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Design Dilemma: Choosing the right Rug Size and Style

Choosing the right rug

One of the most notorious design dilemmas our customers face is choosing the right rug for their space. Rugs are an amazing warm and fluffy way to add visual intrigue to any space. They are also expensive and large, and it’s easy to imagine yourself shelling out hundreds (if not thousands!) of dollars only to find you’ve purchased something that turns your room from “hot” to “not.”

A solution for this could be to go out and buy all the rugs you’ve got your eye on, bring them home, and try them out one-by-one in your living room. But if you’re like us and you don’t have endless amounts of money, a pickup truck, and all that time/muscle at your disposal, this isn’t a realistic option.

So here’s the good part. At Modsy we’ve created some amazing technology that lets you try on all the rugs you want, in your living room, without any of that hassle. Along with that, we’ve created this handy-dandy visual guide to help you learn how to pick the right rug for your space.

 

…The Blank Canvas

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Design Dilemma #1: Rug Style

Our eclectic minimal living room is looking a little bare without a rug underfoot. We picked three options that we love and they all seemed to match our style. Here’s what happened when we took them for a test drive:

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Moral of the story:

  • With a more eclectic styled living room, all that pattern from Rug #1 feels overwhelming and busy.
  • At the opposite end of the spectrum, Rug #2 didn’t have enough going on and it made the space feel sparse.
  • Rug #3 is our “Goldilocks” – that sweet spot in between that is simple enough not make the space feel overwhelming but also adds enough texture to spice up our living room.

 

Design Dilemma #2: Rug Size

Ok now that we know what rug we like, let’s try on some different sizes:

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Moral of the story:

  • A larger rug (we used a 9’x12’) bleeds out past the furniture and overwhelms the space. Having the sofa all the way on the rug, while the chairs dance on and off makes the space visually cluttered and confusing.
  • The small rug (we used a 3’x5’) gives us a tiny focal point in the middle of the room, and leaves the rest of the space feeling bare.
  • The middle size (for us, a 8’x10’) is just right. The front two legs of all the furniture are on the rug, creating an intimate “zoned” area in the middle of the room.

 

Of course, this guide doesn’t cover every possible rug dilemma out there. But don’t panic, Modsy is always here to help you move through your design paralysis and help you create a home you love. Other Design Dilemmas you want help with? Tell us below in the comments!

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Crown Your Living Room: 3 Ideas for the Wall Above Your Sofa

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When designing your living room, as with life, there are very few things you can be sure of. Will the colors match? Will my bookcase fit through the door? Will I still like that shag rug a year from now? The only thing you can really be sure of is that your living room will likely include a sofa and a blank wall.

What to do with this blank wall above your sofa can be a challenge. This is the focal point of the whole room, so the pressure is on to get it just right. To help you feel inspired instead of intimidated by that swath of emptiness, we rounded up our three favorite ideas for the wall above your sofa.

 

Check out the three ways we crowned our sofa inside this minimal Hollywood glam interior, and shop the coordinating collection below!

3 Ideas for the Wall above your Sofa:

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1. Hang One Bold Artwork

Give the “best seat in the house” – the wall above your sofa – to a big and bold artwork. This is a great way to add some drama to your space or showcase one fantastic piece of art.

  • We chose a dramatic, non-objective painting, Meditative Concentration 1 (Restoration Hardware). We love how the black and white pops against the gold Velvet Mina Sofa (Athropologie) and the square format draws your eye up, up, up!

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2. Create a Gallery Wall

We love gallery walls because they can be tailored to any style, they beautifully show off multiple pieces of art, and you can easily add to them over time as you grow your collection. That said, a successful gallery wall should feel balanced, so think about the overall composition first to keep it from looking cluttered. Don’t feel like busting out the blue tape? Modsy can help you design your gallery wall before you pick up the hammer and nails.

  • Try mixing different frames and artwork sizes for a more eclectic look. Or, arrange your gallery wall as a grid or a more traditional and designed feel.
  • We opted for a variety of black and white artworks to give our gallery wall cohesion, while the different sizes and subjects keep your eye moving.

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3. Make a Statement with a Mirror

The most beautiful thing in the room is going to be you, so catch a glimpse by hanging a large mirror on the wall above your sofa. This is especially great for small spaces, as the mirror will bounce light around and make your room feel open and airy.

  • Add some drama with an oversized mirror. We chose the Gleaming Primrose Mirror (Anthropologie).
  • You can even place the mirror on the floor and lean it against the wall behind your sofa. This will add visual depth to your room and saves your walls from holes (a great option for all you renters out there).

 

Since you’ll likely be spending a good chunk of time in your living room, why not make sure it looks good? A happy home means a happy you, so crown your living room with something worth looking at.

If you love the look of our living room, shop our Mid-Century Chic collection below with 100% real products. And if you’re still not sure, see it in your space first with Modsy. Happy hanging!

 

The ‘Less is More’ Chic Collection

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Make the Most out of Your Small Space: Ultimate Oscar Viewing Party Layout Guide

This Sunday the 2017 Oscars are airing, and that means it’s time to host your Oscar viewing party. A great viewing party (of any kind) means there are enough seats for everyone to sit and watch. But say you live in a one bedroom apartment? We know hosting in small spaces can be a challenge, so to help we created the ultimate oscar viewing party layout guide.

So while you focus on fine-tuning your guest list and preparing Pinterest-worthy snacks, we will make sure your living room layout is looking red carpet-ready before your guests arrive. Read on to learn how to create your ultimate Oscar viewing party layout and shop the products in our small-space collection!

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After Layout

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Step 1: Maximize Seating

While “standing room only” might be great for a concert, having enough seats for guests is important. Here’s how we get the most booties in chairs and avoid cluttering your living room at the same time.

Backless Seating:

Benches and ottomans are great ways to add extra seating to your small space without over-stuffing it with bulky furniture.

  • Benches look great in a hallway or at the foot of your bed, and can easily be moved into the living room for extra seating when you need it.
  • You can also use two ottomans to make a bench. Break them up into two smaller seats when you need. The mid-century modern Soto Ottoman (Joybird) is one of our favorites.

Create movie theater rows:

Shorter people in the front, taller people in the back. This goes for seats as well. Place lower seats in the front and taller in the back so everyone has a great view of the TV.

  • Use bar stools to make a back row for your viewing party. In tight spaces we like to reduce the visual clutter by choosing clear options, like the Vapor Acrylic Counter Stools from CB2.

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Step 2: Maximize Surface Area

Now that you have all that seating, you will likely want some surfaces to go with it. We say don’t buy extra tables, but repurpose a few pieces you already have.

Two coffee tables are better than one:

In small spaces, having the flexibility to move your furniture is important. We say opt for two smaller coffee tables instead of one large one.

  • We used two of the Haptic 28” Coffee Tables (EQ3). Keep them together for daily use and separate them when you host to accommodate more people reaching for popcorn.

Pouf-perfect:

We love poufs because they are super versatile. Use them as a footrest or a stool, or even a side table.

  • We like the Braided Hemp Pouf (CB2) because it is substantial enough to support a tray with drinks and snacks.

Snack station:

A sneaky way to add storage behind your sofa, move your console table against an open wall when guests arrive for an impromptu buffet table.

Open bar (cart):

We always love a good bar cart. Chose one on wheels for a mobile drink station and wheel it out of the way when guests are over. We chose the Terrace Bar Cart from West Elm for its sleek design and small footprint.

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Step 3: Final Tricks

A few finishing touches to make your small space work for you.

Throw it on the floor:

Even your floor can be a nice seat if you add a little cushion. We love floor pillows as they are a simple way to add seating and can be conveniently stashed away when you don’t need them.

Mirror-mirror:

Nothing like a large reflective surface to make things look larger! Not so great for pores, but perfect for your living room. You can hang one like the Infinity Wall Mirror (CB2) above your sofa to help visually tie the room together.

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You don’t have to cram a bunch of furniture into your home only to find you rarely use it. Our layout guide is for both before and after the party, because the size of your home shouldn’t dictate your design choices. Share the guide with all your apartment-dwelling friends and shop the collection of small-space approved products below.

 

The Small Space Collection:

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Inspired Color Palette: The Blush Collection

Valentine’s day might be over, but we are still thinking pink in terms of interior design inspiration. A little on the dustier side, this shade of blush is less sticky sweet, and instead feels muted and moody. To help you get your fix, we curated this collection of products perfectly poised to make you (and your home) feel the blush rush!

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Blush is the perfect hue to give your home a feminine edge or simply add a dash of warmth to a neutral space. Bring on the bohemian charm with West Elm’s blush-colored Sequin Knotted Wool Rug.

Or push the look more elegant and feminine with a blushing accent chair. We have a crush on the Slub Velvet Tillie Armchair in rosewood (Anthropologie). You don’t even have to wander too far out of neutral territory with muted blush pieces like Serena & Lily’s Whipstitch Mohair Throw.

We curated a collection inspired by this trend that makes us blush. If you are looking to warm up a neutral palette, jazz up a sophisticated space, or are simply in search of a relaxing place to rosé all day, we’ve curated this collection just for you! 

Pop the bubbly and browse the full collection below, or try it on in your home with Modsy!

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Artfully Walls

Wallpaper Round-Up: Our February Favorites

Finding a wallpaper you love is easy, visualizing how it will look in your home, is hard. You probably wouldn’t buy a car without taking it for a test drive, so why shouldn’t you be able to try on wallpaper before installing it?

A little Modsy Magic to the rescue: we’ve rounded up 6 wallpapers we are loving this month and installed them in a living room so you can see the end result – before committing your walls and your wallet.

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Your February Wallpaper Round-Up:

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  • Carved Ogee, Gray (Hygge & West): Go bold with this metallic gold ogee pattern on a charcoal grey background. We recommend this wallpaper for anyone craving a sophisticated look with an organic twist.

 

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  • Tourbillon (Farrow & Ball): These graphic brushstrokes will bring a touch of liveliness to any space. We love this pattern for anyone wanting to jazz up a contemporary interior.

 

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  • Leaping Lemurs (Anthropologie): We love this playful pattern featuring our favorite Madagascan primates. Make your lemurs pop by pairing them with solid, bold colored furniture.

 

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  • Peonies, Yellow (Hygge & West): Give your home a dash of countryside tranquility with this wallpaper. The sunshine yellow hue is sure to brighten up any entryway, bedroom, or even bathroom.

 

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  • Tall Grass Wallpaper (Anthropologie): A moody twist on a floral motif, this wallpaper is as lovely as it is timeless. The dark background gives your space an edge while the wispy grass and butterflies keep it feeling sweet.

 

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  • Procuratie e Scimmie (Cole & Son): Transform your walls into fine art with Italian designer, Piero Fornasetti’s “Procuratie e Scimmie” wallpaper. Featuring monkeys wandering through the ruins of classical architecture, this wallpaper brings a touch of humor design sophistication to your home.

 

Did we miss your favorite wallpaper? Tell us in the comments and we will show it to you in our living room!

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Shop Your New Favorite Wallpapers

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

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

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

How you can get the boho glam look:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

The Boho Glam Living Room Collection

 

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Golden Girls Tribute: Blanche Devereaux’s Bedroom

With a plate full of cheesecake and a wall covered in banana leaves, we are celebrating the release of all seven seasons of Golden Girls on Hulu. If you don’t know, the show revolves around the friendship between four, single women –Blanche, Rose, Sophia, and Dorothy – living out their golden years together in Miami, Florida.

To celebrate these women and their classic 80s chic home, we gave Blanche Devereaux’s bedroom a 21st century facelift. Slightly 80’s, slightly art deco, and just the right amount of tacky, come take a peek inside and learn how to get the look!

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  • Wicker + Rattan = Cheesecake: Not really, but our Golden Girls loved these materials just as much as their go-to dessert. Blanche infuses her space with a tropical edge via the wicker pendants and side tables (both Serena & Lily).

 

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  • Go Bananas: The original “jungalow” queen, Blanche sported a banana leaf print on her drapes, walls, and duvet cover. While we love this look for her, we scaled back a little for our modern rendition of this tropical paradise. We used Dorothy Draper’s Brazilliance pattern (Domino) to create a wallpaper headboard, which matches the duvet and drapes.
    • Fun Fact: While we used Dorothy Draper’s version of the banana leaf print, the one that originally adorned Blanche’s bedroom was Don Loper’s 1942 Martinique version. A slightly darker army green, he designed the wallpaper for the Fountain Coffee Room inside the Beverly Hills Hotel, where it still adorns the walls today.

 

Golden Girls was a show about more than cheesecake and banana leafs. It shined the spotlight on social issues of its day, such as a group of women living together for financial reasons (something quite common today). The show also eloquently touched on issues such as female sexuality, gay rights, and life after marriage and children.

So thank you Golden Girls for being a friend (I’m sorry, I had to) but thank you also for championing the message of women supporting women with humor and style.

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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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The Basics

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Made Goods

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Restoration Hardware

Bringing Hygge to Your Bedroom

Because you all loved our original hygge living room, we decided to kick it up a notch and bring hygge into the whole house!

Hygge, the Danish concept of living cozily, is the talk of the town this Winter. More than a way to decorate your home, hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is about slowing down, taking stock, and creating a sense of comfort and simplicity. Plush sofas, pillows galore, natural materials, and softly glowing candles are key to building your perfect hygge hideaway.

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Designing your home with hygge at the helm, fosters the kid of cozy, warmth that helps make people happier. To help get you started, we transformed this simple studio apartment into the perfect hygge hideaway.

 

Here’s how you hygge…

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  • Build a simple base: Start with the largest pieces of furniture in the room, these is the base of your hygge hideaway. Your bed or sofa lay the foundation of your design, so look for pieces with clean lines to let the accessories shine. We like the Piper Bed Frame from Room & Board and the Modular Cloud Sofa from Restoration Hardware.
  • Keep it neutral: Hygge is all about keeping it calm. Limit colors to the accessories and opt for soft shades of beige, cream, grey, and brown.
  • Go natural: Organic pieces give texture to your environment and lend warmth to the space. Look for jute, animal hide, unfinished woods, wool, and sheepskin. We love the Natural Cowhide Rug (Cowhide Imports) and the Acacia Storage Bench (CB2).

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  • Add texture: Now it’s time for the fun part, let’s add some texture to the mix. Look for chunky, fluffy, soft… in a variety of fabrics and materials like a palooza of patterned pillows that are scattered throughout the room (even on the floor). Artwork can add texture too! We chose pieces with organic patterns, like the Peaceful Dot series from Natural Curiosities. Even the Woven Wall Decor above the bed (Urban Outfitters) adds a textural pop with its woven nubby wool.
  • Layer it up: Our final tip for getting your hygge on, is to pile on layers. Layer rugs, pillows, and artwork everywhere to give your space texture and coziness. We like the pop of pattern the Boldstripe Dhurrie Rug (Anthropologie) gives layered on the Chunky Wool & Jute Rug (Pottery Barn)

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Now all that’s left is to light some candles, brew up some coffee or tea, and slip into your comfiest PJ’s. Welcome to your hygge-filled home! We hope you never want to leave.

 

 

The Hygge Bedroom Collection

A Sweet & Serene Nursery: One Look, Two Budgets

Now that the hard baby-making work is over, it’s time to design your new nursery. Congratulations! As the room where your little one and you will spend lots of time learning and snuggling and playing together, it is important that this be a space you enjoy spending time in. To help, we’ve designed two sweet and serene nursery spaces with two different budgets.

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For our nursery, we opted for light and fresh colors to keep the space feeling open and airy. Both designs playfully feature stars, moons, and animals for a slightly whimsical look. We opted to keep the spaces gender neutral. This not only frees us from coloring inside the pink and blue lines, but also allows you to reuse the pieces and the space should another stork arrive bearing a new bundle of joy!

The two nurseries tally up at two different price-points: $3,000 and $6,000. However, we designed the entire collection with the idea in mind that they would be 100% compatible, allowing you to cherry pick from each, or size up or down depending on what elements are most important to you. One of our favorite pieces of design advice is to splurge on something that you really love and save on things that you won’t get as much use or enjoyment out of. So, if you can’t live without that adorable lamp, consider scaling back on the rug!

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These nurseries are also full of multi-purpose pieces. We love getting extra use out of our purchases, so we opted for pieces that can still be used in your child’s room as she or he grows. We love cribs that convert into toddler beds and accessories that are not so babyish that they can’t be used elsewhere in your home.

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Browse through both collections below, and feel free to mix and match as you decide what works for you and your space!

Still having trouble visualizing your new nursery? Let us help you design your space with Modsy.

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Design the Perfect Reading / Napping / Daydreaming Nook

Corners can be awkward dead spaces at the fringes of your living room, or with a little TLC they can be transformed into adorable nooks. Not only do these make for perfect Instagram shots (we see you and we like it), but they are great spaces to cozy up with a book, your beverage of choice, or simply quiet spaces to get away from whatever the kids are watching on TV. 

If you’re like us, and all the pictures of adorable reading nooks are giving you major nook-envy, it’s time to grab your living room by the corner and get the nook of your dreams. We want your nook to be as unique as you, so we put together a few different designs all showcasing nooks in different interior styles. Curl up with your blanket and get ready to fall in love with your perfect nook look!

Our favorite nooks…

6477_d4Organic Sophisticate: A calming palette of moody pastels gives an edge to this organic space. Accented with glamorous touches, like that jaw-dropping porcupine quill mirror (Horchow), we imagine this space being called home by someone like Gwyneth Paltrow. We love how the natural materials interact with the subdued glam finishes for a chic and organic nook.

 

collection_6477_design02_comp01_watermarkedMid-Century Minimalist: A nook for those who love Mid-Century Modern design and all the good things that come with it. A neutral color palette, organic shapes, and geometric forms envelope you as curl up in the Womb Chair. This iconic piece of Mid-Century Modern design was the result of a challenge to designer Eero Saarinen to make a chair Florence Knoll could curl up in. Even Modernist designers want to get cozy.

 

space_6477_design_01_modcam_005-copyContemporary Californian: While you don’t have to be from the Golden Coast to enjoy this one, we just couldn’t help thinking of California with this reading nook. The palette of blues and neutrals along side organic elements evokes a particularly beachy vibe, while the clean lines add a contemporary flair. We love the pairing of our Caitlin chair (Interior Define) with the organic jute rug (Pottery barn) and driftwood side table (Home Decorators Collection).

 

r6477_d5_wmModern Rococo: If you find yourself drawn to classic formal pieces but don’t think you could live with all that ornamentation, our Modern Rococo nook is the dreamy corner you’ve been searching for. Old school forms meet modern accents in this Provincial-esque reading nook. We paired pieces that suggest a luxurious past, like that Gleaming Primrose Mirror (Anthropologie), with contemporary accents, such as the white cowhide rug (Cowhide Imports), for a look that feels both timeless and current.

 

6477_d6Eclectic Urbanite: A warm and inviting nook for our urban dwellers. This space is a little smaller to accommodate tighter spaces (apartments need nooks too!), and features contemporary pieces with a slightly mid-century vibe. We think this nook came together over time, giving it a slightly eclectic look. We especially like the Wool Wrap Pouf (CB2) as an impromptu footrest for cognac our Hemming Leather Swivel chair (West Elm).

Design your perfect nook with Modsy!

 

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Designing a Lounge Space in Your Home

What do the daybed, the chaise lounge, and my boyfriend’s hideous recliner all have in common? They are all pieces of furniture that cater towards our desire for a little rest and repose. A hybrid between sitting and lying down, lounging is the best way to read a book, watch a movie, or catch up on your beauty sleep.

To commemorate the special place this piece of furniture has in our hearts, we wanted to showcase some of our favorite pieces of lounge furniture in spaces we designed to suit multiple styles.

Here are 3 takes on the chaise lounge across the ages:

  1. Ancient cultures: The Egyptians are credited as the original masterminds behind the chair+bed combo, which they used as a place to rest in the arid desert climate. The Greeks also loved lounging, so much so that they even ate meals in a reclined position. While we don’t recommend lounging with bowl of hummus on the Maxime Daybed (Jonathan Adler), we can’t help but think the Goddess Aphrodite would pick our Minimalist lounge scene as her preferred place for mid-day naps.artboard-copy-2
  2. Fainting Victorian Women: In the 1800s, chaise lounges enjoyed a popular surge as important and necessary pieces inside every overstuffed Victorian living room. As all corset-wearing victorian ladies knew, the chaise lounge was the perfect landing pad for fainting spells. The Avalon Daybed (Serena & Lily) from our eclectic lounge scene, is a modern take on a French Neoclassical-style chaise lounge, making it the perfect napping spot for those dreaming of a Parisian vacation.
  3. Hollywood Starlets: A favorite of starlets like Jean Harlow and Greta Garbo, such pieces provided the perfect place to seductively drape oneself for photos and film shoots. We love our Charade Capsule Daybed (Jonathan Adler) for all of our modern draping needs. Who wouldn’t feel like a movie star lazing atop this lush blue velvet pedestal?
  4. Modernist Designers: The lounge was also a favorite form of Modern designers. The chaise lounge offered them a form that was functional, easily mass-produced, and (in the right hands) aesthetically pleasing. We think an Eames Lounge Chair (Design Within Reach) is the perfect place for any Mid-Century aficionado to kick back and watch Mad Men.

The chaise is a great way to fill an empty corner or bring a living room to life. We all need a place to kick back and put our feet up at the end of the day, so we designed five spaces for five unique styles. Will you be lounging in a Mid-Century Modern icon or buried beneath a plethora of eclectic throw pillows?

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Portrait of Madame Récamier, Jacques-Louis David, 1800, Louvre The 1800s saw the first instances of beautiful ladies being draped over chaise lounges. Here Jacques-Louis David’s portrait depicts Parisian socialite, Juliette Récamier, lounging atop a Neoclassical style chaise lounge. This painting sparked popular interest in the piece of furniture, which is often referred to as a “récamier” even still today.

 

Want help designing a lounge corner in your home? We can show it to you in your space (before all the heavy lifting) with Modsy.

 

Rustic

A rustic lounge space is the perfect spot to snuggle up by the fireplace. A neutral color palette keeps it feeling airy while the layered rugs and brassy accents bring a touch of warmth.

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Hollywood Glam

Hollywood glam is all about being bold. Who wouldn’t feel like a celebrity draped across this turquoise velvet lounge?

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Jonathan Adler

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Eclectic

A tropical lounge space outfitted in bright colors and natural materials. We love the Avalon Daybed (Serena & Lily) as the wicker frame alludes to a classical French daybed silhouette.

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Mid-Century Modern

The Eames Lounge Chair is an iconic piece of Mid-Century Modern design. Designed by Ray and Charles Eames, the piece was envisioned to have the “warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.”

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Minimal

A minimal lounge area accented in gold. Who wouldn’t want to serve their guests martinis atop this lounge?

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Industrial Glam Bedroom

cam_005At Modsy we don’t think that interior design styles, like art, exist in a vacuum. Rather, we believe that they grow and change as they endure through time, changing out bits and pieces that allow them to feel fresh and contemporary.

Hollywood Glam, sometimes called Hollywood Regency, is a style that has evolved through time, morphing itself in slightly different ways as the decades progress but always keeping its core tenets intact. Growing out of Hollywood’s “Golden Age,” the style was adapted from the luxurious designs of the 1930s celebrity homes and movie sets. Its key elements were bold colors (often pink and green), tufted sofas, furniture made from sumptuous materials, gold and glitz, and animal print. At its core the style alluded to a classical past through familiar forms while also conveying a sense of conspicuous luxury.

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This bedroom is a modern take on that old Hollywood style. Updated with an edge, here we see a more modern rendition of the style which easily agrees with its industrial setting. Set in a converted industrial loft interior, this beautifully bold bedroom will satisfy your cravings for both an edgy and a glitzy look. Lots of metals, lots of lucite, and lots of high contrasting pieces fill the space to the delight of our eye.

The color palette is based on the raw materials in the space. White, black, and metallic finishes are the perfect neutral base for an industrial look. The glam pushes back through the accessories and finishes that fill the room. Gold and brassy metals do the trick as they keep the space feeling warm even as they agree with the industrial undertone. Sharp angles and hard lines offer an industrial edge, but are softened by art featuring organic forms and natural patterns.

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Industrial interior design might perhaps be described as Hollywood Glam’s exact opposite, which to our eye means nothing short of the perfect pairing. So how could these two polar opposites get along? Well, as it turns out, both styles share a penchant for being dramatic. The result is a sophisticated and edgy take on a dramatic and glamorous style.

If you love a space that is chic but also live by the motto ‘less is more,’ this is the perfect bedroom for you. Modsy’s Elegant Connoisseur and Industrial Chic users will also especially love this look. Not sure what your Modsy style is? Take our Style Quiz to find out.

Want to see your bedroom transformed into an industrial glam paradise? Let us show you the collection in your space with Modsy.

 

The Collection

A Hygge Hideaway

Step inside our cozy hygge hideaway, and you can immediately smell the cookies baking and hear the crackle of the fire. Piles of pillows abound, plush comfy furniture offers itself as a cozy seat for snuggling up, and the floor is covered in layers of rugs and even more pillows. Harsh overhead lighting is forgone in lieu of glowing candles and twinkling string lights, and tranquil scenes of pastures and cottages hang on the walls. A gathering space for friends and family, we designed this room with the Danish concept of hygge as our inspiration.

We decided to show, rather than tell, what hygge is, and we also wanted to leave space for the concept to explain itself. Here’s hygge, in its own words….

Imagine if every time you walked into your living room it gave you a big hug. A hug that also swaddled you in chunky knit blankets with real, live puppies and placed a steamy cup of hot cocoa in your hands. That’s me, Hygge, and it’s oh so lovely to meet you!

“Who in the world is hygge?” you might be asking. That’s one of my favorite questions! (Oh, and I pronounce it “HOO-guh”) I’m not a person, I’m not a place, and I’m not really a thing either. I’m also not super flattered by being called a “lifestyle trend,” because I really hope you keep me around longer than your juice cleanse or your obsession with Pokemon Go.

I like to fancy myself more of a way of being, or a mindset of coziness that permeates Danish culture. I’ve been around for quite some time now, but it is only recently that I became so popular in the US (although the notion of ‘popularity’ isn’t high on my priority list, because I want to be everyone’s friend). I prefer slowing down, savoring the moment, and promoting a sense of well-being and connection. Ahhh… I’m feeling all warm and fuzzy just talking about it!

In case the next question percolating in your beautiful brain is “Where did you come from?” I have an answer for you! I am the proud descendant of the 16th century Norwegian term “hugga,” which means to comfort, or to console. Kind of similar to your English word “hug.” How wonderful!

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Leaving behind some pointers to give us guidance, Hygge is happy to inhabit any home upon invitation. Peep the checklist below to learn how to invite Hygge into your space!

 

Hygge Home Checklist:

  • Warmth and light – Turn off the overhead lights, light a fire in the fireplace, string up some lights, and top it off with some lovely candles.
  • Get cozy and fuzzy – layered rugs, pillows galore (even on the floor), and blankets for days are my favorite tricks for adding a dose of coziness to any space. I especially love plush rugs and all things sheepskin!
  • Keep it neutral and natural – I’m not neutral when it comes to my stance on color palette. I love an earthy palette because it fosters a calming environment. No bright colors please! I also prefer natural materials and finishes for the same reason. This should be a tactile environment that delights all the senses.

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Want to envision hygge in your home? Let us show you the collection in your space with Modsy.

 

The Collection

 

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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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You’re Gonna Make it After All

An Ode to Mary Tyler Moore and the Modern American Woman

Mary Tyler Moore, the ultimate lady hero, was an important and influential woman for a lot of people. At Modsy, we are a company founded and run by female leaders, and we would like to thank her for paving the way for us and other fierce females.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show was the first program to feature a single, independent, career-driven woman in a leading role. The show also marked one of the first instances that time prime-time TV turned an eye towards issues such as sex, birth control, and women in the workforce. Mary’s humorous, compassionate, and lively character offered a new depiction of the American Woman to her prime-time television viewers.

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To celebrate Mary Tyler Moore’s legacy and her memory, we designed a modern version of her studio apartment for our twenty-first century single (and career-driven) ladies. Like Mary’s, this apartment, also set in snowy Minneapolis, has an open floor plan that is divided into a living/dining and entertaining space, a small office area, and a bedroom.

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In the living room we selected a golden velvet sofa and the bold floral rug, inspired by Mary’s  studio apartment on the show. We ditched the coffee table in lieu of a small cocktail table that can be used for dining and entertaining – multi-purpose pieces are important for small-space living. The two mismatched side chairs create the sense that the space was designed in pieces with objects collected over time, as the apartments of many young adults are.

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Across from the living room is a small office nook, where we imagined our young career-driven dweller can study, work, or pay her or his bills on time.

For the bedroom we opted for a canopy bed to bring some drama to the space. Studio apartments mean that everything is on display – if people are going to see your bed, why not make it a statement?

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Designed spaces communicate identity; our homes are not only the places where we live, but they embody elements of who we are. In the mid-twentieth century, apart from Mary Tyler Moore and her studio apartment, the only other depiction of women and their homes in the media was of the suburban housewife. By contrast, the alternative home-based identity for males was that of the single, heterosexual bachelor who lived in his trendy, urban penthouse.

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A little seating nook hidden behind the dividing bookcase offers a private space for reading or relaxing with a glass of wine after a work day.

Images of such “bachelor pads” were showcased in Playboy Magazine alongside centerfolds of naked women. These were dwellings created for the educated, tech-savvy, elite male with ample disposable income and sex appeal. Mary Tyler Moore, by comparison, was also a single woman, living in an urban area, and focused on her career rather than finding a husband. Her home, as a trendy studio apartment communicates this, and she provides the female role model to her male, bachelor counterpart. Like the playboy bachelor pad, Mary’s home is open, designed for entertaining, and full of an eclectic mix of Mid-Century Modern and more traditional furnishings.

 

We love Mary Tyler Moore and are continuously inspired by her go-getter, boss lady attitude. Thank you Mary for being the incredible woman that you were, and for paving the way for the rest of us. Together we are going to make it after all.

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

The Collection

 

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Greenhouse Garden Retreat

Eat your greenery. Or sit on it. Both have equally curative powers according to Pantone, who named this particularly leafy shade its 2017 color of the year. A symbol of new beginnings, the zesty, yellow-green hue is all about reconnecting, refreshing, rejuvenating, restoring, and pretty much any other “re-word” you can think of.

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But if this tangy green reminds you more of Kermit the Frog than a vegetable garden, you’re not alone. While not eagerly hoping on the greenery bandwagon ourselves, we tried embracing the color for its symbolic, rather than purely aesthetic value.

 

Amid our current tumultuous social and political climate, Pantone chose greenery as a means to encourage “green” ways of thinking and living. Pantone suggests that the shade can inspire us to reconnect with nature as we disconnect with technology and promote green ways of thinking in respect to such things as design, energy, and even diet for the coming year. Kale yeah!

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At Modsy we know that our environments shape our experiences, so we are taking a stab at incorporating some greenery into our domain. So if you can’t swing a spur-of-the-moment vacation to Airbnb’s Outside In London loft, we invite you to relax and photosynthesize inside our greenhouse garden retreat.

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

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Serena & Lily

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A Petrie-Perfect Living Room

 

Cropping up in practically every living room pin and many a home tour photo essay, we are seeing Crate & Barrel’s Petrie sofa everywhere. Why? The Petrie’s Mid-Century Modern form, updated with a transitional edge, makes it utterly versatile and it is the perfect combo of comfort and style. It’s available in a plethora of sizes, shapes, and colors, making each Petrie sofa a unique bundle of joy that is suited to fit any interior.

 

We took our Petrie sofa out for a spin in three different spaces with three very different styles, and – spoiler alert – it looked equally amazing in each. So if your style is transitional, industrial, or eclectically modern, we’ve got a look to make your space Petrie-perfect.

 

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For our first space, we wanted to start with a basic transitional living room. And while such a style might easily feel boring or “vanilla,” we think the addition of the Petrie sofa transforms it into the best, slow-churned, locally raised vanilla ice cream we’ve ever had. We opted for the corner sectional version of our Petrie sofa to maximize seating and style. With this as our base, we layered in additional furniture with a Mid-Century edge. Keeping a neutral color palette with a few pops of color helps the space feel fresh. We love this look for anyone who gravitates towards a Mid-Century Modern vibe, but wants to live in a space that feels more contemporary and inviting.

 

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Anthropologie

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And on the other end of the spectrum, we’ve got the silky smooth dark chocolate gelato version of the same sofa. Here’s a space that will satisfy the cravings for raw materials and hard lines of our industrial enthusiasts (sorry, ice cream not included). An aesthetic that can feel a bit cold, here our Petrie sofa makes industrial look comfortable (you really CAN have it all!). We chose a dark charcoal fabric to compliment the moody grey-scale palette of our industrial interior. The industrial look is all about raw materiality, so we suggest selecting pieces with lots of metal, unfinished or reclaimed wood, and aged leather.

 

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Plopped inside this sweet little living space is the final iteration of our Petrie sofa. A golden yellow hue reminiscent of bold Mid-Century interiors, this version of the Petrie is “seated” inside an eclectic living room. This space is comprised of a mix of materials, colors, and styles, which mesh together and create a playful and invigorated living room. The consistent color palette of yellows and blues here keeps the space feeling cohesive, while the intentional combination of Mid-Century forms – such as the Petrie sofa, the tripod lamp, or the Beverly Hills Hotel artwork (to name a few) – give our living room an air of design sophistication.

 

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Wall Seeking Sofa: A Living Room Love Story

At Modsy, we find that one of the greatest challenges people face when designing their space, is choosing a color palette. There’s the sofa, the rug, the throw pillows, the wall color… so many variables to account for that it makes the process overwhelming. So if you suffer from decidophobia or just want to give your space an air of design confidence, try on the idea of a monochromatic living space.

Why do we love this look? The matching sofa and wall color combo result in a space that is enveloped in color and feels luxurious. There is a sort of “casual drama” to the look, as the heavy saturation pushes dramatic, while the lack of contrast pulls minimal. Less visual information for the brain to digest, the monochromatic palette promotes pattern and texture from sidekicks to stars.

To help you get the look, we are profiling a few perfect pairings so you can pick whatever hue appeals to you. Still not convinced? See it in your space with Modsy.

Stylist tip: If the idea of a color-drenched interior makes you seasick, try limiting it to just one accent wall behind your sofa.

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Natural Curiosities

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Benjamin Moore

 

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Industrial Chic Living Space

 

industrial chic living roomEven on an overcast, wintery day you still have a fabulous view of the city from international intelligence agent, Jane Bond’s penthouse. A luxe array of materials, iconic furniture, and every shade of black and white harmonize inside this industrial chic living room, where we got a chance to sit down and chat with the fierce female, herself.

 

Modsy: Last time we saw you, you were hopping on a plane to Paris. What’s changed since then?

Jane Bond: Wow time flies! It feels like nothing and everything all at once. My French has improved immensely and I’ve finally finished designing this space.

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Modsy: Your style has been described as a “feminine” take on a masculine aesthetic. Do you see it that way?

Jane Bond: I love industrial spaces, but I also crave things that sparkle. The industrial look is definitely one that gets attributed to a more “masculine” or rugged style, but I like to think I’m taking ownership and making it into something new that can be both soft and hard, masculine and feminine. Us ladies like concrete and leather, too!

 

Modsy: Can you give us a little insight into the design and styling of this room, in particular?

Jane Bond: I’ve been chasing this idea of the optimal entertaining environment. I love hosting gatherings, so I wanted to curate a space that catered to that need. The room is large, and I’ve filled it with lots of seating to create gathering spaces and little nooks for more intimate conversations. The overall look is a sort of glamorous take on the industrial aesthetic that you previously mentioned. I love re-articulating those two styles, which most people might see as opposites, and creating a space where they harmonize in this new, unexpected way.

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Modsy: Can you give us an example?

Jane Bond: Animal print. When you think cheetah spots or zebra stripes, they’re not usually associated with concrete or metal. In this space, I strive to combine those two opposites in a way that feels unexpectedly familiar. Take this rug for example or that tessellated zebra artwork. They are both pieces that might easily get labeled as very glamorous or “girly,” but here they add this texture and subtle feminine statement to the space. That’s what I absolutely love, the subdued drama.

*Jane here is referencing her Calm Leopard rug (Horchow) and her Zebraba Tile artwork (Minted).

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Modsy: How have your many travels played a role in shaping your design aesthetic?

Jane Bond: While I’m not really one to bring home souvenirs (and let’s face it, I don’t often have time for sightseeing), traveling to so many places has given me a crash course in design and iconic pieces of furniture. I love seeing the ways culture and personality are communicated through interiors, and I think that idea is really present in my home.

 

Modsy: What is your favorite piece you own and why?

Jane Bond: Oh wow… That’s so hard to say, but right now I’m really loving my Animal Study print from Natural Curiosities. It’s just another beautiful example of this idea of taking a familiar form and translating it into something unexpected. And the orange brings just a touch of warmth to this otherwise very cool space.

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Modsy: Is there anything exciting that you are working on at the moment that you can tell us about?

Jane Bond: Laughs. You know I can’t give any details, but let’s just say I need to renew my passport.

 

Inspired by Jane’s home, we’ve created a collection that encapsulates her industrial chic aesthetic. Shop all the products in this collection below, or see it in your space with Modsy

 

 

The Collection

 

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