I am so pleased today to have a little Q&A with Caitlin, the blogstress behind the beautiful Sacramento Street. I've gotten to know Caitlin a bit through twitter, and she is one of the sweetest gals you could meet on the internet! Plus she has impeccable taste - Sacramento Street is packed full of lush, gorgeous, and luxurious inspiration photos. Today she answers a few questions about herself so I hope you enjoy getting to know her a little better! The lovely Caitlin:
1. What is your day job and how did you get into blogging?
I’m a Marketing Manager for DivineCaroline.com – I work on building our community, putting together our Newsletters, and much more. It’s an amazing company to work for, we’re all very close and all of us work together to build a company that we truly believe in.
One of the many projects I helped create and work on at DivineCaroline is called the Love This Site Awards, where we honor Web sites people love. I started reading so many amazing blogs that rung true to my heart. I was about six months out of college when I realized that I needed a creative outlet. That’s when Sacramento Street was born and I haven’t looked back since.
2. How do you find and store inspiration?
I spend a lot of time going through my favorite blogs, photography sites and magazines for inspiration. It’s fun finding so many beautiful homes and spaces. However, I try to post what I would want in my own home. When it comes to storing my favorite images, I have folders for each room (i.e. bedroom, bathroom, living room, etc.). I should probably have a better system but it works for me.
3. I've loved seeing your gorgeous wedding photos! Any tips for stressed out brides?
Oh, this is a good one. If you asked my maid of honor how I reacted to the rain the morning of my wedding she’d say, “I was waiting for her to break down and cry. But she didn’t, I’ve never seen someone so calm.” Yes, I woke up to pouring down rain and our wedding was supposed to be outside. But I didn’t want to ruin the entire day by being mad and upset. I worked with my wedding planner on an alternative plan but also made them hold off until two hours before the wedding to decide whether the ceremony would be outside or inside – the rain stopped 20 minutes before I had to make a final decision.
The best piece of advice I can give is stay calm and everything will work out the way it’s supposed to. If you get stressed, step back for a moment and go do something else that will totally distract you. In the end, your wedding day is more about you and your fiancé coming together to get married and spend the rest of your lives together – not about what chairs to use, dinner to serve, and guests to invite. As long as you have each other, your day will be spectacular.
4. Your tagline is "living with great style". How would you describe the style of your home?
I want everyone to love where they live. It’s important for someone to want to go home to his or her house and love it. Whether it’s knick knacks you find at the flea market or high profile designs – it should always represent your own style.
My home is a mix of modern pieces I find at antique stores, flea markets and abroad. Each piece of furniture or vintage find has a story behind it. For example, I found a wrought iron coffee table at Alameda Flea Market without a glass top for $15 – who would pass it up? Not me. I thought I would never find a piece of glass that would perfectly fit but I was determined to make it work and I did. It’s a piece I treasure and it’s incredibly unique.
5. What makes a house a home?
Make your home personal – whether it’s treasures from a flea market, travels or a family heirloom. Personal things like that make your home much more memorable. You never want to walk into a house and know “oh ya, this all came out of a Pottery Barn catalogue.” Make sure everything represents you and your family.
6. What is a typical day like for you?
A typical day starts at about 7am, checking emails, twitter and most importantly making a cup of tea to jump start my day before heading into work. Driving into work with my husband is my favorite part of my day – not a lot of people get to spend a few extra minutes with their spouse in the morning. By five I’m back home heading to the gym for a quick workout and making dinner for my husband and I. Then, sadly, it’s back to my computer. I usually try to write a blog post or two, work on side projects and lately I have been choosing photos for our wedding album.
7. If you found $100 in your pocket this morning, how would you spend it?
What a hard question . . . the first thing that came to mind was – drive up to St. Helena with my husband and have dinner at our favorite restaurant, Cook. Then go next door to a movie at the cutest theater that has double seats for two. It’s one of my favorite dates we do every once and awhile.
8. When you were little, what did you want to "be" when you grew up? How'd that work out?
This is completely different from what I do now. First, I wanted to be a ballerina, which happened, but then I got a stress fracture in my foot. Next I wanted to be a marine biologist because my family would go on these amazing ecological trips to the Sea of Cortez and Belize. But then I realized I didn’t like science that much, so that dream ended. My passion for interior design came from my Mom. She took me to flea markets as a kid and I loved finding treasures for our house – she loved bringing me along because I found everything hidden under tables and on the floor. My love for interior design was definitely carried on from her.
9. Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Oh, I have no idea! The sky is the limit. I’m an entrepreneur at heart so I never know what will come next. One day, I’d love to co-own a store with my Mom – it’s always been a life long dream to open a store together that combines home furnishings, vintage goods, perfect gifts and timeless jewelry. I know one day this will become reality.
10. Five things (people excluded!) that make life special.
French Breakfast Tea, Flowers, my iPhone, my Macbook Pro and a good book or magazine.
Note from Maggie: I'd also like to congratulate Caitlin on the recent announcement of the launch of Rue Magazine, set to debut in September. Caitlin is part of the "fab four" bloggers who are behind this much-anticipated venture! Can't wait to see it! Congratulations! And thank you for sharing a little about you today!
All photos from Sacramento Street, including some from Caitlin's beautiful wedding!