Our New Office Bathroom!

Our new, bigger, better space is under construction and we will be moving in middle of this month (we hope). While planning the space we realized we had to completely renovate the bathroom studs in on the QUICK, which meant sourcing items that were in stock or quick ship. We turned to Designer Bath in Beverly, MA to help us source great looking items that we could get speedily.  They carry a lot of the brands we work with on a daily basis for clients, so while I was familiar with a lot of the lines, I had no time to get this all scheduled on my own. So the showroom manager Robin stepped in a coordinated the whole order for me and everything has arrived on time.  Before we start installing the pretty stuff I wanted to share the design concept with you!

The bathroom is small and windowless so I wanted to keep it bright, clean but with a SMIDGE of drama. :) One wall of the space is brick (11.), which will be painted Sherwin Williams Greek Villa (the whole entire office will be painted that color, actually), so for the other walls I wanted to use a really fantastic paper (3.), which is Miles Redd for Schumacher’s Brighton Pavilion in the grey colorway.  I love the traditional pattern, but the modern funkiness this paper will create.  And it’ll go well with our goregous flooring (again, throughout the whole space) which is this vinyl plank from Lowes (12.)

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Erin Gates Design is Moving (& Hiring!)

This has been a long time coming, as we outgrew our small 375 square foot office a year ago (or more)!  But finding interesting commercial property that isn’t a zillion dollar retail space in an interesting area near my home was not an easy feat!  Luckily, a few months ago I was walking in Newton Center (the shopping/dining area a stone’s throw from my house) and saw a For Rent sign in the window of a lower level building I’ve always loved. And it was in by budget! Since we aren’t retail, I didn’t really want foot traffic so a main level space would have probably been more of a pain.  I was a little worried about the light situation since it’s technically basement level- but the wall of windows made it feel bright and of course, we’d install great and ample lighting. Plus I can WALK to work.  HUGE bonus as a working mom! So I signed a lease and we move in in February!

Investing in your business on this kind of level is both exciting and terrifying.  My old office was pretty cheap so it wasn’t stressful and offered low overhead operationally.  This is a much bigger commitment in terms of dollars and years (and square feet- a nice 1,200 of them!)  We have to completely renovate this space (as you will see) and that is both thrilling and terrifying!  It feels like placing a giant bet on myself, which, for someone like me, isn’t easy.  I have been operating on the fear that everything will disappear at any moment- but after almost ten years in business and lots of success, it’s time to cut that bull out and honor the work I’ve done and my staff has done, to get here with shiny new digs.

All the areas in red are being demoed- we’re installing a new split system which means I get an extra window in the front where the AC unit is.  There is a lot of odd wood on the walls and ceilings from the last tenant that we will strip off (as well as the old heating pipes and radiators) to create a really clean, open space (I love the white exposed beam ceiling).  I could never work in a stark, carpeted commercial space, so while some may look at this as a dump, I see creative potential!

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Jackson Hole: Our Trip & Project

One of our all time favorite clients (whose Boston home is in EOS the book) surprised us a year or so ago when she told us she was building an awesome vacation home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and asked us if we could remotely decorate the space.  We immediately said “hell  yes” and got to helping her!  Last week I took my family out to stay there for a few days and not only see the project in person, but explore a part of the country I had never seen.  Traveling that far with Henry was a bit stressful, but he was a champ and we did lots of things to try to make it as enjoyable for him (and therefore us) as possible.  More on that after we take a peek at the house!

Moccasin Chute Lodge is within a new development called Shooting Star at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain and Teton Village (and is available for rent all year-see more info HERE).  It’s a large, modern log cabin-y style home with stunning views of the Jackson Hole slopes with enough room for a large family trip.  We wanted to embrace the style found commonly in this area, but make sure it was still modern and anything but kitschy and certainly family friendly.
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The Hamptons Designer Showhouse

This past weekend I was out celebrating the opening of the Hamptons Designer Showhouse, including my space at it, the dining patio. This was my first experience designing a showhouse and it was an eye opening experience that taught me a lot.  A big thanks to Frontgate for asking me to work with them on it and Traditional Home for covering it!

It was about 600 degrees in the sun so things were toasty outside, but we managed to get it completed without passing out. :)
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