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Crown Your Living Room: 3 Ideas for the Wall Above Your Sofa

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When designing your living room, as with life, there are very few things you can be sure of. Will the colors match? Will my bookcase fit through the door? Will I still like that shag rug a year from now? The only thing you can really be sure of is that your living room will likely include a sofa and a blank wall.

What to do with this blank wall above your sofa can be a challenge. This is the focal point of the whole room, so the pressure is on to get it just right. To help you feel inspired instead of intimidated by that swath of emptiness, we rounded up our three favorite ideas for the wall above your sofa.

 

Check out the three ways we crowned our sofa inside this minimal Hollywood glam interior, and shop the coordinating collection below!

3 Ideas for the Wall above your Sofa:

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1. Hang One Bold Artwork

Give the “best seat in the house” – the wall above your sofa – to a big and bold artwork. This is a great way to add some drama to your space or showcase one fantastic piece of art.

  • We chose a dramatic, non-objective painting, Meditative Concentration 1 (Restoration Hardware). We love how the black and white pops against the gold Velvet Mina Sofa (Athropologie) and the square format draws your eye up, up, up!

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2. Create a Gallery Wall

We love gallery walls because they can be tailored to any style, they beautifully show off multiple pieces of art, and you can easily add to them over time as you grow your collection. That said, a successful gallery wall should feel balanced, so think about the overall composition first to keep it from looking cluttered. Don’t feel like busting out the blue tape? Modsy can help you design your gallery wall before you pick up the hammer and nails.

  • Try mixing different frames and artwork sizes for a more eclectic look. Or, arrange your gallery wall as a grid or a more traditional and designed feel.
  • We opted for a variety of black and white artworks to give our gallery wall cohesion, while the different sizes and subjects keep your eye moving.

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3. Make a Statement with a Mirror

The most beautiful thing in the room is going to be you, so catch a glimpse by hanging a large mirror on the wall above your sofa. This is especially great for small spaces, as the mirror will bounce light around and make your room feel open and airy.

  • Add some drama with an oversized mirror. We chose the Gleaming Primrose Mirror (Anthropologie).
  • You can even place the mirror on the floor and lean it against the wall behind your sofa. This will add visual depth to your room and saves your walls from holes (a great option for all you renters out there).

 

Since you’ll likely be spending a good chunk of time in your living room, why not make sure it looks good? A happy home means a happy you, so crown your living room with something worth looking at.

If you love the look of our living room, shop our Mid-Century Chic collection below with 100% real products. And if you’re still not sure, see it in your space first with Modsy. Happy hanging!

 

The ‘Less is More’ Chic Collection

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Make the Most out of Your Small Space: Ultimate Oscar Viewing Party Layout Guide

This Sunday the 2017 Oscars are airing, and that means it’s time to host your Oscar viewing party. A great viewing party (of any kind) means there are enough seats for everyone to sit and watch. But say you live in a one bedroom apartment? We know hosting in small spaces can be a challenge, so to help we created the ultimate oscar viewing party layout guide.

So while you focus on fine-tuning your guest list and preparing Pinterest-worthy snacks, we will make sure your living room layout is looking red carpet-ready before your guests arrive. Read on to learn how to create your ultimate Oscar viewing party layout and shop the products in our small-space collection!

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After Layout

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Step 1: Maximize Seating

While “standing room only” might be great for a concert, having enough seats for guests is important. Here’s how we get the most booties in chairs and avoid cluttering your living room at the same time.

Backless Seating:

Benches and ottomans are great ways to add extra seating to your small space without over-stuffing it with bulky furniture.

  • Benches look great in a hallway or at the foot of your bed, and can easily be moved into the living room for extra seating when you need it.
  • You can also use two ottomans to make a bench. Break them up into two smaller seats when you need. The mid-century modern Soto Ottoman (Joybird) is one of our favorites.

Create movie theater rows:

Shorter people in the front, taller people in the back. This goes for seats as well. Place lower seats in the front and taller in the back so everyone has a great view of the TV.

  • Use bar stools to make a back row for your viewing party. In tight spaces we like to reduce the visual clutter by choosing clear options, like the Vapor Acrylic Counter Stools from CB2.

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Step 2: Maximize Surface Area

Now that you have all that seating, you will likely want some surfaces to go with it. We say don’t buy extra tables, but repurpose a few pieces you already have.

Two coffee tables are better than one:

In small spaces, having the flexibility to move your furniture is important. We say opt for two smaller coffee tables instead of one large one.

  • We used two of the Haptic 28” Coffee Tables (EQ3). Keep them together for daily use and separate them when you host to accommodate more people reaching for popcorn.

Pouf-perfect:

We love poufs because they are super versatile. Use them as a footrest or a stool, or even a side table.

  • We like the Braided Hemp Pouf (CB2) because it is substantial enough to support a tray with drinks and snacks.

Snack station:

A sneaky way to add storage behind your sofa, move your console table against an open wall when guests arrive for an impromptu buffet table.

Open bar (cart):

We always love a good bar cart. Chose one on wheels for a mobile drink station and wheel it out of the way when guests are over. We chose the Terrace Bar Cart from West Elm for its sleek design and small footprint.

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Step 3: Final Tricks

A few finishing touches to make your small space work for you.

Throw it on the floor:

Even your floor can be a nice seat if you add a little cushion. We love floor pillows as they are a simple way to add seating and can be conveniently stashed away when you don’t need them.

Mirror-mirror:

Nothing like a large reflective surface to make things look larger! Not so great for pores, but perfect for your living room. You can hang one like the Infinity Wall Mirror (CB2) above your sofa to help visually tie the room together.

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You don’t have to cram a bunch of furniture into your home only to find you rarely use it. Our layout guide is for both before and after the party, because the size of your home shouldn’t dictate your design choices. Share the guide with all your apartment-dwelling friends and shop the collection of small-space approved products below.

 

The Small Space Collection:

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Leather Director’s Bench
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Dining Room Design on a Budget

Redesigning your space should be fun and exciting, leaving you with your dream room. But we can all agree that it isn’t as easy as we hope. We pin photo after photo, creating the perfect Pinterest boards, yet often stop short from committing. One of the biggest reasons? You’re on a tight budget!

Buying furniture can add up quickly, and before you know it you’re unable to attain what you considered to be the perfect design for your space. So we go back to the internet and continue hoarding all of these beautiful ideas, yet never really getting anywhere. However, you can bring your dream space to life on a budget, and we’re here to show you how. It isn’t about settling or being cheap – it’s about making informed decisions that will help you  attain that space you’re so excited about.

We recently tested our Modsy Style team and gave them a budget of $3,000 to design what they consider to be beautiful dining rooms. They came up with lust-worthy spaces and also managed not to break the bank:

Design 1) Mod Visionary – Total Price $2,436

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California Seascape

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Stormy Seas

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Desert Lake

Minted $178

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Ocean Avenue

Minted $165

Design 2) Modern Rustic – Total Price $2,886

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Design 3) Mod Collector – Total Price $2,925

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Threshold Bar Cart

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Framed Poster – Lands End

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy $90

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Eames Plastic Armchair

Design Within Reach $539


So – want to create some wallet-friendly spaces in your own home? Just follow these tips:

Create a design wish list

      • Being prepared with a range of brands, favorite furniture, and different styles will help you get your creativity flowing and understand the possibilities. Start with Pinterest boards (here!) and prioritize your favorite styles and brands so that you have a wide range of options.

Familiarize yourself with price tags

      • Hit the stores, read catalogs, and browse the internet to research how much the items on your wishlist will typically go for. Sometimes having a sense of how much each will realistically cost can help you decide on your budget.
      • For example, a typical mid-range dining table will cost between $800 and $1200, and chairs will average around $100-$300. If you feel strongly about a certain piece, it’s important to plan your budget accordingly.
      • Going into the process armed with this information will help give you a sense of what your budget should actually be, as well as what the piece-by-piece breakdown will look like. Be reasonable, not cheap.

Prioritize

      • Start with the base furniture: if it’s a dining room then this entails a table and chairs, for example. These are the pieces that you should invest most of your budget on – after all, they are the backbone of the room.
      • Then, the fun part — accessories! These are pieces that should compliment your base, but are a great way to introduce more personal style. Wall art, lighting, plants, and table props all personalize the space. Accessories are available at a range of prices, and you can often find great, unique pieces for inexpensive costs.

Phase in

      • Unless you have an unlimited budget or are starting with a blank slate, don’t be afraid to buy your pieces over a longer period of time. Home design is often not immediate, and it’s easier to phase pieces in than to revamp it all at once. Go at your own pace.

Modsy can help you see your entire floor plan and design. It’s extremely helpful knowing what your space could look like in advance, so you don’t have to imagine how the pieces will come together. Edit and replace your design as you go, leaving you with the perfect plan for your budget-friendly new space. Get started today!

5 Trends to “Fall” For


As the leaves begin to change and the days grow more brisk, we find ourselves turning in earlier and retreating to find solace and comfort indoors this season. With this inward motion, fall is a great time for rejuvenation. Organization becomes a priority as we begin to see our homes in a different light (quite literally). Update your style with a few of the simplest yet most impactful trends we’re seeing this fall.

1) Bring in the Branches

Bring the outdoors indoors this season with a beautiful bundle of branches. Add some character to a simple vase atop a table, or even brighten up a small corner or entryway with a larger arrangement.

2) Modern “Prairie” Art

We’re seeing a lot of these pastoral pieces hanging in some of the most stylish spaces this fall. Characterized by deep earth tones and sprawling western landscapes, Prairie Art will add a calming and serene quality to any space.

3) Layered Rugs


Layering rugs is one of the quickest ways to add a layer of texture and depth to your space. Don’t be afraid to combine different textures, patterns or colors.

4) Mix Up Textures

Sheepskins are a great way to add both a warm texture and feel to the back of a chair or sofa. Add a large-knit throw to a side chair or the end of a bed.

5) Bring on the Baskets

Add a few baskets to your entryway for easy access and storage of things like scarves, gloves and hats.

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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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4 Ways to Brighten Up a Small Space


If you’ve lost all hope when it comes to making that dreary small space as lovely as it appears in your dreams, don’t give up hope quite yet! We’re here to help with a few tips.

1. Create an accent walaccent walll.

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 of colorful wallpaper!


2. Forego overhead lighting.The-home-of-Tanja-Vibe-from-All-The-Way-to-Paris_4

Mix and match a few table lamps to your space for different sources of light that act dynamically together to add warmth.


3. Add a few gorgeous house plants!wall art

They not only brighten rooms, but add a lively bit of color and character. One of our current favorites is a fiddle leaf fig – keep an eye out for them at your nearest plant nursery!


4. Change up your pillows.Currently Trending - Blue Pillows

This can occur seasonally as tastes change and weather shifts, or more often depending on your need. Pillows add great 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.


Still not quite sure how to visualize what your space could look like with some new accents, plants, furniture, or a fresh coat of paint? Purchase a Modsy Design Package today to find out!

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Layering with Cowhide Rugs: 3 Ways

Cowhide Rug, Design Within Reach

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 it layered over other rugs. And in this warm, rich cream color, what’s not to love?

Here are 3 ways we love to use it as a layer in Modsy customer spaces.

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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Layering with Cowhide Rugs: 3 Ways
Mess with perfection: Add a touch of devil-may-care to a space by stepping outside the restraints of symmetry. The liquidy shape of a cowhide rug, added to an otherwise precisely balanced space, says “Hey, loosen up.”

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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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Holy Cow! More hide rugs!

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Overstock, $346.04

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Nordstrom, $148.90 – $351.90

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Cowhide Imports, $599


1 Vibrant Rug, 4 Revived Rooms

1 Vibrant Rug, 4 Revived Rooms

Fear not, you minimalists, lovers of the understated and color-phobes! A vibrant rug won’t be the attention hog you might assume. In fact, it has the opposite effect – showing off your beautiful decor in a way that no other design element can achieve.

Let us introduce you to one beautiful rug, the Mykonos Area Rug by Surya, and four rooms it brought to life.

TIPTo get a real sense of this rug’s impact on these spaces, use your hand to briefly block, then reveal the rug in each image. What a difference some color makes!


Invigorated elegance: A neutral rug in this refined room would lend a masculine feel, emphasizing the distinction between the dark tones and crisp whites. This colorful rug softens the contrast, making the navy velvet sofa feel even more luxurious and creating unity among all the pieces.

Inviting minimalism: Without warmth and color on the floor, this minimal space would be downright monastic. The rug’s deep hue balances the room’s grays and browns. The subtle, rounded pattern adds depth to otherwise solid elements and moderates the sharp edges of the Mid-Century pieces. 

Energized transitional: Beige is timeless. It goes with everything and works with every style. But too much of a good thing is, well, too much. With the addition of one thing – our featured rug – this handsome space goes from humdrum to hallelujah!

Vitalized glamour: There’s graceful and there’s glacial. Everyone’s got their own taste, but we know which we’d prefer for our bedrooms. The monochromatic scheme of this polished room gets boosted to stardom with a base of our vibrantly supportive rug.

 

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