Master Suite & Addition Final Reveal!

FINALLY I am able to show you the final shots of my master suite and addition!!!  We finished construction in early October and since then I’ve been prepping, styling and trying to finish all the spaces off. You can read about the whole construction process in this post thread.  But here we go- I tried to link as many sources as I could below the picture (shot by Sarah Winchester) with a couple of my own iPhone shots throw in too where marked with ** (but I am sure you can tell by the mediocre quality!)

Bed- Gates Bed for Kristin Drohan Collection // Nightstands- Wisteria // Lamps- Arteriors // Stool-  Diseno Bos // Bedding- Pottery Barn //  Faux Fur Throw- Pottery Barn // Rug- Pottery Barn // Urchins- Target // Drapes, Shades & Pillow- Makkas Drapery Workroom //  Drape Fabric- Lacefield Designs // Pillow Fabric- Peter Dunham

Starting down in the kitchen, when we tore down the garage and unheated “mud room” area we replaced it with a pantry area, mudroom and laundry room (and and a nice big new garage we can actually fit a car in now!)  We worked with my Dad’s firm to design this tricky addition- with our sloping  raised lot and hip roof it really made Dad and his team flex their creative muscles!

Looking from the kitchen into the pantry area- our kitchen is small so this allows for a HUGE new storage space for food, plus we added a glass door out to the patio and grill to the right.  We had hoped to make it one continuous floor, but due to the roof lines and lot we had to keep two small steps down….


Kitchen Cabinets- Vermont Custom Cabinetry // Lower Cabinet Color- Benjamin Moore Cape May Cobblestone // Cabinet Hardware- Colonial Bronze // Trim & Door Paint- Sherwin William Extra White

I had the doors made to mimic the Shaker style of our kitchen cabinets so that it would feel like an extension of the kitchen- and used some really gorgeous crystal knobs for interest.


Door handles- Emtek // Door Color- Sherwin Williams Extra White

A little area to keep dog stuff and notes.


Floor Tile- Tile Showcase // Rug- Homegoods  // Wall Color- Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist

I added a few wall hooks for leashes and coats and bags.


Hooks- Anthropologie

But what’s REALLY exciting is the giant coat closet on the right- we had NO coat closet until now since we took out the tiny one that was originally in the house to make a door to our back yard and open up the flow of the house. Oh and hello laundry room.


MY LAUNDRY ROOM!!!! Bringing the laundry out the basement was HUUUUUUUGGE for us. And I decided to really do it up with an amazing toile paper and colored ceiling. It’s so happy in here I don’t mind doing laundry.  It’s super tiny, but totally functional.


Wallpaper- Cole & Sons // Roman Shade- Makkas Drapery Workroom // Trim & Shelf Color- Sherwin Williams Extra White


Ceiling Light- Jonathan Adler // Ceiling Paint Color- Sherwin Williams Breaktime

Why not put some nice art in a laundry room too??


Slim Aarons photograph- One Kings Lane

Okay, moving upstairs, this is where the real magic happened.  The entrance to our master suite!  This room used to be Andrew’s office and the scary little “bedroom” with a half door.  We used it to just store our junk. Now it has gorgeous mirror built ins that serve as Andrew’s closet/ dressing area and book storage.  I wallpapered the right hand wall for some added interest.


Custom Closet/ Shelf Built Ins- TaylorMade Cabinets // Rug- E Carpet Gallery // Wallpaper- Cole & Sons // Hardware- Rejuvenation

When we bought the house this space looked like THIS.


Close up of the gorgeous built ins. These were expensive, but worth EVERY penny not only for the design and drama it adds but the functionality too! So much storage!


Wine Jug, Driftwood, Baskets and Frames- Homegoods // Gold Container- Hudson // Vase- West Elm // Bowl- Lawrence McRae // Shagreen Box- West Elm

I found these sconces in Palm Beach and thought they were perfect in this hallway!


Sconces (vintage)- Palm Beach Regency // Wallpaper- Cole & Sons

Through the pocket door is our master bathroom! Again, this space is small, but we designed it to function exactly as we needed- two sinks, two medicine cabinets and a nice big walk in shower.  I plan to put some art above the towel bar at some point too :)


Vanity Color- Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray // Floor Tile- Talya Collection // Hardware- Lewis Dolin //  Medicine Cabinets- Restoration Hardware // Sconces- Circa Lighting // Faucets- Kohler  // Wall Color- Sherwin Williams Eider White


Countertops- Silestone // Sinks- Toto // Tissue Cover – Jonathan Adler // Zebra Tray- Jonathan Adler

I LOVE my new shower- and I am SO glad I did the Modern French Gold finish from Kohler because it makes me SO happy every day!


Shower Tile- Tiles Plus More // Toilet- Kohler // Showerhead & Trim- Kohler


This was what was there before- Andrew’s office.


Our amazing bedroom!  This space has become totally detrimental to our social life because we just want to stay in here ALL. THE. TIME.  I was looking everywhere for a wood canopy bed with clean lines and an upholstered, tufted headboard and could not find one that was right.  So I worked with the fab Kristin Drohan to design one of my own (which is now part of her collection!)  We did a limed oak finish and used a great white faux leather for the headboard!  And can we discuss my drapes???? HEAVEN.  The print is bold but neutral and I love them SO much- as well as my cordless woven wood shades.  My drapery workroom is THE BEST.  Also of note, this rug is too small for the room, I need to get a custom sized rug but as you can imagine, the budget got tight at the end. Maybe for Xmas.


Bed- Kristin Drohan Collection // Nightstands – Wisteria // Drapes, Shades & Pillow- Makkas Drapery Workroom // Drape Fabric- Lacefield Designs // Chair- Mitchell Gold // Bedding- Pottery Barn // Pillow Fabric- Peter Dunham // Faux Fur Blanket- Pottery Barn // Wall Urchins- Target //  Wall Color- Sherwin Williams Incredible White

The tiny icky room before.


We designed this built in specifically so the pups could look out the window. But I love sitting here, I can lie down and read and it’s so comfy.  Under the cushion are little doors we can lift up and store blankets, yoga mats and luggage in!  Oliver approves. :)


Roman Shade- Makkas Drapery Workroom // Shade Fabric- Lacefield Designs // Pillows- Pottery Barn & West Elm // Seat Cushion Fabric- Duralee // Sconces- Crate & Barrel // Side Table- DWR // Tray- West Elm // Candle- Jonathan Adler


** Sconces- Crate & Barrel

Baxter also needed to stop by and say hi (and introduce you to his BFF Smelly Squirrel) as well as show off my amazing new upholstered nailhead dresser.  While I know TV’s are “bad” in a bedroom, we did install one and I have to say- it’s heaven at the end of a long day to lie here and watch TV.


Dresser- Kathy Kuo Home

I love the mirrored top and store a lot of jewelry on here.


Dresser- Kathy Kuo Home // Ceramic Bird & Cloche- Darby Road Home // Jewelry Boxes- West Elm

My walk in closet is again, on the small side (but feels big to this former city girl!)  I worked with the amazing California Closets to use every square inch smartly. It’s incredible to have a closet designed just for me!  The piece under the window is a hamper but also serves as a little table too!


Closet- California Closets // Rug- Ramble Market (new antiques goldmine!) // Hamper Pull- Anthropologie

Left is folded clothes and hanging tops and pants.


Roman Shade- Makkas Drapery Workroom // Shade Fabric- Martyn Lawrence Bullard // Art- Amanda Talley

On the right are dresses, bags (clutches you can see, bigger bags are up to right near the ceiling) and shoes. Lots of shoes all on display perfectly (in my old closet they all were in a pile on the floor).


Closet- California Closets

Because I have a pocket door and this space is tiny I had no room for a mirror and was bummed- but CC to the rescue- check out this mirror that slides out!!!! It’s a game changer!


It’s hard to tell but we did the whole closet in this amazing linen texture and the front of the hamper in a high gloss white enamel.


** Tray- Hudson // Art- Amanda Talley // Diffuser- Pottery Barn (smells SO good) // Bowls- Canvas Home

And outside there were BIG changes too- this was our house when we bought it….


Our house as of this morning! :)  My Dad does such a wonderful job of making additions look like they blend in with the rest of the house.  So many of our neighbors have complimented us on how the new part of the house looks like it’s always been there.  And get I get a “hell yeah” regarding my nice wide driveway? Last winter we would end up not able to open our car doors when it snowed the driveway was SO narrow with those embankments on each side!


Of course, I have plans for one more phase of expansion (turning our unheated sunroom into a vaulted ceiling family room) but that will have to wait. :)

A big thank you to all the vendors that worked on this project with me!  It came out even better than I imagined!


Architect- New England Design, Inc.

Builder- VW Builders

Designer- Erin Gates Design :) (booking for spring/ summer 2015)


  1. Gorgeous Erin!! Random question – what down comforter do you use? any recommendations on a good one that doesn’t leak feathers?? : )

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  3. You are just so insanely talented — everything is perfection. Thank you for sharing it with us!

    Can you provide any more details about the slide-out mirror? I have *exactly* the same situation — small walk-in closet that’s filled to the brim with shelving/rods (I don’t think it’s CC but it was done by prior owner), and a pocket door. We were just at Home Depot yesterday trying to find a super slim hanging mirror but this is obviously a much better solution. Is it something CC can sell out of the box? Thanks for any details!

  4. What a transformation! Very inspired, visionary and thoughtful. My heart literally started racing (in a good way) when I saw the bathroom tile. I also really appreciate the well documented sources for all your design choices which comes as an invaluable reference for an interior designer. Thanks for sharing and congrats on a beautiful renovation. Stunning!

  5. Everything is nice and simetric – for a couple. No space for that child… :(
    Icky room?!?!

    Good and precise work, all who were working on this are to be hired.

    1. Hmmm…I’ve got a three year old and from what I can see, there’s nothing about this room that isn’t child friendly (or couldn’t be without some tiny tweaks).

  6. Hi Erin,
    Big time fan! I love that runner and everything you did. Can you tell me what you would query for on that rug web site to achieve a similar look? Persian? Vintage? Traditional? Thank you!!

  7. Wow wow wow!! I wouldn’t want to leave EVER either – I don’t blame you. It is really gorgeous right down to every little detail. The bathroom is amazing and the bed looks super comfy – what a beautiful design you collaborated on for the bed. I also really like your nightstands – will have to check those out. We will be doing an addition at some point and this really gets my wheels turning. enjoy your new space!

    1. Love Love Love It – What a great job – love all your details, particularly the gorgeous door knobs and the shower fixtures. I also love the wallpaper for the hallway and laundry room – that toile is gorgeous in the grey tones and I love the ceiling color in the laundry room. So inspirational – you thought of everything and thanks for being so generous with all your resources. You have the perfect place to nest for the cold NE winter. Enjoy!

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