I've always thought of Canadian furniture store EQ3 as a sort of Ikea for grown-ups. So I started doing some research on the company after seeing a post on Decor8 the other day, and wouldn't you know, that's pretty much what the founders had in mind.
EQ3 was founded by Peter Tielmann, who moved from Europe to North America in 1999 and was shocked by the lack of cool furniture options for young consumers. You can definitely see the European design influence in EQ3's delightfully affordable furniture, rugs, and other home wares. For more on EQ3 and my product picks, read more
The furniture and other products are un-boring but basic enough to fit into all types of decor; there's a great selection of lovely modern couches that won't break the bank, despite very hip silhouettes and customizable fabric options. The goods are available at EQ3 showrooms in Canada and the U.S. (check out the store locator to find one near you) and also online. To see some of my favorite pieces, click on the photos below.