I have no doubt been putting off this post for awhile now. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to do it; frankly, it’s been overwhelming trying to get my head around the perfect post about long-time friend, Erin Pata. Erin and I went to design school together many years ago, but the funny thing is, I feel closer to Erin now more than ever, even though we live thousands of miles apart. This gal has created a life for herself and her family that all would relish. And when it comes to style, Erin is unmatched. We all catch glimpses of awesomeness in magazines, movies, TV and online. And a lot is staged and fabricated. But Erin is the real deal when it comes to authenticity, living and breathing it in every moment.
Of course there’s way too much to speak to here but I’d like to mention a few ways that Erin is so inspiring.
Erin: the family historian/photographer. Documenting life on a California butterbean farm and cattle ranch. Just wait ’til these kids grow up and look back on this childhood.
Erin: the fearless breeder. Three’s company: there can be no shortage of fresh content with these little ones!
Erin: the location scout. Did I mention that the family’s stunning 1,500 acres happen to sit on a classic two lane road often used for car commercials? And that the long and winding road ends at the ocean, where they often camp?
Erin: the PR guru. Am I the first to write about this slice of heaven? Not by a long shot. Footage has been captured here for movies and commercial clients alike. Pictured here: just another day at work on an Elle magazine photoshoot.
Erin: the entrepreneur. Erin has found many ways to translate her passions and talents into marketable endeavors. Pictured here: a holiday bizarre she hosted at her house; every nook and cranny creatively stocked with eclectic, homemade and handmade treasures by family and friends. Imagine going here instead of the shopping mall!
Erin: the mentor. Oh, and by the way, her oldest has been bitten by the bug too!
Erin: the farmer/stage designer. The family farmstand. Local is where it’s at in these parts!
Erin: the master crafter/costume designer. I’ve seen many a handmade costume for Erin’s kids over the years. Not only are they handmade, they’re also creatively inspired from all sorts of everyday objects. I’ll never forget the Wonder Bread Twins many years ago, made from Wonder Bread packaging. Unfortunately, I can’t lay my hands on the picture, but that’s ok, because the costumes are permanently burned into my mind! Erin also makes purses and other fabric wonders in her sweet workspace which can be viewed on her website.
Erin: the prop stylist. The perfect blend of casual living and well-considered details.
Erin: the graphic designer. Pictured here: a recent birthday party invite.
Erin: the event designer. Preparing the barn for the birthday party/movie night extravaganza.
Erin: the hunter and gatherer. Pictured here: Maintaining the sweet life.
Erin: the curious observer. Seeking out the unusual amidst the everyday.
Erin: the memory keeper. From big stuff to bedhead, she doesn’t miss a beat.
Erin: the writer/comedian. What you can’t get a sense of here? Erin’s finely honed sense of humor and flair for putting down words. You’ll just have to take my word for it. But you can find out more about Erin and her family at their website, shop and blog at butterbeanstudios.com
What do I want to be when I grow up? Erin’s neighbor, for one thing. Until then, I’ll keep following every word and move that she shares. I know my life’s richer for it.