This post is one I have been waiting to write for a YEAR. We moved into our house December 2017 and we had a ton of projects. I tend to get excited and the ideas flow and I want to do every project right away. The practical husband that I call mine has to tell me to slow my role and pick and choose what can be done and what has to wait. The dining room was one of those projects that just had to wait since it isn’t a space we use a ton. Here we are a year later and we FINALLY have it complete! I am so excited to share our dining room reveal with you!

Here is the before….

Here is the after! (more photos below)

modern dining room before and after

The first thing we chose was a table and chairs. Actually, we chose the chairs first. I spotted these modern chairs on CB2 and loved the tight upholstery and how wide the seats were. We have wood chairs in our kitchen so for the dining space I wanted a fabric chair. I was drawn to the ivory at first but we opted for the charcoal grey for practicality reasons. The metal is not a true gold or a true copper but somewhere in between. I like to mix metals in my home styling (and also in the way I dress) so it does not bother me that they aren’t gold gold.

CB2 dining chairs

After we selected the chairs we looked for a table. I am not a huge wood person unless it is on the floor or in a small accent. The room is big and we were able to fit a 10 foot table. 10 feet of wood with our personal style aesthetic felt HEAVY to me. I did love this one and it was strong contender but in the end we fell in love with the glass and gold finishes of this one. Some of you warned me glass is annoying to keep clean but it just needs to be dusted! We don’t really sit in there often so fingerprints aren’t an issue!

While the table and chairs were being processed we had to tackle the country cottage style of the doors on the hutch. I really gravitate towards clean lines and the scallop of the woodwork was not my style. My dad has a friend who transformed our doors from country cottage to clean and modern! Then my dad wood filled the new look and secured the glass on the doors with extra hinges and repainted them. They look brand new and completely transformed the beautiful built ins especially with these glass and gold handles we added!

built in dining hutch

Then came the rug. If I am being honest, I may move this out of here. It is REALLY hard to find a cowhide big enough and we placed it down before the table was delivered. The glass top of the table is SO HEAVY and the delivery guys almost dropped it on the trek up our driveway. (Joe had to run outside and help!) With that said, Joe already gave me the side eye when I danced around the subject of potentially moving it out and getting a larger rug for under it. So we will see! For now, I like it.

glass top dining table

Choosing art for for your space is personal and can also be really overwhelming. This is my second time working with Minted on a project and they are my favorite retailer by far to choose art from. They have a huge selection and offer so many pieces with personality. I think that is the key word when choosing a piece of art. It needs to fit your own personality. When my husband and I select art for our home we like it to have a meaning. Of course there may be some times when we choose something just because we like the piece but for the most part we select things that speak to us in a personal way.  My husband is a huge Liverpool soccer fan. We were scrolling Minted trying to find the perfect piece and we stopped on this one. The theme here is that the large table and the chairs are very modern. We needed to balance out the modern with something old and something that had character. This piece of art is the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool and the little guy perching up top is the Liverbird. It has been said that if the two birds fly away then the city would cease to exist.

west elm modern light in dining roomminted artwork

The bar cart was something else we knew we wanted in the space. (You can read my full post on styling a bar cart here). I plan to add some seasonal touches come spring but for the most part the glassware and accessories are here to stay! I also discussed the wall art from Minted in that post and why we chose each piece. Our current home is located in a town where horse farms are in walking distance so we loved this guy as an homage to our new roots. The skeleton key with the 46 on it is a nod to my upbringing since the house number I grew up in was 46. I love choosing art pieces that speak to personal experiences and can relate back to something meaningful.

bar cart stylingmodern bar cart styling

The last thing we added were the curtains. They gave me issues. Not these- these are gorgeous and perfect. But it is ridiculously hard to find a white curtain! I went through three different kinds before my mom found these at good old Target. When will I learn…Target knows best. When we put them up they looked heavy and plain so we added these gorgeous brass and marble tie backs to go with the rods. The rods have these pretty quilted glass finials on the ends that add that touch of vintage to the modern room.

anthropologie curtain tie backs

Since there is a lot of modern in the room we moved our record player into this corner. If you feel like your space is too much of something then add a different touch. Our room was feeling too modern so adding this vintage touch really helped to even it out. The table we have is sold out but this one is similar about a third of the price!

vintage record playerfrom above record player

I know that is a lot of text so if there are any specific questions please ask! I will link everything in the room that is available below. Some pieces in the built in hutches are old so let me know if there is something you need details on!

modern dining room design


**Thank you to Minted for partnering with me on the artwork for this space**



  1. Megan
    February 4, 2018 at 9:50 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Stunning Karen!! Absolutely love this table for you as opposed to wood. Everything is perfectly styled 💗

    xo megan


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