Home Tour

Our Modern Farmhouse: Foyer, Dining, and Half Bath

A few weeks ago, we posted our first home tour article, giving you a look around the exterior of our house. Now it’s time to head inside and start showing you around the interior. Since most people come in through the front door, I it’s natural to start with the Foyer, Dining Room, and half bath, all of which are at the front of the house.


First impressions are very important! Henry and I wanted our home to have a modern feel as soon as you walked into the front door. A foyer is a place that should set the style for your home and make someone want to see more. Implementing white shiplap walls, black metal railing, industrial lighting, and a custom made barn door within the foyer was setting the tone for the entire home. They all captured the modern feel we were trying to convey.

The front door is solid mahogany with a clear coat of poly. We used the same flooring throughout the house, which is called Padua from ADM Flooring.

We went with a simple black industrial metal railing. We love the clean modern lines it creates in this space, and it goes perfectly with the windows and lighting. And the best part is that it was more affordable than traditional wood railing.

A modern farmhouse wouldn’t be complete without shiplap. In the planning process, shiplap was a must!Our shiplap is knotty pine, which means there are knot holes and imperfections, which was fine with us. We only went half way up with the shiplap in the foyer and capped it off with some trim. This made Henry’s and my Dad’s life a little bit easier. We let the drywall guys do the hard stuff up high. We painted all walls and trim the same color: Sherwin Williams Creamy. The she drywall has a flat finish and the shiplap and trim is satin.

For the lighting in the foyer, we went with an overhead industrial light and a couple of farmhouse wall sconces. The chandelier is a round 12 light Edison Bulb Chandelier from World Market. We love their lighting and they offer some great prices as well. Again, we felt like black was the best choice here in order to really stand out on the white. The wall sconces are from Houzz and have a touch of brass, which adds a nice contrast. These lights are very handy in leaving on at night time and add great mood lighting for the evening and night.

Henry made the barn door that leads to the dining room. We thought this was a nice to touch to add some color and also privacy for the dining room if needed. With the front door being stained wood, we chose to go with Sherwin Williams Dorian Grey.

Dining Room

The dining room is off to the right of the foyer through the barn door. Again, you will see the theme of black windows, white walls, and a modern light fixture. We recently bought a table from Pier One called the Bradding Table. It features a brushed, whitewashed finish with urn-shaped trestle legs. We chose the Darrin Stone Gray Dining Chair with Java Wood legs also from Pier One. We used white sheer linen curtains on all windows to allow for natural light. To add some more color, we went with the Hillsby Oriental Blue Area Rug from Joss and Main.

The chandelier here is a the Driftwood Ceiling Pendant from World Market, but sadly it’s no longer available. We absolutely love this light. It helps add just the right amount of texture and interest to this room.

Half Bath

Our half bath is in the hallway between the dining room and kitchen. We were so happy the plan called for a window in this room. The window allows the room to get lots of natural light and makes it feel bigger than it actually is. Yet, again you will notice the same theme, black window, white walls, and industrial lighting. The lighting here is the Vintage Industrial style Geometric Matte Black Iron Cage Pendant Light from Houzz. The vanity light is the Industrial Edison Antique Matte Black Wall Sconce from Houzz. For the vanity, we chose a light grey with marble top.

I hope you enjoyed this second post in our home tour series. I’m sure we might have forgot to mention a source here or there. So if you have any questions or want more information, please feel free to leave us a comment below.

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  • Reply Cheri @strangefarmhouse

    I love all the details! You have the best light fixtures too. Keep these posts coming 💕

    September 19, 2018 at 6:07 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hey Cheri! Thanks so much for the positive feedback and encouragement. We for sure plan on more every week!

      September 20, 2018 at 6:27 pm
  • Reply Maria

    Just stunning!!! Everything is beautiful!!! Can I ask you what size is your front door? Love it so much I want it for my house…

    September 20, 2018 at 1:46 am
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Maria! Sorry, we missed this comment somehow. They are two 30 inch wide doors 8 foot tall.

      May 14, 2019 at 1:24 pm
    • Reply Katharyn

      Are the floors wood? Absolutely stunning!!

      June 8, 2020 at 10:08 pm
  • Reply Crystal Henry


    September 20, 2018 at 12:19 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Thanks so much Chrystal! So glad you’re here to read our blog and hope you will follow up to see more posts.

      September 20, 2018 at 6:28 pm
  • Reply Tatiane

    Brooke and Henry! Congratulations! Your house and blog are beautiful.I really enjoyed reading it. I love how clean,organized,awesome pictures and well writing it is. You guys did a great job. I can’t wait to read more. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us 😊

    September 20, 2018 at 7:27 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hey there Tatiane! We are so excited you like the blog! Keep checking back for new articles and DIYs. So glad you stopped by!

      October 1, 2018 at 6:03 pm
  • Reply Amy

    Brooke, did you carry your flooring throughout your entire house, including all the bathrooms? The engineered wood is waterproof? Beautiful home! Love the black, white and modern lighting theme!

    October 1, 2018 at 4:48 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hey there Amy! Yes, we decided to do hardwood all over. It’s kind of a long story, but in our last build we had a flood due to my son flushing a toy down the toilet. The engineered hardwood didn’t buckle at all with a foot of water standing on it for several hours. This is what our decision to put it in the entire home. It’s easy clean and works out great! Hope this helps!

      October 1, 2018 at 6:02 pm
      • Reply Amy

        I’m looking into ADM flooring and wondered how your floors are holding up after living with them for a few years? Do they scratch/dent easily? Any issues at all? Padua is actually one of my top picks right now so it was exciting to see a few pictures of them installed. They looks beautiful. Thanks in advance!

        December 27, 2019 at 1:48 pm
        • Reply erin alvarez

          Hi Amy! I don’t see a response but I am wondering the same thing. Any chance you went with ADM floors? Thanks so much! Erin

          June 11, 2020 at 8:48 pm
          • Kandice

            Also wondering how they are holding up.

            March 16, 2022 at 1:30 pm
  • Reply Tahirah

    Your home is beautiful and I look forward to following your journey. Can I ask for more info on your hard floors? Thinking of replacing ours and love the color & clean lines. 😊

    October 3, 2018 at 2:20 am
    • Reply Henry

      Hi Tahirah,

      Thanks! Glad you like it. Our flooring is an engineered hardwood called Padua from ADM Flooring.

      October 3, 2018 at 1:25 pm
      • Reply Karla Hurd

        We just got several samples of ADM Flooring after seeing your blog. We are also building a modern farmhouse and have been looking for a similar color, style as yours. I did a little scratch test just with the metal part of a plug and with all the samples, we can see scratches. We have 3 kids and 2 dogs and worry about the damage they can do.

        I wanted to ask how hard you are on your floors and if you’ve noticed any scratching or wear that you’re not pleased with. Thank you. Your home is beautiful and very inspirational!

        January 6, 2019 at 6:54 am
        • Reply Henry

          We have a dog and a 12 year old son that rides his hover board and skateboard in the house. 🙂 After seeing your comment, I went and took another look at the area of flooring that gets the most traffic and there is only one scratch, but I believe it happened during the later stages of building where a nail was accidentally drug across the floor.

          I can honestly say these are the most durable floors we have ever had. I would say that if you did a deliberate scratch test on any flooring, you would be able to see a scratch mark. Hope that helps!

          January 7, 2019 at 5:32 pm
          • KARLA HURD

            Hi Henry, Thanks for your response. I am glad to hear that with the dog and active boy, your floors have held up. I was starting to lean towards WPC products due to their durability, but am happy to know that there is an affordable and durable wood option that is in our price range. One more quick question, if I might – did your sample match the final product? The sample of Padua that I received looks much darker than the pictures of your floor. The Vicenza sample that I received looks more similar. Just wondering how much variance there might be. I really appreciate your time, and love seeing your projects.

            January 8, 2019 at 9:36 pm
        • Reply Henry

          You’re very welcome! Yes, our samples did match, but yes there is some color variation between planks. And keep in mind that lighting plays a big role in how things appear. You can even see the difference between the various pictures here on our blog. Hope that helps!

          January 10, 2019 at 10:31 pm
  • Reply Allie Wagner

    Absolutely love the yellow stems in the dining room! Where did you find those?

    October 14, 2018 at 9:25 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Allie! Thank you so much! We actually purchased it from our local Hobby Lobby. We are so glad you are are following along with us!


      October 14, 2018 at 11:41 pm
  • Reply Ali

    It’s beautiful. We are considering this flooring for our new home. Can you tell me anything you aren’t as pleased with about the flooring? How’s cleaning? Do you have pets? Also, how did you find a flooring installer?

    December 7, 2018 at 10:55 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hi Ali,

      Thanks! Yes, we love our floors and haven’t had any issues with it. We do have one dog, and we have yet to see any scratches on it. It has a very durable finish and easy to clean. It is engineered hardwood called Padua from ADM Flooring.

      December 9, 2018 at 6:09 pm
  • Reply Fran

    Beautiful home! Where is the rug you have in your foyer and living room room?

    December 13, 2018 at 3:42 pm
    • Reply Henry

      Hello Fran! We are so glad you like our home. The rug in the foyer is from Target Home.

      December 17, 2018 at 1:39 am
  • Reply Kelli

    Love your house and blog, especially the diy projects. My husband is building the porch swing and the barn door. What color black paint did you use on the windows and bathroom barn door?

    December 14, 2018 at 4:13 am
    • Reply Henry

      Hello Kelli! Thank you so much for the kind words! I used Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black. Send us some pictures after he finishes so we can post on IG. We are excited to see his finished product!

      December 17, 2018 at 1:42 am
  • Reply Michelle

    Happy New Year! What a lovely home , every inch of it! Can you please share the color white paint and finish you used throughout your interior ? Did you use the same white paint on your kitchen cabinets? I love white walls, the perfect way to allow all your furnishings and decor to stand out and shine 🙂
    Michelle, Princeton NJ

    January 1, 2019 at 1:23 pm
    • Reply Henry

      Happy New Year to you too! Thank you. Glad you like it. The walls and trim are Sherwin Williams Creamy, with a flat finish on the drywall and satin on trim and shiplap. The cabinets are a slightly different color.

      January 7, 2019 at 5:25 pm
      • Reply holly

        I cannot find a Valspar color called creamy, I see creamy oat which looks quite yellow in the pic. Is that the color you used or did you color match the Valspar paint to a different brand color? Thanks!

        February 21, 2019 at 4:05 pm
        • Reply Henry

          Hi Holly. It’s actually Sherwin Williams Creamy. That was a typo on the article. I’ve corrected it.

          February 21, 2019 at 5:29 pm
  • Reply Brittney

    Beautiful house! Where is the metal railing from? Is it local or can I purchase at a chain store?

    February 25, 2019 at 3:58 am
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Brittany! Somehow we missed your comment. Our railings were custom made by a local iron company here in town called Appalachian Iron Works…we love them!

      April 28, 2019 at 11:56 am
  • Reply Jodi

    Did you use real wood interior doors (the two panel ones) or a Masonite door? Thanks! Beautiful home. Keep up the good work and posts!

    April 27, 2019 at 7:38 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Thanks! They are masonite doors. Let us know if you have any other questions.

      April 28, 2019 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Susan Mahony

    Hi! Your home is gorgeous!!! Would you mind sharing your black window source? And why you chose the one you used? Thank you s much!!!

    May 14, 2019 at 3:17 am
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Susan! We appreciate those kind words! We went with Plygem windows on this home. We chose those windows because at the time we built, there wasn’t many options in black windows. Now, the market is overflowing with options. We are actually picking out windows today for our new build. Stay tuned to see what we choose.

      May 14, 2019 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply Alyssa

    Hi! What a beautiful home 🙂 Where did you find all your black doorknobs? Love the,.

    June 13, 2019 at 9:43 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Alyssa! It has been over three years ago, but Im pretty sure we purchased from either Build.com or Overstock. I will try and find and link them.

      June 22, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    Would you mind sharing where bath mat is from?

    June 22, 2019 at 1:14 am
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Nicole. I purchased it from Target a couple of years ago, I will try and link if I can find it. We are working on a shop our house page right now.

      June 22, 2019 at 7:49 pm
  • Reply Liz Hunt

    Hi ! Where is the vanity from? Thank you!!

    September 12, 2019 at 9:56 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Liz! The vanity is from http://houzz.com/ They have lots of great options.

      November 18, 2019 at 7:48 pm
  • Reply Nikki

    Love your house! We’re building a farmhouse right now and many of our details are similar to yours (siding, roof, lights, etc). One thing we haven’t found is the front door. Where did you get yours from? I just love it!

    November 16, 2019 at 1:06 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Nikki! Thank you so muc for the kind words. Building is so exciting! We purchased our current front door from DSA Doors. We are also doing similar doors for our new house from Simpson Door Company and love them!

      November 18, 2019 at 7:50 pm
  • Reply Jennifer Rice

    Hi guys! We are in the market for a new sectional for our family room. Would you mind sharing information on yours? Pros/ Cons share it all! BTW you guys are adorable and I absolutely love your home! ❤️

    November 26, 2019 at 12:42 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Thanks!! We bought it at a local furniture store, but it’s made by Franklin Corporation. It’s super comfortable! The only con is that the material does seem to wear a bit.

      November 26, 2019 at 3:00 pm
  • Reply Hazel Bagwell

    Wow, I just discovered “Plank and PillowS” and think your modern farmhouse is gorgeous! Love your style. That look has become very popular in the Washington DC area. Your house tops them all. Also, thank you so much for walking us thru the paint color in the interior and exterior. Love the doors, too. I would love to see you on TV with your own design show. I stack you you up there with Leanne Ford and Jo/Chip Gaines.❤️

    January 10, 2020 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply Kyler

    Can ask you about your metal banister? Who did you have make that and would you mind sharing about how much that cost? I’ve been wanting to replace mine with this exact look but don’t know where to start! Thanks so much!

    March 6, 2020 at 12:21 pm
  • Reply Kyler

    One more question- did you use vinyl plygem windows? Would you use that brand again? Thx!

    March 6, 2020 at 12:25 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hey there Kyler!

      The windows were Plygem Aluminum Wood Clad.

      March 9, 2020 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply Abby

    so so so gorgeous!!!!!!!! I’m in love with EVERYTHING!!!! Do you happen to have a link to that wood table in your entry way! I love it so much!!!!

    July 20, 2020 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply Christopher Steven Lorenzo

    Hi. I recently purchased the same DSA door and was wondering what color and finish that is. I love it. Thanks

    August 26, 2020 at 5:15 pm
  • Reply Lisa Mooyman

    Hello, you will be able to tell I’m from the North because I’m going to ask the rude question: cost! Can you give me an idea of the general cost to build your Mama Crovatt house? I absolutely love everything you have done with your house. It is so clean, welcoming and tasteful. thank you so much, Lisa

    June 22, 2022 at 10:00 pm
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