My Design Plan for Our New Dining Room

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It’s probably weird to start making over our new cabin with the dining room, but IMO it’s the easiest place to improve right away. I love that we finally can have a larger dining table (just wait til you see the one I picked from AllModern), even though we aren’t doing any entertaining these days. Plus, it’s the core of our home so getting it settled is a great help in finalizing the overall home. After many, many hours on Pinterest, here are the pieces I’m gathering to complete my design plan for our new dining room!

All About My Design Plan for Our Dining Room

AllModern has been kind enough to gift me a few key pieces to pull off this makeover, beginning with a new dining table! I’ve already made up my mind of which is the perfect fit, but it was a really tough choice — they have so many great options. In case you’re on the hunt for the perfect dining room decor, here’s my edit of items I considered from AllModern for this project:

I get lots of questions about my design process, so here’s typically how I do it: I start with Pinterest and save ideas that feel right for the space… that can mean mood, color, actual ideas I want to replicate, etc. Here’s a really good trick to keep finding inspiration you like on Pinterest: open a pin that you like and then scroll below it. You’ll see related and similar pins! It’s so easy to repin them from there and is like you’re falling down the rabbit hole of inspiration in a very fine-tuned way.

PNW Cabin Pinterest Board:


Plus, check out the post about my overall design plan for the cabin

And then I start virtual shopping and pull things into Photoshop to see how they all layer together. In the case of our dining room, this is where I landed. Nothing is really to scale or precise and often there’s really janky Photoshopping going on, but it really does do the trick when it comes to conveying my plan (especially to Sean or potential brand partners). If you want to try this out, I recommend using the multiply tool to achieve easy (read: lazy) layering!

I also really like to include before photos for reference so that the entire project is contained on one “page.” As someone who is highly visual, this really helps me stay focused on what the space really needs!

Key design elements:

  • a dark dining table
  • pops of dark green with warmer, creamy white
  • cozy textures like sherpa and this flatwoven indoor/outdoor rug
  • sexy, glowing light
My design plan for our dining room in the new cabin + tips on how I begin a new design project on

Since the dining room is literally the center of our house, I’m going more neutral, but still with some drama in the way of a dark, pill-shaped dining table (I can’t wait to get an overhead shot of that from our upstairs landing!!). Paint is still TBD, but hopefully this gives you a sneak peek into where my head is when it comes to that aspect of the design plan.

So what do you think???

Keep the inspiration going with AllModern, where you can find more: modern dining setsglass dining tablesmodern sideboards + credenzasexpandable tablesmodern dining benchesmodern pendant lighting, and mid century modern dining sets. They also share some handy tips in their 8 Small Dining Room Ideas!

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Joanna Hawley-McBride is a Pacific Northwest-based social media strategist, content creator, and former textile designer. Joanna is the founder and editor-in-chief of Jojotastic, a lifestyle blog focused on Joanna’s work-in-progress cabin, finding the best pair of underwear through #UnderwearThesis, and empowering women to explore nature — all in her signature unfiltered style. Her work has been featured in Domino, CNBC, and Eating Well.

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