Summer is synonymous with casual style and just as our fashion statements get striped of their layers and take on a lighter, laid back look, so do our interiors. Cottage style is particularly fitting this time of year and recreating the relaxed look is as simple as its aesthetic.
1. Plaid throws are a cottage staple. Give this trad pattern a modern feel with a fresh palette and large scale motif.
2. Throw a selection of retro-inspired accessories into the mix to evoke a feeling of history.
3. Use white stoneware with simple, organic shapes to create a connection between the indoors and out.
4. Candlelight is essential to laid-back living. Lend this old stand-by current appeal with a modern style oil lamp.
5. Warm-up bare floors with lightweight, hand-woven accent rugs.
1. Tish Throw ($79.99) / 2. Maddy Alarm Clock in orange ($19.99) / 3. EQ3+ Sagaform Bird Feeder ($19.95) / 4. EQ3+ Sagaform Oil Lamp and Snuffer ($29.95) / 5. Daxi Accent Rug in blue, 100% cotton ($24.99) or Daxi Rug ($199.99)
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.
We’re always on the look-out for new and interesting ways to use Urbio’s vertical garden wall system. So, when we came across these individual place setting centrepieces on Jordan Ferney’s lifestyle and design blog Oh Happy Day, we knew we had to spread the word.
Image Source: Photo by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day
These potted centrepieces were created for the Oh Happy Day Letterpress Craft Night. The Urbio pots look lovely en mass, lined up in front of a row of classic Eames side chairs. Take Jordan’s cue and fill each pot with a single succulent or plant. Use a variety of plant species to give the table top decor an eclectic feel and to help guests find their seat. For the finishing touch, welcome guests with a little note or place card, tucked neatly inside each pot.
For more photographs of the Urbio decor, and for a full re-cap of the craft event, visit the Oh Happy Day blog.
Now it’s your turn. Share your go-to centrepiece ideas here, in the comment section below.
Treat Dad this Father’s Day with a Backyard Barbeque fit for a grill-master.
Set the mood for a fun, laid-back evening with bright and playful decor. For starters, every backyard party needs comfortable seating. Lightweight furnishings in durable materials move easily from indoors to out. The Tip Ton Chair is made of polypropylene (plastic) and stacks up to four chairs high, so extra seating is ready to be put into action as the party grows. Place side tables casually about the yard, so guests can rest beverages and food on tables as they stop to converse with each other. Metal tables hold up well to spills and outdoor elements; and, adjustable tops can accommodate both standing and sitting guests. Next, play up the party’s theme with colourful table accessories. Don’t be afraid to to put “real” dinnerware to use. They’re stronger than plastic, paper or Styrofoam products; and, they can be re-used over and over, making them a better choice for the environment. Finally, an apron is a practical accessory – and an unexpected gift idea – for any grill-master. Just remember to choose one with a bold pattern to disguise grease stains!
Party Planning: 5 backyard entertaining tools
1. POP Coffee Cup and Saucer ($17.95) or POP Mug ($9.95) / 2. EQ3+ Marimekko Rasymatto Apron ($45.00) / 3. Mesa 4 Piece Serving Set ($49.99) / 4. EQ3+ Vitra Tip Ton Chair, shown in Mustard ($355.00) / 5. Corona End Table ($79.00)
Earth-friendly living need not be complicated.
In celebration of Earth Day, our team shares simple lifestyle choices that they’ve made to reduce their impact on the environment…
I like to use my used coffee grounds as a plant fertilizer and it is also known to be a deterrent for cats. - Alex, Graphic Designer
Grow your own herbs. They are expensive at the store and they don’t keep long. Also, the store has limited fresh herbs…can’t always find what you need. So I started growing my own! - Carla, Product Development Coordinator
My commute to work is by bike, and I carpool during the winter months. - Thom, Creative Director
Use less tupperware: Pack your salads for lunch by putting the dressing at the bottom, then the vegetables, then the lettuce. This way the lettuce doesn’t get soggy and you can dress the salad simply by lightly rotating the container. - Paul, Graphic Designer
I take an eclectic approach when styling my wardrobe and home – mixing quality, modern pieces with upcycled or repurposed vintage finds. - Amy, Social Media Associate
I have chosen to live downtown in Winnipeg’s Exchange District to be in close proximity to pretty much everything by bicycle or on foot. Something that I am keen to try out is a live compost. - Charles, Marketing Photographer
Now it’s your turn. What are your go-to tips and tricks for living with less impact?