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Trying On Bed Frames With Modsy – How to Find Your Perfect Snooze Spot

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When it comes to finding your perfect bed frame, picking the right size is the easy part. There are so many factors to consider – like the color, material, and style – that you can easily feel overwhelmed.

Do I need a box spring? Is a canopy bed too much? What’s a sleigh bed and is it exclusive to log cabins?

If searching for the perfect bed frame has you ready to take a nap, this bed frame guide is here to help.

We tried on six of the most popular bed frame styles and break down the pros and cons of each. Read on to find out which is right for you.

platform bed frameThe Platform Bed

One of the most popular bed frame types, platform beds come in a wide range of styles and offer a sleek, low profile look. You can easily spot a platform bed frame by its flat base – no box spring needed!

The Pros:

  • Cost-Effective: Platform beds are generally more affordable as you don’t need to purchase a box spring to go with them.
  • Use Any Mattress: You can use any type of mattress with your platform bed. They’re especially perfect for memory foam mattresses.  
  • Small Space Friendly: If you’re tight on space in your bedroom, the sleek design of platform beds will take up less floor space and help you minimize clutter.

The Cons:

  • Climbing In and Out: Platform beds tend to be low to the ground, so climbing in and out of bed takes getting used to. If you have back or knee problems, consider if this is something you want to daily!
  • A Note for Side-Sleepers: Because the mattress sits directly on top of a solid platform or wooden slats, platform beds tend to be firmer. For side-sleepers, a firm mattress can create too much pressure and might become uncomfortable.

What to Look For:

Platform beds are made for comfort across the board, so find a design or style that appeals to you. Many styles also feature interior storage – an added bonus for small-space dwellers!

Perfect For…

Small spaces, such as urban lofts or apartments. They also work well for open floor plans, as platform beds have an industrial look and feel that won’t add visual clutter.

upholstered bed frameThe Upholstered Bed

If it’s luxury you’re looking for, upholstered beds have you covered. These beds are super comfy, bold, and can easily fit into a wide range of spaces.

The Pros:

  • Ultra-Comfy: Cushioned support and a soft headboard means you can read and watch TV in bed comfortably.
  • Variety: There are tons of pretty fabric, color, and pattern choices, so you’re bound to find a design that works with the rest of your bedroom

The Cons:

  • Maintenance: Keep your upholstered bed in tip-top shape with frequent and light vacuuming to keep dust and pet hair at bay. If you’re allergic to dust, an upholstered bed might not be for you.
  • Wear and Tear: Because fabric is simply less durable than wood or metal, dents, impressions, and grease spots can develop over time.

What to Look For:

Make sure the bed frames are made of sturdy hardwoods and choose a fabric and color that can stand up to a little wear over time, such as a deep purple, navy, or gray. Check out our guide to upholstered beds for more helpful tips.

Perfect For…

Classic and traditional-style bedrooms. A large master bedroom that needs an infusion of cozy vibes. Guest rooms – even better if you can fit two twin size upholstered beds.

storage bed frameThe Storage Bed

Designed to help you maximize storage in the bedroom, the storage bed is the most multipurpose and space-efficient bed frame option.

The Pros:

  • Storage (Duh): Storage is designed and built directly into the bed frame, so you’ve got a bed frame that is one cohesive unit stocked with everything you need!
  • Sturdy: Many storage beds are made with beautiful woods that give them good looks as well as a sturdy and solid construction.

The Cons:

  • Difficult to Move: Because they have all those extra parts and pieces, storage beds are heavy. And since they’re often built as one large piece, they tend to be difficult to move.
  • More Expensive: Equally hefty is the price tag on storage beds; they’re more expensive than other beds.
  • Maintenance: It’s hard to maintain the hardware and track rollers that are built into the storage units underneath the bed. Over time, these can fall off or become loose and require repair.

What to Look For:

Opt for a platform bed with storage built into the base. This approach guarantees your bed will have firm mattress support given the flat surface, deep storage units, and a stylish streamlined look.

Perfect For…

Modern and eclectic style rooms. A city apartment bedroom where storage is limited; just make sure there’s enough space to fully pull out the underbed compartments. Kids bedrooms where extra and easy storage is always welcome.

sleigh bed frameThe Sleigh Bed

Simply put, the sleigh bed is exactly what it sounds like – a bed that’s shaped like a sleigh with a high back and raised foot board. This type of bed has serious style and works in any setting.

The Pros:

  • Slay With Style: Instant statement piece that’s sure to become the focal point in your bedroom. Sleigh beds come in styles ranging from solid wood designs to upholstered versions with more streamlined appeal, so you’ll have endless options to choose from.
  • Cozy Vibes: The raised foot base gives the bed an extra cocooning feel and keeps your feet warmly tucked in at night.

The Cons:

  • Limited Leg Room: If you’re tall, a sleigh bed with a footboard might not be the best option for you.
  • Difficult to Move: Traditional sleigh beds are made entirely from high-quality solid woods so they tend to be heavy. Modern upholstered versions are lighter, but can still be unwieldy to move.  
  • More Expensive: Sleigh beds are generally quite expensive given their design and construction.

What to Look For:

If you’re considering an upholstered sleigh bed, make sure the bed frame is made of wood and not metal for durability.

Perfect For…

Grand classic-style rooms and modern, open bedrooms alike. Spaces with distinctive interior architecture, like exposed wood beams or ornate molding.

headboard bed frameThe Headboard

For a bed that is simple and has classic good looks, a clean-lined headboard is a great choice.  

The Pros:

  • Ultra-Comfy: Their solid, cushioned construction gives you added back support, which is great if you like to watch TV or read in bed.
  • Cost-Effective: You have the option of getting the headboard alone, which is less of a commitment and more cost-effective. In which case, the standalone headboard works with a range of setups, like a box spring or a metal mattress stand, and still looks super stylish from afar.
  • Easy to Move: Freestanding headboards can be easily attached and detached from a bed frame, making them easy to move.

The Cons:

  • Maintenance: Stand-alone headboards generally come upholstered in fabric, so you’ll have to follow specific care instructions to maintain them.

What to Look For:

Frames that are made with solid or kiln-dried hardwoods.

Perfect For…

Traditional-style rooms. If you’re looking to upgrade from your IKEA furniture. Guest rooms and kids rooms because they’re simple, clean-lined, cozy, and versatile.

canopy bed frameThe Canopy Bed

Also known as a four poster, the canopy bed has been gaining popularity in recent years with more streamlined and modern designs cropping up in the marketplace.

The Pros:

  • Stylish Statement: It’s difficult for other bed frames to compete against the ultimate stylishness of a canopy bed frame.
  • Cozy Vibes: Canopy beds make a room feel immediately cozy thanks to its enveloping design.

The Cons:

  • Maintenance: Dust tends to collect at the top, so you’ll want to clean it regularly.
  • Size Restrictions: Many of today’s canopy bed designs are built to fit into spaces both large and small, but you’ll still need tall ceilings in order for a canopy bed to work in a room.
  • Difficult to Move: Because of their size and construction, canopy beds will require a good amount of assembly to move in and out of your bedroom.

What to Look For:

Consider a modern canopy bed with a built in headboard for a piece that can evolve with your interiors over time – meaning you can redecorate and it will still blend nicely with your decor.

Perfect For…

Classic and modern bedrooms alike. Lofty spaces with lots of space and high ceilings. A master bedroom that gets a lot of light.

wrought-iron bed frameThe Wrought-Iron Bed

When it comes to longevity, a wrought-iron bed outshines all other bed designs given its strong metal construction. These beds also come in a wide array of styles.

The Pros:

  • Low-Maintenance: They’re extra durable since metal doesn’t warp or fade over time. Wrought-iron beds don’t require the same amount of cleaning and care that wood and upholstered bed frames do.
  • Durable: Wrought-iron beds can hold a lot of weight, making them great investments since they stay durable for many many years.
  • Easier to Move: They’re not as heavy as you might think. In fact, they’re often lighter than other solid wood and platform beds.

The Cons:

  • Limited Styles: While there are lots of wrought-iron bed shapes to choose from, these beds have a very distinct look that can be difficult to decorate around if you’re looking to change up your bedroom design in the future.
  • More Expensive: Price points vary greatly and wrought-iron beds, in particular, can get super expensive. But that’s because they’re better constructed, meaning the joints are welded perfectly.

What to Look For:

Try wrought-iron beds that have a painted finish to them for a more versatile option, such as bright, antiqued white.

Perfect For…

Elegant and boho spaces alike. Starter apartment bedrooms where you want a bed that lasts. Guest bedrooms and kids rooms where you want a bed that’s durable and low-maintenance.

 

Whether you need help finding the right style bed frame for your space, or want to see how an option you’ve been eyeing will look and fit in your room, Modsy has you covered with our expert design plans laid out in a lifelike 3D version of your space.

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Easy, Budget-Friendly Ways to Refresh Your Home for the New Year

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Right behind losing weight and quitting a bad habit, one of the most popular New Year resolutions is to save more money. Sounds easy, right? 

Not so fast – ICYMI only around 8% of people in the US manage to keep their resolutions every year. Yikes! 

So what’s a design-savvy, money-conscious person supposed to do? While we aren’t be much help with diets and exercise, we can clue you in on some of our favorite, easy, and affordable (even free) ways to refresh your home for 2018.

Ready to hit refresh? Keep scrolling for some of our quick-win ideas for rethinking your spaces for the new year.

refresh your homeRefresh Your Accents

When it comes to easy and budget-friendly decor updates, we are all for switching up your accent pieces. Focus on updating accents and accessories will keep your budget low, while still giving your space a completely new look.

Swap in some new throw pillows, hang a new piece of art, or unfurl a new rug. All these little details have a big impact on how your space looks and feels.

The best part is that this approach can be as involved or low-lift as you want it to be! You can decide to only replace one or two pieces and leave everything else as is, or you can go all out. And if you change your mind half-way through, you don’t have to worry about living with a half-baked living room redesign for the next 365-or-so days.

A Good Home Design Resolution: If you’re not looking to spend on new accents, an easy and completely free update is to rotate your rug 180 degrees. When a rug stays in one place too long, it can become subject to uneven foot-traffic and sun exposure. Ensure your rug has even color and pile with this little design update!

refresh your homeRepurpose What You Already Have

Think new year, new perspectives. That means looking at all your furnishings in all your rooms with fresh eyes and seeing if any of your existing pieces can work in different areas in your home.

Maybe it’s time for the rug in your bedroom to switch places with the one in your living room. Or perhaps the shelves you used as a bookcase can be turned into a TV stand.

Take a moment to assess what you already have and reinvest in the possibilities of those pieces.

A Good Home Design Resolution: Let in more light by pulling back your curtains and blinds. While it may be winter, your rooms can still benefit from getting lots of natural light whenever possible.

refresh your homeReconfigure Your Layout

If moving furniture from one room to another is too much for you, simply change how pieces are laid out in your spaces.

For instance, rather than having your sofa against a wall, try floating it in your living room; instead of having your dining table in the middle of a space, consider moving it closer to the wall.

The idea is to find new ways to revel in your space by shifting your own perception of it. Take some time and enjoy seeing where and how your pieces can fit.

A Good Home Design Resolution: Sometimes it’s about paring down your furnishings to give it a new look and feel. Do a little furniture edit to see if there are pieces that no longer serve a purpose or resonate with you. This helps open up your space (so long, clutter!) and make room for new pieces.

refresh your homeRestyle Your Mix

Commit yourself to a fresh start by re-exploring design styles and furnishings that might not have appealed to you previously. Instead of going for a full furniture set or a matching look, try finding and mixing pieces in different styles that are within your budget.

It’s never easy pushing your own aesthetic boundaries, but you might just discover a few things that you didn’t think you’d love and which mix nicely with some of your other pieces.

A Good Home Design Resolution: Infuse your room with a new scent with a the addition of a candle or diffuser. This is a subtle and affordable way to enhance the atmosphere in a space instantly.

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5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Try the Oversized Wall Art Trend

Usually the phrase “go big or go home” isn’t one of our go-to design philosophies. But 2018 seems to have other plans. Large wall art is the new trend we’ll be hanging on our walls this year. Pinterest even gave the look a shout-out on their Top 100 Trends of 2018 report.

If you’re not quite ready to say “buh-bye” to your gallery wall infatuation, don’t worry. We are confident that gallery walls will be back (they never really left). Or, maybe you’re worried that large wall art will come with an even larger price tag. Fret not, because we’ve got you covered with our best budget-friendly tips to get the look.

Warm up to the large wall art trend with these five rooms that to do it right.

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Go Wide With Eye-Catching Art

Usually our rule of thumb for hanging art is that it should be less than ⅔ the width of whatever it’s hanging above. The large wall art trend invites us to break through this rules, and embrace proportions in a new way.

Create a focal point above your sofa by hanging an oversized art piece that’s of equal width. If you’re feeling extra bold, try a piece that’s even wider than your sofa. This is a sure way to make a statement in any space.

Designer Tip: For a budget-friendly alternative to original artworks, which can fetch a hefty price tag, opt for framed prints instead.

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Keep It Seismically Safe With a Quilt

You can display so much more than just framed drawings or paintings on your walls. For a show-stopping alternative, try hanging a handcrafted quilt instead. This geometric number makes a bold statement in a modern conversation corner.

Live in an earthquake zone? Hanging a quilt is a safer alternative to heavy, framed art that doesn’t sacrifice on style.

Designer Tip: If your family has an heirloom quilt that’s been stashed away, try seeing if it works in your space. Try quilt hangers for a low-cost alternative to custom framing.

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Break the Moulding

If your walls have intricate moulding details, finding the best way to hang art can be a challenge. And while you might think the large wall art trend won’t work in your space, it can actually be the perfect cure to inside-the-lines thinking.

Try breaking the mold (see what we did there?) by hanging a piece of large wall art so that it spills out over the moulding. This not only creates some unique visual interest, it brings the effortless, modern Parisian chic vibe (which is a really good thing).

Designer Tip: If a large-scale painting is out of your budget, consider a set of two or three smaller pieces, for a more affordable alternative.

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Lean It or Prop It

For an eclectic approach to decorating with oversized wall art, prop a large piece on the floor against a wall. Propping wall art lends a sculptural feel to any space. Art hung on the wall just can’t match that.

Choose a piece in black and white to add high-contrast drama in a space.

Designer Tip: While homes with young kids and dogs might not fare well, this is a great option for renters who don’t want to deal with patching up nail holes in their walls.

Pin Up a Paper Wall Mural

Sitting at the crossroads between wallpaper and wall art, a large-scale paper mural can be the trendy sweet spot you’ve been looking for.

They are easy to hang, easy to move, and easier on the wallet as they don’t require framing (which, when it comes to large wall art, can cost more than the art itself!).

Try the large wall art trend in your space!

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Picture Pouf-ect: 6 Ways to Use a Pouf in Your Home

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The numbers are in, and there is no denying Modsy customers love poufs. The number one most-purchased item this year, poufs made some serious waves in 2017. But even if you have a pouf, or if you’re just now hearing about this funny-sounding piece of furniture, you might be wondering “How do I even use a pouf in my home?”

One of the most versatile pieces of furniture, and our go-to accessory, take a peek at these six ways to use your pouf.

use a pouf1. Use it as a Footrest

No chaise on your sofa? No problem. Pick up a pouf for your living room and use it as a footrest for any seat. They’re lightweight and easy to move, so you can easily scoot it around your living space, or even move it from room to room as needed.

Try a pouf in your nursery as a footrest for your rocking chair or glider.

use a pouf2. Extra Seating, Anyone?

If you have company coming, or just need an extra chair, turn your pouf into that last seat so no one is ever left standing. Or try a pair of poufs at the foot of your bed for an easy place to sit while putting on or taking off shoes.

use a pouf3. Improv it as a Side Table

 

A great trick for parties with lots of snacks, put a tray on top of your pouf and presto! You have an extra side table.

use a pouf4. Make a Kid-Proof Coffee Table

If you have little ones, consider skipping the sharp corners of a coffee table and try a group of poufs instead. Poufs are, as their name suggests, poofy and won’t be the cause of any owies for little ones learning to walk!

They can also be easily repurposed as fun seating in a kid’s room later.

use a pouf5. Add a Pop of Personality

Poufs are a great way to add an extra bit of you to a room. They’re versatile, easy to move from room to room, and come in a range of budget-friendly options. Poufs are easy to switch up as your tastes change.

Be it in the form of color, pattern, texture, or sparkles everywhere, find a pouf that shows off your style and put it to work in any space.

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6. Create a Perch for Pets

Have a pet who you just can’t keep off the sofa? Channel their enthusiasm for human furniture with a designated pouf that’s all theirs.

 

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Year in Review: Our 35 Best Home Design Ideas of 2017

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From simple ways to refresh your space, to all the things you need to know about buying a sofa, here are 35 of our best home design ideas from the year. Read on to get inspired and find a thing (or two) worth adding to your 2018 resolution list.

Resolution-Worthy Home Design Ideas:

  1. Solutions for when your home office doubles as a guest room.
  2. Or put an office in your living room instead.
  3. And then don’t forget these 7 guest room essentials.
  4. Ask yourself these 4 questions before making this big-ticket purchase for your living room.
  5. Carve out a space for kids to play.
  6. This is the best coffee table for your sofa.
  7. Why you should consider pulling your sofa away from the wall.
  8. And some ideas for how to use that empty space behind it.
  9. You can live large in small spaces – no magic tricks required.
  10. What’s cooler than eating dinner on your sofa? Finally doing something with your dining room.
  11. Don’t underestimate neutrals.
  12. Is this kind of bed frame right for you?
  13. If you’re short on storage, consider getting sneaky.
  14. Give your console table a makeover three ways.
  15. Ask these 4 questions before you buy a rug.
  16. But make sure you get the right size.
  17. And if you ever wondered why rugs are so expensive, now you know.
  18. Why wall color changes everything.
  19. Small space living got you stuck? Make every square inch count.
  20. Break away from all rectangles everywhere with this layering trick.
  21. Hate your uber-neutral space? Spice it up
  22. Live in an earthquake zone? Hang these above your bed.
  23. A better way to bring your vacation home with you.
  24. Or, turn your home into a vacation.
  25. Another way to use your grandma’s vintage trunk.
  26. Take a walk down memory lane.
  27. This is the best spot for your TV.
  28. If you’re overwhelmed by your design project, just breathe. These things take time.
  29. If you hate the 2018 Pantone color of the Year.
  30. The answer to your Pinterest board dreams (or nightmares).
  31. How to embrace awkward corners.
  32. Don’t let this struggle stop you from moving in with your SO.
  33. Wall art for the animal lover in your life.
  34. If Blanche Devereaux’s home was your bedroom goals.
  35. Remember this Danish trend that took over the internet?

 

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Stress-Free Hosting: 7 Things Every Great Guest Room Needs

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Tis the season for overnight guests and visiting out-of-towners. And if you’re lucky enough to be named the host with the most extra bedrooms, you might be feeling more stressed than jolly.

But fret not, the secret to stress-free hosting isn’t skipping town for the holidays (although a New Year’s beach vacation is definitely on our wish list), it’s a well-prepped guest room that’s sure to impress.

Since you probably already are familiar with the guest room basics like a bed frame, comfy mattress, and clean linens, here are 7 of our favorite ways to whip your guest room into shape, all before your in-laws arrive.

 

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1. Set up a place to unpack

After they lug their suitcase up the stairs, your guests will appreciate having a place to park their luggage and unpack. Try placing a bench or a pair of poufs at the foot of the bed. This also doubles as a great place for them to take shoes off or get ready for the day.

2. Keep guests feeling cozy

No matter the season, give your guests the hotel treatment by readying your guest room with a basket stocked with extra linens, pillows, and blankets. Think cozy cashmere throws, cable-knit blankets, and fluffy pillows for winter, or linen sheets and cotton throws for the warmer seasons.Guest Room

3. Dress to impress

Sometimes it’s those big finishing touches that truly round out the guest room ambiance. A full-length mirror is just the accent piece that brings a luxe look and feel to the space. Place one against a wall for your guests to use while they get dressed for breakfast or dinner.

Guest Room – Storage

4. Start a conversation with art

Tell your story to visitors through the art and objects you display in your home. While this might not seem like an essential, showcasing unique art and accessories is a great way to make your guests’ stay more memorable. Not sure what to pick? Think about choosing pieces that will spark a conversation – photographs from your trip to Iceland? Perfect. A woven basket that looks better on the wall than in the kitchen? Yes please!

5. Make storage easy

Set your guests up for success with a handy place to stash clothes, toiletries, and even surprise hostess gifts (wishful thinking?). A stylish dresser and pair of nightstands is a great place to start! Also consider pulling in a woven hamper for your guests to easily toss used towels and linens. This simple addition majorly ups the hospitality factor.

Guest Room - Reading Nook

6. Ensure ample lighting

Place a pair of reading lamps on the nightstands, but don’t forget to think about lighting for the rest of your guest room as well. Sconces above a dresser or on the wall opposite the bed can be a light-touch way to add more sources of illumination, while a floor lamp by a window will cast a warm glow that can help cozy up the ambiance for your guests.

7. Make room for personal space

Give your guests a place to relax and unwind with a cozy reading nook or desk area. This is a great, no-pressure way for them (and you) to enjoy some personal space during their visit. Add a bookcase with old and new tomes for guests to peruse, and even include a tray stocked full of goodies like coffee, tea, and snacks. It’s these finishing elements that can truly make a space feel homey for visitors.

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Christmas Tree Ideas

Everything You Need to Know About Picking Your Perfect Christmas Tree

The holidays are upon us, which means Christmas trees are making their way into homes all across the country. Believe it or not, Christmas trees have been a part of American holiday celebrations since the 1850s, and tree-trimming has become one of the most anticipated holiday traditions in many households.

However, while classic real Christmas trees are emblematic of the holidays, they’re not the only options nowadays. From Noble Firs to tinsel trees and artificial pre-lit versions, you’ll find different types in many shapes and sizes for your home. What kind of tree you prefer is up to you, but we’re here to help make it easier to decide.

Read on to find out the five most common Christmas tree types and the pros and cons of each.

 

Live Christmas Trees

Fraiser Christmas tree ideasThe Fraser Tree

Live Fraser trees have become the classic American Christmas staple—it’s the most popular choice for the holidays in the U.S.! They’re similar to Douglas Firs, but Frasers tend to be slightly more slender and sport blue-green needles with silvery undersides. This gives them an extra lush look and a nice glimmer when strung with lights.

Pros:

  • Great for Lots of Ornaments: Frasier trees have upturned and stiff branches that make them perfect for hanging ornaments by the handful.
  • Stays Fresh and Lush: The needles retain their color for a long time, so your tree will stay fresh through the end of the year. This makes Frasers perfect if you like displaying your tree for a while.
  • Excellent Needle Retention: Fraser trees don’t shed needles as quickly as other varieties, even if you forget to water them once or twice throughout the holiday season.
  • Beautifully Fragrant: These trees have a strong, fresh scent that reminds you (and everyone) of why Christmas is so magical.
  • Fits Anywhere: They’re compact, so they can tuck nicely into corners and also work in smaller spaces.

Cons:

  • High Price Tag: Fraser trees grow slower, which makes them a more expensive option.

 

Noble Fir Christmas Tree IdeasThe Noble Fir

If you’re looking for a slender tree that’s tall and narrow, the Noble Fir tree has a triangular shape that’s not as full as Frasiers and Douglas Firs. But these trees are just as lush in color with deeper grey-green needles. Their branches grow horizontally in different bunches with larger amounts of space in between—which provides lots of room for ornaments to hang. They’re also lightly scented if you’re looking for just a touch of fragrance in the air.

Pros:

  • Sturdy Branches: Noble Firs have are the tallest and have the strongest branches, so they’re a good choice especially for hanging larger, heavier ornaments (think gingerbread houses, silver bells, mini angel figurines).
  • Long-Lasting Needles: They have one of the best needle retention, which means Noble Firs will last longer since the needles won’t shed as quickly or easily.

Cons:

  • Skinny Looks: Noble Firs have a less full look than most other types, so they’re not the best option if you’re looking for a more robust Christmas tree that’s decked out with lights, ribbons, and lots and lots of ornaments.

 

White Fir Christmas Tree IdeasThe White Fir (or Concolor Fir)

Also known as the Colorado White Fir tree, this lush evergreen is native the mountains of the western United States. Its branches grow in a spiral shape and have long, lush needles, resulting in tree that’s dense from top to bottom.

Pros:

  • Full Foliage: If you’re looking to for a tree that’s big, fluffy, and perfectly shaped, the White Fir will give you that full greenery effect.
  • A Sweet Citrusy Smell: Many people love White Firs because they have a unique citrus scent that ushers in the holiday spirit. But if you prefer the smell of fresh pine, this option might not be for you.

Cons:

  • Colors Fade: The needles on this tree variety don’t hold their color as well. they usually start off as a bluish-green and eventually fade to a duller green hue as the tree ages.
  • Medium-Weight Branches: Smaller ornaments are best on White Firs as the branches are only moderate in strength and won’t be able to hold heavy trinkets like other trees.

 

Artificial Christmas Trees

Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Tree IdeasThe Pre-Lit Tree

While fresh Christmas trees are lovey in theory, they do require a good amount of care and upkeep. Think hassling with the tree stand, watering daily, and dealing with a floor full of fallen needles. Fake trees can save you from all that hassle, and they’re just as beautiful, like this pre-lit faux Frasier tree, which has glittering frost-speckled needles molded from natural cuttings.

Pros:

  • Easy to Maintain: Set up is a breeze: You assemble the different parts of the tree, plug it into the wall, and it’s ready for ornaments.
  • Built-in Sparkle: The snow-dusted branches give this pre-lit fake tree a glimmering, wintry look that never fades. Even real trees can’t compete with that.
  • Zero Pickup: There are no fallen needles to clean-up. Simple as that.

Cons:

  • Less Personal: You can’t change the color of the lights that come with this pre-lit tree and many people find they have to use specific ornaments to compliment the shape or style of the tree.
  • Not Fragrant at All: Needless to say, unlike real trees this fake version doesn’t give off that signature sweet, fresh-chopped Christmas tree scent.
  • Surprisingly Pricey: Many pre-lit trees come with a hefty price tag. But if you don’t plan on re-purchasing a real tree yearly, this could be a worthy investment.

 

Tinsel Christmas Tree IdeasThe Tinsel Tree

Christmas trees don’t come any sparklier than Silver Tinsel trees, which have a retro look that’s reminiscent of 1950s aluminum trees (Charlie Brown Christmas, anyone?). Because it’s all silver, light reflects beautifully from the branches and brings a cozy and magical ambience to a room, even without the lights on.

Pros:

  • Choose Your Color: You’ll find tinsel trees in a range of color options, so you can be be sure this type of tree will bring a unique look to your space.
  • Minimal Decoration Required: Tinsel trees often look better with minimal decor, so it’s perfect if you prefer a simple tree with a low-maintenance look. On the other hand, if you love a tree that’s filled with your personal ornament collection, then this might not be the best choice.

Cons:

  • Expensive Upfront Cost: These trees are built for convenience but might not hold up for as many years as you might hope. Nonetheless, tinsel trees have a perceived long-term value so you’ll still have to pay the price.
  • No “Real Tree” Resemblance: If you’re looking for a fake tree that still looks like a real one (like the pre-lit tree), then a tinsel tree is not for you.

 

 

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9 Simple Office-Meets-Guest Room Decorating Ideas

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You hear it all the time – the best trick for small spaces (or making any space feel larger) is making the most out of every square inch. And while that sounds simple enough, making the most out of every room in your home can often be a challenge, especially if you’re trying to make one room serve multiple functions that work for your daily life.

It’s no surprise then that many homeowners have asked our Modsy team for help in designing multipurpose spaces in their home that can do double-duty. Think a living room that also has a play area for kids, a seamless live-work space. Here, we offer up a few ideas for creating a stylish and practical office/guest room that you can make use of all the time.

 

An Office With a Sleeper Sofa

Say what you will, but sleeper sofas have come up in style over the past few years and you’ll easily find a range of designs and sizes that suit your space. Try pulling one into your home office as seating, which will provide you with an extra spot for lounging as well as a comfy bed for overnight guests when needed.

room decorating ideasFor a Small Space

Look for a sleeper sofa that you can easily tuck into a corner of your office. When it’s not in use as a bed, it can be a quiet area for reading and going through mail or simply for relaxing and taking a break from the day-to-day—perfect if you work from home.

Stylist Tip: Use a bookcase as a room divider to separate your workspace from the sofa lounge area. It will also help give your overnight guests a little more privacy.

 

room decorating ideasFor a Medium Space

A low-profile sleeper sofa is the perfect option for filling out a mid-sized room. Swap side tables for nightstands or small dressers to build in some storage for your house guests. A full-length mirror is also a welcome addition to any guest room, but choosing a sleek, wall-mounted option helps it blend in in an office space as well.

 

room decorating ideasFor a Large Space

If you have a decent-sized room for an office, a large-scale sleeper sofa can help warm up the space and make it feel less utilitarian and all about work. Think of it as decorating another bedroom and make it comfortable and personal—as soon as you pull out the bed it should instantly feel like an inviting guest room.

Stylist Tip: If you’re going big, make sure to leave enough room between your sofa and your workspace for when the sleeper becomes a bed. Choose slender office chairs and benches that are easy to move to offset the heft of the sofa. If you choose to include a coffee table, opt for one that is easy to move when you pull the sofa out into a bed.

 

A Study With a Daybed

For a less bulky alternative to the sleeper sofa, try a daybed in your workspace. This is a great way to create a resting spot that feels a little more open and casual. With their low profile and single-person design, daybeds are perfect for a little R&R as well as accommodating a visitor without a lot of fuss.

room decorating ideasFor a Small Space

Another of our favorite guest room decorating ideas, is to work vertical. If you want a bit more sturdy option for a daybed, but don’t have a lot of room to work with, try a wall mounted bookshelf that also incorporates a desk. These have a smaller footprint, and will take up less floor space while still providing you with ample vertical storage.

 

For a Medium Space

Go with an armless daybed to give the overall office space a more open look and feel. A streamlined version without arms takes up minimal visual space while providing you with a place for repose. In a pinch, you can pile on pillows and blankets to turn it into an impromptu but comfy guest bed. When not in use by overnight guests, this arrangement can also easily function as a kids’ workspace for doing homework and reading.

 

room decorating ideasFor a Large Space

Bring in a chic, more substantial daybed that hugs a wall in the room. The best thing about larger daybeds is that they provide the comforts of a bedroom but are casual and versatile enough to work in any living space. Deck one out in an office with pillows and even a throw so it’s always ready as a spot for afternoon naps, work breaks, and can be easily turned into a guest bed.

 

A Guest Bedroom With a Work Area

No need to designate an entire room for guests who only visit occasionally. Up the practicality in a guest room by adding a desk that lets it also function as a quiet workspace to get things done.

room decorating ideasFor a Small Space

Create a guest room for one that’s also a home office. A perfect option for empty nesters looking to turn their grown-up children’s’ rooms into functional spaces again. Keep the twin bed and add a workspace for an instant mini guest room that you can put to use year-round.

 

For a Medium Space

Divide a guest room into two distinct areas for work and sleep with a bed filling out one side of the room and a work table that spans the rest of the space. Opting for a narrow but long work table will help elevate the look and feel of the guest room and it can easily serve as an office area for two on a daily basis. Add wall shelving, and you’ll have an office space that’s also prepped for rest—especially if you work from home and find yourself burning the midnight oil.

 

room decorating ideasFor a Large Space

Build out a guest room with a plush upholstered bed and all the small accents along with a stylish desk that altogether evokes a luxurious hotel suite. By adding a desk rather than a dresser or a TV stand, the room will provide you with a relaxing space for sorting mail, writing notes, and even answering a few emails when it’s not occupied by guests.

 

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3 Ways to Style Your Nightstand: Bring Some Style to Your Bedroom

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Whether you have one or two, a well-styled nightstand is a surefire way to make your bedroom feel personal and put-together. To help you get inspired to design yours, we challenged our designers to take one nightstand and style it three ways.

We chose one of our favorite nightstands as a base: the Audrey Nightstand from West Elm. We love the Mid-Century shape and the textured front. It is the perfect combo of retro and modern! The two roomy drawers are great for hiding midnight snack wrappers, tangled electrical cords, and that retainer you never wear.

Here’s our three favorite ideas for styling your nightstand:

 

Mid-Century Flair

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Geometric shapes, organic materials, and neutral colors make this one nightstand perfect for Mid-Century Modern enthusiasts. The geometric details on the Audrey Nightstand pair perfectly with the geometry of the Mason Table Lamp. The Sum Total artwork also brings a signature, mid-century graphic pop to the design.

Stylist Tip: Our rule of thumb for styling surfaces, is to think in threes. This brings both balance and variation to the scene, and makes our eye happy when we look at it. Try picking objects with various heights, such as vases for flowers and trays to hold your odds and ends.

 

Bohemian Chic

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For those who like a clean and earthy look, style your nightstand with a fresh and eclectic feel. The unfinished texture of the lamp harmonizes with the other natural elements in the scene, such as the Ibex Sculpture .

Stylist Tip: Use your lamp to help determine how high to hang your artwork. Because this lamp is taller, the Blue Cactus artwork is hung lower to balance the composition. Don’t be afraid to hang your artwork off-center if you want a more eclectic look!

 

Graphic and Glamorous

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Full of statement pieces, this more glamorous design is full of graphic patterns and gold accents. The stripes in the Changes Rug pull in the graphic lines of the Naomi Campbell artwork for a unified space. The gold accents in the accessory pieces bring out the finishes of the Audrey nightstand, pushing the look more Glam!

Stylist Tip: For a chic and unexpected twist, prop your artwork against the wall on the floor next to your nightstand.

 

 

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Style Ideas: 3 Ways to Layer Cowhide Rugs

Love it, hate it, or not sure what to make of it – the cowhide rug trend has proven itself to be enduringly popular.

We are among the lovers. We love it on its own, but we really love is a cowhide rug layered on top of other rugs. And in this warm, rich cream color, what’s not to love?

Here are 3 ways to layer cowhide rugs in your home.

 

1. Escape From the Norm

Let’s face it, design options in a typical bedroom can be pretty limited. Rectangles abound –  room shape, bed, rug, dresser, bench – everything except maybe the bedside lamp! But place a curvy cowhide rug so it spills toward one corner, and all those straight lines are instantly relaxed, just like a bedroom should be.

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2. Mess With Perfection

Add a touch of devil-may-care to a space by stepping outside the restraints of symmetry. The fluid and organic shape of a cowhide rug, added to an otherwise precisely balanced space, says “Hey, loosen up.”

Layering with Cowhide Rugs: 3 Ways

3. Extend Your Reach

Take advantage of every square foot of your space by using a cowhide rug to reach areas where traditionally shaped rugs don’t work. In this living room, this layering trick creates a connection between the two seating areas making the space feel larger and less choppy.
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A Design Historian’s Perspective: The Trend is “Collector”

By Alessandra Wood, Ph.D., Modsy Director of Style

Over the past decade, we’ve been seeing an influx of mid-century styles all across the design world. It goes without saying that interior design is heavily influenced by not only lifestyle, but also the way people incorporate design into even the smallest details of their daily lives.

What’s trending now is a more personalized styling that incorporates mid-century pieces into a more “lived in” vibe.

We’re seeing a contemporization of a mid-century aesthetic that fits a modern audience valuing timeless design, comfort, and subtle accent detailing. This modernization can be summed into a term we like to refer to as “The Collector.”

The aesthetic of the Mid-Century has been adapted to fit a modern call for comfort and personalization. The Collector has revolutionized how we see opportunities for new uses of space.

  • We’re seeing end chairs being used as side tables for lamps and collections of beautiful books.
  • Coffee tables are being replaced by smaller, mismatched tables that are juxtaposed together to create a more dynamic unit of diverse shapes, forms and materials.
  • The centerpiece of a living room is no longer the TV; instead, focus has shifted to collections of artwork, bookshelves that house books and collected objects, large indoor plants of all varieties, and rugs that function as statement pieces themselves.
  • We’re also seeing a call for smaller, artisanal goods that have been sourced locally as opposed to mass produced commercial products.

The Collector embodies the essence of a style that was born in the Mid-Century, yet has been completely redefined into a modern comfortable style that can easily be translated to your personal design taste.

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Thanksgiving Prep: Easy, Last-Minute Tips to Get Your Dining Room Ready

Hosting a Thanksgiving gathering and feeling frenzied? You’re not alone. Between cooking and coordinating with family, there never seems to be enough time to prep your home for the big occasion. But setting up your dining room with the right flow and flexibility (to accommodate extra guests) is essential to a comfortable holiday meal.

If you’re pressed for time, we’ve got some tips that are easy to implement, even at the last minute! Here are our favorite quick tips to help get your dining room ready.

Accommodate Extra Guests

Be prepared to have a seat for the extra family member or the friend-of-a-friend (who forgot to RSVP) by pulling in ottomans, benches, and stools from other areas in your home.

These moveable pieces are a practical and perfect, last-minute way to accommodate additional guests at large gatherings. Ready a few around the room—guests can perch here with their cocktails before dinner, or simply use them as a spot for placing bags and coats.

 

Make Drinks Self-Serve

It’s as simple as pulling in a bar cart to allow guests to stir up their own drinks. Choose an option with casters, AKA wheels, that you can easily move around.

This allows you the flexibility of placing your bar cart in the corner for cocktail hour and then moving it into another room for post-dinner drinks and coffee.

 

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Make More Room to Gather

Expandable dining tables with leaves are practically designed for hosting big events. It’s a worthwhile investment that ensures you’ll never be short of space when having a dinner party, while it can be condensed as a standard-size table on a daily basis.

Stylist Tip: Choose a rug that’s sized to your table when it’s expanded. We recommend that your entire table and chairs sit fully on top of a rug. This means you won’t have to worry about the rug getting caught under chair legs as your guests scoot in and out.

 

Eliminate Trips Back and Forth

Just as you would have a drinks station for your guests, create a buffet area on a credenza for appetizers and desserts.

This will keep you from having to make trips back and forth to the kitchen and once dinner is over, everyone knows exactly where to find the sweets and pies. Keep some extra plates and napkins in the cupboards of your credenza and you’re all set.

 

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Kids Design Ideas: 8 Ways to Make Your Living Room a Playroom

For families with young children, the living room is usually the busiest space in the home; you use it equally for lounging, watching TV, and often as a playroom for the kiddos. As you might imagine, when your living room becomes your playroom, things can easily start to feel pretty crowded and even cluttered.

It’s no wonder that customers frequently ask for ideas on how to incorporate a play area for kids in their living rooms. To help, we gathered 8 of our favorite ideas on creating a kids playroom within your living area.

 

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1. Delineate With a Rug

Add a colorful rug as a way to “zone” a kid’s playroom and create some visual separation from the main living space. It’s a quick and easy update that everyone can immediately get on board with. Opt for a sturdy area rug that can stand up to lots of stomping and toy cars.

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2. Dedicate a Storage Spot

Some spaces might be better suited to a play corner rather than a playroom. If this sounds like your home, try tucking a storage bench into a corner that’s solely for your kids’ toys. Pull in a pouf and you’ll have a simple play corner set up just for them! It’s a great way to minimize clutter and contain messes since everything can be stowed away quickly and neatly.

For an added bonus, you can repurpose the bench in a new area in your home once the kids outgrow their toys.

 

 

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3. Carve Out a Cushy Corner

Little nooks in your space, such as a tricky-shaped landing at the top of your stairs, are perfect places for setting up a kids’ corner.

Plop down a few beanbag chairs and poufs, along with a small table and some storage, to create a cozy playroom that’s perfect for storytime as well as games.

 

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4. Create a Low-Furniture Nook

There are endless options for kids furniture out there, but no need to stick to pint-size pieces when creating your playroom.

Low-profile pieces, such as poufs and ottomans are great seating options for a play area – they’re small enough for kids and pair nicely with child-sized tables. They also make great perches and footstools for adults, so they’ll be sure to get plenty of use.

 

 

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5. Play Up a Colorful Alcove

If your living space is equipped with a recessed wall area, turn it into a colorful play corner that appeals to your kids in a big, bright way.

Think a vibrant sofa with fun pillows and patterns, along with a charming rug. This is a great way to put an awkward corner to use in a living space and incorporate fun colors that aren’t elsewhere in your home.

 

 

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6. Tuck it to the Side

Carve out a special, playroom nook by pulling your sofa away from the wall and using either the side or the back to divide the space. This gives the kids a designated area to play while grownups can watch over from nearby.

Stylists Tip: For a great multipurpose piece, try a couple of inexpensive coffee tables in place of a kids-table. They look nice and often last longer, so you can repurpose them easily once the play area is no longer needed.

 

 

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7. Dream Up the Ultimate Playroom

If you have a larger living space, consider converting one end of the room into a full-on play area for your kids.

This approach is all about going big. Bring in a fort, mini kitchen, and a kid-sized table and chairs to create a space they can call their own. Make sure to consider durable fabrics that can stand up to lots of romping, rolling and any occasional spills!

 

 

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8. Design a Kid-Friendly Office

Need a place to work and  keep an eye on the children? Set up a mini play corner in your home office or even work office if you have the space. Pull in a few ottomans or poufs and a low table for your kids to crayon, play with puzzles, or read. Add a shaggy sheepskin to cozy up the spot!

 

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Layout Solutions: Clever Design Ideas for Awkward Spaces

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Every home comes with a few quirks, be it architectural or spatial. You’ve seen them before—the strange nook off to one side of a room, a random recessed area that just serves no purpose, or a weirdly angled corner where nothing will fit. Naturally, these tricky spaces can be a challenge to figure out in a home.

It’s no wonder then that many homeowners come to Modsy asking for help designing an awkward space in their home. Read on to see how we helped a few Modsy customers come up with clever ways to put an awkward space to use.

A Small Bedroom Nook

When it comes to odd nooks, the design possibilities are actually endless. This window area in a couple’s bedroom had a pretty view but they were stumped when it came to furnishing it. So, our stylists came up with a few ideas that gave them a new perspective on the awkward space.

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awkward spaces

Idea #1: Office With a View

To make the most out of a small nook, look to maximize the space, vertically. Compact furnishings that don’t take up too much floor space are key; a wall-mounted fold-out desk with a slender chair easily turned this empty spot into a petite yet practical workspace.

Idea #2: Cozy Resting Spot

You can turn any nook into a quiet retreat from the rest of a room by simply adding an ottoman and a side table. Add a small rug, like this fluffy sheepskin, to help define the space as a resting spot where you can take a break with a book on the ottoman or leaning back on the floor.

 

A Tiny Living Room Recess

Awkward built-in architectural elements might be unavoidable in some homes, but with a little ingenious rethinking, you can put these areas to practical and stylish use! For a homeowner who inherited a living space with a tiny recess area, our stylists thought up a few ways to cozy it up.

Idea #1: Tucked-Away Bar

Bar carts and tray tables come in a range of sizes and can be just the pieces you need to transform an awkwardly tight spot. Consider these spaces an extension of your living area and an opportunity to add a function that’s missing in your room – such as this bar station or a mini library with wall shelving for extra books.

Idea #2: Comfy Cubby Seat

Similarly, recessed nooks in a room can make for comfy spots for lounging if you simply pile on some pillows and deck out the walls with display shelves. Think of it as a window seat for one, where you can snuggle up with a cup of tea wrapped in a throw on lazy weekend mornings.

 

Mini Alcoves and Corners

Most homes come with a few challenging corner spots that don’t allow for much decorating. But these actually make perfect spots for getting creative with interesting design pieces. For homeowners who were at a loss with strange corners in their homes, our stylists offered up some pretty and practical ideas.

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awkward spaces

Idea #1: A Quiet Reading Corner

Odd corners, especially ones with sloped ceilings, seem attractive in theory but can pose a huge design challenge. Rather than trying to find the perfect art to fill your slanted wall space, try keeping it bare for once.

Instead, turn a slanted space into a reading corner with designs that make a statement. This is your chance to get bold with a bright wing chair, a cool floor lamp, or an unusual side table, which will bring focus to the corner without it feeling empty.

Idea #2: A Versatile Workspace

There seems to always be that one, awkward narrow strip of wall that either goes unused or is too small to hang a painting or a mirror. Consider more modern and modular designs like wall-mounted shelving, which not only provides lots of vertical storage space but also provides a makeshift work surface if you simply pull up a chair.

 

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Design Refresh: 4 Simple Ways to Brighten Up Your Space


Sometimes all you need to refresh a space are a few simple updates to make it feel like new.

We polled our Modsy designers to get their ideas on the best and easiest ways to refresh a space. Here are their top 4 tips on how to brighten up any space.

1. Create an accent wall.

We think a fresh coat of paint can work some real magic on a room, or if you’re feeling especially daring, go ahead and add a splash with some graphic or colorful wallpaper!


2. Mix up your lighting.

Mix and match a few table lamps and wall sconces in your space. Playing with different light sources is a great way to add warmth and a dynamic element to a room, and it will give you more control over the overall lighting.


3. Add a few house plants.

They not only brighten rooms, but add a lively bit of color and character. This is a great option for people who don’t love a lot of color in their home but still want a pop of brightness!


4. Change up your pillows.

You can do this seasonally as the weather shifts, or simply as your tastes change. Pillows add accents of color and depth to a space and are much easier (and more budget-friendly!) to swap out than an entire sofa or bed frame.


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Why Are Rugs So Expensive? A Guide to Buying Your Next Rug

If you’ve done any internet browsing for rugs, you might have stumbled across the fact rugs are, more often than not, really freaking expensive.

Even if we exclude the handmade oriental rugs, which can easily fetch upwards of several thousands of dollars, a standard 8’x10’ rug from a popular furniture retailer can still cost you a month’s rent.

To help shed some light on the subject, we’re taking a look at all the reasons why rugs are so expensive. We’re hashing out what factors make up a rug’s price so you can decide which are important for you.

What the rug is made of:

What a rug is made of matters. The material a rug is made of will determine the quality of the rug and effect how long it lasts. The main difference between materials often lies in their durability and clean-ability.

Rugs are most commonly made of either natural fibers – like wool or silk – or synthetic materials – like nylon or polyester. Here is a quick breakdown of the pros and cons of each material.

Wool:

A sturdy natural fiber, wool rugs are generally a more expensive option. This is because wool rugs last for decades, are highly durable, and keep their color and pattern over time. As a material, a rug made of wool will have a more soft and plush texture than its synthetic counterparts.

Silk:

Second to wool in its durability, silk rugs are coveted for their high-shine and luscious texture. Silk rugs tend to be extremely expensive and they require professional cleaning, making them not the best fit for homes with kids, pets, or heavy foot-traffic.

Nylon:

A less expensive, synthetic alternative, nylon is known for its durability. This makes it a good choice for high-traffic areas. Conversely, the material is highly absorbent, meaning a nylon rug can be easily ruined by spills.

Polyester:

Another inexpensive and synthetic option, polyester is a less absorbent material, rendering it is more stain-resistant. That said, polyester is a less durable material, and rugs made from it tend to fall apart more easily and quickly.

What the rug is dyed with:

Rugs are generally given their color with either natural, usually vegetable-based, dyes or chemical dyes.

Natural dyes tend to be more lightfast, meaning they will not fade over time. Rugs dyed with natural options take more labor to produce, making them more expensive.

Chemical dyes are a much cheaper alternative. Depending on the dye and method of the dying process, these options tend to fade much quicker (even after a few months of foot traffic).

How the rug is made:

The method by which a rug is made also is an important factor in determining its price.

The more expensive options tend to be loomed by hand and can take days of labor to complete. These rugs contain a high knot-count, which results in that amazing plush texture and their rich colors. They are more durable and can last decades if cared for properly.

The alternative to costly hand-made rugs, are machine made rugs. These options have a lower density of knots and a looser weave, causing them to be less durable in the long run.


Other things to consider:

The ethics behind rugs

Another component behind the cost of rugs is the ethics behind their production. Rugs made in factories with child labor are able to be sold at an extremely cheap price point. Before you purchase a rug, consider doing a bit of research on its production methods.

Value over time

While not so much a factor in the cost of a rug, another point to consider before you make a purchase is that rugs keep their value over time.

Like investing in a piece of art, quality rugs can be resold later and retain much of their original value. If cared for properly they can last decades and be passed down as a family heirloom.

So, why are rugs so expensive?

The materials, the dyes, method of production are the main points that make up a rug’s price.

Still unsure how much you should spend on a rug? These four questions will help you decide if you should splurge or skimp on your next rug. 

 

 

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Work From Home: 9 Places to Put an Office in Your Living Room

Sometimes, the best place for an office is in the living room. With more and more people needing to work from home on the regular, we here at Modsy have encountered many homeowners asking for help designing their home offices.

The reality, however, is that most people don’t have an extra room to dedicate to a full-time office. But you don’t need a full room to have a stylish and productive work space.

Instead, most people are opting to incorporate a work station of some sort into their living spaces.

Here, we offer up 9 easy ways to make an office in the living room.

 

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1. Set Up a Desk Behind a Sofa

If you have an open floor plan with a seating area pushed off to one side, try placing a desk behind your sofa.

Add a swivel chair and a table lamp and you’ll have a work station that’s tucked into your living space without looking or feeling out of place.

Check out these other ideas for what to do with that empty space behind your sofa.

 

 

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2. Make the Most of an Unused Nook

An unused nook area – like the space directly next to a fireplace – can easily be the ideal spot to fit in a mini office.

Pair a desk with a chair, and even mix in a hanging mirror, and you’ve got a simple arrangement that will blend in seamlessly with your living room while taking up little space overall.

 

 

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3. Consider a Mini Work Desk

Sometimes a small area that’s dedicated to work is all you need.

Rather than a full desk, consider tucking a small round table into an unused corner for a place where you can set up your laptop or go through paperwork.

This is a great option for busy living spaces or family rooms, as adults can get to work but also stay close to keep an eye on the kiddos.

 

 

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4. Create an Open Office Space

If you have a large living area, carve out a space for a home office by placing a desk on its own, letting it “float” in front of a wall or credenza.

This is a stylish way to create a formal office space even if you don’t have an extra room.

Stylist Tip: Add a small rug to help clearly delineate the office from the rest of your living space.

 

 

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5. Maximize Forgotten Spaces

Try designing a compact office in forgotten spaces, like the bottom of your stairs.

The areas surrounding a staircase often go unused, which makes them perfect spot to sneak in a workspace. This can be as simple as a narrow desk and slim chairs, neatly tucked away in a corner of your living space.

 

 

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6. Make an Office Work With Your Layout

Apartment living often means making the most of your limited square footage.

Incorporate an office into your main seating area by pulling a desk right up alongside your sofa to create a seamless live/work space. This also allows your desk to double as a side table.

Another great tip? Rather than bookshelves, opt for wall-mounted shelving to maintain storage while saving on floor space.

 

 

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7. Line Up a Work Station

Set up multiple desks along a wall to establish workstations that can be used by two or more people in your family.

If you’re a family with kids, this can be a great way to give each person a special homework area that doesn’t take up too much space.

Consider a series of matching chairs and desks to give your “home office” a more designed look and feel.

 

 

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8. Fit a Desk Into a Passageway

A console can function nicely as a vanity and desk in any living room. They’re often narrow enough to be placed along walls in hallways and passageways leading to doorways.

Try adding a console near an entrance, as in this living room scenario, to turn a large empty wall area into a simple and functional office spot.

 

 

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9. Optimize Shelving As a Working Spot

If you’re particularly tight on space, skip the hassle of making room for a full office. A compact wall shelving unit can provide you with just the laptop workstation you need to get work done.

Pull up a chair and fill your shelves with books and office materials and you’ll have an organized space that’s stylish and functional both when it’s in-use and not.

 

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7 Ways to Incorporate Seating Into Your Bedroom

More than just a place to sleep, your bedroom should be a space where you can escape and relax at the end of the day. One great way to make that happen? Incorporating a comfortable place to sit.

But where is the best place to put seating in a bedroom and what kind of seating should you look for?

Every bedroom is different, so we rounded up seven of our favorite ways to incorporate seating in your bedroom. Read on to see which one works for you.

 

Bedroom Seating For the Foot of Your Bed

The foot of your bed is a great place to have a seat. There are several options you can try here, depending on how much space you have to work with.

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Try a Bench

Place a bench at the foot of your bed to create an instant and easy spot to rest.

These make for a convenient perch to put on and take off your shoes and are a perfect catchall for holding bags, clothes, extra pillows and shams from your bed and even stacks of books.

Stylist Tip: Choose a bench that is the same width as your bed or slightly smaller so that it feels like an extension of your bed rather than a piece that overtakes the room.

 

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Try a Pair of Ottomans

If you’re looking for bedroom pieces that feel like less of a spatial commitment, a pair of matching ottomans are a great solution.

Smaller than a bench, ottomans work well in tighter spaces. They are also easy to move around, and can be pulled into other rooms if you need extra seating in a pinch.

Stylist Tip: If you have a small bedroom, look for ottomans with open bases to keep your space looking light and open. Or, if you’re in need of extra storage, try a pair of storage ottomans instead.

 

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Try a Comfy Chair

Bring the comforts of your living room into your bedroom by creating a mini lounge area at the foot of your bed.

Pairing a deep, comfy club chair with a small side table instantly gives your bedroom an intimate and cozy atmosphere. If your space allows for it, opt for matching chairs to create a conversation area for two.

 

Bedroom Seating For a Vanity

Make getting dressed more comfortable. Here’s a few ways to add seating to create a cozy vanity area in your bedroom.

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Tuck an Armchair by Your Mirror

If you have a spacious bedroom, consider placing a plush armchair next to a floor mirror, to create a comfy corner dressing area.

This is a great way to fill out an empty corner and add a warmth to your bedroom, all while creating a spot to that makes get ready every day fun.

Stylist Tip: Consider an armchair with a high back and slope arms that gives you room to comfortably slip on shoes or simply pile on clothes and other accessories while you get ready.

bedroom seatingTry Snuggling in a Side Chair

If you’re tight on space, try placing a side chair next to your dresser or vanity.

This can be a great spot to put on your shoes before dashing out, or can be a simple spot to hang your bag or jacket right as you enter your bedroom.

Stylist Tip: Consider a one-off vintage chair or look for a pair of dining chairs, which you can use separately in different spaces. A distinctive chair will truly shine in this scenario and add unexpected style to your space.

 

Bedroom Seating For a Reading Nook

Create a designated space for reading by tucking seating away in corners or under windows.

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Try a Chair by Your Nightstand

Place a sumptuous armchair next to your bed to give yourself a private reading nook where you can take full advantage of being near your nightstand.

Aim for a chair with a wide seat and big, comfy cushions. Because the chair alone will occupy an entire corner beside your bed, a larger scale armchair that feels substantial will help fill out the space while also providing a comfy seat where you can spend hours with a book.

Stylist Tip: Go with an armchair that contrasts with the rest of your room for a piece that stands out and adds a little unexpected punch.

 

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Try a Settee

In a generously sized master bedroom, try placing a settee or lounge below a window.

By creating a seating area like this one, you’ll also turn your bedroom into a space you’ll enjoy spending time in as opposed to one where you simply just rest.

Stylist Tip: Rather than a sofa, opt for a settee that seats two or three, which slightly more compact in size so it fits nicely in a bedroom. This provides you with space to also bring in other furnishings to round out the seating area, like a cocktail table and a bookcase.

 

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Moving in Together? 4 Decorating Tips for Cohabitating Couples

Dear Modsy,

My partner and I are finally moving in together and I couldn’t be happier! We are both so excited, but the other day we were boxing up all of our belongings and it dawned on me that I absolutely can’t stand his taste in furniture, and he said the same about mine…

How can we somehow stuff our two very different styles into one space? Is it possible to design our home together without one of us hating it or both of us going insane?

Please help,
Couple of Sofas

 

Dear Couple of Sofas,

First, congratulations! Second, know that you are not alone with this struggle!

While the hardest part of moving in with your significant other might seem like sharing a bathroom, for many couples the greatest – and most unanticipated – challenge is actually designing their new shared space.

Moving in with a significant other is a big life event, so it’s understandable that it might stir up some anxiety. Couple that with the stress of purchasing furniture that meets both of your styles and budgets, and you really have a recipe for potential conflict.

Before you spend a miserable afternoon fighting over a rug in IKEA, read these 4 tips on how to combine design styles peacefully and create a space you both love.

1. Make a Game Plan

Before you get caught up in the design details, have a conversation with your partner about what each of you value in your home.

What do you want to use the space for? What are your must-haves and your hard-nos? And where are you willing to compromise?

Hash out these details before you talk specifics, and find the points that you both agree on. Then begin to make style choices together that lead you toward this common goal for your home.

2. Plan to Purge Equally

Upon moving in together you will likely have double the furniture that you can fit and will need to decide what to keep and what to toss. And while you might have better taste than your partner, they likely think the same things about your choice of furniture as well.

Instead of hashing out whose stuff moves into the new place and whose gets left on the side of the road, agree to purge equally and only take the good stuff.

This can mean going through items piece-by-piece and deciding whose is in better condition or will work better in your new place. Take a critical look at knick knacks as well, and consider only displaying the ones that are meaningful to both of you. Or, consider scrapping it all and only taking what you absolutely need to furnish your new place for the short-term.

This is your opportunity for a fresh start, so the goal of your purge should be to take what works, and leave the rest behind so you can begin to design a space that both of you love.

3. Explore Your Styles

Once you’ve cleared away your old furniture, you can begin to explore styles that speak to both of you for your new home together.

The first thing we recommend to couples is that they take the Modsy Style Quiz together. Understanding each other’s tastes can help you think about how to merge them together into one look (yes, we promise it is possible!).

She likes mid-century modern but he likes industrial? Try looking for pieces with a modern shape but in raw materials, like leather and metals, to satisfy you both. His style is glamorous but his is minimal? Maybe stick to a minimal color palette but play with more glam materials like velvet and gold.

There are so many ways to mix and match even the most opposite of styles. Find what you both like and where you can start to merge your tastes together.

4. Show off Your Ideas

Sometimes the best way to convince your partner that a certain style or piece of furniture will look good in your space, is to show them.

Create a visual representation of your ideas to show your partner, be that a Modsy rendering of your actual home, a moodboard, or ordering fabric samples and paint swatches.

Many customers tell us that they were able to try something new after showing their significant other a Modsy rendering of how a new coffee table, bold sofa, or different layout would look in their space.

Visualizing your ideas can help you both feel more confident about your design choices, which in turn helps relieve the stress of making big-ticket purchases.

 

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The Design Struggle Is Real: Want to Update But Don’t Know Where to Start?

For most homeowners, a total design revamp of their space is the ultimate dream. But the reality is that redesigning a space is a major undertaking.

Couple this with the fact that if you’re not moving into a new home, your space might already be “designed” (albeit maybe not well) with furniture and decor collected over time.

Instead of trying to overhaul an entire room at once – which is expensive and requires a lot of time and effort – consider making a series of key updates to your already decorated space. This approach begs the question: Where do I start?

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Tackling all the updates you want to make at once can feel overwhelming. To help, we gathered some expert tips from our Modsy designers on what they think is the best approach to making practical and stylish (and manageable) updates to your spaces, one step at a time.

Read on to find out how to streamline your updating process, and avoid home design headaches.

 

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Step 1: Assess What’s Not Working

When updating any space in your home, always start by asking yourself the crucial question: What’s not working?

Knowing this will help you zero in on what you should update in your space, and – if it’s multiple things – help you prioritize which to tackle first. , be it adding more tables and seating or simply rearranging your layout a bit.

If it’s your layout…

Try to pinpoint what you ultimately want out of your space. Do you need a more multifunctional set-up because you have small children running around? Or is it that you want to create a seating area that’s more conducive to conversation and hosting friends?

Take your time when considering how you’ll be using your space, as this decision can help you think about what kinds and sizes of furniture to purchase later on.

If it’s your furniture…

Think about how your existing pieces are not working for you. Perhaps it’s a sofa that’s not comfy enough, a TV stand that’s just a little too tall, or simply not enough places to set down a drink.

Get specific about what it is about your furniture that’s no longer suiting your space.

If it’s your room’s style…

That’s aesthetically not working for you, try honing in on specifics and start there. Is your room lacking in color? Are you looking for prettier, more grown-up furnishings? Or are you simply trying to figure out what your style is?

If it’s the latter, our Modsy Style Quiz can help provide some guidance. Regardless, keep your focus simple and straightforward in terms what you feel is stylistically missing.

 

Step 2: Set a Long-Term Goal

Once you’ve identified the focus for your updates, set a long term goal for your space and backtrack to where you are right now.

If your goal is to set up your room with better flow…

Think about how you’d ideally like people to interact and move around in your space. This will help you plan the best layout for your room.

If your aim is to upgrade your existing furnishings

Have a clear end goal in mind. Whether it’s swapping in bigger, comfier seating or adding a nicer coffee table, knowing what your ideal space looks like will help you create a checklist and work through the updates in the order and timeframe that makes sense.

If you’re hoping to up your style game in your room

Consider the mood and overall ambience you want to create, which will give you a sense of the types of details and furnishings you need to look for to update your space.

Knowing where you want to end up is a great way to guide the choices you make now to update your space.

 

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Step 3: Start With One Main Focus

Don’t panic if your answer to the previous questions ended up being ‘everything needs updating’ or ‘more than one thing needs help.’ It’s natural for all the small things to pile up, but don’t let it distract you. Stay on track by laser-focusing on one problem that is most pertinent or has been persisting the longest.

If you’re focused on creating a better layout…

Try to discern if there’s a piece that’s currently throwing off the arrangement in your space and consider if it’s needed still or not.

It’s important to be honest with yourself here if a piece simply does not fit in with your space and is keeping you from achieving the ideal layout in your end goal – this could be a sofa that you’ve had forever but is just slightly too big, or chairs that have nowhere else to go in your home.

If you’re keen on updating your furniture…

But your sofa, armchairs, TV stand, and layout all need rethinking, start by figuring out how you can update the biggest item, which is often your sofa. Then use your sofa as guide to move on to the next big furniture problem.

In this instance, solve for your furniture first rather than trying to find the best sofa and create the best layout at the same time. This will help you slowly build towards your end goal for your space.

If you’re fine-tuning the style in a space…

Pick an aesthetic angle to help guide you. Color is often a great starting point here, so take a little time to land on a color palette that will provide the ambience you’re hoping to create in your space.

 

Step 4: Don’t Get Discouraged

At this point, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and distracted as one thing feels like it needs to work with another. Keep tackling one issue at a time and using each solution to inform your next decision.

Making long-term updates is a process, so it’s natural that things might not feel perfect right away. Keep at it and don’t get discouraged!

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Step 5: Continue With the One-By-One Approach

Eventually, you’ll have made some decisions about your space and have updated all and any big items.

Then, turn your focus to smaller problem areas or pieces and go through the same vetting process. This is where you might focus on pillows for the sofa or art for one wall or what goes on the coffee table.

Or perhaps you’re now figuring out where a chair might go; find a place for the chair and try it out before moving on. Gradually, your original vision for your room will begin to take shape.

 

Step 6: See It All Together Before Buying

Finally, it can help to see all your ideas come to life in your space, before you make the purchase plunge. This is also a great time to make sure measurements, sizing and style all come together for a cohesive look.

It can be helpful to moodboard your ideas or purchase a Modsy design package to see life-like renderings of your designs in your 3D room.

Making updates is no simple feat, but with a starting point (and some patience) you can bring your updated vision to life over time.

 

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