Design Crush: Gil Schafer

I’ve been buying lots of design books I’ve been eyeing for years lately. I want more of my downtime to be analog, and books are the best accessories in a home, I think.  So really, it’s win/win. One can never have enough books (unless they are cheesy paperback chick-lit or spy thrillers in which case I believe they breed while we are sleeping and/or preparing to move).  One I recently picked up is architect Gil Schafer’s The Great American HouseI’ve flipped through it before at my parents house, but this time I really dug in and my appreciation and awestruck admiration for his work grew tenfold.

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Many of his projects have been published in the big glossies, so you may recognize a home or two when flipping through– but what is so wonderful about his work is that it looks so old, so full of the detail and craft of yesteryear, that you may have just assumed it WAS an old home.  Here are two examples- one int he north and one in the south that really exemplify his work:

This Duchess County New York home is seriously dreamy.

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So grand and yet perfectly at home in the country.

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Henry’s First Birthday!

I decided to take a break from gift guide craziness (it’ll be back on Wednesday- Under $100) to reflect a little on a big event that happened last month as Henry turned ONE on November 13th!  I realized I had not blogged about this huge milestone and wanted to briefly wade into mommyland and talk a little bit about the big guy as he changes from a baby into a little boy. :)

Of course, we celebrated– with a party on his birthday with close friends and family at our house.  While I went overboard with the cake ( an otomi-inspired masterpiece from Oakleaf Cakes that basically was the price of a wedding cake) I kept things pretty low-key otherwise.  Some cute Etsy decorations and adorable party hat, seriously yummy food and drinks, but not all Pinterest-perfect and themed down to every last detail.
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Growing Pains

My Dearest Readers-

I wanted to reach out and update you on the launch of my product line, which has been a trying process to say the least.  With growth and expansion of my brand, I have been diligent and thoughtful, but am realizing how much of what happens when taking things to a larger scale is out of my control. Especially on the technology front!

As you may have noticed, some of the pricing on some of the pillows on the Wayfair and AllModern sites has been fluctuating in the last 48 hours.  This is a kink that is being worked out as we speak.  I am upset that this has happened (along with the other issues we’ve had) and want you to know that I take this VERY seriously and appreciate and respect that you would spend your hard earned money on my goods.  So once the price issue has been settled I will let you know how to go about getting a price adjustment if you paid more than what the final price is supposed to be. In the meantime, feel free to e-mail me personally with any questions or concerns. I am listening- erin@eringatesdesign.com.

Thank you for being patient with us while we navigate this crazy path to becoming “a brand”.  While it is incredibly exciting (I totally love this collection and don’t want these technical issues to mask that) it is eye-opening and complicated.  My appreciation for your time and support is endless.

All My best,

Erin

SNEAK PEEK! My Home Accessory Collection Coming Oct. 5th!

I could not be more excited to FINALLY share this sneak peek into my new home accessories collection, ELEMENTS by Erin Gates,  that has been in the works for about a year now! I am so, so honored to work with a brilliant, thoughtful licensing company that not only really cares about the quality of whats going out into the market with my name on it but also gave me a ton of creative control which isn’t always the case when it comes to licensing.  It was super important to me that everything be affordable but still of good quality (for example- the pillows have down inserts and intricate details like trim and embroidery and are still $48-$68!)  I felt like a lot of affordable home decor is super trendy- for example, I could not find greek key bordered solid velvet pillows for under $100 to save my life- and so I wanted to create a line that had that classic, timeless style but with a modern edge.  In other words, things that will LAST. The pillows, poufs, candles, baskets and throws will be for sale October 5th on Wayfair and AllModern! The lighting will be released closer to the beginning of December. Of course,  I will keep you updated here with any and all new releases.  Here is just some of the collection (there are some more things I’ll show on the release date!)

Below is a great navy grouping- the lamp, baskets, pillows, throw and pouf (which is big and firm enough to actually sit on or use as an ottoman) are all from the collection!
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