The Friday Find: Summer Vacation Inspiration

Admittedly this post is a bit of cop out but we EMME Designers are heading out on vacation and we're up to our eyeballs in everything that going away for any extended period of time—with kids in tow—entails. OMG with the packing and planning and organizing and wrapping up of ALL THE THINGS before you can get out the door, sometimes taking a break almost doesn't seem worth it.

And that, my friends, is what I am bringing you for this week's Friday Find... inspiration. Because that's precisely why we are heading out on our respective vacations in the first place. To rediscover the beauty in this world, it's still there, we just know it. To snuggle with family, laugh with friends and reconnect with ourselves. To marvel at nature, the ultimate source of inspiration that underlies everything that we do in our work. 

Enjoy a taste of the sights and magic that we're hoping to marinade in over the next couple of weeks: 

It's entirely feasible that one of us just might spend the next couple of weeks staring at views similar to this one in Umbria, Italy. How's THAT for inspiration? Also, she might decide to never return. 

It's entirely feasible that one of us just might spend the next couple of weeks staring at views similar to this one in Umbria, Italy. How's THAT for inspiration? Also, she might decide to never return. 

A little closer to home, but no less spectacular, one of us will be meditating in a scene that looks a whole lot like this one along the shores of Lake Huron. 

A little closer to home, but no less spectacular, one of us will be meditating in a scene that looks a whole lot like this one along the shores of Lake Huron. 

Feeling inspired yet? I give you Lake Como. 

Feeling inspired yet? I give you Lake Como. 

I've been vacationing on Lake Huron since birth and despite having visited some pretty spectacular beaches around the world, I still consider many of the beaches along this great lake to be among the most beautiful I've ever seen. I would like to decorate an entire house using this very palette upon my return. 

I've been vacationing on Lake Huron since birth and despite having visited some pretty spectacular beaches around the world, I still consider many of the beaches along this great lake to be among the most beautiful I've ever seen. I would like to decorate an entire house using this very palette upon my return. 

No but wine though. WINE. 

No but wine though. WINE. 

There you have it. A few preemptive glimpses into the next two weeks that are lighting a fire under our fannies and driving us to get our shizz together and hit the road. We'll be back in two weeks, refreshed and rejuvenated and sufficiently inspired to get back to work. We'd love to spread a little of our reclaimed creativity in your space! Whether you're looking for a bit of a refresh or a full-blown overhaul, we'd love to hear from you! Contact us today (okay, fine yes, we're still checking email...)

Happy Summering! 

The Friday Find: Canadiana Without the Kitsch

Happy Canada Day to you, you gorgeous Canuks!

Don't get me wrong, I love poutine and beavers as much as the next Canadian (and I mean this is the cleanest possible sense) but at the risk of offending anyone's patriotism here, sometimes our national symbols can be displayed in ways that are slightly less than sophisticated.

I TOTALLY get that in the right setting a well-placed canoe paddle can be the perfect accessory and I mean what Canadian can't rally behind a well hung set of elk antlers? But for those among us that feel these symbols may be a tad too literal we want you to know that it is possible to bring touches of Canadian symbolism, culture and design into your home without going overboard on the kitsch factor. 

And so, in celebration of this wonderful, beautiful, and yes very stylish land of ours, here are five gorgeous ways to celebrate Canada through design with out a hint of kitsch: 

1. Hudson Bay Iconic Point Blankets

Image: Houzz.com

The iconic point blanket is just as at home in a chic modern space as it is in a rustic cabin setting. It's the perfect Canadian accessory—warm, durable, stylish and loaded with a rich and storied history. Everyone should have one in their Canadian home. 

2. Halifax Cups & Saucers

We may borrow our teatime traditions from the Brits but this lovely set featuring the lush seaside landscape of Halifax, Nova Scotia is just abstract enough to avoid being overly kitschy. Instead it will elevate your morning or afternoon cuppa into a chic and distinctly Canadian ritual. Also available in this series are The Rockies side plates and The Yukon dinner plates. 

3. Woods; Cole & Son Wallpaper

Despite the fact that it skyrocketed into ubiquity over the last several years, I will not, I repeat I WILL NOT apologize for my love of the Woods wallpaper, designed in 1959 by Michael Clark and distributed by Cole & Son. I know, I know, he's a Brit but the birch tree is a Provincial symbol in both Quebec and Saskatchewan and an unofficial icon that short of the Mighty Maple is about as Canadian as it gets. Though I, like many others, grew weary of seeing it in every magazine spread and chic city townhouse entryway for a spell there, I still think it's a gorgeous and striking way to bring the essence of nature and wildness into a modern, urban space. Used sparingly and smartly, like in the nursery shown above or maybe a petite powder room, this is a fantastic way to reflect the vast expanses of Canadian wilderness without getting overly literal. 

4. Aboriginal Art

The stunning contemporary work of Canadian Aboriginal artist Alex Janvier is but one example of the absolute wealth of remarkable Aboriginal painters, sculptors, textile designers, poets, authors, and musicians that we're so lucky to have our Canadian lives enriched by. What better way to honour and celebrate this land we all love than with an original work of art?

5. Red and White

It is not easy to decorate with red. I find it one of the most difficult colours to use and if I'm being really honest, there's nothing that turns me off faster than a room with cherry red walls. Just a flat out NO for me personally. But the room shown above? This is how you do it right. I'm obsessed with it and I know that even though this is a Scandinavian home not a Canadian one, but we can do this my Canadian friends. WE CAN DO IT TOO. Accent an  all white room with a stunning red rug for a wallop of Bohemian style. Add in some natural elements like those freakin' perfect occasional chairs and tie the whole thing together with a gallery wall that includes splashes of a similar red. BOOM. A red and white space that celebrates our National Pride with timeless style and nary a moose in sight. 

Happy Canada Day everyone! We hope you're celebrating in style.

The Friday Find: The Lyla Side Chair from EQ3

The Lyla Side Chair, EQ3

Oh heeeeey ya'll. Look at me all over this Friday Find post after a several-months long hiatus. Much has been the happs around here at EMME Design HQ and while we've never NOT EVER stopped shopping, we did need a wee break from blogging. BUT WE'RE BACK BABY. 

And since it's summer and all I can think about are breezy white curtains billowing inward from a gentle breeze through an open window and lazy days spent lounging on a dock with an ice cold drink in hand, my tastes have shifted from sleek city styles to more a more relaxed farm-fresh aesthetic. And hence, I give you, the Lyla Side Chair

I've been dying to use these perfect chairs in a space since I first laid eyes on them and though I think there are plenty of city homes that could easily benefit from this airy, stylish seat—particularly in a kid-friendly eat-in kitchen—where I really want to work with them is in a relaxed cottage kitchen or a gathered round a country table heaped with fresh-cut wild flowers and veggies straight from the garden. You feeling me? 

These babies are not only comfortable (yep, I mean it, even sans cushion) and AFFORDABLE but they come in six colours including standard black, white and a pretty pale grey, plus a few great pops of colour like forest green and cerulean blue. They were once available in PINK! and YELLOW! but it appears those hues are currently not available. SAD FACE. 

I would be remiss of me not to mention Miss Lyla Side Chair's adorbs cousin Lyla Arm Chair because I mean just look at this cuteness would ya: 

The Lyla Arm Chair, EQ3

The Lyla Arm Chair, EQ3

Both the Side Chair and the Arm Chair are also available as counter and bar stools. 

It is not a well kept secret that us EMME Designers get a little more excited than can be considered normal when it comes to good chair. The Scandinavian Windsor is a darn near perfect specimen in my mind. BUT it is easy to eff it up. The Lylas have minimal, modern lines and great proportions making them ideal for use across a variety of design styles and situations. Just keep in mind that not every variation of the Windsor can do the same. 

Need a little advice on when and where to use a chair like Lyla? Or whether she might make a good addition to your furniture family? We'd love to discuss! Drop us a line, we'll even answer from the dock! 

TGIF!

- Mia

Source: https://eq3.com/ca/en/productdetail/dining...