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Layout Guide: A Small Home Office Designed for Productivity

home office layout ideasIn our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Often the trickiest part of designing a space, finding the right layout for your room can be a challenge. This week we’re designing two home office layout ideas for the ultimate productivity zone.

The Space: A small 11×13 home office

Style: Mod Collector

The Challenge: Creating a home office design that includes comfortable seating and plenty of storage. The catch? An awkward back nook next to the window.

home office for two layout ideasIdea #1: Home Office Layout for Productivity

Our home office layout idea #1 is all about productivity. This is a space where you can escape the business around you and hide away to get your work done. The double desk setup facilitates productivity even if two people are working in the office at once. One desk is tucked away in the back nook/alcove on the opposite side of the room, creating personal space for both even in shared quarters. Because the desks are against the walls, this layout is better for deep focus and getting stuff done.

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Why This Home Office Layout Works

This setup provides plenty of storage, with the bookcase across from the entry and built-in shelving in the back nook. The cozy daybed in front of the windows makes a great spot to take a break, read, or even recharge with a quick power nap.

We also added a large floor mirror, one of our favorite small space hacks, which opens up the room and makes it feel much bigger. This is also a great addition if your home office doubles as a guest room!

As for style, this room is designed in a neutral color palette, which keeps the space feeling minimal, clean, and uncluttered. Accessorizing with textures and shapes give it a cool, eclectic vibe while funky plants add life and pops of color.

home office layout ideasThis Is Great If You…

  • Need a shared office space for two.
  • Like a space where you can really concentrate and focus.
  • Plan on using large monitors or setup that require lots of plugs/cords.
  • Want the office space to double as a guest room.
  • Love a clean, minimal style that still shows off your personality.

home office layout ideasIdea #2 – Home Office Layout for Collaboration

This design idea is all about creating a home office that puts the emphasis on creativity and collaboration. Built for one person, the floating desk (aka not pushed up against a wall) creates a more conversational layout geared toward collaboration. With this layout, you’ve got plenty of space for seeing clients making it’s a great setup if face-to-face conversations are a big part of your work-from-home life.

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Why This Home Office Layout Works

This layout aids conversation and collaboration, but still provides space for independent work as well. It’s ideal for streamlined setups (such as a laptop or old-fashioned pen and paper) and it has a polished, executive suite vibe. The setup here also makes great use of the back nook with a credenza that fits perfectly and extra shelves above that put the vertical space to use.

We also love this shade of sage green paint, which are great for inspiring productivity and soothing the senses. Green is the color of renewal and growth, after all. The addition of color creates a cozier vibe than would stark white walls. This style also incorporates lots of natural textures and materials for an “outdoors-indoors” vibe. And the graphic patterns in the art, pillows and rug add contrast and all-around fun visual intrigue.

home office storageThis Is Great If You…

  • Like a conversational layout in your office.
  • Need a good setup for meetings and face-to-face convos.
  • Have a simple computer / paper and pen setup.
  • Like to work in a warm, cozy space.
  • Need plenty of storage.
  • Love a decor style that fosters inspiration and productivity.

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10 Essentials Your Bedroom Needs Right Now

bedroom essentialsThere’s no fixed formula when it comes to designing the perfect bedroom. But, there is such a thing as the perfect bedroom. At least the perfect bedroom for you. Regardless of your personal style or budget, it simply comes down to the bedroom essentials. From plenty of good lighting to a plush rug and soft bedding, we’ve rounded up the top 10 must-haves for a vibrant and thoughtful bedroom design. Read on to get inspired and get our tips for bringing each bedroom essential into your own space.

1. Layered Bedding

No magic formula here. You can always count on good, comfy bedding as a surefire way to brighten your bedroom and make it look thoughtfully pulled together. A bed with just two standard pillows can look a bit sparse and empty, so pile on lots of colorful and textured pillows, make sure you have soft sheets and a fluffy duvet, and top it all off with a throw blanket.

2. A Stylish Headboard

If there’s a piece of furniture that signifies a grown-up bedroom, it’s a stylish headboard. Just like nice bedding, a solid bed frame with a fun headboard adds instant personality and polish. Plus, it provides added support for leaning back with a good book in bed.

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3. A Comfy Rug

A bedroom without a rug can feel cold and uninviting. Make sure to choose a rug that adds color, texture, or pattern to your bedroom from the ground up. This will help tie the room together and muffle sounds and the pitter-patter of footsteps. The best part? You’ll always step out of bed on to something soft and cozy.

4. Good Curtains

While we love a bedroom that gets lots of natural light, we appreciate the privacy that curtains provide for our most intimate space in the home. Find curtains that have subtle texture and can filter in sunlight when you need an afternoon nap. For a more vibrant approach, pick curtains that pull in colors from your rug, pillows, and other furnishings.

bedroom essentials5. Ample Lighting

All rooms benefit from having ample, layered lighting, but in a bedroom it’s especially important. Ensure there’s more than one light source in your space. Think an overhead lamp, a floor lamp in a corner, table lamps on your bedside tables, and even an extra task light on the dresser. This bedroom essential will create a layered lighting effect that will elevate as well as cozy up your space.

6. A Bench For the Foot of the Bed

Tuck in an extra place to sit beyond your bed to increase the function of your bedroom. A bench at the end of your bed offers a stylish place to plop bags, take off/put on shoes, and –if you’re a germaphobe – also helps keep street clothes away from your sleeping space. The end-of-bed bench can also serve as a luggage rack if you’re often on the go. If you’re tight on storage, opt for a bench with cubbies or one with a seat top that flips open with a big compartment for holding extra pillows and blankets.

rustic bedroom essentials7. Storage Dresser and Nightstands

And speaking of storage, it might seem like a no-brainer, but plenty of enclosed storage is a bedroom must. Not only does this help minimize clutter, dressers and nightstands make for additional surfaces for corralling everyday items, such as keys, wallets, sunglasses, books and knick knacks.

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8. A Statement Mirror

Let’s face it: a mirror, be it a full-length version or a large one that hangs above a dresser, is a practical and stylish addition to any bedroom. It establishes your bedroom as a place to get ready. It also adds a touch of glamour and makes your room feel more open and airy by bouncing light around the space.

9. Personal Decor

Make the space feel truly you by showcasing bold accents and items that carry meaning for you. This is a fun way to add more personality to your room and warm up with a sense of familiar comfort. Think favorite books and perfume bottles, pretty ceramics you love and vases with fresh flowers, beautiful trays and jewelry holders. These are all perfect objects you can display on your dresser to play up a cozy, lived-in vibe.

10. Playful and Graphic Art

Just like how all the little objects are an intimate expression of your personal style, so is some eye-catching art. Hanging a favorite painting or colorful abstract print in the bedroom is a great way to add depth and inject color into your personal haven. Hang a few pieces to instantly bring your bedroom walls to life.

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Dream Home Tour: A Cool Take On Modern Lake House Style

lake house styleThe peak of summer has us dreaming of weekend getaways near and far, from breezy beach houses to charming country homes. Right now in particular, we’re craving the quiet comforts of a lake house. And not just any lake house style. Rather than the typical log cabin home that might come to mind, we’re envisioning a light, bright, airy retreat that’s anything but woodsy.

For us, the perfect lake house is a little rustic, a touch industrial, and boldly modern. The interiors blend together striking design, high-contrast accents, and inviting earth tones. The rooms have a sense of ease and warmth to them that is all anchored by a feeling of livable comfort. It all adds up to a modern lake house style that’s captivating and cozy all at once.

With all that as inspiration, our team of Modsy Designers dreamed up this modern lake house to bring the look to life. Come along for a room-by-room tour of the home and get our tips for working the style into your own home!

The Entry

Set a High-Contrast Tone

What makes this modern lake house, well, modern? A bold contrast of styles. The entry sets the tone from the moment you walk through the door with a mash-up of rustic, industrial, and modern elements.

And the key is to choose a few large, eye-catching pieces. The faded rug, the large black-and-white artwork, and the wood-and-metal console all help to balance out the scale and impact of each other. The result is a space has visual impact without appearing overwhelming.

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The Key Entryway Elements

Open with statement lighting. A large antler chandelier is practically synonymous with the rustic lake house look. But rather than hanging it in the living room, add one to the entry so it gets the spotlight it deserves.

Layer bold graphic accents. A scene-stealing graphic black-and-white artwork isn’t what you’d expect to find in a typical lake house. As such, it adds a fresh, visual counterpoint that sets the stage for a distinctly modern home. For a graphic touch that also adds color, try blue-and-white accents, which will have a unifying effect.

Choose light rustic pieces. As a way to maintain the airy vibe in the entry, light wood pieces will do the trick nicely while playing up a rustic and industrial note. They’ll also play well with the boldness of the graphic art and light fixture. Take the same approach with a rustic patterned rug that has soft earth tones.

The Living Room

modern lake houseBalance Modern With Cozy

For the living room, we mixed big city style with country cabin comforts. You can achieve this look by first establishing a layout that feels sophisticated but also cozy. Try grouping together clean-lined sofas and chairs alongside an industrial coffee table in front of a fireplace to establish a cozy conversation pit with eclectic appeal.

Above eye level, we opted for sleek modern touches, like a brass pendant light and graphic artwork, which reiterates our design approach in the entry and ties together the spaces.

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lake house living roomThe Key Living Room Elements

Pick designs with simple forms. A modern lake house doesn’t mean skipping rustic designs all together, it just means combining rustic pieces that have more streamlined shapes. A deep sink-in sofa makes for a great foundational piece alongside slatted wood chairs with sloped arms and a rectilinear industrial table. It’s all about keeping the focus on clean, simple lines.

Vary wood types. An elevated way to add warmth is to bring together different wood textures, from polished to pale to perforated. These are often rustic-industrial pieces that, when grouped together, can add loads of visual texture and depth.

Mix blue, brown, and black tones. It might not sound like a modern palette at first, but we opted for this overarching color scheme in the home because it strikes that happy medium of contemporary and cozy. Black and white often feel less stark when paired with earth tones, and browns feel less heavy alongside blue and white.

The Office Corner

Work In Industrial Ease

A multi-use work space isn’t exactly what you’d expect to find in a lake house, so we updated ours with an office nook that also features useful storage. We carried through the high-contrast color palette and tried to continue that balance of boldness and airiness with a mix of industrial and edgy pieces that have open bases and slender forms.

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The Key Office Elements

Try a dark foundation. Black glossy legs and metal bases are a running theme throughout the space, and here they help to add impact from the ground up. Dark foundations also have an anchoring effect in this office nook. With modern designs, this is a great way to create focus in a small, one-off space.

Think modern finishes. Just as you would with different wood textures, mix different black finishes to temper the intensity. Here, we have a black metal cabinet that’s mixed with a painted chair, a dark table base, and a matte black desk lamp. The effect is city sleek but warm, and the rustic wood table top further adds to that warmth.

Group pieces with airy appeal. Opt for open-base designs that are in keeping with the rest of the home’s aesthetic. Because there is such a strong industrial mix of furnishings here, we kept to pieces with slender silhouettes and airy bases to keep with the light and modern lake house style.

The Dining Area

lake housePlay Up Tailored Mid-Century Warmth

Classic lake houses favor a more communal dining space with long wooden tables and lots of textures. Instead, we opted for a modern take here with a dining space that emphasizes tailored mid-century style and comfort. Just like all the other spaces in the home, there’s a varied mix, from a luxe cowhide foundation to the wishbone chairs with woven seats and a table that has both rustic (cane base) and modern components (stone top).

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lake house styleThe Key Dining Room Elements

Juxtapose curvy designs. Round forms and sinuous silhouettes have a way of bringing a sense of ease and levity to a space. Layer a circular pendant above a round table to set the stage, then pull in a free-form cowhide and shapely mid-century chairs to unify the look.

Layer in a luxe touch. We wanted to usher in a touch of luxe style without taking away from the overall cozy appeal. And to bring that to the dining space, we chose a cowhide rug as the foundation that lends warmth and a hint of luxury without feeling overly glam.

Embrace smooth stone. Similar to a cowhide rug, stone surfaces have a way of adding both industrial style and warmth all at once. As a centerpiece in the dining space, it ties back to the urban chic vibe of the living space and provides the touch of “sleek” that sets the dining space apart.

The Bedroom

modern lake house bedroomTry Cabin With a Twist

Lake house style bedrooms can often go overboard on the cabin theme, so we wanted to switch it up in our rustic-industrial modern take. There are still plenty of warm wood tones and layers of cozy bedding, but we kept to graphic motifs and contemporary art and accents. What you won’t find here? Rustic textures, such as weathered woods and lake-themed paddles or antlers.

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modern farmhouse bedroomThe Key Bedroom Elements

Choose hefty furniture. One thing that distinguishes lake house bedroom furniture is that they all convey visual heft, meaning they have big presence. Pick a bed with a polished metal frame and wooden headboard to center the focus and mix in an industrial metal bench to round out the look. A wooden storage nightstand will also add to the look while providing function and warmth.

Accent with contemporary motifs. Take from the patterns and palette of the rest of the home to inform your accents in the bedroom, which will reiterate the modern lake house appeal. Graphic black-and-white pillows, blue-and-white art, and an intricately patterned rug in varying earth tones is the win-win-win formula.

Let metal details shine. In keeping with our office nook approach, a few industrial metal pieces can make for bold counterpoints to really polish the modern lake house look. We added a high-hanging metal sconce and leaning bookcase to anchor the sides of the bed and draw the eye up. But don’t forget the smaller details – metal hardware and drawer pulls can instantly add eye-catching polish in a bedroom.

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Find Your Modern Bedroom Design Style

Modern bedroom designSo many of our Modsy customers gravitate toward modern spaces. In particular, modern bedroom designs are among our most popular looks. At the same time, you might be wondering: ‘What does a modern style bedroom really even mean?’

We get it. Even within modern bedroom designs, there can be so many different ‘style’ approaches and variations to the look and feel. For instance, some of you might love the clean-lined look of mid-century furniture all over in your bedroom. Others may prefer a minimalist space that helps inspire better sleep. Or perhaps you’re one for a modern sleep space that’s layered with lots of color and boho touches.

No matter your modern style leanings, we’re here to help you figure out how to create a modern bedroom design that’s tailored to you. And if you don’t consider yourself a modernist, don’t hop off just yet. Our tips for mixing in other stylish design elements in the bedroom, such as rustic accents and graphic art, might just convince you otherwise.

Keep reading for five popular takes on a modern style bedroom and find out if the look is for you! Find something you love? Each of our modern bedroom designs are ready to shop!

Modern bedroom designThe Look: Pure Mid-Century Modern Warmth

If you’re drawn to mid-century style, take an all-in approach with your bedroom furnishings. Bring in a matching bed, nightstand, and bench ensemble that plays up the warm wood tones, tapered legs, and streamlined proportions that underscore mid-century designs.

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To round out the warm woods, offset your key pieces with graphic pops of soft colors, simple geometric shapes, and frill-free silhouettes, like brass-based table lamps and a sputnik pendant light.

Perfect for…

Design lovers who are after a simple and cozy bedroom design that has a cohesive look and retains some classic notes. Also if you’re want to dabble in modern designs and need a look that’s easy to pull together.

The Look: Modern Industrial

If you want a modern bedroom design that feels warm but still has a bit of edge, this layered look is for you. Think of it as the perfect mix of rustic, industrial, and mid-century styles, with its assemblage of sleek furnishings, cozy woods, and graphic patterned textiles.

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To keep the modern industrial vibe, keep your palette to gray tones in varying shades and only one or two bright hits of color. The result is a space that feels cool, collected, and purposefully contrasted.

Perfect for…

A couple in seek of a bedroom design that’s versatile and gender neutral. This is a great look that’s also easy to build on, so you can add and rearrange as seasons and needs change – that’s what makes this style feel truly modern.

Modern bedroom designThe Look: Modern Bohemian

Another way to describe this style is modern eclectic – and it’s all about the colorful and playful accents. If you like modern but not when it feels too staid or spare, the modern bohemian look might just be your perfect solution. Rather than going fully streamlined, bright pillows, rugs, and accents take center stage to offset the midcentury-inspired foundation pieces.

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The key is starting with a strong palette (we chose blues and pinks here), but let it guide you as you layer textiles and art that emphasize your color story. It all lends a retro and global look that complements the modern furniture staple pieces.

Perfect for…

Collectors and vintage lovers who want to bring a little character and quirkiness to their bedroom space without it feeling too frenzied to sleep in. If you’re after a modern yet curated look, this style will check all your boxes.

Modern industrial bedroom designThe Look: Modern Minimal

Less is more is your motto when it comes to your bedroom style. While this look may seem pretty straightforward, the trick is to make sure your space doesn’t feel flat and cold. The solve? Bring in lots of yummy textures, such as plush geometric pillows, a fringed rug, graphic black-and-white art to bring depth to an otherwise strictly functional-feeling space.

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One way to instantly liven up the modern minimal bedroom? Layer in lush greenery big and small. All that plant life will add vibrant texture and serve as bright focal points.

Perfect for…

Staunch minimalists who like a sleek, simple space as much as they love a cozy one. This is ideal if you’re focused on function first but still want to add warmth without adding lots of color and wood pieces.

Modern bedroom designThe Look: Modern Rustic

Probably our most popular style, the modern rustic look strikes that perfect balance of comfort and elegance. There’s an organic element to the look and feel of modern rustic bedroom, where furniture with mid-century undertones and accents with casual appeal are layered with welcoming effect.

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A good place to start is an upholstered headboard, a soft neutral rug, and a comfortable bench. Matching wooden nightstands and cozy pillow sets will help to complete the clean-lined, rustic vibe.

Perfect for…

Fans of the casual California look. It’s all about big comfort and ease without sacrificing elevated style when it comes to a modern rustic bedroom.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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