If you're constantly on the road for work, a beautifully designed apartment is probably low on your list of priorities. For this on-the-go business exec, however, being out of town so often is actually what inspired her to remodel her condo in Boston's South End.
"I wanted this new place to be more elevated and soothing, as my job is incredibly busy and I travel a lot. When I'm home I want that feeling of relaxation," she says. "But I also wanted some fun, unexpected touches and since the space is all mine, I don't have to compromise on what I want." The result, she adds, is a perfect mix of serene colors, modern and traditional elements, and some real personality brought in through wallpaper and art.
If anything can be said of this single cosmopolitan woman's taste, it's the she has an affinity for hyper-femme decor. From gentle pastels to soft textures, interior designer took this "study in femininity," as she calls it, very seriously.
Sputnik Chandelier, Arteriors, $3,024
Acanthus Stripe Wallpaper, Schumacher, $929.99
Quincy Round Dining Table, Redford House, Contact for pricing
The dining area and kitchen share an open floor plan, creating a fluid entertaining and food prep space to use when the owner in town. In order to adequately define the two areas, Gates used a distinct pink grasscloth wall-covering from Celerie Kemble for Schumacher, to give the dining room a playful vibe. The artwork is by , which was commissioned after seeing her work on Instagram. The white-and-pink palette, which lends itself to both a warm and stylish atmosphere, slowly blends into the sleek all-white kitchen.
Wire Counter Stool, Rove Concepts, $199
Charlton Sconce in Antiqued Brass, $419
Pyne Hollyhock Wallpaper, Schumacher, Contact for pricing
The master bedroom is petite in size, but designed for high functionality. Gates opted for a statement wall to act as a dramatic backdrop for the bed, so she wallpapered it using Schumacher's Pyne Hollyhock. The rest of the decor is simple and refined, to "keep the room feeling bright and light".
Clara Lattice Storage Daybed, Pottery Barn, $1,299
Lucite Drawer Pull, Etsy, $57
"The guest room is an homage to her previous apartment — lovingly referred to as the 'pink and zebra palace', which is ," says Gates. "An awkward bump-out bay window became the perfect spot for a window seat (and extra storage space), so we designed the built-in seating and topped it with comfy cushions and pillows." Now it's the perfect spot for out of town guests to get cozy.
Manor House Gray Paint, Farrow & Ball, $99
Yasmin Floor Lamp, Arteriors, $1,176
Alexandra Side Chair, Suzanne Kasler, Contact for pricing
Upstairs, Gates took an awkward storage closet and turned it into a home office. She had a built-in desk and shelving custom-made for the space, in order to utilize every inch possible. She painted it a cool grey tone, the perfect contrast to the pretty pastels found elsewhere in the house, and wallpapered the backs of the shelves in a Phillip Jeffries paper.
While each room has its own personality and charm, they all tell the story of this busy bachelorette's chic lifestyle.