About Decorum Furniture

Decorum Furniture opened in the Mid-1970s. Originating in a city that began in the 1600s, you would believe that traditional “Williamsburg-inspired” furnishings were the preferred choice for residences in such an historic city. But the lure of something different, and a crisp and clean contemporary style, proved to be a genuine success. In the mid-1980s, owners Vernon Middleton and Claus Ihlemann decided that remaking the local furniture market wasn’t enough, and proceeded to remodel a grouping of older buildings in the 300 block of West 21st Street in Norfolk. The Palace Shops & Station was born, anchored by Decorum Furniture and home to 45 business, retail shops, restaurants and services. For details visit http://www.palacestationofghent.com Their success spawned new development that has become the citywide roadmap to urban revitalization. Today, Decorum Furniture employees a total of 20 people, managers, sales associates, designers, installers and delivery technicians.


firecrackers in night at Norfolk VA
Norfolk — The city proving that southern hospitality is alive and well

…. If you are looking for anything more contemporary (but at a great deal) stop by Decorum Furniture, where I found the exact faux-marble and brass coffee table I had been eying for months for $300 less than any price tag I had seen in D.C. ….

Ghent Wins National Planning Excellence Award

Since the days of its founding during industrial growth, Ghent has adapted to social and environmental changes, from housing shortages to the reality of living at sea level. The Norfolk, Virginia, neighborhood is a diverse community that is facing the challenges of sea level rise while striving toward social and environmental resilience…

aerial view of Norfolk VA

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Winner Of The 2015 Edward Haimsohn Design Award:

The prestigious design award was presented during CDG annual meeting on December 5th, 2015 by Robert Roman of Decorum Furniture. Mr. Roman was especially thrilled to present this award to our friend Leif Petersen, someone who has contributed so much talent to the Contemporary Furniture Industry.

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