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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Our Own Christmas Lists!

A little peek into what each of us at Erin Gates Design are hoping for from Santa! :)
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  1. Lugging around a giant DSLR camera doesn’t work for me, I’d LOVE this compact camera that connects to wifi and is good looking to boot.
  2. The Roman & Williams book and The Finer Things.
  3. LOVE this India Hicks necklace. Horns and tassels together? Perfect.
  4. I’ve become obsessed with Holly Addi’s work. I need a new piece for above my sofa…. (a girl can dream)
  5. I’ve been getting back into working out and need new kicks. Black and gold seems to fit the bill (and I can personalize these ones!)
  6. I love this Gustavian influenced chair for my guest room. Or any corner. I’d upholster in a skinny stripe!
  7. I actually love how Chanel No. 5 dries down on me for a winter scent. A little goes a LONG way.
  8. I need a new makeup bag and this monogrammed one is awesome.
  9. I may have already bought this Tory tunic (I couldn’t wait!)
  10. I dream of having this HUGE Michael Gaillard photograph of Nantucket in my home someday.
  11. Because I change into sweatpants the second I get home in the winter.
  12. I lost my favorite big crystal studs- these can replace them.
  13. Love this marble and gold iPhone case.
  14. I already posted this, but I have this in grey and want it in black. Best working mama bag ever!

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  1. Lindsey’s always cold so this “sleeping cardigan” is perfect.
  2. Because we are adults now we ask for things like vacuums!
  3. A new Marc Jacobs black cross body tote.
  4. A pair of  pillows made from one of her favorite Lisa Fine fabrics.
  5. A yummy, cozy grey throw.
  6. A small work by one of her favorite artists, Megan Lightell
  7. I’ve gotten her addicted to the Racer jean :)
  8. This fab sketch from Slow Season Studio (in an antique gold frame)
  9. An antique (or antique inspired) dresser.
  10. The Mia floor lamp from Circa. A long time fave.
  11. These suede Kate Spade boots with the perfect height heel.

alxmas

  1. This gorgeous abstract from Well & Wonder artist Amanda Norman.
  2. A pair of vintage brass candlesticks.
  3. This amazing blush Chloe bag.
  4. An Apple Watch in grey and gold.
  5. This fancypants new Kindle with leather charging cover (brilliant).
  6. Al says this is the best winter candle out there!
  7. Adorable monogrammed cocktail napkins.
  8. A darling pearl and gold charm necklace.
  9. John Derian’s new book.
  10. An Ooomph Tini Table in navy and raffia.
  11. This hoodie for workouts.
  12. A horse. Because it’s Christmas and a girl wants what a girl wants.

An Affordable Blue & White Christmas Tablescape with Walmart!

You guys know by now that I have a serious blue and white problem. Like, I may need an intervention. I’m on a mission to turn my whole house from black and white to blue and white slowly but surely! You saw that I did blue for my tree this year, and now as I think ahead to tabletop schemes for Christmas, what better than (drumroll please…) BLUE AND WHITE! And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, the color scheme works great for any holiday celebrations! So it’s really win/win!
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image via At Home Arkansas