Affordable Scandinavian Dining Room Design

Affordable Scandinavian Dining Room Design

Lately I have been drawn to interiors that are minimal, functional, and more on the neutral side (which is actually shocking since I’m usually the girl who likes a room filled with pops of color). I think a room with less stuff in it allows our mind to feel more relaxed, and I know we could all use a little more of that 😉  So when I got a request from a client to do a minimalistic Scandinavian dining room project last week I couldn’t wait to get started!

I’ve heard of Scandinavian design, but was curious to learn more about what exactly makes a space Scandinavian style. Before I started digging into this project I did a little Wikipedia research. I learned that this particular design style is characterized by “simplicity, minimalism and functionality”.  Looks like this new project was right in line with what my creative brain had been craving!

Last week I posted the concept board for this project over on instagram and it received a lot of love. So I thought it would be fun to create my own Scandinavian dining room design and today I am sharing the final look with direct sources so that you can recreate this design in your own home all for under $1,800!!!





I hope you are loving this design style as much as I am! If you don’t have any plans for the weekend head over to IKEA. The Scandinavia movement started in Sweden which is where Ikea is from, so their store is packed full of affordable Scandinavian home decor!



*Note that affiliate links are used in this post and Taylor Schaap Design will earn a small commission (at no cost to you) if you purchase any of these products via this post*

Subscribe To My Newsletter

Open Concept Home Design

Hi Friends! Today I am really excited to share an open concept home design with you! A few months ago a sweet newlywed couple reached out to me through my Etsy Shop. They had just built a new home and were looking for ideas on how to design their open concept first floor. I quickly found out that they were my ideal client since they are young professionals, were working within a budget, and have a fresh modern style. I was up for the challenge of helping them pull together a finished design for their foyer, family room, dining space, and back entry way. The best part was that I had a completely blank slate since they had just built the home and were starting fresh.

Here’s a look at the inspiration board we started with that’s full of minimalistic style,modern clean lines, gray tones, subtle pops of color, and lots of greenery!

Let’s pretend we’re going on a little tour of the house Fixer Upper style as I show you the before and after fo each space


 Foyer and Family Room [Before]

I started by creating an entry way zone. I placed a console on the left wall by the stairs so that they would have a welcoming space for their guests. I then floated a sofa across from the console to create some space division. (DESIGN TIP! Floating furniture is a great way to split an open space into different sections). This also freed up space for me to add 2 additional chairs by the windows so that the client would have plenty of seating for entertaining friends and family. Then the left wall was used for a media console and TV for plenty of Netflix watching.

Foyer Design

Family Room Design

 Dining Room [Before]

When we started the design phase the client mentioned one element they really wanted in their home was a big map feature wall. Since s their dining room is what you first see when you enter the back of the home I knew this was the ideal spot to make a statement with a map! They already had dining chairs for the space, so I found a new table and accessories to create 2 different looks for them that flowed with the design in the front of the house.

Dining Room Designs

Office [Before]

Off of the kitchen is a small office space. It’s fairly open to the rest of the spaces, so I wanted to keep the design minimal, while still maintaining the functionality of an everyday office space. Statement artwork, a sleek chair, and a few modern accessories was all it took to make this space complete.

Office Design

I had so much fun working with the client on this project and was so happy to be able to play a part in turning their new house into a home! And the best part of all was that the furniture, wall decor, accessories and rugs for ALL 4 SPACES cost the client less than $5,000!!! This project goes to show that you don’t need to spend thousands and thousands of dollars to turn your #housegoals into reality!

And here’s what the client had to say about their first virtual design exeperience..

Working with Taylor was excellent! I purchased two room packages and two styling packages plus a custom listing. We are young adults in our mid/late twenties with a new home that we need to furnish. I don’t have an eye for color/design – that is where Taylor fit in perfectly! She helped design a plan for our downstairs that suited all of our needs. The beauty of e-design is the plan! Thanks to Taylor, I now know where to place things and how to style our home. This way, we can plan to buy pieces when our budget allows. She spoke with us several times by phone and email to get a sense of our style and desires for the home. It was easy to send her photos and complete her measurements. She has been very helpful throughout the process with searching for other options if something was out of stock. I highly recommend Taylor!

Ready to get started on your own virtual design project?! Click below to get started!

Subscribe To My Newsletter

Furniture Layout for an Apartment Living Room

Furniture Layout for an Apartment Living Room

You just bought a new home, or signed the lease for a new apartment! You hit up Pinterest and start pinning away different ideas on how to furnish and decorate your new place. During the process of making moving plans and shopping for the comfiest sofa you can find, there’s one thing that can be easily overlooked. It’s the step that can save you hundreds of dollars and a huge headache on moving day. Furniture Floor Plans!

My good friends Rob and Amanda recently moved into a new apartment. The weeks leading up to their moving day they were out shopping for furniture to fill their new place with. They loved the idea of getting a sectional sofa for lots of Netflix watching and seating for guests. They sent me a picture of the one they had in mind, and the designer in me just had a feeling  that it wouldn’t fit in their new living room 🙁 That’s the one downside of moving into a new apartment, you may not be able to get in and see that actual space to take measurements and make sure your furniture will fit comfortably.

Luckily, most apartments buildings these days have floor plans available on their websites with basic measurements of each unit. So I got to work drafting up a furniture layout with the floor plan provided for Rob and Amanda’s future apartment. I started by putting in the sectional sofa they were planning on purchasing.

The length of the sofa fills the right wall really well, but there isn’t very much room between the sofa and the tv console to get to the deck door. The ideal placement for for the sofa is centered on the wall, but it limits the possibilities of what could be done with the space by the window since the sofa sections off the entire room.

After seeing the sectional placed in the room, we all came to the consensus that the sectional layout wasn’t going to be the best option for them. But don’t worry! I came up with 2 different floor plan options for them that could work!


Option 1

In this option I incorporated a chaise sofa to give the “sectional” feel that Rob and Amanda were going for. I then placed a chair in the corner to add additional seating and create a conversation zone. This layout allows the ability to add end tables and a coffee table so that every one has somewhere to set their drink during movie night. You can see that this is a much better use of the space; it allows room for traffic flow and doesn’t leave any awkward empty areas of space.


Option 2

In option 2 I paired a 3 seater sofa with a chair in case they decided not to get a chaise sofa. There is lots of room for side tables in each corner of the seating area, and plenty of space in the room for their dog Sheldon to run around 😉

So what option did they choose?!

A combination of both! Option 1 with a 3 seater sofa. The room feels so spacious! There’s plenty of room for entertaining and they still have flexibility to add additional end tables and other furniture as they continue to get settled into their new home. And the best part of all…they were able to save OVER $500 on furniture just by being able to see a furniture plan!!!


#budgetfriendly #housegoals


I’d love to do the same for you! If you’re moving into a new home or planning on buying new furniture soon, let’s get working on a furniture plan for you!


Click HERE for more info!

Want more design tips?! Sign up for my newsletter below to get them sent directly to your inbox!


Subscribe To My Newsletter