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: Valspar 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 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 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 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

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