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    Five Tips For Choosing a Dining Table

    A dining table is the hub of the home, a gathering place for family and friends. It is also a significant purchase that you hope will last a lifetime. The best dining table purchase will be one that is affordable, solidly constructed with a timeless style and the right fit for your space. Consider these five tips when purchasing your dining room table:

    1. Affordability and Timelessness. Trends are perfect for accessories but not major purchases like dining tables. Keep it simple, within your budget and avoid jumping on the latest trend. Omnia XL Dining Table by Calligaris has clean lines and a timeless appeal. Omnia is a functional rectangular table that can seat up to 10 people comfortably, features wooden legs and your choice of glass, wood or ceramic-stone top.

    2. Stability and Construction. If you want your dining table to last through years of children, homework and dinner party wear and tear, choose a table made from hardwood, such as mahogany, walnut, oak or teak. Tables made from engineered or composite woods, which include plywoods and MDF, are durable and economical but are never as strong as hardwood. Solid wood is durable and easy to repair. Wood expands and contracts with heat and humidity and can show scratches and wear, but is considerably easy to care for.

    Designed by Calligaris, the Jungle Dining Table is an inspiring artful approach to design. With a walnut top and base, the Jungle table is characterized by two striking, intertwined wooden bases depicting tree branches. Designed by west coast designer, Shawn Place, the Place Dining Table from EQ3 enjoys a glass-top with durable oak or ash legs. Quality craftsmanship and striking form define this contemporary dining table. Glass dining tables are sturdy and provide a reflective surface while bringing a visual lightness to a room. Today’s versions are made with tempered safety glass, which means the glass resists scratches and heat and won’t shatter if knocked.

     

    3. Fit. Consider the dining table's visual weight and account for space around it for chairs and comfort. The Echo Dining Table by Calligaris is a modern extendable dining table with a sleek design. It features a Calligaris-patented automatic system that lifts up the side extension leaves and aligns them with the glass top in two easy steps. The pedestal base offers top comfort for up to 10 people. A timeless marble top is always a showstopper.

    4. Shape. Settle on a shape that will work in your dining room. Round tables are great in compact areas and eat-in kitchens that have square dining zones. The Vortex Dining Table by Calligaris offers a glass or ceramic top that marries beautifully with the metal base and is secured to the frame by three circular steel plates. The design of the Vortex table provides flexible seating.

    5. Seats. How many people do you need to seat on a regular basis? Simply put, buy a table that responds to your everyday needs rather than the exception. To accommodate compact spaces, EQ3 has created the Mesa Round Dinette Table. Designed by German design team, 45 Kilo, the Mesa table has modern appeal with a sleek white or black marble top or oak top option.

    Floor Lamps We Love

    Floor Lamps We Love

    Lighting rules are simple. Depending on the size of the room, you need at least two or three light sources to create the right mood. You want your lighting to cast an incandescent glow over the room to create an inviting, cozy feel. Think Hygge, Danish concept and 2017 buzzword. Of course, always choose furniture wisely but remember that lighting sets the tone for the entire room, so the more options you have the more versatile your room becomes. Depending on the style of your room, table lamps on end tables can add bulk to a room, especially in small spaces. Floor lamps are a great way to create warmth while keeping tighter spaces visually weightless. Kaslo Floor Lamp by EQ3 (above) is versatile for a contemporary or traditionally styled room.Go bold with statement floor lamps that can now replace hanging pendants in dining rooms — like this Cast Floor Lamp with a solid marble base by EQ3. If your living area doesn't have overhead lighting, floor lamps will do the trick. The Cast Floor Lamp can articulate and telescope, so you can adjust the light to shine where you need it.In spacious open plan living areas, floor lamps not only illuminate the space but can be statement pieces that ground an area. The Martian Floor Lamp by EQ3 brings a retro feel with five arms to adjust for versatility. The sturdy marble base and chrome stem fits well into contemporary spaces and can be used in almost any room.

     

    The showstopping Pom Pom Floor Lamp by Calligaris makes a bold statement without overwhelming the room. Inspired by botanical studies of exotic plants, the glass shades naturally and harmoniously extend from the frame, creating a piece that is sinuous and smooth. The finish on the glass softens the lamp, creating a warm, inviting feel. The cement and resin base is sturdy and fits in a contemporary space.Tripod floor lamps offer a unique architectural quality like EQ3's Axle Floor Lamp that offers a black or white fabric shade paired with a pinewood and metal base to provide a natural organic feel.

     

    Reverie Sofa by EQ3

    Reverie Sofa by EQ3

    Small space living can pose unique design challenges but it doesn’t have to mean sacrificing on style. In fact, small space design is about getting creative with your home and creating optical illusions with furnishings, colour, mirrors and natural light. EQ3 has been designing modern and affordable furniture for almost twenty years to meet the evolving needs of urban living. They understand that living areas are getting smaller and need not be defined by bulky sectionals and matching lounge chairs. Enter EQ3's classic midcentury modern sofa, the Reverie Apartment Sofa

    Perfectly tailored with button-tufted seating and back, this collection is available in fabric or leather with tapered wooden legs. Classic Sahara leather brings a warm sophisticated midcentury feel to any room while the Jet Ash fabric enjoys a classic midcentury vibe. Add the extended seat to the apartment sofa and use as an ottoman or additional seating. And one of the best features, the sofa is made in Canada and can be ordered online. Ships within 4-6 weeks.

     

     

    Styling Tips For Your Small Space

    Styling Tips For Your Small Space

    Small space living doesn’t mean sacrificing on style. In fact, it’s about getting creative with space and playing with colour, shape andaccessories to create illusions. Pint-sized spaces favour cost, efficiency, environment and lifestyle over square-footage. A decade ago, small space living almost exclusively referred to loft living, but today petite spaces come in many different forms: micro-condominiums, tiny houses, studio apartments, guest accommodations and increasingly, live/work spaces. Encouraging us to rethink our needs and wants, small spaces pose unique design challenges. From creating optical illusions to clever storage solutions, consider these design-wise tips to make the most of your less than large space.


    Think multifunctional.

    Most pieces in your small space should have more than one purpose. Double-duty furniture is a must and can provide clever solutions for those exceptions to your lifestyle like holiday dinners and overnight guests. Desks that become dining tables, sofas with hidden beds, banquettes that contain storage….think outside the box to find space-saving solutions. Smart storage is key.

    Create optical illusions with colour choices, mirrors and natural light. Neutral palettes will create a more airy and spacious feel while adding mirrors will reflect light around the room. Keep sofas off the floor and let the legs shine. Pull furniture a few inches from the wall (if you can spare the space) to avoid a cramped look with furniture pushed against perimeter walls. 

    Floating and open shelves are less imposing than heavy bookcases and keep sight lines open. EQ3 offers a multitude of options for the modern dweller in a small space. 

    Forego bulky media centres in compact spaces and bring dead space back to life with personal items like books and tropical plants for an inviting feel. The jury is still out on sofa size in small quarters. Depending on how you will use your space, sofa size can make or break your room’s design. A bold jewel-toned sofa can dominate the space but also be the showstopper piece the space needs. The choice is up to you.

    How to Choose the Right Leather For Your Sofa

    How to Choose the Right Leather For Your Sofa

    Leather is a beautiful, natural material that makes us all feel luxurious and comfortable. 100% top-grain leathers are best for furniture because they ensure a durable high quality leather that is made to last. With all of the options available, it can be difficult to choose the one that is your perfect mix of quality, durability and luxury. Since leather is such a versatile material, you are sure to find one that suits your space and lifestyle.
    We are here to break down the types of leather and help you make an informed decision that you won’t regret! Top-grain leather can be categorized into three types: Finished, Semi-Aniline and Aniline.

    Finished Leather

    Finished leathers are great for everyday wear and tear. With a polymer coating, it is a fantastic choice for heavy traffic areas, especially with kids and pets. All of our finished leathers are smooth the touch with natural markings of the hide erased to maintain a solid, uniform colour and texture. Finished leather can also be embossed with a uniform grain to supply a natural look. Made to withstand a busy lifestyle, spills and dirt wipe up with ease!

    Semi-Aniline Leather

    Similar to finished leather, semi-aniline leather has a slight protective top coat added to protect from spills and staining. However, this leather will feature some characteristics of the natural hide as the leather as not been corrected like finished leather. Semi-aniline leather is great for those who love the look of a natural leather but would like the added protection. With a similar feel to a soft fabric, semi-aniline leather is warm and inviting. Regular conditioning of the leather is key to maintaining supple leather that will not dry out. We suggest conditioning every 12 to 18 months.

    Aniline Leather

    Also known as “nubuck”, or “nude” leather, aniline leather – the most natural form of leather – has a velvety nap on the surface and retains much of the natural markings of the hide. These leathers are not finished on the top, providing a luxurious leather that will age beautifully over time. Since there is no protective coating on aniline leather, the leather will develop a natural patina as you use your sofa, giving each piece its own unique rustic look and feel.