A Quick Post From the Air!

We had a blast last night in Raleigh at Furbish Studio, but had to wake up at 4 a.m. to make out 6:30 a.m. flight to Dallas so we would be there in time for my 11 a.m.-2 p.m. signing at Wisteria (please come, y’all)- which I am currently on!  I am bleary eyed and hopped up on caffeine, and not in my most creative mindset- however, I couldn’t leave you hanging without a post.  So here are some colorful snaps from last night as well as my outfit, which I actually LOVED- this top is heaven- it’s long in the back to cover your bum and loose but not so loose it’s looks maternity. And check out that perfect leopard print. Also, my niece Kate who happens to be the cutest thing ever.

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Top: Elizabeth & James “Everly” (on sale today!!!!) // Pants- Helmut Lang // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Curling Iron (a staple on this tour) // All those awesome pillows: Furbish Studio :)

Introducing Bateau! My New Collection with Jill Rosenwald

I am SO SO SO excited to finally release this collection to the world! Jill and I have so much fun collaborating on projects- and this new collection came very naturally as Jill and I both have a serious addiction to striped shirts.  There have been many a discussion in our studio about who makes the most perfect one, so when I was thinking about a new pattern for the Erin Gates Collection, I immediately went to stripes.  And of course in black and white with a light grey interior and a hint of gold! They are all available to order on Jill’s website right now! And if you are dying for this pattern in another color (navy would be adorable) contact us about custom color options!

The cocktail tray- an awesome size for small appetizers.

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The Dip Bowl- Paired with the Cocktail Tray it makes a great set!

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Cream & Sugar Set- ADORABLE.

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Coffee Mug- It’s the perfect size with a big, but sleek handle.

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#6 Vase- A great size for a single bunch of flowers on a coffee table or nightstand.

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Monogram Ritz Tray- A FABULOUS gift- a great catchall for small things like jewelry!

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(the new lowercase monogram is a sweet, modern detail)

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Here are some shots of the collection in my home, which inspired the color combo of black, white, grey and gold!

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I totally love using the cream and sugar pieces as a mini vase and little bowl for jewelry or bobby pins in my bathroom!

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The good news is that this whole collection goes perfectly with wine. :)

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You can also still buy pieces from my last collection, which mixes will with Bateau!

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Yard Crashers, EOS Style!

So, we’ve been here almost a full year (September 1) and we are finally getting down to redoing our little yard!  I love the privacy it gives us, the fun it provides our dogs and the size, which is just enough to not be a total pain in the ass to take care of.  But one thing it’s currently lacking is a PATIO!  I am someone who loves being outside- so having a space to hang out and entertain outdoors is super important to me in a home.  So we are going to maintain some grassy space for the pups and future EOS spawn while adding a fabulous new patio to the mix!

While bluestone would be lovely, it’s not in our budget.  So we decided to work with Pavestone and Quikrete on a patio project showcasing what you can do with a smaller budget and just as good looking materials that also happen to be durable and practical.  First we decided on a material- it was between these two forms- on the left is Venetian 80mm Combo and on the right is Vintage Stone Combo (as well as the Rumble Stone border we are embedding around the planting beds next to the house). Everything will be installed by Chris Miller Brick Paving.

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Both of these looked great, and I loved the grey color, but I ended up choosing the one on the left due to it’s larger size stones.  I thought it looked more like bluestone and it looked better when wet (something to think of when choosing- I sprayed them down and it made the choice easier for me!)  So, we have a material, now for the layout.

It was VERY important to Andrew that we be able to have 2 chaises for us to relax on- we do love lounging in the sun!  But we also needed a place for the grill, a dining space and I wanted an area for 4 chairs where we could sit with another couple and have drinks.  We also had to plan for our future garage/master suite/ laundry room renovation/ addition in which we tear down the garage and rebuild it larger and taller to accommodate all those spaces.  So the door from the mudroom/garage/ kitchen to the patio will change locations in a year- we had to make sure the patio was planned accordingly.  So here are the “before” pics- so bland and in need of help, my goodness:

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(notice the marks from me spray painting my nightstands?? Ooops.)

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Ugh! It’s so sad looking!  We need to jackhammer up all that pavement and grade the area (which happens to be quite lumpy and uneven) before we start the install.

So here’s my sketch including details we are also adding like a trellis above our back door, rose trellis’ to either side of the door and a mini deck and steps being built out of wood.  We actually decided against the built-in firepit and instead will just keep using our freestanding copper one to allow us to have more flexibility with the furniture layout.

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Pavestone did a KILLER video rendering of what the space will look like when completed!  We’re doing some different landscaping and furniture layout but you get the idea :)  It’s going to be time to call in my Mom for some serious landscaping advice after this is complete!

The trellis and porch we’re doing will look a lot like this:

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We also have a little shed, we affectionately call “the barn” which needs painting and updating.  I have been enamored with black sheds with white trim, but also like Benjamin Moore’s Deep River, which has a smidge of green and is more of a grey then black (you can see my test patch by the door). Still undecided.

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An example of the black/ white option for the shed- our patio will be that color too!

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It would match perfectly with my patio decor plan- which is- wait for it….. BLACK AND WHITE!!! I know, it’s SO unexpected coming from me! :)  It all began with this vintage Brown Jordan patio set my grandparents left me that I love, love, love.  I had it re-enameled in glossy black.

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And here’s where I am with the patio furniture (all IKEA because that’s how we’re rolling these days) and accents so far- still not sure about what accent color I’m using, but I do love coral mixed with black and white.  I’ll have to think about what colors my plantings will be and coordinate!

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Stay tuned here to see progress- we break ground August 9th! I can’t wait to have a backyard I’m proud of!

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My Week in Instagrams

If you aren’t on Instagram yet…. GET WITH IT! It’s my favorite social media app by MILES and it’s such a fun way to chronicle your life in filtered, beautiful images.  Here are some things that went down in my world this week:

I had dinner at fellow designer Mally Skok’s INSANE home.  I mean, it’s 100% my dream house….

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Her dining room has upholstered walls. This style is what I would call Traditional Badass.

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Need a close-up? Thought so.  Her fabrics are awesome, but this one happens to be Quadrille Contessa.

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I got myself a faux bust for the bar.  Goddess of the Drink. All hail.

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My new line with Jill Rosenwald fresh outta the kiln with the cutest little lower case monogram!

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Part of the line…. I happen to be super into the cream and sugar set.  They’ll be up for purchase in a couple weeks and you’ll be the first to know!!!!

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Frozen yogurt break, nerds.

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I took the ferry to the Hamptons. It was peaceful and reminded me that I am SO much happier and calmer by the ocean.  Good thing my parents are building a gorgeous home by the shore right now! #movingbackhome #nomoreemptynest!

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So happy how these Ballard barstools came back from our upholsterer for out Hampton’s job!  We did some custom pieced upholstery to get this look and it’s pretty awesome.

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I got to visit the new Serena & Lily store in Wainscott. It’s as adorable as you might imagine, but this wall o’ art was my fave.

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So many people commented on how cute this top was.  It’s cheap and you can get it here.

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I babysat for my Mom’s new 11 week old Golden puppy Barney last weekend. He bit a hole in the above cute shirt, but because that face is so smushy and amazing I don’t care.

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The view from their porch.  This is not England, but it could be.

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While there I went to the nearby antique shops and saw this lucite goodness. I paced, I pondered… and I left empty handed.

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But then I went back and bought the (now known to be) Thorpe candlesticks, which I had the intention of selling.  But then I put them on my mantle and….. scene.  Welcome to your new home, crazy pretzel, lucite candlesticks. Would it be so bad if I try to get the metal part brass plated??

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Then my vintage Brown Jordan patio set that was my paternal grandmothers came back from the shop all freshly enameled in black and ready for my patio (which starts soon).  Planning on topping those seats with black and white wide strip cushions and adding a white umbrella! Perfect, and meaningful.

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Yesterday we were setting up for a book photoshoot all day today!  I am SO,SO obsessed with this tablestop setting I created- especially that Juliska Country Estate china.  I think I need it (in blue).  Those ombre napkins were under $4 at Crate and Barrel too!

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PHEW. I’m exhausted. But more to do…. Stay tuned!!!

The Erin Gates for Jill Rosenwald Collection!

As a lot of you know I share my studio space with some incredible, creative women- the mother hen of all of us is ceramicist and designer Jill Rosenwald- (also of Fallon rug fame).  Jill and I are constantly bouncing ideas off each other and so we finally decided it was high time we did a line together.  I am psyched to introduce the Erin Gates for Jill Rosenwald Collection!  I was inspired by a pattern I have on a basket in my entryway that is of African origin that I thought would translate really well into ceramics.  It is reminiscent of chevron but a bit funkier.  Each piece comes in two colorways- black/peony and j.crew/mint.  All pieces (except lamps) have gold rims or edges. And the best part? We’re donating 15% of all proceeds to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Relief.

In order to get these in time for Christmas you must order in the next THREE DAYS! So until they are posted on Jill’s e-commerce site please e-mail me erin@eringatesdesign.com to place your order!!!!

Black/ Peony

J.Crew/ Mint

Oval Lamp- $430

6.5″ W X 24.5″ H

Olive Tray- $152

9″ W X 12″L

#6 Vase- $78

6.25″ H X 3.25″ W

Ritz Tray- $92

14″L x 3.5″ W

Mug- $65

Jilly cup- $40

2.5″w x 3.5″h