A sneak peek of a project we completed this year. Photo by Michael J. Lee.
Its been a while since I really dished about life with you guys, and in an effort to get more organized an refresh some things in my world before fall I thought it would be helpful for me to share some personal and professional updates.
First of all- the business. We’ve been humming along on many projects both in the area and out of state, which is exciting. And in our new, bigger space we also have two new people, Kristen and Katie- so right now we are a team of four (plus Bax and Ollie, of course). We hope to utilize our new space in the coming year not only for business but for other interesting endeavors too. I’d love to host pop ups once in a while in which we can partner with vendors to show off stuff we love- from art to fashion to accessories, wine, kids stuff and more (perhaps wine AND kids stuff since those often go together, amiright?) and have a social aspect to the space. So be on the lookout for that, and if you have ideas about a pop up let me know!
Along with the new space is some new branding AND a new website dedicated to the interiors side of my business. I’ve been working with the insanely talented Hanna of Gadabout on a new logo for Erin Gates Design that will eventually transition to the blog as well. I really needed to invest in a revamp of my brand imagery AND a site dedicated to my design business only, and I’m glad I finally ripped the band aid off. It’s going to be awesome. STAY TUNED!
And speaking of the blog, more to come there as well. I’m on a mission to create more original content and add in a bit more fashion (including more of what I myself am wearing, and Henry too). It’s hard not to be able to show imagery of my work since its all embargoed for the next book, so it can be challenging to keep things interesting and varied in such a competitive blog marketplace. I feel down about the blog a lot lately, but I’m going to try really hard to improve in this category and be more creative in what I share.
As for the book, its slow going but it’s going. I am loving the concept for it (keeping your style while creating a livable, safe, family home) and the imagery we have so far (including work from other designers that has never been published before) is great. I also will have Q&A’s with some of my design idols whoa re parents and lots and lots of tips, tricks and anecdotes about my journey to and through motherhood. Right now its slated for October 2018 release, but we’ll see if I can get it done in time. Fingers crossed.
And then there’s motherhood, which is more all consuming than I ever expected, especially as Henry gets older. While we are all getting lots of sleep now (thank you sleep training, best thing I ever did), Henry is a whirling dervish of activity, development and emotions. It is insane and awe-inspiring to watch him grow and change into a little person with opinions and a sense of humor. His little face is almost too much to take at times and his little Henry-isms make me smile when I just think about them. I’m so taken aback by this HUGE responsibility of raising him that I find myself really struggling to write about it. I’m sure it will come to me if I let it, but I am so busy right now between him and work that I don’t think I have the head space and clarity to assess all that has happened in the last 20 months and all that lays ahead for us. I will just say he is as awesome and amazing as he is frustrating and stressful and we are grateful for all of it.
And yes, we do hope to have another. How I’m going to add another child to my crazy schedule, I honestly have no idea (and get indigestion thinking about) but if there is anything to make time for its that. Henry would make a great older brother and I’d love to be able to see him nurture (or torture?) a sibling. And since I am turning 38 in two weeks so there isn’t much time to lose. We lost a pregnancy in March, which actually happened on its own, so it was the shock of a lifetime as I never thought that was possible ). I took some time off to get centered again before going back for another round of IVF (we have three frozen embryos from Henry’s batch ready to rock! It was a good one so why mess with perfection?) So cross your fingers and toes that we get to design a new nursery this year (and a killer big boy room for H).
And in planning to expand our family, we break ground on our renovation next month! I’m getting ready to order all the new stuff for the family room, living room and kitchen revamp, which I will share with you, so follow along as we make our home even more kid/red popsicle/rogue blueberry proof, but still super stylish. It IS possible. (Also of note- a HUUUUUUUUGE blog sale coming up with tons of stuff from my house featured in the first book!)
Add to that more branded products coming out (including a whole new exciting collaboration launching this fall!) and more, fun partnerships on the horizon.
Phew. No wonder I feel overwhelmed. But as I always say, better to be insanely busy than bored out of your mind. Thanks for following along on my adventures and here’s to a year full of exciting new things!
Do NOT feel down about the blog . . . I love it always! And more fashion would be lovely. I just bought the navy faux fur coat from Nordstrom based on your recommendation! Always a fan of everything you post.
Was their a specific sleep training method or book you read? Please share!
Sorry to hear of your loss. Your year so far has been hectic and continues in that direction but the ultimate outcome will be worth it.
Love the wallpaper in your State of the Union room and hope to see more of your designs in the future.
My favorite kind of post. And you hardly had to post any pics!!!
I ordered notecards for my shop from Hanna, when she was starting out. Love her stuff.
Best wishes for all your irons in the fire. I love to hear about my favorite little family up north – thought of you when we landed in New London on the ferry from Orient Point, and then drove to Point Judith to get the other one.
Hi Erin – it’s been a long week and I am just able to catch up with your blogging. Congratulations on all the exciting things happening in your professional and personal life. I have purchased a few of your items for myself and enjoy having them in my home. I need to stockpile your candles – they are the perfect thinking of you/thank you gift.
I was sorry to hear about your miscarriage – it is a difficult thing whether you can easily create and sustain a pregnancy or not. (and, yes, way shocking when you thought getting pregnant the old fashioned way was not very likely). So many of us have been there and your sharing always helps me heal just a little bit more. (so, thank you for the comfort to go along with all of the pretty things in life) I am rooting for you on next IVF journey!
Exciting things to come for you, wishing you ALL THE BEST! Thanks for always sharing such personal and relatable details of your life – reading your blog is my favorite Friday morning activity.
Do not feel down about the blog. It continues to be one of my favorites and I love the way you mix it up with “to die for” home design, your amazing fashion flair and the personal stuff (especially the cute Henry anecdotes). And, I’m always impressed with your posts about giving back to the community and they way you highlight organizations that facilitate that. I am very sorry for the loss you suffered in March. I’m sure it couldn’t have been easy. But, I admire your positive attitude and resilience. You’ve already accomplished so much and it sounds like the best is yet to come.
SO good to hear everything..so excited about stylish yet durable spaces. Maybe even a few that are budget friendly, too? Too much to ask?
I hope that Henry gets the joy of being a big brother and that it will happen in the right time for all of you. It’s amazing how your heart grows with every child and the energy and time that you never think you have gets easier in a way. Having more kids has been the best…they entertain each other (and bicker, yes!) but they love each other in a way that is so special and so worth it. I cherish every season, but honestly that season of 15 months-21 months is just HARD:)
So so sorry to hear about your loss, it’s hard I know.
I am excited for all the fresh things on the horizon and can’t wait to see it! Thanks for being a part of my day:)
Erin you are young and have a fabulous future in front of you. You have so many talents to share with people. I love hearing about Henry and your perspective of parenthood. Of all the things you are doing that is definitely the most important, challenging and rewarding job of all. It has been such a joy seeing little Henry grow and become a little person. He is beyond adorable and his personality jumps off the page. I have been a follower of your blog for years and it has been a privilege to see the many changes in your life. Looking forward to this new stage in your life and will continue following as long as you continue writing!! Thank you for all your hard work and research,
Love your blog! Wish you luck! Expecting to share more with us!
Wow, Henry isn’t the only “whirling dervish of activity” in the Gates household. You are an inspiration. Sending positive vibes your way for Baby Gates #2.
So very sorry to hear about your loss. I have a feeling good things are on their way for the Gates! ;-)
You GO GIRL…we’re ALL pulling for you, etc!!! franki
Very sorry to hear about your loss. Thank you for sharing. Also pls don’t fret about blog content bc it’s been great and as a relatively recent new-working mom myself, I really respect and admire the boundary you’ve established re your work as it relates to blogging less frequently but still delivering interesting content. It’s all good. Thank you.
Thank you for sharing your life (struggles and all), work and passions with all of us. You make even the most impossible seem easy and you do so with such grace and confidence. Thank you for also continuing to inspire and empower me as a fellow working mom!
Last but not least, Best wishes to you and your family as you grieve your recent loss and march forward.
We all know you are an over-achiever X10, that’s why we love what you do and how you create. Prayers to you & family over your recent loss, that’s always so sad to hear. Love your new design, cannot wait to hear more more more
Sorry to hear about your miscarriage. I had to go through three miscarriages to have my two sons. It was hard, but so worth it in the end. Now they are 28 and 21. I remember being overwhelmed with work and having a baby, but all the important things will get done. Enjoy Henry, he will be 28 before you know it. I can’t wait for your new book.
You are amazing. Really. Keep shining bright, Leo lady!
I really appreciated reading this post and getting a peek into what is to come! Your blog stands head and shoulders above the rest and I love your mix of aspirational, inspirational, and “slice of life” posts, not to mention your awesome red carpet recaps and motherhood writing. It sounds like I was as surprised as many others were to hear you are feeling down about the blog–it is such a light in the crazy, crowded blogosphere. Your content is creative and fresh and I look forward to every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
And I was so incredibly sorry to read about what happened in March. Like many other women, I’ve had miscarriages and I know the sting that comes with them. Pregnancy, like parenting, can give you the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Take care of yourself–you are a true talent and such a gift to us all!
I agree with all of the above! Of the blogs I read, yours is a favorite. Occasionally having someone in your office share their viewpoints might be fun and a way to give you a break. (Not too often, though. I’d miss your voice. ) Your honesty and bravery dealing with your journey to expand your family are appreciated, as well. Please don’t think your posts have been less than wonderful. I think I speak for many others when I say how much I enjoy them!
So good to hear from you Erin. Your path will happen as it should including your baby. Very sorry to hear what happened. Love all you do and all you have planned. You give strength to others which is why I don’t miss a post or your blog. I wish you the best of everything !
I can’t tell you how often I look at blogs and read books and magazines and I think “Yeah, that’s great, but I have kids running around! My house NEVER looks like that!” so, I can’t wait for you next book!!!
Good lucky on the next baby. I’m so sorry about your loss in March.
I think the blog is still amazing.
You are killing it! Can’t wait to see what’s to come!!
Beautiful post. Your blog hasn’t suffered at all. It’s well-conceived, well-written, and genuine. By far, the best one I read.
Good luck on the IVF. I was compelled to comment for the first time today, because I know what a struggle it is to achieve professionally while going through the IVF ups and downs. And the losses are just so hard. You are incredibly brave to share with us and I’m so appreciative to hear from someone who deals with similar struggles in a similar way.
Long story short, you’re doing fabulously!
The book sounds awesome! Please get it done on time, I’m dying to read it already! (Also: no pressure, LOL). Good luck to you with the second baby—rooting for you guys!
Good luck with your endeavors and sorry for your loss!
As a long time reader, I wanted to say that I think that fewer, better posts is a better way to go then trying to post a certain number of times a week and getting really stressed out about the posts. You’ve been posting great content. I think if something has to give in your life, your readers will continue to read your blog loyally even if it’s down to once or twice a week (not that I’m encouraging that, just saying). Having seen the end (ish) of Young House Love, I think you and your readers will still be in it together if the pace slows down, but the quality stays high.
Not a frequent commenter but just wanted to say thanks for the update!
Good Gawd, woman, that’s a lot! I still check the blog 3x a week to see what you’re up to. I will say that the fashion posts have been helpful in helping me determine the overall look I want to present and how to get it. So thanks for that!
Your blog is my FAVORITE! I love your Friday posts the most! You are so genuine and down to earth. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. And good l uck with baby #2!
Best of luck, Erin! You deserve only good things to come your way. I would love to hear more about sleep training!
I eagerly await Monday, Wednesday and Friday posts. Not hurting in the least. I’ve been with you from the beginning and have no plan on quitting you. I really mean this, best of luck to you in it all…especially baby #2.
Erin, your generosity always comes through in your posts – it takes an incredible amount of bravery to be this open with your life. I’m so sorry about your loss and I am sending you my best thoughts for future addition(s) to your family.
Sounds like all awesome stuff, Erin!! When does your new pillow collection launch? I ordered the greek key pillows from your first collection and love them!
I just want you to know how much I appreciate your blog. The integrity and generosity that shines through all your posts–not to mention the sheer design talent–has truly bolstered me, especially in these poisonous political times. I can only imagine how difficult it is to consistently and honestly share your life on the interwebs. So thank you! Your posts always brighten or enlighten my day.
I’m very sorry for your loss and sending you and your family best wishes for what I know will be a wonderful new chapter in your lives.
Love your blog! i save it for last of the blogs i read bc it’s a goodie!
congrats on expanding your family – i am a working mom of an almost 7 yo and a 15 month old. Adding #2 def adds a level of crazy but for us it truly felt like it was meant to be and completed our family in a way that i couldn’t have described or recognized before it happened. My girls are adopted so it was a long and winding path through infertility and adoption. Somehow you will just make it work! personally i think going from 1 to 2 was easier than 0 to 1.
i’m so sorry for your loss too. that grief will become part of you and your family will take shape through whatever route ends up working for you and you won’t be able to imagine it any other way!
So sorry to hear about you loss. Fingers crossed for all good things for you and your adorable family.
I (along with a zillion other of your EOS followers) love your blog as much as I always have – so please don’t waste one minute of your precious time being down about that!!!
All the best!
I love the ‘life’ posts and have missed these! You juggle so much but from the ‘outside’ you rock it all. So many exciting times ahead for you, & so glad we get to be along for the ride. Will keep everything crossed for your beautiful family that you have good news to share soon x
Erin, I’m turning 40 this year and haven’t had a child yet. I’ve been going back and forth about the IUI/IVF route for a while now… As I’m sure you know, it’s a huge decision- and, for me, a decision and possible path to motherhood that is ever more complicated by a history of clinical depression/hospitalizations/anti-depressants and all the fun stuff that goes along with that! All this to say– I read your blog regularly and I am constantly in awe of your honesty and transparency around your own path. Thanks for sharing your story, Erin. I’m so inspired by your badassness! :)
Im so sorry to hear about your pregnancy loss and I am sending you lots of positive energy and thoughts. I am sure you will be sharing positive news on the baby front someday soon! I am thrilled with all of the news you shared today about your business.. you rock! I think its worth noting that your blog content has always been fantastic and I look forward to checking it every M, W, and F. You shouldn’t be down on it at all! Cant wait to see all the things you have in store & thanks for being such an inspiration.
Thank you for sharing your personal life, as always! I have a 3-year-old boy and it took us about a year to get pregnant again (holy reproductive specialist emotional rollercoaster) but wishing you all the best! I selfishly want to see how you design a nursery for a second child and how you work with what you already have but still make it feel new and special.
Sorry to hear of your loss. Sending you positive thoughts and prayers. I know Henry will be a great big brother someday soon.
I enjoy reading along as your business changes and grows. Thank you for sharing with us all that you do. Looking forward to seeing what’s to come.
Thanks for bringing us along on your journey! One comment on my favorites on your blog — I love all your posts, from fashion to decor and photos of little Henry, but one from the past really stuck with me. You took inspiration from one of Henry’s books (goodnight moon) and translated that to real life design elements. I thought that was SO creative and interesting, just wondered if you could use that concept for future posts. Not necessarily using Henry’s books but more transferring fantastical places into real life design or fashion. Just a thought, but I’ll keep reading no matter what you post! 😃
Also – (side note) I definitely don’t mind hearing from the other ladies in your life / office if you want to hand off a post or two. I loved the ones about Lindsey’s Kitchen.
What an exciting time for you! Best of luck with your IVF. As an only child I never understood the bond between siblings, but now that I have two girls it’s so…..I don’t know how to describe it? Yes, they argue but the love they have for each other is so deep and I’m so happy I get to experience witnessing that love
I love your books, blog and work! Very sorry to hear about the loss of a pregnancy however I am so excited to hear how the IVF goes – Henry will make a great big bro!
I am excited about the refocus on the blog and I do appreciate the sneek peeks we get on instagram. I would LOVE for you to start doing more instagram stories – this might be too much to ask with the above but I think you would be both funny and instructive on it.
Can’t wait to see whats next!
I love hearing about what’s going on in your life and business. I personally find it inspiring to hear how you are truly managing to have it all!
I’m very sorry about the loss of your baby. Sending you my best thoughts and prayers.
I think it is important that you know the blog is not struggling– at least in my eyes. Out of all the ones I visit on a weekly basis, yours is always the best written, the most applicable to my life, and the one that triggers the most ideas on what I want to do, buy, think about. etc. Just wanted you to know you have a very happy reader :)
I agree!!!! I love EOS and it is because you continue to do such a great job with it!!!
I couldn’t have put it better myself! Keep on, keepin’ on!
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How exciting!! It has been so much fun to follow your journey! I’ve read your blog from almost the beginning and you have grown so much, you’re an inspiration to watch!! I hope the blog never gets to be too much to keep up, it would feel like missing a friend : )
Congratulations Erin on so much hard work coming to fruition, and all the exciting growth the future holds.
I’m so sorry about your loss, but I know you’re in good hands w Dr. Ashby (I was one of your readers who recommended her).
RE blog content, I’d love to hear behind the scenes/additional photos of any previously featured creative projects (yours and clients). Like, what kinds of decisions were you and your clients making, technical details of kitchens etc This would allow you to respect the embargo but still post your own work, which I miss!
You’re crushing it lady!! Honestly I feel like you are just exemplifying true grace – handling all of the obstacles of life, work, motherhood – celebrating the good and accepting the bad without letting it hold you down for long. It’s inspiring. Keep doing you – and sharing it – you’re doing awesome.
I am SO SO excited to see the fall products launch! I desperately need a ‘budget’ fall update of our living room while I’m on maternity leave with baby #2. Will basically be just refreshing my browser until launch.
Speaking of which – keeping you in my thoughts and sending positives vibes for you for #2 as well. You’ve done an incredible job with Henry and I love the tidbits you share about him.
Thank you for sharing your life with us. Your blog is something I look forward to each evening after work. I do not know how you do it all and hope you can continue.
Best of luck with IVF, your book and other projects!
Best of luck Erin!!! I love reading your posts.
Thank you so much for sharing! I am so sorry about the loss of your pregnancy but know you will have good news to share soon. From a reader’s perspective, your blog is just as good as it’s ever been – so don’t worry that you’re slacking in that department, because it’s certainly not the case! Counting down until book #2 but following everything else very closely in the meantime :)