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Budget finds for creating a "farm house modern" dining room

The Forever Home Project: Dining Room Update

Happy Monday guys.  We spent the weekend finally entertaining in the new house and it felt so great.  We had three families over, 7 adults and 8 kids in all. The littles wore their Halloween costumes and the adults stuffed our faces with some super yummy chicken tortilla chili/soup (keep an eye out for the recipe in our newsletter soon) and watched lots of college football.

I’ve been fortunate to score some major deals lately and we finally have the house furnished enough to accommodate entertaining.  Which means it’s time for a Forever Home Update!  Today I’m sharing my progress on the dining room and our attempt at farm house modern.  Just as Julee tackled a totally blank space with her living room last week, we also started with a clean slate here.

modern sisal rug options from FLORRead on for a glimpse at what we’ve accomplished so far. Also, I would really appreciate your help again.

We need to select a rug for this room to cover up the majority of those weird dark floors and I’d love for you guys to weigh in on our top two contenders in the comments (spoiler: there will be a related giveaway here in the very near future).

The first thing we had to address was in this room was the table. The room is big enough to accommodate a table that seats 8 to 10 so we wanted to get a large table (without a corresponding large price tag).  Enter my newfound love/addiction for Joss & Main.

Budget finds for creating a modern farm house dining room

I mentioned in my last dining room update that we took the plunge and ordered the above table from the flash deal site – after that I nervously held my breath for a good couple of weeks and waited to see how it would look in the room.

In the meantime we also purchased 10 white dining chairs and 3 matching bar stools for the kitchen from Target. (We took advantage of a promotion they were having in which you saved 20% after spending a certain amount total – can’t remember exactly how much now.)

Above is how the two look together. I love the light “oatmeal” color of the table and I’m very impressed with how sturdy and well-made it is.  Plus I got it for less than half of the price other online furniture stores are asking for it. (Side note: the table isn’t on sale right now but I’ve seen it on Joss & Main 3 times in the last month so chances are good it may come around again.)

I’m really pleased with the outcome and plan to add some type of fancier chairs to the ends of the table sometime in the future.  There’s no big rush though since we used the same chairs for our eat-in kitchen table and can always use those for extra seating.

budget finds for getting a modern farm house dining room

Once we figured out a place for people to sit and eat, the next big thing to tackle was storage. Although not designed specifically as a dining room hutch, I was really excited about all the color options and, again, the price of these accent cabinets. Once I saw a buy one, get one 40% off online deal at Target I was sold.

Budget pieces for getting a modern farm house dining room

These hutches hold all of our china and crystal safely and the green adds a nice pop of color.  Once the hutches arrived I realized that we could use one more to fit the space and for the storage so I ordered another.

Now three more things remain in this room – lighting, wall art, and flooring.  The lighting’s going to have to wait a while and the art is temporary. The canvas up now is old but I’ve got these rad Halloween prints on the wall and I can replace  those with the same shop’s Thanksgiving and Christmas printables ($5 to download the set and $3 each to print at Staples using their engineer prints option), so that will get me through the holidays.

The flooring really needs an immediate update though. If you can’t tell from the photo, the flooring in here is a pretty cheap laminate flooring.  Why the previous owners choose a dark laminate when the rest of the floors in the downstairs are a light natural wood is beyond me, but it doesn’t go real well with the wood trim and windows.

My solution?  As large of a rug as possible.  You may remember we tried out the carpet-tile product FLOR in our old house.  I immediately thought of using it again because I knew they offered some interesting, modern sisal options.  Also, I loved the idea of being able to replace just one tile instead of the entire rug if someone spilled something especially messy while eating.

So I reached out to them and, good news, they’re going to help out both me and you.  Today I need your help picking out a new rug for this space and in the next couple of weeks we’ll be giving away a $250 gift card to FLOR.  So here are the two choices I’m mulling over:

modern sisal rug options from FLOR

  1. Roadside Attraction – color: Eggnog, $17/ 19.7″ square
  2. Vintage Vibe – color: Cream, $19/ 19.7″ square

I’m leaning towards the chunky weave of roadside attraction but I really like the ikat-like pattern of Vintage Vibe too.

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Which rug would you choose?

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

michelle October 28, 2013 at 3:00 am

Tough decision both are beautiful, personally love anything ‘vintage’…plus it seems like it will go well with the hutch :)


Amy October 28, 2013 at 4:07 am

Roadside Attraction is more visually appealing, but looks like it would be harder to keep clean under a dining table. I’m thinking of spilled food getting stuck in that texture … so I would lean toward Vintage Vibe.

BTW, I just ordered 2 of those cabinets after seeing them here. I think they will fit perfectly in our dining area, too. And now I am off to look at more of the Flor site, since we also need a rug!


lisa October 28, 2013 at 9:54 am

Chunky Weave. It has more substance and in a large room like a dining room, will give the space more depth. The vintage vibe may get lost in the big space.


Leslie October 28, 2013 at 10:34 am

I’d go with the vintage vibe.


Michelle October 28, 2013 at 10:41 am

Loving the textural look of Roadside Attraction, so it gets my vote


lisa October 28, 2013 at 11:34 am

I like the chunky roadside attraction in a large dining room. The subtle pattern in the vintage vibe may get lost. What about a bright kelly green or yellow rug to match the cabinets, and then keep the rest of the dining room white.


tiffany October 28, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I love the modernity of the Roadside Attraction with everything else you have going on.


Meredith October 28, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Great furniture picks so far! ‘Roadside Attraction’ my 1st choice…the pattern is more neutral. Enjoy whichever choice you make! And PS, thank you for the introduction to ‘caravan shoppe’!!


kalani October 28, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Looove Flor!
Like the cushy look of Roadside Attraction but for an area that is going to see a lot of food and therefore a lot of crumbs, Vintage Vibe seems like a better choice. It just looks easier to clean. The pattern also is fun & modern without being brash which reminds me of your blog… 😉


CHRISTINA October 28, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Vintage Vibe.


Leah October 28, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I vote for Vintage Vibe…I think over a large space it will look really great!


Kindra October 28, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I vote for Vintage Vibe. The texture is interesting and echoes some of the other shapes in the room, like the chair backs. I think that the roadside attraction would hang onto too many crumbs! The texture is cool, but I don’t think it would be good for a dining room.


Bridget P. October 28, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Definitely Vintage Vibe.


Celeste October 29, 2013 at 12:35 am

I’m partial to Vintage Vibe.


Auriana October 29, 2013 at 12:58 am

I absolutely vote for Roadside Attraction. It is a pattern that catches your eye regardless of the direction you look – it’s always different. I think the modern take on a typical square pattern will go well with your modern yet vintage green pieces. Roadside Attraction will draw all eyes away from your dark floor!


Ann @ The Scrapbooking Housewife October 29, 2013 at 2:30 am

Love Roadside Attraction! We are in the market for an area rug and this may fit the bill!! :)


tina powell October 29, 2013 at 10:00 am

Vintage Vibe


Sarah Gannon October 29, 2013 at 11:09 pm

I prefer Vintage Vibe.


Lisa October 30, 2013 at 8:55 am

Vintage vibe all the way. A nice way to offset your simple chairs and table.


Linda November 1, 2013 at 11:46 am

In pictures Roadside Attraction’s pattern has a fake-y printed-on look. Maybe too chunky to be a believable weave? Vintage Vibe is nice, or if you want something more woven or sisal-looking maybe the Suit Yourself pattern would work?


lisa January 5, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Great beginning to your dining room. I love those green hutches.
My carpet choice would be Roadside Attraction.


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