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Modsy Redesigns Real Housewives of New York Star, Sonja Morgan’s Townhouse

It’s Sonja Morgan’s (second) living room and she’ll redesign it five ways if she wants to.

During the season finale of the Real Housewives of New York, Modsy virtually redesigned Sonja Morgan’s Manhattan townhouse five ways.

 

Design 1: Classic Eclectic
Design 1: Classic Eclectic
Design 2: Eclectic Minimal
Design 2: Eclectic Minimal
Design 3: Industrial Drama
Design 3: Industrial Drama
Design 4: Boho Beach House
Design 4: Boho Beach House
Design 5: Minimal Take on Hollywood Glam
Design 5: Minimal Take on Hollywood Glam

 

Ready to “revamp and revitalize” her formal living room, Modsy got to work transforming Sonja’s space into five completely different designs. Starting from scratch, we created an exact 3D model of her space, from the ornate fireplace to the fabulous de Gournay wallpaper.

Tour the five looks below!

 

Design 1: An eclectic take on a classic look

Sonja’s yellow de Gournay wallpaper takes center stage in this design. Paired with classic motifs and pieces with traditional shapes, this design is an eclectic take on a classic aesthetic.

The yellow wallpaper adorned with tropical fauna creates the perfect backdrop for chinoiserie accents, such as the bamboo motifs that harken back to classical European interior design. The marbled wool rug washes the space with a layer of chic sophistication, which keeps the design feeling fresh and modern.

We love this look because it mixes colorful and classic elements together for a look that is both fresh and timeless.

 

Design 2: Minimal Chic with a Modern Edge

Black, white, and wood? Yes please! In our second redesign we stripped the wallpaper and painted the room all in white for a less is more take on Sonja’s space. This design takes her living room to new graphic heights with over-sized prints paired with understated, geometric furnishings.

Layers of geometric forms, raw materials, and modernist silhouettes create a space that celebrates minimalism with an edge.

We love this look for anyone who loves a refined and minimal look but still craves a healthy serving of drama on the side.

 

Design 3: An Industrial Lounge with a feminine twist

This look might be more dramatic than all 9 seasons of the Real Housewives combined. Oxblood leather panels adorn the walls, transforming the room into an intimate enclosure that evokes a 1950s smoking lounge vibe. The iconic Barcelona lounge chair creates a modernist focal point while the velvet chesterfield sofa seems like the perfect place to drape oneself with a martini.

We love this moody design because it serves up an industrial look with a decidedly feminine edge.

 

Design 4: A Bohemian Hampton Beach House

Easy and breezy, this design takes an eclectic approach to a Hamptons beach house look. We love the combination of natural materials with the classic formal architecture, and the traditional pieces paired with more eclectic accents.

This take on Sonja’s living room is polished but still approachable and on-trend. We love it for anyone who wants a space that looks formal but feels comfortable.

 

Design 5: A Minimalist take on Hollywood Glam

Sitting at the crossroads between luxury and minimalism, Sonja’s final living room look is a modern take on old school glam. Minimal ornamentation, this space is all about color, texture, and form.

The design flaunts a teal paint job paired with a teal sofa, along with black and white checkered marble floors for an extra pop of drama. A pair of pink velvet chairs inspired the abstract, grassy pink mural on the back wall.

One of our favorites, this design is saturated in color and is the look for anyone who loves Hollywood glam without the extra frills.

 

You don’t have to be a real housewife to have your home virtually redesigned. Start your own project with Modsy and watch your room transform without lifting a finger!

Ala Amelie: How To Get The Look of her Eccentric Bedroom Interior

We love incorporating details from cinematic interiors into our own homes, and with the Oscars encroaching we’ve been thinking about some of our all-time favorites. At the top of the list is the French film, Amélie.

Amélie Poulain, is a shy waitress at a cafe in Paris who delights in helping other people find happiness in unexpected ways. As shy as Amélie is, her apartment interior is just as bold. Daringly red and buzzing with eccentricities, we are still getting interior envy over Amélie’s bedroom so we decided to recreate this iconic interior.

How to get the look of Amelie's bedroom

Read on to learn how you can get Amélie’s bedroom look and bring her je ne sais quoi into your home!

How to get Amélie’s Bedroom look:

  • The Basics: Amélie’s traditional wrought iron bed frame adds a touch of whimsy to her space. Recreate the look with a similar silhouette, like the spindle iron head- and footboard on the Mason Bed Frame (Crate & Barrel).
  • Seeing Red: Amélie’s apartment interior was awash with a warm and rich red. Opt for a textured wallpaper like Farrow & Ball’s two tone damask Silvergate wallpaper. A more modern and clean option, we chose a solid coat of red-orange Caliente (Benjamin Moore).
    • Balance out these hot hues by incorporating splashes of green and blue. We love how the indigo Washed Wood Nightstand (Anthropologie) adds a cooling rustic touch against the spicy red backdrop.
  • Animal Accents: Amélie loves her animal-themed decor, and her pair of Michael Sowa portraits are a must for capturing her look. Both prints, Dog with Cone and Fowl with Pearls, bring that signature touch of Amélie-esque whimsy to any bedroom.
    • Stylist Tip: Push the look more eclectic with mismatched frames, like Amélie’s.

What we love most about Amélie’s bedroom is how entirely livable it feels. Amélie isn’t rich and her home authentically reflects that. We wholeheartedly relate to her method of “organized clutter” and find her quirks charming.

What’s your cinema interior inspiration? Join the conversation and tell us in the comments what fictional room you want to see come to life!

 

The Collection:

Farrow & Ball

Crate & Barrel

 

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Creating an Entryway Inspired by Jacqueline Kennedy’s Blue Room

An elegant space, Jacqueline Kennedy’s 1962 Blue Room is as much a piece of history as an icon of interior design. In honor of this First Lady, we used her Blue Room as the inspiration for our entryway collection.

A look for anyone who loves American traditional interiors, or if you want to imbue your space with some Kennedy-esque elegance, read on to learn how you can style your home like Jacqueline Kennedy’s Blue Room.

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How to get Jacqueline Kennedy’s Blue Room look:

 

Create a Base:

Jacqueline began her work in the Blue Room with an old and worn console table. This was the first authentic piece of furniture she restored for the project.

  • Recreate the look with a piece that has the same traditional elements. We opted for the fluted legs and simple carved wood of the Antiqued Gustavian Console (Wisteria).

Jacqueline wanted to use only authentic period pieces in her renovations. Alongside the console table, she placed blue and gold chairs that were originally ordered by President Monroe for the White House in 1818.

  • We couldn’t find any 19th century chairs at a reasonable price, so we looked for pieces that evoked the same classic formal elegance. The blue Slub Velvet Bixby Chair (Anthropologie) feels stately, while the velvet gives it a modern edge.

Create Your Color Palette:

The pairing of cream and blue was Jackie’s color palette of choice for the Blue Room. She covered her walls in cream satin and used blue silk for the window treatments.

  • You can update the look by choosing a modern wallpaper with the same colors. We love Anthropologie’s For The Trees Wallpaper in stone.
  • Bring the blue with some statement drapes. We picked indigo to give our space a little drama. Try the Belgian Textured Linen Drapery from Restoration Hardware.

Accessorize:

Gold accents are the final piece of the puzzle. These will give your space a touch of presidential grandeur.

  • Chose updated or whimsical pieces to keep the look from feeling overly stuffy. We can’t keep our eyes off that Golden Deer Mirror from Wisteria.
Jacqueline Kennedy's Blue Room

Photograph of Jacqueline Kennedy’s restored Blue Room, 1962, via White House Historical Association

 

In 1961 Jacqueline began her effort to transform a shabby White House into a venue that would accurately showcase America’s cultural heritage with pride. Our heroine pushed congress to pass legislation which allowed her to hire a full-time curator and designated the White House as an official museum. Knowing the importance of scholarship, Jacqueline created a White House that celebrated a historical past alongside the progress of current and future administrations.

The Blue 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!

Blanche Devereaux's Bedroom

 

Blanche Devereaux's Bedroom

  • 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.

Blanche Devereaux’s Bedroom Collection

 

 

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You’re Gonna Make it After All

An Ode to Mary Tyler Moore and the Modern American Woman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

The Collection

 

Anthropologie

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