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Modern Farmhouse Dining Room Reveal

Modern Farmhouse Dining Room Reveal

It seems like this day has been months in the making (hell…it probably was), but today I am finally revealing my Modern Farmhouse dining room makeover with you! And…if you want to know where I purchased any of the pieces used in this room, be sure to scroll to the very bottom of this post where I have listed links to each piece of decor.

Just so you guys can fully appreciate the transformational journey of this space, I wanted to refresh your memory with a “before” photo of what the room looked like the day we moved into our 1980’s fixer upper three years ago…..

Dining Room Before:

dining room before

Popcorn ceilings and outdated wallpaper were not doing this room any favors. Not to mention, other than the puny chair rail, there were no architectural features on the focal wall.

Ideally I would have installed windows on the focal wall, but our mudroom is located behind this wall so I was sh*t out of luck with that idea. So, when you can’t inject the beauty of natural light with windows…what is the next best option?

In my opinion, the second best option was creating architectural interest through textured walls. Of course, you could accomplish this with wallpaper, beadboard or picture frame moulding, but I decided to go all Joanna Gaines with a farmhouse staple: shiplap!

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For your shopping convenience, I have included affiliate links to the decor included in this design. 

To save time and money, we decided to only do shiplap on the focal wall. What I love about this shiplap feature wall is not only the interest it adds to the space, but the fresh, casual vibe it exudes. In my opinion, shiplap is extremely versatile- sure it can be very “farmhouse”, but it can also be perfectly appropriate in a more modern setting as well.

As far as paint color goes, I went with Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace. While this color is often known for being a very bright, crisp white, it looks a little warmer in this room as the window is surrounded with lots of tree coverage in the summertime. I predict that once the leaves fall in the winter time, the paint color will read more true to it’s authentic hue. Either way, I am super pleased with my choice (read my full blog post about Chantilly Lace here).

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A year within moving into our home, we addressed the atrocity of our popcorn ceilings by covering them with beadboard planks. You can read that detailed tutorial by clicking here.

At that time,  I had also already replaced the light fixture with this capiz chandelier. So when I began working on the re-design of this room, I had to style around the existing beadboard ceiling, capiz chandelier and dining table. Basically…my husband would have freakin’ killed me if I had decided to switch this stuff out and replace it with completely new decor. (Okay…he wouldn’t have killed me, but I never would have heard the end of it). I was trying my best to avoid a b*tch fest.

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Because I was going with a very monochromatic look, I knew texture was going to be extremely vital. So, I was sure to incorporate a jute rug into the space, layered with a cowhide rug on top.


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The macrame table runner also adds a punch of texture while establishing some boho flair.

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So.. as far as the chrome goes….

I know this is an extremely polarizing decision, but I decided to take a design risk and keep the legs of the table and bench in their original chrome state (I purchased the table when we lived in our first house years ago).  You see…on my Instagram stories(by the way, you can show your support by clicking here and following me) I did a poll where I asked you guys if I should keep the legs as is or spray paint them black.

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I basically got about half of the replies saying to spray paint them, and the other half agreed with me in keeping them chrome.

Believe it or not, chrome is very hot in the world of high-end interior design again. I know many of you are probably just now getting used to the idea of brass hardware (I know it took me a hot minute), but now all of the top interior designers are swearing that chrome is back!

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Not to mention, I love me some juxtaposition (Windsor chairs with chrome? who wouldve thunk it?….yours truly). Then again, I do own a pair of Birkenstocks with spikes on them. That’s just how I roll, ya’ll.

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Whether it be in my home or with my fashion, I am always looking for ways to add a little dose of edginess, and in my opinion, this keeps things from feeling too predictable. So….now you know why I kept the chrome.

boho modern vignette with juju hat

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Speaking of unpredictable, I was originally concerned that I may not like the original Capiz chandelier in a farmhouse-inspired design, but I totally dig the whimsical, feminine element it brings to the space.

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I know,  typically,  Modern Farmhouse spaces are comprised of more masculine or industrial lighting, but if you like a little more of a girly vibe, go for something a little more glam.

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Sure… I am definitely leaning more on the farmhouse spectrum of design, but I will be damned if I give up my “bling”. As much as I try to suppress it, especially living in a house full of boys, I have a bit of a girly-girl side which cannot be denied.

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**Be sure to keep scrolling to the bottom for a full list of decor sources!***

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I really cannot stress enough just how much the shiplap  has done for my dining room. It makes me feel so much better about my home. And the white walls? I love them so much that I am now on a mission to paint my whole freakin’ house.

So, I hope I was able to show you an entirely new interpretation of Modern Farmhouse and get your creative juices flowing.

Now get out there and design some good vibes. **I have listed all of the decor sources beneath this last photo**

Oh…and please show me and my blog some love  by Pinning. Your support is greatly appreciated. xoxo….

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Modern Farmhouse Dining Room Decor Sources

Fiddle leaf fig – World Market

Windsor Chairs- Overstock

Chandelier- West Elm

Large Abstract Art – Minted

Armoire/Storage Cabinet – Hayneedle

Abstract Watercolor over Armoire – Target

Bar Cart – World Market

Table Runner- World Market

Jute Rug – Amazon

Sconce – Amazon

Juju Hat – Amazon

Cowhide Rug – Southeastern Salvage

Curtains- Ikea

Table and Bench – Rooms to Go

Wall Color- Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace

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My journey in interior design and home improvement began with transforming my first fixer-upper home, all while managing a budget and raising two young boys. My work, a reflection of my passion for creating beautiful, uplifting spaces, has been recognized by top publications like Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, HGTV, and more. I invite you to explore my site and witness the transformation of my home and the vibes we've designed.Read more...


Sunday 5th of August 2018

How am I just now finding you!?? In the midst of what can seem at times generic copy cats on my Pinterest boards, I spotted your dining room and everything is ok again! :) You have such an eye for design and a clear gift for mixing different styles. You have so inspired me as I like some boho, but don’t want to feel like I’m living in a yurt, I like some mid-mod but don’t want to feel like I’m on set of mad men, I like some farmhouse, but don’t want it to feel dark and cluttered like some beloved granny’s houses of the past. You have inspired me that we can have it all and make it look classy and high end and young, fresh and modern AND family friendly all at once. Thank you for sharing!! <3

Ps...what size print of the minted abstract art did you go with in your dining room?

Designing Vibes

Monday 6th of August 2018

Carrie!! bahaha! I love how you said you don't want to feel like you are on the set of madmen....I totally feel the same way. love it!! Thank you for basically giving me the most amazing compliment ever. You don't even know how much that means to me. Sometimes I second-guess my mixing of styles and think it would be so much easier to just be a copy cat. As far as the art goes, I ordered the largest size Minted had. With the frame, the dimensions are 46x46. I hope this helps! Thanks for brightening my day, girl. xoxo

Mary-The Boondocks Blog

Wednesday 18th of July 2018

Huge difference Erica. I have to be honest with you I didn't think the chrome would work but now after readying your post I am looking at it with a different eye. I get being the only girl in a house full of boys. Before I had my girls, which was five years after the boys, it was all trucks and manly things. So it comes as no surprise that you would want a touch of the feminine. The chrome adds a bit of whimsy to the room that would be lacking had you painted it black. Yes, I can see that now, and I'm so glad you kept that beautiful chandelier! This is definitely Erica's farmhouse and I'm lovin' it!!

Designing Vibes

Wednesday 18th of July 2018

Thank you so much, friend. Your words always brighten my day, and I am so glad you get "erica's farmhouse" haha! xoxo


Saturday 14th of July 2018

Amazing results Erica! I'm so pleased to see that you kept the chrome. You are a shining example and inspiration of how to incorporate elements of other styles into your own personal style.

Designing Vibes

Sunday 15th of July 2018

Thank you so much, Carol. You truly brightened my day with your sweet words. xoxo

Julie S

Wednesday 11th of July 2018

Oh, well done Erica! The chrome and the capiz keep it from looking like the generic "safe" farmhouse design that has become so rote. You truly made farmhouse exciting and interesting here! One question, I'd like to hear if that cowhide drives you batty moving chairs in and out. I know from other bloggers they are easy to clean, but I just imagine thrice daily vaccuuming of crumbs and laying the flipped edge lobes down again after children and husbands disturb it.

Designing Vibes

Wednesday 11th of July 2018

Thank you so much, Julie. Your opinion means a ton , because I know you are very well versed in design(I can always tell by reading your comments that you know what you are talking about). As far as the cowhide goes...I ain't gonna lie. It can be a pain in the rear. As you said, it does like to occasionally curl up in one particular corner of the rug. It is not so much the chairs that do it, because it is in a corner where there isnt any furniture. It is more if you happen to trip on where it likes to curl (if that makes sense).

Have a fabulous day, girl! xoxo

Marty Oravetz

Tuesday 10th of July 2018

I love, love, love it all. It is truly stunning. I love the mix of stark modern and farmhouse and you have done it to perfection. This dining room is fabulous. Great job.

Designing Vibes

Tuesday 10th of July 2018

Thank you so much, Marty. You are seriously the best. You don't even know how happy that makes me to hear. :)