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Pride at Modsy: Bringing Pride Home with Interior Design

June is Pride Month, and here at Modsy, we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate.  Traditionally, Pride celebrations are a time for LGBTQIA people to gather in the spirit of love and diversity, look back at their shared history, and plan for a better future. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Pride gatherings have been canceled nationwide.

Because people are still stuck at home, the folks here at Modsy thought it might be fun to find a way to bring Pride home to our LGBTQIA followers and team. With this in mind, we decided to focus on the most iconic aspect of Pride, the RAINBOW FLAG. Below you will find a bevy of designs that celebrate the different Pride colors and their unique meanings. But before we take that stroll down the rainbow road, let’s dive into a little bit of history on the fabulous flag.

Pride MonthHistory of the Pride Flag

Inspired by the Wizard of Oz song “Over the Rainbow,” the first Pride flag was designed by veteran Gilbert Baker in 1977. Interestingly enough, the flag made its debut after Baker’s friend Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official, challenged him to create a symbol for the gay community.

Baker’s original design was hand-sewn and featured eight colors, each representing a different aspect of LGBT+ culture But demand for the flag soon grew too large, and Baker couldn’t continue to create each flag by hand. Instead, he began using a  rainbow fabric that was only available in six colors, as a way to create more flags in a quicker way. The new consolidated version of the flag was the one primarily used during LGBT+ Pride parades. That is, until 2017 when black and brown were introduced as additional colors to the flag in order to represent and include BIPOC members of the LGBTQIA community. The following year, three additional colors, light blue, pink, and white, were added to the flag to represent transgender men, women, and non-binary people.
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Before we go full technicolor on you, we’d like to take a moment to highlight the work of some fellow interior designers within the  LGBTQIA community. Each of these individuals is skilled at their craft and represents a small fraction of the queer-BIPOC and trans communities working in the interior design field.

Pride MonthAdair Curtis

Widely known for his starring role in the Netflix reality TV series, Styling Hollywood, Adair Curtis is an interior designer and husband of famed stylist Jason Boldin. Curtis began his career working for Def Jam Enterprises as a brand manager in the mid-00’s and after meeting his husband he embarked on a path into interior design. He has designed homes for many Hollywood elites, creating designs for the likes of “Bring it On” star Gabrielle Union.

Explore more of Adair Curtis’ work here!

Pride MonthSawyer DeVuyst

Sawyer DeVuyst is a New York and Los Angeles based model, actor, and furniture designer. DeVuyst’s acting work has helped bring wider visibility to the trans and gender non-conforming communities. Meanwhile, his design work has also developed an impressive following. DeVuyst has made beautiful pieces for the Wythe Hotel, Etsy Headquarters, and his work has even been sold in West Elm.

Explore more of Sawyer Devuyst’ work here!

Now without further ado… Here are our rainbow rooms to bring a little pride inspiration to your space.

Pride MonthRed: Life

Red means many things to many people. It can symbolize passion, lust, rage, and caution, but in the Pride flag, red means life. Perhaps Baker chose red to represent life because it is the color of the human heart. At Modsy,our customers are at the center of our work and we always strive to lead with the heart which is why we chose this lovely office space to represent life.

Speaking of heart, this design has tons of it. The attractive terracotta color of the walls is soothing and not aggressive (as red walls often are). The sweet red butterfly print adds a touch of soulfulness to space. Finally, the Eames desk chair is equal parts iconic and comfortable, making it perfect for a long (and impassioned) day at the home office.

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Pride MonthOrange: Healing

Orange represents healing on the Pride flag, which makes sense when you think about it. Orange recalls sunsets, the warm glow of candlelight, and healthful foods like carrots and, well, oranges. And what space do we do more healing in than the bedroom? After all, the bedroom is where we repair ourselves after a long day with a good night’s rest.

Like red, orange can often feel a little intense in the world of home decor. That’s why we chose subdued earth tone hues for the walls and balanced them with some crisp whites and neutrals. To keep things from feeling too “beige,” we incorporated a vibrant tangerine color side chair in sumptuous velvet. We also added some decorative pillows with a lively sense of geometry. The lovely orange oasis like this has you feeling refreshed and repaired in no time!

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Pride MonthYellow: Sunlight

Yellow is the symbol of sunlight on the pride flag, and we don’t think that requires much explanation. When choosing a space to represent this concept, we knew as surely as the sunrise in the east that there was no better space than a breakfast nook! After all, it’s the ideal spot to start the day with a delicious meal (we’ll take our eggs sunny side up, thank you) while perusing the news (like this historical Supreme Court ruling) or chatting with loved ones.

To really play-up the sunny disposition of this space, we chose an inviting butter yellow for the walls. Then we picked some statement-making wall decor like the starburst mirror, which really lets the sunshine in!

Let the Sunshine In

Pride MonthGreen: Nature

If you think the meaning of yellow on the Pride flag is a no brainer, we’re sure you can come to a NATURAL conclusion about the meaning of green. That’s right, the green stripe symbolizes nature! From the leaves of trees to the grass on the ground, green dominates the lion’s share of color in the natural world. With this in mind, we thought there would be no better way to celebrate the diversity of nature than with a stunning green entryway complete with a nature-inspired gallery wall.

For this space, we really wanted to highlight all that mother nature has to offer, so we brought together an assortment of pieces to represent its variety. We selected images from the sea, the earth, and even the stratosphere to really showcase nature’s bounty. However, because our entryway isn’t the size of the planet, we wanted to keep this collection feeling curated, so we chose wall art that felt slightly antique and vintage.

Go Green

Pride MonthBlue: Harmony

Blue is the symbol of harmony on the Pride flag, and we understand why. In visual language, harmony is defined as being pleasing to the eye. Harmony between people means a shared experience and a sense of alignment. What better way to represent these concepts than with a beautiful blue nursery. One of the iconic examples of harmony in human relationships is between a loving parent and their child.

For this soothing nursery space, we selected a rich assortment of blue hues in dark tones. The effect is restful and calming, making it the perfect place for a quiet read while your baby is down for their afternoon nap.

Find Harmony

Pride MonthPurple: Spirit

Purple is best known for being the color of royalty, but in the context of the Pride flag purple is symbolic of spirit. For us, the two meanings go hand-in-hand because if spirit is the essence of who we are as people, aren’t we all deserving of a little royal treatment? That’s why we decided that the living-room was the perfect spot for our purple paradise. It is the center (or soul) of most homes and the place where we want to showcase our style like the royalty (hey queens) we all are.

When bringing this space together, we chose classic and soothing hues of purple in luxurious fabrics like velvet and faux-fur. We went with strong silhouettes that are both bold and spirited. For the wall decor, we chose ethereal artwork to add a touch of lightness and whimsy to this regal and soulful space.

Get Royal Treatment

We hope this post put a little pep in your step and brought some joy to your hearts. Before we bid you ado, we wanted to share some links to some LGBTQIA organizations near and dear to us that work to raise awareness for LGBTQIA rights and equality.

Human Rights Campaign

Transgender Law Center

The Trevor Project

Thanks for taking this little journey with us over the rainbow. Happy PRIDE!

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Home Office Design: 8 Ideas for Home Offices that Meet Your Style Needs

office designWith the gig economy, freelancing, and remote work on the rise, more and more people in the world are making sure they have room for an office space at home! It’s a great way to give yourself a comfortable and productive space to do business when you don’t have to travel to an office. If you are planning to set up a home office space, you might be wondering what kind of office design is best for you. Everyone has different needs for their work or business, so it’s important to consider a few key elements as you’re creating your office design.

First of all, a home office has to work for you and your needs—but no one ever said it has to be sterile and boring! In fact, a dull atmosphere might even stifle your creativity and productivity. Your office design should reflect your tastes and personal style—it should be a place where you feel relaxed, energized, balanced and happy. We are strong believers that creating a stylish and beautiful home office can do wonders for your well-being.

A great home office design will also enhance your productivity. You want to make the most of your work space, whether you’re using it to run a business, do occasional freelance work, or simply take care of bills and general household management. Your office design should be functional and conducive to your particular needs and workflow—it’s all about creating a space that serves you, whether you are running a company, setting up a studio, or doing creative work.

Don’t let a cluttered, boring or stuffy office design stifle your productivity and inspiration! The right balance of style, seating, and function in your office design can shape your mood and your attitude about work—so have fun with it! If you need a little inspo, check out these 8 home office designs that we’re considering the best of the month!

office designThe Look: Less is More Chic

This is one of our fave office designs for those who want to make a statement with their space.  We’re super into the perfect mix of curated art and eye-catching glam. It’s a high-drama look with pops of gold, lots of contrast and eclectic accessories that show off your personal tastes. This is an office design that’s not afraid to take risks—just look at all that monochrome power clashing and the curvy, white desk chair.

Eclectic room accessories are essential to this look—the variety of shapes lead the eye around the room just like a curated gallery space. And we can’t stop gushing over these fabulous marble walls! The nearly-invisible desk floating in the center is the key to pulling off this office design—but it also means your desk has zero storage space. Fear not—the display shelves can be mix-use or you can add stylish baskets and boxes to keep your office space organized with extra storage.

The stark black and white color palette perfectly contrasts with the soft marble finish. High-contrast office design like this gives off an air of refined taste and pops of gold glam add just the right amount of bling. Adding a dynamic piece of wall art as a backdrop in your home office is a killer power-move. (Bonus: it also works as a strong background for video-conferencing).

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The Look: Rustic Warmth

This office design feels cozy and rustic with all the natural wood, woven textures, and its neutral, earthy color palette. Mixing in the clean, contemporary lines of the desk, club chair, and leather pouf give the space a more tailored aesthetic. The dark wood perfectly complements the leather pouf to add balance and the brass lamp draws the eclectic mix of decor together.

Earthy, rustic elements help ground this office design while the blue-gray striped rug, accent wall, and pillow add cool tones to your world of work. And we love the convertible office layout because the space can feel slightly enclosed or you can blend it into the living area simply by turning the armchair around for additional seating—it’s an ideal office design for living-work spaces. 

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The Look: Industrial Minimalist

This dramatic look is one of our favorite office designs for maximum productivity. The furniture is pure minimalist so you don’t have to deal with any clutter while you scheme up your next business plan. And the bold but earthy color scheme is a perfect backdrop for the sharp edges and industrial vibes.

Bold colors and shapes set the stage for this work space! There’s nothing subtle about the mix of dark green, black, and natural wood accents with pops of gold to top it off. With a wall color this dark, keep the room accessories to a minimum to keep the office design from feeling too heavy. Visual tricks like the slender chair and the linework of the industrial wall art help lighten the black desk and the pale, abstract rug pattern softens the look.

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The Look: Traditionally Chic

This traditionally chic office design proves that workspaces don’t have to feel the least bit stuffy and sterile. The rug, mirror, room accessories, and dresser have a super traditional look while the desk, chair and lamp are skew more contemporary and a bit glam with pops of brass.

Traditional looks pair well with the outside world, and the lovely fresh flowers bring vibrant pops of life and color to this office design. The purple accent wall adds depth to the space and balances out the soft, mauve curtains. Instead of a stiff desk chair, we opted for this upholstered option with an extra mod form and a rolling gold base.

We picked a white desk that can function as both work area and morning prep space. The dresser does double duty as a coffee station for easy work breaks—great for a studio apartment with a tiny kitchen! The pastel color palette feels traditionally feminine and inviting and the brass accents tie classic and mod pieces together.

This office design would work perfectly in a bedroom—it can double as a work space and makeup station without crowding the room with excess furniture.

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The Look: Contemporary Minimalist

We love the organic vibes of this contemporary minimalist office design! It features tons of minimal furniture shapes, woven textures and boho vibes and it feels a little bit like a balmy, serene day at the beach.

This look is all about keeping cool, concise and compact so the furniture doesn’t overpower your small space (it would be a great idea for a studio!). The neutral and bright blue color palette is instantly inviting and works well with the mix of boho and minimalism. Using a smart, functional parsons-style desk is perfect for a college student! It’s not too bulky and the open space underneath leaves plenty of room for a closed shelf of drawers or another piece of utility furniture. Studying doesn’t feel so bad in a clean, inviting and enlivening office design like this!

If office designs need one thing, it’s definitely extra storage of all kinds. Top priority items can go on open shelves where they get attention. Woven baskets are great for crafting goods and other office supplies, and you can easily  file away documents below the desk.

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The Look: Rustic Traveler

We love the unexpected charm of this totally laid back and lovely office design! It features an awesome range of pure boho woven materials all throughout the room and the neutral and pink color palette creates a totally unique look for a workspace.

Every office design benefits from lots of natural light and placing the desk against the window means you get to enjoy a sunny work area all day—not to mention the beautiful view! Warm oranges and yellows warm up this office design and you’ll want to curl right up in the cozy hanging seating, which is sure to be a hit with company (especially kids).

Spindle desks like this crisp, white one are super on-trend in office design—and we love how seamlessly it blends into the soft, earthy palette. Hanging lighting over the desk is the perfect finishing touch—it adds a touch of drama!

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office designThe Look: Industrial Collector

This awesomely utilitarian home office might be on the small side but it doesn’t skimp on style! Industrial elements are perfect for creating functional workspaces and mod touches elevate the look. The eclectic mix of industrial, contemporary, and mid-century modern style is a great choice for a highly-visible office setup in a main living area like this.

We love the reclaimed wood and silver hardware on the elegant mid-century modern writing desk. The chair has the signature mid-century form, too, in a cool, distressed grey leather. The cool grey and black color scheme contrasts with the light wood floors and bring extra warmth to the look and pops of copper add a little refinement.

This is a great way to fit a work area into the living room without overcrowding the space. Plus, you can easily turn the desk into an impromptu bar for an easy cocktail party at a moment’s notice! We also love the adjustable or “Swing-arm” lamps—you can aim light where you need it, daytime or evening.

This office design is perfect if you have a room with an open floor plan or for parents who need to work but also watch the kids play in an open space.

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Layout Guide: 2 Ideas for this Industrial Modern Home Office

In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of creating two very different home office layouts to put this small space to work.

The Space: A small, square home office

The Style: Industrial Minimal

The Challenge: Designing a fully functional and stylish home office layout in a very small space.

Whether you work from home full-time or just need a smart, stylish space to get work done on occasion, it’s important to have a home office layout design that meets all your workspace needs!

It’s easy to turn a small space into an optimum productivity zone, but what that actually looks like can be very different for different people. Your office design really depends on what your needs are and how you plan to use the space. We cooked up 2 layouts to give you 2 examples of very different ways to design this small home office space. Check it out and see which one works for you.

Layout Idea #1: The Executive Suite Home Office

Our first office layout is sharp, sleek, and cool—perfect for maximum productivity. The room has a minimal sleek design with a neutral color palette to keep it fresh, bright, and airy. Pops of contrast throughout help keep it from feeling bland, like the dark shelves, chair, and lamp. And the wood credenza and chair help warm everything up.

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The key elements:

Floating Desk. Floating the desk in the center of the room is a total power move! Be your own CEO when you’re working from home—your desk doesn’t have to be pushed against the wall. The open flow in your office layout is great if you meet with clients/need a more conversational layout. Plus, it leaves even more wall space for extra storage.

Lots of storage. The credenza and bookcase offer lots of storage, which is crucial for an office layout. Nothing puts a damper on productivity like clutter! We like a mix of closed and open storage so you can display significant items and tuck the rest out of sight.

Extra seating. We tucked in a bench against the wall for extra seating that isn’t obtrusive—just pull it into the room when you have guests. A pouf is also a great way to have a little backup seating on hand, and it also doubles as a footrest.

Will this home office layout work for you? Yes if you…

  • Like a clean, minimalist design that looks sleek, serious and professional.
  • Need plenty of extra seating for entertaining clients or guests.
  • Want lots of storage to make sure the office is always clutter-free.
  • Love the powerful perch of a floating desk and a full 360-degree view of the room.

 

Layout Idea #2: The Cozy Productivity Zone

Office layout design #2 is all about creating an inviting space for creativity and concentration. The design is industrial and minimal but leans toward the cozy and cool side. It features a high contrast palette composed of an even mix of neutral tones and various blues. This is definitely a space for getting in the zone and accomplishing things. It stays stylish with industrial light fixtures, sleek furniture, and pops of comfort throughout.

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The key elements:

Desk against the wall. The desk up against the wall serves as a dedicated, productive workspace with zero distractions. This is a great office layout if you work on a monitor and have lots of cords. We included a gallery wall above the desk to offer some inspiration while you work—and you can also enjoy the view out the window.

Reading nook. A cozy reading nook is a great idea for a home office! When you need to step away from the computer, kick back in the chair, have a coffee, and read while you recharge. The pouf makes a great footrest and can also double as an extra seat.

Cozy design. This room has a super cozy design that’s ready to help you get down to business. The dark accent wall adds an enveloping feeling so your mind doesn’t wander. And it also ties in the dark frames of the windows. We added in layered textiles, like the curtains and rug, along with woven textures like the basket, pouf, and pillow, for ultimate cozy warmth. And you can’t go wrong with plants! They make you happy, freshen the air and add color to your space.

Will this layout work for you? Yes if you…

  • Prefer a dedicated workspace to get in the zone with no distractions.
  • Work on a monitor or have a lot of computer/electronic cords.
  • Want a space that helps hone your focus.
  • Love a cool, contrasting color palette and a cozy and serene space
  • Need a space like a reading nook for relaxing and recharging away from your desk.

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Inspire Productivity With These 8 Home Office Designs

home office ideasWelcome to the new year! And with another trip around the sun comes a myriad of goals we’d like to accomplish, both big and small! Whether you’re resolving to write a novel, get your taxes done early, learn how to code, or just pick up a fun hobby, you need a space that will help you reach those goals. Enter: 2020-ready home office designs!

Your home office interior design plays a big role in your productivity and energy—all things we need in spades to tackle 2020. Having a dedicated workspace will help get you in the right mindset to get things done. Because, while interior design can’t accomplish your goals for you, it can certainly help inspire you to take steps to get there!

But one of the greatest home office design myths is that you need an extra room in your house. Not true! You can create beautiful home office designs in any space and without a lot of square footage. While some homes have a dedicated room for you to create a home office, you can definitely create a workspace no matter the size of your home. Keep reading for eight home office designs and tips that will help inspire productivity in 2020!

home office designs1. Pick a Serene Color Palette

Color impacts our mindset and emotions in major ways. We especially like using color to our advantage when it comes to inspiring productivity in a home office! Consider which colors speak to you most and create a palette based on that. We love serene neutrals, which feel both cozy and uplifting. But dark shades can also create a cozy, enveloping vibe that may help you concentrate! Pick whatever makes you feel inspired and motivated. (And if you really like the color scheme and design featured here, check out the full Organic Modernism home tour!)

2. Max Out Storage

A calm and clean space leads to a calm and productive mind. Conversely, the easiest way to kill your productivity is by working in a room full of clutter! Set yourself up for success with some creative storage solutions in your home office design. Some of our favorites? Bookshelves with baskets and magazine holders for organization, cabinets and credenzas to hide clutter and organize files, and even floor baskets to keep cords and other larger items tucked away!

home office designs3. Make Use of Awkward Spaces

Don’t have a full room to dedicate to a home office? No problem. Simply make use of other spaces in your home! This office set-up is in a passthrough space between living and bedroom areas—a space that would otherwise go unused. A simple desk and chair, and a beautiful piece of wall art are all you need to transform this unused nook into a beautiful home office design. You could also consider tucking an office in your living room, a bedroom, or that awkward nook under the stairs.

4. Make it Multi-Purpose

Living in a small apartment? You don’t have to give up on the idea of a home office. Simply make your workspace serve multiple functions! This desk set-up in a studio apartment does just that—serving as an entryway, a small home office, and a vanity!

5. Get Creative With Your Layout

New layouts can unlock new ways of thinking, even in an old space! So, opt for a layout that will help get your creative juices flowing. For some, that’s creating a cozy, tucked away space. For others, it’s going for an executive-suite styled of office! If that’s your jam, consider floating your desk in the middle of the room. It will give you a new perspective on work and can help create energetic flow in the space. With this home office layout, we’re getting the best of both worlds—the ability to look out the window while you work and save wall space for some built-in storage!

Pro tip: This layout is particularly great if you work from a laptop, host meetings, or go old-school with pen and paper. It’s not great for large monitor set-ups, as the cords will be fully on display.

6. Tuck in a Study Spot

Even kids and teens need an office space sometimes! Set your kiddo up for scholastic success in 2020 with a home office space all their own! Tuck a desk at the foot of their bed, and pair it with a fun office chair. Or, if space is a bit tight, you could swap a nightstand for a desk and get both functions in one piece of furniture! Whichever office layout you go for, just remember to pick out desk accessories in their favorite colors and hang a bulletin board or fun artwork above their desk to personalize the space. This will keep them inspired and help encourage them to reach for their goals!

7. Work With What You’ve Got

Have some awkward architectural details in your home? We say, embrace what you’ve got. This office has both an awkward nook and built-in shelves. But we think it’s the perfect place to sneak in a desk and take advantage of built-in storage! Tucked next to a daybed, it also makes for the perfect multi-purpose space—a home office most days, and a guest bedroom when you need it!

home office designs8. Embrace a Bold Design for Bold Ideas

Do you work from home? Don’t work an eight-hour day in a sad office that lacks inspiration! Instead, turn your home office into a space you actually want to spend time in! This bold, chic office design is both cozy and cool — the perfect place to get productive. The sleek furniture balances out the bold, patterned rug and the simple design of the space will help minimize distractions. What results is a home office that offers some personality and is ripe for productivity!

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