Modern Farmhouse Dining Room Reveal

Heyyyy guys! It's BEFORE & AFTER time, y'all!

To say i'm excited to share this Modern Farmhouse Dining Room reveal is an understatement. I am beyond THRILLED! This was a dream project for me. Not only was the client amazing to work with - I mean, she's cool, smart, and super funny. But, she was also really willing to embrace the design process and select special pieces that would really elevate the room to a new level. Read = Dream Client.

In it's past life, the dining room was essentially an old couch storage room. Sad. When the family moved into their gorgeous home earlier in the year, they simply didn't know what to do with this space. Sounds familiar, right? It's very common for people to upgrade in home size, and find that there are rooms they just don't know how to use. It can be daunting to start from scratch. Luckily, the room had beautiful bones: bright and airy windows, perfect dark floors, classic grey paint, and fresh white trim and floor boards. Take a look!






After a little chat, I learned that the client really likes the warmth and vibe of the modern rustic style. Perfect! This dining room is the first room you see when you walk in the door, so we wanted the room to really make an impact. My immediate vision included a farmhouse-inspired dining table, a colorful buffet, and an elongated metal and glass box chandelier. After I found the blue buffet, the color pallet emerged, and the rest fell into place.

It all started with that table. Purrrr. This stunning chevron farm table from Magnolia Home (Oh yes, THAT Magnolia (Hiya Chip & Joanna! Hi!) was a showstopper from the beginning! I'm always hunting for items with unique texture or design that sets it apart from others.

Then, I set eyes on this stunner of a blue buffet. People who know me, know that turquoise is my thing. I'm obsessed. So, I obviously matriculate towards literally ANY turquoise item in a store. Fortunately, my client has the same turquoise obsession (disorder?). She bought it on the spot. (omg best client ever!) A hammered metal lamp, leggy greenery, and a ceramic bowl of pears add texture, color, and dimension to this spectacular piece. The bold yellow canvas adds height, color, and a soothing presence to this room. It's a miracle I didn't steal it.

The blue buffet triggered a memory of a long lost pair of paintings I had from a former life (aka.. pre-kids). I knew in my heart of hearts that this lovely set of magnolia paintings MUST live in this dining room. I dusted them off and voilà... it was truly meant to be, no? I also wanted to add extra seating for a crowd, while adding interest and color. Hence, these INSANELY FABULOUS custom X-benches in the perfect shade of kiwi. A little nailhead goes a long way, friends.

Who doesn't love a dreamy window seat? This beautiful window just screamed for a tufted bench and colorful pillows. You know I can't resist multi-functional furniture! Extra seating? Check.

The pièces de ré·sis·tance is this gorgeous refurbished china cabinet by Krizia, the crazy-talented mastermind of Oak & Olive Home. The charcoal /midnight blue matte paint, paired with the hand-stamped background and darling hardware.... I. JUST. CANNOT! This little gem of a china cabinet had to be mine (err..Corissa's (aka..the client)), and upon first sight, Corissa said 'YES!". We've all been in love ever since.

It's all in the details, right? These sweet little bowls were scored from the, get this... BOWL DEPARTMENT at Target. I know, right?! People could actually EAT from these bowls? Weird. I already miss them.

The black spindle-back chairs and rectangular chandelier were the cherries on top of this beautiful room. Black is so bold and grounding, but also serves as the perfect neutral. I love the contrast against the light, striped rug and brown table. Using my Rule of Three, I always try to have the core colors appear in at least three spots in the room. Turquoise, yellow, black, and green, with little sprinkles of natural wood throughout, equals a stunning and colorful space.

Thank you Corissa and Jeff! I hope you love your new dining room as much I enjoyed creating it. I look forward to your next dinner party!

Photos by the lovely and talented Karrah Staats.

Welcome to the Millhaus Design Collective blog! My name is Lindsay Williams, and I'm the principal designer for Millhaus Design Collective.

Ten years ago, I fell in love with this guy, moved into his bachelor pad, and immediately changed everything. What started as a passion project to decorate my home, has evolved into an opportunity to help others create the home or space of their dreams.


Armed with a knack for finding great deals and beautiful things, I'd love to help make your world more throw pillow at a time.