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Scandinavian Farmhouse Breakfast Nook

This post is sponsored by Walmart

Remember that whole decision making visualization adventure we had in our breakfast nook last week? (If that post taught me anything, it’s that I’m one LUCKY girl to have y’all to give me direction when I feel lost. #SoNotAPro #DesignerWannabe)

This room stumped me since Day 1 of moving in, which looked like this nearly two years ago, by the way…

A dated breakfast nook gets a Scandinavian farmhouse style makeover using junk finds and decor from Walmart's MoDRN line.  #scandinavianfarmhouse #breakfastnook

But so many of you had the same realization I did about this small, oddly laid out space.

The Craigslist table we’d bought when we first moved in desperately needed to be swapped out for a round one to help with the traffic flow and to keep us from bumping elbows during family meals.

A dated breakfast nook gets a Scandinavian farmhouse style makeover using junk finds and decor from Walmart's MoDRN line.  #scandinavianfarmhouse #breakfastnook

And then as I was browsing around for a winner, I found out that Walmart just released its own private label brand called MoDRN, and this Scandinavian table pulled at my little Swedish heartstrings.

Their line has pieces designed around scandi minimal, retro glam, and refined industrial styles.

A dated breakfast nook gets a Scandinavian farmhouse style makeover using junk finds and decor from Walmart's MoDRN line.  #scandinavianfarmhouse #breakfastnook

This space isn’t really finished, in my eyes, but it’s a step in the right direction.

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been trying to let go of the farmhouse look a bit for a more sophisticated, modern-meets-traditional style. In our colonial home, the super rustic farmhouse stuff feels a little out of place.

So I did something new for a change. I sprung for modern Scandinavian. And do you know what? It feels fresh and clean and minimalist, which is what our lives desperately need at the moment with a messy, high maintenance almost 5 month old.

A dated breakfast nook gets a Scandinavian farmhouse style makeover using junk finds and decor from Walmart's MoDRN line.  #scandinavianfarmhouse #breakfastnook

That farmhousey DIY wall planter and pendant light will be hanging around for a while longer until we decide what to swap them out with. And I love that, for now, it mixes the best of both worlds while we transition the style of this space. (Don’t worry; I’m picturing a more traditional light fixture and wall decor to tone down the modern, so it feels more cozy and classic in here.)

Robert and Olivia have sprawled out around this table every night after dinner to color and do science projects together before bedtime ever since it arrived (that’s their “thing” and it’s adorable).

A dated breakfast nook gets a Scandinavian farmhouse style makeover using junk finds and decor from Walmart's MoDRN line.  #scandinavianfarmhouse #breakfastnook

I added in this oversized metal clock too since we’re always needing one at a glimpse from the adjoining living room.

A dated breakfast nook gets a Scandinavian farmhouse style makeover using junk finds and decor from Walmart's MoDRN line.  #scandinavianfarmhouse #breakfastnook

And I stuck these Scandinavian style candle holders and this sweet blue vase in the middle for a touch of spring thinking just maybe it’ll encourage the weather outside to take a hint already.

A dated breakfast nook gets a Scandinavian farmhouse style makeover using junk finds and decor from Walmart's MoDRN line.  #scandinavianfarmhouse #breakfastnook

These speckled dishes came from the Walmart MoDRN line too, since I’ve been wanting some neutral casual dinnerware that’s durable for Olivia to clunk around.

A dated breakfast nook gets a Scandinavian farmhouse style makeover using junk finds and decor from Walmart's MoDRN line.  #scandinavianfarmhouse #breakfastnook

The only thing is I’m concerned that the table might be just a teeny bit too big for the space. Robert says it’s perfect because he loves having room to sprawl out at meals. Y’all settle the debate for me on that one, but it’s definitely proven that round is the way to go in this space.

Sometime soon, I’d love to add a rug to soften the space until we can one day (probably years from now) tackle a flooring renovation. But we’ll get to that one step at a time.

Home wasn’t built in a day, right? 😉 I have to put that saying on repeat sometimes.

A dated breakfast nook gets a Scandinavian farmhouse style makeover using junk finds and decor from Walmart's MoDRN line.  #scandinavianfarmhouse #breakfastnook

A dated breakfast nook gets a Scandinavian farmhouse style makeover using junk finds and decor from Walmart's MoDRN line.  #scandinavianfarmhouse #breakfastnook

I’m just thankful that our little family finally has enough room now to enjoy breakfast and dinner together without bumping elbows, especially since it’s about to get a whole lot messier with Regan ready to start solid foods soon.

If you’ve been leaning a little more modern in your decorating style lately too, you can see more from the Walmart MoDRN line here to get more modern designer looking furniture and decor for a not-as-designery price tag.

You can find all of the sources I used here:

You think all of the blues and greenery in this space will encourage spring to get here a little faster? Here’s hoping anyway!

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48 Comments

  1. Looks fantastic and you have given me some wonderful inspiration!

    I was just wondering what you used to update your grout?

  2. U knocked it out of the park again!! Love the new look & thank you for reading all our comments. Glad u kept the wall planter!!!

  3. Hi Lauren – Love following your ideas and appreciate hearing that sometimes you have to work through them too! I agree that the round table is the way to go but as much as I love pedestal tables I won’t buy one because of a lack of leg room. Can’t wait to see what you decide to do. Quick question, have you ever thought about changing out your back door for one that has full length glass like a french door? I think it would be nice to see out back from the breakfast nook.
    Thanks for info on the new website, going there next!

    1. Karen, thank you for sharing your insight. 🙂 And, we would not want to put a glass door at the breakfast area. The door leads to our garage. It is right now being used as a gym for my husband. However, if it held a view your idea would be perfect. 🙂

  4. Hi Lauren! Love the new clock! The table is cute and looks much cuter with your bistro chairs, but I think you’re going to have problems with adult leg room. Eek! That’s ok though because you’ll know to get a smaller pedestal for your maybe forever table, right? Also, I don’t think you’re going to want to go any smaller than a 48 inch round table. You’re probably going to want even larger with a growing family. Those kids won’t be small for long, lol! You’re going to need the room for sure! Wasn’t there a long credenza type piece of furniture on that wall with the herb pots, in that Modsy mock-up of your room? I think that would look good on that wall. I know what you mean about the farmhouse look not suiting your home type. I’ve got the same issue so I just take a few of the less literal farmhouse decor and use some of that in my house. It seems to work well. I’m more of a French country with a little traditional thrown in, lol. I’m clearly confused, hahaha! That really is one tricky setup you’ve got in that room with the door placement. I can’t believe your baby is almost 5 months! It seems like you just had her! My how time flies. It probably feels like longer than that to you, being sleep deprived and all, lol. Try and get some rest. Enjoy the rest of your week. Spring will be here before you know it! ?

  5. While I’m a fan of simple, something is throwing me off with the table. I saw others mention the base and overall light and bright of the table, and I agree.
    Round is definitely the way to go, but the table’s overall *structure* is reminding me of patio furniture and it seems just out if place?

    However, you get to decide what works best for your family and home. So glad I found your blog and have enjoyed following!

  6. Very interesting table! I really want to check out this new line at Wal-Mart. Honestly, however, I think the table looks too light visually for the space, and I agree with the others that the wide base possibly impedes leg room and keeps the chairs from being pushed in as far. I have two oak pedestal tables in my home and absolutely love them. I think a wood pedestal table in a white-washed finish or light wood finish (maybe like your new bathroom mirror frames) would be nice, and definitely a rug at some point. Decorating is definitely trial and error sometimes! If it helps, we use a 42” round table in our small kitchen breakfast nook and it is plenty of room for a family of four. We have even squeezed an extra person in occasionally.

  7. Table looks perfect – it is NOT too big. It works beautifully. Love the clock – really don’t be in too big a rush to lose that chandy and wall bins – there’s nothing wrong with mixing it up – and your transitional decor works in harmony there. I love that pendant lantern. It looks amazing there.

  8. Lauren, your chairs look perfect with the table. You could put Regan under the table while you eat. Ha Ha (makes a good cage)

  9. I’m a big fan of round tables. I have an old oak, center pedestal table for our breakfast table. I still like the look of the wall planter! Love that greenery accent. Fun to watch the changes.

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