At Home: Dining Room Room
At Home: Dining Room Room

In all of the places we have called home, I have been insistent on having a proper dining room. And while Adam and I perhaps eat dinner too often in front of the TV, we love hosting and let's just say we've been known to throw a few [dinner] parties in this space. It's self explanatory when you scroll down to see his bar. 

The dining room is a traditional layout with a gorgeous original bay window that floods the room with soft, warm light. When it came to refreshing the space, our goal was to blend traditional and modern elements together. With the help of Structube, we were able to mix and match pieces to combine twentieth century modern designs with vintage charm.

Again, we let the architectural background be the star by painting all the walls white. With dark walnut floors and an antique wood credenza we use as a bar, we needed to find a dining table that would lighten up the room.  The Melina dining table from Structube did just that. With a curved tabletop, and  warm, neutral tones (we got the teak version), the mid-century aesthetic worked with the classic style of some of the other pieces we had. Plus it is extendable, making it multi-functional for the space. One of the reason's I go back to Structube again and again, is that they make quality pieces to fit any budget. At a price of only $299, this table was an easy choice! I've long been drawn to the style of Hans Wegner's Wishbone chairs. However, tracking down originals comes at a cost. These Denmark chairs from Structube are a nod to the aesthetic with a woven seat, a curved back and tapered legs. They are made of beech wood with a paper cord seat, and get this. Only $139 each!   A mobile chandelier from West Elm hovers over top the table, catching your eye as soon as you walk in the room.

Stylish Storage Solutions

The Bergen sideboard was a stylish storage solution for our dining space. I use it to display artwork, books and records. But with concealed shelving and drawers, it's perfect for storing plates, glasses and linens too.

At Home: Dining Room Room
At Home: Dining Room Room

Two of the Mario chairs allow for ADDITIONAL seating to accommodate when more friends show up at a moment’s notice! Inspired by Marcel Breuer's Cesca chairs, I love the rattan seat and chrome frame.

We absolutely love the look of our dining room now. Structube makes it so affordable to freshen up a space with a few key pieces. And what a transformation from what it looked like before! Looking for more inspiration? Head on over to Structube to check out their look books. And give me a follow on Pinterest!  

Dining table c/o of Structube | Dining chairs c/o Structube | Chandelier from West Elm | Arm chairs c/o of Structube | Sideboard c/o Structube | Round mirror from Ikea

At Home: Living Room Reveal
At Home: Living Room Reveal

I still remember the first time I saw the listing of our home. Our realtor sent Adam and I one photo (it was the living room) with the message "I found your dream home." He was right. Eight years later and I still pinch myself when I come home to it.

The house was turnkey ready when we bought it, leaving to us only the task of decorating it. And we loved it the way it looked for years. But personal style changes, and over that time I've certainly to come to appreciate specific periods of design and furniture. And it was time to refresh the look. Thanks to Structube, we were able to make it happen! Their new megastore just opened in Hamilton and I knew I would be looking to their new collections when it came to updating this space. They helped me find the perfect pieces to finish off our living room makeover. 


A Century Home in Hamilton

Being around 120 years old, our house benefitted from good bones. With high ceilings, original windows with stained glass, beautiful crown moulding and high baseboards -- there is no shortage of character. Though there had been some changes over the years, the previous owners respected the original floor plan and flow of the house. They didn't try to make it something it wasn't. And that was one of the things we loved about it.

A fresh coat of paint (Daylight by Premier Infinity at Canadian Tire) brought light and warmth to the space. I can't explain how many white paint chips I compared. It had to be the right white. But the paler palette allowed me to add texture and depth through other materials. I'm drawn to classic modern 20th century designers - Hans Wegner, Marcel Breuer, Ray and Charles Eames. And I knew I would introduce some signature furniture styles inspired by their designs along with some sentimental decor -- art I have collected, the original survey of the first home Adam lived in, some brass pieces from his papa.  But before the decor, I had to start with the foundation pieces. 

The Sterling Sofa from Structube was a piece I bought back in the winter. I love the modern take on a classic mid-century style sofa. It has clean lines, tufted back cushions, and two matching round bolsters that easily change up the look. At $769, the price point is so affordable, especially for the quality of the sofa. And Adam has fallen asleep on it more times than I can count, so it gets points for comfort. I love curling up and reading, so I wanted to find a comfortable armchair that complimented the sofa. I landed on the Esters Armchair from Target. It also has a mid-century look, with a sturdy wood frame and an upholstered seat with beautiful texture. But it was the Martini Coffee Table from Structube that became the focal point of the room. Drawing influences from Italian design, the marble top sits on top of a chrome pedestal. It works effortlessly with the other pieces, but also adds elegance to the living room. I added warmth to the space with this rug from HomeSense. I had seen a similar style at Elte Mkt. I loved the subtle pattern and soft texture, but not the price point. I stumbled across this version for under $200 and was thrilled.

At Home: Living Room Reveal

Let's talk lighting. Inspired by the IC Lights designed for FLOS, I swapped out our chandeliers and lamps for simple sphere shaped fixtures. I love the minimalist aesthetic. The Sphere and Stem Pendant from West Elm has beautiful glass globes with a milky finish. And the matching Sphere and Stem Table Lamp with a marble base is the perfect complimentary piece for our new sideboard from Structube. I'll get to this piece more in our dining room reveal, but you can see a glimpse of it here!

At Home: Living Room Reveal

The living room isn't completely decorated, it's not styled down to the last detail. And we're okay with that! We now have a solid foundation that we can continue to grow into and evolve over the years. It truly feels like  space that is more reflective of our style. And there's so much potential to add to it. Stay tuned for our dining room reveal. And give me a follow on Instagram and Pinterest.  I'll be sure to post future updates there!

A special thanks to Structube for helping me bring my vision to life! With a 40 year history in Canada, this family run business now has 55 retail locations offering modern and contemporary home furniture and decor. Their new 18,000 square feet store location in Hamilton is now open! And until May 12, they are running a contest for a chance to win a $2000 giftcard with any in-store purchase. Details here!

At Home: Living Room Reveal

furniture sources

sofa from structube | armchair from target | coffee table c/o structube | floor lamp from target | pendant light from west elm | arm chair from structube (similar here) | sideboard c/o structube | floor mirror from homesense | rug from homesense (similar at elte mkt) | table lamp from west elm | magazine rack from structube | round mirror from ikea

Stephanie Trendocher