroom space!

  5. Marie says:

    Airy, colorful and lively. I love this space!

  6. Marie says:

    I also like the photo mid-cooking.

  7. marieke says:

    this space is so beautiful… i love it.

  8. Amanda says:

    Oh my gosh – imagine my surprise when I opened up Design Sponge this morning to see Caitlin, my best friend’s college roommate freshman year! We all went to RISD and I spent way too much time hanging out in there room! Beautiful space (the rug Lena round is gorgeous!) and, as always, great work :)

  9. Jenna says:

    Ah! The plants in the shower idea is awesome. They’ll never be thirsty again!

  10. What an inspiring space! The textiles look amazing!!

  11. Naomi says:

    How beautiful! I really love all those plants.

  12. Not so much to say! Cozy, bohemian and simply beautiful!!!

  13. max says:

    Very unusual and visaually appealing. I love the bedroom!

  14. Amanda says:

    What a wonderful space to work with! I am amazed. The high ceilings, moulding, and perfect choice of accessories… simply gorgeous. And I love that the kitchen doesn’t have any drawers!

  15. johanna says:

    what a great space. such ambiance. the bathroom is perfect – clean and fresh feeling but with loads of character, too.

  16. kate says:

    I was excited to see one of my favorite designers on here!! I love Mociun and Caitlin’s place is wonderful. I love all the little collections and pops of color.

  17. Lauren says:

    Caitlin – who makes your duvet?

  18. chela says:

    Im wearing Fox in Mociun today! its a dress that makes everyone happy. On the other hand seeing that rug on someone elses floor makes my heart hurt. sigh

  19. cara says:


  20. Susan says:

    So great! Where did Caitlin find that wood pallet bathroom mat?

  21. Ruth Umney says:

    I love this house, it’s beautiful, homely, bright, fun, but not perfect, it doesn’t make me feel like a faliure cause there is drying up on my draining board, and stuff on the floor!!! :-D Lovely Lovely Lovely!!!

  22. i absolutely love caitlin’s work (i own and treasure quite a few of her pieces). cm- thanks for opening up your beautiful loft for us to see. it’s so warm and cozy!

  23. Tanya says:

    I like the black and white patterns mixed in with all the fun finds

  24. Minna says:

    I also use my old lawer’s bookshelves for dishes and cookbooks! I think they make for very stylish, unconventional storage. I love the combination of wood and white in this home.

  25. cassandra says:

    out of all the spaces i’ve seen on this site, this one is most exciting.

  26. claire says:

    Love that rug from Ebay! Good find :)

  27. Shellie says:

    i love this place because it looks real…like my place and yours…probably!

  28. superb!!!!!!!!!! like it

  29. katrina says:

    ohhh i love her dress!
    is it a mociun dress? does anyone know?

  30. Edwina says:

    I am curious about the glass fronted, dark wood bookcase in the first couple of pictures. I have one almost identical (I have a draw at the bottom) and it looks like it dismantles like antique ikea. Do you know any more about the era or design of this piece. Love to know more.

    thanks, love the spread.

  31. Eva says:

    i might nick your jungle bathroom idea. And i love the rug your friend found on ebay!

  32. Mhari says:

    Great sneak peek, definitely one of my favourites…

  33. Mary says:

    love this. it’s beautiful and you can tell a real person lives there

  34. Love the jungle shower and the silverware in the jars. Thanks for another wonderful sneak peek! :)

  35. such a wonderful space! that bathroom is so great!

  36. Angela says:

    Beautiful! May I ask what kind of tiles were used on the checkered kitchen floor? Is that ceramic? Linoleum? Marmoleum, perhaps? Thank you!

  37. lisa h. says:

    I love this sneak peek! And I totally want that bathroom.

  38. Alley says:

    this is such a visually rich apartment, I love it!

  39. Rebeca says:

    I especially love the e-bay rug! Do you know any specifics or search terms that might help me find something similar? Thanks!

  40. snowy says:

    what a fantastic sneak peek. love a home that is lived in

  41. tony says:

    I love that you pay homage to your grandfather and father.


  42. Thank you all! To answer your question:
    Duvet- Calvin Kline form a couple years ago.
    Bathmat- teak bathmat. Here are a bunch:
    Jumpsuit I was wearing- Rachel Comey from last spring
    Black and White Kitchen Floor- Linoleum!
    Carpet- search ‘kilim’ carpets on ebay.


  43. Melanie says:

    So incredible that there are no drawers in the house! Wow!

  44. Jaime says:

    I’m in love with all the textiles especially the rugs. The colors are fantastic! I’m so curious where they are from. Perhaps Peru? I think the juxtaposition of bright colors that are well worn in is what makes them so special.

  45. clara bow says:

    so bright, airy, and utterly personal. what an amazing place to nest! it’s really made me grin…thanks!

  46. eva says:

    We have a house like this, makes me feel right at home. Though the checked livingroomfloor would make me go crazy. Maybe it’s a practical choice as well, as the space is so big.


Design*Sponge reserves the right to restrict comments that do not contribute constructively to the conversation at hand, contain profanity, personal attacks, hate speech or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business. Our goal is to create a safe space where everyone (commenters, subjects of posts and moderators) feels comfortable to speak. Please treat others the way you would like to be treated and be willing to take responsibility for the impact your words may have on others. Disagreement, differences of opinion and heated discussion are welcome, but comments that do not seek to have a mature and constructive dialogue will not be published. We moderate all comments with great care and do not delete any lightly. Please note that our team (writers, moderators and guests) deserve the same right to speak and respond as you do, and your comments may be responded to or disagreed with. These guidelines help us maintain a safe space and work toward our goal of connecting with and learning from each other.