Wine Pairings for Real Parents.

It’s been a crazy couple weeks (I feel like I say that a lot)- two entrepreneurs at super busy times in their career plus a baby is a tad nuts at times. At the end of the day sometimes we are just spent and can’t deal with making dinner.  The other night I was finishing up feeding Henry while sipping on some wine and snacking on his teething puffs because I was too lazy to get up and get my own snack and thought “hey, these pair pretty well together” which was sad/funny and so I thought I’d pair wines with all sorts of harried parent snacks.  Hey if you can’t laugh about the insanity….

So the fruity teething puffs mostly ended up on the floor and in the high chair? Doesn’t matter- it’s way easier to just eat them than sweep them up. While you are acting like a human Dyson, sip a little Hogwash rose to really make that enticing blend of purple potatoes and  blueberries sing in your mouth.  Then go flip through a Garnet Hill catalog, fold down seven pages and wonder what the f*%# happened to you.
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SNEAK PEEK! My Home Accessory Collection Coming Oct. 5th!

I could not be more excited to FINALLY share this sneak peek into my new home accessories collection, ELEMENTS by Erin Gates,  that has been in the works for about a year now! I am so, so honored to work with a brilliant, thoughtful licensing company that not only really cares about the quality of whats going out into the market with my name on it but also gave me a ton of creative control which isn’t always the case when it comes to licensing.  It was super important to me that everything be affordable but still of good quality (for example- the pillows have down inserts and intricate details like trim and embroidery and are still $48-$68!)  I felt like a lot of affordable home decor is super trendy- for example, I could not find greek key bordered solid velvet pillows for under $100 to save my life- and so I wanted to create a line that had that classic, timeless style but with a modern edge.  In other words, things that will LAST. The pillows, poufs, candles, baskets and throws will be for sale October 5th on Wayfair and AllModern! The lighting will be released closer to the beginning of December. Of course,  I will keep you updated here with any and all new releases.  Here is just some of the collection (there are some more things I’ll show on the release date!)

Below is a great navy grouping- the lamp, baskets, pillows, throw and pouf (which is big and firm enough to actually sit on or use as an ottoman) are all from the collection!
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Emmy’s Red Carpet Review

You asked and so here I am…. with an Emmy’s red carpet review.  I have to admit, I did not watch any of it (proof that this baby has eaten my brain) but I of course ate up the images yesterday of all the fashion. So here we go….

Best dressed? EASY. Priyanka Chopra. So good.

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Runner up is Kristen Bell. It’s a daring choice, and not for everyone, but I LOVE it on her.  It’s fun but elegant and yet sexy.

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HUGE Blog Sale!

It’s that time again, and this might be the best blog tag sale EVER. It’s a big one so peruse away and please e-mail me erin@eringatesdesign.com if you see anything you want. I will put you in tough with the seller (or help you myself if it’s my stuff!)  Large items for pick up only in most cases- smaller items can be shipped.  Some sellers willing to discuss shipping quotes. Here we go!

Original painting by yours truly. Really put my bachelors degree to work on this one and while I think it’s the best one I’ve done in a long time, I’m going a new direction in this room. 36″ square. $500 SOLD
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One pair of custom Parisian pleat drapes with Samuel & Sons Green Key trim. Approx 87″ to top of pleats. $400 SOLD

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This beauty that was on the cover of my book. I feel somewhat bad selling this, but it’s had it’s day in my home and now can help make someone else’s home spectacular.   Antique frame so the paint has some chipping, re-upholstered in pieced linen fabrics. $950 SOLD

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