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My Modsy Story: How I Designed the Grown-Up Apartment Of My Dreams

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After moving cross-country, Omar was ready to trade in his big box store furniture for a grown-up apartment design.

Homeowner: Omar M, Marketing & Business Development

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Room: Entire Apartment

His Style: Modern Minimalist

The Backstory

I was ready for a new start in Los Angeles after spending 5 years in NYC. My new space is a lot larger than my old apartment so not only did I need more furniture, I also wanted to update my style to create a space that was welcoming, mature, and great for hosting. On top of that, I also wanted to make sure that the apartment design maximized my space and highlighted my new view.

The Design Dilemma

I really hate shopping and can’t visualize ideas in my home so all the furniture I had came from the same store. It looked like something out of a catalog – but in a bad way.

So when I moved it all into my new space, the rooms felt so bland. They were functional but didn’t have a lot of personality. I was totally overwhelmed with no clue how or where to start with a design I’d actually enjoy.

apartment design modsyThe Modsy Moment

I knew I needed help but I’d never worked with an interior designer or online design service before. So when I saw an ad for Modsy on Instagram I’ll admit, at first I was skeptical. I wasn’t sure that a complete stranger could bring my “vision” to life. And how could they when I didn’t even know what my vision was myself?

I was also nervous because the apartment was new to both me and the designer so I wasn’t convinced that everything would fit and/or look like how it did in the 3D designs.

apartment design modsyHow Modsy’s Designs Helped Omar

All of my worries were completely put to rest when I saw my Modsy designs for the first time. I was amazed! The 3D designs really impressed me, especially the living room/home office and dining room.

I loved all of the options presented! And my designer was patient, flexible, and honest and I really liked working with her.

apartment design modsyThe Real Results

My apartment looks amazing now. All of the rooms look great and they mirror my final designs to a tee. I ended up purchasing pretty much everything through Modsy, and the process was super seamless and efficient.apartment design modsy

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Moving across the country is stressful but Modsy made the ordering and delivery process really easy. I didn’t have to take any extra steps and I also checked a few items and confirmed that Modsy definitely gave me the best price on all of them.

My new rooms feel so comfortable and mature and it’s a perfect space for hosting – it’s finally the grown-up space I’ve been wanting!

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Trend Spotlight: Tour This Home Designed With Cool Organic Modern Style

organic modernism decor trendYou heard it here first! Organic modernism is a new trend we’re forecasting for 2020. Actually, it’s already one of our new favorite styles. Here’s why: It combines all the best elements of the mid-century modern look that has been so popular for the past decade (aka Mad Men-inspired) with organic and earthy elements.

To break down organic modernism further, it’s a style that was born in the 1940s and ’50s. The word ‘organic’ referred to a design that was perfectly suited to someone’s lifestyle and how they lived.

Our interpretation of the style today uses many of the same iconic mid-century pieces and introduces a natural touch through organic materials, colors, shapes, and textures. The result is an approachable and warm yet minimal space that’s designed to suit your lifestyle and look great, too.

Here, we’ve dreamed up a home that’s designed with our take on the organic modernism trend. Tour the home below and get our inspiring tips for bringing the look into your own spaces.

organic modernism entrywayThe Entryway

The entry to our home establishes the aesthetic tone right from the start with furniture and accents that emphasize sculptural forms and simple materials.

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The Key Elements

Lean into curves. Choose pieces that have unique curvy silhouettes, whether it’s an oval mirror or a console or stool with smooth, rounded edges. This will play up an elegant earthy vibe.

Go for slender details. From the narrow legs of a modern armchair to the thin frame of a mirror, look for pieces that emphasize a streamlined look. You want to minimize the visual impact of your designs to allow the organic elements to shine.

Think industrial but softer. Consider this style a softer take on industrial. Opt for crisp fabrics, earthy woods, and smooth stone pieces that lend softness rather than strong visual impact.

organic modernism living roomThe Living Room

We love the clean-lined and sophisticated vibe of the organic modern trend. In the living room, this can mean combining curvy light-leather armchairs with a low sofa that has deep seating and a smooth, rounded coffee table.

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The Key Elements

Embrace earth tones. The organic modernism trend has a strong earth tone palette. Bring together neutrals and natural colors in a big way with warm woods, ceramics, stone, leather, and rattan.

Mix up modern. This style is less about the type of modern furniture and more about the shape, colors, and materials of those pieces. So don’t be afraid to combine mid-century designs with minimalist pieces and even contemporary furniture.

Opt for organic shapes. Just remember: No sharp angles in furniture. Keep to curved, asymmetrical, and rounded forms inspired by shapes found in the natural world.

organic modernismThe Reading Nook

Organic modernism is a look that leverages the modern and minimal elements of the mid-century style. Make sure you carry that through to every corner in the home.

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The Key Elements

Focus on natural pieces. If you’re bringing this look to a corner nook, start with furniture in gorgeous natural materials, be it a wool chair or a burl wood cabinet, and minimize your accents.

Get abstract. When it comes to art, this look is all about subtlety and simplicity. So lean into pieces that add visual impact through shapes. Sharp edges allowed here and only here!

Minimize styling. Of course, to really nail this look you’ll want to take a minimal approach to styling. Less is more and the pieces you do put on display should have a story worth telling.

organic modern dining roomThe Dining Room

We love how the introduction of softer edges and organic shapes helps lend a comfortable warmth to spaces. In the dining room, this can come down to balancing elegant shapes with bold natural textures.

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The Key Elements

White is your anchor. More than any space in the home, the dining room is where white can really provide a perfect foundation for the organic modernism style. Try a white dining table and hanging light as the centerpieces that you can mix other designs around.

Add impact with texture. In a clean-lined space, add one major piece that provides a warm, textural counterpoint. The woven cabinet here presents the perfect organic touch.

Bring in tons of plant life. If there’s one accent you never have too much of with this style, it’s greenery and plants, which will add both color and a bit of life to your neutral spaces. Go for greenery with big leafy branches, which is another way to bring a sculptural touch to rooms.

organic modern home officeThe Home Office

Just because there’s so much focus on materials and form doesn’t mean that the organic modernism look is anything but practical. The style can make for a quiet, productive, and deeply inspiring design approach in the home office.

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The Key Elements

Keep to smooth surfaces. In the workspace, organic modernism equates to furnishings that have super sleek surfaces and accents that have very little frill. That means paring down the wood grain textures in lieu of light woods and a rug that has a super subtle pattern, if at all.

Have a few substantial pieces. Unlike other rooms, you’re not mixing as much here. It’s about bringing in a design-driven desk and maybe a streamlined daybed. Keeping to big pieces in beautiful materials is the way to mastering this look in the home office.

Add distinct lighting. A good floor lamp with a bold design will go a long way here. An industrial-leaning light with an open base will add to the overall modern, sculptural vibe.

organic modernism bedroomThe Bedroom

So much of what makes organic modernism such a soothing and dreamy style is the combination of modern lines with soft organic materials. In the bedroom, it’s a surefire combination that adds up to a calm and zen personal haven.

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The Key Elements

Play up varied textures. Texture is what keeps this look from falling flat. So it’s key to layer different textures, such as an upholstered bed with a variety of pillows and a super-soft rug.

Balance hard and soft. Once you have your soft texture mix down, don’t be afraid to contrast it with some sleek surfaces, like a stone table and nightstands that have warm wood tones. It’s this juxtaposition that gives organic modernism an endlessly cozy appeal.

Mix subtle patterns. Just like how texture brings depth to the room, subtle patterns can add visual intrigue and provide a touch of extra warmth. It’s about delicate motifs that make for interesting focal points you might not notice right away!

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Style Spotlight: How to Get the Rustic Minimalist Look

You heard it here first: Rustic minimalism is a trend on the rise. What is rustic minimalism? Well, as its name indicates, this look combines elements of both rustic and minimal design styles and merges them into one space. What results are cool, spare rooms warmed up with bold but neutral colors and natural materials. You’ll also notice this look has a touch of rustic charm and a hint of industrial flair. Ultimately, this style combines pared-down vintage elements in a calm, monochromatic palette for a look that’s gender-neutral and inviting.

Ready to move in? We’ve got you covered! Read on to get the scoop on our stylists’ seven best tips to help you get the look in your own home.

rustic minimalist bedroom1. Go With Natural Materials

To really nail the rustic side of rustic minimalism, opt for furniture and decor accents that show off what they’re made of. Natural materials like unfinished wood, ceramics, metals, stone, jute, and linen are all great places to start.

Art that showcases the natural world is another way to pull the rustic vibe into your space – like this photograph of the Icelandic landscape.

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rustic minimalist living room2. Prioritize Comfort

Rustic minimalism is a style that’s meant to be lived in. That means it should be full of cozy, comfortable elements that make your room an inviting gathering space. For your base furniture, pick pieces that put comfort front and center – like this oversized sectional sofa. But don’t snooze on the fact that this sofa still has clean lines, which plays into the minimal side of this style. Layers of plush textiles and pillows will help up the comfort factor.

But to keep your room from feeling too weighty, you’ll want to balance out heavy and airy furniture, striking the right balance and contrast. For example, you can balance out the more substantial sofa with a minimal coffee table. Or, consider this accent chair: while still comfortable, it has a more modern frame that keeps the look lighter.

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office3. Add Warmth with Wood and Leather

We love the way that textiles can transform and warm up a whole space. Without the leather of the chairs, this office would feel very cool and industrial. But the addition of these chairs – along with the wicker baskets on the bookshelf and the palm leaf plant basket in the corner – changes the vibe in the best possible way.

Natural wood and leather tones add warmth throughout a room and will keep your rustic minimalist space from feeling cold or sterile, but they also won’t detract from the overall style! (Curtains and rugs are another great way to add warmth and texture.) And speaking of warmth, we love the way plants warm up a room and add a pop of color.

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office4. Stick to Frill-Free Furniture

To get this look, you’ll want to stay away from ornate decor and more traditionally shaped pieces, instead favoring sleek, clean lines. What results is a look that feels both current and gender-neutral. We love the wood and upholstery in this room, which together strikes the perfect balance of minimal and warm.

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dining room5. Go High-Contrast With Wall Color

Rustic minimalist design can feel spare. To keep it minimal but add a bold note, try painting a wall in a dark neutral. This could be an accent wall or the whole space. Either way, it will add a cozy vibe that’s right at home in rustic spaces but also strikes a bold note. It also creates the perfect backdrop for your art and decor to do the talking!

Bonus: a dark wall also makes wood and brass elements pop! Afraid of the room feeling too dark? You can add some life and color with a bright patterned rug.

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rustic minimalist living room6. Add Pops of Pattern and Eclectic Art

Rustic styles tend to feel more traditional – but to achieve the modern side of rustic minimalism, mix in fresh and contemporary elements to make it of-the-moment. We love an eclectic mix of organic patterns and playful art! A gallery wall is a great way to push your look more modern and trendy, and it gives you the opportunity to mix and match art styles to create a look that is all your own.

But don’t stop at wall art! Use textiles like throw pillows and blankets – but opt for patterns in the same color scheme to keep with the minimal vibe. We brought this to life in this room through using pops of black, white, and grey in the pillows, rug, and art.

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rustic minimalist bedroom7. Go Industrial With Your Lighting Fixtures

Remember how we said the rustic minimalist style has a slight industrial element to it? Well, you can usually spot this in the light fixtures.

Pieces made of metal, with a factory vibe, are key to this style. These matte black sconces are the perfect mix of rustic and industrial chic – but with a modern shape, they also add to the minimal vibe.

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Zen Out: 6 Ways To Create a Calming Home

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

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

Get Comfy With Clean Lines

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

zen living room ideasOpt For a Soothing Palette

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

Minimize Clutter

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

Simplify Your Styling

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

Invite Greenery Inside

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

zen bedroom ideasLet In Lots Of Natural Light

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

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7 Hot Weather Design Tips to Help You Stay Cool in Style

hot weather design tipsIt’s hot out! Summer can usher in lots of fun, but the heat can also bring a rise in tempers. To help you keep your cool, we’re serving up some hot weather design tips so you can create the perfect escape from the sizzle of summer. Check out these 7 summer design tips for designing a space that helps you cool down and beat the heat.

1. Materials Matter

For beat-the-heat design, pick materials that make your home look and feel extra cool. Linens, stone, and metals are great choices because they look smooth and serene and don’t soak up heat. Avoid leather, which is no fun to sit on (or stand up after!) on a hot day.

hot weather design tips2. Cool Tones

When it comes to cooling down a space, half the battle is mental. Let your home help you by choosing cool tones for your walls, furniture, and accents that will promote chill, zen energy like these soft whites and pale blues. Stepping into a cool-colored room helps you chill out even when life turns up the heat.

3. Plants for Days

Not only do plants keep your air fresh, they also bring the outdoor vibes indoors. That way, even when you’re taking refuge in the AC on a sweltering hot day, you can still soak up a little of the great outdoors. (Bonus: Indoor plants help reduce stress, increase oxygen levels and boost your mood!)

4. Breezy Bedding

Summer heat doesn’t have to interfere with your sleep. Steer away from heavy fabrics like flannel sheets and opt for breezy bedding to help keep you cool at night. Double down with a cool colored duvet and make your bedroom a peaceful oasis.

5. Calming Curtains

Natural light is a great mood booster but letting too much sunshine into your home can quickly raise the temps! Keep the sun from heating things up with the right set of curtains. You can choose options that will help diffuse the direct sunlight but still allow enough rays to keep your space feeling cheery and bright.

hot weather design tips6. Libations at the Ready

Nothing helps cool you down on a hot day like an ice cold beverage. Stock a bar car with your favorite drink so they are ready when you need a quick cool-down. Plus, you’ll always be prepared when guests drop by.

7. Diffuse Good Vibes

A diffuser with a few drops of your favorite essential oil is a must-have when it comes to creating a zen space. While it can’t help you turn down the summer heat, it can promote good vibes to keep you feeling your best.

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