Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I Want to Live Here: Caitlin Murray's Craftsman

Oh, hello. It's been awhile, hasn't it?? I basically have been SO LAZY since moving to LA. I have really been wanting to revive this little blog but there's no other way to describe my attitude other than just plain lazy.

I think "I should blog about my AMAZING bridal shower!" And then I realize Real Housewives is doing a marathon of NYC start to finish. (And really, who can resist that time Bethenny said "Who's Gwyneth?") I remember that I never told you the quick & dirty details of leaving San Francisco, but then I think about taking a nap in our sunroom and I do that instead. Because, obviously.

After writing my little heart out over at Rue Magazine day in and day out, I long to close my laptop and just stare at a blank white wall for a few hours. Thus, the blog always gets the boot. But there is a lot of writing I want to do and a lot of stories to tell and there are just so many times I can pour my heart out on Instagram. So, I'm aiming to be back. Like, not every day, because I'm not a maniac. But maybe/hopefully you'll find me here a few times a week.

First up, you ALL should have read and enjoyed the latest issue of Rue. It was EPIC and I loved each and every page. Most notable, for me, was the LA home of designer Caitlin Murray. Caitlin has a design sense that makes me question everything in my life. Caitlin heads up her own design firm here in LA, aptly named Black Lacquer Design. Her portfolio is overflowing with incredible spaces that are highly glamorous yet still completely livable -- a talent that is impressive to say the least. Of course, her skills shine brightly in her own home. You can read more about the space here; my talented friend Kat wrote the story and it sheds a lot of light on the super rad place.

Here are a few of my favorite moments from the feature:

You may find yourself wondering why you don't have a hammock in your own living room, am I right?

I love the use of old portraits and cheeky humor throughout. The bar, stocked with good liquor and vintage glassware, is so simply styled yet makes a huge impact.

I remember when Caitlin teased a few images of the kitchen before/after on her Instagram and I was actually floored. Like, my brain isn't creative enough to be like "yep, let's paint the kitchen cabinets the prettiest color of all time." Like, WHAT? And that rug? It's just killer. 

There's so much to love in this room, but what really caught my EYE (lololol) is the evil eye above the bed. 

The office is a showstopper.

My master bedroom is a basic bitch compared to this. Taking notes every step of the way. 


Basically, I could gush for three hours and Caitlin would probably never talk to me again because she'd be super creeped out. (Normal.) But as someone who looks at gorgeous interiors ALL DARN DAY, it's so refreshing to see a space that makes you think differently about design and your own home. Not necessarily in a "I'm worthless" way, but like, "OKAY. I see where things could be better."  

I experience the same thing when I go to High Point Market. I go to showroom after showroom, and you start to notice similarities between them all. And then it sometimes feels like deja vu and you're like, boy -- I sure hope the next one at least has some snacks. But then, you stumble upon something for-real magical and it's just like a palate cleanser. We all need one of those from time to time. 

[All photos by the talented Marcy Costa for Black Lacquer Design.]

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