Wit & Delight blogger and designer, Kate Arends, knows style and regularly provides her 30 million followers with guidance on self-care, beauty, fashion, and decor. But when the style polymath found herself overwhelmed with choices for her bedroom design project, she turned to Modsy for some expert collaboration.
Homeowner: Kate Arrends
Kate Arends, founder of the popular blog Wit & Delight, enjoys tackling design projects on her own and sharing her wins with her followers online. She’s spent the past year conquering one design project after another in her home, documenting it all on her blog and Instagram. And while she certainly takes input from her husband, Joe, she tends to take the lead when it comes to their home’s design.
“Running solo has always felt simpler to me than relying on others—especially when it comes to design. I tend to have a specific idea I’m chasing and, admittedly, I’m not always the best at communicating my vision. So, it’s always been easier to do it myself.”
The Design Dilemma
When Kate finally got around to designing her main bedroom, she found herself overloaded with too many ideas for the space. She was dissatisfied with her bedroom not feeling “grown up” enough; she wanted it to be a space that could feel restful and rejuvenating—while still being kid-inclusive; she wanted more storage and matching nightstands. But weaving together all of those ideas and solutions on her own started feeling overwhelming… What she needed was a sounding board to bounce her ideas off of and get a second opinion on how to bring them all together.
“For the last year, I’ve been designing and making changes to the house here and there. Eventually, decision paralysis crept in. I grew exhausted with making all the design decisions. I needed to find someone to work with who would understand my design needs and walk through the process with me.”
The Modsy Moment
Having collaborated with Modsy on a past design project, Kate knew that what she needed was to work with an expert designer who would understand her desire for collaboration. She was also excited about trying on different ideas for the space in 3D to ensure she got everything just right—like a beautiful traditional-style wallpaper she’d found and a woven rattan pendant light that was her inspiration for the rest of the room.
“In our last home, I worked with Modsy to assist in designing our living room, and I thought they’d be a great partner to help finalize the look of our main bedroom. What I liked about working with Modsy was just that—the act of working with them throughout the process. I don’t have to completely hand over the project or design, or compromise my original vision when working with Modsy. Instead, I have a collaborative partner to help with the design roadblocks and do some heavy lifting.”
Kate’s design vision started to take shape once she talked one-on-one with her designer. They decided to go in a more traditional design direction, with elements of the Cottagecore trend, as well as some modern elements throughout the space. Going over inspirational images and chatting about the project in detail was a relief after flying solo for so long.
“I can’t tell you how nice it was to have a conversation with someone who spoke the same language and understood what I wanted for the room.”
“After sharing some moodboards, pictures, and bedroom measurements, my designer was off and running. I can’t tell you how nice it was to have a conversation with someone who spoke the same language and understood what I wanted for the room, even when I had trouble communicating exactly what it was I was looking for.”
The Real Results
Kate’s bedroom has gone from being a frustrating, overwhelming project to a fully realized space that brings her joy.
“I love how this room turned out. I love how it feels like an escape at the end of the day, and a relaxing place to wake in the morning. I love that my kids love hanging out here with us. I love that we can watch movies together, read books, and just spend time together. To me, that’s a successful room redesign!
Modsy can select the perfect pieces for your space. They’re perfect for anyone looking to update the look of their space, no matter what stage you are in—whether you’re starting from a blank canvas or selecting the final accent pieces for your room.”
“I love how this room turned out. I love how it feels like an escape at the end of the day, and a relaxing place to wake in the morning.”