disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Modsy.

At the top of the stairs in our home, there are two rooms with a bathroom in the middle.

It’s an absolutely perfect layout.

Because I have two twins.

(total grammar aside:  Is saying two twins going all grammarly awkward and re-stating the obvious?)

Last year we made over the oldest twin, Westleigh’s room.  You can see that here.  She is the oldest, so she got to go first.  But the youngest twin?  Whitney?  She has patiently been waiting for her turn.  Her bedroom is currently a mis-mash of hand-me-downs and things that were in other rooms and kind of didn’t work where they were so we thought we’d try them in Whitney’s room and they didn’t really work there either, but she is way too nice to say anything.


I haven’t done anything with her room because I was full of Christmas cookies and New Year’s resolutions and decorating roadblock.

But then?

I discovered Modsy.

If you aren’t familiar with Modsy, you can read more about them here.  They are an online design service that is super inexpensive and easy to use.  You simply upload your pictures and fill out a questionnaire and you blink and then—in just a couple of days, they send you back design options that are shoppable.

I just tried it out for all of us.

And WAIT until you see the results.

This is Whitney.

She is my giver.

She is my dancer.

She is my dreamer who walks through life with stars in her eyes and a joy that makes you smile when you meet her.

She loves flowers and music and blue and white and macaroni and cheese and post-it notes full of inspiration and she never met an animal she didn’t want to rescue or a lonely person she didn’t want to sit by.

She is so close to perfect it almost makes your heart hurt.

This is Whitney’s room.

It has moments of brilliance.

And moments of “what were we thinking.”

And moments of “we didn’t know where else to put this so let’s just put it in Whitney’s room.”

When we were planning out the space and thinking about the makeover and the new direction, we evaluated the existing furniture and accessories and here’s what we told Modsy we wanted to keep.

And what we wanted to ditch.

We wanted to keep the bed.

And the dresser.

And the guitar.

And the desk on the other side of the room.

And the teddy bear that smells like peppermint.

She doesn’t really like the rug.

And the bedding.

And the antique piece at the end of the bed (that I got when I graduated from high school).

She explained that she just wanted a room that looked a little more pulled together that was a little more practical with better storage.

A little fresher.

And younger.

With artwork.

And pops of yellow.

Here’s how you start the process with Modsy.

First we selected our design help package.  They range from the basic package of $59 to the multi-room package of $399.

You can see the pricing and details here.

Next, we took photos of the space and measurements of the room and we answered tons of questions about what we were looking for in the space.  We spoke with the designer on the phone and Whitney explained what she was looking for in the space and what her dreams for her room were.

We took a design quiz to see what Whitney’s design style was to make sure the designer understood what she imagined the room to look like.

I was surprised to see how definitive she was in her choices.

She knew EXACTLY what she wanted.

(total aside:  I wonder where she got that from?)


We sat back and waited.

And 4 days later not one, but TWO designs showed up to choose from.

Here’s design 1.

This room layout wasn’t something we’d even thought of.

The designer moved the bed to the opposite wall.

You can see the entire overview of the room here.

The site actually takes you on a 360-degree tour of the space so you can get an idea of how the design actually lives.

Whitney loved the bed on this wall and the chair in the corner (and that tiny little furry rug in front of the chair).

She loved the yellow desk chair.

It was the perfect pop of color in the space.

And even the accessories were perfect like those tiny little set of cacti.

She also really liked the basket in the corner.

And the hanging planter.

(I would have never thought of that).

The best part?

All those white dots?

They link to where you can buy the items (and give you other options from other retailers, too).  You can buy everything or a few things or nothing.  It’s totally up to you and your budget.

She loved the cozy chair in this space.

And the polka dotted pillow.

And all the plants.

Here’s the second design for the space.

Here, the designer kept the bed on the wall where it is in the original photo.

We LOVED the rug.

I already ordered it.

The colors are perfect and it’s so affordable for an 8 x 10 rug.

Here’s an example of the gallery that pops up next to the design that makes ordering super easy.

Here’s the overview of the room.

Whitney loved the piece at the end of the bed.

It’s perfect for extra blankets and teddy bears.

Here’s the other side of the space and different styling options.

She loved that little brass table to set your computer on and the side tables on either side of the bed.

And the fiddle leaf fig.

I cannot recommend this service enough.


The designer was so friendly and she really listened to Whitney and chose so many things that we hadn’t even considered and a layout that we hadn’t even thought about.  Having two designs like this really gave you options and we picked out things from each room and made it our own.

Whitney did want me to ask all of you one thing.

Just to help us decide.

Which layout do you like better?

We are leaning towards design 1, but we need a little help deciding.

The room should be finished in a couple of weeks and we can’t WAIT to show you the finished room.  Whitney might even give the tour.

So if you have a room or a space where you just need a little inspiration and help?  Modsy is SERIOUSLY an amazing option to try out.

And in amazing 2019 news?

Modsy is offering Thistlewood readers a coupon code. It is valid for 20% off any Classic, Premium or Multi-room design package.  Just enter THISTLEWOOD at check out.

Happy decorating friends.

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  1. Image for Linda Linda

    Thank you, thank you for sharing this site!! How awesome! I know I love looking at your decorating style but when it comes to my own - I get stumped! I don't want to make a mistake with my money - and I want it to go as far as it can! I think both designs are excellent - I do prefer design #1. thank you for taking us along on your journey!

  2. Image for Peg Peg

    I like layout number 1 but some of the elements from number 2, including the piece at the foot of the bed and the rug!! xoxo

  3. Image for Charlotte Sammons Charlotte Sammons

    Definitely going to try modsy our! Thanks for sharing them! I like design 1 layout with rug, chest at end of bed, brass table and blue chair from design 2😊

  4. Image for Kris Kris

    I prefer #1. It has a younger vibe. I also like the yellow chair and the easy chair in #1 better than the chair options in #2. I DO love the wall art arrangement (with the clock) in #2, though, and I dislike the leaf wall hanging in #1, Rug #2 is pretty! Didja follow all of that???

  5. Image for Jayne Jayne

    Definitely the one with the bed not in front of the window....and thank you so much for the information about Modsy. Can't wait to give them a try!

  6. Image for Susan Susan

    I have to go with the first option, but keep that fiddle leaf fig plant from #2. The deco mags I subscribe to are big right now on adding houseplants. So, I gave it a try and am amazed by the instant joy I feel when I see the winter sun resting on their leaves. That design service (Modsy?) looks like it could be a money (and aggravation) saver.

  7. Image for Kelly Kelly

    Wow what a great service to recommend! I can not wait to tell my daughter’s about this. I love everything about room 1 it’s so fresh looking and I found it very peaceful to look at! It’s a room I would want! Have fun with the remodel!

  8. Image for Sara Sara

    I like the 2nd layout with the first rug and first Yellow desk chair. Can’t wait to see the finished room! Yay for Whitney!

  9. Image for Andrea Andrea

    DEFINITELY design 1!!! What an absolutely great idea - I've never even heard of Modsy! I can't wait to see what y'all decide and to see the final pics!!

  10. Image for Loryl Loryl

    Definitely 1. It seems lighter and airier to me, more Whitney! She is such a doll. Reminds me of my sweet niece who also has many of the same wonderful traits and is a dancer. Can’t wait to see the finished room. I KNOW it will be rockstar🥰 Ps It’s a balmy 9 degrees here right now. Good bye Polar Vortex!

  11. Image for LA Tann LA Tann

    Prefer Layout #1 (bed moved to different wall), along with its color combo......more emphasis on yellow. Do also LOVE the rug in Layout #2. It seems to work well with color mix of first layout. How exciting for your daughter. I remember as a teen working with my Mom on bedroom re-dos and it ignited a passion for home décor that continues to this day. Have fun!!

  12. Image for Carol Carol

    #1 and I also love the rug from #2. Love all the blue and yellow together. Whatever she chooses am sure it will be perfectly Whitney!

  13. Image for Eileen Eileen

    Well, does the apple fall far from the tree???? Of Course she loves blue and white! I like option one. What a fabulous service. I’m moving at some point and will use this. By the way, two twins is either redundant or four people! Or is it, two twins ARE...hmmmmm. Grammar can be tricky, haha

  14. Image for Linda Linda

    Hmmm....this is a hard one since I love elements from both designs. I think if I am forced to choose from design layout only, it would be number 2!

  15. Image for Linda J Linda J

    I like a combination of the two. Having raised 2 girls, I know the importance of storage, The storage bench at the foot of the bed is a must. Plus I love the desk under the window in #2. A wonderful place to dream! The blue and yellow rug is yummy! I'm sure it will turn out beautiful!

  16. Image for Babs Babs

    I really like two, with the desk in front of the window, the room has much more storage, love the rug. Prefer the color theme too, it is a room she will continue to grow into...it is softer and more romantic.

    1. Image for Nita Nita

      I agree with you Babs but was beginning to think I'd be the only one who like #2. lol Whatever Whitney chooses will be totally her style. Such pretty girls, both of them! They look like their mama. :)

  17. Image for Amy Amy

    LOve them both but maybe like first layout a little more...except I would add that glass door cabinet from the second 😍

  18. Image for Deb Deb

    I agree option one is the best. To me it seems more spacious while still having the details your daughter requested. The windows seem to make that ceiling soar!

  19. Image for Jo Jo

    I warmed up to design 1. The second one seems a bit "older". It is sleek and well designed, but the energy of design 1 seems more reflective of her personality. Modsy is a terrific tool, especially for a person lacking an "eye" for design...I love that they listened and personalized!!! Also, if it were me, I'd go with the rug from #2.

  20. Image for Sherry sanders Sherry sanders

    I loved be the layout for n the first room because it just feels right. Open and balanced and cozy at the same time. I also love the color scheme and am excited for your daughter.

  21. Image for Linda Linda

    I like the layout of 1, with storage bench and rug of the second. Love the pops of yellow. Whatever you go with it will look adorable! Just like your daughter and you!!!

  22. Image for Pam Pam

    Thanks for sharing this and about Modsy. Great ideas in both. But my BURNING QUESTION is why, when she has you, did you turn to Modsy (besides it being a paid affiliate)? You, my dear, are the master of design and making a room look beautiful so I’m thinking she has the best already. And if you need to solicit outside help, I’m sunk!!!!!!! 😳😱😊

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      Pam, LOOOOOL! I TOTALLY understand and that is an awesome question! And the answer is? Even I get stuck sometimes! I was so excited to get to work with them because I had been going over and over and over the room in my head and I just couldn't make it make sense. It was like she'd tell me what she wanted and we couldn't agree. So I'm so happy Modsy showed up to show us the way! Happy weekend friend! karianne

  23. Image for Lynn W Lynn W

    Love this post....never heard of Modsy. What a cool service ! Room #1 and the rug from 2 is pretty and just right for her room. Super excited to follow along with the re make for Whitney! TGIF🎉

  24. Image for Jenn Jenn

    How fun! I think design 1 looks more girly. I love the rug in 2 though...and it's way affordable!!! It sure was fun to see your name in the comments on my farm tour! I may still be smiling!

  25. Image for jillian jillian

    Love number one. The rug you chose is pretty and I know y'all love your pops of color. Like the little yellow stools, but the white bigger one is great for storage and am always a sucker for more storage, I love how light and bright the first one is. Can't wait to see how turns out. Whitney glows with inner and outer beauty, it shows all over her.

  26. Image for Sheila Sheila

    I like the first bedroom with the rug from the second. For myself, I love her rug now. Where did you get it? It would be perfect in my bedroom. Thanks.

  27. Image for DeAnna DeAnna

    I’m glad to see the bed in front of the window. I just did that in a room I painted this week....and have been debating, “ what would Karianne do?” Enough of me...whatever you two decide, it will be beautiful!

  28. Image for Debbie JB Debbie JB

    I love design two better with the added storage and the desk in front of the window and that blue chair is beautiful, it also looks like a small apartment. They are both beautiful enjoy the fun.

  29. Image for Pam Pam

    They're both gorgeous rooms but I really love everything about room number 1.. My daughter has used Modsy for her new house with great results. I can't wait to see this room - blue, white, and yellow are such happy colors .

  30. Image for Christy Roppel Christy Roppel

    I like #1, bit i would move it all so that the bed is on the solid wall so none of those beautiful windows are blocked by the big bed. Is that a possibility?


    Like number one layout using some of the items from number two-rug, end of bed ottoman, and a mix of plants from both one and two!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait to see the final result!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whitney must be so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Image for Sue Sue

    I love the mirror and chair from #1 , the rug and glass cabinet from #2. Pick from both designs and really make it a loved room.

  33. Image for DBLori DBLori

    I prefer layout #1, with a lot of the items from #2 (especially the ottoman at the foot of the bed - always looking for extra storage space).

  34. Image for sandyc sandyc

    I love the open, airy feeling of option 1 - it just looks like Whitney. In fact the bed in front of the window brings back favorites memories of my childhood summer visits to the farm in our family. I took afternoon naps or read a book in the small middle bedroom with a white iron bedframe in front of white linen curtains that billowed gently in the breeze. It was a little piece of heaven every summer.

  35. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    Ooo...so cool! I do love the layout in #1 and the things you've picked out in #2. I know it will look wonderful and just like Whitney when you're finished. Tell Whitney she has great taste (inherited wink-wink) and made great choices. Kudos! ❤

  36. Image for June Gerstner June Gerstner

    I love Room #1 and think it definitely speaks to a young modern vibe. I also loved the yellow chair! Can't wait to see the final choices.

  37. Image for Be Be

    Ohhhhhhhhhh how fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I so love #1 design, but I sure do love the rug in design #2 . I have the storage at the foot of the bed at my house and I love it. I like the chair blue, just because I like the pop of color. It will be soooooooooooo fun. Tell Whitney, Great things happen to those who wait!!!

  38. Image for Rachelle Rachelle

    I like both! Would you feel comfortable pulling a little or lot from each? Or would it ruin the whole design if you were to do that? I like the wood dresser, brass table and rug in #2 and the setup, white chair and and pops of yellow in #1. This sounds like a great program. Can’t wait to see what you guys go with!

  39. Image for Cynthia Cynthia

    I definitely prefer design #1! It is my favorite for sure! The layout and the decor “showed” so much nicer. Although I did like the bench at the end of the bed on the second design better. Very nicely done. Thank you for the information on Modsy.

  40. Image for Betsy Lehman Betsy Lehman

    Looking at the overhead views, I like Design 1. It makes the room feel wider and more spacious. This layout seems to give each area (sleeping, study and sitting area) it's own space with out being crowded. For a teenager who likes to dance, what could be better than more room.

  41. Image for Stacey Arps Stacey Arps

    I’m late to the party but here goes anyway. Layout #1, rug #2, yellow desk chair, blue upholstered chair, brass table, piece at end of bed in design #2, fiddle leaf fig, and her favorite accessories from either design. I’d use all white bedding and window treatments so all her favorite colors and textures pop. Wow, that was fun!!! Can’t wait to see what she chooses.

  42. Image for Ann Reynolds Ann Reynolds

    I'm not fond of putting a bed in front of a window but that is just me. I think this design service is a wonderful tool. Where has it been all my life???? Btw, I loved the blue bedspread and rug in your daughter's room. . . . .

  43. Image for june june

    I love when a desk sits in front of a window. My boys both had desks in their rooms...one used his faithfully the other one preferred to sit with his laptop on the bed. If she is going to use the desk..you cant beat nature for a place to rest your eyes.

  44. Image for Erin R Erin R

    I like both, but I am leaning towards #1, but I like the glass storage cabinet in the second. Have to ask, her original blu rug, love it, who makes it? Either way, she is going to have a beautiful room.

  45. Image for Ann Ann

    I like the pair of ottomans at the end of the bed b/c you can pull one over to use with the easy chair. An easy chair really needs a spot to put your feet up, especially if you're reading or computing while lounging in it. Like rug #2. Like layout #1, except it looks a bit cluttered; I'd pare it down a bit -- once you get the natural layer of teen girl stuff on top of the design stuff, you're going to have a really crowded room.

  46. Image for Jan Jan

    Love both designs, but I like #1 more. I also think #1 is more reflective of her age. #2 looks like a more “mature” version - if that makes sense!

    1. Image for Jan Jan

      PS - Love the rug from design 2 - glad she’s getting that! I agree with the other people who commented that this Modsy looks like a great, fun service. 😁

  47. Image for Kathleen Kathleen

    I want to start off saying that Whitney is just as beautiful as her momma. I love both designs but am really in love with Design 1. I really love the yellow desk chair and the neutral chair with the basket and side table, so inviting. I am torn between the yellow poufs or the bench. I would probably go with the bench for storage purposes. I cannot wait to see the room completed I am sure it will be absolutely amazing.

  48. Image for Chelly Chelly

    I love everything in design #1, especially the yellow poufs & yellow desk chair! Thanks for sharing Modsy, gonna check it out! Can't wait to see Whitney's new room!

  49. Image for Chris Chris

    I think the layout of #1 feels more open and friendly. #2 seems crowded up on desk side of the room. while #1 is more balanced. Taking elements from both designs and incorporating them into layout #1 sounds amazing. And then adding your dash of magic and Whitney's personality - going to be fabulous! Looking forward to the final outcome.

  50. Image for Mary Evans Mary Evans

    Love,love room #2. Love blue, white and yellow! I will be trying out this wonderful source. Thanks for bringing it our way. What a blessing you are to your readers.

  51. Image for Lynn Lynn

    I love design #1. It is stylish and looks perfect for a young lady. It is bright and seems perfect with Whitney’s personality. Awesome ideas !

  52. Image for Cindy Jones Cindy Jones

    I really like the layout of room #1. The desk wall in room #2 is quite heavy with large wooden pieces and two chairs. I'm glad to see Whitney is picking the new design items from each room.

  53. Image for Rebecca M Rebecca M

    I like both but I’m not a fan of blocking windows. So I guess I’m leaning more towards the second one but I do like items from both. Maybe if the window isn’t one that actually opens it would be ok. Bottom line, whatever the little dolly likes best is the right choice! I hope she does the reveal!

  54. Image for Margo Margo

    I think #1 is great for a young lady. The other option is a bit severe for her age. I agree with Stacey Arps - definitely love the yellow desk chair and the storage bench is a great storage piece. As the mother of two sons I envy your joy in doing up a room for your daughter (s).

  55. Image for kathy kathy

    This is so cool! I love the first look but also love the rug in the second pic. You can mix and match, right? Thanks for sharing!

  56. Image for Cheryl Cheryl

    I would go with the layout in room #1. There are things in #2 that I like and would incorporate into the #1 layout. The second layout seemed a bit overpowering.

  57. Image for Jody K Jody K

    Anything she chooses would look great! I like both of them. Love Blue and Yellow. And I know that Whitney doesn't like the rug she has now, but I love it. Do you have any info on it? It's exactly what I'm looking for. Thanks.

  58. Image for Nicky Nicky

    I think my favourite it the first option and definitely agree about the second rug. ☺I would love it if this service was in England 😊 love love love your blog it brightens my day 😀

  59. Image for Ann Ann

    General impression is number 1, but use the rug, chest at the foot of the bed, and bedding from number 2. I am excited to know about Modsy!

  60. Image for Mir Graham Mir Graham

    My daughter, Anabel, has a room set up similarly to 1. I agree with the rug and a footer at the end of the bed, especially if the room is long enough for it. I think the designs are both beautiful, and the only "negative-not-negative" thought about the second idea was that in option 2, the wall of furniture looked heavy to me. Whichever option y'all choose, I am sure the room will look fantastic.

  61. Image for Toni Toni

    I love the first design for Whitney’s room but the rug in the second one is a MUST. THE YELLOW POOFS are so cute and fun though the padded storage bench is very useful too. It will be darling and I think awhitney has great style. How could she not with you as her Mama.! Can’t wait to see the final reveal.

  62. Image for Detra Detra

    You have described Whitney to a T. I miss your girls (and the rest of the family too). I like number one, but I do love the rug! Whichever design she chooses, I know she will add her special touches and make it her own. Now I’ve got to go back and find Westleigh’s room, somehow I’ve missed it.

  63. Image for Ann C Ann C

    I’m a little confused by the statements about liking the one where the bed isn’t in front of a window. I keep going back and the before and both 1 & 2 the bed is in front of a window! I first heard of Modsy when Bower Power used them for her master bedroom. Love the options they gave your daughter in both. It needs to be her choices, not her mother’s readers. Go girl you got this!

  64. Image for Colleen Colleen

    Love the idea of bringing yellow into the room! I also like the idea of the blanket chest at the end of the bed but why not paint out the chest that is there, maybe a creamy white, and put a yellow or drop cloth cushion on top of it? Can't wait to see the room when it's finished!

  65. Image for Jan Fusco Jan Fusco

    I like option number 2 for me but for Whitney I think option 1 is more youthful. Rug number 2 of course.

  66. Image for Jill Carlson Jill Carlson

    Can't wait to see it! I like design 1. Love the rug you ordered! I really like the storage bench at end of bed. That would be so useful! It will be a fun and beautiful room!

  67. Image for Mary W Mary W

    Number 1 since number 2 looks more like a beautiful spare bedroom instead of a girls bedroom - needs more personality. Just combine #2 rug and end of bed storage into #1! Love the color of #2 chair but love the chair in #1 better. Maybe pick #2 chair color for #1 chair. Get that sweet teddy out onto the bed! LOL

  68. Image for Brenda Thompson Brenda Thompson

    I loved # one but elements from 2 i.e. rug, bench at end of bed and the little table in 2. It's going to be a beautiful room when finished.

  69. Image for Denise V Cox Denise V Cox

    I prefer layout #1., but I do like Both of them!! Blue is my favorite decorating color, but as I've gotten older I've learned to appreciate yellow AND blue as dancing partners... 🎶💃😋. I have never liked the color yellow, but I can tolerate touches or it, especially when decorating for Spring / Summer! How exciting for Whitney! I'm sure she lots of advice from all of us out there!! Enjoy Whitney.. 🎉🤗

  70. Image for DiAnne DiAnne

    What a great post! I am excited for Whitney. When I saw the first option, I thought the designer hit it out of the park. Then, when I saw the second option I thought it is so good too. I can see how you would choose elements from both. I think I am pretty good at arranging furniture but this service brings fresh eyes to a space. I can’t wait to see the post about the finished room.

  71. Image for Steph Steph

    What an incredible and yet elegant makeover! I'm going to have to give Modsy a try!! Right now, I am looking at chairs in this style (https://www.industrywest.com/olsen-chair.html) but can't decide how to build a room around it. I'm stuck on finding complementary leather items, but I don't want a completely brown room! Any thoughts? Thanks!

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