Real Story

Toby struggled to turn his “post-divorce apartment” into a home for his three kids. See how Modsy helped him transform their uninviting rental into a welcoming home the whole family loves.

 

Homeowner: Toby, R, Healthcare Executive

Location: Chicago, IL

Room: Living Room

His Style:  Atomic Industrial

Real Story

The Backstory

I recently moved from a single-family home into a townhouse with my three kids. I wanted my 13-year-old to stay connected with his friends at school, so I knew I needed to stay in the same neighborhood. But, to make that happen, I had to settle on moving us into an uninviting town-house. I knew right away that I’d need to convert this impersonal space into the comfortable home my kids deserved.

The Design Dilemma

But when it came to designing our plain, uninviting rental into a homey space for my kids, I quickly learned I needed help. I struggled to put different items together in a cohesive way and I ended up with a bunch of random stuff that didn’t work. Plus, I was dealing with a typical city rental, which meant I couldn’t paint, add window treatments, or change the trim. I had no idea how to make the house a place my kids could enjoy.

“I struggled to put different items together in a cohesive way and I ended up with a bunch of random stuff that didn’t work.”

The Modsy Moment

I have a friend who used Modsy to design his first post-divorce apartment and he told me their service was excellent for guys like us who have no design ability. I signed up for a package right away.

How Modsy Helped Toby

I’d worked with an interior designer previously, but found it to be just an okay experience that wasn’t particularly fun or easy. Modsy was a different story as it was both fun and super user-friendly. My designer came up with ideas that I would never have thought of on my own and loved the pieces they selected for our living room. It blew me away!

The best part was being able to see two completely different design ideas for my exact room simultaneously. Each design was truly great, and I loved seeing the different options before committing. I honestly loved them both, so I asked my kids what they thought. Their favorite was the more colorful design, so that’s the one we ended up choosing!

“My designer came up with ideas that I would never have thought of on my own and loved the pieces they selected for our living room. It blew me away!”

The Real Results

I loved everything the designer selected and ended up buying most of the pieces. Ordering through Modsy was great and I joke with friends that I just hit the “Modsy easy button.”

My kids love the colorful mid-century modern look of the place, and I do too. I’m so happy that it feels like a home to them and they’re actually excited to have friends over (it’s also great that they no longer call it the “dumpy place we moved into”). The experience was so fun I gave a Modsy design as a gift to my parents for their lake house.

“As someone who’s been in healthcare for 25 years…I feel very fortunate that I’m able to spend so much time with my family in such a warm and inviting house during these stressful times.”

Recently I’ve been thinking about how great it is to have this homey space during social distancing. As someone who’s been in healthcare for 25 years, I have spent a lot of time working to address the whole-person health of our members and our employees. I’ve never tied this to home decor, but after three weeks of the shelter-in-place ordinance, I feel very fortunate that I’m able to spend so much time with my family in such a warm and inviting house during these stressful times.

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