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My Modsy Story: Building an Easy Design Roadmap for My Home Renovation

Jenelle and her husband, Eric, had a vision of creating a detached home office in their backyard. They envisioned a multi-functional space for work, entertaining, exercising, and recharging while their kids played outside. But they needed help selecting finishes, visualizing built-ins, and deciding where fixtures should go. They also needed help furnishing the space. To accomplish all of this, they used Modsy’s new Renovation Design service, which includes renovation planning and interior design services in one easy offering. 

 

 

Homeowner: Jenelle C.

Spaces: Brand New Multi-Functional Office





The Design Dilemma

Jenelle and her husband, Eric, were building a detached cabin on their property, primarily as a separate office space where Eric could work during and after the pandemic. However, they had aspirations for it to function as far more than just a home office.

“We had lots of other ideas for how we wanted to use the cabin,” says Jenelle. “We wanted a place for overnight guests, so it needed to be equipped with a full (mini) bathroom, kitchenette, and sleeping space. We also wanted it to be a place to watch TV if the kids were monopolizing the family room in the main house. Plus, we wanted open floor space for home workouts.”

That’s where things got a bit complicated when it came to concepting the design for the space. “With only 209 square feet, the design challenge was creating the space to serve all of these purposes without it being clobbered together and cluttered,” says Jenelle.

Since they were starting from scratch, they needed more than just a functional layout; Jenelle and Eric wanted help selecting finishes and cabinetry, figuring out where the kitchenette should go, and finding the right furniture and decor for the space. They also had visions of a custom desk for Eric, which they wanted help visualizing. Because the space was so small, they wanted to see how all these pieces could fit together before spending any of their construction and design budget. They knew they needed to get it right on the first pass.

The Modsy Moment

With Modsy’s new Renovation design package, Jenelle and Eric found the exact support and expertise they needed to take their project from concept to reality, giving them the confidence they could make their space work for all of their needs and wants.

“I was completely overwhelmed in the beginning. I didn’t even know where to start,” says Jenelle. “But then we found Modsy. Our designer, Sarah, was great to work with. My first reaction when I saw my initial designs was, ‘Yesssssss! I couldn’t have put this together on my own.’”

With their 3D designs, Jenelle and Eric were able to do a virtual walk-through of their designed space to make sure that everything fit and worked for their needs.

Jenelle and Sarah took a collaborative approach to fine-tune the renovation project, ensuring that Jenelle was comfortable with decisions every step of the way. “We communicated frequently and bounced ideas off of each other in a way that improved the final outcome,” says Jenelle. “The end result feels like ‘us,’ but we couldn’t have done it without Sarah and Modsy.”

The Real Results

Once their designs were finalized, Jenelle and Eric worked with a contractor to bring the cabin to life.

“We have the perfect office now,” says Jenelle. “The custom-built corner desk is solid walnut and matches the floating shelves above the kitchenette. The wood is a beautiful contrast to the stainless steel kitchenette, which our designer helped us visualize before we committed to building materials.”

And, while they have the beginnings of their guest suite with a kitchenette and pull-out sofa bed, they’re waiting a bit to fully finish the project to work within their schedule and budget. Next up? The bathroom. (That’s right: Modsy’s new Renovation Design Service includes kitchen and bathroom designs!)

“Over time, we are going to phase-in other aspects of the design,” says Jenelle. “Currently, the bathroom nook is being used as a closet where we tuck away the free-weights and mats. Next year, we will install the bathroom fixtures, as well as cabinetry around the television so that we’ll have the full guest suite as originally planned.”

By designing their space with Modsy, rather than a traditional design-build firm, Jenelle and Eric have the freedom to design at their own pace over time. And with Modsy’s flat rate, they knew up front exactly what they were paying for their design plans rather than paying per hour with traditional designers. This road map gives them everything they need to complete their project—layout, finishes, cabinetry placement, and more—which they can hand off to a contractor of their choosing or do themselves. But owning their designs means that they call the shots.

“It’s just remarkable how versatile and lovely the little space is,” says Jenelle. “I know we are getting the most out of our investment in the cabin! It’s the perfect office and living room. Once the bathroom is done, it will be the perfect place for overnight guests as well. It’s been great having a plan that works for the space and has delivered all that we envisioned!”

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My Modsy Story: Creating an Uncluttered Space to Help Me Unwind

At the beginning of lockdown in 2020, busy attorney Jeremy found himself working from home in an empty apartment, with no time to decorate and a strong desire to get organized so he could unwind after a stressful day.

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Homeowner: Jeremy J.

Spaces: Multiple Rooms

My Style: Mod Enthusiast

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customer kitchen before photo

The Backstory

“I work as a finance attorney and keep very long hours—so, I like to keep my home very orderly so I don’t have to fuss over tidying and can relax after a long day. When the first lock-down started last year and I began working from home, it became especially important that my space felt well organized and inviting.”customer design in dining room

“When the first lock-down started last year and I began working from home, it became especially important that my space felt well organized and inviting.”

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The Design Dilemma

“Unfortunately for me, when the pandemic began I had completely emptied my apartment of everything in preparation for a change in decor. Bad timing. Now I was stuck working from home with no furniture, in the middle of a global crisis. I felt completely overwhelmed and needed all the design help I could get.”

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customer open floor plan modsy design

The Modsy Moment

“I know what I like when I see it, so when I found out about Modsy I was excited to try a design service where I could see the entire design for my exact space before making purchases. I found the style quiz to be incredibly in-depth and helpful—letting me know that my designer would pick out decor that was exactly what I like.

Collaborating with my designer was great. Together we created the orderly, neat, and uncluttered look I love while still keeping the space warm and inviting through the color scheme and the lighting.

They were especially helpful with the design of my open living-dining room—creating a design that delineated my living area from my dining area while still keeping the whole look cohesive and feeling open. My designer took my feedback and made my apartment feel like a home.”

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“Collaborating with my designer was great. Together we created the orderly, neat, and uncluttered look I love while still keeping the space warm and inviting through the color scheme  and the lighting.”

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The Real Results

“Now that my furniture has arrived and the space is complete, my apartment makes me feel better than I’ve ever felt in any place I’ve lived. Especially during the pandemic, it’s been so important to me that I feel comfortable and at home in my apartment. I couldn’t be happier with the design and the pieces picked out for me.”

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Customer home office before photo

“Now that my furniture has arrived and the space is complete, my apartment makes me feel better than I’ve ever felt in any place I’ve lived.”

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My Modsy Story: How I Made a Cozy Home for My Sister and Myself

After finishing grad school, Daezsha and her sister, De De, were ready for a grown-up apartment that they could be proud of.

Customer Story

 

Homeowner: Daezsha W., Middle School Counselor

Location: Long Beach, California

Room: Living Room

Her Style: Contemporary Connoisseur

The Backstory

After I finished grad school and secured the career I’d always dreamed of, I decided it was time to improve my space. A big motivator for me was my younger sister, who lives with me while she’s in school studying sociology. She works so hard, and I wanted her to have a beautiful place to come home so she could focus on her studies and not on our embarrassing hand-me-down furniture.

The Design Dilemma

The furniture we had in our space was a cobbled-together mix of pieces that we’d bought second-hand to save money. I was so excited that I could finally afford some nicer stuff. The only problem was we’d been living with strictly functional furniture for so long that we’d each forgotten what our design style even was. We really could not envision what we wanted for our space.

The furniture we had in our space was a cobbled-together mix of pieces that we’d bought second-hand to save money

Another big challenge was deciding a color scheme, since our living room has a large gray/purple accent wall, and the kitchen counters are a very bright redwood. We were stumped on which colors would help tie all of those elements together in a stylish and cohesive way.

The Modsy Moment

I first learned about Modsy through a friend, who showed me their Modsy designs. After seeing what Modsy could do, I was convinced the service would work for my space. I signed up for a package and submitted my project to Modsy that same day!

I first learned about Modsy through a friend… I signed up for a package that same day! 

I was so excited about my designs that I passed the time reading a ton of the design stories from other customers on their blog! They really reassured me that my Modsy designer would get my style right.

How Modsy Helped Daezsha

Before Modsy, I would say my open living-dining room felt like a thrift store. Some cute stuff, but no cohesive personality, and too jumbled together to ever feel homey. Now the style is totally cohesive and mature because our designer really picked pieces that brought all the colors in our space together beautifully. Our living-dining room is something we can really be proud of. It’s so wonderful for my sister and me to have a beautiful space like this.

Now the style is totally cohesive and mature because our designer really picked pieces that brought all the colors in our space together beautifully.

The new design really helps alleviate the tension of work and study. Now, that our space feels so put together, my sister can focus more on her studies and I can rest assured that our home looks professional for the many Zoom calls I take for work.

The Real Results

Overall, the design experience was amazing. Modsy really helped us hone in on our style and seeing our design come together IRL has been truly magical. Because of their help, we now know how to make a space that is fitting for two mature and ambitious women. I’m so happy that my sister and I get to share this wonderful home where we can grow and prosper together.

I’m so happy that my sister and I get to share this wonderful home where we can grow and prosper together. 

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Modsy Collections: The Mod Collector





Introducing Collections!

We are excited to introduce our new Collection Series! In this series we will be presenting a variety of styled collections carefully curated for you to discover new products, makers, and styles you’ll love. Look out for the new collections here on the blog or sign up to have design inspiration delivered directly to your inbox.

If you find an item you love (or are taken by the entire collection) but aren’t quite sure how it could work in your home, Modsy is here for you! When you purchase a Modsy design package you can see exactly how any of our featured collections would translate into your own space. Just imagine the possibilities!


Our first featured collection is based on one of our most popular style guide categories, the Mod Collector. The Mod Collector blends together a mix of classic mid-century modern pieces with accessories that showcase unique personality and taste.

This collection presents the Mod Collector sensibility, but with a Minimalist styling. Inspired by a modern Scandinavian feel, the pieces are characterized by a pared down palette of neutral blacks, whites, and creams with accents of natural wood and leather to add a bit of warmth and depth to the space. There is a lovely simplicity and brightness to the collection, managing to strike that tricky balance between a living space that is both sophisticated and inviting.

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Design Within Reach

 
West Elm

Artfully Walls

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Scandinavian Designs

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