Have you even seen Walmart’s new private label brand, MoDRN? It’s really good and filled to the brim with drool-worthy furniture, decor, textiles, accessories–everything you need for a more modern home at affordable prices. They asked us if we’d want to share a few of our favorite pieces with you–but you know we love to show you how we’d use them when we can.
Our friends, the Pugmires, were in dire need of a bedroom makeover. We gave them our old bed when we upgraded a few years ago and our old nightstands (and our old mattress!). Haha. They’ve always been so gracious. But we really wanted to give them a bedroom facelift that would take their hand-me-down bedroom to master bedroom status. A real retreat.
Here’s how it looks now!
The smaller 11×14 bedroom was tight to begin with, but there were a few tricks we implemented here that made it look a lot larger.
The first was adding the board and batten to the wall. We purposefully only added it just over half way so there was lots of white breathing room up top. The vertical lines make the room look taller the deeper colored trim on the bottom help ground the room as the walls blend into the ceiling.
Another visual trick we played is going for a lower bed.
This faux leather headboard is one of my favorite pieces in the MoDRN line. It’s the most beautiful leather color and it’s think and solid and cushion-y. It’s great. We attached it to a simple king-sized bed frame that was lower to the ground and got a thin box spring to maximize how much of that headboard we’d get to see.
Lower bed = more visual space! We kept the bedding simple and white with these super soft sheets and this no-wrinkle duvet (We didn’t even have to steam it out of the package!). The pillows are all from the MoDRN line and I’m definitely getting the tan x pillows for our house. So good.
Last tip to make a small room look larger–remember the curtains from before? Real short.
We actually used the existing curtain rods! Stretched them out and moved them up to the ceiling so that small window on the side wall could appear a lot larger and the 96″ curtains would stretch the whole room out. Corine so sweetly said–It’s like an instant eye lift! Yes. For your room.
These pale gray 52×96 basketweave curtains from the MoDRN line are only $25 for the pair! So I doubled up on each window to make it look even more luxe. Above you can see one panel on the right and two on the left. It’s not necessary, but for $25/pair I mean! Go nuts!
A few other standout details include the old nightstands we got on Craigslist years ago and painted with matte black chalk paint and they look 100x better and allow the accessories to stand out.
The lamps! They really look like they belong in a high-end boutique hotel–they even come with bulbs!
That really heavy, green marble tray (so heavy!) is also from the MoDRN line and let’s not forget about the rug we layered in the room. We used this pretty 8×10 under this king and it added an extra layer of coziness and a lot of interest to the room, too.
This hanging planter is such a good price and added the touch of greenery that every room needs without cluttering up a nightstand or precious floor space.
For the first time, the Pugmires truly love their bedroom and that makes me so happy. Everyone should love their home, but loving your bedroom allows you to sleep better, wake up refreshed! Making your bed doesn’t feel like a chore and you have a true retreat in your home.
Here’s one more before and after with all the sources below!
1. Ceiling Fan
3. Desk Lamp
4. Paint: Benjamin Moore Dark Pewter
5. Hanging Planter
8. Sheets, duvet cover, bed skirt
9. Industrial Stitch Throw Pillow
10. Honeycomb Weave Throw Pillow
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