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Global Style – 1 Room, 5 Cities, 5 Design Styles

design styles – MoroccoWhere in the world are you dreaming about traveling? France, Iceland, Morocco, Portugal or Sweden? While a life-changing, intercontinental move may be out of reach, we’re always up for clever ways to bring the vacation vibes to us.

While daydreaming about some travel hot-spots, we decided to try and recreate the look and feel of each city in our own apartments, without setting foot on a plane.

From the minimal but cozy feel of Iceland, to Portugal’s oceanic color palette and tile work, we created 5 different design styles, based on 5 beautiful cities and tips for anyone who wants to achieve the look.

The City: Cascais, Portugal

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The Style: Rustic Traveler

Cascais is a beautiful coastal resort town west of Lisbon, which is known for its historic landmarks and gorgeous beaches. We designed this room around a color palette that reflects the ocean and Cascais’ sunny weather. True to the Modsy Rustic Traveler style, the room is full of pieces that feel special and collected, maybe even passed down for generations.design styles – Portugal

How to get the style

Start by layering lots of patterns in sunny yellows and bright blues. Next, look to natural materials, which bring this style to life. Note how the rattan chairs and daybed add texture, especially when paired with soothing pops of color.

Don’t be afraid to mix up textures – this look is about a casual mix of eclectic pieces. Warm leather tones blend beautifully with rich velvets. You can even take decor inspiration from the sea by using collected seashells and ocean themed art.

Must-have pieces

The Avalon Daybed from Serena & Lily is very special piece – a perfect place for napping in the warm sun. You can dream about a trip to Portugal, even if you live far from it. We also love the Ikat Ottoman from Wisteria. It adds vibrancy and comfort to the space, while the colors evoke the palette of gorgeous Portuguese tile work.

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The City: Paris, France

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The Style: Chic Collector

A city centered around fashion and the arts, Paris exudes a sense of luxury and glamour. We incorporated these chic elements into the space by pairing rich velvets with marble and brass finishes. A beautiful glass chandelier and statement art create a sense of opulence.

Who lives here? Probably a stylish curator, immersed in Parisian culture with a taste for the finer things. Someone who enjoys collecting interesting pieces over time, inspired by their love for design.

design styles – ParisHow to get the style

The key to recreating this look is layering colors, patterns and textures. Royal blue and teal are offset by lighter pastels and colorfully patterned rugs. Look for white marble pieces that are  balanced with brass finishes to bring warmth to the space.

Velvet and tasseled decorative accent pillows introduce an eclectic, curated feel to the space, rendering it more personal and vibrant. 

Must have pieces

The Robey Curved Sofa from CB2 is the perfect statement piece for a living room. The Waterfall Arched Chandelier and Gold Movement Wall Art from Anthropologie are also great pieces that add a sense of glam to any home. Tres chic!

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The City: Stockholm, Sweden

design styles – StockholmThe Style: Mod Enthusiast

Calling all Mid Century Modern aficionados! We know your love of Scandinavian design will pull you right into our Stockholm apartment.

This design is for a person who lives a minimalist lifestyle and is drawn toward spaces that feel open and completely functional.

We’ve left most of the flooring bare to highlight the beautiful detail of this particular studio apartment. Color has been added in very specific pops – giving a nod to the fact that this person is most likely a curator of their own home and is precise with every detail.

design styles – StockholmHow to get the style

Start with a neutral base color palette with pieces such as a neutral sofa and rug. Then, bring in a statement Mid-Century form chair and sculptural coffee table to create a bit of intrigue.

Must have pieces

The Noguchi Coffee Table is a real winner in this space. It helps to anchor the room, providing a true Mid Century statement to set the tone. A close second is the pierre-jeanneret chair which is paired with its matching desk for a great work station just off of the living area.

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The City: Marrakesh, Morocco

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The Style: Mod Collector

This Moroccan inspired studio is all about texture. The rug exudes warmth with its comfortable, soft texture. We’ve paired it with a informal seating area of poufs and floor pillows.

Morocco brings elements of casual comfort into the interior space so you’ll see less formal seating and dining areas and instead more comfort-forward pieces such as plush pillows and throws. We’ve also brought in a daybed to function both as a sofa and main sleeping area.

design styles – MoroccoHow to get the style

Creating this look in your own home is easy and fun! Pick a corner and transform it into a comfortable reading nook with floor pillows, drop pendant lights, and plenty of candles and cozy pillows and blankets. Use a tray instead of a formal table for your cup of tea.

Oh, and have tons of fun with color! This style is about mixing different colors, patterns, and textures together with ease.

Must have pieces

The Diamondback Rug is one of our favorites. Its handmade and so beautiful. It pairs with this style well because of its pattern and texture, however can really work across different style preferences if you decide Morocco is no longer your city style.

The Carved Wood Media Console is a statement that has a carved detailing on its doors. The wood stain adds a touch of warmth to the space without feeling too heavy.

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The City: Reykjavik, Iceland

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The Style: Modern Rustic

Reykjavik is a design lover’s delight, packed with edgy, modern aesthetics and functional, cozy elements to withstand the harsh climate. The city’s interiors often feel like retreats from the intense weather.

You won’t see massive homes with wasted space here, instead you find smaller, functional layouts that are shared by young couples or even a small family. This design is perfect for lovers of Modsy’s Modern Rustic style where minimalism is key, and lighter pieces get dressed up in rustic finishes and textures.

design styles – IcelandHow to get the style

This style is all about a balanced, moody color palette and cozy textures like leather, sheepskin, and wicker. We pulled inspiration from the North Atlantic ocean, glacier lagoons, volcanic rock formations and black-sand beaches for this city space. A surprise element like copper or brass adds a modern touch.

Choose foundational pieces that are more on the minimalist side, which you’ll see in the shape of the sofa, but opt for a slipcover, which creates a clean yet homey aesthetic.

A good amount of decor like candles, baskets, pillows, and unique lighting adds warmth. Bring the beautiful elements of the outdoors inside and dress them up with the coziest blanket you have.

Must have pieces

We love the Cedeno Wood Entry Way Bench from Birch Lane. It offers additional seating when entertaining but it doesn’t feel heavy or take up a lot of space. It has the charm and warmth of a rustic piece with all of the conveniences of minimalism!

The Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland Print from Crate & Barrel is an ode to the natural wonders of the country. The soft blues and greens add some color amongst the black and white palette. The Blaire Antique Brass Desk Lamp, also from Crate & Barrel is a fun piece that almost mimics a candelabra, a perfect example of traditional and modern meeting in the middle.

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My Modsy Story: Redesigning a Bedroom And Not Knowing Where to Start

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Laura had bigger issues to solve in her new home, so designing her bedroom went on the back-burner. Sound familiar? See how she finally pulled it all together.


Homeowner: Laura S, Federal Employee

Location: Arlington, VA

Room: A master bedroom that went on the back-burner

Her Style: Chic Collector


The Backstory

Other things in her new home needed attention, so her master bedroom fell by the wayside

When my family first moved into our house, I had a vision for my master bedroom. However, when several more more urgent issues arose (like having a baby), I put my design plans on the back-burner.

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modsy customer review

The Design Dilemma

When she finally had time to redesign, she felt completely lost

I was finally ready to have a master bedroom that was a well-designed retreat, but I didn’t know where to start.

The most challenging part of my room is that the space is large but narrow. Our existing furniture and layout was ok, but didn’t really maximize the space available. On top of that challenge, we recently welcomed a new baby into our family, and I just didn’t have the time to search for furniture I liked.

 

The Modsy Moment

Ready as ever to rethink her space and committing to getting a little help

I first learned about Modsy through Facebook, where I had seen a few ads for their services. After doing a bit more research and reading several blog reviews, I decided to go for it! I’d seen several examples of their rendered designs and knew what to expect in that regard, so I wasn’t skeptical. And once I got on the site, it was very easy to get started.  

I was impressed with how well Modsy was able to recreate my room in 3D with only two measurements and the pictures. They even included the skylight, which I didn’t mention! There wasn’t anything challenging about the process, and I thought the designs were amazing!  

Modsy Customer ReviewLaura’s Modsy Design 1

How Modsy’s Rendering Helped Laura

New furnishings, new ideas, and new perspectives helped inspire her vision for the space

My Modsy designs clearly showed me how layout played a big role in the flow of my room. I could see the difference right away, without actually having to move my real furniture all over the place. The renderings showed me how furniture placement was key in making my room feel less cavernous and more cozy.

The pieces in my designs were all items I would have selected, and the artwork really pulled everything together. I could finally see the possibilities for my master bedroom!

I really loved elements of each design, and wanted to create a third that combined those parts into one space. I loved the layout of the furniture from my first design, and the artwork and where they hung it from my second. The white and gold combination against my navy walls, along with the artwork Modsy selected, created a calm and relaxing mood—exactly what I wanted in my master bedroom.

Modsy customer ReviewLaura’s Modsy Design 2

I created one more rendering where I revised and added a canopy bed. This was an ideas I probably would not have ever tried without seeing it in my Modsy designs first, because I was afraid it wouldn’t fit.

It not only did the bed fit in my space, but it looked great! Seeing the canopy bed in my space gave me the confidence that it wouldn’t overwhelm the room and would, instead, highlight my tall ceilings.

My space is now set up per Modsy’s suggestion in my first design plan, and I didn’t keep any of my own furniture!

I really wanted to have a home that’s unique and well put-together – I didn’t want it to look like anyone could have designed it, and I wanted all the spaces to also feel cohesive. I found Modsy to be invaluable in re-organizing and designing my master bedroom, and I had a great experience!

 

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My Modsy Story: How I Reassured My Husband of My Vision for Our Nursery

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She had a vision for their nursery. He just couldn’t see it. How did this couple got on the same page for their nursery? Read on to find out.

 

Homeowner: Alexandra Navarro, IT Research Whiz

Location: Scottsdale, AZ

Room: A small empty room turned nursery

Her Style: Chic Collector

The Backstory

Her husband wants to be involved in designing the nursery—but he needs lots of reassurance

My husband and I moved from San Francisco, CA, into a new house in Scottsdale AZ. When designing our new space, we were struggling to find a way to combine our styles. He’s a mid-century modern purist, and I adore mixing modern with vintage – nothing pleases me more than a wonderfully large antique rug with a modern stone table on top. We just couldn’t find a way for our styles to coexist in a comfortable and chic way.

On top of that, I’m a more visual person and can easily imagine how a room is going to come together – even before there’s anything in there. My husband, on the other hand, has to see all the pieces together first. Otherwise, I can’t get him on board. One day my mom came over and helped me paint the nursery blue and my husband came home and freaked out! No amount of reassuring could get him to see past it…

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The Design Dilemma

She had a vision but he couldn’t see it

I am so grateful my husband cares so much about how our home looks and feels! Designing a space together is a great exercise – we challenge each other and always end up with a space that looks way better than both our styles would alone. However, with our nursery I needed some kind of visual tool to show him my ideas to help get him get on board with my vision.

The Modsy Moment

When another couple’s similar experience with a nursery reassured her

After I found this Chris Loves Julia blog post about Modsy, I knew I wanted to try it out! I was hoping that Modsy would see the accent wall in our nursery and, combined with our results from the Style Quiz, sense what we were going for and create a digital (and very realistic!) render of our finished room.

Needless to say, Modsy really did a great job bringing to life what I had been picturing in mind already! I was elated that Modsy understood the vision for our nursery, and I felt they totally reinforced my ideas. And once he saw how the furniture and decor looked fit in the room, my husband was absolutely on board with everything.

nurseryAlexandra’s Modsy Design 1

How Modsy’s Renderings Helped Alexandra

Seeing her vision come to life eliminated all their doubts and inspired decisions

Since I had made such a bold choice with the paint, I didn’t want the nursery to come across as “half-done.” Modsy really helped pull the whole room together with little decor additions, and helped us see the finished version. We felt reassured in our decisions and felt confident that we knew what we were doing.

My first design was exactly what we were aiming for. It felt playful and comfortable, and I could imagine it with a baby crawling around. We have the crib, dresser and rocker in those exact places (we bought the IKEA dresser in white and I switched out the knobs with brushed brass handles and it looks great!). We’re still shopping for a bookshelf, floor lamp, and side table, though. I also love the light filtering curtains. Nurseries don’t always need blackout shades, and I think this rendering totally convinced me of that.

nurseryAlexandra’s Modsy Design 2

 

I hadn’t thought about the lean-to ladder bookshelf in the first rendering. It’s very modern and fits our style. It could go into any room of our house seamlessly, so I think we’ll be purchasing that. But I also might take the floating shelf idea in the second rendering and organize them upward like Modsy suggested in my first design, instead.

We hadn’t considered the layout Modsy suggested in our second design at all until we saw it – it was very appealing! The rendering made me consider taking a risk on furniture placement and even opting for more adult furniture for a kids space—it can totally work!

Ultimately, though, the room is currently set up like the first Modsy design. I might play around with the placement every couple of months, but this is really working for us. Plus, I love that the room can easily grow up with our little girl!

nurseryAlexandra’s Modsy Design 1

 

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