Designing My Closet

There are a whole lot of exciting things about this renovation, one of which is getting to design my first closet for myself.  In no other home have I had a space done just for me and I’m hoping this puts an end to the piles of clothes I leave heaped everywhere.  So does Andrew.

While Andrew is keeping his clothes in the gorgeous mirrored built ins in the master suite entry hall, I get this small walk in to myself- it’s about 5′ x 7’5″ so there isn’t a ton of space, but the ceiling is quite high. I got to work with California Closets’ designer Betsey Geddis on laying this baby out and wanted to share not only the space and plan with you but a little interview with Betsey regarding her tips on designing a closet.  I honestly thought California Closets was only for giant, fancy closets but I was proven wrong.  They can work withing many budgets and sizes- with smaller closets sometime it’s even MORE important to have a good design!

So first, the raw space:

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In order for this to work we needed to smartly use every square inch and really go through what I had.  Luckily, we have a guest room closet big enough to allow to to finally store off-season clothes elsewhere and keep only in-season garments and shoes in this space. That alone with help me conquer the clutter!

So here’s what we came up with- one side has hanging for tops/ blazer, shorter skirts and pants (I have very few pairs of dress pants and skirts actually) with shelves for jeans (TONS), sweaters (DITTO) and small accessories like clutches. The other has a long section for dresses and long skirts and shelving for shoes and boots.  Above each side is space up top for handbags and anything else I need to store that I don’t use every single day.  Under the window is a pull out hamper.  Out in the bedroom I have a six drawer dresser for t-shirts, underthings, workout clothes and jewelry.

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Project Scarsdale Reveal!

As I’ve mentioned before we’ve been doing a lot of work with clients not in the Boston area- many in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and beyond!  For the past two years we’ve been working remotely with a family in Scarsdale, NY and a few weeks ago Lindsey and I made the trek down with our photographer Michael J. Lee to take some shots of the project! This one wasn’t finished in time for the book, but it gives a good glimpse into our work BEYOND my own spaces like what you’ll see in the book!

This family has two kids and the parents are both very busy with big careers. They love traditional style and wanted to have defined entertaining and family spaces but nothing super precious. We worked in some existing pieces of theirs and created a comfortable family space with style.

In the entry we combined a linen wrapped dresser with nailheads with some tufted chairs, a navy Persian style rug and pair of gorgeous navy ceramic lamps. Sailing photographs, a favorite pastime for the family, flank the antique-inspired mirror. And the Gates Satchel looked so good here I had to toss mine in. :)

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In the grand living room we went a little more formal with a custom Stark rug, linen sofa, custom pillows and drapes and a showstopper of a coffee table.  The family knows photographer Shelli Breidenbach (whose work I’ve loved for a long time) and got this photograph from her for above the sofa.  The client was an equestrian herself, so it has real meaning to them.

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Introducing the Gates Desk with Huston & Company!

When we were working on our last house renovation I got the opportunity to work with the incredibly talented furniture makers Huston & Company in Kennebunkport, Maine to design my own dining table. Not only did I personally love the finished product, but a lot of other people did and they went on to make a bunch of Gates tables for people all over country in various shapes, sizes and finishes.  So when they approached me to design another piece for them I was delighted to!  I decided that a desk would be perfect as I struggle to find great desks for clients,  and so went about conceptualizing a design that embodied the lines of the dining table mixed with some campaign furniture details. I wanted it to be a modern classic that worked with a variety of decor styles and was of substantial size (I love a nice, big work space!) The finished product, the Gates Desk was recently delivered to my parent’s beach house (I gave the desk to my dad as a thank you for all the work he’s done designing OUR new home) and we styled it up and shot it a couple weeks ago! Check it out!
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Rug and wire waste basket from Hudson, chair from DWR, lamp from Pottery Barn, vintage map found at an antique shop in CT

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The Gates Desk with three drawers with campaign pulls.

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We chose a grey wash over the solid white oak grain for a modern yet classic color scheme.

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I am obsessed with these vases from Hudson, by the way.

Sneak Peek: Our New Office

Last October I made the hard decision to move out of my old office downtown. I loved the space and the friends I had in the building but a few factors outweighed how great it was: expensive parking, productivity issues and no air- conditioning. I was hard-pressed to leave the city as I held onto my office location downtown as the one thing that didn’t make me completely suburban.  But as we looked around there just wasn’t anything affordable enough to make it worth it- so off to the suburbs we went.  I found this little space in rough shape ( I can’t believe I can’t find my before shots) about two miles from my house in Waban Village.  It had nice windows, wood floors, free parking and across the street from Starbucks, a bank and a post office. Kinda all we needed. So we took it. And while I miss the city, we are so much more productive here!

We’ve made it as cheery and happy as we could so far.  Here is a peek into our little space.

Yes, the walls are BRIGHT. :)  Benjamin Moore’s All-A-Blaze is on the walls and set the tone for the space (see end of post for the inspiration…)  This gallery wall of some of my favorite press pieces are in various frames.  I love American Accents spray paint in Metallic Gold to spray frames.
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Lindsey and I sit here and love the bright windows and fresh air we get. I found the chairs on Etsy and reupholsted them in black Sunbrella. I actually have TWO MORE I’m not using if anyone wants them (they are not re-upholstered yet)- e-mail me at erin@eringatesdesign.com for info! The woven wood shades are from Select Blinds (Katsura) and were a bargain for custom sized!

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Details: The perfect peony and our press wall. Hi Oprah.

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I bought these chairs for next to nothing from a thirft shop about 6 years ago. I STILL have not gotten them re-upholstered! Someday- either in natural or black linen. I swear! Above is our little inspiration board.

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Long Distance Design- The Two Penny Blue Showroom

Over the past couple years we seem to be doing more and more design work for clients who don’t live anywhere near Boston. It’s opened up the possibilities of being able to work with a wide variety of people and in different parts of the country (and therefore different aesthetics than that of New England!)  And while it certainly is easier to be in a space and see it in person, that doesn’t make it impossible or even terribly difficult. Case in point, we are helping to design the new, amazing showroom for Two Penny Blue in Chicago.  While I was able to see the space in person pre-renovation, most of the work is being done remotely.  I’m over on the Two Penny Blue blog today talking about the concept for the adorable powder room within the studio…. check it out and check back in later next week for some more e-design goodies! And if you are interested in our e-design rates, please e-mail lindsey@eringatesdesign.com for more info!

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I’ll be sharing more on the store’s progress here and over on their blog too- stay tuned!