Guest Blogger: Emily of emmarie Web Design

When I started the process of looking for a web designer to do my online store, I looked far & wide.  I was nervous and totally got what it felt like being on the other side of things.  (A client looking for a designer = kind of scary)  I know NOTHING about web design and was looking for someone who could translate my style into a website which is no easy task.  My language is interiors .. but web design???  I had no idea how to get "me" into my website.   It was a long search to find "the one."  (Emily!)  Even once I found her, it was hard for me to covey to her what I wanted because I didn't quite know what it was, but she helped me get there. 

Emily's visiting today to talk about inspiration & how gathering it in unexpected places and using points of reference can get us to our final goal of creating whatever it is we're creating.  I didn't even know quite what she was doing when she did it but am so glad she did!!! :)

-ps- I am dying laughing out loud right now because when I first wrote this post I typo'd and wrote "online sore" ... a very sweet commenter let me know.  thank you so much!! :)   (you've probably noticed, but I don't proofread the blog so don't look too closely or you will definitely find more!! ;)

===========  Emily of emmarie Web Design:

I have always been a sucker for good design. Typography, interiors, graphics. You name it, if executed well, I will drool.

My favorite thing about designing is gathering inspiration. My favorite thing about gathering inspiration is gathering it in places you would never expect.

When working on designing Lauren's online shop, Lauren sent me inspirational pieces in the form of interior shots. She was showing me her style, and I was actually able to take these images of rooms she's designed (and her rooms definitely make me drool) and turn them into a website with the same style.
Don't get me wrong here; designing a room is far from designing websites - goodness knows the mess I've made of my own living room (though I do love my bedroom - pat on the back) - but it is very possible to pull inspiration for graphics from non-graphics.

And this works in every way possible, which is something that I think creatives sometimes forget. Designing a room? Thumb through a wedding invitation catalog. Designing a rad new typeface? Visit a fabric store for pattern overload. I'm an adamant enforcer of "get out of your studio so you can get some real work done!" Reach out of your design-y comfort zone and pull inspiration of less likely places. You might find yourself to be oh-so surprised at what comes of it.

Where are your favorite places to find inspiration?

Emily is a web designer and developer for her own studio at emmarie Web Design. You can also find her on her blog, teaching the basics of starting and running an online business at Indie Shopography, sharing small business showcases and resources at Piccola Mag, and on Twitter, where things sometimes get a little funny.

Thanks so much Emily!!!

xoxo, Lauren

If you'd like help creating a home you absolutely love, contact me about our design services.


john said...


Nice post but want to read about web design portfolios more.Thanks and keep sharing

Vintage Home said...

Great info...Thanks!

Dana Frieling said...

Okay, awkward spinach in the teeth moment. Do you say something or not? I'd always rather know, so that's why I'm letting you know that you have a typo in your first line, online sore instead of store. Please feel free to delete this comment once you've corrected it. Have a great day, Lauren!

Chic Coles said...

Emily is so talented. She did a wonderful job on your web site. Sounds like you both worked so well together.

Amanda said...

great post! and I LOVE your design-she did an amazing job. and totally had to laugh at Dana's spinach in teeth comment- she was quite polite and kind about it- its refreshing to see someone nicely let you know something instead of beating you over the head with it. I've had my share of typos but its usually my husband who finds them-LOL

Lauren said...

hahahahh too funny!!! will go fix it!! I definitely didn't want to make an online sore hhahaha


Leslie said...

So interesting to read a little bit about the process!

emmarie Designs said...

Thanks ladies! Your kind words have me smiling extra big this morning!

Blue Turtle said...

For me once you got the talent you can design anything. Just learn the basic and that's it.

jeavon @ Home Designer

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

Inspiration photos can be so hard to sort through and pare down to what you really like. Its hard for me because I like so much. I love Lauren's house but her ideas might not work for me to live with. What I am trying to say is that I find so many gorgeous designs but figuring out the ideas that I can live with is a little harder.

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Custom printed photo wallpaper is a way to give your space some real jazz!

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