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Pride at Modsy: Bringing Pride Home with Interior Design

June is Pride Month, and here at Modsy, we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate.  Traditionally, Pride celebrations are a time for LGBTQIA people to gather in the spirit of love and diversity, look back at their shared history, and plan for a better future. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Pride gatherings have been canceled nationwide.

Because people are still stuck at home, the folks here at Modsy thought it might be fun to find a way to bring Pride home to our LGBTQIA followers and team. With this in mind, we decided to focus on the most iconic aspect of Pride, the RAINBOW FLAG. Below you will find a bevy of designs that celebrate the different Pride colors and their unique meanings. But before we take that stroll down the rainbow road, let’s dive into a little bit of history on the fabulous flag.

Pride MonthHistory of the Pride Flag

Inspired by the Wizard of Oz song “Over the Rainbow,” the first Pride flag was designed by veteran Gilbert Baker in 1977. Interestingly enough, the flag made its debut after Baker’s friend Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official, challenged him to create a symbol for the gay community.

Baker’s original design was hand-sewn and featured eight colors, each representing a different aspect of LGBT+ culture But demand for the flag soon grew too large, and Baker couldn’t continue to create each flag by hand. Instead, he began using a  rainbow fabric that was only available in six colors, as a way to create more flags in a quicker way. The new consolidated version of the flag was the one primarily used during LGBT+ Pride parades. That is, until 2017 when black and brown were introduced as additional colors to the flag in order to represent and include BIPOC members of the LGBTQIA community. The following year, three additional colors, light blue, pink, and white, were added to the flag to represent transgender men, women, and non-binary people.
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Before we go full technicolor on you, we’d like to take a moment to highlight the work of some fellow interior designers within the  LGBTQIA community. Each of these individuals is skilled at their craft and represents a small fraction of the queer-BIPOC and trans communities working in the interior design field.

Pride MonthAdair Curtis

Widely known for his starring role in the Netflix reality TV series, Styling Hollywood, Adair Curtis is an interior designer and husband of famed stylist Jason Boldin. Curtis began his career working for Def Jam Enterprises as a brand manager in the mid-00’s and after meeting his husband he embarked on a path into interior design. He has designed homes for many Hollywood elites, creating designs for the likes of “Bring it On” star Gabrielle Union.

Explore more of Adair Curtis’ work here!

Pride MonthSawyer DeVuyst

Sawyer DeVuyst is a New York and Los Angeles based model, actor, and furniture designer. DeVuyst’s acting work has helped bring wider visibility to the trans and gender non-conforming communities. Meanwhile, his design work has also developed an impressive following. DeVuyst has made beautiful pieces for the Wythe Hotel, Etsy Headquarters, and his work has even been sold in West Elm.

Explore more of Sawyer Devuyst’ work here!

Now without further ado… Here are our rainbow rooms to bring a little pride inspiration to your space.

Pride MonthRed: Life

Red means many things to many people. It can symbolize passion, lust, rage, and caution, but in the Pride flag, red means life. Perhaps Baker chose red to represent life because it is the color of the human heart. At Modsy,our customers are at the center of our work and we always strive to lead with the heart which is why we chose this lovely office space to represent life.

Speaking of heart, this design has tons of it. The attractive terracotta color of the walls is soothing and not aggressive (as red walls often are). The sweet red butterfly print adds a touch of soulfulness to space. Finally, the Eames desk chair is equal parts iconic and comfortable, making it perfect for a long (and impassioned) day at the home office.

Get Ready for Red

Pride MonthOrange: Healing

Orange represents healing on the Pride flag, which makes sense when you think about it. Orange recalls sunsets, the warm glow of candlelight, and healthful foods like carrots and, well, oranges. And what space do we do more healing in than the bedroom? After all, the bedroom is where we repair ourselves after a long day with a good night’s rest.

Like red, orange can often feel a little intense in the world of home decor. That’s why we chose subdued earth tone hues for the walls and balanced them with some crisp whites and neutrals. To keep things from feeling too “beige,” we incorporated a vibrant tangerine color side chair in sumptuous velvet. We also added some decorative pillows with a lively sense of geometry. The lovely orange oasis like this has you feeling refreshed and repaired in no time!

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Pride MonthYellow: Sunlight

Yellow is the symbol of sunlight on the pride flag, and we don’t think that requires much explanation. When choosing a space to represent this concept, we knew as surely as the sunrise in the east that there was no better space than a breakfast nook! After all, it’s the ideal spot to start the day with a delicious meal (we’ll take our eggs sunny side up, thank you) while perusing the news (like this historical Supreme Court ruling) or chatting with loved ones.

To really play-up the sunny disposition of this space, we chose an inviting butter yellow for the walls. Then we picked some statement-making wall decor like the starburst mirror, which really lets the sunshine in!

Let the Sunshine In

Pride MonthGreen: Nature

If you think the meaning of yellow on the Pride flag is a no brainer, we’re sure you can come to a NATURAL conclusion about the meaning of green. That’s right, the green stripe symbolizes nature! From the leaves of trees to the grass on the ground, green dominates the lion’s share of color in the natural world. With this in mind, we thought there would be no better way to celebrate the diversity of nature than with a stunning green entryway complete with a nature-inspired gallery wall.

For this space, we really wanted to highlight all that mother nature has to offer, so we brought together an assortment of pieces to represent its variety. We selected images from the sea, the earth, and even the stratosphere to really showcase nature’s bounty. However, because our entryway isn’t the size of the planet, we wanted to keep this collection feeling curated, so we chose wall art that felt slightly antique and vintage.

Go Green

Pride MonthBlue: Harmony

Blue is the symbol of harmony on the Pride flag, and we understand why. In visual language, harmony is defined as being pleasing to the eye. Harmony between people means a shared experience and a sense of alignment. What better way to represent these concepts than with a beautiful blue nursery. One of the iconic examples of harmony in human relationships is between a loving parent and their child.

For this soothing nursery space, we selected a rich assortment of blue hues in dark tones. The effect is restful and calming, making it the perfect place for a quiet read while your baby is down for their afternoon nap.

Find Harmony

Pride MonthPurple: Spirit

Purple is best known for being the color of royalty, but in the context of the Pride flag purple is symbolic of spirit. For us, the two meanings go hand-in-hand because if spirit is the essence of who we are as people, aren’t we all deserving of a little royal treatment? That’s why we decided that the living-room was the perfect spot for our purple paradise. It is the center (or soul) of most homes and the place where we want to showcase our style like the royalty (hey queens) we all are.

When bringing this space together, we chose classic and soothing hues of purple in luxurious fabrics like velvet and faux-fur. We went with strong silhouettes that are both bold and spirited. For the wall decor, we chose ethereal artwork to add a touch of lightness and whimsy to this regal and soulful space.

Get Royal Treatment

We hope this post put a little pep in your step and brought some joy to your hearts. Before we bid you ado, we wanted to share some links to some LGBTQIA organizations near and dear to us that work to raise awareness for LGBTQIA rights and equality.

Human Rights Campaign

Transgender Law Center

The Trevor Project

Thanks for taking this little journey with us over the rainbow. Happy PRIDE!

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Year In Review: Our 14 Best Bedroom Designs of 2019

best bedrooms 2019With 2019 coming to an end, we’re celebrating another amazing year in design with a quick look back at some of our favorite bedroom designs from the past trip around the sun. It’s the most intimate and cozy space in the house, so here’s to giving it the design love it deserves! Read on to see our best bedrooms from the year.

best bedrooms 2019The Look: Modern Lakehouse

This modern farmhouse-style bedroom is from our favorite lake house home tour. It shows off that you can do rustic without going the classic cabin route. The bedroom design combines a mix of woods in the best way possible with its light dresser, dark bed, and painted shiplap. Not to mention the vibrant green rug sets a beautiful foundation that also adds a subtle pop of color. It’s no wonder this is one of the best bedrooms of 2019!

Why We Love It: You can’t beat a modern cabin that nails it with a light, bright color palette.

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The Look: Natural Cool

This cozy and cool bedroom design manages to combine a crisp palette with perfectly plush layers and textures, from the traditional rug topped with large fluffy sheepskin to the creamy curtains to the super-soft bedding. And let’s not forget the Windsor-style bed, which adds a refined touch of rustic charm.

Why We Love It: This is our idea of a dreamy mix of textures layered together in the best way.

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The Look: Modern Earthy

Who knew that earthy neutrals could feel bold, and dare we say, colorful even? The green walls give this room a soothing backdrop that brings other soft rustic colors into sharp focus. Just check out the warm grays, browns, and beiges. Finally, the striped bedspread adds a bold touch of graphic pattern to the room.

Why We Love It: This is a bold example of a color risk that truly paid off!

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best bedrooms 2019The Look: Classic Glamour

There’s nothing like a traditional bedroom design with a glamorous edge. This chic design balances luxury and comfort, color and calm, as well as classic shapes and bold textures in the most wonderful ways possible. It all adds up to a statement bedroom that absolutely captivating.

Why We Love It: A blue-velvet scalloped headboard is a daring design move we simply can’t turn away from.

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The Look: Rustic Minimal

Both rustic and minimal at once, there’s just enough cozy in this clean-lined bedroom that still feels light and airy. The industrial flair from the lamps, the nightstands, and the floor mirror give the room an edge, while the soothing colors keep it visually simple and balanced.

Why We Love It: Modern rustic simplicity done without a trace of distressed wood? Yes, it’s possible!

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The Look: Luxe Wintry Bedroom

There’s so much that this luxurious traditional bedroom gets right. The plush upholstered headboard makes for an elevated centerpiece, the lovely patterned rug brings subtle elegance, and the sophisticated black wood furnishings provides just the right color contrast.

Why We Love It: It’s the classic white bedroom that feels like you’re waking up in a five-star hotel every day.

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The Look: Mid-Century Boho

It doesn’t get much better than this boho bedroom if you like modern design and lots of color. There’s a perfectly curated mix of patterns, from the pillows to the rug to the art. The opening shelving is both functional and stylish, and all of the designs feel balanced and not the least bit visually overwhelming. It’s a well-designed mix that’s very of-the-moment.

Why We Love It: If you love an eclectic space and mid-century furniture mix, this is perfection.

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The Look: Coastal Calm

If there’s a coastal bedroom design that we’ll always keep looking back to, it’s this bright elegant retreat. It’s refined without feeling stuffy or dark, and the furnishings are balanced in scale beautifully. If you like a more classic flair to your bedroom look but still prefer your designs to have a streamlined feel, this space has all of that.

Why We Love It: A light and bright space with a stunning canopy bed is always a yes.

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best bedrooms 2019The Look: California Casual

You can’t get more California casual in style than this bedroom mix that brings together layers of plush textiles and tailored furniture shapes. Don’t forget that perfect touch of brass detailing along with ephemeral art and woven accents. All the cues for absolute comfort are worked in right here in this stylishly curated bedroom.

Why We Love It: Luxury achieved through gorgeous neutrals is the definition of bedroom dreams!

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The Look: True Rustic

Clean-lined rustic style at it’s finest, this cozy bedroom features streamlined designs that make it feel modern and open. The wrought-iron bed frame sets a bold rustic tone while the soft green walls and notes of woven textures add to the overall relaxed vibe of the room.

Why We Love It: Cozy and inviting without feeling cluttered, this is one of our best bedrooms exemplifying classic rustic ease.

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best bedroom designsThe Look: Eclectic Glam

You don’t see this eclectic and funky bedroom approach every day. This space has its own unique sense of style and is all about getting playful and showing off some personality. The contrast of the orange walls with the blue-raffia nightstand alongside the metal bed say it all. A fun little gallery wall tops it all off with some additional oomph.

Why We Love It: A bedroom that reflects your personal style makes for a happy haven!

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The Look: Edgy Mid-Century Modern

Modern and edgy, this design-focused bedroom is all about the distinct furniture mix. The warm woods balance out harsh metals and the bold green wall, while all the natural textures—woven cord bench, jute rug, metal bed, hide pillows—add sleek and bold appeal.

Why We Love It: This is proof that there’s always a way to make cool designs work, no matter your space.

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The Look: Livable Elegance

From the channeled headboard and the neutral geometric rug to the rusty orange and blue color palette, this elegant bedroom captures the perfect mix of polished style and ease. The best part is that the furnishings and accents also have livable appeal for the everyday.

Why We Love It: Sophisticated design that feels none too precious never gets old!

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The Look: Modern Industrial Comfort

This industrial bedroom design mixes masculine and feminine styles seamlessly with its pops of patterns and the gallery wall of soft black-and-white art. Even though there are substantial furniture pieces that feature bold tones and materials, they all come together to create a totally livable space.

Why We Love It: If you’re looking to merge two completely separate styles, here’s your answer!

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