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How-To: The Art of Arrangement

Jun 3, 2016

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Bring life to your living room, dining room or entryway with a fresh, seasonal arrangement. Flowers are a quick and inexpensive way to add energy and colour into your space. They’re also believed to trigger happy emotions and relieve stress.

 

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We’ve teamed up with Kyla Ferguson of Academy Florist, to put together a simple list of pointers to help make your next artful arrangement.

 

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How-To Source Flowers

 

1. Pay a visit to your local florist:

– He or she will have access to varieties grown in Canada and the U.S., as well as all over the world
– If you want a specific type of flower, give at least 2 weeks’ notice
– Remember that flowers grow in different seasons and times of year, but that every season has something amazing to offer

 

2. Stop by a farmer’s market:

– Support your local farmer florists
– Expect fresher flowers: less time between field to market

 

3. Your own backyard/garden:

– Go wild with native flowers
– Flowers grown in your backyard or garden are sustainable and free from pesticides

 

How-To Assemble an Artful Arrangement


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1. First step, gather your tools: a vase (we love the ombre affect of the Vule Vase, or go retro with the Silv Vase) that works well with your planned arrangement, a set of clippers, scissors, tape, etc.

 

2. Gather your chosen flowers & greenery.

 

3. Fill up your vessel with water at room temperature.

 

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4. Go green: start with your greenery as the foundation of your arrangement.

 

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5. Trim the fat: hold your stems up to your arrangement to get an eye for height. Remember you can always cut shorter, never longer!

 

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6. Long gone are the days of floral design rules. Try an unexpected colour combination or an abstract shape.

 

How-to Care for Your Flowers

 

1. Keep your arrangement looking fresh by re-cutting your stems daily.

 

2. Change the vase water everyday.

 

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3. Remove any blooms as they fade.

 

4. Certain flowers dry well. Hang them upside down in a cool basement.

 

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How-To: Update Your Space With Pillows

May 30, 2016

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A quick pillow update is all you need to revivify your space for the season. With the help of our Director of Interior Design, we selected our best-selling fabrics and created complimentary pillow pairings fit for the season.

 

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Quick Tip: A few good rules of thumb to keep you in check :1 pillow per chair, 3 per sofa, 5 per small sectional and 8 for a very large sectional. Make sure you have a throw blanket handy for evenings in front of the fire (or for most of us, the television).

 

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Jet Shade
Jet Shade is a popular two-tone fabric that gives it visual texture and depth. This fabric is a great base for any room and can quickly adapt from season to season with just a few pillows. This spring try layering blue fabrics in varying textures and patterns in various greens. Our seasonal Sea pillow perfectly compliments these selections while adding a bold graphic element to your room.

 

Quick Tip: Mix pillow sizes. Use a mixture of 18”, 14” and lumbar pillows to complete your look.

 

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Key Largo Almond
This classic fabric is a warm neutral great for creating a classic casual look suitable for the bedroom or living room. Liven up your bed or sofa by adding layers of texture with Lana wool fabric and Houndstooth patterns. *Tip : Our houndstooth and herringbone fabrics are considered to be a micropattern so don’t worry about visual overload. Treat these micropatterns as you would a solid. If you want something even more bold try mixing these selections with our Shore seasonal pillow as well!

 

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Lana Taupe
Lana is a luxurious 70% reclaimed wool and comes in a wide range of versatile neutrals and vibrant colours. Lana Taupe is a great starting point for any room; because it is so versatile you can have fun and mix a variety of Herringbone colours with a brilliant turquoise. *Hint : check out the flyer where these pillows are featured with an Oskar sofa in Lana Taupe.

 

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Polo Slate
Polo slate long time favourite of EQ3 customers and for good reason; Polo is as versatile as it is durable. This season go bold with a vibrant orange and red houndstooth pattern. Pair this with the bright red Jet vermillion fabric and muted Lana taupe for a look that is as balanced as it is bold.

 

Quick Tip: Feather pillows have a luxurious look and feel. They are a larger investment up front but will withstand years of catnaps on the couch!

 

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Mila Silver
If comfort is your priority then Mila is for you. This plush fabric is soft, durable and comes in two shades of a lightly heathered grey. Add interest by balancing bright purple and pink Lana fabrics with a neutral grey houndstooth pattern. Mix in our seasonal Sea pillow cover for an added graphic touch.

 

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Quick Tip: Use 3 different fabrics for pillows. This will make the room look eclectic and expertly styled. Too many pillows in the same fabric will distract from your Canadian-crafted EQ3 sofa!

 

How-To: Assemble Enviable Spreads With The Cheesemongers

May 25, 2016

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Assembling the perfect cheeseboard has become essential to entertaining at home. A photoworthy spread and a few good bottles of wine is an easy way to impress your guests.

 

What we love most about cheeseboards (apart from cheese) is the fun in putting them together in a creative way. The possibilities are truly endless. If you haven’t put a board together before, the task may seem intimidating – which is why we called in our friends at The Cheesemongers, a Winnipeg-based fromagerie, to give us tips and tricks for putting together an enviable spread. Just in time for spring and summer hosting!

 

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The Cheesemongers – Meg Gifford and Courtney Dhaliwal // Photo by Joel Wiebe

 

Ask Your Local Cheesemonger

 

1. Our most basic rule is to start with the very best cheese. Farmstead or artisanal cheeses are made using traditional methods by dedicated cheesemakers, from fresh, nutritious milk, rather than in a factory. You can pick these up from your local fromagerie.

 

2. Note the occasion. Tell your cheesemonger what the cheese is for. A formal party or a casual get-together? The cheesemonger might ask what you like and don’t like, and how many people will be eating it.

 

3. Serve a variety. Go soft to hard clockwise, with blue at the end.

 

4. Don’t be afraid to try something new. It may smell funny. It may be blue. It may be as old as a history book, but, try it anyway – you might just fall in love with it!

 

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Choosing the Right Cheese

 

1. Recall this easy rhyme when choosing your cheese: something old, something new, something goat and something blue.

 

2. Make sure you choose a good balance of flavours (strong to mild), textures (soft, semi-soft, semi-hard and hard), colour, shapes and sizes.

 

3. You only need 4-5 cheeses for a crowd.

 

4. Make sure you have a variety of milk types on your board: goat, cow, sheep, even water buffalo!

 

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Serving

 

1. Note the number of people you’re serving. Generally, the rule of thumb is 2 oz. – 3 oz. per person, depending on what else you’re serving at the party.

 

2. Set your cheese out on the counter one hour before you plan to eat it. Room temperature cheese reveals flavour profiles that cold cheese doesn’t, and it’s simply more delicious. (Cheesemonger Hint: cover your cheese in a slightly damp cloth to keep the moisture locked in).

 

3. Labelling cheese is a good idea, especially for more cautious guests. Note the name of the cheese, its country of origin, and the type of milk on a small tent card, or cute label.

 

4. Tips for serving wine – the whiter and fresher the cheese, the crispier and fruitier the wine should be. The harder and darker the cheese, the heavier and richer the style of wine may be. Step outside the box – try pairing washed rind cheeses with a lighter red, or craft beer!

 

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Accoutrements

 
1. Never pour, dump or drizzle jam, compote or chutney onto the cheese. If you’re serving a few accompaniments on the board, do just that – accompany, don’t messy up the cheese!

 

2. Don’t go too crazy on pairings – choose a thinly sliced baguette (over crackers), in-season fruit, one jam or compote and one or two savoury options like olives, salami, nuts or mustard. The traditional accoutrements are always easy, but don’t be afraid to try something unexpected. Things like honeycomb, chocolate or pickled fennel make fun additions to a board.

 

3. Fresh, non-sprayed florals or greenery is The Cheesemongers’ signature mark. It adds a pop of colour – especially this time of year.

 

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Knives and Boards

 

1. Traditional wooden boards with a handle like this one are perfect for serving. Or, try marble (like the Coast Marble Cheese Board), ceramic and glass cake platters, shallow bowls or plates. Cutting boards (wood or marble) can double as a cheese board.

 

2. Each cheese should have its own knife. Try the EQ3 Ridge Cheese Knives (3 Pc Set).

 

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Set the Table

 

1. Set the table for the occasion. Go simple with a neutral runner and napkins, or pick a playful print by Marimekko. Add a candle to create a relaxed environment, but be sure it’s unscented.

 

2. Keep side plates and utensils on hand for those less brave to eat with their hands.

 

3. Set out glassware for your whites and reds (we like the Terrace glasses for their inward turned lip – great for preventing any spills at your party), beer and sparkling or flat water.

 

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With these tricks in tow, your guests will surely be capturing your very photoworthy spread via Snapchat and Instagram.

 

How-To: Invigorate Your Space With Texture

May 18, 2016

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Every room is worthy of texture. Patterns and colours shouldn’t always get the glory for making a space come together. By introducing texture you can instantly add some dimension and invigorate your space.

 

There may not be any hard-hitting rules to follow when it comes to implementing textures, just as long as the materials and colours work cohesively together. To seamlessly add texture into your space, take a look at how we transform different rooms with texture.

 

Living
Refresh your living room with a sofa or sectional upholstered in Coachella, a full aniline leather, available in four colourways. Coachella leather is drum-dyed, allowing the natural grain to show through.

 

If you’re partial to fabric, our new wool/felt blend, Lana, is soft and supple and available in eight colour options. Pair your upholstered piece with Kyt, or any of our other jute rugs, new for spring.

 

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Eve Sofa in Coachella Cognac Leather, Rubix Ottoman in Lana Pink, Kyt Rug, Custom Coffee Table in marble

 

Dining
When considering texture in the dining room, start with the obvious – your dining table. Bring an element of the outside in with The Kendall Custom Dining Table in a reclaimed teak top. Its natural texture creates a sense of warmth. Or, go sleek with a cool marble top. Soften the look with fabric chairs (Valentin or Abigail work beautifully) or go simple with Acel, made from matte grey recycled leather.

 

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Kendall Dining Table with Carrara Marble Top, Mille Milk Jug, Acel Dining Chairs

 

Set the table with our Wila Dinner Plates, wood cutting boards, and Acre fabric napkins to blend in multiple textures at once. Food is another great way to layer in texture. We love a good cheese or charcuterie spread with all the accoutrements!

 

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Wila Dinnerware, Dot Tray, Dot Coasters

 

Bedroom
Bedrooms are foolproof when it comes to adding texture. Work from the bottom up; start with a soft woven rug to bring on warmth. Next, choose your bed. Reclaimed teak is rustic, but inviting (incase you need another reason to crawl back in). Dress the bed with our new 500-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets and a soft duvet. Toss a cozy York throw at the foot of bed to tie it all in.

 

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Reclaimed Teak Bed, Reclaimed Teak Low Dresser, Reclaimed Teak Nightstand, Pico Table Lamp, Check Duvet Set, Balliage Rug, Lyla Side Chair in Forest Green, Haptic End Table in Forest Green, Silv Vase

 

Everywhere else
Pillows, rugs and throws can add texture to almost any room. These items can invigorate a space effortlessly and enhance a room with your own personality.

 

Greenery is another beautiful texture to revive a space – think leafy ferns, desert cacti or a fun seasonal floral.

 

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Owen Rug

 

How-To: Organize Your Closet (When You Don’t Really Have a Closet)

May 9, 2016

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Let’s get right to it. Having little or no closet space isn’t the ideal situation. Not all of us are fortunate enough to have closet space to store our prized possessions/conceal our ongoing clothing obsession. It’s common for character/older homes to have non-existent storage, which can be a major inconvenience.

 

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Grow Shelving Unit

 

That’s why we’re showing you creative ways that will make it possible to maximize your storage, while minimizing the space you use. Here are some unconventional products to build your own closet and get organized.

 

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Jane Ladders

 

1. The Ladder to Extra Storage
The Jane Ladder is foundational for organizing a compact space. Configure the ladder to meet your needs with any of the add-on storage accessories. Use the hook accessory to hang your jewelry or belts, stack your magazines in the tray, or drape your cozy hand-knit Bruno throw over one of the solid beech racks. Not only will the Jane Ladder become a focal piece, it will maximize your use of space.

 

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Spot Wall Knob

 

2. Soar to New Heights

A simple solution to gain extra storage is using empty wall space. With multipurpose Spot Wall Knobs or Yves Floating Shelves, the options are endless when thinking of places to utilize them. For the Spot Wall Knobs, use hangers to make it easier to hang jackets or your collection of scarves. The Yves Floating Shelves make an ideal display area for your sunglasses and watches. Their minimal design will keep your space tidy and prevent items from finding a permanent place on the floor.

 

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Concord Baskets

 

3. Box It Up

Concord Baskets are essential for tucking odds and ends away, into their newly found spot. The baskets fit perfectly into the Grow Shelving Unit, an ideal unit for a makeshift closet.

 

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Assembly Rack

 

4. Nice Rack

If you’re in need of an informal rack, the Assembly Rack is perfect for any living space. Hang clothes waiting to be hung in your bedroom, store your throws over the racks in your living room, or hang your towels up in your bathroom.

 

 

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Sheet Double Dresser

 

5. Hide Away

If you have some extra space to use up, a dresser will give you enough storage for your items. The Sheet Double Dresser provides maximum storage with its deep-set drawers.

 

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