Justin Long and Kate Bosworth's dining room taps into a beloved trend that infuses modern homes with rustic, organic beauty

The Hollywood couple decorated their entertaining space with natural materials and contemporary furniture for a quintessential organic modern finish

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Dining rooms are hubs for activity, and as such, many of us opt for neutral, comforting design schemes to balance out the buzziness of the space. One of the primary trends that these soft shades fall into is the ever-popular organic modern style. A blend of natural materials with contemporary sensibilities, the organic modern trend is a beloved choice in rooms ranging from the kitchen to the bedroom. We particularly love how it looks in the dining room, however.

Need proof? Justin Long has implemented the design in his home, which he shares with fellow actor Kate Bosworth, and the results are magnificent. The open, airy room is decorated with a large wooden table and matching wood and rattan mid-century modern chairs.

The organic modern trend is a perfect choice for those who want to infuse a bit of the natural world into a contemporary property.

'The organic modern trend in dining room design merges natural elements with sleek, contemporary aesthetics, creating spaces that are both inviting and refined,' says designer Nina Lichtenstein. 'This design approach celebrates the beauty of nature while embracing the clean lines and minimalism of modern decor.'

She continues, noting how the style will make our spaces feel luxurious but lived-in, as is the case with Long and Bosworth's entertaining space. 'The organic modern trend appeals to those who crave balance and harmony in their living spaces. Its emphasis on natural materials and sustainability resonates with eco-conscious individuals, while its minimalist aesthetic appeals to lovers of contemporary design,' Lichtenstein says.

'This style creates a peaceful, grounded environment that feels both luxurious and approachable, offering a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life.'

Lichtenstein adds that when styling an organic modern dining room, like the couple's, it is best to begin with furniture.

'Choose a dining table made from reclaimed wood or a natural stone top to anchor the room,' she suggests. 'Pair the table with sleek, upholstered chairs in neutral tones, ensuring comfort without sacrificing style.'

Next comes lighting. Most people don't want to dine under harsh or fluorescent lights, so nailing the ambiance is key to a successful entertaining space.

'Opt for fixtures that blend natural materials with modern design, such as a wooden chandelier or metal pendant lights with a minimalist aesthetic,' Lichtenstein says. 'Consider adding dimmable lighting to create a cozy atmosphere for evening meals.'

coastal farmhouse style dining room with rustic elements and natural rug

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One of the best parts of decorating an organic modern space is selecting the decor and accessories. A mix of vintage and new pieces is highly encouraged.

'Use handcrafted ceramics, woven textiles, and simple, elegant tableware to enhance the dining experience,' Lichtenstein says. 'Incorporate a large, leafy plant or a vase of fresh flowers as a centerpiece to bring nature indoors.'

To maintain visual interest, she suggests incorporating a variety of textures.

'Layering different textures, such as a jute rug under the dining table and linen curtains on the windows, adds depth and interest to the space. Soft, natural fabrics for napkins and table runners can further enhance the organic feel.'

Finally, consider the arrangement of the space to maximize natural light and warmth.

'If possible, position the dining room to take advantage of natural light and outdoor views,' she recommends. 'Use glass doors or large windows to create a seamless transition between the indoor dining area and an outdoor dining space or garden.' We recommend starting these picks that are versatile enough to work in every type of dining space.

We recommend the organic modern trend to anyone who is looking for a simple yet chic dining room style that is sure to last for years to come. Be sure to vary textures and materials of furnishings so that the space retains visual appeal.


Hannah Ziegler
News Editor

Hannah is Homes & Gardens’ News Editor, with a focus on celebrity style and entertainment content. She got her start in media as a digital editorial assistant at ELLE Canada, and has since written about lifestyle and culture for publications such as Nylon and i-D.

Her love of film is rivalled only by one with a great soundtrack, and she hopes to someday decorate a Nancy Meyers-worthy kitchen.