When it comes to decorating, I’m pretty good at selecting the big pieces (rugs, furniture, paint color) but always struggle with the details. Items like toss pillows and candles and random decor are often what make a room, but I get overwhelmed with the options and also with the investment. I’ve started to learn a few tricks – shop within a color palette, look for items with a similar base or accent color, and purchase items that can easily be stored or repurposed elsewhere (and of course, only buy what you really love) – but am still working on improving in this area. Which is why I love discovering brands like Caitlin Wilson Textiles.
A successful interior designer, Caitlin launched her textiles brand after finding an opening in the market for sophisticated, affordable textiles featuring exciting patterns and colors. The collection is created with easy pairing in mind, which is perfect for novices like me, and is hand sewn in Portland, Oregon. Read on for an interview with Caitlin, and be sure to follow along on Instagram for a gift card giveaway!
WHAT MADE YOU START YOUR COMPANY?
Starting as an interior designer: colorful, unique fabrics and pillows had always been the key to bringing my spaces to life. After a few years of seeing the same patterns over and over throughout my own and other designers spaces, I felt like there was a need for young, vibrant, fresh patterns in the market. I was living in Dubai at the time, so I didn’t have access to many showrooms. I began custom designing pillows with trim for my clients’ spaces and talking to textile manufacturers about the process of designing my own fabrics.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
When my husband’s job took us overseas for two years, my business continued to grow as I experienced life in London, Dubai, and Hong Kong. I was richly inspired by our travels; the classic patterns of the Middle East and Asia began to fill my head with ideas of textile design.
HOW DO YOU STYLE YOUR HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS?
Holiday decor is one of my favorites and I often start with boxwood wreaths on my windows and doors. Grosgrain ribbons and bows are my go-to for trees, wreaths, and everything in between. I always go for lots of layering with wool blankets and extra throw pillows. Throughout our home I love creating whimsical holiday vignettes in various themes on consoles and end tables. My kids really enjoy seeing each scene. It adds a touch of magic for them.
WHY DO YOU MAKE YOUR COLLECTION IN AMERICA?
Now that we’re based in Portland, it’s important for us to have access to the production process and be able to oversee the details. Some of our products are made on a smaller scale so this gives us flexibility to make each piece very custom.
WHY IS AMERICAN MADE IMPORTANT TO YOU?
For me it’s all about quality and detail. Making sure that my patterns match up from front to back is essential for me. So often when products are mass produced you lose the details and precisions that I feel is so important, especially when it comes to home products. The pillows are perfectly matched front to back and every pillow case and car seat cover is sewn with care.
WHAT ARE YOUR OTHER FAVORITE AMERICAN MADE BRANDS?
Be sure to follow Caitlin Wilson Textiles and check out Instagram for a great giveaway!
Photography thanks to Melissa Oholendt.
DISCLOSURE: Caitlin Wilson Textiles provided us with pillow covers to style and shoot for this post.