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My Modsy Story: Creating a Cohesive and Cool Design For My New Loft

Sean made the move from a cramped New York City apartment to an open loft space.  He welcomed the chance to spread out a bit but struggled to fill the blank canvas with a design that made it feel like home.

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Homeowner: Sean G.

Space:  Open Living-Dining Room

My Style: Rustic Traveler

Before photo of customer\'s living room space

Before photo of customer\'s living room space

The Backstory

I am a single guy living in NYC who recently moved from a small apartment to this large loft space. I was excited about the extra room and the opportunity to update my home’s style. From a design perspective, I know what I like and what I don’t like, but in my new apartment, I found myself drawing a blank when it came to creating a cohesive look.

Customer\'s design of studio apartment living room in modern style

The Design Dilemma

I’d brought some furniture I liked with me when I moved, but in terms of what I wanted for the whole space—how I wanted it to feel—it was like working with a blank canvas. And, boy, that blank canvas felt daunting! I needed help creating a cool, modern, clean space that was both comfortable and functional.

 

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Customer\'s design of studio apartment dining room in modern style

The Modsy Moment

I was really excited to see what my space would look like in 3D, and my Modsy designs didn’t disappoint. Sometimes it is hard to visualize how a design will actually look and how everything will fit in together, but Modsy’s 3D renderings are amazingly realistic and made me feel confident that the designs would work in my space. The designs also captured the comfortable and practical vibe I wanted for the loft space—incorporating the minimalist, uncluttered Scandinavian style I love.

Customer\'s living room in boho eclectic style with a large gallery wall

The Real Results

I love seeing my Modsy designs taking shape IRL. I think interior design is one of the last things that a single guy living in NYC thinks of for his apartment but it makes such a huge difference. I’d recommend Modsy to everyone. My apartment designs make the place so much more comfortable and “homey.” It’s great to have a design that shows off the uniqueness of my NYC apartment.

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Layout Guide: Designing a Family Room + Office in an Open Loft Space

attic loft layout guideIn our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Often the trickiest part of designing a space, finding the right layout for your room can be a challenge. This week we’re serving up two solutions for an office/family room in an open loft space.

Attic lofts can be amazing spaces, but they also come with their own set of quirks. If you have a funky loft area in your home, you might be wondering how to make the space work for your needs. The good news is that with a little planning, attic loft designs can have huge potential! This week we look at how we can arrange a loft to fit both a family room and office with two clever and functional layout ideas.

The Space: 20×12 family room + office loft design with A-frame ceilings.

The Style: Atomic Industrial

The Challenge: Designing an attic loft to allow for a designated office area and comfortable family room with lots of space for lounging, playing, and watching TV.

loft designIdea #1: Flexible Sectional Layout

The loft layout idea #1 is all about creating a designated area for cozy family time. The sectional facing the TV makes the layout perfect for family movie nights. We included plenty of seating – and the flexibility of the sectional leaves room for both a play area and a work station. Overall it creates a cozy space that doesn’t feel cluttered.

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Here’s why this attic loft layout idea works.

Ample Seating

The sectional can be arranged in different ways to optimize seating depending on your needs. Plus, the armchair, coffee table and ottoman all provide extra seating as needed.

Attic Loft Friendly

The low furniture hugs the walls and tucks under the a-frame ceilings without wasting space. Since room is tight, we added lots of extra storage in the form of trunks, credenza, storage ottoman and baskets to tuck away all clutter.

Space to Work and Play

The desk is a great small space solution that offers a functional workspace that can double as a side table for the sofa. With room left, we included a play teepee, which provides a kid area that is tucked away from the TV viewing. Finally, the indoor/outdoor rug is perfect for a play space, as it’s durable and easy to clean.

This Is Great If You…

  • Want a cozy family room with plenty of extra seating.
  • Need an optimal setup for TV viewing, where the TV and sofa directly face each other.
  • Want furniture and a design that are kid-friendly.
  • Love extra hidden storage to save room and get rid of clutter.

attic loft designIdea #2 – Double Sofa Layout

Our loft layout idea #2 puts the emphasis on more conversational seating by keeping the TV as part of the design, but not the main focus. One sofa faces it with while the other sofa and chair face toward the center of the room. And the two remaining corners make for perfect work/play areas.

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Here’s why this attic loft layout idea works.

attic loft officeSmall Space Solutions

Here the desk is tucked into the back corner by the closet for a separate workspace that is still part of the family fun. The small table set-up also makes a great, tucked-away play space for kiddos to get creative.

A Loft for Lounging

In this design, the seating is super comfy and geared toward conversation and lounging, but the design also makes it easy to watch TV. The two sofas also offer ample seating (just as much as the sectional) but also give the room an eclectic feel, so it’s not too matchy-matchy.

Slanted Ceiling Friendly

Sloped ceilings can be a real design challenge. Since you can’t hang your art, propping it against the wall is a great solution that makes use of what wall space your have and adds visual interest to the room.

This Is Great If You…

  • Have one sofa that works and want to add another – they don’t have to be perfectly matched.
  • Enjoy a more conversational seating arrangement.
  • Need extra hidden storage to de-clutter your space.
  • Love a clean, modern design.

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