Dining Table – Wood or Glass?

Dining Table – Wood or Glass?

Dining table – Wood or Glass ?  Why choose one over the other?

Dining tables are functional, giving you a place to gather around and dine.  When it comes to deciding which one to purchase it’s important to ask yourself questions.  Where is it going? Who will be using the table?  How will the table be used?

What is the size of the diningroom?  What is your personal style?

Here are a few suggestions when deciding on a glass or wood top dining table:

Glass:

If you live in a small space and want the dining room to appear larger then choose glass, because it’s transparent.  Since you can see through it will automatically feel more open and spacious.

It’s a perfect choice for condos and small city houses.

If your style preference is Modern then it will be ideal for your look – linear and contemporary.

It’s also perfect for people who are minimalists – who like a clean look

Wood:

If you require a durable, strong table then wood is the way to go.  There are different woods as well as finishes to select from.

Perfect for small or large families, as there are different sizes with options to have one, two or three leaves to expand the overall table size.

Lifestyle – straight edge or live edge if you like a one of a kind , unique look to personalize your space.

A wood table is a great surface for homework, card games and buffet dinners as well.

Both glass dining tables and wood are equally functional.  Since glass is invisible, it might not be the right choice for families with young children.

Choose the surface that is right for you!

Blog Written by: Ellen Zworth

Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest

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Basement Living Spaces

 

The basement has taken the crown as the entertainment room in many peoples homes. Whether you accessorize with a big tv screen, pool table or a beautiful sectional to enjoy and relax while watching tv with family, colours are important to light up the walls. Using colourful toss pillows and a mirror to make the space look bigger, you can utilize accessories like a warm and colourful rug or nice paintings to accentuate the walls with bright colours and make the basement a room you your family and your guests can all enjoy.

 

 

Article Written By: Raffaele Martino

Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest

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Live Edge Tables

If you have never heard of or seen a Live Edge Table or Bench, get ready for a jaw dropping experience!

For those who have seen a Live Edge Table or Bench before, but didn’t know what it was called, this article will be just as exciting; because now you’ll know what to look for!

In my opinion, Live Edge Tables are like the sashimi of furniture. They are elegant, rustic, sophisticated and most of all, a true natural masterpiece of home furnishing.

So what is a live edge table? Other than being one of the best ways to bring the inherent beauty of nature indoors, it’s basically a thick vertical slice of a tree, refined and tailored to use as a table top, bench top, or any furniture top for that matter.

There are a few different elements that make a Live Edge Table special, but what makes them really extraordinary is the fact that every top created is one-of-a-kind. Because you’re taking a slice of a tree grown in nature, you will never have a top that is exactly the same as another. To some people, this is one of the most desirable traits in furniture, because it’s exclusive to you and anyone who decides to buy one for themselves will not be able to purchase the same top.

Along with the swanky feeling of possessing a one-of-a-kind piece, Live Edge Tables also lend a unique style to your home. Most Live Edge Tables are not symmetrical, which can make a bold statement to your home décor. This combined with the uneven yet incredibly smooth edge makes the experience of owning a piece like this, undeniably satisfying.

Come visit Decorium to see some fine examples of live edge tables that you can customize in almost any way, to fit your needs.

Article Written by: Sam Rotenberg

Webmaster at Decorium on Supertest,

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Decorating With Black and White

Using Black and White can create a stunning and dramatic effect on your décor, and are a perfect colour combination for any decorating style.

Although the options for using Black and White in decorating are endless, it does require balance and thought to make it look striking.

To help you achieve the desired effect, here are some tips and ideas to consider:

  • Choose the crispest Blacks and Whites for optimum contrast
  • Black and White in accessories, light fixtures, trims, walls, rugs, or in one large piece of furniture, helps catch the eye and sharpen the visual image of the room
  • For a ‘Contemporary’ look, combine Black and White with sleek metals such as chrome and gold
  • For a ‘Cottage’ or ‘Rustic’ look, combine Black and White with bronze-ish metals, black iron, or natural woods. You can also add small touches of muted tones of colours such as yellow, pink, purple, camel, or soft greens – Keeping Black and White the predominate colour combination.
  • When shopping for fabrics, look for striking patterns or prints in Black and White
  • Don’t feel obligated to paint all walls the same. Choose a focal wall and paint it Black, keeping all other walls a crisp white. Painting your walls a warm Grey will make your room feel classy and sophisticated when paired with Black and White furniture and accessories
  • Afraid to use White and Black throughout your entire home? A small room, such as a powder or small bathroom can be a great place to start. Pair a Black marble counter-top with crisp White bathroom fixtures.  Add warmth and texture with gold fixtures and plush White terry towels.

There’s no doubt, whether you choose to use Black and White as your main decorating theme or in touches throughout your room, this dynamic combination gives a fresh, clean and undeniably sophisticated and elegant look to any home.   GORGEOUS!!!

Article Written by: Beatrice Espinola

Design Consultant at Decorium on Yonge

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Put yourself in the room!

With all the information available today, choosing “the right” furniture for yourself is easy, but things can get complicated between choosing what you really want over what you think you should want. I consistently see people overlook themselves when designing rooms their homes, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

We think about the the latest trends in colour and style. We make the effort to consider the bones and the period of the space. Yet we totally forget about ourselves.

My biggest piece of advice is to make yourself the centerpiece of every room and figuratively put yourself in the room! What are the staple colours in your wardrobe? What is your hair colour, eye colour, skin tone?

Use these personal traits as the starting point for your room palette. Let your decor be the background that frames you in your everyday life. Whether spending downtime with family and friends or entertaining a large group you deserve to be the star in your home.

 

Article Written By: Jesse Wilson

Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest

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Finding The Right Coffee Table

The biggest mistake you can make is choosing a coffee table that is too small for the space. When in doubt, go larger. If you have a hard to fit or awkward space, consider a custom-designed table. Also, simplicity and quality are key. Unlike some furnishings that are mainly for show, coffee tables serve a function, so you want something that wills still be in style next year, and withstand constant use.

Tables with stone, marble or wood tops are very durable and well-equipped for everyday spaces. Antiqued mirror or glass tops are more formal and fragile, so they tend to work better in an adult only environment. On that note, round shapes are best for families with little ones because they lack dangerous corners. Rectangular tables are most popular and versatile, but square tables nicely accommodate a room with lots of seating.

It depends on the scale of the room, but generally the coffee table should be anywhere from 18 inches to 24 inches from the sofa. Table height should be based on the height of the sofa and the style of the room, but standard height is around 18 inches. For a contemporary look, you can go lower than that, or for a traditional feel, you can go a little taller – Think old fashioned tea table.

The upholstered coffee table bench is very popular right now because it’s one piece of furniture that serves two functions. Good luck in your quest for the right coffee table.

 

Article Written By: Mike Brown

Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest,

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Accent Colours – Gold and Silver

Silver and gold are two colors that have always been, and will always be, top of mind when choosing colours for accent pieces and accessories.

Even though they are so different and opposite to each other, in today’s fashion, designers of all kinds, even jewelry designers, mix those two colours together.

Silver is cold and chic, while gold is warm and elegant.

Mixing these two colors together will bring a special and different taste to any room of your house.

For example, one can choose a set of table lamps, for the living or family room, where the metal legs can be in more than one shade of silver or gold.

Toss pillows can also be mixed in any or both colors together.

Any Gold and Silver accessory can be added to any decor, even if you disregard the colours of your furniture and walls.

Create and express yourself!

 

Article Written By: Alla Wolfson

Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest,

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Cobalt Blue

Cobalt blue had been an exciting new trend this Summer!

With everyone enjoying the warm weather and longer days, what better time to bring out fresh color in your home?

Generating a lot of buzz on the scene right now, is the very trendy cobalt blue. This bold and fresh colour makes a statement in any home and works beautifully with neutral color scheme.

Choose items in cobalt blue that you can move from one room to another: such as a set of cushions, vases or light accent chairs. This makes it easy to add bold blue to any room that needs something extra.

Navy blue can be glamorous and versatile. A crushed velvet and deep blue mix is a great way to glam your room, especially on a big comfy sofa.

 

Article Written By: Renata Biala

Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest

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The Benefits of Staying Organized

Simplicity is an important feature of modern design. While reducing excess decorations and frills and keeping your home and work space organized makes things look clean and neat, the benefits of being organized go far beyond aesthetics. There’s research that suggests that organized people live healthier and more productive lives than people who are less organized.

Boost Your Productivity

You know that multitasking, loud coworkers and other normal parts of your day are having a negative effect on your productivity, but you probably don’t realize that poor organization is also hampering your ability to get things done quickly and efficiently.

Excessive clutter competes with your work for your attention. The fewer things you have around your desk to look at, the better. Start with clearing your desk of knickknacks, papers and anything else that isn’t directly related to the project you’re working on right now. Digital clutter can also distract you and disrupt your focus: close unnecessary tabs, quit programs you’re not using and — if you can — mute your email and IM notifications.

Reboot Your Diet

You might not associate disorganization with a poor diet, but eating nutritiously takes a lot of planning and preparation. If your day is chaotic, it’s a lot easier to stop by the nearest fast-food restaurant than spend time preparing a meal.

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Planning your meals ahead of time will help you control your portions, ensure that you’re eating from each food group and you’re getting the nutrition your body needs. As an added benefit, when you’re organizing your meals and getting proper nourishment, you’ll feel better and have more energy.

Reduce Your Stress Level

Disorganization can cause you to be late for meetings at work, forget important dates with your family and friends and cause people at work and at home to think of you as undependable. All of this can be very stressful on you. Over time, your stress can become chronic and lead to headaches, sleep loss, weight gain and other maladies.

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Whether you’re making notes in a planner, putting everything in your calendar app on your smartphone or something else, find an organizational tool that works for you and keeps you on top of things.

Simplicity isn’t just an aesthetically pleasing aspect of modern design — it’s an important part of living a less stressful and more organized life. It only takes small steps to boost your productivity at work and live a happier, healthier life.

 

Article Provided By: Ekrones Wellness Dept.

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL FURNITURE

 

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL FURNITURE

In today’s modern new condos, space is often at a premium.  Whether you’re just starting out or you’re downsizing from a larger home, consider furnishings designed for double-duty!

CONSOLE TABLE/SOFA TABLE/WRITING DESK

Steinway SofaTable 66970 Silo

Add a couple of drawers to a traditional console table and you’ll have a handy surface with storage in the foyer, a convenient spot for a reading lamp with some books behind the sofa, or a compact space-efficient writing desk to tuck under a window.

 

CABINET BEDAurora Cabinet Bed 902421 Video Silo

If you’re in a small studio apartment, or just need to hide away an extra bed for guests, we have your solution!  Our cabinet beds take up minimal space, while providing 2 drawers for storage and an ideal location for a large-screen television.  Open it out into a full or queen bed, with a fold-out high quality gel-infused memory foam mattress encased in a removable, washable cover, for ultimate comfort.  Several styles available with a choice of wood finishes and hardware to blend with your décor.  All this luxury in such a compact space!

 

EXPANDABLE DINING TABLESApollo Dining Table 38547 Silo

Expandable tables with removable leaves have been around forever, but now there are such creative new ways to accommodate your guests.  This exceptional design allows you to simply spin the sleek white glass table top to pop up the extra surface space, then spin again to hide it away.  Everything is on the table when it comes to our versatile, space-saving dining furniture!

 

Article Written By: Leslie Frappier

Design Consultant at Decorium on Yonge

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