Caroline’s philosophy that a good designer anticipates the comfort of their client, is evidenced in her talent for finishing details incorporating balance, scale and colorful drama. Excelling with a degree in textiles led to a coveted stylist placement at Neiman Marcus, then a successful turn in partnership with Steve Thompson as designer/project manager for their real estate development venture where her signature “livable luxury” was refined. Caroline is deeply involved with Santa Barbara organizations Girls, Inc., Lotusland, Domestic Violence Solutions, Lobero Theatre Associates, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
With a career forged as a buyer at the venerable luxury purveyor Neiman Marcus, Steve’s eye for the best in decor and design became his unique calling card during his turn in real estate development in the 90s. This hands-on experience with over 28 homes in Dallas, Santa Fe and Montecito in partnership with Caroline combined with his luxury retail background became the magical mix to open Cabana Home. Concerned with art and architecture preservation, Steve sits on the boards of Santa Barbara County’s Courthouse Legacy Foundation and Casa del Herrero.
Santa Barbara native Margaret Watson has a passion for authentic crafts and hand-knit textiles which brings an expertise to fine detailing in fabrics, color blending and texture layering. Her degrees in Art History and Interior Design led to competitive recognition by ASID of which she has now been an Allied Member for over 15 years. As a mom and a knitter, Margaret makes time to create blankets for Warm Up America and Project Linus as well as hats for Click for Babies both feeding her soul and keeping her knitting needles sharp.