fall 2018 decor trends

Home Decor Trendspotting – Our Predictions from the Las Vegas Market

Meet Alessandra Wood, the Director of Style at Modsy. With a PhD in Design History and an M.A. in the History of Decorative Arts and Design, she is a bona fide design expert in all things interior design. Fresh off a trip to the Las Vegas Market, we picked her brain on what’s sure to be trending this fall in interior design.

Sometimes, what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay there. For example, Modsy’s style and merchandising team just got back from the Las Vegas Market, and with us, we’re bringing all the Fall decor trends for 2018.

A furniture and decor conference that happens every January and July, “going to market” is what designers do every season. This is how we see the latest furniture and decor collections from our partners and discover new vendors for the season. We scour the industry to find the best quality, style, and price for everything we include in your Modsy designs.

And, of course, we do a little trend spotting (or better yet, forecasting) while we’re there. Across the different showrooms and retailers, we spied several key fall decor trends over and over. Our predictions are in.

Ready to get an early look at some of the fall 2018 decor trends you’ll likely be seeing all over the place? Keep scrolling for my predictions, and a look at what’s sure to be trending in our Fall 2018 Modsy designs.

fall 2018 decor trendsTextured Neutrals

Neutrals are everywhere! If you’re thinking “oh great, more bland neutrals,” think again. This season, it’s all about neutrals that pack a punch with texture.

Get ready for materials like linen, vintage velvet, jute, and fringe. And if you’re embracing neutrals, be sure to layer in different textures to keep your space from feeling flat.

We’re also seeing a resurgence of white-washed, weathered wood. A lighter, cool-toned wood, it’s great for creating a beachy or vintage feel inside any space.

fall 2018 decor trendsWoven Seating

The texture trend continues in seating.

Woven seats are all the rage. Whether it’s cord, caning, leather, or rattan, retailers are showing off seating with a gorgeous weave.

fall 2018 decor trendsSculptural Pieces

2018 has seen its fair share of statement trends, but the year isn’t over yet.

Enter sculptural pieces, a trend that’s taking statement-making to the next level.

What are sculptural pieces? Think furniture, lighting, or decorative accessories that have a sculptural quality. Often geometric in form, these sculptural pieces are works of art in and of themselves.

fall 2018 decor trendsDeco Inspiration

As a design historian, I love a lot of design movements. But Art Deco with its curves, geometry, and unexpected drama is, hands-down, one of my favorites.

This fall keep an eye out for furniture and accessories that mimic the hallmarks of deco architecture. Bold and dramatic, these pieces sport geometric patterns and sophisticated curves, and are often rendered in brass or other luxurious materials.

fall 2018 decor trendsEarthy Palettes

While we still can’t get enough of neutrals, this fall we’ll also see a introduction of saturated, earthy colors.

Think burnt sienna, saddle, rust, mossy green, and subdued blues. These hues, while rich and saturated, have a slightly toned-down quality to them and won’t feel overpowering. They also layer beautifully to create a warm and cozy feel in any space.

 

Ready to try some of these fall 2018 decor trends in your home?

Chris Loves Julia x Modsy

Introducing The Exclusive Chris Loves Julia x Modsy Collection!

Chris Loves Julia x ModsyToday marks a huge Modsy milestone – we’ve teamed up with one of our favorite design blogger duos of all time, Chris and Julia Marcum of Chris Loves Julia!

We first partnered with Chris and Julia last year when we helped visualize their nursery on a tight deadline. Since then, the requests for similar nursery looks and Chris Loves Julia inspired design projects has been overwhelming.  And we know why…their house is so darn dreamy!

Click here to start your Chris Loves Julia x Modsy project

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Shop The Look: Chris Loves Julia x Modsy Collection

So we knew we had to partner with them again but in a much bigger way. This time around, Chris and Julia created an exclusive collection of their favorite furniture and decor pieces, curated just for Modsy customers. That means, for the first time ever, you can see your exact home designed in Chris Loves Julia’s amazing style.

“The collection Chris and I curated for Modsy was designed to reflect our family and all of the passion we’ve put into our home projects. We approach every room with our unique point of view, one that we’re thrilled to share with the world because we believe that everyone should love where they live.” – Julia Marcum

If you’ve been following the Chris Loves Julia blog, you’ve likely fallen in love with their distinct interior design style. With rooms full of texture, clean lines, rich colors, and warm wood tones, their gorgeous creations are truly a place we all want to call home.

Peek inside the Chris Loves Julia x Modsy collection

Chris Loves Julia x Modsy

Chris Loves Julia x Modsy

Ready to stop lusting and start shopping?

Whether it’s a bedroom, living space, or simply an entryway, start your project today and see the Chris Loves Julia look in your exact room. And don’t forget to enter the promo code CLJ at checkout.

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Joybird

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Crate & Barrel

Orient Express

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Artfully Walls

Ready to see your space designed in the Chris Loves Julia collection?

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Playing Favorites: What Modsy Designer Isabela’s Loving Now

Come peek behind-the-scenes in our ‘Playing Favorites’ series and meet some of the Modsy designers who help homeowners reimagine their spaces each month.  

Modsy designer Isabela might just be one of the coolest girls in our style tribe. She’s never one for trends and has always has a unique take on design, be it coming up with a forward-thinking dining room layout, a bright burst of unexpected color in a room, or building a custom bar for her own home in Chicago. For Isabela, it’s always about keeping her eyes wide open for beauty no matter where she finds herself.

Find out what Isabela’s loving now in our short and sweet Q&A with her.

First things first, what’s your Modsy Style?

“Mid-Century Chic.”

Where do you get your design inspiration?

Traveling and seeing how others live.”

What’s one interior design rule you always break?

I tend to stay away from massive trends. They usually don’t give you long-lasting good designs and you’ll usually find yourself over the look once it’s no longer all the hype. I learned this with the Millennial Pink/Blush wave.”

Your favorite piece of furniture in your house?

My bar and buffet—because I designed and built it!”

What’s your favorite restaurant where you live?

Income Tax. It’s a little spot in a not-very-popular Chicago neighborhood that makes amazing modern European food. Every single dish is designed differently, elaborate and absolutely beautiful.”

What’s the last book you read?

Not at Home: The Suppression of Domesticity in Modern Art and Architecture.

Cats or dogs? Explain yourself.

Both! Because I have both.”

Favorite place you’ve traveled to or want to visit?

There is nothing like France; the French know how to live the good life!”

Favorite color combo?

I like neutrals with pops of color. Imagine a white-fiber pillow basket with brown-leather straps with a royal-blue velvet pillow inside.”

Current obsession?

Dining spaces with overarching lamps and tall bookcases that are filled with china and dishware.”

 

Check out more 3D rooms by our stylists!

Seinfeld apartment

Yada Yada Yada – Reimagining the Seinfeld Apartment for 2018

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Time flies when you’re doing nothing, or watching a show about nothing as the case may be. On July 5th, a whopping twenty nine years ago, Seinfeld aired it’s premiere episode on NBC. 

To celebrate the show’s anniversary, we turned our design team’s energy towards one of the show’s main hubs – Jerry Seinfeld’s NYC apartment.

Just as we did for Monica’s purple pad in Friends, and Carrie’s junior one bedroom from Sex and the City, we set out to re-imagine what the Seinfeld apartment might look like if the quirky cast of characters – Jerry, Elaine, George and of course, Kramer – lived there today.

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Jerry’s TakeSeinfeld apartment

As a neatfreak and ardent germaphobe, we knew 2018 Jerry would still want a clean, crisp and comfortable space to call home. We couldn’t see today’s Jerry embracing huge design changes, so our 2018 take feels familiar to the original space, but with a modern update.

Contemporary Minimalist with a masculine twist, Jerry’s style is clean and comfortable. His furniture sports straight lines and right angles, and keeps to a palette of greys, blues, and greens. We imagined his favorite pieces would be the no-frills sofa (note the pee-stain free seat cushion).

Jerry’s space is also peppered with surprises and mementos from some of our favorite episodes. In addition to the classic car artwork and sneakers by the door, we also snuck in his famous fur coat, fusilli Jerry pasta statue, and tacked a few Superman goodies on the fridge. We also paid homage to Jerry’s bright green bike, VHS tape collection and frequent newspaper/magazines on his table.

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SWIPE THROUGH JERRY’S TAKE ON THE SEINFELD APARTMENT

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Although we’re not quite sure how Jerry would feel about her taking over his lease (or anyone for that matter), we do know that Elaine would’ve had a very different approach to designing the Seinfeld apartment. While her original decor scheme was pretty quirky, we thought Elaine would have matured and brought a more refined touch to her 2018 apartment.

For her new space, we thought Elaine’s Modsy style would be Modern Rustic. Think classic and comfortable pieces with rustic accents. 2018 Elaine might have outgrown the frumpiness of her 90’s pad but her love of colorful and eclectic things would have endured. Elaine’s apartment would have come together slowly, through purchases she made over time, so her space lacks any sense of cohesive matchy-matchy-ness.

Some of our favorite Elaine easter eggs? Her goldfish still sitting in a plastic bag on the counter all these years later, the scandalous Christmas card on her desk, and Puddy’s Magic 8 ball jacket hanging on her coat rack are just a few.

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SWIPE THROUGH ELAINE’S TAKE ON THE SEINFELD APARTMENT

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We’re not exactly sure how George got his apartment to look this good, but we’re pretty sure he didn’t do it on his own. Maybe it’s the result of a design-savvy girlfriend (or an interior designer he hired to impress a girlfriend). But from the looks of his 2018 apartment, George finally succeeded at becoming an architect (or impersonating one).

His style is what Modsy calls Inviting Industrial, and consists of comfortable pieces with minimal and masculine accents. George’s favorite piece? Aside from his self portrait, we think he would have loved the drafting table (to look at, not to use of course).

And what would George Costanza’s apartment be without a few fun memories? To pay homage to this iconic character, we had to include a festivus pole, a stray pastrami sandwich, and a bowl of cocktail shrimp among other goodies.

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SWIPE THROUGH GEORGE’S TAKE ON THE SEINFELD APARTMENT

Kramer’s TakeSeinfeld apartment

Just like the kooky character himself, our approach to Kramer’s apartment was weird and wild. His style is what Modsy calls Rustic Traveler – gone wild, and was largely inspired by the tropical patterns and colors of the Hawaiian shirts he often wore during the series.

Not one to frequent Crate & Barrel or Pottery Barn, we imagined Kramer swinging into a thrift store for an orange papasan chair (his favorite place to recline after a long indoor hot tub soak) or picking up a vintage trunk coffee table on the side of the road.

Of course, we couldn’t design Kramer’s space without bringing his coffee table book to life, which sits on top of his real coffee table. Additionally, Kramer’s 2018 apartment features a box of his favorite cigars, Assman license plate, his priceless self portrait, and his screen door addition.

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SWIPE THROUGH KRAMER’S TAKE ON THE SEINFELD APARTMENT

 

Ready to give your home a 2018 refresh?

3d home design

4 Ways to Escape Inspiration Overload With 3D Home Design

3D Home Design

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

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

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

1. See Everything to Scale

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

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

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

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

2. Know How It Looks in Your Space

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

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

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

3. Shop Directly From Your Designs

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

3D home design

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

4. Get Your Room Exactly How You Want It

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

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

Ready to try 3D home design for yourself?

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

 

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

Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment from Sex and the City

Monica’s apartment from Friends

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

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Modsy in the Wild: San Francisco Design Week 2018

Aside from our customers homes, we don’t often got too many chances here at Modsy to see our 3D renders come to life in the wild. Recently, we had the opportunity to set up shop at San Francisco Design Week 2018.

In case you missed it, our SF Design Week booth consisted of a 10’x10′ square foot area that we transformed into a mini living room. Of course, we had to use our own 3D rendering technology to plan the space before the exhibition. But we couldn’t stop with only one look, and instead brought 7 versions of the space to life!

Take a full tour of all 7 spaces below (including 360 views!) and see which style is yours! Curious what your Modsy style is? Take our online style quiz to find out!

Design 1 – The Real Deal

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Design 2 – Mod Visionary

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Design 3 – Rustic Warmth

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Design 4 – Mod Enthusiast

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Design 5 – Atomic Industrial

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Design 6 – Rustic Traveler

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Design 7 – Mod Collector

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Carrie Bradshaw's Apartment

Here’s How Carrie Bradshaw’s Apartment From Sex and the City Would Look Today

20 years ago on June 6th, 1998 Sex and the City premiered on HBO. (Does that make anyone else feel old?) After the series wrapped and added two movies, we’re still not quite over Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment.

Second only to Monica’s purple apartment from Friends, Carrie’s junior one bedroom stands out as one of the most iconic apartments from TV history.

Carrie Bradshaw's ApartmentImage credit HBO

To celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary, we took the bones of her Upper East Side abode (pre its 2008 makeover) and reimagined how it might have looked if the series took place today. (Although we’d keep Carrie’s rent from the 90s because…a girl can dream, right?).

But is it really a Sex and the City tribute if we don’t include the whole gang? We didn’t think so, so we set out to design Bradshaw’s apartment for each of our favorite characters – Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte too.

See how we reimagined Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment for 2018!

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Carrie’s TakeCarrie Bradshaw's Apartment

Carrie Bradshaw was a style icon, a relationship aficionado, and always armed with the perfect one-liner. And while her outfits were ever-changing and always fabulous, her apartment remained largely the same over the show’s tenure.

Bradshaw’s apartment, unlike her wardrobe, had a lived-in and relatable quality that reminded many of us of our own homes. It wasn’t always perfectly tidy and it featured an eclectic mix of furniture styles – think flea market chic alongside mid-century modern furniture.

As a nod to the 60’s era mid-century pieces that populated Carrie’s original apartment, her new place features pieces with modern shapes.

We kept the palette mostly true to her original space. But we know Carrie wasn’t afraid of color. A bright blue sofa anchors her living room and serves as reference to her later movie makeover wall color.

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SWIPE THROUGH OUR 2018 TAKE ON CARRIE BRADSHAW’S APARTMENT

Carrie’s Modsy Style: Mod Collector

Of course we had to give Carrie a desk that would keep her inspired. We thought this might be the one piece she would splurge a few paychecks on, so we picked a beautiful burl wood table that lends warmth and texture to her space.

We knew Carrie’s taste in art would have been as eclectic as her. So, we chose one statement piece and hung it off-center above her bed. In her original apartment, she had a similarly hung trio of prints. No plants take up space in Carrie’s place. She hated having things in her space that might die if not regularly maintained.

An updated take on the Aiden chair, we gave her new place a similar worn leather, mid-century inspired chair.

Finally, what would Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment be without the iconic tutu, her Carrie necklace, to-go coffee, cigarettes, and her Vogue magazines?

Try Carrie’s look in your home today!

Samantha’s TakeCarrie Bradshaw's Apartment – Samantha

Samantha Jones is a proud, confident, and no BS kind of lady. We styled her take on Carrie’s apartment with a minimal glam approach. We wanted the apartment to reflect Samantha’s unapologetic love of sex and portray her as the strong, classy person she was.

The apartment is clean and almost minimal, but at the same time bold and dramatic. We thought Samantha would appreciate a full sensory experience, so we picked pieces that would appeal to both the eye and the touch. We mixed materials like leather, velvet, fur, and gold for a glamorous and moody space to entertain (and we don’t mean the cheese and crackers kind of entertaining).

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SWIPE THROUGH SAMANTHA’S 2018 TAKE ON CARRIE BRADSHAW’S APARTMENT

Samantha’s Modsy Style: Less is More Chic

Unlike her friends, Samantha lived in New York’s up-and-coming Meatpacking District. If she were to make the move to Carrie’s Upper East Side digs, we thought she’d appreciate the addition of the fireplace and dark charcoal paint job to give a her place a little more edge.  

We kept the space where you’d typically find a coffee table, to give Samantha space for other activities. Additionally, on the shelf above her bed we gave her a tasteful ginger jar full of condoms.

We thought Samantha’s favorite piece in her new place would by far be the curvaceous, green velvet sofa. Like the diamond flower ring she acquires in the first Sex and the City Movie, it’s truly “one of a kind, and a little bit too much.”

Try Samantha’s look in your space!

Charlotte’s TakeCarrie Bradshaw's Apartment – Charlotte

We know that Charlotte would bring her discerning eye to Carrie’s apartment. We pegged her as a Refined Connoisseur, a mix of all things classic with a minimal twist. A curator by nature, we selected an elegant blend of pieces, all displaying a tastefully conservative palette.

We imagined Charlotte would want her home to be a place where she could comfortably entertain (and we mean cheese and crackers, but you know, the artisanal kind). Her living room features a simple conversational layout and is notably TV-free (we can’t imagine Charlotte being the type to “Netflix and chill”).

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SWIPE THROUGH CHARLOTTE’S 2018 TAKE ON CARRIE BRADSHAW’S APARTMENT

Charlotte’s Modsy Style: Refined Connoisseur

As a leading lady in the art world, we gave special consideration to the artwork in her place. We gave her a few statement pieces around the apartment, works she might have picked up in her time at the gallery.

Her desk, a clear glass with gold accents, is as much of a statement piece as Charlotte would allow. It would be a place for her to keep up with her social correspondences and browse eligible bachelors on Match .com.

See Charlotte’s look in your home today!

Miranda’s TakeCarrie Bradshaw's Apartment – Miranda

We imagined that no-nonsense Miranda would want an apartment that gets the job done. We thought her straightforward sensibility was well represented by our Contemporary Minimalist style.

When designing her space we opted for quality, lasting pieces that don’t have a lot of frills. Miranda had a lawyer’s salary but not a lot of time. So we took her shopping at places like Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel.

Her take on Carrie’s apartment pulls from her original apartment’s color palette of greys, greens, and purples. To give it a modern edge we limited the pops of color to the accessories and gave her a lot of grey and neutral furniture.

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SWIPE THROUGH MIRANDA’S 2018 TAKE ON CARRIE BRADSHAW’S APARTMENT

Miranda’s Modsy Style: Contemporary Minimalist

Instead of a desk we thought Miranda would be more apt to work on her depositions (or daydream about running for governor) from her sofa and eat Chinese takeout off the coffee table.

We also brought over the feminine undertones in her floral art to her new space with updated transitional floral pieces.

See Miranda’s look in your space!

Does your home need a 2018 makeover?

Just like Carrie’s place, Modsy can help you reimagine your home for 2018. Start by taking our style quiz and see if you’re a Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, Samantha, or something totally different!

 

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Friends Apartment – Monica and Chandler

Where Are They Now? Reimagining the Iconic Friend’s Apartment for 2018

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Does anyone else feel like it was just yesterday that we were watching the series finale of Friends? It might seem crazy, but it’s been a whopping 14 years since the show’s finale aired, on May 6, 2004. Time flies when you’re watching Friends reruns! But who’s counting, anyway? To celebrate the show’s 14th anniversary, our Modsy design team re-imaged how the iconic Friends apartment might look today.

When we last saw them, the all six of our friends were turning in the keys to that purple apartment and heading their separate ways. The greatest question left unanswered at the end of the show? Sorry Ross and Rachel, we’re most curious about what happened to that purple apartment?

What would the space look like today? To celebrate the show’s 14th anniversary (and to satisfy some of these burning questions) we turned the iconic Friends apartment into a 3D model and got to work designing.

See how we reimagined the Friends apartment for 2018.

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When we last saw them, Monica and Chandler were happily married and raising their adopted twins, Jack and Erica. But what if they hadn’t decided to move out of the city? Would their apartment still sport those purple walls and eclectic mix of furnishings? If we had to guess, Monica and Chandler would have kept the original style of the place, but given it an upgrade.

Their style in Modsy’s terms? Our money is on Rustic Warmth. A look blends contemporary furniture with rustic accents, we think this Modsy style would appeal to Monica’s eclectic taste and Chandler’s need for comfort.

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We updated the walls to a neutral color but kept a purple accent wall to pay homage to the space’s history. Monica still likes a more eclectic space, and the pair kept some of their favorite pieces from the “good old days.” (Can you spot the Laurel & Hardy poster, Rachel’s Jouets print, and the famous pickle jar?)

The apartment’s new look shows off Monica’s penchant for plants, comfy furniture, and eclectic accessories. But it has been 14 years so she and Chandler worked together to create a home that reflects them as a couple.

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But we all know what really happened in the series finale. Monica and Chandler moved with their adopted twins to a home in Westchester. And it’s not too much of a stretch to assume Rachel might have taken over their lease.

While we were all left uncertain about the future of her and Ross (will they or won’t they?), there’s nothing uncertain about the future of that rent-controlled apartment. We don’t know for sure what happened to the couple, but we imagined she moved in to the apartment solo, along with her daughter Emma.

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Rachel’s style is what we’d call Less is More Chic. It’s a look that pairs all things glamorous with simple and clean styling. It’s easy to imagine Rachel, with her background in fashion, gravitating towards trends like knockout millennial pink, plush velvet, and marble.

Her version of the apartment would have been a sophisticated place for the gang to gather, drink wine, and reminisce about the old days.

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Last but not least – Joey! After moving back from LA, we imagined Joey would have jumped at the chance to take over the friends apartment. Would he have turned it into a bachelor pad worthy of its own GQ profile? We thought so.

We paired Joey with our Modsy Atomic Industrial style. The look mixes mid-century pieces with industrial accents, for a place is full of wood, metals and leathers. Don’t forget the man cave touches from his old place with Chandler that Joey surely would have rescued from storage!

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TOUR JOEY’S 2018 TAKE ON THE FRIENDS APARTMENT

His foosball table, dart board, and Hugsy are all parts of the apartment’s new look. Always the sentimental one, Joey also kept Dr. Drake Ramoray’s magazine cover and, of course, Pat the dog!

Joey’s 2018 apartment would be the destination hang out for the boys to watch the game in their overpriced joggers. Or, knowing Joey, an impressive place to bring dates for a night cap.

Ready to give your space a refresh?

Although we haven’t quite yet solved this problem, Modsy can help you discover how furniture and decor will look and fit in your space. See your home turned your home into a 3D model and try on and shop Monica, Rachel or Joey’s look in your space.

 

Curious what your Modsy style is?

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Exciting Updates to the Modsy 3D Style Editor

Modsy 3D Style EditorHere at Modsy, we are always working to improve the way people design and shop for their homes. We use photorealistic 3D images to help you see how a new sofa will look in your living room. All without the heavy lifting or any MacGyvering of your Pinterest boards.

But maybe you’ve always wondered how your living room would look with a sectional instead of a sofa. Or could be that you’re just curious if your new bed will fit on the other side of your room. Perhaps, shopping for furniture just brings out some commitment issues that you didn’t even know you had.

If this sounds like you, go ahead and roll your sleeves back down because we’re giving you the power to make all these amazing changes to your home with a few clicks.

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The Modsy 3D Style Editor

If you haven’t already been introduced, it’s time to say “hello” to our 3D Style Editor! Although it’s currently still in beta, this unique drag-and-drop tool gives anyone the ability to edit designs inside their Modsy Studio.

You can not only swap products, but move, rearrange, and re-visualize them in the context of your own space. Don’t like that sofa? Let’s try this one! Not sure about that rug? Swap in a few more.

Since we are always striving to make our customers’ experience even better, we made some pretty big and exciting improvements. Read on to learn what’s new the with Modsy 3D Style Editor!

Modsy 3D Style EditorSee Your Space from All Angles

Get a bird’s eye view of your room with our top down camera view. This is the best way to make changes to your layout as you can see your whole room and all the pieces in it.

Want to look around the room like you’re standing in it? We made that happen. There are multiple “cameras” stationed around your room that allow you to get a good look at your space from all angles. Tap the big orange arrows to move through the space or simply click and grab the walls to look around the room.

Get stuck in a weird spot? Don’t panic! We’ve added a handy-dandy ‘Reset Camera’ button that will bring you back where you started.

Modsy 3D Style EditorMove Products With Ease

Want to move products around your room? Yes, yes you do!

We’ve added special buttons to make this even easier. Drag pieces around the room with the freehand tool, move items up and down with the vertical button, or switch over to ‘rotate’ mode to spin them around!

Live Chat, Human to Human

As much as we’ve aimed to make this tool as user-friendly as possible, we know it can still be difficult to get the hang of. To help, we’ve added a live chat feature so you can speak with a real person.

If you ever need a hand making your design changes, need some style advice, or just want to talk (we’ve all been there) we are here to chat. You can find us in the bottom left corner of your browser.

Ready to give the 3D Style Editor a try?

Playing Favorites: What Modsy Designer Brittany’s Loving Now

Come peek behind-the-scenes in our ‘Playing Favorites’ series and meet some of the Modsy designers who help homeowners reimagine their spaces each month.  

Modsy Stylist Brittany

California-based Modsy stylist, Brittany, describes her style as “modern chic” through and through. With her eye always attuned to the latest trends, she’s one for mixing colors, patterns, and metallics in her 3D design plans for homeowners. Naturally, the spaces she creates are often filled with bright, stylish accents, plenty of plants and greenery, and major personality.

Learn what Brittany’s loving now with our quick-hit Q&A with her.

 

Where do you get your design inspiration?

“Fashion. Runway shows and vintage books are great sources for me to draw inspiration from, and they give insight into upcoming trends.”

What’s one interior design rule you always break?

“To avoid mixing metals and mixing patterns. When done correctly, they can add interest and personality to pretty much any space.”

Favorite place you’ve traveled to or want to visit?

“Bali is definitely at the top of my list!”

What’s the last book you read?

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler.”

Cats or dogs? Explain yourself.

“Both. They have different traits that are both great and not so great.”

Current obsession?

“Bringing the outside in! Plants are just as important as all other design accessories. They can also be a cost-effective way to enhance spaces and play up a home’s unique style.”

 

Check out more 3D rooms by our stylists!

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Welcoming Sam MacDonnell as Modsy’s CTO!

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Today we’re so excited to introduce Sam MacDonnell as the newest member of our family and our brand new Modsy CTO!

Since we announced our Series B funding in December, we have not slowed down. We are growing fast and Sam has joined to help lead our product roadmap and innovation strategy.

With his breadth of experience in building world class teams, 3D visualization and ecommerce, Sam is seriously equipped to continue to help us redefine the way people find and shop for products in their homes.

“At the end of the day, Modsy is a game changer and will be the dominant way people shop for furniture and decor in the near future.” – Sam MacDonnell

About Sam MacDonnell, Our New Modsy CTO

Sam joins us from HotelTonight (yes, that awesome mobile hotel booking app!), where he spent four and a half years as the company’s CTO. He was responsible for building its mobile ecommerce experience, which has a 4.8 star average from 200,000 App Store reviews.

Before HotelTonight, he worked at Autodesk and Adobe working on 3D and 2D prosumer experiences.

“Over the course of my career I’ve had incredible opportunities to help build, grow, and scale technology companies with the potential and ability to disrupt their respective industries,” said Sam MacDonnell, Modsy CTO.

“I jumped at the opportunity to work with Shanna and the Modsy team. The product is already extremely sophisticated and I can’t wait to build upon its foundation. At the end of the day, Modsy is a game changer and will be the dominant way people shop for furniture and decor in the near future. There is just nothing like it out there, especially in terms of price and quality.”

When he’s not building world class product and engineering teams, Sam can be found on the beach with his wife, two kids and pug dog; or on the golf course!

Welcome Sam! We’re so happy you’re 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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Playing Favorites: What Modsy Designer Amanda’s Loving Now

Come peek behind-the-scenes in our ‘Playing Favorites’ series and meet some of the Modsy designers who help homeowners reimagine their spaces each month.  

Modsy Designer Amanda

Based in Denver, Colorado, Modsy designer Amanda has never been one for minimalist spaces. She loves rooms filled with vintage pieces, accents rich with history, lots of books, and dark colors that play up a cozy, lived-in vibe.

It makes sense for someone who’s very much a collector of things in her own home and describes her style as a mix of eclectic and transitional. So it goes without saying that her favorite spaces are always layered with interesting furniture, accessories, and visual details. When she’s not at her desk designing spaces, you can find her nose-deep in a novel for her book club.

Find out what Amanda’s loving now with our short and sweet Q&A with her.

First things first, what’s your Modsy Style?

Contemporary Collector.”

Where do you get your design inspiration?

I grew up in Seattle, and I loved the style of being in a big city where everyone likes something a little different. Since they had their heyday in the ’60s, most neighborhoods are inspired by mid-century styling with huge windows to absorb as much sunlight as possible (through the trees for the three months of the year there is actually sun).

“Like my Modsy Style indicates, I love a little bit of everything, swamped in history! I love spaces that feel lived-in and funky details that definitely have a great story behind them. I like things in all of the corners of my rooms and books in every room of the house.”

What’s one interior design rule you always break?

Personally, I love my homes to be painted darker colors than other designers usually recommend. I just painted my husband’s office dark peacock blue and it feels so relaxing and encompassing. One day I would love to have a black dining room… And who says there can’t be glossy dark paint colors on your ceiling? It feels cozy and intimate but also makes your ceilings feel so much taller.”

What’s your favorite piece of furniture in your house?

I have a big corner chair for reading in my bedroom, and I couldn’t live without it!”

What’s your favorite restaurant where you live?

One of our favorite places out here is called Smokin’ Fin in Littleton.”

What’s the last book you read?

I love reading! It’s how I spend most of my free time. I split my time between middle school adventure novels and the incredible Y.A. books my best friend recommends to me. Since she lives in Canada, reading brings us together! The last book I finished was called The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross, for my book club.”

Cats or dogs? Explain yourself.

I have a hard time choosing. Honestly! One day I’ll have a huge husky, but I’m hoping for cats in the future too. In addition, I had bunnies when I was younger and would love to have them again! And my middle school dream of having a horse is still alive and well.”

Favorite place you’ve traveled to or want to visit?

Stockholm! It is such a peaceful, incredible city, with so many cool corners to explore.”

Favorite color combo?

I am a huge neutrals fan. I love the feel of mixed neutrals in a space, and am currently hooked on gray and camel. They are technically opposites in the neutral world, so they look beautiful together and add tons of interest to a space.”

Current obsession?

Industrial-styled attached greenrooms.”

Check out more designs by Modsy stylists!

 

Playing Favorites: What Modsy Designer Brando’s Loving Now

Come peek behind-the-scenes in our ‘Playing Favorites’ series and meet some of the Modsy designers who help homeowners reimagine their spaces each month.  

Splitting his time between Brooklyn, New York, and his native Arizona, Modsy designer Brando is an urbanite at heart with an eclectic sense of style. He has a knack for combining a mix of styles in his Modsy design plans for homeowners, which also often include lots of fun accents, unique furniture arrangements and lots of plants. The result are spaces that are anything but ordinary. To find out a little more about Brando, read on for our rapid-fire Q&A with him.

What’s your Modsy style?

Urban Collector

Where do you get your design inspiration?

“Insects and sea life. In college, I used the shapes of insect carapaces and seashells as inspiration for a few handbags and jewelry pieces. One of my tattoos is of a section cut of a conch shell.”

What’s one interior design rule you always break?

“I’ve always disagreed with the ‘rule’ of not mixing styles, and that’s probably one of my favorite things about Modsy! It’s so much fun being able to mix two very different styles and be able to create something entirely unique. My cousin came to me the other day and asked me to help her with her house. Her and her husband have such different styles and they couldn’t figure out how to both be happy. I just sent her to Modsy!”

Favorite place you’ve traveled to or want to visit?

“I’ve been to India twice to visit my dad’s side of the family, but I was so young that I wasn’t able to fully appreciate the culture. Now that I’m older I’d love to go back and experience it in an entirely different light.”

What’s the last book you read?

“Call Me By Your Name”

Cats or dogs? Explain yourself.

“Dogs! One time I saw a woman walking five Pomeranians at once, and they were all different shades of black and grey. Ever since then it has been a dream of mine to have an ombre gradient of dogs. Also, I’m allergic to cats.”

Current obsession?

“I’m obsessed with plants right now, which I’m sure any of my Modsy customers have noticed. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the desert and then moved to a city, but I feel that I can never have enough plants!”

Check out more 3D rooms by our stylists!

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How Good Design Can Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

ResolutionIn case you missed it 80% of people give up on their New Year’s Resolution by February. Why? Because change is really, really hard. Once the glitter is swept up and the optimism of a new year has faded, it’s easy to slip back into old, unhealthy habits.

This is because habits can be incredibly hard to break, especially when you live in an environment that reinforces them.

So what’s the best way to make a resolution stick? Research tells us that it might be as simple as making a few changes to your home.

To help you stay on track for your 2018 goals, we plucked four of the nine most-popular resolutions (sorry diet and exercise, we still haven’t cracked the code on you) and took a look at how good design can help make or break them.

Read on to learn how a few changes to your home can help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions.

resolution bedroomResolution #1: Get More Sleep

You don’t need us to tell you how important a good night’s sleep is to your health. And while we all know catching your 8 hours of Z’s is super important, it can be hard for many of us to actually make that happen.

Set yourself up for success with a bedroom that makes you want to go to bed early. We know life is busy and stressful, but that makes it all the more important to have a dedicated space for you to relax and unwind in. A well-designed bedroom can help motivate you to carve out space to take care of yourself, and make sleep a priority.

Try This:

  • Find the right spot: Where you place your bed can have a huge impact on the quality of your sleep. Consider where the sources of natural light are in your bedroom and where your bed is in relation to things like doors and walkways. Bedroom Feng Shui principles suggest that you avoid placing your bed directly in line with the door and, if possible, try and place your headboard against a solid wall. Ultimately what matters most is that you find the layout that is most comfortable for you. If you need help, Modsy can show you optimal layouts for your space in a 3D model of your room.
  • Keep it climatized: Outfitting your bedroom to keep you comfortable is super important. If you run cold, consider adding extra blankets and fluffy pillows to your bed. If you run hot, look for sheets that will help keep you cool at night.
  • Ban clutter: There’s nothing like a big pile of dirty laundry staring you in the face to make going to bed and waking up less relaxing. Kick clutter out by designing a bedroom with ample storage. When everything has a place, keeping your bedroom tidy will be much easier.
  • Park your screens: We all know it’s good sleep hygiene to put down our screens at least 30 minutes before going to bed. Bake this habit into your bedtime routine by carving out a designated place to park your electronics so they don’t detract from a good night’s rest.

If getting more sleep is your 2018 resolution, a well-designed bedroom could be the secret sauce that helps you turn your resolution into a reality.

resolution dining roomResolution #2 and #3: Save More Money or Eat Healthier

Two resolutions that always top the list are saving more money and eating healthier. One of the best ways to achieve both of these resolutions is to eat more meals at home.

But eating at home requires time, effort, and planning, so it’s no wonder that many of us opt to dine out instead. Our favorite trick? Upgrade your dining room to a Pinterest-worthy place you’ll want to gather with friends and family in for every meal.

Try This:

  • Find the right (number of) chairs: The first ingredient of any great dining room is comfortable seating. Find chairs that not only speak to your style, but are comfortable enough that people won’t think twice about lingering for another course or bottle of wine. We love leather because it’s easy to clean. Don’t worry if all your chairs don’t match – embrace a more eclectic look as you add chairs to your space over time.
  • Set the mood: What’s the one thing trendy restaurants have in common? Ambience! An experience involving all your senses, striking the right mood with your lighting is key to a great dining space. Opt for a pendant that can be dimmed or add an extra table lamp to your credenza. And don’t forget to light a candle or two (or a dozen) to add that final touch.
  • Incorporate storage: If you’re lucky enough to have a separate dining room in your home, take full advantage of the space by incorporating a credenza or buffet for extra storage. This can be a great place to stash excess kitchen equipment (or any clutter you just don’t have room for), and you can dress it up as a decorative focal point during dinner parties.
  • Make a statement: Another great thing about dining rooms is that they are a great place to take an interior design risk. You likely won’t want to change up your dining room decor frequently, making it the perfect place to try a statement wallpaper or bold chandelier. Not to mention, this will also give it that one-of-a kind WOW factor that guests won’t be able to stop ogling over.

Research has shown that there are substantial benefits to eating at home. Not only does cooking your own meals save you money (as opposed to frequently dining out) it also is a much healthier alternative. Give yourself the dining room you deserve to help you break the habit of eating out, and knock two resolutions out of the park.

resolution living roomResolution #4: Spend More Time with Friends and Family

Nurturing our relationships with those we love is a super important part of being a happy, healthy human. If spending more time with loved ones is at the top of your 2018 to-do list, design might be of some help to you too.

Upgrade your living room to a space people want to hang out in.

Try this:

  • Keep it low-maintenance: Unless you’re someone who doesn’t mind putting a lot of energy into caring for your furniture, opt for low-maintenance materials in your family living space. This room, if done right, will often be full of people and even pets, so you’ll relax easier if you know it can withstand a good amount of wear and tear.
  • Include ample seating: A sofa big enough for the whole family is always a good place to start. If you’re tight on space try incorporating flexible seating options, like poufs or a coffee table that doubles as an ottoman. Ensure everyone has a comfortable place to sit and relax, and watch your living become the designated hangout space.
  • Find the right layout: Think about the ways you enjoy spending time with loved ones and then optimize your living space to make that happen. Does your family love to play board games? Opt for a large coffee table and a layout that puts everyone in reach. Loving hosting friends to watch Sunday night football games? Be sure your sofa is oriented so that everyone can see – no one wants to crane their neck to get a glimpse of the action.
  • Carve out designated areas: A great way to wrangle a busy family together is to make sure there is a dedicated space for all their activities in your family room. Try incorporating a study spot or play area for the kids, or reserve a reading nook by the fireplace for parents to relax (close to the action, but not too close).

A living room that is welcoming and well-designed might be the best way to encourage your family and friends to gather and spend more quality time together this year.

 

Ready to revive your resolution?

Start a Modsy Design Project today!

 

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Announcing Our Series B Funding!

Modsy team

2017 has been quite an incredible year for our growing team at Modsy! Since we launched in September 2016, we’ve more than doubled in size, created breakthrough patent pending technology, launched amazing partnerships and retail integrations, worked with thousands of customers and continued to take a technology first approach to this rapidly changing industry.

That’s not all, today we’ve reached another huge milestone and we are thrilled to announce that we have raised a $23 million Series B!! This new round of funding was led by Advance Venture Partners (AVP), and included participation from NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, Comcast Ventures and existing investors including Norwest Venture Partners, Birchmere Ventures, Ame Cloud Ventures, BBG Ventures, and GV.

From the very beginning, Modsy has been leading the charge to transform home design through the use of powerful 3D graphics and visualization technology. We’re obsessed with eliminating the frustration that comes with guessing how furniture and decor will look inside a home and we’re on a mission empower everyone to transform the spaces they inhabit into spaces they truly love.

We’ve been fortunate that the transformative consumer experience we’ve been providing to our customers has also struck a chord with incredible brand partners. This year alone we had the fantastic experience of partnering up with Bravo Media’s home makeover TV series, Cyrus vs. Cyrus to provide on-screen 3D visualizations of design concepts as part of our ongoing media partnership with NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. We also launched initial retail pilots, integrating into the design services for notable retailers such as Crate and Barrel and West Elm.

With this new round of funding we’re ready to accelerate the impact we’re having on the market – from delivering new product features to deepening our integrations and partnerships with media and retail brands – this next phase for Modsy will be game changing.

And most of all, we want to thank our customers. You have made every step of the Modsy journey worthwhile and you are the reason we wake up every day excited to come to work! We  wouldn’t be where we are today without you. You have inspired us with your beautiful spaces, helped us innovate with your ideas and feedback, and you have helped us realize that this is absolutely just the beginning of the Modsy story!!

With tremendous gratitude and thanks,
Shanna

 

PS. Read on below to see what several of our investors and partners had to say about our Series B!

“Modsy offers the kind of attainable aspirational lifestyle that fits seamlessly with our content and audiences. Modsy is redefining home design and ecommerce with a fresh, innovative and turnkey approach which makes for an ideal transactional business that we can integrate into our programming in a way that delivers a real service to our viewers. We look forward to building on our partnership to help accelerate their growth.” – Dave Howe, President, Strategy and Commercial Growth, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment

“Modsy is fundamentally changing the home design and shopping experience. Many consumers have a hard time buying for their homes, but Modsy’s 3D visualization and personalized styling give its customers the confidence to purchase and create a beautiful space. The market potential for a company that sits at the intersection of art, design, media and retail is huge, and AVP looks forward to supporting Modsy’s mission to revolutionize the industry.” – Courtney Robinson, Partner, Advanced Venture Partners.

“Modsy has a proven track record of success in reshaping the home design industry with 3D technology, and has already positively impacted how consumers interact with furniture and home retailers. Norwest Venture Partners has a long history with Modsy, having led their Series A in 2016, and with this new round we’re excited to see Shanna Tellerman and her team continue to innovate in the space, using technology to find new ways to solve the inherent problems with furniture shopping and decorating.” – Jeff Crowe, Managing Partner, Norwest Venture Partners

The AR Revolution is Here, and It’s the Future We Imagined at Modsy!

A breakdown of one of AR’s most practical use cases today, furniture shopping

 

 

At Modsy we could not be more excited about roll out of Augmented Reality (AR) through ARKit on iOS devices and ARCore on Android devices.  This is just the start of the full unlock of visualization as a part of home design and furniture shopping, something we have long believed will transform the way we all shop for our homes.  AR as a feature will be as fundamental to the next generation of mobile applications as geolocation was to early mobile apps.  There will be very few products that do not in some way take advantage of this feature, overlaying valuable data and visuals positioned through the camera as if they were in the real world.  Furniture shopping and home design are one of the best examples of this new capability and we’re bound to see a lot of action in this space in the coming months!

With all the enthusiasm around the launch of AR we thought it would be helpful to share our analysis of the first generation of AR and where it will be best applied as well as the limitations as it relates to shopping for the home.  

 

What we love about AR for home design & furniture shopping:

1. Shopping validation for single item or small vignettes: The top use case for AR in home furnishings will be to consider how single items and small vignettes look within a room.  It will be very helpful when you have an empty part of your room and you’re considering 1-3 items.  You will likely want to do a good amount of the searching and saving of items before moving into AR mode so you can make the best use of the time when you are standing and looking through the app (both battery life and your own patience may limit how much search and discovery you choose to do in the actual AR mode).  However once you have a variety of items you’d like to consider, moving to the AR view will give you an amazing way to get a sense of the size, look and feel of the item in your actual space.

2. 3D Presence: Both ARKit (iOS) and ARCore (Android) will give us a sense that the objects we are seeing through our screen are really in the room with us.  This is the biggest unlock of this generation of AR on mobile, it is the first time almost every consumer’s phone will have the ability to sense the planes in a room and therefore accurately place and scale items.  You can walk up to and around the objects just like they exist in the real world and even the lighting effects help to simulate the feeling that they are part of your current environment.  While the graphics will not be perfect (they will still have a bit of a game/cartoon feel) they will often be close enough to give you a sense of the shape and scale of an item you are considering.

3. Quick, easy, and on every smart phone: The reason this moment in time is so critical is that AR is will now be a regular feature available on (just about) every consumer’s phone.  For iPhones it will be 6s and later and for Android it will be initially on Pixel and Samsung’s S8.  This means that we are no longer limited to special devices or hardware for a realistic 3D viewing experience in our phone, with the click of a button anyone can move into an AR viewing experience.

 

The limitations of AR for home design and furniture shopping:

1. Best in empty rooms: If you have an empty room or an empty spot/wall AR will be perfect, however for anyone trying to swap out new furniture with existing items it will be a bit more challenging.  If you’re considering a new sofa in place of your current sofa you may have trouble positioning the 3D sofa on top of an existing item in the scene.  You’ll need to either move your sofa or deal with a slightly awkward experience.  The same will go for considering items that need to be positioned in or tightly around existing items, for example rugs or dining room chairs.  The current generation of AR does not know how to detect and work around existing items in the scene in a nuanced way, but rather thinks you would want to place the item on top of the item in the scene.

2. Difficult to use for full room or multi-item designs: While AR is great at detecting planes when you’re working within a limited area of a room it quickly becomes less accurate as you move through and attempt to place multiple items within a full room.  A combination of virtual items intersecting with real items, breaking the illusion, and drifting that can interfere with the accurate placement of larger objects will make it difficult to design a large multi-item room.  The more items you add and the more complex your scene becomes, the harder it will be to keep everything accurate and in place.  It’s going to be best used for considering 1-3 items at a time.

3. Not the right solution for optimizing layouts: This is probably not the feature you want to use if you’re still experimenting with the layout for your room.  It will be difficult to get a complete sense of all the items in the room from AR mode and you may not have a good sense for how close things are to one another without moving around and tweaking.  To experiment you will likely want to use a top down view and experiment from this perspective where you can easily move items around and determine the optimal layout and distance between objects.  Once you have a vision for your room, viewing specific items through AR in the place you are considering will be a great way to validate that you do in fact like the layout and having this item in this location.

4. Recommended Design or DIY Discovery: A key part of using AR effectively will be to use it when you are certain about the products you want to visualize.  If you are struggling to think about what to put in a room or how to pull it all together AR is not going to help.  It is a DIY experience and you’ll need to find the items you like and know exactly where you want to see them.  As we’ve seen at Modsy this is not always where a consumer will begin their journey.  Oftentimes people are feeling overwhelmed and intimidated trying to figure out what items will look good together, how they should be placed in the room, and how to accessorize and bring it all together.  This is not something AR will solve. Once you have a design concept, layout, and a list of the specific products you are considering, this will be the moment to use an AR feature to view these items for a final visual confirmation that this is the perfect piece for your room.

 

We believe that AR shopping experiences will help to transform the way we shop for our homes. It is not a perfect solution in and of itself just yet however.  Between drifting, battery life, plane detection and graphic quality, this first generation of AR will be used for very focused and specific use cases.  As the technology advances the adoption will advance as well, but will likely need to live alongside a larger home shopping and design experience.  The ideal app will include concept planning, inspiration, a complete cross-retailer catalog, tremendously simple UI, amazing search and filter capabilities, and strong recommendations based on your style, budget and room type.  This killer experience will forever transform the way we design our homes and AR will be a key feature enabling this transformation.

Modsy Redesigns Real Housewives of New York Star, Sonja Morgan’s Townhouse

It’s Sonja Morgan’s (second) living room and she’ll redesign it five ways if she wants to.

During the season finale of the Real Housewives of New York, Modsy virtually redesigned Sonja Morgan’s Manhattan townhouse five ways.

 

Design 1: Classic Eclectic
Design 1: Classic Eclectic
Design 2: Eclectic Minimal
Design 2: Eclectic Minimal
Design 3: Industrial Drama
Design 3: Industrial Drama
Design 4: Boho Beach House
Design 4: Boho Beach House
Design 5: Minimal Take on Hollywood Glam
Design 5: Minimal Take on Hollywood Glam

 

Ready to “revamp and revitalize” her formal living room, Modsy got to work transforming Sonja’s space into five completely different designs. Starting from scratch, we created an exact 3D model of her space, from the ornate fireplace to the fabulous de Gournay wallpaper.

Tour the five looks below!

 

Design 1: An eclectic take on a classic look

Sonja’s yellow de Gournay wallpaper takes center stage in this design. Paired with classic motifs and pieces with traditional shapes, this design is an eclectic take on a classic aesthetic.

The yellow wallpaper adorned with tropical fauna creates the perfect backdrop for chinoiserie accents, such as the bamboo motifs that harken back to classical European interior design. The marbled wool rug washes the space with a layer of chic sophistication, which keeps the design feeling fresh and modern.

We love this look because it mixes colorful and classic elements together for a look that is both fresh and timeless.

 

Design 2: Minimal Chic with a Modern Edge

Black, white, and wood? Yes please! In our second redesign we stripped the wallpaper and painted the room all in white for a less is more take on Sonja’s space. This design takes her living room to new graphic heights with over-sized prints paired with understated, geometric furnishings.

Layers of geometric forms, raw materials, and modernist silhouettes create a space that celebrates minimalism with an edge.

We love this look for anyone who loves a refined and minimal look but still craves a healthy serving of drama on the side.

 

Design 3: An Industrial Lounge with a feminine twist

This look might be more dramatic than all 9 seasons of the Real Housewives combined. Oxblood leather panels adorn the walls, transforming the room into an intimate enclosure that evokes a 1950s smoking lounge vibe. The iconic Barcelona lounge chair creates a modernist focal point while the velvet chesterfield sofa seems like the perfect place to drape oneself with a martini.

We love this moody design because it serves up an industrial look with a decidedly feminine edge.

 

Design 4: A Bohemian Hampton Beach House

Easy and breezy, this design takes an eclectic approach to a Hamptons beach house look. We love the combination of natural materials with the classic formal architecture, and the traditional pieces paired with more eclectic accents.

This take on Sonja’s living room is polished but still approachable and on-trend. We love it for anyone who wants a space that looks formal but feels comfortable.

 

Design 5: A Minimalist take on Hollywood Glam

Sitting at the crossroads between luxury and minimalism, Sonja’s final living room look is a modern take on old school glam. Minimal ornamentation, this space is all about color, texture, and form.

The design flaunts a teal paint job paired with a teal sofa, along with black and white checkered marble floors for an extra pop of drama. A pair of pink velvet chairs inspired the abstract, grassy pink mural on the back wall.

One of our favorites, this design is saturated in color and is the look for anyone who loves Hollywood glam without the extra frills.

 

You don’t have to be a real housewife to have your home virtually redesigned. Start your own project with Modsy and watch your room transform without lifting a finger!

Top 9 Products of 2016

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2016 was an exciting year over here at Modsy. We met a lot of you (virtually!), built your 3D room models and got a ton of insight into which products you’re loving right now We’ve unpacked the data and here are your top picks for the year.

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A major milestone and the starting line!

 

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A major milestone and the starting line!

In February 2015 we set out with an ambitious dream, and today we are thrilled to announce that Modsy has officially emerged from beta to transform the way consumers shop for and design their homes.  

We have worked tirelessly, constantly testing with customers, pushing the limits on the product capabilities, expanding our incredible team, and continuously looking for ways to improve. And this release is just the beginning. We have several amazing things in the pipeline and cannot wait to continue this momentum.

Modsy is the solution we’ve all been searching for when it comes to designing our homes. It is not enough to put furniture online or make interior design more affordable – it’s time for a true technology-based transformation!

At each step we’ve seen a little glimmer of the magic that Modsy can create. We’ve seen the “wow” on someone’s face when she realizes that the image she sees is not a photograph. We’ve heard pure joy from a customer discovering a product he absolutely loves. And most importantly, we’ve seen customer after customer transform their homes into something they truly love.

Modsy is technology meets design at its very best!

  • First and foremost, we are building a product that works for a real person. No specialized hardware, software, or goggles required.
  • We are building a product that empowers you to lead the design of your own home.
  • We are building a product that relies on technology to do the heavy lifting. Reconstructing 3D room models, curating and suggesting products, creating optimal layouts, and more.
  • We are building a product that brings in the human touch where the impact is greatest. Providing creative inspiration and assisting in your design process only as necessary and as requested.

To reach this significant milestone it has taken the tremendous dedication of everyone here on the Modsy team and the support of our friends, family, investors, advisors, and customers. A product launch is more than just a moment in time – it is the culmination of countless hours and the determination to bring the impossible to life. Today we are taking a moment to celebrate and thank everyone who has been involved. And to recognize that we have accomplished so much, yet our journey has only just begun!


New Feature: Replace Products in Your Existing Designs

Imagine a world where you could have the utmost confidence that the piece of furniture you’ve been eying will actually look great in your own space. You know it will fit, you know how it should be laid out, and you know how it looks with other pieces already in your room. The best part? You don’t actually have to buy it to know all of this!

Today at Modsy we’re making that world possible. We rolled out a big new feature in our beta that we’re excited to tell you more about. (Drumroll please….)

As a Modsy member, you now have the ability to automagically(!) replace products in your existing room designs with alternatives of your choosing.

Why is this exciting for you? A few reasons:

You choose what you like.

Not totally in love with the sofa, or the rug, or the artwork we put in your initial designs? No problem. Scroll through our alternative products and select the one you love.

See it in your own space.

No need to rely on just your imagination anymore. Once you’ve selected alternative products for your design, we will develop additional photo-realistic images that allow you to literally “see it to believe it.”

Don’t stop until you’ve found “the one.”

Why settle? Try on new furniture until you’ve found that perfect piece you’ve been looking for.

How it works:

1. If you already have a Modsy Studio*, log in to it. (If you don’t, sign up asap!)  🙂

2. Access the Replace feature through the “Replace” button on the main toolbar…

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3. Select the product you’d like to swap out and then select the alternative product you’d like to take its place.

4. Continue selecting existing products and alternative products until you’ve made all the replacements you’d like to see. **Note – you can replace 1 to all of the products in the design if you’d like!

5. Click “Review” to see the list of products in the new design.

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6. After you click “Submit Redesign”, you’ll see a ‘pending’ design in your design bar:

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That’s it! In 2 business days you’ll receive your new designs with the products of your choosing incorporated!

What’s coming next:

Right now, after you click “submit”, it takes about 2 business days to receive your new design. While we know this isn’t ideal, we are still unbelievably excited about it – this is some incredibly cutting edge technology we’re building over here!

The reasons behind a 2-day lag are quite technical, but the gist of it lies in the fact that “rendering” these photo-realistic images takes a bit of computational time. That being said, we’re hard at work improving the back-end technology to make this replace feature as close to real-time as possible. This is just our first step to get there!

Interested in trying out this new feature for yourself? If you’re a member, simply log in to your existing Modsy Studio and get started!* And if you’re not yet a member, head to modsy.com and sign up to start redesigning your own space today!

*If you have an older version of the Modsy Studio, please email hello@modsy.com and we’ll update your old Lookbook so you can try out this new feature asap!