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My Modsy Story: Designing My New Home From Scratch While on the Other Side of the World

When her medical fellowship studying infectious disease in Johannesburg, South Africa was suddenly cut short by the outbreak of COVID-19, Dr. Heather R. found herself needing to return home to the States. But she didn’t have her own space or furniture to come home to.

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Homeowner: Heather R.

Space: Living-Dining Room

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The Backstory

I was in the middle of a medical fellowship in Johannesburg when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Prior to leaving for South Africa, I gave away the entire contents of my one-bedroom apartment—furniture and all—because I was not planning to come back to the US anytime soon. When my fellowship suddenly required I return to the States, I knew I’d be starting over from scratch.Modsy customer dining room design

The Design Dilemma

Because this wasn’t just a move to a new city but the beginning of the next phase of my medical career, it was so important that I create an amazing space to call my own, giving me a home base where I could crash and relax after work. As exciting as it was to be making the move I’d dreamed of for so long, the idea of having to furnish an entire apartment from scratch was extremely overwhelming.

In the past, I’d always had hand-me-down or used furniture I didn’t care much about, so I had no idea what my style was. There are so many design options out there, which is overwhelming. The process of finding everything I needed and ensuring it all went together was just too much for me to tackle on my own. To top it off, I was doing all of this as a busy medical professional during a pandemic, and I wasn’t even in the same city as my new New York apartment yet.

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The Modsy Moment

I spent some time trying to figure out how to get the affordable design help I wanted and needed, but I was really struggling to find something that worked with my limited time and budget. I was beginning to lose hope of finding the design solution I needed before finalizing my move when a friend suggested Modsy. At first, the idea that I could get remote 3D design help from a real designer seemed too good to be true, but it turned out to be exactly what I needed!

I can’t say enough positive things about my entire experience. First and foremost, my designer was absolutely amazing! She listened to what I had to say and understood what I wanted for the space before I knew myself. She was just so present and always had amazing energy. I cannot say enough about her! Plus, the Modsy customer service team members have been extremely helpful and responsive as well which is so appreciated. It really made the whole ordering experience that much better.

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The Real Results

It’s a huge relief knowing that the hard part of coming up with the design is over and now I just get to live in the amazing space! I could not be happier and more excited about my new home. (I literally bought just about everything in my design!) I have shown the space to multiple family members and friends, and they agree that it’s incredible. I have loved my Modsy experience and I love my design.

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Style Spotlight: How To Transition Boho Style For Fall

With autumn in full swing, it’s time to make some fall decor updates in the home. Although, it can be challenging with bohemian style spaces, which are known for their summery tropical vibe and their mix of vibrant colors, bold patterns, layers of textures, and big leafy plants. It’s a popular look that’s hard to miss. But how do you make it work for fall?

Despite their sunny disposition, boho spaces are actually pretty easy to cozy up, whether it’s adding luxe textures to a modern bohemian living room or working in warmer colors in a boho dining space. For inspiration, we’ve rounded up our best tips for playing up a fall boho look in the home that’s as cozy as it is colorful. Find out more below!

If you love the bohemian interior design aesthetic but aren’t sure how to bring the look home, check out our breakdown of what is boho style for a primer on the bright, layered look. Then explore our gallery for more inspiring boho design ideas.

modern bohemian living roomAdd Cozy Boho Accents

You can turn any corner in a boho living room into an instant fall haven. A little modern bohemian styling with neutral and textural home decor is all you need.

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Ideas to Try:

Animal art. Black-and-white photos and evocative paintings with animals nod to nature and can warm up empty walls for fall by adding a bit of boho drama and intrigue.

Soft, fuzzy rug. A high-pile rug with extra tufting adds major comfort and cozy underfoot. One with a unique, eclectic design will blend seamlessly in any bohemian interior.

Earthy green notes. A sprinkling of sage green accents is a subtle way to bring autumn indoors. You can even decorate with fall bounties, like eucalyptus and purple pumpkins.

modern bohemian living roomMix In Luxe Textures

Whether it’s velvet or wool, lush textiles and heavier fabrics will take any boho living room from light and airy to totally cozy.

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Shimmery velvet pillows. Work in a crushed-velvet pillow or two, which will lend rich texture and luxurious shine to a room. Velvet, in all forms, is always a plus for fall decorating.

Heavy drapery. Curtains are often overlooked in interior design, but they’re hands-down the most important fall update. Go with thicker wool (or velvet) drapery to keep out any cold crafts.

Whimsical woven touches. Because fall demands lots of textures, a few woven accents, like baskets or a rattan chair, will bring in an airy note and a modern bohemian lightness.

modern bohemian living roomGroup Bold Designs

Pieces that emphasize different shapes and motifs, both big and small, altogether make for a boho living room display that feels stylishly fall.

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Colorful ephemeral art. Whether it’s a set of butterfly prints or a series of scientific drawings, art depicting ephemera has a way of inviting an Old World feeling that’s perfect for fall.

Patterned furniture. No modern bohemian interior is complete without a statement cabinet that’s boldly eye-catching. Pair it with ephemeral art and accents to give it a layered, warm look.

Small sculptural details. It’s often the little things that round out a room for fall. Try adding faux greenery to a textured vase and swapping in pom-pom pillows for seasonal finishing touches.

modern bohemian living roomPlay Up Natural Elements

A fireplace spruced up with botanicals and small boho accents is a simple way to usher in a feeling of fall and transform any hearth into a focal point with a modern bohemian look.

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Ideas to Try:

Lush fall greenery. Spreading botanicals, greenery, and orange stems across a fireplace is one of our best-kept fall mantel decor tips. Arrange it like a centerpiece on a table. Go big.

A macramé garland. An unexpected way to warm up a boho living room is with a textured conversation piece, like this macramé garland or a framed textile fragment, which make for perfect fireplace accents.

Vintage-style home decor. Mix antiqued accents, like wood candlesticks and old books, for a curated fall boho look. It’s one of our favorite fall decor ideas you can’t go wrong with.

modern bohemian living roomBring In Autumnal Notes

With a modern bohemian living room, all it takes are warm accents that nod to the colors, patterns, and textures of fall to make it a cold-weather-ready gathering spot.

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Ideas to Try:

Orange cushions. Shades of orange, from sunset to rusty terracotta, are fall hues that are perfect as throw pillows. They’ll bring a burst of autumnal style to any bohemian interior.

Seasonal geometric rug. If you’re not a fan of the soft fluffy white rug, a geometric natural-fiber or wool rug in a warm tone is a great alternative, as it adds warmth and sets an autumnal tone.

Patterns in faded hues. Try layering a boho living room with prints and motifs in earth tones throughout its interior design. It’s a subtle way to add chic visual interest while signaling fall.

modern bohemian living roomLayer In Pops Of Red

Whether it’s vermillion, crimson, or cherry, shades of red in small, stylish bursts will liven up any boho style space with a colorful fall vibe.

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Neutral furniture. Instead of bright and sculptural furnishings found in modern bohemian interior design, pare down with pieces in natural tones and neutrals to allow accents in fall hues to take center stage.

A bright patterned rug. A classic bohemian design staple, a warm-colored rug with bright notes of red is an easy way to guarantee a fall look that’s at once light and eccentric.

Florals and fruits theme. For a whimsical boho approach to fall color and pattern, mix florals and fruits in autumnal colors as a theme. Try combining gourds, pears, and abstract flower motifs in shades of red.

modern bohemian living roomSpotlight Artisanal Decor

Handcrafted furniture and home decor often have a tropical boho look and exude a natural warmth that translates across all seasons in a bohemian interior. Just style them up for fall.

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Bold-framed mirror. A sculptural mirror design makes for a bohemian decor staple that’s chic throughout all seasons. In the fall, position a round mirror where it can reflect the autumn light.

Antiqued cabinet. An intricate hand-carved console cabinet has perennial appeal in a modern bohemian living room. Pair it with other handmade accents to play up its warmth during fall.

Various textured vessels. Focus on earthy materials when styling handcrafted furniture. Think a wooden bowl, a ribbed ceramic vase, or a natural-fiber basket, all of which add an artisanal feel.

modern bohemian living roomGo For Jewel Tones

A tried-and-true color palette for fall, jewel tones are often also found in the modern bohemian living room and can easily be elevated with fall textures.

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Ideas to Try:

Plush and printed pillows. From amber and amethyst to emerald and topaz, piling on patterned, jewel-toned pillows is the easiest way to elevate a boho living room with a luxurious fall look.

A colorful sofa. Take jewel-tone all the way with a statement sofa in a color that dazzles. It will add major comfort and a bold look, which you can easily balance out with a neutral rug.

Layer up with rugs. Cozy up for the season by pairing soft and durable rugs. A Moroccan rug is a staple in bohemian design and ideal in the fall. Ground it with a natural-fiber for a bold pairing that lends tons of warmth.

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What Is Boho Style: The Ultimate Guide to Acing Boho Style

Boho interior design has continued to be a popular style year after year. But it’s also a style that we get tons of questions about. There are so many different facets of bohemian style and so many different ways you can bring it to life. With so many questions, we’re rounding up everything you need to know about this design style, all in one place! Read on for our ultimate guide to acing boho style.

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What is bohemian decor?

Bohemian decor is a colorful, eclectic look with a global inspiration. It’s the style you might think of for an avid world traveler or a free-spirited flea market lover, as it tends to be full of an eclectic assortment of collected objects. Bohemian style features a fun mix of color and patterns, furniture styles, and unexpected decor—along with asymmetrical layouts. Boho style tends to be super casual and carefree, with a relaxed approach to styling.

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Eclectic vs Bohemian

As you might expect, bohemian home decor has similarities to eclectic interior design—but they’re not entirely synonymous. While these terms are often used interchangeably, “eclectic” is actually a bigger umbrella term that describes an approach to style that’s all about mixing different style and design elements together. Meanwhile, “boho” is a specific design style derived from the approach of artfully mixing decor elements. Essentially, any style can have an eclectic nature or styling approach. That’s why we prefer to use the terms bohemian or boho to describe the actual design style!

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What are bohemian color palettes?

So many different color palettes can work in a bohemian space. So, there’s not just one color scheme that suits this design style. However, boho spaces tend to have more unexpected and bold palettes, and they’re often deeply saturated. This creates a lot of contrast, which pop’s against a neutral base.

Scroll down for some of our favorite boho color palettes.

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High-Contrast Neutrals

If you like a more grounded approach to boho design, a palette of high-contrast neutrals might be just the thing for you. You still get the boldness of saturation, but in browns and rust tones which feel a bit more approachable. When paired with lighter neutrals, this creates a relaxing space that gives off an air of spa-like tranquility.

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Earth Tones

An earth tone color palette, with its earthy, rustic vibe, results in a similar state of calm as high-contrast neutrals, but with a bit more color injected in the space. Because of the muted nature of earth tones and the way they coordinate with each other so well, you get the satisfaction of bringing color into your space with the ease of decorating with neutrals.

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Pinks, Blues, and Neutrals

For a more mid-century approach to boho, we love a color palette of pinks, blues, and neutrals. It gives any space a trendy vibe. And this color scheme goes beautifully with lighter-toned woods and natural textures for a beachy look.

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Pinks and Greens

A pink and green color palette gives a boho space a very tropical vibe! Youthful and vibrant, this color combo pairs perfectly with cane or rattan furniture and tropical motifs. You can also add gold elements into your furniture or decor to give this color palette of edge of glam.

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Blues and Neutrals

Blues are our most requested color family—and for good reason. Blues, paired with neutrals, are calming and have a safe vibe. And this color scheme works just as well in bohemian interior design as traditional. When paired with lighter wood furniture and natural textures, it takes on a beachy, carefree air that perfectly suits the boho look.

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What are the key elements of bohemian style?

So, how do you take your boho design ideas and make them a reality? Keep reading for some of the key elements of bohemian style, along with decorating ideas to bring this look to life.

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Layer in Plenty of Textures

Part of the eclectic nature of boho design is the layered textures in a space—especially natural texture. Working in layers with your texture brings visual depth and approachability to a space. So, play with a mix of smooth and rough textures, chunky and refined, hard and soft. In this design, the rough wood nightstand adds a rugged quality to the space that contrasts with the smooth upholstered bed, giving visual appeal to this arrangement.

Want to bring some relaxing, boho vibes into your bedroom? Read our tips for designing a boho bedroom.

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Use a Mix of Materials

When it comes to boho spaces, a mix of textures and patterns are two halves of the same whole. You can’t have one without the other! The no-brainer way to get a layered mix of textures in your space? Incorporating a range of materials. Bringing in a mix of natural materials like jute, cane, natural wood, and leather, as well as chunky knits and upholstery helps give a room a layered and collected look.

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Pile on the Patterns

Patterns bring vibrancy and movement to a bohemian space. They’re also a great way to bring in that globally inspired vibe that boho designs are known for—whether that’s through a shibori pattern, kilim textiles, palm prints, or a vintage-inspired rug. Bonus points if the patterns are colorful!

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Embrace a Casual Layout

While there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to the layout of a bohemian space, they tend to be more informal and asymmetrical. This gives a room a more casual vibe and complements the more collected nature of this design style.

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Incorporate Antiques and Vintage-Style Finds

Since bohemian designs are all about creating a unique look, and often feature pieces that are collected over time, this is a perfect design style to try if you love antiques or vintage furniture. These unique pieces will bring a storied element to your space that only older pieces can bring. Of course, if you like the look but aren’t a fan of scouring flea markets and antique stores, you can always bring in vintage-inspired pieces that have that old-world charm but don’t require searching!

Love the look of a collected, boho living room? Make the look your own with our tips for designing a boho living room.

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Decorate with a Range of Different Furniture Styles

While certain pieces of furniture might scream “bohemian” (say, a rattan chair that hangs from the ceiling), the great thing about boho style is that you can actually mix in a wide range of furniture styles. And, the pieces you choose will help guide the overall vibe of your space. You could go for cleaner-lined furniture for a mid-century boho look. Or pieces with traditional details to bring in that antique vibe. Or, a mix of the two like in the design above for a perfectly eclectic but put-together space!

What are some different takes on Bohemian Design?

As you can see, there are numerous ways that you can bring bohemian style into your home. And there are also different levels of intensity—from more subtle eclectic design elements to a blatantly bohemian room full of bright prints, textures, and materials. So, what’s your interior design style when it comes to bohemian style decor? Find out by touring some of our favorite bohemian-influenced designs.

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Minimalist Boho

Contrary to what you might think, boho interior design can be subtle. Here, minimalism meets boho in its mix of clean lines, calming neutral hues, natural textures, and warm woods.

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Perfect for… those who are all for the casual look and feel of boho without the bright colors.

Rustic Boho

With its combination of furniture pieces that have a vintage flair, global accents, and light rustic elements, this is bohemian style with an elevated twist.

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Perfect for… you if your favorite places to shop are flea markets and antique stores, and you have that special gift for turning a street find into an amazing one-of-a-kind piece.

Contemporary Boho

This relaxed and modern boho look is the least formal and all about breaking the rules of traditional interior design. It’s also the easiest look to mix, match, and make work in your home.

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Perfect for… those of you who are drawn to lived-in spaces that are big on comfort. This is a look that can be easily translated into other spaces in the home, whether it’s a boho chic dining space or an eclectic bedroom.

Boho Glam

Boldly layered with a mix of luxe furnishings, eccentric art and accents, and bright island colors and patterns, this boho glam look is all about making a bright, daring statement in a space.

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Perfect for… those of you who want your room to reflect your spirited personality, great eye for style, and collection of treasures from around the world. You’re wild for drama and excitement!

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Mid-Century Boho

With this mid-century boho look, it comes down to a space that showcases your personality and individual taste. Mix pieces from different periods and cultures in a unique way that reflects you.

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Perfect for… anyone who appreciates Mid-Century Modern elements and a mix of cool curated art and accents. The result is an eclectic living room that’s boho chic and tailored for comfort.

Coastal Boho

Known as California casual, this laid-back take on boho style captures the breezy and eclectic aesthetic of West Coast coastal homes. Talk about a great mix of color, pattern and texture.

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Perfect for… fans of the coastal California boho chic look. You know what we’re talking about.

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Industrial Boho

Contemporary and sophisticated, this sleek approach to boho brings to mind a living space in a city loft or a fancy high-rise condo. Unique furnishings and strong lines are key to this look.

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Perfect for… city dwellers and contemporary design lovers who want to balance bohemian style with a refined touch.

Classic Formal Boho

Simply put, this captures our idea of elegant bohemian style. There’s an Old World vibe that’s punched up with modern upholstered furnishings and eclectic accents. What’s not to love?

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Perfect for… those who are enthralled by antiques and found pieces that have a great backstory but also love the color and ease that boho finishing touches bring to a space.

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Tropical Boho

Perhaps one of the more “classic” takes on boho, Tropical Boho (or Jungalow) is a vibrant, maximalist look that’s easy to personalize. This look—which was popularized by eclectic style icon Justina Blakeney—is big on colors, patterns and textures, and PLANTS. But don’t forget to incorporate those organic shapes and materials to help offset the busyness and boldness of this style.

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Perfect for… Plant-lovers, free spirits, and maximalists who appreciate a touch of glam.

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The Look: California Modern

California Modern is a safer but very of-the-moment take on boho style. Its rustic and earthy vibe makes it very approachable—but it definitely still looks pulled together and polished. With a mix of rustic, natural, organic, and modern design elements, this style has an easygoing nature. And, styled with an eclectic edge, it all comes together in a way that feels personal and collected.

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Perfect for… People who love the Studio McGee look and those who want to incorporate rustic warmth into a modern boho-inspired space.

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Boho Glam Wonderland: Give Your Hollywood Glam Living Room a Bohemian Twist

Have you ever walked into a room and wanted to touch everything? That’s how we feel about this India Mahdavi-worthy living room, that’s full of luscious textures, earthy colors, and sumptuous materials. The result is a boho glam wonderland!

Boho Glam Living Room

Check out the shopping list below, with 100% real (and affordable) products and take a peek at our cheat sheet to learn how to get the look.

How you can get the boho glam look:

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  • Start with materials: The key to this look is the combination of organic and luxurious materials. Soft leather, stone, sheepskin, velvet, and shiny gold are your friends.

 

  • Make an understated statement: Nix the frills of Hollywood Glam and say “no thanks” to button tufting, sparkles, and exaggerated patterns. Instead, let the materials shine by choosing pieces with sleek forms.

 

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  • Add natural textures: Emphasize the bohemian element of your space with textures that showcase nature. We love the Sandstone Pattern wall art from Williams Sonoma, and have our eye fixed on the watery surface of the Ripple Media Console (CB2).

 

  • Curate an earthy color palette: If you can’t find it in nature, you won’t find it in this living room (looking at you hot pink!). We started with a base of charcoal and stoney greys and then layered in earthy hues. Think jewel tones, and seek out those saturated colors that will give your space a bohemian edge.

 

Boho Glam Living Room

  • Top it off with some whimsy: Create a playful space with whimsical accessories. Look for artwork that is a bit tongue-in-cheek for some great conversation pieces (as if this living room isn’t enough already).
    • We love the playful look of Anthropologie’s Ibex Side Table, and got a good laugh out of Alex Kostinskyi’s Knuba print (Artfully Walls).

Voila! Your living room is now the perfect balance of bohemian, glamorous, and minimal – oh my!

The Boho Glam Living Room Collection

 

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