That’s A Wrap

Last evening we wrapped the shoot of my house for the book and I am completely depleted, happy, emotional and most of all, grateful.  This experience has been amazing and I still can’t believe I get to do it. From my amazing vendors that made my house impossibly pretty in a very short time (Makkas Drapery Workroom, Kravet, the Boston Design Center, Jules Place, Mohr & McPherson, Landry & Arcari and West Elm specifically) to my insanely awesome team at Erin Gates Design, Lindsey and Allison to my Mom for her plantings and green thumb and Stacy and Michael who made the shots look their very best, I cannot say thank you enough.

And a special thanks to Andrew- who put up with my raging stress, insane perfectionism, daily requests to paint this, plant that, walk the dogs, cook, clean and talk me off ledges.  It’s done, and now we can really kick back and enjoy this pretty home we’ve created.

I really hope you guys are going to love this book- blood, sweat and tears have gone into it (seriously, Lindsey cut her finger this week on a tape measure- actual blood) and I hope the final product will be everything you hope it is. Because this is for you.

A couple sneak peeks form our week on set at my house:

I am obsessed with this vase we borrowed, I may have to keep it. Cocktail napkins by Gramercy Home, drapes custom by Makkas Workroom)


I wallpapered the interior of my bar cabinet with Fornasetti Malachite paper from Cole & Sons.


A pretty arrangement I put together.


The Velvet Crisis of 2013- this fabric showed up 24 hours before the shoot and my heroes at Makkas whipped these up with time to spare. Amazing.


Setting up a tablescape. Decorative plate from Juliska. My wedding china by Vera Wang for Wedgewood.


A bedroom vignette. Painting by me, putting my BA in fine art to work.


A casualty en route from Homegoods. I put it back together with clear packing tape like the classy gal I am. Hey, you do what ya gotta do!


A little modern art (again, putting my skills to work) paired with traditional intaglios from Liz Caan’s shop.


I had these custom burl wood side tables made by the AMAZING Chuck Phillips. I’m kinda in love.


This is what it REALLY looks like to get the shot.


I’m going to go crash. But not for long, now I have to get busy writing!



  1. I am so flipping excited for your book!! That bar cabinet wallpaper is genius! And I’m so in love with those velvet pillows! Need them in my life.

  2. it was truly spectacular erin. so so glad i got to see all of you working your mini tochases off! As we left Lochie said, “oo I could live there!” that IS a compliment.

  3. As a reader who’s been with you from the beginning, I’m just so excited for you — you work so hard and this is the payoff — it is very inspiring.
    I love the little “behind the scenes” shot – I think that would make a fun blog post — some behind the scenes/scrambling/panics/crisis averted stories and pics. Congrats Erin!

  4. Everything looks amazing. Congrats to you!!! I can’t wait to read your book.
    In the photo with the burl wood side table, is that the Keaton Mitchell Gold sofa? If so, do you love it? I’m considering it but would love to know if you think it’s comfortable. What color is the fabric?

  5. What a tease for sure! But a good one! Love seeing bits here and there of what’s to come. Congrats again! You deserve all of this! Now go write that book, so we can get it. :)

  6. congrats!! It looks amazing and we can’t wait to see all the goodness. You’re a lucky, blessed, and hardworking lady. Well done!

  7. I am in love with those pillows. They are fabulous. Can’t wait for the book to come out. I hope your promo tour includes a stop in NYC.

  8. Looks so good! From your past shots, I think I can see some of where you’re going, at least in the living room. And your back patio is looking great!

  9. What is the title of your book and when will it be released? Can’t wait to read it… will the patio space with the soon to ve famous stamped concrete be in it? with Grandma’s resprayed Brown Jordon patio furntiture?

  10. First of all, I am SO excited for your book! These sneak peak shots are gorge!

    Second, where is that wonderful green velvet fabric from? I love it and also love that you added the greek key. I basically want to have the same exact pillows made for my living room! You’re such an inspiration :)

  11. Congratulations! I am SO excited for your book. I love your blog and design taste so I know it’s going to be so wonderful. Can’t wait to see your home in full. Also, please sell your art! I absolutely love it, especially the black and white piece.

  12. Congratulations on the book. Been following your blog for quite some time and am always looking to you for ideas and inspiration! Wondering how much of your home/photos will be your “actual living space” vs. styled space ie. borrowed/loaned pieces. I always feel my rooms pale in comparison to those I see on blogs and in books! Aghain, can’t way to buy and add to my collection!

  13. I can’t say how proud I am of you and how excited I am to purchase a copy of your book. I’ve kept up with your blog daily for the last three years. When I go out of town and have no internet access, your blog is one of the first things I check once I have internet access, clicking back to read posts from days I missed. I wish you so much success and hope your wildest dreams in your career and life are fulfilled.

  14. Would love to hear more about the process of creating this book…..who pays for these shoots and the supplies (flower arrangements, etc)?

  15. OMG!! You gave me shivers…then I got weepy…what an ACCOMPLISHMENT and with such STYLE! Well done one and all!! franki

  16. Congratulations, Erin! I am so thrilled for you and can’t wait to read your fabulous book! LOVE that arrangement you designed – it is stunning and one I’ll have to try and recreate! XO, Bren

  17. Congratulations! What a combination of exhaustion, pride and excitement you must be feeling right now. I CAN’T WAIT to read it! Seriously, I know I sound really fan girl but I dying to see it. With your humor and on point style it’s sure to be a best seller.

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