A Modern Coastal Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover In Our Beach Condo

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Mixing styles of decor in your home keeps it looking fresh and interesting.  Take a look at how I’ve combined a rustic chandelier with modern farmhouse style in my dining room.

Rustic chandelier mixed with modern farmhouse dining room style || Worthing Court

We’ve been working on our cozy new-to-us beach condo for weeks and I’m super excited to start sharing the changes that we’ve made with you!  First up is the dining area.  I want to show you how this GORGEOUS rustic chandelier from Lighting Connection inspired the entire new look for the relaxed dining room area.  Annnd…there’s an amazing giveaway from Lighting Connection at the bottom, so be sure to read to the end.  You don’t want to miss it!

DISCLOSURE: I was compensated for this post by Lighting Connection.  All opinions are mine alone.

Let’s start at the very beginning.  Here’s a BEFORE of the dining room area that I’m working with in our new condo.  As you can see, it’s a small area that opens to kitchen and the front entry area.  What you can’t see in this photo is that it is also open to the family room.  My goal was to get rid of the beach-look overload and replace it with modern farmhouse style with just a bit of a coastal beach vibe.  I want to give a nod to the fact that you’re ocean front, but I don’t want that look to be in your face.

Dining Room with a small wooden table, a mural on the wall and an old fan/light above the table.

When I’m designing a space, I need an inspiration piece.  I may have an idea of the general look that I’m going after, but it really helps to find something specific to inspire me.  I started out on Pinterest (you can follow me HERE), but I couldn’t find the exact combination of styles and colors that got my design juices flowing.  Know what I mean?

When I wasn’t successful finding the inspiration that I needed on Pinterest, I turned to looking at light fixtures.  I knew that I wanted to get rid of the dated ceiling fan and replace it with a fabulous statement making modern rustic chandelier.  I found exactly what I was after at Lighting Connection when I came across their Costello Orb Chandelier and then the rest of my design plans fell into place.

Costello Orb Rustic Chandelier || Worthing Court

Costello Orb Chandelier from Lighting Connection

And here’s what this beautiful rustic chandelier looks like in place.  Love, love, love!  Yes, it’s large (it’s the 26″, 6 light version) – in fact you may think that it’s too large for the space.  But, because of the way the kitchen, front entry and family room are all open to one another, I felt like a smaller fixture would get lost in the space.  I admit that I was pretty nervous, but now that it’s in place, I’m really happy that I listened to my inner design instincts and went with the larger version.

The walls painted white with a larger table in the dining room and the orb light hanging above it.

And yes, the chandelier is hanging a bit higher then I’d normally hang a fixture above a table, but this knockout rustic beauty is meant to serve as a light fixture for the entire space, not just for table lighting.

Small dining room with rustic chandelier during makeover || Worthing Court

We’ve come a long way in the space already, but we’re finally finished with the major condo projects and are down to the fun decorating part.  😀  Here’s a breakdown of our to-do list for this part of the condo.

  • Paint walls (Sherwin Williams Snowbound), trim (Sherwin Williams Extra White) and ceilings (Sherwin Williams Ceiling White)
  • Remove tile and replace flooring (Tavern Oak Laminate Flooring from Lowes)
  • Add board and batten to wall behind table
  • Paint board and batten a medium shade of gray
  • Remove ceiling fan and replace with a statement chandelier
  • Purchase larger dining table
  • Purchase end chairs that have a beach vibe
  • Paint existing side chairs and barstools
  • Add an area rug
  • Add artwork

I’ll be sharing all of the resources as we complete the room.  For now, I’m happy to report that this area is coming along exactly as I envisioned when I created this dynamic mood board to help keep me on point.  Psst!  Love the idea of using a mood board for your own home decorating?  Learn how easy it is to create one by clicking HERE!

Rustic chandelier mixed with modern farmhouse dining room style || Worthing Court

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36 Comments

  1. As always, your post INSPIRE me!
    THANKS

  2. Love your lighting choice! Can’t wait to see more!!

  3. Oh I love this> I tried to talk my nice into something similar for her beach condo!

  4. Norma Rolader says:

    Beautiful!!!! Great ideas and tips and thank you for a chance to win

  5. Suzy, that light IS a statement piece. Love it, and what a great change from the ceiling fan. Can’t wait to see more of your beach decor. Thank you for the opportunity to win..

  6. Hey Suzy,
    So excited for the beach condo.
    Just a suggestion? if you want to.
    Remove the cabinet over the bar/trash area to open up
    the DR and Kitchen area.
    Not much loss in soffit or cabinet space but wil make a huge difference.
    No worries ?
    Love ya?

  7. Really like the light. Looks like you are well on your way to completing your design plan! 😉

  8. Your post couldn’t have come at a better time for me. My husband just built us a garage that has a huge picture window. I told him it needs a chandelier. Great choices. Thank you Suzy. <3

  9. I have just started some changes in our home – my walls, draperies, and sofa are all neutral – a creamy color – so a complete change is very easy. I left all the neutral items in place – but I started my redo of the entire house by using an inspiration piece. It is a beautiful wool area rug with a number of colors – every room will have a touch of one color or other – and I am painting a hutch in a color selected from the rug. I have a large sample piece that I can take with me when I shop. That rug is making my update easy and fun. It took awhile to pick the inspiration rug but when I saw it I just knew.

  10. Richard Conner says:

    Suzy.
    Your article is inspiring. You are the Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten) of home decor.
    Keep up the great work.

  11. What fun to decorate a beach condo. Love what you have done so far.

  12. Mary Stevens says:

    I have the same wicker chairs at my table I love them!

  13. I think the scale is perfect, Suzy and love the rustic charm! Love the wicker chairs with the table too – perfect for a beach home. Looks like you’ve got great plans for this space and can’t wait to see the reveal.

  14. mattsgramma says:

    WOW, what a splendid transformation! Love the lighting selection and white cabinetry. I agree with considering removal of cabinet above counter to open up the space into the kitchen area.

  15. Wow, you’re moving right along! By the time I get there to help, you’ll be done!!

    Love the light, great choice!

  16. I love a good before and after! That chandelier is stunning. What a statement piece!

  17. I would call this a modern farmhouse look, looks great!

  18. Love the light fixture! The condo is looking great!

  19. Carol Jones says:

    I never tire of your post …always an inspiration.

  20. Christy crenshaw says:

    I love the new chandelier. I am looking forward to seeing more of the new condo.

  21. Love the chandelier over your table. I need new lighting in several areas, so winning would be wonderful! Thanks, Suzy, for the opportunity!

  22. Margie Ayers says:

    Always love your blog.

  23. Lisa metcalfe says:

    Great choice! Perfect mix of farmhouse and beach house.

  24. this room is stunning!!

  25. Candy Walsh says:

    I love the light you chose for that space! It all looks so inviting!

  26. The whole room is so inviting & beautiful…..

  27. Michelle Ward says:

    I entered. The light fixtures are beautiful. Thank you.

  28. The changes in your beach condo are amazing…can’t wait to see more!

  29. Angela Hendricks says:

    I have always loved chandeliers but my house is small and I wouldn’t know which style to get. Chandeliers are so pretty and elegant looking though. Much better than a plain old light fixture or ceiling fan.

  30. Norma Rolader says:

    Thank you for all your inspirations that you share with us … May you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving

  31. Very cute! Looking forward to the finished product!

  32. Pam Larsen says:

    Hi, Suzy! I was just wondering if you have any more updates on your beach condo. I continue to look at what you have done thus far, since it looks like such a beautiful retreat.
    July 2019
    Pam

    1. Hi Pam. Thank you for asking about the condo. There haven’t been any updates as we actually sold it last winter. Kind of sad, but my husband is retiring soon and we wanted to be able to do other things besides just go to the beach.