Entries from May 31st, 2013

Instagram: May 2013

May 31, 2013

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May has been decidedly busy for all of the creative departments at the EQ3 Head Office. Catalogue photo shoots are in full swing (as we type) and for most of our team, that has meant extra meetings, site visits, emails and of course design work. So, as May draws to a close, we’re taking a break from the office to round up each of our favourite Instagrams from our own personal accounts this month.


Here’s a look at how each of us enjoyed our down-time…




getting playful with design / preparing the convertible for it’s first ride / listening to music the old-school way / setting up house with unique finds / moving the party to the roof-top / capturing colourful moments / appreciating time spent outdoors / keeping an eye on the night sky / welcoming the mysterious results of an “accidental” picture / admiring historic architecture


Instagrams taken by members of our marketing and product design and development teams.

For more great Instagrams, follow our company account @EQ3_Furniture.

How To: Shop for an Area Rug

May 28, 2013

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A beautiful area rug is a good investment for homeowners and renters alike because it’s value that you can take with you when you move. The rug can be the jumping off point that influences a room’s future decorating choices or it can be the finishing touch that pulls a room’s design elements together. But, if searching for the right design is leaving your stomach in knots, rest assured. We’ve compiled 3 easy tips that’ll take the guess work out of buying a rug.


Think of an area rug as artwork for your floors. Shopping for artwork is a fun and personal experience and searching for the perfect rug should be too. So, arm yourself with these basic guidelines and take advice from the experts. Then, go with your gut and buy what you love.





Tip No. 1 – Have a Purpose


Before you hit the pavement and begin shopping for your new rug, consider this: What role do you want the rug to play? What mood do you want to convey?


If you want the rug to make a big statement, find your rug first and build the entire room around it. Pair a bold design with furniture upholstered in solid or simple patterns. If you want the rug to work with another design element, such as a fireplace or artwork, find a rug that picks up on the colour(s) of the surrounding decor. Stick to a solid or subtle design to unify the room.



Tip No. 2 – Know Your Space


Do your due diligence and measure your space. Use masking tape to help visualize the rug’s placement and determine the exact size you will need. Also, keep in mind the locations of vents and doors, as well as your desired furniture arrangement. Here’s a few room guidelines to get you going:


Dining Room: measure the top of the dining table. Add between 24″ – 30″ of space equally around each side of the table. This is the general size of rug you will need for under your table so that dining chair legs remain on the rug when pulled away.




Living Room: Measure your seating area. The rug should to be large enough so that the front legs of your sofa rest on top of it. Chairs may be positioned so that chair legs are completely on or off the rug, or that just the front legs are on the rug.




Bedrooms: Measure your bed and surrounding floor space. The rug should show equal floor space on two or three of the beds sides. Place one at the foot of the bed, one at either side of the bed, or both the foot and sides of the bed.





Tip No.  3 – Adjust with Colour


Use a rug’s colour palette to influence the perceived amount of light. Choose a warm coloured rug to enhance a room lacking natural light (ie. yellows, oranges and reds) and a cool coloured rug to balance a room receiving a lot of natural light (ie. blues and greens).


You can also use a rug’s colour palette to influence the perceived amount of space. Choose a lighter coloured rug to make a room feel more spacious and a darker rug to make a room feel more intimate.



Looking for additional resources to ensure you buy the right rug for your room? Visit your local EQ3 store or EQ3.com to set-up a FREE In-Home Consultation.

Introducing: Harvest Bedroom

May 25, 2013

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EQ3’s Harvest Collection is growing.



Behind-the-scenes look at the Harvest Bed with Slatted Headboard.


That’s right! We’ve taken the rustic, modern details that you love about our Harvest Dining Table and Bench, and designed a brand new collection for the bedroom. The Harvest Bedroom Collection is inspired by Canadian cabin country and features solid oak and oak veneer construction. It celebrates the beauty and character of wood with exaggerated proportions, end grain detailing and grooved out drawer pulls. We’ve designed the collection to include a variety of pieces – two headboard options (panel or slatted), a dresser, a chest and a night stand – making finding the right fit for your space easy. All that’s needed to complete the look is the duvet cover and sheet set of your choice.


The new collection is available in-stores to customers in select locations and will be available online soon. Please note that this collection is not currently available to customers located in Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba. Availability for these customers is anticipated for the fall of 2013.




Left to Right: Harvest Dresser / Harvest Bed with Panel Headboard / Harvest Chest / Harvest Night Stand

Pinterest: Colourful Decor

May 23, 2013


Did you know that EQ3’s on Pinterest?


For those of you who have yet to engage in this popular past-time, allow us to explain. Pinterest is a social media app where users create virtual pin boards and “Pin” content that they’ve discovered online. The app also allows users to “Follow” boards of individuals and brands they’re interested in, making it a wonderful tool for organizing home decor projects, finding delicious recipes and tracking design, fashion and lifestyle trends.


We’d love for you to Follow all of EQ3’s Pinterest Boards (username: EQ3_Furniture), but thought it might be fun to share a few of our recent Pins with you here.



Image Source: Christine of Just Bella blog


Today’s Pins speak to multi-coloured decor. We’ve been curating bold and bright images on Pinterest ever since Thom shared his colour-themed blog post with us last week. Decorating with colour is a quick and easy way to change up the look of your interior; and, it’s especially fitting for summer living. The result is a kaleidoscopic round-up of lively interiors, furnishings and accessories, showing ways to work colour into your home.


We were inspired by this brighly coloured bowl shown above, which Canadian design and lifestyle blogger Christine of Just Bella blog used to show off her baked cinnamon tortilla crisps recipe. Blue works well with most colours, making it a fun and unexpected neutral to work with. Pair it with colours of equal saturation or intensity, for best results. Consider orange, yellow, red and even pink for smaller pieces like side chairs, tabletop goods and other decorative elements. Leaving larger surfaces, such as floors and walls, white or a pale neutral will allow colours to pop and prevent the palette from being too overwhelming.



Image Sources: Eames Hang-It-All Coat Rack via Design*Sponge / Vitra Panton Chair via SF Girl by the Bay / POP Teapot and Jug by Ann-Carin Wiktorsson via Sagaform / Cord Control DIY via DesignLoveFest



Bring it home with EQ3:




Left to Right: EQ3+ Vitra Panton Chair ($300.00) / EQ3+ Herman Miller Eames Hang-It-All Coat Rack ($199.00) / EQ3+ Sagaform POP Tea Pot $49.95) and POP Jug ($24.95)

How To: Classify Handmade Rugs

May 16, 2013

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Previously on the blog, we joined Carla, EQ3’s Product Development Coordinator, on a virtual trip to India for an insider’s look at how a rug is made. We’ll cover tips for choosing the right rug in future posts, but today Carla demystifies the differences between EQ3’s hand tufted and hand woven rugs.




Clockwise (starting at Top-Left): Tufting hand gun / Fabric stretched over metal frames / Artisan working the Pit Loom / Artisan working the Hand Loom / Close-up of Hand Loom



HAND TUFTED / This technique is the most popular in India as it allows for any design and an unlimited number of colours to be achieved. In this process, the base fabric is stretched on a metal frame and yarn is inserted through the fabric with the help of a tufting hand gun. The yarns are then looped through the canvas. When the rug features a pattern, the artisan draws (or sometimes prints) the design on wax paper. They bunch little holes along the design and paint the back, allowing the ink to seep through the holes and onto the canvas. The artisan tufts over the pattern, paying attention to where the colours are to be placed, and then paints the underside of the rug with latex glue and covers it with a backing material. Once complete, the rug’s tufts or “loops” may be left visible, shaved down, or cut to create definition in the pattern.


Three Styles of Tufted Rugs:


1. Loop Pile Rug – a rug where tufts have been left intact. Ex. Edan Rug


2. Cut Pile Rug – a rug where tufts have been cut or shaved down. Ex. Skyline Rug, Cloo Rug


3. Carved Pile Rug – a rug where a design or pattern has been cut or embossed into the pile. Ex. Roscoe RugSquared Rug, Jade Rug


Good To Know: The term “pile” refers to the height and density of the finished rug’s yarns. Pile adds depth and cushion to the rug.



HAND WOVEN / This technique is faster than the hand tufted method, but it does not allow for intricate, patterned designs. In this process, the rug is hand woven using either a Hand Loom or a Pit Loom. The warp forms the pile or “face” of the rug and the weft makes the base or “backing” of the rug.


Two Styles of Hand Woven Rugs:


1. The Hand Loom is used for many of our shag rugs (ex. Otis Rug, Bardot Rug) and our striped rugs (ex. Burgo Rug, Fairway Rug). The pile height of the rug can be controlled to many various heights using the hand loom, much more easily than with Hand Tufted rugs.


2. The Pit Loom is a pit where the artisan makes the rug through the use of pedals. The Pit Loom produces flat weave rugs and dhurrie rugs. These types of rugs have no pile, meaning they are thinner and often reversible (ex. Zach Rug, Ori Rug and Daxi Rug).


Good To Know: When decorating with a flat weave or dhurrie rug, it’s a good idea to place a rug pad underneath it to prevent the rug from slipping.



What style of rug appeals to you? Browse our rug collection online, then leave a comment telling us which one is your favourite.

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