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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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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!

Modsy customer reviewAshley’s Modsy design #2

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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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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Christmas Tree Ideas

Everything You Need to Know About Picking a Christmas Tree

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 tree-trimming has become one of the most anticipated holiday traditions in many households.

However, while classic real Christmas trees are emblematic of the holidays, they’re not the only options nowadays. From Noble Firs to tinsel trees and artificial pre-lit versions, you’ll find different types in many shapes and sizes for your home. What kind of tree you prefer is up to you, but we’re here to help make it easier to decide.

Read on to find out the five most common Christmas tree types and the pros and cons of each.

 

Live Christmas Trees

Fraiser Christmas tree ideasThe Fraser Tree

Live Fraser trees have become the classic American Christmas staple—it’s the most popular choice for the holidays in the U.S.! They’re similar to Douglas Firs, but Frasers tend to be slightly more slender and sport 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 displaying your tree for a while.
  • Excellent Needle Retention: 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 that reminds you (and everyone) of why Christmas is so magical.
  • Fits Anywhere: They’re compact, so they 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.

 

Noble Fir Christmas Tree IdeasThe Noble Fir

If you’re looking for a slender tree that’s tall and narrow, the Noble Fir tree has a triangular shape that’s not as full as Frasiers and Douglas Firs. But these trees are just as lush in color with 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 have are the tallest and have the strongest branches, so they’re a good choice especially for hanging larger, heavier ornaments (think gingerbread houses, silver bells, mini angel figurines).
  • Long-Lasting Needles: They have one of the best needle retention, which means Noble Firs will last longer since the needles won’t shed as quickly or easily.

Cons:

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

 

White Fir Christmas Tree IdeasThe 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 to for a tree that’s big, fluffy, and perfectly shaped, the White Fir will give you that full greenery effect.
  • 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, this option might not be for you.

Cons:

  • Colors Fade: The needles on this tree variety don’t hold their color as well. they usually start off as a bluish-green and 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 in theory, they do require a good amount of care and upkeep. 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 for ornaments.
  • 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 this pre-lit tree 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.

 

Tinsel Christmas Tree IdeasThe 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 a room, even without the lights on.

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. On the other hand, if you love a tree that’s filled with your personal ornament collection, then this might not be the best choice.

Cons:

  • Expensive Upfront Cost: These trees are built for convenience but might not hold up for as many years as you might hope. Nonetheless, tinsel trees have a perceived long-term value so you’ll still have to pay the price.
  • No “Real Tree” Resemblance: If you’re looking for a fake tree that still looks like a real one (like the pre-lit tree), then a tinsel tree is not for you.

 

 

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9 Simple Office-Meets-Guest Room Decorating Ideas

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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. Here, we offer up a few ideas for creating a stylish and practical office/guest room that you can make use of all the time.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

 

For 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.

 

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.

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.

 

For 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.

 

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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