Modern Farmhouse Dining Room with Hygge and West Wallpaper from The Fauxmartha

Something old. Something new. Something bargained. Something blue. That’s my design philosophy in a nutshell, at least one of them. Though, depending on the room, sometimes blue looks a whole lot like green.

Modern Farmhouse Dining Room with vintage chalkboard from The Fauxmartha

My other design philosophy—get to know a space well and then design the room around its personality and needs. The dining room is the space where we eat dinner and breakfast on the weekend. That’s a given. It’s also the place where we share our highs and lows from the day, where Hal paints and builds Playdoh sundaes, and where all the mail and clutter seems to gather. This room, too, is the centerpiece of the house. Figuratively and literally. You can see it from every room downstairs—the living room, the kitchen, and the office. We had to design around all of these things. (To see all post sources, scroll to the bottom.)

Fauxdenza with Hygge and West Wallpaper from The Fauxmartha

In the end, I wanted this space to feel bright, special, quirky, modern, and happy. Because when sitting down to dinner after a long day, I feel anything but. My hope was that if I fed the room dinner, maybe it would feed me back. After two years of finagling, it does just that.

Modern Farmhouse Dining Room with Fauxdenza using Semihandmade Doors from The Fauxmartha

Designing spaces is a bit like getting to know yourself—you try on his jokes, her poise, and Jennifer Aniston’s haircut until you find what fits. The only difference is the price tag. Mistakes and revisions are mighty expensive in home design. And, despite following my design philosophies, I made so many in this room over the last 2 years. Thank goodness for Craigslist, or we never would have been able to recoup all of our (my) expensive mistakes.

Modern Farmhouse Dining Room with Hygge and West Wallpaper from The Fauxmartha

The Wallpaper

From the beginning, the room felt too white. (Says the girl who wanted an all white house.) All-white spaces photograph beautifully, but in person, they can sometimes feel too stark. That’s exactly how this room felt. I photoshopped a thousand colors into this room, but nothing felt right against the neighboring green office. After eating at The Bachelor Farmer, a Nordic Minneapolis restaurant coated in Nethercote wallpaper, I fell in love with the subtle pattern.

Modern Farmhouse Dining Room and Windsor Chairs from The Fauxmartha

The Chairs

These modern Windsor chairs are actually metal patio chairs from Target, intended for our backyard. I brought one inside on a whim to see how they’d look around the dining room table. Next thing you know, the old chairs were on Craigslist, and we had patio chairs for dining room chairs.

Modern Farmhouse Painting from The Fauxmartha

The Painting

The farmhouse painting, also titled Two Weeks Without Internet, is the only remnant from the original design—a painting I did in our first two weeks of living in the house sans internet. It’s just the pop of color this room (and the center of the house) needed.

Modern Farmhouse Dining Room from The Fauxmartha

The Fauxdenza

We needed extra storage in this room for Hal’s crafting and Playdoh sundae supplies, plus some overflow storage from the kitchen. We didn’t have a ton of room to work with—a shallow 16-inch depth at most. It’s nearly impossible to find storage furniture with that shallow of a depth. Ikea saved the day with their narrow upper cabinets. We set them directly on the ground, placing a slight shim underneath so that the doors would have enough clearing space.

To make the fixture look a bit more custom, we replaced the Ikea doors with Semihandmade Doors and added hefty pulls. Kev found a piece of remnant marble from Craigslist and had it cut to size. Ikea upper cabinets have never looked so good. And our dining room has never looked so tidy.

Modern Farmhouse Faudenza with kids storage from The Fauxmartha

The Chalkboard

I love mixing a bit of the old with the new. In minimal design, it really helps to add a layer of cozy to the space. To add visual weight and warmth to the wall, I went in search of a vintage slate chalkboard found here. I also needed a place to meal plan, so that I’d actually meal plan. It’s our heaviest wall hanging, weighing in at 90 lbs, hanging by a cleat.

Two years in the making, the Modern Farmhouse Dining Room is happy and finished.

Modern Farmhouse Dining Room with Ikea Fauxdenza from The Fauxmartha

Dining Room Sources

Faudenza Sources

Sektion Ikea Upper Cabinets (30x15x40″) | Semihandmade Doors in SuperMatte White Shaker | Remnant Marble cut to size (Craigslist) | Oil-Rubbed Bronze 6″ Larkin Pulls

Room Sources

Hygge & West Nethercote Wallpaper (Gray) | Vintage Slate Chalkboard | Grey Glass Lamp | Dinner Bell | Mail Vessel | Vintage Fan | Blue Utility Stool | Butte 18″ Black Matte Pendant | 72″ Canby Parsons Dining Table | Windsor Metal Chairs | White Vase | Case Study Tree StandModern Farmhouse Painting
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