These 7 Rooms Inspired by The Wizard of Oz Prove There’s No Place Like Home

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There’s no place like home, right? Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz said it best 80 years ago and we’re celebrating by putting our design chops to the test and creating spaces based off our favorite characters from the film.

That’s right! In the latest installment of our pop culture inspired rooms, we’re exploring rooms inspired by Dorothy, Glinda, Oz, and a few more of our favorite characters. Keep scrolling to explore these Wizard of Oz style rooms and shop the designs of your favorite characters!

dorothy's style wizard of ozDorothy’s Style

Dorothy was a young, gumptious gal. And while she lived a quiet life on her family’s farm in Kansas, at heart she was a dreamer who craved adventure and wanted to explore the world. So when it came to designing her room, we thought that Dorothy’s modern Wizard of Oz style would be a reflection of her roots with an adventurous twist.

What’s in Her Look

“Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” That’s right, Dorothy. We designed her bedroom with lots of traditional elements that would remind her of home in Kansas but also feel fresh and trendy.

A nod to Dorothy’s iconic blue gingham dress, we – of course – had to incorporate her signature pattern into her home. But Dorothy’s grown up now, so we imagined she’d trade in her dress for something a bit more subtle. We found her the perfect gingham bedspread that she can cozy up under at night and watch the Wizard of Oz in bed.

At the same time, we wanted to reflect Dorothy’s adventurous and feisty spirit (she did save the Munchkins from the Wicked Witch, after all). So we incorporated some modern and trendy moments in her room that pull the space out of the 1930s and into the present. Check out her wishbone desk chair, rattan accents, minimal color palette, and eclectic approach to styling, for starters.

dorothy's style wizard of oz

dorothy's style wizard of oz

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The Ruby Slippers. There’s no way Dorothy would give up a pair of shoes that fabulous. We like to imagine she’d wear them out on special occasions or even as her power heel for job interviews in the big city.

Toto Too. Before Paris Hilton carried her dog around in a purse, Dorothy had Toto in her basket, which we of course included in her room. And like any good dog owner, we knew Dorothy would have a portrait of her faithful pup hanging in her room. Bonus points if you can spot Toto’s doggie bed (you know Dorothy would want him to match her blue and white style).

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the scarecrow's style wizard of ozThe Scarecrow’s Style

Dorothy’s first and favorite companion, the Scarecrow always wanted a brain. As such, we knew he’d want to while away the hours in a space that made him feel (and look) smart. To design his room we started with a rustic foundation and pulled in elements reminiscent of an old-world library to give him extra scholarly chops.

the scarecrow's style wizard of oz

the scarecrow's style wizard of oz

What’s in His Look

Since Scarecrow, like Dorothy, was from the countryside, we wanted his bedroom to reflect his pastoral roots. We started with a rustic farmhouse base full of weathered woods, natural textures, and traditional silhouettes. Then, to round out the look, we gave Scarecrow a few more contemporary pieces of art (check out the woven tapestry and cow portraits), that elevate his Wizard of Oz style for 2019.

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the Tin Man's style wizard of ozThe Tin Man’s Style

It’s not until the end of the film that the Tin Man, who always wanted a heart, finds out he had one all along. We wanted to translate this character’s hard exterior (and equally soft interior) to his modern day bedroom, and imagined him living in bold industrial style. His 2019 Wizard of Oz style space is a converted garage that combines industrial design with bold pops of color and is where his heart truly shines.

What’s in His Look

The aluminum paneling and industrial elements set the industrial tone while modern, pop art pieces strike a fun and playful vibe. We imagined that our 2019 Tin Man wouldn’t be afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve or show off his inner designer through loud art and bold patterns.

the Tin Man's style wizard of ozKeep an Eye Out For…

The Oil Can. Because even the Tin Man needs to practice self care and keep his joints in working order.

His Ticking Heart Clock. A gift from the Wizard of Oz, we didn’t think the Tin Man would get rid of his prized possession any time soon.

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cowardly lion's style wizard of ozThe Cowardly Lion’s Style

The Cowardly Lion joined Dorothy’s journey to Oz in the hopes of gaining some nerve. Fast forward to now and we think his design tastes would be anything but cowardly. Bold, eclectic, and high-contrast, oh my! Those are all words we’d use to describe Lion’s new den, where he isn’t afraid to put his design tastes on full display.

cowardly lion's style wizard of oz

cowardly lion's style wizard of oz

What’s in His Look

We were inspired by the color palette of the sub-saharan African landscape (because Lions are definitely not native to Oz) and incorporated natural textures and materials galore. From his knit seagrass headboard, to the (faux) animal hide rug, and the woven raffia decorative bowls, Lion’s room is all about bringing the outdoors indoors in big, bold ways.

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Glinda the good witch's style wizard of ozGlinda The Good Witch’s Style

If our favorite bubble-traveling Good Witch came to Modsy for help designing her bedroom, we’re pretty sure the result would be all things dreamy, feminine, and ephemeral. For Glinda’s space, we were majorly inspired by her pink tulle gown and wanted to infuse her space with a royal vibe (note the throne-like chair). If we only had a wand, we’d be conjuring up Glinda’s Wizard of Oz style at home asap.

What’s in Her Look

Glinda’s modern day Wizard of Oz style bedroom has a slight bohemian vibe, featuring an eclectic mix of furniture, lots of layers, and a rule-breaking layout. The overall color palette is sophisticated and balanced, and you’ll find rich pinks, neutrals, and gold accents galore. We balanced the feminine decor with pops of marble and natural materials because Glinda wasn’t all glitz and glam.

Glinda the good witch's style wizard of ozKeep an Eye Out For…

Bubble-Inspired Decor. While some people might like cars, Glinda’s preferred mode of transportation was by bubble. We wanted to pay homage to that element of her character by incorporating globe-like light fixtures into her room.

Her Crown. Because even a good witch can have a bad hair day.

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Wizard of Oz styleThe Wizard of Oz’s Style

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain… But definitely do check out the lovely green velvet ones in this Oz-tastic bedroom. Instead of his own personal bedroom, we imagined the great and powerful Wizard of Oz would have designed his own brand of luxury hotels in the capital city, which inspired this room.

What’s in His Look

The design of the city of Oz screamed Art Deco, so we brought that same design aesthetic to life in the Wizard’s space. From the patterned wallpaper, geometric forms, and curvilinear furniture, the Wizard’s room is a modern take on the 1930’s Oz set design.

Of course, the Emerald City’s best hotel would have to pay homage to its colorful namesake. So we designed the Wizard’s room around an emerald green palette. There’s the curtains, the bed frame, and the accent chair… All of which add up to a room that’s dripping in luxury. It’s truly a horse of a different color!

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The Yellow Brick Road. Ok, it’s really terrazzo. But we thought that would be a design trend the great and powerful Oz would get behind. When subway tile finally felt overdone, we think he would have updated his hotel to feature the new trendy material.

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the Wicked Witch's style wizard of ozThe Wicked Witch of the West’s Style

You might say she’s evil, or you might say she’s just misunderstood (we’ve seen Wicked once or twice). Either way, it’s hard not to love a villain with style, and the Wicked Witch has plenty of it. Dark and mysterious, we wanted her room to be a place where she could retreat from the world. Sometimes we all need a little alone time.

What’s in Her Look

Her look was inspired by her signature color palette of black and green and embodies a traditional yet chic style. To bring it to life, we paired traditional foundation pieces with luxe materials, like green velvet and black lacquer.

We’re definitely melting – er, drooling – over her four-poster bed frame, and we imagined the apothecary-inspired work area would be her go-to spot for stalking Dorothy in her crystal ball.

the Wicked Witch's style wizard of ozKeep an Eye Out For…

The Flying Monkeys. Her evil cronies would never be far away. See if you can spot a few outside her window enjoying a midnight flight.

Her Striped Bedspread. A nod to her deceased sister, the Wicked Witch of the East, we incorporated the pattern of her signature tights into her space. We think it looks much better as a bedspread than crushed under a house.

The Ruby Slippers. Because we thought it was time to end this age-old feud and share the ruby slipper love. There are enough awesome shoes to go around, ok?

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E! News Star Jac Vanek Transforms Her First Solo Apartment Into an Oceanside Oasis

When Jac Vanek, entrepreneur, co-host of the wildly popular Lady Gang podcast (and E! News show) and host of the true crime podcast, The First Degree, made the big move from living with roommates to having her own solo spot, she was ready to create her dream space but didn’t know where to begin.

Upon finding the perfect apartment with a view in Southern California, Jac decided she wanted to start fresh, with a completely new design that reflected this exciting new chapter in her life.

Jac Vanek Modsy

After selling most of her old furniture, Jac had only few treasured pieces left to bring to her new place. She needed new furniture but didn’t want to invest until she was confident about how it would all look in the space.

Jac Vanek Modsy

As Jac told Amanda Lauren at Forbes Magazine, “I’m not just trying to throw a bunch of old books on a shelf. I wanted an earthy-modern vibe with a clean aesthetic. I know I like this chair and that vase, but I don’t know how to arrange them in a room or put something on a bookshelf to make it aesthetically pleasing. That’s where I knew Modsy could help me.”

Jac Vanek Modsy

Jac Vanek Modsy

Jac worked with our team to bring her unique style and vision to life. With Modsy’s help, she was able to visualize how her art, antiques from the flea market, and brand new furniture (suggested by Modsy) would look all together in her new place.

Jac Vanek Modsy

Jac Vanek Modsy

The end result was this gorgeous, eclectically glam space perfect for relaxing, preferably with a glass of rosé.

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Designing A Beautiful Mess’ Nashville BnB Living Room Nook

a beautiful messWe’ve always been huge fans of Elsie and Emma, the sister duo behind one of our favorite lifestyle and home design blogs, A Beautiful Mess. So when we heard Elsie was designing the living room nook in her awesome Nashville bnb, we immediately volunteered to help. This collaboration also happened to coincide with the launch of Minna Home, our own line of sofas and chairs. The stars were aligned and we knew our beautiful Taylor sofa would be the perfect addition to Elsie’s space.

The finished nook is a balanced work of art – bright neutrals, pops of orange and yellow, plants galore, and the perfect personal touches. Honestly, we told Elsie not to invite us to her bnb because we’d probably never leave (just kidding, Elsie we’ll come over any time)!

Keep scrolling to see how Elsie brought her living room nook to life with a little Modsy magic.

Getting Inspired With Modsy

Elsie’s bnb had an adorable living room nook on the second floor of the home that she hadn’t yet put to work.

“If you have a challenging room or space it is so helpful to have a chance to have someone help you with it!”

Her first step was finding the right layout for the somewhat tricky space (anyone else struggling to design around a staircase?). Instead of pushing furniture around the room, we used a little Modsy 3D magic to show her all the possibilities with just a few clicks (and none of the lower back pain).

Then all that was left to do was tweak the design and try out different options until she found the perfect pieces for the space – including our Taylor sofa.

Mixing the Old With the New

One of Elsie’s favorite parts about the Modsy design process was that she could see how her existing furniture would look in the space alongside the new furniture she wanted to purchase.

Instead of moving everything into the space, rearranging it, and then returning everything that didn’t work, Elsie did it all online with just a few clicks. Trying out new furniture and layouts virtually sure can save you tons of time and money!

“I really liked using the tool as we were mixing and matching old with new pieces.”

a beautiful messThe Final Look

Scroll through to see how Elsie’s nook turned from render to a beautiful reality and read the full post on Elsie and Emma’s blog, A Beautiful Mess, to learn more about their space and little details that make it feel like a home away from home.

a beautiful mess

a beautiful mess

a beautiful mess

Modsy designs

Now What? 5 Ways To Get the Most Out of Your Modsy Designs

So, you’ve gotten your first Modsy designs back. Yay! That means you can cross off the first item on your home design journey checklist.

But what comes next? Whether you love your design and are ready to bring it to life or still want to make some additional changes, we’ve got you covered.

Here are 5 ways to make changes to your designs so you can get the most out of your Modsy studio.

Modsy designs1. Rate Your Designs

We want to know what you think! When you get your design back, you’ll have the opportunity to rate each of them on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. You can even share more details about your score.

This not only helps our designers know what they did great or where they can improve, but it will help us make your next designs even better!

Modsy designs2. Like and Dislike Products

You can now tell us how you feel about each individual piece of furniture or decor in your Modsy designs. Love that rug? Like it! Can’t stand that lamp? Dislike it!

Our designers will use this information to make your next designs better, and make sure they deliver a design full of products you’ll love. We’ll also save all the pieces you like to your favorites list, so you can easily find them again later.

Modsy designs3. Make Instant Swaps

One of the most exciting (and fun) features in your Modsy Studio is swapping! Not only can you like or dislike products, but you can also swap them in and out of your designs in just a few seconds.

For example, remember that lamp you hate? Browse the full Modsy catalog and find another to swap in its place. You can also swap sofas, chairs, rugs… You name it, you can swap it!

This is a great way to fine-tune your designs on your own. What’s more, your days of wondering if you made the wrong choice are over. You can also use our swap feature to try on all your options before committing!

Modsy designs4. Search With Filters

But maybe you want to find a sofa within a certain price range or you want to try a rug from a particular brand that you’ve had your eye on. You’re in luck! You can use the filters in your studio to search for products by brand, style, price, color and so much more!

Once you’ve found some pieces you love, you can swap them into your design or save them for later by adding them to your favorites list!

Modsy designs5. Request Changes from a Designer

We want you to land on a design you love, which is why all of our design packages come with unlimited opportunities to work with an expert designer.

If you find yourself getting stuck or want a designer to take another look at your space, you can click the “Request Changes” button in your studio at any time. All you have to do is give us a few details on what changes you’d like to see, submit your request, and you’ll get a new design back in a few days time!

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Let the Modsy Magic Continue: Why We’ve Raised a New Round of Funding

A note from our founder and CEO, Shanna Tellerman, on Modsy’s series C round of fundraising!

Five years ago, my now-husband West and I moved into a new house and we were filled with that excitement young couples have when they make a big decision together. We were ready to create a home we loved and invest quality furniture. We couldn’t wait to create a space that was cozy, stylish, and also reflective of both our personalities. Simple enough, right?

As it turned out, not so much. This seemingly fun process turned into endless hours of online shopping, browsing Pinterest and Instagram, and even physical trips to furniture stores. Ultimately, we had an abundance of inspiration but no way to translate it to our real space.

The task of designing our home and buying furniture quickly became overwhelming. We couldn’t agree on anything and spent hours debating even the smallest choices. It was the opposite of the fun experience I had envisioned – it was frustrating and left us stuck with a sad, half-finished living room that we didn’t love. I knew there had to be a better way!


Shanna and West’s living room before Modsy

One day, I was flipping through a West Elm catalog and it hit me – what if there were a way to make shopping for my home truly as easy as browsing a catalog? What if I could see beautiful and inspiring designs all in the context of my real space, allowing me to “try” furniture out before buying?

“What if there were a way to make shopping for my home truly as easy as browsing a catalog?”

I knew that magical possibility could save me time and money, prevent arguments with my husband, and – best of all – it would bring the joy back into the home design process. And so, the idea of Modsy was born.

Modsy's series CShanna’s Modsy 3D design

Over the next year and a half Modsy was always on my mind and I wondered if anyone else had tried to solve this problem. Why had no one leveraged the maturing 3D industry to solve this major problem in a customer-friendly way? And how could this massive market (one that’s growing faster than any other ecommerce category) still feel so archaic? I was determined to bring a new approach to consumers everywhere and to build the design and shopping experience of the future.

“I was determined to build the design and shopping experience of the future.”

Since Modsy was born in 2015, we have worked day and night to develop our groundbreaking, patented technology. This magical tech is what helps us create the photo-real designs that boast a level of quality unmatched in the industry. And – most importantly – it’s also what “wows” and delights our customers every single day.

In just a few short years, Modsy has created over 2 million shoppable lifestyle images and we’ve seen rapid customer growth (up 450% in 2018 alone). Modsy has created a breakthrough, high-quality solution for the pain points of home design, and that solution is easily accessible to consumers everywhere. From new parents (like myself!), to new home-owners, empty-nesters, divorcees, and bachelors, we have designed countless spaces for people all over the country and helped them create homes they truly love.

Modsy series CShanna’s living room after Modsy

While we’ve come so far in a short while, there is still more to do – which is why I’m very excited to share that today we have raised $37 million in series C funding led by TCV!

What are we doing with this next round of funding? We believe that Modsy is the future of design and furniture shopping and we will remain laser-focused on you, our amazing customer, to deliver the fastest, most enjoyable experience possible. To do so, we’ll be investing in improving our customer experience, delivering designs faster than ever before, expanding our marketplace, and – as always – continuing to enhance the level of service we provide to our customers from the moment you open your first design until all the pieces arrive at your door.

If my frustrating home design experience from five years ago sounds familiar, trust that there is now a better way. Give Modsy a try or please reach out to our team at hello@Modsy.com with any questions or feedback. We’d love to hear from you!

Thank you for your support as we continue to grow and transform the future of the industry and of homes everywhere!

Cheers,
Shanna Tellerman, Modsy Founder and CEO

game of thrones interiors

Here’s How the Rooms of Game of Thrones Characters Might Look Today

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Like most people, we at Modsy can’t get enough of Game of Thrones. With the series finale just a few weeks away (sob!), how could we resist creating interiors inspired by the series? Spoiler alert: we couldn’t!

Instead of mourning the loss of our Sunday evening excitement, we’ve channeled our emotions in a collection of designs inspired by our favorite Houses and the characters that graced our TV screens over the years. With so many colors, materials, and textures – we’ve got dragon skin, icy swords, floral landscapes, and dreary stone cities – we fell in love with the Seven Kingdoms all over again.

But unlike the fictional locations, we’ve created real (virtual) rooms for all your favorite Game of Thrones characters. These spaces are completely liveable, albeit a bit dramatic, and a sure-fire way to commemorate all the fun we’ve had watching the show.

Keep scrolling to see how The Starks, Lannisters, Targaryens, Tyrells and White Walkers might decorate their homes today.

game of thrones interiorsHouse Lannister

We wanted to bring in the signature Lannister golds and reds into this spacious King’s Landing-inspired interior. A desk, sitting area, and grand bed frame are all elements fit for a King (or King Slayer).

game of thrones interiors

We imagined the desk might serve as the perfect place for Cersei to write letters, repay debts, and plan how she will murder her enemies with Wildfire. The open sitting area would be ideal for hosting guests and drinking copious amounts of wine (you’re welcome, Tyrion).

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game of thrones interiorsHouse Targaryen

Although the Targaryen past is far from peaceful, we wanted this room to feel somewhat calming and romantic. After all,  Daenerys could probably use a drama-free place to unwind after a long day fighting to rule the Seven Kingdoms.

Her design is inspired both by her early days in Essos as well as her time spent with the Dothraki. The softer, more feminine color palette mixed with eclectic and industrial elements tells her story of rising to the top.

game of thrones interiors

And no room for the Mother of Dragons would be complete without some tasteful dragon-related decor to celebrate her House’s symbol and her three children.

Get Daenerys’ Style In Your Space

game of thrones interiorsHouse Stark

For snowy Winterfell, we wanted to create a bedroom retreat fit for a King (or Queen!) and their Direwolf, of course.

The color palette, inspired by House Stark’s colors of grey and white, creates a dark, moody, and almost brooding feel in the space (Jon Snow will feel right at home).

game of thrones interiorsThe roaring fire and layered textures ensure this bedroom retreat is still inviting, and we can imagine Sansa curling up by the fire and relaxing after along day. Winter may be coming, but we’ll be keeping warm in this cozy bedroom retreat.

Turn Your Home Into A Winterfell Wonderland

game of thrones interiorsHouse Tyrell

House Tyrell is known for their beautiful gardens and florals, so we really concentrated on bringing that theme to life in this Game of Thrones interior. We wanted the room to feel dramatic but still welcoming.

You’ll notice that there isn’t a shortage of beautiful fabrics, prints, and textiles. The Tyrells always dressed for the occasion, so we’ve woven in elements from their fashion sense into this space.

game of thrones interiors

And despite the fact that it is covered in florals, the space is bold and reflects the cunning power of the Tyrells, and their memorable female leadership. RIP Lady Olenna!

Infuse Your Home With Some Tyrell Elegance

game of thrones interiorsWhite Walkers

All white everything, plush fabrics, and steely blue accents. Our White Walker space takes a cue from the Night King, but is less creepy and a touch more cozy.

This Game of Thrones interior is austere and evokes the desolate landscape north of the Wall. The room is meant to feel a bit dramatic with the contrast of deep dark blues and blacks, mixed with pops of white. But the look is still completely accessible to both the living and the dead!

Bring Out Your Inner White Walker

 

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Minna Home Cybil

Meet The Squad – A Closer Look at the Minna Home Collection

Minna Home SofasHave you heard the news? We’ve officially designed and launched our own sofas and chairs! That’s right – Minna Home is the newest collection of upholstery on the block and it’s got some serious style and comfort chops.

With 8 styles to choose from, our pieces were all designed with our favorite people in mind – our amazing Modsy customers! We spent a lot of time looking at your favorite (and least favorite!) styles, features, fabrics, and details and combined all that feedback with our industry expertise to create the perfect collection of sofas and chairs.

Today, we’re getting up close and personal with our favorite styles. Ready to meet the squad? Keep scrolling to take a closer look at the Minna Home collection!

Minna Home Taylor SofaTaylor

Similar to our favorite chart-topping pop star, the Taylor collection is a serious crowd pleaser. If you love the mid-century look but don’t want to go all in, Taylor’s clean lines and retro-inspired details will be your perfect cup of tea (or glass of chardonnay).

But her mid-century look isn’t her only selling point. Taylor is oh-so-comfy and comes in 5 soft and highly durable fabric options that are easy to clean. You really can have it all!

Minna Home Sofas RoryRory

If you’re someone who hates multiple sofa cushions, listen up! With the Rory collection, your days of lost remotes and lopsided cushions are over.

Our Rory collection features a single seat cushion and a tight back, so you never have to do battle with your cushions again. Designed with modern comfort in mind, this classic mid-century number will easily be dubbed the best seat in the house.

Minna Home CybilCybil

If Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor designed a sofa, we think it would look a lot like the Cybil. Old world glam with a modern twist, Cybil is truly a living room statement waiting to happen.

Her lovely sleek lines were inspired by classic hollywood starlets and her rounded armrests feature delicate baseball stitching – just one more detail to get heart-eyes over. Not just a pretty face, Cybil’s cushions are full of feather down for the ultimate sink-in comfort. Once you sit (lay) down, you’ll never want to leave.

Minna Home Sofas SohoSoho

Inspired by the fashion-forward, sexy NYC neighborhood, our Soho collection gives a mid-century profile a modern upgrade. For the artists, actors, or anyone who likes a bit of drama, the Soho collection is what waiting for.

With it’s stainless steel legs, velvet upholstery, and plush seating, you’ll love showing it off as much as you’ll love cozying up with a glass of whiskey. Don’t worry if you spill, Soho’s fabric is easy to clean.

Minna Home Sofas DrakeDrake and Kyle

Drake and Kyle are ready for family life and are built to handle anything your kids and pets can throw at them.

We designed Drake with the laziest of Sundays in mind – think all-day Game of Thrones binges, afternoon naps, and don’t-tell-dad-we-ate-dinner-on-the sofa kind of nights. Featuring an extra deep seat and ultra-cozy feather down cushions, Drake is so comfy you may never want to leave (and so durable, you won’t have to). There’s also a sleeper sofa option with a memory foam for those times when your guests just won’t leave!

Kyle takes all of Drake’s amazing features and kicks up the comfort level a few notches. Yep, that’s right – he’s a sectional! So if you want a little extra space to stretch out and kick your feet up, this is the comfiest way to do it. Oh yeah, Kyle’s chaise is reversible so you can swap sides as much as you like.

Minna Home Sofas LouisLouis and Remy

If Drake and Kyle are brothers, Louis and Remy are best friends. Reliable and attractive, we like to think of this collection as a well-tailored suit, in sofa form. Louis and Remy are those silver-fox George Clooney-esque businessman types. They’re classic, clean-lined, and undeniably comfortable.

While Louis features three seats for a more classic vibe, Remy takes a slightly more modern approach with two, wide cushions. We designed both sofas with shelter arms and sport welting details on the seams. This gives them a sculptural and super-clean look that will feel at home in a variety of design styles.

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minna home

Introducing Minna Home – Modsy’s First Exclusive Line of Sofas and Chairs

minna homeIt’s true – Modsy’s first collection of furniture is here! We’re so excited to introduce you to Minna Home, a line of high-quality, custom made sofas and chairs designed to fit your real life and look good doing it.

After years of helping people design their homes, we were all too familiar with the struggle that is shopping for living room furniture.

You start out thinking it will be easy – after all, how hard can finding a place to sit be? Really hard, as it turns out. There are so many factors to consider – style, size, material, price, and quality… the list goes on! It’s easy to see how the whole thing can quickly become overwhelming.

minna homeEven with a designer’s guidance, finding the perfect sofa can often feel like an elusive quest fraught with compromises and tradeoffs. And after years of helping our customers navigate this struggle, we decided it was time to do something about it.

So, we went back to the beginning and created our own exclusive line of sofas and chairs based on feedback collected from countless real customers. The result was a seating collection that stands up to messy hands, spills, muddy paws, and everything else that comes with a busy lifestyle. Not to mention, our sofas and chairs are as comfortable as they are stylish.

Read on to learn a little more about the values behind Modsy’s first collection, Minna Home.

minna homeNo Compromises

We believe you should love sitting on your sofa, not just looking at it. That’s why all of our designs were created with real life in mind. That means they’re super durable, easy to clean, and oh-so comfortable. We are also committed to reducing our carbon footprint, so we use sustainable materials, like recycled polyfill and humanely sourced feather down, wherever possible.

Customized Quality

Each style comes with an array of fabric choices, so you can customize your Minna Home piece to your liking. Our pieces are hand-crafted right here is the USA by artisans with over 30 years of experience making furniture for some of the leading brands in the industry, including us!

minna homeConfidence is Key

Exclusively available through Modsy, you’ll never have to imagine how your Minna Home piece will look in your home. With our one-of-a-kind 3D design experience, you can see it before you buy so you know it will look and fit great in your space.

All the Perks

But wait, there’s more! No matter what Modsy design package you purchase, use the code MINNA100 at checkout for $100 off your Minna Home sofa!

The days of waiting 10-12 weeks for a custom sofa are long gone. After you place your order, all Minna Home pieces will be ready to ship out in just 15 days. Get excited!

Want more Minna Home? Check out our homepage to learn how you can bring one of these amazing pieces home.

Here’s How 5 Oscar-Winning Films Might Look Today

Image Source: 20th Century Fox

What if the Titanic set sail in 2019 instead of 1912? What if the sound of music wasn’t set in 40s but rather today?

With the Oscars just around the corner, those were a few of the questions our design team has been thinking about. The same people who reimagined the Friends apartment and the homes of Disney Princesses, we couldn’t help but wonder how some of our all-time favorite best pictures might look if they took place today.

Curious what we came up with? From Casablanca to The Shape of Water, keep scrolling to see how we gave 5 Oscar-winning best pictures a modern-day makeover.

Best PictureCasablanca (Best Picture Winner 1944)

We imagined Rick’s upscale nightclub/cafe would have embraced the bohemian style were it around in 2019. A Moroccan oasis, it would still be the perfect place for cozy and intimate gatherings (or gambling, if that’s your thing).

The atmosphere of Rick’s Café Américain is as romantic and moody as ever, thanks to the layered rugs and lanterns that adorn every surface in the room.

Bring our contemporary Casablanca look home through flea market finds and pieces that show their history. Anything with bone inlay or rattan will instantly give your space an eclectic feel, and don’t be afraid to layer on the rugs, pillows, and throws. Even mix and match your dining chairs for an extra eclectic look!

Best PictureThe Sound of Music (Best Picture Winner 1966)

From the “Do Re Mi” sheet music to the view of the iconic gazebo (you can almost hear Liesl singing…), our 2019 take on The Sound of Music certainly includes a few of our favorite things!

Inspired by the living room where the Von Trapp family gathers to hear their father sing “Edelweiss,” the color palette comes from the original movie and was crucial to bringing this look to life.

To bring this style to your home, look for classic-European or ballroom inspired pieces. Anything embroidered is your best friend, from pillows and chairs to sofas!

Best PictureTitanic (Best Picture Winner 1998)

If you’re getting painted like a French girl, this traditional-glam lounge space is the perfect backdrop. Our 2019 vision for the set of Titanic was inspired by the first-class smoking room and Verandah Cafe from the original film.

The combo of tropical palm leaf prints and ornate chandelier are enough to make anyone feel like the king of the world. We imagined Jack and Rose making themselves at home in this first-class lounge space, relaxing and flirting, and (hopefully) avoiding that pesky iceberg.

Love this look? Bring it home by mixing classic furniture pieces in rich hues. Play with a palette of reds and greens to evoke the colors of the original set (note the green velvet sofa and ornate red rug), and don’t forget the palm leaves!

Best PictureShakespeare in Love (Best Picture Winner 1999)

Where Elizabethan era decor meets a theatrical flair, our current-day take on Shakespeare In Love is perfectly dark and moody, just like a Shakespearean tale.

Both dramatic and whimsical, this look plays with textiles and pattern and bold colors. A few key pieces include the writing desk for dashing out secret notes, dramatic curtains that evoke a stage, and the swooning sofa for reading love letters (or crying from torment).

For Shakespeare fans, there are easy ways to incorporate this style into your own space. Start with a dark and moody paint color then layer on some rugs. To modernize, pair original antique pieces with updated patterns & textiles and add a touch of fairytale whimsy with a fun sculptural piece or work of art.

Best PictureShape of Water (Best Picture Winner 2018)

Art Deco meets industrial in Elisa Esposito’s living room. Set in the 1960s, The Shape of Water depicts a life of isolation and her unique bond with a mysterious, scaled creature.

For this new look, we embraced a color palette that evokes the moody tones of the film. The space is minimally styled with a few sparse touches of Art Deco and industrial decor. The table set closely mirrors the original in the movie and the bathtub adds an edgy note, and is ready for any aquatic friends she cares to bring home.

Get this look with a moody blue wall color – the foundation of any water-themed space. Mix industrial elements and softer shapes to create a unique deco look, and add velvets and vintage pieces to complete the space.

 

Ready to give your home a 2019 upgrade?

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Everything You Need to Know About Shopping Through Modsy

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If you’ve ever shopped for new furniture, you probably know that it isn’t exactly an easy task. There are so many things to consider, that you might end up feeling more overwhelmed than excited.

But shopping for your home doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, here at Modsy we make it our goal to help you design and shop for your home with ease. From finding furniture you love (and know will fit), to handling all the ordering logistics, we’re here to handle the heavy lifting.

We know it might be a bit confusing at first, so here’s the full scoop on everything you need to know about shopping through Modsy.

Is the furniture in my designs real?

Yes! All the items in your designs are 100% real and ready to shop. We work with 100s of brands you know and love and also with some new and unique ones you can’t find anywhere else.

Can I shop the furniture and decor in my designs?

Absolutely! When you check out through your Modsy studio, you can purchase the exact pieces in your design all in one basket. To put it another way, that means you can shop multiple brands (and all the best sales) in one cart, in one easy checkout. Just think of what you can do with that extra time you’ll save!

“I work full-time and have no time to shop. It was so convenient to checkout straight from my designs and know exactly how everything is going to look, all while getting the lowest price.” – Klara, Modsy Customer

Can I apply a promo code from another brand to my Modsy order?

Yes! Although current sale prices might not be reflected in your Modsy Studio, we always check for any retailer sales or promotions before charging your credit card.

However, we are currently unable to honor individual discount codes. These include any code you were sent individually or a code you signed up to receive (via email or text message, for example).

Does Modsy price-match?

We guarantee to always honor the lowest advertised price for all your items. How do we do that? Before placing your order, we’ll always triple-check with the retailers for any last-minute sales and make sure you’re getting the best price for all your items.

Find a lower price elsewhere? Let us know within 24 hours of your purchase and we’ll match it!

Can I use Modsy sales in addition to retailer sales?

Yes, yes, and yes! If your favorite retailer having a sale, that means the same deal applies when you shop through Modsy. You can also apply Modsy-exclusive sales on top of these deals from other brands for extra savings.

“The design experience was great and visualizing everything in your own room is incredibly valuable. I ended up buying everything from the design and now my actual home looks identical to my Modsy designs.” – Judy, Modsy Customer

What does your concierge shopping service include?

We know that shopping for furniture can be complicated, so we have a dedicated team of order specialists ready to help you navigate the process. They will help place all your orders and coordinate shipping, delivery, and any returns or exchanges that you need.

Have more questions or need help? Contact us at hello@modsy.com and speak with a human who cares.

 

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Here’s How 6 Disney Princesses Would Decorate Their Homes in 2019

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Who doesn’t love a good Disney Princess post? From what they’d look like in 2019 to imagining them as elderly ladies, it’s fun to take our favorite characters and imagine their lives outside the movies we know so well.

At Modsy, we love reimagining the interiors of iconic tv shows and movies, and we couldn’t wait to get our hands on the palaces and castles of our favorite Disney Princesses. We tasked our design team to imagine what a 2019 happily ever after might look like for Cinderella, Belle, Mulan, Elsa, Moana, and Snow White.

Keep scrolling to see what we thought the homes of the 6 iconic Disney Princesses might look like today.

disney princessesCinderella

Long after she married Prince Charming, we imagined Cinderella found her happily-ever-after in this living room.

Inspired by her iconic blue ball gown, we designed her elegant space in shades of royal blue, ivory, and gold. While she loves glass furniture (and shoes), Cinderella is chronically late, so we included a gold alarm clock to help keep her on schedule.

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disney princessesSnow White

After Snow White moved out of the cottage and got her own place, she was ready for a design upgrade – who wouldn’t after living with 7 roommates!

For her bedroom, our designers wanted to create the ultimate “enchanted forest” escape. This would be the perfect place for Snow White to daydream and find solace from the outside world.

Always the animal lover, we wanted her space to reflect her penchant for nature. Her space is full of whimsical, woodland-inspired pieces that would help her stay connected to her forest friends. As a special 2019 touch, we added a few geodes and crystals to Snow White’s bedside. After the incident with her step mother, we imagined Snow White might turn to mystical powers to dispel negative energy in her space. Can you blame her?

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disney princessesBelle

For the heroine of Beauty and the Beast, we designed Belle a romantic retreat that mixes her Parisian roots with a dash of countryside chic. The sofa, inspired by her iconic yellow ball gown, is the center piece of the room. If a lot of the furniture looks familiar, that’s because it was inspired by our favorite characters from the movie. Can you spot  Chip, Mrs. Pots, and Lumiere?

Of course, as an avid reader, we stocked Belle’s living room with piles of her favorite novels. Of course, no Beauty and The Beast home would be complete without roses, which we sprinkled through the space. (Don’t worry, they’re not the kind that turn your significant other into a beast.) Ready to take a vacation here? Be our guest!

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Disney PrincessesMulan

Let’s get down to business. Mulan is not only one of our favorite Disney princesses, but she’s also a warrior – two personas we wanted to showcase in her modern-day living room.

We wanted Mulan’s space to reflect her independent spirit, so the overall vibe strikes a balance of feminine and masculine features. Her style is totally minimal with hints of eastern-inspired Mid-Century. The rug is the centerpiece that ties the whole room together, and is both traditional and unexpected, just like Mulan.

Can you spot Mushu in the corner, keeping Mulan company on quiet nights at home?

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disney princessesElsa

Disney Princess, Elsa’s adult bedroom takes a Scandinavian chic approach to a rustic look. The eldest of the sisters in Frozen, we imagined current-day Elsa designing an indoor winter wonderland for her home.

We brought her vision to life with an icy color palette of blues and whites alongside mirrored and acrylic furniture. To keep it from feeling too frigid, we incorporated Norwegian folk patterns alongside cowhides and fur throws into her cozy bedroom retreat.

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disney princessesMoana

For our favorite island adventurer Moana, we created a colorful bedroom where she could chill out after an action-packed day of way-finding.

The day bed, and wall color bring ocean-inspired vibes to the space, and the room divider is reminiscent of sails boats she loves. Wooden boat decor on the console serves as another nod to her passion and her many journeys. The space is eclectic and youthful – we imagined her twirling about, singing “How Far I’ll go” from the top of her lungs.

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Need a fairy godmother’s help designing your home?

Just like these Disney Princesses, our designers can turn your exact space into a 3D model and style it with real furniture and decor based on your style and budget. It’s not magic, it’s just Modsy!

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Welcoming Meredith Dunn as Modsy’s COO!

Modsy's COO

We’re thrilled to introduce Meredith Dunn as the newest member of our team and Modsy’s COO, aka Chief Operating Officer!

A bonafide retail and e-commerce veteran, Meredith joins us from Stitch Fix, where she worked most recently as their Vice President of Styling and Client Experience.

With her experience growing a vast network of remote expert stylists, Meredith is well-positioned and seriously excited to continue to help us redefine the way people design and shop for their homes.

“I am ecstatic to welcome Meredith to the Modsy family,” said Shanna Tellerman, our Modsy founder and CEO. “From day one, I knew Modsy needed an operational leader who had a very specific set of skills and finding that right person was going to be like finding a needle in a haystack. We found our needle in Meredith. We believe her experience scaling high performing remote teams at Stitch Fix, her passion for customer success, and her adept operational background with wildly successful retail companies will greatly help Modsy continue on its innovative path to creating happy homes.”

About Meredith Dunn, Modsy’s new COO

Meredith brings more than 12 years of operational experience to Modsy. Prior to joining Stitch Fix , she was the Senior Director of Customer and Stylist Delight at Stella & Dot where she oversaw global customer and stylist support operations.

She also served as a Director at Walmart.com where she was responsible for the item data collection, categorization, and content operations that fueled the online customer shopping experience. Dunn holds a B.S. in Management from Bucknell University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

“It was clear upon meeting Shanna and the rest of the team at Modsy that they are solving a real need in the market by transforming the way people design and visualize their homes,” said Meredith Dunn, Modsy’s COO. “Modsy offers a one-of-a-kind personalized 3D home design and shopping experience, and with that comes very complex but thrilling operational challenges. I love building high performing teams with a relentless focus on creating happy, loyal customers. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to do so at Modsy and cannot wait to get to work!”

When she’s not scaling world-class teams from 100 to 4500+ people, Meredith can be found running marathons (she’s finished the Boston Marathon three times!) and spending time with her family.

Welcome Meredith! We’re so happy to have you here.

Join The Modsy Team

PS. Interested in joining Modsy? We are hiring across all departments including product and engineering roles. Please visit Modsy’s career page to apply.

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The Modsy 2018 Holiday Gift Guide – The Gift For Everyone on Your List

Modsy Gift Card

If you’re like us, the holidays lurking just around the corner have you feeling more stressed than jolly. Finding the perfect thing for that special someone (or everyone) on your list can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be.

Sleigh the gift exchange this year with the gift of a Modsy Design gift card. It’s the perfect gift for every(home)body on your list!

Ready to get gifting? Shop Modsy Design gift cards here!

The perfect gift for…

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Have a friend who thinks home design and says “who has time for that?” If so, you’ve found the perfect gift. The easiest and fastest way to design their home, with a Modsy Design gift card, they’ll go from blank slate to beautiful space in no time.

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Have a friend who moved into a new place but is still living out of boxes, even months later? Help them finally bite the bullet and turn their new house into a home with a little help from the pros. Once they see their exact room designed in 3D, bringing it to life will be a cinch.

Need proof? Learn how Lauren designed her home before she even moved in

 

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For your friends with kids, give them a gift that the whole family can enjoy. With a Modsy Design gift card they can create the perfect nursery or “big kid” room of their little one’s dreams. Or, maybe transform the living room into the perfect family-friendly hangout space!

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

 

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For that friend who has 100+ Pinterest boards, help them finally bring all those ideas to life! With a Modsy gift card they can turn all that inspiration into reality with a few clicks.

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Know a couple who, when it comes to designing their home, just can’t agree? One says modern, the other declares rustic. Help them marry their styles this season and design a home they both love. (Our Designers are pros at combining different styles into one cohesive look!)

Read This Next: 5 Design Tips for Couples – How to Style a Shared Space

modsy gift card

New year, new you – tackle 2019 in style! If you, or someone you love, is resolving to finally buy some furniture, give the gift of home design help. Like that friend who drags you to the gym, it’s the perfect gift to help you start and make sure you finish.

 

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

Modsy Gift Guide

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

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

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

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

Modsy Gift GuidesGifts for New Homeowners

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

Shop Gifts for New Homeowners

1. Cookbook Stand

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

2. Ceramic Vase with Olive Spray

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

3. Oil Splatter Lacquer Tray

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

4. Ona Large Pitcher

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

5. Velvet Throw Pillows

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

6. Cozy Up Doormat

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

7. Fold Gold Serving Platter

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

8. Cocktail Glasses

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

9. Modsy Design Package

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

Modsy Gift GuidesGifts for Empty Nesters

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

Shop Gifts for Empty Nesters

1. Man Ray Chess Set

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

2. Acropolis Bookends

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

3. Wall Frame Triptych

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

4. Salon Black Tray

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

5. Large Brass Bowl

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

6. Brass Candle Wick Trimmer

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

7. Empoli Tall Rectangular Vase

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

8. Islay Whiskey Set

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

9. Marble Tray

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

Modsy Gift GuidesGifts for Renters

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

Shop Gifts for Renters

1. White Sand Hour Glass

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

2. Faux Green Echeveria

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

3. Amber and Cardamom Soy Candle

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

4. Black Band Floor Basket

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

5. Mantis Wall Sconce

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

6. Bermuda Pouf

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

7. Smeg Retro Electric Kettle

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

8. Chemex Coffee Maker

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

9. Faux Mohair Faux Sherpa Throw

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

Modsy Gift GuidesGifts for Expecting Parents

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

Shop Gifts for Expecting Parents

1. Round Belly Baskets

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

2. Matte Black Picture Frames

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

3. Nespresso

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

4. Emily & Meritt Star Ceiling Mobile

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

5. Faux Mohair Sherpa Throw

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

6. Kids Books

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

7. Nuuk Sheepskin Throw

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

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State of The Home: The 2018 Modsy Trend Report

home design trendsAt the end of each year, the Style Team at Modsy loves to “peel back the wallpaper” and reflect on another year in the world of home design trends. We dig into the most-popular items and design styles across the country,  and even place our bets on what trends 2019 will have in store.

Read on for a peek behind the curtain at what our Modsy customers loved most this year and what we think will be on the home design trends horizon for next year.

Want to get the full scoop? Download the Full Modsy Trend Report here.

home design trendsMost-Popular Styles

As an online interior design company, we have the unique opportunity to help people all across the country (and even the world!) design their homes. We were curious about which styles were popular in which states, so we dug into the data and found some surprising results.

Two styles in particular dominate almost every state in the US: Mod (Mid-Century pieces, natural wood tones, and pops of color) and Rustic (warm hues, layered textures, and cozy spaces).

home design trendsRustic Styles

Midwest and Southern regions of the US are drawn more to a Rustic style.

  • The most Rustic state was Mississippi at 55%
  • The least Rustic state was Alaska at 25%

home design trendsMod Styles

Eastern and Western regions were the opposite, with Mod styles coming in at #1.

  • The most Mod state was New Mexico, with 47% of customers opting into that style
  • The least Mod state was Oklahoma, with only 17%

One of the bigger surprises, Texas (home of Chip and Joanna Gains’ famous farmhouse style) turned out to be more modern than rustic (at 38% versus 33%).

home design trendsWhat’s trending?

Industrial styles are rising in popularity. The “craft” trend is spreading into smaller up-and-coming cities that are drawing in millennials, craft beer, and loft-style living. Think exposed brick, mixed metals and masculine structures.

The most industrial states were:

  • South Dakota at 27%
  • Wyoming at 23%
  • Oregon at 17%

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Most-Popular Products

What were our customers’ favorite pieces across the board this year? It turns out, 2018 was a big year for personalization of the home. We found a large majority of our customers stocked up on decorative accents, like rugs, art, and pillows – pieces that all work together to make a space uniquely yours.

What’s on the rise for 2019? Here were the top 3 categories trending through the end of the year and beyond

Faux Plants

Green thumbs are out and Black thumbs are in! Fake plants dominated the shopping cart in 2018. A ton of retailers sell them, and they allow you to get that jungalow look without the effort of keeping a plant alive.

Natural Textures

People are bringing the outdoors, indoors with the natural fibber/texture trends. These neutral, earthy elements fit well into a Rustic style and can adapt to multiple color palettes.

Statement Rugs

Rugs are the biggest investment pieces of 2018! No surprise, as they can easily make a room come together (and without them your room will likely feel unfinished!).

Not sure how much to spend on a rug? These 4 factors will help you decide.

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Color Trends

Our Modsy Style Quiz tells us a lot about what colors people like and what they actually want to see in their homes. Spoiler alert: Pantone’s color of the year, Ultraviolet, was not a frequent favorite.

These popular color combinations come across in items purchased, especially artwork, pillows, and decor pieces.

home design trendsMost-Loved Colors

Neutrals and blues are the top most-wanted colors in Modsy designs. Not surprising as both are highly versatile and layer nicely with many styles of furniture and decor. Blue in particular can even act as a neutral – or a “bleu-tral” as Carson Kressley calls it!

  • 33% of Modsy customers requested blues
  • 27% requested neutrals

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Least-Loved Colors

The not-so-popular hues? Pastels only accounted for 3% of customer requests.

Greens were also low on the list, making up only 6% of customer requests. Turns out people prefer their greenery in the form of plants, not furniture.

2019 Trends

home design trendsGraded on a Curve

Hard lines are being traded in for softer curves. We’re already seeing curved furniture, such as sofas, armchairs, even beds, and think this is a trend that will be everywhere in 2019.

Classic Whimsy

We’re going to see Classical subjects of art presented in a whimsical style creating a modern spin on a once very serious theme. Shop all these pieces and more in our Trend Studio!

home design trendsPainterly Strokes

While it might be no surprise to see this trend in art, we’re going to see patterns that reflect the artist’s hand and brushstroke in rugs, pillows, and other textile prints.

Learn more about 5 of our favorite upcoming trends here.

home design trendsNature, Naturally

The natural textures and plants we saw in 2018 are here to stay and 2019 is all about layering them. Bring some zen into your home, no matter your style with a few key pieces. To add natural textures into your space, think: jute rugs, storage baskets, rattan chairs and woven wall-hangings.

Not sure how to style your plants? Here are 5 of our favorite ways!

home design trendsBoldly Neutral

While neutral color palettes have been all the rage, we’re going to see more and more dramatic neutral palettes. Think dark neutrals paired with lighters colors to create high contrast spaces.

Love the look? Shop it in our Fall Trends Design Studio.

 

See new home design trends styled in your exact room!

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Introducing Live Swap – Our Latest Feature That Lets You Try On Furniture With a Few Clicks

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Designing and shopping for your home just got way more fun with our latest (and greatest) feature – Live Swap! We’ve been hard at work behind the scenes and are excited to bring swapping within your Modsy designs to life. Now, with only a few clicks you can easily swap any product in your 3D room for another.

Here are some of the most exciting things you can do with the new Live Swap feature.

Swap Anything

It’s like having 100s of sofas in your pocket. With Live Swap, our entire 3D catalog is at your fingertips. Once you get your initial Modsy designs, you’ll be able to easily swap in different pieces until you find a look you love.

Swap Anytime

Skip the hassle and expense of trying on furniture in real life. With Live Swap it only takes a minute to see something new in your exact room!

Don’t like that sofa? Swap in another! Want to see how that rug would look in a larger size? Swap it in! Keep swapping until you find the perfect pieces, then shop your exact look on the spot. It’s that easy.

Swap Anywhere

Live Swap feature works on desktop computers, mobile phones, and even tablets!

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How does Live Swap work?

  1. Simply head to your Modsy Studio (or start a design project if you don’t have one).
  2. Select an item you want to swap and choose an alternative from our 3D catalog to try instead.
  3. Click swap! Give us 30 seconds or so to work our magic, and watch as your new item swaps into your design.
  4. Love it? You can shop your new look directly from your design or keep swapping until you find the perfect piece for you.

But wait, there’s more! Live Swap works alongside Modsy’s 3D Style Editor. This is a unique tool that we created to give anyone, regardless of their experience with interior design, the ability to edit designs inside their 3D room model.

If you want to change the layout of your room, move products around or delete an item altogether, you can open up the 3D Style Editor and continue designing and discovering products. Save your changes and continue Live Swapping until you are ready to shop.

If you already have a Modsy design, you can start swapping and visualizing different pieces of furniture today. New to Modsy? No worries, you too can Swap till’ you shop, just as soon as you sign up for a design package.

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See Modsy in Action on Get a Room with Carson and Thom

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Have you tuned in to Bravo’s latest home design show? If so, you might have spotted Modsy on set with the stars of Get a Room with Carson & Thom, Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia. Two members of the original Queer Eye cast, in Get a Room Thom and Carson set out to help clients design homes they love and have a little fun along the way.

In the most recent episode, the designers faced a particularly difficult challenge – designing a living room for Kenyatta, a client who was herself an ex-interior designer.  Thom even noted, “I’m very concerned about the ex-interior designer part because interior designers can be very difficult!”

Keep scrolling to see how Modsy helped the designers convince Kenyatta that their vision would work for her space.

The Space Before

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After living in the home for a few years (!), Kenyatta’s main living space was still completely empty. The room was full of design potential, but she was so busy with her new job she barely had time (or energy) to think about designing the space.

The Modsy Moment

To help offset all the woods in the space, Thom and Carson suggested painting the room in a neutral shade of blue. Or a “blue-tral” as Carson dubbed the term. The cool addition to the space would help balance out all the wood, they noted.

But Kenyatta wasn’t convinced. “I just have to see it,” she stated.

Enter Modsy! Using some 3D renderings of her exact room, the designers were able to show her how three different paint colors – Brittany Blue, Santorini Blue, and Providence Blue, all by Benjamin Moore – would look in the space. Thom also added in a hanging chair that he really wanted to incorporate into the design.

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The Space After

In the end, Kenyatta went with the medium shade – Santorini – of blue for her new living room. Check out the final look the designers created for her space and tune int o Bravo Fridays at 9/8 central to catch more Get a Room with Carson and Thom in action!

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Inside Claire Underwood’s 2018 Oval Office

house of cards oval officeThe White House is going through some big changes. Yes, we’re talking about Claire Underwood taking control of the Oval Office in the final season of House of Cards.

We’ve been waiting for the perfect White House redesign moment and who better for us to draw inspiration from than the very complicated Claire? From her chilly personality to her no-nonsense wardrobe, Claire has some incredibly interesting traits that we took care to translate to her take on the Oval Office. 

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Ready to see Clair Underwood’s take on the Oval Office? Keep scrolling for a peek inside!

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Claire’s Oval Office is purposefully styled with an eye for minimalism – everything has its place, no surface is overcrowded. Claire is not one to go over the top with her appearance and instead chooses clean design with subtle hints of femininity – a dress with a subtle bow detail around the waist, a faint print, or a scalloped neckline.

Oval Office House of Cards

You’ll also notice many mirrors and the absence of personal photographs. We had to imagine Claire would want zero indication of her late husband Frank (she’s not exactly the warm and fuzzy type). Instead, we thought she might choose to honor herself and reflect on her monumental rise to become President of the United States.

Standout elements in Claire’s White House are for one, the Barcelona chair. We think Claire would be break White House decorating tradition and incorporate the Bauhaus piece into an traditional American setting.

Oval Office House of Cards

We divided the space into two sitting sections, similar to a layout used in President Carter’s Oval Office. One sofa faces towards the grand desk, while the other sits with two facing chairs by the fireplace to create a secondary sitting area.

Oval Office House of Cards

Carter employed the layout to create more intimate conversational spaces. But for Claire, we thought this was an interesting way to nod to her “duality” of character. We could see her laying on one of the two sofas, cigarette in hand while devising her next move.

For anyone who loves this style there are a few ways to bring her White House into your home. This look is all about quality over quantity. Find pieces with less “frill” and more structure. Don’t be afraid of buying the whole set – oftentimes this helps to make the space feel completely unified and polished.

 

You don’t have to be the president to have a well-designed space!

Here’s How the Will and Grace Apartment Would Look in 2018

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Will & Grace season 10 is just around the corner (Mark your calendars for October 4th). And while Will’s home got a refresh for the show’s season 9 reboot, we wanted to give it a proper Modsy makeover and take the design one step further

We’d like to imagine a world where Will no longer lived in his iconic NYC apartment, and instead maybe Grace, Jack or Karen moved in. We wondered how the space might look if Grace had helped with the redesign efforts since, of course, Grace knows best.

Peek inside our 2018 take on the Will and Grace apartment, as styled for Jack, Karen, and Grace.

Will and Grace apartmentJack’s Take

There’s no denying Jack has expensive taste. Turns out he already owned a handful of iconic pieces, like the Swan chair and Nelson pendants, which we wouldn’t think of replacing. In his 2018 apartment, we wanted his personality and style to shine, so we mixed some of those iconic pieces in with new colors, textures, and patterns.

Jack’s original apartment was quite bold and small. To preserve his penchant for bright colors, we painted the space in a coat of Steamed Spinach from Benjamin Moore and reupholstered his Swan chair in an aqua fabric. We kept the fun retro vibe from his original space but amped it up with velvet dining chairs, funky pillows, and a faux fur white pouf.  

Will and Grace apartment

As we know, Jack loves to gossip, which he’ll be doing while lounging in the most expensive piece in the room: the MR Chaise from Design Within Reach. It’s a timeless piece that’s extremely comfortable. He also will enjoy sitting around the Saarinen Tulip dining table in the Avery velvet dining chairs, which paired together create the perfect balance of edgy minimalism.  

Want this look in your own home? If you aren’t afraid of loud colors but don’t want the space to feel overwhelming, throwing in sleek and minimal pieces into the mix help balance everything out.

Will and Grace apartmentGrace’s Take

Grace has a loud personality and we think she would have brought that into her space through bold textures, prints, patterns and color. As an interior designer, she would have been extremely detail-oriented, especially when choosing wallpaper, lighting, and finishes. To give her take on the apartment a more 2018 vibe, we refreshed the palette and brought in more risky elements, like the eclectic art and printed fabrics.

Will and Grace apartment

We have to imagine Grace’s Modsy style would have been a Classic Collector. All about mixing classic formal with eclectic touches, can’t you see her obsessing over that Tibetan tiger rug?

Want to recreate this look? Opt for bold statement pieces and pair them with subtle printed fabrics. Don’t be afraid of art, and try to incorporate pieces from different genres to really highlight the eclectic vibes.

Will and Grace apartmentKaren’s Take

We mixed a lot of rich colors, animal prints, and velvets to create Karen’s take on the Will and Grace apartment. The space features a glam-forward style to highlight her fierce sense of fashion and luxurious lifestyle.

Karen’s love for the finer things in life really shines through with bold, trendy statement pieces. We painted the walls to Grapy, a deep purple-gray from Sherwin-Williams for a moody, dramatic touch to reflect Karen’s personality.

Will and Grace apartment

Karen would be extra fond of the bold, Green Velvet Layla Chanel Tufted Sofa and Marissa Coffee Table from Horchow and Modern Seven Branching Chandelier from France & Son.

Want this look in your space? Keep it dramatic and bold – just like Karen would! Think statement chandelier, a velvet sofa, a sculptural coffee table… all pieces that really pop in any space.

 

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Explore Frasier’s Seattle Apartment, Reimagined for 2018

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“So what do you think of what I’ve done with the place?” Frasier Crane asks his father of his new Seattle apartment. “You know, every item here was carefully selected. The lamp by Corbu, this chair by Eames, and this couch is an exact replica of the one Coco Chanel had in her Paris atelier.”

Looking back at Dr. Frasier Crane’s amazing Seattle digs, we have to admit that his tastes in interior design was ahead of his time. He filled his space with modern pieces that blended a minimal aesthetic with contemporary design. As a result, Frasier’s apartment was way ahead of the mid-century modern trend that is so popular today.

With rumblings about a Frasier reboot underway, and the 25th anniversary of the show’s premiere just around the corner, we couldn’t resist imagining what his iconic apartment might look like today. Just like the apartment from Friends, Carrie Bradshaw’s NYC pad, and even the Golden Girls’ Miami beach house, keep scrolling to see how we styled Frasier’s apartment in Modsy 3D.

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Frasier’s Apartment, Redesigned for 2018

Frasier's apartment

For this 2018 take on a tv show interior we all know and love, we wanted to depict Frasier’s apartment as it might have been a good many years after the show’s finale. We imagined Frasier’s career would have remained steady over time and he would have kept his bachelor pad overlooking over the Seattle skyline.

Frasier’s style in 2018 is really no different than his style in the early 90’s. Always a collector of quirky objects and iconic furniture, Frasier’s apartment is familiar but a bit more refined. 

Frasier's apartment

Preserving Frasier’s iconic style was a very important part of redesigning his space for 2018. Many of the original elements remain, like the beautiful woodwork inlay.

A few key updates we’ve made to the bones of his apartment reflect Frasier’s masculine-eclectic taste, but translate it for today. Terrazzo replaces the concrete tiles on the facade of his statement fireplace. Additionally, black marble replaces the original carpet, which gives the space a subtle edge and dramatic elegance. 

Frasier's apartment

We made Frasier’s beloved Wassily chair a core part of the living room. In loving memory of Marty we included a Milo Baughman recliner from Design Within Reach that we think Frasier would have selected to stand in place of his father’s trusted, duck-taped armchair. Near the windows we kept Frasier’s iconic Eames lounge, as it’s a classic staple of comfortable, minimal style.

A few of his new favorite pieces would be this sculptural Perigold coffee table that calls upon the whimsey of the original living room centerpiece, and bold art prints from Natural Curiosities.

 

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