Over the past five years, domino illustrator Caitlin McGauley's
fanciful watercolors have become highly sought-after among New
York City’s cognoscenti. In the meantime, she’s also developed
collaborations with such brands as kate spade new york, West Elm,
and Ralph Lauren Home. This week, she talks Maira Kalman, scarab
bracelets, and motorcycle boots with domino.
Current location: New York City
photographs by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE
text by Caroline Biggs
McGauley at home in her New York City apartment.
Whimsical watercolors of national
landmarks–such as the White House
and the Statue of Liberty–are some of
McGauley’s popular works.
The studio's expansive windows offer an inspiring view of lower Manhattan.
The artist at work.
Floor-to-ceiling windows create a light-filled retreat from the bustling city below.
Striking lines and bold colors infuse the neutral space with personality.
Striped upholstery and a vintage rug make for an eclectic mix.
How would you describe your personal style?
Basic, with a whimsical streak.
What’s your most prized possession?
An antique scarab bracelet, paintbrushes that my grandfather used, and the art my daughter makes.
What’s your favorite travel destination?
I'm a homebody at my core. My favorite place is our weekend home, located beside a lake outside the city.
Where do you feel most inspired?
Walking in New York City. There’s no place like it!
If you had to wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Dark skinny jeans, motorcycle boots, and something beautiful that I would never tire of, like a vintage leopard coat.
On what items do you scrimp? On what do you splurge?
Scrimp: thrift-shop chairs. Splurge: gorgeous linen to re-cover them with.
What makes a home beautiful?
That lived-in feeling: worn velvet cushions, drawers filled with rubber bands and paper clips, lots of art, and faded Persian rugs.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Put your work out there! I’m so happy I did.
What living person do you most admire?
Maira Kalman, as much for her style as for her worldview. I met her once, and I was tongue-tied and overwhelmed.
What items do you never leave home without?
My sketchbook, my phone, and, usually, my kids!