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. Worth. The. Wait. Can’t see why you’d ever want to get out of bed again? Excellent work combining beauty and function seamlessly. Now that I’ve seen it I don’t even mind the hobbit bedroom going away (okay, my inner child is protesting a little).
    The perfect early Chistmas present. Thank you!

  2. And that slide out mirror? Genius! How did you store your scarves? I can see you have some but not the how …

  3. I can only imagine how lovely it is to walk into that master bedroom at the end of the day – Oh and waking up in the morning and opening the drapes and blinds!

  4. Erin- Your house looks SO amazing! I want every bit of it. Inspired to do more work on my house now! Thanks for some amazing lunchtime reading.

  5. This may be a strange question but did your construction crew make your doors or is there somewhere you go for custom millwork?

  6. Hi Erin – – I love your addition. We recently bought a similar sized and vintage colonial in Wellesley and are dreaming of our (hopefully not too distant) future renovation and addition. (need many of the same updates – kitchen, mudroom, usable garage, etc). I love how your Dad’s firm skillfully made the addition look like it was original to home. Fingers crossed that his firm would consider taking on our project in the future!

  7. I never comment…..but you did a fabulous job and I am SO happy for you, you and your sweet hubby DESERVE it!

  8. Erin, this is so inspirational. My husband and I bought an old house in Avon, CT that had been smoked in for years. A lot of people told us getting rid of the smell would be as simple as priming and painting, but it just isn’t letting up. Because of this and the constant stress that comes with not ever wanting to be at home, I lost my passion for beautiful interiors and dreaming about my own home for a while. We’ve decided to sell in the spring, and we’re now looking at new houses. Your book and every interiors post lately inspires me so much and gives me hope. I really needed to see these beautiful spaces today – that might sound shallow, but the thing that propels me forward is thinking about someday soon when I can start decorating my ‘forever house.’ Thank you thank you! And keep giving us gems from the Gates Estate!

    1. Our house reeked of smoke when we bought it. Once we stripped all the wallpaper, repainted every inch and sanded and re-stained the floors it was all gone. There is hope!!!

  9. Wowza… love every corner. Beautiful job. One question – what is the name of the runner in your bedroom hallway? I can’t seem to find it on the website. Thanks.

  10. Beautifully done…lucky to have your Dad as your general builder/architect! Love the artwork in the laundry room and agree that a laundry room can certainly showcase fun pieces. I recently put a series of 8 photographs of clothes hanging on the line my client had taken from her travels around the world and hung them in the laundry room. Great pop of color and she can revisit her travels everytime she washes her socks! My favorite are those sconces in the window!

  11. Can I ask for the name of the rug in the hall? I scoured Ecarpet Gallery’s website and couldn’t figure out which one it was. Your home looks AMAZING; love your style!

  12. So gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. I’m having a hard time picturing the exact layout, tho. Does your master, the closet and Andrew’s hallway closet take up most of the upstairs now? Or is most of the master bedroom and bath the added space over the garage? And like others curious about the rug runner – I’d love a post on your experience online shopping for vintage rugs. I’m always hesitant about the colors not really matching and don’t want to fuss with return shipping. Are you able to order one and it works? Or do you order a few and end up returning most ?* I’d feel so much better learning that you return a lot:)

    1. If you click the link in the beginning of the post you can see the floor plan of the project in previous posts. I have had luck with vintage rug shopping online- this runner was on super sale so I wasn’t nervous ($180 believe it or not!)

  13. Congratulations on your beautiful renovation! Love how it all turned out and thanks for sharing your mix of high and low resources. I particularly LOVE the grey paint colors against the brass/gold hardware in both kitchen and master bath. Perfection!!

  14. What a beautiful master suite!! This is what dreams are made of! With these Boston temps, I would never leave!!

    Question for you — could you do a run down of the rooms in your upstairs with the new addition? If I’m counting correctly from what was shown in the book, you now have 4 bed rooms upstairs (new master suite, old master, guestbook and Andrew’s navy office?).

  15. What a beautiful renovation! I absolutely love the colors and hardware that you used in your kitchen and bathroom and am particularly impressed by the way you did your husband’s closet to utilize the space.

  16. Erin! I love every nook of your house!! You must love walking in the door. Which Duralee fabric is on your window seat? What colors are in it? I’d like to add a striped fabric to our square back louis breakfast chairs and this caught my eye. Loved meeting you in Dallas. Looking forward to book 2!:)

  17. I love it! I’m ordering your book NOW to see the rest! How did you handle the outside chimney? Is it inside a wall? One other very random question; I see you have a several pairs of Tieks. I’m assuming you like them and find that they’re worth the price tag? Tieks are for me what a Vitamix is to you and, BTW, I have a Vitamix and love it.

    1. This addition isn’t in the book, but the txt of the house is! :) as for the Turks, I was gifted mine but I wear them all the time- sturdy, comfy and packable!

  18. This renovation is just stunning! Let me forewarn you that keeping colored grout and caulk in your master shower is going to be a royal pain in the rear. We redid our master bath two years ago, and, while I love the look of my platinum colored grout, I miss being able to use bleach when mildew begins to be a problem.

  19. Gorgeous!! Do you mind my asking where your beautiful white lamps on your nightstands are from? Everything is flawless!

      1. I’m sorry, forgive me but I’ve looked a few times and still don’t see the lamp link. I hope I’m not just that blind! Sorry for the inconvenience!

  20. Erin!
    Thanks for coming into the store last week! I’m sorry I missed you, but Michelle enjoyed meeting you and we hope to see you again. Your addition and remodel looks exquisite.

  21. I noticed in your (beautiful!) closet that you appear to have several pairs of Tieks ballet flats. I’m thinking about a pair and would love to know what you think of them, if they’re comfortable, etc.

  22. It is so very beautiful – I love it all and could move right in! Thank you for sharing it with us. You’re so talented!!!

  23. Your home is magnificent, you talent has no bounds and reading you blog at lunch everyday is such a treat!

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