What We’ve Been Up To

Another crazy weekend (we flew to Chicago, apparently to bring the Cubbies bad luck) and got back late last night.  So I thought a nice easy post for me (and maybe an interesting one for you) would be to talk about my second book.

A lot of you have asked to see our new projects, and as it was before the first book, we are on lock down as far as sharing imagery.  What people loved about my first book is that so many of the images were ones no one had seen before.  I think that is so important when bloggers do books, otherwise people feel a bit cheated.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t share little sneak peeks here and there (mostly on my Instagram).  So I thought I’d round up some shots here to give you a taste of what’s coming (May 2018– I know, it’s far away, books take a LOOOOONGGG time to produce and then print! Especially when you have a Henry, as it turns out.)

Since becoming a mom (and having 90% of my clients be families with small children) I decided that I wanted this book to be about family homes. But having the focus on not having to sacrifice style to have a house that functions well for busy, messy, complicated families.  A lot of the books I’ve seen on this topic show homes that have more of a fancy Montessori school vibe.  But that’s not how my clients live– they have beautiful things, but we use various materials and types of decor to make sure everything is durable easy to clean and won’t split anyone’s head open. BUT, we also like to make sure the parents have their own special places too where kids aren’t the focus.  So this book will be a celebration of family spaces AND parent retreats.  Plus some stories about my experiences as a new mom, a working mom and a blogger mom. :)

So here’s a little round up of details and progress pics from our current projects

An entry way and one of my favorite powder rooms ever

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What will be the most stunning dining room int he country and a family room detail in a city home.

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Gorgeous honed Danby countertops in a new kitchen and progress on another kitchen we are working on (this is just the butler’s pantry!)

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A neutral nursery and the most bad ass powder room sink out there.

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A fun family room and a bold, blue den.

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Another incredible powder room and a spectacular light fixture (this one won’t be int he book, but we hope you’ll see it in a magazine this year!)

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A basement playroom in progress and a fun powder room

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A happy sunroom seat and a modern entry table

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I also plan to feature the work of some other designers- unique spaces that I love that fit into this theme of living stylishly with kids.  I am taking some submissions- so if you are a designer and have a really fantastic space or two that has NOT been published please send to me at [email protected] with the subject line “BOOK 2 SUBMISSION”.


  1. oh my goodness- i am so excited! as i watch more and more of my house be taken over with kids things i am in desperate need of a guide for living stylishly WITH the kid stuff! what a great idea, erin!

    xo, brittany
    i’ve got a fall sweater round up on my blog- most under $50!

  2. LOVE this idea for your follow-up book and can’t wait to devour it! Also love that you will feature other designers too : )

  3. You bring up an interesting point then…if it’s important for bloggers to save current projects for books, and not share them, how does deciding to do a book (or another book) affect your blog? Do you take that into consideration before deciding to move forward with a book? How you will fill content and keep your readers (the people who would buy the book) engaged for another 19 months when it can’t be your work? Would love to hear more thought behind it!

  4. Aaahhhh I’m so so excited for a family design book from you!!! Yaaaay!!! Hahaha I have no chill . But seriously as a mom of an infant and a preschooler, I am always looking for ways to make my home beautiful, comfortable for my kids and for adults, and functional. Can’t wait for May 2018!

  5. Hi Erin, even though some of us won’t fit the demographic of your new book, young families….(been there, done that, ) you can be sure you will reach a wider audience of the active grandparent generation also!
    After all, we’re just one step away from tripping over our clutter and knocking ourselves silly on the corner of the coffe table. And we need large flat surfaces for doing crafts and rolling out gingerbread men!! Thanks for all you do!

  6. Is that the Galbraith + Paul wallpaper in a few of the photos? If so, I loooove that wallpaper but it is decidedly out of my budget. Do you have any ideas on similar wallpaper that is more budget friendly?

  7. Erin, love your blog and first book. (And I think you are so pretty.) This may be off topic and if so I apologize, but I had a decorating question. Sort of a form follows function question. What do you do when you are decorating a condo or house without a fireplace? Would you just find another focal point or create a “fake” fireplace with a box, mantle, etc?

  8. HOT DOG! Looking forward to book 2 and hopefully another tour to promote it. I am sure Henry would love to meet your fans just as Andrew did! :)

    There is a designer who works with families and makes sure her clients have style + family friendly furniture without sacrificing beauty. Check her out: ashstreetinteriors.com.

  9. Susan Harter Muralpaper in a hallway!??! Swoon! That is a client with some deep pockets and good taste.

    Do you locally source your romans or do you etsy them?

  10. What I have impressed of this website is the posts you have shared. Very nice to read your thoughts. The way you write and the way you express are excellent. I wish all the best in your current project and in future activities as well. I’m a writer and I think you must have a look at my website http://www.essayschief.com , which is absolutely a writing assistance for college as well as university scholars.

  11. Besides the obvious excitement about book 2, my next thought was how wonderful it will be, in years to come, for you and your child(ren) to be able to revisit this (stressful, busy, beautiful) season of your life in such a wonderful way. It’s a beautiful gift to be able to given Henry, too. Thrilled for you!

  12. I have to tell you-my daughter is absolutely obsessed with “Elements of Style.” She checks it out from library every chance she gets. She’ll be thrilled to hear there is another book in the works. P.S. She’s only 8 years old:-)

  13. Well, Erin, I’ve only recently learned about you. And I have to say I love your style, such panache at an affordable price point. I love everything here.

    I do have to say that I can’t wait till your next book comes out. I’ll put in on my coffee table. Right now I have a copy of Interior Design by John F. Pile there. But oh, how I love to stack cool books like you did in the pic above.

  14. Hi Erin, I loved your first book Please can you ask your publisher’s to make your book bigger in size. I really deserves to be shown off to its best advantage. Thanks

  15. You’re right – 2018 feels far off, but I can only imagine the time and effort that goes into putting such a project together! Let me just say that you’ve done a great job of managing your blog while also looking after your family, and being selective about what you can share with us of your work! I do hope you’ll keep giving us snippets and sneak peeks when you can though… Congratulations on book # 2!

  16. I am constantly looking for more “family decorated” rooms! I look at all these perfect, pristine images and everything is white and serene and I think “yeah, that’s great. But what about the dog and the three kids?” I want to live in a nice looking space but also one that I won’t cringe if something spills on the couch or the rug or the dog has muddy paws. I can’t wait!

  17. You really do have such a lovely taste level. =>

    Good luck, stay sane and remember–if you don’t take care of yourself, you’re no good to anyone else. Can’t wait to see the book.

  18. Agree with other post about bigger book. But spine must coordinate with first book so they can be displayed together.

  19. Erin-

    I loved meeting you and your family this past weekend! And even though we didn’t get to see the Cubbies win at Wrigley, they did it!!! World Series Champs!!!

    I also am loving reading your blog, and seeing your style and design at home. What beautiful neutrals and blues, and I love your choice of geometric accents. Right now I’m living in a small 1-bedroom apartment, but my fiance and I have been talking lately about how nice it will be to have our own house one day, and I can’t wait to decorate it and make it my own home!

    I do have a question for you; we’re working on registering for wedding gifts, and have registered for a few places including Williams Sonoma (obviously!) and Crate and Barrel. What suggestions would you have for places and items for the home? Where and what did you register for that are favorites? Anything you wish you had thought of but did not?

    Thanks Erin! Give Henry a high five for me!


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