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My Modsy Story: When 3 Interior Designers Couldn’t Help, Here’s What Did

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After working with 3 designers, Caren still didn’t have a plan for her open living/dining room. Here’s what happened when this skeptic turned to Modsy for help.

Homeowner: Caren S, Aesthetic medicine physician

Location: Potomac, MD

Room: Living & Dining Combo Room

Her Style: Discerning Collector

The Backstory

My family and I had recently moved into a new home. The new space was perfect, but our old furniture just didn’t fit right. I wanted a more ‘fresh’ and ‘modern’ look for the new space and decided it was time for a redesign.

And while I can appreciate a well-styled room, I cannot curate a cohesive look on my own. I’ve picked things out that look great online, but they don’t work all together in a room. I’ve also bought furniture in the store, which seemingly looked great, but once I got it home the proportions were all off.

So when it came to redesigning my family’s new home, I knew I needed some help but still wanted to be involved in the design process.

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Caren’s room before

The Design Dilemma

I wound up working with three interior designers, and not finding success with any of them.

The first was an expensive designer, to whom I paid $200/hour only to get advice I wasn’t sure I loved… But I didn’t want to pay another $200 to talk about it! I also tried a moderately-priced designer, and she recommended things that looked great, but turned out to be the wrong dimensions for the room.

Finally, I used a very reasonably-priced designer who was lovely, but her ideas were outside my comfort zone and I hesitated to commit without being sure. In the end, I led her down paths of safety and boredom and didn’t end up implementing any of what we’d worked on.

3D Modsy Design exampleCaren’s favorite 3D Modsy design

The Modsy Moment

When I saw ads on Facebook for Modsy, I figured I had nothing to lose. That said, I was definitely skeptical because I wasn’t sure if I’d get a design that looked as good as the one in the ad.

On top of that, I was unsure I’d be able to communicate what my style was, as my personal tastes are so all over the place. I like rustic, modern, worldly, eclectic, minimalist, funkiness, neutrality, color…. Who on earth could actually create a room that satisfied me?

“I felt that this was the start of something very awesome. And it was.”

When I opened my 3D Modsy design I was thrilled! It was so exciting to see my room looking harmonious, homey, beautiful, and “me.” I was overjoyed and felt that this was the start of something very awesome. And it was.

3D Modsy DesignCaren’s favorite 3D Modsy design

How Modsy’s Designs Helped Caren

The experience was fantastic. With Modsy, I could literally see my exact room, designed in two different and beautiful ways. No guesswork involved regarding, “Would I really like that chair? Would that sofa fit right in the space?”

My Modsy 3D design was so realistic! It was like walking in my room and seeing it exactly as it is in real life, only with totally new furniture.

On top of that, purchasing furniture through Modsy was a great experience. I got the online sale prices plus an extra discount from Modsy.

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Caren’s room in real life

The Real Results

My Modsy designer managed to create a design that blended my multiple – and seemingly contradictory – design styles. For our new home I wanted something interesting but minimal, colorful but neutral, earthy but modern, funky but simple, bold but classic… I thought that I’d have to settle for just ‘one’ type of style, but Modsy’s designs gave me all these elements in one perfect space!

“I thought that I’d have to settle for just ‘one’ type of style, but Modsy’s designs gave me everything in one perfect space!”

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Caren’s room in real life

The design for my living/dining room helped me break out of my comfort zone. I bought things that I never would’ve had the guts to purchase on my own.

“It seriously looks exactly like my 3D Modsy design.”

The funky dining chairs were something I never would have looked at in real life, but seeing them in the 3D Modsy design, and how good they looked with the other items in the space, gave me the courage to purchase these whimsical chairs. They now make me smile every time I walk in the room.

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Caren’s room in real life

I’m happy to report that my room looks fantastic, interesting, and harmonious. I get compliments all the time. It seriously looks exactly like my 3D Modsy design.

Ready to see a 3D Modsy design of your exact room?

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Style Spotlight: 7 Ways to Nail the Discerning Collector Look

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Are you team minimalist or team eclectic? When it comes to articulating your design style, most people can easily pick a side. But it’s not always so simple! Maybe you love the clean look of minimal interiors, but are also drawn to full, lived-in spaces with a worldly feel.

Sound like you? If so, your style might actually a look that our Modsy Designers call “Discerning Collector.” A design style that combines clean lines and paired-down forms with bold accent pieces, the result is just as minimal as it is eclectic.

Know your style but need help bringing it to life? Start a Modsy design project today and see real furniture and decor in your style and budget laid out in a 3D version of your exact room. It’s practically magic.

Excited already? Read on for 7 ways to get the eclectic minimal look in your home and shop the look of our latest Discerning Collector collection.

 

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1. Embrace a Minimal Color Palette

First things first, start your eclectic minimal design with a simple, paired-down color palette. This helps anchor your space and keep it from feeling to busy.

You can’t go wrong with neutrals and shades of grey – they’re easy to layer and will help give your space the minimal edge you’re looking for.

Shop this room here!

 

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2. Mix Up Your Materials

Eclectic spaces are all about playing with different elements and bringing them together in unexpected ways. An easy way to do this is by incorporating different materials into your design. Think leather, fabrics, marble, jute, wicker, and metals all together in one space.

Don’t be afraid to mix in a little something surprising! Swap your coffee table for two side tables, or hang your artwork off-center.

Love this room? Shop it here.

 

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3. Curate Accent Pieces With a Story

It’s easy to think “eclectic” and imagine a space decked from floor to ceiling with tchotchkes galore.

To put a minimalist slant on this style, adopt a curator’s eye when choosing your decorative accents. Select only the pieces that most appeal to you – a sculpture you picked up during your travels (or trip to CB2), a piece of art you love, and a unique vase. It’s all about making a bold statement in an understated way.

 

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4. Play With Texture

Add texture to your room to keep your eclectic minimal space from feeling too sparse. Pieces sporting a natural wood grain, chunky jute rugs, and wicker furniture are all great ways to give a minimal space an eclectic oomph.

Love this space? Shop the look here!

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5. Lean in to Layers

Want the secret to creating a space with an eclectic, lived-in feel? It’s all about the layers.

From pillows on your sofa, to accessories on your credenza, the right combination of effortless layering is sure to give any space a signature eclectic vibe. Keep it minimal by selecting pieces within a similar color palette and not over-crowding your surface.

 

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6. Make a Splash With Pattern

Another way to add visual texture to your eclectic minimal room is by playing with patterns. Depending on your tastes you can go with a more geometric look, or maybe try an organic approach with pops of mud cloth or tie dye patterns.

If you’re feeling unsure, try incorporating patterns in just your pillows or decor. Or go bold with a patterned rug (this is one of our favorites under $500!).

 

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7. Don’t Be Afraid to Have Fun

You can always expect the unexpected in eclectic spaces, and that means it’s ok to have some fun. Embrace a little humor with decor that makes you do a double-take or a cheeky artwork that’s sure to start a conversation.

 

Want to see your room designed with an eclectic minimal look?

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My Modsy Story: Taking the E-Design Leap of Faith For My Basement Turned Family Room

basement family roomZack S. was at a loss when it came to transforming his large empty basement into a functional family room. See how we helped him complete the space once and for all.

 

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Homeowner: Zack S, Computer Whiz

Location: North Salt Lake, Utah

Room: Blank Slate Basement Family Room

His Style: Discerning Collector

The Backstory

Finding the perfect family home with a blank slate basement, ready to be decorated

When we first toured our house, it was completely empty. It has a huge basement and we knew from the moment we saw it that it would be our family room. We also knew that we wanted to make it a beautiful space where our kids could play and we could relax — all with budget in mind, of course.

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Zack’s Basement Family Room Before

The Design Dilemma

Struggling to visualize how an unusually large space could be family and pet-friendly

Our basement was truly a blank slate and it proved to be a real design challenge. We simply had no sense of what furniture to purchase or how we would arrange it in such an enormous space.

Also, we have two young daughters and two insanely hyper dogs, so we wanted everything to be as functional and destruction-proof as possible.

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The Modsy Moment

Trusting a friend’s word to take the e-design leap of faith

I told a friend we were renovating our basement family room and that I had no idea where to begin with decorating it. He recommended Modsy, so I looked into it. The more I learned about how it worked, the more intrigued I became!

So finally, I decide to give it a go.

A word of advice on getting started with Modsy: It’s super important that your Modsy designer has your exact room dimensions, so get ready to measure. If you can provide them with a floor plan (even a hand-drawn one), even better!

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How Modsy’s Renderings Helped Zack

Seeing the multipurpose potential of his large basement family room– with furniture he loved!

We were totally blown away when we got our designs back. The attention to detail was crazy. I had no idea the 3D renderings would be so accurate — they captured everything right down to the tiny motion detectors we have in our basement!

I’m so happy I trusted our designer’s intuitions because the designs and the furniture they chose for our space were perfect.

I’ll admit that at first I wasn’t sure if Modsy would be able to design a space that truly catered to my design preferences since it felt like there were so many unknowns that our Modsy designer was working with. But I’m so happy I trusted our designer’s intuitions because the designs and the furniture they chose for our space were perfect.

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In particular, Modsy’s designs really helped us envision how a large room like ours could have multiple entertainment spaces. Our designer did a great job separating the TV area from the kids activities area while still keeping the room flowing in a way that made sense.

Our second Modsy design was awesome, and ultimately it was the design we went with. Modsy really hit the nail on the head with it.

We loved how there was a sit-down space for our kids to create beautiful art and finish homework. We also really enjoyed the seating area setup with a comfy sectional that will allow us to watch TV and play games as a family.

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The Real Results

Shopping has never been this easy

Since we got our Modsy designs back, we’ve literally purchased every single piece of furniture suggested in our second design. Seeing exactly how things would look in the space was a game-changer for us. It made all of our purchasing decisions so incredibly easy.

We’ve literally purchased every single piece of furniture suggested … Seeing exactly how things would look in the space [made] all of our purchasing decisions so incredibly easy.

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Designing our basement family room from scratch felt like such an immense undertaking. We were at such a loss in the beginning. I feel like Modsy truly helped us make the best use of the space we had. And I love how our designer introduced us to some new ways to use the space that we hadn’t considered before.

Going forward, I couldn’t imagine decorating another room without Modsy’s 3D renderings.

See Zack’s Favorite Design in 360!

Need a little help seeing the possibilities for your blank slate?

Find Your Style: 5 Bedroom Designs to Inspire Your Own

New year, new you, right? After a pretty rough 2017 – AKA the worst year ever – we hope we’re not the only ones resolving to take a little better care of ourselves in 2018.

And what better way than to finally turn your bedroom into that comfy, post-work day haven you’ve always dreamed about? The problem is, pulling together a bedroom that suits your style and gives you those cozy, self care-infused vibes, isn’t always a piece of cake.

To help make things a little easier, we dreamed up five fresh looks that will take your bedroom from snooze-fest to dream escape it 2018. If inspiration strikes, try on your favorite style in a 3D model of your actual bedroom. New year’s resolution, done.

The Look: Discerning Collector

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Maybe the new year inspired you to to become a minimalist, but you just can’t shake your love of boho spaces. We’d like to introduce you to the Discerning Collector style.

A clean and minimal style that let’s it’s eclectic touches shine, this look is about pared-down forms with just a few bold accent pieces mixed in.

bedroom designsHow to Bring This Style Home:

Contrast is key when it comes to creating the Discerning Collector look. Choose a handful of sleek modern pieces like a mid-century bed frame or industrial wood desk, and offset them with some unique gems that bring a little personality and drama.

Keep the color scheme neutral while you pile on the patterns and textures. This will inspire a minimal look that still shows off its boho touches.

Take a 360 spin through the Discerning Collector look

 

 

 

The Look: Mod Enthusiast

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Why We Love It:

An approach to contemporary design lets you enjoy the look of modern interiors without fully committing to living in them. Here, comfort and style add up for a look that’s both trendy and inviting.

bedroom designsHow to Bring This Style Home:

Look for furniture with streamlined forms with a mid-century influence. The Mod Enthusiast style flaunts tapered legs, natural wood grains, and no-frills pieces, but never strays from being comfortable.

Invite a little color with the addition of bright artwork, pillows, and even a geometric rug. The result is a even distribution of eye-catching and inviting designs.

Take a 360 spin through the Mod Enthusiast look

 

The Look: Rustic Warmth

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It doesn’t get cozier than this bedroom outfitted in our latest Rustic Warmth collection. It’s a look that takes a light and airy approach to rustic style, and mixes in just the right amount of cozy comforts. You’ll be so snuggly you’ll never want to leave. bedroom designs

How to Bring This Style Home:

The key to the Rustic Warmth look is to have a mix of contemporary furniture, rustic touches, and cozy accents. Furniture with clean-lines is your friend, along with antiques that show a little visible wear – we never saw a patina we didn’t like!

If you want a slightly more contemporary look, keep to natural woods in lighter shades. Earthy tones, and natural textures, such as woven baskets, rugs, and hides are also great.

Top it all off with a few layers of lush greenery!

Take a 360 spin through the Rustic Warmth look

 

 

The Look: Reclaimed Visionary

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The ultimate power couple, strong lines with industrial materials-who-mean-business, give Reclaimed Visionary it’s refined boldness. If you’re someone who likes to blend warm and cool notes in your space, this might be the look for you.

bedroom designsHow to Bring the Style Home:

Look for foundational pieces that are made with raw materials – metal bookcases, a robust wood bed frame and dresser, a few sculptural table lamps, and some leather accents. Embrace a spare look balanced by pieces with crisp lines and major presence.

Keep to a palette of black, brown, and gray for a more edgy and moody ambience.

Take a 360 spin through the Reclaimed Visionary look

 

The Look: Rustic Traveler

bedroom designsWhy We Love It:

This eclectic-meets-rustic look appeals to your inner love of vintage pieces and doesn’t apologize for it’s boho vibes. Every piece has a story and they all work together to create a collected and personal space.

bedroom designsHow to Bring This Style Home:

You’ll want to hunt down a few vintage and one-of-a-kind pieces and pair them with unique worldly accents. Pile on the patterns, colors, and plants, which are the shining stars of the Rustic Traveler style.

Let the stories behind each piece shine; it will in turn give your space a sense of richness and warmth.

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Take a 360 spin through the Rustic Traveler look

 

Which bedroom look is right for you?

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The Artful Mix: An Exploration of Collected Living

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From our furniture, to our fridge magnets, to the knick-knacks displayed on our coffee tables, our homes are full of the objects that tell the stories of who we are. Displaying such collected objects is at the heart of this living space. We’ve combined minimal styling with an eclectic assortment of statement and storied pieces. We call it the “Artful Mix;” it’s a space that works, no matter how you mix and match it.

The act of collecting is almost a universal practice. The stuff we surround ourselves with communicates information about who we are and what we like. Our homes, as private retreats and places to gather with friends and family, are highly personal and it makes sense that we would want to fill them with objects that tell our stories.

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The impulse to collect and display is nothing new. In Western history, we can trace this idea back to the Ancient Romans, who amassed paintings and sculptures from the territories under their influence. These collections functioned as “idea banks” for their own artistic production as well as showcasing the reach of their influence.

The idea of collecting as a basis for inspiration was re-articulated in the Renaissance in the form of the studiolo. In the 15th century the studiolo, or “cabinet of curiosities,” became a staple of Renaissance princely life. Studiolos were small rooms in the homes of wealthy Europeans full of collected treasures such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, and specimens of the natural world. Conceived of as private places of study and contemplation, studiolos and their contents were a mark of their owners’ wealth and intellect.

The artist’s studio is a more modern manifestation of the collected space. Beginning in the late 18th century, the artist’s personal collection of art and objects took on importance as an outward illumination of his or her creative genius. Pablo Picasso, for example, was somewhat of a hoarder and his studio was home to a collection of art, sculpture, and found objects. As eclectic as they are personal, the artist’s studio is a private spaces for inspiration, and we see the intimate ambience of the renaissance studiolo reinterpreted to suit this modern setting.

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As the artifacts in a Renaissance studiolo evidenced the “well collected” minds of their princely curators, and in the same way the inner workings of the Artist’s genius are displayed in his or her studio, our personal collections of objects map the stories of who we are. The Artful Mix, and this impulse to collect has trickled down through time, and now serves as a means of self-expression within our homes.

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You don’t have to be a world-traveler, artist, or curator to master the art of the mix. The same motivation is at work behind collecting fine wines, old books, and even souvenir snow globes. But if you need a little help jump-starting your collection, we put together a group of products that look great anyway you mix and match them.

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

 

The Eclectic Minimal Living Room Collection

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Williams Sonoma

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