My New Table Design With Huston & Co.

As you saw a few weeks ago in our office reveal, we have a new conference table in our space–my new design with Huston & Company that hits their website today!  The inspiration behind this came from the desire for a simple, farmhouse style table that had a little bit more style. Bill and Saer at Huston (who make my original design, the Gates Table) helped me refine the idea down to this simple shape but with some really interesting details to it.  Borrowing brass accents from Campaign style furniture and a modern leg design that cuts through the top of the table, I think the finished product, called the Newton Table (after our town where we live and my office is), is INCREDIBLE.

Right now Huston & Co. is offering 10% off all Newton dining tables through July 30th! See details and restrictions here. 

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Our Office Bathroom Reveal!

Ok guys, FINALLY, we are revealing our new office this week after months of renovating and decorating and getting some of the final touches done! I cannot tell you how much of a difference it makes to have a space that reflects our business appropriately and makes us all happy to come to work! It was a great decision to invest in this way in my company and I will never look back (plus being able to walk to work is HEAVEN).

The rest of the office will be posted tomorrow, but today I wanted to share the bathroom, which was done in partnership with DesignerBath, an awesome plumbing supply showroom and supplier in Beverly, MA.  It was so great to be able to send over to them what I was looking for and get back a perfectly edited proposal of goods.  We were on a serious time crunch so they pointed me in the direction of items that would come in in time for my installation. In a perfect world your choices aren’t limited by a rushed time line (or you’ve planned ahead for it). But this is real life and having a guiding hand that knows actual lead times was SO helpful since I had such little time to invest in this project with everything else going on at work!

To say our bathroom at the office is now nicer than my bathrooms at home is not a joke. It came out AMAZING.  We created a dramatic backdrop with Schumacher’s Miles Redd scenic chinoiserie wallpaper.  I LOVE it. Seeing as the palette of the paper is very cool, I chose fixtures in white and polished nickel to compliment. As much as I love brass fixtures, polished nickel is still a classic and has more warmth than chrome.  They look so great against the lacquered white Fairmont Designs vanity,  which has interior drawers that are built to fit around the plumbing of the sink which REALLY maximizes storage.  I’ll talk more about the floor in my next post, but it is vinyl plank from Lowes.  The toilet is American Standard.

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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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