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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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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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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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“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: Designing My First Open-Concept Layout From Scratch

When Sara found an apartment that reflected her new, more “grown-up” lifestyle, she was excited to move in and start a new phase of life. But she was uncertain how to create a cohesive look for the empty open-concept living-dining room.

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Homeowner: Sara M.

Spaces: Open Living-Dining Room

My Style: Mod Visionary

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The Backstory

“I’d been living in the same apartment for years after graduating college when I finally decided it was time to move. I wanted to upgrade my living space and personal interior design style at the same time to reflect my new, more grown-up life. I was so excited when I found a beautiful apartment with a large open-concept living-dining room, but I knew my assortment of college-era Craigslist furniture would not work in my new space.”

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The Design Dilemma

“In the process of moving, I got rid of almost all my old furniture—I wanted my new apartment to be a fresh start where I could fill the space with all new items that showcased my personal style. But I’m no interior designer, and I quickly became overwhelmed at the prospect of designing my large living-dining room alone.

I’ve never lived in an open-concept space before, so I really had no idea how I was going to create separate zones for the dining and living areas that worked together as a cohesive whole. Because I was also coming into space with almost no furniture, I needed to find a design that worked quickly, which was very intimidating!”

“I’m no interior designer, and I quickly became overwhelmed at the prospect of designing my large living-dining room alone.”

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The Modsy Moment

“I’d considered hiring a traditional interior decorator, but in the middle of COVID, having a stranger come into my home didn’t seem like a safe choice. Luckily, I knew of a few online interior design services and I decided I would feel more comfortable working with a designer remotely. After doing some research, I found that Modsy’s design packages offered the right level of design help for my living-dining room project.

The style quiz I took at the beginning of my project really reassured me that I’d get the right style for my space. Receiving two initial designs at the same time meant I was able to quickly decide on layout and decor options—helping visualize exactly how the different areas of the room would flow together. Finally, the 3D Editor tool helped me tweak my designs and really hone in on what I wanted the space to look like.”

“Receiving two initial designs at the same time meant I was able to quickly decide on layout and decor options”

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The Real Results

“Before Modsy, I had this big, empty, open living space that I had no idea how to layout. But having some expert help and seeing different design options really got the ball rolling for me.

Modsy made it easy for me to see the full potential of my apartment by collaborating with me on a great design. When it came time for me to renew my lease, I did so without giving it a second thought. I’m just so at peace in my space and love my design so much, and it’s uplifting simply to be here—I can’t imagine moving anytime soon. I can’t wait to start having guests again so I can show off space and how at home I feel in it.”

“When it came time for me to renew my lease, I did so without giving it a second thought. I’m just so at peace in my space and love my design so much, and it’s uplifting simply to be here—I can’t imagine moving anytime soon”

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Modsy Customer Living Room Before and Afters

Everybody loves a good before-and-after home makeover story. Think about it: whether you’re watching Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines or you want to Double Down with the Property Brothers, there is just something so rewarding about seeing a space transform before your eyes.

Before and after photos and stories are also a great way to get interior design tips and inspiration (hello Pinterest!) and to vet new interior design services. Particularly helpful (and fun) to see are living room before and afters—perhaps because they are spaces with so many possibilities. With that in mind, we’ve compiled some of our favorite before and after living room transformations of Modsy customers.

Keep reading for a round-up of our favorite living room makeovers, get living room design ideas, and maybe even be able to get started on a living room checklist for your personal design project!

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Seb and Nic’s Eclectic Glam Oasis in The City

The Design Dilemma: When Seb and Nic moved to a new apartment in Manhattan they were excited to create a calming space that would give them a respite from their beloved but chaotic city.  But After years of moving from one place to another the couple was left with an incohesive assortment of furniture that didn’t mesh well in their space.

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The Solution: Seb and Nic knew they wanted to keep their cherished bar cart and dining table and their designer used the polished mid-century vibe of each piece as a springboard for the rest of their living room design. She added pops of gold across the room paired mid-century modern inspired silhouettes to tie in the glam feel of the barcart and clean line of the danish modern dining table. Finally she added a dark green accent wall and jewel-toned accent items in supple velvet to give the space the restful quality the couple needed in their urban retreat.

What Seb and Nic Had to Say: “Our apartment has become the restful oasis we wanted thanks to the cohesive design we got from Modsy. The space feels so pampering, like a luxury hotel where every piece of furniture and decor was selected just for us.” – Seb and Nic

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Mary’s Pass-Through Living Room with Demure Contemporary Style

The Design Dilemma: Mary, a busy dietician, was wanting a design refresh for her awkward “pass-through” living area where she kept a baby grand piano. But she didn’t have the time or design expertise to create the right look for her space.

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The Solution: Mary’s designer worked with her to select furniture and decor that would compliment but not compete with the stately piano in the corner of the room. By adding an understated white closed storage console, delicate accent chairs, and pops of red and blue they were able to open up the room considerably creating an airy and sophisticated living area where family can gather and play music together.

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What Mary Had to Say: “I loved that I could complete my project on my own time, putting each space together when it worked for me. Though I do have to say, I was excited to start purchasing furniture in my living area! It’s nice to know that this space that frustrated me for so long is finally one that I can enjoy.” –Mary

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Jeremy’s Tidy Mid-Century Modern Living Room

The Design Dilemma: In March of 2020 Jeremy decided he was ready for a living-room design make-over. Unfortunately for him deciding to empty his apartment—so he could work with a blank canvas—coincided with the first COVID related stay-at-home ordinance. Now he was stuck working from home with a busy schedule in an empty apartment and no way to go shop for furniture in real life.

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The Solution: Using Modsy, Jermey was able to design and shop his entire apartment remotely. His designer helped him create a charming bachelor pad with cozy but streamlined mid-century modern inspired decor that would be easy to clean and not interrupt his busy work schedule.

What Jeremy Had to Say: “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.” – Jeremy

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Marsha and Dan’s Refined Coastal Retreat

The Design Dilemma: When Marsha and Dan became empty nesters, they decided it was finally time to give their beach house a design refresh before making it into their full-time home. But the couple struggled to find upscale, pet-proof furniture that lived up to the formal feel of the space while also having a coastal vibe.

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The Solution: Working with a Modsy designer, the couple got help selecting furniture that could not only withstand the sandy paws of their beachy dog, Gunner, but also perfectly complemented the architecture of their home and added coastal charm. Additionally, their designer created a formal layout with conversational seating centered around the fireplace—creating ample seating for when the couple’s kids are visiting from college.

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What Marsha and Dan Had to Say: “Our favorite part of the design process was seeing how our designer took our requests for durable furnishings and a casual beach look and seamlessly married them with the formal architecture.” –Marsha and Dan

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Lisa’s Eclectic Living Room Centered Around Mid-Century Modern Style

The Design Dilemma: Lisa and her family had lived with the same furniture for 18 years—preferring pieces that were strictly functional and sturdy enough for the occasionally chaotic life of raising kids. But when two of their children moved to college, they decided it was time for a style upgrade. However, Lisa didn’t know what style of decor would work best for thier space or how to integrate the family heirlooms she wanted to keep.
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The Solution: Lisa’s designer selected Mid-Century Modern foundational furniture for her living room, which turned out to be the perfect style for her eclectic home. The warm wood tones of the furniture complemented her heirloom belongings, while the sleek modern silhouettes of each piece didn’t distract from her keepsakes.

What Lisa Had to Say: “The whole Modsy experience helped me tap into my own creativity and bring more of my own vision and personality into my living room design. I literally bought everything I needed for the space in a single day!” –Lisa

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Sandra’s Cheerful Mid-Century Modern Living-Dining Room

The Design Dilemma: When her mother passed away, Sandra was overcome with a tremendous sense of loss. She found herself alone in the home they had shared for many years and was reminded of her mother everywhere she looked.

Deciding a fresh start would help with the grieving process, she gave away most of her mother’s furniture, leaving the home a blank slate. But with limited design experience, thinking through how to fill and design her living-dining room proved quite difficult.

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The Solution: Using Modsy, Sandra collaborated with a designer who helped her create a space filled with bright white furniture and cheery pops of color. The designer  selected translucent accent items making the space feel more open and airy feeling, giving Sandra the happy and healing vibe she wanted for her home.

What Sandra Had to Say: “My Modsy designer assisted me in transforming every room, giving me a home that feels personalized and special. It’s now a place of peace.” –Sandra

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Samantha’s Cozy Contemporary Living Room with a Rustic Twist

The Design Dilemma: When Samatha and her husband moved from a Traditional-style starter home to an open-concept Mid-Century ranch, they were excited for a fresh start. But they soon discovered that most of their old traditional furniture felt fussy and over-crowded in their new open living room space. Knowing she wanted a cozy modern vibe for her new home, but lacking the design knowledge to decorate on her own, Samantha decided to give online interior design a try.

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The Solution: Using Modsy, Samantha was able to “try-on” different furniture and layout options in her open living room. Her designer showed her a couple layouts where she floated the furniture in the center of the space and paired it with a large area rug—creating a cozy living room “zone” that distinguished it from the dining and kitchen spaces in the large room. She selected contemporary-style foundational furniture with simplistic forms in rustic organic materials, giving the space the cozy and modern feel Samantha wanted but didn’t know how to create on her own.

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What Samantha Had to Say: “Before our Modsy design, my husband and I were never in our living room, and now we both love sitting in there, watching TV or reading. Our dog loves the new space too—she’s a big fan of the rug, so she’s not on the cold floor, and the room is so much more inviting and open.” –Samantha

Sarah’s Formal Living Room With a Warm, Rustic Twist

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The Design Dilemma: When Sarah’s family moved into a bigger house, they decided it would be nice to have both a formal living room and a more casual space for family hangouts. But Sarah needed help finding kid-proof decor that could stand up to her toddlers while still meeting her style needs.

“We wanted our living room to mostly be for adults and have a separate TV room in the basement for kids to destroy—I mean play in! That said, we are usually all together, so the living room needed to stand up to kids while still having a classic vibe.” –Sarah R.

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The Solution: Sarah’s designer suggested a symmetrical layout for her living room design, which helped play up the formal quality of the space. Next, her designer selected performance-grade fabric for the traditionally inspired foundational furniture to ensure each piece could handle her kids. Finally, warm wood tones and accents in natural textures added a cozy warmth to the formal living room.

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What Sarah Had to Say: “I had great interactions with my designer, the designs were super cool, and the shopping experience was a breeze.”

Amy’s Contemporary Living Room With a Conversational Layout

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The design dilemma: With their sons headed to college, Amy and her husband decided it was time to replace their collection of hand-me-down furniture with all new pieces. But they needed help designing a conversational layout and cozy TV-viewing space that also worked with the room’s unique Spanish-revival-style architecture.

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The solution: Amy’s Modsy designer utilized a subtle, neutral color scheme and contemporary style foundational furniture for a minimal and stylish look that wouldn’t distract from the room’s architecture. Instead of a coffee table, they used a storage ottoman to minimize any clutter and floated an oversized sofa in the space for maximum comfort while watching TV. Her designer also added two armchairs opposite the sofa with an additional ottoman for the conversational layout.

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What Amy had to say: “Modsy was able to create a beautiful and doable design for our living room makeover. My designer took the stress out of redecorating and online furniture shopping by filling my space with beautiful items at affordable prices. The whole process was fast, easy, and stress-free.”

Zoha’s Kid-Proof Mid-Century Modern Living Room

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The design dilemma: After moving to a new city, Zoha and her husband started looking into the possibility of expanding their family. They decided the smart choice would be to kid-proof their living room design for their 9-year-old and any future tots. But they wanted to make sure that they found childproof furniture that worked for their new space before making investment purchases for their living room makeover—so they signed up with Modsy.

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The solution: Zoha’s designer selected foundational furniture in performance fabrics and included natural textures in the accent pieces (like a jute ottoman). The sturdy organic materials had the dual purpose of standing up to the wear and tear of a young child while also tying in the large stone fireplace’s rustic quality. The designer was also careful to select furniture with smooth edges to prevent any injuries for rambunctious kids. They stuck to mid-century-modern-inspired silhouettes in a light color palette to keep the space feeling open and modern.

What Zoha had to say: “Our Modsy designer was absolutely amazing! She addressed all of our requests and went above and beyond.” –Zoha H.

John’s Contemporary Living Room With Optimal Seating

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The design dilemma: When John and his wife decided it was time for a living room makeover, they knew they’d need to find comfortable seating solutions for their family of seven. They had a large sectional in mind but needed help selecting decor in the same contemporary style.

“We had a family room space that we wanted to make more comfortable, so we bought a big sectional sofa to replace the old sofas we had. But we needed help with design ideas for rugs, accent furniture, and wall art. Plus, I really wanted a stylish and unique reading chair.” –John P.

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The solution: John’s designer began his living room transformation by selecting a soft gray wall color that complemented the fabric of his family’s new sectional while opening up the room. The designer brought in pops of pale blue for the area rug, wall art, and accent pillows which further expanded the openness of the space. They also added a statement wingback accent chair in the corner reading nook in the same tranquil blue-gray color palette. Finally John’s designer added poufs and ottomans throughout the space to ensure everybody in the family had a comfy place to sit.

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What John had to say: “The entire experience could not have been any easier for my wife and me. Our designer was very responsive and really listened to what we wanted for our space. She offered beautiful and functional options for us to choose from. She even changed the wall colors for us!” –John P.

Sue’s Modern Studio in Rich Jewel Tones

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The design dilemma: When Sue retired and moved into a cozy new apartment with an open floor plan, she wanted to make sure that she chose the right layout and furniture. Understanding she would know what she liked when she saw it, Sue decided to try online interior design—so she could “try-on” different layouts for her space in 3D.

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The solution: Sue’s designer knew she wanted to see options for her space, so provided two designs with different color palettes—the first having soft neutrals and the second bold pops of jewel tones. In each design, her designer selected foundational furniture with clean silhouettes but kept the finishes organic. This choice gave the multi-functional room a streamlined but organic vibe, keeping the modern space from feeling too austere.

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What Sue had to say: “The 3D designs were just what I needed to decide the look of my studio space. My designer was great to work with and selected the perfect products to choose from for my home. The whole process was fast and easy.” –Sue G.

Curious about which color palette Sue preferred? In the end she decided that jewel tones were a little more her style, but seeing different options is always helpful for the decision making process. 

Barbara’s Traditional and Comfortable Living Room

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The design dilemma: When her two sons left the nest, Barbara decided it was time to spread her interior design wings and try a new style for her living room. She knew she wanted ample and comfortable seating for when her family could come to visit again. But she struggled to decide on a new look for her living room makeover. Especially daunting to her was the task of finding the right decor for her space.

“I’m horrible at room accessorizing and really loved getting some guidance with how to add decorative accents.” –Barbara

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The solution: To address Barbara’s request for ample and comfortable seating, her designer created a conversational layout by placing twin sofas on either side of an accent chair. Additionally the designer added a bench and reading nook in different corners of the room. They then filled the seating areas with plenty of cozy pillows and poufs for added texture and comfort. Finally, they added several small, traditionally inspired decorative ornaments throughout the space—like a pot of succulents with a rusted finish—to complement the traditional silhouettes of the foundational furniture.

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What Barbara had to say: “I do not have an eye for design, so this was the perfect solution for me. Modsy really hit the mark with my style. I was very pleased with their flexibility, responsiveness, and affordability. It was a fun pandemic activity!”

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My Modsy Story: How I Took a Design Risk to Get My Dream Apartment

Living in New York City, Lauren was excited to start a life all her own in her first studio apartment. She just didn’t know how to design a small space that reflected her new independent lifestyle.

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Homeowner: Lauren M. News Writer

Space: Studio Apartment

My Style: Chic Collector

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Customer Studio Apartment

The Backstory

I live in New York City, where the COVID pandemic brought reduced rent prices, so when the lease on my shared apartment ended in October, I knew it was the right time to move—for both my COVID concerns and a growing desire to claim my own space.

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The Design Dilemma

I decided to move into a studio–but I was clueless about designing a small space. I didn’t know what decor or layout would make the room flow. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to decide on an overall theme or make sure all my furniture pieces physically fit in the space.

Customer Studio Apartment

Customer Studio Apartment

The Modsy Moment

My sister and mom knew I needed assistance, and after looking for New York interior designers they treated me to a Modsy design package for a housewarming gift. I immediately fell in LOVE with the Modsy iOS app and was so excited to get started designing my space.

The first thing I noticed when I got my Modsy designs was the vivid color palette—it was exactly what I wanted and added that “zest” that completely transformed my plain apartment.. I couldn’t have found the right color balance on my own because I get nervous taking risks with interior design—that’s why I’m so happy my designer took my suggestion and created a bold but doable design for me. Seeing my design in 3D meant I knew everything would work together perfectly.

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The Real Results

Before Modsy, I had an empty studio where I felt too timid to decorate alone! NOW I LOVE BEING HOME. I recently got over COVID and having a space that reflected my style was really empowering—it helped me feel stronger and more confident during a stressful moment in my life. It just brings me more joy than any other place I’ve lived and I’m so glad I took a risk with my colorful design and tried Modsy.

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My Modsy Story: Rediscovering My Old Self With a New Design

When her two eldest children left the nest Lisa decided she wanted a fresh design for her space with ties to her past. Using Modsy she was able to bring the old and new together.

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Homeowner: Lisa H.

Spaces: Living Room and Office

Her Style: Mod Collector

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Lisa and her husband were living with the furniture they bought when they moved into their house 18 years ago. After raising three kids in that home, their furniture was a bit worn, to say the least. When two of her kids moved out of the house this past year, Lisa decided it was time to freshen up the living room and turn one of the kid’s bedrooms into her office.

“When we first moved into our house, we had two little kids and just wanted something sturdy—the furniture was just about function. By the time they moved out, I was sick of our space, and I actually started looking at new houses online. But then I was like—I don’t need to move, I just need to re-decorate!”

“By the time the kids moved, I was sick of our space, and I actually started looking at new houses online. But then I was like—I don’t need to move, I just need to re-decorate!” 

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The Design Dilemma

Knowing she wanted a fresh, more grown-up space for her husband and herself, Lisa was ready for a brand new style. But, she didn’t know what that style should be or how to source new furniture that would fit with the pieces she wanted to keep.

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“I had no idea what my style was. This space had been about our kids—but with two of them grown and one teenager, we decided it was time to make our space feel more adult. I knew I’d be spending money on furniture, and I wanted to foolproof that investment to make sure I was buying the right items. I just wanted extra guidance for the process. Since I wasn’t sure how to pull it off on my own, I decided to try Modsy.”

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The Modsy Moment

Using Modsy, Lisa worked one-on-one with a designer who helped her find furniture that fit perfectly with the items she wanted to keep in her home—like a Korean cabinet and some artwork from her grandmother. Lisa’s Modsy designer managed to create a new design that felt both fresh and personal.

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“When I opened up my designs, I was stunned. They were nothing near what I expected, but totally perfect. My designer did a great job of seamlessly integrating my belongings into the design. She took my valued items, all cherished but stylistically disparate, and merged them together in a way that looked cohesive with the new furniture.”

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“My designer even incorporated my love of travel photography into the designs and selected artwork that reflected that interest.”

“My designer even incorporated my love of travel photography into the designs and selected artwork that reflected that interest. The art she chose actually inspired me to go back into my own travel photography archives and find meaningful photos to hang in my office space. The whole Modsy experience helped me tap into my own creativity and bring more of my own vision and personality into my living room and office design. I literally bought everything I needed for the space in a single day! “

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“The whole Modsy experience helped me tap into my own creativity and bring more of my own vision and personality into my living room and office design. I literally bought everything I needed for the space in a single day!”

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Customer home makeover

The Real Results

Before using Modsy, Lisa never spent much time in the living room and never had a dedicated space to call her own. Now that the living room is redesigned, Lisa finds herself relaxing in it constantly. As for the office, she couldn’t be happier to have a space that reflects her style and interests.

“Both of these spaces are everything I hoped for and more. The living room is so nice now. I love how we got our grown-up space that ties together the old and the new in a meaningful and pleasing way. And I absolutely love my office. It’s the first time I’ve had my very own space in this house. Before, I was taking Zoom calls from the bar counter in the dining room. Now, I have a dedicated workspace that’s also home to my personal interests. It’s so much MY space. My sewing machine, knitting projects, books, and travel photos all have a home in this room. After so many years of our home being geared toward our kids, who I adore, it feels special to have a space that’s all my own.”

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My Modsy Story: How I Used Design to Prepare My Family for Change

Returning to school after years of being a working mom inspired Brooke to tidy her home design and make it easier for her family to manage.

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Name: Brooke S.

Occupation: Social media consultant, studying interior design

Location: Topsfield, MA

Her Style: Contemporary Connoisseur

The Backstory

Brooke was preparing for a big transition, going from working mom to entering an intensive interior design program at Rhode Island School of Design. But before she started her new life as a student she wanted a home makeover that would reflect her ambition and better suit her family.

“I’m a married mother of 3 teens and 2 dogs and am transitioning from working to being a student again. I knew that my career change would also mean big changes for the whole family, and all that change could feel destabilizing, especially in these uncertain times. My husband and I wanted to add a sense of order and certainty to our lives. We thought finally getting the house decluttered and nicely designed would set our family up to face these changes in stride.”

“I’m a married mother of 3 teens and 2 dogs and am transitioning from working to being a student again. I knew that my career change would also mean big changes for the whole family, and all that change could feel destabilizing, especially in these uncertain times.”

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The Design Dilemma

Once Brooke knew that she was ready for a change at home, the whole family was excited to help. The trouble was they couldn’t agree on what to do for their individual and combined spaces.

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Brooke’s 3D living room design

“My husband and I both have strong opinions about interior design. We both have a lot of family heirlooms like my dining table that we wanted to incorporate into the living and dining rooms, but we couldn’t agree on the right layout or what new items to purchase. Meanwhile, my daughters wanted to change their bedroom decor to something more grown-up. But, I needed to stick to a budget, so we didn’t always see eye-to-eye on what furniture purchases to prioritize.

“We decided a 3rd party would be helpful. Someone who could come in and show us options for our home, so we could choose the right pieces and layout together as a family. That way, if one of us didn’t like something, it wasn’t that someone else had the wrong opinion—there’d be an expert to defer to and help us make the right choices.

“Additionally, with lockdown in place, traditional interior design wasn’t only costly but a health risk. As an aspiring interior designer, I strongly believe that interior design should be affordable and convenient, so I decided the best choice was Modsy!”

“As an aspiring interior designer, I strongly believe that interior design should be affordable and convenient, so I decided the best choice was Modsy!”

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Views of the kids’ rooms

The Modsy Moment

When Brooke saw her designs, she was reassured that she’d made a good investment for the road ahead.

“Seeing all our spaces so nicely organized was terrific. Our Modsy designer found thoughtful ways to include my husband and my heirloom pieces into our layout. Our kids’ rooms looked amazing and so grown-up, and our designer kept our budget for their spaces in mind. I was especially impressed with the designs they did for one of my daughters, who has the smallest room. The designer added white furniture and a lighter wall color, which opens it up a lot. Like the rest of the designs in our house, her room design was perfect. Plus, each space had storage, which any parent or pet owner will tell you is a must for keeping your space tidy.”

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Brooke’s dining room design

The Real Results

When Brooke started her Modsy journey, she needed help getting her family to agree on the right design choices to smooth her transition to being a student. But now that she and her family have spaces they love, she sees more value in her designs than she anticipated.

“Before we used Modsy, our house never felt complete, but now every time I come home and see how neatly put together our house is, I feel so relaxed. Plus, the designer’s storage solution keeps everything looking great, so I stay relaxed even with my busy school schedule, teenagers, and pups.

“It really looks and feels like a high-end design, but it was so affordable! I can’t tell you how great it is for myself and my family to see our personalities reflected in our home through the design. It’s so inspiring to experience first-hand what good interior design can do for a family during COVID, especially as I enter into my new life as an interior designer.”

“Before we used Modsy, our house never felt complete, but now every time I come home and see how neatly put together our house is, I feel so relaxed.”

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Brooke’s seating room

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Our Modsy Story: How We Created a Perfectly Cohesive and Cozy Mountain Getaway

Yates & Liz wanted to carve out a little slice of heaven for people to get away during hectic times. For them, that meant finding a design service that could turn a dated farmhouse into a cozy retreat.

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Homeowners: Yates & Liz

Space: Multi-Room Vacation House

Our Style: Modern Rustic

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Views from outside the farmhouse rental

Read on to learn how Modsy designer Becky S. helped the couple find the look for their mountain getaway.

The Backstory

When Yates & Liz bought a private farmhouse atop Old Forge Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains, they did so with the vision of creating a beautiful vacation rental retreat where guests could hunker down and relax. The house was entirely empty and they needed help coming up with a design that would ensure the interior of the house was as beautiful as its scenic surroundings.

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Views of the farmhouse rental before Modsy

“It was important to us that the entire house be designed all at once because we wanted a cohesive look for the entire space instead of piecemeal looks for the individual spaces that wouldn’t flow together.”

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See Yates’s & Liz’s space transformed in 3D 

The Design Dilemma

Yates & Liz knew from the beginning that they needed an expert eye to help them achieve the look and feel they wanted for thier farmhouse.

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A design for the living area of Yates & Liz’s vacation rental

“The space was super large and dated. It easily could have become a hodgepodge mess even with lots of love and great intentions. Getting help from a professional designer was so important.”

green velvet sofa floating in living room withView of the living area in Yates & Liz’s vacation rental

Designer insight:

“From the beginning, I knew Yates & Liz wanted the space to function as a vacation rental, so the goal was to make every room cohesive but still fun and inviting. The biggest challenge (though, a really fun one!) was making sure each room had a unique look and feel but that they all still visually worked together as a cohesive whole.” –Becky

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Design for a reading nook in the vacation rental 

The Modsy Moment

When the couple discovered Modsy, they knew they’d found the answer to their design conundrum. Bundling each room into the same project and collaborating with the same designer was exactly what he needed to achieve a cohesive look for his entire farmhouse.

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The reading nook in real life

“Having the ability to see designs for each room before making purchases was key. This helped us feel confident that, as we purchased pieces, they would fit a cohesive vision for the whole house.”

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Bunk beds in a design for a shared kids room in the vacation rental

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The space in real life

How Modsy Helped Yates & Liz

Yates & Liz loved that their designer, Becky, was not only able to make each room in the house work together but also that she took their ideas in new directions that they wouldn’t have thought of alone.

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A design for a sunroom in the vacation rental

“Once we saw my designer’s plan, we started getting really excited about bringing it to life. We loved that we were able to contribute ideas—like using a green sofa in the main living space—and our designer was able to incorporate them and take the idea to the next level.”

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The same sunroom in real life

Designer Insights:

“Layering colors and textures is key when you want a cozy, lived in, yet very unique and interesting space. For Yates & Liz’s house, I focused on artfully mixing colors, textures, and materials in a way that made the spaces feel intentional. And speaking of color—the green sofa is one of my favorite parts of the whole design. That, paired with a lot of natural textures in accent chairs and fun pops of colors in rugs is what stole the show!” –Becky

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A design for a master bedroom with a work area

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The same bedroom in real life

The Real Results

Yates & Liz ended up with an upscale private farmhouse rental with a mid-century-meets-cozy vibe. The house’s relaxed and fun atmosphere makes it easy for guests to soak in the bucolic Blue Ridge Mountains scenery. If you ever find yourself staying there, you’ll have the option of visiting the many nearby towns, but you may find it hard to leave this charming mountain retreat.

“We’re thrilled with how everything turned out. It’s better than we could have imagined, and working with our Modsy designer, Becky, on such a large project helped us achieve what we never could have done on our own.”

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View of a nightstand in a master bedroom in the vacation rental

Designer Insights:

“One thing I love about working at Modsy is  having the opportunity to work on so many different types of spaces. Yates’ project was exciting because he wanted his rental to be full of fun, vibrant, and cozy vibes, and we were able to make that happen—making each room feel unique while keeping a cohesive vision for the whole house!” –Becky

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My Modsy Story: How I Filled My House with Cozy Curated Style

Without the curatorial skills to create the cozy feel she wanted for her home Deana was left with an empty house and no idea where to get started.

Read on to learn how she filled her empty house with designs she loves and get key insights from the Modsy designer that brought her space together.

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Homeowner: Deana

Room: Whole House

My Style: Rustic Warmth

 

The Backstory

Deana loves home decorating shows and feels passionate about design. But, like many people, when it came to putting together a new home, she found herself stooped.

“I’m a big fan of HGTV, and I always have strong opinions on every space they do. I’ll either say, “OMG, I love that,” or “ew no, that’s gross,” but I never react impartially to any design. That said, I’m not a decorator, so I’m sure you can imagine that when my husband and I moved from a 425 square ft apartment to a 2,600 square foot house with no furniture, I didn’t know where to start.”

The Design Dilemma

Deana knew 2 things at the outset of her design journey. 1 she had trouble putting a space together alone, and 2 she’d know a good design when she saw it but she needed some outside help to get started. Determined to find a great design for her new home, she started researching online design.

“I’ve never been a natural at getting the home look I am going for. For example, I like a cozy vibe in my spaces, so I tend to overcrowd rooms when I design them on my own.”

“I’ve never been a natural at getting the home look I am going for. For example, I like a cozy vibe in my spaces, so I tend to overcrowd rooms when I design them on my own. But for my new home, I knew I wanted something that felt curated but cozy without being crowded. So I started looking for help online.

My search for interior design services took me to a Facebook group. People there raved about Modsy. After deliberating for a while, I decided to purchase 6 rooms.”

Designer Insights:

“Deana was having trouble selecting and coordinating the right items for her home to create a cohesive look. So I helped her “try on” many different options for her rooms and showed her various wall colors to land on the perfect style for her home.” –Cassandra, Deana’s Modsy Designer

The Modsy Moment

Once she had sent all her Modsy project details, Deana was very excited to see the results.

“I couldn’t picture how things should look on my own. But, when I saw the designs, I was in love!”

“I’ll be honest, I was a little nervous waiting for my Modsy designs to come back. I just wasn’t sure they’d be able to deliver on all my hopes for the space, especially when I couldn’t picture how things should look on my own. But, when I saw the designs, I was in love! They were exactly what I had asked for but couldn’t visualize on my own. I began ordering furniture almost immediately.”

Designer Insights:

“Deana has a really cozy personal style, and I kept that in mind when putting all her rooms together. I wanted to elevate that coziness with some more traditional foundational furniture in each space to really help create a cohesive and inviting feel to her whole home.

For example, in her living room, the sofa and love-seat are from the same Crate & Barrel set. They add a touch of formality to the room, but the armchairs and poufs feel more fun and casual. Together these items create a look that elevates the space without making it feel stuffy.” –Cassandra, Deana’s Modsy Designer

The Real Results

Now that Deana has used Modsy she’s having a real HGTV “OMG I love that” moment of her own.

“I loved my entire Modsy experience, I especially love the design of my bedroom vanity area. My designer used a lovely desk with lots of storage, a cozy highback chair, and a beautiful mirror with mother-of-pearl inlay to bring the space together.”

“I loved my entire Modsy experience, I especially love the design of my bedroom vanity area. My entire life, I’ve gotten ready hunched over a mirror in the corner of my room, and I’ve never had a dedicated space just for getting ready. My designer used a lovely desk with lots of storage, a cozy highback chair, and a beautiful mirror with mother-of-pearl inlay to bring the space together. (I’m a huge fan of pearls, so I was delighted that they included the mirror–it is SO beautiful.) Having a cozy and pampering space like this is incredibly wonderful. It really epitomizes how my whole house feels after using Modsy–like a home.”

Designer Insights:

“It was truly such a pleasure bringing this space together for Deana. It’s wonderful knowing she gets as much joy out of living in her space as I did helping her create it.” –Cassandra, Deana’s Modsy Designer

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Modsy Story: How I Got Help Designing a Restful Bedroom Haven

Customer Story

 

Homeowner: Koula B.  Voice over artist

Location: Aledo, TX

Rooms: Master Bedroom

Her Style: Chic Collector

 

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The Backstory

My husband and I have two sets of twins under the age of two, so to say life is a bit hectic is an understatement!  We had just built a new home, so we decided we needed to decorate the master bedroom first. In our previous home, we decorated the rest of the house and never got around to finishing the master bedroom because our first set of twins arrived, and life got much busier! There were always other things to do or spend our money on. Also, our cat had shredded our previous headboard, so we knew we needed some new furniture anyway.

We wanted our master bedroom to be our sanctuary and between the twins and the cat, we were due a bit of tranquility. However, during the building process, we found out we were expecting our second set of twins. At that point, I was adamant our bedroom would be decorated before the babies arrived, as I would definitely need a peaceful place to grab a few minutes rest now and again!

My husband and I have two sets of twins under the age of two, so to say life is a bit hectic is an understatement! So, we wanted our master bedroom to be our sanctuary.

Customer Story

The Design Dilemma

Since we were building our house, the room was a blank slate—but that actually made it overwhelming, and I wasn’t sure where to start. I generally like colorful, vibrant hues but thought those might be overwhelming in a bedroom. I wasn’t sure how to strike the balance of what I naturally gravitate toward while still making our bedroom a restful place. On top of that, I had one set of twins and was pregnant with another set, so I really didn’t have the bandwidth to think about how to design our master bedroom.

I wasn’t sure how to strike the balance of what I naturally gravitate toward while still making our bedroom a restful place.

Customer StoryThe Modsy Moment

We used Modsy at our previous home to plan the nursery for our first set of twins. There’s so much I appreciate about Modsy—the 3D renderings, being able to switch out items, the price point! I had such a good experience picking out the layout and decor of the nursery. So, when it came to designing our master bedroom, I was excited to work with a Modsy designer again.

There’s so much I appreciate about Modsy—the 3D renderings, being able to switch out items, the price point!

Customer StoryHow Modsy Helped Koula

 Our designer helped us land on a layout we love and they picked out furniture that’s beautiful and fits in our space. But I did want to adjust the color palette a bit after getting our initial designs. So, I had a call with my designer, she understood what I wanted right away, and the next design she sent me was perfect, and the one we ended up using.

Customer StoryThe Real Results

I love my master bedroom design. It is exactly the haven I need to escape from the madness of having two sets of twins under the age of two. This space is beautiful and helps remind me of the “me” I was before I was a mom. Our master bedroom isn’t generally a room that other people see, but I really enjoy spending time in my restful sanctuary every day. And even though my husband doesn’t care too much about design and decor, I’m happy he has a relaxing space, too! I would highly recommend Modsy to others.

I loved my master bedroom design. It is exactly the haven I need to escape from the madness of having two sets of twins under the age of two. This space is beautiful and helps remind me of the ‘me’ I was before I was a mom.

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My Modsy Story: How Modsy Helped Me Design a Refuge for Recovery

When Jeff opened a transitional living house, he knew how to help his residents heal—but he needed help designing a safe space where their healing could happen.

Real Customer Story

 

Homeowner: Jeff M., Recovery Specialist

Location: Plano, TX

Rooms: Living Room, TV Room, Breakfast Area, Dining Area, Sunroom

Their Style: Rustic Warmth

The Backstory

I run Fireside Recovery, a transitional living house for men transitioning from inpatient substance treatment. Our house gives them a place to live; build community; and have the accountability, support, and resources they need on their recovery journey before going back into independent living.

The Design Dilemma

As someone who’s been through the recovery process myself, I know first-hand the important role an environment plays in recovery. Because of that, great interior design was key to this healing space.

This home was a new build, filled with empty rooms, which gave us a blank slate. We wanted to create a space that would make our residents feel comfortable and at home. We had five main community rooms in this home that we wanted to be relaxing for our residents and we also wanted to make all the rooms coordinate and flow together.

I had a hard time visualizing how to fill a whole house with furniture, art, and accessories, and make it look beautiful and cohesive.

To say I was overwhelmed at the thought of tackling this on my own is an understatement. I had a hard time visualizing how to fill a whole house with furniture, art, and accessories, and make it look beautiful and cohesive. Plus, I was so busy getting the business side of Fireside Recovery up and running that I had no time to think about interior design.

The Modsy Moment

I’ve worked with a traditional design service in the past and knew we needed something faster as residents were moving in soon. It was also important that the space was well designed, which I knew I couldn’t do on my own. I had heard about Modsy on Instagram and learned that they could deliver great designs with less turnaround time—so I decided to give them a try.

How Modsy Helped Jeff

Honestly, I could not have done this on my own. In my past experiences of working with interior designers, a lot of time was taken up by shopping together and going to various stores, and it was difficult to work within a budget while getting everything we needed.

I love how Modsy streamlined the interior design process. It saved me so much time and energy. I was able to decorate the whole house without ever leaving my home!

I felt comfortable from the very beginning with Modsy, and I love how Modsy streamlined the interior design process. My designer sent me design ideas in a virtual version of our exact room, and I was able to ask for tweaks and changes until each room was just the way I wanted. Then, I was able to easily shop each of the room designs to get the furniture and decor that I needed. It saved me so much time and energy. I was able to decorate the whole house without ever leaving my home! With Modsy’s help, I was able to focus my energy on Fireside Recovery’s mission and programming, ensuring we’d be ready for guests when we opened.

Real Customer Story

Real Customer Story

The Real Results

Modsy’s designers were so patient and accommodating and helped create the recovery home of our dreams. Each space flows into the next and is designed in a way that I never could have imagined on my own. We now have a residential recovery home where our residents can really feel at home. I feel so happy knowing the space is comfortable and welcoming, making it easier for residents to focus on healing and growth.

I feel so happy knowing the space is comfortable and welcoming, making it easier for residents to focus on healing and growth.

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