these pillows are on the floor right now, cause i’m in bed recovering from a cold. but maybe you can imagine the rest of the room for now! back with more of my home tour tomorrow.

pelagos by windsor smith
hot house flowers by celerie kemble

global village

this is where i find all the exotic treasures for my home (and future homes)

i have gone 6 times in the 2 months that it’s been open.

it is a “funky” {as my parent’s call me} designers paradise.

amazing deals from tons of different countries.

especially here…in China
and here.
crazy spices & delicious food.

beautiful pashmina scarves.

gorgeous rugs.

fabulous jewelry {turkish gold earrings}

Chinese accessories & lamps {as seen in my house}

i’ll be so sad when Global Village closes this week {my husband will not}
until next year (sniff, sniff).

welcome new sponsor: sprinkles on top baby

Introducing a new sponsor~the fabulous etsy shop sprinkles on top!

Julie makes amazing handmade felt flower & bow hair accessories for mom & baby…she handcuts each one!

Recognize this one? This is the Olivia bow, made after one I made for my baby when we were in Paris!

Go to her blog to see new items and to enter giveaways too!

I’m so excited to get my order~ they are all so darling!

home tour continued: the teeny tiny kitchen

This 12×12 tile backsplash just wasn’t going to cut it for me…so I took scraps of my Chaing Mai pillow fabric and framed them in IKEA frames. Brightens it up a bit.

By the way, this kitchen is pretty much just the corner of the living room. It really is miniature.

Found this cookbook on sale at anthro, brought it home…and centered the whole scheme around it. Love pink in the kitchen.

Dear bonsai…I’m trying to so hard to keep you alive. Keep growing for me. I like you.

I’m kind of in love with my Chinese tea set…my good friend Clayton at Global Village sold it to me for 100 dirhams= around 28 bucks. Such a steal.

I even had a tea party last week, pictures to follow. So fun.

Another persimmon&pink print…in teeny tiny size to match the teeny tiny kitchen.

thank you!

I just wanted to say a quick thanks to all of you for your excitement this first week as the new & improved Style Files…I have been overwhelmed by your responses & enthusiasm!

Thanks to the shout outs:

Carlee from Deliciously Organized
Caitlin from CC Interiors,

for the BLOG AWARD from Christin at Simplified Bee,

and of course to my sponsors for their support!

It has been so fun blogging with all of you & I hope to continue inspiring you with more fabulous design doo-dahs everyday. Hope you had a great weekend!

xoxo, Caitlin

welcome new sponsor: persimmon & pink

I am thrilled to introduce another new sponsor, one of my most favorite etsy shops…persimmon&pink!

p&p makes darling prints of Christian, LDS, and just for fun sayings. I love seeing the cheerful phrases around my home…and you will too. Here are some of my favorites {I love them all so it was really hard to pick!}

p&p is offering free shipping through the month of February…so get your orders in now!

*You’ll be seeing more ideas for displaying these in your home as my house tour continues through the week!

More Chevron LOVE: Park Hyatt Dubai

For all you chevron lovers out there…are these tile floors not INCREDIBLE? I am obsessed.

I WILL do a bathroom like this…it wouldn’t even be that expensive! It’s just larger size ceramic subway tile (which is cheap). You could do it in any size or color. Love it.

My cousin & her husband were visiting us last week so we took them to the Amara Spa in the hotel {amazing}.

I could stay there forever.

And how about those arches? I am becoming such a lover of Islamic architecture & design. When tastefully done, it is so beautiful. Love the Park Hyatt.

More hotel inspiration coming soon…the number of fabulous hotels in Dubai is endless, not to mention the Burj al Arab- the world’s only 7 star hotel. This is one crazy place.

How to: Chevron Wall

You’ll need a measuring tape, blue painters tape, a pencil, scissors, and a fabulous paint color of course! I think it would be fun in purple or navy blue too, especially in a nursery or playroom!

The measuring & taping is the HARDEST PART!!! You have to be very tedious. Here’s what I did:

1. Divide the width of the wall by the number of zig-zags you want, then mark each of those spots straight across the wall (I did 10 cause that was easy to divide and it made 5 chevrons…odd numbers are always best)

2. Measure 6″ (or however wide you want your stripes) down from each peak following the zig-zag up and down and mark that spot

3. Take your tape and make a straight line from point to point, overlapping the tape at each intersection

TIP: Don’t measure the whole wall out and then tape. Measure each time after you tape because each one will be slightly off.

Make sure you go through and trim all the tape joints so they have clean edges when you paint.

This part is time consuming, but you DON’T want messy joints.
{please forgive my hideousness~ I was so consumed with this project that I didn’t shower all day}

Finally the fun part {this was at 1 am, baby had been asleep for hours}
Let it dry overnight & give yourself a long night sleep cause your back will be ACHING!

Ta da…it’s done. it took a LONG time but it was worth it! We love our chevron wall.

* You can also do this with contact paper on a painted wall, I wish I had seen this before I did it! But I have white walls so this was easier for me anyway. See it here.

And there are lots of other fun things you can do with just tape too: See here how my friend Caitlin Creer transformed her entry & also Little Green Notebook with floral tape! AMAZING!

Happy Taping! Email me pictures if anyone else does it, I would love to see!

welcome new sponsor: tara marie photography

I am very excited to introduce a new sponsor, tara marie photography!

Tara is a talented natural light photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in children, maternity, newborn, and family photos.
Right now on Tara’s blog, she is doing a GIVE-AWAY for a FREE mini-session! You will get a one-hour photo shoot of your choice and a disc of 20 images! All you need to do is go to her blog and leave a comment, the drawing is on February 23rd…so all you lucky bay area readers~HURRY!

Aren’t her photos darling?