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New Reveal: This Organic, Punchy Bedroom Might Be Our New Favorite Makeover

We’ve styled a lot of bedrooms around these parts but this one right here might be our new favorite. I mean…just look at those vintage tree canvases. What?!? They very much set the tone for this master suite’s design aesthetic, which we’re going to walk you through today because it’s GOOD. But first, a little backstory: Emily has been a huge fan of Brooklinen since probably night #1 of sleeping on their sheets. Their percale sheets are her current favorites from any brand she’s tried, so when they reached out to partner with us, it was a very quick “YES” on our part.

Plus, we’d been itching to get our hands on another room in this house and a mostly empty space there to makeover felt like the stars aligning. The bedroom this home is in belongs to one of Emily’s best friends, Corbett—you might remember some of the spaces indoors from here, here and here, as well as the KILLER outdoor space from this post. She already had a modern, organic thing going on so we worked within that for design consistency (but also because it feels perfect for a serene, unfussy bedroom).

Armed with some beautiful bedding from Brooklinen (more on that in a sec), a view of LA so killer it feels almost unreal, and plenty of fun furniture and decor accessories to play with, we “made over” this room that already had very, very good bones (not hard). Here, we’ll walk you through the elements that make up this high-impact yet fresh and organic bedroom so you can recreate it with your own twist in your home (vistas not included, sadly).

But first, a quick aside before moving on: we want to talk a little about the features that make Brooklinen’s bed linens so dang good:

  • Their sheets are made with long-staple cotton (lower quality sheets are typically made of short-staple or brushed cotton), which really means your sheets will be longer lasting, softer and just generally feel more luxurious.
  • They were so smart in adding “short” and “long” labels to each side of their fitted sheets. Raise your hand if you’ve ever wanted to roll your fitted sheet into a ball and throw it out the window after multiple failed attempts of getting the orientation right. Obviously, you’re not alone.
  • For all you pillowtop or plush mattress owners, their fitted sheet fits mattresses up to 15-inches deep, which should prevent that frustrating middle-of-the-night snapback we’ve all no doubt experienced.
  • OH, and one of our favorite parts is the envelope closures on the pillowcases. There’s never a need to stuff your pillow back. High five to Brooklinen for taking all the little annoyances of traditional bedding and finding smart, simple solutions. Okay, on to our regularly scheduled programming…

5 Elements You Need to Create a Modern Organic Bedroom

#1: Natural Textures

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Striped Duvet Cover | Striped and Olive Green Pillowcases | Sheets | Quilt | Rug | Vintage Nightstands | Pendants | Bed (similar) | Bench

Let’s start with one of the most important parts of a bedroom: what goes on the actual bed that you put your body on every night. Here, we used a mix of Brooklinen’s Classic Core percale sheets (like we mentioned, Emily’s favorites for how crisp and cool they sleep…they really will make your bed feel like an expensive hotel), and the brand’s linen duvet and pillowcases. Now, a few of us have tried the linen from some other companies and have mixed feelings about them. This is not a blanket statement for all, but linen takes a while to break in and until you do, can feel scratchy and uncomfortable—the opposite of what you think you’re getting into based on the internet’s universal rave review of linen bedding. But Brooklinen’s is honestly different. It’s stonewashed so it’s soft from the get go and just really pliable and inviting. In a “modern organic” bedroom style, a subtle, natural texture like the Belgian and French flax linen of this duvet cover works so, so well.

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Tray | Green Mug

To keep the bed textural and layered with enough punch, we opted for the striped duvet cover with the solid sheets, then brought in that awesome army/moss green with the back set of shams. That color really helps tie in the verdant elements in the vintage tree artwork as well as the actual trees out the windows. Finishing off the bed is a linen quilt that Emily Bowser couldn’t stop raving about. She said it was the perfect medium weight (not too heavy, not too flimsy) and SO incredibly soft she just wanted to live wrapped up in it.

Another textural element in this vignette is that cushy shag rug on the side of the bed. Who wouldn’t want to sink their toes into that every morning? Keeping that in a neutral color really lets it be all about the texture, while the imperfect shape keeps it squarely in the “organic” part of “modern organic.”

We’ll talk more about these two things next, but the use of rich wood grains in all the furnishings as well as the leather from the pendants varies the tactility. When you’re building the design for a room, you want to be sure you’re tapping a diverse range of textures so everything feels well-rounded and effortlessly pulled together. For instance, in this space, we have the imperfectness of the canvases, the sleekness of the percale sheets, the floppiness of the linen duvet and shams, the lushness of the rugs, the lived-in quilt, the visually rich wood grain and even the roughness of the cotton rope of the end-of-bed bench.

#2: Imperfect Shapes

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Organic doesn’t just mean a natural material, but also wonky, imperfect shapes (i.e. not streamlined and straight-edged). Here, we used a 4’x6′ sheepskin rug to break up all the straight lines from the bed, nightstand and console and it really pulls its weight to relax the eye.

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Okay, it’s time to touch on these pendant lights. UGH SO GOOD, right? They get their slightly wonky shape from being wet-formed, which means each one is just slightly different from the next. Also, take note of the cable. It lets you put these up as high or as low down as you want, plus all excess length can be coiled right up and is built into the design of the light fixture. Here, we went with just about the height of the headboard for visual cohesion but they could have also been easily lowered to avoid being blasted in the eyes at night from the bulb.

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Art | Rug | Side Table | Mug | Chairs (vintage)

Possibly less subtle but still impactful is the imperfect edge of the blockprint piece above the fireplace. Having that float mounted to leave the rawness exposed works really well against the very crisp frame of the gas fireplace insert. This visual tension is integral to creating rooms that feel cohesive but also not too overthought (even though a lot of thought goes into it…).

#3: Vintage Furniture & Decor for Character

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We’ll preface this point by saying no, not everything in this room is vintage. If it were, it might have been too much “old world” and not enough “modern” but the pieces that are here fit in in a way that adds both character and warmth. Let’s start with that bureau. The movement in the burlwood is so special, and the arched shape really stands out amongst boxier pieces in here. How do we find a way to, um, “borrow” that from her?

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The Robsjohn-Gibbings nightstands, found via Pop Up Home here in LA, add a nice mid-century touch (because what Emily Henderson room doesn’t have a little mid-century in it?). They’re clean in silhouette with an interesting leg, so don’t come off feeling too heavy or overwhelming but still special. The bed, which was a custom commission (though this one is similar), is new, so flanking it with two vintage tables keeps the scene from looking too catalog-y.

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And of course, that vintage tree quadtych mural, which like we mentioned, was our jumping off point for the look and feel of this room. When you have something like that, you really don’t need much else to make a statement. That’s your visual “moment” and boy is this one special. The imperfections and wear-and-tear on the panels give them a presence you just can’t replicate with newness. It has a history (even if you don’t know what it is) that emanates warmth, character and, frankly, a cool factor.

#4: A Neutral Palette (With Natural Color Punches)

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We touched on this in the first portion about the texture and bedding, but the key to “modern organic” is keeping the palette mostly neutral while layering in an edgy pop of color; here, for instance, we went with army/mossy green. Whether the tree mural was there or not, it would have still provided a nice balance and shot of warmth between the cool palette of the blue and white bedding, and all the warm, rich wood tones. Not to mention, olive green is very much in style right now but doesn’t scream “trendy” when kept at a minimum.

#5: Pepper in Modern Touches

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Overall, this room is minimal yet warm, and doesn’t come off too rustic even with all the wood pieces and tree art, but part of that is because of the other more modern touches sprinkled throughout the room, like these vintage chairs for instance.

Quick back story: When we first got our hands on this room, these chairs were facing the bed, and we decided to flip them around because…the tree-top view. If you have a panoramic vista like Corbett does (or even just any view worth looking at, i.e. not the brick wall of the building next door), you’ll want to make sure that your seating area, should you have one, faces out. Now, a few notes, take note of the seating you choose. You don’t necessarily want something big and bulky with a less-than-attractive back because they’ll be very visible. These chairs are low-profile (hence, don’t block any of the view), and the frame is interesting from every angle.

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Alright, back to the “modern” touches. To balance the warmer woods, we opted for a matte black and brass frame on the chair, which is also just visually lighter than something more solid. The legs of the nightstands also bring in another hit of brass, as does the polished shade of the arch floor lamp.

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Leather Ottoman | Arch Floor Lamp | Concrete Tree Planter

Of course, a room with windows like those with a view like that would look crazy good empty, but even if your room doesn’t look like this (because, uh, whose does?!?), there are plenty of lessons to pull from its design and styling to get something similar in your own bedroom. This high-impact yet organic vibe would easily translate and we think it’s such a nice look for a room that’s interesting but calm. Is this a place we’d love to tuck ourselves in for the night in? Yup.

Speaking of tucking ourselves in, Brooklinen is offering all readers $20 off an order over $100 with code EMILYH20. If you’re on the market for new bedding, definitely check them out and take advantage of the discount because this stuff is honestly good. Also, they offers free exchanges and returns for a full 365 days should you be unsatisfied in any way, and free replacements FOREVER with their lifetime guarantee.

Thanks for hanging out today, folks. Let us know what you think of this look, and if you are a proud owner of Brooklinen products, let us know what your favorites are because sharing is caring.



Striped Duvet Cover | Striped and Olive Green Pillowcases | Sheets | Quilt


Bed (similar) | Vintage NightstandsBenchWood Side Table | Leather Ottoman

Rugs & Decor

Sheepskin RugPendantsArt | Knit Rug |  Black MugArch Floor Lamp | Concrete Tree Planter | Wood & Brass Tray | Green Mug

*This post is in partnership with Brooklinen but all words, designs and selections are our own. Thanks for supporting the brands we love that support the blog.

**photography by Sara Ligorria-Tramp, creative direction by Emily Henderson, design and styling by Emily Bowser

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4 years ago

What a gorgeous room!! Love the vintage tree murals and frankly, just everything! You guys done good!! ?

4 years ago

Wow. This bedroom is GORGEOUS. V good content.

Question: Does anyone know what kind of tree/plant that is? It’s so pretty and such a good alternative to the fiddle leaf fig.

4 years ago
Reply to  Katy

Hey Thanks!!

It is a pithecellobium flexicaule according to what was written on the pot!

4 years ago
Reply to  Emily Bowser

Doubtful, it looks like a California pepper tree

Loveley of
4 years ago

this bedroom is beyond stunning. love how there are colors, but it still feels neutral. also, that burl armoire is TO.DIE.FOR. so good.

on another note, just wanted to let you know that:
1. in the part about the bed “The bed, which was a custom commission (though here’s a similar one),”, you forgot to link the similar bed.
2. directly below that, you have a link for a picture, but it just shows the file name and not the actual picture. hopefully you’ll see this comment and be able to fix it quickly.

4 years ago


4 years ago
Reply to  Emily Bowser

Thanks for this. Love everything about it. I still can’t get the link for the bed to work.

4 years ago
Reply to  MJ

West Elm has a very similar bed too, I think it’s cheaper than the one linked

4 years ago

Love, love, love it all except the tree murals as I think they are too busy given the serenity that surrounds them, but I’m more of a minimalist kind of guy. Those pendants are fab. I always wonder if pendats over the nightstands give off sufficient light for reading when they are alongside a bed. Sometimes when I encounter them in hotels they don’t really do the trick.

4 years ago
Reply to  Steven

I think it depends on the shape and size of the pendant. The great thing about these pendants is that you can easily adjust the height of them with the cord!

Paula Carr
4 years ago
Reply to  Steven

I think they’re the only thing that keeps the room from being too blah…well, other than the armoire.

4 years ago
Reply to  Paula Carr

The tree quadtych painting make the room. I love it. I know it’s vintage, but can you tell us where you found it?

4 years ago

Perfect timing because I’m in the market for sheets – however, the discount code is not working (when entered it says “Enter a valid discount code”). Perhaps you can follow up.

4 years ago
Reply to  Kate

All should be good now! EMILYH20 for orders over $100!

4 years ago
Reply to  Kate

I can vouch for those sheets. I have two sets, plus a duvet cover and they are really great. Best sheets I have ever owned! No, I don’t work for the company!

4 years ago

This is so beautiful it nearly hurts my eyes. I must now find a room I can pair moss green with a soft medium blue (which I have everywhere anyway). So so lovely.

4 years ago

The promo code is not being accepted by the Brookline website.

4 years ago
Reply to  Mara

Just checked in with them and try again! EMILYH20 should work for orders over $100!

4 years ago

I love the murals but they seem so out of context with the very cold white walls. But I’m not a designer so maybe the contrast is interesting? I think it would be less jarring and more peaceful if the white background contained a hint of warmth or color. That’s just my two cents and again, I don’t know anything!

4 years ago

I absolutely love this room! I love the simplicity and overall minimalism. Is this in the mountain house? It would be a perfect fit.

4 years ago

Wow, this is a gorgeous bedroom! This may be my favorite house y’all have styled. I really like the “organic modern” style of this house. I will be upgrading to a king soon, and had brooklinen on my radar for new bedding. I really like that their pillowcases have an envelope closure in the back, it has such a clean look.

Roberta Davis
4 years ago


4 years ago

So fresh, I love everything about this including that SHOPPE bed. Now I am immediately ripping out all of the baseboards in my house 😉

4 years ago

Is there a similar cushion thing for the headboard that you could link to?

4 years ago
Reply to  Carolyn

The owner had this one custom made, which honestly, is probably the easiest and cheapest way to do it. It’s not technically hard and any upholsterer should be able to whip one up with a little guidance!

4 years ago

I don’t usually like the minimal aesthetic for bedrooms, but you’ve made me a believer with this take. Great job!

4 years ago

Wow! This is a gorgeous room. This is why I keep coming back!

4 years ago

Code works as long as you spend more than $100 – shipping was also free. Love this room. Love walnut. Love the organic look. Want to include walnut in my mountain home but all the trim is natural knotty alder.

4 years ago

This room is perfection. I could move in and feel right at home here. ?

Rachel S
4 years ago

I love this room (although the green/brown color scheme of the canvasses isn’t my cup of tea) but I just thought I’d point out: a bureau is either a chest of drawers not in a bedroom (US) or a desk (europe). Whatcha got there is an armoire. And a truly gorgeous one at that. Burlwood is my love language.

4 years ago

I’d love to learn about that door. It looks like a barn door of sorts, but not at all farmhouse-y.

4 years ago
Reply to  Julia

I think that’s pretty much exactly what it is, a door on a track with a box built around it!

Paula Carr
4 years ago

Man, I love that armoire, and the side tables, and the little drum side table. And the tree paintings. Heh, guess I like wood!

Those acid green shams are making my online shopping finger itch like crazy. 🙂

4 years ago

This is gorgeous! I love the tree triptych.

Rebecca Houghton
4 years ago

is that linen quilt the charcoal color? it looks more blue but there isn’t a blue linen quilt available on the site? sold out or just appears more blue in pictures? let me know! thanks!!

4 years ago

it is charcoal and it is DREAMY. I couldn’t stop talking about the weight and softness. It’s linen, but feels like it’s been tumbled with rocks for years if that makes sense? haha

4 years ago

Please, please get rid of ads that block bottom of screen. Today you can click off the Ikea ads and they are back in 13 seconds.

4 years ago

Do you use the next size up duvet in order to have the pretty overhang? I currently have a king bed and my king duvet barely covers my bed. Should I buy a california king duvet & cover instead to achieve this look? Does anyone else have this problem haha I know it’s purely aesthetic reasons, but I love the look!

4 years ago
Reply to  Desiree

This is a king bed with king bedding!

4 years ago


4 years ago

Where oh where did they get that tree mural?! DYING ???

4 years ago

I never knew what my “dream bedroom” looked like…until now.

4 years ago

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4 years ago

Super in love with the moss sheets, wish the color came in the $99 set, not just the $249 set 🙁

4 years ago

Love the chairs! Where can I get something similar?

Jenn S
4 years ago
Reply to  Kim

Was just popping on to ask the same question!

4 years ago
Reply to  Kim

These chairs are vintage! CAN YOU BELIEVE? they are super dreamy and in such good condition I was convinced they couldn’t be vintage. If you find similar let us know!

Monique Wright Interior Design
4 years ago

Can I live in here?! Suddenly I feel the need for tree canvases behind my bed…

4 years ago

wow. can’t you put your advertising pitch at the end? putting it in your lede makes everything that comes after it seem inauthentic, with an ulterior motive.
so disappointed in all of this lately.

Julie S
4 years ago

Love this with big puffy hearts. I have a master bedroom with half the floor space but a similar huge wall of plate glass looking into green wilderness. Pinning so hard. Oh, and those leather pendants? 1000x YES. Due to my huge window at the headboard end of my bed I don’t have wall space for sconces, but hanging pendants always look so hard and/or breakable as I drowsily, clumsily get in/out of bed. The leather says, I’m soft and friendly! I won’t hurt you- you won’t hurt me! Relax!

4 years ago

It is a beautiful bed. I have been looking for a pillow like the one hanging across headboard. My headboard is really uncomfortable for reading in bed. 🙁 Would you know where to buy something similar? Thanks!

Emily W
4 years ago

I’ve never seen a headboard with a cushion like that before – I LOVE it! This room is gorgeous and so inspiring!