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! 

EMME Design Treatment Packages & Pricing

Slowly but surely we are adding to this little website of ours in order to put as much info as we can about our available services right here at your fingertips. One thing that all of our packages (Online Design, Room-by-Room, and Full Service) include is a customized Treatment Package.

What on earth is a Treatment Package anyway?

Truthfully we started calling it that one day and the name kinda stuck, but essentially your Treatment Package is THE PLAN that we prepare for you and your space based on the level of service you commission and the needs and requirements of the design job at hand. 

An Online Design Treatment Package, for example, will contain an overview of your project and all the requirements that we discuss with you at the beginning of our design process. It will have a drawing or sketch of your room with our recommended furniture layout, an inspiration board that helps visualize design direction and a design board detailing everything you need to complete your space—paint colours, furniture, window treatments, lighting, accessories and art. It may contain recommended trade services and other resources as required. It will contain a complete source/shopping list for everything we include in the package so that you can use it to implement the design on your own. 

Make sense? You can see a bunch of slides from various Treatment Packages here, or take a look at a complete (sample) Room-by-Room Treatment Package here

We have also finally added a Fees & Extras page to the site, which you can find in the Services menu. We do our best to offer you a wide range of comprehensive and affordable package options but we are also always willing to customize a service or package to fit your individual needs and budget.

If you don't see something that works for you here, please don't hesitate to CONTACT US. We'd love to chat with you and put together something that fits you like a glove. Let's make your space pretty!

Colourful Inspiration from Gorgeous Mexico

We went temporarily blind from the colours. Image courtesy of hotelamoreira.com

Team EMME Design is feeling fresh and rejuvenated after a quick jaunt down to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, where we were fuelled by sunshine and margaritas for a blissful seven days. Before you hate us, please note that we had all four of our children in tow. This means they outnumbered us by 100 percent. MATH. 

The children were given their choice of any souvenir they wanted. Three year old Everley insisted on one of these. She's so emo.  

But still. It was beyond fabulous and we're feeling inspired. Because even though this winter in Toronto has been undeniably tolerable, it's still winter. In Toronto. Which means a consistent palette of grey, brown and even more grey. Playa, by comparison, is such a riot of colour and texture that when the sun rose on our first day we all went blind for a second. As our eyes adjusted and our brains caught up we are all like, WHOA, REMEMBER COLOURS? 

COLOURS! Image courtesy of folkbyalice.blogspot.ca

Wish I could say we took these photos ourselves but we were too busy eating ceviche and smiling. Instead, we came home, put our tanned noses to the grindstone and hunted down a sliver of the sights we were super inspired by so we could share them with you.

Our fave souvenir and textiles shop on 5th Ave. Elana went in here 3,457 times. Mia is still kicking herself for not coming home with one of those leather and hand embroidered tote bags. Guess we'll have to go back. Image courtesy of souvenirfinder.com

Amazing swim up rooms that we absolutely did not stay in but did walk over to gawk at. Image courtesy of Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen

This other amazing space that we did not stay in. Or even see IRL. BUT THOSE TILES THOUGH. And view. And OMG all of it. Image courtesy of 10stunninghomes.com

One more gratuitous beach shot for the road. Image courtesy of om-tulum.com 

Feel like adding some colour to your home to help chase off the winter doldrums? It can be difficult to know where to start, what colours to choose and how much is too much. Never fear, we've got our colour decks in hand and we are ready to help! 

Contact us today.