Dining Room Makeover: Modern Farmhouse

We recently chatted with one of our style ambassadors Kathleen Germs (@kathleengerms) to learn more about her dining room refresh. As a mom with young kids, Kathleen needed a dining space that would be suitable for both craft time and entertainment!

We are so happy we were able to help Kathleen bring her modern farmhouse dreams to life, and we cannot wait to tell you more about it.

Check out the full article below to learn more about our dining sets and how you can achieve this look in your space too!


Q & A with Style Ambassador Kathleen Germs

What made you decide to tackle the dining room with this makeover?
We recently moved into a new home, and have been working towards incorporating a modern farmhouse look throughout. Out of all the rooms in our house, the dining room was definitely top of my list for a makeover!

What was your vision for the room?
As a mom of young kids, I wanted to create a welcoming dining area where we could have lots of family conversations. My boys love to do crafts and colouring – so I was also looking for pieces that would be comfy and accommodate all their needs! Look wise, I wanted a rustic table and dining room chairs to match the new colours in our home.

What three words would you use to describe how you wanted your new dining space to feel?
Inviting, cozy, and loving.

Grindleburg Dining table cross base

How did you approach choosing furniture/accessories for the space? Do you have any tips to share?
Pinterest was super helpful in determining which pieces would help bring that modern farmhouse look to life! I would highly recommend building a vision board before you start, as it can really help with picking items that match your goals on the website.

Which pieces (from Dufresne) did you choose?
We went with the Grindleburg 5 Piece Casual Dining Set, and the Jirou 8 by 10 area rug.

Table top wood grain close up.

Besides new furniture, did you make any other changes to the room to bring your vision to life?
Absolutely! To help tie everything together, we added some wall art!

How close to your original vision is the new room? What do you love about it?
Our dining space is exactly what I wanted and more. Everyone that comes over comments on how much they love our kitchen, and how cohesive everything is throughout the space. The dining room table and carpet are a true focal point for the space, and really brought the modern farmhouse theme to life!

How does your new space reflect your lifestyle?
From crafts to dinner parties and everything in between, we have a really busy household. The big table truly accommodates all our needs and will continue to be useful as the boys grow up too!

Do you have any advice for creating a multi-functional, family-friendly space?
I absolutely love the carpet under the table. I know lots of people think I’m nutty for having a carpet, but it really breaks up the space and adds to the coziness. I also chose a carpet with dark spots in it so that when food gets dropped, it wouldn’t be super noticeable. Let me tell you, I have two very messy boys and the carpet has not been a problem!

Shop the Look

If you want your space to look on-trend yet still be inviting, the modern farmhouse look is for you. The combination of pieces with a traditional farm-like look and those that are more consistent with contemporary decor is a great way to add more warmth to your home.

For her space, Kathleen went with the Grindleburg 5 Piece Casual Dining Set.

Grindleburg 5 Piece Dining set

This rectangular dining room table is a well-made country farm inspired piece. Crafted with reclaimed pine wood, this table is the perfect addition to any dining space. Did we mention this dining table set can fit up to six people?

If the dual-texture look is not for you, the Stormy Ridge 5 Piece Casual Dining Set is another great option.

Stormy Ridge 5 Piece Casual Dining Set

This solid wood table can open to 72” and features pronounced distressing in the Chicory finish to mimic the look of time-worn wood for more of an antique farmhouse look. The soft slate black painted bases add a warm touch of modernization to the piece – making it the perfect addition to your dining area.

With it’s nailhead accents on the dining room chairs, this next option is sure to meet your modern farmhouse goals!

The Caitbrook 7 Piece Casual Dining Set features an antiqued gray wash finish and can fit up to six people.

Caitbrook 7 Piece Casual Dining Set

Featuring dining room chairs with a classic X-back style to mimic a barn, it’s no wonder this stunning set is such a fan favourite!

To compliment her dining set, Kathleen also added the Jirou Area Rug to complete the look!

Jirou area rug close up detail
Jirou area rug

With it’s soft pile and faded motif of a diamond pattern, this rug is a great way to incorporate that modern farmhouse look into your space. No matter the colour scheme of your room, the blend of gray, taupe, and off-white throughout the rug are sure to match any room.

If something a little less-detailed is more your vibe, the Focus Area Rug is a great substitute.

Focus Area Rug close up detail
Focus Area Rug

Featuring quatrefoil shapes on a crisp cool-toned background, this rug will definitely add some farmhouse flair to your space.

Now if rugs aren’t your thing, a great way to compliment a dining table is with a beautiful light fixture. For the perfect mix of modern and farmhouse, why not try the Joella Chandelier?

Joella Chandalier in kitchen.
Joelle chandelier

With its sleek bronze-tone finish that’s almost black and rustic style elements, this fixture will absolutely ensure your dining space has a modern farmhouse look!

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