Designer Caitlin Wilson is known for her fun, colorful, and mixable textile collections, and we think summer is the perfect time to think about bringing some cheerful decor into your life — and the outdoors! The founder of Caitlin Wilson Textiles took us on a picnic at the park to share a few of her favorite decorating trends and tips, picnic suggestions, and to chat about her gorgeous new textile collection (oh, and share some amazing chocolate chip cookies, too!). Caitlin’s stylish and playful ideas are just what you need to make your next summer picnic the best ever!
Photography: Courtney Apple
Tell us about your design and textile business.
I started my interior design business in 2007 and have absolutely loved my adventures transforming spaces across the globe. My husband’s job took us overseas to London, Dubai, and Hong Kong where I was inspired to design my own unique patterns and prints. I created my collection with easy pairing in mind so they can be easily mixed and matched to get a coordinated, designer aesthetic.
You favor pattern and color in your design, so doing anything summery must be fun! What are some of your favorite decorating trends?
I love anything nautical! My new nautical collection features mint and navy anchors, links, and an abstract floral in all my favorite hues! This summer I’m loving the pop of neon yellow added to just about anything: coral, berry pink, mint, and navy is perfection!
Eating outdoors on the ground, can get boring quickly. You came up with such a creative picnic! How do you give a picnic outing a little pizzazz?
Add a striped grosgrain ribbon to a handle of a bag or line a basket with some scraps of fabric. I love my bottle carrier that I use to bring sparkling juices, water, and a cup of flowers for a little picnic centerpiece!
Caitlin Wilson’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt2 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1 cup Guittard semi sweet chocolate chips & 1 cup Guittard milk chocolate chips
Mix butter, sugars, and eggs. Add vanilla, dry ingredients, and then chocolate chips. Bake for 10 minutes at 350, after they’ve cooled for a few minutes press a few large milk chocolate chips on top. Enjoy!
Do you have any tips for incorporating color & pattern in your décor?
The right pillows can bring any space to life by adding a pop of color and pattern. Bring a swatch of your fabric with you while shopping for accessories to pull it all together. Create your own custom artwork with some watercolor paints. Make it abstract and add a touch of gold for sparkle.
Besides a picnic blanket (and food!) what do you like to have on hand at a picnic?
I like to bring activities to keep the kids busy while the moms chat, like bubbles, cards, or candies to use for counting games! The park is also the perfect place for a game of I Spy!
What are your tips for a picnic that is practical, fun and kid friendly?
Bring individual bagged items so you don’t have to do too much on plates. I bought a huge pack of glassine bags online a few years ago that add a little chic to everyday events. I stamped them with an anchor for this picnic and filled them with sandwiches, cookies, and snacks instead of using ziplocs.