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House Tour: Dining Room

September 9, 2016

Scandinavian-inspired dining room - Mörbylånga table, Eames chairs, black warehouse pendant lamps | Happy Grey Lucky

The dining room is arguably the most important (or, at the very least, most versatile) room in our house. It’s used for eating (obviously), working (even though we have an office upstairs), folding laundry, crafting, playing board games,… and the list goes on.

Unlike all the other rooms in our house I knew exactly what pieces I wanted in here. A reclaimed wood dining table with square legs, white Eames chairs, and two black barnyard pendant lights. Our Ikea dining table was the very first piece of furniture we assembled after we moved it and, along with the white chairs, absolutely set the mood for how I decorated the rest of our house.

Believe it or not, I actually didn’t want any Ikea in my dining room. I’ve had Ikea dining tables and Billy display cabinets all my life and I just wanted something different. My absolute favourite style of dining table is a reclaimed wood table top with square wrought iron legs (see an example here) but I couldn’t find anything below the $2,000 range for the size I wanted that also happened to be available in Canada. And trust me, I spent hours and hours googling. So when Ikea came out with their Mörbylånga table, I just about died. It was almost exactly what I was looking for. The wood detailing is gorgeous (even if not reclaimed) and the leg shape, despite not being made of metal, is so perfect.

And if you’ve spent any time on Pinterest or Instagram lately, you’ll recognize the Eames chair instantly in style if not in name. They’re everywhere these days and for good reason. They’re super comfortable, easily wipeable (a must when you’ve got little kids!), and there are so many different variations (wood or metal legs, with or without arm rests, and every colour imaginable). And of course they’re designed (by american architect Charles Eames in 1948) to mid-century modern perfection! Ours are the Eiffel chair from Structube. The original Eames chairs are unfortunately out of our current budget and I’m not against replica furniture for making great design accessible to the general public. (I know this is a bit of a hot topic for true design enthusiasts and I definitely do try and stick to the original designer whenever I can. But, that said, I think quality replica furniture made by reputable companies that don’t infringe on the 14-year exclusive design rights for a novel design do have their place in the furniture market.)

Anyhooo, enough with the rambling. Here are loads of pictures of our dining room for your enjoyment!

Scandinavian-inspired dining room - Ikea Stockholm glass cabinet | Happy Grey Lucky
Scandinavian-inspired dining room - House Doctor toy storage | Happy Grey Lucky

Toy storage everywhere! I did a recent post about all my favourite Scandinavian-inspired toy bags and baskets if you’re interested (go here to read).

Scandinavian-inspired dining room - Mörbylånga table, Eames chairs, black warehouse pendant lamps | Happy Grey Lucky
Scandinavian-inspired dining room - black warehouse pendant lamps | Happy Grey Lucky
Scandinavian-inspired dining room - Ikea Stockholm glass cabinet, Mörbylånga table, Eames chairs, black warehouse pendant lamps | Happy Grey Lucky

There’s something about stacked dishes + glassware in a dining room cabinet that I just love so much. I added a few touches of cork to give the whole look a little warmth.

Scandinavian-inspired dining room - Mörbylånga table, Eames chairs, black warehouse pendant lamps | Happy Grey Lucky
Scandinavian-inspired dining room - House Doctor candle holder + striped vase | Happy Grey Lucky
Scandinavian-inspired dining room - paper bag toy storage, Mörbylånga table, Eames chairs, black warehouse pendant lamps | Happy Grey Lucky
Scandinavian-inspired dining room - Ikea Stockholm glass cabinet | Happy Grey Lucky

I’ve been drooling over the Asplund Frame series for a while now but, unless I win the lottery, one of those is just not happening in the near future. This Ikea Stockholm cabinet is such a beautiful alternative though at less than 10% of the price. Talk about an amazing deal!

Scandinavian-inspired dining room - House Doctor laundry storage bins | Happy Grey Lucky
Scandinavian-inspired dining room - Mörbylånga table, Eames chairs, black warehouse pendant lamps | Happy Grey Lucky

If you’d like to see more of our house, check out the rest of my house tours here.

In this post:

IKEA dining table, glass cabinet, junior chair, high chair + wall mirror | Structube dining chairsNuvo Lighting pendant lamps | House Doctor storage baskets (1, 2, 3, 4), storage bag, vase + candle holder | Tellkiddo paper storage bag | Grida Studio paper storage bag

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14 comments

Tigisti September 9, 2016 at 1:43 pm

Love your minimalist, yet cozy and inviting design style Sina!! So very inspiring🙌🏾🙌🏾

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Sina September 9, 2016 at 2:48 pm

Thank you so much Tigisti! That means a lot 🙂

Have a lovely weekend!

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Alex September 12, 2016 at 1:03 pm

I WANT that table!!!

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Danielle March 5, 2017 at 9:28 pm

Just stumbled upon your blog via IG, your home is beautiful! I was looking at that table online at IKEA but it looks much lighter in their pics. Did you restain it or anything? Thanks!

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Laura April 13, 2017 at 1:04 am

I’m wondering the same thing? Why is darker?

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Sina April 13, 2017 at 9:08 am

Hey Laura, I just answered Danielle’s question, check out my reply below 🙂

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Sina April 13, 2017 at 9:07 am

Hey Danielle, so sorry I just saw your comment now! The table isn’t all that light, but mind you, I’m photographing it against a light wood floor so it looks a bit darker in contrast to the floor. I’d say in person the true colour is somewhere between the ikea photos on their website and my photos. Hope that helps!

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Riki July 17, 2017 at 8:35 pm

Just came across this … great looking room. How did the structube chairs hold up?

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Sina August 13, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Hi Riki, so sorry I’m just responding now! I’ve found they’ve held up fairly well. The hardware does need to be tightened every few months but I don’t know if that’s a structube specific issue or this design in general as the base does lends itself to some flexibility so I assume that puts more pressure on the screws. But otherwise I’ve loved them so far and we’d had them now for about two years.

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Kathi July 21, 2017 at 3:54 am

Hi! How has the table lasted so far? Is it holding up well? Any complaints?

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Sina August 13, 2017 at 9:01 pm

Hi Kathi, it’s been pretty good so far. We do have some scratches on the surface but that would happen with any table and we can sand this down and restain if / when we want to. Otherwise no complaints, it’s so sturdy and beautiful.

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Katy Q September 1, 2017 at 1:29 pm

Hi Sina!
Katy Quinn here from What WE Make…We just noticed you linked our Modern Industrial Dining Table in this blog post, thank you! Your home and family are beautiful, and you’ve curated a beautiful blog! I’d love to connect! Thanks again, Katy

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Kathi November 12, 2017 at 3:22 pm

Hi! Finally purchased the table yay!! What do you clean, dust it with and have you used any oils on it yet? How does it do w hot dishes? Our last table would get the white rings of death even with placemats so I’m super cautious! Lol

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Megan November 30, 2017 at 8:23 am

woww!! Those toys bags are such a genius idea! I love love love it! I’m expecting right now, and I’ve been trying to think of sleek minimalist ways to incorporate all the clutter that comes with the joys of kids into our home. Thanks for the inspo!

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