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Icelandic Interiors: Bringing the Nordic Look to your Bedroom

Recently we’ve found ourselves daydreaming of taking a vacation to Iceland. We can’t stop obsessing over the land of majestic mountains, cascading waterfalls, and the fluffiest sheep and reindeer. And while Iceland’s outdoors are a marvel in and of themselves, their interiors are just as stunning.iceland_3

Images of bedrooms with clean lines, a modern Nordic edge, living rooms chalk full of natural materials and neutral color schemes fill our social media feeds and Pinterest boards. And since a trip to Iceland isn’t in the cards (yet) we decided to bring these interiors to us with our latest Icelandic Bedroom collection!

Here, simplicity is the name of the game while materials and color help create a space that feels both informal, welcoming, and elegantly designed. Read on to learn how to get the Icelandic bedroom look and shop the collection below!

How to Create the Icelandic Bedroom Look:

 

Build your base:

  • Capture the Icelandic aesthetic by opting for foundational pieces that feel both simple and hearty. We love the clean lines of Pottery Barn’s Farmhouse Canopy Bed frame especially paired with the simple, yet slightly eclectic shape of the Tanah Nightstand (Anthropologie).

 

iceland_5Create a neutral color scheme:

  • Essential to this bedroom is the connection to Iceland’s majestic landscape. Help foster this in your space by creating a neutral color palette inspired by Iceland’s scenery. We opted for an elegant collaboration of browns, greys, blacks, and creams like West Elm’s Colca Wool Rug.

 

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Go natural:

  • Bring the Icelandic terrain even more into your space by incorporating furniture and accessories made of natural materials. Raw woods, chunky knits, fluffy sheepskin pelts, and braided wool and jute are all great choices. We especially love the Emmerson Reclaimed Wood dressers (West Elm) and the Antler Pendant Light (CB2).

 

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Make it a room with a view:

  • Ok, easier said than done, but one of the most stunning parts of Iceland is the dramatic landscape! Since we can’t really bring Iceland to our windows, we opted for art that captures its beauty instead. We love the photographs by Robert and Tiffany Peterson from Artfully Walls, special shout out to Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier Field and The Black Church of Búðir!

 

All that’s left to do is grab a hot cup of coffee, a fluffy blanket, and maybe a cat and snuggle up and enjoy your Icelandic bedroom retreat! Staycation done right.

The Icelandic Bedroom Collection:

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

Naturalist Living Room CollectionWarm, 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.

Here’s the steps we took to create our naturalist living room! Read on to learn how you can do the same and shop our curated collection of bohemian minimal products below.

Get the Naturalist Living Room 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 CollectionPlay 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.

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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).

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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.

The Naturalist Living Room Collection:

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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:

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

This Sunday the 2017 Oscars are airing, and that means it’s time to host your Oscar viewing party. A great viewing party (of any kind) means there are enough seats for everyone to sit and watch. But say you live in a one bedroom apartment? We know hosting in small spaces can be a challenge, so to help we created the ultimate oscar viewing party layout guide.

So while you focus on fine-tuning your guest list and preparing Pinterest-worthy snacks, we will make sure your living room layout is looking red carpet-ready before your guests arrive. Read on to learn how to create your ultimate Oscar viewing party layout and shop the products in our small-space collection!

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Step 1: Maximize Seating

While “standing room only” might be great for a concert, having enough seats for guests is important. Here’s how we get the most booties in chairs and avoid cluttering your living room at the same time.

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. The mid-century modern Soto Ottoman (Joybird) is one of our favorites.

Create movie theater rows:

Shorter people in the front, taller people in the back. This goes for seats as well. Place lower seats in the front and taller in the back so everyone has a great view of the TV.

  • Use bar stools to make a back row for your viewing party. In tight spaces we like to reduce the visual clutter by choosing clear options, like the Vapor Acrylic Counter Stools from CB2.

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Step 2: Maximize Surface Area

Now that you have all that seating, you will likely want some surfaces to go with it. We say don’t buy extra tables, but repurpose a few pieces you already have.

Two coffee tables are better than one:

In small spaces, having the flexibility to move your furniture is important. We say opt for two smaller coffee tables instead of one large one.

  • We used two of the Haptic 28” Coffee Tables (EQ3). 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.

  • We like the Braided Hemp Pouf (CB2) because it is substantial enough to support a tray with drinks and snacks.

Snack station:

A sneaky way to add storage behind your sofa, move your console table against an open wall when guests arrive for an impromptu buffet table.

Open bar (cart):

We always love a good bar cart. Chose one on wheels for a mobile drink station and wheel it out of the way when guests are over. We chose the Terrace Bar Cart from West Elm for its sleek design and small footprint.

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Step 3: Final Tricks

A few finishing touches to make your small space work for you.

Throw it on the floor:

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

Mirror-mirror:

Nothing like a large reflective surface to make things look larger! Not so great for pores, but perfect for your living room. You can hang one like the Infinity Wall Mirror (CB2) above your sofa to help visually tie the room together.

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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. Share the guide with all your apartment-dwelling friends and shop the collection of small-space approved products below.

 

The Small Space Collection:

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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.
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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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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!

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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.

 

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  • 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.

 

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  • 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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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!

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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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Bringing Hygge to Your Bedroom

Because you all loved our original hygge living room, we decided to kick it up a notch and bring hygge into the whole house!

Hygge, the Danish concept of living cozily, is the talk of the town this 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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Designing your home with hygge at the helm, fosters the kid of cozy, warmth that helps make people happier. To help get you started, we transformed this simple studio apartment into the perfect hygge hideaway.

 

Here’s how you hygge…

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  • Build a simple base: Start with the largest pieces of furniture in the room, these is the base of your hygge hideaway. 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.

 

 

The Hygge Bedroom Collection

Industrial Glam Bedroom

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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.

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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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The Collection

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

And Why We Think $6,000 is Reasonable

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.

The Under $6,000 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.

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Greenhouse Garden Retreat

Eat your greenery. Or 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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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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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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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

 

 

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A Spanish Colonial Revival Home Tour: The Granada Collection

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Freshly back from a trip to Granada, the tranquil city in southern Spain, we found ourselves struck by a case of the “post-vacation blues.” Rather than toting home souvenir keychains or t-shirts to remind us of our travels, we decided to bring our vacation home with us in the form of interior inspiration.  

 

When you step inside this Spanish Colonial revival bungalow, you will find a warm and inviting living space comprised of whitewashed walls, natural woods, neutral fabrics, pops of bold color, and Moorish touches. Our vision came from the rich heritage of Islamic influence in Andalucia region of Spain, especially evident in Granada’s magnificent “palace-city” Alhambra.

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As such, this is an interior heavily inspired by architecture, particularly that of the Alhambra’s Salön de Comares with its splendidly delicate marquetry ceiling. Comprised of over eight thousand individual pieces of cedarwood, the ceiling is an architectural and artistic marvel.

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To incorporate this aesthetic into our bungalow, we started with a neutral base of hearty and inviting furniture. We then layered in accessories and accents with a distinctly Alhambra-esque aesthetic. Geometry is the star of the show. Look for pieces with lots of pattern, intricately carved wood, and tesselated mosaic tiles. Natural materials should abound: opt for wood, marble, linen, wool, and gold to keep the environment feeling organic. And, finally, choose accessories with vibrant colors that skew towards the primaries to keep the space feeling warm and invigorated.

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A collection designed especially for Modsy’s Contemporary Collectors, Rustic Travelers, and Traditional Collectors, we love the idea of bringing your trip home with you in the form of some interior inspiration. Not sure what your Modsy style is? Take our Style Quiz to find out.

 

The Mood of Monet: Bringing Pastels Indoors

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Our big takeaway from this season’s runway collections was color. More subdued than sweet, a palette of moody pastels dominated the 2017 Pre-Fall collections of designers such as Valentino and Bottega Veneta.

A different take on hues usually reserved for baby showers and easter egg baskets, we found these stormier pastels reminiscent of colors employed by French Impressionist, Monet in his Water Lilies oil painting series.

 

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Left: Pre-Fall 2017 Bottega Veneta Collection, photo courtesy of Bottega Veneta. Right: Monet, Water Lily Pond, 1908

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Left: Pre-Fall 2017 Valentino, photo by Gerardo Somoza/Indigital.tv. Right: Monet, Le Bassin Aux Nymphéas, 1919

 

We translated this aesthetic from the runways to a modern living room. Using the same palette enhanced with luxurious materials such as velvet, burl wood, and mother of pearl, this living room captures the same moody vibe as the runway collections.

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For those who love a minimal yet chic space, this collection will be plucking at your heart strings. Not sure what your Modsy style is? Take our Style Quiz to find out.

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Natural Curiosities

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Get the London Loft Look: Three Takes on a Conversational Layout

2144_design3_reg_dogAt Modsy we know that living rooms, just like snowflakes and people, come in all shapes and sizes. We know it can be a challenge trying to find a layout that works for your unique space. To help, we rearranged our London loft and created three different takes on a conversational layout.

Today we are taking shelter from the rain inside this enchanting London loft space. The refined shapes and classical forms are the perfect pairing for this industrial living room interior.

 

For the Casual Conversationalist: A Layout that Flows

For this version of our living space, we created a layout that is all about the flow. We floated the sofa in front of the windows where it faces two chairs, angled inward. In the middle, we opted for a rectangular coffee table on wheels. The larger surface area puts everyone within reach of the coffee table, and the wheels allow you to move it easily, either within the seating arrangement or out of the way completely. This layout is conversational and encourages easy movement through the space. Great for both entertaining and every-day living, it is a layout that quite literally lets you talk the talk and walk the walk.

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For the Dinner Party Host: A Fiercely Formal Layout

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If you find yourself craving a traditional look, we created a second layout for you that colors inside the lines for a fabulous result. Symmetrical and balanced, this space offers more seating with two sofas facing inward and capped by two armchairs at the end. We selected a trunk coffee table, which unlike our more portable glass table, conveys solidity and underscores the formal symmetry of the space. This option offers you a living room that is structured and facilitates conversation, even as it creates a space that feels formal and intentionally designed.

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For the Multi-Tasker: A Flexible Layout

Less formally designed, our flexible layout is a great way to open up your living space and use it in different ways. One of our favorite interior design tricks is creating the sense of rooms within rooms. Here we placed the sofa in the middle and used it as a divider to create two distinct spaces within our living room. The seating area is now smaller, and feels more intimate and personal. We chose a round coffee table because the organic shape easily snuggles into the asymmetrical conversation nook. Behind the sofa we created an open storage area, but you can also use the space for a home office, dining area, or yoga studio. A great way to make your space feel more open, this layout is for the dweller of small spaces who wants to use their space in a creative way.design3_topdown

 

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Return to Classics: A Fresh Take on a Timeless Look

As dramatic as it is elegant, we are absolutely in love with this classic yet minimal Parisian apartment interior. The space feels simultaneously like a relic of the past and also palpably current. It’s this subtle tension between timeless and modern that makes this space so fresh even as it feels entirely familiar.

To create the look we combined traditional furniture, a monochromatic palette, and accessories with a classical flair.

We started with a base of neutral pieces with clean lines. We picked silhouettes that alluded to classical forms, but with clean lines and pared-down ornamentation. We especially love the Bryn chair (Crate & Barrel) and the Leonelle Sofa (Anthropologie) – the swooped arms on the chair and casters on the sofa hint at their classic antecedents, while their streamlined forms push a modern look.

 

Next we layered in our Chinoiserie accents. Roughly translating to “Chinese-esque,” the term refers to a European interpretation and imitation of East Asian artistic traditions. The 17th and 18th centuries saw a growing European fascination with the “mysterious East,” and the inclusion of these artistic elements in European decorative arts became a status symbol for the wealthy. In our space we opted for a modern take on Chinoiserie by selecting pieces with a subtle bamboo motif, such as the lamp, mirror, and bench.

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Then, we sprinkled in a few pieces of classical artwork and accessories with a modern flair. Look for pieces with a traditional subject matter, but depicted through a modern medium. The Equus Wall Art is a great example: the equestrian subject matter is a staple of classic interiors, but here it is depicted in an abstract expressionist manner, giving it a modern edge.

No Classically-inspired room is complete without a pair of Foo Dogs! You might be thinking: “What the Foo, these aren’t dogs?” And you’d be right! A corroded Western translation, “Foo Dogs” are actually a pair of guardian lions. Originating in India, the Foo Dogs spread to other parts of Asia, namely China, and from there they eventually came to Europe. Always a pair of a male and female, Foo Dogs are the symbolic guardians of the home. The male protects the structure and the female protects the dwellers.

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Stylist tip: We chose a pair of white-blue Foo Dogs to compliment our minimal color palette and keep the space feeling fresh. Try using them as bookends, or pendant pieces on a console or fireplace mantle. Just make sure you keep them as a pair for maximum good luck!

If you self-identify as a Refined Connoisseur, Contemporary Connoisseur, or a Timeless Traditionalist, you will be sure to love this Return to Classic space. Not sure what your Modsy style is? Take our Style Quiz to find out.

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Cabin in the Holly-Woods

We’ll be hibernating for the rest of Winter (maybe even some of Spring too) in this gorgeous “Cabin in the Holly-Woods” space. Part elegant hunting lodge, part wilderness chic, we designed this room for those who love rustic spaces with glamorous touches.

To start, we pulled together a base of hearty and comforting classic pieces, layered with delightful accents and luxurious statement pieces. Once the design was put together, we felt like our canvas – the room itself! – needed a little love. We decided some wall treatments were in order but, like many of you, we wanted to see the possibilities before committing. So, we came up with four options to choose from. We can’t decide, so pick your favorite!

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Blank Slate: For our original room we went with Benjamin Moore’s “Decorator’s White.” A slightly cooler shade, this choice creates a simple base for any interior and lets the furniture and materials speak for themselves.

Bold Color: Drama is the name of the game with this paint job. A bold and saturated green-blue hue, Benjamin Moore’s Salamander brings a breath of fresh-forest air inside our rustic glam space. We love how the gold accents and velvet sofa pop against this shade!

wood-panelingWood Paneling: This version of the space has been transformed by some peel-and-stick wood paneling from west elm. Available in four colors, we opted for the white-washed reclaimed wood for a fresh take on a “rustic cabin” staple.

wallpaperWhimsical Wallpaper: Piero Fornasetti’s Nuvolette wallpaper – “little clouds” in Italian – provides the stormy backdrop for the final version of our space. One of our favorite designers at Modsy, Fornasetti’s whimsical design transforms our glamorous cabin into a dreamy interior.

Stylist tip: We paired “Decorator’s White” with our Nuvolette wallpaper. The cooler white complements the wallpaper’s palette, where a warmer shade would feel oppositional.

If you like farmhouse chic, traditionally chic, or refined rustic spaces, you’ll be sure to love this collection! Not sure what your Modsy style is? Take our Style Quiz to find out.

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Winter Whites Bedroom

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If “Sweater Weather” were a place it would be this Winter Whites bedroom. A retreat from these chilly January days, we’ve dreamed up the perfect bedroom to snuggle up and wait for winter’s end.

We crafted this bedroom for someone who loves rustic spaces, but craves a minimal vibe. We started with a palette of neutral tones, covering the full spectrum from white, to beige, to various shades of brown. When looking for pieces, we opted for organic materials to play up the rustic feeling. Textures galore, in this space natural woods, leather, clay, wool, and jute come together to create a harmonious yet visually dynamic space. Soft landscapes and whimsical insect studies were the final touch, artwork we selected to underscore the connection of the room to the natural world.

What brings the room to life is the play between textures. We chose to play with a collage of rough jute, caning, hammered metal, and patterned surfaces to create some visual intrigue within the minimal space. We especially love the bone inlay pattern on the Hessa dresser – an elegant and rustic touch to the space. As rustic as it is minimal, the natural palette, mix of traditional and contemporary furniture, and organic materials all create a warm and timeless “Winter White” space. The perfect cozy retreat, this collection is rooted in Winter even as it looks towards Spring.

Stylist tip: Double-dip with your furniture and use a desk as a nightstand. This is great for smaller spaces, and will help keep your room from feeling too “matchy-matchy.”

A collection designed especially for Modsy’s Refined Farmhouse, Rustic Warmth, and Rustic Traveler styles. Not sure what your Modsy style is? Take our Style Quiz to find out.

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