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My Modsy Story: How Design Changed me from a Nomad to Domestic Diva 

After working internationally for years, Gina decided it was time to lay down roots. She just didn’t know how to bring her worldly style and her new home together.

 

Homeowner: Gina W.

Location: Charlotte, NC

Room: Living Room

Her Style: Rustic Warmth

Customer Story

The Backstory

After working abroad for many years, I got a job back home in the states. I’d always loved traveling and considered myself a bit of a nomad. But at a certain point, the globe-trotting made me feel up-rooted.

I was ready to set down roots and create a home that really reflected my tastes and interests.

Though the cities I was living in felt exciting, every apartment felt the same. They all had the same nondescript corporate apartment feel. I was ready to set down roots and create a home that really reflected my tastes and interests. The only problem was I’d been living in pre-furnished places for so long I didn’t know what my style was anymore, let alone how to bring it to life in the cute new house I’d bought.

The Design Dilemma

Since I’d been living in pre-furnished places, I didn’t have any furniture of my own. Plus, my new house was bigger than the places I’d been living in for the past few years, so there was a lot of space to fill. I really didn’t know where to start or what would work with my new space.

I knew I wanted to fill up my walls with art and photos from my travels, but I had absolutely no how to arrange my wall art!

I knew I wanted to fill up my walls with art and photos from my travels, but I had absolutely no how to arrange my wall art! I needed another pair of eyes to figure out what furniture would go in my home and where my wall art should live!

The Modsy Moment

I think I heard about Modsy through Instagram. I remember being really excited about seeing my space in 3D and “trying on” different designs for my living room. I knew that seeing my space in 3D would be especially helpful for figuring out how I should hang the art in my room.

seeing my space in 3D would be especially helpful for figuring out how I should hang the art in my room.

How Modsy Helped Gina

There were so many ideas that I loved—I wish I could try everything and have a different living room look for each day of the week. But seeing the different design versions was the next best thing!

It was so amazing seeing my designs when they arrived in my inbox.

My Modsy designer was so great, and she found art from the Modsy catalog that looks similar to what I have for my space. I can’t tell you how helpful this was, not only did she select the right furniture for my home she also showed me great ways to hang the art in my place. Being able to see exactly how to arrange my wall art was a total lifesaver.

The Real Results

I’m just so happy that Modsy was able to help me select furniture that goes with my art. The pieces they picked draw out the colors perfectly and really let each piece shine. It’s like they built a bridge between my exciting former life as a traveler and my new life as someone who’s putting down roots and building a home! I’m so glad to have arrived at this final destination.

 

 

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My Modsy Story: Making Our Traditional House Work With Our Modern Style

After moving from a trendy loft to a Craftsman house, Mike and Carrie struggled to make their modern aesthetic work in their new home. See how Modsy helped them merge their style with their space.

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Homeowner:  Mike and Carrie, Software Engineer; Non-Profit Executive

Location: Oakland, CA

Room: Living Room

Their Style: Mod Collector

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Real Customer

The Backstory

After our daughter was born, we decided it was time to move from our trendy modern loft space in San Francisco to a house in Oakland. Our new place was a Craftsman home built in the 1910s, and we were so excited to have such a beautiful place to put down roots as a family.

we were both too overwhelmed to handle the daunting task of making our new-old house into the cozy modern home we wanted for our family.

 

The Design Dilemma

While we loved our new house, we didn’t know how to make the traditional space work with our more modern design style. On top of that, like a lot of families, we both have demanding jobs and share parenting responsibilities, which meant we didn’t have a lot of time to think about interior design. Long story short, we were both too overwhelmed to handle the daunting task of making our new-old house into the cozy modern home we wanted for our family.

The Modsy Moment

Initially, we’d worked with a local designer who had an excellent style. Still, the design experience wasn’t great because we struggled to visualize what the end result would be. We knew we needed to be able to see what the design looked like in our space before we could settle on the right look for our home. Luckily we have a friend in the interior design business who recommended Modsy. That’s when we decided to give it a try.

How Modsy Helped Mike and Carrie

Working with Modsy was great because we were able to see designs come to life in our exact room! After they sent us our first two designs we played around with Modsy’s Live Swap tool to explore a few ideas on our own. This was great because, instead of communicating through a long email, we could show our designer exactly what we were thinking. From there, she refined our ideas into a beautiful design for our new home.

Working with Modsy was great because we were able to see designs come to life in our exact room!

This process really helped us figure out what colors and pieces would bring our modern style together with our more traditional space. We love the way the warm wood tones in the end table and chair legs complement our flooring while pops of blue add a modern edge to our space.

The Real Results

Another thing we really loved was our designer’s attention to detail. She was able to take our sometimes confusing notes and turn them into a cohesive vision. She even chose a sofa from Design Within Reach that came in a childproof upholstery—it was perfect for us. It turns out Modsy is what we needed to make our home and style come together, we love it!

Our daughter Zoe, is particularly pleased with our sofa which she loves converting into a pillow fort every night!

Because of social distancing we, like many families, are spending double the time at home. This means we are getting twice the normal use out of our living room design. That’s why we are so thankful for our Modsy design which has provided us with a comforting space to get through these tough times. Our daughter Zoe, is particularly pleased with our sofa which she loves converting into a pillow fort every night!

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My Modsy Story: How Rachael Created a Polished, Cohesive Design for her Open-Concept Home

Rachael was excited to be living in a new house she loved. But needed help finding a design that was as beautiful as her new space. See how Modsy helped her bring house and home together with a winning design.

Homeowner: Rachael M + Sales & Marketing Manager

Location: Apex, NC

Rooms: Open Living Room & Dining Room

Her Style: Modern Rustic

The Backstory

I recently purchased a newly constructed house with an open floor-plan. Because the living-dining area layout was so open I wanted to make sure the design for the spaces would work together. In the past, I’ve worked with designers which inspired me to want a more polished look in my own home!

Rachael’s new home before

The Design Dilemma

I was excited about moving into my brand new space and really investing in a beautiful, polished design. I knew the overall look I was going for and that I wanted to incorporate unique pieces from different sources into the final look. I’d used blue and grey as the color scheme in my old house, and I knew I wanted this one to have a more neutral palette that complimented the space.

But when it came to actually designing the space, it felt like a huge job and I was just too busy with work. I had no time to shop for furniture, let alone figure out how to pull all the pieces together into a cohesive whole.

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I was actually going to hire an interior designer at first but then I came across Modsy by way of a Google search. The investment to try it was pretty low and I thought why not give it a shot first? From the ads I read, it seemed like I could get the same results with less time and money so I was excited to try it out. Plus, I like being involved in the work but really wanted a designer’s guidance so it seemed like the perfect solution.

new home designHow Modsy’s Designs Helped Rachael

When my first Modsy designs came back I loved them immediately. The design experience was so easy and really fun! Everyone that I interacted with was super helpful and my designer, Francesca, is really talented. She excels at this process and is so personable. She added furniture and room accessories in a way that filled the space nicely. It looks fantastic and it never would have occurred to me to use the space the way she did.

Also, there were certain items I needed help with, like a cabinet that I wasn’t sure how to incorporate into the room. Francesca knew exactly how to manage it! I feel very lucky I got to work with a designer who was such an excellent fit, and who was able to nail my tastes from the start.

Modsy also made the shopping process super easy with one-click ordering from tons of vendors. The follow-up and assistance they provided were awesome! They even price-matched a chair for me and helped me when one of my chairs was damaged in shipping. I am super happy with their customer service!

The Real Results

The Modsy design I went with captured exactly what I was looking for. It was like my designer saw inside my brain on the first try, I couldn’t believe it! I purchased almost all of the items from my design and Francesca helped me design around two pieces that I already owned.

Overall, my living room and dining room are better than I could have imagined. There is no way I could have done it all on my own, but it still feels essentially like me. Thanks, Modsy!

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My Modsy Story: Designing a Small, Quirky Apartment to Match the Beauty of San Francisco

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After moving from Sacramento to San Francisco, Katie needed help turning her new small, quirky apartment into a home.

Homeowner: Katie C, Analyst

Location: San Francisco, CA

Room: Bedroom, dining room, and spare room

Her Style: Modern Eclectic

The Backstory

I’d recently moved from Sacramento to San Francisco and I was faced with the challenge of designing a small, quirky apartment. I was super excited about the move and starting a new chapter in San Francisco! I wanted my living space to reflect the same kind of beauty and magic that I saw in the city and was ready to invest in furniture and a design that would make my new apartment feel like home.

Katie’s quirky apartment before

The Design Dilemma

Moving to San Francisco from Sacramento meant a lot of big changes! All of a sudden I was faced with designing a small and janky space with narrow hallways, mixed sized rooms, and multi-purpose spaces. I was totally overwhelmed with no clue how or where to start.

My place was filled with boxes and I couldn’t visualize any ideas for how to possibly make it a home that I would want to spend time. I felt a sense of heaviness that here I was in this amazing, lively city and I didn’t have a clue how I could ever make my living space embody that same energy.

quirky apartment designThe Modsy Moment

I’d never worked with a designer before but I was at such a loss in my new apartment that I knew I wanted to outsource the whole project!

I first came across Modsy on Instagram, but I have to admit I was a little skeptical. How could a survey and a few photos could provide enough detail for a designer to be able to create a space that I would love? To top it off, I wasn’t even sure what kind of vision I had in mind, so how could Modsy bring it to life? But at that point, I was ready to try anything so I decided to give it a go.

How Modsy’s Designs Helped Katie

My first reaction to my Modsy designs was total amazement! I loved the designs right from the start—they made me feel so hopeful that my space could be fun and trendy despite all the weird quirks. My designer showed me ideas that I’d never thought of on my own. The entire experience was wonderful. Customer service was super responsive, I got all my designs back really quickly, and the whole project was sensitive to my budget.

I am still purchasing all the items to make my design come to life. It was so awesome that customer service had the ability to be the bridge between my order and the delivery personnel. It was a smooth transition at a really good price point. Modsy totally helped me find the right layout for my different rooms and helped me feel confident that I was purchasing the right things for each space.

The Real Results

The apartment now feels inviting and inspiring—I love it! All the details in the design were a nice compliment to my personal style and the experience gave me more confidence to trust in the interior design experience. I love how my rooms turned out.

When you feel good in a space, you want to spend more time there and my space now truly feels like a home. Thank you, Modsy, for giving me the gift of great design!

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My Modsy Story: How I Designed the Grown-Up Apartment Of My Dreams

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After moving cross-country, Omar was ready to trade in his big box store furniture for a grown-up apartment design.

Homeowner: Omar M, Marketing & Business Development

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Room: Entire Apartment

His Style: Modern Minimalist

The Backstory

I was ready for a new start in Los Angeles after spending 5 years in NYC. My new space is a lot larger than my old apartment so not only did I need more furniture, I also wanted to update my style to create a space that was welcoming, mature, and great for hosting. On top of that, I also wanted to make sure that the apartment design maximized my space and highlighted my new view.

The Design Dilemma

I really hate shopping and can’t visualize ideas in my home so all the furniture I had came from the same store. It looked like something out of a catalog – but in a bad way.

So when I moved it all into my new space, the rooms felt so bland. They were functional but didn’t have a lot of personality. I was totally overwhelmed with no clue how or where to start with a design I’d actually enjoy.

apartment design modsyThe Modsy Moment

I knew I needed help but I’d never worked with an interior designer or online design service before. So when I saw an ad for Modsy on Instagram I’ll admit, at first I was skeptical. I wasn’t sure that a complete stranger could bring my “vision” to life. And how could they when I didn’t even know what my vision was myself?

I was also nervous because the apartment was new to both me and the designer so I wasn’t convinced that everything would fit and/or look like how it did in the 3D designs.

apartment design modsyHow Modsy’s Designs Helped Omar

All of my worries were completely put to rest when I saw my Modsy designs for the first time. I was amazed! The 3D designs really impressed me, especially the living room/home office and dining room.

I loved all of the options presented! And my designer was patient, flexible, and honest and I really liked working with her.

apartment design modsyThe Real Results

My apartment looks amazing now. All of the rooms look great and they mirror my final designs to a tee. I ended up purchasing pretty much everything through Modsy, and the process was super seamless and efficient.apartment design modsy

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Moving across the country is stressful but Modsy made the ordering and delivery process really easy. I didn’t have to take any extra steps and I also checked a few items and confirmed that Modsy definitely gave me the best price on all of them.

My new rooms feel so comfortable and mature and it’s a perfect space for hosting – it’s finally the grown-up space I’ve been wanting!

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My Modsy Story: When 3 Interior Designers Couldn’t Help, Here’s What Did

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After working with 3 designers, Caren still didn’t have a plan for her open living/dining room. Here’s what happened when this skeptic turned to Modsy for help.

Homeowner: Caren S, Aesthetic medicine physician

Location: Potomac, MD

Room: Living & Dining Combo Room

Her Style: Discerning Collector

The Backstory

My family and I had recently moved into a new home. The new space was perfect, but our old furniture just didn’t fit right. I wanted a more ‘fresh’ and ‘modern’ look for the new space and decided it was time for a redesign.

And while I can appreciate a well-styled room, I cannot curate a cohesive look on my own. I’ve picked things out that look great online, but they don’t work all together in a room. I’ve also bought furniture in the store, which seemingly looked great, but once I got it home the proportions were all off.

So when it came to redesigning my family’s new home, I knew I needed some help but still wanted to be involved in the design process.

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Caren’s room before

The Design Dilemma

I wound up working with three interior designers, and not finding success with any of them.

The first was an expensive designer, to whom I paid $200/hour only to get advice I wasn’t sure I loved… But I didn’t want to pay another $200 to talk about it! I also tried a moderately-priced designer, and she recommended things that looked great, but turned out to be the wrong dimensions for the room.

Finally, I used a very reasonably-priced designer who was lovely, but her ideas were outside my comfort zone and I hesitated to commit without being sure. In the end, I led her down paths of safety and boredom and didn’t end up implementing any of what we’d worked on.

3D Modsy Design exampleCaren’s favorite 3D Modsy design

The Modsy Moment

When I saw ads on Facebook for Modsy, I figured I had nothing to lose. That said, I was definitely skeptical because I wasn’t sure if I’d get a design that looked as good as the one in the ad.

On top of that, I was unsure I’d be able to communicate what my style was, as my personal tastes are so all over the place. I like rustic, modern, worldly, eclectic, minimalist, funkiness, neutrality, color…. Who on earth could actually create a room that satisfied me?

“I felt that this was the start of something very awesome. And it was.”

When I opened my 3D Modsy design I was thrilled! It was so exciting to see my room looking harmonious, homey, beautiful, and “me.” I was overjoyed and felt that this was the start of something very awesome. And it was.

3D Modsy DesignCaren’s favorite 3D Modsy design

How Modsy’s Designs Helped Caren

The experience was fantastic. With Modsy, I could literally see my exact room, designed in two different and beautiful ways. No guesswork involved regarding, “Would I really like that chair? Would that sofa fit right in the space?”

My Modsy 3D design was so realistic! It was like walking in my room and seeing it exactly as it is in real life, only with totally new furniture.

On top of that, purchasing furniture through Modsy was a great experience. I got the online sale prices plus an extra discount from Modsy.

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Caren’s room in real life

The Real Results

My Modsy designer managed to create a design that blended my multiple – and seemingly contradictory – design styles. For our new home I wanted something interesting but minimal, colorful but neutral, earthy but modern, funky but simple, bold but classic… I thought that I’d have to settle for just ‘one’ type of style, but Modsy’s designs gave me all these elements in one perfect space!

“I thought that I’d have to settle for just ‘one’ type of style, but Modsy’s designs gave me everything in one perfect space!”

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Caren’s room in real life

The design for my living/dining room helped me break out of my comfort zone. I bought things that I never would’ve had the guts to purchase on my own.

“It seriously looks exactly like my 3D Modsy design.”

The funky dining chairs were something I never would have looked at in real life, but seeing them in the 3D Modsy design, and how good they looked with the other items in the space, gave me the courage to purchase these whimsical chairs. They now make me smile every time I walk in the room.

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Caren’s room in real life

I’m happy to report that my room looks fantastic, interesting, and harmonious. I get compliments all the time. It seriously looks exactly like my 3D Modsy design.

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My Modsy Story: How I Helped My Daughter Design a Bedroom She Loves

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When 9-year-old Lilly was ready for a big girl space, Amie knew she needed help bringing her daughter’s bedroom to life. See how she created the perfect space on the first try.

Homeowner: Amie S, 3rd Grade Teacher and Stay at Home Momma

Location: Bel Air, MD

Room: Daughter’s Bedroom

Her Style: Rustic Traveler

The Backstory

The perfect birthday present for a budding designer

At the end of last year, I decided it was time to redesign my daughter’s bedroom. Lilly was about to turn 9 years old, and for her birthday I wanted to give her the big girl bedroom she was ready for.

And while I really enjoy home design, I can never picture how my ideas will turn out in my actual space. I always know what I like, but struggle to put all the pieces together.

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daughter's bedroom

Lilly’s Bedroom Before

The Design Dilemma

She had all the ideas, but struggled to bring them to life

My family and I have lived in the same house for 6 years, and we’ve never found the right layout for Lilly’s room. One wall is all windows, another has a double closet, and there’s also a door to the bathroom. She also has this amazing canopy bed that’s been in our family for years. It’s absolutely gorgeous, but I’ve struggled to find the best way to arrange it in the room.

“My daughter is also herself a budding interior designer… so I knew I might need some extra help when it came to designing her bedroom.”

Lilly is also herself a budding interior designer. She knows what she wants and is not afraid to tell you her opinion, good or bad, so I knew I might need some extra help when it came to designing her bedroom.

When I saw an ad for Modsy somewhere on social media, I decided to give it a go. I was a little skeptical because no one I knew had ever tried it before, so it definitely felt like a gamble.

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Lilly and Amie’s Design #1

The Modsy Moment

The perfect design and a priceless reaction

When I opened up our first Modsy design, it was honestly exactly what I’d imagined. I wanted to create a fun, functional space where she could hang out with friends and do homework, and our Modsy designer totally nailed it. Honestly, I barely glanced at our second design because the first one was everything we were looking for.

“Honestly, I barely glanced at our second design because the first one was everything we were looking for.”

When my daughter got home from school, I showed her the design and she burst into tears. I asked her why she was crying, and she said because she was so happy! As a future designer (seriously, she can put a design together better than me), she said it was everything she was dreaming about. Seeing Lilly’s reaction to her Modsy design was truly priceless.

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Lilly and Amie’s Design #1

How Modsy’s Designs Helped Amie and Lilly

Unlocking new ideas for an old space

From the day I started the process, it was super easy. I took all the measurements and photos required and about a week later I had my Modsy designs in my inbox.

“When my daughter got home from school, I showed her the design and she burst into tears.”

Lilly’s and my favorite part of the design was the placement of her bed. After we signed up, Modsy let us send in photos and dimensions and they made a custom model of her exact bed so we could see it in her new design. We’ve seriously tried it in every other spot, but never thought to place it where our Modsy designer did, and it’s really just perfect.

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daughter's bedroom

We also loved the cute rug they placed in the room. Her room has carpet, so I never thought to put a rug on top, but it pulls the whole space together and just makes it look so cozy.

“We’ve seriously tried her bed in every other spot, but never thought to place it where our Modsy designer did, and it’s really just perfect.”

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The Real Results

Getting the slumber party seal of approval

Now Lilly’s space looks amazing. It was so great to see ideas for her room that I would have never thought of on my own and feel confident in the purchases we were making.

Modsy really nailed exactly what both of us were looking for. Lilly can be hard to please, but she’s had 2 friends over for sleepovers already, and they have not left her room.

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