Design Detail: Shiplap Walls & Ceilings

Shiplap has been around forever, in fact, it’s more of a historical, period look than anything, however it seems to be making one fierce comeback as of late!  I’ve been seeing so many fabulous modern images of spaces utilizing it on walls, ceilings, in bathrooms, bedrooms, mudroom and kitchens, it no longer is reserved only for older homes.  As I dream of renovating our sunroom into a four season family room, this style of wall and ceiling treatment is in the forefront of my brain!

This laundry room uses it with an amazing result (although that lantern placement is driving me bananas.)

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Let’s Discuss: Patterned Cement Tile

I’ve noticed a lot of kitchens and baths lately boldly employing patterned tile floors, walls and backsplashes. These tiles, mostly examples of Moroccan cement tile, are both contemporary and vintage and when mixed with modern cabinetry and details, can result in a truly showstopping look. But I have to wonder, will this look be timeless? Is it a risk worth taking in main space like a kitchen? Lets take a look at some examples and talk it through.

This room just uses the patterned tile behind the range, which I love in combination with he rustic beams, brick and the sleek counter and cabinetry.

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On My Radar: New Finds from Target & West Elm

These days there is no excuse for bad decor since there is SO MUCH good design going on at retail stores all over.  Here are my current faves from two I shop at constantly: Target and West Elm.

I have loved every collection that Nate Berkus has released with Target thus far, but this one may take the cake!  Done almost entirely in my favorite palette of black, gold, wood and white I am ALL OVER these great finds.

I’m thinking these brass and stone modern lamps would look awesome in our new office.  And this pillow is all sorts of hot stuff.

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LOVE this gold framed accent table, it look a hell of a lot more expensive then it is.  For more of a natural look try this woven stool.

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A super hip two tone mirror and gold accent piece perfect for dressing up a bookshelf or console table.

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A pair of folding metal campaign stools are great for the end of a bed or under a console table, and this gold candelabra would make a great centerpiece on a dining table in lieu of flowers.

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These faux marble trays and this faux bone inlay frame are fabulous accents for any space.

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And while we’re talking about Target, check out these other insanely great items from their Threshold line.  High style at a low price.  For example, a brass and wood bar cart for under $130 and a leather strap mirror for under $25.

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Totally crazy about these two side tables- both the brass and wood and brass wire.

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How about this sleek wood octagon mirror and gold based gourd lamp??

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And now onto West Elm, which is KILLING it right now too with their new releases! I mean, I can;t tell you how many time I sat up and yelled “SO GOOD!” while perusing the site.

First and foremost, these nailhead pieces, side table and dresser– DYYYYIIINNNNG.

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I was SO pumped to see they partnered with Boston based furniture maker Richard Watson to make an affordable version of his INCREDIBLE highboy (right) which I have been lusting after since seeing it at the gorgeous Beacon Hill shop Good.  Someday I will have one.

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A great daybed perfect for a space that serves double duty, like an office/guest room and a bar that look like perhaps it was vintage.

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AWESOME capiz shell fixtures that would look amazing above this wood dining table.

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LOVE the mid-century collection- especially the new black and brass pieces like the desk and dresser.

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LOVE this brass and black floor lamp, may have to get for my house. Also these simple stripe throws are great.

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Everyone needs a furry throw for fall and winter- faux fur or mongolian lamb adds great texture to your decor (and my dogs are obsessed with snuggling on mine).

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How sculptural and cool is this towel rack???? And these toasters with wood panels???

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Totally getting this gold rimmed jewelry box for my new dresser, absolutely gorgeous way to display your trinkets. For a bit of bling elsewhere, his gilded pillow will do.

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You all know I can’t say no to a good stripe- these wool pillows and bedding (not new, but rather re-released) are so awesome.

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Love the gold bottom weekender with stripes (kind of made for me) and this little anchor oven mit!!!!

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Designing Women: Celerie & Aerin’s New Collections

As a designer I can’t help think about someday doing my own line of products- furniture, fabric, rug and home accessories.  Many, many designers before me have done this very successfully and they only keep coming- here are two more new releases I’m loving:

Aerin Lauder’s line for Visual Comfort (can be purchased through Circa Lighting for those not in the trade):

I am completely obsessed with every variation of this fixture- it’s very reminiscent of the much, much pricier Serge Mouille lights and I love the brass accents! Perfect for my living room in black!

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Love the white one for beside a bed!

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This blue number would be amazing in a modern beach house!

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Superstar interior designer Celerie Kemble also released a line of furnishings with Henredon furniture and I’m loving the vintage inspired look to some of the pieces!

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Team EGD’s Summer Picks!

My company may be called Erin Gates Design, but it’s certainly isn’t a one woman show.  I have two awesome ladies helping me out- my right hand woman Lindsey, whose been with me over three years and does anything and everything (I like to refer to her as “the unicorn” because she can do billing and design a room with equal skill, which is rare).  And recently we welcomed Allison to the team to assist with lots of stuff as well as helping get this books done. She is also a blogger, so pop on over to her site too!

Both these ladies have great taste and so I wanted to start sharing what is on THEIR wishlists these days! I pretty much also want everything they do, so it goes to show our team is on the same wavelength!

Lindsey

top // pillows // lamp // ring // painting // barstool // dress // coral dresser // salad servers // desk (only $119!)

allison

Music (Civil Wars, Lumineers, Vampire Weekend) // Maison Gray print // towel // sunglasses // top // weekender // dress // drink jars // sunscreen // book