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My Modsy Story: Proof That Pet-friendly Designs Don’t Have to Sacrifice on Style

When Marsha and Dan became empty-nesters they decided it was finally time to finish designing their beach house. They soon discovered it was hard to find stylish, pet-friendly decor that went with their space.

 

Modsy customer beach house

 

Homeowner: Marsha, Dan, and dog Gunner

Space: Living Room

Our Style: Refined Rustic

Modsy customer beach house

Modsy customer beach house

The Backstory

Six years ago, my husband Dan and I purchased a beautiful house located in a tiny town on the Washington coast. It’s our dream home and we hope to move there permanently someday—but for now, it’s our second home where we spend most weekends and any time off we can get.

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The Design Dilemma

Recently Dan and I became empty-nesters, so when the kids aren’t visiting it’s just us and our dog, Gunner. When the kids moved out we knew it was finally time to make our beach house the cozy home we wanted it to be.

“We were struggling to select furniture that was elevated enough to work for the architecture of our space, pet-friendly enough to handle our pooch, and affordable enough to buy on our budget.”

The space is very large and formal but we have a more casual style. We were struggling to select furniture that was elevated enough to work for the architecture of our space, pet-friendly enough to handle our pooch, and affordable enough to buy on our budget. I was also overwhelmed by the tall ceilings and finding decor that went with our color scheme.

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The Modsy Moment

We had heard wonderful things about Modsy, and we loved seeing all the before and after pictures on the Modsy blog and Instagram—so you can imagine how pleased we were when we saw our initial designs. They completely exceeded our expectations. Our favorite part of the design process was seeing how our designer took our requests for durable furnishings and a casual beach look and seamlessly married them with the formal architecture.

“Our favorite part of the design process was seeing how our designer took our requests for durable furnishings and a casual beach look and seamlessly married them with the formal architecture.”

Another thing we really appreciated about Modsy was seeing our designs in the 360-view. This tool was so neat, adding an extra air of realism to our design experience and helping us see what our design could be in real life. It was so easy to swap furniture items from the 3D catalog too. It really helped us find the right pieces for us and the dog!

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The Real Results

Before using Modsy, this room never felt complete and none of the pieces we had went with our house. Now we have a beautiful design that’s cozy but lives up to the grandeur of the room (and the baby grand piano that Dan inherited from his mom). Each piece was carefully chosen so it not only looks beautiful but can handle Gunner and his puppy pals when our kids bring their pets for a visit.

“Before using Modsy, this room never felt complete and none of the pieces we had went with our house. Now we have a beautiful design that’s cozy but lives up to the grandeur of the room. Each piece was carefully chosen so it not only looks beautiful but can handle Gunner and his puppy pals when our kids bring their pets for a visit.”

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Style Spotlight: Tour Our Coastal Style Dream Home

coastal style Whether it’s the beaches of California or the rocky coast of Maine, there’s no denying coastal living has its draws. There’s something about the simplicity of the lifestyle and the salty breeze that draws us in. And while we can’t all upend our lives and move to a small coastal fishing village, we can all achieve the laid-back, natural look of coastal style in our homes.

So it’s no surprise that Coastal style is actually one of our most-requested looks. With its casual vibe and natural elements, Coastal style feels down-to-earth and lived-in while still looking put-together. So, to celebrate the arrival of summer days (hopefully) filled with sandy beaches and sunshine, we’re breaking down this rustic, beachy style and showing you how to get this look in your own home.

coastal style Root Your Look in Comfort

One of our favorite aspects of Coastal style is how approachable it is. There’s nothing stuffy or fussy about it. In fact, comfort is key. This look is rooted in more traditional shapes while putting a premium on livability.

When it comes to choosing foundational furniture for this look, steer away from overly modern lines and go for something a little more rustic in shape and color. We lean toward large, overstuffed sofas that you can sink into, topped with plenty of throw pillows. In the dining room, we love big tables in natural wood tones where the whole family can gather. But you want to make sure to balance this heavier furniture with lighter-weight accent pieces and neutral color palettes—because ultimately you’re going for an open, airy aesthetic.

coastal style Choose Light, Weathered Woods

The Coastal look is all about being easy and breezy. For this style, we like wood that’s reminiscent of driftwood—raw and unfinished, sometimes even with a sun-bleached look. Stay away from dark or high-gloss wood finishes, which add visual weight and formality. You want to keep things light and airy.

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The great part about lighter, weathered woods is that you can mix and match styles and tones, and it will still have a cohesive look. Your dining table doesn’t have to be the exact same shade of wood as your chairs or sideboard. By choosing light woods that have almost a grey or whitewashed undertone, you’ll achieve a cohesiveness that’s not too matchy-matchy.

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coastal style

Rattan is a great option for accent pieces as it easily complements lighter wood tones, offering structure while being visually lightweight. And this doesn’t have to be limited to the more traditional chair or footstool. We love the uniqueness of a rattan bar cart and the tropical feeling it lends a dining room.

With all of these pieces, there’s a livability to them that can’t be beat. It’s ok if these pieces get a little worn or weathered from use. A little patina only adds to the organic coastal look. So, don’t be afraid to really live with these pieces—because this style of wood only gets better with age and use.

coastal style Opt for Organic Materials + Natural Textures

Bring the outdoors in with organic materials and natural textures. This look takes its inspiration from nature—so look for materials like jute, rope, linen, unfinished woods, seagrass, cork, and rattan.

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How you use them can range from the more obvious—like linen bedding or rattan side tables—or have a more contemporary twist to keep your look more modern. Think: rope-wrapped armchairs in the living room or a mirror frame and footstool covered in chunky, hand-braided water hyacinth. Look for pieces that have streamlined frames made with natural materials that keep the beachy vibe alive.

You can accent the rawness of these organic materials with soft, textured throws and woven baskets. We love the natural look of soft wool baskets for blanket storage, books and magazines, or as a laundry basket.

coastal style Keep the Color Palette Neutral with Pops of Blue

When it comes to a color scheme, take a cue from nature—sandy beaches, weather-beaten boardwalks, and seagrass. These warm neutral notes will ground your look, giving it a summery, serene feeling.

And when it comes to adding pops of color, think in shades of blue for those soothing ocean vibes. You can mix and match tones of blue—from navy to sky blue—for visual depth, everywhere from throw pillows and vases to wall art and area rugs.

These decorative accents are also a great way to bring the beachy vibes of Coastal style into your home. Our favorite types of coastal decor are nautical-inspired wall art—like these blue coral prints or rope knot artwork. And we’re also big fans of using an oversized shell or piece of coral as a decorative accent on a bookshelf or coffee table.

And don’t forget to add pops of natural green. Every room should have some sort of plant element to bring the colors of nature inside. Some of our favorite plants for the Coastal look are the muted greens olive trees and eucalyptus or the bright pop of monstera plants. Even a single leaf in a vase creates a simple statement look!

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