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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.

 

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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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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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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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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

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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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