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One Room, Three Budgets: A Modern Scandinavian Dining Room

By: Sarah Beaumont

August 3, 2017

Dining rooms. They’re where we host holiday gatherings, have rambling long convos with our friends and fam, and where we throw impromptu dinner parties. They’re the setting for some of our favorite memories. But they can also be one of the priciest rooms to decorate. Thankfully, with a good plan, you can get a space worthy of your favorite dining companions regardless of your budget. So we called upon Laurel & Wolf designer Amy Jacob to design a modern Scandinavian dining room at three different price points. Read on for the budget-breakdown!


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Budget: $2,000

One Room, Three Budgets: A Modern Scandinavian Dining Room

Drawn to the muted, serene style of Scandinavian spaces, Amy set out to design an intimate dining space for a very stylish imaginary client. Using simple patterns and clean mid-century lines, she set out on her first budget challenge.

Amy saved money on this design by scaling back on the table and rug. “The $2,000 style board has a natural fiber jute rug, black windsor chairs, a gray and natural wood cabinet and a mid century paper lantern chandelier,” Amy explains. “The table can be left simple or understated, but with the right chairs and a beautiful light fixture, you can make the space really shine.”


Shop the Look:
One Room, Three Budgets: A Modern Scandinavian Dining Room

From left to right:

Legion Furniture 1-Light Oval Pendant, $166.99 / Uttermost Karima Rug, $327.80Louise Gray Print #2, $50.00 / Louise Gray Print #3, $50.00 / Louise Gray Print #5, $50.00


Budget: $5,000

One Room, Three Budgets: A Modern Scandinavian Dining Room

For the $5,000 design, Amy kept the simplistic, monochrome style of the space intact while updating some of the furniture and decor.

“The materials used in this budget are a little more elevated,” she says. “I used a natural cotton and leather fringe rug, black windsor chairs, with a metal and wood cabinet. The chandelier is also a mid-century paper lantern, like in the previous board, but a bit more polished.”


Shop the Look:
One Room, Three Budgets: A Modern Scandinavian Dining Room

From left to right:

Modern Farmhouse Rustic Console China Cabinet, $899.99 / Graypants Scraplight Disc 1-Light Drum Pendant, $343.99 / Mid-Century Upholstered Dining Chair, $186.00 / August Grove Alberta Side Chair, $164.99


Budget: $10,000

One Room, Three Budgets: A Modern Scandinavian Dining Room

“Sticking to the color palette and clean lines was key to making each board correlate to the others,” Amy says. “The rugs all had similar textures and colors, the chairs are all a similar style, and the cabinets and light fixtures all have comparable features.”
But surprisingly, Amy struggled most with the largest budget design. “I wanted the $10,000 board to correlate with the others yet have a “wow” factor. Since the original idea was to keep everything simplified because of the nature of Scandinavian design, I thought the larger budget was more challenging to stretch,” she says.
Where does she picture this beautiful space belonging? “An east coast home in the country with those large windows opening up to a picturesque garden.” We’ll take it.

Shop the Look:
One Room, Three Budgets: A Modern Scandinavian Dining Room

From left to right:

Gallucci Dining Table, $1,939.99 / Anchorage Area Rug, $1,035.30 / Quilted Tub Dining Chair, $499.00 / Mid-Century Modern Wishbone Chair, $184.00

One Room, Three Budgets: A Modern Scandinavian Dining Room

Curio Display Cabinet, $1,439.00 / Cowhide Rug, $384.00

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