Elements of Style


Perfect for the novice or intimidated decorator, Erin’s chic hardback is a refreshingly readable and relatable volume that’s stuffed with amusing personal anecdotes and actionable decorating advice. Strung together on the narrative of her own home makeover and décor story, her pearls of wisdom include tips and tricks of the trade (for both homeowners and renters alike) in a handy room-by-room style guide.

Elements of Style - Dining Room

She explains everything from how to define your look to mixing patterns and metallic accents to the proper place to hang your curtains. Reading Elements of Style is almost like discussing the inevitable ups and downs of home renovation with your best girlfriend over a cup of coffee (or glass of wine) if your best girlfriend is a fabulous— and slightly dramatic—tastemaker with loads of industry knowledge and impeccable style.

“Designing a home is a very personal venture,” Erin says. “I strongly believe that a home provides a canvas on which we can illustrate who we are; your space should look like you and no one else.”


authorElements of Style: Designing a Home & A Life by Erin Gates is published by Simon & Schuster.