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Icelandic Interiors: Bringing the Nordic Look to your Bedroom

Recently we’ve found ourselves daydreaming of taking a vacation to Iceland. We can’t stop obsessing over the land of majestic mountains, cascading waterfalls, and the fluffiest sheep and reindeer. And while Iceland’s outdoors are a marvel in and of themselves, their interiors are just as stunning.iceland_3

Images of bedrooms with clean lines, a modern Nordic edge, living rooms chalk full of natural materials and neutral color schemes fill our social media feeds and Pinterest boards. And since a trip to Iceland isn’t in the cards (yet) we decided to bring these interiors to us with our latest Icelandic Bedroom collection!

Here, simplicity is the name of the game while materials and color help create a space that feels both informal, welcoming, and elegantly designed. Read on to learn how to get the Icelandic bedroom look and shop the collection below!

How to Create the Icelandic Bedroom Look:

 

Build your base:

  • Capture the Icelandic aesthetic by opting for foundational pieces that feel both simple and hearty. We love the clean lines of Pottery Barn’s Farmhouse Canopy Bed frame especially paired with the simple, yet slightly eclectic shape of the Tanah Nightstand (Anthropologie).

 

iceland_5Create a neutral color scheme:

  • Essential to this bedroom is the connection to Iceland’s majestic landscape. Help foster this in your space by creating a neutral color palette inspired by Iceland’s scenery. We opted for an elegant collaboration of browns, greys, blacks, and creams like West Elm’s Colca Wool Rug.

 

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Go natural:

  • Bring the Icelandic terrain even more into your space by incorporating furniture and accessories made of natural materials. Raw woods, chunky knits, fluffy sheepskin pelts, and braided wool and jute are all great choices. We especially love the Emmerson Reclaimed Wood dressers (West Elm) and the Antler Pendant Light (CB2).

 

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Make it a room with a view:

  • Ok, easier said than done, but one of the most stunning parts of Iceland is the dramatic landscape! Since we can’t really bring Iceland to our windows, we opted for art that captures its beauty instead. We love the photographs by Robert and Tiffany Peterson from Artfully Walls, special shout out to Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier Field and The Black Church of Búðir!

 

All that’s left to do is grab a hot cup of coffee, a fluffy blanket, and maybe a cat and snuggle up and enjoy your Icelandic bedroom retreat! Staycation done right.

The Icelandic Bedroom Collection:

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The Naturalist’s Interior: Designing a Minimal Bohemian Living Room

Naturalist Living Room CollectionWarm, calming, and eclectic, this living room is the naturalist retreat you’ve been searching for. Come lounge around on a patterned dhurrie settee or plop down on the floor with some pillows; this space is for those of you looking for a way to satisfy your minimal and bohemian cravings.

Here’s the steps we took to create our naturalist living room! Read on to learn how you can do the same and shop our curated collection of bohemian minimal products below.

Get the Naturalist Living Room Look:

Neutral Color Palette: Lay the foundation of your naturalist abode with a neutral color palette. Opt for whites, beiges, and browns to create a warm and calming space.

  • We started with a coat of Decorator’s White (Benjamin Moore) to let the unique architecture of our space shine.

Natural Materials: Incorporate natural materials to enhance your living room’s naturalist vibe. Choose pieces that use raw or unfinished materials like jute, rattan, wood, leather, stone, or shell.

Naturalist Living Room CollectionPlay with Texture & Pattern: Amp up the bohemian feel by incorporating texture and pattern. Playing with these elements will give your living room that essential eclectic charm.

  • Bring a welcome pop of pattern to your space with the Bridal Rug Settee (Wisteria). We also love the honeycomb pattern and translucent glow of Serena & Lily’s Capiz Honeycomb Chandelier made with real capiz shells.

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Naturalist Living Room Collection

Add some Natural Curiosities: The secret sauce of this space is its perfect balance between the romantic and scientific elements. Equally charming and intriguing, these few details are essential for nailing the naturalist look.

  • We included an homage to one of the most influential naturalists, the larger than life John Muir Tribute Tree artwork (Natural Curiosities). Add a touch of natural whimsy with sculptures and small objects, like our Floating Marble Ducks (Wisteria).

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We love the idea of bringing the great outdoors into your home. As American writer, Genevieve Valentine writes, “Nature provides enough order to soothe and enough entropy to surprise,” making it the perfect interior design muse. So, if you love the boho look but not all the color, or if you like minimal spaces but find them chilly, our Naturalist collection is the “neutral territory” you’ve been seeking.

The Naturalist Living Room Collection:

Restoration Hardware

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Ala Amelie: How To Get The Look of her Eccentric Bedroom Interior

We love incorporating details from cinematic interiors into our own homes, and with the Oscars encroaching we’ve been thinking about some of our all-time favorites. At the top of the list is the French film, Amélie.

Amélie Poulain, is a shy waitress at a cafe in Paris who delights in helping other people find happiness in unexpected ways. As shy as Amélie is, her apartment interior is just as bold. Daringly red and buzzing with eccentricities, we are still getting interior envy over Amélie’s bedroom so we decided to recreate this iconic interior.

How to get the look of Amelie's bedroom

Read on to learn how you can get Amélie’s bedroom look and bring her je ne sais quoi into your home!

How to get Amélie’s Bedroom look:

  • The Basics: Amélie’s traditional wrought iron bed frame adds a touch of whimsy to her space. Recreate the look with a similar silhouette, like the spindle iron head- and footboard on the Mason Bed Frame (Crate & Barrel).
  • Seeing Red: Amélie’s apartment interior was awash with a warm and rich red. Opt for a textured wallpaper like Farrow & Ball’s two tone damask Silvergate wallpaper. A more modern and clean option, we chose a solid coat of red-orange Caliente (Benjamin Moore).
    • Balance out these hot hues by incorporating splashes of green and blue. We love how the indigo Washed Wood Nightstand (Anthropologie) adds a cooling rustic touch against the spicy red backdrop.
  • Animal Accents: Amélie loves her animal-themed decor, and her pair of Michael Sowa portraits are a must for capturing her look. Both prints, Dog with Cone and Fowl with Pearls, bring that signature touch of Amélie-esque whimsy to any bedroom.
    • Stylist Tip: Push the look more eclectic with mismatched frames, like Amélie’s.

What we love most about Amélie’s bedroom is how entirely livable it feels. Amélie isn’t rich and her home authentically reflects that. We wholeheartedly relate to her method of “organized clutter” and find her quirks charming.

What’s your cinema interior inspiration? Join the conversation and tell us in the comments what fictional room you want to see come to life!

 

The Collection:

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Crate & Barrel

 

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Return to Classics: A Fresh Take on a Timeless Look

As dramatic as it is elegant, we are absolutely in love with this classic yet minimal Parisian apartment interior. The space feels simultaneously like a relic of the past and also palpably current. It’s this subtle tension between timeless and modern that makes this space so fresh even as it feels entirely familiar.

To create the look we combined traditional furniture, a monochromatic palette, and accessories with a classical flair.

We started with a base of neutral pieces with clean lines. We picked silhouettes that alluded to classical forms, but with clean lines and pared-down ornamentation. We especially love the Bryn chair (Crate & Barrel) and the Leonelle Sofa (Anthropologie) – the swooped arms on the chair and casters on the sofa hint at their classic antecedents, while their streamlined forms push a modern look.

 

Next we layered in our Chinoiserie accents. Roughly translating to “Chinese-esque,” the term refers to a European interpretation and imitation of East Asian artistic traditions. The 17th and 18th centuries saw a growing European fascination with the “mysterious East,” and the inclusion of these artistic elements in European decorative arts became a status symbol for the wealthy. In our space we opted for a modern take on Chinoiserie by selecting pieces with a subtle bamboo motif, such as the lamp, mirror, and bench.

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Then, we sprinkled in a few pieces of classical artwork and accessories with a modern flair. Look for pieces with a traditional subject matter, but depicted through a modern medium. The Equus Wall Art is a great example: the equestrian subject matter is a staple of classic interiors, but here it is depicted in an abstract expressionist manner, giving it a modern edge.

No Classically-inspired room is complete without a pair of Foo Dogs! You might be thinking: “What the Foo, these aren’t dogs?” And you’d be right! A corroded Western translation, “Foo Dogs” are actually a pair of guardian lions. Originating in India, the Foo Dogs spread to other parts of Asia, namely China, and from there they eventually came to Europe. Always a pair of a male and female, Foo Dogs are the symbolic guardians of the home. The male protects the structure and the female protects the dwellers.

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Stylist tip: We chose a pair of white-blue Foo Dogs to compliment our minimal color palette and keep the space feeling fresh. Try using them as bookends, or pendant pieces on a console or fireplace mantle. Just make sure you keep them as a pair for maximum good luck!

If you self-identify as a Refined Connoisseur, Contemporary Connoisseur, or a Timeless Traditionalist, you will be sure to love this Return to Classic space. Not sure what your Modsy style is? Take our Style Quiz to find out.

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The Classic Minimal Living Room Collection

 

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Cabin in the Holly-Woods

We’ll be hibernating for the rest of Winter (maybe even some of Spring too) in this gorgeous “Cabin in the Holly-Woods” space. Part elegant hunting lodge, part wilderness chic, we designed this room for those who love rustic spaces with glamorous touches.

To start, we pulled together a base of hearty and comforting classic pieces, layered with delightful accents and luxurious statement pieces. Once the design was put together, we felt like our canvas – the room itself! – needed a little love. We decided some wall treatments were in order but, like many of you, we wanted to see the possibilities before committing. So, we came up with four options to choose from. We can’t decide, so pick your favorite!

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Blank Slate: For our original room we went with Benjamin Moore’s “Decorator’s White.” A slightly cooler shade, this choice creates a simple base for any interior and lets the furniture and materials speak for themselves.

Bold Color: Drama is the name of the game with this paint job. A bold and saturated green-blue hue, Benjamin Moore’s Salamander brings a breath of fresh-forest air inside our rustic glam space. We love how the gold accents and velvet sofa pop against this shade!

wood-panelingWood Paneling: This version of the space has been transformed by some peel-and-stick wood paneling from west elm. Available in four colors, we opted for the white-washed reclaimed wood for a fresh take on a “rustic cabin” staple.

wallpaperWhimsical Wallpaper: Piero Fornasetti’s Nuvolette wallpaper – “little clouds” in Italian – provides the stormy backdrop for the final version of our space. One of our favorite designers at Modsy, Fornasetti’s whimsical design transforms our glamorous cabin into a dreamy interior.

Stylist tip: We paired “Decorator’s White” with our Nuvolette wallpaper. The cooler white complements the wallpaper’s palette, where a warmer shade would feel oppositional.

If you like farmhouse chic, traditionally chic, or refined rustic spaces, you’ll be sure to love this collection! Not sure what your Modsy style is? Take our Style Quiz to find out.

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Winter Whites Bedroom

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If “Sweater Weather” were a place it would be this Winter Whites bedroom. A retreat from these chilly January days, we’ve dreamed up the perfect bedroom to snuggle up and wait for winter’s end.

We crafted this bedroom for someone who loves rustic spaces, but craves a minimal vibe. We started with a palette of neutral tones, covering the full spectrum from white, to beige, to various shades of brown. When looking for pieces, we opted for organic materials to play up the rustic feeling. Textures galore, in this space natural woods, leather, clay, wool, and jute come together to create a harmonious yet visually dynamic space. Soft landscapes and whimsical insect studies were the final touch, artwork we selected to underscore the connection of the room to the natural world.

What brings the room to life is the play between textures. We chose to play with a collage of rough jute, caning, hammered metal, and patterned surfaces to create some visual intrigue within the minimal space. We especially love the bone inlay pattern on the Hessa dresser – an elegant and rustic touch to the space. As rustic as it is minimal, the natural palette, mix of traditional and contemporary furniture, and organic materials all create a warm and timeless “Winter White” space. The perfect cozy retreat, this collection is rooted in Winter even as it looks towards Spring.

Stylist tip: Double-dip with your furniture and use a desk as a nightstand. This is great for smaller spaces, and will help keep your room from feeling too “matchy-matchy.”

A collection designed especially for Modsy’s Refined Farmhouse, Rustic Warmth, and Rustic Traveler styles. Not sure what your Modsy style is? Take our Style Quiz to find out.

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The Winter Whites Bedroom Collection

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Industrial Visionary Bedroom

A style that is simultaneously unfinished and refined, organic and designed; we love to admire industrial loft spaces, but it can be hard to imagine actually living in them. An increasingly popular style, the name conjures up images of exposed ceiling beams, raw and unfinished materials, and a celebration of objects and their industrial pasts. To make this desirable style attainable for all of us who don’t live in cool city lofts, look for products that embody the tenets of industrial design.

Industrial Visionary Bedroom

Originating as cost-saving measures, over time, the defining characteristics of industrial design became sought-after elements of the style. In the late 20th century, abandoned Victorian factories and warehouses began to be converted into residential living spaces. At first taking the form of studio spaces for struggling artists, industrial lofts experienced a surge in popularity and eventually became aspirational, rather than attainable, dwellings.

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While we can’t all have steel beams and floor-to-ceiling windows in our homes, we can achieve an industrial look in whatever space we have. Here are some of the basics on how to achieve an Industrial look in any space:

  • Start with a neutral color palette. The high contrast of whites, greys, and blacks layered over neutral tones helps recreate the drama of Industrial interiors.
  • Let the materials do the talking. Reclaimed wood, metal, leather, linen, and acrylic are all staples of Industrial interiors. Opt for pieces that show their age or feel “unfinished” – a nice patina on a leather armchair or a slab of live-edge wood, help create the illusion of an industrial past.
  • Modern forms and clean lines are your friends. Industrial interior design is a no-frills style, so picking furniture that is minimal and modern will do wonders in helping you achieve this look. We’ve picked out some of our favorite pieces below to get you started.

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Mod Visionaries, Industrial Visionaries, and even Urban Collectors will get heart-eyes for this collection! Not sure what your Modsy style is? Take our Style Quiz to find out.

Stylist tip: Warm up an industrial space with brass and gold metals. This will help add some color and make the room feel more inviting. We love the Brass Studio Floor mirror from Pottery Barn and the Gold-Dipped Task Lamp from Anthropologie.

 

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The Collection

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Modsy Collections: A Soothing & Serene Living + Dining Room

Now that 2016 is behind us, we hope you’ve had a chance to relax and spend time with loved ones. But, as we know recovering from the holidays isn’t always so easy. Here’s a little post-holiday detox for your home. We even went ahead and swept up the pine needles and packed up the holiday decorations for you.

A muted palette of beiges, greens, and earthy browns, lays the room’s serene foundation, while antiqued metal finishes and playful pops of pattern enliven the space and keep it feeling contemporary. A sophisticated collection that looks toward spring, but still warm and cozy for the winter.

Soothing & Serene Dining Room

Designed for anyone who craves a space that is so fresh and so clean, our collection will help you sail into the new year feeling uncluttered and renewed. Contemporary Minimalists, Discerning Collectors, and even those drawn to rustic and warm spaces will especially love this look. Not sure what your Modsy style is? Take our Style Quiz to find out.

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Stylist tip: Try pairing more formal pieces of furniture with playful accessories, such as fun art or patterned rug to give your space a little contemporary edge. We love the Looking Forward and Out of Egypt prints from Minted. They add the perfect touch of visual intrigue to a space, while still creating a balanced, put-together look.

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The Soothing & Serene Collection

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Reinventing Your Kid’s Old Bedroom: How two empty nesters transformed their space

Trying to design a brand new space can certainly be challenging, but sometimes it can be just as hard reimagining a room you’ve had arranged a certain way for years and years.

This was the case for one of our earliest Modsy users, Dorene. Her son, Evan, was well into his college years when she decided it was about time to shed his youthful bedroom décor and recreate the room as something she and her husband could actually use. Dorene chose to turn the space into a nice guest room, a space where friends and family could comfortably stay when visiting their home.  There was the obvious need to upgrade the bed from a twin to a queen, but beyond that she struggled to figure out how to arrange everything in the space and decide which furniture to get rid of and to keep. After using that room for over 20 years as her son’s bedroom, it was difficult to truly visualize it in a new way.

“After using that room for over 20 years as her son’s bedroom, it was difficult to truly visualize it in a new way.”

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That’s where Modsy came in. Using Modsy, Dorene was able to see her son’s bedroom fully transformed into the elegant guest room that she had only been imagining.  “I was actually thinking about keeping all the furniture and putting the bed in a different place,” Dorene explained. Seeing the Modsy designs, she decided to let go of most of the existing furniture, keeping only the armoire, and to position the bed in the same way as the Modsy design.  “I realized the way I was envisioning the room was not really ideal. Seeing the design ahead of time was so helpful in figuring out the best layout for the small room.”

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“Seeing the design ahead of time was so helpful in figuring out the best layout for the small room.”

As hard as it is to see your kids grow up and move away from home, don’t let their rooms remain relics of their childhood’s past for too long – give that room a new life! Make it a lovely guest room (where they can of course come home to visit every weekend), maybe a library, or a home office. Once Modsy shows you how that room can be transformed, it’ll be hard to resist.