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Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Ideas

7 Tips for Designing a Mid-Century Modern Bedroom

Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Ideas

Even if you’re not obsessed with Mid-Century Modern furniture, chances are you know what it is. A style popularized in the 1940s and 60s, the Mid-Century Modern design movement was born out of the romantic idea that “good design could change lives.” It was a style that was all about functionality, accessibility, and modern simplicity.

Still an incredibly popular style today, the Mid-Century Modern look is great for anyone living in a smaller space; who likes a clean, modern aesthetic; or if you just want to embrace that Mad Men look in your home. And while this is a style that you can bring to life in any room, today we’re offering up some tips for designing a Mid-Century Modern bedroom.

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Keep scrolling for some of our favorite Mid-Century Modern bedroom ideas!

Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Ideas

Tapered Legs

Not sure how to spot Mid-Century Modern furniture in a lineup? Check out the legs.

Round and slender, the tapered leg is a signature of Mid-Century Modern furniture. Distinctive and sleek, these legs give the sense that your furniture is floating. This is great for small spaces, as it won’t clutter up the visual plane, and helps your room look more open and airy.

If you’re looking for Mid Century Modern bedroom ideas, a dresser, nightstand, or bed frame atop tapered legs is the perfect place to start.

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Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Ideas

Natural Woods

The 60s, in particular, were all about going natural, and the furniture of this period reflected that philosophy. Natural and unstained woods are a huge part of Mid-Century Modern design, so look for pieces that aren’t painted and unafraid to show off their grain.

Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Ideas

Organic Forms

Curved lines, rounded shapes and asymmetry, were another defining trait of Mid-Century Modern design. Designers embraced curved, clean, and sculptural forms that evoked the natural world and even the human body.

One of our favorite Mid-Century Modern bedroom ideas, bring organic forms to your space through lamps, chairs, and artwork that are sleek and free of frilly ornamentation.

Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Ideas

Graphic Patterns

Hand-in-hand with organic forms, geometric shapes and patterns were just as important to the designers of the Mid-Century Modern era. Nothing spelled groovy more than graphic patterns – imagine wild curves, boomerangs, kidneys, and spiky starbursts.

For your bedroom, don’t be afraid to experiment with pattern. Invite geometry into your space through your art, pillows, or even wallpaper.

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Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Ideas

Mix Materials

The mid-century was all about shattering norms. No one wanted their mother’s matching bedroom set anymore. Designers were embracing new materials like plywood, metal, glass, and even molded plastics. These materials were often mixed together and juxtaposed in the same room or even same piece of furniture.

Mixing materials and even different kinds of furniture are great Mid-Century Modern bedroom ideas. Incorporate pieces made of wood, metal, leather and even fabrics that appeal to you. Don’t be afraid to use pieces in creative ways, like a chair as a nightstand, or a bench as an accent table.

Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Ideas

Earth Tones and Primary Colors

When bringing Mid-Century Modern bedroom ideas to life, be sure to play with color. If you want a more authentic take on a Mid-Century bedroom, skip the pastels or jewel tones. Instead, embrace the colors of choice of the Mid-Century era.

Mid-Century designers loved earth tones like brown, rust, and green combined with the primary colors of red, blue, and yellow. Play with these hues in your accents (like pillows and art) or even invite them in bolder ways (like wall color or a statement rug).

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Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Ideas

Retro-inspired Accents

Create your special Mid-Century Modern signature by infusing retro-inspired accents into your space. It isn’t difficult to find contemporary pieces with a Mid-Century edge, items like a Sputnik chandelier or an Eames-style side chair are sure to do the trick.

 

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bedroom wall art ideas

3 Ways to Hang Art Above Your Bed

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When it comes to designing your home, the space most people look to first is the living room. No surprise there. Your living room is likely the space you spend the most time in – it’s where you host guests, hang out with your family, or curl up with a book or TV show at the end of the day.

But, let’s talk for a minute about bedrooms. We’re already knee-deep in 2019, and if you resolved to give your home a little design-love, don’t write off your bedroom just yet. After all, this is your space to relax and unwind from a hectic day – it deserves a little extra special design treatment.

If a full bedroom makeover isn’t in the cards for you right now, that’s ok! One of our favorite (and the easiest) places to give your bedroom some love, is with that big, blank wall above your bed frame. Give your space a mini upgrade by crowning that space with a piece of art. This will not only give your room a design pick-me-up, it will also set the tone for the rest of the space.

Need help finding art for your space? Modsy designers can match you with products based on your style and budget, and show them to you in a 3D version of your exact room. Sound like a plan? Get started here.

Fresh out of bedroom wall art ideas? Don’t worry, just like your cozy duvet, we’ve got you covered. Read on for three quick ideas on how to hang art above and around your bed!

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1. Statement Art

One of the easiest bedroom wall art ideas is to hang one amazing piece of art in the center of that empty space above your bed.

This simple approach works in most bedrooms, but be sure to take several factors into consideration. The piece you choose will set the tone for the rest of your space, so make sure it’s something you like and won’t wind up clashing with other elements of your space. It can help to start by thinking about the colors, subject matter, and scale you want for the piece.

And while you might love a number of artworks, it’s also important to make sure it will fit and feel balanced in your space. Do you have a tall headboard? Is your bed wide or narrow? Consider a piece that’s about two-thirds the width of your headboard with a landscape orientation for a more balanced look.

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2. Flanking Art

Perhaps you have an impressively high headboard or you simply fear being bonked on the head by a falling picture. If that’s the case, a pair of artworks flanking your nightstands is a great alternative.

One of our favorite bedroom wall art ideas, try this approach if your bed has room to host a nightstand on either side. Give it a go by centering your art above your nightstands. Try to make sure you hang them at the same heigh for maximum symmetry.

For a more petite room, try artworks that are narrower than your nightstand. If you’ve got a lot of space, or just like a bit of drama, go for two oversized pendant pieces. If you want a more classic look, try picking two pieces from a matching set with the same frame and dimensions. Feeling more eclectic? Consider two pieces united only by their color palette or with different frames.

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Regular bedroom wall art ideas not your jam? Here are 6 other things you can hang above your bed.

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3. Ascending Gallery Wall

If you prefer something less matchy-matchy, embrace the ascending gallery wall. Create yours from multiple pieces of art and group them around your favorite side of the bed.

This approach will draw your eye upward and make a low-ceiling room look taller. It’s also a great way to create visual balance if your bed is pushed up against a wall on one side.

When you choose your pieces, make certain that they are united by a theme, color palette or both. Need help? Modsy designers can curate a look for you. All you have to do is bring it to life!

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Year in Review: Our 30 Best Home Design Ideas of 2018

design ideasAnother year is almost up and here’s hoping we all have something to show for it. Maybe you finally broke a bad habit (binge watching hours of Netflix?) or started a good one (you’re never too old to start flossing!), or maybe you’re excited to start 2019 fresh with a new resolution to tackle.

As the year wraps up, these last few days of 2018 are a great time to reflect on all that we accomplished (or would still like to, as the case may be). To celebrate the end of another year, we’re looking back at our favorite design ideas of 2018 and compiling the best into one place. So, if you’re heading into next year with out a plan of attack, here are 30 bite-sized home design ideas to help you get the ball rolling.

From creative ways to fill blank walls, to the best small space hacks, here are 30 of our best home design ideas of 2018. Read on to get inspired and find an idea (or two) worth adding to your 2019 resolution list.

Top Home Design Ideas of 2018:

  1. Stop making these coffee table mistakes
  2. Or consider if you really need a coffee table at all 
  3. If you can’t give up binge watching, at least do this 
  4. Cure your fear of buying furniture online
  5. But ask these 4 questions first 
  6. Stop making your small space look smaller 
  7. Make 2019 the year of no clutter
  8. Stop forgetting about this room
  9. Don’t follow trends. Set them
  10. Just say no to boring, blank walls
  11. Quit living vicariously through your Pinterest boards
  12. Hate your rug? Try one of these
  13. Embrace your decorating decidophobia
  14. Instead of collecting shot glasses, bring your vacation home with you this way
  15. Give your gallery wall an upgrade
  16. When it comes to this bedroom essential, know that size does matter
  17. Think outside the box for this bedroom must-have
  18. Find a new use for this do-it-all piece of furniture 
  19. Actually get 8 hours of sleep with these tips
  20. Moving? Here’s how to make it easy
  21. Go green with your decor
  22. On a budget? Don’t settle for an ugly rug 
  23. Let your kids help you design your living room 
  24. Designing your home? Explore all your options the easy way
  25. Is this kind of bed frame right for you?
  26. Find the right layout for your room
  27. Don’t let your tiny bedroom hold you back
  28. Can’t be bothered with a full redesign? Make small updates instead 
  29. Go big with wall art or go home 
  30. Finally discover your home design style

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apartment design ideas

Our Designers’ Best Interior Design Tips For Small Apartments

apartment design ideasTrying to make a new apartment feel like home can be hard, especially when the space you have to work with is small. It doesn’t help that you (usually) can’t make permanent changes. And to top it off, your place might have strange dimensions or awkward features that you have no clue what to do with… Ugh!

Fortunately, Modsy Designers have seen it all. We’re sharing the following small apartment design ideas from our home design playbook to help you tackle your space in style.

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1. Light It Up With Wall Sconces

If you’re looking for small apartment design ideas involving lighting, wall sconces are the way to go. These babies light up your home without wasting valuable floor space or table surface area (unlike a chunkier table lamp).

What’s even better? Many wall sconce options can be plugged into the wall so you don’t have to worry about the whole wiring issue. Some even swivel, giving you extra flexibility with your lighting.

Read This Next: 6 Temporary Decorating Ideas for Renters

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2. Keep Furniture Off the Floor

Kind of like how your mom used to say “keep your feet off the sofa,” one of the best apartment design ideas involves keeping your furniture off the floor.

Why? Because nothing makes a small space look even smaller like a bulky sofa plopped right on the floor. Instead, try using furniture that sits high up off the floor to make your small space look roomier. Pieces with long tapered legs, like this sofa, are a perfect choice. (Psst! This is also a reason why the Mid-Century Modern trend is so popular in urban cities where homes are a lot smaller.)

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3. Layer a Rug Over Your Carpet

One of the best small apartment design ideas is to cover the unattractive floor with a pretty rug. This works whether you have hardwood, tile or carpet that’s just not doing it for you.

Not only does a rug add style, but it also helps define zones in your layout. Plus, rugs are easy to roll up and transport, meaning you can invest knowing you’ll be able to your next place.

Read This Next: How much should you spend on a rug?

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4. Divide Your Space With Your Furniture

Many small apartments don’t have separate dining and living rooms (or even separate bedrooms if you’re living the studio life). But you can still create different “zones” using your furniture to divide the space.

Among the best small apartment design ideas is using the back of your sofa to act like a wall that divides one large living/dining room into two separate areas. Another of our favorite tricks is to use a bookcase as a divider between your bedroom and living spaces. Voila – your studio apartment is now a one bedroom!

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5. Try an Irregular Rug

Sometimes it’s best to skip a rectangular rug and embrace an irregular option instead. After all, a rug that is clearly too big or too small will just draw attention to the size of your room.

Instead, try an irregularly shaped rug, such as a cowhide or even a round rug. This will create a sense of flow and fill most of the floor space without drawing attention to the small size of your room.

apartment design ideas6. Opt for Clear Furniture

When you can’t make more space, you can always employ some apartment design ideas that make it look like you have more space. The oldest trick in the interior designer’s handbook? Clear furniture!

Opting for pieces made of glass or acrylic is a great way to trick the eye into thinking your space is larger than it is. So skip the bulky wooden coffee table in favor of a glass or acrylic option. It’ll make your space look more open and airy – which in turn will help it feel larger!

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7. Prop Up Artwork

Renting an apartment often means you can’t put holes in the walls. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the chance to display beautiful art in your home! Instead, just put the artwork on a dresser or shelf and lean it against the wall.

This is also a great trick to create a slightly more eclectic vibe in your space. Not worried about making holes? Try leaning one piece of art against another hung on the wall for a layered look.

Read This Next: 5 Creative Ways to fill Blank Walls

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8. Use Your Space Vertically

You may not have a lot of square footage in your apartment, but you can make the absolute most of it by going vertical. For instance, one of tour favorite small apartment design ideas is using bookcases in creative ways!

apartment design ideas

apartment design ideas

Bookcases make use of your space vertically so you can maximize storage while minimizing use of floor space. Want to take it a step further? Try swapping your nightstand or side table for a bookcase. Even consider finding a bookcase with a built in desk option!

If you’re having trouble visualizing these small apartment ideas in your own home, let Modsy help! We use 3d renderings to show you how new furniture and décor will look in your exact room, ensuring you don’t waste time and money buying items that won’t fit or look good in your home.

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Christmas Tree Ideas

Everything You Need to Know About Picking a Christmas Tree

Christmas tree types

The holidays are upon us, which means Christmas trees are making their way into homes all across the country. Believe it or not, Christmas trees have been a part of American holiday celebrations since the 1850s. And no surprise, tree-trimming has become one of the most anticipated holiday traditions in many households.

However, while real, chopped-down-by-hand Christmas trees are emblematic of the holidays, they’re not the only options nowadays. From Noble Firs to tinsel trees, you’ll find different Christmas tree types in all shapes and sizes. What kind of tree you prefer is up to you, but we’re here to help make it easier to decide.

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Get to know the five most common Christmas tree types and learn the pros and cons of each!

 

Live Christmas Trees

Christmas tree typesThe Fraser Tree

Live Fraser trees have become a classic American staple — they’re the most popular choice of the Christmas tree types for the holidays in the US! Similar to Douglas Firs, Frasers tend to be more slender and have blue-green needles with silvery undersides. This gives them an extra lush look and a nice glimmer when strung with lights.

Pros:

  • Great for Lots of Ornaments: Frasier trees have upturned and stiff branches that make them perfect for hanging ornaments by the handful.
  • Stays Fresh and Lush: The needles retain their color for a long time, so your tree will stay fresh through the end of the year. This makes Frasers perfect if you like keeping your tree for a while.
  • No-Shed Needles: Fraser trees don’t shed needles as quickly as other varieties, even if you forget to water them once or twice throughout the holiday season.
  • Beautifully Fragrant: These trees have a strong, fresh scent!
  • Fits Anywhere: They’re compact, so Frasers can tuck nicely into corners and also work in smaller spaces.

Cons:

  • High Price Tag: Fraser trees grow slower, which makes them a more expensive option.

 

Christmas tree typesThe Noble Fir

Slender, tall, and narrow, Noble Firs, with their signature a triangular shape, are a leaner variety of the Christmas tree types.

Just as lush in color as their Douglas and Fraser counterparts, Noble Firs also have deeper grey-green needles. Their branches grow horizontally in different bunches with larger amounts of space in between, which provides lots of room for ornaments to hang. They’re also lightly scented if you’re looking for just a touch of fragrance in the air.

Pros:

  • Sturdy Branches: Noble Firs are the tallest of the Christmas tree types and have the strongest branches. This makes them a good choice if you’re looking to hang large and heavy ornaments (think gingerbread houses, silver bells, mini angel figurines).
  • No-Shed Needles: Noble Firs don’t shed their needles hardly at all, meaning they’ll last longer than most other Christmas tree types.

Cons:

  • Skinny Looks: Noble Firs have a less full look than most other Christmas tree types. So if you’re looking for a more robust tree that’s decked out with lights, ribbons, and lots and lots of ornaments, this might not be the right option for you.

 

Christmas tree typesThe White Fir (or Concolor Fir)

Also known as the Colorado White Fir tree, this lush evergreen is native the mountains of the western United States. Its branches grow in a spiral shape and have long, lush needles, resulting in tree that’s dense from top to bottom!

Pros:

  • Full Foliage: If you’re looking for a tree that’s big, fluffy, and perfectly shaped, the White Fir is a great option.
  • A Sweet Citrusy Smell: Many people love White Firs because they have a unique citrus scent that ushers in the holiday spirit. But if you prefer the smell of fresh pine, maybe consider another of the Christmas tree types instead.

Cons:

  • Colors Fade: The needles on this tree variety don’t hold their color as well. While they start off as a bluish-green, they eventually fade to a duller green hue as the tree ages.
  • Medium-Weight Branches: Smaller ornaments are best on White Firs as the branches are only moderate in strength and won’t be able to hold heavy trinkets like other trees.

 

Artificial Christmas Trees

Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Tree IdeasThe Pre-Lit Tree

While fresh Christmas trees are lovey, they do require a good amount of work. Think hassling with the tree stand, watering daily, and dealing with a floor full of fallen needles.

Fake trees can save you from all that hassle, and they’re just as beautiful, like this pre-lit faux Frasier tree, which has glittering frost-speckled needles molded from natural cuttings.

Pros:

  • Easy to Maintain: Set up is a breeze! You assemble the different parts of the tree, plug it into the wall, and it’s ready to go.
  • Built-in Sparkle: The snow-dusted branches give this pre-lit fake tree a glimmering, wintry look that never fades. Even real trees can’t compete with that.
  • Zero Pickup: There are no fallen needles to clean-up. Simple as that.

Cons:

  • Less Personal: You can’t change the color of the lights that come with pre-lit trees and many people find they have to use specific ornaments to compliment the shape or style of the tree.
  • Not Fragrant at All: Needless to say, unlike real trees this fake version doesn’t give off that signature sweet, fresh-chopped Christmas tree scent.
  • Surprisingly Pricey: Many pre-lit trees come with a hefty price tag. But if you don’t plan on re-purchasing a real tree yearly, this could be a worthy investment.

 

Christmas tree typesThe Tinsel Tree

Christmas trees don’t come any sparklier than Silver Tinsel trees, which have a retro look that’s reminiscent of 1950s aluminum trees (Charlie Brown Christmas, anyone?). Because it’s all silver, light reflects beautifully from the branches and brings a cozy and magical ambience to any room.

Pros:

  • Choose Your Color: You’ll find tinsel trees in a range of color options, so you can be be sure this type of tree will bring a unique look to your space.
  • Minimal Decoration Required: Tinsel trees often look better with minimal decor, so it’s perfect if you prefer a simple tree with a low-maintenance look.

Cons:

  • Expensive Upfront Cost: These trees are built for convenience over quality (meaning they might not hold up as long as some other faux tree varieties). Nonetheless, tinsel trees can still sport a hefty price tag and can be more expensive than a regular living tree.
  • No “Real Tree” Resemblance: If you’re looking for a fake tree that still looks like a real one, then a tinsel tree is not for you.

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Modsy 2018 Holiday Gift Guides – Gifts For Everyone on Your List

Modsy Gift Guide

Tis the season for gifting! We all know the feeling when you find the perfect gift for that special someone on your list – a sense of pure accomplishment!

But more often than not, you might find yourself racking your brain for gift ideas and coming up empty handed. We know the feeling.

To help you “sleigh” the gift exchange this year, we rounded up some of our favorite gifts for all kinds of home owners and homebodies in one place. So no matter if your special someone just purchased a new home or is expecting a new addition, we’ve got gifts galore that are sure to delight!

Read on for this year’s Modsy gift guides for homes of all shapes and sizes!

Modsy Gift GuidesGifts for New Homeowners

Welcome home! If someone you know just purchased a new home, you’re in luck. Not only does this mean a housewarming party in your near future, it also makes gifting that much easier. Peek some of our favorite gifts for new homeowners below!

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1. Cookbook Stand

Now that they finally have a kitchen of their own (and – hopefully – a dining room to go with it) help them make the most of it with a cookbook stand. Hopefully they’ll take the subtle hint and invite you over for a home-cooked meal!

2. Ceramic Vase with Olive Spray

Historically a symbol of peace, extend a faux olive branch to your new homeowners this holiday. Complete with a matching ceramic vase, this is the perfect way to instantly warm up any new home.

3. Oil Splatter Lacquer Tray

Like a piece of art, but for their coffee table. This splatter tray is perfect for serving cocktails, organizing magazines, and even for serving breakfast in bed.

4. Ona Large Pitcher

Sleek and stylish, you might mistake this pitcher as a work of art on loan from the MoMA. New homeowners will love serving drinks in this statement pitcher. You can even suggest they use it as a vase for an extra eclectic touch!

5. Velvet Throw Pillows

New homes often take a while before they feel fully designed. Gift these plush velvet pillows to any new homeowner in your life and watch as they instantly polish up any space.

6. Cozy Up Doormat

Nothing says welcome home like a doormat! The perfect housewarming gift, this Cozy Up doormat is both stylish and functional.

7. Fold Gold Serving Platter

Serve up a pop of texture with this gold hammered tray. The raised edges make for easy set down/pick up and add a distinctly eclectic touch.

8. Cocktail Glasses

Help your new homeowners ease into their place by gifting them these sophisticated and stylish cocktail glasses. A step above your usual glassware, the textured stem makes these an instant favorite for 5 o’clock drinks any time.

9. Modsy Design Package

Living out of boxes is certainly no fun. If your new homeowner friend needs a little help cracking the design of their new pad, a Modsy Design Package might be the perfect solution. Shop our gift cards here!

Modsy Gift GuidesGifts for Empty Nesters

On the other hand, you might know some folks whose kids have flown the coop and are now looking at a new phase of their life as empty nesters. Aside from rethinking their entire home (and turning those extra bedrooms into home gyms) help your empty nester celebrate this new phase of their life with some of our favorite gifts below!

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1. Man Ray Chess Set

Based on the original design by Dada-Surrealist artist Man Ray, this chess set is the perfect gift for lovers of modern art and design. Each piece in the set is comprised of an abstract geometric form, making this both a game and a work of art!

2. Acropolis Bookends

Marble bookends wrapped in gold foil are the perfect addition to any bibliophile’s collection. Empty nesters can use them as simple decor or to hold your old photo albums.

3. Wall Frame Triptych

What do you get the parent who doesn’t want anything? Framed photos of yourself always do the trick! This trio has room to house photos of the whole family.

4. Salon Black Tray

Add a little French bistro flair to your empty nesters’ home. With its unique caned surface, this serving tray is sure to spice up any interior.

5. Large Brass Bowl

You really can’t go wrong with a beautiful decorative bowl. Especially this brass number that sports a gorgeously antiqued exterior.

6. Brass Candle Wick Trimmer

Leave it to the empty nesters to have all the bits, bobbles, and gadgets that take a simple house into a well-collected home. This brass candle wick trimmer is the perfect piece to not only extend the life of their new favorite soy wax candle, but also looks pretty sophisticated on the coffee table.

7. Empoli Tall Rectangular Vase

Now that the kids are out of the house, your empty nesters can feel free to display beautiful and fragile ceramics anywhere they like! This handcrafted vase is the perfect addition to a credenza or fireplace mantle.

8. Islay Whiskey Set

You don’t have to love whiskey to add this gorgeous whiskey set to your living room (although it certainly helps). Featuring a decanter, two tumblers, a serving jug, and walnut accessories, this whiskey set is the perfect addition to any empty nesters’ home bar.

9. Marble Tray

Pure and simple, this marble tray is a classic and beautiful addition to any home. Your empty nesters can serve up a gorgeous charcuterie board, keep remotes corralled on the coffee table, or keep the sugar and cream close by for their morning coffee.

Modsy Gift GuidesGifts for Renters

The best gifts for renters are usually small, easy to move, and functional. Please don’t gift your renter friends a new marble coffee table – they probably can’t take it with them to their next place and that will just be awkward for the both of you. Instead, consider one of these gifts from our Renter Gift Guide below!

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1. White Sand Hour Glass

Looking for a cute (but functional) piece of decor for your renter? Try an hourglass. These guys are fun, compact, and kind of useful. Easy to pack up, your renter won’t have to stress about moving it from place to place with them in the future.

2. Faux Green Echeveria

One of the biggest takeaways from our 2018 Trend Report? Plants are in! And not just any plants – faux foliage is trending big time. We love this faux succulent arrangement to bring some greenery to your renter’s abode, without the stress of caring for a real plant.

3. Amber and Cardamom Soy Candle

The best way to add a little ambiance to any interior is with a scented candle. This soy number from CB2 is equal parts spicy and woody. It comes in a cute ceramic vessel to boot, making it useful even after all the wax is gone.

4. Black Band Floor Basket

Often times storage is at a premium in rented apartments. Baskets are a great place to stash excess clutter, and we love the minimal style and sturdy construction of this floor basket.

5. Mantis Wall Sconce

When it comes to added lighting, a plug-in sconce is a renter’s best friend. The Mantis sconce features a 360 degree swivel and is a great way to save floor space in small apartments.

6. Bermuda Pouf

Not only did this pouf make our best seller list, it is also one of the most versatile pieces of decor out there. Use it as an extra seat, a foot rest, or even topped with a tray as a side table in a pinch. Renters are sure to love this pouf!

7. Smeg Retro Electric Kettle

If your renter can still recall their collage days with ease, this electric kettle will be a welcome upgrade to an old standby. Perfect for making a cup of tea (or even top ramen in a pinch), this retro kettle also looks good doing it.

8. Chemex Coffee Maker

One of the simplest ways to brew coffee, the Chemex also yields a delicious result. A staple for all instagrammable kitchens, your renter can also use their new Chemex as a vase for beautiful flower arrangements in a pinch!

9. Faux Mohair Faux Sherpa Throw

Help your renter stay cozy year-round with this faux sherpa throw. It’s an ultra plush upgrade that features a minimal plaid pattern for extra style.

Modsy Gift GuidesGifts for Expecting Parents

Soon-to-be parents on your gift list? When it comes to babies and nurseries, it can be extra tricky to find the right gift as many key purchases are highly personal. Our gift guide features a few tried and true gift ideas as well as some outside the box options you may not have thought of.

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1. Round Belly Baskets

Help your expecting giftees conquer clutter in a cute way with these baskets. The natural and white colors pair perfectly with any nursery theme and can still be used years from now in a toddler room or even the living space.

2. Matte Black Picture Frames

You really can’t go wrong with a nice set of frames to help expecting parents put their precious memories on display. These matte black options can be hung or propped and go with any style of decor.

3. Nespresso

Because sleep will no longer be their friend. Give your expecting parents the gift of an easy-to-make espresso to help them get through the long days after the sleepless nights.

4. Emily & Meritt Star Ceiling Mobile

This magical mobile is the perfect gift to crown any crib. Perfect for boys, girls, and gender-neutral nurseries alike, it’s a gift that they’ll be sure to use.

5. Faux Mohair Sherpa Throw

Help your expecting parents stay super cozy with this faux sherpa throw. It’s an ultra plush upgrade that can be tossed in the wash for easy cleaning.

6. Kids Books

You can’t go wrong with some cute and classic kid books. These are just a few of our picks, filled with amazing illustrations to delight parents and kiddos alike!

7. Nuuk Sheepskin Throw

So soft and plush, you may decide to keep this throw for yourself. Like snuggling into a cloud, this is sure to make a fantastic backdrop for all the adorable baby photos soon to come!

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6 Tips for Hosting a Holiday Party in a Small Space

small space ideasIn the run-up to the holidays there’s plenty of anticipation surrounding social events. It is peak hosting season, after all, so you’re likely either planning to attend a few gatherings or throw one of your own. But here’s the rub – you don’t have to have a huge space to host a big party!

With a few layout tweaks and well-placed cocktails, even the smallest spaces can be home to great gatherings. Read on for 6 of our best small space ideas that are sure to make holiday hosting a breeze.

1. Open Up Your Layout

No matter if you’re hosting a casual get-together with friends or a formal soiree, having space for guests to gather and socialize is in an important part of any party.

The easiest way to achieve a sense of flow in your small space? Try switching up your layout! Move big pieces of furniture out of the way or relegate them to another room for the evening. If you can’t remove them completely, try putting them along the walls so you can maximize the open area where people can socialize.

Designer Tip: When purchasing furniture for a small space, consider pieces with tapered legs and glass or mirrored surfaces. These elements trick the eye into thinking your space is larger and more open than it actually may be. Check out these 5 other small space design hacks.

small space ideas2. Put Every Surface to Work

Now that you’ve created an open area, you might wonder where you’re going to put all the snacks and appetizers.

Instead of creating one designated place for all food and drinks, consider peppering your space with several mini snack stations. Don’t be afraid to clear off your desk and use all your side tables. Even bookcases can be repurposed for the evening as tiered serving surfaces to keep your guests satiated with sweets, savories, and libations!

Read This Next: How to Host a Dinner Party in a Small Space

3. Use Your Whole Home

Have more guests than your living room can comfortably hold? Consider welcoming them into other areas of your home, like your kitchen, dining room, or even outdoor spaces.

Encourage people to meander through your home by serving a dedicated cocktail or snack in different rooms. As the host, you’ll always have the opportunity to chat with people and tell them to feel free to hang out anywhere – not just in the living room.

small space ideas4. Consider Where You Put the Drinks

What does every good host do? Put a drink in your hand as you come through the door. Unfortunately, in small spaces, this can lead to a traffic jam of people at the entrance where space is even more limited.

If this sounds like your home, consider greeting your guests at the front and directing them to a drink station in the back. This will help alleviate any entryway bottlenecks and encourage flow through your space.

small space ideas5. Set the Mood

What makes a good party even better? Setting the right mood with decor!

Create the perfect cozy environment with string lights, candles, and whatever seasonal decor you like. Remember every area can add to the atmosphere, so don’t shy away from putting a few bits of decor in the bathroom, hidden hallways, or other areas your guests might only visit for a few moments.

6. Keep Your Cool

Of course, this means staying focused on the joy of the evening. But in small spaces it also means remaining aware of rising temperatures. Lots of people in a cramped area can make it hot quite quickly. Consider cracking a window or two to let the cool air in so your guests are feeling cozy but not over heating!

At the end of the day, it’s great people who make a great party. If you can make your guests feel at home and relaxed, the size of your space doesn’t really matter. Be creative and rethink your living space entirely, at least for the evening.

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6 Tips for Hosting a Dinner Party in Small Spaces

small space hostingWith Thanksgiving less than a month away, it’s safe to say peak hosting season is officially upon us! That means it’s time to break out the pumpkin décor, light your favorite fall scented candle, and get your bar cart ready for action.

Whether you’re opening your home for the big turkey day or planning an informal “Friendsgiving,” hosting a dinner party in any space can be intimidating. But for those of us working with minimal square footage, it can pose an even greater challenge.

Not only do you have to negotiate cooking a spectacular meal in a pint-sized kitchen, but you also have to figure where everyone is going to sit. Not to mention the struggle of fitting your feast on your tiny (or even non-existent) table!

If those struggles sound familiar, don’t fret! With a few clever tricks you can easily host a successful dinner party in your space, no matter the size.

To help, we rounded up our Modsy Designers’ 6 best tips for small space hosting.

small space hosting1. Don’t Be Afraid to Rearrange Your Whole Space

The most common challenge with small space hosting is that most small homes don’t have dining rooms! But here’s the good news – dining rooms are not a requirement for hosting an excellent dinner party.

Try rearranging your main living space for the evening. Push your sofa to the side and bring your dining table into the newly opened space.

Not sure what the best layout is for your space? Try your hand at our 3D Style Editor to see how new layouts will look in your room (without the heavy lifting). Not a Modsy customer? Start a project and we’ll show you your options in 3D.

small space hosting2. Mix and Match Your Chairs

Don’t have a full set of dining chairs handy? Gather all of the seats from around your house and take them into the main entertaining space.

Look around for desk chairs, stools, entryway benches and other furniture that you can repurpose as dining room seating for the evening.

Designer Tip: Dining chairs can be used in more places than just the dining room! Try one as a desk chair or even get creative and use it as a nightstand. This is a great option if you prefer the look of a matching set (not to mention shopping in pairs can often save you money).

small space hosting3. Expand Your Table (Or Expand Your Options)

One of the best ways to prepare for a small space dinner party is with an expandable dining table. These give you the option to accommodate more people when needed, but also easily collapse to save space when it’s just you.

If purchasing a new table just isn’t, well, on the table, consider making do with what you have. Don’t be afraid to pull in desks and console tables to create a makeshift dining space for the night.

Read This Next: 6 Ways to Prep Your Dining Room for Holiday Entertaining

small space hosting4. Go Mobile With Your Drink + Snack Station

A bar car is a great option for hosting a dinner party in tight quarters. You can wheel it in when you need it, and easily tuck it away when you don’t.

If you’re working with an especially small space, look for an option with an open frame to keep your space looking airy and light. Mirrored shelves are another trick to help make your space look a bit larger than it is.

Read This Next: Small Space Hacks to Optimize Your Living Room

small space hosting5. Set Up a Buffet Station

The last thing you want is to clutter up your dining table and leave no space to actually eat. Instead, outfit a credenza or console table as a buffet station and encourage guests to help themselves.

6. Serve Vertically

Vertical displays are a great way to make more surface area when you don’t have any. When it comes to small space hosting, opt for some tiered serving trays to make the most of a smaller serving station.

Read This Next: 7 Sneaky Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

 

Don’t let your small space hold you back! Whether it’s a tiny dining room or an awkward living space, our Modsy designers are standing by to help you find the perfect design for your home. Start a project today and get your space ready for the holidays!

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The Dos and Don’ts of Picking a Coffee Table for your Living Room

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Coffee tables – just like snowflakes and people – come in all shapes, styles, and sizes. It’s great having so many to choose from. But all those options can also make picking a coffee table feel totally overwhelming.

But don’t stress over your coffee table conundrum just yetWe tried on 8 coffee tables in Modsy 3D to show you the dos and don’ts of pairing this living room duo.

Want to try on coffee tables in your living room? With a Modsy design package you can see how all kinds of furniture will look and fit in your exact space. Picking a coffee table has never been so easy!

The Coffee Table Don’ts

Picking a coffee table dos1. Don’t go too large

What makes sectional sofas extra tricky is finding a coffee table that fits nicely into that little nook of space in front.

This coffee table, as lovely as it is, is way out of proportion with our sofa, and we lose our ability to easily move around the space. Next please!

Picking a coffee table dos2. Don’t go too small

The opposite end of the spectrum, a coffee table that’s too small leaves much to be desired.

While the Delfia Coffee Table fits nicely into the space in front, it still feels out of proportion to our sofa and misses an opportunity to make the most out of that precious real estate. Where will everyone put their drinks?

Picking a coffee table dos3. Don’t go too tall

The height of your coffee table is also super important to consider. Too short and you’ll be stooping low to grab the remote. Too tall and you might find yourself constantly banging your knees!

A good – and simple – rule is look for coffee tables about 1 to 2 inches lower than the height of your sofa seat. A quick glance at this pairing, and we can easily see the Clairemont Coffee Table is too tall for our sofa. Next option!

Picking a coffee table dos4. Don’t go too wide

Another sectional-specific problem is finding a coffee table with the right length.

Ideally, you don’t want your coffee table to be wider than your sofa, so look for options with a width less than the distance between the chaise and armrest of your sofa. While we love the Go-Cart coffee table, it juts out past the arm of our sofa and feels awkward in the space.

 

The Coffee Table Dos

Picking a coffee table dos1. Do break up the angles

Round or rectangular aren’t your only options when it comes to coffee tables. Think outside the box and try grouping a few side tables together in front of your sofa.

This is a great way to break up all the straight lines of a sectional sofa.Have company over? Easily move the tables around when and where you need them. 

Read This Next: 7 Reasons Why You Don’t Need a Coffee Table

Picking a coffee table dos2. Do sneak in hidden storage

This coffee table has a secret. What could it be? Hidden storage!

A great pick for households with kiddos, coffee tables with hidden storage make for great hiding spaces to stash clutter in a pinch. Also a friend to small spaces, the wooden top on this coffee table is actually a lid that pops off to reveal gloriously inconspicuous storage.

Picking a coffee table dos3. Do open up small spaces

If you’re in a pinch for living room real estate, it’s a good idea to try an eliminate any extra visual clutter.

How do you do this? Choose pieces with elevated and open bases (like the Avery Coffee Table from West Elm). Mirrored or glass surfaces are another great hack, as they reflect light around your room and will help it feel more airy.

Read This Next: Small Space Hacks for Your Living Room

Picking a coffee table dos4. Do incorporate extra seating

Ok, this one is not really a coffee table per se, but there’s no rule that says you can’t use an ottoman, like this leather option, in place of your coffee table.

A great option for low sofas, simply plop a tray on top to hold remotes or books, and you’ve got yourself a coffee table. You can even use it as extra seating when you have guests over. 

Bonus: Ottomans as coffee tables are also great for homes with young kids or babies. No sharp corners mean no owies!

Need help finding the best coffee table for your sofa?

With Modsy, you can try out as many coffee tables as you like without purchasing a single one. See all your options in an exact 3D version of your room and then shop your favorite pieces knowing exactly how they’ll look and fit. Ready to get started?

4 Kid-Friendly Design Tips to Get Your Home Back-to-School Ready

Wow, another new school year is upon us! That means now is a great time to get your home organized so you and your little ones can sail smoothly into the year ahead.

But how can your home help make the back-to-school transition a breeze? You might be surprised, but a few small changes now can go along way once school starts and your schedules fill up.

Ready to get your home in back to school shape? Here are 4 of our favorite kids design ideas to help you start the year off right!

Kids Design Ideas1. Get Your Family Room In Shape

For many households, back-to-school time means an onslaught of school supplies, books, backpacks, lunch boxes, toys and more. And while a new school year is exciting, all that new clutter that comes with it might leave you feeling less than great.

To help keep clutter at bay, dedicate your family room as the central location for “stuff.” This will provide a space where both kids and parents can relax, unwind, play, watch TV.

It helps to have a lot of organization built into a room like this so incorporating furniture that doubles as storage is a great way to make the most of your space! Consider storage ottomans, coffee tables with built in storage or shelves, bookshelves, entertainment systems and other functional design items.

Read This Next: 8 Ways to Make Your Living Room a Playroom

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2. Consider Foot Traffic

This might seem like a simple detail, but the truth is that getting out of the home on time sometimes simply boils down to getting the kids out the door!

If you’re redesigning your living area, consider the flow of traffic through your house. Is there a relatively clear path from different rooms to the main door you use for entry and exit? Whether this is your front, back, or even garage door, a “drop zone” that’s easy to navigate and with lots of small storage can make all the difference.

Modsy can help you find the best layout idea for your space so you can create an attractive and functional design in your home.

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

Kids Design Ideas3. Tackle the Study Spots

Back-to-school season means your kids are getting back to their studies! To help them ace this school year, consider creating a dedicated area for homework, studying, and reading.

If a study space in their bedrooms doesn’t make sense, you can also decide on a shared study/desk area in the family room or another communal area. Just make sure that each person has enough storage space for their school supplies to keep the area tidy and functional.

Take a look at their rooms – do they each have a dedicated desk/workspace and ample shelf space for books, projects, etc? You might want to consider how you can fit these items into each of their rooms so that they can make their studies a main focus of the year.

Kids Design Ideas4. Refresh the Kids’ Rooms

As your kiddos grow up, sometimes their rooms need updating to keep up. The start of school is a great time to reorganize and refresh their rooms to get them excited for the year to come!

Maybe it’s time to repaint those hot pink walls. Or perhaps they’ve outgrown their old bunk bed. Just like getting a new outfit for their first day, refreshing their room can be a great way to start the school year. Modsy can help you plan a layout that feels great and also help with all the storage and organization so that it’s not only fun, but functional!

Read This Next: 8 Cool Kids Bedroom Ideas

These are just a few tips to help you head into the school year with renewed energy and a tidy, well-organized home! Check out Modsy’s 3D renderings that can help you get a feel for the layout and design options in your home!

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Nursery Design 101: 6 Things to Consider For Your Little One’s New Space

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Designing a nursery is no walk in the park. From safety measures to smart decor decisions, from finding a functional layout to pulling the room together, new parents have their work cut out for them. Not to mention, this all has to happen on a tight timeline.

At Modsy, we’ve worked with many expecting moms and dads to design their first nursery. As such, we know that safety, functionality, and timing are essential parts of the process. There are actually a lot of nursery design do’s and don’ts that you might not know about.

Here, we break down a few of the essential things to consider when designing a nursery. Read on for some nursery ideas for your space!

nursery ideas1. Take Your Time Finding the Right Chair

The ultimate nursery essential, gliders and rockers are a great spot to soothe, feed, and snuggle your baby. While these come in many styles, it’s important to find the right option for you.

The main factors to consider are comfort, durability, and safety. While the perfect option looks different for everyone, many parents appreciate options with an ottoman or footrest for easier rocking, a tall back to lean their heads against, and wide armrests for more comfortable nursing.

Designer Tip: Finding your perfect glider or rocker can often take some time, so consider getting a jump on this one earlier to be sure it arrives in time.

Read this next: Before & After: From Breakfast Nook to Charming Nursery

nursery ideas2. Fill in the Details Later

Unlike designing your own room, where you can take your sweet time, a baby on the way might leave you feeling the pressure to get the nursery done ASAP.

And while there are a few pieces that are more essential than others (think changing table), it’s ok if the whole space doesn’t come together by the time baby arrives. Instead of rushing to purchase pieces you’re not 100% in love with, focus on the most important parts first, and fill in the details later.

For example, the crib is one piece of furniture that some parents choose to forgo for the first few months. Instead, many parents choose to have their baby sleep in their bedroom either in a bassinet or co-sleeper at first. If this is you, rest a little easier knowing that your crib is one purchase that can come a tad later.

3. Create a Cozy Space

Once you’ve got all the essentials squared away, it’s time to focus on the fun part – decorating your nursery!

No matter if you go pink, blue, gender-neutral, or animal themed, finding the perfect decor scheme is one of the best parts about designing a nursery.

Consider fun wall art, sticker decals, mobiles, and all the small touches that make this the cutest and coziest room in your house.

Designer Tip: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises parents to avoid pillows and blankets in cribs. Instead, try placing a few throw pillows or blankets on your glider to give your space an extra cozy touch!

nursery ideas4. Skip The Changing Table

Rather than sinking your money into a changing table that will be obsolete after several years, consider purchasing a dresser with a changing table topper instead. This provides the same surface and function as a changing table but will have staying power as your nursery becomes a kid’s bedroom.

5. Invest In A Durable Rug

Just like a dresser, a soft and durable rug can prove to be a great investment. Find one that’s soft to the touch but stands up to lots of wear and tear so that you can keep using it as a foundation in the room (or any space) post toddler years.

As your nursery will likely be a space your baby spends a lot of time playing in, be sure to consider the composition of the rug you choose. An option that is not only durable but easy to clean will likely make you happy in the long run. Also consider that certain materials and dyes (especially synthetic ones) can potentially off-gas VOCs which are not great for avid crawlers.

nursery ideas6. Don’t Jump At Stain-Resistant Furniture

It’s tempting to go for an armchair or sofa that’s been treated with stain-resistant coating, but make sure to take time to do your research.

Just like rugs, many stain and water repellent sprays used on furniture may contain chemicals and toxins that can be harmful to newborns, so make sure to read the fine print and confirm your protected furniture is non-toxic, environmentally friendly, and baby-safe.

Need help finding nursery ideas for your space?

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How Modsy’s CEO Turned Her Breakfast Nook into a Charming Nursery Design

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In preparation for their first baby, Modsy CEO Shanna Tellerman and her husband, West, were in need of a nursery design. Like all expecting parents, they knew it would be a project that required time and attention. But, between life and busy work schedules, the project quickly began to feel overwhelming.

Enter our Modsy design team, who swooped in to help Shanna and her husband with the heavy-lifting. The challenge? Designing a space that worked for all their needs – from devising a layout inside what was previously their breakfast nook, to finding perfect-fit furniture.

Here, Shanna shares her nursery design journey as an expecting mom and a few lessons she learned along the way while working with the team to create a petite and charming nursery nook in her home.

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Given their home’s odd layout of rooms, Shanna and her husband decided to turn their breakfast nook into the nursery for their new baby.

Lesson 1: Every Space Has Design Potential

“We live in a San Francisco cottage-style home on a very steep hill, which means it has an unusual layout. Our bedroom is on the first floor and there are two more bedrooms one floor below. We definitely did not want to put the nursery downstairs as it would be too far from our bedroom. Of course, this left us with very few options for where it could go…

We have a breakfast nook next to our bedroom, but it is fairly small and has an awkward shape with tricky dimensions. Given that, we hadn’t considered it seriously as a possibility for the nursery, but after giving it some thought, we realized this nook was the perfect spot all along.

Not only was it right outside our bedroom, it also has great windows and gets beautiful light. So, despite the unusual shape and size, we decided to figure out the best way to make use of the space as our new nursery. It’s a good thing we didn’t rule it out from the start!”

“This felt like the perfect room for Modsy since we wanted to envision how an unusual space with tricky dimensions could go from a functioning kitchen seating area into a cozy nursery.”

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Above left: A Modsy rendering of the breakfast nook-turned-nursery with furnishings that combining Shanna’s rustic style and her husband’s more modern taste. Right: After photo of Shanna’s real-life nursery now, fully furnished.

Lesson 2: You Can Have a Vision And Still Struggle With It

“Like many new moms-to-be, I spent my fair share of time gathering inspiration on Pinterest. I found that I really liked all the gender-neutral nurseries with gray tones, but my husband and I also wanted some splashes of color to keep the space bright and lively.

That’s when I realized we didn’t actually have a strong vision for how we wanted the space to look. As much as I thought we knew what we wanted, it became clear to me that we needed help finding products and pulling the actual space together. After all, this is our first baby and first nursery!”

Struggling to design your nursery? Modsy designers can help you imagine the possibilities for your space. Click here to start your project.

nursery designsLesson 3: Trust (And Enjoy!) The Design Process

“When our Modsy team stepped in to help with the nursery design, I was reminded how designing a space is never an instant journey from zero to perfection. It’s not about everything being exactly the way I want, right from the start; it’s about being open to fresh perspectives and surprises. And as it was, I wanted all the input I could get.

The next thing I knew, the team surprised us with an initial 3D design that was so sweet and spot-on, that my husband and I immediately fell in love. In particular, we loved the baby animal prints on the back wall. These were not part of our plan, but seeing them in the space (virtually) helped us decide to give the nursery an animal theme.”

“[My husband] West was involved at every step. There were moments when I got really hung up deciding between the different options for our space, and he was always good at making a final call.”

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After seeing baby animal prints in their 3D design, Shanna and her husband decided to go with an animal theme in their nursery design.

Lesson 4: Finding The Right Furniture Is Worth Your Time

“I’m not going to lie, I did a TON of research on baby furniture because I wanted to ensure the pieces we chose would be safe and functional. But I was nonetheless amazed to learn that we really only needed to purchase three key pieces: A bassinet, a recliner, and a changing table. This actually made perfect sense for our small space and was really everything we needed.

One of the first things I learned as an expecting mom, which may be obvious to everyone else, was that babies don’t sleep in cribs until they’re six months or older. This was actually a relief given our tiny space. So instead, we purchased the Halo Swivel Sleeper bassinet that can easily be moved from our room to the nursery (we’ll hold off on tackling the crib until we set up the baby’s downstairs bedroom).

Recliners are very much a personal choice, and my research really helped me understand which features most people appreciate. We knew we wanted one with a footrest and a tall back that we could lean our heads against. I was able to pass this information on to the team, and they helped us find an option – the DaVinci Olive Swivel Glider – that perfectly fit our needs.

Knowing what furniture we needed really helped things come together quickly. Then, we were able to focus on the fun part – accessorizing the space!”

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“Safety and functionality concerns are a big part of the decision-making process for many new parents when designing a nursery. I realized that the more I was able to communicate my ideas and hesitations about the design along the way, the easier it became for my designer to understand what the perfect nursery was for me.”  

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Lesson 5: Personal Touches Make All The Difference

“Our parents sent us a big box of all the books they read us when we were young (some are even the original copies). We filled the bookshelves with them to make it a prominent part of the space.

We love that our nursery is filled with memories from our own childhoods. It’s the perfect special touch that helps personalize the space.”

nursery designsLesson 6: Always Leave Room to Grow (And Redesign!)

“We definitely hope to keep several parts of the room throughout our baby’s childhood. And we specifically picked pieces that would have longevity beyond the nursery years.

The changing table is actually the Ever Simple Wide Dresser with a perfectly fitted changing table topper from Crate & Kids. We really liked this option because we can secure and remove the topper as needed, and even convert the whole thing into a regular dresser once we move beyond the diaper phase.

We chose the Denim Rag Rug from Dash & Albert because it’s especially durable (it can withstand traffic and is easy to clean) and it added the right color and warmth to the space. The side table, animal prints, and bookshelves are all super versatile and will also likely make the move into a toddler and, eventually, big kid room as well.

Ultimately, everything we chose for this room could be used again if we have a second child in a few years because we’ve kept it so gender neutral – and we love that.”

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Starting at just $59, we can help you envision your little one’s nursery in an exact 3D version of your space. Modsy designers can show you how different layouts and products will look in your space, and you can shop your look all in one checkout, knowing exactly how everything will look and fit in your space.

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Make It Multipurpose – 5 Ways to Work a Bench in Your Space

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When you think bench you probably imagine something in a park or what you pull up to the kids table during holidays. And while many people think of a bench as just a bench – an afterthought to other staples of home decor – with a few clever bench decor ideas, a bench can easily become your favorite piece of furniture.

Benches are incredibly versatile and can be used in so many different ways. This makes them great investment pieces as you can repurpose them over and over when you move or get tired of seeing it in one spot.

Using one of our favorite multipurpose benches from Unison, we rounded up 5 of our favorite bench decor ideas to show you the many amazing ways to put a bench to work in your home.

Read on for 5 bench decor ideas and see if there’s a place for this versatile piece in your home.

bench decor ideas1. Seat in an Entryway

In busy households, there’s always a lot of traffic at the front door. A bench is a handy place to sit while taking off or putting on your shoes. They also have that handy area underneath the seat where you can put a basket to keep clutter tidy and out of the way, but still accessible when you need it.

We love the look of Unison’s Stippled Black Bench – it’s plush and comfy and the dark, textured fabric is great for kid-friendly households.

Need a little extra help containing the entryway clutter? Try a storage bench for a convenient place to stash winter boots, shoes, or umbrellas in a pinch!

bench decor ideas2. Coffee Table

Plot twist – You can even use a bench in place of a coffee table.

If that’s a puzzling notion, picture this: benches are ideal for small spaces where you need what little furniture you can fit, to pack an extra punch. By using a bench – like this Mesh Gray number from Unison – you get the same amount of surface area as a coffee table, but you can also use it as a foot rest or extra seating for guests.

Stylist tip: Place a tray on top of your bench to create a more sturdy surface to rest drinks and TV remotes.

bench decor ideas3. Tucked Behind the Sofa

If you’ve ever dabbled in the advanced art of “floating” a sofa – not a magic trick but a layout hack that can do wonders for your living room – then you may have asked yourself, what the heck do I do with the empty space in the back?

And – you guessed it – one way to have your sofa’s back is with a bench! This gives you another space for storage, a place for guests to put their purses or jackets, and can be easily pulled into the main living space as an extra seat for company.

Read this next: 4 Ways to Fill the Empty Space Behind Your Sofa

bench decor ideas4. Anchor at the Foot of the Bed

Every bedroom needs a place to sleep, but fully functional rooms also give you a place to sit while you get ready.

One of our favorite bench decor ideas is to place a bench at the foot of your bed. This gives you somewhere to sit and put on your shoes, plan your outfit, or plop your purse or bag at the end of the day (and keep your bed clear and clean!). A bench at the end of the bed is not only an attractive addition to your room, it’s practical as well.

Read this next: 7 Ways to Add Seating to Your Bedroom

bench decor ideas5. Room Divider

Open floor plans are great if you want a breezy space with great flow. However, they can cause a bit of a design conundrum if you struggle to separate the space into distinct zones.

If this sounds familiar, try using a bench to create a sense of division between the dining area and living areas, or the play space and entertaining room. Unlike a full wall, it won’t add any visual bulk to your space, and you can still appreciate the open layout while creating distinct zones or “rooms within rooms” in your space.

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Are you struggling to redesign your home? When you sign up for a Modsy design package, you’ll get expert design plans laid out in a 3D version of your home. Then you can shop your look, knowing exactly how all the pieces will look and fit in your home.

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Moving Made Easy – 5 Home Design Tips to Simplify Your Summer Move

Moving Tips – Designing a new home You’re crazy excited to be moving, and crazy stressed out by just how much there is to do. Sound familiar? We’ve been there. In all the stress of relocating, it’s sometimes hard to remember that finding your new home can be fun and exciting. Cut down on stress and focus on having fun with these summer moving tips.

Read on for 5 moving tips that will make designing your new space a breeze!

1. Take Inventory

Before you spend all that time packing and lugging around things you don’t need, it’s time to hit pause and take inventory os all the furniture and decor you’ve already got.

  • Take stock of all things seen and unseen. Time to drag out the stuff hiding under the bed, in the attic, and other tucked-away places!
  • Divide and conquer. If you feel overwhelmed, call in reinforcements to help you decide what stays and what needs to go.
  • Sort your items into groups. Label boxes with sharpie or use a label-maker to help organize. For boxes of items you intend to take with you, this will help you and the movers sort everything out on moving day.

2. Make Room

Now that you know what you’ve got, it’s time to decide what stays and what goes.

While this task may seems stressful, it can be helpful to think of it as an opportunity to declutter and start fresh! Even though it can be hard to let go, the freedom that comes with clearing out is well worth the effort.

When in doubt about whether to keep something, ask yourself:

  • How often do you use it? That furniture that’s been stuck in the attic or garage for years? That artwork you didn’t even remember that you had until you found it shoved under your bed? If you haven’t used it or missed it, it might be time to let it go.

Consider a garage sale to put extra cash toward your move, or donate your items to clear out stuff fast and do some good.

Moving tips – plan your layout3. Consider Your New Home’s Layout

If you’ve ever moved before, you might know how stressful it can be to live out of boxes with all your possessions shoved into the middle of the room. Instead, consider putting one of our favorite moving tips to work – plan your layout before you even move in.

We know what you might be thinking – Moving is stressful enough, there’s no way I can get my act together and plan my layout! But what if we told you that you don’t have to? Just snap a few photos of your new space and send them to Modsy and we can help you design your space, long before you move in.

This way, you’ll know exactly where everything goes on move-in day.

Looking for layout help? Check out our Layout Guide series to see solves for rooms of all shapes and sizes.

Moving Tips– Envision the possibilities4. Have Fun Envisioning Your New Space

And while you’re planning a layout, you can also have fun envisioning your future space! A move can be a great opportunity to explore different design options and define (or redefine!) your style.

Consider your new space a blank canvas. The possibilities for it are endless! So go ahead and dream up the perfect space for your taste and lifestyle.

Short on creative energy after all that work? Modsy Designers are ready to help you bring the possibilities for your new space to life with 3D home design. See your new space designed with real furniture and know exactly how it will look and fit, all before you move in.

Read this next: How I Designed My Home Before My Move-In Date

5. Ship to Your Door, No Moving Truck Required

Transporting furniture is one of the most expensive, time-consuming and complicated parts of moving. Consider instead one of our favorite moving tips, and have your new furniture delivered straight to your new address, no moving truck needed.

When you shop through Modsy, our concierge shopping service can even help coordinate your deliveries based on your move-in date!

Got a trick or two up your sleeve? Share your moving tips in the comments below!

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5 Storage Ideas To Ready Your Entry For Summer

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With summer in full swing (finally!) it’s time to step outside and soak up all that the season has to offer. No doubt you’ve been heading in and out of the house a lot more for beach days, picnics in the park, and summer evenings out with friends.

Read this next: 15 Easy Updates to Summer-ize Your Space 

So, make sure your entry is prepped for your on-the-go summer lifestyle by keeping it organized and functional. We’re offering up 5 easy entryway storage ideas that will turn it into the perfect hub and a practical yet stylish checkpoint for summer.

Ready to get your entryway into summer-shape? Read on for 5 of our best entryway storage ideas!

entryway storage ideas1. Add Breezy Catchalls

If you’re looking for easy, good-looking storage that doesn’t crowd up your entry, woven baskets are a great way to go. They’re an easy addition that’s guaranteed to add both function and a summery vibe to your entry.

They’re great for holding everything from your daily yoga mat to umbrellas and beach towels, or they make perfect hampers for dirty shoes and sandals that you don’t want to drag into the house.

Stylist Tip: Squeeze a few baskets into tight corners, line them up side by side, or even stack several small lidded ones on top of each other.

entryway storage ideas2. Hang It All Up

Work in some wall hooks and hanging shelves with coat racks in your entry to give yourself easy access to all your summer totes, beach towels, bike bags, backpacks, and light jackets. This not only helps you save on floor space but it also provides a place for all your summer essentials.

Stylist Tip: Make the most of your entryway by thinking vertically. Line up a row of hooks along one wall then add shelves above for even more storage space.

entryway storage ideas3. Ready Kid-Friendly Storage

Need your entry to be functional and family-friendly? Add a storage bench (or tuck a few baskets under a regular bench) so that your kids have their own designated space for stashing sandals, beach toys, and even swimming trunks. With a bench, you also have the added bonus of a seat in the entry for little ones to put on and take off their shoes.

Stylist Tip: For maximum functionality, incorporate wall hooks above your storage bench, which will turn your entry into a mini mudroom that has enough storage for the whole family.

entryway storage ideas4. Make For a Double-Duty Vanity

Add a console table and hang a mirror above it to give yourself a makeshift vanity where you can do a last-minute wardrobe checks before you dash out to all your summer parties. Use the surface for trays, bowls, and catchalls that can hold sunglasses, jewelry, and keys that you’ll need whenever you head out.

Stylist Tip: Choose an open-base console that allows you to squirrel away two ottomans underneath it for moveable seating. No need for perches? Bring in baskets instead for additional storage that’s also attractive.

entryway storage ideas5. Create a Convenient Storage Station

If you have a spacious entry, anchor it with a dresser or a storage chest that conceals all your everyday on-the-go essentials — be it extra chargers, notebooks, or blankets that you can fold and tuck away.

The best part about a storage chest is that you can also use it as a seasonal extension of your bedroom closet. Sneak in extra storage by using your entryway to hold extra summer scarves, sarongs, and light cardigans.

Stylist Tip: A storage chest alone is all function, but you can dress it up to be a focal point by bookending it with two chairs and adding a mirror or pretty art. To add durability, lay down a natural-fiber runner or rug to give your entry a relaxed summer vibe.

 

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15 Ways to Refresh Your Home For Summer

decor ideas for summerNow that summer is here, it’s time to swap out those heavy layers at home to make way for brighter, airier rooms. Many people actually switch up their home decor with every new season—from adding more colorful pillows to even switching up their furnishings. But if you’re looking for decor ideas for summer that won’t require a full home makeover we’ve got you covered.

Ready for some simple ways to turn your interiors from cozy and cuddly to breezy and oh-so relaxing? We’ve rounded up 15 of our favorite decor ideas for summer that are sure to do the trick!

5 Simple Ways to Freshen Up Your Spaces

1. Bring in plants and blooms

Nothing beats a healthy dose of leafy greenery and fresh flowers for giving your home an airy look and feel. Spread them across rooms on counters, windowsills, and side tables for a pop of color that also brings the outdoors in.

2. Pull back those curtains

One of the easiest (and cheapest)decor ideas for summer, open your windows and let in the sunlight! This is an easy way to lighten and brighten your rooms and make them appear more spacious and open.

3. Array scented candles

Just as you would during the winter, add candles that have a light, fresh scent throughout your home—think kitchen counter, bathroom, bedside table, and even your fireplace mantel.

4. Hang art with summer vibes

Be it an ocean landscape painting or beach photographs, adding art that’s evocative of the season will create a relaxed focal point that eases up a space and expands the view in a room.

5. Make mirror magic

Add a large mirror to any room to help reflect more light and create an illusion of more space. On a smaller scale, mirrored pieces (like side tables or decorative objects) can also help spread light and add a touch of glimmer to your space.

5 Great Textures To Bring In for Summer

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1. Go for Natural Fiber

There’s no arguing that a natural fiber option is the top choice for a summer rug that’s both durable and stylish. The tight texture gives it an overall relaxed look and feel. Find the right one for your space with our natural fiber rug guide.

2. Work in woven accents

Opt for furnishings and accents that embrace classic summer textures, such as rattan and wicker. Traditionally used in indoor-outdoor verandas, these materials have a way of conjuring up a home in the tropics. One of our favorite wicker and rattan-rocking spaces? Blanche’s bedroom from Golden Girls.

3. Lean into linen

There’s a reason this is the fabric of choice for summer. Linen is light and breathable and it gets softer with use, which makes it ideal for hot summer days. One of our favorite decor ideas for summer, swap in linen pillows, throws, bedding, and even slipcovers for seats as you shed those heavier winter layers.

4. Opt for light woods

Whitewashed or weathered woods have major beach-house appeal. Try a distressed wood side table or a white-painted bench or cabinet, which will balance out spaces with a laid-back vibe.

5. Look for clear pieces

Okay, it’s not exactly a texture but transparent materials like glass and acrylic are great especially if you want to make a small space feel more open. Try adding an acrylic coffee table or a glass dining table. Even in a large room, these pieces can minimize visual clutter while also adding a modern edge.

5 Color Ideas to Brighten Your Rooms

decor ideas for summer

1. Play up blue and white

This classic color combo is both timeless and relaxed and will instantly infuse your rooms with a nautical vibe. Go big with an area rug or keep to small updates like pillows for a nice, crisp pop.

2. Max out with pastels

Love color but aren’t sure about turning up the brightness? Try layering in easy pastel hues, from soothing blues to pale pinks and soft greens. Whether in your pillows, a rug, or small accents, these delicate hues may be subtle but when combined they can pack a visual punch that’s just right.

3. Keep to natural wood tones

Wood pieces that reveal natural graining capture that perfect rustic summer look. Make sure to keep an eye out for natural woods and nubby details for a touch of rich texture.

4. Pops of yellow

Bright colors like yellow can easily feel like a visual overload in a room, so use it strategically in small accents for a nice punch. A sunny-hued sofa, pillows, or even a simple vase can go along way to brighten up any neutral space.

5. Seek out multicolor stripes

It’s a pattern that never goes out of style—and is always one of the winning decor ideas for summer. Look for pieces with stripes in lots of different colors, such as the upholstery or cushion of an armchair, a rug, throw pillows, or a pouf, which will usher in the lively colors of summer.

 

Ready to try some decor ideas for summer in your space?

 

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4 Ways to Escape Inspiration Overload With 3D Home Design

3D Home Design

It’s daunting, isn’t it? You see all the beautifully designed rooms in magazines and on TV and Pinterest, but you just can’t seem to get it right when you tackle your own home.

Not everyone is blessed with the ability to visualize a paint color or a piece of furniture in their space, but that shouldn’t keep you from having your very own perfect space to come home to. New mashups between interior decorating and 3D home design are making it easier for anyone to escape inspiration overload and get the room they really want. Design doesn’t have to be daunting; now it can be easy and fun for anyone.

Thinking about designing your space but not sure where to start? Read on to learn 4 ways 3D home design can make designing your space so much easier.

1. See Everything to Scale

It used to be that two-dimensional mood boards were an interior designer’s standard way of showing off their vision. 3D home design

The problem is that, while it all looks great on the mood board, there’s no sense of scale between the pieces in your space and you still don’t really know how they will all look together in real life.

For example, what may look like a nice little side table in your mood board, could turn out to be way too big for the chair next to it. Or the fabric you picked for the new sofa, which looked great as a swatch, might clash with the rug you chose.

3D home design

With 3D home design, you see your exact chair paired with the exact lamp and exact side table, no guessing required.

2. Know How It Looks in Your Space

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could try on sofas like you try on clothes? Unfortunately, instead of just taking a few items into a dressing room, you’d have to rent a moving van, max out all your credit cards to buy all the sofas you’re considering, and then spend all day moving them in and out of your home. Yikes!

With Modsy, a designer can help you try them on in your home in 3D – no heavy lifting required.
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Kevin used Modsy to see how a leather sofa would look in his living room. Check out Kevin’s full story, and learn how he designed his awkward living room using Modsy’s 3D home design services!

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Not only do you see the sofa you want (in your chosen color, size, and shape, of course!), but you can see how it will look and fit in your exact room. Does the upholstery color clash a bit with your wall color? You can find out before you spend a penny on paint and hours applying it to your walls.

3. Shop Directly From Your Designs

You know that moment when you fall in love with a rug or credenza on Pinterest and try to buy it, but it’s nowhere to be found? Or you buy what you think is the perfect piece, take it home and realize it just doesn’t work?

3D home design

All that trauma can be avoided when you design and shop your home in 3D with Modsy. No more wondering where that perfect lamp came from, you can buy any piece in your design on the spot!

4. Get Your Room Exactly How You Want It

Probably the most exciting benefit of Modsy’s 3D home design service, is that you don’t have to play it safe because you’re not sure something will look in your space.

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When you can see furniture in your home, you can feel confident in your choices because you know EXACTLY what they look like before you spend a small fortune. That gives you the freedom to try styles and piece you might not otherwise have thought you’d like. Get crazy with a green velvet sofa, try a new wall color just because, and even see how a totally new layout can transform your space – all without lifting a finger.

Ready to try 3D home design for yourself?

With 3D home design, you can take the time and guesswork out of designing a space you love. With Modsy, you can come back to your designs a month or even a year later. No matter if you’re turning a home office into a nursery or simply want to upgrade your sofa – Modsy’s here to help you see the changes.

 

Want to see more of Modsy in the wild? Check out these celebrity spaces

Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment from Sex and the City

Monica’s apartment from Friends

Sonja Morgan’s townhouse from the Real Housewives of New York

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Space-Savvy Solutions For 5 Tiny (and Tricky) Spaces

small room ideasDesigning and furnishing a small space is no walk in the park. Your space may be small, but the number of things to consider is countless! How do I arrange the space? What furniture should I buy? Can I even fit a sofa? Where am I going to store all my stuff? Any and all small room ideas welcome…

Let’s not forget that many small spaces are not only small, but can be kind of awkward. This means you’ve got a tricky layout to crack, making these pint-sized rooms even more of a design dilemma

Every small space comes with it’s own slew of challenges. But with a few clever and creative tricks up your sleeve, you can design a functional and stylish space.

We’ve rounded up 5 of the tiniest (and trickiest) spaces we’ve seen, and break down how our designers tackled them. Take a peek below for some inspo and small room ideas from our designers.

Ready for a crash course in our best small room ideas? Keep scrolling to see how these 5 tiny spaces met their match.

 

1. A Recessed Living Room Nook

small room ideasThe Challenge:

More like a nook than an actual room, this tiny living space needed furniture that fit with a precision worthy of NASA engineers. Luckily for these homeowners, trying out sofas in 3D saved them lots of time and backaches. The priority was to find the right-size pieces and make the most of every square inch of floor space.

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The Solutions:

  • Find a sofa that perfectly fits the small space. Consider your options, like which side you want the chaise to be on.
  • One of our best small room ideas, try a rug with an organic shape, like a cowhide. This creates a sense of flow in the space and draw attention away from the size of the room.
  • Choose a coffee table with storage, which is great for small spaces. Even better? Tables with hidden storage.
  • Pull in a chair with an open, airy frame that won’t add visual weight to the room. It also helps to break up the boxiness of the space.

Struggling with a small living room? Try these 5 essential design tips.

See This Room in 360!

 

2. A Small Office for Two

small room ideas – officeThe Challenge:

This small spare room needed to work as an office for two with space-saving storage options. It also needed to have some sort of relaxed seating.

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The Solutions:

  • The L-shape arrangement of the desks uses the corner and wall space too it’s full potential. All without cluttering up the room.
  • Don’t be afraid to try two different desks—one with plenty of storage and the other with a slim base for fit.
  • Add a petite, armless sofa makes for ideal seating that isn’t bulky.
  • Opt for a C-shape side table that can function like a lap desk for working on the sofa. You can also easily move it next to your desk for a place to put your coffee or drink (no more desk spills!).
  • Hang up wall shelves to take advantage of vertical wall space for storage.

See This Room in 360!

3. A Compact Bedroom

small room ideas bedroom

The Challenge:

The good: this tiny bedroom gets lots of natural light (insert prayer hand emoji). The space needed some design help to keep it cozy but uncluttered. The bad: There’s not a lot of closet space to speak of, so finding ways to incorporate extra storage is essential.

small room ideas bedroom

The Solutions:

  • Fill out the space at the foot of the bed with comfy and functional accents, like a bench and/or a pouf. They’ll also make the space feel less utilitarian. Because your bedroom can be more than “just a place to sleep.”
  • Lean a floor-length mirror to make the space feel bigger and more open. Have limited floor space? Try a series of mirrors for the same effect.
  • Pick narrow storage pieces. They can snuggle into corners and along walls without feeling bulky.
  • Layer rugs, like a colorful one paired with a cowhide or fluffy shag rug, to add lots of cozy texture in any small bedroom.

Trying to design a pint-sized bedroom? Here are 7 more small room ideas to try.

See This Room in 360!

 

4. A Narrow Nursery

small room ideas nurseryThe Challenge:

Given this room’s narrow shape, the furniture needed to be arranged in a line along one side of the room. The crib had to be in clear sight at all times and there needed to be space for a changing table.

small room ideas nursery

The Solutions:

  • Stagger the crib and changing table down the narrow hallway to preserve the walkway. This also centers the crib in the center of the room between two windows.
  • Have a dresser do double-duty by adding a changing table topper. This is also a great way to design for now and later!
  • Add sconces rather than table and floor lamps. They’re a great way to add lighting without taking up floor space—not to mention they’ll be out of baby’s reach!
  • Tuck in a daybed that provides an adult nap spot that can also easily make for a guest bed in a pinch. Choose one that has an open base and comes without arms or a back so that it doesn’t add visual bulk.

Need some nursery style inspiration? Here are 4 stylish nursery designs from Modsy customers.

See This Room in 360!

 

5. A Shoebox-Sized Studio

Small room ideas – studio apartmentThe Challenge:

This long studio had the trifecta of tiny apartment challenges. It had to function as a living space and bedroom and also provide a little area for dining and small gatherings.

small room ideas – studio apartmentThe Solutions:

  • A floor mirror helps open up the space while making use of a tricky corner by the window.
  • In tight apartment spaces, clever use of corner spaces can be a space (and life) -saver. Think hanging shelves, sconces, and tall, slender bookcases that maximizes vertical wall space.
  • Add comfy and moveable seating, like one or two poufs. They can also double as foot rests and side tables if needed.
  • A chair can take advantage of the unused space at the foot of the bed, making for a comfy place to watch TV, read a book, or wind down with a drink at the end of the day.
  • For easy-to-stow dining seating, bring in bar stools with open, airy frames.

Looking for more studio apartment layout ideas? Here are 2 clever arrangements for one tricky space.

See This Room in 360!

 

Struggling to design a small space in your home?

In case you missed it, all of our designs are done virtually, by real designers, in an accurate 3D model of your exact room. If you’re struggling with a tricky, tiny, or just plain awkward space, we can help find design solutions tailored to your exact space.

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No Coffee Table, No Problem – 7 Things You Can Use Instead

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If you give a living room a sofa, it’ll want a coffee table to go with it. Or at least that’s what those traditional interior design rules say. And it’s true that coffee tables are generally the focal point of your living room. But as these creative coffee table ideas prove, they don’t have to be!

Whether you’re struggling to design a small space, or if you want your living room to be a bit more kid-proof, here are 7 coffee table alternatives that will work in any space.

coffee table ideas – ottomanAlternative #1 – A Plush Ottoman

Ottomans are an awesome coffee table alternative because they can act as a table but are kid-proof! Plus they double as extra seating options so your kids and guests have space to sit!

coffee table ideas - 2 poufsAlternative #2 – A Pair of Poufs

Poufs are another kid-friendly favorite for living room areas. Two poufs can make a perfect replacement for a coffee table and are just right for smaller spaces and for people who like to entertain. They can double as a foot rest, side table, extra seat and more!

coffee table ideas - benchAlternative #3 – Bench

Not a fan of using a large table as your centerpiece? One of our favorite coffee table ideas is to use a bench instead. An attractive wooden or plush bench can add surface space, seating, and even extra storage. Talk about a triple-threat!

coffee table ideas - cluster of side tablesAlternative #4 – Cluster of Side Tables

A coffee table doesn’t always have to be one large table. You can add a cluster of side tables that you can easily move when you are entertaining in order to give your guests an easy place to set their drinks.

coffee table ideas Alternative #5 – Side Tables With Varying Heights

Two small side tables can also be a good alternative for smaller spaces that don’t have room for one large table. Make your space feel less cramped by opting for one short and one taller table. This is one of our favorite coffee table ideas for people who want to make their space feel more dynamic.

coffee table ideas - storage ottomanAlternative #6 – Storage Ottoman

A storage ottoman acts as a seat that can open up in order to store things underneath a lid. It’s great for storing blankets, books, magazines or other things you want to keep handy.

coffee table ideas - c-side tableAlternative #7 – C-Side Table

If you have no room at all you can try a C-side table in order to maximize space in a small room. These are small and easy to move and snuggle up close to your sofa so they don’t take up much floor space. You can also use them as an impromptu desk when you don’t want to leave the sofa to work.

These are just a few suggestions for you to use other pieces of furniture in lieu of a coffee table! What are your favorite coffee table ideas?

 

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Small-Space Hacks: 5 Ideas for Small Entryways

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In our “Small-Space Hacks” series, you’ll find stylish solutions for tiny spaces as well as tricky areas that often get overlooked in the home. Not your typical DIY projects, these “hacks” involve simply rethinking furniture with a little ingenuity to create spaces that enhance your daily life.

This week we show you great small entryway ideas that can make the most of a pint-sized space. Here are our 5 of our favorite tricks to turn your entryway into a welcoming checkpoint and functional storage spot.

Optimize Your Space With These 5 Small Entryway Ideas

small entryway ideas1. If you need extra storage…

Center your entry with a dresser with deep drawers for increased storage options. This is a great way to deal with storage overflow from other areas in your home where square footage is at a premium. Stash winter coats, extra pillows and big throws in the lower compartments and use the dresser’s upper storage for more practical daily items, such as books, scarves, hats, and even takeout menus.

You can easily round out the look of the overall space by adding personal art and objects along with a stylish table lamp on the dresser surface. And don’t underestimate the beauty of umbrella stands, which can double as sculptural accents in an otherwise utilitarian space.

Another idea? If you’re really pressed for space, consider the storage possibilities of a nightstand. One with drawers can provide the perfect mini catchall spot.

small entryway ideas2. If you’re (always) on the go…

A space-saving console makes for a convenient catchall for holding your wallet, car keys, and mail. Choose a console with drawers and cubbies specifically for mail that’s important; junk mail can go into baskets squirreled away underneath the console. In a small space, this can keep paper clutter from trickling into the rest of your home.

Treat the surface of the console as a vanity with a mirror and table lamp, and keep frequently worn jewelry and other accessories (phone chargers, headphones) neatly stowed away. This will create a functional spot that gathers all your everyday essentials as you dash out (or in) the door.

small entryway ideas3. If you have guests over often…

Your small entry should combine both function and style for an instantly welcoming spot. And just because you’re tight on space doesn’t mean you can’t go big with multiple pieces of stylish furnishings.

Look for storage pieces that have slim silhouettes as well as open-shelving constructions. A tall bookshelf can provide vertical storage that also helps to draw attention away from the small size of your entry, while a slim glass console will further lend a spacious look and feel.

small entryway ideas4. If you have high-energy kids…

There’s no furniture piece more practical than a storage bench for containing all the little things that can easily pile up in a small home, be it shoes, jackets, or toys.

Opt for a storage bench with a lid or one with cubbies, and arrange the space to mimic a mudroom; even in a small entry, you can set up hooks and baskets that give everything a place. The best part about a storage bench is that it’s also the perfect perch for your little ones to put on their shoes.

small entryway ideas5. If you have (very) little space…

Keep your entry minimal by pulling in a pair of dining chairs. They make for a much simpler alternative to storage pieces if you just need a place to put down your bag or to slip on shoes before you run out the door.

The best part is that chairs are versatile and movable, you can pull them into other areas of your home if needed. Consider using chairs that match those in your dining area so that they can easily pinch-hit as extra seating for guests.

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