Decorating A Casual Dining Room

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Dear Style Studio Team,

We are a family with a 2-year-old and have no need for a formal living room. We thought that the area would be most used as a casual dining space with a sitting area that opens up to my son’s play area.

Can you help with some design ideas that are family friendly and use this space the best?



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You have a beautiful space … a little tweak and it will be perfect for family activities. We think you should move the dining table and chairs to the area in front of the French doors. You can add storage in the space, if needed, and beautiful artwork to the walls for a lively new look.

The large sectional appears to be over-sized for the space. We suggest replacing it with a sofa and two side chairs. Our Graham Sofa in Basket Weave Oatmeal Easy Care  is a comfy sofa and a fantastic option. Upholstering it with easy care fabric, it’s maintenance will be simple for an active family.

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In addition to the sofa, we suggest using two Larkin Chairs. The scale of the frames is perfect for any room and upholstering it in an Easy Care fabric gives the same easy maintenance as the sofa. We like Callisto Stripe Taupe.

Move this group of upholstery to the front of the the fireplace and then add in an ottoman to complete the comfy oasis. Having a small sitting area, as a part of the children’s play area, will work perfectly for regular family activities and bed time stories!

Now establish your child’s play area under the large window for cheery light in the daytime and star gazing in the evening. Bring in a durable rug to aid in delineating the space. Our Ravello Rug is a good option for durability and sophistication.

The wall to the left of the window is just the right space to add storage pieces … our Abbeville Collection is a fantastic solution for this area.

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The specific ideas to remember in your space is functionality and durability. The Abbeville Collection takes care of the functionality and our Easy Care fabrics and Indoor/Outdoor rugs conquer durability.

Good luck and Happy Decorating!

The Style Studio Team

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