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Modern Casual Dining Room Inspiration from Decorium!

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Every once in a while I feel like I need to introduce you to something, someone or some place that I love. In this case, this is a love affair with a Toronto furniture store that spans three decades 🙂

Decorium has been a modern furniture and interior staple in Canada for the past thirty years. And I’m super excited to show you what I’m crushing on for a modern, casual dining room from Decorium today! (Also, they are running a wicked awesome contest right now that you can enter. I’ve included all the details and links at the bottom of this post.)

Many of you know I was born and raised in Toronto. As a school-aged girl, I used to run home to catch reruns of a classic Toronto-based show called Cityline, hosted by a Toronto celebutant Marilyn Dennis. Thursdays on Cityline were all about design, home decor and interiors and they were my FAVOURITE. At the tender age of nine or 10, Cityline introduced me to the likes of Steven Sabados, Candace Olsen, Brian Gluckstein and Decorium. I didn’t really understand style back then, but I did understand that it represented easy, effortless, modern furniture with lots of options.

Since then, Decorium has introduced Stressless and Stressless YOU ergonomic furniture. It’s a line of Scandinavian designs endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association…so a wonderful marriage of comfort and style.

I’ve had my dining room on my mind for months now. I’m pretty sure ours will become even more of a family hub once we settle into life with Froggy and I want it to evoke a warm, ‘heart of the home’ feeling, but still be functional, and pack a serious storage punch. (Remember my Pre-Baby Home Tour? I showed you some current shots of the dining space.) The overall look I’m going for is modern farmhouse or modern coastal, which I feel evoke many of the same styles and textures.modern-casual-dining-inspiration-by-decorium-via-diy-passion

All dining rooms are anchored by the table. I’m a really big fan of using round dining tables in small spaces (like ours! which is teensy!) and Decorium has some great options. I especially love pedestal style tables like this Family Treasures Round table because the legs of the table don’t interfere with the legs of the diners 😉 Many come with leaf extensions too – so don’t rule out round just because you like to throw dinner parties!family-treasures-round-dining-table-902676-siloIf and when we have a larger space down the line, I am LUSTING after a long, family-style table that can be flanked by bench seating like this one. I also quite like the casual whitewash finish on this more traditional style legged table. I feel like I’m not under the gun to pick a favourite rectangular table right now because it only lives in my ‘dream space’ …so technically, I can have as many tables as I want, right? 😉

One HUGE functional bonus to dining bench seating is it can accommodate many little bums – so great for kids. Also, they are great for saving space, as benches can typically be tucked right beneath a long table if you’ve got a crowd milling about. There is a possibility that we could reconfigure our current dining space to have a banquette style bench down the line. This one is basically perfect.

I’d also LOVE to have two outstanding arm chairs – like these Southend on Sea Dining Chairs. Hellllloooo beautiful! In fact, these would go with a round or rectangular table and therefore could work in my current space or my dream space!  A bonus to having a couple of high-style, upholstered chairs is they can double as supplemental living room seating during large gatherings and they won’t look too wimpy or out of place.

Let’s talk about my favourite topic now – storage. I adore – ADORE – this Billboard Bar Cabinet. It’s got great legs and height and the mirrored doors are a classic modern touch- perfect for bouncing candlelight around during a romantic dinner.billboard (Who am I kidding? Romance right now is all about KD with ketchup and not using a paper towel as a napkin, but we’ll get back there eventually right?!)  Either way, I think this cabinet feels grown-up without feeling stuffy, you know? Lurve the surprise finish on the interior drawers. Also note, how nicely it pairs with a round table and chunky upholstered chairs! Yeeesssssssss.

I’m truly hoping to pull in some well-styled and organized open storage for our dining room as well. If you’re craving something like this for your space, don’t be afraid to break the mould and look outside the dining section for a solution. I’d be ecstatic to have a shelf like mixed media industrial beauty or versatile Elly Bookcase with cube shelves and a bottom storage drawer in our dining nook! I’d use it to hold baskets of linens/placemats/napkins, large vessels for dried goods, stacks of trays and serving dishes, bar accoutrements and maybe even a plant or two 😉

And look how well that open concept shelving concept works with a table with bench seating!! #BenchSeatingGOALS #DreamDiningRoomsibraham

For finishing touches, the Colonial Wall Mirror absolutely has my heart. Period. Full Stop. End it there. Okay, don’t end it there. I also love this dark stained, oversized wall clock! And don’t forget the lighting! I’d love to shake things up with a sculptural fixture like this Equilibrium Chandelier, but would likely land with a modern traditional hanging fixture with a shade and some chrome detailing 🙂


*Le Sigh* Dining rooms can be SO MUCH FUN.

I promised I’d give you details about the current Decorium contest that could help you bring home some of this fabulous modern furniture for you! $1500 is up for grabs and the winner will be announced during a Twitter Party (that I will be at!) on October 25th. Click the image below to be taken to the entry form!decorium-contest-image

You can bet next time I visit my parents in TO that I’ll be checking out the Decorium showroom in person. In the meantime… Dining Room Dreams continue…



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Tuesday 11th of October 2016

I love this furniture, I would buy that dining room in a heartbeat. I want a bench on one side and chairs on the other side with captain chairs on each end. I am so tired of my antique dining room set, it takes up too much room, the table is huge, I can seat ten easily, twelve in a pinch. That table is just perfect for what I want. Thanks for this post.

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