Posted: Apr 07 2015
Caitlin Flemming, new mother to sweet baby Jackson, and the voice behind lifestyle blog, Sacramento Street knows how to 'live with great style'. Her interior design projects have graced the pages of Rue Magazine, 7X7 and The San Francisco Chronicle and her blog has been featured in Elle Decor, HGTV and The Wall Street Journal. Her clean an crisp design aesthetic mirrors her sophisticated, yet minimalist #momstyle. Read more about Caitlin's new adventure as a mother in our exclusive Q&A below:
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BR: First of all, congratulations on your newest addition! Though motherhood is new to you, we would love to know what you love most about being a mom?
CF: I don’t even know how to begin to describe what I love about being a mom – I guess I would say – all of it! In the first month, I was in a daze with so many new experiences and the sharp learning curve but now I realize just how quickly Jackson is changing – almost on a daily basis. Every day there is something new – a smile, a coo, or a warm embrace. All of the experiences make me feel there is nothing else in the world more important to me.
BR: What is the number one way in which motherhood has changed you?
CF: Honestly, I’ve had to let some things go. There are days when I don’t actually have a chance to shower or complete a workout. I try not to beat myself up – there will be plenty of time in the future. It’s amazing how frequently I look at my watch and it’s noon and I have not accomplished anything other than just spending time with Jackson
BR: Has your personal style changed since having the baby? How would you describe your new #momstyle? Do you have a #momstyle icon that inspires you?
CF: My style has remained relatively the same – maybe just a bit more informal. You definitely need to embrace fabrics that can easily be washed when you have a baby in your life. Slip on sneakers or shoes that you can easily put on can be a much easier option. There are so many mothers I know that embrace such a lovely style. I would have to say my mom style icon would probably be Jenni Kayne from Santa Barbara. Her style evokes ease and comfort while remaining current and elegant
BR: Between your interior design work, styling, and creating your blog (a Gwyneth Palto fav btw), Sacramento Street do you find anytime for yourself? How are you getting it all done with a newborn?
CF: The truth is, I haven’t been able to get everything done that I used to. I gave myself permission to step back from my work for the first three months of Jackson’s life. I’m starting to gear up again so we’ll see how the balancing act goes. I have the advantage of working from my home so even with a part-time nanny, I see him throughout the day
BR: We love the concept of Design in a Box. What a great way to share style and décor tips with all budgets. What is the biggest challenge in creating a personal inspiration for someone that you may not know? What inspired you to offer this service?
CF: I began Design in a Box as a way to share good design with those who may have a more limited budget but also wish to have help with the design process. I have a detailed questionnaire that helps me to understand my clients taste. Most of my clients are also followers so they often have a similar design aesthetic to me
BR: I can’t even imagine how amazing your little one’s nursery is! Can you share a few details about the finished product and your inspiration?
CF: Anyone who knows me, realizes that I fully embrace neutrals and blues in my design work. I think the nursery is an extension of the rest of my house. Grey walls, a Turkish rug in blue, and white furniture, have created a serene and peaceful environment.
BR: In the last few months, have you given up any fashion items in the name of motherhood? If so, what? What is the one fashion item you will never sacrifice…even if it is totally impractical as a mama?
CF: With the exception of occasional events, I am not wearing heels anymore. When you’re often carrying around a baby, stroller, car seat, etc., it just isn’t practical now. The one item I will never give up is a beautiful purse. They have been my downfall for years and I continue to sport one even if it isn’t the most practical.
BR: What are your BURU mommy must-haves and why do they work in your mommy lifestyle?
Rachel Roy Fitted Blazer in Khaki- I find that by having a nice blazer at the ready, I can turn an informal outfit into something a bit more put together.
Niki Biki Ribbed Seamless Leggings- This was the first item I purchased at BURU. After I wore them several times, I promptly purchased a second pair. They really are the perfect leggings.
By Malene Birger Minona Black Jumpsuit- This jumpsuit is so flattering. I feel slim and love the ease of slipping it on – no fuss and great to nurse in.
By Malene Birger Kampy-Clutch- I’m a huge fan of By Malene Birger – both her interior design as well as her fashion. This cute clutch is easy to use with all the essentials – keys, phone, and of course lipstick.
Demylee Justine Pale Grey Pullover- As a new mom, I find it important to have clothing that is easy to wear. When I am going out with the baby, I have so many other things to worry about other what I’m wearing.
White + Warren Button Front Popover in Beige- This is another favorite of mine. I love wearing this with the leggings from Buru.
Sam and Lavi Billie T-Shirt Charcoal- A girl can never have too many t-shirts in her wardrobe. I love the white & charcoal billie-t.
Bella Dahl Raglan Scoop Neck Tee in Natural Grey- This is another great t-shirt that I find myself grabbing most days!
Goldsign Boyfriend Jeans- These boyfriend jeans are so comfortable and they look amazing.
Shop her complete Tastemaker Sale HERE