My Modsy Story: Finding a Solution for My Small, Awkward Living Room

Finding a Solution for My Small, Awkward Living Room

We can all relate to Kevin Grieco’s “decorating paralysis” with his tiny living room. See how Modsy helped him move forward—and complete the space.

Homeowner: Kevin Grieco, systems engineer and IT whiz

Location: Medford, MA

Room: Tiny pass-through living room

His Style: Atomic Industrial

The Backstory

Turning 1300 Square Feet into a Home

My wife Toni (pictured above) and I live with our Corgi, Moose (also pictured above), in a small, single family house that we bought four years ago and never really ‘made a home’ due to decorating paralysis. It was gutted and refinished top to bottom so it looks fresh for a 100-year-old Colonial in Massachusetts, but at around 1300 square feet with six rooms spread across two floors, it’s a challenge to use the space efficiently. And our living room, in particular, was badly in need of some direction.

The Design Dilemma

Feeling overwhelmed (and paralyzed) by everything

Our big problem with the living room was a lack of vision. Despite the fact that we are both creative people in our own right, neither of us have ever had an eye for interior design. There is just something so challenging about conceptualizing what will be both beautiful and functional, especially in a small home where efficiency is at a premium. This “tetris” problem of figuring out the right furniture arrangement combined with our tendency to not look at decor holistically had left us feeling paralyzed and apathetic. So, our primary living space languished for years after we moved in. This was what we wanted to solve.

The Modsy Moment

When he finally had to google “interior design help oh god please help me i have no taste”

I first found out about Modsy through what I can only describe as digital flailings of desperation. I forget exactly what I googled to stumble upon Modsy, but it was something to the effect of “interior design help oh god please help me i have no taste.” Being an IT nerd and a visual person, the concept of a 3D rendering-based service immediately excited me and it was easy to convince my wife to give it a shot considering the low cost of entry compared to hiring a real-life designer.

How Modsy’s Renderings Helped Kevin

Finding and seeing the exact furniture he needed to buy, once and for all

When I first got the Modsy renderings my response contained expletives that I won’t include here. But suffice it to say that I was extremely impressed. I took screenshots of a few angles of the renderings and sent them to all my friends who had been in my living room, and they were equally dazzled.

I couldn’t believe how accurate it was and the various arrangements immediately gave us so many ideas about how we could break up our space. Being able to visually see finished layouts like that completely broke through our ‘designer’s block.’

We bought a few big, structure-defining pieces straight from the suggested products pages that the Modsy team sent us, and then added a few of our own antique and furniture store finds—something that we were able to do with relative confidence now that we had such a secure ‘grounding’ thanks to the Modsy Style team.

I must have sent 20 pages worth of wordy emails to my Modsy Style Advisor over the course of my experience, and she was so receptive and supportive of all my input every time, being both professional and personal in perfect balance. She provided me with at least three additional renderings and a dozen different decor options. I genuinely don’t think I have had a better customer service experience in my entire life.

I would recommend Modsy to anyone looking for a premium-feeling, highly personalized interior design experience for a fraction of hiring a traditional professional.

From render to reality. Kevin's living room is coming together based off his favorite Modsy designs.
From render to reality. Kevin's living room is coming together based off his favorite Modsy designs.
From render to reality. Kevin's living room is coming together based off his favorite Modsy designs.
From render to reality. Kevin's living room is coming together based off his favorite Modsy designs.

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My Modsy Story: How this tech-savvy dad transformed his son’s nursery into the ultimate “big kid” room

How This Tech-Savvy Dad Transformed His Son’s Nursery Into The Ultimate “Big Kid” Room

 

Avesh was no stranger to 3D technology and knew there had to be a way it could make designing his son’s first bedroom easy and fun. Here’s how we read his mind and gave him something even better than what he was looking for.

Homeowner: Avesh, software developer and tech-savvy dad of two

Location: Princeton, NJ

Room: 3 year-old’s bedroom

His Style: Mod Visionary

The Backstory

Transforming a nursery into a “big kid” room

This year, our 3 year-old son was ready move into a room of his own. My wife and I were eager to use this opportunity to ditch the old nursery furniture we had used for him and his older brother and start fresh.

From the beginning, we knew we wanted the space to be bright, modern, and fun with splashes of color and a stylish chair where we could sit and read bedtime stories. My son is also really into cars right now, so we wanted some help incorporating this theme in a creative and subtle way that he wouldn’t grow out of in a few years.

The Design Dilemma

Visualizing the results without wasting time

As a software developer, I’ve worked with 3D tools before, so I knew how helpful they could be when designing a space from scratch. I’d even created some 3D renderings on my own for a previous home improvement project, but I ended up spending every night working on the designs, gathering ideas, or searching for products. The process was so time-consuming and things always just seemed to look “off…”

For my son’s room we decided to try an interior designer. Unfortunately, the designers in our area were more experienced with a traditional style, and none could create the type of visualizations I was looking for. I remember wishing there was an online service with experienced professionals that could help.

“None of the interior designers in our area could create the type of visualizations I was looking for… I remember wishing there was an online service that could help.”

The Modsy Moment

Letting technology do the heavy lifting

When I learned about Modsy through TechCrunch, I immediately thought they read my mind. My wife and I had started gathering ideas for our son’s bedroom on Houzz and Pinterest, but when we saw the stunning Modsy renders we knew this would be the perfect time to try the service!

At first, I wasn’t sure if our renderings would look as great as the marketing material… it seemed too good to be true, especially at the price! I was also not sure if they would have kid-friendly furniture options available. We were pleasantly surprised!

When we got our renderings back I was blown away by the quality. The lighting, textures, materials, and layout looked fantastic. There were also many ideas in the designs that hadn’t occurred to us before.

What Modsy’s Renderings Showed Avesh:

The Modsy renderings helped us completely visualize what the room would look like with a twin compared to a full size bed. This was one of the decisions we were going back and forth on, and seeing the two options made the decision easy.

Our first Modsy design showed us how the space would look with a twin bed. We loved this layout, which we hadn’t originally thought of, because it would give the boys room to play and be silly before going to bed.

Modsy suggested a dresser with shelves above for books and other items. The kids don’t need a dresser with a mirror right now, so this was a nice use of that space, which again we hadn’t thought of before. We also liked the idea of the pouf next to the reading chair, because we could use it both for seating and as a place to set books for storytime.

We plan to buy a few of the pieces Modsy showed us, but we’ll most importantly use the layout they suggested. Turns out we already own the little red car they included for us in our design!

 

 

We just wanted a modern space that would delight our son, express his personality, and that we could enjoy at night when putting him to bed, without spending night after night designing it ourselves.

The fact that these renderings are so photo-realistic made it much easier to make purchase decisions and give us the confidence that we’re all going to be happy with the selections.

 

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My Modsy Story: When Designing My Room Took Four Years Too Long

When Designing My Room Took Four Years Too Long

We’ve all been in Christine Seeman’s shoes—she’d been thinking about redoing her living room for ages but never did. Here’s how we gave her the confidence to finally do it.

Homeowner: Christine Seeman, software engineer and mom extraordinaire

Location: Omaha, NE

Room: Awkwardly Shaped Living Room

Her Style: Mod Enthusiast

The Backstory

Hitting that “now or never” point with decorating

After four years of living with an awkward living room layout, I decided enough was enough! I had plenty of inspiration (four years’ worth, in fact) but knew I was going to need some help turning that inspiration into reality.

What was important for me in my home was for the living room to feel less awkward but be a good durable space where my family could spend a lot of time. Also, it’s an area that’s highly visible when guests come over, so I wanted it to look nice and needed space to hide a ton of toys. I wasn’t asking for too much!

The Design Dilemma

Finding ways to open up (and brighten up) the room

The biggest challenge for me was dealing with the awkward room layout. My house was built in the ’80s with this built-in cabinet on one side of the fireplace and a window on the other side.  No matter where I placed my sofa, chairs, and T.V., the room just did not flow.

Additionally, the space can feel very dark because of two very large, mature maple trees in the backyard that block the natural sunlight. I knew lightening the room up would do it wonders, but I wanted some professional help to show me the best solution.

The Modsy Moment

When all the inspiring ideas and images still didn’t solve her dilemma

Previously, I’d designed another room in my house with help from the retailer Ethan Allen. This time though, I didn’t want to feel obligated to purchase their furniture, so I began exploring other resources.

This began my extensive internet search for ideas for how to change up my living room, specifically how to help with room design and furniture placement. I came across Modsy, and then went searching for reviews of the service. I liked the pictures I saw of the room renderings, and it seemed like exactly the help I needed so I went ahead and tried it out.

It was very easy to understand how to use Modsy, and I couldn’t wait to get home and take my room pictures after I had signed up. I wouldn’t say I was skeptical, but I did wonder if I could make the end result look as good as the rendering.

 

How Modsy’s Renderings Helped Christine:

Finishing a problem room once and for all (and staying under budget)

When I got my first two renderings back, my first thought was ‘I couldn’t believe I waited four years to do this!’ Modsy’s ideas totally opened up some new possibilities for the room, like midcentury style furniture and different color palettes. I made some tweaks and swapped a few pieces of furniture for my third rendering, but didn’t take size quite into account—the armchairs I selected looked somewhat ridiculous. For my fourth rendering, my Modsy style advisor was able to add a sofa and chairs I was eyeing into my first Modsy design. I loved this layout, and decided to use this rendering as the model for my living room. Finally!

I would’ve never thought of moving the furniture in the way that Modsy had suggested. It really took into account the pre-existing conditions of my space that I couldn’t change, such as the huge fireplace, the built-in cabinet, and the awkward little window.  

This layout was essentially what influenced all my furniture choices, and I ended up buying some of the exact items shown in the rendering. But, most importantly, I kept the furniture dimensions and styles that Modsy had suggested in mind when making my purchases. Dimensions have such a huge impact on your room, and it can be so hard to visualize how a certain size sofa will work in your space. Getting to see the furniture in the room before committing to it made all the difference—that was what Modsy really helped me with the most.

I ended up with a combination of furniture and pieces from Nebraska Furniture Mart, West Elm, Wayfair and Target; I installed new carpeting (long past due) and then bought a new sofa, two armchairs, end tables, a T.V. stand, and other odds and ends. I also painted the room and the built-in cabinets (suggestions from my Modsy Style Advisor).

The room is finished now and I pretty much changed everything. I was able to do all of this for under the budget I gave Modsy at beginning of the project—I said $7,500, and it all came in right around $5,300 (not including the carpeting, but that was right at $1,000)!

 

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My Modsy Story: Taking the Guesswork Out of Buying Furniture

Taking the Guesswork Out of Buying Furniture

Like any of us, Sara Ballentine just wanted to buy the right furniture for her first home—without the worry of making a mistake.

 

Homeowner: Sara Ballentine, first-time homeowner
Location: South Carolina
Room: Small Awkward Pass-through Room
Her Style: Mod Collector

The Backstory

Buying that perfect first home—along with all its charms and quirks

My husband and I finally took the leap and recently bought our first home. The house was built in the 1970s and had all the charms you’d expect: beautiful hardwood floors, gorgeous molding and fixtures. But with that, came a few small and awkwardly-shaped rooms.

The Design Dilemma

Making a room out of an awkward space

Our biggest conundrum was the dining room. My husband and I had visions of hosting lively dinner parties in our first home together, so we turned the formal living room (that we knew we weren’t going to use) into our dining room.

But that left the original dining room empty and without a purpose. We had no clue what to do with it! It just became this awkward, small square pass-through room in between the kitchen and the new dining room. It didn’t fit with the rest of of the rooms around it, and it didn’t make sense for it be an office since we already had one. The wasted space drove us crazy…

The Modsy Moment

Getting the right design help—when all else failed

Naturally I had been all over Houzz and Pinterest looking for home décor ideas. Finally I was on Pinterest overload and still couldn’t make any decisions around colors, spacing, style, functionality, and just decorating that one room in general. Plus, I have terrible buyer’s remorse and always end up thinking I’ve bought the wrong thing or should have kept looking before settling, which made it all even harder.

Then I discovered Modsy!

I might have first seen Modsy on Facebook, and when I realized what Modsy was, my interest was sparked. I honestly had no idea what to expect but I do remember thinking, “Well, I’ve wasted $99 before on nothing so I guess I’ll give this a try!”—knowing then that it was either going to be amazing and I would do my entire house or it would be terrible and I’d learn my lesson.

It was extremely easy getting started. I had no issues signing up or uploading pictures. I got to include some notes, which the Modsy team incorporated into the room rendering as best they could, and the final rendering was done in 7 or 8 days. It allowed me the opportunity to visualize all the furniture in place so I didn’t have to go through all that doubt and buyer’s regret.

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What Modsy’s Renderings Did for Sara

Seeing new furniture (and arrangement) possibilities

This small space was the second room I did on Modsy. The first batch of renderings looked nice but they were not what I had envisioned or hoped for the space. I told the Modsy Style Team that I didn’t know what to do, and I asked them to try again…

And then, I got a rendering for this beautiful breakfast nook/sitting area that flowed so nicely between the kitchen and dining room. I was in awe when I got the renderings back for the room. I was shocked and so happy and immediately thought “You’ve got to be kidding! This freaking awesome!” It was great for a quick bite in the morning, for coffee, or for drinks before dinner! It was perfect!

From there, I really wanted to incorporate a banquette in the breakfast nook to make it more casual feeling—they’re surprisingly hard to find! Modsy found a perfect one from West Elm without even trying—it was slender and not too formal, and I was in heaven when I saw that design for the first time. Unfortunately that corner piece was out of stock, so they found a couple more options for me. I ended up settling on a bright-blue velvet one from Anthropologie (Honestly, I think I asked for 9 different renderings for the space!).

As I said, I did another room on Modsy before. In the formal dining room I knew I wanted a buffet but had always imagined it along one of the big blank walls. When I got my Modsy rendering back, the idea was to have it on the opposite wall, between the two windows. I know it sounds anticlimactic but this simple change completely transformed my space! It totally opened up the room and I ended up purchasing that exact buffet and putting it right where the rendering had it. Not to mention, I had looked at West Elm’s buffets up and down and was just going to get a plain simple one. The one Modsy found for me was more eclectic and had some texture and color, and I never would’ve chosen it without them. I have it now and it’s great!

I’m more or less sticking with all the original rendering ideas from Modsy. I’m leaving out some stuff so it doesn’t get too cluttered but other than that I plan on setting up my spaces as designed. And so far, I’ve bought two of the pieces in my Modsy renderings—more to come, though!

Formal Dining Room: Design 1
Formal Dining Room: Design 1

 

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My Modsy Story: Making the Move from City to Suburban Home

Making the Move from City to Suburban Home

When her IKEA furniture no longer served her family and her new home, a New Yorker took matters into her own hands with Modsy.

The Backstory

Taking the Leap into Suburban Living

I bought a new home two years ago when we moved from the city to a more suburban area. My family and I were living in a modern high-rise apartment and our new home is a 1931 Tudor house that has been lovingly restored.

The Design Dilemma

Figuring Out Out-of-Place Furniture

Like most people, the IKEA furniture we had was good for apartment living, but it didn’t work in our new home.

For starters, we now had 3,000 square feet of space to fill and all of our furniture from the old apartment could fit in the living room in the new house. We were ready to invest in good furniture, but didn’t want to buy the wrong pieces and make a costly mistake.

Adding to that, our new house’s architecture is very formal, but we’re not formal people. It was hard to find furniture that both agreed with the interior of the home and our personalities—not to mention visualize it actually in our space! I was completely overwhelmed.

“I didn’t want to settle with a set of matching furniture but I was ready for the house just to be done.”

The Modsy Moment

Nothing Was Working—Not Even Hiring an Interior Designer

We had been in interior design paralysis for a year; after one year living in the house, I had 100 Pinterest boards and spent countless hours (days) curating them to no avail. So I finally decided to hire an interior designer to help move the design process along. I saw layout ideas, some furniture recommendations, and even bought two rugs, but I still had a hard time imagining these pieces arranged in my actual home.

I read about Modsy on People.com and decided to try it. I took some photos, filled out the Style Quiz, and picked out furniture recommended to me based on my style. A week later, I got the first 3D renderings of my living room back and I was blown away by how real they looked. It was awesome! Modsy allowed me to see designs staged in our actual space, and it made all the difference.

“We had been in interior design paralysis for a year… Modsy allowed me to see designs staged in our actual space, and it made all the difference.”

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Living Room: Design 1
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Dining Room: Design 1
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Dining Room: Design 2
Dining Room: Design 2

The Final Deciding Factors:

Adding those personal touches

After playing around with a few renderings, I came up with more ideas that I wanted to try. I have a three year-old daughter, who loves to climb on things, and Modsy helped me create a play area for her. I also had my eye on a statement sofa, but was unsure if it would work with my formal space. Finally, I was struggling to decide if I should hang curtains above my beautiful stained glass windows or not.

With the Modsy 3D rendering I could literally see these ideas come to life in my home. This gave me the confidence to buy pieces I will love. Now there are a few more things I need to get my husband to agree on, which, for the first time might be easy since he can see how amazing they would look.

Now I use the hours I spent curating Pinterest boards to do things I actually enjoy, like spending time with my family, cooking, and traveling. I am thankful to Modsy for helping me pull the trigger and get on with my life.

With Modsy I tried on a statement sofa and found the perfect chairs to match.
I was able to create a play area for my active three year-old. The best part, it's not a total eye-sore!

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Bringing Your Style to a Basic Space!

Have you ever felt inspired by all of the design Pinterest boards and Instagram accounts you follow, yet unsure how to implement them into your own home? Even interior enthusiasts often get stuck when it comes to bringing their style to life!

This is exactly the issue Anthony Loria faced; he wanted to turn his basic dining room into a personalized, stylish space.

“I tend to like many different styles, so it’s often a challenge to decide where to start. Modsy sounded like the exact solution for me. The best part of it is that it’s all done virtually!”

So, what to add? Anthony wanted something that complimented his style and just needed a little help planning the room. Our design team gave him several options.

Gold, geometric accents, blankets and sheepskin throws, and clean wooden pieces were a few of the tools our style team used to bring Anthony’s space to life. The accessories went well with his existing pieces, but introduced a bit more character.

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Another option:
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“The two initial designs worked eerily well for my style and matched the rest of my home quite perfectly. It’s like the designers could see the rest of my home and just innately knew what I was looking for.”

With these designs, Anthony was not only inspired, but also had the tools to buy with confidence! The cool, mid-century modern pieces he originally owned were now beautifully accessorized with softer accents, such as the cozy blankets, and some more industrial pieces, such as a geometric wine rack.

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“The ability to easily view more information on the individual products used to style the room is an incredible feature that makes is so easy to adopt the looks Modsy has come up with.”

Not only did Modsy match Anthony’s style and needs, it was a quick, easy, and painless design process.

“Modsy made it ridiculously simple to begin the steps of transforming the room. By just providing a series of photos and without a conversation or lengthy written instructions outlining what my goals for the room were, Modsy came back with two different designs that were both contemporary, somewhat trendy, and very much ME.”

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Pick a Couch, Any Couch

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A good sofa can be the heart of the living room — the visual centerpoint of the space as well as the ultimate place for relaxation — but the process of buying that perfect couch can be pretty daunting. 

You want to make sure you’re spending your valuable time and money on something that you’ll actually love. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could test out a few different options in your space without actually having to move a 350-pound piece of furniture in and out of your home? Well with Modsy, you can!

Olivia decided to try out Modsy for this very purpose. She and her partner had just moved into a new home from a much smaller apartment and quickly realized they would need to make a few key purchases to fill the larger space. She had a few staple pieces that she knew she’d want to include in this living room, including this beautiful Arco Floor Lamp, some storage, and a rug, but beyond that she was starting fresh with the new living room.

So the first step was finding that perfect couch.

Olivia’s first pick was this West Elm 2-Piece Chaise Sectional. She liked the idea of additional seating options, but actually visualizing it in her living room helped her realize that the new room was big, but not that big! The sectional felt bulky and squished into the space.

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Her next choice was this beautiful Design Within Reach Raleigh Sofa. She liked the style, and it fit nicely within the space! But when she saw the price tag, she decided it was a bit outside of her budget if she wanted to have money left to accessorize the rest of the room as well.

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Her partner loves a good leather sofa, so she gave that a whirl with CB2’s Alfred Leather Sofa, but nope. It felt too dark and heavy in the bright space.

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She was toying with the idea of a bright color for the couch, so Olivia gave this Belgian Linen Willoughby Sofa from Anthropologie a try. But the theory did not quite pan out. The dragonfly color was more of a clash then a pop against the wall and rug.

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She finally landed on this elegant grey Hamilton Upholstered Sofa from West Elm. She loved the way the grey of the sofa played against the wall color and felt like it was just the right size for the space. As an extra bonus, it also happened to be the most affordable option.

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Using Modsy, you can easily compare couches from a variety of retailers and actually see all the different options in your space before having to make any commitments. Get started today!

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A Beautiful New Space for a Beautiful New Life

What makes being engaged and getting ready to start life together even more blissful? Finding your mutual dream apartment. Blank slate! New possibilities!

Bride-to-be, Ashley, and her fiancé were living this exact fairy tale. They were in love – with each other, of course – but also with their new-found place. The only downside? They didn’t know where to begin with the design process. So they started with Modsy.

We went to Modsy when we were moving into our new space. We were starting from scratch and were unsure how to best set up our living room, which has an entire wall of floor to ceiling windows. We really wanted to maximize the seating space while highlighting the incredible views.”

Armed with that knowledge, the pair’s Style Quiz results, and some quick photos of the space, Modsy stylists went to town.

After a few chats and a couple of product swaps, the soon-to-be-newlyweds had a dream solution to match the space, and it looked like this:

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Or, with some alternate options, like this:space_769_design_3_001_modcam_002_test_000-vraydenoiser

And just so you can get a sense of this layout relative to those fantastic windows, here’s an overhead view:birdseyeNot only did the Modsy team provide the most beautifully rendered designs, but they were incredibly speedy and accommodating with our requests and questions. We still cannot believe the output – it feels like we are looking at an actual photo of our space, perfectly designed to our needs!”

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Reinventing Your Kid’s Old Bedroom: How two empty nesters transformed their space

Trying to design a brand new space can certainly be challenging, but sometimes it can be just as hard reimagining a room you’ve had arranged a certain way for years and years.

This was the case for one of our earliest Modsy users, Dorene. Her son, Evan, was well into his college years when she decided it was about time to shed his youthful bedroom décor and recreate the room as something she and her husband could actually use. Dorene chose to turn the space into a nice guest room, a space where friends and family could comfortably stay when visiting their home.  There was the obvious need to upgrade the bed from a twin to a queen, but beyond that she struggled to figure out how to arrange everything in the space and decide which furniture to get rid of and to keep. After using that room for over 20 years as her son’s bedroom, it was difficult to truly visualize it in a new way.

“After using that room for over 20 years as her son’s bedroom, it was difficult to truly visualize it in a new way.”

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That’s where Modsy came in. Using Modsy, Dorene was able to see her son’s bedroom fully transformed into the elegant guest room that she had only been imagining.  “I was actually thinking about keeping all the furniture and putting the bed in a different place,” Dorene explained. Seeing the Modsy designs, she decided to let go of most of the existing furniture, keeping only the armoire, and to position the bed in the same way as the Modsy design.  “I realized the way I was envisioning the room was not really ideal. Seeing the design ahead of time was so helpful in figuring out the best layout for the small room.”

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“Seeing the design ahead of time was so helpful in figuring out the best layout for the small room.”

As hard as it is to see your kids grow up and move away from home, don’t let their rooms remain relics of their childhood’s past for too long – give that room a new life! Make it a lovely guest room (where they can of course come home to visit every weekend), maybe a library, or a home office. Once Modsy shows you how that room can be transformed, it’ll be hard to resist.

Design Dilemma: Small, Oddly Placed Dining Room

Tucked between the living room, stairwell and kitchen, this room needs to function as a dining room – preferably with some presence and style. Otherwise, it lapses into a detritus-collecting pass-through space. Help needed!
Existing layout:

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Design Diagnosis:

Problem 1:  The heavy wood bannister and exposed brick are beautiful architectural details, but without a focal point in the room, they steal the show, making the room seem unbalanced.

Solution 1: The rear-most wall in this room can be seen from the very front of house – use it! Not only will it provide a visual anchor for the dining area, it will connect it to the living room, making the combined spaces feel more expansive.

Problem 2: Dark wood furniture weighs down the feel of the space, making it seem more like a dark corner nook than a significant room in the house.

Solution 2: Make the space a beacon of style that summons from all intersecting parts of the house with color and a mix of materials – lighter wood plus light-reflecting metal or glass.

Problem 3: While the room is not big, the small scale of the furniture just emphasizes it’s diminutive size.

Solution 3: Larger pieces with a lightweight feel will give the room some personality and weight – not to mention making it more useful – without making it seem overcrowded.


The Modsy redesign: Two ways to achieve 81 square feet of vibrant Mod Enthusiast dining space.

Style 1: Bright and simple.

Style 2: Bold and graphic.


Get this Mod Enthusiast Look in Your Space

85e90a45-9c62-4a2a-b93b-795884435fc9Chino Dippy Cotton Carpet
Madeline Weinrib, $525 – $2550

Harlequin Table Lamp, Brass
Jonathan Adler, $475

Quinn Wall Mirror
Home Decorators Collection, $259

 Schumacher Queen of Spain Wallpaper, Black
Mahones Wallpaper Shop, $116.40

Terrace Bar Cart
West Elm, $399

 Bulle Glass Tapered Vase
Anthropologie, $26


Take the Modsy Style Quiz and start designing a home you love.

Use What You’ve Got in a Whole New Way

Can you say “Boyfriend of the Year”? We can, and we found him. Ryan from Seattle wanted to surprise his girlfriend for her birthday with a new design for their 331 square foot Seattle loft (hint: excellent gift idea!). The couple already had several pieces of furniture they really liked -not the least of which is a cabinet to store and display his impressive vinyl record collection – but they needed help with layout. Ryan turned to Modsy for help. Smart guy.


 The Layout Problem

 215_Ryan Cory_before_2This studio space needs to work for two people to sleep, eat, entertain and work. Not an easy task for a single long, narrow space.

They created “zones” for different activities, but as with any one-room living space, it’s hard to keep it from feeling like either a living area with a bed, or a bedroom with a sofa.

Remember that big shelving unit that stores Ryan’s vinyl record collection? Time for it to do double duty.


The Layout Solution


The Layout Formula

Divide and display

Shelving that’s open on both sides creates a physical barrier, but lets light through to preserve the feeling of openness and space. Using it to display a collection turns it into an interesting art wall, as well as a privacy screen. Now Ryan’s albums are front and center, for maximum enjoyment, instead of tucked away in the corner.

 Kallax Shelving Unit
Ikea,  $149


Assign boundaries

Different rugs give the two main areas (living & sleeping) their own defined space and personality. Mixing up rug shapes and textures offsets the long narrow aspect of the room.

Surya Sherpa Taupe and Ivory Wool Rug
Zinc Door  8’x10″ $1643

Cowhide Rug
Design Within Reach  $750

Clear the pathway

Positioning the sofa, shelf and bed all against one wall opens a wide pathway from front to back, making the loft feel open and more spacious. The clear glass dining table, at one end of the pathway, is a critical part of daily life, but takes up minimal visual space.

Don’t hold back

Just because your space is small doesn’t mean you have to settle for a plain metal bed frame. Give your sleeping area some soft but distinct presence with a fabric-covered bed, or at least a headboard. It will balance the larger pieces in the living area – and will feel distinctly more grown up.

Soho Moon Bed
CB2  $1099 – $1299


Your Turn

No space is too small to be stylish. Try some ideas to see what works for you. And if you need a little help, we’d love to be of service.


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Design Dilemma: Awkward Space!

Q: How do I create a useful and serene space in this loft?

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A: Let us count the ways!

1. Turn this sunlit space into an inviting nook to work or relax with cozy seating, and an eclectic mix of color and pattern.


2. Monochromatic more your thing? Dial back the color and punch up the textures. Then get some work done…or not.


3. If working here is the last thing you want to do, create an intimate conversation nook (that doubles as a guest room if your sofa’s a sleeper). Clean, modern shapes with open sides and bases prevent it from feeling crowded. One bold pattern will tie it all together.


4. Soften it up with a serene color as the focal point and some polished and matte gold for a hint of glam. Sit back, take a sip and let your cares float right out the window.


Get the look: Products to help get your design started

Tufted Regalia Rug
Anthropolgie, $498 – $1998

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Surya Anthracite Pouf
Rug Studio, $398

Cross-Base Coffee Table
West Elm, $399

Chino Dippy Cotton Carpet
Madeline Weinrib, $535 – $2550

Skagen Nesting Tables
Design Within Reach, $578

Edwin Chair in Tatum Spa
Room & Board, $799

Arden Table Lamp, White
One Kings Lane, $5229

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Jens Chair
Design Within Reach, $1190


Style Merger: Yours, Mine and Ours

You say “tomato”, I say “uh, yeah, not so much”. Opposites may attract. but when it comes to setting up house together, those differences aren’t always so dreamy. This was the case with Modsy customers Jeff and Lani. They each took our Style Quiz and – no surprise to them – got two very different results. She is Refined Rustic, he is Atomic Industrial. “So…I guess we’re kind of Rustic-Industrial-Traditional,” said Lani, “I don’t suppose you’ve got a way to merge our styles?” Why, yes we do!


 The Conundrum

Style puzzle: A quick glimpse into Jeff and Lani’s existing living room reveals her love of classic design; but the rustic elements she was drawn to in the Style Quiz are missing. Also absent are his industrial and Mid-Century design preferences, not to mention an obvious way to integrate all these components without creating design goulash.

 Layout Stumper: In addition to their style dichotomy, the couple struggles with how to use the beautiful but challenging arced bay corner of the room. Sure, a made-to-fit rounded sofa would be spectacular, but since they’re not living on “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”, they could use a more realistic solution.


The Fix

“I am seriously in awe… this is so cool.  Once I return my jaw back to it’s normal position I am sure we will have actual questions and comments… until then I’ll continue to drool over this.”

-Jeff


The Formula

1. A Classic Foundation: The sofa sets the tone. Choose a traditional but streamlined option to create a neutral starting point that lets accent pieces in a variety of styles shine without clashing.

Belgian Track Arm Slipcovered Sofa
Restoration Hardware  $2096 – $4695


2. Common Ground: Bridge modern and classic styles using a rug that combines a large, simple geometric pattern with a subdued, classic palette. Jute rugs – uncomplicated, warm and textured – are another ideal option for linking disparate styles.

Surya Sherpa Taupe and Ivory Wool Rug
Zinc Door  8’x10″ $1643

3. Materials, Textures and Shapes 

Rustic, distressed leather: On large-scale leather items, go for soft lines and curves to prevent an overly masculine feel; for smaller accent pieces, keep it lightweight with an open base for proportion.

Style-bridging wood: Add warmth without weight with long-legged wood coffee tables and benches. Clean lines and atomic shapes make it modern, while lighter hues and slight texture connects to the room’s rustic elements.

Industrial Accents: A straight-forward, utilitarian piece adds an Industrial ingredient to this design combo. Also try metal in small, key locations to add crisp punctuation. A matte finish will keep it from overpowering the space.

Dang Media Stand – Gray

Blu Dot  $999

Faceted Mirror Side Table
Jayson Home  $595


Your Turn

Go forth and embrace your style-mix challenge! And embrace your challenger, a.k.a. your significant other, while you’re at it. We’d love to see your results! And if you need help from Modsy, we’d love to be of service.


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Transformation: One Great Do-It-All Space

City dwellers living in confined quarters often face a common problem: the all purpose room. Living room, TV room, dining room and entryway all in one space. It needs to look good so it will make you happy, and so you can entertain without apologizing. But it also needs to be functional and comfortable for everyday living.

Click through this Modsy transformation of one urban couple’s all purpose room. We show them an option that includes a previously-lacking small dining area, and an another option that flip-flops the existing furniture orientation. Moving your furniture around is one thing, but seeing a whole new collection of furniture moved around – in your own space – is something else entirely!

 


What makes this Mod Visionary living room work

 Cool colors – on walls, sofa and rug – paired with fresh white accents are an ideal backdrop for the warm tones of the leather chair, pillows and wood elements. The patterned rug dresses up the room a bit, and along with the contrasting pillows and textured table lamp, it adds depth to the minimalist simplicity of the furniture, without being overpowering.

Sloan Sofa, Interior Define, $1300 – $1500

Charles Modern Lounge Chair
CadoModern, $985

Estrella Teal & Eggplant Rug
Wayfair, $169 – $2050

Free Range Coffee Table
Blu Dot, $699

Ojai Floor Lamp
Jonathan Adler, $695

Lily Lamp
Schoolhouse Electric, $399

Pebble Wine 18″ Pillow
Crate & Barrel, $34.97


Jax Side Table
Room & Board, $369


Alternate decor options

 This solid textured rug imbues the space with a brighter, more casual feel. A clean-lined navy armchair adds a balanced weight to the lightness of the other pieces. Simple wood pieces bring a warm, natural element to the space and their open bases prevent a feeling of heaviness often created with wood furniture.

Aiden Upholstered Armchair Navy, Pottern Barn, $699

Wool Wrap Pouf
CB2, $129

Peinet Pillow Cover
Marimekko, $188

Distressed Wool Rug Ivory/Mist
Restoration Hardware, $695 – $5829

Shadow Box Bookcase
West Elm, $1999

Dresden Melon Square
Eastern Accents – Buy with Modsy, $118

Bertoia Side Chair with Vinyl Seat Pad
Design Within Reach, $748

Cera No. 1
Minted, $137


Savannah 46″ Round Dining Table
One King’s Lane, $575


Let Modsy transform your space. Take the Style Quiz and send us your photos pronto! Good things will come your way.

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Transformation: Modern Bedroom Bliss

You know that room that feels too small, drab, or awkwardly shaped? No matter how many times you move the furniture around, it just doesn’t make your heart sing. That perfect piece you found online, the one that will solve everything, finally arrives and the size or scale is wrong, the color is off – and your dream solution dissolves into a huge hassle. Remedy? A Modsy redesign.

What separates a Modsy redesign from the pack is this: We use 3D technology to recreate your room – to scale – then add products that fit the space and match your style. You see a new design, in the context of your actual space, before making a single decision. Now you can purchase with confidence.

Watch this bedroom transform, with a blend of Minimalism and Mid Century Modern – a style we call “Mod Visionary”.

 


What makes these Mod Visionary designs work

Transformation 1

 Wood adds warmth and weight to the overall cool vibe, but the Shale Credenza and  Wrap Bench touch down lightly with simple slim legs, keeping the light-as-air feeling of the room. Geometric Nesting Tables are a crisp contrast to soft linens and Prism Pillows add subtle pattern and color  to understated bedding;

Shale Credenza, Blu Dot, $2699

Wrap Bench
CB2, $399

Box Frame Nesting Tables
West Elm, $299

Prism Pillow
CB2, $1099 – $1299

PB fringed rugFringed Hand Loomed Rug
CB2, $124.99 – $799

Soho Moon Bed
CB2, $1099 – $1299


Transformation 2

  Keeping large elements simple and clean, like the Mid-Century Bed and Shale Credenza, leaves room for drama, added here with the fiery warmth of the Mykonos Rug and Ombre Marsala Pillow. Curves in the Bornova Side Table and Felicity Lamp add softness to the design’s straight lines and squared edges. 

Mid-Century Bed, West Elm, $2699

Mykonos Burgundy Area Rug
Wayfair, $179.99 – $2410.79

Bornova White Side Table
Ballard, $1099 – $219

Felicity Lamp
Arteriors, $420

Lonely Lakeside 1
Minted, $20 – $530


Let Modsy transform your space. Take the Style Quiz and send us your photos pronto! Good things will come your way.

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Modsy + Retail: The Virtual Photoshoot

 Today we’re taking a break from showing off our customer space transformations to demonstrate another way Modsy is bringing change to the world of interior design.

We’ve been doing some work with Rob Royer, founder of the Chicago-based company, Interior Define. They make high-quality, custom, affordable sofas and sectionals. We’re big fans of their work and have used their products in several customer designs. We even have one of their sofas in our San Francisco office!  Since customization is key to their offering, it’s difficult for them to convey all the product possibilities on their website. Ideally, they would show their products in actual living spaces, but that’s expensive and time-consuming.

In discussing these challenges with Rob, something we already knew rose to the surface: What Modsy is doing for customers with home design dilemmas works equally well for merchants. We can showcase their products in virtually any environment, and in any configuration. No actual location, products or photoshoot needed.

So we got to work creating a solution for them. Here’s a short story of the process:

The right space

Interior Define wanted an urban setting to demonstrate how well these pieces work in small city spaces. After showing them a bunch of rooms from our archive, they went with this one:


Modsy 3D rendering

Pretty exciting, right? Just you wait.

The right set up

After changing our (virtual) camera angle and clearing up the view, we tested some layout options. Using Interior Define products and some of our existing accent pieces and accessories, we came up with these ideas: The right brand story

The folks at Interior Define were really enthusiastic about how great it looked and how easily it came together. But while the added accent pieces and accessories dressed up the room, they also obscured the main story – product customization. So we minimized the extras and let the sofas and sectionals be the stars – with seemingly endless combinations of components, fabrics and legs…here’s a sampling:

That did the trick. Rob said, “Having photo-realistic renderings of our custom designs in on-brand spaces is a powerful way of demonstrating our customization capabilities. It also makes it easy for our customers to envision the final product.”

An important thing to note about these images is that while these specific pieces are built frequently, there is rarely a chance for Interior Define to have them professionally photographed. Each piece is shipped to customers immediately upon completion.

The take-away: Modsy made it possible for Interior Define to showcase products on their website in configurations that are not displayed in their showroom and have never been photographed. Working in a digital space, with digital products, made iterations fast and easy. It’s a powerful tool for merchants. The possibilities for where this can lead endless…let’s get to work!

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Seeing is Believing: A Layout Mystery Solved

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If anything were possible, we could all design a place to live that worked perfectly for our unique lifestyles. But, alas, that’s not the case. Most of us live in spaces that have at least one perplexing aspect, whether it’s an oddly shaped room, an awkwardly placed window, or a funny little nook off the kitchen whose original purpose is a complete mystery. And in many cases, we need to make use of every square foot, no matter how puzzling.

Enter Allie and Andrew, their new house in the lovely Montclair neighborhood of Oakland, CA, and a perfect opportunity for some Modsy magic.

This young couple’s first home is a true find – great neighborhood, lots of natural light, beautiful views and loads of charming details. Here’s the main challenge: A long, narrow space that runs from the front door to the back deck that needs to multitask as living area and ideally, dining area, while still leaving entry space. Oh, and another small constraint: it also has a variety of asymmetrically-placed structural elements along the way, just to keep things interesting.

Design challenge? Modsy to the rescue! First, we did a couple of renderings of the empty space so we could assess our strategy:

Modsy 3D rendered view of empty space, toward front door, empty

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Next: Identifying Allie and Andrew’s individual taste preferences with our style quiz and some initial concept boards. Here’s where their design ideals overlapped: a relaxed, inviting ambiance, calm neutrals, warm accents, natural and rustic textures with a touch of vintage and industrial elements. With this information we identified a furniture and decor collection just right for them. Now, the really fun part: creating more Modsy 3D visualizations of their space, this time with several furniture configurations to show them what was possible, and help them determine what best suited their needs. Three options – see what you think:

Option 1: Cozy sitting area by the fireplace, sun-filled sitting/lounging area with sofa that opens to the back deck.

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Option 2: Dining area centered on fireplace; living area with sofa centered on two side windows with easy flow to outdoors.

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Option 3: Centralized living area with loveseat and chair(s) that incorporates the fireplace but leaves plenty of entry space; dining area at back, with easy access to deck.

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ModsyRendering_AAModsy 3D rendered living area in front, incorporating fireplace

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In addition to adding and arranging the furniture and accessories, we made a couple of changes that Allie and Andrew already knew they wanted: a soft gray wall color, and a silvery white paint to cool off the formerly smoke-blackened, brick-colored brick fireplace.


First Image: Original photo of wall color and fireplace
Second Image:  Modsy 3D rendering of new wall color and fireplace

These small color changes alone completely altered the feel of the room, providing confirmation to the couple that their instincts were right. But their biggest concern was having enough room to create living and dining areas – without the room feeling like a furniture warehouse. When they initially saw the house staged, achieving this goal seemed like a reach. Now, seeing the room in a variety of layouts, with furniture and decor that speaks to them, they have a roadmap and confidence about next steps.

Getting over the barrier of existing elements – or wide open blank spaces – opens a world of possibilities. Allowing you to see those barriers disappear, and be replaced with elements in your style, arranged in a way that fits your life is what we’re up to at Modsy. It’s a whole new way of designing a room.

Meanwhile, back in Oakland, when the moving van arrived, Allie and Andrew knew exactly where the furniture should go (Option 3, dining area near the deck). They’re also creating a prioritized list of new things to buy, well on their way to turning this house into a home. They saw it, they loved it, now they’re doing it.

Shop this Look: Rustic Modern

Pontus Sofa
Joybird, $1799

Jutte Lattice Rug
Pottery Barn, $129-$549

Foundry Coffee Table
Cisco Home, $1295

Deconstructed French Napoleonic Chair
Restoration Hardware, $1015


As Collective
One Kings Lane, $99

Fuchsia Stripes
One Kings Lane, $325 – $475

 

 

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Modern Eclectic with a Touch of Minimalist

Modsy 3D rendering of Allison’s & Eric’s redesign (not a photo!)

What do you get when you cross minimalist, mid-century, and eclectic styles? The first Modsy design collection! This collection was inspired by our friends Eric and Allison, a San Francisco couple and close friends of one of our founders, Shanna. They bought a home earlier this year, and we knew instantly it would be the perfect place for an early user test.

Together, Eric and Allison have a great sense of style and have put together a killer pad. But like all design lovers, they were curious to explore different possibilities for their space. As a start, we gave them each a quiz to give us insider knowledge of what makes them tick, stylistically. We learned (and they were already well aware) that Eric likes a minimalist style, while Allison is drawn to warmth, variety and interesting elements. With that information, we dove in and had a great time trying out new ways to combine their tastes.

Here are photos of their current set-up:

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Photos of Allison and Eric’s living area in their new home

For fun – and big impact – we first created a 3D rendering of their Living Area completely empty. This made it easy for us to think about the same space, but as a blank slate. And, it was a version of the room they hadn’t seen since move-in day, months ago!

Modsy 3D rendering of the space empty

Though they don’t need new furniture, we took full advantage of working in a virtual environment, and started from scratch.

A low-profile sectional, a classic mid-century chair and a cool sideboard perfectly proportioned to the space (a.k.a. stuff-hider). We also played with an alternative way to arrange the space.

Modsy 3D rendering of the space

Check out the living wall made up of air plants. It’s our favorite element – so unexpected and original. Little did we know, Allison had been thinking of this same idea. “You read my mind!” she said. After seeing it here, in her very own virtual living area, she’s feeling confident to give it a shot in her actual living room.

Interesting and informative exercise, right? But wait, there’s more! One of the best parts about what Modsy is building is the ability to effortlessly try different designs in a single space. So, without changing the overall aesthetic, we made a few product swaps:

3D rendering of the living room with a few different accessories

It’s always a good reminder to see how small changes, like pillows or a rug, can have a big impact on a room.

Check out this animation to follow some of the combinations we tried and see the differences – big and small – they make in this Living Area:

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And since we were at their place, and they had this great Dining Area, we couldn’t resist doing another quick round of alternative ideas:

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Existing Dining Area layout (photo)

Rumor has it, Eric possesses mad cocktail-making skills, so we proposed a bar that matched his talent, complete with a wallpaper backdrop in a mid-century inspired print.

3D rendering of dining area

Eric and Allison hadn’t considered wallpaper on the bar wall, but they loved the the idea! And while we’re at it, here is another version, with some small changes:

3D rendering of Dining Area

These spaces came together rather nicely, don’t you think? And the couple got to see exactly how all of these options would work before buying a single thing. That’s a peek into what we’re doing at Modsy. And there’s more to come. Curious to know what happened with Eric and Allison? They’re busy planning a living wall and picking out wallpaper for their bar nook. Knowledge breeds confidence!

 

Shop this Look:  Modern Eclectic

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Sloan Sofa
Interior Define, $1600

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Mid-Century Console
West Elm, $999

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Thigmotrope Satellite Fleet
Flora Grub, Set of 3 Plants $79

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Carson Floor Lamp
Joybird, $395

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Alexander Girard Dolls
Design Within Reach, $190

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