black lacquer design.

mint kitchen cabinets with gold hardware and black and white tiled floors / sfgirlbybay

black lacquer design was created by interior designer Caitlin Murray with the belief that almost every room can benefit from a bit of black and a little lacquer. Several years of growing a career in the design industry with award-winning firms, including House of Honey and MASHstudios lead to launching and co-founding her first design company, Caitlin & Caitlin. C&C quickly became a celebrated studio across the editorial sphere with top design publications and bloggers alike. Thanks to praise from press and plenty of client love, Caitlin spent her two and a half years with the firm steadily working on an array of projects, ranging from remodels to new-builds in both residential and commercial applications. Working hands-on with each aspect of every project, she built an incredible crew of subcontractors, vendors and resources. Black Lacquer is the brainchild of all that experience –basically bursting with style savviness and practical project management skills. But ultimately, Caitlin thinks it’s all about having a fun and beautiful life. And that above all else, design should make you feel great. So if your space is craving a small cosmetic change or in need of a complete overhaul, check in with black lacquer. here’s a peek at just a couple of her beautiful projects, including a gorgeous kitchen and a beautifully bold living room space.

kitchen with mint cabinets, gold hardware, stainless steel appliances and black and white floor tile / sfgirlbybay

floating copper ktichen shelves / sfgirlbybay

copper stools at kitchen island with copper pendant lamps / sfgirlbybay

mint cabinet with decor displayed on top and persian rug in front / sfgirlbybay

modern kitchen decor by black lacquer design. / sfgirlbybay

modern styling by black lacquer design. / sfgirlbybay

chic kitchen design and styling via black lacquer design. / sfgirlbybay

bright and modern kitchen decor and styling by black lacquer design. / sfgirlbybay

black and white patterned kitchen floor tiles and mint cabinets / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern living room with leather sofa and colorful pillows and white hammock chair / sfgirlbybay

unique vase styled by black lacquer design. / sfgirlbybay

bar cart styled by black lacquer design / sfgirlbybay

accessories and homewares styled by black lacquer design. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern living room decor by black lacquer design  / sfgirlbybay

modern living room decor and styling by black lacquer design / sfgirlbybay

white desk with black stool and gray wall with white trim / sfgirlbybay

art and home decor on white shelf and gray wall / sfgirlbybay

brown leather sofa with colorful and bright decor / sfgirlbybay

white ceramic oversized flask on metal bar cart / sfgirlbybay

• Photography by black lacquer design.

dining fresh from the garden.

my outdoor dining space at home with Traget accessories. / sfgirlbybay

one of my favorite things about owning a home is having my own garden and outside dining space. i’ve come to realize spending time outside, gardening and entertaining is one my greatest joys — i could spend all day out there puttering around and planting new flowers and now vegetables, too! i shared my container garden earlier this year, and now i’m planting a whole lot of fresh herbs. there’s nothing quite like inviting your friends and family over and making them a meal from stuff you’ve grown yourself — my pride is obnoxiously overflowing! i now pick fresh herbs on a daily basis, and am growing zucchini, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, kale and onions. Target invited me to share some of my summer entertaining ideas, and outdoor dining with what’s practically a fresh salad bar picked from the garden paired with BBQing is high on my list. gotta love eating al fresco with friends on warm summer nights!

target drink tray with potted herbs growing / sfgirlbybay

potted herb garden using hanging planters from target. / sfgirlbybay

to set the mood for entertaining i’ve hung these great globe lights around the patio and it’s created the prettiest dining ambience for nighttime parties (i put them on a dimmer switch for setting the mood just right!). for my overflowing herb garden i chose these really cute galvanized planters and trays from Target — and how cute are these herb stakes? and there’s also a matching watering can — and both match my container garden perfectly. i love this big wood tray for displaying fresh vegetables and herbs from the garden, or using it as a serving piece. growing your own herbs for summer entertaining is the coolest — add sprigs of mint and slices of cucumber to your water to make it taste great, and it looks so much prettier too. it’s so nice to serve your friends your own spa-like water and feels like you’ve taken that extra special step to make them feel pampered. so to get your summer prep started right i highly recommend planting your own herbs and veggies — it’s easy and so, so satisfying!

growing vegetables in a garden at home / sfgirlbybay

glass carafe and glasses from target filled with spa water / sfgirlbybay

home and garden accessories from target on my patio / sfgirlbybay

patio accessories and decor from target for gardening at home. / sfgirlbybay

sage planted in rope planter from target with tiny stake and label. / sfgirlbybay

hanging globe lights against black home exterior on my patio / sfgirlbybay

black globe lights from target on pergola with lime vines / sfgirlbybay

how to grow herbs outdoors on your patio / sfgirlbybay

growing herbs in pots from target outdoors / sfgirlbybay

cilantro planted in rope planter from target with stake and label on outdoor patio / sfgirlbybay

thyme planted in rope planter with stake and label from target in outdoor garden / sfgirlbybay

• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.

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hot pink high drama.

hot pink walls in kitchen with wall art and accessories hung / sfgirlbybay

fashions designers at home.

beyond the culture and the history, one of the things i am most interested in seeing when i travel to cuba is the color. that well-worn, faded patina finish that can only come with years of weathering. there’s a certain vibe architecture and interiors take on when they’ve been left untouched for a long time and i find it so beautiful. parts of tulum had that, and bri’s photos of hong kong had it, too. i have this vision in my head that cuba will be filled with that special color — like this faded but bold hot pink, and i can’t wait to photograph it. these images give me that feeling and although i’m not so sure i could exist day to day in some of these spaces, i can definitely admire their unique beauty and eccentricity.

well-worn pale pink wall with candle sconce / sfgirlbybay

northern delight.

hot pink painted brick wall in eclectic living room. / sfgirlbybay

design sponge.

magenta kitchen walls above concrete countertops and shelves / sfgirlbybay

Architectural Digest Russia.

pink pattered wall paper / sfgirlbybay

keltainen talo rannalla.

inspiring pink interiors and decor / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: little glowing lights.; desde my ventana.; laostudio; apartment therapy.; hand painted chinoiserie wallpaper via Dessin Fournir.; photography by bjarne bare via Minoo.

pink bedroom decor and inspiration / sfgirlbybay

Architectural Digest germany.

painted pink doors and trim and vintage radiator / sfgirlbybay

photograph by quentin de briey.

weathered wall with painted pink and gold pattern / sfgirlbybay

moth tales.

deep pink wall with old map in dining room / sfgirlbybay

wabi sabi.

inspiring interiors with pops of pink decor and paint / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: apartment therapy.; terre d’lang deco.; sors.; an aesthetic pursuit.; photograph by kristen perers via décor de provence.; haute boheme.trouvais.

shades of hot pink on building exterior and in-set wood windows / sfgirlbybay

the love assembly.

shades of pink bedroom decor and furnishings / sfgirlbybay

photography by david cleveland.

deep pink wall in indoor outdoor space / sfgirlbybay

decor demon.

bound for cuba.

pastel buildings in cuba. / sfgirlbybay

i’ve been wanting to see cuba up close and personal for ages, and now, thanks to new travel regulations, i’m  excited to tell you my friend joni and i have just booked a trip for thanksgiving week! we booked the trip through a tour company called coast to costa based out of los angeles, and our itinerary looks so great. We’ll be peeking behind the curtain of the long since prohibited island exploring the magical culture of Cuba, and will be spending our time between the capitol of Havana, the well-preserved colorful colonial town of Trinidad and the lush tobacco and farm region of Viñales — we even have a lesson in rolling cuban cigars. i’m so thrilled to be seeing what we have been forbidden to see for the last 60 years, so if you’ve ever been to cuba i’d love to hear your suggestions — the tour has a lot for us to see and do, but offers us free time, too so i’m so excited to capture the faded colors and beauty of cuba with my camera. do tell what I shouldn’t miss!

pastel buildings in alley in cuba. / sfgirlbybay

inspirational travel images of cuba. / sfgirlbybay

ornate white building and orange vintage car in cuba. / sfgirlbybay

pastel building exteriors and blue skies in cuba. / sfgirlbybay

vintage signs in cuba. / sfgirlbybay

mint building exterior and vintage blue car in cuba. / sfgirlbybay

white vintage buick in cuba. / sfgirlbybay

• photos by alessandro giraldi; erich mcvey; photographer Tom Blachford for my modern met.

vintage vibes.

repurposed barn siding wall treatment / sfgirlbybay

i love this dutch farmhouse with a very vintage 70’s vibe recently featured on vtwonen. there was an old barn on the property that the couple had planned to update using the hayloft as additional living space, but it was in such bad shape it couldn’t be saved. the next best thing was to gut the space and recreate it from the inside out — repurposing the old barn siding into this funky wall treatment that reminds me of piet hein eek’s scrapwood wallpaper. pair that cool wall with the mustard sofa and it’s like we’ve stepped back in time to some place you might find in woodstock with joni mitchell playing on the turntable. but then there’s modern accents like the eames chair and mid-century modern shelving that add an unexpected and clever update. for the full home tour, visit vtwonen.

farmhouse with 1970's vintage vibe / sfgirlbybay

yellow bench with shoe storage and built in wood shelving / sfgirlbybay

white leather mid-century modern lounge chair and ottoman / sfgirlbybay

dining space with built-in wood shelving unit. / sfgirlbybay

white spiral staircase with hanging plants / sfgirlbybay

balcony view of black and white kitchen with open floor plan. / sfgirlbybay

dutch farmhouse with while bedroom / sfgirlbybay

framed colorful art print and glass planters / sfgirlbybay

• photography via vtwonen.