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! 


- Mia


Outdoor Living: 6 Swoon-Worthy City Gardens

There really is no season more swoon-worthy than spring. From the moment those first ambitious and brave little green shoots burst forth from the cold, just-thawed soil, I'm starry-eyed with love for this planet. There really is no greater time in the garden than when the new growth is bright green and fresh, unmarred by pest and not yet wilted by long hot summer days. The delight I feel from those first vibrant spring blooms is completely unparalleled by anything that will flower later in the season—I actually roam the neighbourhoods just to ogle other gardens in bloom and have caught myself more than once sighing out-loud like a teenager in love. 

After many months of being cooped up indoors I cannot wait to get out in the garden and set up twinkly lights and potted ferns and all the fixings required to maximize the fabulous (but fleeting) al fresco living to come. 

Need a little inspiration for decorating your outdoor space? Look no further. Here are six spectacular city gardens you can draw from as you feather your own outdoor nest this year: 

1. A Hammock Never Hurts

You may mistakenly feel that a small city garden is no place for a hammock. I say PSHAW to that. This diminutive garden is made to look larger than it is with the addition of mirrored trellis. No trees? NO problem. Stretch a hammock on a frame, distract the eye with pillows and tassels and twinkly lights. Look how gorgeous! 

2. The More Boho, The Better

Image:  Luv Decor  

Image: Luv Decor 

Don't let a tiny space keep you from laying it on thick. I mean throw pillows, floor pillows, carpets, mismatched planters overflowing with greens. Even if your indoor tastes lean more toward a tailored taste, summer is the time to let go a little and just surround yourself with colour, texture and a riot of life. Treat your small garden, patio or deck as an intimate space, not a limited one. 

3. Go Green

Image:  HGTV

Image: HGTV

Like, literally. Even those of us with a black thumb can grow greenery. Hostas, ferns, vines, grasses and many varieties of green bushes are perennial (so they come back year after year) and practically grow themselves. In pots AND gardens. Flowers are often more finicky, attracting pests and providing feasts for your local squirrels. A lush, green yard is always chic and will never ever go out of style. 

4. Vintage FTW

Here at EMME Design we always love us some vintage. But in the garden? EVEN BETTER. Outdoor furniture can be expensive and bulky and difficult to source, especially for small outdoor spaces, decks and porches. Hit your local garage sales, Kijiji, neighbour's garbage (whatever, we've ALL done it) and scavenge your way to a gorgeous garden. You can fluff with new accessories—though really I can't EVEN with these parasols covered in vintage fabric. Add ample candle light and honestly, your space will feel cosier than it ever would with one of those (gasp) expensive and matchy big box patio sets. 

5. The Tiny Terrace

Image: House & Garden

Image: House & Garden

Be it a tiny terrace, wee enclosed courtyard or bitty balcony—never let size deter you from your mission. Maximize that space and use it to its full advantage during the warm months. Play up the surfaces you've been dealt. The peeling brick wall on the New York City terrace above becomes a thing of beauty when paired with towering ivy topiaries (think tall, grow upwards!) and charming accessories. The large-scale mirror creates the illusion of doubling the space. 

6. Water

Image:  Decor Mag

Image: Decor Mag

If you can, and I know that not all of us can, a water feature is a major mood enhancer in any sized outdoor space. Be it a small burbling fountain or a petite plunge pool (dreams) you will take your space up quite a notch by introducing this element of nature in amidst your air, earth and fire. 

Need a little help creating your own outdoor oasis this season? We'd love to help decorate your space. Give us a call! 

The Friday Find: Bryght (EDIT: Now Called Article, Same Great Stuff)

Let's just get the two most obvious things out of the way right off the top, shall we? 

1. It's SATURDAY. I know, I know. But you know what though? BUSY. And busy is good, therefore posting a Friday feature on a Saturday is good. That's logic, right? 

2. Everything is faux midmod and I'm over-doing the faux midmod and STOP ALREADY WITH THE FAUX MIDMOD. But I can't because I love it. And I love other things. OH DO I EVER. But I'm trying to be a little realistic and not post things that nobody on earth outside of the much-discussed 1% can afford. But people, if you want more inspirational and less attainable, I can give it to you. 

For today though, I give you (EDIT: is now called Article, new name, same stuff!) I know you've been seeing them pop up everywhere—Facebook, Instagram especially. Me too. And finally I was like OKAY I'LL CLICK YOU SAUCY THING. And I did... and I kind of loved it. There are some incredibly affordable pieces that would be very difficult to find at a reasonable price anywhere else. The Sven sofa in tan full grain Italian leather you see above? $1999CAN? Yum. 

And this pretty Diamond

I'll take two! 

Required disclaimer: The biz model here is lower prices because they are exclusively online, so of course I haven't seen, touched or sat on either of these babies in person—quality remains to be seen—but I likey the lookie. 

Anyone purchased from Bryght (now Article)? Would you? If you want our advice please do give us a CALL.