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My Modsy Story: Proof That Basements Don’t Have to Be Bland

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See how first-time homeowner, Alan C, designs a basement and TV room that’s perfect for his family.

 

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Homeowner: Alan C, Director of Marketing

Location: Portland, OR

Room: Awkward basement and TV room

His Style: Mod Enthusiast

The Backstory

Wanting to make sure everything is right for his family’s first true home

This is our family’s first home that isn’t a temporary living situation. We intend to live in this house for many years so we wanted to design it to feel like home and put some effort and money into doing it right.

So of course we wanted the home to look good while being extremely functional, specifically when it came to our basement. This is the room we use for watching sports and reality TV, playing video games, and having people over for Game of Thrones nights.

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Alan’s Basement Before

The Design Dilemma

Working with an awkwardly spacious basement that’s also a gathering space

Our basement space is a bit awkward because the door into the room and fireplace are directly across from each other. The room is split right in two: a front and back area. Also, the couches we had in there were from my parents and nearly 28 years old, so we were ready for a whole new look.

It was a big challenge to figure out what furniture to get and how to arrange it so that there wasn’t dead or awkward space. We ultimately needed help solidifying a design style for the room and finding a layout that worked.

The Modsy Moment

An unexpected discovery that left a strong first impression

I first saw Modsy on Product Hunt. I was very impressed with how real and life-like the mockups looked, so I bookmarked it to come back to later.

Once I got started, I found Modsy very easy to use. The hardest part was picking items for our mood board because my wife and I generally have different tastes. We ended up with a system where I added items to the board then she would give me the final approval.

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How Modsy’s Renderings Helped Alan

Trial by design – and learning what he and his family truly needed for their basement

My family and I were very impressed when we got our first two Modsy design plans back. We never thought our basement could look that good. Modsy showed us a couple different ways to arrange the room that we hadn’t thought of before.

With the first design, it gave us the idea that not all seating has to face the TV. We debated this design a lot and, although we ended up not going with that configuration, it did make us rethink our preconceived notions about the space. And with the second design plan, we found an alternate place to put the TV, but it still didn’t solve the problem of the room feeling cut in half.

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The biggest “aha” moment for us was the idea for putting a sideboard and round mirror on the back wall. I had never considered that idea and as soon as I saw that in the designs, I loved it. The back wall was such a big and daunting space, and the sideboard and mirror perfectly fit our Mid-Century Modern style while filling up the space in a practical way.

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After giving our initial two design a bit of thought, we asked our Modsy designer to create a third. We wanted this next one to be based on our first design (which was our favorite so far) but with a few tweaks.

It’s no surprise then that this last design became our favorite. It had the most functionality and made the best use of our space.

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We ended up setting up the basement like design #3. But we decided to put a small couch on the side wall instead of separate chairs.

The most helpful part of Modsy was visualizing the space. I was able to see the differences in height and depth of different objects, and know how they would all fit together.

The greatest takeaway? Basements don’t have to bland, they can be sexy.

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The Real Results

See how Alan brought his Modsy design plans to life!

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Living Room Ideas: 15 Easy Ways to Refresh Your Living Room

living room ideasDesigning your living room can be difficult, there’s no getting around that.

Picking a color scheme, settling on a budget, and finding furniture, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Your living room is also likely where you spend most of your time, so the stakes are high – you want this room to look nice!

Now that Spring is close, it’s the perfect time to turn your home into a space you love. To help, we rounded up 15 of our all time favorite living room ideas to help you find an easy place to start.

 

We rounded up 15 of our all-time favorite living room ideas to help you find an easy place to start.

 

Living Room Ideas

1. Try a Fresh Coat of Paint

Consider painting your walls with a new, inspiring color color to reinvigorate your living space. It may seem like a big commitment, but painting your walls is a simple and budget-friendly update that can totally transform the look and feel of any space.

Learn More: Paint Color Ideas to Transform Your Space

 

Living Room Ideas2. Dabble in a New Trend

The velvet trend has been going strong since last fall when it was deemed the “it” fabric for 2018. Even if you don’t follow trends, there are so many reasons to bring velvet into your space. Not only is it a timeless material, velvet also adds a lot of warmth and texture to any interior and works with any style.

Learn More: How To Make Velvet Work For Your Style

 

Living Room Ideas3. Tuck in a Play Nook for the Kids

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

Learn More: 8 Ways To Make Your Living Room A Playroom

 

Living Room Ideas4. Stay in Budget by Refreshing Your Accents

When it comes to easy and budget-friendly living room ideas, we are all for switching up your accent pieces. Swap in some new throw pillows, hang a new piece of art, or unfurl a new rug.

All these little details have a big impact on how your space looks and feels.

Learn More: Easy, Budget-Friendly Ways To Refresh Your Home

 

Living Room Ideas5. Expand Your Small Space with Flexible Furnishings

Furnishings that are flexible are great options for making the most out of small spaces.

Try a coffee table with interior storage or use a bookcase as a room divider. Ottomans or stools also double as side tables, and poufs can work double-time as foot rests or extra seating.

Learn More: Living Room Ideas to Help You Live Large in Your Small Space

 

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6. Mix Vintage with Modern

Vintage pieces are a great way to infuse your space with some old-world charm and texture, and make your home feel unique and full or character. Try repurposing something like this old, vintage steamer trunk as a coffee table.

Learn More: How To Mix Vintage Pieces Into Modern Spaces

 

Living Room Ideas7. Find the Best Media Stand for Your TV Size

It’s a simple fact that you really just can’t enjoy a good TV binge session with a sub-par setup. That means finding the right media unit for your sized TV is super important.

Our rule of thumb is that your media stand should be at least a few inches wider that the base of your TV, so that there are a few inches of breathing room on either side then the TV is placed on top.

Learn More: How To Find The Best TV Stand For Your TV Size

 

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8. Add some Whimsy with an Animal Portrait

Looking to add a little humor into your home? This portrait of a highland cow named Gertrude, might do the trick. Between her shaggy mop of hair and her slightly tilted head, you can’t help but fall in love with this bombshell blonde.

Learn More: 7 Ways To Try The Animal Portrait Trend In Your Home

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9. Turn an Awkward Nook into a Something Useful

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

Learn More: Clever Design Ideas For Awkward Spaces

10. Find the Perfect Coffee Table

One of the most challenging living room ideas can be finding the right coffee table to go with your sofa. You’ve got size, shape, and style to consider among other things. Instead of imagining how these two living room staples will look together why not try a few options on instead?

Learn More: The Dos and Don’ts of Picking a Coffee Table

 

Living Room Ideas11. Tuck a Desk Behind Your Sofa

This is a nice solution if you don’t have an extra room to transform into a home office, but still need a place to focus. You can also use it as a homework station for the kiddos or a place to pay your bills online while watching the game.

Learn More: 9 Places To Put An Office In Your Living Room

 

Living Room Ideas12. Amp Up Your Neutrals with Pops of Color

For a versatile color that’s not a neutral, blue is your next best bet. Try layering every shade of it into your neutral living room for an exciting new look.

Consider pairing blue and gold, a metallic, for a stylish and sharp alternative to classic blue and white. The result is a pairing that’s always elegant and modern.

Learn More: How To Make Neutral Spaces More Exciting

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13. Restyle Your Storage

Whether you call it a credenza, sideboard, or even a buffet, these enclosed storage pieces are great for stashing clutter and can be an amazing focal point.

For an elegant look, start with a pair of matching lamps placed on each end, and arrange a few accessories in the middle. Center a large artwork above to create the pyramidal composition that draws the eye skyward.

Learn More: 7 Ideas For Styling Your Credenza

 

Living Room ideas14. Take the Plunge, Buy a Sofa Online

Would you believe us if we told you that you can determine if a sofa is comfy online?

Do you want a sofa where you can sit cross-legged and enjoy all the poor-posture slouching you want? Look for an option with a greater seat depth. Do you like to lean back against your sofa’s armrest and stretch out? Be sure to pay attention to the arm height to ensure maximum comfort.

Think about how you really use your sofa and look for the factors that will make it most comfortable for you.

Learn More: Read These 5 Tips Before Buying A Sofa Online

 

Living Room ideas15. Prop Up Some Oversized Wall Art

For an eclectic approach to decorating with oversized wall art, prop a large piece on the floor against a wall.

Propping wall art lends a sculptural feel to any space. Art hung on the wall just can’t match that.

Learn More: 5 Budget-Friendly Ways To Try The Oversized Wall Art Trend

 

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Playing Favorites: What Modsy Designer Amanda’s Loving Now

Come peek behind-the-scenes in our ‘Playing Favorites’ series and meet some of the Modsy designers who help homeowners reimagine their spaces each month.  

Modsy Designer Amanda

Based in Denver, Colorado, Modsy designer Amanda has never been one for minimalist spaces. She loves rooms filled with vintage pieces, accents rich with history, lots of books, and dark colors that play up a cozy, lived-in vibe.

It makes sense for someone who’s very much a collector of things in her own home and describes her style as a mix of eclectic and transitional. So it goes without saying that her favorite spaces are always layered with interesting furniture, accessories, and visual details. When she’s not at her desk designing spaces, you can find her nose-deep in a novel for her book club.

Find out what Amanda’s loving now with our short and sweet Q&A with her.

First things first, what’s your Modsy Style?

Contemporary Collector.”

Where do you get your design inspiration?

I grew up in Seattle, and I loved the style of being in a big city where everyone likes something a little different. Since they had their heyday in the ’60s, most neighborhoods are inspired by mid-century styling with huge windows to absorb as much sunlight as possible (through the trees for the three months of the year there is actually sun).

“Like my Modsy Style indicates, I love a little bit of everything, swamped in history! I love spaces that feel lived-in and funky details that definitely have a great story behind them. I like things in all of the corners of my rooms and books in every room of the house.”

What’s one interior design rule you always break?

Personally, I love my homes to be painted darker colors than other designers usually recommend. I just painted my husband’s office dark peacock blue and it feels so relaxing and encompassing. One day I would love to have a black dining room… And who says there can’t be glossy dark paint colors on your ceiling? It feels cozy and intimate but also makes your ceilings feel so much taller.”

What’s your favorite piece of furniture in your house?

I have a big corner chair for reading in my bedroom, and I couldn’t live without it!”

What’s your favorite restaurant where you live?

One of our favorite places out here is called Smokin’ Fin in Littleton.”

What’s the last book you read?

I love reading! It’s how I spend most of my free time. I split my time between middle school adventure novels and the incredible Y.A. books my best friend recommends to me. Since she lives in Canada, reading brings us together! The last book I finished was called The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross, for my book club.”

Cats or dogs? Explain yourself.

I have a hard time choosing. Honestly! One day I’ll have a huge husky, but I’m hoping for cats in the future too. In addition, I had bunnies when I was younger and would love to have them again! And my middle school dream of having a horse is still alive and well.”

Favorite place you’ve traveled to or want to visit?

Stockholm! It is such a peaceful, incredible city, with so many cool corners to explore.”

Favorite color combo?

I am a huge neutrals fan. I love the feel of mixed neutrals in a space, and am currently hooked on gray and camel. They are technically opposites in the neutral world, so they look beautiful together and add tons of interest to a space.”

Current obsession?

Industrial-styled attached greenrooms.”

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7 Bedroom Design Tips to Help You Sleep Better

You don’t need us to tell you how important a good night’s sleep is to your health.

And while we all know catching our full 8 hours of uninterrupted Z’s is important, it can be hard for many of us to actually make that happen.

Because while it would be great if our habits simply guided by our intentions, they more often are triggered by our environments. A well-designed bedroom can be a key ingredient in a bedtime routine that makes sleep a priority.

Here are 7 bedroom design tips to help you get better sleep.

bedroom design tips1. Find the Right Spot

The placement of your bed can have a huge impact on the quality of your sleep.

Consider where the sources of natural light are in your bedroom and where your bed is in relation to things like doors and walkways. Bedroom Feng Shui principles suggest that you avoid placing your bed directly in line with the door and, if possible, try and place your headboard against a solid wall.

Ultimately what matters most is that you find the layout that is most comfortable for you. If you need help, Modsy can show you optimal layouts for your space in a 3D model of your room.

Bedroom design tips2. Park Your Screens

We all know it’s good sleep hygiene to put down our screens at least 30 minutes before going to bed.

Bake this habit into your bedtime routine by carving out a designated place to park your electronics so they don’t detract from a good night’s rest. Try placing a charging station on the other side of the room, or consider adding a tray to your nightstand to hold your phone at night.

By creating a designated place to hold your electronics you can get into the habit of eliminating pre-bedtime distractions and get a better night’s rest.

3. Keep It Climatized

Outfitting your bedroom to keep you comfortable is super important.

If you run cold, consider adding extra blankets and fluffy pillows to your bed. If you run hot, look for sheets that will help keep you cool at night.

bedroom design tips4. Layer Your Lighting

Having only one, bright overhead light in your bedroom is the opposite of relaxing. Try adding different light sources in your bedroom to create a layered and relaxing vibe.

This will give you more control over how bright your space is. Turn it up bright in the morning when you’re getting ready and opt for softer light in the evening when you’re winding down.

5. Ban Clutter

There’s nothing like a big pile of dirty laundry staring you in the face to make going to bed less relaxing.

Kick clutter to the curb by designing a bedroom with ample storage. When everything has a place, keeping your bedroom tidy will be much easier.

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6. Designate Areas for Different Activities

For many of us, our pre-bedtime routine might involve as many things as laying in bed, watching TV, and working on our laptops all at once. This jumble of activities can confuse our brains and make it hard to focus on getting a good night’s sleep.

Try creating a designated space for different activities in your bedroom. Maybe you have a desk by your bed where you attend to some late-night paperwork. A comfy armchair in the corner can provide a great reading nook.

This can help create environmental cues that tell your brain when it’s time to do what. So at the end of a long day, when you finally do tuck yourself into bed, your brain knows it’s time to sleep.

bedroom design tips7. Make It Yours

Your bedroom, like the rest of your home, should be a reflection of you!

There’s no greater deterrent to good sleep than a bedroom that you hate spending time in.

Pick furniture and decor that speaks to you and turn your bedroom into a place you want to go to bed early in. So even if you can’t – because you know, life – it’ll still feel like a treat when you finally get there.

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Iconic Interiors: How to Get the Look of Blanche Devereaux’s Bedroom

With a plate full of cheesecake and a wall covered in banana leaves, we are celebrating one of our favorite shows and style icons – The Golden Girls. Because the 80s trend is back, we gave Blanche Devereaux’s bedroom a 21st-century facelift.

To the untrained eye, if one were to look at Blanche’s bedroom today they might think it’s a little…over the top. The banana leaf comforter and walls. And drapes! The pink carpet! And pink chairs! And wicker everything! Blanche definitely wasn’t afraid of maximalism. But it’s maximalism with a very tropical boho flair (Dare we say she’s the original Jungalow queen?). It’s the Beverly Hills Hotel meets 1980s Miami interior design in the best possible way.

Blanche Devereaux's Bedroom with palm print beadspread

Our original re-design of Blanche’s bedroom

While an exact replica of her bedroom today might be a bit much, there are elements of her bedroom that would beautifully translate into a modern home. We had a few of our designers dream up modern-day takes on Blanche’s bedroom—and let’s just say we’re ready to completely redesign our own with these ideas. While there’s no Golden Girls wallpaper or Blanche Devereaux bedding in sight, there are plenty of palm prints, wicker, and glam elements to be found! Come take a peek inside the rooms and learn how to get the look!

Boho bedroom design with a rattan bed frame and pink decor inspired by Blanche Devereaux's bedroom

If You’re a Boho Blanche

This bedroom is a modern, boho take on Blanche Devereaux’s bedroom. (Like, if Anthropologie came out with a bedroom collection inspired by Blanche, it would look a lot like this.) It has a youthful, millennial vibe, with soft pinks making it a more inviting and soothing take on the original.

Of all the rooms in this blog post, this is the most literal take on Blanche’s style. But it’s definitely not an exact replica. Instead of going for banana leaf everything, we reinterpreted a tropical motif in the art and decor—from pillows to wall art, the rug with a pattern inspired by bamboo stalks, and even a real palm in the corner. Also: that chandelier. Talk about spunky and glam! Very Blanche, if we do say so.

Blanche was endlessly fabulous, so we also added some boho glam touches throughout the room to balance the tropical and natural moments, with the brass-capped side table, a velvet chair in a rich green, and the brass and lucite nightstand (which also happens to be a nod to 80s design).

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80s style bedroom with a canopy bed frame and orange rug, inspired by Blanche Devereaux's bedroom

If You Want to Bring the 80s Back

If Blanche Devereaux had a stylish niece or granddaughter, this is how she’d style her space. This is a more minimalist and trendy take on Blanche’s bedroom, but with some definite 80s vibes. Quite opposite of Blanche’s actual bedroom, this space has a lot of breathing room and has a minimal edge. We stripped down the design, got rid of all the frills and instead focused on the shapes and materials within the space, for a light and airy take on Blanche’s bedroom.

The retro shapes seen throughout the space—from the bed and mirror to the rug’s pattern and even the lamps and nightstands—are very much rooted in a 1980s take on Art Deco. The rug also brings some bold patterns and colors into the space, taking cues from the 80s but with a current, trendy lens.

Rattan was very big for Blanche, and those elements come through in subtle ways; we hinted at them in the nightstand and the basket at the foot of the bed. And you can’t forget the banana leaves. We opted for a palm print on the decorative pillows as the biggest moment of this but echoed that pattern through the use of actual palm leaves in the room and the trees in the wall art.

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Modern interpretation of Blanche Devereaux's bedroom from Golden Girls

If You Love a Little Kitsch

This is a more transitional, comfortable take on Blanche Devereaux’s bedroom. While some may say it’s a “safe” way to bring her style to life, it certainly doesn’t lack personality! It’s simply a more mature and polished approach.

This comfortable, sturdy bed grounds the room, and it’s supplemented with nightstands in a similar style—a mix of mid-century, contemporary, and transitional styles. Definitely more straightforward pieces, it’s the rest of the furniture, decor, and color scheme that give this bedroom more personality.

The seagrass bench and rattan chair are more literal takes on Blanche’s style. But really, the whole space is anchored in the color palette of Blanche’s original bedroom. However, we toned down the colors and made them more subtle, and then integrated them throughout the space. But various shades throughout the green bedroom design really bring that Blanche vibe to life.

There are also hints of gold throughout the room, which brings in a touch of glam. As does the area rug, in a plush, velvet-esque material and rich green, which lends to that chic, glaminess of Blanche. And, breaking up the more demure vibe, the bamboo mirrors and the wrapped vase in the corner add to a kitschy tropical vibe, as do the various palm-print throw pillows.

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Modern take on Blanche Devereaux's bedroom from Golden Girls, featuring a green bed, palm leaf rug, and rattan bench

If You’re Making Miami Moves

This bedroom definitely has that Miami vibe, with the boldest, most large-scale take on the banana leaf and palm prints. And the rattan bench, oversized rattan lamps, and solid pink textiles are a nod to both Blanche and the 80s. This is a modern Golden Girls bedroom if we’ve ever seen one.

Fun Fact: The banana leaf print that originally adorned Blanche’s bedroom was Don Loper’s 1942 Martinique version. He designed the wallpaper for the Fountain Coffee Room inside the Beverly Hills Hotel, where it still adorns the walls today.

But, to keep the space from skewing too 80s, we added a contemporary, streamlined bed frame to ground the space (but in a glam green to make a statement), along with the modern nightstands. The asymmetrical gallery wall also adds a contemporary touch while tying into the overall tropical boho theme of the room. And the chandelier adds a tropical glam vibe that is SO Blanche.

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Blanche Devereaux's Bedroom design with two pink chairs and a tropical rug

Golden Girls was a show about more than cheesecake and banana leafs. It shined the spotlight on social issues of its day, such as a group of women living together for financial reasons (something quite common today). The show also eloquently touched on issues such as female sexuality, gay rights, and life after marriage and children.

So thank you, Golden Girls, for being a friend (sorry, we had to) but thank you also for championing the message of women supporting women with humor and style.

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This post was updated on August 18, 2021

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Couples Design Tips – 5 Tips for Styling a Shared Space

Whether you’re moving into a new space together, or simply refreshing the one you already share, designing a space as a couple isn’t always easy. Maybe you and boo have completely different styles, cleaning habits, or even ideas about budget.

To help you avoid spending a miserable afternoon in IKEA (aka a “relationship death-trap”), read these 5 couples design tips to help you combine styles peacefully and create a space you both love.

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1. Hash out the Details

A great place to start designing a shared space with your significant other is with a conversation.

And before you get to talking about your design tastes, a more helpful place to start is with a general chat about what you value in your home. Consider addressing questions like:

  • What do you want to use the space for?
  • What are your must-haves and your hard-nos?
  • Where are you willing to compromise?
  • What is your design budget and how will you divvy up costs?

The point is to establish some common ground on the big-picture questions before you start making purchases. Once you have a shared vision for your space, it will be much easier to layer style choices on top of that, and create a space you both love.

2. Talk Style

Once again, we find it can be helpful to talk about the bigger picture before getting lost in the details. Have a more style-focused conversation where you zero in on what you like, don’t like, and want to see in your space. Some helpful questions might be:

  • What styles of furniture do you gravitate towards?
  • What colors do you like (and want to live with)?
  • Are there any materials you love?

Your answers should be somewhat influenced by what you established as your shared goal for your space. For example, you want to be able to eat meals in the living room? Maybe skip the white sofa.

3. Find Ways to Merge Your Tastes

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

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

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

4. Ask Who Cares More?

It might not come as a surprise that, more often than not, one person in the relationship takes on the “lead designer” role. And while this might not be the case for every couple, there certainly is something to be said about the divide-and-conquer method.

Consider taking a piece-by-piece approach, and looking at the individual items you need to purchase, and ask “Who cares more?” While this might seem silly, it can be a great way to conserve your energy for the things you care more about and not sweat the little stuff.

For example, your sofa or bed frame are fairly high-stake pieces, so both of you will likely be more invested in finding the right ones. For things one of you cares less about, consider making your S.O. happy and letting them make the call. Sounds like a win-win situation.

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5. Show, Don’t Tell

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

Many Modsy customers gush about finally being able to try something new in their homes after showing their partner a Modsy design plan of how a new coffee table, bold sofa, or different layout would look in their space.

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

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Playing Favorites: What Modsy Designer Brando’s Loving Now

Come peek behind-the-scenes in our ‘Playing Favorites’ series and meet some of the Modsy designers who help homeowners reimagine their spaces each month.  

Splitting his time between Brooklyn, New York, and his native Arizona, Modsy designer Brando is an urbanite at heart with an eclectic sense of style. He has a knack for combining a mix of styles in his Modsy design plans for homeowners, which also often include lots of fun accents, unique furniture arrangements and lots of plants. The result are spaces that are anything but ordinary. To find out a little more about Brando, read on for our rapid-fire Q&A with him.

What’s your Modsy style?

Urban Collector

Where do you get your design inspiration?

“Insects and sea life. In college, I used the shapes of insect carapaces and seashells as inspiration for a few handbags and jewelry pieces. One of my tattoos is of a section cut of a conch shell.”

What’s one interior design rule you always break?

“I’ve always disagreed with the ‘rule’ of not mixing styles, and that’s probably one of my favorite things about Modsy! It’s so much fun being able to mix two very different styles and be able to create something entirely unique. My cousin came to me the other day and asked me to help her with her house. Her and her husband have such different styles and they couldn’t figure out how to both be happy. I just sent her to Modsy!”

Favorite place you’ve traveled to or want to visit?

“I’ve been to India twice to visit my dad’s side of the family, but I was so young that I wasn’t able to fully appreciate the culture. Now that I’m older I’d love to go back and experience it in an entirely different light.”

What’s the last book you read?

“Call Me By Your Name”

Cats or dogs? Explain yourself.

“Dogs! One time I saw a woman walking five Pomeranians at once, and they were all different shades of black and grey. Ever since then it has been a dream of mine to have an ombre gradient of dogs. Also, I’m allergic to cats.”

Current obsession?

“I’m obsessed with plants right now, which I’m sure any of my Modsy customers have noticed. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the desert and then moved to a city, but I feel that I can never have enough plants!”

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How Good Design Can Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

ResolutionIn case you missed it 80% of people give up on their New Year’s Resolution by February. Why? Because change is really, really hard. Once the glitter is swept up and the optimism of a new year has faded, it’s easy to slip back into old, unhealthy habits.

This is because habits can be incredibly hard to break, especially when you live in an environment that reinforces them.

So what’s the best way to make a resolution stick? Research tells us that it might be as simple as making a few changes to your home.

To help you stay on track for your 2018 goals, we plucked four of the nine most-popular resolutions (sorry diet and exercise, we still haven’t cracked the code on you) and took a look at how good design can help make or break them.

Read on to learn how a few changes to your home can help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions.

resolution bedroomResolution #1: Get More Sleep

You don’t need us to tell you how important a good night’s sleep is to your health. And while we all know catching your 8 hours of Z’s is super important, it can be hard for many of us to actually make that happen.

Set yourself up for success with a bedroom that makes you want to go to bed early. We know life is busy and stressful, but that makes it all the more important to have a dedicated space for you to relax and unwind in. A well-designed bedroom can help motivate you to carve out space to take care of yourself, and make sleep a priority.

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  • Find the right spot: Where you place your bed can have a huge impact on the quality of your sleep. Consider where the sources of natural light are in your bedroom and where your bed is in relation to things like doors and walkways. Bedroom Feng Shui principles suggest that you avoid placing your bed directly in line with the door and, if possible, try and place your headboard against a solid wall. Ultimately what matters most is that you find the layout that is most comfortable for you. If you need help, Modsy can show you optimal layout ideas for your space in a 3D model of your room.
  • Keep it climatized: Outfitting your bedroom to keep you comfortable is super important. If you run cold, consider adding extra blankets and fluffy pillows to your bed. If you run hot, look for sheets that will help keep you cool at night.
  • Ban clutter: There’s nothing like a big pile of dirty laundry staring you in the face to make going to bed and waking up less relaxing. Kick clutter out by designing a bedroom with ample storage. When everything has a place, keeping your bedroom tidy will be much easier.
  • Park your screens: We all know it’s good sleep hygiene to put down our screens at least 30 minutes before going to bed. Bake this habit into your bedtime routine by carving out a designated place to park your electronics so they don’t detract from a good night’s rest.

If getting more sleep is your 2018 resolution, a well-designed bedroom could be the secret sauce that helps you turn your resolution into a reality.

resolution dining roomResolution #2 and #3: Save More Money or Eat Healthier

Two resolutions that always top the list are saving more money and eating healthier. One of the best ways to achieve both of these resolutions is to eat more meals at home.

But eating at home requires time, effort, and planning, so it’s no wonder that many of us opt to dine out instead. Our favorite trick? Upgrade your dining room to a Pinterest-worthy place you’ll want to gather with friends and family in for every meal.

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  • Find the right (number of) chairs: The first ingredient of any great dining room is comfortable seating. Find dining chairs that not only speak to your style, but are comfortable enough that people won’t think twice about lingering for another course or bottle of wine. We love leather because it’s easy to clean. Don’t worry if all your chairs don’t match—embrace a more eclectic look as you add chairs to your space over time.
  • Set the mood: What’s the one thing trendy restaurants have in common? Ambience! An experience involving all your senses, striking the right mood with your lighting is key to a great dining space. Opt for a pendant that can be dimmed or add an extra table lamp to your credenza. And don’t forget to light a candle or two (or a dozen) to add that final touch.
  • Incorporate storage: If you’re lucky enough to have a separate dining room in your home, take full advantage of the space by incorporating a credenza or buffet for extra storage. This can be a great place to stash excess kitchen equipment (or any clutter you just don’t have room for), and you can dress it up as a decorative focal point during dinner parties.
  • Make a statement: Another great thing about dining rooms is that they are a great place to take an interior design risk. You likely won’t want to change up your dining room decor frequently, making it the perfect place to try a statement wallpaper or bold chandelier. Not to mention, this will also give it that one-of-a kind WOW factor that guests won’t be able to stop ogling over.

Research has shown that there are substantial benefits to eating at home. Not only does cooking your own meals save you money (as opposed to frequently dining out) it also is a much healthier alternative. Give yourself the dining room you deserve to help you break the habit of eating out, and knock two resolutions out of the park.

resolution living roomResolution #4: Spend More Time with Friends and Family

Nurturing our relationships with those we love is a super important part of being a happy, healthy human. If spending more time with loved ones is at the top of your 2018 to-do list, design might be of some help to you too.

Upgrade your living room to a space people want to hang out in.

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  • Keep it low-maintenance: Unless you’re someone who doesn’t mind putting a lot of energy into caring for your furniture, opt for low-maintenance materials in your family living space. This room, if done right, will often be full of people and even pets, so you’ll relax easier if you know it can withstand a good amount of wear and tear.
  • Include ample seating: A sofa big enough for the whole family is always a good place to start. If you’re tight on space try incorporating flexible seating options, like poufs or a coffee table that doubles as an ottoman. Ensure everyone has a comfortable place to sit and relax, and watch your living become the designated hangout space.
  • Find the right layout: Think about the ways you enjoy spending time with loved ones and then optimize your living space to make that happen. Does your family love to play board games? Opt for a large coffee table and a layout that puts everyone in reach. Loving hosting friends to watch Sunday night football games? Be sure your sofa is oriented so that everyone can see – no one wants to crane their neck to get a glimpse of the action.
  • Carve out designated areas: A great way to wrangle a busy family together is to make sure there is a dedicated space for all their activities in your family room. Try incorporating a study spot or play area for the kids, or reserve a reading nook by the fireplace for parents to relax (close to the action, but not too close).

A living room that is welcoming and well-designed might be the best way to encourage your family and friends to gather and spend more quality time together this year.

 

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How to Find the Best TV Stand For Your TV Size

Living room with different TV stand and TV sizes swapping in

Would you believe that the average American watches around five hours of TV per day? We’ll be the first to admit that we love TV. Here at Modsy HQ we talk about our favorite shows over lunch and we even design rooms for our favorite TV characters.

And we’re not alone; tons of Modsy customers reach out looking for living room design ideas that include televisions.

But when it comes to designing around TVs in our living rooms, we know finding the right setup isn’t always easy. From finding the best TV viewing layout for your space, to what to do with the wall behind your TV, or even how to design a living room with both a fireplace and a TV, all those design questions can be overwhelming.

But the fact is, you really just can’t enjoy a good TV binge session with a sub-par setup. So we’re taking a moment to tackle one of our biggest TV questions: What is the right size TV stand for your TV size?

And because the answer to this question actually relies heavily on seeing the end result, we’re skipping the numbers, charts, and imagination and serving up a visual TV stand buying guide instead.

Throughout our TV stand buying guide, we’ll be using media stands from West Elm’s mid-century collection for some visual continuity and to easily illustrate what the most common TV sizes will look like on various TV stand sizes! Looking for a new TV stand in your home? Sign up for a free Modsy account and shop our favorite TV stands and media consoles!

TV Stand Size Guide: The Basics

First things first. Before shopping for a TV stand, you’ll need to detrmine what size of television you have. TVs are measured diagonally—so if you don’t know your TV’s size, pull out a measuring tape and measure the distance from the lower left to upper right corner of your TV screen. It’s also worth measuring the full width of your TV. Both of these measurements will help guide which sizes of TV stands to consider.

Wondering what other pieces of furniture to include in your living room? Check out our living room checklist.

Our basic rule of thumb when choosing the right size of media stand is that it should be at least a few inches (if not feet) wider than the base of your TV. This gives your TV plenty of clearance to comfortably sit on top and helps your media set up look more visually balanced.

If you want to place decorative items like vases or books on the sides, be sure to leave extra room and opt for a wider stand to hold your TV. If this isn’t a concern of yours, no need to budget the extra space.

What Size TV Stand is Right for Me?

Ok, now you get to choose your own adventure. Once you know how large your TV is, scroll through the list of sizes below and get the scoop on the best TV stand size for you!

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a 65 inch TV on a 57-inch wide TV stand

The Best TV Stand for 65-inch TVs

For a 65-inch television, we recommend a media stand that’s at least 57-inches wide.

Consider going a little larger if you want to add any decor to the surface of the TV stand since the width of your TV here takes up the full surface of this TV stand size. But if you don’t have a ton of extra room to play with in your living room, this size will work just fine!

a 65 inch TV on an 80-inch wide TV stand

For a little extra breathing room, and more interior storage, you can try an option that’s at least 80-inches wide. This is also a great way to fill up a bit more space if you have a large, empty wall.

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a 55 inch TV on a 57-inch wide TV stand

The Best TV Stands for 55-inch TVs

Both medium and large media stands work for a 55-inch TV, so whichever you choose will depend on the amount of floor space you have to work with. But, as you can see, a 55-inch TV fits quite comfortably on this 57-inch media console (though it doesn’t leave space for decor).

a 55 inch TV on a 80-inch wide TV stand

Want to personalize your TV viewing space with some decor? A large, 80-inch media unit leaves ample room for a 55-inch TV and to display a few decorative accents!

a 43-inch TV on a 57-inch TV stand

The Best TV Stand Sizes for 43-inch TVs

A mid-sized media unit is the perfect fit for a 43-inch TV. Measuring 57-inches wide, this pairing feels perfectly balanced and leaves plenty of clearance on either side of the TV for a few small decorative accents, remote stashing, or just for some breathing room.

a 43 inch TV on a 40 inch wide TV stand

An even smaller option, a 40-inch media console also works perfectly with a 43-inch TV. This is a great option for smaller homes or apartments where space might be tight!

a 32 inch TV on a 40-inch wide TV stand

The Best TV Stand Size for 32-inch TVs

If your television isn’t the focal point of your living room, you might have a smaller screen, like a 32-inch TV. These little media units can fit almost anywhere. You’ll have plenty of space to work with, even considering the small size of the TV stand. And for a television of this size, we wouldn’t suggest going much larger for a media stand, as the set-up will look unbalanced.

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This post was updated February 20, 2021

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2018 Trends: How To Make Velvet Work For Your Style

Glam Velvet Interior

The velvet trend has been going strong since last fall when it was deemed the “it” fabric for 2018. Even if you don’t follow trends, there are so many reasons to bring velvet into your space.

Not only is velvet a timeless material, it also adds a lot of warmth and texture to any interior. And if you think velvet won’t work with your style, think again! Take a peek below for tips, tricks, and chic ways to make velvet work for your style.

The Look: Bold and Modern

Modern Velvet

If your style veers modern, stick to mid-century shapes with clean lines and no frills or ornamentation. Remember that mid-century modern is about texture and material so try pairing a velvet sofa with leather chairs or a velvet armchair against a bold-color wall or a graphic wallpaper.

You’ll also want to opt for velvet in strong, saturated tones, like warm reds, browns, earthy greens, and mustard yellows.

Where to velvet: One key piece, like a sofa or a chair.

The Look: Rich and Glamorous

Glam Velvet

This style is about a chic aesthetic infused with rich textures, so velvet is the perfect fabric to layer all over any glam living room. Try a tufted sofa in velvet or take an editorial approach and go with furniture sporting simple and sculptural shapes all upholstered in velvet. Anyone else feeling the India Mahdavi vibes?

Glam Velvet

And when it comes to colorful velvets, bold jewel tones are your BFF in a glam setting; mix ruby, sapphire, emerald, and amethyst velvet accents and pillows for uber posh finishing touches.

Where to velvet: Anywhere and everywhere! The more velvet layers, the more lavish, luxe, and inviting it will feel.

The Look: Layered and Eclectic

Eclectic Velvet

When you’re going for an eclectic look that still feels welcoming, the most important thing to remember is to mix lots of different textures and materials together.

Eclectic Velvet

Try working velvet into your home this year alongside your macramé, rattan, marbles, and mixed metals. Keep an eye out for colors that collaborate with your current palette, rather than clash with it.

Where to velvet: One statement piece in velvet, such as a sofa, or several accent pieces, like a chair in a bold color or some velvet pillows.

The Look: Warm and Traditional

Traditional Velvet

You might not think there’s room for velvet in a traditional-style space since it’s a look that’s more timeless than trendy. But it’s still possible to make 2018’s it fabric work in your home.

Traditional VelvetLayer in velvet accents in neutral or muted colors, like forest green pillows or a soft gray sofa, to complement a leather chair or rich oriental rug.

Where to velvet: Accent pieces in neutral colors. Try also finding velvets with a more crushed and textured look to bring in some old-world charm.

The Look: Sleek and Industrial

Industrial Velvet

All about the raw materials, industrial enthusiasts might not think velvet has a place inside the clean-lined loft look.

But contrary to what you might think, velvet can actually bring an unexpected pop of warmth without straying too far from industrial roots. Not to mention velvet can also help break up the strong lines and angular shapes in industrial spaces.

Industrial VelvetStick to velvets in a cool neutral palette, such as slate, graphite, and blue, to maintain the pared-down industrial appeal.

Where to velvet: Try a pop of velvet with pillows or dining chairs for something unexpected that also adds warmth.

The Look: Elegant and Classic

Classic Velvet

If chic, sophisticated style and classic furnishings are what you gravitate towards, your options for velvet are endless.

Classic VelvetEnhance the elegance of this look with designs that have classic silhouettes rendered in velvet – we’re talking about chesterfield sofas, wingback chairs, x-benches and even pillows, but all in a soft, subtle palette of pastels and neutrals. The overall look will be a little more understated than glam, but just as polished and alluring.

Where to velvet: Keep to classic shapes for your furniture and give them a modern update with velvet upholstery. Think tufted velvet sofas alongside velvet drapes for a swoon-worthy interior.

The Look: Cozy and Rustic

Rustic Velvet Interior

For a room that’s all about coziness and warmth, velvet can play up your rustic space when it’s incorporated in the right way.

Rustic Velvet InteriorSteer clear of shiny velvets in bright hues and opt for crushed velvets with lots of texture and in warmer earth tones instead. Think warm yellows, burnt oranges, or rich browns. The focus should be on sumptuous velvets that’s more about texture and less about sheen.

Where to velvet: Start with accent pieces, like a chair or pillows, and if you’re feeling like you need a big dose of comfort to anchor the space, go with a relaxed-style sofa that doesn’t have any tufting or traditional detailing.

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