Happy Friday.


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I’m taking a breather today since I’m finally on a mini-break in the North Carolina mountains.  Hope you guys understand and I’ll see you Monday with a fashion post (it’s my birthday week so ya know, lots of fun wishlists!) Happy Weekend Y’all!

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It’s always no great when a new site comes on the scene to inspire all of us, right?  So far the new interiors site from the girls behind WhoWhatWear called Domaine looks AWESOME. I love the layout and the content…. do I dare say Domino-esque meets Coveteur?

I am in LOOOOOVE with Katie Nehra’s apartment. Like, if I lived alone my place would probably look like this.


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The flamingo heads aren’t quite my jam, but those pink walls are so fun!


Also crazy in love with the Citizen’s of Humanity showroom– looks just like a house!



Turquoise floors??? Makes me want to paint the concrete floor in my studio!!!!



Love those barstools. Love. Also proof that the English roll arm sofa is the most classic shape to blend with ANY style interior.


Such a great vignette.




What A Year It’s Been (& A Big Announcement!)

This was one heck of a year for me.  A lot of milestones, both personally and professionally, punctuated 2012 making it one I will not soon forget. We bought our first real house in the burbs and as I write this our kitchen is being demolished making way for a clean, fresh (and stylish) start in 2013 for us in our new home we are working towards making our dream home.  I’m so glad I can share the steps with you on our journey and know that this year will be a big one for Casa Gates! Feeling settled (finally) in one place really is one of the most soothing things for me and leaves me one less thing to worry about this year.  That whole “where are we gonna live” conversation was getting really old.

A shot a few great magazine features in 2012 too- one for Better Homes & Gardens of our last apartment that will come out this spring that’s adorable and let’s not forget Oprah. Bucket list item #2 checked off- I MET OPRAH. I mean, that’s enough for one year right? But on top of that I got to experience an overwhelmingly “big time” photo shoot in NYC for O Magazine and IKEA (I’m in the February 2013 issue too!) and then go to LA for a week to shoot a commercial for IKEA (airing in February 2013 too!)   I will never forget pulling up to the set and seeing all the trailers and people and equipment and shaking my head in amazement.  And then getting to speak at and experience the O You! Conference was another mind-bender! Absolute insanity.

I got to work on some INCREDIBLE homes with even more incredible clients who make doing my job a pleasure.  So many new friends came into my life this way and I hope that they are as happy with their new spaces as I am to have been allowed to be a part of their lives in creating them.  You’ll be seeing more images of my designs for others in 2013 for sure, and I was “someone-please-pinch-me” level excited seeing my name and work in one of my all time favorite magazines, InStyle in January! Craziness!

I also could never have predicted the reaction I got to my post on beauty– nor that it would be bought and published by Ladies Home Journal!  I received so many beautiful, emotional and touching comments and e-mail about my story that it nearly brought me to tears.  I felt so overwhelmed to find out how not alone I am, and that I had the ability to help others feel not alone too.

And that leads me to the big one.  The announcement I’ve been waiting to share with you.

I capped of 2012 with one of the biggest accomplishments of my career thus far.  Something I have always dreamed of doing and something I could never have done without YOU.  My amazing, dedicated, fantastic readers who still surprise me everyday when you take time out of your busy lives to check in with me and see what I have to say.  Even nearly 6 years after starting this blog I am still in awe of that and I could never, ever truly express my gratitude to you fully. So I am beyond excited to tell you that right before Christmas I officially landed a deal with Simon & Schuster to publish a book in fall of 2014!!!!!

Can you even believe it? Because I sure can’t.

It’s going to be a new concept in an interior and style book in that it will be combination of inspiration and guidance along with a personal narrative- just like my blog tends to be.  Creating a home is such a reflection of our life stories, I want to make this book a strong reflection of that- approaching the process with humor, humility and a sense of fun.  I’d love to hear what you’d like out of the book as well, so please, PLEASE share!  I’m so thrilled to get working on it, especially with the truly incredible team at Simon & Schuster who are making this possible.

Thank you. All of you. You’ve helped make my dreams come true.

Love and laughter in 2013 to everyone.

Happy New Year,




Foodie Crush: Mimi Thorisson

As we all pack up and get motivated to spend some time off-line with our families for Thanksgiving, I had to leave you all with these insane images from the incredible French foodie blog Manger by Mimi Thorisson.  She was recently featured on Sous Style and I fell head over heels for her style, family and fact that she has 14 dogs!!!! Hello?!?! Can I please live in the French countryside with a gaggle of puppies? And make food that is this fresh and this GOOD LOOKING? This whole blog makes my Old El Paso taco kit dinners look even worse than they already are. I need to up my game, people.

Take a peek and I know you’ll be in love too.

Oh, and thanks for reading. And being you. And supporting my dream.

Love you guys.

California Love

Greetings from Los Angeles my dears.  Early this morning I’ll be headed to IKEA to film a little something for the OWN Network (cue NERVES!) and then I’ll have a few days off before my other events for the IKEA Life Improvement Project and appearance at the O You! Conference on Saturday.  So I plan to take that time to do a little work in the sun and explore some of LA’s design superstar stores.  For now I’ll leave you with this adorable California vacation home in Sonoma- a one bedroom wonder in wine country! I love the simple lines, vaulted ceilings and the fact that they have a pool AND chickens. California at it’s best (via Sunset Magazine).