Category Archives: Decorating

In the Spotlight: Erin Gates from Elements of Style

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This season, we asked interior designer, stylist and blogger Erin Gates to share her expert tips and tricks for bringing bright colors, bold patterns and rich textures into our homes. Erin Gates is the founder and principal designer of Boston-based Erin Gates Design, and the author and editor behind the popular design blog, Elements of Style. From large homes in the suburbs to small condos in the city, she knows what it takes to design gorgeous spaces that blend new and old, high and low, and modern and traditional.

Be sure to check out her first book, due out October 7, 2014. Read on for some of our favorite bits from Erin’s interview, and snaps from her design portfolio.

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Q: What’s your favorite new hue for this fall? A: After a long, long love affair with grey, I feel like tans and taupes will be back. I’m doing my new master bedroom in tan and white instead of grey and white and it feels revolutionary for me!

Q: What’s one of your favorite ways to use texture? A: I absolutely love using grasscloth on walls — it works perfectly with traditional or modern style.

Q: What are your tips for mixing patterns? A: You need to consider the pattern type and make sure you aren’t combining too many of the same- a good balance is to mix a geometric with an organic pattern (florals, for example) and then a very small scale print or a solid. Putting two geometrics together looks too busy and harsh in my book.

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Photo by Michael Partenio

This month I can’t wait to … Complete the addition on our house — it’s been a long time coming!

The item at the top of my current wishlist is … A huge, pale, faded Oushak style rug for my bedroom.

Favorite fellow blogger … Emily Henderson is both funny and fantastically talented.

Interior design icon … I think Steven Gambrel is a genius. He can decorate my house anytime.

Most prized possession … My dogs. I’d do just about anything for them.

Signature cocktail … A nice cold glass of Pinot Grigio in summer or Cabernet Sauvignon every other season!

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Home We Love: A Small Bedroom with Big Style from Lonny Magazine

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Small spaces can have big style! That’s we we love this bedroom from Lonny Magazine — bold splashes of leopard and pink, multilayered art on the wall and floor and clever mirrors in the built-in dresser expand this room’s visual space and style.

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The effect is sophisticated and feminine without being the least bit fussy — a perfect fit for the chic Manhattanite who lives here.

See the full story here.

Mix & Match: Upholstered Chairs

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You know that feeling when something’s missing? That happens in design all the time — a room just feels off until the right accessory, lamp or piece of furniture finds its place.

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Above: Radcliffe, Bristol, Lincoln

That’s why we love our upholstered chairs (including four brand new designs from our Fall collection!) — they’re designed to complement each other and the rest of our furniture collections, despite their distinct styles.

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Each of these chairs can mix and match with each other for a complementary seating set-up, or can thrown into virtually any room, in any style, to stand as a statement piece.

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Above: Cardiff, Thatcher, Salinger

Our favorite part? Each and every one of these chairs can be upholstered in a multitude of our beautiful fabrics for long lasting, custom style.

See all of our upholstered chairs here.  

How to Style a Console Table: Part 1

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This post was written exclusively for Inside & Out by Jana Bek of Jana Bek Design

Styling is my jam! From consoles to bookshelves, I love creating vignettes in my home and clients’ homes. But it’s more difficult than it looks — and I’ve found that a lot of my clients find it daunting. My first tip is to relax and have fun with it! Start by gathering up things you already own, then practice, be patient and play!

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A console table is a great place to start, since it serves multitude of functions. Here’s one of my favorite ways to style a console table — stay tuned for parts 2 and 3, soon!

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Sofa console tables are a great way to hide a sofa back or provide a perch for a book or beverage. When styling sofa tables I make sure items aren’t too high — I don’t want to obstruct the view looking into a space.

In this Salt Lake City client’s home, I used a beautiful grapewood branch to add interest. Its light visual weight doesn’t distract from the view to the living room. In any piece with shelves, like this Tanner Media Console, you’ll want to vary the shapes and textures of pieces.

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Here, you have the organic wood, bone box and ceramic bowl. The light colors contrast with the dark iron table beautifully. Also, by staggering items, the vignette feels airy instead of cramped. The glass shelves allow light to disperse through the piece, too.

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Photos by Jylare Smith

Stay tuned for more of Jana’s tips to styling consoles, soon!

Home We Love: Cooking with Glamour in a Gold, Black and White Kitchen

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Today’s kitchens are more than just cooking spaces. Unlike the kitchens of the past, the modern kitchen is a dining room, bar, homework space and entertaining area combined. But even though it’s one of the hardest working rooms in the house, that doesn’t mean it can’t be glamorous!

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This stunning kitchen from Lonny Magazine proves our point. Showstopping Lucite and gold light fixtures take center stage against a bold black and white palette.

Read more about this kitchen here.

Trend! Metallic Accents: Gold, Silver & Brass

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Trend alert! We’ve spotted glints and glimpses of metallic accents in the home. These hints of glamour add warmth and sparkle to any interior. Take a look at our top picks from the season, below!

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1. Gilt Charger/ 2. Vince Accent Stool/ 3. PB Gilt Frames/ 4. Lily Task Lamp/ 5. Decorative Star Mirror/  6. Theroux Mirror/ 7. Celia Jewelry Box/ 8. Meredith Brass Lantern/ 9. Perfect Shot Jewelry Hanger

Home We Love: An All-Seasons Porch in the Hamptons

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Whether you live in the Bahamas or Alaska — Mother Nature has a way of dampening our outdoor plans, even with the sunniest forecast.  That’s why we love screened-in porches, like this one in Sag Harbor, New York, shot by Lonny Magazine.

See the full story here.

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Cozy sheepskin throws over woven rattan chairs turn this indoor/outdoor room into a space for all seasons — you can experience the outdoors in comfort, rain or shine. A worn wood table makes this a great spot to read a magazine and drink coffee in the morning, or host an impromptu wine and cheese get-together. It’s the perfect expression of casual elegance. 

Read more about this beautiful home here, at Lonny Magazine.