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Erin Gates
Erin Gates is a Boston based interior stylist and writer. She started her own company, Element Interiors, after finding that there was a hugely under-serviced market of young professionals who desired affordable, flexible design help. In conjunction with her business, she began writing a daily blog, Elements of Style, focusing on budget friendly design, style inspirations and decorating tips and trends.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Erin received a bachelor’s degree in fine art and has since held an array of jobs in the design, art and corporate fields. The daughter of an architectural designer, she was raised to love and admire the perfect beige paint and the beauty of antique homes with a keen eye. She lives in Jamaica Plain, MA with her husband Andrew and the self-proclaimed “cutest dog in the world”, Baxter.

Blog Entries by Erin Gates

MISSING: One Miss Porter's "Golden Ticket"

Posted December 15, 2008 | 11:15:22 (EST)

After reading the press regarding the lawsuit filed this week against Miss Porter's School, I am rendered slack jawed in shock. I will remain tight-lipped about the claims the Bass family makes in their suit until all the facts are presented on both sides, but I cannot remain silent about...

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The Cult Of Sex And The City

Posted May 21, 2008 | 17:48:31 (EST)

My husband and I were sitting in a dark movie theater a few weeks ago, silently waiting for our feature film to start, when all of the sudden a familiar little tune seductively crept out of the speakers. The New York skyline appeared and a collective gasp escaped the mouths...

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On Love and Layoffs

Posted April 21, 2008 | 14:01:42 (EST)

As I make my way though this thing we call life, I am finding out that it holds but one truth: it is messy and rife with unexpected pleasure and pain. Not that anything truly terrible has ever happened to me, in the grand scheme of things: minor illness have...

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A Pessimist's New Earth

21 Comments | Posted March 31, 2008 | 08:29:01 (EST)

Editor's note: Stacey Lawson's weekly column will return Monday, April 7th.

For as long as I can remember I've been a raging pessimist. My father tells me it's in our "black Irish" genes to be not only the "glass is half-empty" type, but rather the "glass (an inferior one...

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Gossip Detox: Part 2

Posted February 12, 2008 | 16:50:00 (EST)

In Part 1, I decided to boycott gossip for two weeks. Cold turkey. Read about my decision here.

Day 1: I begin totally confident in myself an easily able to shun all my favorite sites and shows in favor of more enriching activities. This will be easy. I am...

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Gossip Detox: Part 1

Posted February 7, 2008 | 19:00:43 (EST)

For the past few years I have started every morning with a fresh, hot cup of coffee (or three) and six celebrity gossip sites. Yes, SIX. I have them all bookmarked, waiting for my eager little fingers to click on them with the hope that something earth-shattering may have happened...

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My Time Inside a Celeb Rehab Clinic

Posted January 24, 2008 | 17:46:00 (EST)

I have no shame in sharing with others that I battled anorexia as a teenager. A simple diet to rid myself of baby fat ignited the genetically predisposed genes in my DNA and furiously bloomed into a severe illness that almost cost me my life and my loved ones their...

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Insider Tips on Working with an Interior Decorator

Posted January 11, 2008 | 17:12:00 (EST)

I am sure there are many people out there who are considering redecorating their homes to kick of 2008 on a stylish, organized foot. After working for other designers and now for myself as one, I have learned a lot about what a client can do to make the process...

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My One Resolution

Posted January 2, 2008 | 12:00:15 (EST)

The raging perfectionist alive and kicking in me covets this time of year. Resolutions to change the small details and grand schemes of my own life form in long lists on my desk. Every year I write them down and every year, as most of us will, I fail to...

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