Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life

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From the rising-star designer and author of the hit blog, Elements of Style, a full-color, fully illustrated book packed with honest advice, inspiration, ideas, and lessons learned about designing a home that reflects your personality and style.

Elements of Style is a uniquely personal and practical decorating guide that shows how designing a home can be an outlet of personal expression and an exercise in self-discovery. Drawing on her ten years of experience in the interior ...

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Overview

From the rising-star designer and author of the hit blog, Elements of Style, a full-color, fully illustrated book packed with honest advice, inspiration, ideas, and lessons learned about designing a home that reflects your personality and style.

Elements of Style is a uniquely personal and practical decorating guide that shows how designing a home can be an outlet of personal expression and an exercise in self-discovery. Drawing on her ten years of experience in the interior design industry, Erin combines honest design advice and gorgeous professional photographs and illustrations with personal essays about the lessons she has learned while designing her own home and her own life—the first being: none of our homes or lives is perfect. Like a funny best friend, she reveals the disasters she confronted in her own kitchen renovation, her struggles with anorexia, her epic fight with her husband over a Lucite table, and her secrets for starting a successful blog.

Organized by rooms in the house, Elements of Style invites readers into Erin’s own home as well as homes she has designed for clients. Fresh, modern, and colorful, it is brimming glamour and style as well as advice on practical matters from choosing kitchen counter materials to dressing a bed with pillows, picking a sofa, and decorating a nursery without cartoon characters. You’ll also find a charming foreword by Erin’s husband, Andrew, and an extensive Resource and Shopping Guide that provides an indispensable a roadmap for anyone embarking on their first serious home decorating adventure. With Erin’s help, you can finally make your house your home.

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Elements of Style is a practical decorating guide for people who realize that neither their homes nor their lives are perfect. Veteran design professional Erin Gates hasn't created a book crammed with pictures of spacious, impossibly luxurious mansion interiors; she's drawn on her own experience and expertise to show readers how they can design spaces that reflect their personality, style, and practical needs. This 336-page book is filled with helpful photographs and illustrations; but this room-by-room guide also benefits from Gates' stories about her own experiences and, yes, even her mistakes. A winning tone and useful advice.

India Hicks
“Of course I loved seeing the hints of David Hicks in her beautiful design work, but what struck me the most was the undecoratorly way this book is written. Hugely refreshing. Erin is a joy both in print and in person.”
Jonathan Adler
"All the elements are here: glamour, wit, and inspiration. Tuck in for a stylish life."
Courtney Sullivan
"Erin Gates's incredible eye for beauty is matched only by her funny, raw, and honest voice. I am such a fan of this gifted woman and this gorgeous book."
Holly Becker
"Erin's book is a breath of fresh air, just like her witty, engaging, and informative blog. And unlike most decorating books, I actually read this one!"
Emily Henderson
"The thing I've always loved about Erin's blog is how well she balances the personal and professional while making it fun and informational. She has translated that seamlessly into this book, where you get a sense of not only who she is but also expert design advice. And her cheetah print stairs had me at hello... followed by a quick "damn gurl!"
J. Courtney Sullivan
"Erin Gates's incredible eye for beauty is matched only by her funny, raw, and honest voice. I am such a fan of this gifted woman and this gorgeous book."
Houston Chronicle
"Filled with her trademark no-holds-barred prose, charming anecdotes, and practical advice."
Huffington Post Home
"Style is subjective, but the elements of style are pretty universal. Few people know this better than blogger-turned-interior designer and author Erin Gates. She wrote the book on it--literally."
BookPage
"[Gates] has a knack for combining practical advice [...] with humorous reflection on mistakes and lessons learned over the course of her 10-year career as an interior designer."
Washington Post
"Her advice is glamorous yet practical and often served up with humor."
RealSimple.com
"Its pages are full of gorgeous photographs and funny personal essays about renovation disasters and marital spats over what table to choose. Warning: You may be roped into rearranging the furniture."
HGTV blog
"Jam-packed with loads of fab photos as well as practical advice, lessons learned, and insight from Gates's own home renovation, as well as her work with her other design clients.
Metro US
"Flip through the pages of interior designer Erin Gates's fun and informative new book..., and you'll feel like you're stepping into her new house."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476744872
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 16,100
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Erin T. Gates is a Boston-based interior designer, blogger, and curator of all things stylish. She began her blog, Elements of Style, in 2007 and formed her own design company, Erin Gates Design, shortly thereafter. Her work and writing have been featured in publications, such as O, The Oprah Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, House Beautiful, Boston Magazine, Inside Weddings, and Better Homes and Gardens. She is married to Andrew Gates and is mom to her two furry kids, Baxter and Oliver. They live in Boston. Visit Erin at ElementsofStyleBlog.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2015

    Highly recommended!

    The book is refreshing and inspiring. everything in it including the book itself is asthetically pleasing. you will enjoy the reding and just looking at it on a table or wherever you want to put it:)

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  • Posted February 13, 2015

    Fun read!

    Talented and funny. Loved it so much I bought one for a friend's daughter who is starting design classes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2014

    Great!

    I thoroughly enjoyed her writing. If you have a Nook like mine, though, be aware that the book is in black and white, so her designs lost something in my translation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2014

    Exceeded all my expectations!

    Erin Gates' book is packed full of valuable design information and then some. Her style is unique and so glam. She takes a unique approach in presenting the information in a logical, interesting, and complete way, unlike any other design books I have read. Every aspect of a design decision is covered in detail, e.g., what impacts does the choice have on the individual, the overall design, some alternatives, the long term, etc. This will become my design bible and is a perfect gift for friends and family, love it!

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  • Posted October 16, 2014

    The first time you see Elements of Style, you'll have to say it

    The first time you see Elements of Style, you'll have to say it is the definition of a gorgeous book. The pages are thick and rich with color, and the tables for different styles in the various sections help to personalize what the photographs show. The text is a window into how the styles came about. A great book for personal use, but maybe even better as a gift for a hard-to-buy-for friend. A beautiful book on style, for living and for the home.

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    Posted March 11, 2015

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