Marie Rose Place

Feb 20, 2015

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Inspirational women thriving in an inspirational space.

 

That was the exact vibe I got visiting Marie Rose Place, a new, affordable housing project in Winnipeg for immigrant women and their children. Next door to the centre is Holy Names House of Peace, a landing pad/safe home for single, refugee and immigrant women. Once these women are able to get on their feet, and secure work, they’ve got access to a viable housing option that offers all the basic amenities and of course, a warm community. It doesn’t hurt that it’s easy on the eyes either.

 

When EQ3 got wind of the project, we got involved by providing affordable furnishings for the building’s 40 suites and rec room.

 

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Last Friday, our photographer Charles and I were lucky enough to get a tour and learn all about the 6-story Edmonton Street apartment. Fallon Gladu, design consultant for the project acted as our guide, leading us through the bright and punchy coloured hallways where the smell of curry heavily lingered in the best way imaginable.

 

Our first stop was the main floor rec room. It’s a work in progress as the team at MRP will be adding elements of warmth to make this common area feel more like home. The intention was to create a space for all the tenats to use, where they can hang out and get to know one another a little better.

 

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Next, we visited one of the current tenant’s suites. Regina Silva and her daughter Maria Francesca warmly greeted us and welcomed us into their home.

 

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When Regina and her daughter moved in, they had all the basic building blocks in their space – a sofa, beds, lighting, a coffee table and entertainment unit all from EQ3. It was amazing to see how they personalized their space to make it uniquely theirs. Note the coloured lanterns hanging from the Six Globe Floor Lamp.

 

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And the feminine touches of pink.

 

I sat with Regina and learned a little bit more about her journey and life at Marie Rose Place, while Francesca showed Charles around their place.

 

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Suzy: Where are you from?
Regina: Manila, Phillipines.

 

Suzy: How did you end up in Winnipeg?
Regina: Ended up? Am I ending now?

(We all laughed, and I knew then I’d really like her.)

Regina: I was given a chance to live here. It’s a new challenge, but at the same time, a new opportunity for me. A new place to explore.

 

Suzy: What do you think of the cold?
Regina: Well that’s the main challenge – but I see it as an opportunity to create something. Thinking of an event to make it an attraction – outdoor sports, a fun run.

 

Suzy: What do you do?
Regina: I work at a call centre in the evenings, but during the day I’m studying business – event planning, advertising, graphics, internet marketing. My daughter wants to take up architecture. If you see her bedroom she’s really very meticulous and organized.

 

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Case in point.

 

Suzy: Where had you been living prior to Marie Rose Place and what were the conditions like?
Regina: I was living on David Street, by the Perimeter. It was a basic apartment – nothing special, but clean. But with this – it’s like I’m living in a hotel. It’s very comfortable.

 

Suzy: What was your initial reaction when you saw where you’d be living?
Regina: I didn’t expect it to be so nice and modern. It’s my dream to live in a place like this.

 

Suzy: How has your new environment impacted your daily life?
Regina: I’m more creative and more productive. And it’s accessible to everything – any place I want to go. People told me not to go downtown, but I think it’s safe. I’ve found it’s really nice. For me, I see people going into the office as early as 5 and 6. That motivates me. It’s a big difference.

 

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(Did I forget to mention the 11-foot ceilings and big windows?)

 

Suzy: What’s it like being surrounded by other women who have been in a similar situation?
Regina: I found a new family here – we help each other. Especially the single moms. We help with the schedules and especially with the kids: picking them up and sending them to the bus stop. We’re helping each other.

 

Suzy: What kind of activities do you enjoy doing at home?
Regina: Whenever we’re home, we’re cleaning, organizing things, studying, eating. My daughter loves to bake.

 

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Suzy: What does she bake?

Regina: Dark chocolate cake.

We listen to music, watch television, spend time on our laptops. I love reading business and entrepreneur magazines. I took fine arts – I used to paint and do graphics

 

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Suzy: Where’s your favourite place to spend your time in here?
Regina: The nook – I like to read, do my work, eat here. Actually, everywhere is my favourite spot.

 

Suzy: What are your next steps?
Regina: Pursue my online business, while travelling back and forth between the Philippines.

 

 

Our visit left me feeling totally inspired – Regina’s optimism was incredibly refreshing. It’s amazing how your environment can lend itself so much to that. This bright and airy, modern space continues to improve the lives of these women and keep them motivated.

 

I think I can speak for both Charles and I when I say that visit was the best start to the weekend. Hopefully hearing about it does the same for you too.

 

-Suzy

Music Library: In Love // Out of Love

Feb 13, 2015

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PLAYLIST 02.13.2014

 

In honour of Valentine’s day, here is a playlist filled with songs perfect for falling in and out of love.
I searched my depressingly (impressively?) extensive list of first date and breakup playlists (as well as those of my friends) to piece together this eclectic bunch of songs.

Hopefully some will earn a coveted spot within your own collections of love songs that can only be listened to on repeat.

 

In Love

01. I Wanna Be Adored – The Stone Roses The Stone Roses
02. Well You Better – Yo La Tengo Fade
03. The Start of Something – Voxtrot Raised By Wolves EP
04. Everyday – Vetiver Tight Knit
05. Even In the Rain – The Fiery Furnaces I’m Going Away
06. This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) – Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues
07. You and I – Wilco Wilco (The Album)
08. Sea of Love – Cat Power The Covers Record
09. Fade Into You – Mazzy Star So Tonight That I Might See
10. Baby – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti Mature Themes
11. Can’t Do Without You – Caribou Our Love

 

Out of Love

12. I Need Some Fine Wine and You, You Need to Be Nicer – The Cardigans Super Extra Gravity
13. I Don’t Want to Get Over You – The Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs
14. Lost Cause – Beck Sea Change
15. I’m Not Through With You Yet – Sloan Navy Blues
16. F*cking Boyfriend (Live) – The Bird and the Bee Live At the Palms EP (E)
17. Paper Bag – Fiona Apple When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King…
18. Working Titles – Damien Jurado Maraqopa
19. Meaningless – The Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs
20. Hellhole Ratrace – Girls Album
21. Hounds of Love – Kate Bush Hounds of Love
22. We Belong Together – Mariah Carey The Emancipation of Mimi

 

Cinnamon Heart Soda

Feb 11, 2015

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Cinnamon Heart Soda is surprisingly refreshing and easy to make. All you have to do is make a simple syrup using cinnamon heart candies! Add the following ingredients to a small pot and bring to a simmer while whisking on the stovetop.

 

– ¼ cup of sugar
– Heaping ¼ cup of cinnamon heart candies
– ½ cup of water

 

The cinnamon heart candies will dissolve almost completely. Pour the syrup in a bowl or container and place it in the fridge without a lid to cool. There is no need to strain the syrup, as you pour it, any pieces of the candies should remain at the bottom of the pot.

 

Once your syrup is cooled you can mix the drink. In a glass, add the following:

 

– Ice cubes (we froze one cinnamon heart candy in each ice cube for extra flavour and to make the cubes red)
– 1oz cinnamon heart syrup (add more to taste if you like it sweeter)
– 1oz vodka
– The juice of one lemon wedge

 

Stir the ingredients together and top it all off with soda. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Cards

Feb 6, 2015

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Your sweetie deserves a little recognition this Valentine’s Day. Show them how much you care with one of our free printable Valentine’s day cards. All are available for download below.

 

Instructions:

1. Chose your favourite card(s)

2. Load 8.5″ x 11″ card stock into your printer and print based on the instructions and specifications of your printer

3. Cut on the solid line

4. Fold on the dashed line

5. Mail or pass along to your friends or that special someone!

 

Fits envelope size: 5 1/2 Bar (4 3/8″ x 5 3/4″)

 

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Freebie: Desktop Wallpaper – February

Feb 2, 2015

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This month I’ve illustrated my living room, featuring Alan the cat, as well as EQ3’s Reverie Sofa, the Reclaimed Teak Coffee Table (customized with hairpin legs I bought online), Simone End Table, Taaj End Table, and the Solid Teak Rectangle Stool. From our EQ3+ line is Herman Miller’s Eames® Molded Plywood Lounge Chair and the Eames® Molded Plastic Armchair with rocker base. The pillow is by Finnish Textile company and Marimekko, which is also part of the EQ3+ product line. The artwork featured are representations of pieces by Tim Lahan and Rifle Paper Co.

 

3840 × 2400  |  2560 × 1440  |  1920 × 1200  |  1680 × 1051  |  1440 × 900  |  1280 × 800
iPhone 5 (s)  |  iPhone 6  |  iPhone 6 plus  |  iPad

 

Note: This wallpaper is intended for personal use only. Download it, enjoy it and share it with your friends! However, commercial use and distribution of this wallpaper for profit is strictly prohibited. Thanks for your cooperation.

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