Sag Harbor Dream Home

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Last weekend we were in Sag Harbor, NY, which I think is the most “un-Hamptons-y” village in the Hamptons.  It’s small but interesting and not as flashy as some of the other parts.  The houses are ridiculous (and the real estate prices even more so).  And as I was looking at some listings in a agency window I saw that Steven Gambrel’s latest Sag Harbor home is for sale…for a mere $10.5 million.  I need to figure out what kind of design work gets you a home like THAT.  And while the price tag is completely absurd, it is SO DAMN GOOD- the perfect blend of modern amenities and historical design- not to mention the guest house, pool and perfectly situated lot. If I could pick anyone to designa home for me, it would be him.

The Hamptons Designer Showhouse

This past weekend I was out celebrating the opening of the Hamptons Designer Showhouse, including my space at it, the dining patio. This was my first experience designing a showhouse and it was an eye opening experience that taught me a lot.  A big thanks to Frontgate for asking me to work with them on it and Traditional Home for covering it!

It was about 600 degrees in the sun so things were toasty outside, but we managed to get it completed without passing out. :)
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Fashion Friday: Easy Summer Uniform

It’s hot. I’m so busy. I don’t have time to get clever with my outfits these days. So when I’m not wearing jeans and a striped tee shirt, I’m wearing a simple dress, sandals and statement necklace. It’s easy, great for hot weather and makes you look “finished” without much thought (because ain’t nobody got time for that- especially me, note the dead plants).
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dress (on clearance)// necklace (great collab between Lizzie Fortunato and St. Frank)// sandals // sunglasses

Daybed Roundup

The daybed is one of the most versatile pieces of furniture there is. It can be a sofa or a bed- provide an extra place to sleep a guest in a tiny room or act as a workhorse in a studio apartment. They also make GREAT kids beds- especially those transitioning from a crib to a “big kid” bed. They work for boys, girls, old and young.  We’ve used them so much in our work and I think they are an important option to consider when decorating!  So I wanted to do a round up of a ton of different styles and price points for you.

Here is a daybed (Restoration Hardware) we used in an office/ guest room.  With the right style and number of pillows daybeds can easily look like sofas.
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This one you’ve seen in my book- we designed a custom canopy to make this daybed (Ballard Designs) into a real dream bed for a lucky little girl.

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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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