In the midst of the hardships our world is facing, I have found immense joy in reconnecting with people I haven't spoken to in ages. I was thrilled to catch up with my friend Erin Gates, the visionary behind Erin Gates Design and award-winning design blog Elements of Style. Erin has been extraordinarily supportive of my career journey, and I'm honored to feature her in the first installment of Fieldnotes, our new Journal series devoted to conversations with influential tastemakers. We hope that the diverse perspectives, design tips, and industry insights chronicled in the series will inspire curiosity and delight about your home spaces.
Read on below for Erin's insights into how COVID has changed people's approach to interiors, plus her tips for budgeting and who she loves following on Instagram for design inspiration.
EG: I think people being forced to stay home has made them notice all the things that don't function well or really bother them about their spaces. I think they now realize how much of an effect their homes have on the ability to work, focus, relax and be comfortable. When we're in and out of our spaces frequently, it can be easy to not notice or ignore all the little things not working for us. This unprecedented time has made people realize just how important the home is.