Come Work With Us!

So, my little business is GROWING. Fast. It’s overwhelming to think about, but also really incredibly awesome.  We’re in hiring mode, and the first and most pressing role we need to fill is a do-it-all, organizational genius Office Manager. Read below and submit your resumes to katie@eringatesdesign.com with the subject line “Office Manager”.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

We’re looking to hire a part-time (could potentially full time) Office Manager in our Newton Center studio.  The role is not design focused but familiarity with the design industry a big plus.  Responsibilities will include (but not be limited to):  maintaining our wait list and responding to potential client inquiries, managing blog sponsorship/ partnership inquiries, running errands, answering the phone, helping with photo shoots, managing Erin’s schedule, making sure the office is organized and stocked with everything we need, managing the sample library, returning samples to the design center, assisting Erin and two other designers with various tasks and managing client monthly billing and general office billing.

We use a design-specific program called Studio Webware, so knowledge of that interface is a HUGE plus but not required.  You will need to train in this software in order to manage billing so computer/web skills are a must.  You must be VERY organized, willing to pitch in with anything, interested in the design industry and a laid back, fun personality.  The office has dogs in it, so must be okay with dogs as well.  Must have a car or access to a car as needed.

Hourly rate based on experience. Paid vacation and daily parking.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

SAG Awards Red Carpet Review!

While I love me some Kristen Bell (Andrew and I are convinced we’d be besties with her and Dax if given the chance) I did not stay up and watch the SAG Awards. But I did watch some of the red carpet and reviewed all the looks this morning.  I am going to double down on my opinion that given limitations (say, all black like at the Globes) stylists do better.  This was a wholly underwhelming show of fashion and I constantly wonder how and why stylists who are paid HUGE money, pick some of these dresses.

Let’s just review some of the good.  Kristen Bell was my FAVE in this amazing J.Mendel (whose dresses I always love).

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Fashion Friday: A Universally Flattering Outfit

When I posted this outfit I wore last weekend in Atlanta a lot of people commented on how much they liked it (awww shucks guys!)  I think this silhouette of an A life skort with a bodysuit and classic heel is really a look that can flatter a lot of body types (tip: if your more petite, go for a shorter skirt but one that is still an A line and if you aren’t psyched about a fitted top, try a button down styled bodysuit instead).  Pick a fancier kind of skirt (metallic or floral) for a more formal even or a wool or cotton for daytime.  It’s a take-you-anywhere kind of outfit!  Also, this look is great with tights and booties when it’s too cold to wear bare legs!

leather skirt: eBay find- LK Bennett sample // bodysuit: Nordstrom // heels: J.Crew (similar here) // earrings: Baublebar (similar) // scarf : Cuyana

Here are two versions of this look– one for now, one for spring! CLICK IMAGES FOR LINKS!


A LINE SKIRTS:


BODYSUITS:

How To Make Your House Feel Less Depressing In Winter

Room design by Erin Gates Design // photo by Michael J. Lee

This probably isn’t an issue for those of you who live in warmer areas of the country and world, but where it’s cold and snowy like New England, winter can make our houses feel like a complete cave of dusty, soul-crushing grossness. So here are my tips to help turn your cabin-fever riddled space into something a BIT more happy.  (Oh, plus a stockpile of Clorox wipes because it seems like the entire world is sick and germs are everywhere.)

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NEW SHEETS

We just got all new sheets at Christmas and it makes our bed feel SO much cleaner and nicer.  I personally think Matouk makes the best sheets (so light and crisp) and worth the investment (they last a LONG time). And when you have illnesses circling the family, it’s nice to feel like your bed is a haven.

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Our Most Used Retail Items

Although we do a lot of custom work for our clients, what people like most about working with us is that we are more than happy to work in retail items into our plans as well. When you have kids or are trying to stick to a certain budget, it’s great to be able to get good quality items without the cost and wait time for custom made. Even people with HUGE budgets don’t want to spend zillions on a sectional for their family room– even if they can afford it. So over the years we have developed a list of “go to” items that we find ourselves using over and over again in projects. Not because all our projects look alike, but good basics are trendless and timeless and can work with just about ANY style decor!  I thought I’d round up a chunk of these items and share them with you!

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