How to: Set the table for Spring

Mar 16, 2016

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To celebrate the official start of spring, and hopefully a renewed will to entertain, we bring you a quick guide that outlines how to set your dining table. We understand it can be hard to keep it casual, but simple is best when it comes to setting your table for guests – no ornamental gourds, no unnecessary table runners and enough space between plates to pass the wine.


Step 1 – Start Fresh!


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Setting the table for spring is about texture, materiality and natural elements. Don’t cover up your table top, instead start with a clean slate like our Reclaimed Teak Kendall top.

Step 2 – Bring the outside in!

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Flowers and foliage are essential to ground your table setting. We tend to choose arrangements that are subtle and leafy like the one pictured, artfully arranged by Kyla from Academy Florists.

Step 3 – Start to Layer

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Add fabric napkins, like our Acre collection and a patterned ceramic plate. Something classic, like Marimekko prints, work best.

Step 4 – Make it personal!

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Round out your table arrangement with personalized place settings. Your guests will love the hand-touched element and best of all, you get to control the seating plan!

5 – Set your table!

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Set your table with enough flatware for each course and a separate water and wine glass. Don’t forget to pair your glassware with the drinks you will be serving – champagne flutes for mimosas, highballs for mojitos.

6 – Add texture and height!

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Introducing a secondary texture and/or height to your place setting is important! Always think about visual hierarchy and separation – something as simple as adding a tray for coffee or a board for bread and cheese will result in a much more sophisticated table setting.

7 – Let there be light!

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Aside from their obvious functional qualities, candles create ambience and make any table feel instantaneously more intimate. These Assembly candle holders, were inspired by the evolving typology of the candle holder – from functional to ornamental. Take advantage of the ornament.

Setting the table doesn’t need to be as hard as Pinterest makes it look – minimal over opulence almost always wins.

Want to know how to do more? Keep checking back as all through spring we will bring you our take on how to overcome everything from arranging a charcuterie board to organizing your closet.

Ottawa City Guide

Mar 8, 2016

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Best pizza: Anthony’s
Anthony’s is home to the best pizza in Ottawa, hands down. Simple and authentic, pizzas are made fresh to order in a wood-fired oven and dressed with quality ingredients. At the moment, Anthony’s in Hintonburg is the only location, but a Glebe location is opening soon on Bank street.


Photo via Yelp


Best date spot: Town
This little Elgin street hotspot is the best date spot in town. The menu, made up of smaller plates and hearty mains, is casual, hearty and great for sharing. The tap is everchanging with a great selection of local beer and the cocktails are crafted with love. Reservations are highly recommended as Town is always bustling no matter the day. Grab a seat at the bar, order a bottle of wine and share a few plates (try the meatballs!) with the one you love.


Photo via Facebook


Best outdoor market: Lansdowne Market
Lansdowne Market in the Glebe is by far the city’s largest farmer’s market. Hosted outdoors in the warmer months and in the Aberdeen pavillion during the winter, Lansdowne market hosts over 100 local vendors. You can find Ontario-grown produce and meats, as well as artisinal cheeses, food products and goods.


Photo via Centretown blog


Best running route: The canal
The Rideau canal is the oldest operating canal in North America, and is one of the most visited tourist spots in Canada. Its scenic views provide a beautiful running route with many green spaces to stop for a picnic or short break.


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Best coffee shop: Bridgehead
With 15 locations in the city, Ottawa-grown Bridgehead boasts fairly-traded, organic coffee beans, artfully-crafted beverages and killer baked goods. They source locally grown produce, meat and dairy for their menu and even make their own kombucha.


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Best brunch: Edgar
Located in Gatineau, Edgar is a tiny cafe with a lot of heart. Chef and owner Marysol Foucault offers a gourmand-friendly menu that will satisfy meat lovers and sweet tooths alike. Edgar is a cafe during the week, offering lunch specials and a rotating take-home meal selection. On weekends, loyal brunch-goers line up outside the 10-seat restaurant for one of a kind brunch offerings, including the salty and sweet pancake creation known as the Dutch Baby.


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Best architectural building: National Gallery of Canada
Designed by Moshe Safdie in 1988, the National Gallery of Canada is architecturally stunning. Centrally located in the heart of downtown, the gallery is home to indoor and outdoor gardens, a 30-foot tall bronze spider sculpture, as well as one of the best views overlooking the city and neighboring Gatineau.


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Best music venue: Ritual Nightclub
Ritual is a two-floor venue unlike any other in Ottawa. The venue’s size allows for ultra-intimate concerts, while the basement nightclub brings in a large weekend crowd. I’ve seen many a memorable show here, ranging from St. Vincent to Post Malone.


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Best cocktail bar: Union Local 613
Union Local 613 is a welcome addition to the Ottawa restauraut scene and is my favorite watering hole. A hidden speakeasy, accessible through a bookshelf in the basement, is home to some of the best bartenders in town. The creative cocktail list is updated regularly, but I usually stick to what I know – they make a mean Negroni.


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Best patio: Murray Street Kitchen
This Byward Market gem is home to the best, most secluded patio in the city. The patio, found in the restaurant’s backyard, is surrounded by lush greenery and trees. It’s the perfect spot for a lazy summer day brunch, or a happy hour pint and charcuterie plate.


photo via Insiders Ottawa

Words by Chanelle Foisy, EQ3 Ottawa

Designer Bio: Matthew Kroeker

Jan 31, 2016

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Matthew Kroeker

Matthew Kroeker is an independent industrial designer based in Winnipeg, and is the creative director and co-founder of Top & Derby, an upstart manufacturer of thoughtful and stylish home healthcare products. He’s a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and his work has been exhibited in New York and Milan. He’s been published in prominent international publications including The New York Times, Interni and Fast Company, and has earned numerous awards including a 2014 IDEA award for the Chatfield walking cane.


Designer Bio: Dylan McKinnon

Jan 25, 2016

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Dylan McKinnon
Dylan McKinnon trained in Montreal as a cabinetmaker before moving to Toronto, where he obtained an advanced diploma in furniture design at Sheridan’s Crafts and Design program. He has worked as an industrial designer for Yabu Pushelberg and as a studio assistant to Heidi Earnshaw, and has shown in Montreal, Toronto, and Winnipeg. In 2014, he was included in a survey of post-war and contemporary Canadian design at Toronto’s Design Exchange.


Designer Bio: MSDS

Jan 18, 2016

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MSDS Studios
Toronto’s MSDS Studios believes that furniture should act as a stimulating and intimate interface between human and building. Their work synthesizes considerations of material, form, space and brier into resolved works of interior, furniture and lighting design. Their Rack creation was inspired by a simple structure glimpsed in the 1953 film Tokyo Story, by Yasujiro Ozu.


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