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Pillow Talk with Caitlin Flemming

DIANI Living is rooted in beautiful interiors and well-crafted home and lifestyle pieces (just take a look inside our store), but what really inspires us is connecting with fellow female entrepreneurs. To celebrate creative women and their talents, we are excited to announce our new Pillow Talk series, which features a fun and intimate Q&A with the women that inspire us.

To kick things off, we visited  Sacramento Street blogger and interior designer Caitlin Flemming inside her newly refreshed, DIANI Living-inspired bedroom, where we talked career success, work-life balance and sleep rituals.

When you were in school, what was your favorite subject and what did you want to “grow up” to be?

As a little girl I dreamed of being a travel photographer. We traveled quite a bit for my dads work in conservation that took us to remote places around the world. Capturing the places we went to was how I was able to connect with each place. In college, I was drawn immediately to my entrepreneurship class. The fact that I could pave my own way and journey was intriguing.

What contributed to your goal of becoming the taste maker businesswoman that you are today?

Since a young age I’ve had this entrepreneurial spirit. My parents have always told me to follow my heart and do what I love. I remember them saying “you only live once, don’t waste it doing what you don’t love.”

What do you think is the single most important ingredient to success?

Hard work and a positive attitude.

What’s the most challenging part of your professional life?

Right now things are changing so quickly. In social media you have to be at the pulse of what is happening. In interior design it’s become more challenging because clients have access to everything via the internet.

Which female entrepreneurs do you admire?

We currently live in a time where women are taking initiative and paving their own way. What I love most about this day and age is the fact that we can create our own path. There have been many that had a huge influence on me – one that had the largest impact was Erica Tanov who I worked for in college and who mentored me. She truly brought out the creative spirit I now have.

How to you try to manage your work/life balance?

There is no right way to manage being a mom, a wife and a business owner. I’m constantly putting on many hats throughout the day. Some days are easy and others I feel like a hurricane is going off in my head and I’m not doing any role perfectly.

What’s the biggest gift you give yourself to recharge?

Honestly, an hour Pilates class or a long walk with a girlfriend or kids is all I need. Being in nature always helps me think about what’s truly important in life.

What’s the first thing you do after you wake up?

Make my husband and I a cup of tea.

What’s the last thing you do before bed?

Go into each kid’s room to say goodnight even when they are sleeping.

Any sleep rituals that you use to help quiet the mind after a long day?

Technology off at 9pm. It’s helped me unwind from a long day of work and life as a mom.

Handwoven Batik Pillow, SOLD, similar styles available here

What do you love most about your bed?

The layers. I love linens and pillows. I’m obsessed with switching up my bed linens each season for the different temperatures. In the summer we have to add layers because of our foggy nights!

How do you make your bedroom a sacred space?

It’s a serene space. I believe that your bedroom should be calming and quiet all the noise in your head. The neutral palate makes it feel like a little oasis from how hectic our days can be.

What do you see yourself doing next to express yourself professionally?

Writing a book. It’s been a lifelong dream to work with my mom on writing a book. We are currently photographing homes around the world and I can’t wait to show everyone the final product!

What is something you’ve accomplished personally or professionally that you never dreamed possible for yourself?

This book. We went through years of what to write about and I was always worried that a publisher wouldn’t understand our vision. Luckily one did!

Thank you Caitlin, we wish you all the best in your new endeavors!


Shop the Story

Grain Sack Pillow, Double Blue Stripe, $150

African Batik Blue Pillow, $165

Dark Grey Batik Pillow, 22×22, $175

Dark Grey Batik Pillow, 18×18, $150

Dakhla Throw Blanket, $375

Kesh Bed Cover with Large Pompoms, $350

Drapey V Sweater, $370

The Stunner Zip Ankle Step Fray, $210

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Memorial Day Shred

Goldsign Shred Jeans

I dipped my toe in the water with a little knee shredding on my denim last season and we’ve all noticed that designers have taken the look a lot further this season. I love contrasting super casual worn in jeans with a crisp white top or a silk blouse. For a comfortable higher waisted, relaxed hip shredded jean, try GoldSign’s Stevie. Just arrived at DIANI!

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Shredded Jeans

A.P.C Brode cotton top here. GoldSign Stevie jeans. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 or email customercare@dianiboutique.com for more information. Loeffler Randall Ceci pumps here. Emporio Armani clutch (old). Similar here.

Happy Memorial Day! Caroline xoxo

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos

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A Tale of Two White Shirts and a Denim Skirt

Mother Patchie Skirt

I think we can all agree that you can never have too many white shirts. They kind of fall into the jeans camp where different looks call for different cuts. Sometimes you need a high neck, sometimes a short sleeve, and sometimes the kind of fabric is what’s integral to making an outfit work. As we move into summer, I’ve started clearing out some older styles and restocking my wardrobe with white tops. These two by Mother and IRO have already been in steady rotation. And, I’ve found the perfect pencil skirt. And, it’s denim! And, that means I’ll be wearing it a lot!

Mother Patchie Skirt

Loeffler Randall Ceci Pump

Loeffler Randall Ceci Pump

White Mother Frenchie shirt here. Mother Patchie denim skirt here. IRO Vinton belt. Loeffler Randall Ceci heels here. All available at DIANI. Call 1 877 342 6474 or email customercare@dianiboutique.com for more information.

Mother Patchie Skirt

IRO Jesse Top

IRO Vinton Belt

Dolce and Gabbana Nails

 IRO Kelsey top. Mother Patchie denim skirt here. IRO Vinton belt. Loeffler Randall Ceci heels here. All available at DIANI. Call 1 877 342 6474 or email customercare@dianiboutique.com for more information.

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos


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Paris Fashion Week Wrap Up

A picture’s worth a thousand words and no more so than pictures of Paris. Fashion Week in Paris is like nowhere else in the world. The city is fashion and fashion is the city. It all works seamlessly together. So, whether you’re there to visit the museums, or to plow through the showrooms, it all seems like walking through poetry. Here are some highlights from my trip earlier this month.

All images Caroline Diani except image 10. Credit Maja Wyh

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New York Fashion Week Wrap Up

Travel Essentials

This is the time of year where I am bouncing around between NYC, Paris and LA scouring the showrooms and runways looking for the best of the best to bring into DIANI for fall 2014. It has it’s glamorous moments, but if any of you have been to NYC in February (brrr!), you’ll know that it can be close to impossible to 1. wear warm enough clothes and still feel chic and, 2. get anywhere on time when there’s snow on the ground. With up to seven appointments a day, it can sometimes feel like I’m on one of those Amazing Race-esque reality shows. However, over Valentine’s weekend, the hubby came out so we could see a play (No Man’s Land with Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart – AMAZING!) and also play in Central Park and visit friends in Upstate NY. It was the perfect time to fully embrace the snow and have fun! Here is a synopsis of essentials I travel with, a sneak peek at some designer highlights and the beautiful NYC in all it’s snowy glory.

The aftermath of a buying trip looks a lot like this….stay tuned for a Paris wrap up! For live time updates, follow me on Instagram @dianiliving xo





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Stripes and Soft Poached Eggs

It’s not often that I make it out for breakfast, but when I do, one of my favorite spots is D’Angelo’s for their poached eggs on toast with a side of smoked salmon. Whether it’s breakfast at home or out, I like it shared with my husband whenever possible. There’s something sacred to me about the first meal of the day and I love the chance to chat about what each of us have scheduled that day.

Sam&Lavi Lexington top here. GoldSign His Jean in Ursula wash here. Anya Hindmarch small Bathurst here. Loeffler Randall Tamsin heel (on sale!) here. Oliver Peoples sunglasses. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Photos Leela Cyd

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Ruffles, Leather and Four-legged Friends

Valentine’s Day may be two weeks away, but I’m already committing to frequent quality time with my hubby and the pups, especially since I’m leaving for a buying trip to New York very soon. And sneaking away in the middle of the day for an impromptu lunch break and walk is like an instant shot of romance and fun. Romance and fun… not just for night time dates after all!

Isabel Marant Aiden dress here. Muubaa Volta moto jacket here. Saint Laurent boots (old), alternative here. Oliver Peoples sunnies. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Guest appearances by Plum and Raisin.

Photos Leela Cyd

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Head Over Heels

Jeffrey getting flowers

As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s a great motivator to rev up the romance, get dressed up to the nines and go on date nights with your lover. And, it doesn’t hurt when your Valentine shows up with your favorite flowers. Painting the town pink never felt so good.

Isabel Marant Yann dress here. Ruby stone Marcia Moran earrings ($165) Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Isabel Marant Play sandals (below) here.

Photos Leela Cyd. Last photo Jeffrey Doornbos

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On The Tenth Day of a DIANI Christmas

Tenth Day of Christmas

On the tenth day of a DIANI Christmas, my true love gave to me, a boat trip out to the Islands, and to stay warm, a cozy faux fur collared Smythe coat and a hip flask filled with Hot Toddy. (Psst, keep reading below for a killer deal to help you with your holiday shopping).

Tenth Day of Christmas

Smythe coat (sold out). Shop more Smythe here. Guess what? DIANI is still in the mood for giving for the rest of the 12 days of Christmas! Today only, in-store and online here at DIANI, receive 20% off any purchase of ANY outerwear. For online, use outerwear20 at checkout.

Photos Leela Cyd

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Flats and Flares

Louise Flats

If you’re not quite ready for the full bell flares that are coming back (don’t worry, skinnies aren’t going anywhere), I’ve found the perfect jean for you by Mother. It has the fit and stretch that we expect in our denim and, from the knee, subtly flares out. Some may call this a stiletto cut. They look amazing with heels, boots, wedges and, best of all, flats! I’m crazy about these new pony hair flats by Pantofola d’Oro. They’re cozy and comfy and perfect for a long day in the kitchen this Thanksgiving.

Easy Weekend

Pantofola d’Oro Louise flats in grey here and brown here. Anya Hindmarch Seymour handbag here. Mother Runaway jeans. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Goat cable cardigan here. The Lady and the Sailor stripe tee here.

Easy Weekend

Seymour Handbag

Goat Cable Cardigan

Louise Flats

Seymour Handbag

Pantofola d’Oro Louise flats in grey here. Anya Hindmarch Seymour handbag here. Mother jeans. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Goat cable cardigan here. The Lady and the Sailor stripe tee here.

Photos. Jeffrey Doornbos

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A Few of My Favorite Things

Favorite Things

Since getting back from our honeymoon, I’ve been retiring all the summer pieces that served me so well and replacing them with the staples that will get me through the fall. I’m already finding that some new favorites are in constant rotation. MiH’s Body Con jean is top of that list. I first gave them a spin on a recent flight out to Paris and they are so unbelievably comfortable that I don’t want to wear anything else. I started looking for the perfect ankle boot to pair with them and I can always count on Golden Goose to come through on that front. The Viand boot has just enough distressing in the leather and the inside and outside zippers add the perfect amount of rock ‘n’ roll. When it comes to tees, I’ve fallen hard for The Lady and the Sailor. The quality is incomparable and I love the looser, but not too loose cuts. My go-to shape for this transitional weather is the Varsity V. I have it in every color. For another layer, I always like scarves and when I discovered Jane Carr recently, I’ve been drooling over all her prints. My new favorite is the super cool Zipper print. And, when it comes to sunglasses, I only wear one designer – Oliver Peoples. Hands down the best quality and on point colors and shapes. My new addition is the Hedda style in blonde. Being a business owner and buyer, I always have so many documents to carry around and recently found that large clutches are perfect for this. I can keep everything flat and still have room to add in my daily essentials. Anya Hindmarch’s Albion clutch is a great grab and go bag that takes me from day to night.

Favorite Things

Golden Goose Viand Boots

Golden Goose Viand boot here.

Favorite Things

Oliver Peoples Hedda sunglasses. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Favorite Things

Favorite Things

Jane Carr Zipper scarf. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.


Golden Goose Viand boot here. MiH Body Con jeans in Faded Black here. The Lady and the Sailor Varsity V. Charcoal here. Call 1 877 342 6474 for Army shown. Anya Hindmarch Albion clutch here and other favorites from the designer here. Oliver Peoples Hedda shades. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474. Jane Carr Zipper print silk scarf. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Other favorites from the designer here. Dior Purple Revolution nail polish here. Georgio Armani Flash Laquer #528 here.

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos

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Round Up – Paris Fashion Week

Postcards from Paris

I’ve been off the grid for a few weeks traveling and have so much to share! The hubby and I finally found time to take our honeymoon (more on that later) and I had a trip to Paris for Fashion Week and a birthday celebration for a close friend. Paris is always magical, but when you add amazing collections to view for spring and equally amazing friends to share the city with, I really do have a lot to be thankful for.

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