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5 Looks Inspired By Our Top Summer Destinations

This summer, we took a virtual Modsy road trip across the country and explored the design styles that underscore some of our favorite cities along the way.

From the rustic charms of California’s Sonoma wine region to the coastal island beauty of Nantucket, Massachusetts, we drew from five summer destinations and imagined what our dream home would look like in each place. In the end, we came out deeply inspired by the varying design aesthetics of each location and can’t wait to work them into our own spaces.

If you’ve been following along, you’ve probably caught on that we just can’t get enough of these inspired looks. If not, here’s a start-to-finish recap of all five cities and their signature styles, along with some quick tips to help you bring the looks into your home.

Modsy road tripSonoma, California

The Style: Rustic Wine Country Comfort

How To Get the Look: Simplicity and a casual, open layout are keys to mastering this cool, California look.

The furniture: White slipcovered sofas mixed with earthy wood tables and stools, plus plenty of rich textures and woven details. The palette: Crisp, soothing whites with warm neutrals that come from natural materials. The finishing touches: Traditional patterns in subtle earth tones and lots of woven accents, like natural fiber rugs, wicker storage, and basketweaves.

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modsy road tripSanta Fe, New Mexico

The Style: Earthy Southwestern Cool

How To Get the Look: It’s all about rich hues and organic materials when it comes to nailing the Southwestern vibe.

The furniture: A few big modern design pieces (leather sofa and cool lounge chairs) layered with geometric patterns and boho elements. The palette: Rich, warm colors that draw from Santa Fe’s desert landscape. So think burnt oranges, rusty reds, deep browns, and all shades of earth tones. The finishing touches: Organic shapes throughout, from abstract art to cowhide rugs, global prints, and a vibrant layering of greenery big and small.

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modsy road tripWaco, Texas

The Style: Polished Farmhouse Elegance

How To Get the Look: Sophisticated furnishings and gorgeous materials are at the heart of this Texas farmhouse look inspired by Chip and Joanna Gaines.

The furniture: Deep sofas in classic shapes balanced with rustic-industrial designs, like a heavy-weight bookcase and metal pendant lights. The palette: A soothing take on blue and white (and off whites) supported by light wood tones and natural materials. The finishing touches: Beautiful textures everywhere. Think pillows with delicate ribbing, woven ottomans, grainy wood, and tarnished metal vessels.

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modsy road tripNashville, Tennessee

The Style: Colorful Southern Eclecticism

How To Get the Look: Eclectic glamour sums up our idea of bright and bold Nashville style.

The furniture: Classic furnishings updated with modern hues. Think pink armchairs, along with chic tables and lighting made with sleek materials. The palette: Vibrant colors from eclectic art and textiles that playfully clash. Rosy florals with blue geometrics, hide rugs on vintage carpets check all the boxes. The finishing touches: Vintage accents and details complete this eclectic-chic style, from busts to acrylic bar carts topped with memorabilia along with salvaged artworks and prints.

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modsy road tripNantucket, Massachusetts

The Style: Classic Coastal Charm

How To Get the Look: Nantucket’s graceful island charm is exemplified by its furnishings that balance elegance and ease.

The furniture: Lean into the power of pairs, from over-sized, clean-lined sofas with slipcovers and rattan side tables to matching woven armchairs. The palette: Blue and white all the way. And make it bold and crisp, meaning stick to navy and deep ocean blues for your patterned pillows and rug. The finishing touches: There’s no shortage of nautical motifs and nods to the ocean here. So pile on the shells, coral, seahorses, and, of course, stripes!

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Destination Style: Get Nantucket’s Classic Coastal Look

coastal styleTo celebrate summer, we’re taking inspiration from the all-American tradition of a cross-country road trip. We’ll be making our way across the USA and exploring some of our favorite cities and their signature design styles along the way. Buckle up and get ready for some major destination design inspo. Final stop: Nantucket, Massachusetts!

You’re probably familiar with our love of California coastal style by now. But right now we’re equally smitten by the crisp and breezy look of Nantucket’s charming cottages. The island has long been a quiet escape for East Coasters during late summer and a peek inside its homes shows us why it makes for the perfect getaway. Rooms exude a sense of serenity and ease with their laid-back white upholstered pieces, natural-fiber rugs and artisanal accents, and classic stripes and nautical nods. All of which are set amid a coastal blue-and-white palette. For us, these elements add up to a feeling of pure barefoot bliss.

Nantucket itself is also known for its artisanal spirit. It’s home to textile makers and weavers who still work on traditional looms, ceramists putting out hand-thrown pottery, and painters and artists capturing the island’s gorgeous landscape and quiet beauty. All to say, Nantucket, with its distinct blend of island and coastal charm, has a design aesthetic that we find simply irresistible and endlessly inviting.

To provide you with some quick inspiration, we dreamed up our idea of the perfect Nantucket home with a few stylish tips to help you translate the look into your space. Read on to find out the simple elements that make up Nantucket’s classic coastal style.

Start With a Cozy Layout

Nantucket homes are first and foremost guided by comfort and warmth, and their furniture arrangements often play that up with a sense of coziness. The easiest way to capture this vibe in your space is by opting for furnishings and accents in pairs. Yes, you heard that right: Twos of pretty much everything. The idea is to establish a symmetrical layout which instantly creates a cohesive look that also instills charm and coziness.

Begin with your biggest pieces. Place sofas to face each other and then do the same with your other side furnishings, such as armchairs, side tables, and lamps. All of this will transform your space into an intimate conversation spot that appears layered but also elegant.

The only exceptions? You’ll want to choose a blue-and-white area rug that functions as a neutral anchor to the space, and the same applies for an airy looking coffee table as well as a light fixture that will draw the eye up. They’ll also serve as focus pieces that will help to balance out the one-to-one symmetrical look.

Nantucket StyleKeep To Classic, Clean Lines

The trick is to keep your furnishings simple and classic. That means nothing too modern or sleek. But look for sofas and armchairs that have clean-lined appeal, such as a standard boxy framed piece and high-back armchairs. Nantucket style leans more traditional but it’s not overly formal or fussy, so you’ll want to match these pieces with pristine white upholstery and slipcovers to give larger furnishings an airy, relaxed look.

Bring In The Perfect Coastal Palette

Like any other coastal home, there’s no going wrong with a blue and white color scheme. What gives the palette an East Coast feel, however, is the different shades of blues that are used. Think specifically navy, cerulean, and ocean blues, all layered on to a consistent bright white – meaning skip the off-whites and beiges. The effect is an elevated blue-and-white coastal look that looks polished but feels none too precious.

Nantucket StyleStripe Out

And speaking of what really sets the Nantucket palette apart, try to incorporate a wide range of blue-and-white stripes in impactful ways. Pile on pillows featuring stripes in different sizes and styles (wide, narrow, multi) and make sure to work the motif into some of your upholstery as well. Nothing says Nantucket nautical like a mix of pillows in navy and sky-blue stripes!

Add a Consistent Pop of Color

While we love the crisp look and unifying effect of blue and white, we believe that every space needs a bright burst of color that provides a playful punch. With blue and white, one of our favorite contrast colors is yellow. Whereas a touch of pink can give the palette a boho vibe and a dose of red offers a lakehouse feel, mixing in a sunny yellow hue is in keeping with Nantucket’s charming aesthetic. Reason being yellow maintains the sea and sky theme, and it also lends a decorator-like element of fun to the sophisticated approach to blue and white here.

Nantucket StyleNod to Nautical

Last but not least, Nantucket’s coastal style brings the outdoors and its ocean surroundings in through various nautical motifs. We’re talking everything from starfish and shell patterned pillows, to jute door mats and seagrass rugs, to rope lamps and glass floats as accents. These are the finishing touches that will bring together the whole Nantucket look, which combines elegance and whimsy. With nautical accents, don’t be afraid to go big – the more nautical the motif and accents, the more cozy and charming your space will end up feeling.

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Destination Style: Get Bold With Eclectic Nashville Style

Nashville Style To celebrate summer, we’re taking inspiration from the all-American tradition of a cross-country road trip. We’ll be making our way across the USA and exploring some of our favorite cities and their signature design styles along the way. Buckle up and get ready for some major destination design inspo. Next up: Nashville, Tennessee!

Home to country music and inventive southern food, Nashville has come up as a must-visit destination that’s equal parts charming and unexpected. The same can be said of the city’s style and interior design aesthetic, as model Lily Aldridge’s bright boho home proves. Full of color and every bit eclectic and glamorous, Aldridge’s home epitomizes our idea of Nashville style.

These spaces are just the right amount of over-the-top but still maintain lots of classic southern influences. Here you’ll find a blend of traditional furnishings, vintage-style designs, and lots of art and glamorous design notes. There’s no shortage of punchy prints and colorful upholstery and accents here. These rooms are just as eclectic as they are havens for lounging and entertaining.

Inspired by Aldridge’s electrically colorful abode as well as the many bold interiors across the city that we’ve spotted all over Instagram and Pinterest, we dreamed up this bold, art-filled space that captures Nashville’s distinct design style. Read on to get our tips for working the Nashville look into your home.

Establish a Flexible Layout

First things first. If you’re looking to bring a bit of southern style into your home, start with a spacious and versatile layout that’s all about easy lounging and entertaining.

For Nashville style, that means seating areas and spaces that are flexible and easy to rearrange. You can do this by pulling armchairs a little farther out from a sofa, adding poufs and ottomans, or simply leaving room to pull in extra seating as needed.

While your furnishings can range from relaxed to formal, a casual approach to your layout will play up a sense of southern hospitality. After all, Nashville style is about interiors that feel vibrant and always inviting, no matter the guest or the occasion.

Nashville StyleChoose Some New Classics

Nashville interiors embrace old and new in vibrant ways. You’ll often find traditional furnishings rendered in contemporary materials, such as pink and green velvet or pillows made with old textiles and kilim rugs. It’s a chic play on classics that we can’t get enough of.

Look for armchairs and sofas that have classic silhouettes but opt for a colorful fabric or modern leg instead. This will be in keeping with the overall eclectic Nashville look while adding a glam touch.

Play With Colorful Clashes

With the Nashville look, there’s definitely no holding back when it comes to mixing color, pattern, and materials. It’s a bolder approach to eclectic style, unlike the more subdued look of Santa Fe. We call it power clashing. AKA piling floral pattern on geometric pattern, layering hide rug on vintage rug, and using unexpected color pairings and combinations.

If you’re not one for bold colors, start with softer tones, such as pale blue, sea foam green, and lavender, which are easier to contrast with darker neutrals. The best place to start? Paint an accent wall in a moody hue that can serve as a focal point and backdrop. Then, layer in those lighter tones through furnishings and accents.

Set a Stage for Vintage

To play up an eclectic vibe, pull in a mix of vintage and vintage-inspired designs and group them together to create vignettes that are filled with quirky character and whimsy. Think lots of cheeky decorative touches, funky artwork, and furniture from different periods. We love the look of these antique chairs mixed with a Hollywood Regency-style bar cart.

Mix in Glamorous Elements

And speaking of Hollywood Regency style, Nashville’s eclectic charm is balanced with just the right amount of glamorous details. These are the eye-catching accent touches that truly captivate amid the mix of color and pattern.

It can be the brass detailing of a picture frame, lampshade, or bar cart; it might be the leopard print cushions on a pair of chairs; or it can be the nailhead trim the lines a sofa. The idea is to work in these moments of glimmer and shine as a way to complement the overall colorful decor mix.

Go for the Gallery Wall (Always)

The best way to infuse color, especially if you’re reluctant to go bold with your furniture, is to create a punchy gallery wall that mixes all kinds of art. Alongside a mix of patterned pillows, a curated mix of art will add a playful, whimsical look to your space.

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Destination Style: Try On Texas Farmhouse Elegance

Texas farmhouse style

To celebrate summer, we’re taking inspiration from the all-American tradition of a cross-country road trip. We’ll be making our way across the USA and exploring some of our favorite cities and their signature design styles along the way. Buckle up and get ready for some major destination design inspo. Next up: Waco and it’s signature Texas farmhouse style!

Let’s just say we have design stars Chip and Joanna Gaines to thank for putting Waco, Texas on the map as a design and lifestyle destination. In addition to their home decor mecca, Magnolia Market, the husband-and-wife team (and their four children) have charmed millions of homeowners and decor lovers across the country with their happy “Waco Way of Life.” And much of their lifestyle is rooted in their classic approach to farmhouse living and style, which, if you know us, is a look that we find endlessly inspiring.

What we love about the Gaines-style and the Texas farmhouse style is the simple blend of comfort and elegance. It’s a mix of sophisticated furnishings, rustic-industrial accents, and gorgeous details, all grounded in a tried-and-true palette of blue and white tones. These elements add up to a farmhouse look that’s elevated but still feels totally inviting.

So, we dreamed up a home that perfectly captures the Gaines ethos and farmhouse look, bringing together all the key design elements that set it apart. Read on to pick up tips for bringing the polished Texas farmhouse style into your home.

Keep to Blue and White (and Off-White)

You can’t go wrong with a tried-and-true blue-and-white palette. It’s the foundation to this farmhouse look, but the trick here is how you balance these colors and their many shades in your space.

Start with walls for a crisp backdrop that inspires comfort and calm, then work in blue notes through your textiles and accents (such as pillows, rugs, art and objects). If you want to inject a warmer note into your space, opt for an off-white or beige with your sofas and upholstered chairs, which will turn them into welcoming foundation pieces.

And when it comes to blue shades, try to steer clear of the teal-leaning hues. Our favorite ways to work blue-and-white is to either go for a soothing and sophisticated look with layers of soft pale blue tones, or take the crisp and elevated route with bold blues, such as cobalt and navy.

Texas farmhouse styleUse Natural Materials as a Neutral

The best neutral for a blue-and-white palette are materials that have a rustic twist and emphasize comfort and livability. Consider spreading out some woven baskets in all shapes, sizes, and styles; adding a few natural rattan ottomans; and opting for furnishings that feature raw woods, from table tops and chair frames to shelving and mirrors. This will enhance the blue-and-white palette and elegant farmhouse look and feel.

Go for an industrial-rustic mix

What does that even mean? Glad you asked! The difference between a sophisticated Texas farmhouse look versus a rustic Sonoma-style one is that the former is made up of furnishings that lean more industrial. It comes down to furnishings that have a bit of heft and substance, such as steel-framed bookshelves and consoles, rectilinear tables with bold metal bases, or sleek metal pendants and chandeliers (skip the gold and brass entirely). The result is a farmhouse look that’s anything but cottage-inspired or shabby chic – and that’s what you want here.

Texas farmhouse styleThink Classic but Not Stuffy

This is a fine balance and the key is to identify pieces that have classic beauty without feeling overly formal. How? When looking at larger foundational pieces, find furnishings with classic details, like the shape of a sofa arm, turned legs, or an armchair with a traditional French-style frame. These pieces will provide both elegance and ease and a sense of livability because of their clean, modern lines paired with small classic flourishes.

Pile on the Traditional Patterns

Stick to classic patterns and tried-and-true prints. Layering these prints together in a classic blue-and-white palette is one of the most effortless ways to give a space a cohesive and elegant feel. And don’t forget to consider some decorative art with traces blue.

Texas farmhouse styleAdd Accents with Subtle Texture

What makes the Texas farmhouse look so elegant is that it’s all about a considered palette, classic details, and lots and lots of beautiful textures. In addition to adding natural materials such as rattan and sisal, make sure to pull in pieces that have more delicate textures. Think faux shagreen, burlap, speckled pottery and lightly tarnished metal vases. These are the subtle details that will truly set apart your rooms.

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Destination Style: Bring Home Eclectic Santa Fe Style

southwest styleTo celebrate summer, we’re taking inspiration from the all-American tradition of a cross-country road trip. We’ll be making our way across the USA and exploring some of our favorite cities and their signature design styles along the way. Buckle up and get ready for some major destination design inspo. Next up: The Southwestern style of Santa Fe, New Mexico!

Adobe homes. Rustic hues. Sumptuous natural materials. These elements combined are what we love about southwestern style. Santa Fe itself has long held irresistible allure for artists and design lovers looking to venture outside of the creative hubs of bigger metropolitan cities. Georgia O’Keeffe famously took up residence in Santa Fe many decades ago, and today her home and art studio are considered one of the country’s most beloved museums.

And when it comes to design, you’ll definitely recognize interiors that celebrate the region’s colorful rustic look that is popular across Instagram and Pinterest: rooms decorated in earthy desert hues, mid-century furnishings, pieces made with natural materials, and pops of tribal and navajo-inspired patterns.

Read on to see how you can bring the layered southwestern look to your own home.

santa fe styleWelcoming Foundations

Not to be confused with the modern farmhouse style of Sonoma, Santa Fe style is rooted in a sense of earthy comfort that is inspired by its history, desert surroundings, and Native American and Spanish design influences. We like to think of it as cozy, modern, and a little funky all at once. To conjure the look in your own home, here are the key foundational elements to keep in mind.

Work with a warm palette

Rather than crisp whites, light neutrals and blue tones, southwestern-style interiors are made up of a richly warm color palette that includes burnt oranges, rusty reds, deep browns, and shades of natural and earth tones. Collectively, the colors add up to a welcoming palette that recalls the arid desert landscape of the Southwest.

Lay out focus areas

Modern southwestern-style spaces are carefully laid out. Rooms often consist of smaller focused areas within a larger living space, such as cozy conversation spots and corners-turned-reading-nooks. To start, try strategically placing your rugs as a way to delineate different spaces and use greenery to create visual distinction between areas.

For instance, a cowhide layered on top of a traditional rug can have the effect of extending your seating area, while a tall cactus or fiddle-leaf ficus tree can inadvertently work as a room divider.

southwest styleEclectic Appeal

Southwestern-style interiors often incorporate a stylish mix of modern design, navajo patterns, and boho touches that result in their colorful and eclectic appeal. And the overall vibe is comfy and inviting but also packed with plenty luxurious textures. Here’s how to blend all these elements into your space

southwest stylePile on the patterns

Because these are the real pops of color, pattern, and texture in Santa Fe-style interiors, you’ll want to make sure you bring in pieces you absolutely love and can picture yourself living with. Where to begin? Navajo-inspired pillows, blankets in whimsical motifs, or a geometric kilim rug are all great foundations that you can pull colors from for accents throughout the room.

And you also can’t go wrong with a cowhide rug, which adds instant warmth. (If you can’t tell, we love the look of a hide layered on a bold patterned rug!) And when it comes to choosing art, opt for landscapes or even take an abstract route with graphic paintings and prints; just make sure they stay within the earthy desert color palette.

Think modern, not sleek

For your anchor pieces, opt for mid-century silhouettes and furniture with modern frameworks. Think chairs with tapered legs, streamlined woven leather armchairs, and even a metal bar cart. The clean-lined appeal of these pieces provides cool contrast to the bright colors and patterns of the accents. Just remember that you want to keep to rustic materials and even seek pieces that show a little patina. Weathered woods, aged leather, or a lightly faded rug are great places to start!

santa fe styleKeep it organic

Opt for natural materials as much as possible in your furnishings and accents. Then extend that ethos to your smaller furniture pieces. Designs with curvy silhouettes and organic shapes are nods to adobe architecture that can help emphasize the southwestern style.

Get your greenery on

Probably the most essential piece of the southwestern style puzzle, no room really says “Santa Fe” without plenty of cacti. So be sure to add plenty of plants that reference the region’s uniquely lush and arid landscape. A large potted cactus alongside mini cacti and other leafy plants add vibrant notes that are essential for rounding out the look.

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Destination Style: Get the Sonoma Wine Country Look

sonoma styleTo celebrate summer, we’re taking inspiration from the all-American tradition of a cross-country road trip. We’ll be traveling across the USA and exploring some of our favorite cities and their signature design styles along the way. Buckle up and get ready for some major destination design inspo. First stop: Sonoma, California!

When you think of Sonoma, California, you can’t help but picture wine country perfection, with its miles of incredible vineyards and farmhouses along the way. Located just north of San Francisco, Sonoma has long been a favorite weekend escape and a wine region that has come to epitomize relaxed-rustic, California style. You know what we’re talking about: Those rustic interiors that are charming, casual, and coolly California.

And if you know us, you know we’re big fans of this modern farmhouse aesthetic. There’s something simple and irresistibly cozy about Sonoma-style spaces that we just can’t get enough of, so we’re endlessly inspired to bring the look home. Read on to see how you can infuse a bit of Sonoma’s rustic charm into your space!

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sonoma styleStart With An Easy Foundation

The rustic-chic Sonoma look is all about the crisp, blank canvas backdrop. And by that we’re referring to the soothing color palette and the open layout and flow that characterizes these spaces. It’s what sets up the space for its cozy but airy look. So, consider these key design elements when establishing the groundwork in your space.

Earth tones only

Before diving into the full-on design and furnishings of a space, when it comes to Sonoma style getting the color palette right is key. Here, earth tones are at the core of the soft rustic palette. Keep to natural hues and light neutrals, like tans, beiges, browns, light woods, which will give your space a visual cohesiveness once you start layering in furnishings and accents.

A casual, edited layout

It’s all about comfort versus formality when it comes to the Sonoma look. Don’t feel like you need to fill out a room completely; what’s important is having a few big inviting pieces. This is one instance where furnishings don’t have to perfectly arranged. An asymmetrical layout, where a sofa is grouped with a chair, is a great way to open up a space and keep things from feeling too formal or thought out. After all, the idea is that your space should feel casual enough that you can move things around easily if needed.

sonoma styleSimple Says It All With Sonoma Style

It goes without saying that the Sonoma-style farmhouse look is one of the most popular looks around, not only here at Modsy, but everywhere, from blogs, to Pinterest, to Instagram. How to think about all the pieces that make up the look in an actual space, though? We know it’s not always as straightforward. Here’s how to furnish for the Sonoma look.

Go easy, breezy on furnishings

Big, comfy white slipcovered sofas and chairs are the anchors in these spaces. Not only are they comfortable and easy to maintain (just toss those covers in the wash when they’re dirty), they also give you a simple base on which you can easily layer tactile accents. In addition to white furnishings, you’ll want to make sure any other big pieces keep to a simple look, so opt for light woods and accents, like a cabinet with woven doors, an ottoman with a vintage-style fabric, or a rattan bar cart.

Pile on accents with textures

A mix of raw woods and accents made with natural materials and simple textures is the way to go. Think small wood stools and side tables (or a wooden wine rack for a subtle nod to wine country!), leather poufs and linen pillows, and lots of woven pieces, like a rope tray and wicker baskets. You want these details to really pop, so the bolder the texture, the better. Our favorite accent to play up? Pottery. Think white ceramics mixed with artisanal vases and vessels and terracotta planters.

Get vintage, baby

It wouldn’t be a Sonoma-inspired space without a few vintage-style pieces layered in. You’ll want to make sure these finds don’t overpower the airy look in a room, so choose a few statement pieces, like a salvaged light fixture or antique mirror. If you’re not one for vintage, newer designs that have vintage appeal can work too. The idea is that you want to create a lived-in and collected feel in your space.

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