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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.]

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46 Comments

Flora

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.

Nidhi

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

Chelsey

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

Marie

Airy, colorful and lively. I love this space!

Amanda

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 :)

Jenna

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

Naomi

How beautiful! I really love all those plants.

Amanda

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!

johanna

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

kate

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.

chela

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

Susan

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

Ruth Umney

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!!!

vanessa - everything gardens

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!

Minna

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.

Shellie

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

Edwina

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.

Eva

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

Mary

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

Angela

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

lisa h.

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

Rebeca

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

tony

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

Love
Dad

Caitlin Mociun

Thank you all! To answer your question:
Duvet- Calvin Kline form a couple years ago.
Bathmat- teak bathmat. Here are a bunch: http://www.google.com/products?hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=Uy9&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&resnum=0&q=teak+bath+mat&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=k-LmS-vaOYP7lwenm4WEBw&sa=X&oi=product_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CEkQrQQwAA
Jumpsuit I was wearing- Rachel Comey from last spring
Black and White Kitchen Floor- Linoleum!
Carpet- search ‘kilim’ carpets on ebay.

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Jaime

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.

clara bow

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

eva

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.

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