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On this Tuesday edition of the Chaise Lounge, Nick’s guest is author/influencer/designer Erin Gates, the woman behind Elements of Style. She grew up in her family’s clothing store around women’s fashion and her architecture-inclined father’s architecture business, so, after graduating college with a degree in collage, she found a way to synthesize those influences into a career designing interiors

Learning on the Job

Gates only took a few design classes. Despite her father’s success in architecture, he never went to school to become “an architect.” He was self-taught and built a business that would allow him to hire people to do any of the things he wasn’t allowed to do. When Gates was considering taking a masters in design, her father encouraged her just to try it on instead. In her trial year, she began her wildly successful blog and launched her design business. By the end, she couldn’t turn back, and that was 13 years ago.

Visit both Erin Gate’s websites at ErinGatesDesign.com to see her design work, and ElementsofStyleBlog.com to read about her feelings on everything. Follow @ElementStyle for a little of both.

Being a designer seems super fun and like a slightly frivolous endeavor, and while we recognize that we’re not curing cancer here, this is our livelihood. Whether a business of one or ten, designing a home is like 20% creativity and 80% paperwork and regular ol’ business stuff.

Erin Gates

Chaise Lounge Updates

We’ll be covering Spring High Point Market 2019! Stay in the loop on our Instagram and Facebook pages and keep an eye our for our upcoming market events!

Our new podcast Coast to Coast Design is live! Give it a listen to learn about just how many ways there are to run a design business.



Upcoming Markets


Design Influencers Conference – March 24 – 26, 2019

High Point Market – April 6 – 10, 2019

Wrap Up

If you would like to hear more episodes, please visit us on iTunes, Spotify or your favorite podcasting app! We’d love it if you post a review, you may even hear your review read live on our next podcast. Also, find The Chaise Lounge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. With that said, keep dreaming big, and keep designing a great design business. See ya!

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