Leopard prints and black and white stripes are becoming this girl's trademark. Get to know Erin Gates and her design work more in depth in her new book:
Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life
This is a design book I didn't put down until I finished it. Many of my 'coffee table' design books are solely in my collection because of the images and variety of style by a well known designer. I am a visual person, love 'picture books' and rarely read for reading sake. (I keep thinking I'll read more when I retire; I'm too busy to read!)
Erin started a blog in 2006 and when we joined the party in 2011 hers quickly became one of our favorite blogs. She speaks to fellow bloggers-turned-designers, like ourselves, and her honesty, bare-all stories are endearing and more often hilarious, like the story of the limo drive to her wedding, followed by sirens and police cars and finding out that it was her limo....( not funny at the time, but she made it laughable!) The forward by her husband, Andrew, is so sweet and touching, a perfect prelude of what is ahead in future pages. She talks about good and bad times in their marriage, moving in and out of many rentals in Boston, and finding her dream home in the 'burbs, which she was utterly reluctant in committing to.
Needless to say she has redone the entire house, and her style is amazing- fresh, chic, contemporary, with a mix of family antiques. We love her style and are thrilled to see more of her home and client work.
Erin opens up about her Body Dimorphic Disease and her childhood of glorious memories being raised by parents in the fashion and architecture industries. Talent is in her DNA!!! There's so much I'd like to share, but you really need to order it and read it yourself.