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!
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).
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.
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!
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In this post:
IKEA dining table, glass cabinet, junior chair, high chair + wall mirror | Structube dining chairs | Nuvo 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