Our Most Used Retail Items

Although we do a lot of custom work for our clients, what people like most about working with us is that we are more than happy to work in retail items into our plans as well. When you have kids or are trying to stick to a certain budget, it’s great to be able to get good quality items without the cost and wait time for custom made. Even people with HUGE budgets don’t want to spend zillions on a sectional for their family room– even if they can afford it. So over the years we have developed a list of “go to” items that we find ourselves using over and over again in projects. Not because all our projects look alike, but good basics are trendless and timeless and can work with just about ANY style decor!  I thought I’d round up a chunk of these items and share them with you!

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Fashion Friday: What I REALLY Wear in Winter

Someone posted on my blog or Instagram the other day asking what I REALLY wore during the messy, dreary, cold months of winter. I laughed, because I had just been scrolling Insta looking at some fashion bloggers frolicking around outside during the “bomb-cyclone” winter storm we had– in heeled boots and SKIRTS. Now, I love looking at unrealistic and inspirational images as much as the next gal, but when it comes down to real life, I try to look as pulled together as possible but while also being comfy and warm with dry feet.  So here are some looks that I wear during winter when spending the day with Henry or going to a meeting!

MOM UNIFORM

I wear jeans 99.9% of the time. To the office, to meetings, out to dinner.  When I’m in mom-mode I want to be comfy and able to play int he snow with my little guy.  Every year for the past couple years I’ve bought myself a timeless investment piece as my “Chirstmas bonus” to myself– last year it was my watch, this year it was a Moncler puffer coat.  It was stupid expensive, but when I saw it it was the perfect color, last one in my size and I just DID IT. And you know what? Best money I’ve spent in a while!  I wear it constantly and it is SO light and so friggin’ warm.  That said, this Uniqlo version below is SO great too (plus $99 on sale!) Paired with my fave cashmere tee, the BEST jeans for boots (slim enough at ankle to tuck right into boots and warm but cute boots I can move and am comfy but don’t look like a hot mess!

coat // scarf // sweater // jeans // boots // earrings // sunglasses

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AmericasMart Atlanta Here I Come.

This weekend I’ll be heading down to Atlanta (praise be- warmer temps!) to participate on this panel with a couple other bloggers you might know (duh!) regarding what’s trending in our respective areas of the country as well as projects we are all working on.  For those who love the design blogging community or want to become a part of it and may have questions for us, you should certainly come by if you are attending Market!  It should be a lively and interesting discussion for sure!

I’ll be down there not only to be on this panel, but also to show my upcoming rug collection again (they will be available to purchase in March!)  Here is the lookbook that was just released that show all the sizes of each rug that will be available.  I cannot wait for them to FINALLY come out! I’d love to know which ones you guys love most!
Lookbook 2017 1.9.18

I like to think about my rugs in context of an actual space– and so I pulled together this little board showing a boys room using one of my favorite rugs from the line– totally a potential option for Mr. Henry’s big boy room!

lamp // framed art // custom roman shades // vinyl grasscloth // star wallpaper // bookshelf // sheets // quilt // custom daybed // dresser // swing arm sconces

Elements by Erin Gates Spring 1 Collection!

It’s hard to think about spring right now and many of us are living in a tundra of ice– but think ahead we must! And what better way then planning some happy home decor edits after a long winter!  My Spring 1 pillow collection for my Elements by Erin Gates line are now available on Wayfair and I wanted to showcase the goods here because I think they came out awesome an dare a really happy collection of bright color and interesting textures (and as always, super affordable!)

NOTE: Wayfair’s site does not show all the color options in an obvious way to select the drop down on the right to see all color options for each pillow style!

I was keen to try some new colors this season and so picked a bright canary yellow and rich avocado green.  We brought back my Acanthus Key pillow (in two colors) since it was a best-seller and here show it paired with this amazing painterly floral print I looooooove and a modern small scale giraffe print with stripe border.

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Statement Dressing Takes on New Meaning.

Last night’s Golden Globes was powerful on so many levels. While Hollywood itself can be very self-congratulatory and seem superficial- I really felt like the speeches and inclusion of so many great social justice pioneers and leaders as “dates” to the super famous on the red carpet really was something special.  Not to mention the showing of incredible support through almost every single person wearing black (I had to cringe at the handful of people who somehow missed the memo, including the president of the HFP).  You may think that having the dress code be only black would make for a rather sartorially dull red carpet– but NOT THE CASE! I actually thought it was one of the best, most interesting red carpets fashion-wise in many years!  Sometimes when given a directive or limiting “rule”, the results can actually be more beautiful than when it’s a free for all.  You have to think more creatively when limited in palette.  So while I had another post ready for today (which I will post this afternoon- my spring accessory collection is out and it’s a fab sea of color), this morning I wanted to share my favorite looks from last night and also pitch you a little fundraiser– so read to the end!

Reese was simply perfection in her one shouldered gown, straight locks and statement earrings.  But Viola Davis brought the house down with her look- a black velvet Brandon Maxwell paired with the most amazing diamond necklace and rockin’ hair.  She has to be one of the most intelligent, classy women in Hollywood.

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