Caroline’s philosophy that a good Santa Barbara interior 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 including 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 is involved with the Architectural Foundation Gallery, UCSB Art, Design and Architecture Museum and has sat on the boards of the Santa Barbara Courthouse Legacy Foundation, Casa del Herrero, and the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra.
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.
As an expert in our line of animal-friendly high-performance fabrics, Olive reminds us that at the heart of any design project is comfort and happiness. With her background as Cabana Home’s resident and self-appointed ‘Chief Coziness Tester,’ you can find Olive using her experience to showcase the ease of jumping on and off her favorite sheepskin chaise.