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My Modsy Story: Hitting the “Easy Button” to Design My New Home

Real Story

Toby struggled to turn his “post-divorce apartment” into a home for his three kids. See how Modsy helped him transform their uninviting rental into a welcoming home the whole family loves.

 

Homeowner: Toby, R, Healthcare Executive

Location: Chicago, IL

Room: Living Room

His Style:  Atomic Industrial

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The Backstory

I recently moved from a single-family home into a townhouse with my three kids. I wanted my 13-year-old to stay connected with his friends at school, so I knew I needed to stay in the same neighborhood. But, to make that happen, I had to settle on moving us into an uninviting town-house. I knew right away that I’d need to convert this impersonal space into the comfortable home my kids deserved.

The Design Dilemma

But when it came to designing our plain, uninviting rental into a homey space for my kids, I quickly learned I needed help. I struggled to put different items together in a cohesive way and I ended up with a bunch of random stuff that didn’t work. Plus, I was dealing with a typical city rental, which meant I couldn’t paint, add window treatments, or change the trim. I had no idea how to make the house a place my kids could enjoy.

“I struggled to put different items together in a cohesive way and I ended up with a bunch of random stuff that didn’t work.”

The Modsy Moment

I have a friend who used Modsy to design his first post-divorce apartment and he told me their service was excellent for guys like us who have no design ability. I signed up for a package right away.

How Modsy Helped Toby

I’d worked with an interior designer previously, but found it to be just an okay experience that wasn’t particularly fun or easy. Modsy was a different story as it was both fun and super user-friendly. My designer came up with ideas that I would never have thought of on my own and loved the pieces they selected for our living room. It blew me away!

The best part was being able to see two completely different design ideas for my exact room simultaneously. Each design was truly great, and I loved seeing the different options before committing. I honestly loved them both, so I asked my kids what they thought. Their favorite was the more colorful design, so that’s the one we ended up choosing!

“My designer came up with ideas that I would never have thought of on my own and loved the pieces they selected for our living room. It blew me away!”

The Real Results

I loved everything the designer selected and ended up buying most of the pieces. Ordering through Modsy was great and I joke with friends that I just hit the “Modsy easy button.”

My kids love the colorful mid-century modern look of the place, and I do too. I’m so happy that it feels like a home to them and they’re actually excited to have friends over (it’s also great that they no longer call it the “dumpy place we moved into”). The experience was so fun I gave a Modsy design as a gift to my parents for their lake house.

“As someone who’s been in healthcare for 25 years…I feel very fortunate that I’m able to spend so much time with my family in such a warm and inviting house during these stressful times.”

Recently I’ve been thinking about how great it is to have this homey space during social distancing. As someone who’s been in healthcare for 25 years, I have spent a lot of time working to address the whole-person health of our members and our employees. I’ve never tied this to home decor, but after three weeks of the shelter-in-place ordinance, I feel very fortunate that I’m able to spend so much time with my family in such a warm and inviting house during these stressful times.

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Our Modsy Story: Designing Jackie and Mike a Living-Dining Room They Both Love

Jackie and Mike wanted the perfect living-dining space for their new home but were struggling to make their dream come to life. See what happened when they decided to try Modsy.

Homeowners: Jackie and Mike, insurance underwriter + travel blogger and a medical sales representative

Location: Atlanta, GA

Room: Living-Dining Room

Their Style: Classic Collector + Rustic Traveler

The Backstory

We got married two and a half years ago and moved straight into a one-bedroom apartment in the city. We knew this was just a temporary space, so we never put too much thought or effort into making it feel like “home.”

When we moved into our new house, things changed—we were so excited about having a place we could call our own and wanted to get everything just right. We wanted our home to be a welcoming space with a cozy style that we’d enjoy for many, many years to come.

The Design Dilemma

Like many couples, we have similar yet different styles, Mike likes more classic traditional pieces and I enjoy the more bohemian style, on top of that, neither of us is a design “guru” by any means so it was challenging finding the right mix. We’d spent a fair amount of time on Pinterest and had ideas that we loved, but we struggled to put our different visions into action.

“We’d spent a fair amount of time on Pinterest and had ideas that we loved, but we struggled to put our different visions into action.”

Our living-dining area was a particular challenge for us—we were starting from scratch and it was overwhelming trying to figure out how to begin, where to shop, and how to stick to our budget. It was even harder to find items that fit both of our style needs and felt as cozy as we wanted.

The Modsy Moment

We first heard about Modsy from the blog In Honor Of Design—we loved the guest room that she designed with Modsy so much! We also loved the idea of using a professional design service that could help us create our dream living-dining space virtually. It seemed like the best way to get our new home in order!

How Modsy Helped Jackie and Mike

We were SO excited to see the first round of Modsy designs, and they fully lived up to our expectations. It was cool seeing our exact room designed online in 3D for the first time. Modsy brought our different design dreams together into one cohesive reality! Plus, all the furniture they picked was beautiful and we both loved the selection!

“We were SO excited to see the first round of Modsy designs, and they fully lived up to our expectations.”

It’s so wonderful that Modsy lets you order from a bunch of different brands. Which helped us find all the right pieces, even a pet-friendly rug for our dog, Hooper! We loved that they took care of things like price matching and shipping coordination. The discount codes were also great for large orders (we saved tons). We’ve purchased quite a few items from our Modsy designs. It’s been a blast putting our room together and seeing it come to life!

The Real Results

We wanted a casual, relaxed vibe that still felt traditional and that is what Modsy gave us! We love how our living-dining room provides both an inviting eating area and a cozy gathering space. It’s warm, welcoming, and comfortable. It’s truly a joy being in our home and living in the designs that Modsy helped create. Plus, It’s perfect for our daily streaming of Good Morning America while making breakfast. We love it and hope to do a few additional rooms in the future!

“It has been so comforting having our living-dining room designed during this unprecedented time.”

It has been so comforting having our living-dining room designed during this unprecedented time. Although it is hard not to go stir-crazy after 14+ days of social distancing, being able to spend time in our newly furnished home brings comfort and peace to both of us. We’re grateful for this laidback and welcoming space to call home in what is otherwise an uncertain and discomforting time in our world.

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Wit & Delight X Modsy: Making Kate’s Living Room Dreams a Reality

wit and delightLifestyle blogger Kate Arends is no stranger to interior design. But she struggled to find a layout for her tricky living room. Learn how Modsy helped her explore the layout possibilities and create a room that lived up to her style standards.

Homeowner: Kate of Wit & Delight

Location: Minnesota

Room: Living Room

Her Style: Chic Collector

The Backstory

Lifestyle blogger and influencer, Kate Arends’ blog, Wit & Delight, boasts more than 33 million (!!) followers. It serves as a hub for all things lifestyle, including content on self-care, personal development, crafting, and home decor ideas. So, it’s safe to say she knows a thing or two about interior design.

In fact, Kate often helps her followers with interior design problems. She’s published blogs on everything from selecting the perfect bathroom tile to finding cute storage solutions. But, there was one design challenge she just couldn’t figure out on her own—her living room!

The Design Dilemma

Kate’s living room is long and narrow and has a large fireplace making it a tricky space to design. This awkward floor plan left her feeling like her design dreams would never come true.

“I’ve rearranged and redesigned this 120 square ft space numerous times…it has still managed to stump me.”

“I’m no stranger to the art of making a room feel like home… For years, I’ve been moving, reworking, and exploring the layout of the room to create an inviting and efficient space…I just couldn’t keep tackling the design of the living room on my own anymore. No matter how “finished” I was with this room, I was never really done. “

“For years, I’ve been moving, reworking, and exploring the layout of the room to create an inviting and efficient space…I just couldn’t keep tackling the design of the living room on my own anymore.”

The Modsy Moment

“I’ve been curious about Modsy for years. Both from a consumer standpoint and as a professional. Plus, I needed help solving my design woes.”

We got Kate set up with a designer who helped her address the layout issues she’d been struggling with. Kate was finally able to try many different layouts with ease to really figure out what she needed for her space. After that, her room started falling into place.

“My experience with Modsy was incredible. I’m able to rearrange furniture without breaking a sweat. With Modsy’s 3D Editor, I can visualize the room with the sofa in the corner or with a chair removed; it’s easy to make slight modifications [with] the click of a mouse.”

 “My experience with Modsy was incredible. I’m able to rearrange furniture without breaking a sweat.”

The Real Results

Kate was able to discover tons of alternative layout and furniture options for her living room, and now she finally feels like she has a design she loves.

“Whether you’re moving into your first apartment or a new home, or wanting to refresh a space in your existing home, I highly recommend Modsy… for those of you who are just starting out, this is a great alternative!”

High praise coming from someone with such amazing style. Thanks, Kate, we’re blushing!

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My Modsy Story: How Working Mom Andrea Brought Her Family’s Dream Living Room to Life

Working mom Andrea wanted to make her new living room a welcoming space but she struggled to find the right furniture (and the time). Read on to learn how Modsy helped her create the cozy living room she and her family wanted.

 

Homeowner: Andrea W. Account Manager for a tech company

Location: Seattle, WA

Room: Living Room

Her Style: Rustic Warmth

The Backstory

Three years ago my family and I moved into a new house. The large living room had no furniture and the pieces I bought just didn’t work. We never used the living room, because I couldn’t figure out how to make it cozy.

But, it wasn’t until I visited a neighbor’s house that I realized how much I needed a space that my family and I could truly enjoy. She had a beautiful living room with the same floor plan as me but her space felt more finished and inviting. Meanwhile, my living room still felt bleak and lacked the warmth and design it needed to feel like home. I knew deep down I needed a change.

“It wasn’t until I visited a neighbors house that I realized how much I needed a space that my family and I could truly enjoy.” 

The Design Dilemma

Even though I knew I needed to change my living room to a space my family would enjoy, I couldn’t find the time. My husband and I both work full-time and have 3 young kids. Between, traveling for work, kiddo activities, and finding time for friends and family… The task of pulling together a room just seemed too daunting.

On top of all that, our living room has two wide entrances and is connected to my kids’ playroom, which made it extra difficult to design. To me, these seemed like two completely different spaces and I didn’t know how to lay-out my furniture to make them work. Honestly, I didn’t even know what size furniture to use or what style would look best. I wasn’t sure about colors or patterns either… All that is to say pulling a new room together seemed like too big of a task for me to tackle without any help.

“Between, work, kiddo activities, and finding time for friends and family… The task of pulling together a room just seemed too daunting. “

The Modsy Moment

Around that time I remember seeing ads for Modsy on Facebook. At first, I was totally skeptical of the service. I thought “It’s a Facebook ad—can you trust it?” It was the customer stories, like this one, that sealed the deal and I decided to give the process a try.

How Modsy Helped Andrea

I bought the Multi-Room package, which includes more 1:1 consults with your designer. This was a total MUST-do for me. My designer was so responsive to my requests along the way—each design she put together got me closer to what I wanted. Plus her design knowledge totally put my mind at ease so I didn’t feel stressed about the design process.

The ability to see the different design options helped me understand what I really liked for my space. I had NO idea that I would end up loving the mid-century modern look the best—MIND BLOWN! It only took a few revisions before I was 100% happy with my look.

Modsy Customer StoryThe Real Results

Modsy totally changed my perceptions about using an online service. Their great design work sold me in no time. Plus their order concierge service made sure I got the best deals on my furniture.  It’s hard to believe it only took a small investment to save a lot of money. With the savings I made purchasing through Modsy I feel like the service paid for itself.

Now, not only do I LOVE my new living room, every single person that sees it loves it too! It pulls people together. It’s so cozy and comfortable we enjoy it daily!

In the wake of everything that is happening with COVID-19 I keep thinking about our Modsy design. I couldn’t be more grateful for this cozy living room while we take shelter in place. It brings me comfort and joy to have a dedicated space I can use with my family on a daily basis. It’s almost like we created extra square footage in the house! Remember if your space isn’t functional, you won’t use it and right now we need to use every single square foot we can while we’re home daily!

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My Modsy Story: How Stacie Went from Tolerating Her Living Room Design to Loving It

Stacie was at a loss when it came to her living room design. See how Modsy helped her turn the cold space into a room that she and her family love.

 

Homeowner: Stacie C, Attorney

Location: Irving, Texas

Room: Formal Living Room

Style: Classic Modern

The Backstory

My family and I moved to our current house in Irving, Texas around four years ago. Since the day we’d moved in, I had a vision of totally redesigning our formal living room but, in reality, I’ve done absolutely nothing to it.

It is one of the first rooms you see when you walk into the house and, frankly, it’s an embarrassment to me! I really wanted to turn it into a welcoming space where friends and family could spend time together chatting and catching up when visiting our home.

The Design Dilemma

I don’t know how I let so much time pass, but the living room became an eyesore that we tolerated. I was way too busy to dive in and remake the room and I really couldn’t visualize ideas for what to do with it. Every idea I had fell flat and didn’t seem exciting to me. The room felt cold and disconnected from me and the rest of our home. I struggled to find a way to make it feel cozy or to choose pieces that would work together in a cohesive style.

The Modsy Moment

I’ve worked with an interior designer before and I really loved the process so I was open to trying that again for our living room design. So, one day when I was looking for ideas online, I stumbled across Modsy by way of a Google search.

I was immediately excited about the concept of having a 3D rendering of my exact space! Plus, it sounded awesome to have the ability to make changes on the spot so I could see exactly how different items would look. I couldn’t wait to get started!

How Modsy’s Designs Helped Stacie

I was very, very happy with both of the initial designs I got back—but one stood out as absolutely right for me. With just a few tweaks, the option I went with was pretty close to the first design that Francesca, our designer, suggested for me.

I requested a few small revisions and really enjoyed swapping new products into the design myself. It was perfect for me because I wanted some say in the design but also the guidance of an expert designer—that is exactly what Francesca gave me!

One thing, in particular, I really loved, was how she treated the area over the fireplace. I would not have thought of the lovely pieces Modsy suggested for that space, but it absolutely works and is more dramatic and artistic than anything I could have come up with myself.

The Real Results

Designing with Modsy was so easy and convenient and we ended up finding furniture options in our budget and saving tons of time and money. There are very few differences in our actual design from what Francesca recommended—everything is the same except a couple of different pillows!

The room feels hip and young, but there are also plenty of soft, cozy touches. It’s exactly what I wanted and have been dreaming of since we moved here. Thanks, Modsy!

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Living In Yellow X Modsy: Office Reveal and Tour

Living In YellowHomeowner: Erin of Living in Yellow

Location: Indiana

Room: LIY Headquarters (A staff lounge, Erin’s office, and conference room)

Her Style: Rustic Minimalist

Living In YellowThe Backstory

Since Erin’s blog, Living in Yellow, launched years ago, she’d been working on it out of her home. As the blog grew and her team expanded to six employees over the past two years, they continued working out of her home. But, as the team grew, she felt like they weren’t operating as efficiently as they could be from her in-home office space, and the tight quarters were creating a lot of distractions. Plus, she didn’t want the team to feel like they were intruding on her home life every time they worked from the office.

The Design Dilemma

Erin and her husband have a barn on their property, so they decided to turn it into the official Living in Yellow headquarters. But turning a huge, empty barn into a warm, inviting office space is no small feat.

“Insert Modsy—also known as the unicorn of online-interior-design-made-easy. I was blown away by this service.”

“While I had some ideas of the vibe and space I wanted to create, I didn’t even know where to start and understand how I could make it a reality,” says Erin. “Insert Modsy—also known as the unicorn of online-interior-design-made-easy. I was blown away by this service.”

Living In YellowThe Modsy Moment

Erin took our style quiz and submitted photos of the space to our designers, and we delivered 3D renderings for each of the distinct spaces within her barn—the lounge area, conference room, and Erin’s personal office.

We helped Erin and her team maximize their barn-turned-office and give them all the spaces they needed for their team to thrive and be more efficient and productive.

The Real Results: Tour the New LIY HQ

Erin and the team loved their designs—and loved how they came to life even more. “I can’t say enough thank-you’s to Modsy for truly designing the office of my dreams,” Erin says. Want to see the in-real-life space? Keep reading for the details of each room.

“I can’t say enough thank-you’s to Modsy for truly designing the office of my dreams.”

The Lounge

For the lounge, Erin wanted a relaxing place where the team could gather for casual meetings. She wanted it to double as a space where team members could work (from the comfort of a couch) if they needed a change of environment.

We did this by designing a seating area with two sofas and two side chairs, to give plenty of seating options for when the whole team gathers in that space. A black-and-white color palette keeps the space feeling cohesive, while the variety of patterns on the rug, throw pillows, and artwork adds some fun visual interest.

“Modsy captured this concept perfectly by bringing in enough seating for the seven of us in a modern and clean way,” Erin says. “I was so excited about some of the unique finds they incorporated into this space, the coffee tables being my favorite of all.”

The Office

Erin uses her office for heads-down computer work, one-on-one meetings—and plenty of mirror selfies! Most importantly, it’s a dedicated space where she comes to work, and then leaves it behind when she goes home.

“It feels incredible to have an office of my own that I can enter, know it’s time to work, and then exit, leaving knowing my work is done for the day,” says Erin. “This isn’t something I’ve had before in my 9 years of blogging!”

The only problem when it came to bringing Modsy’s designs to life? Erin says that all of our designs blew her away, so it was hard to land on just one! But she finally narrowed it down and loves the result.

“My office is equal parts warm and inviting while still business-like and professional,” she says. “I loved bringing in some artwork and photos to personalize the space a bit. The layered rugs added such a trendy concept that I am loving and this desk—it’s everything my cement-loving heart could take.”

The Conference Room

The Living in Yellow team uses the conference room to gather for team meetings, share updates, and discuss what’s going on, create dreams and vision for the future—and, of course, make lunch plans.

“I love that Modsy chose conversation-starter pieces to weave throughout our entire office.”

“There were elements we loved from both of the designs that Modsy presented so we decided to take pieces from each to create the space we wanted,” Erin says. “The tables that Modsy picked are SO fun and have the most eye-catching wood detail. I love that Modsy chose conversation-starter pieces to weave throughout our entire office.”

Fun side note: The conference room table is actually just two dining room tables pushed together to create one long table!

Since the conference room is right off of the lounge area, we continued with a black-and-white color scheme in this space but also incorporated a lot of natural wood elements to make it warm and inviting.

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My Modsy Story: How Rachael Created a Polished, Cohesive Design for her Open-Concept Home

Rachael was excited to be living in a new house she loved. But needed help finding a design that was as beautiful as her new space. See how Modsy helped her bring house and home together with a winning design.

Homeowner: Rachael M + Sales & Marketing Manager

Location: Apex, NC

Rooms: Open Living Room & Dining Room

Her Style: Modern Rustic

The Backstory

I recently purchased a newly constructed house with an open floor-plan. Because the living-dining area layout was so open I wanted to make sure the design for the spaces would work together. In the past, I’ve worked with designers which inspired me to want a more polished look in my own home!

Rachael’s new home before

The Design Dilemma

I was excited about moving into my brand new space and really investing in a beautiful, polished design. I knew the overall look I was going for and that I wanted to incorporate unique pieces from different sources into the final look. I’d used blue and grey as the color scheme in my old house, and I knew I wanted this one to have a more neutral palette that complimented the space.

But when it came to actually designing the space, it felt like a huge job and I was just too busy with work. I had no time to shop for furniture, let alone figure out how to pull all the pieces together into a cohesive whole.

new home design modsyThe Modsy Moment

I was actually going to hire an interior designer at first but then I came across Modsy by way of a Google search. The investment to try it was pretty low and I thought why not give it a shot first? From the ads I read, it seemed like I could get the same results with less time and money so I was excited to try it out. Plus, I like being involved in the work but really wanted a designer’s guidance so it seemed like the perfect solution.

new home designHow Modsy’s Designs Helped Rachael

When my first Modsy designs came back I loved them immediately. The design experience was so easy and really fun! Everyone that I interacted with was super helpful and my designer, Francesca, is really talented. She excels at this process and is so personable. She added furniture and room accessories in a way that filled the space nicely. It looks fantastic and it never would have occurred to me to use the space the way she did.

Also, there were certain items I needed help with, like a cabinet that I wasn’t sure how to incorporate into the room. Francesca knew exactly how to manage it! I feel very lucky I got to work with a designer who was such an excellent fit, and who was able to nail my tastes from the start.

Modsy also made the shopping process super easy with one-click ordering from tons of vendors. The follow-up and assistance they provided were awesome! They even price-matched a chair for me and helped me when one of my chairs was damaged in shipping. I am super happy with their customer service!

The Real Results

The Modsy design I went with captured exactly what I was looking for. It was like my designer saw inside my brain on the first try, I couldn’t believe it! I purchased almost all of the items from my design and Francesca helped me design around two pieces that I already owned.

Overall, my living room and dining room are better than I could have imagined. There is no way I could have done it all on my own, but it still feels essentially like me. Thanks, Modsy!

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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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My Modsy Story: Designing a Small, Quirky Apartment to Match the Beauty of San Francisco

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After moving from Sacramento to San Francisco, Katie needed help turning her new small, quirky apartment into a home.

Homeowner: Katie C, Analyst

Location: San Francisco, CA

Room: Bedroom, dining room, and spare room

Her Style: Modern Eclectic

The Backstory

I’d recently moved from Sacramento to San Francisco and I was faced with the challenge of designing a small, quirky apartment. I was super excited about the move and starting a new chapter in San Francisco! I wanted my living space to reflect the same kind of beauty and magic that I saw in the city and was ready to invest in furniture and a design that would make my new apartment feel like home.

Katie’s quirky apartment before

The Design Dilemma

Moving to San Francisco from Sacramento meant a lot of big changes! All of a sudden I was faced with designing a small and janky space with narrow hallways, mixed sized rooms, and multi-purpose spaces. I was totally overwhelmed with no clue how or where to start.

My place was filled with boxes and I couldn’t visualize any ideas for how to possibly make it a home that I would want to spend time. I felt a sense of heaviness that here I was in this amazing, lively city and I didn’t have a clue how I could ever make my living space embody that same energy.

quirky apartment designThe Modsy Moment

I’d never worked with a designer before but I was at such a loss in my new apartment that I knew I wanted to outsource the whole project!

I first came across Modsy on Instagram, but I have to admit I was a little skeptical. How could a survey and a few photos could provide enough detail for a designer to be able to create a space that I would love? To top it off, I wasn’t even sure what kind of vision I had in mind, so how could Modsy bring it to life? But at that point, I was ready to try anything so I decided to give it a go.

How Modsy’s Designs Helped Katie

My first reaction to my Modsy designs was total amazement! I loved the designs right from the start—they made me feel so hopeful that my space could be fun and trendy despite all the weird quirks. My designer showed me ideas that I’d never thought of on my own. The entire experience was wonderful. Customer service was super responsive, I got all my designs back really quickly, and the whole project was sensitive to my budget.

I am still purchasing all the items to make my design come to life. It was so awesome that customer service had the ability to be the bridge between my order and the delivery personnel. It was a smooth transition at a really good price point. Modsy totally helped me find the right layout for my different rooms and helped me feel confident that I was purchasing the right things for each space.

The Real Results

The apartment now feels inviting and inspiring—I love it! All the details in the design were a nice compliment to my personal style and the experience gave me more confidence to trust in the interior design experience. I love how my rooms turned out.

When you feel good in a space, you want to spend more time there and my space now truly feels like a home. Thank you, Modsy, for giving me the gift of great design!

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My Modsy Story: The Quick and Easy Way I Designed My New Home

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When they moved to a new place, Kristen and her partner didn’t have time to shop for furniture. Here’s how they found a quick and easy way to design a home they both loved.

Homeowner: Kristen P, Sales Management

Location: Santa Barbara, CA

Room: Living Room and Guest-Turned-Master Bedroom

Her Style: Mod Visionary

The Backstory

Looking for a quick way to get their new home ready for a family visit

My partner and I recently bought a new home and wanted a quick way to design it before our families came to see it. Our previous space (a townhouse on the other side of the city) took us forever to decorate, and I knew we needed a quicker way to get it done this time around.

The Design Dilemma

When finding the time was their greatest design challenge

Unlike some couples, we typically can agree on one design style for our home. The problem for us is actually finding the time to get together and go shopping. We’re busy people, and this made decorating our first dwelling together painstakingly slow. This time around, I knew we needed a faster solution.

“We’re busy people, and this made decorating our first home painstakingly slow.”

To top it off, our new home was built in 1947 and has some odd nooks and crannies. Finding the right layout was a struggle and there were some dark areas we wanted to brighten up, but didn’t know how. All that to say, I was totally overwhelmed and had no clue where to start.

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Taking a chance on a low-risk, high-reward solution

I’d never worked with a designer before because I figured it would be too expensive and would take a long time. So when I saw an ad for Modsy on Instagram, I immediately decided to try it.

I work in technology, so I felt very comfortable embracing the online design concept. I also loved the idea that with Modsy it would only take a few weeks to do a mock up of our place and that I could incorporate pieces I already owned and loved.

Not to mention, the cost compared to hiring a designer was so low that I figured I didn’t have much to lose.

How Modsy’s Designs Helped Kristen

It was really just that easy

When I got my designs back, my first thought was “Love, Love, Love!” They nailed my style and the color palette was exactly what I wanted.

My favorite part was the artwork! My designer picked modern and sleek pieces that worked perfectly in the design. They also suggested the best sofa that I have ever owned (of course, I bought it), and even incorporated our love of vinyl records into the design!

I also loved that Modsy utilized the entryway as a place to put a bench. It gives us an awesome area to take our shoes off and hang up our coats and hats as well, and we wouldn’t have thought of it on our own.

The Real Results

Coming back for more

Modsy helped us find the perfect layout for our space, discover awesome furniture that matched our style, and helped us feel confident in making big purchases.

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I’ve since purchased most of the items for our rooms! As a repeat customer, it was awesome to see how much the ordering process had improved since my first room. I’m excited to see where it goes from here!

My overall experience was truly a 10 out of 10 – I was blown away by my designs and will definitely be doing another room in the future.

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How 5 Of Our Favorite Bloggers Used Online Interior Design In Their Homes

online interior designWe all have that one room in our homes that we have no idea what to do with. A space where you struggle to find a vision, that has a doozy of a layout, or that always gets pushed to the back burner when life happens.

But the good news is we’re not alone! Would you believe that even some of our favorite design bloggers have this same struggle?? As much as we all admire the homes of our favorite bloggers, behind the scenes those gorgeous spaces on their Instagram feeds can still be a total struggle pulling together. Sometimes even the pros need a little design help (they’re just like us!).

And that’s where online interior design comes in. Keep reading to get the scoop on five of our favorite design bloggers and how we partnered with them to help bring the rooms of their dreams to life!

1. Solving a Tricky Home Office Layout with Chris Loves JuliaChris Loves Julia Modsy

The Blog: Chris Loves Julia

The Room: Home Office

The Style: Industrial eclectic with a touch of Mid-Century Modern

The Challenge: Finding the right layout for an L-shaped home office

Chris and Julia Marcum are well-known for their stunning DIY home renovations. When they were looking for a new home earlier this year, the office space was a major selling point.

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The design duo wanted space for their growing team and a place where they could host clients and sponsors. But, several months in, they weren’t really sure what to do with the room. For starters, it lacked storage solutions — which meant it was just filled with unsightly boxes. It also has a difficult L-shaped layout, which complicated the vision. But they knew what they did want it to include: A workspace, seating area, conference table, and plenty of storage solutions. So we partnered with them to make their vision a reality and give them creative solutions for the areas they felt stuck.

“I can’t believe how many times I said, ‘I never thought of that!’ The layouts were well-designed and full of solutions for the most oddly shaped room in our house. The furniture and accessories included really helped us to start envisioning The Dream Office like we hadn’t before.”

Swipe to see their Modsy design and how the space is coming together now. Don’t miss the full story, which you can peek on their blog.

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2. Making the Most of an Open-Concept Living Room with The DIY PlaybookDIY Playbook Modsy

The Blog: The DIY Playbook

The Room: Living Room

The Style: Comfy, cozy, and effortlessly trendy

The Challenge: Finding the perfect layout and the right pieces to bring their vision to life

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When Casey Finn and her husband moved, they knew the living room would be the heart of their new home. It’s a space where they spent a lot of time relaxing, entertaining, and spending time together.

But with such an important gathering space, they felt daunted with how to decorate it, especially with the open concept once they knocked out a few walls. They weren’t sure how to arrange the room or where to put the furniture — not to mention how to make it feel like their style and also feel livable and functional. So, with those prerequisites in mind, Casey turned to Modsy and online interior design for help seeing the vision.

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“I really can’t even explain how much I love our living room makeover. It’s the one room I’ve primarily focused on since we moved in last August and it really feels like ‘us.’ Cozy, layered, neutral (but with a bit of color), and lots and lots of texture.”

Swipe through to see Casey’s before, Modsy 3D design, and the after results! Check out the post on her blog for the full story.

3. Designing a Neutral Nursery with Jess Ann KirbyJess Ann Kirby Modsy

The Blog: Jess Ann Kirby

The Room: Nursery

The Style: Gender-neutral, Scandinavian chic

The Challenge: Designing an entire nursery and planning for baby

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Jess Ann Kirby wanted to take time to get to know her baby before filling her new nursery with toys, artwork, and decor. So, when she was faced with the task of designing the space, she wanted more of a blank (but still beautiful) canvas than a perfectly finished room.

But even with that vision, she wasn’t really sure where to start. There was so much to consider, from the color scheme and style to the specific elements in the room… Not to mention the additional planning that comes with having a baby! So, to help lighten the load, we helped Jess hone-in on her style and create a beautifully designed nursery that can she can continue to personalize over time.

 “Through some revisions and feedback with our designer, we landed on our final design, and I couldn’t possibly love it anymore. It was also pretty awesome how I was able to communicate that I wanted to focus on (where possible) sustainable/non-toxic/eco-friendly decor options, and the designer really took note of that.”

Swipe for a tour of Jess’s designs and final new nursery look. Read her full design story about her online interior design experience on her blog.

4. Collaborating on a Shared Space with Patticake WagnerModsy online interior design

The Blog: Patticake Wagner

The Room: Living Room

The Style: Rustic Industrial with an eclectic Flair

The Challenge: Finding a look Patti and her husband, Brian, could both agree on

Patti and her husband, Brian, had been wanting to re-do their living room for a long time. But between time constraints and disagreements on a design style, the project seemed to always get stuck on the back burner.

They needed help with the best layout for the long, rectangular living room, as well as guidance on what furniture to use. With the help of Modsy, they were able to collaborate and land on a shared vision for the space.

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“After just a few revisions, we landed on something that Brian and I both loved! This version has the right amount of contrast and furniture style that we had in mind. This layout and the furniture selections made our living room feel more spacious! It looks bright and cozy. Just gazing at these renderings make me happy.”

Take a look at Patti’s 3D designs and get the full scoop on her Modsy experience on her blog.

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5. From Blank Slate to Relaxing Oasis with In Honor of DesignIn honor of Design Modsy

The Blog: In Honor of Design

The Room: Guest Bedroom

The Style: California casual with a hint of eclectic charm

The Challenge: Finishing her guest room design while taking time off to have a baby

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Anna and Gabe Liesemeyer have been slowly renovating their home, and finally decided to tackle the guest bedroom. But it just so happened that Anna was nine months pregnant by the time they were ready to get started — so they enlisted Modsy to help bring this space to life.

The one thing they knew they wanted in this space was the paint color (a gorgeous hue called Oil Cloth from Benjamin Moore). Beyond that, they just wanted a relaxing space for guests to unwind. With that in mind, our designers got to work.

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“I am so happy with the outcome and would use Modsy again in a heartbeat. I really love the contrast of dark and muted tones in this room, and how calm the overall look and feel is. My hope is that it will be a relaxing environment for whatever guests (or kiddos) take temporary rest here.”

Swipe to see the before, Modsy design, and gorgeous after of this guest room. Don’t forget to peek the full post on her blog.

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My Modsy Story: How I Designed the Grown-Up Apartment Of My Dreams

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After moving cross-country, Omar was ready to trade in his big box store furniture for a grown-up apartment design.

Homeowner: Omar M, Marketing & Business Development

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Room: Entire Apartment

His Style: Modern Minimalist

The Backstory

I was ready for a new start in Los Angeles after spending 5 years in NYC. My new space is a lot larger than my old apartment so not only did I need more furniture, I also wanted to update my style to create a space that was welcoming, mature, and great for hosting. On top of that, I also wanted to make sure that the apartment design maximized my space and highlighted my new view.

The Design Dilemma

I really hate shopping and can’t visualize ideas in my home so all the furniture I had came from the same store. It looked like something out of a catalog – but in a bad way.

So when I moved it all into my new space, the rooms felt so bland. They were functional but didn’t have a lot of personality. I was totally overwhelmed with no clue how or where to start with a design I’d actually enjoy.

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I knew I needed help but I’d never worked with an interior designer or online design service before. So when I saw an ad for Modsy on Instagram I’ll admit, at first I was skeptical. I wasn’t sure that a complete stranger could bring my “vision” to life. And how could they when I didn’t even know what my vision was myself?

I was also nervous because the apartment was new to both me and the designer so I wasn’t convinced that everything would fit and/or look like how it did in the 3D designs.

apartment design modsyHow Modsy’s Designs Helped Omar

All of my worries were completely put to rest when I saw my Modsy designs for the first time. I was amazed! The 3D designs really impressed me, especially the living room/home office and dining room.

I loved all of the options presented! And my designer was patient, flexible, and honest and I really liked working with her.

apartment design modsyThe Real Results

My apartment looks amazing now. All of the rooms look great and they mirror my final designs to a tee. I ended up purchasing pretty much everything through Modsy, and the process was super seamless and efficient.apartment design modsy

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Moving across the country is stressful but Modsy made the ordering and delivery process really easy. I didn’t have to take any extra steps and I also checked a few items and confirmed that Modsy definitely gave me the best price on all of them.

My new rooms feel so comfortable and mature and it’s a perfect space for hosting – it’s finally the grown-up space I’ve been wanting!

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My Modsy Story: Creating the Perfect Home Office in a Brand New “Forever Home”

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When she started working from home, Sarah was ready for a home office that she loved. See how she brought the space of her dreams to life.

Homeowner: Sarah O, Accountant

Location: Canandaigua, NY

Room: Home Office

Her Style: Refined Rustic

The Backstory

My husband and I were moving from a 2 bedroom condo in Boston, MA to a 4 bedroom home in Canandaigua NY. We brought a few pieces from our old space to the new one, but overall the house was a blank canvas and we had lots of empty space to fill.

We also knew we wanted to make this our “forever home,” so we were ready to invest in the design and wanted to get it just right. To top it off, I was starting a new role that meant I’d be working remotely and I wanted to make sure I had a home office setup that I loved.

Sarah’s space before

The Design Dilemma

Knowing that I’d be working from home a majority of the time, I wanted an office where I could stay focused and relaxed. I’ve never had my own office before and I was totally overwhelmed with no clue how or where to start!

I knew I wanted it to be something feminine but also not over the top. Since I was without a clear idea, I wanted to envision some different possibilities for the space before investing in furniture and getting it set up. But I’m such a visual person, all I could see was empty space and I couldn’t visualize any ideas for the room.

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I saw an ad for Modsy online and it sounded like the perfect solution to my problem! I read a few reviews and looked at pictures of how the process worked so I was very excited to get started.

It seemed like Modsy offered the ideal solution where I could see how everything would come together in a design without spending a fortune and having to deal with returns while I made up my mind.

home office modsyHow Modsy’s Designs Helped Sarah

I LOVED my first set of designs. They gave me totally new ideas for my office that I never would have thought of before. I really struggled with what would fit in the room, where to put things, and which elements would make the best use of the space.

I never would have thought of an open bookcase, but our designer, Rebecca, suggested it and it is the perfect solution. She answered my countless questions and was so attentive in listening to my feedback in order to create my dream room! She was also super helpful in finding pieces that worked for my budget and that I absolutely love.

I ended up keeping the exact layout and I purchased most of the items she suggested. My office looks pretty much exactly like my final Modsy design! The process of ordering furniture through Modsy was very seamless and the products arrived really quickly. It was so convenient to be able to do it all online – and the prices were affordable too.home office modsy

home office modsyThe Real Results

My office feels amazing. It’s exactly what I wanted and I absolutely love going into my own work space every morning. It is so tranquil and organized, I have tons of storage to keep everything in its place so it doesn’t get cluttered.

Rebecca also helped me pick out the new paint color. With that and all the other pieces in the room the space has the perfect feminine touch I was looking for. Overall, Modsy helped me tap into my design style and feel confident that I was buying all the right things for my home office. Thanks Modsy!

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My Modsy Story: So Many Rooms, Not Enough Furniture

After moving from the city to the suburbs, Michelle realized that none of her old furniture worked in her new house. She was overwhelmed and needed a design fix, stat.

Homeowner: Michelle L, Business Operations & Strategy Consultant

Location: Fairhope, AL

Room: Multiple Rooms

Her Style: Refined Rustic

The Backstory

My family and I had just moved from the city-center in Atlanta to Fairhope, a small town by the water.

I love playing around with interior design, but with so many new rooms and not enough furniture, I had no idea where to start! The rooms in our new space had completely different layouts and nothing from our previous house worked with the new space. We were starting from square one and it felt like an enormous job.

Michelle’s spaces before

The Design Dilemma

Finding the right layout for each room and coordinating the color schemes was really important to me. I knew I needed the guidance of a designer to feel confident that I was investing in the right items.

“We were starting from square one and it felt like an enormous job.”

To top it off, I was having a really hard time visualizing how everything would come together. I had to think about the master bedroom, dining room, breakfast nook, playroom, AND guest bedroom! I just couldn’t imagine how to fill all of these spaces and get the house to start looking like a home.

The Modsy Moment

I had worked with a few designers before and they were all very different experiences. One provided a book of ideas but then I was left to source the actual items myself, which was really time-consuming. Another designer came to our home but I found them hard to work with and was uncomfortable brainstorming ideas together.

These experiences left me feeling exasperated! So when I saw an ad for Modsy on Instagram I decided to give it a try. I’ll admit I was a little wary of paying for designs without any guarantees. What if I hated them? After the previous unsatisfying experiences with designers I definitely had my guard up but was willing to take a chance on something new.

personal designerHow Modsy’s Designs Helped Michelle

Overall, I was super impressed with Modsy’s service. My first two master bedroom designs were awesome and got me excited for what else they’d come up with. After collaborating so well on that project, I had my personal designer, Isabela, tackle our dining room with her own choices. I was blown away by my first design! With that, Modsy put all my worries to rest.

Working with Isabela was wonderful – she was so helpful and never got frustrated with me. It was the perfect blend of me being hands-on and making suggestions while also getting the professional advice of an expert designer.

“It was the perfect blend of me being hands-on and making suggestions while also getting the professional advice of an expert designer.”

Isabela shared ideas I would never have thought of on my own. For example, the gallery wall and use of black in my master bedroom came from her, and I think this turned out wonderfully. And when I found a different bed frame, she still helped me pick out the perfect fabric color that would work with the overall design.

Modsy personal designerThe Real Results

My dining room looks exactly like the design Isabela created. I’m still working on acquiring unique decor items to finalize the room, but all of the big pieces are there!

I’m also proud of how my master bedroom turned out. It was truly a collaborative effort between Isabela and myself. Her initial design ideas inspired me and got my creativity flowing. From there I was able to play around with my own ideas for the space.

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Once pieces were chosen, I loved how easy and seamless the purchasing experience was with Modsy. It was so convenient to do everything online, and I found that they offered great prices and discounts.

“The value Modsy adds through the collaboration with a personal designer far surpasses the cost. Well worth it!”

In the end, working with Modsy helped me feel confident in my decisions – which for me is a major issue when decorating my own home! Isabela was open to any question and always patient. The value Modsy adds through the collaboration with a personal designer far surpasses the cost. Well worth it!

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My Modsy Story: The Easy Way I Designed My Daughter a Room That Will Grow Up With Her

daughter's room designKathryn wanted a way to combine her ideas with an expert’s guidance to design her daughter’s room. Here’s the magic formula she used to make it happen.

Homeowner: Kathryn A, City Government

Location: Seattle, WA

Room: Daughter’s Bedroom

Her Style: Playfully Serene

The Backstory

My family and I moved to a new home in Seattle and we wanted to give our 4-year-old daughter a “big girl” room. We planned to stay in this house for a while, so it was important to us that our daughter had a room that she could grow into over the years.

The Design Dilemma

Coming from our old house, we really just had a hodgepodge of furniture and decor items we’d accumulated over the years. We tried situating the old furniture in our new place, but between figuring out how to best utilize wall space and accommodate sleepovers, we weren’t having any luck. In addition to not having the right pieces, we were just too busy to devote enough time to it. I wanted to outsource the whole project to make sure we did the job right.

daughter's roomThe Modsy Moment

When I realized we really needed help, I contacted a local designer but was taken aback by the high price and frustrated by the length of time it took to schedule a visit. I wanted something simpler that would allow me to provide a rough budget, offer some high-level direction, and then let the experts take care of the rest.

“I wanted [a solution] that would allow me to provide a rough budget, offer some high-level direction, and then let the experts take care of the rest.”

So when I saw an ad on Facebook for Modsy, I was intrigued right away! It sounded like a low-cost way to get the customized design support we needed. We decided to give Modsy a try with our living room first. To our delight, we loved the layout and items our designer selected and we decided to use them again for our daughter’s room.

daughter's roomHow Modsy’s Designs Helped Kathryn

When I got the designs back, I was in love. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure that someone would be able to take my suggestions and create a room that met our needs and aligned with our design aesthetics. But I was so pleasantly surprised!

I love the patterned rug and fun wall hangings our designer chose for the space – we never would have thought of those ourselves. We were also initially convinced that bunk beds or twin trundle beds would be best in her room. It wasn’t until we saw our designs that we realized a queen-sized bed was actually the best choice.

It was really helpful to be able to communicate with our designer, request changes, and make the design a collaborative effort of our personal tastes and a professional designer’s guidance.

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The room is just adorable and my daughter is so happy with it. Prior to Modsy, we’d been having such a hard time with the layout, but our designer knew just what to do. She was so thoughtful in responding to our requests for revisions, and she really did a great job!

Our daughter’s space is now bright, playful yet serene, and is perfect for a 4-year-old. The best part is we were able to purchase pieces that we can either easily update or will be able to keep in the space and let them grow with her over time.

We’ve now used Modsy for three rooms in our house and each one was a success. They each pretty much exactly mirror our original 3D designs! We bought basically everything and it was so easy to purchase all of the furniture through Modsy. Overall, we saved tons of time and money and are so happy with the outcome. Thanks, Modsy!

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E! News Star Jac Vanek Transforms Her First Solo Apartment Into an Oceanside Oasis

When Jac Vanek, entrepreneur, co-host of the wildly popular Lady Gang podcast (and E! News show) and host of the true crime podcast, The First Degree, made the big move from living with roommates to having her own solo spot, she was ready to create her dream space but didn’t know where to begin.

Upon finding the perfect apartment with a view in Southern California, Jac decided she wanted to start fresh, with a completely new design that reflected this exciting new chapter in her life.

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After selling most of her old furniture, Jac had only few treasured pieces left to bring to her new place. She needed new furniture but didn’t want to invest until she was confident about how it would all look in the space.

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As Jac told Amanda Lauren at Forbes Magazine, “I’m not just trying to throw a bunch of old books on a shelf. I wanted an earthy-modern vibe with a clean aesthetic. I know I like this chair and that vase, but I don’t know how to arrange them in a room or put something on a bookshelf to make it aesthetically pleasing. That’s where I knew Modsy could help me.”

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Jac worked with our team to bring her unique style and vision to life. With Modsy’s help, she was able to visualize how her art, antiques from the flea market, and brand new furniture (suggested by Modsy) would look all together in her new place.

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The end result was this gorgeous, eclectically glam space perfect for relaxing, preferably with a glass of rosé.

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My Modsy Story – A New Home Design for Newlyweds

Newlyweds Liz and Jonathan were excited to decorate their new apartment, but they wanted to feel confident in their new home design before investing.

Homeowner: Liz L, Art Director

Location: San Diego, CA

Room: Living/Dining Room

Her Style: Mid-Century Chic

The Backstory

My husband, Jonathan, and I got married this past April. Right after the wedding we moved into our new apartment together. We were so excited to set up our space and make it feel like a home!

We couldn’t wait to furnish our apartment with new, adult furniture and create a design that reflected this new phase of our lives.

The Design Dilemma

We live in San Diego, which means that square footage is limited so I knew we needed a design that would make the most of every inch! This was especially true for our open living area, which we wanted to be a beautiful, multi-functional space.

But when it came to actually designing the space, I was totally overwhelmed and had no clue how or where to start. Even as an Art Director, I’ve always hesitated to buy new furniture even if I think it looks great. Buying new items for your home is an investment, and I couldn’t imagine how those investments would actually look in our new space! Basically, I needed more confidence in the choices I was making.

“Buying new items for your home is an investment… I needed more confidence in the choices I was making.”

I quickly realized I needed some help choosing new pieces that would make the space multi-functional and look great. Unfortunately, there was no way we could afford to hire an interior designer, and browsing on Pinterest was about as far as I’d gotten on my own.

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So when I came across an ad for Modsy on Instagram, I thought it sounded like a good compromise between hiring a professional and trying to design it myself. I’ll say at first, I wasn’t sure how realistic the renderings would be and if the designs would match my style and tastes. But after I saw the before and afters from other customers and read that there were unlimited revisions, I was all in!

How Modsy’s Designs Helped Liz

We were so excited when we got our room back! Our first set of designs really helped us visualize and pick out exactly what we did and didn’t like in a risk-free way. We ended up with three designs total and were super happy with the final look.

I mentioned that we often liked to host dinner parties, and my designer sent me a new design with a larger dinner table for 6 and a bar cart!”

And while we liked the initial designs a lot, it was so helpful to see additional revisions and play around with swapping new products into the design ourselves. We even used the 3D Style Editor tool to switch out certain pieces and the end result was exactly what we were looking for.

The Real Results

Now we are so in love with our new home design, and it looks almost exactly like our final Modsy render.

Our designer was super helpful and created an awesome and functional living space based on our suggestions. We’re obsessed with the mid-century styles she used and the accent wall color she suggested fits perfectly with the entire design. And overall, her help configuring our layout was exactly what we needed.

“Modsy took the anxiety out of the process. We now love our space and find every excuse to invite friends over and relax at home.”

The personalization and attention to detail also made my experience so memorable. For example, I mentioned that we often liked to host dinner parties, and my designer sent me a new design with a larger dinner table for 6 and a bar cart! Now, not only does our space look great, but it’s perfect for when we entertain.

Overall, we had so much fun working with Modsy to create our living/dining room. Our experience was excellent and it took the anxiety out of the process. We now love our space and find every excuse to invite friends over and relax at home.

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My Modsy Story – How I Turned My Unusual Living Room Into a Mid-Century Sanctuary

unusual living room designAfter moving to a new home, Julie needed a novel approach to design her beautiful but unusual living room.

Homeowner: Julie G + Writer and Media Relations Manager

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Room: Open Living Room

Her Style: Mid-Century Chic

The Backstory

My family and I live in Palo Alto and we recently moved to another part of town on a college campus. Our previous house was a 900-square foot cottage with a living room that could hardly fit more than a loveseat and armchair!

We brought our furniture from our old house to the new one but we knew that wasn’t going to cut it in the long run. Our new living room is a really unique and special place and we wanted to maximize its potential with plenty of seating and furniture that would let us stretch out and relax.

Julie’s space before

The Design Dilemma

Our living room is gorgeous but it’s also a very eclectic space. It really only has one “real” wall, and the rest are all made of floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the foothills and trees. The room also has a fireplace and a mid-century modern “screen” that divides the living from the dining space. It was a real design challenge to say the least!

All in all, our unusual living room was totally different from where we lived before and I knew it needed a redesign that would make the most of it. I knew it had the potential to be a sanctuary-like space, but didn’t know where to begin decorating!

unusual living room designJulie’s design for her unusual living room

The Modsy Moment

I’ve never worked with an interior designer or online design service before but I decided to try my hand at some very rudimentary 3D room design software. The experience turned out to be awful and completely frustrating, and I figured that in 2019 there had to be something better out there.

After a bit of internet searching, I came across Modsy! The service had so many great reviews from happy customers, so it seemed like a no-brainer. I was really excited to test it out. Plus, the overall cost seemed like a very reasonable price to pay for such a sophisticated approach to designing a room. Modsy was exactly the kind of thing I was looking for.

unusual living room designHow Modsy’s Designs Helped Julie

I was honestly stunned at how accurately the 3D room design matched our actual living room. It was a precise rendering that showed every exact detail. And then, to see our room virtually reimagined with a fresh eye and all new furniture was so exciting! It totally blew away all my assumptions about what the room could or couldn’t be.

“Modsy totally blew away all my assumptions about what the room could or couldn’t be.”

I had so much fun designing my space with Modsy. I loved getting notifications that new designs were ready and it was so great being able to collaborate with Jennifer, my designer. Every time I gave her feedback, her revision was so spot-on that I could tell she was really listening to me and working to shape the room into something I would love.

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One of the best parts was that my designer, Jennifer, seemed totally in touch with the elements of the room. Wood is the dominant material in our house – the space kind of has a treehouse feel – and Jennifer incorporated that element throughout the design in clever, subtle, beautiful ways – right down to petrified wood coasters.

I never would have thought of the West Elm C-table, which is a magnificent, practical addition that looks so elegant. She also threw a cowhide rug under the armchair and I absolutely loved that unexpected addition to the design.

unusual living room designThe Real Results

My living room is a corner of paradise now! It’s a relaxing sanctuary where everyone finally has a place to sit, stretch out, curl up and read, fade into our weekend naps, or just watch the sunset.

“Modsy let me be much more experimental than I ever would have dared to be in the real world.”

We ended up purchasing almost everything from our design through Modsy – the sectional sofa, armchair, daybed, coffee table, pouf…everything right down to details like the coasters and tray.

unusual living room design

unusual living room design

I loved using Modsy because it was so easy to do the whole design process online and get new ideas for my space and also because it was really so much fun.

Creatively, it let me be much more experimental than I ever would have dared to be in the real world. I could try things out virtually and then click ‘undo’ if I didn’t like them. And the 3D renderings were so accurate that it truly felt like I was playing house with my own place!

I wanted to get the design exactly right so I could envision just how my home would look – Modsy absolutely helped me make that happen.

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My Modsy Story – Finding Creative Design Solutions for My Small, NYC Home

Miguel's final master bedroom design

After moving from a large home in Ohio to a small NYC apartment, this couple was in need of creative design solutions to whip their new home into shape.

Homeowner: Miguel P, New York Academy of Medicine

Location: New York, NY

Room: Living/Dining Room, Master Bedroom, and Guest Room

Their Style: Mod Enthusiast

The Backstory

My husband and I (and our dog), moved from a 2600 square foot home in Columbus, OH to a much smaller apartment in New York City.

We were super excited about the move and starting a new life in New York! We were planning to settle in the city for some time so we wanted to make smart design and furniture choices to create a place that would feel like home.

Miguel’s space before

The Design Dilemma

We’ve both always liked design, but our new space was a challenge for both of us. Our last home was huge in comparison, and we’d lived there for 23 years. We weren’t familiar with how to decorate small spaces and needed help getting ideas for our new home.

Plus, we were both starting work soon and simply didn’t have a lot of time to play around with design concepts, shop for furniture and decor, or even look for designers to work with. We needed a quick and efficient design solution that would help us get creative about our layout and furniture choices.

creative design solutionsMiguel’s living room design

The Modsy Moment

I came across Modsy on Instagram and, as soon as I saw the ad, I thought it looked great! I didn’t have any reservations about using it – it sounded like just what we needed.

We were totally open to ideas but didn’t have enough experience with small spaces to trust our own choices. We also needed help with pretty much every room in the house and, like I said, I was starting my job soon and felt very pressed for time.

I had a strong sense of what we wanted for the overall “style” of our home, but no idea where to start with layout ideas. All that to say I needed help designing our new, and much smaller, space on a short timeline.

creative design solutionsMiguel’s master bedroom design

How Modsy’s Designs Helped Miguel

When our first Modsy designs came back we loved all of them right away. I couldn’t believe how spot-on they were! They matched our style perfectly and made use of every inch of the small apartment space.

Each of the designs our Modsy designer sent us were great, but there was a clear winner for each room. We ended up purchasing all the furniture and a number of accent pieces and decorative items through Modsy. We have a lot of art that we brought from our last home and were able to incorporate it all into the designs, so it worked out perfectly.

creative design solutionsMiguel’s guest bedroom design

The Real Results

I especially loved how Modsy found creative design solutions for each room in our small space. Lining up shelves high on the walls and using a floor length mirror, for example, really helped to make our apartment feel much bigger.

Plus, purchasing through Modsy was an excellent experience. The customer service and follow up was incredible! They were diligent, friendly and personal, and knew every detail about our purchases, delivery, design…everything.

We had never used a design service before because we really take pride in decorating ourselves and our own personal aesthetic and style. But for this project, Modsy was exactly the right partner and we are completely satisfied with the service and the way our apartment turned out.

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My Modsy Story: How I Designed My New Home in Record Time

designed my new home online

Klara upsized to a new home but she didn’t have any time to design it. Instead of living out of boxes for months, here’s how she found a quick and easy way to make her new place feel like home.

Homeowner: Klara N, Marketing Manager

Location: Glenview, IL

Room: Living/Dining Room, Basement Family Room

Her Style: Refined Modern

The Backstory

My family and I recently bought a new home that was larger and better suited for our needs. Our previous home was much smaller so we had a lot more space to fill this time. I didn’t want to feel like we were living in an empty house, so I wanted to get it designed as quickly as possible!

Klara’s rooms before

The Design Dilemma

But between my job and family duties I had zero time to think about how to decorate our new space. Even though I love home design, I was too busy to go to furniture stores and spend time browsing for inspiration.

“between my job and family duties I had zero time to think about how to decorate our new space.”

It was important to me to make this house beautiful and make sure that every room felt really put-together and professionally designed. I wanted to pick the right accessories and furniture to get a cohesive look without every room feeling like a hodgepodge of random stuff. And while I really wanted to be involved in the work, my busy schedule made it impossible. I needed help!

designed my new homeKlara’s living/dining room design

The Modsy Moment

I saw an ad for Modsy on Facebook and thought it sounded like a great idea! I honestly wasn’t exactly sure what I would get back, but I was willing to give it a shot. It seemed like it could be just what I needed to easily and quickly make my new house beautiful.

I had some ideas for the style and design but didn’t have a clear picture of exactly what I wanted so I loved that Modsy offered me the ability to request changes and alter my designs as much as I wanted.

I was hoping it would be a quicker, more affordable version of working with a designer in-person, which was exactly what I needed.

designed my new home onlineKlara’s basement family room design

How Modsy’s Designs Helped Klara

And as it turned out, my Modsy designs were amazing right from the start. I instantly fell in love with designs for both my living/dining room and basement family room. I was so impressed that I showed them to everyone!

“I loved how they suggested items so I didn’t have to do any of the legwork – It was perfect for helping me visualize my home in a new way!”

I asked for two fairly different versions of each room in order to stretch my thinking about what I could do with the spaces. They both looked so great in my space as a complete look that I wanted to buy them right away. I loved how they suggested items so I didn’t have to do any of the legwork – It was perfect for helping me visualize my home in a new way!

designed my new homeKlara’s living/dining room in real life

I also really enjoyed that Modsy let me make unlimited changes to my rooms. This helped me fine tune the designs I liked instead of starting from scratch or going with design options I didn’t 100% love. I got to check out a few different layouts and pick my favorite. And I got so excited every time I got an email notification that my new designs were ready!

designed my new homeThe Real Results

Modsy helped turn my house from an empty space into a beautiful home. The space looks amazing and I purchased almost all of the items that my designer suggested. I can’t even express what a relief it was to do it all online, including shopping from multiple brands in one place. I never would have found time to do all of this on my own!

“I can’t even express what a relief it was to do it all online… I never would have found time to do all of this on my own!”

Ordering furniture was so easy, and I think that was actually the best part of the experience for me. One order, one point of contact, and great communication on when I could expect my items to arrive. I was dreading having to shop and buy furniture from different stores and deal with a bunch of different customer service issues. Modsy made it all super easy.

All in all, Modsy saved me tons of time and money and also helped me with ideas for my space that I never would have come up with on my own. Thanks Modsy!

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