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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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Layout Guide: Designing a Living Room with Slanted Walls

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In our Layout Guides series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of designing an oddly-shaped living room with slanted walls.

The Space: A 10×15 living room with a quirky, awkward shape with slanted walls that create lots of hard-to-handle nooks and crannies.

The Style: Modern and edgy

The Challenge: Designing an oddly shaped living room with slanted walls to make a comfortable space for lounging, working, playing and watching TV.

living roomIdea #1: Conversational Layout

Living room layout #1 is all about creating a space with flexible seating. Using a sofa + armchair combo gives you more versatility in your seating arrangement. It incorporates the TV with the sofa facing it for easy viewing, but it isn’t the main focus of the layout. Overall, the seating flexibility creates a cozy space that allows for an optional work area and room to entertain.

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officeHere’s Why This Living Room Layout Works

Ample Seating

Having both a sofa and an armchair means there is lots of cozy lounge space for getting comfy and watching TV. The two poufs offer even more flexible seating or easy footstools for kicking back and relaxing.

Space to Work

Instead of a side table next to the sofa, this design features a mini desk set up for a super sweet home office working space. The desk has casters so you can easily wheel it in and out of the room if you need more open space for entertaining.

nooksFills Out Nooks

This design uses one awkward corner as a place for plants to sunbathe. This not only brightens up the space, but also helps fill out the oddly shaped nook without drawing attention to the awkward angle. Having the armchair pulled out from the wall at a slant helps to better define and fill the space.

Clutter-Free

The wall-mounted bookcase adds extra vertical storage so you can stow various items without cluttering up the room. Open base furniture on tapered legs helps the room feel more open and airy, too.

This Is Great If You…

  • Want a comfy living room with plenty of extra seating.
  • Enjoy the option to watch TV, but don’t want it as the focal point.
  • Love to entertain guests and want a space that can easily make room for more visitors.
  • Like having a desk / workspace in the living room.
  • Love a clean, edgy and clutter-free space.

sofaIdea #2: Family-Friendly Layout

Layout Idea #2 puts the emphasis more on creating a casual, family-friendly place to lounge, play, and watch TV. The sectional allows for more room to sit in front of the TV and the remaining space makes a perfect play area for kids.

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sectionalHere’s Why This Living Room Layout Works

TV Viewing Space

In this design, the seating is super comfy and geared toward watching TV and lounging. The sectional sofa offers plenty of room in front of the television and the chaise part of the sectional helps divide the room and almost acts like a partition between two spaces.

Perfect Play Area

With the back of the chaise sectional facing a slanted wall, it creates a perfect play space for little ones! The triangular space makes a super cozy nook with a bookcase for easy toy storage. A playful elephant rug helps define and round out the space and also works well with the awkward shape caused by the slanted wall.

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The round coffee tables are a more kid-friendly option as there are no sharp corners to navigate. Your whole family also has plenty of room to stretch out on the sofa and space to move around. Plus, the arching floor lamp is a sleek way to add overhead lighting to the room if you don’t have a built-in fixture.

This Is Great If You…

  • Need cozy seating for TV viewing.
  • Want a fun play area for little ones.
  • Prefer a family-friendly space over an entertaining area.
  • Hate clutter and want a space that’s streamlined and easy to tidy up.

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Modern Rustic Style: 6 Tips to Get the Look of This “It” Style

living roomWhat do you get when you mix mid-century modern furniture with rustic materials and accents? A perfectly modern rustic look! This just so happens to be a style we love due to its emphasis on comfort, slightly eclectic vibe, and always on-trend look.

New to modern rustic style? You’ve probably seen it before and just didn’t know what to call it. It involves comfortable but streamlined furniture, natural elements, earth tones, and reliance on rustic materials and decor. This style is all over Instagram and Pinterest, and brilliant designers like Amber Interiors and Studio McGee often design rooms that you could easily say are of this style.

Modern rustic is also the perfect style for couples trying to compromise between a comfortable and livable look and one that’s more modern and sleek—combining the soft edges of rustic with sleek notes found in modern styling.

 Ready to dig in? Keep reading for 6 tips on how to create a modern rustic look!

living room1. Establish a Comfortable Foundation

Comfort is key with this look. So, the largest pieces of furniture in any modern rustic room should be streamlined but never skimp on comfort. In living rooms, start with cozy oversized sofas. In bedrooms, opt for plush, upholstered beds. For a dining room, look for an oversized, rustic wood dining table around which big groups can gather.

But, while prioritizing comfort, make sure the furniture lines are clean and simple to keep the look modern.

bedroom2. Add Mid-Century Modern Accents

Once the comfortable foundation is laid, introduce a more mid-century or eclectic vibe. At first it may seem odd to mix these styles—but the contrast they create is what makes this look so dynamic and fun.

An easy place to do this is with your accent furniture. Think of an eclectic woven leather armchair or a coffee or bedside table with an antique flair. In dining rooms, pair your farmhouse dining table with more modern seating, like Wishbone or Eames shell chairs.

modern rustic dining room3. Create Conversational Layouts

A family-friendly style by nature, modern rustic interiors often have more symmetrical layouts that are geared toward large gatherings and facilitate conversations. (Hence the huge, rustic dining table we suggested above.) This is where the look leans more rustic and formal rather than modern and eclectic.

This is especially noticeable in a living room, where you might arrange a set of matching armchairs opposite the sofa or set them on either side of a couch, facing a fireplace. Although the furniture is a relaxed mix of different elements and pieces, arranging them in a more formal layout will play up a slightly more polished vibe.

modern rustic office4. Introduce Industrial Lighting

The next step? Finding the right lighting. This is where we see some style overlap with the modern farmhouse look. With modern rustic, light fixtures are often industrial with sleek, streamlined forms that are sculptural in nature.

Look for matte black or antique brass options to tie in the rustic. And don’t be afraid to establish multiple light sources in a single room; this helps bring personality to your style.

Just make sure you’re never matchy-matchy with light fixtures. This is a perfect opportunity to utilize one style—industrial—while getting eclectic with how you bring it to life throughout your space.

entry5. Layer on Natural Textures

When bringing the modern rustic style to life, we love the opportunity to play with textures and different materials. This keeps a room looking livable and approachable. Look for natural materials like seagrass, jute, ceramics, leather, and live-edge woods—then mix and match them together in one space, incorporating them in furniture, lighting, and decor accents! This helps the room feel dynamic and visually interesting.

living room6. Add an Antique Edge to Art and Accent Decor

If you want to play up the rustic side of this style, infuse your space with a few antique or antique-feeling pieces. While you want your furniture to feel more modern, art, decor, and rugs are the perfect place to incorporate this nod to old-world charm.

How, exactly? A rug with a traditional pattern and warm colors would be a perfect way to do this. (We gravitate toward using earth tones here, like terracotta, olive green, or a deep blue). For art, opt for landscape or still life paintings or even botanical prints.

Or consider your pillows: you can play with a mix of traditional patterns that tie in the colors of your rug. And try incorporating a vintage vibe in decorative objects and mirrors. This is definitely the most subjective part of this style—but what allows you to really make it your own!

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9 Modern Dining Room Ideas For Fall Entertaining

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The holidays are just around the corner! And now is the perfect time to give your dining room a stylish refresh (or a total overhaul!). In the spirit of entertaining season, we’ve dreamed up these dining room looks to help you get party-ready for fall, winter, and beyond.

If super-glam or rustic dining rooms aren’t quite your thing, here’s some modern inspiration from the other side of the style spectrum. Ideal for smaller spaces and for those who enjoy a more clean-lined look, modern dining rooms can provide the main gathering space in your home with sleek, streamlined appeal.

Read on to see nine different modern dining room ideas from our designers along with tips for bringing the look into your home.

dining roomThe Look: Mod Visionary

Mid-century forms with a contemporary undertone are at the heart of this clean-lined and colorful dining room look.

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The Key Elements

Classic mid-century-style designs with tapered legs, warm and natural woods, and organic forms are essentials to this contemporary look. So are pops of color, like notes of green and yellow in art and accents, which pepper the space with personality. Pull in matching chairs and a bench for functional, streamlined designs that play up a perfectly tailored feel.

Perfect For…

Those who want to dabble in the mid-century modern look but also like to play safe and keep their decor and accent pieces more classic.

dining roomThe Look: Modern Rustic

This look mixes rustic and mid-century-inspired elements together for a cozier take on modern that has become one of our most popular styles.

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The Key Elements

With this look, you’ll want to pull in bold mid-century-inspired shapes, such as a dining table that has rounded legs and edges, wishbone chairs, and a sputnik-style light fixture, to name a few.

Offset those with rustic elements, such as a woven credenza, a traditional-patterned rug, and organic touches, like artisanal pottery and mini succulents. You can even take a slightly more eclectic approach here by propping up an oversized art piece on a credenza versus hanging it on the wall. It will add a slightly more relaxed vibe to your space.

Perfect For…

Those who love modern spaces with a warm, comfy feel that’s not too formal. Specifically, you love modern designs made with polished metals and natural materials.

dining roomThe Look: Minimal Modern

When it comes to a minimalist approach, it’s all about choosing a few key sleek and sculptural pieces that truly shine in your space.

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The Key Elements

Naturally, less is more here, so choose designs that have strong shapes and silhouettes. You’ll always want pieces in gorgeous natural materials so that those textures can provide a bit of depth to your space. Think a dark-wood table and dining chairs with slender tapered legs, a light-hued rug with bold textures, and artwork that have a light, visual quality, such as figure drawings or graphic black-and-white prints with an airy, modernist look and feel. Of course, you’ll want to keep all your ornamentation and styling to a minimum here to let the key pieces shine.

Perfect For…

Anyone looking to streamline their aesthetic or try to embrace a more spare approach in their spaces.

dining roomThe Look: Scandinavian Modern

The name says it all with this look, which is all about grouping together iconic designer-style pieces. The key is to take a modern minimalist approach with key classic pieces.

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The Key Elements

Consider wishbone chairs in their original light wood and a Scandinavian saucer pendant. Take the same detailed approach to smaller accent pieces, like the Eames bird we included. But overall you’ll want to keep styling to a minimal just as you would do with a minimalist approach, but play up some big color, as in this oversized modern geometric art piece.

Perfect For…

Modern design lovers and minimalists who prefer to stay true to classic mid-century forms and styles.

dining roomThe Look: Mid-Century Industrial

Equal parts modern and sleek, there’s a bold warmth to this look that is at once cozy and industrial.

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The Key Elements

Dark woods are the foundation of this look, as are metal and industrial accents, like the steel light fixture, the monochrome charcoal-and-white palette, and graphic rug with an edgy motif. When choosing furniture, consider the urban-chic look and go for pieces that have a loft-style feel, such as these dining chairs with sculptural backs and legs along with a gateleg table.

Perfect For…

Those who love Mid-Century style but also a bit of city edge to their spaces.

dining roomThe Look: Mid-Century Boho

There’s an element of glam style and warmth to this look, which mixes a mid-century aesthetic with eclectic styling and boho accents.

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The Key Elements

It’s all about foundational modern designs juxtaposed with organic shapes and natural materials here, meaning bring on the jute, leather, and stone pieces. The woven chairs and natural-fiber rug combined with the angular white table is a great example of that here.

Instead of adding lots of small accents, let the beautiful textures and materials themselves be the ornamentation in your room. The only exception? Add lots of plants and greenery, which are essential, vibrant touches that complete this look.

Perfect For…

Anyone who loves a mix of modernism with natural materials and a warm palette.

dining roomThe Look: Modern Farmhouse

Perhaps the one look that has a touch of everything, it’s equal parts rustic, traditional, industrial, and modern all at once. It’s modern farmhouse! And if you needed one more reason to love this style, it has the Joanna Gaines farmhouse elegance that we just can’t get enough of.

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The Key Elements

A bold streamlined table is usually the best centerpiece for this look. With that we decided to pull in rustic Shaker-style chairs with a twist, along with an industrial-style cabinet, light fixture, and mirror, all of which add a modern edge as well as foster an overall warm, cozy vibe.

To play up a rustic farmhouse elegance, don’t forget to add a burst of color—classic pairings usually work best in this look, as in the classic blue-and-white rug and two-toned ceramic lamp here. If you’re one for more color and pattern, you can even play up an eclectic slant with some fun, quirky art and pops of whimsical pattern.

Perfect For…

Anyone who doesn’t feel they’re totally modern or totally rustic. This is a great look that feels modern, classic, and elegant all at once.

dining roomThe Look: Mod Enthusiast

If you want a tried-and-true approach to a modern dining room, this classic-meets-contemporary look is it.

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The Key Elements

Combine mid-century-inspired forms with contemporary accents for a look that’s a refreshed and of-the-moment take on modern style. Keep to sleek, contemporary-style dining chairs and a table that has a streamlined base. Do the same with your lighting and opt for a bold light fixture that makes a statement, as in this globe design, without feeling over-the-top.

Not into globe lights? Try a more angular light fixture that has branching arms for the same effect. Then finish by playing up warm materials, like leather, brass, and wood, and a more traditional rug to cozy it all up.

Perfect For…

Contemporary design lovers who also crave spaces that feel inviting and cozy. There’s a classic color element here that helps ease up the hard contemporary look of the furnishings.

dining roomThe Look: Modern Glam

If you like something a little more chic and polished, this is the look for you.

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The Key Elements

Pair luxurious materials, like velvet, brass and gold, and burl wood, with elegant contemporary pieces and upholstery. Upholstered dining chairs with thin legs always do the trick as does a stone-surface table and polished ceramics. Keep to a muted color palette of soft blues or elegant pastels so that your look doesn’t go over-the-top. The overall scale is key here so do play with proportions in your art and chandelier for a dramatic effect.

Perfect For…

People who love a touch of glamour and shine in their gathering spaces. There’s also a slightly more formal air to this look, but it still feels warm and welcoming.

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Dream Home Ideas: Mid-Century Boho Perfection

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For us, ‘mid-century Boho’, is a relaxed bohemian look inspired by the ease of west coast living. It’s rooted in comfort but has a slight mid-century design edge and subtle eclectic notes. There’s a mix of weathered woods, antiques, and artisanal accents that all add up to a balanced, sophisticated look.

This isn’t your traditional boho approach either. Instead, mid-century boho has a relaxed collector’s vibe, which translates to family-friendly foundational pieces, such as sofas and beds, that are accented with colorful accessories, like a side chair found at a flea market. The result is a clean-lined, artfully curated aesthetic that brings together the best of mid-century style and bohemian flair.

To bring this style to life, we envisioned the perfect mid-century boho dream home, where every room plays up this eclectic cool style. Take a room-by-room tour of the home below, and get inspired by our quick tips for working the mid-century boho look into your home.

mid-century entryThe Entry

The bright and spacious entry makes for the perfect introduction to our mid-century boho home. A mix of relaxed furnishings (warm walnut bench, woven planter, wiry pendant, large round mirror) contrasts with the crisp white walls, which lend an airy, open feel.

For hints of color, a faded traditional rug anchors the floor, greenery livens up the corners, and a navy bolster pillow lends a final stylish pop.

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mid-century entryThe Key Entry Elements

Let In More Light. Hanging a large-scale mirror in the entry guarantees to add statement style. But what we love most about the look is that it helps open up entry by reflecting more light and giving the illusion of the room being larger than it is.

Add Warm Anchor Pieces. A walnut mid-century-style bench makes for a great entryway staple. The warm wood tone lends a welcoming touch while the piece also serves as functional seating. Paired with a washed-out traditional rug, it captures our idea of an inviting mid-century boho vibe and sets the tone for the rest of the home.

Bring A Touch of Texture. Entries can often feel spare and cold or overly traditional and stuffy. A few tactile elements are essential to easing up this practical space for a more homey feel. Tall greenery can usher in a vibrant note while a pillow or two will cozy up a bench or chairs so that it doesn’t come off as just an in-between passageway.

mid-century living roomThe Living Room

Comfort is key in our mid-century boho living room. For an arrangement that amplifies comfort, we opted for two facing sofas that supply plenty of seating for family and guests. We chose darker fabrics for the sofas and bench to ensure the room is totally kid- and pet-friendly.

However, we then layered in bright pillows, art, accents, and the rug to give the space a spirited pop of boho color that balances out the more streamlined, neutral furnishings. Finally, it wouldn’t be mid-century boho without natural wood elements and a rattan moment.

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mid-century living roomThe Key Living Room Elements

Work The Boho Palette. At the heart of mid-century boho is a color palette that blends warm and cool tones, such as rustic reds with gray, and navy with light pinks. Start with big neutral foundations, such as sofas, then offset it with touches of color in the form of a red rug, ottoman, and piles of indigo, black-and-white, and pink pillows. Foolproof trick? You can’t go wrong here with a blue, gray, and pink color combo.

Think Mid-Century Materials. Boho furnishings tend to have a bit of color and flourish, so they look especially accentuated alongside the streamlined shapes and materials of mid-century designs. Juxtapose colorful pieces with clean-lined seating and tables in polished and light woods, as in the side chairs, perforated drum tables, and rattan stool in our living room.

Go For Multiples. Pairing up larger furnishings and pulling in pillows and art en masse is a great way to play up a bold mid-century look and the boho color palette. Lean into symmetry when arranging your larger pieces, then layer, layer, layer. Arrange pillows in a casual manner to give the sofas a lived-in look, then lean an array of art pieces on the mantel or hang them in a curated gallery wall display.

mid-century dining roomThe Dining Room

We designed the dining room to be a sleek and relaxed place to gather. A vintage-style dining table is paired with mid-century-inspired dining chairs to create the perfect balance of old and new, while metallic accents and lighting add a touch of polish. To tie the whole room together, we laid down a vintage-style rug with bursts of warm tones for a boho element.

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mid-century dining roomThe Key Dining Room Elements

Make For a Boho Foundation. More than any other space, the dining room is where you want to start with a bold boho anchor piece. Because the dining space is all about practicality and tailored designs, the rug is one way to ease up the strong mid-century shapes and materials. So when in doubt, start from the ground up.

Mix Old, New, and Sleek. Vintage-style dining chairs look best alongside a long, polished communal table. Atop a warm-hued rug, they’ll become focal points in as much as the dining table, which is the centerpiece of the room. To balance out these strong designs, pull in equally captivating lighting above and along the walls so that you’re adding stylish impact throughout the entire room, from wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling.

Think Vertical. And speaking of floor-to-ceiling, one way to layer in the mid-century boho look in the dining room is to alternate your art and lighting. Mix contemporary black-and-white photography with more painterly canvases that provide colorful contrast. Likewise, mix metallic lighting at various heights, such as a shiny brass sconce for the walls with a bronze sculptural ceiling fixture.

mid-century bedroomThe Bedroom

In the bedroom, we wanted to create a serene space, so we pared back on bold colors and materials here, combining softer mid-century and boho elements. We swapped in lots of textural pieces and neutral hues along with geometric accents and art to add visual interest that doesn’t overwhelm.

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The Key Bedroom Elements

Put Texture First. For our mid-century boho bedroom, plenty of texture is what makes it a restful and calming retreat. A natural-fiber rug grounds the room, while grainy wood bedside dressers provide another touch of natural texture. These organic touches have a way of cozying up a bedroom, so carry it through to the details, be it stone and ceramic lamps or extra-plush pillows.

Get Symmetrical. Organization underscores a serene bedroom. The easiest way to play up a streamlined look is to get symmetrical with your furniture layout. Think matching dressers, bookcases, tables lamps, framed art, and even right down to your pillows. Double up on everything and place mirror them in the room.

Use Storage As Showcases. In a clean-lined bedroom like this one, the best way to introduce personality and character is through personal objects and accents. Use your bedside surfaces, bookcases, and even a bench at the foot of the bed as showcases for interesting items. Whether it’s a mix of ceramics and trinkets or a pretty throw blanket, they’ll add an eclectic boho touch in the most subtle (and stylish) way possible.

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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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How To Design a Modern Bedroom That’s Unique to You

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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