Modern Coastal Dining Room Reveal – Before and After

When we first bought our home, we loved how the rooms were extra spacious and how the main living space (i.e., the kitchen, living room and dining room) was open concept with high ceilings. Before moving in, we replaced the tiled floor throughout most of the house, re-sheetrocked all of the walls to smooth out the stucco, moved the dining room chandelier outlet to a different spot and added a fresh coat of paint everywhere. All of that took about three months.

Our home has a modern design (lots of angles and vaulted ceilings) and we’re about 10 minutes from the ocean. In terms of decor, I have always had a thing for the modern coastal look.

Modern Coastal Neutral Dining Room Before After

During quarantine, I was finally ready to invest in all of the pieces that would complete the room, instead of trying to make the items that I had bought (over the course of 5 years) work together. Since we’ve pretty much finished updating our open concept and our primary bedroom, I realize how much better it is to wait until you are ready to go all out and furnish/style a room in one fell swoop. That’s my one piece of advice that I believe will save you money and time over the long run. I’m no longer scrolling catalogs, Instagram or Pinterest looking at dining room inspo photos or buying items that are a good price but not quite what I really want. I am now totally content with the way this dining room looks. In fact, I love it, have no interest in changing it and it feels so good to be done.

I consulted with interior designer, Megan Molten, to see what she thought I should buy to finish up the space (working with some items that we already had like the fig trees, window rods and curtains, the table, lamps and the credenza). Megan and her team made such amazing recos, like the chandelier, rug and end chairs. I purchased many of the pieces from her online shop. There’s only one item left to get – an extra-large oak Moroccan mirror to lean against the wall to the left of entryway to the front hall.

Graywash Dining Table Capiz Shell Chandelier Abstract Art
Modern Coastal White Neutral Dining Room Shell Chandelier Brianne Johanson
Modern Coastal Capiz Shell Chandelier Dining Room Brianne Johanson

Below are the sources for items you see in the photos.

Platinum hand-woven indoor/outdoor rug

Credenza (similar here)

Large Capiz shell chandelier

6-foot faux fiddle leaf fig trees

Concrete planters (from Sage Market + Design)

Sheer white linen pinch pleat curtains (sold out but linked to similar)

Cast iron black curtain rods & wall brackets & finials

Long dining room table and crisscross chairs (one-of-a-kind and bought locally)

White linen dining chairs

Hurricanes (sizes L and M)

White wax pillar candles (you need 2 sizes)

Framed abstract neutral artwork 1 and 2 (Abode Shoppe, which is another fave spot for home décor & furnishings, also sells them here)

Clear glass table lamps

Mother of Pearl photo frames

Ceramic wavy bowl

*Affiliate links used above for most items (thanks for buying through my links if you see something you like!)

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