sneak peek: caitlin wilson textiles


Caitlin Wilson is lucky enough to work on design projects all over the country, but she works out of her Philadelphia home. After her husband Brigham’s job took them overseas for a couple years, he’s now a student at the Wharton School of Business, and together they run Caitlin’s textile line and interior design business. (Having two great assistants also means that they can keep up with their kids, three-year-old Olivia and six-month-old Penn). They live in an old building, so Caitlin wanted the furniture to be classic with a twist, with details like English rolled arms, tufts and feminine silhouettes paired with bold colors and patterns. Over time, Caitlin’s style has evolved from modern to eclectic and now more traditional. Thanks to their travels, the family has a collection of quirky pieces from the Middle East and Asia, which clearly have influenced Caitlin’s patterns, as well. You can read more about Catilin’s business in the summer issue of Matchbook. Many thanks to Caitlin, Rachel and to Courtney Apple for the photos! — Anne

Image above: Our master bedroom is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Classic Grey. I had the headboard custom made to showcase the Fleur Chinoise in Berry pattern from my textile collection. The array of pillows include Coral Fretwork and Berry signature pillow shams from my collection with Garnet Hill monogrammed linens. Our night tables are an Ikea hack, painted with gold/acrylic knobs.

Image above: Our coral linen couch is the heart of the living room; it creates a perfect pop and is brought to life with pillows from my collection. The Gold Chevron pillow will be available in my 2012 Holiday collection! A Thom Filicia rug, Chinese brass lamps, and a mid-century marble and brass bamboo eBay table finish off the room.

See more inside Catilin’s home after the jump . . .

Image above: I wanted to spice up our galley kitchen with a fun gallery wall for Olivia. I painted the back wall with chalkboard paint and hung frames and bulldog clips for displaying artwork. We replaced the old linoleum with my favorite cheap flooring fix, Armstrong vinyl tile in Crescendo. The leopard chairs were a DIY with Sharpie on solid cream Ikea chairs.

Image above: We moved to Philly on a student budget, so I scored this huge dining table and chairs off Craigslist. I reupholstered the chairs and added a pair of old wingbacks slipcovered in my signature fabric, Navy Fleur Chinoise. The chandelier was bought in Manhattan’s lighting district, and we purchased the buffet from Home Decorators Collection. My parents kindly loaned us the artwork to remind us of our home state of California.

Image above: I custom designed the drapes to frame our center city Philadelphia view.

Image above: Our IKEA Billy bookcase is filled with quirky curiosities we’ve collected from around the world. The brass figures are from Hollywood Road in Hong Kong, and the framed butterfly is from Dubai.

Image above: Our foyer is painted in Key Largo Green by Benjamin Moore. We purchased the mirror from Joss & Main, and I hand-painted the ampersand canvas as a fun DIY project.

Image above: Olivia’s room is painted in Gentle Butterfly by Benjamin Moore, the perfect hue for any little girl’s room. We had the Roman shades custom made, and we repurposed a coffee table to create a pint-sized desk painted in Valspar Hint of Mint. The chevron rug is from RUGS USA, and the Moroccan pouf was purchased at a market in Dubai!

Image above: The Laurence Amelie tutu painting from Bonpoint was the first piece of artwork we ever bought. It fits perfectly (and high above) Livi’s art table to inspire creativity! Her child-sized table is from Pottery Barn Kids alongside a Home Decorators Collection bookshelf.

Image above: Olivia and I both love a good art project, so we keep our supplies out and readily available. These Pinterest-inspired DIY mason jars are a great way to make art supplies double as décor.

Image above: My home office is such a fun place to work! It’s filled with the vibrant fabrics from my textile line, creating a naturally bright and cheerful environment.

Image above: I found the perfect butterfly wallpaper by Nina Campbell to create a unique backdrop and tie all the colors in my office together. The roman shades are CWT Jade Byblos. The desk is a table I found on Craigslist without the leaf, the Greek key cabinets are an Ikea hack, chairs are Kartell Louis Ghost chairs, and the lamp is Chinese brass that we purchased at a market in Dubai.

Image above: The slipcovered office sofa is another successful Craigslist find, pairing it with a pretty World’s Away side table. The rug is Starck.

Image above: Our pair of mirrors in the bedroom were a steal from Home Goods.

Image above: The camel tufted leather loveseat is a hand-me-down from my parents. It was actually bought the year I was born, and it is still in great shape! Another World’s Away gold table and lots of framed pictures of family, friends, and our 14 years of memories together.


Beautiful! Everything is beautiful! And I totally keep my fabric in those exact same wire bins from IKEA, ha!


What a bright and gorgeous space to live and work. The butterfly wallpaper is crazy awesome.


It is really nice to see such a PRETTY home featured here. I am hoping that pretty makes a comeback, and soon!


Such a huge fan of Caitlin’s textile lines and now her HOME. Her office is pretty much my dream work space. I love that Olivia’s room is designed to play and be creative. A perfect and vibrant space!


Love the mix of styles and colors in this home…just enough to connect the rooms without looking over-decorated.

Melissa@Julia's Bookbag

THE WHITE TABLE by the chalkboard — is that the Ikea Docksta??? How do you like it? I’ve been on a 3 yr search for a plain 42 inch round table and I don’t want to spend $900 on a plain round table from Room & Board, for something to eat breakfast on….I’ve looked and looked, Target, West Elm, CB2, Crate & Barrel, craigslist, either nothing is available or quite what we’re looking for…


Oh my gosh, I recognized the photo of your parents when I was browsing through the photos… I’ve known your Mom forever! I love your style, what a great talent!


Well, I jumped the gun just a bit… It’s Brigham’s folks I know! LOL! You do look a bit like your mother-in-law!


Every picture was just a huge helping of eye candy. Thank you for sharing such beautiful and happy textiles.


Love the Sharpie-embellishment on fabric chairs! Fun all around.


This house took my breath away! I loved every element about it, from the playful use of sharpies and color to using a coffee table as a children’s desk. I tried to pin down the one thing I liked best about it, but I really couldn’t- although let’s just say I feel like I need to have a daughter in the future just so I can do up her room just like that :) Completely inspired!


What a beautiful home! Love all the mix of colors and prints – so pretty!


LOVE to see Philly homes! Thanks so much for sharing! Love the colors.

Catherine Eisele

WOW! Must beautiful sneak peek ever. I think I saved every single picture as inspiration. So perfect and livable at the same time!


This is a beautiful home, everything is perfect and I adore your style and execution. Is your husband ok w all the pink? Mine would def want me to transition some of the pink trim / accents to navy…


Pretty, pretty, pretty – what a gorgeous home! Such a great eye you’ve got Caitlin – thanks for giving us all lots of super ideas!


Can you tell us more abot that Starck rug in the office! The name, etc. I love it and all the rest.


Yummy colors and details. Love the gallery wall in the kitchen. And the clever use of IKEA furniture. Thanks for sharing your home.

Charley | London Bride

Probably one of the nicest homes I’ve seen! Great to know that she mixes DIY with Ikea with gifts with luxuries. An achievable interior but with lots of style and personality. I love how it’s just the right balance between girly, eclectic, old and new. Fabulous home!


How gorgeous ! Love the colors and everything in between. Such inspiration. Thank you for sharing :)

Lisa Moody

So ecclectic, fun and lovely. I posted a picture of your office my my facebook page, and had quite the response. Everyone loves it. Now I can post the link to view the rest of your home. I agree – I love having a business at home where I can be with my kids too!


SO absolutely perfect!! Love the incorporation of Craigslist finds and Ikea furniture as well. Such an inspiring and beautiful home.


This is wonderful and such an inspiration!!! It just goes to show you dont have to spend a fourtune on furniture to have a super cute place :)



Love the RAST hack – what color is the paint & where did she get those knobs? Gorgeous home, one of my faves!

Nancy Aebersold

Your home is a feminine wonderland! I love, love, love your fabrics. The colors, the light, the whimsy…that butterfly wallpaper is perfect. Lovely home.


I’m so inspired by your place! I’m a lover of textiles and yours are gorgeous!


What a bright home. I love your DIY leopard chairs and shocked that vinyl flooring can look so fantastic. Just moved to Philly and am having a hard time finding an apartment or condo with nice vintage bones. May I ask what neighborhood your home is in? Rittenhouse?


When your family moves out, can I please move in? Can you leave the furniture for me?

Jodie Hickman

I love everything about your space. I especially love your soft color fabrics!


I adore the colour palette, such a meditative space. The painting of the white (wedding?) dress is beautiful.


Beautiful! I have to ask where the coral linen fabric on the couch can be found?

debbie craig

How inspiring…love your home…I am a styling/home decorating blogger trying to work a business out of my home..Any suggestions or tips are greatly appreciated. No one seems to want to share their secrets..haha I know there are people who make a profit out of their blogs, just not sure where to start.
I have a good sense of style and people skills, just trying to make alittle money and do it out of my home as well

Ms. Stewart

OMG that sofa!!!!!!! Where is it from? I absolutely love it and I have been looking for one in that color that comfy FOREVER!!!!!