Trends I’m Over (and What’s Replaced Them).

When you notice that every catalog and magazine and every other Pinterest pin has a specific trend shown over and over it’s probably time that trend rode off into the sunset.   Here are some of the looks I think need to be retired, and what you may try replacing them with.

OVER IT: BANANA/ PALM PRINTS

Done SOOOOO much and often badly, it’s time to find a new organic, botanical print to work with.

ALL ABOUT IT: VINTAGE FLORALS

Vintage inspired florals are BACK. Try mixing them with modern accents and graphic patterns for an “of the moment” look.

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Sourcing Secrets: Secondhand Scores!

I have been really excited by all the more accessible alternatives to 1st Dibs that have popped up online these days. Especially those that not only offer vintage and antique goods but also showroom floor samples as well. It’s a BRILLIANT was to score designer goods in awesome condition for a fraction of the price. All three of these sources have been go-to’s for us in my office and I wanted to share them in case you guys weren’t aware of the killer wares you can score with a little digging!

Viyet is the most high end, specializing in showroom samples but also selling some vintage goods as well.  The selection is amazing, and if you are lusting after a specific designer item I would check here before splurging to see if they have a sample that is for sale for much less than brand new.

Bungalow 5 panels // Stanley dining chairs // Visual Comfort chandelier //  Madeline Weinrib rug // Oly Studio bench // vintage leopard chair // antique sideboard

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Get Your Home Cozy For Fall

I got a little rage-y this weekend with it being late September and yet 87 degrees and humid out. But I know one of these days fall will come, and when it does I will be ready. The change of seasons always inspired me to freshen things up a bit and swap some things out that feel more seasonally appropriate (although you will never find any season-themed pillows on my sofa!) You can update your spaces for fall without going all “pumpkin spice latte explosion”. Here are some items that add texture and richness without color (and really- most work any time of year!)  I also like to go around and freshen up any dingy paint and get my rugs and upholstery cleaned.  It makes the house feel SO much nicer!

  1. I love the rough texture of this pot. Great with a fern or other simple plant in it–or empty!
  2.  I think we can all agree that the reign of the Fiddle Leaf Fig tree is coming to an end.  Which I am thrilled about because I cannot keep one alive and the fake ones all look pretty fake. This tree is faux, but looks very natural (and is very tall) and I love the lighter feel of it.  Buy a very high quality faux tree once and save yourself the headache of the buy/kill/buy/kill cycle of real trees.  Just be sure to dust them. :)
  3. Adore the brass metal wheat wreath concept.  Fab indoors or on a bold colored front door.
  4. Buffalo check cozy blankets are a must.
  5. These simple black and white botanical drawings are SO pretty and modern, but with roots in traditional decor.
  6. Wood and brass napkin rings are great for fall holiday entertaining.
  7. Splattered enamelware fells more crisp and hip in black and white– and looks stunning filled with bright colored blooms.
  8. Adding texture (and insulating against drafts) is a must– cordless woven wood shades are something we use in almost every project for these reasons! Layered under drapes they add so much to a room.
  9. & 10.  New pillows help your space feel fresh for a new season. This modern leopard and linen/velvet stripe are great choices.
  10. See above.
  11. If you really want to make a change in your bedroom or living areas, swap out lighter drapes for velvet ones.  They really amp up the cozy mood (and also add a lot of light blocking and insulation!)
  12. Get ready for red wine season with new glassware– I adore these stemless ones.
  13. This broken stripe rug is awesome for adding some graphic pattern to your home– and the flatweave indoor/outdoor texture is hard wearing.
  14. Preserved moss in a modern vessel is PERFECT for a long-lasting touch of green on a dining table or coffee table (I’m all about low maintenance  greenery, can you tell?)
  15. My Sweet Smoke candle just SMELLS like fall.
  16. I love this big wood cheeseboard (and cheese for that matter)– it also adds a farmhouse touch to your kitchen when leaned up against your backsplash.
  17. A MUST for big fall gatherings– a big, but pretty, tub to fill with ice and beverages.  So glad I have one of these on hand!

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Big Announcement! Erin Gates for Momeni Coming This Fall!

I’m SO excited to finally be able to announce this amazing new collaboration I’ve been working on for the better part of a year– my own rug collection with the fabulous Momeni rugs!!! I was so excited when they approached me to work on this collection because other than home accessories, rugs was one of the next category of items I wanted to design (fabric and wallpaper being the last piece of the trifecta).  We worked hard to create beautiful, high quality rugs at an accessible price point.  Not “cheap”, but the best quality for the money, which is important when you want your home to be durable but not break the bank!  A variety of styles can be found from colorful wool flatweaves to classic jutes perfect for layering, to amazing faux hides (affordable AND nicer to animals!)

I’ll be launching the whole collection at High Point in October in my very own showroom (IHFC G-382) and we’ll be having an event on October 14th at 1 p.m., which will be a Q&A between myself and Amy Panos, the Homes editor for Better Homes & Gardens.  We’ll be discussing how to create a beautiful, but also livable home for families followed by  a cocktail reception in the showroom. If you are going to High Point please stop by and say hello and join us for this event!

Here’s a sneak peek of a couple of the styles we’ve developed ( I think we have close to 40 different styles!)  Included is an amazing kids capsule collection in there that I am BANANAS about. :)

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Summer Blues.

Sorry I went MIA yesterday– this week (and last) have been a beast.  Working motherhood sometimes kicks me in the ass and I just literally could not yesterday. Anyways, here I am with a little happy shot of color before everyone jaunts off for the holiday weekend.

Caitlin Wilson is a pro at happy, bright, bold color and her new summer collection of  accents and bistro chairs and stools do not stray from that. And a hefty portion of those goods in BLUE, which we all know I am obsessed with on all fronts right now. So I just wanted to quickly share them with you!

Everything shown here (my personal faves) are available on her e-commerce site! From rugs, to outdoor pillows, melamine tabletop and art. Lots to see.

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