How to work from your favorite pop culture interiors

The first things on your mind before you start a video conference are probably “Do I look ok?” and “Is my house messy?” As working from home is becoming the new norm for so many of us, you might be getting tired of seeing the same video conferencing background hour after hour. If you’re finding yourself with a little wanderlust, looking for a change of scenery, or just don’t feel like tidying up before a video meeting, download one of our favorite reimagined spaces to set as your background for video conferences.

Want to work from the Friends apartment or from Frasier Crane’s iconic Seattle pad? Maybe you’d like to imagine yourself in Stars Hollow burning the midnight oil like Rory (or eating Pizza and takeout like Lorelai) from the iconic Gilmore Girls’ living room. Or, cut yourself a piece of cheesecake while you work from the Golden Girls living room. We’ve put together a collection of our favorite reimagined spaces.

Here’s How it Works:

Scroll down and find your new favorite WFH set-up. Click on your favorite image (or two or all of them) and save it to your desktop.

To use this feature in Zoom it requires specific settings, or you’ll look like a ghost! Check their site to see if your settings match. Then, make sure your Zoom account administrator has the Virtual Background setting enabled. When you’re on a Zoom call you’ll be able to change your background by clicking the little arrow next to the “start video/stop video” button. Then select “choose a virtual background.”  Click the plus (+) button on the right and add your favorite reimagined image.

Friends

So no one told you 2020 was gonna be this way. That’s why we put together these awesome Friends themed backgrounds. They’ll be there for you!

Friends themed video meeting backgroundChandler and Monica

Friends themed video meeting backgroundRachel Green

Friends themed video meeting backgroundJoey Tribbiani

Seinfeld

Looks like Festivus came early this year and we’re gifting you some cool Seinfeld themed backgrounds. You can have SERENITY NOW!

Friends themed video meeting backgroundJerry

Friends themed video meeting backgroundGeorge

Friends themed video meeting backgroundElaine

Sex and the City

You may not be able to grab a cosmo with the girls right now. But you can have a virtual drink in Carrie’s apartment.

SATC themed video meeting backgroundCarrie

SATC themed video meeting backgroundMiranda

Gilmore Girls

These Gilmore girls themed backgrounds are the next best thing to a weekend in Stars Hollow.

Gilmore Girls themed video meeting backgroundLuke

Gilmore Girls themed video meeting backgroundParis

Gilmore Girls themed video meeting backgroundRory

Golden Girls

The only thing your co-workers will like more than these delightful Golden girls backgrounds is a slice of cheesecake.

Golden Girls themed video meeting backgroundBlanche’s bedroom

Gilmore Girls themed video meeting backgroundThe Kitchen

Gilmore Girls themed video meeting backgroundThe Living Room

Frasier

Frasier has left the building, so why don’t you sneak into his fab Seattle pad for your next meeting?


Fraser themed video meeting background
Frasier’s apartment

Will and Grace

For this Will and Grace themed background we decided to go with “Just Jack.”

Will & Grace themed video meeting backgroundJack’s rendition of Will and Grace’s apartment

House of Cards

We could all use a little bit of Claire Underwood’s steely reserve from time to time. Using this House of  Cards themed background will help you power through like she does.

House of Cards themed video meeting background

Claire’s Oval Office

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Three Ways To Get the Oh-So-Popular Farmhouse Style In Your Home

farmhouse interior designWhen it comes to decor trends, Farmhouse style has it all—think texture, contrast, and coziness all rolled into one perfect space. It’s a super trendy style that has taken the design world by storm. You’ve likely seen it everywhere from your Pinterest and Instagram feeds to popular TV shows (we’re looking at you Fixer Upper!). But what exactly does “farmhouse” mean when it comes to interior design?? This guide will walk you through the ins and outs of farmhouse style to give you the full scoop on what exactly it is and how to get the look in your own home!

What is Farmhouse Interior Design?

Farmhouse interior design is a decorating style that takes inspiration from the look of an actual farmhouse and uses decorative elements that you’d find in rural or agricultural areas. Farmhouse interiors are warm, cozy, relaxing and full of charm and character. Generally, the style turns up its nose at more contemporary design sensibilities and prefers to hearken back to “simpler” times.

However, to keep the look from veering into too much “country kitsch,” it’s important to maintain a stylish balance of old and new and to make sure the focus is on a natural look. In other words, farmhouse design isn’t code for going overboard with the mason jars, shiplap, and rooster paraphernalia!

Is Farmhouse Going Out of Style in 2020?

Far from it! While the initial farmhouse craze might be dying down, we’re not seeing this style going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, we’re actually seeing the farmhouse style becoming more nuanced and expressed in several different ways. One farmhouse doesn’t suit everybody!

What are these different types of farmhouse style? The main types we’re noticing fall into three distinct buckets—rustic, classic, and modern takes on the farmhouse interior design style. While all of these looks are popular, they have some pretty distinct differences. To help you sort it all out, we’re breaking down the recipe for each farmhouse style in one home designed in three different ways.

Come along for a mini home tour of these three unique farmhouse style designs to find out all you need to know about farmhouse interior design and which version might be right for you!

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Rustic Farmhouse Interior Design

The Style DNA: Rustic meets traditional with a vintage twist

The Vibe: Cozy and fresh with lots of countryside character

Rustic farmhouse design is all about celebrating the natural and rough-hewn aspects of the farmhouse aesthetic. Think of this version of the style as a blend between rustic and traditional, that even sports a bit of an industrial flair. The rustic elements bring a heavy focus on rugged materials—think raw and unfinished woods, chunky knits, linens, metals, and leather with patina.

The traditional elements play a supporting role, adding the vintage/antique flair that gives this version of farmhouse style its distinct personality—it’s definitely a look that loves a bit of nostalgia! All in all, the look blends streamlined furniture with traditional design influences and tends toward a sharp, grey-scale and high contrast color palette.

The result is a style that strikes a balance of hard and soft, incorporating both traditional and fresh design elements. We like to think this farmhouse decor scheme would make even Chip and Joanna proud.

rustic farmhouse living roomThe Rustic Farmhouse Living Room

Our rustic farmhouse living room is anchored by comfy foundational furniture. The neutral sofa prioritizes comfort and style with a simple form and sleek tailoring. The accent chairs pull in a traditional spindle detail in a fresh new way, for a stylish take on cozy charm. We love how the natural wood tones of the chair, coffee table, and mantle help warm up the grey-scale palette. Details like the animal art, metal accents (peek the light fixtures and decor) and geometric patterns in the rug and pillows offer a subtle, yet curated approach to farmhouse interior design.

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rustic farmhouse dining roomThe Rustic Farmhouse Dining Room

As with the living room, our rustic farmhouse dining space is all about function with a stylish edge. The foundational furniture sets a solid and functional foundation, while also bringing in the key elements of the rustic farmhouse style—distressed woods, unfinished metal, all with a slight antique/vintage vibe.

Once you’ve got your foundation, add in some industrial accents like the pendant light fixtures and dining chairs to bring contrast and an elevated look to the space. Notice how the accent furniture has a slightly more industrial vibe, which balances out traditional elements in foundations—a key element in rustic farmhouse style!

Top it all off with fresh, high-contrast artwork. This is where the style most differs from a more traditional approach to farmhouse style. Instead of pastoral scenes or landscape paintings, rustic farmhouse decor prefers non-objective prints and more contemporary black & white landscape photography. Altogether the effect is fresh, inspiring, and will give you room a polished yet cozy look.

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rustic farmhouse bedroomThe Rustic Farmhouse Bedroom

For the bedroom, we took a similar approach to the other spaces—start with your foundations and build up. Here we chose a wrought-iron bed which brings a traditional/antique vibe, rendered in a contemporary way. Paired with the sleek nightstands and bench (which both perfectly balance rustic materials with a contemporary shape), the look is the perfect balance of old and new.

To keep the look from feeling too cold or industrial, we balanced out all the wood, leather, and metal with plush textiles and lots of layers. The neutral rug grounds the space, and we love its traditional pattern in a washed-out antique fade, which adds to the vintage vibe in a softer way. Then, top off the bed with layers of contrasting pillows and don’t forget to add curtains to further soften the look. A few woven baskets bring another pop of natural texture and are a great bedroom storage solution.

Finally, the art in the bedroom is a bit softer than other places in the house—it is your bedroom, after all. We love these vintage-style bird prints, which have an almost eclectic vibe. Together they bring a very traditional, antique contrast to the more rugged elements in the space and totally seal the deal on the farmhouse vibe.

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modern farmhouse interior designModern Farmhouse Interior Design

Style DNA: Modern designs mixed with rustic materials and natural textures

The Vibe: On-trend, a bit dramatic, and effortlessly livable

Modern farmhouse is easily the trendiest version of all three farmhouse looks. It’s comfy, cozy, and full of charm, offering a unique take on comfort and simplicity. If you’re one to shy away from farmhouse interior design because you think it’s outdated, modern farmhouse design will prove you wrong!

In this style, modern design fuses with a comfortable, relaxed farmhouse aesthetic. It’s an eclectic mix of styles and materials anchored in rustic foundations but shows off a more contemporary approach to shapes and decor. Modern design elements like curved or streamlined forms, unexpected materials, and sleek lighting play a big role in this trendy style.

modern farmhouse living roomThe Modern Farmhouse Living Room

Our modern farmhouse living room look features a mix of materials that make for a dynamic space. This design features everything from wood to linen, velvet, brass, marble, ceramics, and seagrass! While we incorporated a range of tones to give the room contrast and warmth, the key to mixing these materials (and acing modern farmhouse look) is sticking to a neutral and cohesive color palette.

In this take on the style, our foundational furniture is still comfy but features slightly more modern appeal than traditional farmhouse-style shapes. For example, the sleek sofa with piping detail, the velvet armchairs, and the round coffee table, all play with rustic design elements in a completely modern way.

Overall, the accent furniture and decor take more risks and are the pieces that pull in the texture that makes for a cohesive look. The brass and marble side table is super mod and the velvet club chairs provide a familiar silhouette in an unexpected material. There’s also some fun play with geometry at work, like the sputnik pendant, side table, lamp, vases, and art that nods to a mid-century modern influence.

The secret to keeping this look from straying too modern? The symmetrical layout! This more formal structure to the room anchors in a more rustic/traditional aesthetic and keeps it from straying too far down an eclectic path.

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modern farmhouse dining roomThe Modern Farmhouse Dining Room

To get the modern farmhouse look in your dining room, stick with traditional undertones in your furniture but look for pieces updated with a modern edge. For example, here the dining table offers a streamlined take on the antique trestle table and the schoolhouse chairs feel vintage and mod all at once.

Meanwhile, the dark metal accents add an industrial edge that adds much-needed contrast against the natural wood, which works overtime to warm up the design. Then to combat all the modern-ness happening in the furniture, we added an abstracted landscape print to soften up the look and tie in more “traditional” farmhouse vibes. Don’t forget the patterned rug underfoot, which enlivens the space and makes the room a little more fun and playful!

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modern farmhouse bedroomThe Modern Farmhouse Bedroom

For the bedroom, we started with traditional shapes and gave them modern updates, like the spindle bed frame and seagrass bench. These pieces are classic and draw on traditional design elements, but here are given sleek modern facelifts with their streamlined forms. The nightstands feel traditional, but the touch of brass hardware warms up the look with a modern edge.

This take on farmhouse decor has a bit more color to it, with the pillows and rug. And the abstract line art is a fresh addition to the space and helps pull the whole design together.

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classic farmhouse interior designClassic Farmhouse Interior Design

Style DNA: Classic designs mixed with countryside charm

The Vibe: Refined cottage style with a warm and timeless appeal

Classic farmhouse, in contrast to rustic or modern, is the most traditional of the bunch and leans into a more “French provincial” aesthetic. This style would be the closest example of “shabby chic” and is a much softer, more feminine approach to farmhouse design—think classic cottage chic. The look starts with comfy foundational furniture, but pushes more classic than rustic farmhouse, and then layers in accents of washed-out wood or painted decor for a more antique vibe.

Classic farmhouse also depends on a light palette of whites and creams with added pops of green and blue. The overall look skews more pastel and avoids contrast—think light, airy fabrics, and white-washed wood tones! This look should blend seamlessly together for a light, feminine look with few instances of metal or darkness.

classic farmhouse living roomThe Classic Farmhouse Living Room

At first glance, it’s easy to see how our classic farmhouse living room differs from the previous versions. While the rustic and modern farmhouse looks are all about form and material, classic farmhouse style puts much more emphasis on classic details, like button tufting, nailhead, ornate carvings, and applied ornament. Here the space is grounded by a French country-style rolled arm sofa and armchair duo for a super comfy, classic style. The linen upholstery feels very countryside charming, which is perfect for this look.

Our accent furniture in this design features classic details like flutes and spindles—it all has a carved, ornate decorative quality. Botanical prints warm up the space and bring a natural touch and accents like whitewashed wood, antiqued surfaces, and distressed finishes bring in the charming countryside quality.

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classic farmhouse dining roomThe Classic Farmhouse Dining Room

For the dining room, we again started with classic foundational furniture. The substantial and ornate pedestal stable grounds the space and features intricately carved details for a classic touch. The linen slipcovered chairs keep the look comfy but sophisticated, while the smaller scale of the dining table keeps the overall vibe more intimate and cozy.

All of the distressed wood finishes in the space give the room a homey vibe. Nature-themed art, like the bird gallery wall, along with a few curated pops of greenery give the space that classic cottage look. The whole space is tied together by the traditional, yet delicate, patterned rug, which adds a slight pop of texture to the space.

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classic farmhouse bedroomThe Classic Farmhouse Bedroom

Nothing says “classic farmhouse” more than an upholstered headboard with tufting—it’s an important detail for classic style. The antique style rug has a washed-out oriental pattern that offers warmth and texture without overpowering the room. The lamps, bench and nightstands all have a classic shape and a serene, neutral color palette keeps the room cohesive and elegant.

We love the traditional art above the headboard! The cottage landscape painting is a purely traditional take on a farmhouse motif that feels right at home in this style. The hanging planters on the wall and the leafy green tree give the room subtle pops of color while bringing a little nature inside.

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Tour this Home Designed in Decadent Bohemian Elegance

bohemian designWhen you think of boho style, you generally think of rooms full of bright colors, bold textiles, and tons of greenery. There’s probably also designs with Spanish influences and organic touches.

You’ll still find all of those elements inside this home designed in Bohemian Elegance. Except rather than taking center stage, they’re much more subdued. That means landscape art in black and white, plants in white ceramics, traditional rugs with global textiles, and clean-lined furniture with rustic-organic pieces.

It might all sound a tad formal, but the rooms are far from that. While Bohemian Elegance has a pared-down, curated feel, it also has the openness and free-spirited ease of boho-style homes.

Still not sure how that all plays out? Read on to peek inside a home our designers dreamed up that captures this idea of Bohemian Elegance—which we’re seeing as a trend that’s on the rise. And don’t miss our tips for bringing the look into your spaces.

The Entryway

From the moment you step into our Bohemian Elegance home, you’re in an entry that showcases a lesson in curation and sets the tone for the rest of the space.

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The Key Elements:

Make subtle nods to nature. It’s about minimal styling and finishing touches that bring the outdoors in. Think black-and-white landscape art and greenery and plants arranged in smooth, white ceramics.

Add boho details. Go for interesting boho elements, like the apogee arch shape of the floor mirror here and the kilim rug in muted desert hues. They’ll complement your natural accents while keeping the overall minimal vibe.

Play with color and contrast. Mix black and white with hushed colors for a palette that balances boho and contemporary. It’s a discerning approach that demonstrates how you can add high impact through restraint.

boho decorThe Living Room

When it comes to the main living area, it’s all about combining eclectic style with rustic elements. There’s a mix of warm materials and mid-century designs, layers of soft global colors and patterns, and it’s all symmetrically laid out. The result is a boho vibe that’s carefully curated.

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The Key Elements:

Mix materials and shapes. Bohemian Elegance is about the eclectic materials and textures combined with classic, clean-lined designs. It’s what creates the signature dynamic and layered look. Think a mid-century chair with tan leather and a crisp sofa piled with colorful boho pillows.

Pattern up in earth tones. Aim for a neutral but warm color palette, so go big with earth tones. Warm leather and wood tones will pop next to patterns in indigo, rusty red, and inky grays. Try anchoring your room with a vintage distressed rug that has a large-scale pattern in desert hues.

Organize with symmetry. There’s an unexpected approach to styling in boho spaces. This gets even more structured with the Bohemian Elegance look. Lean into symmetry with two facing mid-century sofas and a pair of matching leather chairs. They’ll provide a streamlined base that lets you layer in boho accents and colors without it all looking haphazard.

bohemian eleganceThe Corner Nook

Every home needs a corner spotlight that succinctly showcases the style of your home, be it a reading nook, a gallery wall, or a comfy resting spot off to the side of your living room.

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The Key Elements:

Add a statement piece. An anchor piece is always a good idea when you’re trying to bring focus to a corner. Consider a light-wood bench when you’re going for an elegant bohemian design. It will captivate and tie in the style of the home nicely—especially when it’s piled with fun graphic pillows.

Get eclectic with vertical space. It’s easy to go heavy on the floor and furniture accents and forget about the walls. Fill out your space with a tall plant and an art piece that feels unexpected but ties in the nature theme, as in this tiger print.

Play up an open vibe. Minimal styling is the surefire way to set off a corner area without it taking away from your overall living space. Go with a softer palette of neutrals and keep your accents bold but airy, like a bench that has an open-base design.

eclectic style dining roomThe Dining Room

In case you missed it, we recently called out the rise of the Minimalist-Maximalist trend. Bohemian Elegance plays with elements of that trend also, as in this dining space that combines bold wood and metal designs with simple silhouettes.

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The Key Elements:

Show off natural textures. There’s no better place to let textures shine, like the wood grain table, the woven chairs, and the polished-metal cabinet and pendant here. The key is making sure to balance them so no one element outplays another. You can do that by pulling in designs with these materials that also have bold shapes.

Get linear and sculptural. Boho style favors sinuous shapes and eye-catching art and colors. Here, they’re pared-down without losing any of the boho-style charms. Lean into abstract linework art and clean-lined chairs instead to play up that casual mix of fun forms.

Keep it lightly accented. With so much texture and strong shapes, it’s easy to overwhelm a space so make sure to only pull in only accents that add a bold note. And keep them minimal for an open, relaxed vibe in your living room. It’s about being high-impact and approachable.

boho bedroom decorThe Bedroom

Playful meets polished in the bedroom, where relaxed and eclectic furnishings and accents come together. It’s an unusual mix that includes a tailored bed and midcentury-style pendant, boho pillows and rug with a classic bench. It all adds up to a bohemian design that’s elegant and charming.

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The Key Elements:

Layer up with eclectic comfort. Mismatched frames, piles of patterned pillows, a large vase for the floor… It’s all about combining quintessential boho design elements with classic pieces that are big on comfort. Just be sure to keep your palette consistent with the rest of your home.

Pull in a captivating light. The best way to bring the mid-century vibe into the bedroom is to add a sputnik chandelier. This gives off a light and airy feel and looks like a dandelion puff—which is just oh-so-perfectly boho!

Embrace light and dark. Finally, with bedroom furnishings, it’s about balancing formal and relaxed pieces, foundations that are big on comfort and accents with personality. Contrast traditional nightstands and a formal bed or bench with a punchy rug and eclectic art, all of which will play up the eye-catching effect.

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Inside Our Nursery Design For RHOBH’s Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave

Homeowner: Teddi Mellencamp of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Room: Blank canvas nursery and playroom

Her Style: Modern and fun!

teddi mellencamp nurseryThe Backstory

Teddi and her husband Edwin already have two kids, son Cruz, 5, and daughter Slate, 7. And now with baby number three on the way, it was time to create more space in their family home.

Teddi was ready to start fresh with a blank canvas room that would become a nursery design for her new little girl. But she didn’t want to stop there. She wanted to take this opportunity to also build out a playroom that would be a space for all three kids as well as a fun gathering place where the whole family could relax and hang out. It all made perfect sense. There was just one thing: She knew she needed design help to pull it all together.

teddi mellencamp nurseryThe Design Dilemma

“We have been in our current home for a little over two years. I never had a knack for design, and when I had [my husband] Edwin design our other kids’ rooms, he chose everything in white,” says Teddi, pointing out how it wasn’t exactly the most practical or kid-friendly choice. “So this time, I thought it would be best to have a pro come in and do it,” she says.

It made for the perfect solution given that Teddi herself didn’t really have a clear vision for her playroom or nursery design. “I just wanted something fun and modern,” she says.

The Modsy Moment

When Teddi turned to Modsy for design guidance, we were ready to help her realize her nursery and playroom dreams. And even though she wasn’t entirely sure what she wanted, she knew there were essentials that she needed, which provided a great starting point for the designs. “I knew 100 percent, I needed a rocker, because obviously you spend a lot of time breastfeeding or just cuddling with the baby,” as Teddi tells PEOPLE magazine.

In the end, we were able to build on her needs and create spaces that captured her modern, fun, and comfy style. “Modsy was amazing in how they just took my jumbled words like ‘clean, organized, and family-friendly’ and brought to life the kind of space our family wanted with exactly what we envisioned together in the process,” says Teddi.

How Modsy’s Designs Helped Teddi

“Modsy’s designs live up to the hype! They made everything so effortless and it was such a positive experience,” says Teddi of the design process. “There was always great energy throughout the whole process. Seeing the initial completed rooms felt so good—and it really gave us peace of mind,” she adds. “It instantly improved my life because it was one less thing to give me anxiety in the long run.”

The Real Results

Teddi has since finished decorating her nursery and playroom. Now she’s ready to welcome her new little girl into her new nursery design. In the final decor, Teddi also included one adorable and heartfelt accent piece. “Slate and Cruz both had artwork that said “You are loved” and I made sure to have a similar piece in the new nursery,” she says. “There’s also an adorable llama that I hope the baby will be as obsessed with as I am.”

The final spaces also incorporated function in a way that serves both children and adults alike. “In the playroom, having a Murphy bed is great because it can also act as a guest room in a pinch,” says Teddi. “I’m so grateful to our designers for getting us baby-ready. It feels truly real now and our home is finally fully prepared for our family.”

“Modsy has been truly a godsend in helping us prepare not only our nursery but our children’s playroom,” says Teddi. ”Everybody is happy and we are all obsessed. The kiddos don’t want to leave their new space. It really feels like theirs and I love that for them.”

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Home Tour: Explore This Dreamy Winter Retreat Designed in Cozy, Rustic Style

winter retreat home tourThe holidays are over, it’s cold and dreary out… welcome to peak winter months. You know what that means: We’re in full hibernation mode and in need of some winter home design tips.

Now’s the time of year when we live for the quiet mornings curled up with a throw and a cup of tea and those cozy nights by the fire with a book. We’re also craving cozy winter-style rooms layered with comfy furnishings, plush pillows and textiles, and lots of earthy elements. Think natural textures mixed with light upholstery and raw woods, soothing neutrals combined with organic shapes and rustic designs. It all adds up to our idea of the perfect winter hideaway that we don’t mind being cooped up in from now until spring.

Here, we’ve brought that dream space to life with an inviting retreat that captures all those elements and more. Come for a room-by-room tour of this winter retreat and get inspiration for a winter decor refresh in your own home.

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winter home designThe Entryway

From the moment you step inside, light-wood furnishings with mid-century notes and a mix of natural materials and woven textures abound. These elements set the stage for the modern-rustic tone and sense of ease throughout the home.

rustic entrywayThe Key Entryway Elements:

Patterned woven textures. What makes baskets and natural-fiber rugs appear extra cozy are designs with patterns. Think geometrics and stripes, which lend a warm, visual element.

Sculptural natural woods. Your foyer is the perfect showcase for wood pieces that have organic silhouettes. More than in any space, they’ll add focus and leave a strong impression in your entryway.

Artisanal modern-rustic touches. From big pieces, like a spindle bench, to carved wood trays and homespun ceramics, these handmade elements are details that instantly cozy up any entry.

winter home design The Living Room

Cozy and serene, the living room evokes the look and feel of an elegant farmhouse with a spa-like vibe. The palette is comprised of soft neutrals, the textures are breezy and sumptuous, and curated furnishings keep the space feeling light and airy. Talk about the perfect winter decor escape.

The Key Living Room Elements:

Solid hues with subtle lines. For a calming space that hits the perfect modern-rustic note, opt for furnishings like slipcovered sofas and clean-lined leather chairs, in quiet solid hues. These make for the perfect mix of comfort and bold that also looks serene and sophisticated.

Light upholstery, big textures. Solid upholstery in light colors doesn’t necessarily mean basic textures. Go for durable linen and luxe leather as well as chunky natural fibers. They compliment the soothing lines of the furniture by introducing a comfy and cozy touch.

White on off-whites. There are white-on-white moments elsewhere, but in the living room, it’s all about varying the crisp tone with off-whites and beiges. Why? It plays beautifully with the leather, fabric upholstery, natural fibers, and rustic fireplace and shiplap walls.

cozy winter reading nookThe Reading Nook

No winter home design is complete without a cozy nook (or two or three). And our home is no exception, although instead of lots of furnishings, we took a pared-down approach. A crisp slipcover armchair ready with a warm throw and raw wood accents lend a sense of Scandinavian calm and ease.

The Key Nook Elements:

Classic curvy chair. Rather than a rectangular armchair, pick a piece that hugs the body all around and makes for an easy place to curl up. Add a throw and you’re good to go for the winter months ahead.

Raw wood elements. With just the right amount in a small nook, raw wood accents and finishing touches can provide warm rustic appeal as well as a soothing, toned-down vibe.

Fine-line art and details. Instead of graphic art, elegant line drawings and prints make for a softer, more neutral alternative. They lend intrigue without overwhelming a small rustic space.

winter dining roomThe Dining Room

When it comes to a warm wintry gathering spot, tap into the Danish sentiment of Hygge, which celebrates all things simple, beautiful, and cozy. Scandinavian-inspired dining furniture along with pretty woven accents and ceramics in organic shapes will usher in the quiet ethos perfectly.

The Key Dining Room Elements:

Streamlined Scandi designs. Chic Danish Modern pieces and designs with Scandinavian influences will drive the Hygge aesthetic home. It’s all about keeping it curated and opting for fewer pieces that are simple and beautiful.

Minimal accents. Truly embrace the less is more aesthetic. It’s about pulling back on accessories and bringing in only pieces that inspire a feeling of joy, comfort, and coziness.

Textural focal points. Whether it’s a woven light fixture or a serene painting and tall vase, layer accents that play up colors and textures. It’s a subtle way to bring depth to a minimalist space.

winter decor bedroomThe Bedroom

A luxurious and heavily layered bedroom is the true heart of a winter home. Because let’s face it, this is the one space we’ll be spending the most time in, morning and night. That means soft textures galore, colors that soothe, and a room that’s endlessly cozy and filled with natural light.

The Key Bedroom Elements:

Lots of cozy layers. This goes without saying. Winter calls for piles of pillows, throws, and textiles on textiles. Fur blankets, chunky knits, wool duvets… you name the texture, there’s a place for it here. Another essential cozy element? Pops of leafy greenery.

The most neutral palette. More than any other room, the bedroom should have a crisp neutral palette. It’s all about whites and grays. The key is to give it a wintry cool look that feels luxe and comfy.

A hint of high-contrast color. With all the white and grays, hints of black will help ground the room and give it more dimension. The best accent is a fluffy Moroccan rug or a modern black-framed mirror that reflects light but also makes for a sculptural focus.

 

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Trend Spotlight: Designing The Perfect Minimalist Maximalist Home

minimalist maximalist entrywayOver the past year, we’ve seen people lean into the less-is-more mantra when it comes to their home. Rather than having more things, many people are opting to live with less furniture and decor and choosing pieces that prioritize good design and rooms that are layered but not cluttered. Think highly curated spaces with a few statement pieces and a tight selection of equally bold accents.

Enter the new look that’s trending for 2020—we’re calling “Minimalist Maximalist.” What exactly does that mean? Exactly what it sounds like. On their own, many people find the styles of minimalism too sterile and maximalism too opulent, so this look is the perfect blend of the two. The style plays with the unlikely combo of a minimalist’s design principles and a maximalist’s love of patterns, colors, textures, and all things over-the-top.

We know what you’re thinking: How does all that work in the home? Find out below with a peek inside a Minimalist Maximalist home dreamed up by our expert designers.

minimalist maximalist entrywayIn an Entry

Our Minimalist Maximalist entry establishes the nuanced aesthetic right off the bat: Dramatic interiors with statement pieces and light styling.

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The Key Elements:

Show strong forms. The bolder the design, the fewer things you need. To master the look you’ll want to hone in on one or two sculptural and captivating entryway pieces that will set the stage for your home. Look for pieces like a rounded wood buffet, an angular chair, or a chicly shaped sconce.

Edit your accessories. One of the key elements of the look is minimal styling. Only add decorative accessories that truly evoke the look you want in your space, be it a set of beautiful ceramics or a compelling art piece.

minimalist maximalist living roomIn a Sitting Area

With living area furniture, sculptural upholstery will go a long way when paired with beautifully crafted contemporary pieces. It’s about playing up shapes and materials in the same space.

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The Key Elements:

Go for big curves. Rounded and curved sofas and chairs were also a big trend in the past year and they’re the perfect showpieces for a Minimalist Maximalist sitting area. Limit your pieces and don’t worry about colors too much. It’s all about the silhouettes here.

Add simple, luxe accents. By that we mean bringing in tables, lighting, and other small objects that highlight gorgeous materials and designs. Case in point: the black metal pendant and the marble and slate coffee table have a streamlined look that’s unobtrusive but still striking.

In a Breakfast Corner

Perhaps the best example of the Minimalist Maximalist look is a space with high-contrast shades—be it in a corner dining space or a vignette. Think light meets dark, but layered.

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The Key Elements:

Layer up with black and white. Find distinct furniture pieces and go full-on black and white. It will set a modern yet maximalist foundation for you to dress your space up and down as needed. The idea here is that you want a bold backdrop to work off of.

Keep to clean-lined materials. Black and white can easily feel sparse and stark but you also don’t want to add in too much. A great way to balance the high-contrast palette is to work in warm metals, like brass and copper. Just make sure those designs have contemporary and streamlined silhouettes that add drama but still feel airy.

In a Display Area

By now, you already know that this look is about adding statement piece after statement piece. You can take that approach with any room or corner, like this curated showcase of artful designs and objects.

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The Key Elements:

Bring in statement pieces. When we say statement pieces, keep in mind that we’re referring to pieces that have presence. So choose a piece that resonates with your style, be it one that has strong sculptural appeal or is painted in an unexpected color. When it doubt, consider if your furniture piece has a shape that holds your attention.

Have fewer but more impactful art. There’s no gallery wall when it comes to this look! Instead of arranging art and objects en masse, pick larger scale art and sculptures that have a minimal look. Think abstract, modern geometric art, and simple sculptures and bowls. They’re the perfect balance to big statement furniture pieces.

In a Dining Space

An attractive way to bring the look into your home is in the dining room, which is always a great place to experiment with mixing shapes and colors. Here, start bold and end with subtlety.

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The Key Elements:

Contrast sharp shapes. You already know that curvy, rounded designs play a big role in the Minimalist Maximalist room, but the key to making them work is to offset them with furniture that has sharp angles—rectilinear tables and cabinets, clean-lined rugs. It’s a push-pull tension of the bold and the soft lines that adds major intrigue.

Embrace neutrals with a pop. With sculptural forms and furniture, a neutral palette will help tone down the visual linearity. But all neutral can feel too minimal, so make sure to add in a pop of color, whether you go big with bright-painted walls or with simple small accents that add pops of vibrant colors. Think black, white, neutral, plus a pop!

minimalist maximalist officeIn an Office

Another element of the Minimalist Maximalist style is the focus on furniture and accents that add visual interest. With a workspace, you can do that by mixing stunning furniture and accessories in warm neutrals.

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The Key Elements:

Work in classic designs and finishes. One approach to maximalism is to go with classic furnishings with traditional finishes, like burled wood and mottled surfaces, along with classic forms, like trestle bases and arched lighting. These have a way of adding impact with a formal bent, so don’t rule them out when you’re looking for statement pieces.

Balance with pared-down patterns. To take the edge off of traditional furnishings, you can tone it down with modernized patterns. We’re talking about designs, like a chevron or geometric rug that’s rendered in warm neutrals. Here, less color is definitely more, and you can mix in contemporary and abstract art in similar hues to create additional focal points.

minimalist maximalist bedroomIn a Bedroom

Contrary to the super-crisp and soothing bedroom, this look calls for a daring approach with opulent designs and oversized furniture. Go for substantial pieces that are anything but boring.

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The Key Elements:

Focus on opulent designs. From a stately upholstered bed to a meticulously carved dresser, you’re going for big style and intrigue in the bedroom. Keep this approach to just the furniture pieces and scale back on your accents, which is in keeping with the overall look and vibe of your rooms.

Soften with crisp textiles. In the bedroom, you’ll want to pull in some key neutral pieces that provide light contrast. The easiest way to achieve that is to lay down a rug in soft hues and keep to simple white bedding. Unfussy, geometric art will also help bring attention to the bright, crispness of your textiles.

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What 3 Designers Think of Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year

pantone classic blueNow that we’ve looked back at 10 years of Pantone colors, it’s time to turn our focus to the future. Pantone recently released their new 2020 Color Of The Year, Classic Blue, and we can’t help but wonder how it will take shape in the world of design.

Classic Blue is a color that sounds quite a lot like how it looks. Not quite navy, far from sky, it’s a blue that is dark, deep, and almost has an earthy undertone. Pantone describes Classic Blue, a color that brings to mind the sky at dusk. In their words it is nonaggressive, easily relatable, and a solid and dependable shade meant to provide refuge. According to the institute, it was chosen in response to the frenzy and anxiety in the world today brought on by technology.

As is usually the case, peoples’ reactions to the color have been somewhat polarized. Some argue that the color is forgettable and irrelevant to the current landscape of unrest and information overload. Others in design, fashion, and visual industries have jumped on board noting that some of the biggest recent trends have already started to set the tone for a year of Classic Blue.

Classic Blue in Home Design

Naturally, we’re of the camp that’s thrilled about the crisp, solid blue shade. Here’s why: First off, we think the color signifies a return to aspects of traditional home design. People are looking for spaces that are inviting, warm, and comfortable, and are calling on nostalgia to achieve those feelings. Classic blue is—well—classic, and it’s a color that has always been in style and will continue to be. It’s a sound choice for anyone who wants their environment to feel like a steady moment in a changing world.

Not to mention, blue is consistently the number one color choice among Modsy customers. And now we expect to see a lot more of it along with a larger a resurgence of classic forms and styles, including the re-introduction of antiques in interiors.

To put Classic Blue to the test, we tasked three Modsy designers to dream up spaces that work in the new hue. Take a look at their designs below and get their tips for working the color into your home decor.

classic blue home designLook #1: Classic & Warmly Glamorous

Modsy Designer: Aimee M.

Why She Loves Classic Blue: For Aimee, the hue is endlessly inspiring and versatile. She describes Classic Blue as truly a timeless color that has the ability to transcend styles and trends.

How She Used The Color: Aimee designed a bedroom that brings the boldness and versatility of Classic Blue into chic focus. Paired with bright whites and contrasting hues, Aimee demonstrates how the color has enough brilliance and pop to steal any show.

However, she thinks that the blue shade’s real power is when it’s used as the primary color in a space. This allows the deep undertones to create a sense of swaddled security and grounded calm.

Case in point: This bedroom she designed is equal parts traditional and glamorous, and is steeped in a deep sense of comfort.

Look #2: Classic & Simply Modern

Modsy Designer: Jessi V.

Why She Loves Classic Blue: The blue shade reminds Jessi of how, in fashion, blue jeans have been an undisputed closet staple for as long as anyone can recall. Not to mention, they can be paired with almost anything. For her, it’s the same with Classic Blue. She’s excited to see the color used as a neutral and a base in home decor in the same way as blue jeans have been employed in fashion.

How She Used The Color: Jessi envisioned this living space that’s anchored by the blue but still feels perfectly crisp, clean-lined, and simple with just the right amount of bright impact.

For Jessi, the idea is that Classic Blue is a medium for modern minimalists to explore and experiment with color. The blue in this living area has classic appeal but is neither overwhelming nor too much of a commitment for modern design lovers.

It’s also bold yet calming, and it’s a naturally occurring shade. All of that makes it an easy and relatable accent color that will encourage even the staunchest minimalists to dip their toes into a world of color.

pantone classic blueLook #3: Classic & Captivatingly Cool

Modsy Designer: Logan R.

Why He Loves Classic Blue: The reason is simple for Logan. Classic Blue is more playful and vibrant than your run-of-the-mill navy shades. But it’s also a shade that he thinks anyone can readily incorporate into their space. He’s excited to see what people do with it.

How He Used The Color: Logan sees the blue shade used in a cool contemporary way that involves patterns and shapes. He believes that texture is key to incorporating the shade successfully. He’s thinking slubby fabrics, matte glazed ceramics, tinted glass, and rich velvets that add sophistication. These distinct tactile elements will help keep Classic Blue from leaning into what he describes as “recycling bin blue” territory.

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Home Decor Tips from the Set of The Holiday – Are You an Iris or an Amanda?

Writer, director, and producer Nancy Meyers is known and beloved not only for her romantic comedies with strong female leads—but for the beautiful homes in which her characters live. From the Banks family home in Father of the Bride, to Erica Barry’s home in Something’s Gotta Give, along with so many others, America has long been obsessed with Meyers’ impeccable style and ability to create movie homes that are basically as important as the cast. Her spaces always have that special something that instantly makes us want to move in!

But this time of year, we’re particularly obsessed with her movie, The Holiday, which also happens to be one of our all-time favorite Meyers films. The film has two amazing females leads—Cameron Diaz as Amanda and Kate Winslet as Iris. But the real showstoppers of this film are their homes—Iris’ cottage in England and Amanda’s mansion in LA.

Love the decor and style in The Holiday as much as we do? Bring some of it into your own home! Our stylists broke down the elements of each leading lady’s style so you can figure out if you’re an Iris or an Amanda, and bring some of their iconic style to life in your own!

The Holiday Amanda's houseAmanda’s LA Mansion

The Style

Cameron Diaz’s character, Amanda, works in the film industry in LA, and her Spanish-style mansion is quite the showstopper. Flooded with natural light, the interior has a minimal, contemporary style, and we’d describe her taste as a modern spin on classic design. The furniture features classic shapes and streamlined forms; no frills here! It’s an elevated version of California cool—and we are here for it.

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the holiday styleThe Key Elements

For a modern-but-classic home, you want to keep the color palette more neutral. But it’s not all bright whites here. We love the contrast in Amanda’s home, where dark wood tones against light upholstery add depth to the space. Don’t forget the pops of burgundy and green that she (or more likely her interior decorator) has scattered throughout the house.

The house is also full of decorative elements and plants, but they’re chosen and styled in a way that feels polished and curated, never cluttered. Ultimately, this home is minimal but with some of those personalized items, along with a mix of natural textures, it still feels cozy and comfortable.

This Look Is For You If…

You like a contemporary style with classic underpinnings. Or if you want a space that looks as zen as you want to feel! This style embodies a sense of LA executive luxury, along with those serene southern California vibes.

The Holiday Iris' houseIris’ Rosehill Cottage

The Style

Kate Winslet’s character, Iris, is a journalist in London who lives in a little cottage in Surrey. From the outside, this quaint, rustic cottage is dreamy and it gets even better when you go inside. The small space is eclectic and cozy—pretty much the opposite of Amanda’s style and her expansive home. It’s the type of space that you want to curl up with a book and a steaming cup of tea. (Or pour some wine and belt out the lyrics to Mr. Brightside.)

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The Key Elements

Iris’ eclectic and cozy cottage style involves a lot of patterns and textures. Think: granny florals (the good kind), paisley, plaid, and even ruffles. Really, any cozy pattern with a sense of nostalgia will do. For furniture, opt for classic styles, like skirted or slipcovered sofas, rolled arms, and tufted ottomans—all with some sort of applied ornamentation.

To compliment the classic patterns and textures in this style, we love a color palette of yellows and blues, with pops of red. It creates a look that’s both cheery and cozy. When decorating in this style, you can take a “more is more” approach. Cover surfaces in decorative objects that tell a story, along with plenty of books. These could be decorative objects you’ve collected on your travels, found at antique stores, or even hand-me-downs from your grandmother!

the holiday interior designThis Look Is For You If…

You like cozy spaces that are full of personal touches. This is not a style for minimalists, because there’s a lot going on. But if you love getting cozy, surrounded by objects and books that you love, this look is for you!

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5 Trends That Defined the 2010’s… Where are they now?

2010s trendsAt the end of the year, we always take time to explore the trends on the horizon for next 365 days. But, as we round out a decade, we’re also taking a look back at some of the most-popular trends of the 2010s. Which stuck around, which evolved, and which do we hope we never see again? We asked our VP of Style, Alessandra Wood what the most decade-defining 2010s trends were and how they’ll evolve in the future.

From Mid-Century Modern to mason jars, take a scroll down memory lane and revisit some of the most memorable trends of the 2010s!

Mid-Century Modern

The world’s obsession with Mid-Century Modern defined so much of the 2010s. During this decade Ray and Charles Eames were reborn as a household name, alongside other great designers of the era.

We saw the Mad Men obsession trickle into furniture designs in nearly every top retailer in some way. Whether through acorn finishes and tapered legs, or iconic revivals, Mid-Century Modern style design was everywhere—even Restoration Hardware introduced Milo Baughman chairs into their RH Modern line.

And if you look beyond the world of design, popular culture was also obsessed with this time period. Shows like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel were a huge hit, and put Mid-Century Modern trend front and center.

farmhouse style 2010s trendModern Farmhouse Style

Chip and Jo’s Fixer Upper farmhouse style was another look that made a mark on the 2010 trends landscape. All over HGTV, Target, and Living Spaces, the duo introduced farmhouse styling to people everywhere.

Curiously, real estate reports noted that homes with a farmhouse sink commanded a higher selling price than those without. All in all, the style re-introduced us to cozy, warm spaces that are welcoming and inviting for friends and family.

millennial pink 2010s trendMillennial Pink

This hot color seemed to be everywhere in the late 2010s. Pantone even officially solidified its place in history as one of the colors of the year in 2016 and cult beauty brand, Glossier, even dubbed it as their official color.

In the realm of home design, millennial pink got its moment in the spotlight in furniture and decor alike. Blush sofas were at one point considered the “it” statement piece and we’re still seeing the color in accent furniture and decor.

And it doesn’t seem like the design world is quite over millennial pink. Although, today it seems to have grown up a bit and reemerged as a dusty rose.

chevron trendChevron

Sparked by a 2011 collaboration between Missoni and Target, chevron emerged onto the design scene as the must-have pattern. Everything, it seemed, would feel more fun and vibrant in the classic zig-zag pattern, known as chevron.

From rugs to pillows, to wallpaper, chevron dominated patterns in home design. DIYers painted rooms and furniture with chevron stripes. An early star in the Pinterest scene, this hot geometric pattern’s popularity eventually petered out in the mid-2010s.

mason jars trendMason jars

The craft craze of the 2010s brought Mason Jars front and center to the world of home decor. After an initial debut in the wedding industry, crafters soon began to introduce Mason Jars into every aspect of the home. From rustic drinking glasses, to bathroom storage solutions, candle votives, even lighting fixtures, we saw mason jars everywhere.

 

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Happy National Gingerbread House Day: Here’s What a Gingerbread House Would Look Like in Real Life

gingerbread houseThe holiday spirit has taken over at Modsy and with National Gingerbread House Day (yes, that’s a real holiday) right around the corner on December 12th, we knew we had to do something special. How festive would it be to live inside one of those frosted, gum-drop and candy-cane constructed homes? (Assuming the roof doesn’t cave in like ours always seem to do in real life).

Leave it to us. We created the gingerbread house of our interior design dreams. While the walls might be cookie and crumbly, the furniture inside is built to last. Oh yeah, you can actually shop all of these pieces IRL, in case you want to live in a sugary wonderland all year round.

gingerbread house

For anyone looking to live in the Modsy gingerbread house, look for a style that is whimsical and fun. We chose pieces that use the classic colors of gingerbread candy and evoke the textures of the yummy space. The vibe is playful and bright, but not too cheesy—gingerbread people have a sense of style, after all. We knew that the space needed to feel fun, but also wanted it to be achievable and even hit a specific style profile. Many of the pieces are actually named after pieces of candy, which made them feel right at home in this space.

gingerbread house

We envision a cool and trendy gingerbread family living here. They definitely march to the beat of their own drum and aren’t interested in any of those “cookie cutter styles” seen on TV (pun very much intended). The person (gingerbread or otherwise) who lives here likely loves a good vintage or retro piece, especially anything Mid-Century Modern. They aren’t afraid of bold colors and really want to make their space pop. Each piece tells a story; they’re sculptural and vibrant.

gingerbread house

Our favorite pieces in the gingerbread house are The George Nelson Marshmallow sofa which anchors the design and really inspired the overall look and color palette for the space. A few other Nelson pieces such as the clock and light fixtures add to the sophisticated whimsy of the design.

The CB2 Jellybean coffee table has the perfect shape and texture (and name!), along with the Hive side tables and the frothy Miles Shag rug which makes us think of the white icing so common on gingerbread houses. The green and purple poufs are a nod to gumdrops—the classic gingerbread decorating candy.

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Year In Review: The 17 Best Living Room Designs of 2019

best living rooms 2019We can’t believe that 2019 is almost over. To celebrate the end of another amazing year, we’re looking back at some of our best living room design ideas, which are the most popular rooms among Modsy customers!

Take a peek at some of the best living room designs we’ve put together in 2019, and see why we just can’t get enough of these spaces!

The Look: Perfectly California Casual

We’re starting with THE living room of the year. This Cali Casual living room was one of the most-popular Modsy designs of the year, and we can see why. It’s comfortable yet trendy, has a good neutral mix of patterns, textures, and materials, and it feels laid-back California but still family-friendly.

Why We Love It: It gets the California coastal blend of chic and chill totally right.

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2019 best living roomsThe Look: Desert Minimal

This Desert Minimal living room was the perfect introduction to the organic modernist style. With its cool and bright eclectic furnishings, earthy accents and materials, and edgy mid-century designs, this space definitely ranks high on our list of super-chic looks. If you want color without going too bold, this living room design is for you.

Why We Love It: It’s our idea of the luxe eclectic look perfected.

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The Look: Contemporary & Formal

Speaking of organic modern style, this contemporary living room painted in Sherwin Williams’s 2020 color of the year, Naval, offers a slightly formal take on the look. It’s a space that plays with neutrals and dusty blues in an elegant way that we didn’t expect. The sophisticated furniture arrangement and unique pieces also all came together in a balanced way.

Why We Love It: Formal doesn’t always mean traditional and this proves it!

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best living rooms 2019The Look: Lake House Modern

While we love the cozy cabin look to no end, this modern lake house living room offered an updated take on the style that instantly captivated us. It’s modern farmhouse style with a twist in all the right ways—organic patterns, natural materials, comfy foundation pieces. And it’s all done in a way that feels thoroughly modern.

Why We Love It: A cool take on rustic that keeps up the cozy cabin vibe is always a plus!

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The Look: Tropical Boho

If we’re talking over-the-top winner, this tropical boho living room takes the prize. It’s the ultimate haven for color and pattern lovers and there are textures galore. Think of it as the upbeat, very opposite cousin of Desert Minimal. With all the layers of poppy prints, punchy hues, and tactile materials, this is for all the maximalists out there!

Why We Love It: If there’s a room that captures our love of 2019’s maximalism trend, this is it.

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The Look: Traditional With a Glam Edge

Chesterfield sofa in a citrine velvet? Yes, please! This living room with a tad of trad showed us how a major velvet piece can really dial up the glamour in a room. We (and many of our customers) were instant converts of the idea! And when it’s done in this palette of ochres, yellows, and mustards, it’s just perfection.

Why We Love It: Velvet used in a big way like we’ve never seen before—and we’re all about it!

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The Look: Classic Farmhouse Elegance

Inspired by the Waco, Texas, lifestyle of Chip and Jo Gaines, this sophisticated living room is basically all our farmhouse style dreams come true. It’s classic rustic beauty. There are refined furniture and accents but the room still feels comfy and inviting, and the rustic elements (woven accents, natural woods, white upholstery) are beautifully balanced. 

Why We Love It: This is master class farmhouse decorating! It’s an elevated style that’s made to feel none too precious for family living.

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The Look: Mid-Century Boho

This curated living room captured a new way we saw the mid-century trend play out in 2019. It consisted of more earthy, organic, and boho elements all mixed in with the streamlined simplicity of mid-century. Looking at it again now, we’re certain this is a look that’s here to stay.

Why We Love It: Mid-Century Modern style with just the right amount of boho and organic touches. What’s not to love?

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The Look: Dreamy Rustic Warmth

We can probably talk about rustic living rooms painted in cozy neutral and white all day long. But we’ll always come back to this warm and bright living room that has everything we can’t get enough of. There are plenty of natural materials (the baskets and rugs), cool eclectic and boho details (the trunk), and the perfect comfy furnishings (sofa and pillows). You can find us here all winter!

Why We Love It: You can rarely go wrong with white on white on white in a rustic space.

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best living rooms 2019The Look: Laid-Back Industrial

Calling out city lofters! This industrial living room duplex design is urban apartment living goals. It’s livable and bright and the eclectic furniture mix warms up the sleek interior architecture in all the right ways. The minimal leather sofa instantly cozies up the room while the tribal patterned rug, graphic pillows, and black-and-white art add a cool edge.

Why We Love It: Cool, colorful, and collected, this is what city living dreams are made of!

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The Look: Global Chic

There’s no denying the simple-chic look of velvet in pastel shades. In this well-curated living room, a pink velvet sofa takes center stage amid a global mix of furniture and graphic contemporary art, which proves that big bursts of pastels can actually have gorgeous neutral appeal.

Why We Love It: The channeled back on the sofa is an elegant detail that truly shines here and we’re predicting it will be a huge trend in 2020!

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The Look: High-Contrast Cool

As much as we love a welcoming city loft, we’re all about this edgy, high-contrast space that gets the modern black, white, and grey palette right. The sectional arranged with the super-slender coffee table and black-leather armchairs make for a seating area that’s cool and comfy. And there are plenty of patterns and textures that add warmth and make this open, airy space feel incredibly cozy and livable.

Why We Love It: A modern space with a modern palette made warm. We’re there!

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The Look: Eclectic Rustic Comfort

Rustic with an eclectic furniture mix that adds tons of warmth, this cozy living room look scored high marks among our Modsy customers. It has all the right comfy foundational furniture pieces along with woven accents and farmhouse details that truly make a house a home.

Why We Love It: Relaxed but colorfully curated, this is family-friendly style upgraded!

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The Look: Nashville Bohemian

When we looked to Nashville for style inspiration, we happily found interiors with lots of eclectic art and classic furnishings. It’s also a classic yet boho look that showcases traditional furniture in shapes and colors that are totally unexpected. All to say, it’s a bright and bold look that we still find endlessly inspiring.

Why We Love It: A room with a colorful gallery wall always wins our approval for best living room.

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best living roomsThe Look: Bold Classic Elegance

One of our most-loved rooms from the year, this classic living room shows how layering texture on texture can make for a super bold and inviting look. Even though the large room is outfitted in mostly neutral and white, the natural materials and the playful pops of patterns help keep it feeling full and cozy.

Why We Love It: There’s just no arguing when pattern and texture add impact like this.

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The Look: Monochrome Chic

One room, one color can go in any direction, really. But this glamorous monochrome living room in shades of saturated green is far from one-note. The luxe furnishings manage to feel at once minimal yet bold. Also, green isn’t an easy color to decorate with, but here it’s layered in a way that feels chic and comfortable.

Why We Love It: Emerald green is a jewel tone with timeless appeal, so this is monochrome brilliance if you ask us!

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best living rooms 2019The Look: Curated Modern Farmhouse

The bright and curated modern farmhouse look was one of our top styles of 2019, and it’s obvious why. The look mixes all the best trends together in one room, from layers of natural textures to a mix of industrial and mid-century furniture to clean lines and cozy neutrals. This light-filled modern farmhouse living room sums it all up beautifully.

Why We Love It: The window panes, the round mirror above the stone fireplace, the perfect display cabinet. This is our modern farmhouse dreams come true!

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A Decade of Color: Looking Back at Every Pantone Color from the 2010s

pantone color of the yearEvery year since 2000, Pantone has been the defacto color authority of the design world. Their Color of the Year sets the tone (and trends) for the next 12 months ahead. But it wasn’t until the 2010s that Pantone’s Color of the Year started making waves and influencing trends.

Often linked to the cultural zeitgeist of the times, Pantone’s color experts comb the world for inspiration, looking everywhere from the entertainment industry to travel trends to even socio-economic conditions to determine the hue for the following year. Now, it’s a much-anticipated forecast each December that impacts trends in home decor, fashion, beauty, and more.

As they gear up to announce their 2020 color (also their 20th anniversary), we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite Pantone colors over the past ten years—many of which were inspired by the natural world, a prominent theme across home decor during this decade.

pantone colors of the yearCelebrate the wrap of the 2010s with us on a fun and colorful ride down the Pantone memory lane as we prepare to embrace the color that will kick off a new decade.

2010: Turquoise

The Color DNA: A blend of the serene qualities of blue with the invigorating nature of green.

The Backstory: This uplifting hue was a much-needed dose of calm at the time. The world was still recovering from the financial crisis of 2008 and Pantone’s experts explained that they wanted to energize people and give them a feeling of relaxation and escape through this hue.

What We Love About It: The tropical flavor. The sense of escape. That feeling of being on vacation.

Pantone color of the year2011: Honeysuckle

The Color DNA: Not quite fuchsia but a red-hued shade of pink.

The Backstory: Honeysuckle was also touted as a color for every day that’s anything but “everyday.” It was courageous, confident, and charismatic.

Bright and bold were the driving philosophies behind this hue, which came at a time when the experts felt the world needed a brave new color for a brave new world. (For context, Instagram was barely a year old!)

What We Love About It: It reminds us of summer. It’s a happy mood-booster and is joyfully optimistic.

2012: Tangerine Tango

The Color DNA: An energetic orange-red that shakes things up.

The Backstory: The experts at Pantone sensed a universal lull in 2012 and thought that the world needed waking up. They devised this bright, vibrant shade to be the alarm clock for us to collectively rise and shine.

What We Love About It: The positively charged sunrise and sunset vibes.

Pantone color of the year2013: Emerald

The Color DNA: A tamer take of the tried-and-true jewel tone.

The Backstory: Things got a bit more mellow in 2013, and it was a back to classics kind of year. The experts settled on emerald, which was meant to “enhance our sense of well-being, balance, and harmony.” This was an emerald that wasn’t overly aggressive or loud, but just as lush, luminous, and luxurious.

What We Love About It: The timeless elegance. The casual sophistication. The classic feels.

2014: Radiant Orchid

The Color DNA: The best of purple, fuchsia, and pink.

The Backstory: This was a year for big ideas all over, and Pantone’s experts chose this hue for its inspiring, creative energy. They believed that the color would spark confidence and radiate joy, love, and health.

What We Love About It: It’s perfectly chic, beautifully nuanced, and boldly invigorating.

2015: Marsala

The Color DNA: A rich, earthy shade of wine red that feels full-bodied and grounded.

The Backstory: The earthiest hue we saw this decade, Pantone experts chose Marsala in 2015 as they say it’s a color that “enriches our minds, bodies, and souls.”

They also called attention to its versatility in home decor. Looking back, we have to agree that it was a color that perfectly warmed the home, and we’re actually seeing a renewed interest in these rich, earthy hues as a trend for 2020 and beyond.

What We Love About It: The soulfulness. The deep-rooted comfort. The bold coziness.

2016: Rose Quartz & Serenity

The Color DNA: Rose Quartz is a warm, cheery shade that feels close to the much-crazed millennial pink. Serenity is a soft, almost lavender-tinted shade of light blue.

The Backstory: For the first time, Pantone selected two shades to be the colors of the year in 2016. Rose Quartz and Serenity provided a softer, subtler contrast to the bolder colors that had come before.

Rose Quartz was said to convey a sense of compassion and composure while Serenity brought to mind weightlessness and airiness that were reminiscent of the sky. Together the colors were meant to speak to a larger cultural craving for comfort and the increased blurring of gender lines.

What We Love About It: Rose Quartz’s gentle beauty. Serenity’s inspiring ease. Their blended reimagining of blue and pink.

Pantone color of the year2017: Greenery

The Color DNA: A fresh, leafy, matcha-hyped green.

The Backstory: After a slight hiatus, it was back to Mother Nature in 2017. Greenery was meant to be refreshing and revitalizing and all about new beginnings. It was a clear desire to reconnect with nature and potentially a reaction to our ever-more technologically-dependent world.

What We Love About It: It signals spring. It feels deliciously fresh. It soothes our restlessness.

2018: Ultra Violet

The Color DNA: A dramatic, deeply provocative, and electric shade of purple.

The Backstory: Word around the Modsy office was “Prince Purple” when the color was announced. And fittingly so as the experts pointed out that the color was meant to be all about “originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future.”

What We Love About It: The cosmic connotation. The regal reference. The Prince association.

2019: Living Coral

The Color DNA: A peachy and electric pink.

The Backstory: For the past year, Living Coral has been the prominent color with clear ties to the beauty of our natural world. It hints at the warming reality that is the fragility of our oceans, where coral reefs are dying.

Pantone described the color as animating and life-affirming, and it’s perhaps a wake-up call, once again, for all of us to do better and turn our sights away from our technology-driven lives and toward the world around us.

What We Love About It: The passionate reference to our oceans. The jubilance of the color. The call to action it inspires in us.

And For 2020…

We’ll have to wait and see what’s in store for next year’s big color trend. But our guess is a shade that’s inspired by the natural world and our collective desire for well-being and more self-care.

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Year In Review: Our 14 Best Bedroom Designs of 2019

best bedrooms 2019With 2019 coming to an end, we’re celebrating another amazing year in design with a quick look back at some of our favorite bedroom designs from the past trip around the sun. It’s the most intimate and cozy space in the house, so here’s to giving it the design love it deserves! Read on to see our best bedrooms from the year.

best bedrooms 2019The Look: Modern Lakehouse

This modern farmhouse-style bedroom is from our favorite lake house home tour. It shows off that you can do rustic without going the classic cabin route. The bedroom design combines a mix of woods in the best way possible with its light dresser, dark bed, and painted shiplap. Not to mention the vibrant green rug sets a beautiful foundation that also adds a subtle pop of color. It’s no wonder this is one of the best bedrooms of 2019!

Why We Love It: You can’t beat a modern cabin that nails it with a light, bright color palette.

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The Look: Natural Cool

This cozy and cool bedroom design manages to combine a crisp palette with perfectly plush layers and textures, from the traditional rug topped with large fluffy sheepskin to the creamy curtains to the super-soft bedding. And let’s not forget the Windsor-style bed, which adds a refined touch of rustic charm.

Why We Love It: This is our idea of a dreamy mix of textures layered together in the best way.

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The Look: Modern Earthy

Who knew that earthy neutrals could feel bold, and dare we say, colorful even? The green walls give this room a soothing backdrop that brings other soft rustic colors into sharp focus. Just check out the warm grays, browns, and beiges. Finally, the striped bedspread adds a bold touch of graphic pattern to the room.

Why We Love It: This is a bold example of a color risk that truly paid off!

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best bedrooms 2019The Look: Classic Glamour

There’s nothing like a traditional bedroom design with a glamorous edge. This chic design balances luxury and comfort, color and calm, as well as classic shapes and bold textures in the most wonderful ways possible. It all adds up to a statement bedroom that absolutely captivating.

Why We Love It: A blue-velvet scalloped headboard is a daring design move we simply can’t turn away from.

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The Look: Rustic Minimal

Both rustic and minimal at once, there’s just enough cozy in this clean-lined bedroom that still feels light and airy. The industrial flair from the lamps, the nightstands, and the floor mirror give the room an edge, while the soothing colors keep it visually simple and balanced.

Why We Love It: Modern rustic simplicity done without a trace of distressed wood? Yes, it’s possible!

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The Look: Luxe Wintry Bedroom

There’s so much that this luxurious traditional bedroom gets right. The plush upholstered headboard makes for an elevated centerpiece, the lovely patterned rug brings subtle elegance, and the sophisticated black wood furnishings provides just the right color contrast.

Why We Love It: It’s the classic white bedroom that feels like you’re waking up in a five-star hotel every day.

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The Look: Mid-Century Boho

It doesn’t get much better than this boho bedroom if you like modern design and lots of color. There’s a perfectly curated mix of patterns, from the pillows to the rug to the art. The opening shelving is both functional and stylish, and all of the designs feel balanced and not the least bit visually overwhelming. It’s a well-designed mix that’s very of-the-moment.

Why We Love It: If you love an eclectic space and mid-century furniture mix, this is perfection.

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The Look: Coastal Calm

If there’s a coastal bedroom design that we’ll always keep looking back to, it’s this bright elegant retreat. It’s refined without feeling stuffy or dark, and the furnishings are balanced in scale beautifully. If you like a more classic flair to your bedroom look but still prefer your designs to have a streamlined feel, this space has all of that.

Why We Love It: A light and bright space with a stunning canopy bed is always a yes.

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best bedrooms 2019The Look: California Casual

You can’t get more California casual in style than this bedroom mix that brings together layers of plush textiles and tailored furniture shapes. Don’t forget that perfect touch of brass detailing along with ephemeral art and woven accents. All the cues for absolute comfort are worked in right here in this stylishly curated bedroom.

Why We Love It: Luxury achieved through gorgeous neutrals is the definition of bedroom dreams!

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The Look: True Rustic

Clean-lined rustic style at it’s finest, this cozy bedroom features streamlined designs that make it feel modern and open. The wrought-iron bed frame sets a bold rustic tone while the soft green walls and notes of woven textures add to the overall relaxed vibe of the room.

Why We Love It: Cozy and inviting without feeling cluttered, this is one of our best bedrooms exemplifying classic rustic ease.

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best bedroom designsThe Look: Eclectic Glam

You don’t see this eclectic and funky bedroom approach every day. This space has its own unique sense of style and is all about getting playful and showing off some personality. The contrast of the orange walls with the blue-raffia nightstand alongside the metal bed say it all. A fun little gallery wall tops it all off with some additional oomph.

Why We Love It: A bedroom that reflects your personal style makes for a happy haven!

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The Look: Edgy Mid-Century Modern

Modern and edgy, this design-focused bedroom is all about the distinct furniture mix. The warm woods balance out harsh metals and the bold green wall, while all the natural textures—woven cord bench, jute rug, metal bed, hide pillows—add sleek and bold appeal.

Why We Love It: This is proof that there’s always a way to make cool designs work, no matter your space.

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The Look: Livable Elegance

From the channeled headboard and the neutral geometric rug to the rusty orange and blue color palette, this elegant bedroom captures the perfect mix of polished style and ease. The best part is that the furnishings and accents also have livable appeal for the everyday.

Why We Love It: Sophisticated design that feels none too precious never gets old!

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The Look: Modern Industrial Comfort

This industrial bedroom design mixes masculine and feminine styles seamlessly with its pops of patterns and the gallery wall of soft black-and-white art. Even though there are substantial furniture pieces that feature bold tones and materials, they all come together to create a totally livable space.

Why We Love It: If you’re looking to merge two completely separate styles, here’s your answer!

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You Heard It Here First! These 5 Decor Trends Will Be Huge in 2020

2020 home decor trendsIt’s almost a wrap on 2019! Not only are we saying goodbye to the year but we’re bidding adieu to an entire decade. And with the start of a new trip around the sun means we get to welcome in a whole new host of 2020 home decor trends.

If you’re wondering what’s going to be big in 2020 (and what’s going to be out), we’ve got your covered. Keep reading for a peek into the future and get the scoop on 5 home decor trends we predict will be everywhere.

1. Ceiling Treatments

Yes, for 2020 we’re turning our design attention to the fifth wall, aka ceilings! Keep an eye out (or up) for painted, wallpapered, and even fabric tented ceiling designs. This bold design move was actually a piece de resistance at Napoleon’s Château de Malmaison in France, and now we’re seeing it come back into vogue. And while we probably won’t see this trend make its way into everyday homes, you’ll start to spy it in the pages of editorial magazines like Architectural Digest and Elle Decor.

2. Sculptural Furniture and Decor

Clutter is out, which means the design world is looking for ways to incorporate decoration into furniture. We’re seeing this desire show up in two key places—ornamented and sculptural furniture and decor pieces.

2020 decor trends3. Surface Treatments

What comes after cane and rattan? Pieces with ribbed or channeled surfaces are a major 2020 decor trend to watch. We’re thinking of these surface treatments as the next rev post 2019’s obsession with natural textures. Not to mention, these pieces have an 80’s Deco vibe that gives them a lovely dose of nostalgia, and who can say no to that?

4. Industrial Lighting

Lighting with an industrial minimal vibe is another trend we’re seeing as a big player of 2020. Lighting is becoming incredibly sculptural mixing stone and black metal to create beautiful forms and shapes, because why not have both form and function together in one piece.

2020 home decor trends5. Sustainability at Home

People are starting to think more and more about the environmental impact of home design. In addition to smart features and appliances that regulate energy usage, we’re also seeing a desire among our customers to shop sustainably. We’re seeing a rise in customers asking us about the products they are buying like how it’s made and where it comes from. People are choosing to invest in quality pieces they can keep for years to come!

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3 Color Trends Inspired by Your Thanksgiving Spice Rack

color trends cinnamon redThanksgiving and holiday season are just around the corner! If you’re anything like us, you’ll be spending lots of time in the kitchen preparing festive feasts and goodies to bring to gatherings around town. This year we’re feeling inspired by the colorful spices that go into our holiday dishes–like turmeric, cinnamon, rosemary, and sage. Browse through our stylist picks to check out our favorite spicy fall color trends!

Color Trends TurmericColor Trend: Turmeric

From golden milk lattes to yellow curry, turmeric is having a moment in the spotlight. This color trend is dominating everything from edible treats to home decor! We love the rich earthiness and cheery hue of this muted tone. Here are a few of our favorite pieces of turmeric furniture and decor.

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Victor Accent Chair, Mustard

This Victor Accent Chair in Mustard velvet has an extra luxe feel. The black metal legs are capped in gold for a posh vibe. It has a dramatic, deep-seated form for easy lounging that also offers plenty of modern refinement and sophisticated design.

Forms in a White Sky Wall Art

We love this abstract wall art that uses playful geometry and color to make a bold statement. The swatch of turmeric is the star of the show, but it’s complemented by warm, cheery colors and some negative space that makes everything pop. This type of piece looks great hung over a fireplace and is great for adding a splash of turmeric without overpowering the whole space.

Vinson Bordered Rug

This Vinson Bordered Rug adds a plush, organic element to any room. The earthy neutrals and hand-knotted wool add a sense of warmth and grounding energy and the stepped diamond pattern is geometric but still maintains a soft feel.

color trends sageColor Trend: Sage Green

Sage green is one of the spiciest colors on the holiday color trends menu this year! We love the calming hue that almost acts as a neutral but is still so warm and earthy. This color can add personality to any space. Read on for the rest of our favorite sage picks!

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Sloan Loveseat in Evergreen Felt

This Sloan Loveseat in Evergreen Felt is super comfy and stylish and we think the green shade is a great alternative to neutral or brown. It won’t overpower the room but it still has something to say! Our stylists also love this performance felt, which is super durable and also looks great with almost all decor styles.

Hampshire Green Bookcase

This is a clean and timeless bookcase that steps up the style in any room. It’s made for kids but it’s so good looking you can really use it anywhere you want. We love how it offers both open and closed storage and the solid wood construction means it’s both durable and beautiful—a win-win!

Green Tassel Lumbar Pillow

For a small pop of sage in any space, try an accent pillow. This one puts green as the accent on a neutral base. We love the tassel detail for both color and texture for an intriguing pop on your sofa or bed!

color trends cinnamon redColor Trend: Cinnamon Red

There’s nothing like a good dose of deep, cinnamon red to spice up the holidays! It’s like you can smell the apple pie baking right when you walk in the room! We love how it brings a feisty note to a decor scheme but isn’t so intense that it makes your head hurt. Take a peek at our top cinnamon picks this season!

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Layla Spice Rug

This Layla Spice Rug has a beautiful and timeless design that ups the style game in any space. The antique, vintage flair offers a lived-in feel to make a room feel more warm and welcoming. We love the rich, sophisticated colors and traditional pattern that exude an extra dash of class.

Small Bryant Tray Brown-Bronze-Rust

A warm, leather tray like this is the perfect accent piece to get guests talking this holiday. It has a rich leather construction with a cinnamon-red undertone and the textured and patinaed look is extra elegant. Brass handles add more warmth and it makes an excellent addition to classic or traditional interiors. It can also work in a rustic space that needs an edge.

Courtland Basket

This Courtland Basket is a great addition for your pet’s toys, your favorite throws or even kid clutter. It makes for easy and attractive storage and is a super-easy way to add a pop of cinnamon to a space. Plus, it adds woven texture to your home for instant style and warmth.

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Trend Spotlight: Tour This Home Designed With Cool Organic Modern Style

organic modernism decor trendYou heard it here first! Organic modernism is a new trend we’re forecasting for 2020. Actually, it’s already one of our new favorite styles. Here’s why: It combines all the best elements of the mid-century modern look that has been so popular for the past decade (aka Mad Men-inspired) with organic and earthy elements.

To break down organic modernism further, it’s a style that was born in the 1940s and ’50s. The word ‘organic’ referred to a design that was perfectly suited to someone’s lifestyle and how they lived.

Our interpretation of the style today uses many of the same iconic mid-century pieces and introduces a natural touch through organic materials, colors, shapes, and textures. The result is an approachable and warm yet minimal space that’s designed to suit your lifestyle and look great, too.

Here, we’ve dreamed up a home that’s designed with our take on the organic modernism trend. Tour the home below and get our inspiring tips for bringing the look into your own spaces.

organic modernism entrywayThe Entryway

The entry to our home establishes the aesthetic tone right from the start with furniture and accents that emphasize sculptural forms and simple materials.

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The Key Elements

Lean into curves. Choose pieces that have unique curvy silhouettes, whether it’s an oval mirror or a console or stool with smooth, rounded edges. This will play up an elegant earthy vibe.

Go for slender details. From the narrow legs of a modern armchair to the thin frame of a mirror, look for pieces that emphasize a streamlined look. You want to minimize the visual impact of your designs to allow the organic elements to shine.

Think industrial but softer. Consider this style a softer take on industrial. Opt for crisp fabrics, earthy woods, and smooth stone pieces that lend softness rather than strong visual impact.

organic modernism living roomThe Living Room

We love the clean-lined and sophisticated vibe of the organic modern trend. In the living room, this can mean combining curvy light-leather armchairs with a low sofa that has deep seating and a smooth, rounded coffee table.

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The Key Elements

Embrace earth tones. The organic modernism trend has a strong earth tone palette. Bring together neutrals and natural colors in a big way with warm woods, ceramics, stone, leather, and rattan.

Mix up modern. This style is less about the type of modern furniture and more about the shape, colors, and materials of those pieces. So don’t be afraid to combine mid-century designs with minimalist pieces and even contemporary furniture.

Opt for organic shapes. Just remember: No sharp angles in furniture. Keep to curved, asymmetrical, and rounded forms inspired by shapes found in the natural world.

organic modernismThe Reading Nook

Organic modernism is a look that leverages the modern and minimal elements of the mid-century style. Make sure you carry that through to every corner in the home.

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The Key Elements

Focus on natural pieces. If you’re bringing this look to a corner nook, start with furniture in gorgeous natural materials, be it a wool chair or a burl wood cabinet, and minimize your accents.

Get abstract. When it comes to art, this look is all about subtlety and simplicity. So lean into pieces that add visual impact through shapes. Sharp edges allowed here and only here!

Minimize styling. Of course, to really nail this look you’ll want to take a minimal approach to styling. Less is more and the pieces you do put on display should have a story worth telling.

organic modern dining roomThe Dining Room

We love how the introduction of softer edges and organic shapes helps lend a comfortable warmth to spaces. In the dining room, this can come down to balancing elegant shapes with bold natural textures.

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The Key Elements

White is your anchor. More than any space in the home, the dining room is where white can really provide a perfect foundation for the organic modernism style. Try a white dining table and hanging light as the centerpieces that you can mix other designs around.

Add impact with texture. In a clean-lined space, add one major piece that provides a warm, textural counterpoint. The woven cabinet here presents the perfect organic touch.

Bring in tons of plant life. If there’s one accent you never have too much of with this style, it’s greenery and plants, which will add both color and a bit of life to your neutral spaces. Go for greenery with big leafy branches, which is another way to bring a sculptural touch to rooms.

organic modern home officeThe Home Office

Just because there’s so much focus on materials and form doesn’t mean that the organic modernism look is anything but practical. The style can make for a quiet, productive, and deeply inspiring design approach in the home office.

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The Key Elements

Keep to smooth surfaces. In the workspace, organic modernism equates to furnishings that have super sleek surfaces and accents that have very little frill. That means paring down the wood grain textures in lieu of light woods and a rug that has a super subtle pattern, if at all.

Have a few substantial pieces. Unlike other rooms, you’re not mixing as much here. It’s about bringing in a design-driven desk and maybe a streamlined daybed. Keeping to big pieces in beautiful materials is the way to mastering this look in the home office.

Add distinct lighting. A good floor lamp with a bold design will go a long way here. An industrial-leaning light with an open base will add to the overall modern, sculptural vibe.

organic modernism bedroomThe Bedroom

So much of what makes organic modernism such a soothing and dreamy style is the combination of modern lines with soft organic materials. In the bedroom, it’s a surefire combination that adds up to a calm and zen personal haven.

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The Key Elements

Play up varied textures. Texture is what keeps this look from falling flat. So it’s key to layer different textures, such as an upholstered bed with a variety of pillows and a super-soft rug.

Balance hard and soft. Once you have your soft texture mix down, don’t be afraid to contrast it with some sleek surfaces, like a stone table and nightstands that have warm wood tones. It’s this juxtaposition that gives organic modernism an endlessly cozy appeal.

Mix subtle patterns. Just like how texture brings depth to the room, subtle patterns can add visual intrigue and provide a touch of extra warmth. It’s about delicate motifs that make for interesting focal points you might not notice right away!

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Unveiling Our 2019 State of the Home Trend Report

2020 home design trend reportIt’s that time of year again, when we take a moment to reflect on the year behind and take a few wild guesses about what’s still in store. And for our Style Team at Modsy, that means analyzing the home design trends of 2019 to see which will stick around and which will go.

To do so, we pulled the numbers on what our Modsy customers were searching, liking, and buying from their designs. This year we also surveyed thousands of people from our amazing design community to get a little more insight on the 2019 styles you loved and the ones you loved to hate.

On that note, we’re thrilled to unveil our 2nd annual Trend Report! The data doesn’t lie, but it sure does like to surprise. Ready to take a scroll down 2019 memory lane? Keep reading for the inside scoop on a sampling of our most interesting findings. You can even take a peek at the full report to dive deeper!

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2020 home design trendsHome Design Trends By Room

Living rooms are the place to be! This was easily the most-popular room our Modsy customers wanted to design. Master bedrooms came in a close second. No major surprises here, as those are the two spaces most of us spend the majority of our time in. Why go out when you can stay in?

And it looks like this pattern will continue into 2020. 37% of our design survey respondents said they were most looking forward to designing their living room while 23% said bedroom.

Why? Most people cite a not-so-recent move. 40% said “I haven’t touched that space since I moved in, and it’s finally time to give it the attention it deserves.” New year, new room!

Color Home Design Trends

We surveyed our community of design enthusiasts and got the scoop on their favorite (and least favorite) colors for home decor.

Would you decorate with the following colors?

  • Neutrals – 79% said yes
  • Blues – 61% said yes
  • Black/Grey – 52% said yes
  • Earth Tones – 52% said yes
  • All White – 51% said yes

Neutrals for the win! And it’s not hard to see why. These muted hues are a safe bet for any home, and when paired with pops of color in accessories you can change your style as often as you change your mind. Not to mention they inspire a sense of calm and can help you feel relaxed at home.

home design trendsThe Styles You Loved

We asked our design enthusiast community which styles and trends they loved in 2019. One of the most-popular responses? Modern Farmhouse style, with 35% of people saying they love this look and hope it sticks around.

Thanks to home design influencers and shows like “Fixer Upper,” this style has had a major moment in the trend spotlight. And deservedly so. The Modern Farmhouse look combines elements of mid-century modern (a style that’s been popular for over a decade now) with more casual and vintage elements. It’s a fresh take on an already-popular look.

2020 home design trends2020 Home Design Trend Predictions

So what about next year? We thought you’d never ask! We have lots of ideas about what’s going to be in for 2020.

A New Twist on Modern

We expect Bohemian and Organic Mid-Century Modern styles to be everywhere next year. We’re already seeing a softer, earthier side of the mid-century look come out to play and less of an emphasis on what we call “Mad Men” Mid-Century Modern.

Minimalist Maximalist Style

This trend is exactly what it sounds like—a style that plays with the unlikely combo of a minimalist’s design principles and a maximalist’s love of patterns, colors, textures, and all things over-the-top. We can’t wait to see more of this in 2020.

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Get Your Living Room Ready for Fall With These Mantel Decor Ideas

fireplace mantel ideasIf you don’t like the idea of doing a total decor overhaul for each season and holiday remember this: there are small ways to make seasonal changes that can make a big impact. One of our favorite areas to focus on for seasonal changes is your mantel decor.

A fireplace is a focal point in a living room — so what happens on your mantel impacts the vibe of your whole space. This small area is the perfect place to show off your personality and set the tone for the space all season long. Keep reading for some easy tips and fall mantel decor ideas that work for any style!

fall mantel decor ideas

1. Crown Your Mantel

As the focal point of your room, reserve the space above your mantel for something special. Think a piece you love and want to highlight. (AKA: if your home were the Louvre, this is where you’d hang the Mona Lisa.)

All that to say, choosing the right piece to crown your mantel is important. A statement mirror, painting or art print, or a TV are classic options for mantel decor. But you can also think outside the box and hang a sculpture, a grouping of smaller paintings, or even leave it bare for a dramatic effect. The only rule? Pick something you love as this will be the piece that sets the tone for the rest of the room.

2. Pick a Color Palette

To make this area feel more curated, stick to a cohesive color palette. With this traditional look, we opted for a bouquet of earthy, fall colors like reds, yellows, and oranges, with a white base to keep it from feeling too loud.

3. Embrace Symmetry

One of the keys to a traditional mantel decor scheme is symmetry. Here, we hung a mirror above the center of the mantel, and bookended it with taller decor. But that doesn’t mean you have to get too matchy-matchy. Instead of identical objects on either side, we played with symmetry in terms of height and size, which gives the look a more inviting feel.

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4. Layer On the Decor

Add visual intrigue to your mantel by layering your decorative touches. This creates a more dynamic, curated look and will add depth to your mantel style. We used natural materials for this eclectic mantel, mixing and matching woven baskets, a wooden bowl, and a stoneware vase. The layers and texture of this look are especially nice for fall when you want to embrace those cozy vibes!

5. Prop Your Art

Rather than hanging a statement art piece above the mantel, consider leaving it unhung and leaning it against the wall instead. This gives your mantel a more casual feel, which is perfect for eclectic rooms or adding a note of whimsy (whereas hung art can feel more formal).

6. Group in Threes

When decorating a mantel (or any surface, really), stick to the “rule of thirds.” This design principle boils down to the idea that objects grouped in trios are more pleasing to the human eye. Use this trick to make your fall mantel look expertly curated no matter the season or style.

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7. Incorporate Texture

The secret ingredient to any space is to incorporate texture. For a rustic look, we love natural options like live edge wood, plants, and carved designs. The mix of textures adds dynamism to this cozy, layered look, which is the perfect mantel idea for fall.

8. Vary Your Heights

To add to the dynamic look, mix tall and short objects on your mantel. This keeps your eye from focusing on any one item, making the mantel feel thoughtfully designed but not overly done.

9. Add Plants

Greenery brings any look to life and adds some beautiful natural texture (see tip #7). We love the idea of incorporating greenery that’s in season for the fall — like the eucalyptus in this rustic mantel idea. Then, as winter approaches, you can switch in a boxwood or pine garland and something with florals for spring. Simply changing the greenery and a few objects will make your mantel feel fresh each season.

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These 3 decor trends will be everywhere in 2020

It’s that time of the year again. When we look back at the year behind us and predict what the next one has in store for home decor trends. And there are more than a few 2020 decor trends that we’re excited about.

But trends are fickle things. So don’t stress if something you love is on it’s way out. Trends come and go in cycles, so it’ll likely be back before you know it. Not to mention, we’re firm believers in designing with the pieces and styles you love—not the trends others say are in or out.

But all that to say, it’s still fun to peek into the future and see what’s coming! So, without further ado, here are the decor trends that we predict will be major players in 2020.

Decor Trend #1: Home Is Where the Bar Cabinet Is

2020 decor trendsOut: Bar Carts // In: Bar Cabinets

A few years ago, bar carts were the “it” piece of furniture everyone wanted. And no surprise considering that bar carts are the perfect mix of being relatively affordable, a great way to fill out an empty corner, and make for an Instagrammable design moment.

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But fast-forward to 2020, and the once super-popular trend is feeling over-saturated and tired. Instead, we’re seeing the focus shift towards a more holistic approach to entertaining at home. So out go the bar carts, and in come the bar cabinets. We’re even seeing some homes where the “bar” area is woven into a bookcase or set up as a simple styling moment on top of a credenza.

But if you have a bar cart you love, don’t stress or toss it out on the curb just yet. A simple styling refresh is all you need to give your bar cart new life. We say skip the alcohol and try something a little unexpected—use it for storage, as a record stand, a home for your many plants, or even repurpose it as a nightstand.

Decor Trend #2: Mid-Century Modern2020 decor trends

Out: “Mad Men” Style // In: Organic Modernism Style

We don’t need to explain the mid-century modern trend, which has been popular for over a decade. But we are noticing a shift in the way the design world is embracing the elements of mid-century modern design. While the mid-century modern of a few years ago might be described as “straight off the set of Mad Men,” today we’re seeing mid-century designs morph into something more organic and bohemian.

Instead of the sharp angles, Eames lounge chairs, and hairpin legs of yesterday’s mid-century modern, today we’re seeing the style push more earthy and organic—a look we’re dubbing as“organic modernism.”

Organic modernism is a softer, earthier side of the mid-century look. It focuses more on materials and forms derived from the natural world. It’s less about the iconic designs of the original style, and more interested in the shapes, materials, colors, and forms of the movement. Organic modernism is more eclectic by nature, and plays with natural materials and textures, curved and organic forms, pops of earthy colors, and lots and lots of plants.

Decor Trend #3: Minimalism Versus Maximalism2020 decor trends

Out: Minimalism and Maximalism // In: Minimalist Maximalism

The two opposing trends of minimalism and maximalism were both popular looks of 2019. While minimalism was about form, function, and “less is more,” maximalism was interested in over-the-top spaces. These two trends coexisted in 2019, and likely have each other to thank for their own respective popularity. But for 2020, we’re seeing a new design trend on the horizon that merges these styles together.

Meet minimalist maximalism! If that seems like an oxymoron to you, then you’ve got the right idea. This trend is exactly what it sounds like—a style that plays with the unlikely combo of a minimalist’s design principles and a maximalist’s love of patterns, colors, textures, and all things over-the-top. The look basically boils down to a space designed with a highly curated mix of statement pieces styled very minimally. Think show-stopping furniture with minimal forms and no extra frills or decorative clutter.

This 2020 decor trend combines our culture’s current obsession with decluttering (thanks, Marie Kondo!) and our desire to create an interior that shows off our unique style and personality. We’re seeing a new interest in material as ornamentation. Instead of adding more decor, we’re focusing on the decorative nature of materials like marble, velvet, and woven textures. These materials bring in a decorative element without adding more stuff. Thus, creating a space full of beauty and ornament but sans the extra clutter.

 

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

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

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

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

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

living room1. Establish a Comfortable Foundation

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

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

bedroom2. Add Mid-Century Modern Accents

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

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

modern rustic dining room3. Create Conversational Layouts

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

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

modern rustic office4. Introduce Industrial Lighting

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

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

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

entry5. Layer on Natural Textures

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

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

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

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

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

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