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Furnish Your Modern Nashville Home With MoDRN From Walmart
by TJ Anderson
I’m prone to sharing my thoughts about the best places are to buy furniture in Nashville. About 99 percent of the time, those suggestions are locally bred Nashville shops, like Good Wood Nashville or Royal Circus. Every now and again, I get drawn in by a national brand.
Never did I imagine, though, that a Walmart furniture collection would catch my attention. And yet here we are: With its new MōDRN line, I think Walmart might be a solid place to find stylish, affordable furniture for your Nashville home in 2019. Wild times.
Walmart’s new MōDRN home goods
In early February, Walmart unveiled MōDRN, an “exclusive online brand for the modern home,” with three different collections focusing on different sub-styles, encompassing almost 650 furniture and home-decor items.
Those collections: Retro Glam, Refined Industrial and Scandinavian Minimal — all pretty self-explanatory, and all plenty popular among homeowners and renters in Nashville, and around the country. (Can’t imagine an organization as large as Walmart would launch a furniture collection without scores of data showing that people will almost certainly buy the stuff.)
A few specifics about the new MōDRN collections:
— Scandinavian Minimal pieces shoot for simplicity, with clean lines and a lot of muted colors, plus some cool mid-mod patterns and influences.
— Retro Glam pieces work with a lot of bright brass, luxe velvet and jewel tones, in anything from throw pillows to tall bookshelves.
— The Refined Industrial line feels rugged and sturdy, with brushed metal, leather and stoic shapes showing up in sectionals, decor and more.
Walmart’s approach to MōDRN-izing home decor
The mega-retailer’s stated intent, with developing their MōDRN furniture and home-decor line: offering “Elevated Style Without the Elevated Price.”
And it hits the road pretty impressively — MōDRN sofas range from $700 to $899, and you can find a pair of cool Scandi-style dining chairs for under $130. This antique brass, six-light chandelier — a pretty great pick for a midcentury-style dining room — runs under $200.
By and large, it looks like they’re not skimping on materials to keep the prices low — Carrara marble, solid oak and walnut and bold brass all figure prominently in the collection. So even if MōDRN furnishings won’t exactly be heirloom pieces, they seem to be a good step up from your entry-price standards, without stretching far beyond entry price.
How and where to buy MōDRN furniture and decor
Impressed, a little curious, or both? You can view the MōDRN lookbook online, and if you’re inspired to actually shop for MōDRN pieces: Oddly enough, the “exclusive online brand” isn’t exclusively sold at Walmart.com. Nashville homeowners who like to get their furniture and home-decor stuff at Hayneedle.com and/or Jet.com can grab MōDRN pieces through those online retailers too.
What’s your take on the MōDRN collection? Impressed with Walmart’s initiative, taking a hard pass, or somewhere in between? I’d love to see your thoughts, here in the comments or on the TJ Anderson Homes Facebook page.
If finding a new home in Nashville is on your agenda before you think about decor, I can certainly help there. Check out some homes for sale in Nashville, and call or email TJ Anderson Homes with questions, showing requests or any other needs.
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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