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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.

    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.

    Coffee Table Buying Guide

    Coffee Table Buying Guide

    You don’t have to look far (thanks, Pinterest) to see that the coffee table is giving the fireplace mantel a run for its money in the objets d’art category. Like most furnishings, the coffee table has evolved from a strictly functional piece to a blank canvas for artful arrangements. The once reliable trifecta of flowers, trays and books are slowly giving way to succulents, glass cloche bell jars and carefully curated (even colour coordinated) art books. Whether its purpose is holding the remote or creating a personalized collection of objets, the coffee table is often centre stage so choose wisely. We’ve narrowed down four considerations when choosing the right one for your room.

    1. Style. Square, oval, rectangular, oval…the shapes are about as infinite as the finishes. What you need to look at is the preexisting shapes in your room to conform or create visual contrast.  Stylistically, if you have a lot of straight edges in the room you may want to choose a counterpoint with curves to break up the straight lines. Or if symmetry is your thing, you may want to mirror the shape and style of the other furnishings in the living room. Round coffee tables aid circulation, especially when considering a small space. If the safety of toddlers is a particular concern, a rounded table with gentle edges may be a wise selection. The EQ3 Ynes Coffee Table (above) is a bold addition to your living area with a sophisticated white or black marble top option. Comes in a more compact end table option.

    2. Function. How you use the coffee table will help inform your decision. Will it hold your treasured holiday beach finds or do you need a two-tiered shelf to pick up the stacks of children’s books lying on the floor? Inspired by midcentury design, the EQ3 Kacia Coffee Table is made from solid acacia wood and is available as a side table. The Kacia table’s throwback feel gives it a timeless appeal while its unique shape adds dimension to your living space.

    The Trivia Coffee Table by EQ3 is constructed from solid oak legs and a powder coated white or charcoal metal surface. Perfect for either modern or traditionally styled living rooms, the Trivia adds a light aesthetic to many spaces. Resistant to chipping, scratches, fading and wear than any other finish, the powder coated Trivia Coffee Table is a smart choice for the hard wearing family.

    The Real Coffee Table by Calligaris is a rectangular coffee table made entirely out of tempered glass. It has a clean, linear design adding to the airiness of a room and keeping spaces visually light. Metal bases with glass tops are another good choice to keep rooms feeling open. Tempered glass is also a clever way to show off your special area rug and want to keep views unobstructed. Keep your glass cleaner handy, though, as there is no way around fingerprints.

    The Scout Functional Coffee Table boasts a utilitarian design with a top that lifts up for living room meals and easy access to the interior storage. There is also a side drawer for even more practicality.

    3. Scale. Scale can be broken into proportion, length and height. The proportion of the coffee table needs to consider both the size of the living room and the scale of the surrounding furnishings. We don’t like a lot of rules in design, but a generally accepted rule of thumb when pairing a classic rectangular coffee table with a sofa is that the table should run from one-half to two-thirds the length of the sofa. The height of a coffee table should be no lower than 1-2 inches from the seat of your couch. The standard height for a table is 16-18 inches and pairs well with a typically sized couch. A higher sofa requires a taller table, one that is 20-21 inches in height.

    4. Small Groupings. Ideal for displaying house plants or other decorative items, the Peggy Side Table by EQ3 is a fun addition to any room in the home. To bring a modern and dynamic feel to your living room, try a collection of tables. For an interesting look, place two sets of identical nesting tables next to each other and pull out each table to expand the surface area while staggering the table tops too. If your space is wide and you have not found a table you like, place two tables next to each other and create one larger table. If you can’t commit to a full size coffee table, another option is to curate several smaller end tables as a coffee table solution.

    The Calligaris Island Tables are available in three different versions that can be used alone or together to create different heights. They are versatile tables with rounded beveled edges that give this series a distinct look. Available in four different finishes.