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Get Your Living Room Ready for Fall With These Mantel Decor Ideas

fireplace mantel ideasIf you don’t like the idea of doing a total decor overhaul for each season and holiday remember this: there are small ways to make seasonal changes that can make a big impact. One of our favorite areas to focus on for seasonal changes is your mantel decor.

A fireplace is a focal point in a living room — so what happens on your mantel impacts the vibe of your whole space. This small area is the perfect place to show off your personality and set the tone for the space all season long. Keep reading for some easy tips and fall mantel decor ideas that work for any style!

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1. Crown Your Mantel

As the focal point of your room, reserve the space above your mantel for something special. Think a piece you love and want to highlight. (AKA: if your home were the Louvre, this is where you’d hang the Mona Lisa.)

All that to say, choosing the right piece to crown your mantel is important. A statement mirror, painting or art print, or a TV are classic options for mantel decor. But you can also think outside the box and hang a sculpture, a grouping of smaller paintings, or even leave it bare for a dramatic effect. The only rule? Pick something you love as this will be the piece that sets the tone for the rest of the room.

2. Pick a Color Palette

To make this area feel more curated, stick to a cohesive color palette. With this traditional look, we opted for a bouquet of earthy, fall colors like reds, yellows, and oranges, with a white base to keep it from feeling too loud.

3. Embrace Symmetry

One of the keys to a traditional mantel decor scheme is symmetry. Here, we hung a mirror above the center of the mantel, and bookended it with taller decor. But that doesn’t mean you have to get too matchy-matchy. Instead of identical objects on either side, we played with symmetry in terms of height and size, which gives the look a more inviting feel.

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4. Layer On the Decor

Add visual intrigue to your mantel by layering your decorative touches. This creates a more dynamic, curated look and will add depth to your mantel style. We used natural materials for this eclectic mantel, mixing and matching woven baskets, a wooden bowl, and a stoneware vase. The layers and texture of this look are especially nice for fall when you want to embrace those cozy vibes!

5. Prop Your Art

Rather than hanging a statement art piece above the mantel, consider leaving it unhung and leaning it against the wall instead. This gives your mantel a more casual feel, which is perfect for eclectic rooms or adding a note of whimsy (whereas hung art can feel more formal).

6. Group in Threes

When decorating a mantel (or any surface, really), stick to the “rule of thirds.” This design principle boils down to the idea that objects grouped in trios are more pleasing to the human eye. Use this trick to make your fall mantel look expertly curated no matter the season or style.

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7. Incorporate Texture

The secret ingredient to any space is to incorporate texture. For a rustic look, we love natural options like live edge wood, plants, and carved designs. The mix of textures adds dynamism to this cozy, layered look, which is the perfect mantel idea for fall.

8. Vary Your Heights

To add to the dynamic look, mix tall and short objects on your mantel. This keeps your eye from focusing on any one item, making the mantel feel thoughtfully designed but not overly done.

9. Add Plants

Greenery brings any look to life and adds some beautiful natural texture (see tip #7). We love the idea of incorporating greenery that’s in season for the fall — like the eucalyptus in this rustic mantel idea. Then, as winter approaches, you can switch in a boxwood or pine garland and something with florals for spring. Simply changing the greenery and a few objects will make your mantel feel fresh each season.

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Layout Guide: Designing a Living Room with Slanted Walls

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In our Layout Guides series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of designing an oddly-shaped living room with slanted walls.

The Space: A 10×15 living room with a quirky, awkward shape with slanted walls that create lots of hard-to-handle nooks and crannies.

The Style: Modern and edgy

The Challenge: Designing an oddly shaped living room with slanted walls to make a comfortable space for lounging, working, playing and watching TV.

living roomIdea #1: Conversational Layout

Living room layout #1 is all about creating a space with flexible seating. Using a sofa + armchair combo gives you more versatility in your seating arrangement. It incorporates the TV with the sofa facing it for easy viewing, but it isn’t the main focus of the layout. Overall, the seating flexibility creates a cozy space that allows for an optional work area and room to entertain.

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officeHere’s Why This Living Room Layout Works

Ample Seating

Having both a sofa and an armchair means there is lots of cozy lounge space for getting comfy and watching TV. The two poufs offer even more flexible seating or easy footstools for kicking back and relaxing.

Space to Work

Instead of a side table next to the sofa, this design features a mini desk set up for a super sweet home office working space. The desk has casters so you can easily wheel it in and out of the room if you need more open space for entertaining.

nooksFills Out Nooks

This design uses one awkward corner as a place for plants to sunbathe. This not only brightens up the space, but also helps fill out the oddly shaped nook without drawing attention to the awkward angle. Having the armchair pulled out from the wall at a slant helps to better define and fill the space.

Clutter-Free

The wall-mounted bookcase adds extra vertical storage so you can stow various items without cluttering up the room. Open base furniture on tapered legs helps the room feel more open and airy, too.

This Is Great If You…

  • Want a comfy living room with plenty of extra seating.
  • Enjoy the option to watch TV, but don’t want it as the focal point.
  • Love to entertain guests and want a space that can easily make room for more visitors.
  • Like having a desk / workspace in the living room.
  • Love a clean, edgy and clutter-free space.

sofaIdea #2: Family-Friendly Layout

Layout Idea #2 puts the emphasis more on creating a casual, family-friendly place to lounge, play, and watch TV. The sectional allows for more room to sit in front of the TV and the remaining space makes a perfect play area for kids.

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TV Viewing Space

In this design, the seating is super comfy and geared toward watching TV and lounging. The sectional sofa offers plenty of room in front of the television and the chaise part of the sectional helps divide the room and almost acts like a partition between two spaces.

Perfect Play Area

With the back of the chaise sectional facing a slanted wall, it creates a perfect play space for little ones! The triangular space makes a super cozy nook with a bookcase for easy toy storage. A playful elephant rug helps define and round out the space and also works well with the awkward shape caused by the slanted wall.

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The round coffee tables are a more kid-friendly option as there are no sharp corners to navigate. Your whole family also has plenty of room to stretch out on the sofa and space to move around. Plus, the arching floor lamp is a sleek way to add overhead lighting to the room if you don’t have a built-in fixture.

This Is Great If You…

  • Need cozy seating for TV viewing.
  • Want a fun play area for little ones.
  • Prefer a family-friendly space over an entertaining area.
  • Hate clutter and want a space that’s streamlined and easy to tidy up.

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How To Master The All White Living Room

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There’s no denying the crisp, cool, and calming beauty of an all white living room. And we’ll be the first to admit that it’s a fine line between our worst design nightmare (a completely washed-out white room) and a perfect dream come true (a soft and sophisticated space).

Of course, there are serious challenges when it comes to a living room in head-to-toe white. Most importantly, a white room doesn’t seem practical. Well, we’re here to tell you it can be and it can also be beautiful, gorgeous, and incredibly comfortable. To prove that, we picked our designers’ brains on the best tips for designing an all-white living room—and how to keep it looking pristine year-round.

living roomConsider A Sofa Carefully

We’re all thinking it. One of the scariest parts of an all-white living room is a white sofa. The chances of spills and stains in a busy space like your living room are pretty much high to extremely high.

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But the good thing to know is that there are plenty of stain- and spill-resistant options. Our pick would be to go with a leather sofa. It provides a clean-lined look and a nice dose of texture. Not to mention leather cleans up much easier and will develop a lovely patina over time.

If you really want to go for the all-white living room, a white or even neutral sofa can make a great subtle statement. The slight tonal variation will be a nice contrast amid other white furnishings.

living roomThink About Wood Tones

White furnishings mixed with wood tones are a foolproof way to play up an all-white living room that still feels warm and inviting. Wood pieces act as neutrals that don’t add color so they make for perfect complementary decor.

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Just be sure to pick a lane with your woods to keep the look cohesive. We vote for warm and dark wood tones, as lighter hues will appear washed out in an all-white room.

living roomMix Cool Materials

Besides wood, make sure to bring in a selection of accents in different light-hued materials, such as marble, stone, ceramics, and linen. This is an easy way to ensure you have lots of textures that add depth to your white room. You can even mix in natural materials like rattan and jute for an additional pop. They’re technically not white, but alongside natural materials and wood pieces, they won’t feel out of place.

Play Up Fun Shapes

When you don’t have color in a room, you have to find creative ways to add visual intrigue. Think fun shapes, like round forms, curvy furniture frames, or sinuous silhouettes. These will make for interesting focal points and elements that warm up your all-white room.

living roomLayer Your Textiles

Pillows, rugs, curtains, and other fabric accents are key to adding a cozy note in a white living room. A mix of pillows will warm up a sofa, a fluffy rug can add welcoming texture to your floors, and white sheers have a way of letting in pretty natural light.

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Together, these finishing touches will make your space feel dynamic and considered while also playing up a sense of comfort that’s often lacking in white spaces.

Go Big With Textures

The key to making an all-white living room design work is to create subtle variations in texture, which will lend a dynamic and layered look to your space. Think textured pillows and a rug or even a sheepskin bench. These pieces will bring the look to life and keep your room from looking or feeling flat.

living roomPattern Up Your Decor

Your white living room can benefit from a subtle mix of patterns. The key to working in patterns into your white space is to opt for accents in off-white and soft gray shades. Whether it’s in your rugs, pillows or art, these visual motifs will help liven up your living room.

Accent With Greenery

Add a lush and vibrant pop of color with greenery. Much like textured textiles, plants have a way of bringing in a touch of texture to an all-white space. Not to mention plants are key to any happy home!

living roomAdd A Contrasting Wall Color

It’s okay to not have white walls in your all-white living room. In fact, a slightly warmer shade of off-white, ivory, or even gray will help warm up, cool down, or bring contrast to your room.

Keep It Pristine Year-Round!

We know. While all of the above sounds great, keeping everything clean and perfectly white is the ultimate challenge. The best way to maintain the crisp look? Keep a Tide To-Go stick handy to start. You can also make sure your sofa has a removable cover that you can toss into the wash or dry clean as needed!

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Layout Guide: 1 Split-Level Living Space, 2 Open Layout Solutions

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Some rooms are a headache to furnish because nothing looks or fits right. And then there are some rooms where the overall space is unusual but you know the design possibilities are endless. This split-level, open layout living space is the latter.

Here, we dreamed up two ideas for this split-level open layout living space that serve very different needs but are both thoughtfully designed to accommodate different lifestyles. See how we bring it all together in this bi-level room layout.

The Space: A split-level living and dining space with an open layout

The Style: Mod Visionary

The Challenge: Designing a cohesive look in a split-level room

living roomIdea #1: The Chill-Out Entertaining Layout

Layout #1 is a functional entertaining space with an emphasis on family-friendly design. A large sectional anchors the lower level living space where the layout caters towards all things TV viewing. It’s a layout that allows a lot of room for adults and kids to lounge and move around in.

There’s also a designated kids zone, where a mini chairs-and-table setup provides room for both homework and fun and games. In contrast, the upper level is organized to be a relaxed dining area that’s all about unfussy family dinners.

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There are clearly defined areas for entertaining on all levels. From the kids’ zone to the main living space to the elevated dining area, they all maintain a casual, relaxed vibe.

The floating sectional offers ample seating, and also works to divide the living space from the walkway. We added a console to help maximize storage in what would’ve been dead space. Likewise, the coffee table has hidden storage, which makes for an extra family-friendly addition to the living space. Not to mention, the round shape helps encourage traffic flow and is a more kid-friendly option (no sharp corners here).

The wall-mounted bookcase adds vertical storage and a tall overarching floor lamp is a great solve for a room without ceiling lights. Meanwhile, on the higher level, the dark blue accent wall helps draw the eye up toward the dining area, where there’s plenty of storage (credenza, bar cart) thanks to the round table that optimizes floor space. It all adds up to an open layout design that allows for a lot of comfortable family-friendly lounging, practical storage, and easy entertaining.

living roomThis Is Great If You…

  • Have a big family with lots of busybodies that find themselves doing many different things in the same space.
  • Love to host movie nights and entertain lots of friends on the regular.
  • Like a laid-back living space for simply kicking back and putting up your feet.
  • Are keen on a space that is highly functional for daily living and provides lots of room to move around in.

open layout split-level living roomIdea #2: The Conversing and Dining Layout

Layout #2 takes on a more tailored look and feel and is designed as more of a conversation space. It has a more formal look but is equally great for casual hangouts. Although there’s less of a kid-friendly focus here.

Rather than a space that’s designed around a media stand and TV, the sofa and armchairs in the main living area here are arranged to facilitate conversation. Likewise, the dining area is set up with a long table and stylish seating that accommodates a party of six for long sit-down dinners.

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dining chairWhy It Works

It’s a polished look from top to bottom and is tied together by an elevated color palette, starting from the dining room art and rug to the living room armchairs and sofa. The sofa and chairs are conducive to easy conversation, while the bench against the partition wall adds extra seating that maximizes that tricky wall space. Bonus points: you can even pull it up into the dining room for an extra seat if you have lots of people over!

The rectangular coffee table has an open airy base that balances out the heavier seating, and the credenza offers serious storage. In the dining area, the rectangular table makes the most of square footage in the space and the black dining chairs tie in the darkness of the tall cabinet and the living room bench. Altogether, this layout is about a unified entertaining space with a polished look and feel.

open layout living roomThis Is Great If You…

  • Are a couple with no children who love the idea of a space that’s perfect for conversation and intimate entertaining.
  • Enjoy having friends over for more formal affairs, like cocktails, wine-and-cheese nights, and sit-down meals.
  • Consider your style to be more modern and minimal and prefer a more streamlined look with a few key pieces in two open spaces with distinct functions.
  • Are looking to graduate your style and this is your first grown-up space that you’re furnishings for yourself.

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How 3 Designers Would Use Sherwin-Williams’ 2020 Color of the Year

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It’s that time of year again! We’re referring to that time when paint companies are casting their color trends for the upcoming year. And, of course, we’re here for all of it.

The latest major color forecast is from Sherwin-Williams, which recently announced its 2020 color of the year as Naval—a rich navy hue that has a layered backstory. The blue shade touches on our collective need to pursue wellness and our interest in biophilia (aka wanting to be close to nature). It also pays homage to the opulence and richness of the Art Deco era. All to say, Naval is all about stepping outside of the comfort zones of the classic navy.

To put the new hue to test right away, we tapped three of our designers to envision their take of Naval blue in the home. The result is three rooms that are stylistically different but equally captivating. Read on to see the spaces and get their tips for bringing this 2020 color of the year into your own home.

sherwin-williams navalLook #1: Coastal & Chic

Modsy Designer: Yoan W

Yoan’s Inspirations: Inspired by Naval’s relation to the natural world, Yoan drew from the color of the sea and the midnight sky. He also pulled in coral motifs and mother-of-pearl-like texture, such as on the front of a credenza.

How Yoan Used Naval: To play up the color’s story of reconnecting with nature, Yoan worked in a mix of natural textures, slightly formal furnishings, and white and beige tones. All together, these pieces contrast with the two accent walls that are painted in Naval.

For furnishings, Yoan kept to mostly slightly traditional pieces in neutral hues but played with contrast, such as juxtaposing a white sofa with a black coffee table. Similarly, he painted two accent walls in Naval as a way to create contrast with the white and beige tones throughout the room. Yoan also wove the hue into the space in other ways, incorporating an accent chair and a rug that has notes of blue to keep the space feeling balanced.

Finally, to play up the color’s story of reconnecting with nature, he also worked in a mix of natural textures, such as the coral and woven accents.

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sherwin-williams naval color of the yearLook #2: Modern & Minimal

Modsy Designer: Aimee M

Aimee’s Inspirations: Aimee was specifically inspired by the monochrome room trend but she also wanted to explore the idea of Naval as a neutral in a room.

How Aimee Used Naval: Taking a monochrome approach doesn’t mean Aimee’s room is one note. In fact, the resulting space is deeply layered. A room steeped in the hue can have major soothing vibes, like a cocoon, according to Aimee. To achieve that she made sure there was a layering of textures that appeal to all the senses.

That’s where the curated furnishing mix comes in. The velvet sofa brings a luxurious touch (and a bit of shine), the dark warm wood tones lend an organic beauty, and the streamlined mid-century forms add a lightness to the room. It all balances out the cool richness of the Naval walls. The result? A space that is simple, soothing, and super sophisticated.

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sherwin-williams naval ideaLook #3: Contemporary & Cutting Edge

Modsy Designer: Logan R

Logan’s Inspirations: The idea was for the room to feel like a moody beach house with a contemporary edge. Logan also wanted to tap into the organic modernism look in doing so.

How Logan Used Naval: This take on Naval is all about the contrast, starting with the overall muted palette of neutrals set against the blue backdrop. The Naval blue is pushed almost to a chalky-gray by way of contrast with the camel-brown sofa and warm-wood accents, which all provide lots of tactile and visual textures in the space.

For more subtle references to elements of nature, Logan played with shapes and patterns, from the coffee table and bookcase cutouts to the vases and urns to the fish motifs and abstract art. The result is a cool nod to organic notes without appearing theme-y.

The bold furnishings and contemporary designs also end up contrasting with Naval and bringing out the softer, more serene side of the blue shade.

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Designing a Blue Living Room? Start With These 5 Ideas

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The color blue immediately instills a peaceful, tranquil vibe within a space – so it makes sense that blue living rooms are one design trend that has withstood the test of time. After all, when you’re hosting guests or just relaxing in your own home, you want everyone to feel at ease.

Blue evokes the sea and skies and brings comfort and style that’s clean, calm and collected. It’s no wonder that blue is our most-requested color for all room types! It adds contrast and color but can also cool things down like a neutral. We asked our stylists how they’d design a blue living room, and here are the top 5 answers.

blue living roomClassic Beach House Blue Living Room

A classic white and blue living room is the quintessential beach house color palette. White and blue feel sophisticated, yet approachable and relaxed. They’re a combo that instantly ups the classiness factor while also creating a breezy, beach-style retreat in your home. Adding in natural textures helps to soften and warm the high-contrast color combination, making the space more relaxed and casual.

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We kept the walls and base furniture bright white but added bold pops of navy and cerulean blue in the pillows, art, rug, and accent decor. Natural textures like jute and rattan will amp up the beach style while warm woods lend a rustic vibe. Pops of brass is also a great way to warm up space!

Stylist Tip: Try a more symmetrical layout to polish it up and get that signature relaxed yet formal vibe.

blue living roomEclectic Minimal Blue Living Room

For a more dramatic look, go for dark walls paired with neutral furniture. The high-contrast look of the textured neutrals against a bold blue backdrop creates a cool, eclectic vibe. We chose a darker shade of navy blue for a hue that has a slightly neutral vibe to it.

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Textured furniture and decor are key here, like leathers, linens, woods, metals and natural materials. This look is a great choice if you don’t love a lot of color, but still want a bold blue living room that’s trendy and eclectic. Plus, the dark blue walls have a cozy vibe that will make your living feel like a stylish cocoon – the best place for unwinding at the end of a long week.

blue living roomRustic Blue Living Room

This room features a blue sofa along with neutral-colored decor for an effortless, rustic style. This is a great look if blue walls seem a little too intense for you. You can easily flip the color combo and go for a neutral room with a bold blue sofa as the centerpiece.

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This look prioritizes comfort and we love it because it’s equally cozy and family-friendly. The sectional turns up the warmth and rustic accents, like a leather armchair, industrial coffee table, and a chunky jute rug, add to the cozy vibe. There’s not a lot of colors here, but the blue sofa adds a loud enough “POP” to set a colorful focal point!

Stylist Tip: Dark blue is a great color for sofas in family-friendly homes because the darker fabric hides spill easier so you can really relax.

blue wall gold sofaBold, High-Contrast Blue Living Room

Want to really go bold with your blue living room design? Try pairing a blue accent wall with bright colors for a living room that’s bold and full of personality. A velvet yellow sofa is the perfect statement piece to contrast a dark blue accent wall if you like a glamorous or boho look!

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Adding in elements like a patterned rug, eclectic gallery wall, and playing with a mix of furniture styles helps create a look that’s unique and playful. The graphic black and white patterned accents bring a pop of contrast and visual texture to the room. This is a great style if you love collecting pieces over time or mixing different furniture styles together in one room!

Stylist Tip: Pick one or two accent colors to offset the blue walls – then keep the rest of the palette black and white to keep the balance.

blue living roomBreezy Boho Blue Living Room

The calming colors of the sea and sunset are perfect for Bohemian-style rooms. This pastel-hued living room incorporates soft pinks and reds to balance out the blue sofa.

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The room is anchored by the dark blue sofa, but there’s a mix of warm-colored and neutral decor along with blue accents throughout the space for a perfectly balanced look. Patterns and natural materials add warmth and texture to space for a collected and casual look with a spirit of easy, breezy California cool.

Stylist Tip: Industrial accents, like the sconces and coffee table, add contrast and a cool note to this blue living room design.

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Here’s How the ‘Gilmore Girls’ House Would Look in 2019

Where you lead, I will follow… This month marks the 19th year since Gilmore Girls premiered and put Stars Hollow on the map. To celebrate the almost two decades since we met the fast-talking, coffee-loving Rory and Lorelai, we had to revisit the iconic Gilmore Girls home and give it a 2019 makeover.

Although it got an upgrade for Netflix’s 2016 reboot, we wanted to go one step further for our this much-loved space. In classic Modsy fashion, we couldn’t resist imagining what it would have looked like if a few more of our favorite characters were in charge.

Ready to find out what the Gilmore Girls house would look like in 2019? Keep scrolling to see how Lorelai, Rory, Emily, Luke, Sookie, and even Paris would design Lorelai’s house today!

Gilmore Girls House 2019Lorelai Gilmore’s Style

Lorelai always had a quirky, playful personality (and wardrobe) that really shows in her home! In her original space, she wasn’t afraid to mix traditional furniture with unconventional decor for a look that felt eccentric and a bit funky – a style only Lorelai can pull off!

For her 2019 update, we wanted to make Lorelai’s space feel loud and energetic without the compromise of comfort. The velvet sofa with a deep seat, and rolled arms, makes for the perfect spot to kick back and binge watch old movies and binge takeout from Luke’s diner or Al’s Pancake World. Quirky trinkets are scattered throughout the space, a result of her impulsive habits that lead her to buy whatever she loves in an instant.

Keep an eye out for some Easter eggs stashed throughout the space, including Doose’s Market shopping bag and portrait of Paul Anka!

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Gilmore Girls house 2019Rory Gilmore’s Style

Rory’s space is serene and welcoming. She’s the epitome of east coast charm and her space is meant to reflect that. Her style is the perfect mix of coastal and classic, combined in a relaxed and almost effortless way. The space radiates sophistication and order – basically the design equivalent of a perfectly balanced pro-con list.

Rory’s design is packed with books and includes a cozy reading nook where she can curl up with a book. And don’t forget the framed photo of her leaping off a ledge with Logan and other members of the Life and Death Brigade. In Omnia Paratus!

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Gilmore Girls House 2019Emily Gilmore’s Style

If Emily Gilmore ever got the opportunity to redesign Lorelai’s house, it would look nothing like the comfortable, cozy home from the original series. Always at odds with her daughter, Emily has a very different style that epitomizes East Coast elegance at its finest.

Emily’s style is formal and classic, but we added a slightly modern twist in the serpentine wallpaper, which we thought her eccentric daughter would appreciate. Call it an interior design olive branch between the two.

We knew Emily would insist on a more formal layout for Lorelai’s house, and so instead of a set-up geared towards movie nights, we thought Emily would opt for two sofas facing one another. This immediately creates a space that is fit for conversation, small gatherings, and sipping martinis before (and after) dinner.

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Gilmore Girls House 2019Luke Danes’ Style

Luke’s space, just like him, is all about simplicity and comfort. His look was inspired by the interior of his apartment above the diner (aka his dad’s office), which was full of wood, plaid, and plenty of fishing-themed decor.

As such, his take on Lorelai’s home is masculine and full of industrial materials. Luke didn’t care too much about how his home looked, but definitely appreciated a well-made piece of furniture. As such, his design is full of hand crafted pieces that are built to last. Look for weathered wood, leather, metal, and – of course – plenty of plaid.

All in all, his design is a cozy living space where he and Lorelai can pass the time re-enacting their first date (can you spot the playing cards on the coffee table?) and not talk on their cell phones.

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Gilmore Girls House 2019Sookie St. James’ Style

Sookie, the head chef at the Dragonfly Inn and Lorelai’s best friend, was a fun and wildly creative character. If she were in charge of the decor, it would be all things bold, colorful, and quirky – just like her.

Her design mixes floral and geometric patterns, which speak to the controlled chaos she creates in the kitchen. We thought a palette raspberry, lemon, kiwi and aqua hues would satisfy her wild side and create a space as warm and inviting as her personality.

Of course, we knew if Sookie was designing Lorelai’s place, Jackson couldn’t help but weigh in. We thought Sookie might add a few “manly” touches, like the antler chandelier, to help him feel included.

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Gilmore Girls House 2019Paris Geller’s Style

There’s no one like Paris Geller… And say Rory’s best friend (sometime enemy) from her school days got another degree in interior design. We’re pretty sure Lorelai would be one of the first client she’d gift her services to. So for Paris’ take on the home, we wanted to bring her intense personality through in the design.

The color and whimsy of Lorelai’s decor are replaced by sleek lines and contemporary forms. The space captures the intensity of Paris and her personality, which is intense, different and cold. We translated that into the space with minimalist decor and streamlined furniture in a monochrome color scheme.

Catch her Yale and Harvard diplomas hanging above her desk, some “light reading” in the corner, and – of course – her copy of The Iliad.

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5 Ways to Put the Awkward Nook Under the Stairs to Use

Awkward nook ideasMost homes have one. And most of us don’t know what to do about them. It’s those awkward spaces that feel too small to decorate or be useful, but feel like a waste of space if they’re not utilized. So, what can you do with a corner of the room that has weird features or an awkward nook other than ignore it?

Well, we’re big believers in embracing what you’ve got and getting creative. So today, our designers are helping us address one of the repeat offenders in the awkward spaces category: the awkward nook under the stairs. We’ll show you five clever ways to put this space to work and make it functional!

1. Entryway Storage

If your awkward space under the stairs is near your front door, try turning the nook into entryway storage. Designating this nook for shoes, coats, umbrellas, and bags will not only give function to this little corner – it will give all that entryway clutter a designated home. Now that’s a win-win!

Other than coat hooks, we love the idea of adding shelving for more functionality and utilizing baskets for an easy, beautiful catchall for extra clutter and kids stuff. You could even tuck your pet’s food and water dishes under the lowest slope of the stairs for maximum utilization of the space!

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awkward nook2. Kids Corner

When you think of a nook under the stairs, you might immediately think of Harry Potter. But we’re making a space that’s way cheerier than Harry’s cupboard under the stairs! You can easily turn your nook under the stairs into a cozy play corner for your little ones. Just add a cushy bean bag chair, a few baskets and bins to store their toys, and perhaps an easel for drawing or painting or a small table for crafts. With that, this little nook may become their favorite corner of the house! (Just make sure to block off the lower space to ensure no one bonks their head!)

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awkward nook office3. Office Nook

Want a home office but don’t have an extra room to designate for it? We’ve got your fix. Just tuck a desk and chair into this alcove, and voila! You officially have a home office. Add a favorite piece of art for inspiration and make sure you find a good desk lamp. If you have a little extra space, you can even add file storage like we did here for added functionality.

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4. Extra Storage

One of our most-requested room features is extra storage. If that’s you, why not turn this awkward nook into just that—a space for extra storage! If it’s a smaller space, try tucking a trio of baskets in the corner. You could also go for a storage bench, or even a full-fledged credenza if you have the room!

We added a petite dresser to ours to give this nook a little splash of style, as well as three drawers full of storage space. We also had room to sneak in an extra stool alongside it, which can easily be pulled into the living space when you have guests over need another seat on the fly!

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5. Reading Nook

Does any design idea sound as cozy and exciting as a reading nook? If this is the living room feature of your dreams, consider turning the awkward space under your stairs into just that!

The key ingredients to a reading nook? Well, it begins with a comfy chair. Add a footstool or pouf, a side table for coffee or tea, and top it off with a bookcase full of your favorite reads.

Does your pooch like to stay nearby when you curl up with a book? Tuck their bed in the corner and get ready for a cozy night in!

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5 Red Living Room Ideas that are Hotter than Hot

When it comes to color psychology, red is considered the hue of aggression, passion, and intensity. Whether it’s a shade of crimson, ruby, cherry, or apple, with that in mind, you might not think of red as the go-to color for decorating your home. In fact, red is known as a powerful, energizing color that many people shy away from in their homes. But if red is your favorite color and you want to bring it into your living room, it can be impactful, elegant, and  – when it’s done right. Here are our designer’s best tips for doing a red living room design right. Take a look at these 5 designs and see why they work.

red living roomRed Living Room #1 – The Classic Color Palette

This red living room features a class look, with a traditional color palette of red, white, and blue. Red is incorporated evenly throughout the space – in walls, base furniture, and decorative accents – to achieve a well-balanced look. The blue and white accents balance out the bold red on the walls and in the decor for a color palette that feels classically east coast and not overly aggressive.

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Stylist Tip: If you’re going all out with red walls, lean toward a classic design scheme with a rounded red, white and blue color palette. It will help bring a cohesive look to the room and tone down the aggression.

red chairRed Living Room #2 – The Accents In Red

In this red living room design, red is relegated to the accent furniture. It’s easy to incorporate bold reds with an armchair, sofa, or even a rug for a pop of the hot hue without going in full steam with red walls, etc. These dark red chairs are the perfect counterpoint to the zebra print rug and gold accents. The room looks polished and formal without feeling over-the-top.

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Stylist Tip: Balance out your red accents with pops of greenery. Red sits directly across from green on the color wheel, so a few splashes of green will help temper the red accents. The palette tones down the look but doesn’t detract from the overall impact.

red chairRed Living Room #3 – The Neutral Take

For a modern take on a red living room, this design features a washed-out shade of brick red on the walls balanced by white and black decor. The red walls and single red accent chair provide the only color in the room, so the look doesn’t feel too busy. Incorporating black and white patterns throughout the room also helps to temper the red and provide equally bold focal points in the space so that the walls don’t go unbalanced.

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Stylist Tip: Not all reds are the same! Be thoughtful about the shades you choose. Something on the darker side will feel more elegant and sophisticated. A bright, fire truck red could make your room too shocking or intense. We love this shade of clay red, which feels a little unexpected and is the perfect backdrop for our neutral decor scheme.

red chairRed Living Room #4 – The Subtle Pop

A more subtle approach to a red living room, this design incorporates the color into the decor. The rug, curtain piping, pillows, and art all feature a pop of red, but in a way that doesn’t overwhelm the space. This is great if you want to bring some of this fiery hue home in a less obtrusive way. The multiple red accents help enhance and highlight one another while not feeling too intense.

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red living roomRed Living Room #5 – The Bold Approach

The boldest of our red living rooms, this design features a red sofa paired with a red wall. The decor leans toward the traditional side, and the rich red hue plays up the vintage library vibe. The sofa and walls are the same shade of red, which actually makes the pairing feel less in your face.

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Stylist Tip: Balance out the red with neutral accents and natural materials to keep the look from feeling too aggressive. The jute rug and traditional art are the perfect counterpoints to all the moody red.

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Dream Home Ideas: Mid-Century Boho Perfection

mid-century living room

For us, ‘mid-century Boho’, is a relaxed bohemian look inspired by the ease of west coast living. It’s rooted in comfort but has a slight mid-century design edge and subtle eclectic notes. There’s a mix of weathered woods, antiques, and artisanal accents that all add up to a balanced, sophisticated look.

This isn’t your traditional boho approach either. Instead, mid-century boho has a relaxed collector’s vibe, which translates to family-friendly foundational pieces, such as sofas and beds, that are accented with colorful accessories, like a side chair found at a flea market. The result is a clean-lined, artfully curated aesthetic that brings together the best of mid-century style and bohemian flair.

To bring this style to life, we envisioned the perfect mid-century boho dream home, where every room plays up this eclectic cool style. Take a room-by-room tour of the home below, and get inspired by our quick tips for working the mid-century boho look into your home.

mid-century entryThe Entry

The bright and spacious entry makes for the perfect introduction to our mid-century boho home. A mix of relaxed furnishings (warm walnut bench, woven planter, wiry pendant, large round mirror) contrasts with the crisp white walls, which lend an airy, open feel.

For hints of color, a faded traditional rug anchors the floor, greenery livens up the corners, and a navy bolster pillow lends a final stylish pop.

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mid-century entryThe Key Entry Elements

Let In More Light. Hanging a large-scale mirror in the entry guarantees to add statement style. But what we love most about the look is that it helps open up entry by reflecting more light and giving the illusion of the room being larger than it is.

Add Warm Anchor Pieces. A walnut mid-century-style bench makes for a great entryway staple. The warm wood tone lends a welcoming touch while the piece also serves as functional seating. Paired with a washed-out traditional rug, it captures our idea of an inviting mid-century boho vibe and sets the tone for the rest of the home.

Bring A Touch of Texture. Entries can often feel spare and cold or overly traditional and stuffy. A few tactile elements are essential to easing up this practical space for a more homey feel. Tall greenery can usher in a vibrant note while a pillow or two will cozy up a bench or chairs so that it doesn’t come off as just an in-between passageway.

mid-century living roomThe Living Room

Comfort is key in our mid-century boho living room. For an arrangement that amplifies comfort, we opted for two facing sofas that supply plenty of seating for family and guests. We chose darker fabrics for the sofas and bench to ensure the room is totally kid- and pet-friendly.

However, we then layered in bright pillows, art, accents, and the rug to give the space a spirited pop of boho color that balances out the more streamlined, neutral furnishings. Finally, it wouldn’t be mid-century boho without natural wood elements and a rattan moment.

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mid-century living roomThe Key Living Room Elements

Work The Boho Palette. At the heart of mid-century boho is a color palette that blends warm and cool tones, such as rustic reds with gray, and navy with light pinks. Start with big neutral foundations, such as sofas, then offset it with touches of color in the form of a red rug, ottoman, and piles of indigo, black-and-white, and pink pillows. Foolproof trick? You can’t go wrong here with a blue, gray, and pink color combo.

Think Mid-Century Materials. Boho furnishings tend to have a bit of color and flourish, so they look especially accentuated alongside the streamlined shapes and materials of mid-century designs. Juxtapose colorful pieces with clean-lined seating and tables in polished and light woods, as in the side chairs, perforated drum tables, and rattan stool in our living room.

Go For Multiples. Pairing up larger furnishings and pulling in pillows and art en masse is a great way to play up a bold mid-century look and the boho color palette. Lean into symmetry when arranging your larger pieces, then layer, layer, layer. Arrange pillows in a casual manner to give the sofas a lived-in look, then lean an array of art pieces on the mantel or hang them in a curated gallery wall display.

mid-century dining roomThe Dining Room

We designed the dining room to be a sleek and relaxed place to gather. A vintage-style dining table is paired with mid-century-inspired dining chairs to create the perfect balance of old and new, while metallic accents and lighting add a touch of polish. To tie the whole room together, we laid down a vintage-style rug with bursts of warm tones for a boho element.

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mid-century dining roomThe Key Dining Room Elements

Make For a Boho Foundation. More than any other space, the dining room is where you want to start with a bold boho anchor piece. Because the dining space is all about practicality and tailored designs, the rug is one way to ease up the strong mid-century shapes and materials. So when in doubt, start from the ground up.

Mix Old, New, and Sleek. Vintage-style dining chairs look best alongside a long, polished communal table. Atop a warm-hued rug, they’ll become focal points in as much as the dining table, which is the centerpiece of the room. To balance out these strong designs, pull in equally captivating lighting above and along the walls so that you’re adding stylish impact throughout the entire room, from wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling.

Think Vertical. And speaking of floor-to-ceiling, one way to layer in the mid-century boho look in the dining room is to alternate your art and lighting. Mix contemporary black-and-white photography with more painterly canvases that provide colorful contrast. Likewise, mix metallic lighting at various heights, such as a shiny brass sconce for the walls with a bronze sculptural ceiling fixture.

mid-century bedroomThe Bedroom

In the bedroom, we wanted to create a serene space, so we pared back on bold colors and materials here, combining softer mid-century and boho elements. We swapped in lots of textural pieces and neutral hues along with geometric accents and art to add visual interest that doesn’t overwhelm.

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The Key Bedroom Elements

Put Texture First. For our mid-century boho bedroom, plenty of texture is what makes it a restful and calming retreat. A natural-fiber rug grounds the room, while grainy wood bedside dressers provide another touch of natural texture. These organic touches have a way of cozying up a bedroom, so carry it through to the details, be it stone and ceramic lamps or extra-plush pillows.

Get Symmetrical. Organization underscores a serene bedroom. The easiest way to play up a streamlined look is to get symmetrical with your furniture layout. Think matching dressers, bookcases, tables lamps, framed art, and even right down to your pillows. Double up on everything and place mirror them in the room.

Use Storage As Showcases. In a clean-lined bedroom like this one, the best way to introduce personality and character is through personal objects and accents. Use your bedside surfaces, bookcases, and even a bench at the foot of the bed as showcases for interesting items. Whether it’s a mix of ceramics and trinkets or a pretty throw blanket, they’ll add an eclectic boho touch in the most subtle (and stylish) way possible.

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Our Stylists’ 4 Favorite Ways to Design a Black and White Living Room

black and white living room

Black and white. It’s a classic, timeless combo. From film noir to salt and pepper, lots of amazing things come in black and white. So it’s no surprise that black and white living room ideas are one of our most researched and requested styles. But there are so many different ways to get the look – from traditional to totally glam, and everything in between. So today we’re breaking down four stylist-approved black and white living room ideas, with each room featuring different styles and intensities of the color combo.

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black and white living roomThe Look: Modern Industrial

If you’re looking for an urban, trendy black and white living room, look no further. This modern-inspired living room proves that a black and white palette doesn’t have to look stark. This room blends black and white into a rich grayscale that is endlessly refined.

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The Key Elements

A modern look relies on sleek lines, minimalist shapes, and little ornamentation. It has a spare Scandinavian quality to it while still being very livable. For this look, you’ll want to pick furniture and accessories that feature materials that keep to the color scheme. Think: black matte metals, white marbles, and black leather. Geometric shapes are big with this style, so opt for graphic and bold art and decor.

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Love a room that makes a bold statement but still feels approachable. While this look is more on the austere side, it has a sleek vibe that draws you in. What results is a look that you want to show off.

eclectic boho living roomThe Look: Eclectic Boho

This eclectic-style space offers a softer approach to a black and white living room look that’s still free of color in the traditional sense. However, the neutrals branch out from just black and white to include natural hues as well. The result is a softer mix that gives a bit more warmth to the black and white look.

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The Key Elements

Leathers, woods, and natural materials are not only welcome in this look, but they’re also essential to warm and soften it. Black and white rugs, art, pillows, and other decorative accents keep the integrity of the black and white living room style, but in a way that’s much warmer. Choose patterns that are more organic and abstract, and mix textures and materials to keep the look feeling dynamic and well thought-out.

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Love a neutral color palette but don’t want a look that’s too bold. If that’s the case, this more neutral, eclectic take might be your cup of tea. The natural elements – from the coffee table and bench to baskets and the mirror – give off a relaxed feeling. And speaking of relaxed, this couch gives you something to sink into while still offering clean lines. Top of this look and compliment the natural elements of this room with some pops of greenery.

traditional rustic living roomThe Look: Traditional Rustic

This traditional rustic look is another grayscale version of the black and white living room, but with a more family-friendly vibe. This look is less high-contrast black and white and more comfortable and cozy. Relying on a neutral base but including softer shades of grey and black details to add a bit of contrast.

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The Key Elements

Weathered woods are key here. They won’t distract from the black and white vibes and they add a lot of texture and dimension. We love using it in a coffee table that ties the whole room together, with added weathered accents in the side table and chairs.

Textured black and white throw pillows also help solidify the color palette while giving the living space a cozy, relaxed feeling. Pops of gold in the accents warm up the look even more. You could also consider painting your walls white to really make furniture pop.

It’s Perfect If You…

Like a more rustic or traditional style that’s family-friendly. This look is rooted in comfortable, approachable furniture and soft neutrals. If you want a space that’s a nod toward the traditional but with the down-to-earth nature of rustic style, this is definitely the look for you.

glam chic living roomThe Look: Glam Chic

This look is the queen of all black and white looks. It’s a chic, glamorous take on a black and white living room in a bold yet eclectic look. This style is all about mixing bold patterns and shapes – like the soft curves of the chandelier and bookshelf, mixed with the strong lines of the side chairs and floor lamp.

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The Key Elements

Gold accents are in full force with this look. We’re talking end tables, bar carts, chairs, bookshelves, and decor galore. Add shades of neutrals and browns to warm of the look, and add accents of luxe fabrics, like velvet or sheepskin. Top it off with lots of bold, geometric patterns – even if they clash at first glance. As long as you decorate with confidence, the look will work!

It’s Perfect if You…

Have a fun, quirky sense of style that still has a heavy dose of sophistication. Let all of that personality show when decorating your space. Layer patterns and shapes and materials with pops of non-black-and-white neutrals and you’ll end up with a space that’s glamorous and completely your own.

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Zen Out: 6 Ways To Create a Calming Home

zen home designFor many Modsy customers, a zen home design with minimal furnishings, colors, and objects is the ultimate modern haven. Rooms that feel serene at every turn; calming hues that soothe the senses; and simple, streamlined furniture that play up the ‘less is more’ aesthetic. All of these elements come together for a home that inspires rest and relaxation from the moment you step inside.

But even though the look is minimal, sometimes finding the right pieces to get this look at home can be a challenge. So for some quick inspiration and guidance, we’re breaking down the zen home look here to help you build a calm, quiet retreat with style to boot.

Get Comfy With Clean Lines

A calm home is a comfortable home. So when it comes to furniture, choose pieces that have simple forms but are big on comfort. A large sectional with clean lines is a great foundation for the living room, while a sleek sofa works perfectly in a smaller space. Carry this approach over to minimalist ottomans and tables as well!

zen living room ideasOpt For a Soothing Palette

Neutrals, pastels, and light, warm tones all have a way of instilling calm in a home, so lean into those shades and explore the entire spectrum. Think foggy grays with seafoam green, lavender with sherbert orange, and light wood tones with off-white upholstery. Keeping to soft, dreamy hues will create a soothing vibe throughout.

Minimize Clutter

A cluttered space is the antithesis of calm. And a zen home is all about stripping things away and being thoughtful about what you do bring into your space. You don’t have to Marie Kondo your rooms, but try to edit down your belongings and furnishings. Or invest in hidden storage pieces to limit the number of things you have on display.

Simplify Your Styling

This goes hand-in-hand with banishing clutter. With the objects and furnishings that you do keep and showcase, try not to over-style. That means displaying only a few select objects on tables and shelving, adding just a few pillows to your sofa, and not overcrowding your walls with art. It’s a minimalist approach that will create breathing room within your spaces.

Invite Greenery Inside

Plants inspire calm and happiness, and rooms with greenery can also add a bit of life to your spaces. We love using plants and greenery as a way to add color to minimalist spaces, not to mention they are natural air purifiers. Try bringing in a few tall plants to liven up empty corners.

zen bedroom ideasLet In Lots Of Natural Light

A dark, cave-like interior doesn’t exactly inspire a zen feel. If you have big windows, skip the heavy drapes or opt for sheers to let in lots of natural light. Don’t have a ton of windows? Spread some dim lighting throughout your rooms. We like the three-tier approach: A lamp on a table or console, a floor lamp in a corner, and sconces on your walls. Or, layer lots of candlelight, which always lend a sense of calm to spaces.

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5 Looks Inspired By Our Top Summer Destinations

This summer, we took a virtual Modsy road trip across the country and explored the design styles that underscore some of our favorite cities along the way.

From the rustic charms of California’s Sonoma wine region to the coastal island beauty of Nantucket, Massachusetts, we drew from five summer destinations and imagined what our dream home would look like in each place. In the end, we came out deeply inspired by the varying design aesthetics of each location and can’t wait to work them into our own spaces.

If you’ve been following along, you’ve probably caught on that we just can’t get enough of these inspired looks. If not, here’s a start-to-finish recap of all five cities and their signature styles, along with some quick tips to help you bring the looks into your home.

Modsy road tripSonoma, California

The Style: Rustic Wine Country Comfort

How To Get the Look: Simplicity and a casual, open layout are keys to mastering this cool, California look.

The furniture: White slipcovered sofas mixed with earthy wood tables and stools, plus plenty of rich textures and woven details. The palette: Crisp, soothing whites with warm neutrals that come from natural materials. The finishing touches: Traditional patterns in subtle earth tones and lots of woven accents, like natural fiber rugs, wicker storage, and basketweaves.

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modsy road tripSanta Fe, New Mexico

The Style: Earthy Southwestern Cool

How To Get the Look: It’s all about rich hues and organic materials when it comes to nailing the Southwestern vibe.

The furniture: A few big modern design pieces (leather sofa and cool lounge chairs) layered with geometric patterns and boho elements. The palette: Rich, warm colors that draw from Santa Fe’s desert landscape. So think burnt oranges, rusty reds, deep browns, and all shades of earth tones. The finishing touches: Organic shapes throughout, from abstract art to cowhide rugs, global prints, and a vibrant layering of greenery big and small.

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modsy road tripWaco, Texas

The Style: Polished Farmhouse Elegance

How To Get the Look: Sophisticated furnishings and gorgeous materials are at the heart of this Texas farmhouse look inspired by Chip and Joanna Gaines.

The furniture: Deep sofas in classic shapes balanced with rustic-industrial designs, like a heavy-weight bookcase and metal pendant lights. The palette: A soothing take on blue and white (and off whites) supported by light wood tones and natural materials. The finishing touches: Beautiful textures everywhere. Think pillows with delicate ribbing, woven ottomans, grainy wood, and tarnished metal vessels.

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modsy road tripNashville, Tennessee

The Style: Colorful Southern Eclecticism

How To Get the Look: Eclectic glamour sums up our idea of bright and bold Nashville style.

The furniture: Classic furnishings updated with modern hues. Think pink armchairs, along with chic tables and lighting made with sleek materials. The palette: Vibrant colors from eclectic art and textiles that playfully clash. Rosy florals with blue geometrics, hide rugs on vintage carpets check all the boxes. The finishing touches: Vintage accents and details complete this eclectic-chic style, from busts to acrylic bar carts topped with memorabilia along with salvaged artworks and prints.

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modsy road tripNantucket, Massachusetts

The Style: Classic Coastal Charm

How To Get the Look: Nantucket’s graceful island charm is exemplified by its furnishings that balance elegance and ease.

The furniture: Lean into the power of pairs, from over-sized, clean-lined sofas with slipcovers and rattan side tables to matching woven armchairs. The palette: Blue and white all the way. And make it bold and crisp, meaning stick to navy and deep ocean blues for your patterned pillows and rug. The finishing touches: There’s no shortage of nautical motifs and nods to the ocean here. So pile on the shells, coral, seahorses, and, of course, stripes!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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open layout design3. Create Zones with Rugs

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

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

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

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

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Layout Guide: Two Ways to Fill a Large Open Living Room

large open living room layout ideasIn our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Often the trickiest part of designing a space, finding the right layout for your room can be a challenge. This week we’re looking at a large open living room and finding two layouts that make use of the open space.

The Space: A 20×25 large open living room

Style: Rustic Warmth

The Challenge: Designing a large open living room with a fireplace and floor to ceiling windows on every wall.

We talk a lot about the trials of designing small spaces – but large, open rooms can be just as tricky! Filling a big space requires some smart planning to make sure that the space feels functional, has flow, and doesn’t feel like a large empty room. In addition to having the right furniture for a large, open living room, you also want to find a layout that makes the best use of the space. Check out the following ideas for outfitting this huge living room with a layout that works.

large open living roomIdea #1: The TV Viewing Layout

Layout #1 for our large open living room, centers around a 4-piece sectional sofa – the perfect solution for a room of this size. Instead of pushing it against the wall (which might be your first instinct), we floated the sectional in the middle of the room. This not only helps fill up the space, but it also better accommodates TV viewing by moving the seating closer to the TV.

In addition to the large size, all the walls in this room have windows, which is a real design challenge. Pulling the sofa away from the walls is a great solve for this conundrum. Plus, you can use the space behind the sofa for a kids’ play area that’s part of the main living room action but doesn’t take over the space.

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Why This Large Open Living Room Layout Works

We chose an L-shaped sectional because it creates the ideal layout where both the TV and fireplace are focal points of the room. To make use of the open space diagonal from the sofa, we included an intimate conversation corner. This makes use of the open space next to the fireplace and provides extra seating.

Additionally, the swivel chairs offer flexibility to the design. They chairs can face each other, turn toward the fireplace, or swivel toward the center of the room. It’s the perfect living room layout for creating flow and functionality in a large living room.

large open living roomThis Is Great If You…

  • Want a living room with plenty of seating options.
  • Like an ideal setup for TV viewing and cozying around the fireplace.
  • Need a tucked away space for kids to play.
  • Love maintaining the wide, open flow of the space.

large open living roomIdea #2 – The Entertaining Layout

If you love entertaining at home, this is a great setup for you. The design makes use of two sofas and two armchairs for plenty of comfy seating. The twin sofas feel more formal than a sectional, but provide just as many seats.

This layout for our large open living room directs the focus to the center of the room so that the fireplace and view outside are on full display. A great multi-purpose space hack, the backs of the sofas also help divide the room and create a distinct “living zone” even while the room is completely open.

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Why This Large Open Living Room Layout Works

A bench behind the sofa adds extra storage and helps create distinction between the living room and the space behind it. And you can always pull the bench into the main living area for extra seating in a pinch! The two poufs can be used as footrests for the armchairs or as additional seating as well.

Potted plants on opposite sides of the room help to fill the empty corners and add a pop of color to the space. The layered rugs are a great choice for a large room because the smaller rug on top adds pattern and color, while the jute rug underneath helps add coverage and texture. Plus, jute is much more affordable, especially in sizes as large as this room calls for.

large open living room layoutThis Is Great If You…

  • Need a room with tons of seating.
  • Love to entertain at home.
  • Don’t want a TV to be the center of attention in your living room.
  • Like a clean, uncluttered look with neutral tones.
  • Want a more formal vibe than a casual sectional sofa provides.

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Destination Style: Get Nantucket’s Classic Coastal Look

coastal styleTo celebrate summer, we’re taking inspiration from the all-American tradition of a cross-country road trip. We’ll be making our way across the USA and exploring some of our favorite cities and their signature design styles along the way. Buckle up and get ready for some major destination design inspo. Final stop: Nantucket, Massachusetts!

You’re probably familiar with our love of California coastal style by now. But right now we’re equally smitten by the crisp and breezy look of Nantucket’s charming cottages. The island has long been a quiet escape for East Coasters during late summer and a peek inside its homes shows us why it makes for the perfect getaway. Rooms exude a sense of serenity and ease with their laid-back white upholstered pieces, natural-fiber rugs and artisanal accents, and classic stripes and nautical nods. All of which are set amid a coastal blue-and-white palette. For us, these elements add up to a feeling of pure barefoot bliss.

Nantucket itself is also known for its artisanal spirit. It’s home to textile makers and weavers who still work on traditional looms, ceramists putting out hand-thrown pottery, and painters and artists capturing the island’s gorgeous landscape and quiet beauty. All to say, Nantucket, with its distinct blend of island and coastal charm, has a design aesthetic that we find simply irresistible and endlessly inviting.

To provide you with some quick inspiration, we dreamed up our idea of the perfect Nantucket home with a few stylish tips to help you translate the look into your space. Read on to find out the simple elements that make up Nantucket’s classic coastal style.

Start With a Cozy Layout

Nantucket homes are first and foremost guided by comfort and warmth, and their furniture arrangements often play that up with a sense of coziness. The easiest way to capture this vibe in your space is by opting for furnishings and accents in pairs. Yes, you heard that right: Twos of pretty much everything. The idea is to establish a symmetrical layout which instantly creates a cohesive look that also instills charm and coziness.

Begin with your biggest pieces. Place sofas to face each other and then do the same with your other side furnishings, such as armchairs, side tables, and lamps. All of this will transform your space into an intimate conversation spot that appears layered but also elegant.

The only exceptions? You’ll want to choose a blue-and-white area rug that functions as a neutral anchor to the space, and the same applies for an airy looking coffee table as well as a light fixture that will draw the eye up. They’ll also serve as focus pieces that will help to balance out the one-to-one symmetrical look.

Nantucket StyleKeep To Classic, Clean Lines

The trick is to keep your furnishings simple and classic. That means nothing too modern or sleek. But look for sofas and armchairs that have clean-lined appeal, such as a standard boxy framed piece and high-back armchairs. Nantucket style leans more traditional but it’s not overly formal or fussy, so you’ll want to match these pieces with pristine white upholstery and slipcovers to give larger furnishings an airy, relaxed look.

Bring In The Perfect Coastal Palette

Like any other coastal home, there’s no going wrong with a blue and white color scheme. What gives the palette an East Coast feel, however, is the different shades of blues that are used. Think specifically navy, cerulean, and ocean blues, all layered on to a consistent bright white – meaning skip the off-whites and beiges. The effect is an elevated blue-and-white coastal look that looks polished but feels none too precious.

Nantucket StyleStripe Out

And speaking of what really sets the Nantucket palette apart, try to incorporate a wide range of blue-and-white stripes in impactful ways. Pile on pillows featuring stripes in different sizes and styles (wide, narrow, multi) and make sure to work the motif into some of your upholstery as well. Nothing says Nantucket nautical like a mix of pillows in navy and sky-blue stripes!

Add a Consistent Pop of Color

While we love the crisp look and unifying effect of blue and white, we believe that every space needs a bright burst of color that provides a playful punch. With blue and white, one of our favorite contrast colors is yellow. Whereas a touch of pink can give the palette a boho vibe and a dose of red offers a lakehouse feel, mixing in a sunny yellow hue is in keeping with Nantucket’s charming aesthetic. Reason being yellow maintains the sea and sky theme, and it also lends a decorator-like element of fun to the sophisticated approach to blue and white here.

Nantucket StyleNod to Nautical

Last but not least, Nantucket’s coastal style brings the outdoors and its ocean surroundings in through various nautical motifs. We’re talking everything from starfish and shell patterned pillows, to jute door mats and seagrass rugs, to rope lamps and glass floats as accents. These are the finishing touches that will bring together the whole Nantucket look, which combines elegance and whimsy. With nautical accents, don’t be afraid to go big – the more nautical the motif and accents, the more cozy and charming your space will end up feeling.

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Destination Style: Get Bold With Eclectic Nashville Style

Nashville Style To celebrate summer, we’re taking inspiration from the all-American tradition of a cross-country road trip. We’ll be making our way across the USA and exploring some of our favorite cities and their signature design styles along the way. Buckle up and get ready for some major destination design inspo. Next up: Nashville, Tennessee!

Home to country music and inventive southern food, Nashville has come up as a must-visit destination that’s equal parts charming and unexpected. The same can be said of the city’s style and interior design aesthetic, as model Lily Aldridge’s bright boho home proves. Full of color and every bit eclectic and glamorous, Aldridge’s home epitomizes our idea of Nashville style.

These spaces are just the right amount of over-the-top but still maintain lots of classic southern influences. Here you’ll find a blend of traditional furnishings, vintage-style designs, and lots of art and glamorous design notes. There’s no shortage of punchy prints and colorful upholstery and accents here. These rooms are just as eclectic as they are havens for lounging and entertaining.

Inspired by Aldridge’s electrically colorful abode as well as the many bold interiors across the city that we’ve spotted all over Instagram and Pinterest, we dreamed up this bold, art-filled space that captures Nashville’s distinct design style. Read on to get our tips for working the Nashville look into your home.

Establish a Flexible Layout

First things first. If you’re looking to bring a bit of southern style into your home, start with a spacious and versatile layout that’s all about easy lounging and entertaining.

For Nashville style, that means seating areas and spaces that are flexible and easy to rearrange. You can do this by pulling armchairs a little farther out from a sofa, adding poufs and ottomans, or simply leaving room to pull in extra seating as needed.

While your furnishings can range from relaxed to formal, a casual approach to your layout will play up a sense of southern hospitality. After all, Nashville style is about interiors that feel vibrant and always inviting, no matter the guest or the occasion.

Nashville StyleChoose Some New Classics

Nashville interiors embrace old and new in vibrant ways. You’ll often find traditional furnishings rendered in contemporary materials, such as pink and green velvet or pillows made with old textiles and kilim rugs. It’s a chic play on classics that we can’t get enough of.

Look for armchairs and sofas that have classic silhouettes but opt for a colorful fabric or modern leg instead. This will be in keeping with the overall eclectic Nashville look while adding a glam touch.

Play With Colorful Clashes

With the Nashville look, there’s definitely no holding back when it comes to mixing color, pattern, and materials. It’s a bolder approach to eclectic style, unlike the more subdued look of Santa Fe. We call it power clashing. AKA piling floral pattern on geometric pattern, layering hide rug on vintage rug, and using unexpected color pairings and combinations.

If you’re not one for bold colors, start with softer tones, such as pale blue, sea foam green, and lavender, which are easier to contrast with darker neutrals. The best place to start? Paint an accent wall in a moody hue that can serve as a focal point and backdrop. Then, layer in those lighter tones through furnishings and accents.

Set a Stage for Vintage

To play up an eclectic vibe, pull in a mix of vintage and vintage-inspired designs and group them together to create vignettes that are filled with quirky character and whimsy. Think lots of cheeky decorative touches, funky artwork, and furniture from different periods. We love the look of these antique chairs mixed with a Hollywood Regency-style bar cart.

Mix in Glamorous Elements

And speaking of Hollywood Regency style, Nashville’s eclectic charm is balanced with just the right amount of glamorous details. These are the eye-catching accent touches that truly captivate amid the mix of color and pattern.

It can be the brass detailing of a picture frame, lampshade, or bar cart; it might be the leopard print cushions on a pair of chairs; or it can be the nailhead trim the lines a sofa. The idea is to work in these moments of glimmer and shine as a way to complement the overall colorful decor mix.

Go for the Gallery Wall (Always)

The best way to infuse color, especially if you’re reluctant to go bold with your furniture, is to create a punchy gallery wall that mixes all kinds of art. Alongside a mix of patterned pillows, a curated mix of art will add a playful, whimsical look to your space.

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How to design an industrial space that you actually want to live in

eclectic industrial styleWe love the industrial loft look. But, let’s be honest, no one really wants to live in a cold concrete box, no matter how trendy it might look. A chilly, grey warehouse featuring exposed brick and steel might sound great for a showroom or auto repair shop – but who wants that kind of chilly aesthetic in their home? The good news is that there are plenty of ways to incorporate your favorite design elements of industrial style into a living space that feels warm and cozy too!

What is Industrial Style?

First things first, let’s talk about what really makes the industrial look tick. Industrial style is a distinctive blend of ultra-modern sleekness and old-world charm. Picture big, open spaces with stripped back architectural details, neutral colors, and raw materials to the max!

The style is modeled after industrial structures, which have a clean, but very moody and harsh aesthetic. It’s a no-frills look that emphasizes exposing the inner workings of things like hardwood floors, exposed brick and concrete, raw metal elements, and a blend of salvaged and reclaimed materials.

When done right, industrial style creates just the right blend of factory-chic and turn-of-the-century warmth. Here are 10 of our best design tips for bringing an Industrial style home in a cozy and livable way.

comfy industrial style1. Start with Comfy Foundations

When you think of industrial interiors, you probably don’t imagine soft beds, plush sofas, or fluffy blankets. But that doesn’t have to be the case! To design a space that is both industrial and comfortable, start your room off with foundational furniture that prioritizes comfort. A plush sofa with sleek lines adds comfort but still feels on-brand with the industrial vibe.

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eclectic industrial style2. Mix Materials and Textures

Industrial style means only using stone, steel, and concrete, right? Absolutely not! You don’t have to use all harsh metals and hardworking materials all of the time. Industrial style loves a variety of raw and distressed elements, so feel free to experiment. For example, a mix of distressed leather furniture and jute accessories adds visual warmth and depth to help make your space feel more liveable (think more “my house” and less “warehouse”). Just stick to a limited color palette so your look doesn’t feel too busy.

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organic industrial style3. Soften the Look with Organic Shapes

While we love it, there’s no denying that industrial style can get a little carried away with the hard lines and sharp edges. One way to soften it up? Add in some organic and/or abstract art and accessories to help break up the austerity. Artwork featuring soft, organic designS or abstract shapes works great as a centerpiece above a sofa or mantle.

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plush rug ideas4. Cozy Up with a Plush Rug

You might not equate soft, plush items with industrial style, but it’s important to add cozy touches to rooms that feel chilly and severe. A soft, fluffy wool rug underfoot instantly cozies up even the most serious of spaces. This option (one of our designers’ favorites) has a minimal, geometric pattern and neutral color to maintain the industrial look while adding warmth.

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industrial chic style5. Be Brazen with Brass and Gold Accents

Metal is a huge player in the industrial look. This can quickly start to make a space look pretty foreboding, but an easy swap is to look for warm metals like brass and gold. As opposed to harsh steels and silvers, these elements add warmth without detracting from the industrial look.

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vintage industrial6. Warm it up with Leather

Most people don’t associate industrial with warm, cozy spaces. But remember, this style works best if you take inspiration from factory design as opposed to designing an actual factory! A handsome leather sofa adds texture and softer tones for visual warmth. And antique leather with a patina, helps to tone down the chilliness while keeping the vintage, industrial feel alive and well.

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7. Play with Pattern

Industrial design is all about straightforward, minimalist style – that means sticking with solid combinations of neutral colors. But avoiding patterns altogether can make a space end up looking flat and dreary!  Don’t be afraid to add a touch of organic playfulness with patterned accents, like rugs and pillows. If you make sure to keep your patterns in a soft, neutral color palette, they’ll look perfect in your stylish industrial enclave.

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inviting industrial style8. Accent with Geometry

While industrial design is heavily reliant on sharp lines and right angles, there are ways to bring in these elements without going overboard on the factory look. Bringing in pops of geometry can add industrial flavor without going full steam on the steampunk vibes. The geometric forms in the table lamp and the patterns in the coffee table surface also add industrial flavor without going over the top.

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9. Layer on the Textiles

Another way to soften up an industrial look and make it suitable for comfy living, is to layer on the textiles. Layers add more texture and depth, and this makes the look feel more welcoming and less foreboding. Here we paired a cowhide and jute rug along with plenty of pillows to soften the minimal industrial vibe. Chunky knits, like the throw blanket and woven wall hanging, are also easy adds that will warm up your look.

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industrial style10. Add Color with Plants

While industrial design is often associated with the absence of color, all that grey can start to feel frigid in an open space. An easy way to infuse color into industrial spaces is by adding plants! Plants will bring both greenery and a sense of life to your space but won’t overtake the room with color – it’s the best of both worlds. This is a great way to liven up an industrial space while still keeping the integrity of the style intact.

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Destination Style: Bring Home Eclectic Santa Fe Style

southwest styleTo celebrate summer, we’re taking inspiration from the all-American tradition of a cross-country road trip. We’ll be making our way across the USA and exploring some of our favorite cities and their signature design styles along the way. Buckle up and get ready for some major destination design inspo. Next up: The Southwestern style of Santa Fe, New Mexico!

Adobe homes. Rustic hues. Sumptuous natural materials. These elements combined are what we love about southwestern style. Santa Fe itself has long held irresistible allure for artists and design lovers looking to venture outside of the creative hubs of bigger metropolitan cities. Georgia O’Keeffe famously took up residence in Santa Fe many decades ago, and today her home and art studio are considered one of the country’s most beloved museums.

And when it comes to design, you’ll definitely recognize interiors that celebrate the region’s colorful rustic look that is popular across Instagram and Pinterest: rooms decorated in earthy desert hues, mid-century furnishings, pieces made with natural materials, and pops of tribal and navajo-inspired patterns.

Read on to see how you can bring the layered southwestern look to your own home.

santa fe styleWelcoming Foundations

Not to be confused with the modern farmhouse style of Sonoma, Santa Fe style is rooted in a sense of earthy comfort that is inspired by its history, desert surroundings, and Native American and Spanish design influences. We like to think of it as cozy, modern, and a little funky all at once. To conjure the look in your own home, here are the key foundational elements to keep in mind.

Work with a warm palette

Rather than crisp whites, light neutrals and blue tones, southwestern-style interiors are made up of a richly warm color palette that includes burnt oranges, rusty reds, deep browns, and shades of natural and earth tones. Collectively, the colors add up to a welcoming palette that recalls the arid desert landscape of the Southwest.

Lay out focus areas

Modern southwestern-style spaces are carefully laid out. Rooms often consist of smaller focused areas within a larger living space, such as cozy conversation spots and corners-turned-reading-nooks. To start, try strategically placing your rugs as a way to delineate different spaces and use greenery to create visual distinction between areas.

For instance, a cowhide layered on top of a traditional rug can have the effect of extending your seating area, while a tall cactus or fiddle-leaf ficus tree can inadvertently work as a room divider.

southwest styleEclectic Appeal

Southwestern-style interiors often incorporate a stylish mix of modern design, navajo patterns, and boho touches that result in their colorful and eclectic appeal. And the overall vibe is comfy and inviting but also packed with plenty luxurious textures. Here’s how to blend all these elements into your space

southwest stylePile on the patterns

Because these are the real pops of color, pattern, and texture in Santa Fe-style interiors, you’ll want to make sure you bring in pieces you absolutely love and can picture yourself living with. Where to begin? Navajo-inspired pillows, blankets in whimsical motifs, or a geometric kilim rug are all great foundations that you can pull colors from for accents throughout the room.

And you also can’t go wrong with a cowhide rug, which adds instant warmth. (If you can’t tell, we love the look of a hide layered on a bold patterned rug!) And when it comes to choosing art, opt for landscapes or even take an abstract route with graphic paintings and prints; just make sure they stay within the earthy desert color palette.

Think modern, not sleek

For your anchor pieces, opt for mid-century silhouettes and furniture with modern frameworks. Think chairs with tapered legs, streamlined woven leather armchairs, and even a metal bar cart. The clean-lined appeal of these pieces provides cool contrast to the bright colors and patterns of the accents. Just remember that you want to keep to rustic materials and even seek pieces that show a little patina. Weathered woods, aged leather, or a lightly faded rug are great places to start!

santa fe styleKeep it organic

Opt for natural materials as much as possible in your furnishings and accents. Then extend that ethos to your smaller furniture pieces. Designs with curvy silhouettes and organic shapes are nods to adobe architecture that can help emphasize the southwestern style.

Get your greenery on

Probably the most essential piece of the southwestern style puzzle, no room really says “Santa Fe” without plenty of cacti. So be sure to add plenty of plants that reference the region’s uniquely lush and arid landscape. A large potted cactus alongside mini cacti and other leafy plants add vibrant notes that are essential for rounding out the look.

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Destination Style: Get the Sonoma Wine Country Look

sonoma styleTo celebrate summer, we’re taking inspiration from the all-American tradition of a cross-country road trip. We’ll be traveling across the USA and exploring some of our favorite cities and their signature design styles along the way. Buckle up and get ready for some major destination design inspo. First stop: Sonoma, California!

When you think of Sonoma, California, you can’t help but picture wine country perfection, with its miles of incredible vineyards and farmhouses along the way. Located just north of San Francisco, Sonoma has long been a favorite weekend escape and a wine region that has come to epitomize relaxed-rustic, California style. You know what we’re talking about: Those rustic interiors that are charming, casual, and coolly California.

And if you know us, you know we’re big fans of this modern farmhouse aesthetic. There’s something simple and irresistibly cozy about Sonoma-style spaces that we just can’t get enough of, so we’re endlessly inspired to bring the look home. Read on to see how you can infuse a bit of Sonoma’s rustic charm into your space!

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sonoma styleStart With An Easy Foundation

The rustic-chic Sonoma look is all about the crisp, blank canvas backdrop. And by that we’re referring to the soothing color palette and the open layout and flow that characterizes these spaces. It’s what sets up the space for its cozy but airy look. So, consider these key design elements when establishing the groundwork in your space.

Earth tones only

Before diving into the full-on design and furnishings of a space, when it comes to Sonoma style getting the color palette right is key. Here, earth tones are at the core of the soft rustic palette. Keep to natural hues and light neutrals, like tans, beiges, browns, light woods, which will give your space a visual cohesiveness once you start layering in furnishings and accents.

A casual, edited layout

It’s all about comfort versus formality when it comes to the Sonoma look. Don’t feel like you need to fill out a room completely; what’s important is having a few big inviting pieces. This is one instance where furnishings don’t have to perfectly arranged. An asymmetrical layout, where a sofa is grouped with a chair, is a great way to open up a space and keep things from feeling too formal or thought out. After all, the idea is that your space should feel casual enough that you can move things around easily if needed.

sonoma styleSimple Says It All With Sonoma Style

It goes without saying that the Sonoma-style farmhouse look is one of the most popular looks around, not only here at Modsy, but everywhere, from blogs, to Pinterest, to Instagram. How to think about all the pieces that make up the look in an actual space, though? We know it’s not always as straightforward. Here’s how to furnish for the Sonoma look.

Go easy, breezy on furnishings

Big, comfy white slipcovered sofas and chairs are the anchors in these spaces. Not only are they comfortable and easy to maintain (just toss those covers in the wash when they’re dirty), they also give you a simple base on which you can easily layer tactile accents. In addition to white furnishings, you’ll want to make sure any other big pieces keep to a simple look, so opt for light woods and accents, like a cabinet with woven doors, an ottoman with a vintage-style fabric, or a rattan bar cart.

Pile on accents with textures

A mix of raw woods and accents made with natural materials and simple textures is the way to go. Think small wood stools and side tables (or a wooden wine rack for a subtle nod to wine country!), leather poufs and linen pillows, and lots of woven pieces, like a rope tray and wicker baskets. You want these details to really pop, so the bolder the texture, the better. Our favorite accent to play up? Pottery. Think white ceramics mixed with artisanal vases and vessels and terracotta planters.

Get vintage, baby

It wouldn’t be a Sonoma-inspired space without a few vintage-style pieces layered in. You’ll want to make sure these finds don’t overpower the airy look in a room, so choose a few statement pieces, like a salvaged light fixture or antique mirror. If you’re not one for vintage, newer designs that have vintage appeal can work too. The idea is that you want to create a lived-in and collected feel in your space.

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