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Eloise Goes To Brooklyn

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

I love this little drawing by illustrator Joana Avillez which imagines the child lit darling Eloise ditching her Upper East Side lifestyle for hipster Brooklyn- specifically the Wythe Hotel. It’s hilarious.


I know The Wythe has been blogged ad nauseum, but I actually am hoping to stay there soon as Andrew and I will be making a pilgrimage to the area to see some family and friends who have recently relocated there.  I am obsessed with these rooms. Marble, brick, wallpaper… what’s not to like?







Reynard is the hotel’s restaurant, I love the graphics.

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Not to mention the decor…



How about the outdoor patio??? AMAZING!  what a space for an event!


And the interior private dining room… also charming.


Get the look of the Wythe with these pieces:


wallpaper//sconces//chandelier//mirror// chair

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

Monday, December 31st, 2012

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,




Gift Guide 2012: Books!

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Books are SUCH great gifts (unless you try to give them to my Dad who inevitably has already bought the exact one you have wrapped up).  There are quite a few books I’m keen to get this year, and here are some of my favorites!

Row 1: It’s currently on back-order but I really hope I can snag a copy of the new Miles Redd book- THE decorating book of the season// The much talked about Kate Moss book (she of flawless style) // Grace Coddington’s memoir, I know it’s on every gift guide this year but I really want to read this one! Plus she posted on Facebook once that she liked my blog, which almost gave me a stroke.

Row 2: For the girl obsessed with clothes- Style Book// For the blog reading chef-What Katie Ate// For the girl obsessed with Paris (ME!)

Row 3: For the fella in your life- The Art of Fixing Things- hey, it’ll help get things done around the house// For the bride to be-Vogue Weddings, Brides, Dresses, Designers // For the kids, the new Dave Egger’s version of Where the Wild Things Are with the coolest cover ever!

Row 4: I read this recently and it haunted me for days, it’s so good (but sad)- A Light Between Oceans// Would love this Claiborne Swanson book for my (new) coffee table- American Beauty// This is next up on Andrew’s reading list- Thomas Jefferson- The Art of Power.

Row 5:  For little designers to be-Draw Me A House/  For Audrey addicts, Audrey Hepburn Photographs/ For the stylish Francophile- Parisian Chic (* I want this one too)

Nate Berkus: Things That Matter

Monday, October 8th, 2012

I love design books, but am rarely surprised by them.  There tends to be a formulaic way they are put together and when you pick up one by a famous designer it tends to be a volume of their own work and reminders of how awesome they are.  But yesterday I got a preview copy of Nate Berkus’ new book, Things That Matter, and I have to tell you I not only love it, but am impressed, intrigued and yes, surprised!  It begins with Nate’s own life story- which is much more tumultuous and deep then I expected, and explains how he not only fell in love with design but his personal belief that homes should be filled with things that matter to you on a deeper level than just because they are pretty. This is something I tell my clients (and myself) all the time but it’s sometimes hard to stick to.  Immediate gratification tends to prevail and houses become full of things you only “like”, and sometimes only kind of like, just so you have something new.  Looking at this book might help get you back to focusing on waiting for what you love!

The chapters that follow explore the homes of not only some of Nate’s clients, but people whose homes he simply admires for their personal touches and personalities.  I love how the book is laid out, the graphic design and how each chapter not only delights with gorgeous pictures of homes designed in varying styles, but also tells the stories of the unique pieces as well as the lives of those people who inhabit them. It’s truly lovely. A design book you actually want to READ.

Here are a couple snaps to whet your appetites for the release date of October 16th….

Each lead page features a close up of an element in the person’s home as a background- love this.

The portraits of each homeowner also display a quote about them, their home or their thoughts on design.

There are some surprising people included (her house is SO chic, actually!)

And wait until you see ALL of Nate’s New York apartment…. DIIIIIIEEEEEEE.

His closet is like female porn.

And then I was shocked when I turned the page and saw this….

And then this!

THAT wallpaper is one of the vintage ones I sell in my Etsy shop from my parent’s barn!!!!! The original printmaker left a stock of it to my dad when he passed. I could not believe it. And now I’m thinking- well, hell- maybe I should wallpaper my powder room in it if Nate thinks it’s amazing! :)

I framed another vintage paper of mine (that we have since sold out of sadly) for a client’s bedroom in a very similar way! Glad Nate and I think similarly! :)

Climbing to the Top

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Have I ever pontificated on how much I love built in bookcases with library ladders? If Ryan Gosling were a piece of furniture it would be this. Seriously. That’s how much I love them. Now, unfortunately I am not going to have any in my house as my ceilings are low. C’est la vie. But it doesn’t stop me for lusting after them!  We are pretty sure this is not our forever house so I can hold onto the hope that someday I will be swinging off the rungs of one of these babies while I browse for my next read!

Ok, this one kinda scares me. You’d have to rope it off in case visitors (or owners) imbibe too much and then want to read whats on the top shelf.

Of course, Diance Von Furstenberg in all her fabulousness has THREE in her home. THREE!

But they aren’t just for living spaces- they work great in kitchens with high ceilings too!

And how about this use in a bathroom/closet as seen on Design*Sponge? So genius!

But you don’t have to have (or install) built ins to get the look and function. There are plenty of freestanding options out there too. On the higher end of the scale are the modular units by Grange Furniture which I got to see at Maison & Objet last winter in Paris. They are GORGEOUS.

This unit from Old Plank Road is pretty darn awesome too:

A more industrial look Kathy Kuo Home:

Loving this set from Mallory Hall from reclaimed wood:

And you are gonna LOVE me for this affordable find from World Market!!!! How awesome is this? It’s veneers so I’m not sure about painting it, but if you could paint it white it would be perfection for under $650!

I began wondering how one would amass that many books in order to fill these things, but after just moving and packing and unpacking 8 zillions boxes of books I am not as concerned anymore!