Bright Sunshiney Day

I’ve got two trips planned to warmer climates this winter/spring- Los Angeles in February and Florida in March.  But after seeing this spread in Coastal Living of designer Meg Braff’s reinvention of a villa at Round Hill in Jamaica, I wouldn’t mind adding that to my itinerary as well. This first picture of the blue bedroom made me weak in the knees when I saw it. Actually, I said TO the magazine itself, “Oh my goodness, you are SPECTACULAR!”

Crazy? Check.


How could you not be happy with this pink umbrella over top?



Oh, hello awesome yellow bamboo print. You are adorable. braff-yellow-bedroom-l braff-kitchen-l

I can totally see myself reading here with a cool gin & tonic in hand. Oh yes I can. braff-porch-l



What would I wear to such a vacation spot, you ask? Why none other than the Morocco-meets-Palm Beach designs of Jules Reid! A former interior designer herself, Jules totally rocks the beachy/resort look without being sickeningly sweet and embraces designer prints like ikat (so is Gucci for Spring 2010, like this pink ikat dress). I adore these looks and wish it were warm enough to toss one on right now. Alas, I’m reduced to throwing on my big, ugly down coat once more.

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  1. I love those clothes! I’m afraid to even look at the prices! I’ve been wanting a cool caftan really badly, and I love how this one skims the body. I’ve unfortunately reached a point in fashion where I’m not satisfied with the local mall shops most of the time and only get excited about this kind of stuff. I guess that comes with “maturing!” Thanks for the fun post!

  2. Love the house! Bamboo bonanza! The clothes are kinda cute (great prints) but what’s up with the fit of the pants? Other than the last pair, they’ve got a strange horizontal pull across the pelvis. Not an issue for me, in any event. If I have to make an appointment to see clothes, they’re probably pretty $$$$$$$.

  3. Love it Erin…..makes me want to go away NOW (thank goodness I am soon!!) I bought those top, left, bright pink and white pants and LOVE them!! Love your post!!

  4. Lovely looks! I am in the market for resort wear for an upcoming trip to Florida and these might fit the bill. Thanks for sharing!

  5. That’s my hometown friend Lauren Phillips Blair on the cover! She looks gorgeous and so are those rooms. I need to be there right at this moment. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Erin – Will you do a quickie blog about cool spots in LA? I am going in Feb too, and have two glorious days sans kids AND husband to scour that city. Staying at the new W Hollywood (yay me!) On my agenda is to find cool off beat home stores for some fun ways to add some Erin Gates style to my house. will you share your LA secrets?

  7. Love these looks from Jules Redd! I’ve never heard of her before but this is truly great resort wear….

    Oh and Meg Braff is FANTASTIC. That blue bedroom is exactly the look I’m going for in my house.

  8. i want those side tables in the first room! does anyone know where they’re from or seen any that are similar?

  9. I LOVE LOVE LOVE any and all things bamboo and I positively SWOONED over the beds in the very first image! I’m so glad that I kept reading b/c I’d never heard of Jules Reid before….. now I fear I will be clicking over to her site on a regular basis to drool in anticipation of warmer months!

  10. I have that bamboo print fabric used for the headboards- only mine is a fantastic gray-beige— love it!

  11. I love those pants! wear a lot of pants because I have to move a lot in my job and I think pants are just boring usually but if I started wearing those around I think everyone would think I’d gone barking insane.
    I’ll save them for when I retire to an island villa or something. Well, it is all about dreaming, isn’t it?

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