Saturday, November 8, 2014

living on the edge: the vega collection

New at Attica is the Vega dining table, bench and buffet by Nuevo Living. Made from solid seared oak with featuring a live edge, the Vega collection adds a sophisticated, modern look to any space.

The metal legs provide a mid-century flair, and combine beautifully with the rustic nature of the planked wood top.

Partner your Vega table with the Vega bench, either on one side of the table with chairs on the other side and ends, or use two benches with a chair on either end of the table.

The simple design of the three door buffet highlights the live edge feature by placing it at the bottom of the doors.

Visit Attica to find out more about the Vega collection and other Nuevo Living products.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

the making of "breaking bread": attica creates a modern art & pop culture dining room at dine by design east

Breaking Bread - a dining display by Christopher Joyce and Suzanne Saul from Attica for Dine By Design East 2014
It's hard to believe that after all of these months of planning another Dine By Design East (DBDE) has just finished! This year marked the second annual DBDE, presented by East Coast Living Magazine. As co-founder with the magazine and Halifax decorator, Jonathan Legate, it's very gratifying to see the close of another successful event, which brought together so many talented designers and chefs, and so many wonderful volunteers. Our combined efforts mean that we're able to help send more design students to study at NSCAD University through the Amber Harkins Memorial Scholarship Fund.

We thought for our booth display that as we're NSCAD graduates, and because we're creating a dining room environment that helps to send someone to NSCAD, our intent would be to immerse the diner in modern art and pop culture. One wall is a tribute to Roy Lichtenstein, the other Andy Warhol, and the floor plays homage to Jackson Pollock. The wall made of burnt toast features Miley Cyrus, who is a current pop culture icon.

The back wall we dedicated to Andy Warhol, and instead of the 32 Campbell Soup cans he first exhibited, we decided to use 18 canvases to allow some breathing space as we had two large murals on the flanking walls. For fun, we made up our own names for the soup with Canadian East Coast themes, like "Cream of Fiddlehead", "Acadian Chicken Fricot", "Mussel Bouillabaisse" and "Moose Stew". 

Our most time-consuming project was to create an 8x10 mural inspired by pop artist Roy Lichenstein, who was known for his high impact, iconic graphics, and whose work often parodied comic book imagery. While his finished pieces look simple, we didn't really realize what we were in for! The most challenging aspect was producing the dot pattern. We experimented with spray painting and rolling paint over a template, but had problems with bleeding. All that was left for us to do was to roll up our sleeves and apply one dot at a time! Needless to say, it took many, many hours to do.

I must say that we were having many moments of anxiety working on this large mural. We were so worried that the woman in the mural was going to look like she had a bad sunburn, as we were unsure of the scale that we had chosen for the red dots of her skin. 

It wasn't until the black paint was applied that we were able to relax, as it seemed to magically tone down the redness of her skin. What a relief! For the text, we changed the original to say, "Oh, Jeff...I love it, too,'s not local".

 Next came the Miley Cyrus toast wall. My mom kindly helped us by spending eight hours drying out the bread in the oven and laying it out on tables to dry. Gluing the bread to panels was more difficult than we thought, as many of the pieces broke and had to be replaced. Also, some of the bread slices were a little squished so they were unusable.

Chris used a small blow torch for the fine shading on the face. With just a couple of days before setting up our booth display, and with still much to do, there wasn't much room for error!

Lastly, we were on to our Pollock inspired floor. With seven colours, and four and a half gallons later, the drip painted floor was done. We were skeptical, however, that the paint would be dry in time to set up our booth display.

Although we still think we need a few days more to recover from the intensity of it all, we had such a great experience. When we create an environment, we like to feel connected to it, and one of the best ways we know how is through having real art in the space, combined with great design!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

from coffee table to dining table

Multifunction furniture is becoming more popular than ever, as many of us are moving to smaller homes and condos. Maximizing space while retaining functionality is what it's all about, and at Attica we have a number of furniture pieces that let you make the most out of your space.

A great example of this are the flexible coffee tables designed and made by Italian manufacturer Calligaris. With a touch of a button you can raise your table from coffee table height to dining table height in a matter of seconds. Some of these tables will seat up to six people.

Eleven height adjustable, expandable glass coffee table

Eleven height adjustable, expandable glass coffee table

Mascotte height adjustable, expandable wood coffee table

Mascotte height adjustable, expandable wood coffee table

Mascotte height adjustable, expandable wood coffee table

Mascotte height adjustable, expandable wood coffee table

Flexy height adjustable, expandable wood coffee table
Dakota Eleven height adjustable, expandable glass coffee table

Magic J height adjustable, expandable wood coffee table
Shown here are some of the versatile coffee table options from Calligaris. Visit us to find the perfect Calligaris coffee table for your home.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

new dining tables & chairs from eq3

The design team at EQ3 has been busier than ever, and are rolling out so many great new introductions. The latest dining pieces are constructed with natural materials like solid wood, raw marble and soft linen. The new designs have a warm and comfortable feel, making them versatile and easy to personalize. Paired with the right accessories, these pieces fit into a city condo and modern cottage, alike.

The Farmhouse dining table features solid white oak construction and rustic details that are reminiscent of the traditional country table. Clean lines keep the look modern, while irregularities in the wood enhance the table’s natural appeal.
The Frances Chair is one of EQ3′s most comfortable dining chairs, thanks to a curved back rest and soft linen upholstery. Solid oak legs lend a rustic and wholesome feel to the design.

The Kendall dining table gives traditional dining an updated aesthetic with modernized proportions and a solid reclaimed teak top. Each top is one of a kind and features natural variations in colour and pattern. Two size options offer flexibility to accommodate any home or budget.

The Len dining chair features a solid ash frame with molded back rest and grey upholstered seat.

The Lyla side chair and arm chair boast a charming, classic design that’s perfect for dining and occasional use. The chair is constructed of rubberwood, and comes in two styles (side chair and arm chair) and four colour options (red, white, grey wash and black) for added personality.

The Mesa dinette table, designed by Berlin-based studio 45 Kilo, combines a simple profile with modern details and quality materials. The table’s round solid marble top and unique iron sheet metal legs maximize seating – perfect for small-spaced apartments and condos.

Visit us to find out more about these and other products from EQ3 at our 4-storey downtown location at 1566 Barrington Street.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

save on our mid-century inspired eiffel chairs

With a choice of twenty-two different colours, and four different base styles, you can mix and match have fun choosing which Eiffel chairs are going to brighten up your space! Clear acrylic and wire mesh seats are not included in this promotion.

To order, visit us in the store, or order online here:

Friday, March 7, 2014

bdi home theatre event: save $200 from march 7-23, 2014

The home theatre has become an important part of everyday life. It’s where many hours are spent as family and friends come together for entertainment and relaxation. BDI home theatre cabinets and TV stands merge innovative engineering and original design to seamlessly integrate today’s technology, making the home theatre feel more like home. From the family room to the living room to the bedroom, there’s a BDI solution for any setting.

From now until March 23, 2014, save $200 on any BDI home theatre cabinet. Take a look here at just some of the many options available:

cavo 2

eras 1

marina 1

revo 2
semblance 10

signal 2
corridor 2

Sunday, February 9, 2014

trouble sleeping? world renowned sleep expert visiting feb. 17th

Monday, February 17th, leading British sleep expert Dr. Neil Stanley will be presenting “Sleep and Your Health”. This presentation is part of a North American sleep seminar series presented by luxury British bed maker Vi-Spring. The free lunch seminar will be from 12:00 to 1:30 at Attica’s downtown Halifax location at 1566 Barrington St.

The fact that good sleep is critical for our general health and well-being is scientifically proven. Despite this, sleep is not treated by healthcare professionals to the same degree that diet and exercise are addressed. “Getting enough sleep is vital for physical, mental and emotional health,” states Dr. Neil Stanley. “Yet when it comes to feeling good and looking good, the importance of sleep is often overlooked.”

Dr. Stanley continues, “Sleep is the missing side of the ‘well-being triangle’, which stresses that we should eat healthily, exercise regularly and, last but not least, sleep soundly. Today we have very targeted campaigns to tackle obesity and heart disease through healthy eating and exercise.” Dr. Stanley feels that instead the focus is on prevention rather than cure. “The same focus is now needed for sleep, because poor sleep can be linked to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity; greater risk of accidents; lack of motivation and alertness at work; and mood swings, irritability and depression. It also has a negative impact on relationships and overall happiness.”

In his seminar, “Sleep and Your Health”, Dr. Stanley will define and discuss the stages of sleep, the benefits it provides to living well, the problems caused by lack of sleep, and strategies to sleep better.

“Sleep and Your Health” is a free-seminar. Seating is limited, so anyone wishing to attend should RSVP to

About Neil Stanley
Dr. Neil Stanley is a leading U.K. sleep expert who has been involved in sleep research for over 30 years, starting his career at the Neurosciences Division of the R.A.F. Institute of Aviation Medicine. In early 1990s he moved to the Human Psychopharmacology Research Unit, part of the University of Surrey, where as Director of Sleep Research he created and ran a 24 bed Phase I sleep lab. He is past Chairman of the British Sleep Society (2000-2004) and a member of the European Sleep Research Society; the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the European Society of Sleep Technologists. From 2004 to 2008 he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Assembly of National Sleep societies and through that is co-author of the Guidelines for accreditation of Sleep Medicine Centres and Sleep Medicine Education in Europe. He has published 35 peer-review papers on various aspects of sleep research and psychopharmacology and is widely quoted by the media as a sleep expert.