Archive for the ‘EGD Projects’ Category

Introducing the Gates Desk with Huston & Company!

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

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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Back and Side Profile

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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.

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Sneak Peek: Our New Office

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

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

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

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!

Inspired By: The Joule Hotel

Monday, April 28th, 2014

I spent my weekend in Dallas, Texas at the RewardStyle Conference held at The Joule Hotel. I don’t think I’ve been an enamored with a hotel’s lobby design in a long time.  Giant, breathtaking Lindsey Adleman chandeliers anyone??? Yeeeeaaaahhh, pretty much a designer’s mid-century influenced dream, if you ask me.  Since this was mainly a style blogger gathering, I found myself drawn to hanging with the few lifestyle bloggers like Caitlin from Sacramento Street, Jaime from Furbish Studio and Erin from  Apartment 34.  After years of interacting on the internet only, it’s so fun to get to hang out with these ladies in the flesh!  But back to the lobby, here are some quick Instagrams (follw me here!) I took to file away for inspiration.

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Amazing barstools by Garza Marfa

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And speaking of inspiration, here’s a little living room concept based on the seating area by the coffee shop (best latte I have EVER had, by the way!) A mix of leather, pink, light blue, gold and marble- and a Adelman looking chandelier I found on Etsy for a fraction of the cost of the real deal.

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sofa // chandelier // art // pink pillow // patterned pillow // coffee table (and a cheaper option) // chair // rug // pouf // side table

And one other REALLY excited bit about this weekend? I got to see the prototype for the handbag I designed for Gigi New York which will come out in the next few weeks in 5 colorways!!! Trust me, as soon as it’s out and you can buy it, I will sing it from the mountaintops. It’s AWESOME, you guys!

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Table Tops.

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

As you may recall, when it came to picking a dining room table for my open concept kitchen/ dining area I chose to design my own table with the amazing team at Huston & Company in Kennebunkport, Maine.  Since then they have added the Gates table to their repertoire (and website) and since then have made quite a few for clients all over the country! Each one is custom and unique to the style and needs of each client (the real beauty of handmade, custom furniture) and this collection of images shows all the variations they’ve gone in size, shape and stain color!  I’m working on a new design- a desk- that plays off this style mixed with some campaign influence that we will release in the coming months! I’m so excited!

Here’s the original that sits in my own house:

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Wellesley, MA- rectangle table (no leaves) 80″ x 55″ in white oak with dark walnut stain (and check out that light fixture too!)

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Wellesley, MA- oval table 75″ x 48″ in red oak with dark walnut stain. (This happens to be a client of mine)

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New York, NY- 48″ x 36″ rectangle in white oak with custom wenge stain.

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Glencoe, IL- 64″ round in white oak, custom whitewash stain (just like mine).

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Newtonville, MA- 73″ diameter round in ash with custom oak stain and removable lazy susan.

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Cutchogue, NY- A rectangle version 64″ x 44″ with to 13″ leaves and inlay detail.

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(in process in the shop with one leaf)

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It’s so fun for me to see how all these different people customized my design.  I love, love, loved working with these guys and if you have any custom furniture needs contact them for more information!