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10 Design Tips to Make Your First Apartment Feel Like 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 how to decorate your first apartment on a budget! Here are her best tips to help you get started.

So it’s finally happened. You just signed the lease for your first apartment. Congrats! But once you get the keys, the excitement may start to dwindle. What are you going to do with this space? How will you decorate it – and on a budget, no less?

Well, it’s time to flex your decorating muscles and make a space that reflects your style (and doesn’t feel like a college dorm room). Don’t worry – it’s simpler than you think! Use this post as a “first apartment checklist” and you’ll have a space you feel at home in and are proud of in no time.

first apartment1. Size Matters

Make sure your furniture is the appropriate scale for your space. Don’t try to cram a big sectional into a tiny space or fit a tiny futon in a large sitting area. Many furniture brands now have apartment lines, designing sofas at a smaller scale to fit the constraints of an apartment.

For smaller spaces, I also recommend looking for floor lamps that have big design impact but smaller bases – like the one pictured here – so they don’t take up too much floorspace in your room.

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2. Find Furniture that Pulls Double Duty

If you’re in a smaller space, look for dual-purpose furniture to stretch your dollars and maximize your space. Pull-out sofas are a great way to have guests over without worrying about inflating and deflating an air mattress.

And it’s not just sofas that can pull double duty. If you work from home or are working extra hours out of the office, dining areas are an easy solution that can double as a work-station, so you don’t need to worry about cramming a desk into your space.

studio apartment3. Add Sneaky Storage

When it comes to smaller spaces, storage is a must! Only have one closet? No problem. Look for beds that come with built-in storage or that have space underneath to place storage bins. Bring in bookshelves that match your style to keep books and knick knacks organized.

I love finding cool baskets or ottomans with hidden storage for hiding clutter, my dog’s toys, and things you don’t want to put on display.

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first apartment4. Show Some Personality

Bring your personality into the space through art and decor. For your first apartment, don’t worry about spending too much on new prints or expensive mirrors. Instead, consider putting photos of friends and family into new frames and hanging your diploma and other accolades front and center.

And add in any art or decor you’ve collected on trips and travels! Then, sprinkle in a few smaller pieces to round things out – whether it’s a throw pillow with personality, a special print, or a sculptural knick knack that caught your eye.

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5. Beware of Freebies

When you’re on a tight budget, it’s tempting to just take free items from family or Craigslist. But I’d encourage you to be picky with hand-me-downs so your space still feels like a reflection of you. If you can’t afford a new sofa, instead look for new pillows and throws that can freshen up the one you inherited and cover up any wear and tear.

The same goes with other key pieces like bookshelves or coffee tables. A new coat of paint can often make something feel like new – and you can cover any dents or scratches with fresh flowers or small decor pieces.

first apartment6. Layer On The Textiles

Make your space feel lived in with layers. Pile pillows and throws on the sofa for a comfortable feel. Layer rugs to bring in color or texture to the floor. Add a curated gallery wall to bring in pops of color. Mixing different textures and materials will make your space feel designed and well thought-out.

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7. Add Cozy Lighting

Is your space window-less or just feeling kind of drab? Use lighting to make it feel more homey. Combine task, overhead, and table lighting for different intensities. Lamps are also a great way to add some style and personality to your space. And, you can layer in candles for mood lighting, too!

first apartment8. Make Impermanent Changes

Often times landlords aren’t keen on tenants painting walls. But a bad wall color can really negatively impact a space! My favorite (and affordable) way to freshen up a room is to use removable wallpaper. This can add a pop of color and pattern to a room, and showcase your personal style in a bold way. I’d recommend just doing a single wallpapered wall as an accent to your room.

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first apartment9. Add Natural Elements

Bring life into your space through greenery! A boho style – which majors in greenery and natural textures – is perfect for all budget types and design styles. Place plants on shelves, bar carts, or even hang one from the ceiling to add texture everywhere you look.

Plants improve the oxygen quality in your home and add brightness and color to your space. Just make sure you look for plants that are suited for the types of light you get in your apartment. And if you’re afraid of killing your leafy friends, faux succulents and fiddle leaf fig trees are affordable way to get the look without the effort.

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10. Make Smart Investments

If your budget allows, invest in a piece of furniture that can be a statement piece for your space. What do you want to be the topic of conversation when guests enter your home? Is it an inviting velvet sofa for wine and cheese nights? A well-styled bar cart or a luxuriously cozy-looking bed?

My design philosophy is all about investing in one high-quality piece that you can take with you to your next apartment and beyond. And, if you’re really unsure where you’ll be in a few years, pieces like this often have a high resale value so you don’t have to stress about moving it!

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Stylist Picks: 10 Clever Solutions For Extra, Hidden Storage

hidden storage ideasFinding smart ways to fit in some extra storage is a common dilemma among many of our Modsy customers. But jamming another bookcase or storage cabinet into an already crowded room isn’t always the best design solve. And if you’re pressed for space, the last thing you want is to spend money on another piece of furniture that’s just going to take up more square footage.

So instead, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite furniture pieces that come with hidden storage. Read on to get the scoop on our stylists’ best hidden storage ideas.

hidden storage ideas1. A Wooden Storage Bed

No matter the size of your bedroom, underbed storage is always a plus. Because beds are large pieces of furniture, the storage underneath packs a mighty punch. This makes for one of our favorite hidden storage ideas because it can easily take the place of a dresser. As a bonus, it keeps everything neatly tucked away out of sight!

Modern wooden storage beds also have drawers that are a seamless part of the design, so you won’t even be able to tell it’s working double just by looking.

Stylist Pick: Blair Queen Storage Bed

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hidden storage ideas2. An Upholstered Storage Bed

Solid-wood storage beds can be expensive, so an equally stylish alternative is an upholstered one. Not only is it more budget friendly, today’s upholstered storage beds have a classic and clean-lined look that make them super versatile pieces. Many of them have deep drawers that pull out from the foot of the bed, and they often come with a padded headboard. And who doesn’t love that?

Stylist Pick: Terrence Queen Bed

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3. A Clean-Lined Storage Sofa

A sofa with storage might sound too good to be true. But these magical pieces of furniture really do exist, and they come in modern and stylish designs to boot! We’re big fans of hidden storage ideas for small spaces, and sofas with storage are perfect since you can stash everything from blankets to kids toys in the compartments underneath the seat cushions.

Stylist Pick: Hughes Sofa with Storage

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4. A Glam Storage Coffee Table

One of the most stylish pieces in the bunch, we love this coffee table for its unexpected and spacious storage compartment. (Psst! If you can’t spot it, it’s hiding under the wooden top.) You can easily stow away blankets, remote controls, and games inside, while its metallic finish brings polish and shine to rustic and traditional living spaces alike.

Stylist Pick: Drum Storage Coffee Table

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hidden storage ideas5. A Classic Storage Ottoman

Probably our favorite living room storage staple, a traditional upholstered storage ottoman is endlessly versatile. You can use it as a coffee table, a footrest or even an extra seat in a pinch. One with storage inside for pillows and throws makes it even more of an essential in any classic living room setting.

Stylist Pick: Barrett Storage Ottoman

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6. A Contemporary Storage Bench

You can’t go wrong with a simple storage bench that also doubles as comfy seating. It can work in virtually any room, from the bedroom to the living room. But we love it most in an entry, where you can stash away shoes, umbrellas, picnic blankets, and other on-the-go accessories.

Stylist Pick: Fulton Charcoal Storage Bench

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7. A Chic Mirror With Storage

An easy way to sneak a tiny bit more storage into your room is to hang a slim mirror with a built-in ledge that can function as a catchall and display. We love this idea for an entry or a small nook as it makes the most of empty walls. Set a bowl on the ledge for keys, add a candle, or display some photographs to make it a focal point.

Stylist Pick: Perch Round Mirror with Shelf

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hidden storage ideas8. A Cool Storage Stool

If a storage ottoman is too big for your space, consider a little storage stool that can also work as a footrest or extra seating. We have our eyes on some of the more modern takes, which come in cool modular shapes and some are even upholstered in durable leather. The best part is that most modern storage stools are versatile in style and can work in modern, eclectic, or even rustic spaces.

Stylist Pick: Squad Storage Ottoman

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9. A Streamlined Storage Shelf

Who doesn’t love the simple, sleek look of a hanging shelf ledge? Sweeten the deal with designs that incorporate drawers for even more storage. Install one above a home office desk to stash away mail, wires, and other electronic accessories, or line a few along the wall in your living room to create a custom wall shelving vignette.

Stylist Pick: Hide N Seek Acacia Wood Storage Shelf

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10. A Polished Storage Trunk

Sometimes a good ole trunk does the trick. Especially when you need a place for bigger fluffy items, such as winter duvet covers, chunky blankets, oversized pillows, and winter clothes. While there are many steamer trunk and other vintage style designs out there, right now we’re loving wooden chests that add a little texture and polish. Try this burl wood trunk at the foot of your bed or in your living room for a stylish storage piece.

Stylist Pick: Burl Wood Cedar Lined Trunk

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Best Multi-Purpose Design Hacks – When Two Rooms Are Actually One

multi-purpose space hacksIf you live in a small space or need to make one room serve multiple functions, sometimes you need to get clever with your design. That’s where a few multi-purpose design hacks come in! We’re all about utilizing some creative design solutions to create distinct areas within a room, making it feel like two spaces in one.

Carving out distinct areas can be tricky, but it’s important to help the flow of the room when you need one space to have multiple functions. Here are our best hacks for dividing a multi-purpose space.

multi-purpose studio1. Use an Open Bookcase as a Room Divider

We love to create distinct spaces in an open room by using a bookcase as a room divider. This is a perfect solution for a studio apartment, where breaking up living and sleeping spaces is a common conundrum.

Using an open bookcase as a divider creates visual distinction without making your space feel smaller or blocking much-needed natural light. Bookcases are more substantial and have more visual impact than curtains, but they also provides function. Because in a small space, storage is at a premium – so this gives you added shelving and a visually pleasing divider. A win-win solution!

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multi-purpose space hacks2. Separate Your Living and Dining Spaces with a Floating Sofa

An open concept design is wonderful for so many reasons. The flow from room to room, more natural light, great for entertaining… just to name a few! But when you live in an open concept house, you probably want some sense of definition between your spaces.

One way to do this is by using a floating sofa to diving your living and dining space. The back of your sofa acts like a wall to help visually “zone” the room and create separation. Just make sure when using a floating sofa that there’s enough room to walk behind it without bumping into walls or other furniture.

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open layout design3. Create Zones with Rugs

Another way to create zones within an open concept space is to utilize rugs. Rugs can help visually distinguish between a living room and dining room, an office and a living space, or even a bedroom and a living space in a studio. Each rug creates a zone that helps make each “room” feel distinct. Bonus: Rugs are also a great way to add color, texture, and pattern to your space!

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studio apartment design hacks4. Use One Piece of Furniture for Multiple Functions

In a small space like a studio, it’s important to find furniture that can serve multiple functions – in this case, using a dresser as a nightstand! For super small spaces, this is an easy way to create division between spaces.

In this room, the dresser breaks up the sleeping and living spaces, creating the sense of two rooms that are distinct. This also provides significantly more storage than a nightstand while cutting down on the pieces of furniture you need to fill your space.

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10 Essentials Your Bedroom Needs Right Now

bedroom essentialsThere’s no fixed formula when it comes to designing the perfect bedroom. But, there is such a thing as the perfect bedroom. At least the perfect bedroom for you. Regardless of your personal style or budget, it simply comes down to the bedroom essentials. From plenty of good lighting to a plush rug and soft bedding, we’ve rounded up the top 10 must-haves for a vibrant and thoughtful bedroom design. Read on to get inspired and get our tips for bringing each bedroom essential into your own space.

1. Layered Bedding

No magic formula here. You can always count on good, comfy bedding as a surefire way to brighten your bedroom and make it look thoughtfully pulled together. A bed with just two standard pillows can look a bit sparse and empty, so pile on lots of colorful and textured pillows, make sure you have soft sheets and a fluffy duvet, and top it all off with a throw blanket.

2. A Stylish Headboard

If there’s a piece of furniture that signifies a grown-up bedroom, it’s a stylish headboard. Just like nice bedding, a solid bed frame with a fun headboard adds instant personality and polish. Plus, it provides added support for leaning back with a good book in bed.

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3. A Comfy Rug

A bedroom without a rug can feel cold and uninviting. Make sure to choose a rug that adds color, texture, or pattern to your bedroom from the ground up. This will help tie the room together and muffle sounds and the pitter-patter of footsteps. The best part? You’ll always step out of bed on to something soft and cozy.

4. Good Curtains

While we love a bedroom that gets lots of natural light, we appreciate the privacy that curtains provide for our most intimate space in the home. Find curtains that have subtle texture and can filter in sunlight when you need an afternoon nap. For a more vibrant approach, pick curtains that pull in colors from your rug, pillows, and other furnishings.

bedroom essentials5. Ample Lighting

All rooms benefit from having ample, layered lighting, but in a bedroom it’s especially important. Ensure there’s more than one light source in your space. Think an overhead lamp, a floor lamp in a corner, table lamps on your bedside tables, and even an extra task light on the dresser. This bedroom essential will create a layered lighting effect that will elevate as well as cozy up your space.

6. A Bench For the Foot of the Bed

Tuck in an extra place to sit beyond your bed to increase the function of your bedroom. A bench at the end of your bed offers a stylish place to plop bags, take off/put on shoes, and –if you’re a germaphobe – also helps keep street clothes away from your sleeping space. The end-of-bed bench can also serve as a luggage rack if you’re often on the go. If you’re tight on storage, opt for a bench with cubbies or one with a seat top that flips open with a big compartment for holding extra pillows and blankets.

rustic bedroom essentials7. Storage Dresser and Nightstands

And speaking of storage, it might seem like a no-brainer, but plenty of enclosed storage is a bedroom must. Not only does this help minimize clutter, dressers and nightstands make for additional surfaces for corralling everyday items, such as keys, wallets, sunglasses, books and knick knacks.

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8. A Statement Mirror

Let’s face it: a mirror, be it a full-length version or a large one that hangs above a dresser, is a practical and stylish addition to any bedroom. It establishes your bedroom as a place to get ready. It also adds a touch of glamour and makes your room feel more open and airy by bouncing light around the space.

9. Personal Decor

Make the space feel truly you by showcasing bold accents and items that carry meaning for you. This is a fun way to add more personality to your room and warm up with a sense of familiar comfort. Think favorite books and perfume bottles, pretty ceramics you love and vases with fresh flowers, beautiful trays and jewelry holders. These are all perfect objects you can display on your dresser to play up a cozy, lived-in vibe.

10. Playful and Graphic Art

Just like how all the little objects are an intimate expression of your personal style, so is some eye-catching art. Hanging a favorite painting or colorful abstract print in the bedroom is a great way to add depth and inject color into your personal haven. Hang a few pieces to instantly bring your bedroom walls to life.

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7 Hot Weather Design Tips to Help You Stay Cool in Style

hot weather design tipsIt’s hot out! Summer can usher in lots of fun, but the heat can also bring a rise in tempers. To help you keep your cool, we’re serving up some hot weather design tips so you can create the perfect escape from the sizzle of summer. Check out these 7 summer design tips for designing a space that helps you cool down and beat the heat.

1. Materials Matter

For beat-the-heat design, pick materials that make your home look and feel extra cool. Linens, stone, and metals are great choices because they look smooth and serene and don’t soak up heat. Avoid leather, which is no fun to sit on (or stand up after!) on a hot day.

hot weather design tips2. Cool Tones

When it comes to cooling down a space, half the battle is mental. Let your home help you by choosing cool tones for your walls, furniture, and accents that will promote chill, zen energy like these soft whites and pale blues. Stepping into a cool-colored room helps you chill out even when life turns up the heat.

3. Plants for Days

Not only do plants keep your air fresh, they also bring the outdoor vibes indoors. That way, even when you’re taking refuge in the AC on a sweltering hot day, you can still soak up a little of the great outdoors. (Bonus: Indoor plants help reduce stress, increase oxygen levels and boost your mood!)

4. Breezy Bedding

Summer heat doesn’t have to interfere with your sleep. Steer away from heavy fabrics like flannel sheets and opt for breezy bedding to help keep you cool at night. Double down with a cool colored duvet and make your bedroom a peaceful oasis.

5. Calming Curtains

Natural light is a great mood booster but letting too much sunshine into your home can quickly raise the temps! Keep the sun from heating things up with the right set of curtains. You can choose options that will help diffuse the direct sunlight but still allow enough rays to keep your space feeling cheery and bright.

hot weather design tips6. Libations at the Ready

Nothing helps cool you down on a hot day like an ice cold beverage. Stock a bar car with your favorite drink so they are ready when you need a quick cool-down. Plus, you’ll always be prepared when guests drop by.

7. Diffuse Good Vibes

A diffuser with a few drops of your favorite essential oil is a must-have when it comes to creating a zen space. While it can’t help you turn down the summer heat, it can promote good vibes to keep you feeling your best.

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8 Small Space Hacks to Make Any Room Feel Instantly Larger

When you live in a small space – whether it’s an apartment, a dorm room, or just a petite house – you’ve got design challenges aplenty. But not all small spaces are created equal. While many are blessed with natural light or tall ceilings, more often than not, when it comes to their architecture, small spaces don’t do themselves any favors. Be it puny windows or a wonky shaped room, there are certain features that can make your small room feel even tinier than it is.

All that to say, designing a small space is no laughing matter. And while it can feel it can feel like an impossible challenge, with a few simple hacks even the smallest rooms can be completely transformed. To prove it, we’ve put together some small space hacks that will make a small room feel instantly larger, no contractor required.

small space hacks1. Utilize Vertical Space

One of the keys to designing a small space is to not dwell on how small it is. Instead, embrace what your room has to offer and work with it. One of the best ways to do this is to make use of your vertical space.

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With square footage at a premium, vertical space is a great way to add some practical functionality to your room. Wall-mounted shelving maximizes storage without taking up a ton of floor space and can multitask as a place to house books, clothing, storage, and decorative objects – adding both function and personality to your space.

Stylist Tip: One of our favorite small space hacks for your bedroom is to try replacing your nightstand with a bookcase. This will triple your available storage without taking up any more floor space. Not to mention, replacing your nightstand means one less piece of furniture to buy!

2. Stay Organized with Hidden Storage

Clutter instantly makes any space feel claustrophobic – but the effects are especially noticeable in small rooms! Keep clutter at bay with creative storage solutions.

In small spaces, we love furniture that does double duty, like this bench with interior storage. These three-drawer nightstands also offer that extra little bit of storage that a small space needs! And we love woven baskets for good-looking storage solutions that allow us to tuck things out of sight but within reach.

3. Draw the Eye Up

One of the greatest culprits of making your small space look (and feel) smaller? Low ceilings. Luckily, there’s an easy trick for combating this optical illusion. Hang your curtains high! A good 6 inches above the top of your window frame is an easy rule of thumb.

Why does this help? Because when you hang your curtains too low, your room will look smaller and more cramped, but hanging your curtains high will create the illusion that your space is taller and will make your ceilings look instantly higher. Just make sure you get curtains that are long enough, so they still hit the floor when you hang them extra high!

small space hacks4. Save Floor Space

You don’t want to over-stuff a small space with furniture. But on a practical level, you want to make sure you have what you need to accommodate both day-to-day living and entertaining. The last thing you want is a bunch of extra seating that you never use crowding your small space.

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Instead, look for clever ways that you can tuck extra seating into your space that won’t take up valuable floor space. Try tucking a few stools under a console, or placing a storage bench behind your floating sofa. Seating that you can pull out when you need it, and tuck away when you don’t, is a great way to make use of dead space.

5. Go for Clear Furniture

When all else fails, a good old optical illusion is a great way to make your small space seem larger. One of our favorite small space hacks, clear furniture in glass or acrylic is a great way to open up a small space.

These pieces serve their functional purpose, but they have the added benefit of not taking up visual space or adding weight to the room. It’s a small space win-win!

small space hacks6. Choose Leggy Furniture

Bulky furniture that sits on or close to the floor adds a sense of visual clutter and makes your room feel heavier. On the other hand, furniture perched on elegant, tapered legs makes small spaces feel more open.

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Even if they take up the same amount of floor space, furniture on long, spindly legs creates more of a light and airy feeling. And the extra floor space under a couch or bed that’s perched on legs offers a place for easy storage.

Design Historian’s Note: As styles go, Mid-Century Modern furniture is a great choice for small spaces. The furniture from this movement was heavily influenced by the life in smaller, urban spaces, hence the functional and small space-friendly designs.

7. Layer Your Lighting

In a smaller space, you may be tempted to minimize your lighting so you don’t add more to an already small room. But multiple lighting sources are actually your friend in a small space. Don’t be afraid of an overhead light, wall sconces, and a few table lamps. These varied light sources create depth and make a room feel larger. It’s also a great way to soften the lighting if your space doesn’t get a lot of natural light.

8. Add Mirrors

Just like clear furniture, mirrors create an optical illusion that makes small spaces feel more open. They trick the eye into thinking there’s more space and they bounce light around, which helps create an open, bright feel.

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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, your 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.

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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.

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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

Get your dining room ready for hosting!

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

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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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