ABOVE: 1. Caitlin Hill of C&C Consulting. 2. Bespoke Thank You Notes created by Ashley D. Studio. 3. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 4. A dinner party at Caitlin’s home. 5. a vintage photo from the Instagram account of @markttaylor 6. Caitlin’s garden
Caitlin Hill has been involved with all things LKRE for several years, in some capacity. It is my pleasure to introduce her as part of our “Women We Love” series. About seven years ago, I hired Caitlin as my Marketing Director to really shake things up and develop some structure and strategy for our company. She then moved out to the west coast for several years and recently re-planted herself back here in Newport. (Who can blame her?)
Upon moving back to the east coast, Caitlin started a consultancy where she works with clients (like LKRE!) to address their business needs. It’s been so fun watching Caitlin grow on a personal and professional note, but also welcoming her back to our real estate world. We conducted a Q&A with Caitlin so you could get to know her:
Tell us a little bit about your work and your company.
I run a consultancy, C&C Consulting, where I effectively function as a project manager to help companies achieve their creative and strategic goals. Most of my clients are in fact creatives themselves – artists, interior designers, architects and tastemakers. I’ve had wonderful professional experiences leading up to C&C, however I kept feeling like there was an ingredient missing. I have never felt so fulfilled with my work and very lucky to partner with such talented people.
What is your biggest flaw?
I don’t like hearing “no”… my Mother will tell you that was my first word as a child and my fiancé will quickly concur. When I have a goal or a vision in my head, I do everything in my power to bring it to fruition. This is in part what fueled my desire to attend business school as I worked in an industry where as a woman, you had to let the boys rule the roost. I didn’t like that and wanted to ensure that if I ever sat around a boardroom again with those seemingly powerful men, I could participate in the discussion with confidence and be heard and respected. This flaw has served me well in my professional trajectory, and I’d say it’s a work in progress for my personal life 🙂
We hear you like to entertain. Tell us about your approach to summer dinner parties!
I love bringing people together and creating an ambiance. You don’t need china and caviar to host a remarkable party. That said, I do love the idea of creating a memory for my guests…whether it’s a tablescape, playlist, the menu, etc. As a host, I believe it is a privilege for your guests to choose their precious time with you and it is your duty to serve up a fun time! Some may roll their eyes, but what can I say, I’m an old soul! The best tablescapes are the least contrived… I love using terra cotta posts on the tables and the more candlelight, the better. Dim the lights! Set the scene! However, if you fuss too much, your guests will feel uncomfortable.
What are you looking forward to this summer? Any particular plans?
Well, for one, I am getting married! So, needless to say, it’s already a busy one with planning. I’m looking forward to enjoying our beautiful landscape on and off the water… swims in the ocean, day trips to Cuttyhunk by boat, lots of seafood! I’ve also made a pact with myself to finally visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The grounds look exquisite and the narrative behind her life is fascinating.
What are your favorite accounts to follow on Instagram?
@markttaylor …for his remarkable vintage photos of Newport landscape and society….I wish I could slip into some of those photographs
@hotelillpellicano …one of our stops on our honeymoon…Since I can remember, I have lusted over the photographs and have long had a love affair with the romantic story behind the hotel’s conception. I cannot wait to swim in the Tyrrhenian Sea!
What’s currently on your desk?
A stack of a million thank you notes I am slightly tardy on penning. A topiary from Cottage & Garden… a plethora of magazines, proofs for clients and my Father’s sterling silver trophy bowls which house my collection of business cards. It’s usually a very haphazard scene, good thing I have a massive desk!
We hear you have a garden. Do you have a favorite plant or part of your garden?
I am a total novice! My fiancé and I got a little over-zealous with the planting this year and the squash is about to overtake everything! That said, some of my favorite moments are in the garden with him, after work with a glass of wine inspecting the garden’s condition. La dolce vita!
Follow Caitlin on Instagram: @citrusandcedars