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. Looks amazing!!! Is the house north facing our south facing? Just wondering because the paint colors can change in the light- and I love the warm whites you used! Its funny how when you transform a space, we pass on going out! As always, inspiring ideas every day!! My husband’s wallet isn’t going to like me again! LOL! #californiaclosets

  2. Oh my goodness, these spaces are wonderful! I especially love all the lighting, your huband’s closet, your closet (especially the buddha covered in baubles!), your bedroom drapes, your laundry room wallpaper! I have to study it all again and I know I will find many more things to love. Oh – I love the exterior of the home – very elegant,but homey. This is a masterpiece – thank you for letting us see it!

  3. Everything, EVERYTHING (the details, good Lord!) is beautiful – just perfect, really. You’re a doll for all the source sharing, too. A Christmas gift to us, as it were. I have to say, one of the things that grabbed me in your book was the impeccable curtains, romans, etc – your workroom really IS the best. Wish I lived closer, and could use them!
    Merry Merries to you and yours, and congratulations on a beautiful home!

  4. Congrats Erin and Andrew(and your pups too!) The space is divine and it’s obvious that it works beautifully for your family. The french gold in the bathroom is exactly what I have been longing for our master bath remodel. As always, thanks for your amazing inspiration!

  5. It’s a good thing I’m typing this because my jaw is still on the floor from the amazing beauty I just saw. Down to the last detail, I love it! Makes me want to move out of my house and build again. LOL! Enjoy your new additions, and thanks for sharing!

  6. I LOVE everything, from the smallest details inside to the whole house outside! You did a superb job! But let me tell you I’m about to die over the bathroom vanity and all the details. You are an AMAZING Designer, really… and I know how deep inside you must think that ‘oh yeahhh I’m just doing what I know by instinct…’ Well you are dammm good at it!!

  7. As one who frankly can’t imagine a large bathroom ever being on her horizon, your master bath is absolutely perfect. The floor alone has me seeing stars . . . .

  8. As one who frankly can’t imagine a large bathroom ever being on her horizon, I find your master bath absolutely perfect. The floor alone has me seeing stars . . . .

  9. Stunning, just stunning! Looking forward to seeing more photos of your kitchen, if you are game. Apologies for being greedy. :)

  10. It’s amazing! You, your Dad, and all of your vendors did an absolutely perfect job. I love all of the new architectural additions and the details and design that you added. It’s neutral but not boring…perfect mix of patterns and textures. Soothing, comfortable, elegant…I love it!

  11. LOVE it all! Just amazing. You did a wonderful job, and enjoy every second!

    Question – who made the drapes? And do you have a source for the tile in your mudroom?


  12. So great to finally see it all!! I swooned over the pantry door knobs. Gorgeous. Don’t forget to update us on that lost window in your dining room!

  13. I am normally an EoS lurker, but had to post that this is fabulous! Fresh and inviting, whilst modern and comfortable. I could move straight in here. Congrats!

  14. Erin, everything looks AMAZING. We started a similar sized renovation right after you did and, while construction is finally over, we’re still working on the finishing touches. Seeing your finished product gives me inspiration that my windows will eventually be dressed and that my walls will not be naked forever!

  15. Wow! I’m speechless!!! Congrats; it is truly “spectaculaire”!

    I also went for Balboa Mist in my new house; it’s such a great greige and a perfect neutral.

  16. Hi Erin. I am blown away by the room. you have exquisite taste. I am jealous!!!! :)
    I have a question about the rug: when you said it’s too small, how big would you make it? maybe 1 foot wider on each side? I am struggling with finding the right rug for my bedroom too.

  17. You’re making me feel much better about the number of shoes I own. “See? Erin has more than 20 pairs – it’s totally normal!”

  18. Erin, all of your decisions are spot on for the new additions. The Master is glorious, the laundry room a dream and your closet, well they really worked magic! You must be so thrilled! Bravo!

    The Arts by Karena

  19. So in awe of your mad skills. Love how the wallpaper in the entry to the bedroom mimics the detail on the closet doors. I swoon over every detail of that bathroom, the floors are insanely beautiful. The bedroom is elegant and serene. Love, love, love your home.

  20. Two words: Dream House.

    Erin, your addition is absolute perfection. Congratulations on creating a space that reflects your style and works for your lifestyle!

  21. Love, love, LOVE it!! Oh my goodness, so many beautiful elements, I have a hard time choosing a favorite. So, let’s see – hidden mirror in the closet – so smart, gorgeous drapes and window seat, and your master bath is glorious. I just recently helped my parents with a master bathroom remodel, and their double sink space is very similar to yours – you can definitely cram some high style into a small area! Thanks for sharing – I don’t blame you for becoming a social recluse – I would too!

  22. Your home is beautiful! Best of all, the heart and soul of it is so apparent, even in pictures. Thanks so much for sharing the process and end result!

  23. Is it possible to get a floor plan with room dimensions from you even if you just email it to me personally? – I have a similar colonial house not far from Newton and we are doing a similar reno to our kitchen dining (very similar size/style)

  24. Yay!! Just fantastic!! Love me a great before and after:)

    Favorite things: your fabrics choices, and the use of objects to hold your jewelry – I do the same thing! I even started buying jewelry just to display ;)

    Thanks for sharing the process!

  25. Everything looks incredible! I could gush on and on about the spot-on paint colors, beautiful finishes, and functional design. But first, I want to ask about the cordless woven wood shades. How do they work? I think I need some!

  26. AMAZING!! Can I move in? I’ll sleep in the laundry room.

    Random question but are you able to fit all your clothes and shoes into your new closet or do you keep some separate for seasons? We’re re-doing our master closet and I don’t know if I have enough space for all my shoes…

    1. I keep my off season clothes and shoes in my old master closet (the one shown in the book). It takes up half that closet and leaves the other half for guests. It’s so much better because now I just see what I can wear, not every single thing I own!

  27. Oh my goodness, Erin! It is absolutely spectacular! I loved what you said about the bathroom – that it’s just what you need. Often I see huge bathrooms but I think they’re ridiculous! I would be so happy with the stunner that you have – just enough without being cavernous and cold. (I guess it’s the former city girl in me too!)
    Your choices are amazing! It’s all so gorgeous!

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