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My Modsy Story: Designing a Cohesive Multifunctional Room

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Homeowners: Jeffrey & Geoffrey

Space: Open Living-Dining Room

My Style: Reclaimed Visionary

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The Design Dilemma

When couple Jeffrey and Geoffrey (we know—matching names—adorable) moved into their new house together, they were excited for the opportunity to decorate. But they weren’t totally sure how they’d design their home from scratch. The couple was particularly worried about creating a cohesive and functional design for their multifunctional living space, which would include a breakfast bar, conversation area, dining area, and workspace. The couple was also concerned about the cost of hiring an interior designer and whether they’d get everything they needed using an online interior design service.

“While we enjoy decorating, we knew for this space that we’d benefit from professional help. We assumed that a traditional interior designer would be too expensive. But we were also a little skeptical that an app could give us the quality of design we wanted.”

Knowing they’d need help selecting and laying out furniture for the tricky multifunctional room, the couple decided to put their doubts aside and signed up for a design package with Modsy.

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The Modsy Moment

As soon as Jeffrey and Geoffrey saw their 3D designs, their anxiety over using an app to decorate their home went away. They were not only impressed with the quality of designs from their designer, but they also really enjoyed stepping into the designer’s seat and trying out their own design ideas with the Modsy 3D Editor.

“The 3D renderings of our space were invaluable. Our Modsy designer gave us a great starting point for our layout and decor, and it was easy to make changes and see how each item would fit in our space!”

Modsy customer multi-use space

The Real Results

Now that their design is complete, Jeffrey and Geoffrey are getting the most out of their multifunctional room.

“We couldn’t be happier with the outcome of our design project. Modsy came up with ideas for our space that we would never have thought of alone. We have a professionally designed space for the first time, which we get constant compliments about! Having such a nice design for this room has been life-changing, especially during a time when we’re both home so much between work and starting to see friends and family again. Having a functional space that serves many purposes has been so important!”

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My Modsy Story: Transforming an Awkward Room into a Multi-Purpose Dream Space

When Britt moved her family and business across the country, she was determined to make the transition as smooth as possible. But an awkward shared living room/office area presented a major challenge.

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Homeowner: Britt Rainer

Spaces: Living Room-Office

My Style: Contemporary Collector

Modsy customer home before design

Modsy customer home before design

The Backstory

My husband and I recently moved from Portland, Ore. to Scottsdale, Ariz. We’re co-owners of a children’s clothing brand called Bunny Knots and I work from home—which meant I had to get our combined living room/home office designed right away. I needed to be able to shift back to focusing on our company after the move while also creating a cozy space for us to settle into our new home.

“I needed to be able to shift back to focusing on our company after the move while also creating a cozy space for us to settle into our new home. “

Customer design living room in contemporary style

The Design Dilemma

We actually have other living areas in the house, but because this room is right off our entryway and would double as my workspace, I wanted to make sure we found a good layout and design for it right away. Unfortunately, the room is long and narrow and none of our furniture worked for the space, so we needed to design it from scratch. But I was having a hard time finding a layout that would work for the room and make it function as a place where I could focus during the day and relax with my husband and kids at night. No matter what I did, the room still felt small, dark, and unusable—I really didn’t think any layout was going to work!

“I was having a hard time finding a layout that would work for the room and make it function as a place where I could focus during the day and relax with my husband and kids at night.”

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The Modsy Moment

I freaked out—in a good way—the instant I saw our room in 3D. It was like my designer took every wish I’d had for the room and brought each one to life. I was so impressed by the different “zones” she created for space—a stunning office area that was distinguished from the rest of the space by a dark accent wall and a beautiful conversation area that fit perfectly in the narrow room and looked so cozy. She tied the two areas together with furniture styles and a neutral color palette that feels so at home in the Arizona desert.

“I freaked out—in a good way—the instant I saw our room in 3D. It was like my designer took every wish I’d had for the room and brought each one to life.”

Open living room with large white CB2 sofa

The Real Results

Now that our Modsy project is complete, this oddly shaped room that once felt so dark is now the bright heart of our home! I felt immense relief when we got our designs, and now I feel so much excitement when I’m in this room. It’s a space my family loves to relax in and where I feel inspired to work. It’s a feeling of life-changing contentedness that we can all enjoy this space together. I’m just so grateful we got it from using Modsy!

“Now that our Modsy project is complete, this oddly shaped room that once felt so dark is now the bright heart of our home!”

Open living room with large white CB2 sofa

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A Guide To Staying In: How Design Can Help Us Cope While Sheltering In Place

What a time this is for us all. As our communities around the world deal with the impacts of COVID-19, many of us are doing our part to practice social distancing and staying inside more than ever before. And in the wake of this crisis, our homes have had to adjust to shoulder an entire day’s worth of demands, becoming not only our shelters but also our offices, schools, gyms, theaters, restaurants, and so much more.

And one thing is for certain: when home is everything all the time, there’s nothing more important than function. To help you make the most of this time at home, we’re sharing easy ways to get the most out of your space and help it serve all these different functions at the same time.

From the dining room to the entryway, we created this complete “Guide to Staying In.” Full of interior design ideas for shelter in place times, keep scrolling to see how you can use interior design to make this time at home more functional and comfortable.

dining room design ideas for shelter in placeDesigning A Multi-Use Dining Room

The dining room has taken on new life as the core gathering place in our homes. For many of us, this room has become our workspace, cafeteria, home school, and family HQ room all in one. Try these simple tips to get the most out of your dining room design.

home office in the dining roomFor an Office Space

If you have an expandable dining table, adjust it to its full length to give you maximum surface space. Add a task lamp (or two) to give yourself ample lighting and consider using notebooks instead of loose papers to keep things organized while you work from home.

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homeschool dining room designFor Homeschooling

Keep all your kiddos’ school supplies organized in baskets or bins. Every morning they can grab their basket and easily stash it all away at the end of the school day. This will keep your table ready for its next adventure.

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date night dining room designFor Date Night

Set the table like you’re at a fancy restaurant—use cloth napkins if you have them, dim the lights, and light a few candles. Cooking not your thing? Take a raincheck on the fancy meal and buy a gift card to support a local restaurant.

living room design ideas for shelter in placeDesigning a Multi-Use Living Room

Our living room designs are seeing a lot of action these days—from lounge space to office, playroom, and even home theater, it can start to feel like your entire universe has become your living room. Keep your sanity and try these easy design ideas for shelter in place and set your living room up for all its different uses.

home theaterHome Theater

Start by setting the mood by dimming or turning off overhead lights and closing your curtains (this will keep glare at bay and give your space a theater vibe). Keep a few poufs or floor cushions handy for more seats and easy places to kick up your feet. Finally, stash a few blankets nearby so you can stay cozy and cover your eyes if you get too scared!

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living room with a playroom

Playroom

Clear a space on the floor for younger kids to sit and play. You can use a rug to “zone” the space and add fun toys like a mini tent to keep them entertained. Use baskets to quickly clean up at the end of the day so your living room can transform into its next look. Put pillows on the floor so the kids can sit comfortably around the coffee table. This is a great spot to color, do puzzles, or play games together.

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living room with an office

Workspace

Divide your living space into zones for work and leisure. Set up your home office in the living room by adding a desk or cocktail table for a dedicated space to get focused. Don’t sit on the sofa to work, but maybe use it for calls or video conferences when you need a change of scenery. Utilize the storage you already have to keep your “office” organized. Built-in bookcases or a bar cart are great options for easy storage.

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bedroom design ideas for shelter in placeDesigning a Serene Bedroom Escape

Unlike other rooms in your home, your bedroom is a space that’s just for you, so it’s important that it be a peaceful place where you can re-charge for the day ahead. Here are 3 ways to turn your bedroom into a serene sanctuary.

bedroom designCreate a Self-Care Corner

Make self-care part of your routine by carving out a place for an activity that brings you joy—be it a workout space, meditation zone, or a cozy reading nook.

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cozy reading nookPrioritize Comfort

Invest in creature comforts that turn your bedroom into the best room. Things like a memory foam mattress topper, quality sheets, and a cozy rug all make a huge difference.

bedroom storageSkip The Stress With Storage

Keep your bedroom feeling zen by investing in the right storage. Pieces like dressers, baskets, and under-the-bed storage are all great ways to keep your space (and mind) neat and tidy.

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entryway design ideas for shelter in placeDesigning a Functional Entryway

Most of us aren’t leaving our homes much these days, but if you are, here are a few design ideas for shelter in place times that can help you re-think your entryway design to make this time a bit easier.

Corral High-Touch Surfaces

Add a tray to hold your keys, wallet, phone—the things you touch frequently. This will keep them from spreading germs around and make cleaning easier.

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Stash Your Shoes

If possible, experts advise taking off your shoes before entering your home. If that’s not possible for you, add a basket or two in your entryway to make stashing them away quick easy.

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entryway organization ideasThink About Errands

Making a grocery run? Add a laundry basket to your entryway as a reminder to wash your reusable bags frequently.

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boho entryway decor

Designate a Sanitizing Zone

If you’re wiping down all hard surfaces before putting your groceries away, consider designating a space (like a bar cart) for sanitizing to keep your kitchen counters clean.

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