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Guest Room Essentials to Help You Prep For Summer Visitors In Style

guest room essentialsSummer is here and finally in full swing. We’ll be the first to admit that we’ve already made all our summer travel plans and blocked off all the weekends we’ll be hosting guests from out of town. Because we all know it’s the time of year when everyone is trying to squeeze in mini weekend trips here and there to see and hang out with friends in other cities, and vice versa.

And while we love a super charming Airbnb for our friends when they visit, we also love playing host and having friends stay over in our home. For one, it saves them from spending money on lodging; but we also love that it’s more intimate and gives us more time to kick back and catch up.

But we’ve also learned that to ensure your guests have a relaxing visit, you’ll need to prepare a guest room that’s comfortable and inviting. From making sure you have plenty of storage for clothes and a place to unpack, to adding greenery and small personal touches like books and a bedside carafe, having the right guest room essentials will make all the difference for your visiting friends.

Read on to get our hosting prep tips for setting up a guest room that will instantly make all your visitors feel right at home.

guest room essentialsFocus On Function First

A functional guest room is a comfortable one. That means start by making sure there’s a good flow and setup, where the bed is positioned away from the door and there’s enough room to walk around. Matching bedside tables with drawers will help frame your bed and establish a more composed look.

Add a bench at the foot of the bed to give your guests a place to unpack their luggage but also to pile on extra pillows when they go to bed at night. If you have room beyond the bed, a dresser can be just the piece that pulls together your space with a more thoughtful, designed look. All in all, focus on making sure you have the essential furniture pieces first, as they will be the key to a bedroom that is cozy and welcoming versus just another spare room where hosting guests feels like an afterthought.

guest room essentialsCarve Out A Dressing Area

There’s something so simple yet lovely about a guest room that features a designated space for getting dressed, whether it’s a walk-in closet (a dream!) or just a corner that’s set up with a dresser and full-length mirror. This is an easy way to elevate the look and feel in a guest room and bring in a hugely welcoming vibe.

A bonus touch? Ready a laundry basket in the corner so that they can easily toss in dirty towels and bed sheets without the awkward hand-off when they leave your home!

guest room essentialsMake Room For Lounging

Our idea of a relaxing guest room is one that actually inspires lounging and kicking back. A cozy chair by the window or even just a reading armchair in a corner of the room will do the trick.

To play up a laid-back atmosphere, round out the space with a small side table that’s ready with books or a vase of fresh flowers, and make room for some vibrant greenery. You want to build out a mini seating area that feels like an oasis within the guest room, so take the time to select pieces that have comfy cushioning and soft, inviting textures, like woven accents and polished stone and wooden finishes.

guest room essentialsCozy Up Your Bed

At the end of the day, it all comes down to a well-made and comfy bed for your guests. So pile on the best pillows and shams and layer in homey touches like cool art above the bed and a pretty bedside lamp. These thoughtful details are what separate a stylish guest room from a cookie-cutter hotel space completely void of character.

Our favorite hostess touches? A water carafe and glass set for the bedside and a pamper basket that’s ready with towels, bathrobes, slippers, and toiletries like nice soaps and toothpaste. It’s just the personal touch that’s sure to instantly put your guests at ease.

 

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How To Find The Best Wall Mirror For You

best mirrorsThere’s more to a stylish wall mirror than pure functionality. Beyond reflecting your beautiful face and giving rooms the appearing more spacious, we like to think of wall mirrors as sculptural art and showpieces. They make captivating focal points above a console in the entry; they can add depth and dimension on the wall behind a sofa or a bed; or they can serve as sparkling accents that lend a touch of shine to empty walls. All to say, a well-placed wall mirror can instantly transform a room, offering both chic style and a new perspective.

But when it comes to choosing a mirror that’s suited to your style and space, the endless options can feel overwhelming. Should you go with a chunky octagonal wood frame or a large and minimal round mirror instead? Does a rattan or sisal frame feel too beachy in an apartment? Don’t worry, we’re right there with you.

To simplify your search, we’ve rounded up our top ten picks for the best mirrors in the market now. Read on to see how you can bring them into your home and make them work for your style and needs.

best mirrorsIf you’re after simple and sophisticated style…

You can’t go wrong with a classic gold-rimmed round mirror. It’s our idea of a timeless and always-chic mirror design.

It’s a great addition to vignettes since it pairs beautifully alongside graphic artwork, modern ceramics, and other polished accents. It can also play up the warmth and gorgeousness of darker wood tones, so if you go this route, try to group it with console tables and cabinets in rich woods.

When it comes to styling, we love both hanging or leaning one against the wall on top of a console in a living space. Just make sure to keep other gold and metallic touches to a minimal to avoid too much glimmer and shine.

Our Pick (For Leaning): Eye Gold Mirror

Our Pick (For Hanging): Circular Mirror Gold-Amber

best mirrorsIf you love the modern rustic look…

A large mirror with a thick weathered driftwood frame will lend your spaces that rustic look with a coastal bent. For added visual appeal, consider a classic wood mirror in bold geometric shape, which has classic streamlined style with an edge.

Not to mention, the beauty of wood-framed mirrors is that they can work with either contemporary furnishings or more relaxed designs. So you can pair one with a super-sleek cabinet or a weathered wood console, and it will look just as stylish. With oversize mirrors, we also like using them to add impact in an entry or above a sofa to really drive the focus in a room.

Our Pick: Granby Wall Mirror

best mirrorsIf you like laid-back designs…

Opt for mirrors made with natural materials, such as sisal, rattan, and rope. These designs are especially great in rustic and beachy spaces, and you’ll want to go big with both size and texture to emphasize a cool, relaxed look.

But they can also work wonderfully in more clean-lined spaces, adding major visual texture and making a statement on a large empty wall. We also love the idea of mixing it with a raw wood console or a simple bench with woven seating to draw focus to all the rustic textures.

Our Pick: Kuna Wall Mirror

best mirrorsIf you prefer a little formality…

A bold geometric-shaped mirror in a wood frame offers just the right industrial note. This type of mirror, such as square-and-circular cutout style, works best as part of a living room console vignette. They have a way of giving a sense of structure and symmetry to a stylish display, so if you’re after a more polished look, this approach is your best bet. Just be sure that the console table or cabinet also has bold geometric elements that reiterate the mirror’s shapes so that the overall look feels cohesive and considered.

Our Pick: Sadie Wall Mirror

best mirrorsIf you’re looking for versatility…

We can’t sing the praises of this classic Modsy pick enough. This mirror has been our favorite since we first launched and it remains one of our most popular pieces with our customers!

Why it’s an all-time favorite comes down to its super versatile design. The simple round metal frame and slightly beveled detail give this mirror universal chic appeal, allowing it to work in a range of spaces in all styles, from rustic to minimal to eclectic. It also mixes nicely with all kinds of decor, be it with a pair of glam table lamps or an assemblage of smooth white ceramics. If you’re looking for a design that has good looks and flexible style, look no further than Quinn.

Our Pick: Quinn Mirror

best mirrorsIf you want an elegant statement piece…

A more sculptural design will likely deliver the impact and allure you’re after. Think a teardrop shape or unusual geometric pieces that lean more eclectic and glam in style.

The benefit of a uniquely shaped mirror is that it can add intrigue and lots of character to otherwise functional vignettes and corners. Anchor it with more rectilinear pieces to draw focus to the mirror’s distinct shape. Our favorite way to decorate with these mirrors is to hang one over a simply styled cabinet or a pretty and practical bar cart as a way to bring a little sparkle to entertaining spaces.

Our Pick: Arlington Mirror

best mirrorsIf you’re a minimalist…

We love the look of a super contemporary and very large round mirror for you. This is the kind of mirror that truly stands in as an art piece and it also complements midcentury pieces perfectly given its simple silhouette.

It’s a great way to add drama and create a striking focal point in a space while keeping the overall vibe minimal. To really bring this look to life, bring in neutral tones in addition to mid-century designs, which will help to elevate the look.

Our Pick: Eltham Wall Mirror

best mirrorsIf you like an eclectic vibe…

Try going for a smaller mirror that’s a little unexpected, as in one made with rattan or just a piece that has an unusual frame pattern or shape. Think of it as you would an art piece that you would add to a gallery wall.

For instance, we love this mirror frame that’s designed to like seaweed or coral, which brings in surprising visual texture and lends a touch of eclectic beachy elegance to a space. Remember that a mirror with a fascinating shape or frame always works great as part of a display or a mix of artwork, so if you see a small mirror with a wild frame that you love, go ahead and get it because you’ll always be able to find a place to hang it.

Our Pick: Portola Mirror

best mirrorsIf you’re into a little glamour…

Lean into designs with an Art Deco aesthetic. This trio of squares captures the look perfectly but one large mirror with a similar geometric frame can bring the same glam impact to your spaces.

If you decide to go with multiples, try hanging the mirrors horizontally or vertically in a row to create a cohesive, eye-catching look. A tip for decorating with multiple mirrors? The frames don’t need to match, just make sure the metallic finish does. For instance, mirrors with silver frames and detailing are glamorous by default, so if you line up options in different shapes that all have silver frames, you’ll still get the same chic, polished look. Round out silver mirrors with equally luxe accents, such a Lucite lamps and beautiful leather trays.

Our Pick: Gillis Wall Mirror

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How To Find The Best Console Table For You

best console tablesPart display table, part showpiece, part storage unit, we like to think of console tables as the ultimate workhorse. What makes them especially awesome functional pieces is that they can go virtually anywhere—the entry, along a hallway, lining a wall in the living room, behind a sofa, in a corner in the bedroom… you get the idea.

On top of all that, console tables also come in myriad styles so you’re bound to find one that works for and fits inside your home. Slender two-tiered designs can be perfect if you’re pressed for space, while a console with a gold base adds instant glamour. Or, if you just need something that has tons of storage, there’s no shortage of options there either.

All to say, there’s every reason to bring a console into your home. But to help simplify things, we’ve rounded up our top ten picks for the best console tables on the market. Read on to see how you can add them into your home based on your style and needs.

best console tablesIf you appreciate a bright modern look…

Consider a midcentury-style piece made with a sculptural base and natural materials. Details like honed stone or concrete surfaces and thinly carved wood bases will emphasize the craftsmanship of the overall clean-lined design. An open wood base is also great in small spaces since it appears more minimal and groups nicely with other simple decor.

Our Pick: Ragna Modern Console

best console tablesIf you want to add instant chic style…

A classically designed console made with luxe exotic materials is the way to go. Think surfaces made with faux shagreen (aka faux stingray skin, like this one) faux python, or even leather, which instantly plays up an elevated look and feel.

Try also to opt for a console with bold base details to match, such as a chic X-frame or intricate cutouts, for added visual impact. Just be sure you pair it with other accents made with luxe materials for balanced appeal.

Our Pick: Strand Shagreen Console

best console tablesIf you’re inspired by vintage style…

Look to smaller pieces with intricate carved designs and weathered wood finishes that give off a global vibe as if it was found in a local vintage shop.

With a console that’s all about global appeal, we love the idea of a smaller piece that’s a cross between a console and cupboard with drawers and layered storage options. It not only has a smaller footprint, but this type of console is super versatile. You can use it as a bar cabinet, storage for games, or as a catchall for small items in an entry!

Our Pick: Egypt Console

best console tablesIf you like designs with a bit of edge…

A strong and sleek option with a slim open frame might just be one of the best console tables for you. What does that mean? Look for a piece that’s made with hefty materials, like a marble top paired with a sleek steel base.

This combination of industrial elements and minimalist design results in a console that has both a structured look and glam appeal. All in all, it’s a super versatile and stylish piece that plays well with other edgy designs.

Our Pick: Solana Console Table

best console tablesIf you’re all for the rustic vibe…

Nothing conjures up the rustic farmhouse vibes like a traditional rustic wood console. It’s a staple in modern farmhouse spaces with its weathered look, which can easily be styled up or down. Go for one with an open bottom shelf that lets you stash shoes, baskets, and blankets if you want a console that plays up the rustic elegant look.

Our Pick: Hitchcock Console

best console tablesIf you want something simple and sophisticated…

You can’t go wrong with a marble-top console that has a bold base. It’s a timeless design pairing that always looks polished. Carved bamboo elements are another special detail of this console variety. A traditional Chinoiserie decorative touch, it adds a glam, tropical touch that doesn’t detract from the table’s delicate appeal.

Given that this console design works in any range of settings (foyer, hallway, bedroom, inside a closet, as a vanity) and with any decor (woven pouf, classic armchair, modern table lamp), we love doubling them up to flank a fireplace or side-by-side to create one seamless display surface.

Our Pick: Spike Console

best console tablesIf you’re into bold contemporary designs…

Take the route of going with an eye-catching modern sideboard that can double as a console display for cool graphic art above. One with a super-mod facade, like this version with carved wood doors, stands in as a large art piece that also doubles as functional storage for everything from barware to dishes and table linens and beyond.

But the best part about a statement storage piece over a table is that you’ll be able to create a striking focal point that’s an easy conversation starter. For even more storage, choose a sideboard with a raised open base which lets you sneak baskets underneath and also keeps the piece from feeling heavy in a room.

Our Pick: Zurich Console

best console tablesIf you love a little luxe and glamour…

Go for something in the same vein as a marble-top and gold frame console. But choose one with an open base that allows you to stow away stools and ottomans underneath, which provides you with an instantly luxe vignette and showcase, no matter where you decide to set up this arrangement.

The rectilinear and airy design of this console also means it’s the most versatile option in our mix as it can come in various base colors and finishes that allows it to work in multiple rooms and settings.

Our Pick: Carrera Console

best console tablesIf you’re obsessed with minimal style…

A perfectly slim and modern tiered console will likely check all the design boxes for you. The slender profile of this type of console blends in with your decor and doesn’t overwhelm spaces.

Consider an industrial three-tier console with open storage. While it might not be great at hiding clutter, use that to your advantage by turning it into a showcase for favorite objects and accents or even use it as a plant stand in your living space to create a vibrant corner.

Our Pick: Elodie Console

best console tablesIf you’re after stylish storage…

We’re big fans of a modern-rustic console cabinet that combines streamlined style with a weathered-wood look. For example, this three-drawer storage shelf unit that’s perfect in an entryway. Seriously, think about all the takeout menus, sunglasses, and other trinkets that end up in the most random places. This is a one-stop storage solution for all of that!

These designs generally have a versatile look, so they’re make awesome anchor pieces for either classic decor or eclectic art. If your style veers traditional, try topping it with gourd lamps or a painting. For a more modern take, hang a monochrome photograph and top it with smooth, white ceramics.

Our Pick: Gerald Reclaimed Pine Console

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Dream Home Tour: A Vibrant Take on Modern Desert Style

desert minimalA bit boho. A little modern. Even a touch rustic. There’s a cool new style that’s catching our eye in a big way and we’re calling it Desert Minimal. You may have caught glimpses of it in some of our recent summer designs, with its mix of warm desert tones, comfy clean-lined furnishings, and organic and natural accents. It’s the perfect blend of easy and eclectic that gives spaces a curated look as well as calming appeal.

Of course, we’ll be the first to admit that bringing together various design styles and all the right pieces can be tricky. What do you pair with organic-shaped side tables? Is there a good neutral color to bring in amid a sea of white and wood tones? How do you work in pops of patterns? We totally get it. So to help guide you along, our design team dreamed up this charming bungalow that showcases the desert minimal style and how it can all come together in a harmonious way.

Dive in and get our style tips as we break down the big and small design elements—from grouping organic shapes with sleeker furnishings to working in varying earthy hues throughout—for bringing the layered look home.

desert minimalMix In Organic Shapes

This is the foundation of the desert minimal look, so start here. You’ll want to nail down furnishings you love that have organic silhouettes, such as coffee and side tables with curvy bases, a cowhide rug, or a natural-leather sling chair.

Then, to balance the look, you’ll want to offset them with more modern pieces, like poufs, ottomans and sofas with soft rounded edges. Think of this approach to grouping furnishings as a warm and cool balance—for every organic element, like a leather butterfly chair, you’ll want to even it out with a clean-lined piece, like a mid-century inspired sofa.

The one exception? Lighting. You can go organic or modern here—think a textural fixture, like a fabric or rattan chandelier or try an ultra-modern armed pendant. The only requirement is that it should make a statement.

desert minimalThink Warm Neutrals

It’s not desert minimal if there isn’t a mix of earthy colors and natural tones. The key with this palette, however, is to keep to mostly warm neutrals—think nude and terracotta, mustard yellow and dusty pinks. These hues will immediately bring to mind the arid landscapes of the American southwest and sunsets on the horizon, giving the home a rustic vibe that still comes off as collected and chic.

Another great thing about this palette is that because there is such a rich layering of pretty earth tones, you can keep your walls relatively minimal with little to no styling or graphic art with white backdrops that recede into the background. They’ll actually stand out more on their neutral canvas.

desert minimalLet Natural Materials Shine

Choosing a few favorite designs made with natural materials is a great place to start with the desert minimal style. Since you want to keep the overall furniture look pretty minimal, pick pieces that really speak to you. The best part is that furnishings made with natural materials—think leather, cowhide, linens, raw wood, rattan, stone, and bone elements—will seamlessly play up the warm neutral palette in your space.

Even try mixing varying leather and wood tones, which is a stylish way to add bold visual texture throughout the space.

desert minimalGet Smart With Geometrics

Once you have your foundational pieces, layer in art and objects to bring the look to life. We love geometric patterns for the desert minimal style.

Don’t be afraid to add pattern to even your furniture, like this inlaid console. Just be sure to carry this design element through to your art and accents with graphic prints and decorative objects that have strong shapes.

The idea is to bring these bold pops of patterns, even tribal elements, into your space through smaller geometric details that add visual texture without compromising on the overall airy, minimal look.

desert minimalKeep it Light and Clean-Lined

What sets desert minimal apart from other spaces that feature a modern mix, is that this look is all about clean-lined furnishings that have a lighter, airier appeal. Think of it as mid-century meets relaxed, minimal design. Aim for pieces that have curvy silhouettes that play well with organic designs and light woods that pair easily with all the natural materials.

The key is to find streamlined pieces that have natural textures and shapes, like this dining room credenza with pretty wood graining and the dining table with a rounded top and legs. They help to balance out the organic pieces and smaller patterned accents, such as art, pillows, and decorative objects.

desert minimal trendMake For Minimal

Because there’s such a richness in the materials and shapes in the desert minimal look, keep styling to a minimum. Unlike boho or eclectic styles, desert minimal is all about artfully arranged surfaces that put emphasis on a few unique designs, such as hand-crafted artisanal pottery, a beautiful inlaid tray, or a lamp base with subtle detailing that comes off as bold texture.

Don’t feel the need to fill out your console surfaces and bookshelves; instead lean into a leaner, sparser look with meaningful pieces.

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Here’s How To Style Your Space Like the Homes from Big Little Lies

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The Big Little Lies season two premiere is almost here (June 9th) and we are dying to know what’s happened to the five mothers of Monterey.

If you watched the first season then you’ll remember just how gorgeous the women’s seaside homes were. The juxtaposition between their sparkling immaculate interiors and the unkempt, secret-ridden relationships that lived within those walls drew us in week over week.

We couldn’t wait to reimagine some of our favorite homes from the show in a slightly more attainable way. And with Game of Thrones over and out, we can now focus all of our energy Sunday evenings to the dramatic lives of Celeste, Renatta, Madeline, Bonnie and Jane.

Keep scrolling to see how Celeste, Renatta, Madeline, Bonnie might decorate their homes today.

big little lies homes Celeste

Eclectic Minimalism with a Coastal vibe – the inspiration for this home pays homage to both Celeste’s character traits and her seaside abode. On the surface, this space appears warm and inviting, but elements of austerity and control lie underneath.

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To achieve this look, start with a coastal blue paint palette. Mix in organic materials such as light wood tones to warm up the “coolness” and keep things inviting. Be selective in your pieces and look for neutral-colored furniture with clean and simple lines.

 

big little lies homesMadeline

Family friendly and sophisticatedly coastal, Madeline lives right on the beach. We wanted to bring that to life through the design of her living room. Just like the set, her bedroom design is more dramatic with glam elements.

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big little lies homesFor those who identify with Madeline’s style, look for comfortable base furniture such as slip-covered sofas, club chairs, and upholstered beds. Then layer in the coastal elements such as printed blues, beach wall art, and collected vases for different textures and hues of blue.

For a dramatic bedroom layer velvet textures, mix in metals, and add a feminine twist to the space by using glass furniture pieces such as side tables and accent decor.

 

big little lies homesRenata

Extreme minimalism with a chic touch, Renatta’s home is a contemporary minimal structure, and we think her furniture choices would mirror that style. Each piece chosen for the space is a work of art. Her style is basically a carefully curated collection that exudes wealth and style (she has to keep up appearances!).

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big little lies homesLove this style? Stark white walls or cool hues make the perfect backdrop for some serious statement pieces! Look for pieces that have an overall minimal style with an artistic and interesting form and shape. Be very selective and only incorporate pieces that are beautiful statements of your style.

 

big little lies homesBonnie

Eclectic to the max, Bonnie’s spiritual side and connection to nature set the tone for her bohemian bungalow. We were inspired to create a space where Bonnie could retreat and recharge after stressful events. Our goal was to make sure the space felt open and airy, which is key for Bonnie who practices yoga and meditation on the regular.

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big little lies homesTo achieve this look at home, collect pieces that while you travel or check your local flea market. Layering rugs and mixing wood finishes creates a relaxed, curated feel.

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Simple Home Office Ideas For A Productive Work Space

Modern home office ideasEven if you don’t work from home, having a dedicated office area is a great way to bring a little function and inspiration into your space. You can use it as a place to check email, sort through snail mail, or even turn it into a creative workstation. In short, you can create an office space in your home that’s both practical and pretty.

But with so many options for furniture out there, designing a home office can quickly become more work that it’s worth. Do you go with a classic desk chair with casters or one that has a more clean-lined mid-century-inspired look? Should you opt for an open bookshelf or is a cabinet with doors better?

To help you get started, we’ve done the legwork and rounded up some clever home office ideas. Get ready to create a chic and productive space that inspires you to do your best work. Read on for our tips and find out how you can bring each of the looks home!

Rustic home office ideasWork In Comfort

A little rustic and a lot warm and cozy – this office space is all about comfy elements and natural textures. The wood desk and oversized traditional rug sets a warm foundation, while a leather bench, steamer trunk, and nailhead-trimmed wing chair add a layer of vintage elegance.

Consider this approach if you want a slightly more grown-up look with elevated touches that don’t feel stuffy. Case in point: The woven desk chair that’s been modernized with casters for easy movement.

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If you work from home full-time, this look has both function and comfort. Start with a hefty wooden desk (even better if it has built-in storage) to anchor the space. Then, add in the other cozy and rustic pieces as you go!

Boho home office ideasMake It Mid-Century

The great thing about a mid-century-style desk is that it provides a touch of rustic beauty as well as sleek style. It has just enough functional storage that doesn’t overwhelm a room, and it has an open base that keeps things looking and feeling airy.

You’ll want to look for other furnishings that have a similar light, open aesthetic, like the slim-framed desk chair, the open-base bench, and simple bookshelf.

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If you only work from home once in awhile, this streamlined and functional approach is right up your alley. Add in art and accents in a desert palette to warm up the mid-century lines.

Modern home office ideasBring In Chic Style

If you love mid-century style but prefer a more minimal vibe with a little polish, this is the look for you.

Keep to light, natural woods (peek our desk, shelving, and chair legs) and brass and gold accents (note the side table, wastebasket, and art frames). Think of it as Mad Men style but not too over-the-top.

To open your space even more, pull in a floor-to-ceiling mirror as a way to reflect light and make the room feel larger than it looks.

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If you have a spare or guest room, consider working this setup into your room as a makeshift office. Just as you would accent a guest room, hang a few colorful large artworks to add a sophisticated note.

Mid-century home office ideasStay Minimal

We like to think of this super modern, slightly eclectic office as the perfect inspiration for anyone who needs to do focused creative work at home.

With minimal styling and a sparse selection of bold modern pieces—the wire nest chair, the geometric rug, the modular shelf—this office space is the perfect don’t-bother-me work zone with a cool edge.

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If you live in a small space, this hyper-focused office design could be just the perfect fit given its simple mix of furnishings that take up minimal footprint. If you want the space to appear curated without feeling cold, take the time to choose smaller, sculptural accents, such as an eye-catching table lamp or vase.

coastal home office ideasKeep It Classic

For a traditional office that’s elegant and luxurious stick to timeless pieces. Some great examples include this beveled wooden desk, a classic nailhead-trimmed chair and ottoman, and a tall wooden cabinet that doubles as a display case.

Take note of the color palette for your furnishings—beige and wood tones will play up this look seamlessly.

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If you’re looking to reimagine a spare room into a functional space, this office design can be an elegant solution. A substantial Lucite floor lamp and an oversize raffia-wrapped mirror can round out this collected, neutral look.

industrial home office ideasGo For Graphic

Like all the popular open offices and co-working spaces, this design is bold and cool and has industrial appeal. We can picture this layout in a college dorm room or a creative’s work corner at home.

The high-contrast notes of black, white, slate, and brown hues, provide the perfect backdrop for design-driven lighting and art that complement the sleek metal-and-wood desk.

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If you’re looking for a happy medium between mid-century and minimal, this office has just that. It has industrial elements that play into the streamlined cool of mid-century along with the leather chair and graphic art that keep it from feeling too spare. Layer in lots of plants, which can provide a nice organic burst of color in an otherwise neutral space.

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Rustic Decor Inspiration For Perfectly Relaxed Rooms

rustic decorIf you love rustic interiors, you probably have a pretty good idea what it is about the look that catches your eye. Maybe it’s a spare white room with all the right vintage pieces. Or maybe it’s a cozy living space full of relaxed seating and beautiful woven accents.

But designing a rustic room isn’t always so straightforward. It’s a style that can go in many different directions depending on what you like. You can go for a modern farmhouse look and mix slipcovered sofas with raw wood and metal. Or you can layer graphic art alongside textured accents to play up a warm, rustic vibe.

Being one of our most popular Modsy looks, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite rustic interiors to get you inspired. Take a look and pick up a few tips for bringing the look to life in your own home along the way.

rustic decorIf you enjoy a relaxed home…

Consider a mix of rustic and traditional furnishings that play up an open and inviting atmosphere. Combining your living and dining areas is a good place to start. It’s a great layout that eases up the flow in a room.

Try bringing in a slipcovered sofa, comfy classic seating, and raw wood pieces to give your space a laid-back vibe. Then anchor it all with a faded neutral rug that’s in keeping with the airy atmosphere.

rustic decorIf you’re after a calming ambience…

Keep to a few rustic and vintage pieces, like a raw-wood bench, a woven-door cabinet, and an antiqued-wood mirror. Mixing furnishings with different wood finishes provides a rustic look that’s easy on the eyes and doesn’t feel overwhelming.

If you want these pieces to stand out a bit more, paint your walls a gray or charcoal tone for contrast. Adding neutral accents, like linen pillows and monochrome art, will help complete the warm, soothing look.  

rustic decorIf you like a touch of modern…

You’re likely a fan of the rustic-boho, California-style interiors that are constantly showing up on Pinterest. And we understand why. These spaces have that blend of contemporary design, natural materials, and gorgeous rustic accents that make them look and feel cooly curated.

To channel this rustic approach in your home, seek out modern artisanal pieces that are crafted with natural materials, like leather-woven chairs, rattan pendants, and a rough-hewn carved wood table.

rustic decorIf you dig the farmhouse vibe…

You’ll want to strike that perfect blend of relaxed elegance with furnishings that are comfortable yet sophisticated. Slipcovered sofas have the advantage of being incredibly versatile so they’re great foundations for layering in more polished designs, like traditional wood side tables and classic table lamps.

It’s not quite rustic farmhouse without an industrial chandelier, so make it a point to find a metal or vintage one to round out your space. If you’re looking to emphasize a relaxed vibe in your room, try adding southwestern accents, like a patterned, colorful art, or even a textile wall hanging.

rustic decorIf you love a refined look…

It’s likely that your style leans more rustic-sophisticate, meaning you appreciate the look of classic designs with weathered finishes that have a vintage element to them.

If so, consider antiques in light, unfinished woods, such as a settee with an untreated wood frame, a classic pedestal table, or a statement mirror. They have a way of infusing spaces with a sense of refined ease and French Country polish. Round it all out with some greenery – you can always count on plants to brighten up a somewhat formal space.

rustic decorIf you’re all about vintage…

Take a bolder approach to the rustic look. Place the focus on statement vintage-style pieces, like the sideboard in this dining room. The wood finish gives it an Old-World European appeal that lets your easily mix in other pieces. Think a stately chandelier, a pedestal dining table, and Windsor chairs.

The challenge is to make sure your statement pieces don’t overwhelm the space. So be sure to introduce a bit of levity with strong modern accents, like a graphic print and a large round mirror.

rustic decorIf you also want it to look cool…

Focus your designs around an earth-tone palette, natural materials, and accents that have an eclectic-boho feel. This is a subtler approach to rustic style, but it can have big impact especially if you’re working with a small space or home.

Keep colors to sandy hues, terracotta, and rust tones, then layer in lots of woven pieces, be they lighting or baskets, and let those rustic details shine.

rustic decorIf you’re big on comfort…

Opt for a family-friendly mix of rustic, contemporary, and traditional pieces. We like to think of this rustic approach as livable curation, meaning the pieces are chic but also practical for everyday living.

For every stylish piece in your room, pair it with a functional accent. Like this clean-lined sofa with a storage coffee table, the comfy woven armchair with a metallic side table, and the bold credenza flanked by roomy bookcases. It’s the perfect balance of style and function with comfort leading the way.

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Modern decor ideas

Our Favorite Modern Rooms of The Month

Modern decor ideasWe’ve seen our fair share of modern designs here at Modsy, and it’s easy to see why it’s so popular with our customers. Our modern spaces often have clean lines, neutral tones, and graphic elements but are still incredibly comfortable. Or they can have a more mid-century feel to them, with cool chairs, streamlined wood pieces, and a minimal vibe.

And since there are so many ways to create a modern space that’s just right for you, we’ve rounded up our favorite designs of the month to help get you inspired. Read on for modern decor ideas you can easily incorporate into your own design.

Modern decor ideasEmbrace Clean Lines

If you like a modern room that has a more pristine look, keep to furnishings that have clean lines – think a smooth round coffee table, a rectangular sofa, an angular bookshelf, or a striped rug. It’s all about creating a space that doesn’t feel cluttered or jam-packed with little accents here and there.

A good place to start? Focus on choosing pieces that have strong streamlined silhouettes and simple shapes.

Modern decor ideasMake It Mid-Century

For those of you who love the look of mid-century-inspired designs (who doesn’t, right?), try bringing in a few statement pieces that pay homage to the look, like a wishbone-style chair and a long sideboard. Because these designs have such a distinct look to them, a few key pieces are all you need.

Another bonus with this approach? The designs already have a clean-lined look that lets you easily layer on cooler accent pieces. AKA the large round mirror and graphic art in this corner vignette.

Modern decor ideasMix Warm and Cool Elements

A modern room doesn’t always mean minimal. And part of what gives modern spaces a more well-rounded, collected feel is by mixing warm and cool furnishings.

Contrast a streamlined wood table and leather chairs with accents that have a graphic note, like a bold print and an abstract rug in the same color palette or a unique pendant light.

The idea is to bring in equally distinctive pieces that ultimately balance out the overall look.

Read This Next: Designer Picks – 5 Rugs We’re Loving Right Now

Modern decor ideasThink Abstract Accents

Layering in bold abstract art and accents is one of our favorite ways to modernize a room. It’s the easiest way to switch up the look in your space, even if it doesn’t have modern furnishings.

The trick is to group graphic accents in clusters, like how the black-and-white print is mixed in with a geometric painting and a cool floor lamp in this corner. To add create even more of a modern impact, try bringing in a trendy abstract rug.

Modern decor ideasPlay Up Polished Materials

Sleek materials like tan leather and polished wood are naturally complimentary of each other, and they’re a great combination for achieving a bolder modern space.

Look for leather and wood furnishings that show a little texture – spotted textures, wood graining – which will add a touch of warmth and provide a depth to your spaces. Not to mention, these materials also work perfectly alongside sleeker, more modern designs.

Read This Next: Meet the May New Arrivals to the Modsy Catalog

Modern decor ideasStay Minimal

On the opposite end of the spectrum, if a super-sleek contemporary look is what you’re after, keep the decorating and styling to a minimum.

Choose a few key pieces that you want to spotlight and forgo the gallery wall and the tables piled with small accents. The mantra less is more fully applies here.

Modern decor ideasTake a Retro Approach

For a modern look that has a funky element to it, consider taking a retro approach.

You can combine contemporary and midcentury-style pieces with quirky accents that nod to ’80s designs, like a mushroom lamp, a spindle clock, and a cool pendant. The trick is to keep to retro accents that have truly distinctive silhouettes and designs rather than old-school furniture pieces, which can appear overwhelming.

Modern decor ideasGo For High-Contrast

One way to instantly give your space a modern look and feel is to play up a black-and-white palette. Monochrome photographs and artwork make for the perfect modern backdrop in rooms because they give you the freedom to mix in furnishings in a range of style and materials or simply more linear modern pieces.

Bonus that the palette also makes it easy to work in greenery for a vibrant touch.

Read This Next: 5 Reasons We Love Fake Plants

Modern decor ideasOpt For an Open Concept Design

Many of our favorite modern rooms are defined by their open concept layout that combines living and dining within one large space. It’s one key design factor that sets a modern space apart from more traditional rooms as it allows you to take a more contemporary approach to furniture arrangements.

Try starting with a neutral color palette of black and white. Create a seating area with streamlined sofas and chairs then extend that aesthetic into a dining area with similarly clean-lined pieces and versatile hues for a look that’s cohesive and sleek.

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Christmas Tree Ideas

Everything You Need to Know About Picking a Christmas Tree

Christmas tree types

The holidays are upon us, which means Christmas trees are making their way into homes all across the country. Believe it or not, Christmas trees have been a part of American holiday celebrations since the 1850s. And no surprise, tree-trimming has become one of the most anticipated holiday traditions in many households.

However, while real, chopped-down-by-hand Christmas trees are emblematic of the holidays, they’re not the only options nowadays. From Noble Firs to tinsel trees, you’ll find different Christmas tree types in all shapes and sizes. What kind of tree you prefer is up to you, but we’re here to help make it easier to decide.

Want to try your tree before you trim it? Start your project today and get expert design plans laid out in a 3D version of your exact room. It’s practically magic!

Get to know the five most common Christmas tree types and learn the pros and cons of each!

 

Live Christmas Trees

Christmas tree typesThe Fraser Tree

Live Fraser trees have become a classic American staple — they’re the most popular choice of the Christmas tree types for the holidays in the US! Similar to Douglas Firs, Frasers tend to be more slender and have blue-green needles with silvery undersides. This gives them an extra lush look and a nice glimmer when strung with lights.

Pros:

  • Great for Lots of Ornaments: Frasier trees have upturned and stiff branches that make them perfect for hanging ornaments by the handful.
  • Stays Fresh and Lush: The needles retain their color for a long time, so your tree will stay fresh through the end of the year. This makes Frasers perfect if you like keeping your tree for a while.
  • No-Shed Needles: Fraser trees don’t shed needles as quickly as other varieties, even if you forget to water them once or twice throughout the holiday season.
  • Beautifully Fragrant: These trees have a strong, fresh scent!
  • Fits Anywhere: They’re compact, so Frasers can tuck nicely into corners and also work in smaller spaces.

Cons:

  • High Price Tag: Fraser trees grow slower, which makes them a more expensive option.

 

Christmas tree typesThe Noble Fir

Slender, tall, and narrow, Noble Firs, with their signature a triangular shape, are a leaner variety of the Christmas tree types.

Just as lush in color as their Douglas and Fraser counterparts, Noble Firs also have deeper grey-green needles. Their branches grow horizontally in different bunches with larger amounts of space in between, which provides lots of room for ornaments to hang. They’re also lightly scented if you’re looking for just a touch of fragrance in the air.

Pros:

  • Sturdy Branches: Noble Firs are the tallest of the Christmas tree types and have the strongest branches. This makes them a good choice if you’re looking to hang large and heavy ornaments (think gingerbread houses, silver bells, mini angel figurines).
  • No-Shed Needles: Noble Firs don’t shed their needles hardly at all, meaning they’ll last longer than most other Christmas tree types.

Cons:

  • Skinny Looks: Noble Firs have a less full look than most other Christmas tree types. So if you’re looking for a more robust tree that’s decked out with lights, ribbons, and lots and lots of ornaments, this might not be the right option for you.

 

Christmas tree typesThe White Fir (or Concolor Fir)

Also known as the Colorado White Fir tree, this lush evergreen is native the mountains of the western United States. Its branches grow in a spiral shape and have long, lush needles, resulting in tree that’s dense from top to bottom!

Pros:

  • Full Foliage: If you’re looking for a tree that’s big, fluffy, and perfectly shaped, the White Fir is a great option.
  • A Sweet Citrusy Smell: Many people love White Firs because they have a unique citrus scent that ushers in the holiday spirit. But if you prefer the smell of fresh pine, maybe consider another of the Christmas tree types instead.

Cons:

  • Colors Fade: The needles on this tree variety don’t hold their color as well. While they start off as a bluish-green, they eventually fade to a duller green hue as the tree ages.
  • Medium-Weight Branches: Smaller ornaments are best on White Firs as the branches are only moderate in strength and won’t be able to hold heavy trinkets like other trees.

 

Artificial Christmas Trees

Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Tree IdeasThe Pre-Lit Tree

While fresh Christmas trees are lovey, they do require a good amount of work. Think hassling with the tree stand, watering daily, and dealing with a floor full of fallen needles.

Fake trees can save you from all that hassle, and they’re just as beautiful, like this pre-lit faux Frasier tree, which has glittering frost-speckled needles molded from natural cuttings.

Pros:

  • Easy to Maintain: Set up is a breeze! You assemble the different parts of the tree, plug it into the wall, and it’s ready to go.
  • Built-in Sparkle: The snow-dusted branches give this pre-lit fake tree a glimmering, wintry look that never fades. Even real trees can’t compete with that.
  • Zero Pickup: There are no fallen needles to clean-up. Simple as that.

Cons:

  • Less Personal: You can’t change the color of the lights that come with pre-lit trees and many people find they have to use specific ornaments to compliment the shape or style of the tree.
  • Not Fragrant at All: Needless to say, unlike real trees this fake version doesn’t give off that signature sweet, fresh-chopped Christmas tree scent.
  • Surprisingly Pricey: Many pre-lit trees come with a hefty price tag. But if you don’t plan on re-purchasing a real tree yearly, this could be a worthy investment.

 

Christmas tree typesThe Tinsel Tree

Christmas trees don’t come any sparklier than Silver Tinsel trees, which have a retro look that’s reminiscent of 1950s aluminum trees (Charlie Brown Christmas, anyone?). Because it’s all silver, light reflects beautifully from the branches and brings a cozy and magical ambience to any room.

Pros:

  • Choose Your Color: You’ll find tinsel trees in a range of color options, so you can be be sure this type of tree will bring a unique look to your space.
  • Minimal Decoration Required: Tinsel trees often look better with minimal decor, so it’s perfect if you prefer a simple tree with a low-maintenance look.

Cons:

  • Expensive Upfront Cost: These trees are built for convenience over quality (meaning they might not hold up as long as some other faux tree varieties). Nonetheless, tinsel trees can still sport a hefty price tag and can be more expensive than a regular living tree.
  • No “Real Tree” Resemblance: If you’re looking for a fake tree that still looks like a real one, then a tinsel tree is not for you.

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My Modsy Story: How I Designed My New Home Before Moving In

designing a new home Lauren wanted to design her family’s new home before they moved in. The only problem? She couldn’t be in the space to design it. See how finding Modsy on Instagram helped her take on designing a new home, virtually.

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Homeowner: Lauren T, Sales Manager

Location: Arlington, VA

Room: Open L-Shaped Entry, Living, and Dining Areas

Her Style: Refined Modern

LAUREN’S OPEN LIVING SPACE BEFORE

The Backstory

Designing a new home and wanting it furniture-ready by move-in

We’d just purchased a new family home, and I wanted to have a design plan before we moved in. I wanted us to be able to order furniture ahead of time so we could turn our new place into a bright and beautiful home right away.

 

The Design Dilemma

Not having access to their new home right away to make design decisions

We’d just purchased our new home but didn’t have access to it yet. Designing the space was a huge struggle as we couldn’t visualize how furniture would look. Not to mention we couldn’t keep going back in to measure and make sure everything would work (or fit!) the way we wanted. It was like we were designing a new home in the dark.

To top it all off, the new space isn’t very big so we needed it to feel open and bright. We wanted to tie the entry, living room, and dining area together while still making them feel like three distinct spaces.

The Modsy Moment

Scrolling for inspo on and finding a solution to her dilemma

I came across Modsy in an Instagram Ad and thought I should give it a try. It was very easy to get started.
designing a new homeLAUREN’S MODSY DESIGN #4

How Modsy’s Renderings Helped Lauren

Designing a new home before move-in day

In our first Modsy designs, the designers had come up with some interesting ideas we hadn’t thought of before. We ended up incorporating some of them into our final design.

The first design we got from Modsy gave us a lot direction for our project. We were able to incorporate some things that we already owned (like our sofa and dining table) to save money.

designing a new homeLAUREN’S MODSY DESIGN #1

We had planned to put a large hutch in our entryway, but the Modsy design gave us another idea.

The design plan inspired us to try a leather bench and hanging mirror with an open shelf on the adjacent wall. It made the entry seem more open and the furniture Modsy selected helped to tie the rooms together.

designing a new homeBIRD’S EYE VIEW OF LAUREN’S MODSY DESIGN

We created a few more Modsy designs (we had seven in total!) until we landed on one that was exactly what we wanted. Modsy’s renderings looked exactly like our space in real life. Seeing real furniture we could buy in our space made designing a new home so much easier.

Designing a new homeLAUREN’S MODSY DESIGN #6

So far, we’ve purchased the bench, mirror, and some accent decor from our first design. We swapped out a few other items in our final design that we’ve also purchased.

It was amazing to see how using smaller and slimmer furniture with glass and mirrors helped to open up and brighten the space.

Designing a new HomeLAUREN’S MODSY DESIGN #7

In the end, the final design was our favorite and most reflects what the room is looking like!

Throughout the process we told so many friends about it that are buying houses, and we even showed our realtor how we were redesigning the space! Seeing how our new home could look, before we even moved in, has made the whole process so much easier.

See Lauren’s favorite design in 360!

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

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

Homeowner: Annika C, Recruiter

Location: Northern California

Room: A spacious central living room with unique features

Her Style: Modern Rustic

The Backstory

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

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

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

Online Home Design

Online Home Design

ANNIKA’S LIVING ROOM BEFORE

The Design Dilemma

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

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

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

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

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online home design

ANNIKA’S LIVING ROOM BEFORE

The Modsy Moment

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

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

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

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

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online home design

BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF ANNIKA’S MODSY DESIGNS

How Modsy’s Renderings Helped Annika

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

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

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

online home designANNIKA’S MODSY DESIGN #1

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

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

online home designANNIKA’S MODSY DESIGN #2

Designing Around Unique Features

Finding solutions for her home’s unique features.

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

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

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

online home designANNIKA’S MODSY DESIGN #1

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

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

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

See Annika’s favorite design in 360!

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My Modsy Story: I Have a Vision, But Will It Work In Real Life?

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Hillary wasn’t sure how her design vision would look in real life – her husband wasn’t convinced either. See how they avoided huge fights with some help from Modsy.

Homeowner: Hillary S, Finance Professional

Location: Pennsylvania

Room: Huge Open Kitchen-Dining-Living Space

Her Style: Refined Industrial

The Backstory

Starting with a blank slate in a brand new home

I recently made the move with my family from Jersey City to a new house in Pennsylvania. Our new home was under construction, but I wanted to start planning for the space early. Ultimately, I wanted to feel clear and excited about the look of my space before I spent a dollar on furniture.

Design Vision - Modsy customer story

Design Vision - Modsy customer story

The Design Dilemma

She had a design vision, but what if it didn’t work in real life?

My biggest challenge was not knowing if my furniture combos would look as good in real life as they did in head. I find it challenging to stick to one style, so often they did not. More importantly, my husband is not the best visualizer so I struggle to explain my vision to him.

Design Vision - Modsy customer story

Design Vision - Modsy customer story

The Modsy Moment

Feeling skeptical, but deciding to take a chance

I first saw Modsy in a Facebook ad. I’m able to visualize pretty well, so I was not sure if Modsy would help me. I decided to give it a try and it was pretty easy to get started.

Design Vision - Modsy customer storyHILLARY’S MODSY DESIGN #2

How Her Modsy Designs Helped Hillary

Realizing her vision and knowing what works—for both her and her husband

The renderings were breathtaking for me; I loved both designs that Modsy came up with. It was like I was a contestant on an HGTV show seeing my new place for the first time and it was beautiful! Seeing the furniture in my space made a huge difference – especially since my home was under construction

[When I saw my Modsy designs] it was like I was a contestant on an HGTV show seeing my new place for the first time and it was beautiful!

Design Vision - Modsy customer story

Design Vision - Modsy customer story

BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF HILLARY’S MODSY DESIGNS

Modsy also helped me show my husband my ideas. Instead of exploding into huge fights I can show him my vision. Modsy was so helpful for improving our communication.

I was also in search of a particular feeling – comfortable yet edgy, interesting but functional. And Modsy nailed it!

Design Vision - Modsy customer storyHILLARY’S MODSY DESIGN #2

I loved elements in both of my Modsy designs and did some editing when I found things I wanted to try.

Design #2 expanded my thinking about what would work in the space and had more of the vibe I’d imagined. The round dining table was beautiful and unexpected. And the leather couch – so cool!

Instead of exploding into huge fights I can show him my vision. Modsy was so helpful for improving our communication.

Design Vision - Modsy customer storyHILLARY’S MODSY DESIGN #1

Design #1 was closest to what I had in mind from the beginning – very comfortable and very functional. The way Modsy arranged the sectional in this first design showed me I could use the room as one big gathering space rather than two separate areas. I also loved the wine rack and the placement of the TV.

With Design #1 I was able to see how the furniture in my mind would actually look in my space. I realized some of the pieces I was eyeing were actually quite large, so I found alternatives that better fit the space.

Design Vision - Modsy customer storyHILLARY’S MODSY DESIGN #1

The decorations in both designs gave me some great new ideas. I combined ideas from the designs I created with some from my original Modsy designs.

The best part for me was being able to play around and try things. I saw how all these pieces would look in my home without having to buy (and likely return) a single thing. My husband also appreciated this. We’ve bought some furniture and there are a few pieces I’m eyeing but haven’t pulled the trigger on yet.

See Hillary’s favorite design in 360!

 

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My Modsy Story: Our Living Room Had 3 Major Problems – And We Solved Them All!

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This newlywed couple didn’t know where to begin with their awkward living room. Here’s how they found a plan they could both agree on.

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Homeowner: Ashley S, Computer Technician

Location: Waco, TX

Room: Awkward Living Room

Her Style: Modern Rustic

The Backstory

When a couple’s new awkward living room just didn’t work for either of them

My husband and I had just moved from Houston into our new home in Waco, Texas. He is a native Texan, and I’m from Miami – two very different places that sort of reflect our two very distinct styles! And while we both agree that we like a rustic style, my version of rustic is a bit less traditional. I tend to be drawn towards more clean lines and symmetry than you might typically associate with a “rustic” style.

When we moved in, I had every intention of repainting the grey walls in the living room (which I was not looking forward to!) only to find out my husband loved the color. To me, the dark grey paired with the espresso floors made the room feel heavy. In an effort to compromise, I began searching for ways to brighten and warm up the space, while keeping the original wall color.

When it came to the layout for our space, we both agreed that we wanted a natural flow from the front door into the living area, and onto the adjoining rooms. I did not want to block the fireplace in our living room, but we have a return grate for our A/C on the opposite wall that would have to work very hard if it was covered.

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Ashley’s Living Room Before

The Design Dilemma

Limited layout options, a wall color she wasn’t sold on, and furniture they couldn’t agree on

We felt extremely limited in how we could set up our new living room. We tried couches on opposite walls but the front door has a large glass window that lets people see right in… But placing a couch on a perpendicular wall meant covering the A/C return or blocking the fireplace, which I wanted to keep as a focal point.

To make our layout struggles more complex, none of the walls in the room are the same length and they each have various attributes that make designing difficult (like French doors to the back yard or a small recessed area). It was just a huge challenge trying to figure out how to arrange our furniture.

“It was just a huge challenge trying to figure out how to arrange our furniture.”

My husband and I had run out of ideas on how to arrange our living room, and I was skeptical about all that grey… But, since he liked the color I really wanted to keep it. I just could not imagine how to incorporate it into a design that worked for both of us.

Ultimately we wanted a space that reflected both of our styles. And I wanted a design that would make me fall in love with our grey walls.

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modsy customer review

Ashley’s Living Room Before

The Modsy Moment

Finding inspiration (and a solution) from a favorite blogger

I first heard about Modsy through Kate Bryan of The Small Things blog. She was having a hard time designing an awkwardly shaped office and that was exactly how I felt about my living room.

We got started with Modsy almost immediately. It was so simple to use – I did most of it on my phone.

Since our living room has a bit of an odd shape, I actually ignored the recessed corner next to the fireplace when measuring the room. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Modsy had factored in that space into my designs anyway!

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How Modsy’s Renderings Helped Ashley:

Solving all three challenges in one design plan

Being a computer technician, I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of Modsy’s 3D renderings. I noticed they included so many fine details, like our wall color, location of outlets and switches, and the recessed area I had originally left out!

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Modsy Customer Review

Bird’s eye view of Ashley’s designs

Our first Modsy design plan had a very interesting layout and we initially wanted to arrange our space this way. We liked how it put the space to use and it seemed to be a good arrangement for entertaining. We also had not considered getting rid of one of our bigger couches in favor of two accent armchairs. That was a new idea Modsy gave us.

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Ashley’s Modsy design #1

We liked the furniture arrangement in this design. Modsy’s idea to put a valet table along the back wall was also great, since our entryway is small and unable to accommodate one. It felt like Modsy was able to create two rooms in one.

modsy customer reviewAshley’s Modsy design #2

We ended up going with Modsy’s second design plan since it made the room feel more open. I liked the abundance of light-colored accents Modsy chose, which really helped offset the dark walls and floors. The soft-colored rug made the room feel so open and light – it really balanced out all the dark colors.

modsy customer reviewAshley’s Modsy design #2

My husband and I both loved the industrial and natural elements of the bookshelf and the coffee table. The bookshelf became the piece we were most excited about adding to the room. We are both avid readers but we never thought of showcasing that since we didn’t feel like there was enough space.

modsy customer reviewAshley’s Modsy design #2

I loved how open and warm all of our design plans looked, and how Modsy really was able to blend our styles and design wants together. It was such a relief, after taking the style quiz and then seeing the renderings to finally having both of us agree on a layout and design. As newlyweds, it was great to have help creating a look that expressed both our styles but still felt cohesive.

As newlyweds, it was great to have help creating a look that expressed both our styles but still felt cohesive.

Our plan is to replicate the second design as closely as we can. We’ve already added the rug to our home! Soon we’ll be adding the coffee table and bookshelf, which we actually are planning on building ourselves.

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guest room decorating ideas

9 Simple Office-Meets-Guest Room Decorating Ideas

guest room decorating ideas

You hear it all the time – the best trick for small spaces (or making any space feel larger) is making the most out of every square inch. And while that sounds simple enough, making the most out of every room in your home can often be a challenge, especially if you’re trying to make one room serve multiple functions that work for your daily life.

It’s no surprise then that many homeowners have asked our Modsy team for help in designing multipurpose spaces in their home that can do double-duty. Think a living room that also has a play area for kids, a seamless live-work space.

We’re serving up a few office guest room decorating ideas to help you create a stylish and practical space.

 

An Office With a Sleeper Sofa

Say what you will, but sleeper sofas have come up in style over the past few years and you’ll easily find a range of designs and sizes that suit your space. Try pulling one into your home office as seating, which will provide you with an extra spot for lounging as well as a comfy bed for overnight guests when needed.

guest room decorating ideasFor a Small Space

Look for a sleeper sofa that you can easily tuck into a corner of your office. When it’s not in use as a bed, it can be a quiet area for reading and going through mail or simply for relaxing and taking a break from the day-to-day—perfect if you work from home.

Stylist Tip: Use a bookcase as a room divider to separate your workspace from the sofa lounge area. It will also help give your overnight guests a little more privacy.

guest room decorating ideasFor a Medium Space

A low-profile sleeper sofa is the perfect option for filling out a mid-sized room. Swap side tables for nightstands or small dressers to build in some storage for your house guests.

A full-length mirror is also a welcome addition to any guest room, but choosing a sleek, wall-mounted option helps it blend in in an office space as well.

guest room decorating ideasFor a Large Space

If you have a decent-sized room for an office, a large-scale sleeper sofa can help warm up the space and make it feel less utilitarian and all about work.

Think of it as decorating another bedroom and make it comfortable and personal—as soon as you pull out the bed it should instantly feel like an inviting guest room.

Stylist Tip: If you’re going big, make sure to leave enough room between your sofa and your workspace for when the sleeper becomes a bed. Choose slender office chairs and benches that are easy to move to offset the heft of the sofa. If you choose to include a coffee table, opt for one that is easy to move when you pull the sofa out into a bed.

A Study With a Daybed

For a less bulky alternative to the sleeper sofa, try a daybed in your workspace. This is a great way to create a resting spot that feels a little more open and casual.

With their low profile and single-person design, daybeds are perfect for a little R&R as well as accommodating a visitor without a lot of fuss.

guest room decorating ideasFor a Small Space

Another of our favorite guest room decorating ideas, is to work vertical

If you want a bit more sturdy option for a daybed, but don’t have a lot of room to work with, try a wall mounted bookshelf that also incorporates a desk.

These have a smaller footprint, and will take up less floor space while still providing you with ample vertical storage.

guest room decorating ideasFor a Medium Space

Go with an armless daybed to give the overall office space a more open look and feel. A streamlined version without arms takes up minimal visual space while providing you with a place for repose.

In a pinch, you can pile on pillows and blankets to turn it into an impromptu but comfy guest bed.

When not in use by overnight guests, this arrangement can also easily function as a kids’ workspace for doing homework and reading.

guest room decorating ideasFor a Large Space

Bring in a chic, more substantial daybed that hugs a wall in the room.

The best thing about larger daybeds is that they provide the comforts of a bedroom but are casual and versatile enough to work in any living space.

Deck one out in an office with pillows and even a throw so it’s always ready as a spot for afternoon naps, work breaks, and can be easily turned into a guest bed.

A Guest Bedroom With a Work Area

No need to designate an entire room for guests who only visit occasionally. Up the practicality in a guest room by adding a desk that lets it also function as a quiet workspace to get things done.

guest room decorating ideasFor a Small Space

Create a guest room for one that’s also a home office. A perfect option for empty nesters looking to turn their grown-up children’s’ rooms into functional spaces again.

Keep the twin bed and add a workspace for an instant mini guest room that you can put to use year-round.

guest room decorating ideasFor a Medium Space

Divide a guest room into two distinct areas for work and sleep with a bed filling out one side of the room and a work table that spans the rest of the space.

Opting for a narrow but long work table will help elevate the look and feel of the guest room and it can easily serve as an office area for two on a daily basis.

Add wall shelving, and you’ll have an office space that’s also prepped for rest—especially if you work from home and find yourself burning the midnight oil.

guest room decorating ideasFor a Large Space

Build out a guest room with a plush upholstered bed and all the small accents along with a stylish desk that altogether evokes a luxurious hotel suite.

By adding a desk rather than a dresser or a TV stand, the room will provide you with a relaxing space for sorting mail, writing notes, and even answering a few emails when it’s not occupied by guests.

 

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