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Skimp or Splurge: The Sofa Edition

Sitting at the intersection of comfort and style, and often sporting a hefty price tag, a lot of factors go into finding the perfect sofa for you. In this installment of our “Skimp or Splurge” series, we are taking a closer look at what to consider when you are buying a sofa.

Don’t think of this as a trade-off between price and quality, as we all know that one does not always equal the other. Instead, re-frame the challenge of finding the right sofa as a balancing act between cost and longevity.

Here are four questions to ask yourself when deciding to skimp or splurge on a new sofa.

Question 1: How nomadic are you?

Sofas are large, bulky, and not the easiest pieces of furniture to move. One that worked perfectly in your current home, might not fit through the doorway at your new place.

Your solve:

If you plan to only live where you are for under a year, consider skimping on an inexpensive sofa that you won’t have to worry about lugging to a new location.

Around five years? Maybe a slightly higher-quality option is the best fit for you, as you want something that will last you that half decade or so, but won’t be missed if you decide not to bring it with you to your new place.

Finally, if you are relatively settled in your current home, it likely makes more sense to invest in a higher quality sofa that will last you 15 years or more.

The bottom line: Your overall timeline is important to consider before making a big-ticket purchase that isn’t easy to transport with you.

Question 2: Are you into trends?

A trendy sofa looks great right now, but you might find you’re sick of it after a short time.

Your solve:

If you can’t say no to a sofa with a bold color or statement pattern, consider skimping on a lower-cost option rather than investing in a more expensive one. Unlike decorative accents, you can’t as easily move a sofa from room to room when you get tired of it, so don’t sink your money into something you’ll be sick of in a year.

If you’re looking for a sofa that can transcend your current tastes, consider investing in a high-quality neutral option. This can be a sofa with a neutral fabric, a quality leather option, or a even a sofa with a versatile shape, such as a chaise that can switch sides.

The bottom line: If you want to splurge on a quality sofa, it’s important to find one that works for both now and later.

 

Question 3: Do you have pets or kids?

Kids and pets can often be the greatest factor that contributes to furniture wear and tear.

Your solve:

One way around this is to skimp on a cheap sofa option that you don’t mind replacing as it gets destroyed. Consider, though, that opting for something too cheap will mean low quality, and can lead you to spending more money in the long run as it will need to be replaced more frequently.

The alternative is to invest in a slightly higher quality option with durability in mind. Consider choosing a performance fabric option that is stain resistant. Quality leather is also great for pets as it won’t stain or rip easily, it does not magnetically attract fur, and any scratches will blend in with it’s patina.

The bottom line: You know your kids and pets the best, so factor their habits and your sanity into the picture when deciding what sofa makes sense for your family.

Question 4: How much time will you spend on your sofa?

If you use it a lot, don’t make yourself miserable.

Your solve:

If you’re always on the go and rarely spend time on your sofa, no need to invest in a high-quality, ultra-comfy option. Maybe something inexpensive but stylish will suffice.

If you’re a self-proclaimed couch potato, don’t skimp on a cheap sofa that is uncomfortable. There are plenty of mid-range priced sofas that are the triple-threat being comfortable, of decent quality, and nice to look at too.

The bottom line: The things you touch and use daily, like your mattress and your sofa, are where it makes sense to invest in quality and comfort.

 

Splurging on a sofa can be intimidating. Get confident and try on sofas in your home before you make the investment.

 

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Best in Show: Our Favorite Home Decor Finds from Target

 

A great retailer of on-trend and wallet-friendly furniture, Target is an amazing place to shop for home decor. Their collection features a range of options to suit every style and budget, and sometimes all it takes is a little imagination to see how the look can come together.

To help show you the possibilities, we curated three looks for three popular styles with our favorite Target pieces from our 3D catalogue.

Browse the looks below and try on your favorite pieces in your 3D home.

 

Rustic and Cozy

Create a rustic and cozy reading nook or spruce up your entryway with this simple round up of Target favorites. The Amelia Area Rug in cream and gold (starting at $299) creates a warm and inviting foundation for the space, and the intricate floral pattern adds a layer of richness and rustic texture.

Pair it with the Beechhurst Button Tufted Bench ($229) for an extra dose of understated elegance. The combination of the button tufting with the rustic wood frame adds a note of polish while still keeping your space feeling cozy and inviting.

Finally, the 6-Cube Organizer Shelf ($60) allows for open and organized storage. Dress it up with a few vases or your favorite books – this simple bookcase is super versatile. It can be used horizontally or vertically, so you can easily repurpose it when you want to redecorate or mix up your look.

 

Trendy and Comfy

For those of you who love the look of Mid Century Modern interiors but can’t quite imagine living in them, this modern and comfy living room might be the look for you. Featuring some of our all-time favorite Target finds, this space feels trendy but is still livable and inviting.

The Windson Wood Armchair ($230), which made our hit list for the best lounge chairs under $500, and the Porter Mid Century Modern TV Stand ($275) sport the warm woods and organic forms of classic Mid Century pieces. Pair them with the Nate Berkus Tribal Area Rug ($129) for a pop of color and to give your space a bit of personality and texture.

The Linhigh Woven Wire Coffee Table ($149) is a fun alternative to a standard coffee table. The minimal and modern wire form is sure to start a conversation, and makes the piece super light and easy to move (great for all you nomadic home designers out there).

The ultimate statement piece, we cannot get enough of the Iris Floor Lamp ($229). The elegant silhouette and luxe pops of gold make this a total eye-catcher, as it lends a glamorous and sophisticated touch to any space.

 

Chic and Inviting

Create an enviable entryway with this collection of glamorous Target finds that look a great deal more expensive than they are (sticker shock in the best way). The sleek and minimal Stepney Console Table ($129) has a glam and modern vibe, and the unique Z-base adds extra intrigue to the look.

Perched atop the console, the Audrey Desk Lamp ($40) is a great option for low-profile and flexible lighting. Hanging out next to the Cosette Armchair ($199), it makes for a stylish reading lamp, or try it out on your desk or nightstand. The Cosette Armchair is also a great option if you are looking to add some contemporary seating to your home. The upholstered low back and high arms give this chair a statement shape, while the long tapered legs keep it feeling light and elegant.

Finally, no chic entry would be complete without a fully stocked bar cart. The current must-have item of any trendy interior, bar carts often come with price tags that will make your eyes bulge. But that’s only one of the reasons why we love the Wood & Brass Bar Cart ($129). The gold frame and wood shelves are an ultra-chic combo, and the casters make it easy to maneuver. A great option for small spaces or if you are just looking to add a pop of glam to your home.

 

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6 of our Favorite Lounge Chairs Under $500

6 Chairs under $500

Let’s face it, sometimes you just want to sit by yourself and enjoy a cup of coffee and some alone time. What better place than curling up in a cozy lounge chair? But finding that perfect chair is sometimes the biggest hurdle, and many come with price tags that might make you want to spring for a ticket to Europe instead. To help, we rounded up 6 of our favorite lounge chairs under $500 so you can find your happy place without breaking the bank.

See one you love? Let us know and we’ll show it to you in your living room, designed with your style.

 

1. Tobacco Leather Butterfly Chair, $399

Chairs under $500

A playful take on a familiar camping staple, we can’t get enough of this leather butterfly chair. We love it because it’s a great statement piece at an even greater price that works well across many styles – pair it with your mid-century modern, industrial, rustic, bohemian, or even contemporary decor scheme.

We also think the leather butterfly chair is great for small spaces, making it one of our most-used products in apartments. It has a small footprint so it won’t eat up valuable real estate, and the leather seat creates a comfy cocoon, so it feels like a substantial armchair.

Stylist Tip: Take your butterfly chair look from day to night by swapping your mug of coffee for a glass of wine.

 

2. Book Nook Armchair, $349

Chairs under $500

This chair was an easy pick for our under $500 hit list. We love the Book Nook armchair because its curved shape makes for the perfect place to cozy up with a book (or with Netflix, we don’t judge).

Sporting a sleek, no-frills yet approachable form, we love how this chair melds with any style. So whether you’re a hard core mid-century modern fangirl or if you prefer a more contemporary and clean look, the Book Nook armchair will fit right in. And at $399, this chair is a great pick for those who are looking to invest in a great quality piece that transcends style and will work with you for years to come.

 

3. Agency Chair, $349

Chairs under $500

Do you have pets who destroy all things upholstered? If that sounds like your daily struggle then please allow us to introduce you to your new BFF, the Agency woven wire mesh chair. Consistently described as “surprisingly comfortable,” this chair is another of our under $500 favorites.

We love how this chair is durable, easy to clean, and totally pet-proof. The open and airy frame makes this another favorite of small space-dwellers, and it’s a great way to add an industrial accent to your home.

Stylist Tip: Pair this chair with a sheepskin throw for an extra dose of comfort and glam!

 

4. Dhurrie Occasional Chair, $498

Chairs under $500

A petite little number, we had to add this nugget to bring some color to our favorite chairs under $500 list. We love the colors and vintage-inspired pattern, rendered in a washed velvet for a little extra glam. This chair is a great way to bring a little pop of eclectic, bohemian vibes to your space (and when we say “little” we do mean that this chair is pretty petite so you might want to try it on in your space to see).

5. Chinese Chippendale Chair, $499

Chairs under $500

For those of you who identify your style as a bit more on the classic and formal side, this Chippendale style chair has your name on it. With a frame rendered in a chinoiserie bamboo motif, this chair harkens back to a sense of tradition and will bring an element of formal elegance to any space.

Available in a rainbow of colors, we love this chair for anyone with a taste for finer things (but maybe not the budget).

 

6. Windson Wood Arm Chair, $230

Chairs under $500

Love the look of mid-century modern furniture but can’t swing the prices? Fret no more because we’ve got you covered with this amazingly affordable mid-century style armchair. We love the sleek shape of these chairs, which flaunt a mid-century silhouette but aren’t over the top.

So even if your style isn’t mid-century, we think these chairs lend a lovely modern aesthetic to any space. Weighing in at only $230, we extra love them because you can even get a pair under $500 to really fill out your living room look.

 

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Bring Some Style to Your One Nightstand

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While it would have been easy to use today to show you all how to “design the perfect Valentine’s day bedroom,” we decided against any V-Day themed collection. Instead, we are offering up some design advice on how to style your one nightstand (or two). No matter what bedroom activities you do or don’t have planned tonight, having a well-styled nightstand should always be on the agenda.

We chose one of our favorite nightstands as a base: the Audrey Nightstand from West Elm. We love the Mid-Century shape and the textured front. It is the perfect combo of retro and modern! The two roomy drawers are great for hiding midnight snack wrappers, tangled electrical cords, and your retainer that you never wear.

Here’s how we styled our nightstand, three different ways…

Mid-Century Flair

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  • Geometric shapes, organic materials, and neutral colors make this one nightstand perfect for Mid-Century Modern enthusiasts. We love how the geometric details on the Audrey Nightstand pair with the geometry of the Mason Table Lamp. The Sum Total artwork (Minted) brings a graphic pop to the design that is so iconic of Mid-Century design.
    • Stylist Tip: Our rule of thumb for styling surfaces, is to think in threes. This brings both balance and variation to the scene, and makes our eye happy when we look at it. Try picking objects with various heights, such as vases for flowers and trays to hold your odds and ends.

Bohemian Chic

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  • For those who like a clean and earthy look, we styled this nightstand to feel fresh and eclectic. The unfinished texture of the Raina Lamp (Made Goods) harmonizes with the other natural elements in the scene, such as the Ibex Sculpture (Jonathan Adler).
    • Stylist Tip: Use your lamp to help determine how high to hang your artwork. Because our lamp is taller, we hung the Blue Cactus artwork (Minted) lower to balance the composition. Don’t be afraid to hang your artwork off-center if you want a more eclectic look!

Graphic and Glamorous

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  • Full of statement pieces, this more glamorous design is full of graphic patterns and gold accents. We like how the stripes in the Changes Rug (CB2) pull in the graphic lines of the Naomi Campbell artwork (Jonathan Adler). The gold accents in the accessory pieces bring out the finishes of the Audrey nightstand, pushing the look more Glam.
    • Stylist Tip: For a chic and unexpected twist, prop your artwork against the wall on the floor next to your nightstand.

So if you’re single this February 14th, that means no one is dictating your design choices. You can style your bedroom any way you want! If you’re in a relationship, we still think you should make your bedroom the most beautiful and well-designed space in your house. That way you’ll never want to leave and that means you’re in for a long, successful relationship. Somewhere in between? As one of my good friends always says, “if you look good, you play good,” and I think that rule applies to your nightstand too.

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A Living Room Under Budget

And Why We Think $6,000 is Reasonable

A little bit modern, a little bit eclectic. That’s the vibe we are channeling in this fresh and airy little living room number. A palette of blues and neutrals gives the space a fresh and calming vibe, while the playful patterns in the rug and artwork keep it feeling contemporary. But there’s more to designing a living room than style. We’ll set the scene: You discover Modsy and are so excited to start your home design journey. Finally, a headache-free way to try before you buy – go ahead, cut the tags off! You sign up, take the Style Quiz, and answer all the fun questions about your dream living room. And then comes the question about budget… Oh futon.

 

Mom always said, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, or a free sofa, or a free sofa to eat your lunch on (but really, shouldn’t you be eating at the dining table?). And while saving for a new car or a beach vacation is probably somewhere on your to-do list, we are betting you didn’t budget a whole lot to furnish your living room.

 

We are just going to come out and say it: buying furniture is expensive. You can’t go around it, you can’t go over it, you have to go through it and pay the extra taxes + shipping + handling. So rather than turning “budget” into a dirty word, we think it’s important to educate our users, and everyone else looking to design their home, about what it really costs to furnish a living room.

 

Brace yourself: the average cost to furnish a living room from the scratch is around $10,000+. If this is giving you major sticker shock, don’t worry you are not alone! It’s not our fault we’ve been lied to by all the beautiful pins and DIY trickery. You know those photos of gorgeous living rooms inside the glossy pages of Architectural Digest or Elle Decor that make your eyeballs drool? We all want our homes to look like that, but we don’t want to spend our kids’ college tuition to get there (yes, these spaces cost around $100k and that is not including the million dollar art collection!)

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So what’s a budget-savvy, smart, good design seeking homeowner to do? Before you begin to panic and cancel your Netflix account and vow to only eat soup for a year to save for your #livingroomgoals, we’ve worked some Modsy Magic and created a lovely living room with a price tag of only $6,000.

**You might be thinking, “Six thousand dollars still sounds like a LOT of moolah…” and yes while it is definitely a solid four figures, allow me to explain how we got to that number. Do a quick Google search on “living room budget” and you will find most interior designers calling out 10 big ones as the average “middle tier” for a complete living room overhaul. A lot of other articles claim it’s possible to get the look for $1,000, but the fine print discloses lower quality furniture and impractical DIYs.

We think six thousand dollars is the Goldilocks of living room price tags. Not too hot not too cold, not too expensive and not too poor-quality. Aside from taking a peek at the collection we created, we also polled our stylists for some of their favorite budget-friendly saving styling tips. That’ll do piggy bank. That’ll do.

Shop all the products in this collection below, or see it in your space with Modsy.

The Under $6,000 Collection

 

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