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.
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.
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.