Entries from July 12th, 2013

Insider’s Look: 2013 Catalogue Press Check

Jul 12, 2013

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Catalogue countdown begins…right now.

 

Press checks wrapped up just the other week for the EQ3 2013 Autumn Catalogue. The publication will hit stores in August, but of course we couldn’t wait that long to share a bit of the footage. So Paul, EQ3′s senior graphic designer, is offering us a sneak peek of his time spent at the printers looking over catalogue proofs.

 

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How To: Decorate on a Budget with Shai DeLuca

Jul 10, 2013

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Last month, Cityline expert Shai DeLuca joined us at our EQ3 Flagship store in Liberty Village for a special How-To Design Event. Shai’s a pro at designing for less, as seen on CityTV’s Cityline, where he regularly dishes out savvy decor ideas on Thursday’s Home Day. So it was only fitting that Shai revealed 10 of his best budget decorating tips at the How-To event, followed by a Q&A session, where Shai answered audience members’ design dilemmas live!

 

Cityline’s camera crew was there to film the whole thing. You can watch Cityline online for excerpts from the event (the show aired last week Thursday, July 4th), but we thought we’d recap Shai’s top tips for you here on the blog.

 

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Shai’s Top 10 Tips for Budget Decorating

 

1. Train your eye. Know what great high-end design pieces look like so that you can have them in mind while hunting at discount or big box stores, flea markets or thrift shops.

 

2. Be patient. Wait for floor sample sales (usually July and/or January) to get good deals and don’t feel like you have to race to finish your space. You want to find the right thing at the right price, not just anything at the right price.

 

3. Paint a piece of furniture (or a few) glossy black. This works on junk shop finds or new pieces with cheesy finishes.

 

4. Spend some money. All “on-the-cheap” rooms just look cheap, not chic. Every room needs a few splurges – special pieces that announce their quality. Decide what “splurge” means to you and do it!

 

5. Just say no to boring mass produced “art”. Instead, get creative with large collages made from wrapping paper, wallpaper scraps or maps. Paint a large canvas with leftover paints. Stretch fabric over stretcher bars. Pop kids art into off-the-shelf frames with mattes. Hang a beautifully patterned fabric from wooden dowels. Something from Marimekko would work well here.

 

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6. Go big with accessories. Many tiny items make a place look cluttered and cheap. Instead opt for large scale accessories like standing floor vases, plump floor cushions, or pillar candles rather than tea-lights.

 

7. Use texture. Combine shiny, matte, soft and rough natural textures to add richness to a space. Sparkle always adds a dash of glamour.

 

8. Don’t scrimp on the size of your area rug. Many nice rooms are ruined by the use of a postage-stamp sized rug. Can’t find one big enough and don’t want to spend the earth: go to a broadloom store and order a piece to be cut and bound (choose a sisal look-a-like in wool or synthetic fiber).

 

9. Decorate with black and white. Just like with fashion, these colors (or non-colors) never look tired and combined can result in dramatic spaces that look like their total price tag was much higher than the actual cost.

 

10. Buy gutsy lamps. Lighting is often an after-thought when decorating on a budget but spindly, too-small lamps are a common faux-pas. Instead, layer your lighting (overhead, task, ambient), switch bulbs to halogen or natural daylight bulbs, and buy lamps that have a sculptural appeal.

 

 

Which of Shai’s tips is your favourite? Leave a comment and let us know!

 

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Insider’s Look: Designer Jon Eliason

Jul 5, 2013

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We’re always looking for new ways to provide our customers with innovative, modern designs, so we’re excited to announce that EQ3 is collaborating with Swedish designer Jon Eliason on a new line of furnishings for the front entrance.

 

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Eliason is an established product and interior designer based in Sweden. He’s designed products for companies like Ikea, Åhléns and Sagaform, to name just a few, and has worked as a designer on a number of TV shows, including the popular Swedish TV show Room-service.

 

Jon recently blogged about his contract work for EQ3 on the Elle Interiör Sweden blog:

 

”Finally, I can tell you that I have started to draw designs for a Canadian company called EQ3. The passion for design is worldwide, and in Winnipeg they burn with an extra flame. I work with a great team and am proud to have been given this chance. Right now we are working with no less than 5 different furniture concepts at the same time and we’re getting the first prototypes ready. Please visit their website at www.eq3.com- Jon Eliason, Designer (translated)

 

We’d love for you to check out Jon’s product design portfolio and interior design portfolio at joneliasondesign.com. Then, stay tuned for future news about Jon’s product line!

#EQ3Spotted: Steven’s Modern Living Space

Jul 3, 2013

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We love seeing how fans are using and enjoying the products we design, manufacture and sell, so we wanted to devote a little corner of the web to photographs that show just that.

 

Enter #EQ3Spotted – a new blog series that takes you inside the homes of actual EQ3 customers! Our hope is that these sneak peeks inspire your future design and decorating projects, and encourage you to create beautiful spaces fit for modern living.

 

To start this series off, we’re stepping inside Steven’s stunning Toronto home.

 

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EQ3′s Reverie Sofa is a customer favourite – and ours too.

 

Steven sent us these pictures of his living-dining room last week, just one day after his new Reverie Sofa had arrived. To say we were speechless is an understatement. The new sofa is perfectly at home in his cozy living room, which features a rich palette of cream and brown with warm wood tones. Bright orange accents lend a fun, yet sophisticated vibe to the space, while a carefully-edited selection of accessories personalize the space and compliment the room’s modern furnishings.

 

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EQ3′s Cast Lamp is a fun alternative to traditional overhead pendant lighting.

 

In the dining room, Steven used the Cast Floor Lamp to cleverly light his dining nook area, which lacked a ceiling fixture. The lamp’s arched design bends over the dining table, providing much-needed task lighting. It introduces an unique element to the space, and is more affordable than adding new electrical.

 

Great job, Steven! Thank you for sending in these beautiful images.

 

 

Do you love decorating with EQ3? Share your photos for a chance to be featured on the EQ3 blog and EQ3 Facebook Page. Upload photos on Instagram or Twitter, tagging your image with @EQ3_Furniture and the hashtag #EQ3Spotted. You can also send us your images in a private Facebook message or email them to blog@eq3.ca.

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