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7 Design Hacks for When Your Bedroom is also Your Home Office

bedroom office designWouldn’t it be nice if your morning commute consisted of simply waking up and walking a few steps across the room? With the work-from-home trend on the rise, that dream is becoming a reality for many people! And whether you’re working full-time from home, need a place to study, or just want a dedicated space that isn’t your sofa to answer emails, a home office is a great solution to limit distractions and get your brain into work-mode.

Unfortunately, not everyone has an extra room they can dedicate to a home office. But, with a little creativity, you can create an office space in your bedroom! Surprising as that may sound, you bedroom can be that peaceful spot you need, away from the distractions of the main living area. Ready to get to work? Here are 7 ways to create a bedroom that also doubles as a comfortable and stylish office.

bedroom office designMaster Bedroom Office Design

If you have a spacious master bedroom, consider incorporating a full desk set-up for your workday. You can make use of an open wall or, even better, a wall with windows because who doesn’t love working with a view?

But don’t let your workspace cramp your bedroom style. Make sure you have enough space to walk around and pick furniture that won’t be an eyesore. Look for a chair that tucks under the desk to create more space when you’re not working. And a desk with plenty of storage to tuck away supplies will help you strike the perfect work-life balance, visually.

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bedroom office designSmall Bedroom With a Desk Space

If you’ve got only a small bedroom to work with, try swapping out your nightstand for a desk. This gives you all the functionality of both a desk and nightstand in one and it also means you have one less furniture piece to purchase! If you go for this set-up, be sure to place your reading lamp on the inside edge of the desk to keep it accessible for both working and reading in bed.

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bedroom office designHome Office With a Sofa Bed

Guest rooms are great, but they can feel like a waste of space the other 350 days of the year when you don’t have visitors. If this sounds familiar, make your guest room work year-round as your home office!

You can either go the route of a full-sized bed with a desk set-up, or – if you plan to use this office on the regular – try designing a space with a sofa bed to create a fully-functional office that can quickly convert to a guest room when needed.

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bedroom office designOffice With a Daybed

If you have a room that’s super tight on space, consider an office with a daybed. Without a full-size bed, you can incorporate a larger desk, a bookshelf, and a comfortable chair without feeling too cramped. The daybed has a smaller footprint and offers a place to relax during working hours and the flexibility of a sleeping space for the occasional couch-surfing guest.

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bedroom office designBookcase With a Desk

If you think you absolutely don’t have room for a workspace, think again! This design sneaks an office space into even the smallest bedrooms or living rooms, and it can even fit into an entryway or pass-through space. What is this magical solution? A wall-mounted bookcase!

Many bookcase models come with an option that features a desk in place of lower shelves. This makes for a handy workspace that won’t take up extra floor space. This is also a great way to combine functional storage with a workspace. Now all you need it to find a comfortable chair (or steal one from your dining room table) and voila! Your very own home office.

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bedroom office designWorkstation in a Kid’s Room

Kids rooms can quickly get cluttered up with all kinds of stuff – but there’s no arguing that your budding scholar needs a proper workspace, too! If your kiddo doesn’t need a huge desk, you can try tucking a simple and sleek option into the corner. Even take a cue from small spaces and make it double as a nightstand. This way, they have a designated place to tackle homework or get creative with some arts and crafts.

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bedroom office designDesk Under a Loft Bed

Got a teenager who wants their space to feel grown-up and trendy? This cool, loft bedroom office design might do the trick. The empty space below the top bunk is the perfect spot for a cozy desk set-up that will also save floor space. This is also a great way to extend the life of the bunk bed you just bought a few years ago!

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Guest Room Essentials to Help You Prep For Summer Visitors In Style

guest room essentialsSummer is here and finally in full swing. We’ll be the first to admit that we’ve already made all our summer travel plans and blocked off all the weekends we’ll be hosting guests from out of town. Because we all know it’s the time of year when everyone is trying to squeeze in mini weekend trips here and there to see and hang out with friends in other cities, and vice versa.

And while we love a super charming Airbnb for our friends when they visit, we also love playing host and having friends stay over in our home. For one, it saves them from spending money on lodging; but we also love that it’s more intimate and gives us more time to kick back and catch up.

But we’ve also learned that to ensure your guests have a relaxing visit, you’ll need to prepare a guest room that’s comfortable and inviting. From making sure you have plenty of storage for clothes and a place to unpack, to adding greenery and small personal touches like books and a bedside carafe, having the right guest room essentials will make all the difference for your visiting friends.

Read on to get our hosting prep tips for setting up a guest room that will instantly make all your visitors feel right at home.

guest room essentialsFocus On Function First

A functional guest room is a comfortable one. That means start by making sure there’s a good flow and setup, where the bed is positioned away from the door and there’s enough room to walk around. Matching bedside tables with drawers will help frame your bed and establish a more composed look.

Add a bench at the foot of the bed to give your guests a place to unpack their luggage but also to pile on extra pillows when they go to bed at night. If you have room beyond the bed, a dresser can be just the piece that pulls together your space with a more thoughtful, designed look. All in all, focus on making sure you have the essential furniture pieces first, as they will be the key to a bedroom that is cozy and welcoming versus just another spare room where hosting guests feels like an afterthought.

guest room essentialsCarve Out A Dressing Area

There’s something so simple yet lovely about a guest room that features a designated space for getting dressed, whether it’s a walk-in closet (a dream!) or just a corner that’s set up with a dresser and full-length mirror. This is an easy way to elevate the look and feel in a guest room and bring in a hugely welcoming vibe.

A bonus touch? Ready a laundry basket in the corner so that they can easily toss in dirty towels and bed sheets without the awkward hand-off when they leave your home!

guest room essentialsMake Room For Lounging

Our idea of a relaxing guest room is one that actually inspires lounging and kicking back. A cozy chair by the window or even just a reading armchair in a corner of the room will do the trick.

To play up a laid-back atmosphere, round out the space with a small side table that’s ready with books or a vase of fresh flowers, and make room for some vibrant greenery. You want to build out a mini seating area that feels like an oasis within the guest room, so take the time to select pieces that have comfy cushioning and soft, inviting textures, like woven accents and polished stone and wooden finishes.

guest room essentialsCozy Up Your Bed

At the end of the day, it all comes down to a well-made and comfy bed for your guests. So pile on the best pillows and shams and layer in homey touches like cool art above the bed and a pretty bedside lamp. These thoughtful details are what separate a stylish guest room from a cookie-cutter hotel space completely void of character.

Our favorite hostess touches? A water carafe and glass set for the bedside and a pamper basket that’s ready with towels, bathrobes, slippers, and toiletries like nice soaps and toothpaste. It’s just the personal touch that’s sure to instantly put your guests at ease.

 

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How To Find The Best Wall Mirror For You

best mirrorsThere’s more to a stylish wall mirror than pure functionality. Beyond reflecting your beautiful face and giving rooms the appearing more spacious, we like to think of wall mirrors as sculptural art and showpieces. They make captivating focal points above a console in the entry; they can add depth and dimension on the wall behind a sofa or a bed; or they can serve as sparkling accents that lend a touch of shine to empty walls. All to say, a well-placed wall mirror can instantly transform a room, offering both chic style and a new perspective.

But when it comes to choosing a mirror that’s suited to your style and space, the endless options can feel overwhelming. Should you go with a chunky octagonal wood frame or a large and minimal round mirror instead? Does a rattan or sisal frame feel too beachy in an apartment? Don’t worry, we’re right there with you.

To simplify your search, we’ve rounded up our top ten picks for the best mirrors in the market now. Read on to see how you can bring them into your home and make them work for your style and needs.

best mirrorsIf you’re after simple and sophisticated style…

You can’t go wrong with a classic gold-rimmed round mirror. It’s our idea of a timeless and always-chic mirror design.

It’s a great addition to vignettes since it pairs beautifully alongside graphic artwork, modern ceramics, and other polished accents. It can also play up the warmth and gorgeousness of darker wood tones, so if you go this route, try to group it with console tables and cabinets in rich woods.

When it comes to styling, we love both hanging or leaning one against the wall on top of a console in a living space. Just make sure to keep other gold and metallic touches to a minimal to avoid too much glimmer and shine.

Our Pick (For Leaning): Eye Gold Mirror

Our Pick (For Hanging): Circular Mirror Gold-Amber

best mirrorsIf you love the modern rustic look…

A large mirror with a thick weathered driftwood frame will lend your spaces that rustic look with a coastal bent. For added visual appeal, consider a classic wood mirror in bold geometric shape, which has classic streamlined style with an edge.

Not to mention, the beauty of wood-framed mirrors is that they can work with either contemporary furnishings or more relaxed designs. So you can pair one with a super-sleek cabinet or a weathered wood console, and it will look just as stylish. With oversize mirrors, we also like using them to add impact in an entry or above a sofa to really drive the focus in a room.

Our Pick: Granby Wall Mirror

best mirrorsIf you like laid-back designs…

Opt for mirrors made with natural materials, such as sisal, rattan, and rope. These designs are especially great in rustic and beachy spaces, and you’ll want to go big with both size and texture to emphasize a cool, relaxed look.

But they can also work wonderfully in more clean-lined spaces, adding major visual texture and making a statement on a large empty wall. We also love the idea of mixing it with a raw wood console or a simple bench with woven seating to draw focus to all the rustic textures.

Our Pick: Kuna Wall Mirror

best mirrorsIf you prefer a little formality…

A bold geometric-shaped mirror in a wood frame offers just the right industrial note. This type of mirror, such as square-and-circular cutout style, works best as part of a living room console vignette. They have a way of giving a sense of structure and symmetry to a stylish display, so if you’re after a more polished look, this approach is your best bet. Just be sure that the console table or cabinet also has bold geometric elements that reiterate the mirror’s shapes so that the overall look feels cohesive and considered.

Our Pick: Sadie Wall Mirror

best mirrorsIf you’re looking for versatility…

We can’t sing the praises of this classic Modsy pick enough. This mirror has been our favorite since we first launched and it remains one of our most popular pieces with our customers!

Why it’s an all-time favorite comes down to its super versatile design. The simple round metal frame and slightly beveled detail give this mirror universal chic appeal, allowing it to work in a range of spaces in all styles, from rustic to minimal to eclectic. It also mixes nicely with all kinds of decor, be it with a pair of glam table lamps or an assemblage of smooth white ceramics. If you’re looking for a design that has good looks and flexible style, look no further than Quinn.

Our Pick: Quinn Mirror

best mirrorsIf you want an elegant statement piece…

A more sculptural design will likely deliver the impact and allure you’re after. Think a teardrop shape or unusual geometric pieces that lean more eclectic and glam in style.

The benefit of a uniquely shaped mirror is that it can add intrigue and lots of character to otherwise functional vignettes and corners. Anchor it with more rectilinear pieces to draw focus to the mirror’s distinct shape. Our favorite way to decorate with these mirrors is to hang one over a simply styled cabinet or a pretty and practical bar cart as a way to bring a little sparkle to entertaining spaces.

Our Pick: Arlington Mirror

best mirrorsIf you’re a minimalist…

We love the look of a super contemporary and very large round mirror for you. This is the kind of mirror that truly stands in as an art piece and it also complements midcentury pieces perfectly given its simple silhouette.

It’s a great way to add drama and create a striking focal point in a space while keeping the overall vibe minimal. To really bring this look to life, bring in neutral tones in addition to mid-century designs, which will help to elevate the look.

Our Pick: Eltham Wall Mirror

best mirrorsIf you like an eclectic vibe…

Try going for a smaller mirror that’s a little unexpected, as in one made with rattan or just a piece that has an unusual frame pattern or shape. Think of it as you would an art piece that you would add to a gallery wall.

For instance, we love this mirror frame that’s designed to like seaweed or coral, which brings in surprising visual texture and lends a touch of eclectic beachy elegance to a space. Remember that a mirror with a fascinating shape or frame always works great as part of a display or a mix of artwork, so if you see a small mirror with a wild frame that you love, go ahead and get it because you’ll always be able to find a place to hang it.

Our Pick: Portola Mirror

best mirrorsIf you’re into a little glamour…

Lean into designs with an Art Deco aesthetic. This trio of squares captures the look perfectly but one large mirror with a similar geometric frame can bring the same glam impact to your spaces.

If you decide to go with multiples, try hanging the mirrors horizontally or vertically in a row to create a cohesive, eye-catching look. A tip for decorating with multiple mirrors? The frames don’t need to match, just make sure the metallic finish does. For instance, mirrors with silver frames and detailing are glamorous by default, so if you line up options in different shapes that all have silver frames, you’ll still get the same chic, polished look. Round out silver mirrors with equally luxe accents, such a Lucite lamps and beautiful leather trays.

Our Pick: Gillis Wall Mirror

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5 Reasons To Love Indoor-Outdoor Rugs

When it comes to decor pieces that do it all, we like to think of indoor-outdoor rugs as a triple threat. Why? They’re affordable, stylish, and wondrously durable. They’re made to survive the elements outdoors, making them equally durable for the indoors. And they come in a wide array of colorful styles, so they can really ground the look in a room.

If you’re still not convinced, here are five reasons for why we love indoor-outdoor rugs that might just inspire you to consider one for your home!

indoor-outdoor rugs1. They’re Easy To Clean

Probably the best part about indoor-outdoor rugs is that they’re low-maintenance when it comes to cleaning. Red wine spill? No problem. Spaghetti sauce accident? Just wipe it right off with some soap and a damp cloth.

To give your indoor-outdoor rug a more thorough clean, simply take it outside and hose it down with some mild soap and scrub it out with a brush. Most are made of synthetic fibers, so it’s virtually impossible to ruin the rug with too much washing or scrubbing.

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indoor-outdoor rugs2. They’re Affordable

We all know rugs designed to last can be pretty expensive. Indoor-outdoor rugs, on the contrary, happen to have a much wider range of affordable options. And it’s usually based on the size of the rug rather than the weave or design.

Plus, they often look just as great as indoor rugs, except you’re guaranteed a piece that’s made to last.

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indoor-outdoor rugs3. They’re Durable

Speaking of lasting design, it goes without saying that indoor-outdoor rugs are totally awesome because of how strong they are. Not only can they handle the occasional spill (see point number 1), they can also stand up to crazy foot traffic in the busiest areas of the home, like the entry or the family room.

Our favorite ways to use them? Lay down one or two indoor-outdoor runners in your kitchen, hallway, or bathroom—just make sure you keep them in place with rug pads!

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indoor-outdoor rugs4. They’re Great for Kids and Pets

Another place where indoor-outdoor rugs can make a huge difference is in a playroom or kids room. Pick an option that’s soft enough for children to crawl around, stomp, and spread out.

Plus they’re safeguarded against juice spills and food crumbs. If you have pets in the home, those paws and claws won’t be a problem with one of these rugs.

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indoor-outdoor rugs5. They Come in Lots of Styles

It’s often surprising to see all the different stylish options for indoor-outdoor rugs on the market. There are endless options for you to choose from! Whether it’s a colorful, fun traditional pattern, a super neutral, minimal design, or a bold geometric graphic piece, you’re bound to find one that suits your taste.

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Simple Home Office Ideas For A Productive Work Space

Modern home office ideasEven if you don’t work from home, having a dedicated office area is a great way to bring a little function and inspiration into your space. You can use it as a place to check email, sort through snail mail, or even turn it into a creative workstation. In short, you can create an office space in your home that’s both practical and pretty.

But with so many options for furniture out there, designing a home office can quickly become more work that it’s worth. Do you go with a classic desk chair with casters or one that has a more clean-lined mid-century-inspired look? Should you opt for an open bookshelf or is a cabinet with doors better?

To help you get started, we’ve done the legwork and rounded up some clever home office ideas. Get ready to create a chic and productive space that inspires you to do your best work. Read on for our tips and find out how you can bring each of the looks home!

Rustic home office ideasWork In Comfort

A little rustic and a lot warm and cozy – this office space is all about comfy elements and natural textures. The wood desk and oversized traditional rug sets a warm foundation, while a leather bench, steamer trunk, and nailhead-trimmed wing chair add a layer of vintage elegance.

Consider this approach if you want a slightly more grown-up look with elevated touches that don’t feel stuffy. Case in point: The woven desk chair that’s been modernized with casters for easy movement.

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If you work from home full-time, this look has both function and comfort. Start with a hefty wooden desk (even better if it has built-in storage) to anchor the space. Then, add in the other cozy and rustic pieces as you go!

Boho home office ideasMake It Mid-Century

The great thing about a mid-century-style desk is that it provides a touch of rustic beauty as well as sleek style. It has just enough functional storage that doesn’t overwhelm a room, and it has an open base that keeps things looking and feeling airy.

You’ll want to look for other furnishings that have a similar light, open aesthetic, like the slim-framed desk chair, the open-base bench, and simple bookshelf.

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If you only work from home once in awhile, this streamlined and functional approach is right up your alley. Add in art and accents in a desert palette to warm up the mid-century lines.

Modern home office ideasBring In Chic Style

If you love mid-century style but prefer a more minimal vibe with a little polish, this is the look for you.

Keep to light, natural woods (peek our desk, shelving, and chair legs) and brass and gold accents (note the side table, wastebasket, and art frames). Think of it as Mad Men style but not too over-the-top.

To open your space even more, pull in a floor-to-ceiling mirror as a way to reflect light and make the room feel larger than it looks.

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Style Tip:

If you have a spare or guest room, consider working this setup into your room as a makeshift office. Just as you would accent a guest room, hang a few colorful large artworks to add a sophisticated note.

Mid-century home office ideasStay Minimal

We like to think of this super modern, slightly eclectic office as the perfect inspiration for anyone who needs to do focused creative work at home.

With minimal styling and a sparse selection of bold modern pieces—the wire nest chair, the geometric rug, the modular shelf—this office space is the perfect don’t-bother-me work zone with a cool edge.

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If you live in a small space, this hyper-focused office design could be just the perfect fit given its simple mix of furnishings that take up minimal footprint. If you want the space to appear curated without feeling cold, take the time to choose smaller, sculptural accents, such as an eye-catching table lamp or vase.

coastal home office ideasKeep It Classic

For a traditional office that’s elegant and luxurious stick to timeless pieces. Some great examples include this beveled wooden desk, a classic nailhead-trimmed chair and ottoman, and a tall wooden cabinet that doubles as a display case.

Take note of the color palette for your furnishings—beige and wood tones will play up this look seamlessly.

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If you’re looking to reimagine a spare room into a functional space, this office design can be an elegant solution. A substantial Lucite floor lamp and an oversize raffia-wrapped mirror can round out this collected, neutral look.

industrial home office ideasGo For Graphic

Like all the popular open offices and co-working spaces, this design is bold and cool and has industrial appeal. We can picture this layout in a college dorm room or a creative’s work corner at home.

The high-contrast notes of black, white, slate, and brown hues, provide the perfect backdrop for design-driven lighting and art that complement the sleek metal-and-wood desk.

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If you’re looking for a happy medium between mid-century and minimal, this office has just that. It has industrial elements that play into the streamlined cool of mid-century along with the leather chair and graphic art that keep it from feeling too spare. Layer in lots of plants, which can provide a nice organic burst of color in an otherwise neutral space.

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6 Ways To Create a Guest-Worthy Bachelor Pad

Bachelor PadNo roommates? No problem! There’s no better feeling than having your own place to call home, but figuring out how to decorate in a stylish way can be overwhelming. No need to ask mom or Craigslist for help in furnishing your bachelor pad. We have some sure-fire tips to make your new place look and feel impressive to you and all your friends.

Bachelor Pad1. Go Minimal

Thanks to pop culture, minimalist spaces have historically been associated with sleek bachelor pads.

Get the look in your space by opting for furniture that is straight lined and geometric. Incorporate chrome and black metals into furniture legs, bases, and lighting fixtures.

A staple for minimalist spaces is a box frame coffee table, such as this one from West Elm.

Bachelor Pad2. Get High-Contrast With Neutrals

You can achieve a bold look in your bachelor pad without adding a lot of bright color. Incorporate pops of black or charcoal in throw pillows, art, and accessories, and then pair with off-white and lighter gray tones.

Pair this ombre gray rug from CB2 with a lighter color sofa. Then add pops of charcoal in the pillows, such as these.

Bachelor Pad3. Make a Statement

Design is about the details. Decorate your space with art, accents, and even plants that speak to you.

Things you’ve picked up in your travels, or something that reminds you of your favorite memories can be great places to start.

Don’t shy away from succulents and small cacti, which are surprisingly easy to keep alive. They literally add life to your home. A large black and white photo, like this one from Minted, will make a statement on any wall.

Bachelor Pad4. Up-Level your Organization

Create an organized space that shows off your unique personality and allows for moments of conversation.

Entertaining is easy when you don’t have to rush to clean up before your guests arrive. Opt for furniture pieces that help make organization a cinch, such as bookshelves and media consoles.

Closed storage is great if you’re a disorganized person because it can hide your clutter. This media console from West Elm has doors to keep all your junk out of sight for guests, so you’re always ready to entertain.

Bachelor Pad5. Drink Up Sophistication

Ditch the folding beer pong table and set up a bar area in your living room or dining room. You can do this on a console table, media center, or even a bar cart.

Invest in a cocktail shaker and tumblers that make you feel like you’re at your favorite bougie bar. Your guests will be impressed by a matching set of these double old-fashioned glasses from CB2. Mix a cocktail in this sleek shaker that can be kept on display as a sculptural piece.

Bachelor Pad6. Ensure Ample Seating

In a small space, you may not have room for a ton of extra seating but you can create a comfortable game night by using alternative accent seating such as ottomans, poufs, and even pillows on the floor.

A pouf like this one from Target is affordable and makes the perfect perch when you need extra seating (plus all your female or design-savvy friends will be impressed you drop the word “pouf” in the conversation!).

 

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6 Self-Care Design Tips to Help You Live Your Best Life at Home

Meet Alessandra Wood, the Director of Style at Modsy. With a PhD in Design History and an M.A. in the History of Decorative Arts and Design, she is a bona fide design expert. Today, we’re picking her brain on the best self-care design tips to help you live your best life at home!

self-care design1. Designate a Space for You

Whether you’re into yoga, crafting, or just love to curl up with a good book, designating a specific place in your home where you can focus on an activity that’s important to you is a great way to practice self-care design.

If you don’t have an extra room at the ready, don’t fret. Many of us, especially city-dwellers, live in cramped spaces where there’s barely enough space to live, eat, and sleep, let alone a room for your home yoga practice.

But, as someone who formerly lived in a 495 square-foot condo with a dog and a husband, let me tell you it IS possible to have a yoga spot. Mine was literally between a wall of bookshelves and a dining table, basically the most trafficked path in our home. But, when it was yoga time, I rolled out my mat, and made that area my designated yoga spot.

self-care design2. Invest in Comfort

I just purchased a new duvet insert and honestly, it has been life-changing. It’s ultra-fluffy and makes my bed feel like a cloud. I feel more relaxed and happier at night and refreshed when I wake up in the morning.

Think about the places in your home where you spend the most time. If you can, give yourself permission make them as comfortable as they can be. Just like my duvet, your mattress, sheets, and sofa are all great places to practice self-care design by investing in comfort. You’ll be so happy you did!

self-care design3. Make Magic with Crystals

Even if you don’t believe in the healing powers of crystals, filling your home with sparkling rocks from the earth can benefit your mental state. Not only do they make lovely decorative objects, crystals – like plants – can help you feel more connected to nature, which is proven to be a mood booster.

Not sure where to start? Pick up a book to learn more or just head to a local store and pick out a few crystals that speak to you. Personally, I like to keep a piece of selenite near my front door to absorb and dispel negative energies as soon as I get home.

self-care design4. Go Green

Plants make the air around you cleaner and easier to breathe. According to Psychology Today, leafy green plants boost your mood and your creativity, and plants in general help us get along better with those around us.

There are also so many plant varieties to choose from, so find one that fits your personality! And, if you really aren’t interested in taking care of them, go faux and still get the good vibes from the greenery!

self-care design5. Get Organized

When your home is organized, you’ll find less chatter in your brain. Organization isn’t second nature to all of us, so roll out the self-care design and find pieces that help you make it happen.

You can add easy storage via baskets or find pieces that have hidden storage such as a credenza, storage coffee table, or storage ottoman. If the clutter is not in your sightline, you’re less likely to stress about it.

self-care design6. Soothe Through the Sentimental

Fill your home with things you love and remind you of important people, places and memories. I make it a point to fill my space with things that are unique to me and the home I’ve built with my husband. They remind me to be grateful and are a great way to practice self-care design.

And it’s true that sometimes we all strive for the perfectly curated, Instagram-worthy home. My advice is to not get so absorbed in chasing perfection that you miss out on the joy of designing a space you love.

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Our Favorite Modern Rooms of The Month

Modern decor ideasWe’ve seen our fair share of modern designs here at Modsy, and it’s easy to see why it’s so popular with our customers. Our modern spaces often have clean lines, neutral tones, and graphic elements but are still incredibly comfortable. Or they can have a more mid-century feel to them, with cool chairs, streamlined wood pieces, and a minimal vibe.

And since there are so many ways to create a modern space that’s just right for you, we’ve rounded up our favorite designs of the month to help get you inspired. Read on for modern decor ideas you can easily incorporate into your own design.

Modern decor ideasEmbrace Clean Lines

If you like a modern room that has a more pristine look, keep to furnishings that have clean lines – think a smooth round coffee table, a rectangular sofa, an angular bookshelf, or a striped rug. It’s all about creating a space that doesn’t feel cluttered or jam-packed with little accents here and there.

A good place to start? Focus on choosing pieces that have strong streamlined silhouettes and simple shapes.

Modern decor ideasMake It Mid-Century

For those of you who love the look of mid-century-inspired designs (who doesn’t, right?), try bringing in a few statement pieces that pay homage to the look, like a wishbone-style chair and a long sideboard. Because these designs have such a distinct look to them, a few key pieces are all you need.

Another bonus with this approach? The designs already have a clean-lined look that lets you easily layer on cooler accent pieces. AKA the large round mirror and graphic art in this corner vignette.

Modern decor ideasMix Warm and Cool Elements

A modern room doesn’t always mean minimal. And part of what gives modern spaces a more well-rounded, collected feel is by mixing warm and cool furnishings.

Contrast a streamlined wood table and leather chairs with accents that have a graphic note, like a bold print and an abstract rug in the same color palette or a unique pendant light.

The idea is to bring in equally distinctive pieces that ultimately balance out the overall look.

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Modern decor ideasThink Abstract Accents

Layering in bold abstract art and accents is one of our favorite ways to modernize a room. It’s the easiest way to switch up the look in your space, even if it doesn’t have modern furnishings.

The trick is to group graphic accents in clusters, like how the black-and-white print is mixed in with a geometric painting and a cool floor lamp in this corner. To add create even more of a modern impact, try bringing in a trendy abstract rug.

Modern decor ideasPlay Up Polished Materials

Sleek materials like tan leather and polished wood are naturally complimentary of each other, and they’re a great combination for achieving a bolder modern space.

Look for leather and wood furnishings that show a little texture – spotted textures, wood graining – which will add a touch of warmth and provide a depth to your spaces. Not to mention, these materials also work perfectly alongside sleeker, more modern designs.

Read This Next: Meet the May New Arrivals to the Modsy Catalog

Modern decor ideasStay Minimal

On the opposite end of the spectrum, if a super-sleek contemporary look is what you’re after, keep the decorating and styling to a minimum.

Choose a few key pieces that you want to spotlight and forgo the gallery wall and the tables piled with small accents. The mantra less is more fully applies here.

Modern decor ideasTake a Retro Approach

For a modern look that has a funky element to it, consider taking a retro approach.

You can combine contemporary and midcentury-style pieces with quirky accents that nod to ’80s designs, like a mushroom lamp, a spindle clock, and a cool pendant. The trick is to keep to retro accents that have truly distinctive silhouettes and designs rather than old-school furniture pieces, which can appear overwhelming.

Modern decor ideasGo For High-Contrast

One way to instantly give your space a modern look and feel is to play up a black-and-white palette. Monochrome photographs and artwork make for the perfect modern backdrop in rooms because they give you the freedom to mix in furnishings in a range of style and materials or simply more linear modern pieces.

Bonus that the palette also makes it easy to work in greenery for a vibrant touch.

Read This Next: 5 Reasons We Love Fake Plants

Modern decor ideasOpt For an Open Concept Design

Many of our favorite modern rooms are defined by their open concept layout that combines living and dining within one large space. It’s one key design factor that sets a modern space apart from more traditional rooms as it allows you to take a more contemporary approach to furniture arrangements.

Try starting with a neutral color palette of black and white. Create a seating area with streamlined sofas and chairs then extend that aesthetic into a dining area with similarly clean-lined pieces and versatile hues for a look that’s cohesive and sleek.

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Poufs, Plants, & Pillows – Shop Our Favorite Easy Decor Updates for Spring

easy decor updates for springSay goodbye to the cold, dreary days of winter – spring is finally here! It’s time to get rid of the winter blahs by brightening up your surroundings to make way for the new season with confidence.

There’s no better way to fully embrace the season than by welcoming spring into your home. Combining your seasonal spring cleaning with a bit of home rejuvenation is a great way to refresh and shift your mindset toward the brighter days ahead. It’s time to swap out the chunky knit throws and cozy decorative touches that kept you tucked in all winter and usher in the colorful, lively and light looks.

If you can’t make a full room makeover happen, here are 3 easy decor updates to refresh your home for spring.

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easy decor updates for springPillows

Want to get the biggest transformation with the least amount of effort? All you need are pillows! Throw pillows are a super easy decor item that you can switch out throughout the seasons to give any room a timely update.

Swap in some colorful, fun and patterned pillows to instantly spring-ify the look of your living room, bedroom, office, etc. Put dark, wintery pillows to rest for the moment and bring the more vibrant colors out to shine. Neutrals, primary colors and light and bright pastels will all fit wonderfully into a spring color palette.

Pro-tip: keep your pillow inserts and change the covers out seasonally for an extra budget-friendly home update.

easy decor updates for springPoufs

Poufs are just as magical as the pretty name makes them sound, and they are making a splash in spring decor this year. They are similar to ottomans, only more versatile and not as clunky – their lack of legs helps them look lighter and more playful than a traditional ottoman.

You can use poufs as footstools in front of a sofa or chair to prop up your feet while you’re relaxing. And, in a pinch, they can even be used as extra seating when guests show up or extra surface space in any room.

We love them because they add a pop of color, pattern, and texture that can transform your look without a hefty price tag. It’s a great way to dip your toe in a trend instead of committing to a pricey sofa or rug that might not stand the test of time.

easy decor updates for springPlants

Even though the calendar days are ticking on, it can sometimes feel like spring is still hibernating. That means it’s up to us to go out and get it!

Bring the outdoors inside with greenery galore. Plants are the epitome of spring – they bring life into a room in a way that other decorative accessories just can’t. Easy to manage houseplants placed throughout a room can magically make the space lighter and airier.

Try a potted plant in a corner, a group of succulents on your table, or a hanging plant if you are short on floor space. We also love faux plant options if you want something low-maintenance that looks happy all year-round!

Getting your house into shape for spring doesn’t have to be a costly commitment! With these quick and simple updates to your home decor, you can brighten up your space and bring the light of spring into any room of your home.

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Bring the Outside In: 5 Simple Ways to Decorate With Plants

decorate with plantsSpring has sprung! That means it’s time to peel back those layers (of blankets, pillows, and rugs) and refresh your home for warmer weather.

The easiest way to kick off the new season and reboot your home? Bring in some (or lots) of greenery to liven up your spaces. Read on for some simple, fun, and totally refreshing ways to add greenery and decorate with plants in your home.

decorate with plants1. Liven Up Dead Corners

You know that one corner in your home where nothing else fits? Fill it up with a clusters of potted greenery, plants, and trees. Combine different greenery in varying heights to give the corner new life and depth.

Take it one step further and arrange mini clusters of smaller plants on floating shelves and as coffee table centerpieces. There’s power in numbers!

Stylist Tip: Opt for plants of different shapes and sizes to create some visual texture and keep your space feeling dynamic.

decorate with plants2. Try Hanging Plants to Save Floor Space

Hang a planter of leafy greenery in practical work spaces, like your office, to add a little life to your every day routine. It’s an easy way to bring a vibrant touch to a functional space. The same can be said for the kitchen, where a few hanging planters instantly lift the mood!

This is also a great way to work greenery in to small homes where floor space is limited.

Stylist Tip: When it comes to hanging greenery, choose a leafy trailing one, like a philodendron. They’re relatively low-maintenance as long as they get enough sunlight by a window and they grow out and downward in a really pretty way.

decorate with plants3. Make Old Spaces Feel New

Adding greenery is the best way to refresh your living areas for spring and bring the outdoors in. It’s also a lot less expensive than buying new furnishings if you’re on a budget.

Spread out a range of different plants and trees in your common areas to create a welcoming atmosphere and to ring in the new season.

Stylist Tip: Already have a few plants in your home? Just like other pieces of decor, plants can work in any room of your home. Go ahead and mix up where you display them from time to time. It’s a free way to make your space feel fresh and new!

decorate with plants4. Bring in Fresh Air

Go for a plant or two (or three) in the bedroom as a way to freshen up the air and the space. Not to mention, it adds a little life and lushness.

Try a big leafy plant that requires little watering in the corner or couple of hanging planters by the window as lively touches to start.

Stylist Tip: Make your bedroom extra calming and add a small lavender plant.

decorate with plants5. Spruce Up Neutral Spaces

If you’re not a fan of brightly colored furniture and decor, decorate with plants to punch up neutral spaces. They’ll add a nice pop of green and a soothing vibe without feeling overwhelming.

Stylist Tip: If you’re looking for something super simple, consider starting with a few leafy branches of greenery in tall vase. Then when you’re ready bring in other smaller plants in matching vases.

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Celebrating Earth Day With Sustainable Design Choices

earth dayWe’re big fans of the earth here at Modsy. Our mission is to help people create better designed environments so that they can lead happier lives. And, as home to all of us, we are firm believers in keeping our planet healthy and happy.

Unfortunately, it remains a sad fact that the furniture industry is a large contributor to pollution. Each year over 9.7 million tons of furniture will go to the landfill and is responsible for producing 32.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.

So what’s an earth-loving person to do? Here are 3 ways to help reduce waste from furniture this Earth day, and every day!

Shop with sustainability in mind

A lot of furniture companies are aware of the impact their products have on the environment and are making strides to reduce their carbon footprint and offer more sustainable products.

At Modsy, we’re excited to continue partnering with companies that value sustainability as much as we do. We work with brands like West Elm, which is committed to using sustainably sourced materials, and our own Minna Home, where we use recycled materials in all of our products.

Invest in longevity

Instead of the buy-replace-repeat approach to home decor, if you have the cash consider investing in fewer pieces that will last.

This not only helps keep more furniture out of landfills, it’s also great for your wallet! Instead of shelling out money for a new coffee table or rug every six months, you can invest in a piece that will last you years (decades, even!) from the get-go.

Investing in quality is also great even if you plan to only use it for a short time. Unlike cheaper furniture, these pieces will retain their value over time and you can recoup a significant portion of the original price later.

The great part of shopping higher quality furniture is that you don’t have to assemble it when it arrives. A lot of less expensive options ship in a flat pack, meaning you get to enjoy the task of assembling it at home. This is such a notoriously painful process that most people end up outsourcing it to third parties, which can quickly add up, both in money and cost to your sanity.

Don’t be afraid of used furniture

If you can’t afford to invest in a new sofa, no matter how sustainable it is, consider shopping second hand! You can get awesome one-of-a-kind vintage pieces and even find name brand items for a fraction of their original price.

Check out your local flea market, estate sales, or second hand stores. There are also a myriad of marketplace apps designed to make buying and selling used items easy and convenient.

Not sure how to make a second-hand piece work in your design? We can help! Send your Modsy designer a few photos and the dimensions of your piece and we’ll build a 3D model of it and include it in your design.

 

Our goal is to make shopping for your home and practicing sustainability as mutually inclusive as possible. Together, we can all take steps to lessening our impact on the environment and create beautiful homes we love. Happy Earth Day!

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6 Ways To Prep Your Dining Room for Entertaining

Whether you’re entertaining for the holidays or just hosting a morning brunch with friends, your dining room is at the center of it all. With all the work that goes into planning a meal for multiple people, the last thing you want is to stress about your decor.

To help you avoid any pre-hosting stress, we rounded up our favorite tips to get your dining room ready to go before guests descend. Here are the dining room ideas we love and are sure to help you get fully prepped for a revolving door of dinner parties, brunches, and whatever else comes your way.

Read on for a few dining room ideas that will help you shine as the hostess with the mostest!

dining room ideas for holiday entertaining1. Always Have Extra (and Comfy) Seating

Comfortable chairs can make long dinners much more enjoyable. If you like a little extra cushion, consider matching sets that are fully upholstered or have nice plush seats.

If you have room to spare, extra chairs are always great to have on hand in case of unexpected, or last-minute guests.

Short on space? Dining chairs are versatile so try placing extras in your entryway or home office. They won’t use up square footage unnecessarily, and you can easily pull them into your dining space in a pinch.

Shop This Look: A comfy dining room, featuring our Rustic Warmth Collection

dining room ideas for entertaining2. Be Realistic About Headcount

Big dinners are a holiday given, so be cognizant of how many people your dining room can accommodate comfortably.

If you have the space to entertain a big crowd, make sure everyone has a spacious spot at the table. A table with extendable leaves is a great solve for hosting large groups in smaller spaces.

dining room ideas for holiday entertaining3. Take Time to Outfit Your Table

Whether you’re hosting a Thanksgiving feast for 12 or an intimate valentines day dinner for two, a thoughtfully set table is always memorable.

Channel the colors of the season and pick a combination of your favorite three to guide the palette for your table scape.

If you’ve been thinking about new dishes, silverware or glassware, now is the time to go for it as you gear up to entertain.

dining room ideas for holiday entertaining4. Prepare a Serving Station

Half the challenge of entertaining is being present with your guests.

Setting up a sideboard or a buffet where you can create a bar and a serving station for food, appetizers and dessert means you won’t have to dash back and forth from the kitchen.

In a smaller dining room, try a simple bar cart topped with drinks and light nibbles.

Shop This Look: A Polished yet casual dining room in our Contemporary Connoisseur Collection

dining room ideas for holiday entertaining5. Add Good Mood Lighting

Beyond candlelight, make sure your dining room is well-lit all around – overhead, along the walls, or a table lamp or two placed strategically on a buffet or a small table.

The idea is to have enough lighting around your dining room so that you can easily switch off a few to create a moody ambience.

If you have a single pendant above the dining table, consider hanging a chandelier for a show-stopping light source that adds more sparkle.

dining room ideas for holiday entertaining6. Warm Up Your Floors

A captivating rug is sure to set a cozy, festive note. Choose a low-pile option (one that’s not shaggy) in a color or pattern that draws focus to your dining table.

Or opt for a natural-fiber rug with a large-scale design that’s easy on the eyes and stands up to foot traffic. (These can also handle the occasional spill, because let’s face it – it happens).

Shop This Look: A dining room in our Refined Rustic look is always set to impress

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Guest Room Tips

Stress-Free Hosting: 7 Things Every Great Guest Room Needs

Guest Room Tips

Hosting season never seems to end! If you’re celebrating Easter, Passover, or just having a family brunch, being the host with the most extra bedrooms is no easy feat.

But fret not, the secret to stress-free hosting isn’t skipping town for the weekend, it’s a well-prepped guest room that’s sure to impress.

Since you probably already are familiar with the guest room basics like a bed frame, comfy mattress, and clean linens, here are 7 of our favorite ways to whip your guest room into shape, all before your in-laws arrive.

guest room tips1. Set up a place to unpack

After they lug their suitcase up the stairs, your guests will appreciate having a place to park their luggage and unpack.

Try placing a bench or a pair of poufs at the foot of the bed. This also doubles as a great place for them to take shoes off or get ready for the day.

2. Keep guests feeling cozy

No matter the season, give your guests the hotel treatment by readying your guest room with a basket stocked with extra linens, pillows, and blankets.

Think cozy cashmere throws, cable-knit blankets, and fluffy pillows for winter, or linen sheets and cotton throws for the warmer seasons.

guest room tips3. Dress to impress

Sometimes it’s those finishing touches that truly round out the guest room ambiance.

A full-length mirror is just the accent piece that brings a luxe look and feel to the space. Place one against a wall for your guests to use while they get dressed for breakfast or dinner.

guest room tips4. Start a conversation with art

Tell your story to visitors through the art and objects you display in your home.

While this might not seem like an essential, showcasing unique art and accessories is a great way to make your guests’ stay more memorable.

Not sure what to pick? Think about choosing pieces that will spark a conversation – photographs from your trip to Iceland? Perfect. A woven basket that looks better on the wall than in the kitchen? Yes please!

5. Make storage easy

Set your guests up for success with a handy place to stash clothes, toiletries, and even surprise hostess gifts (wishful thinking?).

A stylish dresser and pair of nightstands is a great place to start! Also consider pulling in a woven hamper for your guests to easily toss used towels and linens. This simple addition majorly ups the hospitality factor.

guest room tips6. Ensure ample lighting

Place a pair of reading lamps on the nightstands, but don’t forget to think about lighting for the rest of your guest room as well.

Sconces above a dresser or on the wall opposite the bed can be a light-touch way to add more sources of illumination, while a floor lamp by a window will cast a warm glow that can help cozy up the ambiance for your guests.

7. Make room for personal space

Give your guests a place to relax and unwind with a cozy reading nook or desk area. This is a great, no-pressure way for them (and you) to enjoy some personal space during their visit.

Add a bookcase with old and new tomes for guests to peruse, and even include a tray stocked full of goodies like coffee, tea, and snacks.

It’s these finishing elements that can truly make a space feel homey for visitors.

 

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5 Tips For a Dining Room That Encourages Family Meals

mid-century dining room ideas

You know those especially long days where, by the time you’re finally home the last thing you want to do is cook a meal? You know there are groceries in the fridge but ordering takeout is so much easier. Us too. Making dinner at home is one of those things that we say we’ll do but we always seem to find an excuse to get out of it.

It’s not surprising then that sit-down family dinners are becoming a rarity in American homes.

On the flip side, many studies have shown that eating together is a great way for parents and children to deepen their bonds in today’s fast-paced world. But what gives when it comes to making more time to eat together at home?

A well-designed family dining room might just be your answer to making it all happen. Make your dining room a place that is comfortable and inviting so that it encourages family dinners. A dining room that’s dedicated to meals and family time can also reset old routines and inspire a new way of eating together.

Not sure where to start? Don’t worry. We’ve rounded up five tips to help you create a dining room that’s sure to get everyone around the table at dinner time.

Read on for 5 tips to create your perfect family dining room.

rustic family dining room1. Invest In A Dining Table (That Works For You)

First things first: If you want a dining room that encourages more family meals, a nice table can make all the difference. Think of your table as the centerpiece that everything else will be built on.

Choose one that fits your space and suits your family’s dining style. A long communal table is great for dinner parties if you like to have friends and family over. A shorter table or a round one is ideal for casual everyday meals and if you have a small family dining room.  A wood table can be especially kid-friendly and easy to clean. And, finally, a glass top option is great for small spaces.

contemporary dining room2. Find Comfy Chairs

The key to any great family dining room is comfortable seating. If you want a space that’s all about getting people to gather and dine together, it’s got to be comfortable.

Find chairs that not only speak to your style, but are comfortable enough that people won’t think twice about lingering for dessert or to finish that bottle of wine.

Don’t worry if all your chairs don’t match—embrace a more eclectic look as you add chairs to your space over time.

For kid-friendly seating, opt for chairs in leather (it’s easy to clean) or wood (upholstered ones are prone to stains). Or add a bench on one side for a seat that’s spacious with lots of room to move around.

dining room storage3. Incorporate Everyday Storage

Want your dining room to feel less utilitarian and more like a true family gathering spot? Take full advantage of the space by rounding it out with a credenza or buffet that can be used daily.

This is a great place to stash everyday dinnerware that you can pull out at meal time as well as for excess kitchen equipment (or any clutter you just don’t have room for). And you can dress it up as a self-service bar, food station, or just a simple decorative focal point during dinner parties.

dining room ideas4. Make A Statement

Warm up your dining decor so that it feels inviting. And don’t hesitate to take some interior design risks.

You likely won’t want to change up your dining room decor frequently. This makes it the perfect place to try a statement wallpaper or bold chandelier that makes it feel extra welcoming. This will also give it that one-of-a kind WOW factor that guests won’t be able to stop ogling over.

family dining room5. Set The Mood

What’s the one thing trendy restaurants have in common? Ambience! And that’s just as important in your dining room. An experience involving all your senses, striking the right mood with your lighting is key to a great dining space.

If you can, opt for a dimmable pendant or add an extra table lamp to your credenza. And don’t forget to light a candle or two (or a dozen) to add that final touch. It all adds up to setting a cozy and inviting mood that gets everyone excited for time spent together around the table.

 

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5 Essential Tips to Ready Your Living Room for Guests

living room tipsMajor family gathering time is just around the corner! Whether you celebrate Easter, Passover, or just like to host a big family brunch, hosting guests (even if you love them) can be stressful. So if the thought of your in-laws seeing the current state of your living room makes you cringe, don’t panic, there’s still time to whip it into shape.

But just like a great meal, designing your home takes a lot of time and planning. To help lighten the load, we rounded up 5 of our designers’ best living room tips to get you started.

Whether you need a total design overhaul or just help with the finishing touches, Modsy designers can help spruce up your space in a jiff. Start your project today and see your exact room re-designed with new furniture in decor in 3D.

living room tips1. Ensure You Have Ample Seating

The first order of business when prepping your living room for guests? Making sure everyone has a comfortable place to sit and relax!

Consider whether a sofa or a sectional is right for you, and if you need additional side chairs to go with it. If you’re tight on space try incorporating flexible seating options, like poufs or a coffee table that doubles as an ottoman.

Read This Next: Deciding on a Sofa or a Sectional for an Open Living Room

living room tips2. Find the Right Layout

One of the best living room tips doesn’t require purchasing a thing. Finding the right layout for your space is just as important as picking a sofa or rug to fill it up. Think about the ways you enjoy spending time with loved ones and then optimize your living room layout to make that happen.

Does your family like to watch movies together? Be sure your sofa is oriented so that everyone gets a great view. And consider an option with an extra deep seat for extra comfort!

Or maybe playing board games around the coffee table is more your hosting style. Opt for a large coffee table and a layout that puts everyone in reach.

Read This Next: Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Sofa Online

living room tips3. Get Sneaky With Your Storage

We’re all about living room furniture that goes the extra mile. Opt for pieces that incorporate hidden storage to help make cleaning easier and faster.

For example, a coffee table with interior storage is great for stowing away big books, board games, and even kids’ toys. A bench behind the sofa adds extra seating and can also double as a hiding spot for extra blankets and pillows.

Read This Next: 7 Ways to Sneak More Storage Into Any Space

living room tips4. Carve out Designated Zones

A great way to navigate weekends hosting guests and extended family is to make space for different activities within the same room.

Try incorporating a play area for the kids, or reserve a reading nook by the fireplace for grandparents to relax. A cocktail area is also a great way to stay close to the action of the main gathering space, but give yourself a bit of reprieve.

Read This Next: 5 Tips for Designing a Kid-Friendly Living Room

living room tips5. Refresh Your Decor

The easiest way to give your living room guest-ready facelift? Refresh your art and accessories! Mix up your art for an instant change, or swap in new accent pieces to put your home in a more festive mood.

Feel like a more major change is in order? Try a new rug to totally change the look of your space.

Shop The Look: New Trends – Warm Hues For Fall

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Spring Refresh Checklist: 17 Easy Home Updates

spring refreshSpring is finally here! Ring in the new season at home by getting your spaces into warm-weather shape with a seasonal spring refresh.

To help you give your rooms a thorough spring refresh, we’ve compiled this checklist to help (and inspire) you to ready your spaces for the season. From decluttering common areas to adding new colorful pillows and art to rethinking furniture and layouts, consider this your comprehensive guide for preparing your home for spring.

spring refresh5 Simple Spring Cleaning Tips to Start

They don’t call it “spring cleaning” for nothing. Almost like a second chance at the new year, the start of spring is a great time to re-motivate yourself with small tasks to whip your home into shape. Here are the most-essential cleaning tips for a spring refresh.

1. Clear Out Clutter

It’s time to toss out those piles of mail, papers, and takeout menus in high-traffic areas, like your entry, kitchen, or family room. This will free up space in ways that might surprise you. Need some clever storage ideas? Check out these tips.

2. Organize Your Pantry

An easily forgotten space in the home, you might find some things in there that need to get chucked. Take time to give this spot a thorough sweep.

3. Put Away Winter Essentials

Wash your big blankets, comforters and quilts, and get your chunky sweaters and winter coats dry cleaned. Then stash them all away until it’s bundle-up season again. While you’re at it, consider editing your closet! No need to go full-on Marie Kondo-style (you can if you want to), but commit to donating at least a few trash bags worth of clothing for a fresh start.

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spring refresh

4. Restyle Your Surfaces

Swap in new decor, accents, and books for your coffee table, console, and shelves to give them an eye-catching but low-touch spring refresh.

5. Refresh Your Bathroom

Sounds simple enough, but switching out the shower curtain, adding some small plants and a scented candle, and swapping in new light bulbs can do wonders to open up this often neglected space. Not to mention, spring is the best excuse for giving your bath a good deep scrub.

spring refresh5 Small Decor Updates to Ring in Spring

If you’re getting sick of your hygge-inspired living room, a few simple decor updates are the perfect way to make a big impact with minimal effort (and cash). Give your space an easy spring refresh with these 5 easy-to-tackle decor updates.

1. Bring in Greenery

There’s no better way to welcome spring than with leafy plants and pretty flowers. A few well-placed plants can help liven up empty corners and brighten surfaces. Need some inspo? Check out these easy ways to decorate with greenery.

2. Brighten Your Walls

Sometimes all it takes is a fresh coat of paint or some new art on the walls to bring new perspective to your rooms. Try rethinking the traditional gallery wall or adding some oversized art for an easy spring refresh.

3. Swap in New Pillows

It’s the easiest way to give your living room and bedroom a fresh boost of color and pattern. This spring refresh is also super affordable. Also check out these spring refresh ideas that cost less than $100!

4. Add a Natural Fiber Rug

Roll up those heavy wool rugs and lay down a natural-fiber rug instead to open up your rooms and usher in a relaxed vibe. Not to mention, these rugs are super durable and are perfect for busy spaces. Find the best one (there’s lots to consider!) for your home with our natural-fiber rug guide—and make sure you’re getting the right size rug!

5. Hang Some Mirrors

One way to spread more light around your rooms is to make space for mirrors. Any piece with reflective a surface will help bounce light around your room and make it feel open and airy! To open up your living room, try a large mirror above your sofa.

spring refresh5 Stylish Furniture Upgrades Perfect for Spring

Turn your spring refresh into an overhaul by swapping out larger pieces of furniture. If you’ve been looking to finally upgrade your sofa, or tackle that new year’s resolution (better late than never!), look to spring as the perfect time to make it happen.

1. Go For That New Sofa

If you’ve been sitting on the idea of a new sofa, spring is the perfect time to pull the trigger. Read our buying guide if you need help deciding whether you should skimp or splurge on one, and make sure you check out these key tips for shopping for a sofa online.

2. Get a New Coffee Table

If you’re looking for a smaller way to make a spring refresh, a new coffee table can be a great place to start. The centerpiece of any living room, a new coffee table can give your space a completely new look for a fraction of the price of a new sofa. And there are so many stylish options you can choose from. Here’s how to find a coffee table that’s right for your space.

3. Consider a New TV Stand

This is the focal point in many living rooms, so don’t let the need for function force you to sacrifice style. There are actually a lot of cool TV stand choices out there now, and spring is the perfect time to switch it up. But the key is finding a TV stand that’s the right size for your space—so we broke it all down for you in this guide.

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spring refresh

4. Look for a New Bed

Most of us tend to buy a bed and then stick with it for much longer than we ought to. Spring is the opportune time to change up your snooze spot with a new bed. And there are lots of affordable styles out there. Check out our bed frames buying guide to learn the pros and cons of the most popular types.

5. Replace Your Nightstand

Not ready to pull in a big-ticket item like a new bed? Give your bedroom a mini update with major style with a new nightstand that’s just right. Remember these tips for finding the right size bedside table. or check out these ideas for nightstand alternatives.

spring refreshBudget-Friendly Layout Ideas For Spring

Sometimes the best way to make a space feel new is with a simple layout change. Don’t want to spend your weekend pushing furniture around your room? Save your floors and your lower back and try out some new layouts virtually with Modsy. Already have a Modsy studio? Try playing with our Editor or ring the Assistance Bell in your studio for help from one of our Modsy stylists.

Rearrange Your Living Room

It might just be time to start fresh in your living room. You can opt for a new sofa or sectional, make way for some new chairs, replace the rug, or just work with what you already have. Get some inspo from our living room layout tips. Then, also check out ways to round out your newly arranged living room.

Redo Your Bedroom

If you’re not looking to add new bedroom furniture, a new layout can make for a great spring refresh. Get inspired with some new ways to arrange your bedroom with these layout ideas. Or if you’re looking for a new layout without shuffling too much furniture, check out these stylish tips for bringing in seating that can dramatically change how your bedroom looks and feels.

 

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5 Ways to Refresh Your Space for Spring On A Budget

Tips from Alessandra Wood, PhD & Director of Style at Modsy

Meet Alessandra Wood, the Director of Style at Modsy. With a PhD in Design History and an M.A. in the History of Decorative Arts and Design, she is a bona fide design expert, taught by the best of the best curators and historians. We picked her brain on the best ways to update your home for spring without breaking the bank. Read on for some of her tips!

Looking for some spring decor ideas to refresh your space, but not flush with cash to spend? Not to worry! Here are 5 easy changes you can make to your home for less (less than $100 to be exact)!

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Ready to see the after? Scroll on for 5 of our favorite budget-friendly spring decor ideas and this complete room transformation.

spring decor ideas1. Change Up Your Pillows

The Swap

One of our favorite spring decor ideas is to swap your throw pillows. This is an easy and affordable way to add a pop of color and a bit more style to your space. You can save a bit more by buying new throw covers and reusing your existing inserts.

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spring decor ideas

The Cost

Depending on fabric, you can easily score 2-3 new pillows for under $100 or 3-4 pillow covers, if you already have the inserts!

Spring decor ideas2. Restyle Your Bookshelf

The Swap

Knock out two Eames birds with one decor move. Take a moment to get rid of clutter and reorganize your surfaces. This is especially important for open shelving, which can start to feel a little stale (not to mention dusty) after sporting the same old tchotchkes for too long.

Try swapping in small pieces of art or decorative objects and sculptures. Pick up new pieces while you stroll the flea market or in your favorite little boutiques. Not sure where to begin? Sign up for a Modsy design package and our stylists can suggest decor and accessories that match your style and budget.

The Cost

$0-$50, depending on where and how many pieces you buy.

spring decor ideas3. Add Plants Galore

The Swap

One of our favorite spring decor ideas is to add life to your space by, literally, adding life! We love decorating with plants because they never go out of style and they clean your air while they’re at it.

The Cost

Small cacti and succulents usually run less than $5 a pop at hardware stores. Plant them in budget-friendly mini planters or even a few hanging options. If you’re looking for a larger statement, add a tall indoor plant to the mix.

4. Try on a New Paint Color

The Swap

Sometimes the best way to make your space feel new is a fresh coat of paint! If you’re up for a DIY moment, pick up a gallon of paint and create some drama via wall color. Paint just one accent wall, or go for all four if you’re looking to take this spring decor idea to the next level.

The Cost

Depending on the brand you choose and if your walls need primer, painting an accent wall yourself can cost as little as $25 and up to $75.

spring decor ideas5. Rearrange Your Layout

The Swap

If you’re saving your pennies for a summer vacation you can still make your living room feel new again by rearranging your furniture. A new layout creates a new flow in the space, which will change the way you think about that room!

The Cost

Free! Or sign up for Modsy (starting at $69) to try on new layouts virtually before you rearrange them IRL.

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6 Ways to Add Storage to Your Living Room

living room storage ideasSpring has almost sprung, and if you’re like us, that means it’s time to hit refresh on your home and dive into some much-needed cleaning and organization projects. But if you’re not up for a full KonMari purge, don’t worry – there’s still hope! Adding more storage to your living room can be a great way to get organized and de-clutter your space.

Whether you have a small space or an open floor plan – or even something in between – there are plenty of ways to organize with clever living room storage in all kinds of styles and color schemes. With a few smart solutions, you can make sure your living room always feels tidy, airy and light.

To help, we’re rounding up 6 of our favorite living room storage ideas. Spring cleaning, here we come!

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living room storage ideasStorage Coffee Table

Let’s face it – we all somehow end up with a lot of stuff. And while a lot of it might be things you use daily, that doesn’t always mean you want to keep it on display. That’s why one of our favorite living room storage ideas is rethinking your coffee table.

The right coffee table can be the perfect furniture piece for extra living room storage! Instead of choosing one just for surface area, consider a storage option that opens up to reveal space for all your stuff!

You don’t have to skimp on style either – you can find plenty of options that offer storage space inside and look great on the outside. Coffee tables with drawers and lift-top coffee tables also make excellent storage options. Tuck away odds and ends that don’t display well, coasters, remotes, magazines and other items that you don’t want overtaking the surface space.

living room storage ideasCabinet

If you’re tight on space in your living room, you don’t want to add more bulky furniture that will clutter it up even further. Instead, a great solve is to look for options – like a cabinet – that have a small footprint yet still offer plenty of interior storage space.

With a living room storage cabinet, you can keep blankets, books, games and toys neatly organized and out of the way. These also make a great choice for alcoves and corners that might otherwise go unused. Another option is using a decorative cabinet with glass windows. Here you can display fragile items, photos, heirlooms, books… it’s all up to you!

living room storage ideasStorage Bench

A storage bench combines all the things you need: hidden storage, extra seating, and a display space all in one. It is one of the most functional and practical ways to declutter a home and keep a space organized.

Benches with hidden storage can help make your space look neat and stylish and also provide some extra seating. Use them to stash bulkier items out of sight, like blankets, seasonal decor and more of that “stuff” that always seems to pile up!

All you have to do is choose a bench that fits your space and style (if that feels daunting, let us help)! You can find wooden options, ones with cubbies, or upholstered options like the white one styled here.

Credenza

A credenza is one of the most traditional dining room staples. They are often used to serve food and display dish ware, but they can also be used as a handy living room storage piece! They also offer ample surface space to display decorative items that show off your style. Also known as a sideboard or buffet, no matter whether you call it, it’s an awesome way to bulk up your storage potential in any room.

Because they come in so many different styles, you can usually find a place for one in any living room, whether it’s against a wall, as a stand for your television, or set against the backside of the sofa. Credenzas have so many uses – put it to work as a bookshelf, entertainment center, buffet, or curio cabinet – making them a pieces with some major staying power!

living room storage ideasSide Tables With Drawers

Most living rooms benefit from side tables placed at the end of your sofa or next to your armchairs. But don’t think of them as just a place to set your drink!

Instead of using delicate side tables with only a bit of surface space, try an option with drawers that do double-duty as living room storage. There are a lot of small items, like remote controls, coasters, pens/pencils, notepads, a pair of glasses, etc., that you might want easy access to in your living room, but don’t want to busy up the space.

With a storage-infused side table, you can easily tuck these items away in the drawers for additional living room organization. That way you can save the surface area for lamps, photos or other objects you’d prefer to display.

living room storage ideasBaskets

Baskets are one of our favorite living room storage ideas, especially for kid-friendly spaces!

If you have a full house, you know that you need plenty of places to stash the clutter. It’s totally possible to have kids and a clean home, and having some smart and sneaky storage solutions on your side certainly helps!

These wicker baskets easily tuck into the room below the side tables. They also make an awesome place to corral kids’ stuff, like toys, books and art supplies, or pet accessories, or even regular old clutter! Baskets can hide it all.

You can choose from a variety of sizes, shapes and styles and they can fit into open nooks on bookshelves, built-in shelving, under coffee tables and more.

With these living room storage ideas, it’s easy to keep your space feeling neat and tidy so you can enjoy it with family and never have to worry about inviting guests over to a messy house! Want to find out what your space would look like with new furniture and decor? Sign up for a design package with Modsy today!

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Designing a Rustic Bedroom? Start With These Tips!

rustic bedroomMove over Mid-Century Modern, rustic is taking over as the trendiest style in your Pinterest feed. From the Fixer-Upper look, to Chris Loves Julia’s cozy minimal style, rustic interiors are truly having a moment.

But how to bring the rustic look to life in your home can sometimes be a challenge. With so many rustic styles out there, where do you even start? To help, we’re cracking open our designers’ playbook and dishing our best rustic design tips.

Keep scrolling for 10 ways to bring the rustic bedroom of your dreams to life!

rustic bedroom1. Look for Traditional Shapes

Foundation pieces with a more classic or traditional shape will help steer your room to a decidedly rustic look. Don’t you love how this wrought-iron bed brings a timeless quality to the room?

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2. Embrace an Industrial Aesthetic

Industrial design is all about incorporating raw materials that show off their age and history. Bring this idea to your rustic bedroom by seeking pieces that display their age and even feel a bit unfinished.

This will help add texture and dimension to your room, and give it that distinctly weathered vibe that rustic spaces are so well known for.

rustic bedroom3. Keep to a Neutral Palette

Rustic interiors tend to shy away from bold colors and embrace a more muted aesthetic. This helps the materials and textures shine, and also creates a cozy feeling.

To keep your space from feeling too eclectic and modern, look for neutral tones when styling your rustic bedroom. Check out how this refined bedroom works a neutral palette that still feels full and never flat!

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4. Play With Pattern

Pattern is an amazing way to add personality to any space. Rustic rooms in particular can use pattern to easily create a sense of cozy, homeyness.

When picking your patterns, go either for something classic, like these medallion patterned pillows, or traditionally rustic, like this plaid rug.

rustic bedroom5. Add Organic Textures and Materials

What really brings a rustic bedroom to life is the layering of textures. Specifically, go for pieces that have an organic look and are made of natural materials to give your rustic bedroom dimension.

Think natural fiber rugs, reclaimed woods, metals, woven wicker and rattan, as well as leathers and sheepskins. Then layer them all together for a rustic bedroom look that’s as cozy as can be!

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6. Try a Hand-Made Look

Unlike more contemporary styles, rustic interiors embrace a less sleek and overly-polished aesthetic. To bring this idea to your space, look for pieces that have a hand-made feel, like this leather bench and chunky knit blankets.

rustic bedroom7. Go Vintage

Just like hand-made pieces, if you have any family heirlooms or antiques, your rustic bedroom is a great place to let them shine. This trunk-turned-nightstand adds a unique flair to this bedroom and gives it a slightly retro vibe.

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8. Pile on the Pillows

Nothing makes a bedroom more inviting than a pile of pillows on the bed! Not only do they make for a comfortable place to watch TV or read a book, lots of pillows give your room that full, lived-in look that is so crucial to rustic interiors!

rustic bedroom9. Stay Symmetrical

If you want a more traditional rustic vibe, embrace a symmetrical layout in your bedroom. This will create a sense of balance and give your bedroom an air of formality that will keep it from feeling too modern or edgy.

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10. Keep It Cozy

The most important thing tip to remember when designing a rustic bedroom, is to always keep it cozy. Coziness is probably the thing above all else that sets rustic interiors apart. They’re always warm, inviting places you want to snuggle up in and never leave.

So add some chunky throw blankets, light a few candles, and get ready to snuggle up inside your cozy, rustic bedroom!

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Surface Styling 101 – Tips for Decorating All the Surfaces in Your Home

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Surface styling is key in creating a homey, lived-in look! From your coffee table to your nightstand, it’s those final touches that turn a room into an Instagram-worthy interior. But surprisingly enough, it’s these small decorative moments that can be the trickiest things to master.

To help demystify the surface styling process, we’re cracking open our Modsy designers’ playbook and giving you the inside scoop on our best decor ideas.

Ready to give your surfaces the style treatment they deserve? Read on for our best surface decor ideas!

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1. Nightstand

Function is the number one rule to keep in mind when styling your nightstands.

Start with a table lamp – the main event – and then layer on your accessories. Consider a bedside clock (a great alternative to smartphones) alongside other smaller accents like candles, a small plant, vases, and framed photos.

decor ideas2. Dresser

When it comes to decor ideas for your dresser, always start with taller pieces on the outside edges of the dresser. A collection of vases in varying heights, potted plants, or table lamps are great options here.

One you have these “bookends” established, layer in your smaller accent pieces alongside the larger decorative accessories – books, a jewelry box, or candles are all great options!

As far as crowning your dresser, if you need a mirror the place above your dresser is the perfect place. If not, a piece of art you love makes a great focal point.

decor ideas3. Pillows

Pillows are a great way to highlight a sofa, accent chair, or bed and introduce different colors, patterns and textures into your space. Layer your sofa with pillows to create dimension in your room and make your sofa look extra cozy for lounging!

Bonus idea – pillows can be an inexpensive way to change up your decor from season to season. When you get tired of the ones you have, swap in some new ones to totally mix up your look.

decor ideas4. Coffee Table

Books, candles and small decorative objects are the perfect decor ideas for dressing up an empty coffee table.

Keep scale in mind when choosing your accessories. Pieces that are too small will feel insubstantial and make your coffee table seem scattered. Accents that are too large will overwhelm the table and can make your space feel cluttered.

decor ideas5. Fireplace Mantel

If you have a fireplace, odd are it’s the focal point of your living room. This is a great opportunity to make your space shine!

Keep it simple with one large art piece or a mirror, or spice it up with an odd number of decor pieces on each end for a balanced look.

decor ideas6. Bookcase

Built-ins and bookcases don’t have to be packed to the brim with stuff! Styling each shelf with 2-3 decor pieces will help bring the room to life, without adding clutter.

Depending on how wide your shelves are, follow the 3-5 piece rule. The key is to group an odd amount of pieces together and switch up placement on each shelf. Be wary of too much symmetry, which can be distracting and often feel sterile.

Adding smaller pieces of artwork, books, and greenery are an easy way to fill up space and create that amazing, layered look.

decor ideas7. Credenza

Similar to mantels, a grouping of an odd number amount of decor on each end of a credenza or in the middle helps create a balanced look. The trick is to incorporate pieces of varying heights and shapes to keep the look visually interesting.

Credenzas are a great place to hang a large mirror, a statement artwork, or even create a gallery wall moment. Think about topping your credenza with bowls, vases, candles, greenery, books, and mini sculptures.

decor ideas8. Dining Table

No matter the size, all dining tables need some decor love! Consider one statement item, an odd grouping of smaller decorative pieces, or a few candles as quick and easy ways to complete the look.

Some of our favorite centerpiece ideas include bowls, candles and candle holders, vases, and flowers and greens!

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