Transformation: Modern Bedroom Bliss

You know that room that feels too small, drab, or awkwardly shaped? No matter how many times you move the furniture around, it just doesn’t make your heart sing. That perfect piece you found online, the one that will solve everything, finally arrives and the size or scale is wrong, the color is off – and your dream solution dissolves into a huge hassle. Remedy? A Modsy redesign.

What separates a Modsy redesign from the pack is this: We use 3D technology to recreate your room – to scale – then add products that fit the space and match your style. You see a new design, in the context of your actual space, before making a single decision. Now you can purchase with confidence.

Watch this bedroom transform, with a blend of Minimalism and Mid Century Modern – a style we call “Mod Visionary”.

 


What makes these Mod Visionary designs work

Transformation 1

 Wood adds warmth and weight to the overall cool vibe, but the Shale Credenza and  Wrap Bench touch down lightly with simple slim legs, keeping the light-as-air feeling of the room. Geometric Nesting Tables are a crisp contrast to soft linens and Prism Pillows add subtle pattern and color  to understated bedding;

Shale Credenza, Blu Dot, $2699

Wrap Bench
CB2, $399

Box Frame Nesting Tables
West Elm, $299

Prism Pillow
CB2, $1099 – $1299

PB fringed rugFringed Hand Loomed Rug
CB2, $124.99 – $799

Soho Moon Bed
CB2, $1099 – $1299


Transformation 2

  Keeping large elements simple and clean, like the Mid-Century Bed and Shale Credenza, leaves room for drama, added here with the fiery warmth of the Mykonos Rug and Ombre Marsala Pillow. Curves in the Bornova Side Table and Felicity Lamp add softness to the design’s straight lines and squared edges. 

Mid-Century Bed, West Elm, $2699

Mykonos Burgundy Area Rug
Wayfair, $179.99 – $2410.79

Bornova White Side Table
Ballard, $1099 – $219

Felicity Lamp
Arteriors, $420

Lonely Lakeside 1
Minted, $20 – $530


Let Modsy transform your space. Take the Style Quiz and send us your photos pronto! Good things will come your way.

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Modsy + Retail: The Virtual Photoshoot

 Today we’re taking a break from showing off our customer space transformations to demonstrate another way Modsy is bringing change to the world of interior design.

We’ve been doing some work with Rob Royer, founder of the Chicago-based company, Interior Define. They make high-quality, custom, affordable sofas and sectionals. We’re big fans of their work and have used their products in several customer designs. We even have one of their sofas in our San Francisco office!  Since customization is key to their offering, it’s difficult for them to convey all the product possibilities on their website. Ideally, they would show their products in actual living spaces, but that’s expensive and time-consuming.

In discussing these challenges with Rob, something we already knew rose to the surface: What Modsy is doing for customers with home design dilemmas works equally well for merchants. We can showcase their products in virtually any environment, and in any configuration. No actual location, products or photoshoot needed.

So we got to work creating a solution for them. Here’s a short story of the process:

The right space

Interior Define wanted an urban setting to demonstrate how well these pieces work in small city spaces. After showing them a bunch of rooms from our archive, they went with this one:


Modsy 3D rendering

Pretty exciting, right? Just you wait.

The right set up

After changing our (virtual) camera angle and clearing up the view, we tested some layout options. Using Interior Define products and some of our existing accent pieces and accessories, we came up with these ideas: The right brand story

The folks at Interior Define were really enthusiastic about how great it looked and how easily it came together. But while the added accent pieces and accessories dressed up the room, they also obscured the main story – product customization. So we minimized the extras and let the sofas and sectionals be the stars – with seemingly endless combinations of components, fabrics and legs…here’s a sampling:

That did the trick. Rob said, “Having photo-realistic renderings of our custom designs in on-brand spaces is a powerful way of demonstrating our customization capabilities. It also makes it easy for our customers to envision the final product.”

An important thing to note about these images is that while these specific pieces are built frequently, there is rarely a chance for Interior Define to have them professionally photographed. Each piece is shipped to customers immediately upon completion.

The take-away: Modsy made it possible for Interior Define to showcase products on their website in configurations that are not displayed in their showroom and have never been photographed. Working in a digital space, with digital products, made iterations fast and easy. It’s a powerful tool for merchants. The possibilities for where this can lead endless…let’s get to work!

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Seeing is Believing: A Layout Mystery Solved

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If anything were possible, we could all design a place to live that worked perfectly for our unique lifestyles. But, alas, that’s not the case. Most of us live in spaces that have at least one perplexing aspect, whether it’s an oddly shaped room, an awkwardly placed window, or a funny little nook off the kitchen whose original purpose is a complete mystery. And in many cases, we need to make use of every square foot, no matter how puzzling.

Enter Allie and Andrew, their new house in the lovely Montclair neighborhood of Oakland, CA, and a perfect opportunity for some Modsy magic.

This young couple’s first home is a true find – great neighborhood, lots of natural light, beautiful views and loads of charming details. Here’s the main challenge: A long, narrow space that runs from the front door to the back deck that needs to multitask as living area and ideally, dining area, while still leaving entry space. Oh, and another small constraint: it also has a variety of asymmetrically-placed structural elements along the way, just to keep things interesting.

Design challenge? Modsy to the rescue! First, we did a couple of renderings of the empty space so we could assess our strategy:

Modsy 3D rendered view of empty space, toward front door, empty

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Next: Identifying Allie and Andrew’s individual taste preferences with our style quiz and some initial concept boards. Here’s where their design ideals overlapped: a relaxed, inviting ambiance, calm neutrals, warm accents, natural and rustic textures with a touch of vintage and industrial elements. With this information we identified a furniture and decor collection just right for them. Now, the really fun part: creating more Modsy 3D visualizations of their space, this time with several furniture configurations to show them what was possible, and help them determine what best suited their needs. Three options – see what you think:

Option 1: Cozy sitting area by the fireplace, sun-filled sitting/lounging area with sofa that opens to the back deck.

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Option 2: Dining area centered on fireplace; living area with sofa centered on two side windows with easy flow to outdoors.

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Option 3: Centralized living area with loveseat and chair(s) that incorporates the fireplace but leaves plenty of entry space; dining area at back, with easy access to deck.

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ModsyRendering_AAModsy 3D rendered living area in front, incorporating fireplace

ModsyRendering_AAModsy 3D rendered dining area in back, by French doors and deck

In addition to adding and arranging the furniture and accessories, we made a couple of changes that Allie and Andrew already knew they wanted: a soft gray wall color, and a silvery white paint to cool off the formerly smoke-blackened, brick-colored brick fireplace.


First Image: Original photo of wall color and fireplace
Second Image:  Modsy 3D rendering of new wall color and fireplace

These small color changes alone completely altered the feel of the room, providing confirmation to the couple that their instincts were right. But their biggest concern was having enough room to create living and dining areas – without the room feeling like a furniture warehouse. When they initially saw the house staged, achieving this goal seemed like a reach. Now, seeing the room in a variety of layouts, with furniture and decor that speaks to them, they have a roadmap and confidence about next steps.

Getting over the barrier of existing elements – or wide open blank spaces – opens a world of possibilities. Allowing you to see those barriers disappear, and be replaced with elements in your style, arranged in a way that fits your life is what we’re up to at Modsy. It’s a whole new way of designing a room.

Meanwhile, back in Oakland, when the moving van arrived, Allie and Andrew knew exactly where the furniture should go (Option 3, dining area near the deck). They’re also creating a prioritized list of new things to buy, well on their way to turning this house into a home. They saw it, they loved it, now they’re doing it.

Shop this Look: Rustic Modern

Pontus Sofa
Joybird, $1799

Jutte Lattice Rug
Pottery Barn, $129-$549

Foundry Coffee Table
Cisco Home, $1295

Deconstructed French Napoleonic Chair
Restoration Hardware, $1015


As Collective
One Kings Lane, $99

Fuchsia Stripes
One Kings Lane, $325 – $475

 

 

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Modern Eclectic with a Touch of Minimalist

Modsy 3D rendering of Allison’s & Eric’s redesign (not a photo!)

What do you get when you cross minimalist, mid-century, and eclectic styles? The first Modsy design collection! This collection was inspired by our friends Eric and Allison, a San Francisco couple and close friends of one of our founders, Shanna. They bought a home earlier this year, and we knew instantly it would be the perfect place for an early user test.

Together, Eric and Allison have a great sense of style and have put together a killer pad. But like all design lovers, they were curious to explore different possibilities for their space. As a start, we gave them each a quiz to give us insider knowledge of what makes them tick, stylistically. We learned (and they were already well aware) that Eric likes a minimalist style, while Allison is drawn to warmth, variety and interesting elements. With that information, we dove in and had a great time trying out new ways to combine their tastes.

Here are photos of their current set-up:

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Photos of Allison and Eric’s living area in their new home

For fun – and big impact – we first created a 3D rendering of their Living Area completely empty. This made it easy for us to think about the same space, but as a blank slate. And, it was a version of the room they hadn’t seen since move-in day, months ago!

Modsy 3D rendering of the space empty

Though they don’t need new furniture, we took full advantage of working in a virtual environment, and started from scratch.

A low-profile sectional, a classic mid-century chair and a cool sideboard perfectly proportioned to the space (a.k.a. stuff-hider). We also played with an alternative way to arrange the space.

Modsy 3D rendering of the space

Check out the living wall made up of air plants. It’s our favorite element – so unexpected and original. Little did we know, Allison had been thinking of this same idea. “You read my mind!” she said. After seeing it here, in her very own virtual living area, she’s feeling confident to give it a shot in her actual living room.

Interesting and informative exercise, right? But wait, there’s more! One of the best parts about what Modsy is building is the ability to effortlessly try different designs in a single space. So, without changing the overall aesthetic, we made a few product swaps:

3D rendering of the living room with a few different accessories

It’s always a good reminder to see how small changes, like pillows or a rug, can have a big impact on a room.

Check out this animation to follow some of the combinations we tried and see the differences – big and small – they make in this Living Area:

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And since we were at their place, and they had this great Dining Area, we couldn’t resist doing another quick round of alternative ideas:

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Existing Dining Area layout (photo)

Rumor has it, Eric possesses mad cocktail-making skills, so we proposed a bar that matched his talent, complete with a wallpaper backdrop in a mid-century inspired print.

3D rendering of dining area

Eric and Allison hadn’t considered wallpaper on the bar wall, but they loved the the idea! And while we’re at it, here is another version, with some small changes:

3D rendering of Dining Area

These spaces came together rather nicely, don’t you think? And the couple got to see exactly how all of these options would work before buying a single thing. That’s a peek into what we’re doing at Modsy. And there’s more to come. Curious to know what happened with Eric and Allison? They’re busy planning a living wall and picking out wallpaper for their bar nook. Knowledge breeds confidence!

 

Shop this Look:  Modern Eclectic

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Sloan Sofa
Interior Define, $1600

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Mid-Century Console
West Elm, $999

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Thigmotrope Satellite Fleet
Flora Grub, Set of 3 Plants $79

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Carson Floor Lamp
Joybird, $395

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Alexander Girard Dolls
Design Within Reach, $190

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