10 Questions with Arren Williams

Aug 14, 2014

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Here at EQ3, we’ve decided to change it up! Each new interview will pose questions which we hope reveal something interesting or quirky about someone we admire. This month we’re featuring Arren Williams, the Creative Director, Home at Hudson’s Bay. (You can also shop EQ3 galleries at The Bay!) We’re aiming to inspire whether that takes form through food, books, travel, etc.. Questions and answers will be kept brief and each new interview will include a photograph taken by our feature someone!

 

View from Arren's desk, including a fresh espresso!

View from Arren’s desk, including a fresh espresso!

 

EQ3  What is your current obsession?

 

ARREN WILLIAMS  I live my life constantly design obsessed, but right now I’m very into craft beer, and always enjoy hunting down a local brew whenever I travel.

 

 

EQ3  What has been your drink of choice this summer?

 

AW  Other than beer, I have a bit of a thing for ice cold dry rosé.

 

 

EQ3  What was the last meal that wowed you?

 

AW  Açorda de Marisco, eaten in a little dockside restaurant in Olhão, southern Portugal. It’s a seafood stew made with bread, and it totally blew my socks off.

 

 

EQ3  In your opinion, what is the most essential coffee table book?

 

AW  I have a vintage Terence Conran ‘The House Book’ from 1974 that came off of a very stylish aunt’s bookshelf. That’s definitely a favourite.

 

 

EQ3  One lesson that changed your outlook on design?

 

AW  Stopping worrying about what other people will think.

 

 

EQ3  A room is never complete without ____________?

 

AW  In my case, a black and white Whippet named Spot.

 

 

EQ3  If you could only see the world in three colours, what three colours would they be and why?

 

AW  That is possibly the most bizarre question I have ever been asked. To be honest, I never limit myself when it comes to colour!

 

 

EQ3  Name the most inspirational place you’ve ever travelled to or would like to travel to.

 

AW  India. I’ve been a couple of times for work, but would love the chance to travel around the country.

 

 

EQ3  What is the most played song in your music library?

 

AW  We actually have a record player at home, so the other day Haircut One Hundred’s album, Pelican West, was on repeat. It took me back to my, ahem, younger days…

 

 

EQ3  What is THE conversation piece in your own home?

 

AW  It’s probably a toss-up between a vintage clown painting on our gallery wall and our rather obnoxiously loud, and heavily patterned, sofa.

 

 

So Bad They’re Good

Aug 8, 2014

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Before all the controversy surrounding BADBADNOTGOOD and whether or not they are the “Futurists of Jazz” or “The Game Changers of Jazz“, there really hadn’t been much hype in the mainstream about jazz music. I hear jazz in all modern music and in my opinion the Toronto bred trio BBNG is not only modern but is the hype!

 

Here is a sample of their live performance I recorded at Union Sound Hall, a local venue in Winnipeg, a few days ago:

  

Simple Summer Cocktail

Aug 7, 2014

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Here’s a simple summer drink recipe that’s easy to make and only requires a cocktail shaker or a muddler. Instead of using a simple syrup of sugar and water, which needs to be brought to a simmer on the stove top, this drink uses an easy to make honey syrup. Simply boil some water in a kettle or on the stove and mix two parts honey to one part water.

 

In a cocktail shaker add:

– a hand full of ice
– 1oz honey syrup
– 1oz amber or spiced rum
– 10–12 mint leaves
– juice from half a lime

 

Shake and pour into a glass on top of fresh ice. The ice in the shaker will crush the mint to flavour the drink. I prefer to use a shaker instead of a muddler because it strains out the larger pieces of mint when you pour. Add soda water and stir to finish.

 

If you do not have a cocktail shaker, you can add the ingredients listed above, except for the ice, directly into a glass and use a muddler to crush the mint. Strain, if desired, and then add the ice and soda and stir. Enjoy!

Instagram: July 2014

Aug 1, 2014

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Here’s a roundup of some of our Instagram posts from July on @EQ3_Furniture.

Follow us at @EQ3_Furniture on Instagram for notices on promotions, new products, or for a look behind the scenes at EQ3.

 

 

 

Freebie: Printable August Planner

Aug 1, 2014

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August’s free printable planner features the fun and interactive Tai Stacker Box. Play with colours and textures to create desired configurations and colour schemes that will fit your home. Mix and match colours of frames and metal shelves and for more texture, add a marble shelf for that luxe aesthetic.

 

Click here to download and print the August Monthly Planner.

 

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Feature Image: Tai Stacker Box. (Currently available in-store. Look for it online soon!)

 

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

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