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Happy National Gingerbread House Day: Here’s What a Gingerbread House Would Look Like in Real Life

gingerbread houseThe holiday spirit has taken over at Modsy and with National Gingerbread House Day (yes, that’s a real holiday) right around the corner on December 12th, we knew we had to do something special. How festive would it be to live inside one of those frosted, gum-drop and candy-cane constructed homes? (Assuming the roof doesn’t cave in like ours always seem to do in real life).

Leave it to us. We created the gingerbread house of our interior design dreams. While the walls might be cookie and crumbly, the furniture inside is built to last. Oh yeah, you can actually shop all of these pieces IRL, in case you want to live in a sugary wonderland all year round.

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For anyone looking to live in the Modsy gingerbread house, look for a style that is whimsical and fun. We chose pieces that use the classic colors of gingerbread candy and evoke the textures of the yummy space. The vibe is playful and bright, but not too cheesy—gingerbread people have a sense of style, after all. We knew that the space needed to feel fun, but also wanted it to be achievable and even hit a specific style profile. Many of the pieces are actually named after pieces of candy, which made them feel right at home in this space.

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We envision a cool and trendy gingerbread family living here. They definitely march to the beat of their own drum and aren’t interested in any of those “cookie cutter styles” seen on TV (pun very much intended). The person (gingerbread or otherwise) who lives here likely loves a good vintage or retro piece, especially anything Mid-Century Modern. They aren’t afraid of bold colors and really want to make their space pop. Each piece tells a story; they’re sculptural and vibrant.

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Our favorite pieces in the gingerbread house are The George Nelson Marshmallow sofa which anchors the design and really inspired the overall look and color palette for the space. A few other Nelson pieces such as the clock and light fixtures add to the sophisticated whimsy of the design.

The CB2 Jellybean coffee table has the perfect shape and texture (and name!), along with the Hive side tables and the frothy Miles Shag rug which makes us think of the white icing so common on gingerbread houses. The green and purple poufs are a nod to gumdrops—the classic gingerbread decorating candy.

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5 Holiday Color Palettes We Love (That aren’t red and green)

unique holiday decor ideasThe holiday season is upon us! If you haven’t already, it’s time to break out the festive holiday decor — and feel free to get as *extra* as you like! The days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve are the one time that it’s completely acceptable to layer on the glitz and glam and get cheesy festive. So we say embrace the season!

However, this year we’re shaking things up a bit. Rather than sticking with the typical reds and greens for Christmas or blues and whites for Hanukkah, we’re playing with some unexpected—but equally festive—color combos.

Want to join the fun? Keep reading for five unique and unexpected color palettes to inspire your holiday decorating.

holiday decorating1. Blush, Blue, and Gold

Blue and white is the classic color combo for Hanukkah. We wanted to warm up the palette by subbing out white for blush and gold. It still feels festive and seasonal but has a warmer and more inviting feeling while offering an unexpected twist.

Why We Love It

Gold is endlessly festive and celebratory, and the combo of blue and blush has a cozy flair. But we really love that this is a color combo that can be embraced year-round. All you have to do is add a Christmas tree, a menorah, or a few festive accents to make this color combo holiday-ready.

It’s perfect for…

Glam or classic interiors. However, if you celebrate Christmas you can even pair it with a white tree to embrace a super mod look.

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boho holiday decor2. Sage with Natural Textures

We love the idea of taking the traditional green of the holidays and diluting it down to a subtle sage. Then, pile on the natural textures! For this look, you’ll want to keep the rest of your decor in a more neutral palette so that the patterns and textures can shine.

Why We Love It

You may not think of natural textures when you think of the holidays. But they have an inherently cozy vibe, making them a perfect thing to focus in on during the holidays. When paired with sage—which is not only a lovely shade of green but an herb we love using for cooking this time of year—you have a look that feels festive and welcoming.

It’s perfect for…

Those who love a boho look year-round and don’t want to give it up for the holidays. Minimalists will also enjoy this muted and subtle holiday style.

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unique holiday decor3. Jewel Tones with Silver

This color palette is the boldest of our looks. Not only are we leaning into the festive glam of silver, but we’re turning things up a notch with the jewel tones. (Just look at those dining chairs!!)

Why We Love It

Jewel tones have a rich, luxurious feel, which is quite appropriate this time of year. Why not fully embrace the glamour of the season? Paired with silver, it takes on a playful vibe and ups the festive factor to an over-the-top level—in the best possible way.

It’s perfect for…

Classic mid-century modern lovers who want a bold and bright look. It’s also great for those who want to extend the festive spirit well into January to keep the winter blues at bay! Ah, the joys of an artificial tree…

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holiday decor ideas4. Blue, Cream, and Gold

Here’s another twist on the classic blue and white combo that’s full of winter magic. Cream lends a warmer vibe that plays extra nice with gold accents. Don’t you just want to move into this space? We went for a glamorous look here—with velvets, gold accents, and a plush sheepskin throw. Because luxe textures and materials mean an extra dose of cozy!

Why We Love It

There’s a sophisticated and chic feeling about this holiday decor color palette, but it also manages to be quite warm and inviting. We can see ourselves hosting holiday cocktail parties in this space, then turning around and snuggling up with hot cocoa and a cheesy holiday movie without skipping a beat.

It’s perfect for…

Those who appreciate a minimal, sophisticated approach to holiday decor.

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holiday color palettes5. High-Contrast Black and Gray

This is a high-contrast look that plays with patterns and textures. The many textural elements in this look add a warmth to this space that makes it extra inviting. And adding a big garland gives you some of that traditional holiday decor cheer!

Why We Love It

It’s the plush layers that make this style work and give it that cozy holiday vibe. (The pouf! The pillows! The leather chair!) This look also relies on a playful mix of patterns—from plaid to stripes and polka dots. We love that a neutral color palette allows us to embrace this mix of patterns. What results is a modern farmhouse vibe that we’re pretty sure Joanna Gaines would be proud of.

It’s perfect for…

People who love rustic and traditional styles that are approachable and cozy.

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15 Holiday Decorating Tips from Modsy Designers

holiday decorating tipsIt’s that time of year again! After we’ve had our full of turkey (and only then) we’re diving into full-on festive mode and getting our homes set for the holidays. No matter if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Festivus, or nothing at all, it can still be fun to add a few seasonal or festive touches to your home decor.

And when it comes to holiday decorating, some people love to follow tradition while others prefer to shake it up with something new and unexpected each year. If you’re looking for some holiday decorating tips and inspiration, we’ve got you covered. We polled our team of Modsy designers to see how they decorate for the holidays.

Scroll on to get inspired with some designer-approved holiday decorating tips and ideas!

holiday decorating TipsDeck Out a Holiday Focal Point

“Pro tip: if you have a fireplace mantel, take advantage of it! You can string garland and lights on it with some of your favorite holiday decor. A fireplace/mantel is a statement for any home, so why not make it grand?”

– Miranda W, Modsy Designer

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“If you celebrate Christmas, go all out on the tree! I like to use ribbon, a set variety pack of ornaments, select specialty ornaments and some of the decorative sticks and BAM.. awesome tree.”

– Leah W

“I love a real tree. I take the clipping from the bottom and use them in vases all over the house. My daughters decorate our tree with the ornaments they received growing up and then—if there’s room—my husband and I will try and hang up some of ours too.”

– Janna C

Make It Uniquely Yours

“I enjoy picking a new, unique theme for my tree each year. A few of my favorites have been poinsettias, hats, ski lodge, and even childhood memories.”

– Julia G

“Each year I try to choose a new, out-of-the-box material to decorate my mantle. One year it was cork, the next it was tinsel. I pick a new theme and run with it but always strive to keep the overall look classic and timeless.”

– Erin K

It’s All About the Lights

“I love using string lights everywhere. They make any room feel more magical!”

– Tais K

“Lights are always a must! A strand of white and red lights can make any space feel warm and cozy.”

– Silver H

“I love white lights and garland, it makes my entire space so cozy! I always chose white lights over colored, they just add warmth to the whole room.”

– Morgan V

small space holiday decor tipsWork With What You’ve Got

“I live in a tiny apartment with my boyfriend and puppy, so space is limited! Instead of a tree, we like to hang some ornaments in our big living room window using different length ribbons. It looks so pretty and festive!”

– Mackenzie R

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“I live in a condo with limited floor/shelving space and a curious toddler, so what really gets me excited for any holiday or season is a decorative wreath on the front door. It provides the wow-factor that I want and it really makes a difference to have a nice wreath greet me, my guests, and neighbors during this time of year!”

– Andrea S

“For years I did an abundance of fresh garland and a real tree. It’s still my favorite because it doesn’t take much to make a big impact. However, this year I’m in a third floor walk-up so I’ve had to get creative. I have a small white on white flocked tree, pampas grass garland, and lots of paper snowflakes.”

–Logan R

colorful holiday decorating ideasPlay With Color in Your Holiday Decor

“I recently started investing in seasonal pillows, they’re a fun way to introduce more colors that I wouldn’t normally decorate with. Think muted reds and oranges around fall and forest greens with icy blues for winter.”

–Lauren H

“Stick to a color palette, and let that flow throughout your home! Currently, mine is white, silver, gold, and rose gold.

–Diana K

“The easiest way is with pillows and throws in my opinion, but there are also lots of fun ways to bring in some holiday decor unexpectedly. I have a few built-ins and shelves were there are everyday baskets and bins, and I like swapping them in with more festive pieces, either with cozy textures or fun holiday colors and patterns.

– Lauren M

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Deck The Halls With These 5 Holiday Mantel Decor Ideas

holiday mantel decor ideasNow that Thanksgiving is over, we’re officially setting aside fall decor and jumping right into holiday decorating! From Christmas trees and twinkle lights to wreaths and mistletoe, we’re ready to deck the halls for all kinds of celebrations and styles.

One area in your home that’s always ready to be spruced up for the holidays? Your mantel. It’s the classic place to hang stockings—but there are also so many other ways you can add to the festive look of it.

Keep reading for five holiday mantel decor ideas for different styles, including our favorite tips on how to achieve these looks!

minimal mantel decorThe Look: Minimal Modern

A minimal modern mantel is all about restrained design and curated objects. With this look, take a minimal approach to styling, only displaying pieces you really love.

The Key Elements

When choosing decorative objects for your holiday mantel, keep them simple and in muted colors. Why? Because a minimal modern look relies on a curated color palette — in this case, neutrals with pops of green. But where the colors are more neutral, you’ll want to rely heavily on textures. Both the knit stockings and the wreath offer plenty of texture to keep this mantel festive.

It’s Perfect If You…

Have a home that leans modern and you want touches of holiday cheer without going overboard.

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glam holiday mantel decorThe Look: Glam Chic

Love a look with glitz and glam? Then this holiday mantel decor idea is for you. This is not your typical holiday setup—it’s here to create some major visual impact. The stockings, garland, and sculptural trees keep it grounded in a holiday look, but it certainly is unexpected.

The Key Elements

When picking decor for your glam mantel, opt for pieces that sparkle and shine. We went with a gold and pink color palette here, but choose whatever colors speak to you! We also recommend pairing your mantel with modern, sleek decor. (If you celebrate Christmas, this is the perfect style to try a white or tinsel tree to really nail the look!)

It’s Perfect If You…

Love a little drama. There are so many ways to approach glam holiday decor. So, however you bring this look to life, be bold and embrace your inner drama queen!

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traditional holiday mantel decorThe Look: Traditional

Pine. Plaid. Reds and greens. Who doesn’t love that traditional holiday look? It brings to mind all those cozy, nostalgic feelings and feels like it’s right off the set of our favorite holiday movies.

The Key Elements

A traditional holiday mantel decor look relies on a red and green color palette and lots of greenery. We tripled up on greenery for this mantel, combining a wreath, garland, and vase of branches. You can never have too much pine at this time of year!

Plaid is also emblematic of the season and can’t be skipped. Because really, is there anything as classic as red plaid stockings? To drive home that traditional vibe, embrace symmetry with your decor pieces, balancing out a vase of greenery with taller candlesticks on the other side of the mantel.

It’s Perfect If You…

Can’t get enough of that classic Christmas spirit. Time to turn on the holiday tunes, make some hot cocoa, and get decorating!

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eclectic holiday decorThe Look: Whimsical Eclectic

Do you love a holiday look that’s a bit quirky and whimsical? Then this eclectic mantel is all you. It’s full of playful and unexpected elements; we can’t help but smile when we look at this set-up.

The Key Elements

An eclectic-style mantel takes a non-traditional approach to color—mixing pinks, light greens, and even yellows together. Skip the symmetry and mix together a few unexpected elements, like those stocking holders and that woven vase. With this look, you’ll also want to gravitate toward playful patterns and pops of texture for a mantel that’s cheerful and sweet!

It’s Perfect If You…

Love the joyful, whimsical side of the holidays.

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The Look: Refined Rustic

Rustic style feels especially appropriate around the holidays. It’s cozy and homey—and a giant Christmas tree full of twinkling lights and ornaments fits in perfectly with the neutral color palette and natural materials found in most rustic spaces! When decorating your mantel with a rustic style, you’ll want to lean into those cozy, homey vibes.

The Key Elements

Rustic decor relies on natural textures and natural, weathered wood—and a rustic mantel is no different! Knit stockings give a good dose of cozy texture. You can also layer on natural elements like a snow-dusted pine garland wooden trees, and a photo of an oxen in the snow to bring this look to life.

It’s Perfect If You…

Love the coziness of a log cabin with a dash of refinement!

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6 Tips for Hosting a Holiday Party in a Small Space

small space ideasIn the run-up to the holidays there’s plenty of anticipation surrounding social events. It is peak hosting season, after all, so you’re likely either planning to attend a few gatherings or throw one of your own. But here’s the rub – you don’t have to have a huge space to host a big party!

With a few layout tweaks and well-placed cocktails, even the smallest spaces can be home to great gatherings. Read on for 6 of our best small space ideas that are sure to make holiday hosting a breeze.

1. Open Up Your Layout

No matter if you’re hosting a casual get-together with friends or a formal soiree, having space for guests to gather and socialize is in an important part of any party.

The easiest way to achieve a sense of flow in your small space? Try switching up your layout! Move big pieces of furniture out of the way or relegate them to another room for the evening. If you can’t remove them completely, try putting them along the walls so you can maximize the open area where people can socialize.

Designer Tip: When purchasing furniture for a small space, consider pieces with tapered legs and glass or mirrored surfaces. These elements trick the eye into thinking your space is larger and more open than it actually may be. Check out these 5 other small space design hacks.

small space ideas2. Put Every Surface to Work

Now that you’ve created an open area, you might wonder where you’re going to put all the snacks and appetizers.

Instead of creating one designated place for all food and drinks, consider peppering your space with several mini snack stations. Don’t be afraid to clear off your desk and use all your side tables. Even bookcases can be repurposed for the evening as tiered serving surfaces to keep your guests satiated with sweets, savories, and libations!

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3. Use Your Whole Home

Have more guests than your living room can comfortably hold? Consider welcoming them into other areas of your home, like your kitchen, dining room, or even outdoor spaces.

Encourage people to meander through your home by serving a dedicated cocktail or snack in different rooms. As the host, you’ll always have the opportunity to chat with people and tell them to feel free to hang out anywhere – not just in the living room.

small space ideas4. Consider Where You Put the Drinks

What does every good host do? Put a drink in your hand as you come through the door. Unfortunately, in small spaces, this can lead to a traffic jam of people at the entrance where space is even more limited.

If this sounds like your home, consider greeting your guests at the front and directing them to a drink station in the back. This will help alleviate any entryway bottlenecks and encourage flow through your space.

small space ideas5. Set the Mood

What makes a good party even better? Setting the right mood with decor!

Create the perfect cozy environment with string lights, candles, and whatever seasonal decor you like. Remember every area can add to the atmosphere, so don’t shy away from putting a few bits of decor in the bathroom, hidden hallways, or other areas your guests might only visit for a few moments.

6. Keep Your Cool

Of course, this means staying focused on the joy of the evening. But in small spaces it also means remaining aware of rising temperatures. Lots of people in a cramped area can make it hot quite quickly. Consider cracking a window or two to let the cool air in so your guests are feeling cozy but not over heating!

At the end of the day, it’s great people who make a great party. If you can make your guests feel at home and relaxed, the size of your space doesn’t really matter. Be creative and rethink your living space entirely, at least for the evening.

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