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Budget Living Room: Modern Farmhouse

It’s another ‘how low can you go?’ – modern farmhouse edition. Same vibe, three price points. Even the highest one is really inexpensive and when I tasked Mel with the ‘under $5k’ challenge she said “impossible”. But, she did it (with $42 to spare) and here’s what she came up with:

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Plant Basket | Navy Dot Print Pillow | Sofa | Throw Blanket | Navy Striped Pillow | Floor Lamp | Vase | Side Table | Area Rug | Round Coffee Table | Striped Lumbar Pillow | Accent Chairs | Wire Wall Basket | Media Unit | Wooden Crate | Pillow in Basket | Throw Blanket in Basket

Feels pretty darn happy, fresh and inviting to me. I just used those chairs in a makeover and I loved them, by the way. They were a really good scale for a medium sized room and while they weren’t ‘lay-around-and-marathon-Stranger Things-or-Unreal‘ kind of comfortable, they were certainly good enough for for a lovely conversation area. And my how that boxy sofa looks great in such a warm, country setting.

But while $5k is really cheap for a pretty full living room we (I) thought that it could be cheaper. So she reached into her inner scrapper soul (or, I told her to reach inside my inner scrapper soul) and dug out another version, less than 1/2 of the original:

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Plant BasketNavy Print Pillow  | Sofa | Throw Blanket | Navy Striped Pillow | Floor Lamp | Vase | Side Table | Area Rug | Coffee Table | Striped Lumbar Pillow | Accent Chairs | Wire Wall Basket | Media Unit | Wooden Crate | Pillow in Basket | Throw Blanket in Basket

Pretty darn great. It’s a style difference for sure, but for just a little over $2k that is a lovely, pulled together space that you can feel proud of.

But then Brady was like, “Eh, we can get that down even more” (maybe it’s because we are both former Mormons who historically are resourceful and budget-minded, because Brady and I are co-captains of the GO CHEAPER!!! train). So we did:

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Plant Basket | Navy Print Pillow | Sofa | Throw Blanket | Navy Striped Pillow | Floor Lamp | Vase | Side Table | Area Rug | Coffee Table | Striped Lumbar Pillow | Accent Chairs | Wire Wall Basket | Media Unit | Wooden Crate | Pillow in Basket | Throw Blanket in Basket

Where was this series when I was so broke and desperate for a room that looked pulled together? If any of you are actually implementing these rooms, PLEASE email us and send pictures. We have lots of people who are saying they are copying, buying and decorating them completely so if you are, send along pics.

What budget room next? Bedroom? Dining room? And what style? You request it and we’ll get working on pulling it together. Nice job, Mel. By the way a few of you asked to break down how we work over here (I’ll write a full post of it, introducing everyone). Mel is one of our interior designers who mostly works on full service or e-design/design agony but jumped on this budget room challenge series under my hopefully not so micro-managey eye because I saw how good and fast she could pull a room together. Thanks, Mel.

In case you missed the previous budget designs, check out One Bedroom Three Tiny Budgets, Designing A Budget Living Room.

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7 years ago

This is awesome, I am always amazed at what you are able to design on such a small budget!

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Sayonada Y
7 years ago

Adore this! And just sent my husband links to get the approval on pulling the trigger on the media unit. My living room is open to my dining room — so (selfishly) I’d love to see a coordinating coastal/modern farmhouse dining room!

Abi
7 years ago

I adore this series. I’d love to see an office or dining room post. In any style you please! Or a Boho bedroom 🙂

One other thought: you’ve done so many budget round ups now (bedroom, living room, kitchen, and bathroom) you could combine them into one master “EHD How Low Can You Go Home” post.

Janine
7 years ago
Reply to  Abi

Ooh! I second that! Eventually round ups of entire homes designed in a cohesive budget style. Amazing!

Audrey
7 years ago
Reply to  Janine

YES!!! A well-designed, cohesive home on a budget. Please and thanks.

Jess
7 years ago
Reply to  Abi

Yes! A boho bedroom please 🙂

Tricia
7 years ago
Reply to  Abi

I’d also love to see a boho bedroom! Better yet, modern-boho (boho-modern?).

erin
7 years ago

I really love these posts, even though i don’t have a need for doing a room from scratch, but these are pretty amazing to see. Where was this when i needed it?! hahahah

Janine
7 years ago

These posts are so great. Your posts have completely taken over my Pinterest at this point.

I would love a budget dining room post next please! Modern farmhouse style works for me, but I always love seeing your take on other styles.

LRC
7 years ago

Have you ever done a collection of nightstands (or accent tables that could be nightstands) at all different price points? If not, would you consider it?

I’m having such a hard time finding nightstands that look unique and well made but aren’t expensive. Most cheap ones are so flimsy looking (figuratively and literally).

Kate
7 years ago
Reply to  LRC

YES – I would love this! The perfect side table for a living room or bedroom is a hard one.

Kate
7 years ago
Reply to  Kate

I’ll also add – I’d love to see a variety in the various styles outlined in your book…70s, MMC, Boho…

Helen
7 years ago
Reply to  LRC

Yes! Please please please do this!!

Jordan
7 years ago
Reply to  Helen

I WOULD LOOOOVE a nightstand roundup! Please and thank you!

Sarah
7 years ago
Reply to  LRC

Yes!!! Our nightstands are pitiful and I’ve been trolling Craigslist hard but I’m tired of waiting for the prefect vintage thing.

Lana
7 years ago

Do a kids room three ways! That would be cool. 🙂

Kate
7 years ago
Reply to  Lana

Yes please! I’d especially love to see a preschooler bedroom that’s playful but has pieces that could grow with the kid. I’m thinking ahead to when baby #2 takes over the nursery, and big brother gets a new space.

Beth
7 years ago

Do a gender-neutral nursery please! I love this series. And really everything you do 🙂

Admin
7 years ago
Reply to  Beth

OOh I have one that I need to shoot!! Baby is born so I was giving the parents time but its coming 🙂 I have done a lot though so in case you haven’t seen them google them in my search bar

7 years ago

I’d love to see an eclectic/creative office! It’s nice to see multiple variations of a room at any budget, great series!

Karen
7 years ago

Kids room!

Jess
7 years ago

What are you thoughts on doing a budget Scandinavian/bohemian bedroom? I ask (100% selfishly) because that’s the look I’m going for and I could use some budget friendly decor help lol. Honestly any of budget bohemian room would be amazing! I love these series! They’re so helpful and they make design so accessible to everyone. Thank you for sharing them! 🙂

Cris S.
7 years ago

Have you done a round-up of media consoles? I ask because that is what stood out the most to me as a difference between these three rooms. And I am finally getting rid of my huge tv armoire and would love to see what you love in terms of media consoles!

Katerina
7 years ago

I absolutely love this series! Please please do a boy’s room. I am going to turn my son’s nursery into a “big boy’s” room soon and I am desperately looking for affordable furniture choices.

Kate
7 years ago

I would love to see a post about a scandi-style study/library/parlour/sitting room type space. Desk, shelving, sitting/reading area.

These are really great!

Patricia
7 years ago

Mel killed it. Pinned them all. Saw pieces I’d use from each … but I’m making my own indigo pillows, so even cheaper … if I like them when done.

7 years ago

very nice room design …

Morgan
7 years ago

THANK YOU!! I’m currently renovating a cottage on a super budget to get it ready to rent out, and this is absolutely perfect (last week’s budget bathroom was helpful too!).

Laurie Badger
7 years ago

This is amazing, my mom is in the process of decorating her “farmhouse glam” home and I am going to pass this along to her!

As far as budget rooms, I would love to see a budget, colorful mid-century inspired dining room. Mine is only a dream at this point.

Elyse
7 years ago

yassss. yas! Awesome post!

Kasia
7 years ago

I feel so validated after reading this post. I’ve been looking to redo my living room, but have a strict budget I’m working with. I love the modern farmhouse feel and recently decided on those exact IKEA chairs, as well as the IKEA kivik sofa, which has a similar shape to that one. I’m so excited to see that you guys, with all your know-how and excellent taste, put them together! So delighted.

7 years ago

I love these posts! So much amazing inspiration!

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susie Q.
7 years ago

I’m interested in buying a jute rug and want a big one. The rug you showed in the first design is 120 inches long, and your sofa is 99 inches long. That only leaves 10 inches on each end of the sofa. My point, your rug appears to be *at least* 12 feet long, though it’s only 10. It somewhat dashes the hopes of a person search for a big, cheap jute rug :'(

susie Q.
7 years ago
Reply to  susie Q.

I meant “searching”…!

Ariane
7 years ago

I loooove these posts!!! We are in the middle of a huge house renovation, so I love to come and explore your blog (and your book too!) to dream and to get inspiration and also to help me get through all the horrible steps (like plumbing, ceiling, electricity, roofing, etc) before the great time of decorating! 😉
Unfortunately, by the time we’ll get to the decorating part, we won’t have any money left!!! So this is great to have very good looking affordable options! 😉
Thank you very much!!
PS: sorry for my english :-/

Amy
7 years ago

PLEASE do a traditional-ish dining room! I have a rockin’ 22 light brass chandelier, and I need a room to go with it for my 1922 traditional home. It’s visible from the front door and the entire main floor-help! No metal cafe chairs, no eames chairs, something comfortable, upholstered, and a nice table that isn’t made out of freaking pallets or reclaimed barn wood.

Kate
7 years ago

I vote for a dining room! In a Scandinavian style!

Kim
7 years ago

I am sure I’m not the first to say that I love how these posts prove that you can have style (if not heirloom quality) on an extreme budget.

I would love to see posts on handling larger spaces vs apartment size rooms. Scale in mid west / western contemporary builds can be HUGE, but budget furniture looks anemic in these spaces. How can you get great style on a budget for a BIG space?

Carrie C
7 years ago

I would love to see a teen boy room. Having a hard time finding affordable queen beds/night stands/dresser etc..

Jennifer
7 years ago

Family room please! For TV, play, reading and lounging…modern with bohemian touches. Something inviting and comfy.

Juli
7 years ago

Um, you have a plant/tree in all the designs for $50 in all three designs but no link to a source?

mary
7 years ago
Reply to  Juli

It looks like a $40 Ikea bamboo I have.

I notice the $50 for it isn’t in the first summary, so that room would be over $5000 with it, just to compare apples-to-apples.

Holly
7 years ago

I would love to see a traditional glam dining room or a feminine office! This series is awesome!

Jeanne
7 years ago

Absolutely LOVE THESE!!! A bedroom will be great. I have a friend that is forced to start over in life and will need to decorate starting from nothing. I’m definitely bookmarking these for her. Will send photos!

(PS: Not Sure if this can be changed but the animation is too fast…hurts the eyes)

7 years ago

such a fun series! i would love to see some media console options that could sit below a 60″ mounted TV for a basement den. or… if you want to get all crazy, some wet bar options (cabinetry, tile, open shelving, lighting, etc).

– jaime

Jordan
7 years ago

I LOVE these posts! It would be great to see a home office/spare bedroom combination. With so many people working from home these days, and a limited amount of space for a guest room AND an office, I would love your ideas on how to combine the uses on a budget.

Shannon
7 years ago
Reply to  Jordan

yes! a guest room/office duo budget post! in the same modern farmhouse style. i am aching for some life in my combo room and just feel at a loss for what to do! also, a modern farmhouse bedroom! maybe a budget friendly modern farmhouse entire house? 😉

Emma
7 years ago

Love this post!!! Can you PLEASE do a Transitional-style living room?!?!… I will buy it ALL and send you lots of pics 😉

Marie
7 years ago

Lovely! I would love to see a teenager boy bedroom, they are hard to find, or some lovely laundry room. 🙂

Nicole
7 years ago

Boho-glam bedroom or Mexican/boho/glam living room orrrrr Spanish/European boho glam anything please!! (Ack hope this makes sense!!)

Also would love to see different ways to style a velvet couch in a way that doesn’t seem too stuffy! You definitely pulled it off back when you had a navy velvet couch before, Emily, but I’d like to see more examples/ a kind of how-to article for it! Xoxo

Ana
7 years ago

Hi Emily – I discovered your blog through a friend and it has helped tremendously in designing my new space, I use your blog as a guideline pretty much. I absolutely love these kind of posts, you and your team do a phenomenal job! I love the area rug shown in the third concept, however when I click on the link it takes me to a different rug (I do not see the fringes). Thanks 🙂

Lilly
7 years ago

Can you design one that mimics your living room? Obviously no 23ft tree nd all that but a living room that oozes your cali chill vibe please! I recently purged and my living room is a blank slate which is great but i do need some more furniture and color in here asap!

Simone
7 years ago
Reply to  Lilly

Second this!

Celeste
7 years ago

The “former Mormons” comment made me laugh because boy, do those Relief Society sisters love to DIY and bargain hunt and I totally inherited that.

But seriously, this series is KILLING it. I didn’t know IKEA carried those lovely chairs and I’m thinking maybe it’s time to finally buy an accent chair for my living room!

7 years ago

Beautiful! I love how you help those with strict budgets in mind!
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I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed!

7 years ago

i am visiting first time to your blog awesome post you have written, thank for sharing

Sarah
7 years ago

LOVE!! Love these posts, and this is the one is another home run!

I have the media unit from the third design – it’s from Target and I have it in white and I was VERY impressed with it for the price (I think I got it on sale so it was closer to $100). It’s surprisingly heavy and wasn’t too difficult to put together. We mounted our TV above it and it looks awesome – such a great piece.

Katie
7 years ago

Love these!

Could you do a post (something like this or a different format) that focuses specifically on kid-friendly and pet-friendly products and advice? You have a lot of advice peppered in different posts, but it’d be great to have a post that this topic only and product sources. Tricks and furniture that hides pet hair and kid spills, is cat-clawing proof, etc. I might be asking for the Holy Grail of interiors, but it would be SO helpful. PS – -LOVE your blog for both inspiration and useful advice.

Sarah
7 years ago

Please do one of these for a beachy budget bathroom that doesn’t look like a cartoon!

Simone
7 years ago

These are the best. I’d love to see a budget kitchen upgrade for a rental unit! The cheap, dated cabinet/counter top/lack of back splash or weird tile from bathroom floor being used as kitchen back splash situations I’m seeing in a lot of apartment showings are SO BAD. I’m always stumped as to what I can do in a rental on a budget!

Cj
7 years ago

Would love to see a dining room in a similar style!

Jessvii
7 years ago

I think the link to the third room’s rug is not the right link (it links to a different rug than what’s shown).

Also, the media stand in third room is on sale right now (hooray!).

As far as a budget room, how about a low-maintenance patio? Or a minty bedroom? Or a cozy movie-watching (and Netflix binge-watching) den?

7 years ago

Nice selections! Great idea for a budget space!

M
7 years ago

is it possible to slow down the animated gif a bit? it goes by so fast it’s hard to register the changes.

Jessvii
7 years ago
Reply to  M

^This.

I’d assumed we weren’t really supposed to be able to look at the changes in the GIF because there wasn’t enough time, but maybe the timing just needs to be a smidge slower.