Returning to school after years of being a working mom inspired Brooke to tidy her home design and make it easier for her family to manage.
Name: Brooke S.
Occupation: Social media consultant, studying interior design
Location: Topsfield, MA
Her Style: Contemporary Connoisseur
Brooke was preparing for a big transition, going from working mom to entering an intensive interior design program at Rhode Island School of Design. But before she started her new life as a student she wanted a home makeover that would reflect her ambition and better suit her family.
“I’m a married mother of 3 teens and 2 dogs and am transitioning from working to being a student again. I knew that my career change would also mean big changes for the whole family, and all that change could feel destabilizing, especially in these uncertain times. My husband and I wanted to add a sense of order and certainty to our lives. We thought finally getting the house decluttered and nicely designed would set our family up to face these changes in stride.”
“I’m a married mother of 3 teens and 2 dogs and am transitioning from working to being a student again. I knew that my career change would also mean big changes for the whole family, and all that change could feel destabilizing, especially in these uncertain times.”
The Design Dilemma
Once Brooke knew that she was ready for a change at home, the whole family was excited to help. The trouble was they couldn’t agree on what to do for their individual and combined spaces.
Brooke’s 3D living room design
“My husband and I both have strong opinions about interior design. We both have a lot of family heirlooms like my dining table that we wanted to incorporate into the living and dining rooms, but we couldn’t agree on the right layout or what new items to purchase. Meanwhile, my daughters wanted to change their bedroom decor to something more grown-up. But, I needed to stick to a budget, so we didn’t always see eye-to-eye on what furniture purchases to prioritize.
“We decided a 3rd party would be helpful. Someone who could come in and show us options for our home, so we could choose the right pieces and layout together as a family. That way, if one of us didn’t like something, it wasn’t that someone else had the wrong opinion—there’d be an expert to defer to and help us make the right choices.
“Additionally, with lockdown in place, traditional interior design wasn’t only costly but a health risk. As an aspiring interior designer, I strongly believe that interior design should be affordable and convenient, so I decided the best choice was Modsy!”
“As an aspiring interior designer, I strongly believe that interior design should be affordable and convenient, so I decided the best choice was Modsy!”
Views of the kids’ rooms
The Modsy Moment
When Brooke saw her designs, she was reassured that she’d made a good investment for the road ahead.
“Seeing all our spaces so nicely organized was terrific. Our Modsy designer found thoughtful ways to include my husband and my heirloom pieces into our layout. Our kids’ rooms looked amazing and so grown-up, and our designer kept our budget for their spaces in mind. I was especially impressed with the designs they did for one of my daughters, who has the smallest room. The designer added white furniture and a lighter wall color, which opens it up a lot. Like the rest of the designs in our house, her room design was perfect. Plus, each space had storage, which any parent or pet owner will tell you is a must for keeping your space tidy.”
Brooke’s dining room design
The Real Results
When Brooke started her Modsy journey, she needed help getting her family to agree on the right design choices to smooth her transition to being a student. But now that she and her family have spaces they love, she sees more value in her designs than she anticipated.
“Before we used Modsy, our house never felt complete, but now every time I come home and see how neatly put together our house is, I feel so relaxed. Plus, the designer’s storage solution keeps everything looking great, so I stay relaxed even with my busy school schedule, teenagers, and pups.
“It really looks and feels like a high-end design, but it was so affordable! I can’t tell you how great it is for myself and my family to see our personalities reflected in our home through the design. It’s so inspiring to experience first-hand what good interior design can do for a family during COVID, especially as I enter into my new life as an interior designer.”
“Before we used Modsy, our house never felt complete, but now every time I come home and see how neatly put together our house is, I feel so relaxed.”
Brooke’s seating room