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Make the Most out of Your Small Space: Ultimate TV Viewing Party Layout Guide

small living room layout with a TVWith game day and the Oscars just around the corner, you might be thinking about hosting a viewing party. A great viewing party (of any kind) requires a TV (duh), enough places to sit, a spread of delicious snacks, and great company. But what if you live in a small space? Finding a small living room layout with a TV can be a challenge.

So while you focus on fine-tuning your guest list and adorning your space with Pinterest-worthy decorations, we’re rounding up some of our favorite TV viewing layout hacks. No matter if your space is large or tiny, these small living room layout ideas will make sure space is red carpet-ready before your guests arrive.

Read on to learn how to create your ultimate TV viewing party layout.

small living room layout with a TV1. Maximize Seating

While “standing room only” might be great for a concert, ample seating is fundamental to any great TV viewing party. These tips will help you get the most booties in chairs without adding clutter.

Backless seating:

Benches and ottomans are great ways to add extra seating to your small space without over-stuffing it with bulky furniture.

  • Benches look great in a hallway or at the foot of your bed, and can easily be moved into the living room for extra seating when you need it.
  • You can also use two ottomans to make a bench. Break them up into two smaller seats when you need.

Create movie theater rows:

Just like group photos, place lower seats in the front and taller ones in the back. This will help ensure everyone has a great view of the TV.

  • Use bar stools to make a back row for your viewing party. Clear stools are especially great in small spaces, as they help reduce visual clutter.

small living room layout with a TV2. Maximize Surface Area

Now that you have seating aplenty, you’ll likely want some surfaces to go with it. Instead of buying more tables, repurpose what you already have.

Two coffee tables are better than one:

In small spaces, having the flexibility to move your furniture is important.

Try two smaller coffee tables in your space instead of one large one (or consider if you need a coffee table at all). Keep them together for daily use and separate them when you host to accommodate more people reaching for popcorn.

Pouf-perfect:

We love poufs because they are super versatile. Use them as a footrest or a stool, or even a side table. Ensure your pouf can go the extra mile, and look for one that’s substantial enough to support a tray with drinks and snacks.

Snack station:

A console table hidden behind your sofa is a sneaky way to add extra storage to a small space. But for special TV viewing occasions, try relocating your console table to an open wall. You can use it as an impromptu buffet table where guests can help themselves to snacks and drinks.

Open bar (cart):

Who doesn’t love a good bar cart? If you’re in the market, consider one on wheels which you can use as a mobile drink station. Easily wheel it out of the kitchen to serve drinks, and slide it away when you need the extra space.

small living room layout with a TV3. Final Tricks

A few finishing touches to make your small living room layout with a TV work for you.

Throw it on the floor:

Even your floor can be a nice seat if you add a little cushion. Floor pillows are a simple way to add seating and can be conveniently stashed away when you don’t need it.

Mirror-mirror:

Nothing like a large, reflective surface to make things look larger! Not great for your pores, but perfect for your living room.

Try hanging a large mirror above your sofa to help open up your room. Or embrace a more glam style with mirrored furniture, like a side or coffee table.

 

Need a hand finding the right small living room layout for you?

You don’t have to cram a bunch of furniture into your home only to find you rarely use it. Our layout guide is for both before and after the party, because the size of your home shouldn’t dictate your design choices.

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Bringing Hygge to Your Bedroom

Hygge, the Danish concept of living cozily, is the talk of the town last Winter. More than a way to decorate your home, hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is about slowing down, taking stock, and creating a sense of comfort and simplicity. Plush sofas, pillows galore, natural materials, and softly glowing candles are key to building your perfect hygge hideaway.

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To help turn your home into a cozy, warm escape, read on to learn how we transformed this simple studio apartment into the perfect hygge hideaway.

How to Get the Hygge Look:

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Build a simple base:

Start with the largest pieces of furniture in the room. Your bed or sofa lay the foundation of your design, so look for pieces with clean lines to let the accessories shine. We like the Piper Bed Frame from Room & Board and the Modular Cloud Sofa from Restoration Hardware.

Keep it neutral:

Hygge is all about keeping it calm. Limit colors to the accessories and opt for soft shades of beige, cream, grey, and brown.

Go natural:

Organic pieces give texture to your environment and lend warmth to the space. Look for jute, animal hide, unfinished woods, wool, and sheepskin. We love the Natural Cowhide Rug (Cowhide Imports) and the Acacia Storage Bench (CB2).

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Add texture:

Now it’s time for the fun part, let’s add some texture to the mix. Look for chunky, fluffy, soft… in a variety of fabrics and materials like a palooza of patterned pillows that are scattered throughout the room (even on the floor). Artwork can add texture too! We chose pieces with organic patterns, like the Peaceful Dot series from Natural Curiosities. Even the Woven Wall Decor above the bed (Urban Outfitters) adds a textural pop with its woven nubby wool.

Layer it up:

Our final tip for getting your hygge on, is to pile on layers. Layer rugs, pillows, and artwork everywhere to give your space texture and coziness. We like the pop of pattern the Boldstripe Dhurrie Rug (Anthropologie) gives layered on the Chunky Wool & Jute Rug (Pottery Barn).

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Now all that’s left is to light some candles, brew up some coffee or tea, and slip into your comfiest PJ’s. Welcome to your hygge-filled home! We hope you never want to leave.

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The Naturalist’s Interior: Designing a Minimal Bohemian Living Room

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Warm, calming, and eclectic, this living room is the naturalist retreat you’ve been searching for. Come lounge around on a patterned dhurrie settee or plop down on the floor with some pillows; this space is for those of you looking for a way to satisfy your minimal and bohemian cravings.

Get the Minimal Bohemian Look:

Neutral Color Palette:

Lay the foundation of your naturalist abode with a neutral color palette. Opt for whites, beiges, and browns to create a warm and calming space.

  • We started with a coat of Decorator’s White (Benjamin Moore) to let the unique architecture of our space shine.

Natural Materials:

Incorporate natural materials to enhance your living room’s naturalist vibe. Choose pieces that use raw or unfinished materials like jute, rattan, wood, leather, stone, or shell.

Naturalist Living Room Collection

Play with Texture & Pattern:

Amp up the bohemian feel by incorporating texture and pattern. Playing with these elements will give your living room that essential eclectic charm.

  • Bring a welcome pop of pattern to your space with the Bridal Rug Settee (Wisteria). We also love the honeycomb pattern and translucent glow of Serena & Lily’s Capiz Honeycomb Chandelier made with real capiz shells.

Naturalist Living Room Collection

Naturalist Living Room Collection

Add some Natural Curiosities:

The secret sauce of this space is its perfect balance between the romantic and scientific elements. Equally charming and intriguing, these few details are essential for nailing the naturalist look.

  • We included an homage to one of the most influential naturalists, the larger than life John Muir Tribute Tree artwork (Natural Curiosities). Add a touch of natural whimsy with sculptures and small objects, like our Floating Marble Ducks (Wisteria).

Naturalist Living Room Collection

We love the idea of bringing the great outdoors into your home. As American writer, Genevieve Valentine writes, “Nature provides enough order to soothe and enough entropy to surprise,” making it the perfect interior design muse. So, if you love the boho look but not all the color, or if you like minimal spaces but find them chilly, our Naturalist collection is the “neutral territory” you’ve been seeking.

 

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Boho Glam Wonderland: Give Your Hollywood Glam Living Room a Bohemian Twist

Have you ever walked into a room and wanted to touch everything? That’s how we feel about this India Mahdavi-worthy living room, that’s full of luscious textures, earthy colors, and sumptuous materials. The result is a boho glam wonderland!

Boho Glam Living Room

Check out the shopping list below, with 100% real (and affordable) products and take a peek at our cheat sheet to learn how to get the look.

How you can get the boho glam look:

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  • Start with materials: The key to this look is the combination of organic and luxurious materials. Soft leather, stone, sheepskin, velvet, and shiny gold are your friends.

 

  • Make an understated statement: Nix the frills of Hollywood Glam and say “no thanks” to button tufting, sparkles, and exaggerated patterns. Instead, let the materials shine by choosing pieces with sleek forms.

 

Boho Glam Living Room

  • Add natural textures: Emphasize the bohemian element of your space with textures that showcase nature. We love the Sandstone Pattern wall art from Williams Sonoma, and have our eye fixed on the watery surface of the Ripple Media Console (CB2).

 

  • Curate an earthy color palette: If you can’t find it in nature, you won’t find it in this living room (looking at you hot pink!). We started with a base of charcoal and stoney greys and then layered in earthy hues. Think jewel tones, and seek out those saturated colors that will give your space a bohemian edge.

 

Boho Glam Living Room

  • Top it off with some whimsy: Create a playful space with whimsical accessories. Look for artwork that is a bit tongue-in-cheek for some great conversation pieces (as if this living room isn’t enough already).
    • We love the playful look of Anthropologie’s Ibex Side Table, and got a good laugh out of Alex Kostinskyi’s Knuba print (Artfully Walls).

Voila! Your living room is now the perfect balance of bohemian, glamorous, and minimal – oh my!

The Boho Glam Living Room Collection

 

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Industrial Glam Bedroom

glam bedroomAt Modsy we don’t think that interior design styles, like art, exist in a vacuum. Rather, we believe that they grow and change as they endure through time, changing out bits and pieces that allow them to feel fresh and contemporary.

Hollywood Glam, sometimes called Hollywood Regency, is a style that has evolved through time, morphing itself in slightly different ways as the decades progress but always keeping its core tenets intact. Growing out of Hollywood’s “Golden Age,” the style was adapted from the luxurious designs of the 1930s celebrity homes and movie sets. Its key elements were bold colors (often pink and green), tufted sofas, furniture made from sumptuous materials, gold and glitz, and animal print. At its core the style alluded to a classical past through familiar forms while also conveying a sense of conspicuous luxury.

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This bedroom is a modern take on that old Hollywood style. Updated with an edge, here we see a more modern rendition of the style which easily agrees with its industrial setting. Set in a converted industrial loft interior, this beautifully bold bedroom will satisfy your cravings for both an edgy and a glitzy look. Lots of metals, lots of lucite, and lots of high contrasting pieces fill the space to the delight of our eye.

The color palette is based on the raw materials in the space. White, black, and metallic finishes are the perfect neutral base for an industrial look. The glam pushes back through the accessories and finishes that fill the room. Gold and brassy metals do the trick as they keep the space feeling warm even as they agree with the industrial undertone. Sharp angles and hard lines offer an industrial edge, but are softened by art featuring organic forms and natural patterns.

glam bedroom

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Industrial interior design might perhaps be described as Hollywood Glam’s exact opposite, which to our eye means nothing short of the perfect pairing. So how could these two polar opposites get along? Well, as it turns out, both styles share a penchant for being dramatic. The result is a sophisticated and edgy take on a dramatic and glamorous style.

If you love a space that is chic but also live by the motto ‘less is more,’ this is the perfect bedroom for you. Modsy’s Elegant Connoisseur and Industrial Chic users will also especially love this look. Not sure what your Modsy style is? Take our Style Quiz to find out.

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A Hygge Hideaway

Step inside our cozy hygge hideaway, and you can immediately smell the cookies baking and hear the crackle of the fire. Piles of pillows abound, plush comfy furniture offers itself as a cozy seat for snuggling up, and the floor is covered in layers of rugs and even more pillows. Harsh overhead lighting is forgone in lieu of glowing candles and twinkling string lights, and tranquil scenes of pastures and cottages hang on the walls. A gathering space for friends and family, we designed this room with the Danish concept of hygge as our inspiration.

We decided to show, rather than tell, what hygge is, and we also wanted to leave space for the concept to explain itself. Here’s hygge, in its own words….

Imagine if every time you walked into your living room it gave you a big hug. A hug that also swaddled you in chunky knit blankets with real, live puppies and placed a steamy cup of hot cocoa in your hands. That’s me, Hygge, and it’s oh so lovely to meet you!

“Who in the world is hygge?” you might be asking. That’s one of my favorite questions! (Oh, and I pronounce it “HOO-guh”) I’m not a person, I’m not a place, and I’m not really a thing either. I’m also not super flattered by being called a “lifestyle trend,” because I really hope you keep me around longer than your juice cleanse or your obsession with Pokemon Go.

I like to fancy myself more of a way of being, or a mindset of coziness that permeates Danish culture. I’ve been around for quite some time now, but it is only recently that I became so popular in the US (although the notion of ‘popularity’ isn’t high on my priority list, because I want to be everyone’s friend). I prefer slowing down, savoring the moment, and promoting a sense of well-being and connection. Ahhh… I’m feeling all warm and fuzzy just talking about it!

In case the next question percolating in your beautiful brain is “Where did you come from?” I have an answer for you! I am the proud descendant of the 16th century Norwegian term “hugga,” which means to comfort, or to console. Kind of similar to your English word “hug.” How wonderful!

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Leaving behind some pointers to give us guidance, Hygge is happy to inhabit any home upon invitation. Peep the checklist below to learn how to invite Hygge into your space!

 

Hygge Home Checklist:

  • Warmth and light – Turn off the overhead lights, light a fire in the fireplace, string up some lights, and top it off with some lovely candles.
  • Get cozy and fuzzy – layered rugs, pillows galore (even on the floor), and blankets for days are my favorite tricks for adding a dose of coziness to any space. I especially love plush rugs and all things sheepskin!
  • Keep it neutral and natural – I’m not neutral when it comes to my stance on color palette. I love an earthy palette because it fosters a calming environment. No bright colors please! I also prefer natural materials and finishes for the same reason. This should be a tactile environment that delights all the senses.

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Want to envision hygge in your home? Let us show you the collection in your space with Modsy.

 

The Collection

 

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A Living Room Under Budget

A little bit modern, a little bit eclectic. That’s the vibe we are channeling in this fresh and airy little living room number. A palette of blues and neutrals gives the space a fresh and calming vibe, while the playful patterns in the rug and artwork keep it feeling contemporary. But there’s more to designing a living room than style. We’ll set the scene: You discover Modsy and are so excited to start your home design journey. Finally, a headache-free way to try before you buy – go ahead, cut the tags off! You sign up, take the Style Quiz, and answer all the fun questions about your dream living room. And then comes the question about budget… Oh futon.

Mom always said, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, or a free sofa, or a free sofa to eat your lunch on (but really, shouldn’t you be eating at the dining table?). And while saving for a new car or a beach vacation is probably somewhere on your to-do list, we are betting you didn’t budget a whole lot to furnish your living room.

We are just going to come out and say it: buying furniture is expensive. You can’t go around it, you can’t go over it, you have to go through it and pay the extra taxes + shipping + handling. So rather than turning “budget” into a dirty word, we think it’s important to educate our users, and everyone else looking to design their home, about what it really costs to furnish a living room.

Brace yourself: the average cost to furnish a living room from the scratch is around $10,000+. If this is giving you major sticker shock, don’t worry you are not alone! It’s not our fault we’ve been lied to by all the beautiful pins and DIY trickery. You know those photos of gorgeous living rooms inside the glossy pages of Architectural Digest or Elle Decor that make your eyeballs drool? We all want our homes to look like that, but we don’t want to spend our kids’ college tuition to get there (yes, these spaces cost around $100k and that is not including the million dollar art collection!)

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So what’s a budget-savvy, smart, good design seeking homeowner to do? Before you begin to panic and cancel your Netflix account and vow to only eat soup for a year to save for your #livingroomgoals, we’ve worked some Modsy Magic and created a lovely living room with a price tag of only $6,000.

**You might be thinking, “Six thousand dollars still sounds like a LOT of moolah…” and yes while it is definitely a solid four figures, allow me to explain how we got to that number. Do a quick Google search on “living room budget” and you will find most interior designers calling out 10 big ones as the average “middle tier” for a complete living room overhaul. A lot of other articles claim it’s possible to get the look for $1,000, but the fine print discloses lower quality furniture and impractical DIYs.

We think six thousand dollars is the Goldilocks of living room price tags. Not too hot not too cold, not too expensive and not too poor-quality. Aside from taking a peek at the collection we created, we also polled our stylists for some of their favorite budget-friendly saving styling tips. That’ll do piggy bank. That’ll do.

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

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Get the Look: A Modern Take on Mary Tyler Moore’s Studio Apartment

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.

Mary Tyler Moore Studio

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.

Mary Tyler Moore Studio

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?

Mary Tyler Moore Studio

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.

Mary Tyler Moore Studio

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 here, or see it in your space with Modsy!

 

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Greenhouse Garden Retreat

You can eat your greenery or you can sit on it. Both have equally curative powers according to Pantone, who named this particularly leafy shade its 2017 color of the year. A symbol of new beginnings, the zesty, yellow-green hue is all about reconnecting, refreshing, rejuvenating, restoring, and pretty much any other “re-word” you can think of.

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But if this tangy green reminds you more of Kermit the Frog than a vegetable garden, you’re not alone. While not eagerly hoping on the greenery bandwagon ourselves, we tried embracing the color for its symbolic, rather than purely aesthetic value.

Amid our current tumultuous social and political climate, Pantone chose greenery as a means to encourage “green” ways of thinking and living. Pantone suggests that the shade can inspire us to reconnect with nature as we disconnect with technology and promote green ways of thinking in respect to such things as design, energy, and even diet for the coming year. Kale yeah!

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pantone's greenery


At Modsy we know that our environments shape our experiences, so we are taking a stab at incorporating some greenery into our domain. So if you can’t swing a spur-of-the-moment vacation to Airbnb’s Outside In London loft, we invite you to relax and photosynthesize inside our greenhouse garden retreat.

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Industrial Chic Living Space

industrial chic living roomEven on an overcast, wintery day you still have a fabulous view of the city from international intelligence agent, Jane Bond’s penthouse. A luxe array of materials, iconic furniture, and every shade of black and white harmonize inside this industrial chic living room, where we got a chance to sit down and chat with the fierce female, herself.

 

Modsy: Last time we saw you, you were hopping on a plane to Paris. What’s changed since then?

Jane Bond: Wow time flies! It feels like nothing and everything all at once. My French has improved immensely and I’ve finally finished designing this space.

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Modsy: Your style has been described as a “feminine” take on a masculine aesthetic. Do you see it that way?

Jane Bond: I love industrial spaces, but I also crave things that sparkle. The industrial look is definitely one that gets attributed to a more “masculine” or rugged style, but I like to think I’m taking ownership and making it into something new that can be both soft and hard, masculine and feminine. Us ladies like concrete and leather, too!

 

Modsy: Can you give us a little insight into the design and styling of this room, in particular?

Jane Bond: I’ve been chasing this idea of the optimal entertaining environment. I love hosting gatherings, so I wanted to curate a space that catered to that need. The room is large, and I’ve filled it with lots of seating to create gathering spaces and little nooks for more intimate conversations. The overall look is a sort of glamorous take on the industrial aesthetic that you previously mentioned. I love re-articulating those two styles, which most people might see as opposites, and creating a space where they harmonize in this new, unexpected way.

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industrial chic living room

Modsy: Can you give us an example?

Jane Bond: Animal print. When you think cheetah spots or zebra stripes, they’re not usually associated with concrete or metal. In this space, I strive to combine those two opposites in a way that feels unexpectedly familiar. Take this rug for example or that tessellated zebra artwork. They are both pieces that might easily get labeled as very glamorous or “girly,” but here they add this texture and subtle feminine statement to the space. That’s what I absolutely love, the subdued drama.

*Jane here is referencing her Calm Leopard rug (Horchow) and her Zebraba Tile artwork (Minted).

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Modsy: How have your many travels played a role in shaping your design aesthetic?

Jane Bond: While I’m not really one to bring home souvenirs (and let’s face it, I don’t often have time for sightseeing), traveling to so many places has given me a crash course in design and iconic pieces of furniture. I love seeing the ways culture and personality are communicated through interiors, and I think that idea is really present in my home.

 

Modsy: What is your favorite piece you own and why?

Jane Bond: Oh wow… That’s so hard to say, but right now I’m really loving my Animal Study print from Natural Curiosities. It’s just another beautiful example of this idea of taking a familiar form and translating it into something unexpected. And the orange brings just a touch of warmth to this otherwise very cool space.

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industrial chic living room

Modsy: Is there anything exciting that you are working on at the moment that you can tell us about?

Jane Bond: Laughs. You know I can’t give any details, but let’s just say I need to renew my passport.

 

Inspired by Jane’s home, we’ve created a collection that encapsulates her industrial chic aesthetic. Shop all the products in this collection below, or see it in your space with Modsy

 

 

The Collection

 

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