These unprecedented times have left many people facing unimaginable hardship. At Moe’s Home Collection, we want to do what we can to help. As a family-run firm that holds people at the heart of our business, being an active member of our local community has always been important to us.
Food for thought
Food Banks Canada has reported a 20 percent increase in demand across the country. Food is a basic human need that everyone should have access to. Sadly, as the coronavirus outbreak continues to force businesses to close and lay off employees, many people are struggling to feed themselves and their families.
That’s why Moe’s Home Collection pledged 10% of sales during our April campaign to Greater Vancouver Food Bank, enabling us to donate food to hundreds of families in need in our community.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Greater Vancouver Food Bank has made four of their five food distribution locations significantly larger and have extended their hours of service, in order to meet the growing demand. We’re pleased that our donation has allowed more people to access the healthy food they need and deserve.
A home from home
Another way in which we’ve been able to support our local community is by donating furniture to St Paul’s hospital in Vancouver. Providence Health Care staff are working around the clock and are sometimes unable to get back home between their shifts. We wanted to show our gratitude to these frontline health workers who are putting themselves at risk to fight the pandemic.
With the help of Patty Yoon (Patient Care Manager in the Mental Health Program) and Jen Duff (Acting Program Director of Maternity & NICU), we were able to donate Moe’s Home Collection products to transform the comfort and visual appeal of six physician call rooms, the nursing station, patient lounge and other spaces. This includes comfortable new beds, stylish desks, lamps, side tables and artworks to brighten up the interiors. The positive feedback from PHC staff has made our day.
“With kids at home, I can’t go back and forth between the hospital and home while a patient labours. A comfortable space at the hospital to work and sleep gives me and my family so much peace of mind,” says Dr. Donna McLachlan, Head of Obstetrics for Family Practice, SPH.
“The obstetrics senior call room is so welcoming now – and it’s much better for organizing our textbooks, scrubs, and everything else needed by busy residents who often spend more time at the hospital than at home,” says Dr. Heather Armstrong, PGY4 UBC Obstetrics & Gynaecology.
“Honestly, our call room looks like a nice hotel,” says Dr. Judy Wolfe, Medical Program Director, Paediatrics.
Knowing that we’ve been able to improve the working days (and nights) of these essential healthcare workers, even in some small way, brings us great comfort. It’s these moments of positivity that keep a smile on our face and keep us going through these challenging times.
With the coronavirus forcing businesses to close their physical doors, companies like ours are finding creative ways to keep sales and spirits up.
We’re sure you’ll agree, it’s been a strange and (at times) scary few weeks. Being an independent business at this time comes with its own set of challenges. But, as a family-owned company that survived the 2008 recession, Moe’s Home Collection is made of strong stuff. “The recession was a very difficult time for us, but as a result we were better prepared when this pandemic arrived,” says Sara Samieian, our President of Retail. “We were able to get on the front foot and adapt the business quickly.”
It was with a heavy heart that we closed the doors to our showrooms in March. In a matter of days, we shifted to a full-scale working from home operation for our office staff and launched a virtual one-on-one design consultation service to stay connected with our customers.
When our seasonal trade show event was cancelled, we knew that we needed an alternative way of showcasing our new products to our industry clients. That’s where the idea for our first ever digital market was born. With our entire team working remotely, we launched an innovative digital platform that allows clients to virtually explore the showroom and watch short videos about the materials, design and craftsmanship that goes into each and every piece.
“Moe’s Digital Market has been hugely successful and we were the first in our industry to do something like this,” explains Sara. “I’m really proud of the whole team for pulling this together so quickly.”
As well as coming up with innovative ways to maintain sales, it’s essential to maintain optimism at this time. The pandemic may be causing physical distance between us, but it has also brought people together in unprecedented ways. After all, we’re all in this together.
We’re sure that, like us, many of you have felt moved by the heroic effort of frontline healthcare workers around the world. Here in Vancouver, the daily 7pm applause – when the whole neighbourhood comes together to bang their pots and show their heartfelt appreciation for these essential workers – is an uplifting example of how community spirit is more important and prevalent now than ever.
As a family-run business, community has always been important to us and we want to help out however we can. We’re grateful to have been able to donate furniture to our local hospital, St Paul’s in Vancouver, for the staff lounges and rest areas. Knowing that the doctors and nurses, who are working tirelessly round the clock, have a comfortable place to relax during their breaks brings us great comfort. We also created an initiative to donate 10% of all sales toward the Greater Vancouver Food Bank to aid in feeding those who are most at need.
One of our founder Moe Samieian Sr’s favorite sayings is: “the strength of any company lies within its people.” This feels more relevant now than ever. It’s the unwavering determination of our talented team, the entrepreneurial spirit of our licensees and the will of the people to support independent businesses, that will see us come out of the other side of this crisis even more resilient and versatile than before. With hope and optimism from our family to yours; we look forward to seeing you there.
Moe’s Ambassador Morgan Browne speaks on real estate, balancing family life, and what really makes a house a homeFebruary 5, 2020
Morgan Browne is a realtor, mother, and business-woman who has transformed Vancouver’s real estate community from a competitive market to a communal lifestyle brand. As a President and Co-founder of Oakwyn Realty, one of the top 1% of realtors in Vancouver, and a six-time Medallion Club member, Morgan is a key player in Vancouver’s business market.
On top of her professional duties, Morgan is a wife, mother, and a dedicated member of her community. We sat down with Morgan to see how she manages her success, family, and how she finds fun in her professional life.
Can you tell us a bit about your experience being a woman in the business world? How does that look and feel in real estate specifically?
As a female in real estate, it can be difficult to see yourself rising to the top. There is a very small percentage of agents that are in the top tier of the industry and not even half of the agents in the top 1% are women. That has nothing to do with women’s ability to sell, but it has a lot to do with the industry and how it has historically been run.
That’s why we put on the Women Of Oakwyn event every year and why I mentor a number of women realtors. WOO was created to celebrate the success of our female agents and to give them a space to share inspiration, technique, and to be awarded recognition. We need to start making changes if we want to reach true equality and I want to be a part of that change.
Being an entrepreneur is a stressful and time-consuming job. How do you balance your professional life with your personal life?
It’s very important to have a lot of personal and professional balance in life. I think it really does create success and it allows you to be all that you can be.
Being a female entrepreneur, this can certainly be difficult. On top of my hectic work schedule, I am also a mother, a wife, and a homemaker. I am blessed and thankful because I can provide for my family, but there is a side that is challenging because you never want your work life to compete with your family life. The biggest challenge for me is creating harmony between both.
It really helps that I love what I do! I am a big believer that the world needs everyone and that everyone’s gift is special. I balance my life with a really strong partner and the mindfulness to take some time out for myself. I think teamwork is the best recipe for success and I bring that thought into my home as well as my professional life.
What are some of the different ways that you have incorporated Moe’s furniture into your life?
I have three couches from Moe’s in my home and each one plays an important role in my family life. Whether I’m cozying up with my husband after a long day or playing with my son in the family room, those pieces make our home something that we can enjoy together.
We also use a lot of pieces from Moe’s at our Oakwyn offices. Real estate agents spend a lot of time in the office doing paperwork and managing client accounts, so we want them to feel comfortable and at home in the office. Using Moe’s furniture really brings together that family-vibe and makes the office a positive space to work in. I think that’s been a huge culture boost for us.
As a real estate agent, you must see so many houses and so many excited families. How do you feel when you walk into an empty house? And how does Moe’s help you create in a new space?
I feel very inspired by walking into an empty house. I think the first thing that comes to my mind is to create a space for people to love in. I think my creative juices start going and it’s an open palate for me to start creating something special.
When I first started my career, it was important for me to recognize how much a house was an important place for people to gather, relax, take off their shoes and just be themselves. I think a house is one thing but a home is really special– it’s somewhere you can just be yourself; your real authentic self.
What excites me about Moe’s is their customer service and the experience of shopping there. I think when I go to other furniture stores it can feel intimidating– as if only items with expensive price tags hold any value. But a home is not the money you spend, it’s the people you spend your time with. At Moe’s, there is so much variety of style, material, and price. It is not intimidating. It’s accessible. And that’s important when you’re looking to make a space comfortable.
A well-decorated house really does make a space special, it transforms a blank canvas into a home. Moe’s staff are always so welcoming and excited to create new spaces. I think that is something that I really value and a big reason that I keep going back.
What drives you to pursue leadership roles in your professional life?
I think what drives me is that I am on a mission to impact people’s futures. I really just want to help others and to be able to give as much as possible. I really believe that you should build on your strengths. My strength is collaborating and bringing people together. By leading by example I show people that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and trust in your skills.
When I bought my own home I cried because I was so happy that I would be able to create my family in it. I think about that all the time because that’s how much of an impact buying a home can have. It’s so special to get to create a space that is just your own. I really want to help people feel that. It turned out that being an entrepreneur was the best way for me to make that impact and so that’s the dream that I followed.
What advice can you give to agents who are just coming into the scene?
One piece of advice that I would give to people is don’t stop. Focus on what you’re good at. As a female, just remember that you don’t have to be everything. You just have to be you. Be your authentic self above all else– that’s what is really important.
If you’re like us, one of the best things about the holiday season is getting to entertain your family and friends in style. Nothing beats going a little overboard with decorating, busting out your best barware, and enjoying one too many rum and eggnogs with your loved ones. Get ready to sing “Deck the Halls” around your home because we’re sharing our top entertaining essentials below!
1. A holiday wreath
Nothing says “welcome, friends!” like a wreath on your front door. We love the variety of wreaths: real, fake, recycled, or homemade are only a few options for spreading holiday cheer.
2. An elevated bar cart
A dreamy marble bar cart for those chasing an elevated look this season. The Banswara bar cart is constructed from all-natural, white marble stone. Whether your guests’ holiday drink of choice is a sparkling cocktail or classic red wine, the Banswara offers several polished shelves to serve it.
3. Or, a funky bar cart
Let your inner unicorn out this Christmas with our Moonbow bar cart. With a holographic finish, two levels of tempered glass for your drinks and rotating wheels, it’s sure to be the life of the party.
4. A solid sideboard
Keep calm this season with the Xen sideboard. Cool ceramic doors complement its warm walnut veneer body. Four spacious compartments leave you plenty of space to organize your board games or hide Christmas presents!
5. A pouf or ottoman
Don’t forget one of the most important things about having guests over: extra seating! The Jazzy pouf is the ace up your sleeve; it triples as a seat, side table (simply rest a tray on top), and footrest (for that post-Turkey nap). This stylish ottoman comes in a shiny velvet chartreuse color and a thick cable-weave–the perfect addition to your holiday paradise.
6. A spill-proof sectional
Your secret weapon this season is the Clay Dream Modular Sectional. Made with LiveSmart Performance Technology Fabric, this couch is moisture-repellent and stain-resistant so no tears will be shed when someone inevitably spills their glass of wine on your seat. Bonus: there’s room for the whole family! So grab a pillow and get cozy.
7. Nesting tables
On that note, more guests mean more table space is required. Invest in the Optic nesting tables for an elegant place for guests to place their mugs or glasses down. When the party is over, you can simply store the two tables together, or separate them.
8. Cozy pillows
Wintertime calls for everything cozy. Add some lamb fur pillows to your living room for some texture and warmth. These pillows are the perfect thing to snuggle up to in front of the fireplace and they come in a variety of colors to add definition. While you’re at it, check out what else you can do to cozy up your home.
9. Hammered gold trays
Perfect for dining or coffee table arrangements, this pair of Hammered Gold Trays adds warmth and glow to your home. Decorate with fresh fruits, candles, or botanicals for a festive arrangement.
10. Chestnut bowl
There’s no need for chestnuts roasting on an open fire with the solid brass cast Global Views Chestnut Bowl. This golden piece is a charming way to serve party snacks to your guests. Just get ready to top up!
11. Board games
Long nights with your family call for board games! Go old school with games like Monopoly, Risk, and Backgammon, or branch out to modern games like Sushi Go, Coup, and Exploding Kittens. Instate a rule to turn off all electronic gadgets–board games are fun for the whole family!
12. String lights
No home decorated for the holidays is complete without some string lights. Hang from the ceiling, wrap-around banisters, drape around the fireplace, place inside clear vases–or all of the above! String lights add a magical feel to your home.
Ready to start entertaining in style? Visit Moe’s Home to find out how you can save on festive furniture and accessories this season. Black Friday deals are on now until Monday, December 2nd, 2019.
One of the best fall feelings is coming home from a crisp, dark outside into a warm, welcoming home. Cozying up your home for the fall doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money, it simply means investing in the right seasonal accessories. When it comes to creating a cozy atmosphere, the most important things are textures, scents, and lighting. Adding one or all will create the ultimate cozy home that you won’t want to leave until the spring.
Check out our favorite Moe’s Home accessories for the fall below.
Our Hunter Pillow will keep you nice and toasty this autumn. Real sheepskin makes this fuzzy pillow softer than a teddy bear. Bonus, it adds designer texture to your living space and comes in a variety of colors to mix and match.
Lamb Fur Pillow
The Lamb Fur Pillow is made from–you guessed it–lamb fur, making it luxuriously soft and warm. Its unique muted coloring and long curly tendrils also make it incredibly stylish. This rectangular piece is the perfect throw pillow for a fall look.
Cozy Feather Cushion
Snuggling up to the Cozy Feather Cushion feels like a warm hug on a cold day. It’s thick weave will add stylish texture and a comfortable look to your home.
Nothing quite ties your home together like our Alfresco Throw. Made from a cotton-polyester blend, this blanket is soft to the touch, making your movie nights and reading nooks oh-so-cozy. It also doubles as a blanket scarf if you need to step outside!
Abuela Wool Throw
If you’re looking for a thicker knit for cooler nights and rainy weekends, the Abuela Throw has you covered. Made of 100% wool, this chunky blanket will keep you warm all night long.
Expertly woven from a durable blend of fabrics, the Balboa Rug is soft and warm under your feet. Its knitted look and cool color will add a new layer of comfort to your living space.
Antler Candle Holder
Our Antler Candle Holder might be the ultimate fall accent piece. Finished with a warm antique-copper color, this piece will add warmth to your home and create a down-to-earth look. Place some candlesticks and you’re ready for a low-key candlelit night.
Mood Essential Oil
If you’re ever visited one of our showrooms, you’ll know that our Mood Essential Oil Blend is our signature scent. Made from natural white tea, thyme, and amber, this essential oil is a customer favorite. We use pure and natural ingredients that are sourced from sustainable resources throughout the world. Sprinkle a few drops into a diffuser and sink back and relax.
We love poufs because of their versatility: a seat, footstool, and table? Yes, please. But we love the Bronya Poof because of its warm texture. This oversized, cable-knit wool pouf is made with luxurious pashmina wool.
Spotted Goat Fur Pouf
Who says all fall accessories have to look the same? The Spotted Goat Fur Pouf is the perfect way to decorate your home for the fall in a unique way. This exotic-looking leopard print pouf is made from 100% goat fur.
Fall is all about layering up and snuggling up. This is accomplished by introducing warm lighting, earthy scents, and soft textures–piece by piece into your home. Once you’ve transformed your home into a cozy nest, it will be easy as pumpkin pie staying in.
Sydney Socias is a successful lifestyle blogger who, essentially, created her now-famous platform from a school project. She began her blog to fulfil a university requirement but eventually it morphed into what is now her career. Sydney uses her platform to remind us that what you see on the internet is often not a real representation of life behind the screen. Life isn’t perfect, but it is what you build it to be. She takes her own advice to heart, turning her home into a mecca with Moe’s furniture and accessories.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started in your career?
Sydney Socias: “I’ve been blogging for five years, I started in University when I did a degree in marketing that was heavily focused on social media. We were encouraged to start a blog. After graduating, I started working in a Vancouver advertising agency. Eventually, I rebranded the blog and turned it into The Working Girl. I never thought I would be able to support myself with it.”
The Working Girl
Sydney tells us she had dreams of climbing the corporate ladder and becoming a VP in the marketing industry. She initially intended her blog to be a visual portfolio following her throughout her career. It quickly morphed into a lifestyle platform with multiple directions, including home style and fashion, career tips, blogging advice, beauty, skincare, and a whole realm of other things.
Once it became profitable, Sydney left her agency career to pursue it full time.
SS: “I named it The Working Girl to use it as a visual portfolio as I went through my career. Now, it has evolved into a way of thinking, a philosophy of life, if you will. Our world today is crazy and busy — we get so many messages every single minute, it’s easy to get caught up in things like Instagram and all the noise that comes with spending time on an app. With my blog, I try to get back to the notion that you can build whatever life you want but it’s important to look within yourself and tune out the outside noise, to take every day as a new opportunity to build what you want and what you see for yourself.”
What brought you to Moe’s in the first place?
SS: “I always knew Moe’s had great pieces… After reaching out, the Moe’s team came in to meet me and I feel like the new direction they’re going in aligns really well with my brand and my aesthetic. I met with [Moe’s] a few times, saw their catalogue and where they’re looking to go. I love what they’re doing. The timing was right, the opportunity to work with them is very unique. Because of the way they’re pushing forward, I think it’s a really great fit.”
Sydney elaborates on her selective process for working with brands.
SS: “I want to have the opportunity to speak to that brand throughout my content for the whole year. For me, it’s not like “I’m going to do this with you and that’s where the buck stops” I’m much more interested in long term relationships where we can build our partnership and see where it takes us.
She also mentions that the opportunity to work with Moe’s is exceptional as the home department of her website is her number one vertical.
SS: “I like to think of my blog as an online digital magazine. Now, when I look at my numbers, home is my number one vertical and although I wouldn’t call myself an interior designer, my home has become a big part of my story.”
What do you find to be the most rewarding part of what you do?
SS: “The most rewarding part is speaking to the girls who want advice — my community is relatively small but were all like-minded. The female audience has been really supportive with reaching out. With kids now, and all this technology surrounding them, you think it would be easier but it’s almost more challenging now to make those connections.
Being able to give back to my community is great, if I’m getting perks, I want them to get perks. It’s also really rewarding having huge brands trust me with their messaging.”
Summer may be long gone but sports fans have something to look forward to this fall: football season is back! The 2019 NFL season kicked off this weekend with the Chicago Bears hosting the Green Bay Packers. This marks the 100th season of the National Football League. Whether you’re an avid supporter from the start of the season, or prefer to pop in for snacks during playoffs, we love how football season has a way of uniting family and friends alike.
Tre Flowers suits up with Moe’s Home Collection
We count ourselves lucky to style the homes of our many customers, including football cornerback Tre Flowers from the Seattle Seahawks. We recently fitted his Seattle living space to create the perfect Game Day setting. We opted for ample, comfy pieces for hanging out with his family, expansive surface areas to place drinks and munchies on, and a few accent pieces to showcase his style.
Tre Flowers sinking into the plush seats of the Clay Modular Sectional.
- The Clay Dream Modular Sectional
- The Hydra Vase
- Darkness Wall Decor
- The Nicky Throw
- The Celeste Coffee Table
- The Celeste Side Table
The Clay Modular Sectional, designed for Game Day
Our Clay Modular Sectional shines during Game Day. Its modular design allows you to watch the game any way you like: from the edge of your seat, cozied up with loved ones, or lounging on your own–there’s even room for a post-game nap! The modular form of the Clay Modular Sectional fits the unique space of your home, so that come Game Day, you’re ready.
The Clay Modular Sectional comes in three color options:
- Cream (made with 100% polyester LiveSmart fabric)
- Light gray (made with 100% polyester LiveSmart fabric)
- Dark gray (made with 100% nubuck top-grain leather)
The Clay Modular Sectional is spill-proof, so that you can keep your eyes on the screen.
Spilled salsa? Splashed beer? Popcorn crumbs? Brownie bits? Never let a mess take away from game time again. Don’t let the spotless look of the Clay Modular Sectional fool you; this sofa was designed for accidents. It comes in a moisture-repellent and stain-resistant option made from 100% polyester LiveSmart fabric. This sofa will withstand every game day splash and spill so that you can focus on what matters most: watching your team play to victory!
To celebrate the start of football season we’ve teamed up with Tre to give away two pairs of Seahawks tickets to two lucky winners. Check out our Facebook post for all of the details! Winners will be announced via our Instagram stories on Monday September 30, 2019.
Just like a sofa is the focal point of your living room, a dining table plays a huge role in your dining room. It’s the setting for countless dinner parties, late-night cram sessions, arts and crafts projects, and deep discussions. A spot where you share tea, cookies, jokes, gossip, and apologies.
With dining tables playing such a huge role in our lives, how do we find our table soulmate? When searching for the perfect dining table, keep size, shape, material, lifestyle, and style in mind.
One size does not fit all
Grab the ol’ measuring tape to find out exactly what size of table your space can fit. Make sure to factor in room for chairs, walkways, and doorways.
Small Spaces – For smaller spaces, rectangular tables work well. Because of their slim fit, they slide easily against a wall and are simple to navigate around when pulled out. Even better, a rectangular table can fit up to six guests.
Small spaces are also great for a classic round tabletop, which takes up less space because of its lack of corners.
The round shape of the Tanya Dining Table allows for easy flow in your living space.
Large Spaces – Larger spaces give you more freedom, but sometimes they can be a bit intimidating. To fill a large space, opt for a long, rectangular table that fits at least six people and has the option to extend.
Average-Sized Spaces – If your shape is neither big or small, the choice is yours! Just make sure to keep balance in mind.
Pick a shape, any shape
When it comes to shape, you have a few options to work with. Deciding on shape depends on the size of your room and what kind of lines you prefer: straight and angular, or soft and curved?
Rectangular – Rectangular tables tend to fit the most people and mimic the natural shape of a dining room.
The Malibu Dining Table offers plenty of elbow and leg space for guests.
Oval – An oval-shaped table works best in a long, rectangular room.
Round – Round tables work well in more compact rooms. They tend to create a cozier, more dynamic dining feel and are great for small group settings.
Square – Square shaped tables are great for smaller rooms that are looking to save space, as they can be pushed into a corner.
Investing in material
An important factor to consider when buying a dining table is its material and construction. A dining table is an investment and you want it to be enjoyed for years to come.
Wood – Wooden tables bring a natural, down-to-earth look to a room. Solid wood is hardy and its craftsmanship won’t disappoint you. If you’re on a budget, you can look at more affordable options such as MDF or wood veneer, which are strong contestants in look and quality.
Glass – Glass tables are a great option for smaller spaces because their transparency opens up a room. Their polished look also tends to make a space look chicer.
Marble – Marble tables are cool and refined. Their heavy nature gives a look of permanence and if they’re taken care of properly, they will be admired for years.
Lavastone – Lavastone is a natural and indestructible material. Unlike marble, it is also nonporous, which means you won’t have to stress if there’s a spill.
If you’re looking for a unique and tough material, the lava stone Sable Dining Table is for you.
Matching your lifestyle
Something else to consider when picking a dining table is your social life. How many people live in your home, and how many come and visit? First, factor in the number of members in your household. If there’s only a handful of you, something on the snug, smaller side is great for conversations over meals or work.
The marble-and-acacia Jinx Dining Table doesn’t compromise style with its comfortable, round look.
Next, consider how often you have guests over. Do you have a lot of family visit from out of town? Do you enjoy hosting game nights or dinner parties? If this is the case, you’re probably looking for something more communal, whether that be a longer table or something with the option to extend.
Matching your (excellent) style
Arguably the best part about picking furniture is matching it to the unique style of your home! While the rooms in your home don’t have to match completely, it does create a visually-appealing look of cohesion, especially when your dining room opens up to your kitchen or living room.
If you have space, you can consider going for a dining table that also works as a statement piece, such as the Bird Dining Table, which is anything but simple. Its solid oak tabletop features a live edge, giving each table its own unique design and character.
Picking the perfect dining table for your home is a lot easier when you take size, shape, lifestyle, and style into consideration to narrow down your options. At the end of the day, it’s not about the table at all, it’s about the meaningful gatherings that take place.
The Greek by Anatoli: A place where pairing Greek food with hip hop makes sense.
Everything, from the way their kitchen produces incredibly tasty food, the traditional-but-untraditional decor, and the riotous vibes that pump out of the front doors and onto the Yaletown and Gastown sidewalks every weekend speaks to the owners’ attitudes. They’re fun-loving, caring people from an energetic Greek family and they know — to say the least — how to have a great time.
We spoke with Moe’s Ambassador Iani Makris, one of the part-owners and son of Anatoli Souvlaki’s founders, Thomas Makris and Helen Babalos. He shed light on why they use Moe’s for the furniture and decor, their creative edge in the business, and his own life goals.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got involved in the industry?
Iani Makris: I was born and raised in a restaurant in North Vancouver, Anatoli Souvlaki. My parents started it the year I was born and we lived above it. I bought my father out of the business ten years ago, 5 years ago [my little brother, cousin, and I] decided to open a restaurant in Yaletown. We called it The Greek by Anatoli. Eventually, we took a shot at Gastown, too. So now we have three restaurants in Vancouver.
I’m a father of two — I delivered my second baby in the back of our car on the way to the hospital. I’m an avid hockey fan and player and I shop at Moe’s. They’ve been good to me for the 25 years I’ve known them.”
I know in the restaurant business a lot of what makes a restaurant successful is the food, but second is the environment. Tell us about the environment you created, what kind of design elements you’ve used?
IM: “We were lucky in our Yaletown and Gastown locations, there’s a lot of exposed brick which is true to both areas. Red and white isour theme, my grandmother is from Asia Minor (what is now Turkey), she’s from that area and it’s warmer, which makes sense with the red. We’ve kept that theme throughout two of the three restaurants. The sheep is also very fitting. It’s awesome, really cute.”
Here, Iani is referring to a sheep statue curated by Moe’s for The Greek. It’s a lighthearted, off-beat piece perfect for the restaurant’s fun-loving nature.
IM: “We wanted to open a restaurant where we can serve our Greek food with hip hop. A lot of inspiration comes from Mykonos — open-air bars with string lights running through the restaurant. You get that feeling when you walk in — that we cater to a fresher, younger crowd. We’re not your traditional blue and white cabana.”
What does family mean to you and how does that play a part in your career?
IM: “Growing up in a restaurant, my employees are like my family. I’ve been surrounded by family in the business as well as outside. Family is very important to us as Greeks. Have you seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding? It’s very true to Greek culture.
I was raised by my grandmother alongside my parents, so a lot of the recipes that come through this place are from her and my father.”
Iani goes on to tell us how his mother provides him with the ‘life goals’ of being as happy as her every day and to be a supportive, positive influence. She is, he describes, the entrepreneur of his family and is a strong woman and teacher. His younger brother, however, was the driving force behind getting Iani out of the kitchen, into the front-of-house and eventually owning their own place.
IM: “We have two chefs, one Cypriot and one Albanian, both trained in greek cooking. The Cypriot adds a lot of myth to our cooking, gives us a bit of an edge. So, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus and Albania — we’re a hybrid.”
The Turkish, Greek, Cypriot and Albanian influences do give The Greek a creative edge. Their food, as well as their ambience, make it a restaurant unlike any other in Vancouver. Their distinctive, homey-yet-urban vibe is, in part, created by the decor from Moe’s.
Moe’s can provide an edgy, modern look (as we’ve witnessed through Aleem Kassam’s eyes) or a warm, distinctive and fun vibe perfect for a place like The Greek. The takeaway? The pieces at Moe’s can be moulded to fit your place’s attitude.
You’ve got quite the history with Moe’s. Tell me what your relationship has been like with them?
IM: “I’m an entrepreneur and Moe Senior is quite the entrepreneur, too. I grew up with [his son] Moe Junior, we played baseball and hockey together, we had sleepovers. Now, I admire [Sarah and Moe Junior’s] business practices and hope to one day be in their position as well. Life goals.”
What’s the ambition right now?
IM: “The ambition should always be to expand and restaurants are all I know. But you should never look too far ahead — opening these three restaurants haven’t been without their challenges.”
Iani tells us he “works to live, not lives to work” — and this is obvious through his attitude, his love for his family, and the incredibly fun restaurants he’s fostered.
It’s almost September. You know what that means. Back-to-school. The beginning of autumn. Before you know it, Thanksgiving and Christmas will be right around the corner. And with the holidays comes preparation, including cleaning your furniture in time for the arrival of your guests.
Luckily, we’ve put together the ultimate furniture cleaning guide to prepare you! Read our following care guide carefully, so that your Moe’s furniture looks brand new every day.
General Care Tips & Tricks
Vacuums are your best friend – Vacuum fabric regularly using the upholstery attachment and crevice tool of your vacuum. Not only will this keep the fabric clean, but it will make it last longer because dust and dirt cause quicker wear.
On rotation – While flipping a cushion won’t make a stain disappear, regularly flipping and rotating seat cushions and back pillows distributes wear and increases the lifetime of your piece.
Fluff it – Fluff feather and down cushions frequently to keep their fluffy cloud appearance. To prevent the annoying sensation of feathers poking through the fabric, unzip the cushion cover and vacuum in between the cover and cushion using an upholstery attachment.
Smooth it – Some attached cushions may stretch or wrinkle over time with use. Recover their appearance by smoothing the fabric down and tucking it into the sides or back of the seat–just like new!
Leave it for the professionals – DIY is great, but sometimes some fabrics require a little extra TLC. Getting furniture cleaned by a professional upholstery cleaning service periodically is well worth the money.
Protection & Warnings
Use chemicals with caution – Be careful when using household cleaning products around your furniture, including fabric fresheners, as some chemicals may stain and damage natural fibers and fabrics.
Keep away completely – Keep sharp objects away from furniture if you want to avoid permanent scratches. Watch out for Velcro as well, as it can cause pulling in fabrics.
Keep it shaded – Sunbeams are great for catnaps but don’t place furniture in direct sunlight. UV rays will fade and damage fabric, leather, and wood furniture.
Nobody likes a sunburn, and that includes the Messina Leather Sofa. Place it away from direct sunlight.
Spills & Spot Cleaning
Blot – If a spill occurs, immediately blot the fabric with a clean, absorbent towel. Blot from the outside to the middle of the affected area to avoid moisture rings.
Leave it for the professionals – For best results, have stains professionally taken care of by an upholstery cleaning service.
Spot test – If you decide to spot clean on your own, please test any cleaning agents on a small inconspicuous area of the fabric first.
No need to worry about spills or spots with the Clay Sectional, which offers total barrier protection.
Pilling got you down? Don’t worry, pilling does not necessarily mean your fabric is falling apart. Pilling simply happens as a result of natural friction on a fabric surface, causing the fabric’s fibers to loosen and tangle.
The best way to beat pilling is by regularly shaving the fabric with a furniture or sweater shaver to restore the look. Over time, pilling will decrease and eventually stop completely–hurrah!
Leather is a popular fabric for furniture due to its high-quality and durability. Who doesn’t want a piece that will last a lifetime?
Wipe leather furniture down regularly with a clean, dry microfiber cloth. For stubborn patches of dust, dampen the cloth with a small amount of water. Do not let water soak into the leather. Keep a leather-specific cleaner on hand for emergency spills.
Helpful tip #1 – If a spill occurs, do not apply water or try to wash a grease spot. Over time, the grease spot should begin to blend into the leather.
Helpful tip #2 – Use a chamois or clean finger to gently buff scratches. The friction and heat from rubbing, in addition to the natural oils in your hands, will help redistribute the finish in the surrounding areas to cover the scratch.
Top-grain leather will wear with a unique worn patina over time, making the Ramsay Leather Chaise a one-of-a-kind piece for your home.
When discussing fabric care, the category includes the following upholstery fabrics:
The best way to care for fabric is to develop a regular vacuuming routine using an upholstery attachment to get in between the crevices. You know the strange vacuum attachment that no one ever uses? Cleaning fabric furniture is what this piece is designed for–so use it!
As for spills, avoid the urge to scrub at all costs. Instead, simply place a soft, absorbent cloth or paper towel over the spill and allow it to work its magic. After the spill has dried, assess the stain again. If needed, mix a small dollop of dishwashing detergent with water and apply to the stain. Gently blot the area and air dry.
Time is of the essence when cleaning up a fabric spill, such as on the Evora Arm Chair.
Velvet is a popular fabric known for its smooth good looks. Like other fabrics, it should be vacuumed regularly using the fabric attachment on a vacuum. Vacuuming is especially important for velvet because it keeps it looking tidy and the fibers standing up.
One common complaint with velvet are “crush marks,” long silvery lines that run through the fabric. You’ll often notice these when a velvet piece first arrives in its packaging, a heavy item has been stacked on top of velvet, or after a long TV marathon (hey, no shame). Don’t worry, these crush marks are easy to combat. Crush marks can be removed using a steamer to gently lift the pile back up and eliminate the creases. Steam regularly to keep your velvet looking fresh as heck.
For spills, follow the same care instructions as for fabric above. Make sure to work as quickly as possible and to avoid scrubbing. For any major accidents, consult with an upholstery cleaning company.
Wood is a natural material that brings charm and warmth to any space. When you look at wooden furniture you think: classic and sturdy. Treat your wooden furniture right and it’ll be good back to you.
Wipe wooden furniture down regularly with a clean, dry cloth to remove dust. Use warm water and mild soap to clean. Be careful not to soak the surface for long periods of time. Wipe away any remaining moisture with a dry cloth.
Keep wooden furniture away from prolonged direct sunlight as this can result in “spotting.” Helpful tip #3 – To reduce this effect, you can place a tablecloth over the surface to shield it from the sun.
Don’t place extremely hot or cold items on wooden furniture either, as they may warp the original surface.
Add a layer of protective wax to your wooden furniture every season to keep it preserved, shiny, and happy.
Lastly, be mindful of the fact that our beloved wooden furniture will age over time, just like us! Wood may lighten or darken and acquire new characteristics.
Vinyl or polyurethane fabric is a durable, lightweight, and waterproof fabric that looks like a cross between plastic and leather.
Clean vinyl fabric on a monthly basis to remove any build up of dust, dirt, food, or oils that may damage the fabric over time. Use a mild soap mixed in a very low concentration with water as a cleaning solution for vinyl fabric.
If you want to take it to the next level, you can use a vinyl conditioner monthly. Vinyl is a semi-porous material and a conditioner will help moisturize the fabric, as well as create a protective barrier. Helpful tip #4 – Using a humidifier in your home will protect vinyl fabric from drying out!
Marble is a natural material that is heavy, cool-to-the-touch, and oh-so-elegant. Unfortunately, marble is also very porous and sensitive. This means avoiding spills at all costs, but if they do occur, wiping them up immediately with a soft cloth.
Avoid cleaning products around marble, especially all-natural ones made with lemon or vinegar, as marble is particularly sensitive to acid.
Enjoy the Coasters are mandatory with marble tabletops like the Jinxx Dining Table.
We love concrete because it’s so low-maintenance! Any cleaning pro would agree that a lot of things just require a bit of elbow grease.
Wipe concrete down regularly with water and a mild cleaning detergent. Helpful tip #5 – For a deeper clean, create a household spray of one part bleach and two parts water. Leave the spray on for 5 minutes and then wipe down with water again.
Avoid using traditional heavy acid cleaners which are designed for commercial use and are too corrosive for concrete furniture.
The best things in life require minimal cleaning–like the Pillar Cement Stool.
Metal is another material that falls into the low-maintenance category. Due to its smooth, tough surface, all you really need is soapy water and a rag.
The main worry with metal furniture is if it chips or scratches because then you may have to deal with rust or corrosion. If rusting occurs, clean the affected area with a wire brush or steel wool. Recoat the repaired area with an appropriate finish for metal surfaces to stop deterioration.
Glass pieces tend to have a polished look (pun intended). Luckily, cleaning them is a breeze. Simply grab some Windex and paper towel or cloth, spray, wipe, and repeat!
Wool Rug Care
Wool rugs will please eyes and feet alike. Like cushions and pillows, rugs should be rotated periodically to reduce potential fading, as well as uneven wear.
For the first 2-3 months, wool rugs benefit from frequent vacuuming to help reduce the amount of shedding that occurs. This is especially true for rugs with short napped tufts.
The wool Calypso Rug is soft on the feet and durable enough to stand up to an active home.
For spills, blot immediately with a dry white cloth. Do not scrub or rub as this can break down the fibers and damage the pile. Continue blotting until all the liquid is absorbed. Blot again with a rag dampened with cold water or a cleaning product specifically designed for wool. Place another dry cloth over the spot and apply pressure, repeating until all moisture has been absorbed.
Cozy sheepskin is a popular fabric for rugs, throws, and pillows alike. But let’s be honest, those fluffy white tendrils look a little intimidating to deal with once a spill happens (which it will).
Give your sheepskin some love by regularly brushing it to restore its silky appearance. Minor stains can be blotted with a damp cloth. Give your sheepskin a deep clean by taking it to the dry cleaner when it’s time (and you’ll know when it’s time).
The Hunter Wool Pillow is softer than a cloud–just make sure to show it care.
Cleaning your furniture is often one of those tasks that fall at the bottom of a to-do list, but given that furniture is such a focal point in a home, we should be cleaning it a bit more regularly. Give your pieces a bit of TLC, and they’ll be glowing this fall.