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Elements of Style

A day in the life of this top design guru
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Name: Erin Gates

Hometown: Mansfield, CT

Current Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Day Job: Interior and fashion stylist; founder of Elements of Style

6:30 am: Alarm goes off and I convince the dogs we must get up.

6:45 am: First cup of coffee and let the dogs out on the patio (in the nice weather, a brief moment of sun too).

7:00 am: Time to blog! I never really know what I’m going to post about, so it takes a bit of brainstorming and going through my bookmarks to come up with a topic and flush it out. I love mixing it up between interior design stories, fashion features, pop culture commentary and personal essays. Whatever strikes me as most important (or most inspiring) that day wins.

8:30 am: Shower and get ready for the day (and enjoy second cup of coffee.)

Favorite every day products: Creme de la MerMalin & Goetz Vitamin B5 Lotion for face and body, Jouer Tinted Moisturizer in Bronze (I also mix this into my winter foundation to warm it up), Tweezers, Child perfume (my long time signature), Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze and Yves St. Laurent Touche Eclat (mixed with Cle de Peau concealer)

9:00-9:30am: Leave for the studio which is in Boston’s awesome Fort point neighborhood about a mile from my apartment. It’s in an old building that was once a drug den/rave space- some may recall it as the “MIT Meth Lab” from headlines of times past.  Now it’s an amazing space full of creative artists and is so fun to work in.

10:00-12:30: Meet with my assistant Lindsey and go over our to-do lists, e-mails and meeting schedules. Review fabrics and ideas for current homes we are working on.

Have a call with my business partner, Marie Whitney, regarding samples for our blazer line Two Penny Blue. So many details to firm up when launching a new venture.

12:30- 1:00pm: Grab a quick lunch. We usually grab salads at Metro Cafe to try to be healthy, but some days we cannot resist burritos from Boloco by the water. And in the winter NOTHING beats the spicy tomato soup and grilled cheese at Barbara Lynch’s Sportello.

1:00-3:00pm:  Visit the Design Center looking for lighting and fabrics for projects. Stop in lots of our favorite showrooms like SchumacherWebster & Co. and Duralee. The building is a time vacuum so we can lose hours and hours here if we don;t stay on top of our to do list.

3:30: Stop in to see the progress on a brownstone we’re designing in Beacon Hill- thrilled with how the study came out with grey glossy trim and grasscloth! Everything is coming out amazing.  There is no feeling like seeing a design in your head come to fruition in real life!

5:00pm: Pop into Beacon Hill Bistro for a much deserved glass of wine and snack with Lindsey.

6:00pm: Home to have dinner with the hubby and catch up on our days.


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