While a modern aesthetic will almost always compliment open concept kitchen designs, that doesn’t mean it’s your only option. Take a look at your current kitchen and dining room, and make note of what you like about them, design-wise. Is there a certain lighting fixture you absolutely love? A few antique pieces that add extra character? Choose to build around these elements in your new open concept space.

Wow I love this transformation!! Your dining room is beautiful and you have such a great story behind it. My husband and I bought a log cabin-style home (our first home!) and we have pine boards just like yours throughout our house. Are you glad you painted them white? Would you recommend doing that throughout the house and leaving the pine trim in it’s original state? Do you mind sharing which white paint you chose?


Boxy shapes and tin-pan metals make up the theme of this eating area masterpiece. It doubles as a game room and triples as a simple gathering place to plan family events. The repurposed stove vent overhead lighting and canned greenery, with mismatched bench seating and cross back chairs surrounding a long bench table make this country-style room a unique display.

With Far Eastern elements and artistic ideas of rustic country designs comes an eclectic and emerging “junkyard” type of dining area. The true charm of this room, besides the hardy butcher-block type dining table, is the onyx pipe-metal lighting overhang, the two-door glass bureau buffet, and the ‘not-exactly-matching’ armless parsons and round back chairs, roughly unfinished but uniquely complete.
While a modern aesthetic will almost always compliment open concept kitchen designs, that doesn’t mean it’s your only option. Take a look at your current kitchen and dining room, and make note of what you like about them, design-wise. Is there a certain lighting fixture you absolutely love? A few antique pieces that add extra character? Choose to build around these elements in your new open concept space.

There are accent walls and accent chairs, but in this case, there is such thing as an accent table. This bold ruddy-complected country table brags cross back chairs and a jute area rug. Topped off with a metallic electric candle chandelier and standard silverware/dish buffet, you can add a large Roman numeral battery-operated wall clock and let the sunshine in.
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