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My Modsy Story: How I Designed My Unique Living Room All Online

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When Annika and her family moved into their first home, designing their unique living room was a major challenge. See how an online home design tool helped her find her inner designer.

Homeowner: Annika C, Recruiter

Location: Northern California

Room: A spacious central living room with unique features

Her Style: Modern Rustic

The Backstory

Leaving the city and starting fresh in their first real home.

My husband and I just purchased our first home. We were relocating from an apartment in Berkeley, CA, to a family house in a small town a little farther away.

We like our home to be tidy with minimal clutter (ie. we don’t like a lot of “things”). I wanted our new space to be warm, inviting, and family-friendly. We have an adjoining dining room and kitchen, so I wanted to create flow between those spaces.

Online Home Design

Online Home Design

ANNIKA’S LIVING ROOM BEFORE

The Design Dilemma

Figuring out baby-friendly furniture and a design plan with the help of online home design.

We have a 14 month old, so it was important to me that the space was child friendly. That meant avoiding side tables that she could push over and hard edges that she could bump into. I was super interested in ideas for extra storage so that we could take out or stash toys as needed.

As a busy mom who works full-time, I rely a lot on the internet for online purchases. Buying home decor online is always tricky because you never know exactly how it’s going to look in the space. Not to mention returns are a pain when the item is large. And although I love being in spaces that are stylish and inviting, I don’t have a flair for decorating.

When I set out to design our new living room, I wanted someone else’s help finding inspiration. But I didn’t want to stray so far that the style didn’t feel like me. I also wanted the freedom to swap out items in my designs if they weren’t quite right.

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online home design

ANNIKA’S LIVING ROOM BEFORE

The Modsy Moment

When a friend found success designing her own space online, she was sold.

A friend of mine, who was closing on a home, told me how amazing Modsy was. She raved about how she was able to design her new living room from her computer. We’d just put the offer in on our house, and while I had some decorating ideas, the living room in particular had me stumped.

Making the transition from the apartment to our first home was definitely a process. With all that new space, I knew we’d need to buy many items to fill it up. I thought that Modsy would be a great way for me to play with different ideas so that I could see the final product before committing to any big purchases.

Once I started, I found it very easy to use. We wanted to keep our sofa, and I sent Modsy a link to the exact product which they incorporated into our designs.

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online home design

BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF ANNIKA’S MODSY DESIGNS

How Modsy’s Renderings Helped Annika

Seeing the perfect layout and building on furnishings that match her style.

I was eager and anxious to see the designs! And it was surreal! It was our living room, but it was fully decorated and looked amazing.

From the two designs Modsy gave us, I loved Design #1 the most. The layout perfectly fit our needs and it gave me some great ideas for the space. I took the layout from the first design and made some tweaks when it came to the actual products.

online home designANNIKA’S MODSY DESIGN #1

We kept our couch and decided to keep our coffee table as well. It’s a hand-made piece by my father and is really beautiful, so we decided we couldn’t part with it. I was able to include a similar coffee table in my Modsy designs. This helped me get a sense of how it would look in our living room with the new pieces I was trying.

I made some other edits to Design #1, including a darker carpet because I have a toddler. The original design was a great source of inspiration. It was the calm, uncluttered but still warm, and stylish look I wanted.

online home designANNIKA’S MODSY DESIGN #2

Designing Around Unique Features

Finding solutions for her home’s unique features.

Our living room has a unique feature—a round window that is quite prominent. It was amazing to see how Modsy paired other round elements (i.e. a round coffee table, a round mirror) that really complimented the window. I was also able to see that certain chairs that I was eyeing didn’t fit our space at all.
online home designANNIKA’S MODSY DESIGN #1

One item that I fell in love with in particular was a shelving unit that attached to the wall. It was in an area of the living room that had stumped me, and as soon as I saw it I knew it was a perfect fit for the space.

I also loved it because it’s super child-friendly for my toddler. She can’t pull the unit down from the wall, and I can store non-breakable items on the lower shelves. The more delicate items can go on the top, which means we don’t have to hide all our breakables away until she gets older.

online home designANNIKA’S MODSY DESIGN #1

The wall directly across from our couch is quite large and that is where we have the TV. I didn’t know how much or how little to decorate, but the design that we received was perfect. It’s balanced and stylish without overwhelming the space.

online home designANNIKA’S MODSY DESIGN #2
It was so helpful to see how things fit in the space, size and style wise, without having to spend a lot of time measuring and trying to visualize how something “might” look.

Modsy was amazing and a really fun experience. It helped me find my “inner decorator” as I can experiment with my space and see what looks great and what doesn’t.

See Annika’s favorite design in 360!

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Design Recipe: 5 Key Elements to Acing Modern Rustic Style

Love the look of cozy rustic spaces, but still want a home that feels trendy with a modern edge? If so, your style might be what Modsy calls Modern Rustic. A look that pairs retro forms with rustic materials and accents, Modern Rustic is the look our stylists are craving this fall.

Read on to learn how to get the look in your home with these five key elements of the modern rustic style.

The 5 Key Elements of Modern Rustic Style:

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1. Start with organic shapes and colors

We’re not talking about your produce! When picking out the base furniture (things like your sofa and coffee table for a living room, or your bed frame and dresser in a bedroom) look for pieces that have simple and clean lines.

A no-frills look, modern rustic is all about organic shapes that might be found in nature – no ornate details or decadent finishes here!

This goes for building a color palette as well. Start with earthy neutrals for your base, like warm woods, browns, creams, and shades of green. This will help you start to build a calm and cozy space, with a distinctly rustic style.

 

 

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2. Layer in patterns and textures

A large element in acing the Modern Rustic style, is building layers on layers of patterns and textures.

Play with mixing several different patterns in one space, be it in your rug, pillows, artwork, or other decorative accents. Opt for organic patterns, like hand-dyed shibori or ikat, to keep the look feeling rustic. Skip things like chevron, polka-dots, or any pattern that feels too perfect.

Textures are also a huge part of the Modern Rustic look. Again, gather inspiration from the natural world and opt for a mix of organic textures to bring the rustic element to life. We love layering a cowhide over a patterned rug, or hanging a woven macrame tapestry over a velvet sofa.

 

 

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3. Choose weathered materials

A little patina ain’t never hurt nobody! Pieces that show their age and history are key to acing the Modern Rustic style. Look for worn leathers, unfinished woods, or anything with a vintage look and feel.

Not only will these weathered materials bring extra texture you your space, they will give it that tactile, touch-able quality that make rustic interiors so inviting.

Don’t be afraid to bring in influences from the natural world as well. We love this photograph of a longhorn steer, Longhorn No. 4  by Randal Ford, as the crowning piece above a modern wood credenza.

 

 

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4. Find a mid-century influence

To make your space feel more fresh and current, infuse your rustic style with a few mid-century modern design elements. Adopt a mid-century modernist’s taste for organic shapes, furniture formed to hug the body, and warm earthy colors.

The addition of something like a mid-century tripod lamp, a curvaceous womb chair, or a carved wood coffee table will help give your rustic space a fresh and retro edge.

 

 

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5. Keep it cozy

One of the most important elements of the Modern Rustic style, is a comfy and homey feeling. Ensure your home is the perfect place to snuggle up by adding plush textures, piles of pillows, and layering in chunky knit blankets.

The organic and weathered materials and forms of the Modern Rustic look in combination with comfy furniture will all work together to make your home into the perfect cozy cocoon.

 

Want to try the Modern Rustic look in your home?

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