Affordable Makeover Reveal: My Best Friend’s Poconos Cabin

The coziest cabin rental in the Poconos
Before & after makeover reveal: Poconos cabin rental bedroom including home decor from @bhglivebetter @walmart: cotton sateen sheet sets, comforter set, modern lighting, nightstands, and even more affordable decor! Shop the post & learn more on jojotastic.com #BHGlivebetter #walmart #betterhomesandgardens #AD
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I am SO excited about this reveal today! I’ve hinted at it a few times, but this is the first glimpse you’ll see of the Poconos cabin my best friend recently bought and asked me to style. One of her goals was to purchase a rental property where she and her family could also escape city life and enjoy themselves. It’s been a tough year for her thanks to COVID and raising twins during it, so I wanted to do something nice for her, but from afar. So when my friends from Better Homes & Gardens exclusively at Walmart challenged me to makeover a space in 30 minutes, I knew it was time to treat Danielle to something special!

PS – support my BFF by planning a visit to her cabin, here’s where you can book a stay!

Before & After: 30 Minute Poconos Cabin Bedroom Refresh

Before Photos

Before we dig deeper into the details of the makeover, let’s review the before photos!

Danielle bought this cabin in October 2021 from an owner who had lived there since the ’80s. Throughout the holiday season, she and her family worked so hard to clear out stuff and plan future renovations. Thankfully, they took a little bit of time off to explore the local attractions including Lake Harmony. And just last week they were able to finally welcome their first guests at their Poconos rental!

The decor was a bit dated and don’t even get me started on the wallpaper (one day, they might paint it depending on budget). But because this is their second home, they needed to get it immediately ready to share as a short-term rental. That’s where I came in to help!

Before & after makeover reveal: Poconos cabin rental bedroom including home decor from @bhglivebetter @walmart: cotton sateen sheet sets, comforter set, modern lighting, nightstands, and eve more affordable decor! Shop the post & learn more on jojotastic.com #BHGlivebetter #walmart #betterhomesandgardens #AD

The Moodboard

You know me, I am SUCH a planner. To make sure Danielle was onboard with the design plan, I created this moodboard. This also helps us to see how each piece works together, even with the existing pieces.

Before & after makeover reveal: Poconos cabin rental bedroom including home decor from @bhglivebetter @walmart: cotton sateen sheet sets, comforter set, modern lighting, nightstands, and even more affordable decor! Shop the post & learn more on jojotastic.com #BHGlivebetter #walmart #betterhomesandgardens #AD

Makeover Reveal

Since this was only supposed to be a 30 minute makeover, we focused on 3 main areas to spruce up the cabin bedroom: the bed, the nightstands, and a reading nook. Let’s break down the design details about each space in this cozy Poconos cabin rental:

All new bedding

Because it’s a rental, we wanted to make sure the bedroom was as cozy and cabin chic as possible! We took inspiration from the vintage ski print above the bed and pulled in red tones with this new comforter set. The texture is SO good and helps to elevate the overall look. Plus, it’s machine washable so it’s easy to clean in between guests at the cabin. I LOVE the drama it brings to the space.

Before & after makeover reveal: Poconos cabin rental bedroom including home decor from @bhglivebetter @walmart: cotton sateen sheet sets, comforter set, modern lighting, nightstands, and even more affordable decor! Shop the post & learn more on jojotastic.com #BHGlivebetter #walmart #betterhomesandgardens #AD

We also updated the bedding with these 100% cotton wrinkle free sheets. We use them in our guest room as well and they’re always a hit with visitors! The fabric feels luxurious and they wash so well — both things are very important for a rental property.

When it came to choosing decorative pillows, I kept it simple and chose just one teddy plush throw pillow. If you’ll remember, we also have this pillow in our cabin as well… that’s how much I love it! I immediately knew that Danielle’s Poconos cabin needed one.

Before & after makeover reveal: Poconos cabin rental bedroom including home decor from @bhglivebetter @walmart: cotton sateen sheet sets, comforter set, modern lighting, nightstands, and even more affordable decor! Shop the post & learn more on jojotastic.com #BHGlivebetter #walmart #betterhomesandgardens #AD

New side tables and lighting

We also decided to update the nightstand situation with these modern side tables. I love the pop of black metal so that they stand out more and make a statement. Plus, they are larger than the previous ones, so guests have more room to keep books, chargers, etc.

Then, for bedside lighting, we chose weathered wood accent lamps. I love the faceted shape of them, plus that pop of wood is perfect for cabin vibes.

Before & after makeover reveal: Poconos cabin rental bedroom including home decor from @bhglivebetter @walmart: cotton sateen sheet sets, comforter set, modern lighting, nightstands, and even more affordable decor! Shop the post & learn more on jojotastic.com #BHGlivebetter #walmart #betterhomesandgardens #AD

A cozy reading nook

The loft bedroom had an awkward corner, so we included one of the chairs left by the previous owner in order to save time and money. We spruced up this corner by adding a new buffalo plaid pillow to give it a bit more style. Then we added a modern floor lamp in case someone wants to sit there and read.

We added a faux plant just for a bit of green, too. I would have loved to include real plants, but because this is a rental, faux makes more sense.

Before & after makeover reveal: Poconos cabin rental bedroom including home decor from @bhglivebetter @walmart: cotton sateen sheet sets, comforter set, modern lighting, nightstands, and even more affordable decor! Shop the post & learn more on jojotastic.com #BHGlivebetter #walmart #betterhomesandgardens #AD
Before & after makeover reveal: Poconos cabin rental bedroom including home decor from @bhglivebetter @walmart: cotton sateen sheet sets, comforter set, modern lighting, nightstands, and even more affordable decor! Shop the post & learn more on jojotastic.com #BHGlivebetter #walmart #betterhomesandgardens #AD
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We still have a few finishing touches left to go like installing a vintage rug and maybe hanging a bit more vintage artwork and ephemera. But for now, I think it looks fab!

Before & after makeover reveal: Poconos cabin rental bedroom including home decor from @bhglivebetter @walmart: cotton sateen sheet sets, comforter set, modern lighting, nightstands, and even more affordable decor! Shop the post & learn more on jojotastic.com #BHGlivebetter #walmart #betterhomesandgardens #AD

So what do you think of the reveal of my best friend’s Poconos cabin?? Leave a comment and let us know what you think + stay tuned for even more makeover reveals of her rental in the Poconos!

And if you’re in the mood for a vacation, book the Poconos rental here.

Photography by Danielle Rivera.

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