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.
We’ve been working on our 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 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 beginning. Here’s a BEFORE of the dining room area that I’m working with in our 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 beach vibe. I want give a nod to the fact that you’re ocean front, but I don’t want that look to be in your face.
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 ceiling fan and replace it with a fabulous statement making 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.
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 instincts and went with the larger version.
And yes, the chandelier is hanging a bit higher than I’d normally hang a fixture above a table, but this rustic beauty is meant to serve as a light fixture for the entire space, not just for table lighting.
We’ve come a long way in the space already, but we’re finally finished with the major 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 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!
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