Ok guys, FINALLY, we are revealing our new office this week after months of renovating and decorating and getting some of the final touches done! I cannot tell you how much of a difference it makes to have a space that reflects our business appropriately and makes us all happy to come to work! It was a great decision to invest in this way in my company and I will never look back (plus being able to walk to work is HEAVEN).
The rest of the office will be posted tomorrow, but today I wanted to share the bathroom, which was done in partnership with DesignerBath, an awesome plumbing supply showroom and supplier in Beverly, MA. It was so great to be able to send over to them what I was looking for and get back a perfectly edited proposal of goods. We were on a serious time crunch so they pointed me in the direction of items that would come in in time for my installation. In a perfect world your choices aren’t limited by a rushed time line (or you’ve planned ahead for it). But this is real life and having a guiding hand that knows actual lead times was SO helpful since I had such little time to invest in this project with everything else going on at work!
To say our bathroom at the office is now nicer than my bathrooms at home is not a joke. It came out AMAZING. We created a dramatic backdrop with Schumacher’s Miles Redd scenic chinoiserie wallpaper. I LOVE it. Seeing as the palette of the paper is very cool, I chose fixtures in white and polished nickel to compliment. As much as I love brass fixtures, polished nickel is still a classic and has more warmth than chrome. They look so great against the lacquered white Fairmont Designs vanity, which has interior drawers that are built to fit around the plumbing of the sink which REALLY maximizes storage. I’ll talk more about the floor in my next post, but it is vinyl plank from Lowes. The toilet is American Standard.
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This has been a long time coming, as we outgrew our small 375 square foot office a year ago (or more)! But finding interesting commercial property that isn’t a zillion dollar retail space in an interesting area near my home was not an easy feat! Luckily, a few months ago I was walking in Newton Center (the shopping/dining area a stone’s throw from my house) and saw a For Rent sign in the window of a lower level building I’ve always loved. And it was in by budget! Since we aren’t retail, I didn’t really want foot traffic so a main level space would have probably been more of a pain. I was a little worried about the light situation since it’s technically basement level- but the wall of windows made it feel bright and of course, we’d install great and ample lighting. Plus I can WALK to work. HUGE bonus as a working mom! So I signed a lease and we move in in February!
Investing in your business on this kind of level is both exciting and terrifying. My old office was pretty cheap so it wasn’t stressful and offered low overhead operationally. This is a much bigger commitment in terms of dollars and years (and square feet- a nice 1,200 of them!) We have to completely renovate this space (as you will see) and that is both thrilling and terrifying! It feels like placing a giant bet on myself, which, for someone like me, isn’t easy. I have been operating on the fear that everything will disappear at any moment- but after almost ten years in business and lots of success, it’s time to cut that bull out and honor the work I’ve done and my staff has done, to get here with shiny new digs.
All the areas in red are being demoed- we’re installing a new split system which means I get an extra window in the front where the AC unit is. There is a lot of odd wood on the walls and ceilings from the last tenant that we will strip off (as well as the old heating pipes and radiators) to create a really clean, open space (I love the white exposed beam ceiling). I could never work in a stark, carpeted commercial space, so while some may look at this as a dump, I see creative potential!
I am currently desperately seeking a new office space. My business is growing and changing and we are busting at the seams (literally) with samples, client stuff and files. We really need a new home. I have always wanted a retail space, but can’t possibly add that to my plate right now, but would love something with a cool vibe, bright light and space to spread out. This collection of workspaces from Atlanta Homes Magazine both inspires me and makes me feel depressed about the current state of Erin Gates Design. Your work surroundings, especially when pursuing creative endeavors, really makes a big difference in morale, attitude and focus. So if anyone has any good leads, please let me know. In the meantime, check out these office spaces for inspiration:
Bobby McAlpine & Susan Ferrier
This space is beyond cool, especially the “cubicles” made of gorgeous draperies. The soothing, monochromatic palette is the perfect backdrop for design work. Who wouldn’t want to work here?
It’s been about a year and a half since we moved into our new office and we decided it was time to do a little makeover. Mostly because I really am over the bright walls. They were super fun for a while and really kept the space cheery during the winter, but I want a fresh, clean, less bold look now.
When we were working on our last house renovation I got the opportunity to work with the incredibly talented furniture makers Huston & Company in Kennebunkport, Maine to design my own dining table. Not only did I personally love the finished product, but a lot of other people did and they went on to make a bunch of Gates tables for people all over country in various shapes, sizes and finishes. So when they approached me to design another piece for them I was delighted to! I decided that a desk would be perfect as I struggle to find great desks for clients, and so went about conceptualizing a design that embodied the lines of the dining table mixed with some campaign furniture details. I wanted it to be a modern classic that worked with a variety of decor styles and was of substantial size (I love a nice, big work space!) The finished product, the Gates Desk was recently delivered to my parent’s beach house (I gave the desk to my dad as a thank you for all the work he’s done designing OUR new home) and we styled it up and shot it a couple weeks ago! Check it out!
Rug and wire waste basket from Hudson, chair from DWR, lamp from Pottery Barn, vintage map found at an antique shop in CT
The Gates Desk with three drawers with campaign pulls.
Back and Side Profile
We chose a grey wash over the solid white oak grain for a modern yet classic color scheme.
I am obsessed with these vases from Hudson, by the way.