TURN IT ON!

Bos­ton-based in­te­rior de­signer Erin Gates con­tin­ues to ex­pand her home­goods col­lec­tion—and is crush­ing it.

Boston Common - - CONTENTS - BY KELLY AN­DER­SON

Talk about pop­u­lar. Erin Gates: in­te­rior de­signer, book au­thor, blog­ger, and en­tre­pre­neur is known to com­mand the at­ten­tion of 57,000 In­sta­gram fans, 33,000 fol­low­ers on Twit­ter, as well as a solid pres­ence on the New York Times best-sell­ers list. Now, she’s cre­ated an exclusive home light­ing col­lec­tion as part of her “Ele­ments” home goods line. So Erin, how do we light up our lives?

Where do you find your in­spi­ra­tion for your light­ing fix­tures?

“I find in­spo in pot­tery, pat­terns, and col­ors that are trend­ing in fab­ric and fur­ni­ture—they trans­late to light­ing as well.” How can we use light­ing to kick-start a new spring look?

“Push out any light­ing that you don’t love. And then I’d say make sure you have light­ing at all dif­fer­ent lev­els in your home. If you have both over­head light­ing and ta­ble lamps, you have a choice about what kind of am­bi­ence you want to set.” What are the ele­ments of style? Af­ter all, your mantra is “live life beau­ti­fully”…

“My fa­vorite spa­ces are ones that re­ally tell a story about who lives there. My least fa­vorite kinds of spa­ces are ones that look like ho­tel rooms, or like you’re too scared to sit down any­where. Style is su­per per­sonal and I al­ways love spa­ces that re­flect in­di­vid­u­al­ity.” Avail­able at TJ Maxx, 360 New­bury St., 617-867-4180; el­e­mentsof­style­blog.com

CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT: The Ribbed Gourd ce­ramic lamp is per­fect for bedside or on a con­sole. Em­broi­dered throw pil­lows from Gates’ col­lec­tion add tex­ture to the bed; Erin Gates; The dra­matic scale and graphic na­ture of this striped ce­ramic lamp with...

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