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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Creative Office Spaces

I am currently desperately seeking a new office space.   My business is growing and changing and we are busting at the seams (literally) with samples, client stuff and files.  We really need a new home.  I have always wanted a retail space, but can’t possibly add that to my plate right now, but would love something with a cool vibe, bright light and space to spread out.  This collection of workspaces from Atlanta Homes Magazine both inspires me and makes me feel depressed about the current state of Erin Gates Design.  Your work surroundings, especially when pursuing creative endeavors, really makes a big difference in morale, attitude and focus.  So if anyone has any good leads, please let me know.  In the meantime, check out these office spaces for inspiration:

Bobby McAlpine & Susan Ferrier

This space is beyond cool, especially the “cubicles” made of gorgeous draperies. The soothing, monochromatic palette is the perfect backdrop for design work. Who wouldn’t want to work here?

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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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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.

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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