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Our Modsy Story: Designing Jackie and Mike a Living-Dining Room They Both Love

Jackie and Mike wanted the perfect living-dining space for their new home but were struggling to make their dream come to life. See what happened when they decided to try Modsy.

Homeowners: Jackie and Mike, insurance underwriter + travel blogger and a medical sales representative

Location: Atlanta, GA

Room: Living-Dining Room

Their Style: Classic Collector + Rustic Traveler

The Backstory

We got married two and a half years ago and moved straight into a one-bedroom apartment in the city. We knew this was just a temporary space, so we never put too much thought or effort into making it feel like “home.”

When we moved into our new house, things changed—we were so excited about having a place we could call our own and wanted to get everything just right. We wanted our home to be a welcoming space with a cozy style that we’d enjoy for many, many years to come.

The Design Dilemma

Like many couples, we have similar yet different styles, Mike likes more classic traditional pieces and I enjoy the more bohemian style, on top of that, neither of us is a design “guru” by any means so it was challenging finding the right mix. We’d spent a fair amount of time on Pinterest and had ideas that we loved, but we struggled to put our different visions into action.

“We’d spent a fair amount of time on Pinterest and had ideas that we loved, but we struggled to put our different visions into action.”

Our living-dining area was a particular challenge for us—we were starting from scratch and it was overwhelming trying to figure out how to begin, where to shop, and how to stick to our budget. It was even harder to find items that fit both of our style needs and felt as cozy as we wanted.

The Modsy Moment

We first heard about Modsy from the blog In Honor Of Design—we loved the guest room that she designed with Modsy so much! We also loved the idea of using a professional design service that could help us create our dream living-dining space virtually. It seemed like the best way to get our new home in order!

How Modsy Helped Jackie and Mike

We were SO excited to see the first round of Modsy designs, and they fully lived up to our expectations. It was cool seeing our exact room designed online in 3D for the first time. Modsy brought our different design dreams together into one cohesive reality! Plus, all the furniture they picked was beautiful and we both loved the selection!

“We were SO excited to see the first round of Modsy designs, and they fully lived up to our expectations.”

It’s so wonderful that Modsy lets you order from a bunch of different brands. Which helped us find all the right pieces, even a pet-friendly rug for our dog, Hooper! We loved that they took care of things like price matching and shipping coordination. The discount codes were also great for large orders (we saved tons). We’ve purchased quite a few items from our Modsy designs. It’s been a blast putting our room together and seeing it come to life!

The Real Results

We wanted a casual, relaxed vibe that still felt traditional and that is what Modsy gave us! We love how our living-dining room provides both an inviting eating area and a cozy gathering space. It’s warm, welcoming, and comfortable. It’s truly a joy being in our home and living in the designs that Modsy helped create. Plus, It’s perfect for our daily streaming of Good Morning America while making breakfast. We love it and hope to do a few additional rooms in the future!

“It has been so comforting having our living-dining room designed during this unprecedented time.”

It has been so comforting having our living-dining room designed during this unprecedented time. Although it is hard not to go stir-crazy after 14+ days of social distancing, being able to spend time in our newly furnished home brings comfort and peace to both of us. We’re grateful for this laidback and welcoming space to call home in what is otherwise an uncertain and discomforting time in our world.

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My Modsy Story: How Working Mom Andrea Brought Her Family’s Dream Living Room to Life

Working mom Andrea wanted to make her new living room a welcoming space but she struggled to find the right furniture (and the time). Read on to learn how Modsy helped her create the cozy living room she and her family wanted.

 

Homeowner: Andrea W. Account Manager for a tech company

Location: Seattle, WA

Room: Living Room

Her Style: Rustic Warmth

The Backstory

Three years ago my family and I moved into a new house. The large living room had no furniture and the pieces I bought just didn’t work. We never used the living room, because I couldn’t figure out how to make it cozy.

But, it wasn’t until I visited a neighbor’s house that I realized how much I needed a space that my family and I could truly enjoy. She had a beautiful living room with the same floor plan as me but her space felt more finished and inviting. Meanwhile, my living room still felt bleak and lacked the warmth and design it needed to feel like home. I knew deep down I needed a change.

“It wasn’t until I visited a neighbors house that I realized how much I needed a space that my family and I could truly enjoy.” 

The Design Dilemma

Even though I knew I needed to change my living room to a space my family would enjoy, I couldn’t find the time. My husband and I both work full-time and have 3 young kids. Between, traveling for work, kiddo activities, and finding time for friends and family… The task of pulling together a room just seemed too daunting.

On top of all that, our living room has two wide entrances and is connected to my kids’ playroom, which made it extra difficult to design. To me, these seemed like two completely different spaces and I didn’t know how to lay-out my furniture to make them work. Honestly, I didn’t even know what size furniture to use or what style would look best. I wasn’t sure about colors or patterns either… All that is to say pulling a new room together seemed like too big of a task for me to tackle without any help.

“Between, work, kiddo activities, and finding time for friends and family… The task of pulling together a room just seemed too daunting. “

The Modsy Moment

Around that time I remember seeing ads for Modsy on Facebook. At first, I was totally skeptical of the service. I thought “It’s a Facebook ad—can you trust it?” It was the customer stories, like this one, that sealed the deal and I decided to give the process a try.

How Modsy Helped Andrea

I bought the Multi-Room package, which includes more 1:1 consults with your designer. This was a total MUST-do for me. My designer was so responsive to my requests along the way—each design she put together got me closer to what I wanted. Plus her design knowledge totally put my mind at ease so I didn’t feel stressed about the design process.

The ability to see the different design options helped me understand what I really liked for my space. I had NO idea that I would end up loving the mid-century modern look the best—MIND BLOWN! It only took a few revisions before I was 100% happy with my look.

Modsy Customer StoryThe Real Results

Modsy totally changed my perceptions about using an online service. Their great design work sold me in no time. Plus their order concierge service made sure I got the best deals on my furniture.  It’s hard to believe it only took a small investment to save a lot of money. With the savings I made purchasing through Modsy I feel like the service paid for itself.

Now, not only do I LOVE my new living room, every single person that sees it loves it too! It pulls people together. It’s so cozy and comfortable we enjoy it daily!

In the wake of everything that is happening with COVID-19 I keep thinking about our Modsy design. I couldn’t be more grateful for this cozy living room while we take shelter in place. It brings me comfort and joy to have a dedicated space I can use with my family on a daily basis. It’s almost like we created extra square footage in the house! Remember if your space isn’t functional, you won’t use it and right now we need to use every single square foot we can while we’re home daily!

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My Modsy Story: How Stacie Went from Tolerating Her Living Room Design to Loving It

Stacie was at a loss when it came to her living room design. See how Modsy helped her turn the cold space into a room that she and her family love.

 

Homeowner: Stacie C, Attorney

Location: Irving, Texas

Room: Formal Living Room

Style: Classic Modern

The Backstory

My family and I moved to our current house in Irving, Texas around four years ago. Since the day we’d moved in, I had a vision of totally redesigning our formal living room but, in reality, I’ve done absolutely nothing to it.

It is one of the first rooms you see when you walk into the house and, frankly, it’s an embarrassment to me! I really wanted to turn it into a welcoming space where friends and family could spend time together chatting and catching up when visiting our home.

The Design Dilemma

I don’t know how I let so much time pass, but the living room became an eyesore that we tolerated. I was way too busy to dive in and remake the room and I really couldn’t visualize ideas for what to do with it. Every idea I had fell flat and didn’t seem exciting to me. The room felt cold and disconnected from me and the rest of our home. I struggled to find a way to make it feel cozy or to choose pieces that would work together in a cohesive style.

The Modsy Moment

I’ve worked with an interior designer before and I really loved the process so I was open to trying that again for our living room design. So, one day when I was looking for ideas online, I stumbled across Modsy by way of a Google search.

I was immediately excited about the concept of having a 3D rendering of my exact space! Plus, it sounded awesome to have the ability to make changes on the spot so I could see exactly how different items would look. I couldn’t wait to get started!

How Modsy’s Designs Helped Stacie

I was very, very happy with both of the initial designs I got back—but one stood out as absolutely right for me. With just a few tweaks, the option I went with was pretty close to the first design that Francesca, our designer, suggested for me.

I requested a few small revisions and really enjoyed swapping new products into the design myself. It was perfect for me because I wanted some say in the design but also the guidance of an expert designer—that is exactly what Francesca gave me!

One thing, in particular, I really loved, was how she treated the area over the fireplace. I would not have thought of the lovely pieces Modsy suggested for that space, but it absolutely works and is more dramatic and artistic than anything I could have come up with myself.

The Real Results

Designing with Modsy was so easy and convenient and we ended up finding furniture options in our budget and saving tons of time and money. There are very few differences in our actual design from what Francesca recommended—everything is the same except a couple of different pillows!

The room feels hip and young, but there are also plenty of soft, cozy touches. It’s exactly what I wanted and have been dreaming of since we moved here. Thanks, Modsy!

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Living In Yellow

Living In Yellow X Modsy: Office Reveal and Tour

Living In YellowHomeowner: Erin of Living in Yellow

Location: Indiana

Room: LIY Headquarters (A staff lounge, Erin’s office, and conference room)

Her Style: Rustic Minimalist

Living In YellowThe Backstory

Since Erin’s blog, Living in Yellow, launched years ago, she’d been working on it out of her home. As the blog grew and her team expanded to six employees over the past two years, they continued working out of her home. But, as the team grew, she felt like they weren’t operating as efficiently as they could be from her in-home office space, and the tight quarters were creating a lot of distractions. Plus, she didn’t want the team to feel like they were intruding on her home life every time they worked from the office.

The Design Dilemma

Erin and her husband have a barn on their property, so they decided to turn it into the official Living in Yellow headquarters. But turning a huge, empty barn into a warm, inviting office space is no small feat.

“Insert Modsy—also known as the unicorn of online-interior-design-made-easy. I was blown away by this service.”

“While I had some ideas of the vibe and space I wanted to create, I didn’t even know where to start and understand how I could make it a reality,” says Erin. “Insert Modsy—also known as the unicorn of online-interior-design-made-easy. I was blown away by this service.”

Living In YellowThe Modsy Moment

Erin took our style quiz and submitted photos of the space to our designers, and we delivered 3D renderings for each of the distinct spaces within her barn—the lounge area, conference room, and Erin’s personal office.

We helped Erin and her team maximize their barn-turned-office and give them all the spaces they needed for their team to thrive and be more efficient and productive.

The Real Results: Tour the New LIY HQ

Erin and the team loved their designs—and loved how they came to life even more. “I can’t say enough thank-you’s to Modsy for truly designing the office of my dreams,” Erin says. Want to see the in-real-life space? Keep reading for the details of each room.

“I can’t say enough thank-you’s to Modsy for truly designing the office of my dreams.”

The Lounge

For the lounge, Erin wanted a relaxing place where the team could gather for casual meetings. She wanted it to double as a space where team members could work (from the comfort of a couch) if they needed a change of environment.

We did this by designing a seating area with two sofas and two side chairs, to give plenty of seating options for when the whole team gathers in that space. A black-and-white color palette keeps the space feeling cohesive, while the variety of patterns on the rug, throw pillows, and artwork adds some fun visual interest.

“Modsy captured this concept perfectly by bringing in enough seating for the seven of us in a modern and clean way,” Erin says. “I was so excited about some of the unique finds they incorporated into this space, the coffee tables being my favorite of all.”

The Office

Erin uses her office for heads-down computer work, one-on-one meetings—and plenty of mirror selfies! Most importantly, it’s a dedicated space where she comes to work, and then leaves it behind when she goes home.

“It feels incredible to have an office of my own that I can enter, know it’s time to work, and then exit, leaving knowing my work is done for the day,” says Erin. “This isn’t something I’ve had before in my 9 years of blogging!”

The only problem when it came to bringing Modsy’s designs to life? Erin says that all of our designs blew her away, so it was hard to land on just one! But she finally narrowed it down and loves the result.

“My office is equal parts warm and inviting while still business-like and professional,” she says. “I loved bringing in some artwork and photos to personalize the space a bit. The layered rugs added such a trendy concept that I am loving and this desk—it’s everything my cement-loving heart could take.”

The Conference Room

The Living in Yellow team uses the conference room to gather for team meetings, share updates, and discuss what’s going on, create dreams and vision for the future—and, of course, make lunch plans.

“I love that Modsy chose conversation-starter pieces to weave throughout our entire office.”

“There were elements we loved from both of the designs that Modsy presented so we decided to take pieces from each to create the space we wanted,” Erin says. “The tables that Modsy picked are SO fun and have the most eye-catching wood detail. I love that Modsy chose conversation-starter pieces to weave throughout our entire office.”

Fun side note: The conference room table is actually just two dining room tables pushed together to create one long table!

Since the conference room is right off of the lounge area, we continued with a black-and-white color scheme in this space but also incorporated a lot of natural wood elements to make it warm and inviting.

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How 5 Bloggers Designed 5 Different Rooms With Modsy

Bloggers! They’re just like us. Even those who write about design, decor, and home trends all day long can still struggle with actually brining their ideas to life. While every Instagram post might be #homegoals, it’s almost guaranteed that they too have at least one room that’s been a “work in progress” for years.

Sound familiar? Continue reading to peek inside the homes of 5 bloggers and see how they used Modsy to transform these challenging spaces once and for all.

A Living Room Revamp with Anika’s DIY Life

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The Blog: Anika’s DIY Life

The Room: An asymmetrical living room

Her Style: Chic Collector

The Challenge: Turning this space from awkward to totally chic

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Anika from Anika’s DIY Life loves sharing her home projects on her blog. But there’s one room in her house that’s been a complete head-scratcher forever. The culprit? Her living room!

The long space has not been easy to decorate, especially with it’s asymmetrical fireplace, so she never really shared the room with her readers.

Anika came to Modsy with a few key pieces she knew wanted to keep in the space but was looking for ideas on how to make it feel a bit less awkward and more refined. With the addition of some warm colors and a dining area, the room finally came to life!

I have made mood boards in the past but nothing compares to actually being able to see the design like it was real and knowing exactly what will work in a space.”

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Master Bedroom Planning with Love & Renovations

Modsy ExamplesThe Blog: Love & Renovations

The Room: Master bedroom

Her Style: Modern Rustic

The Challenge: A cramped bedroom that needed a refresh

Amanda and her husband Corey have struggled with their Master Bedroom for years. While the room is big, it felt cramped and they weren’t sure how to refresh the space.

Amanda said, “we want to add more to it to turn it into more of a retreat, but we’re worried that adding anything would just make it feel even smaller than it already does.”

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After seeing some refreshed wall art, a sleeker and slimmer mirror, wall sconces that take up no floor space and plant life to liven up the room, Amanda was inspired! It’s amazing what a few key changes can do in a space to make it feel brand new.

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Creative Kids Room Design with Reality DayDream

Modsy ExamplesThe Blog: Reality DayDream

The Room: A shared bedroom for their two daughters

Her Style: Mid-Century Chic

The Challenge: Designing a cute and cohesive space for two girls

Bethany and her husband recently purchased a phenomenal historic home in Iowa (seriously, check this house out). And while it has been a whirlwind of renovations and planning, one room they really wanted to finish was a shared bedroom for two of their daughters.

Two girls…easy right? Not so fast. Bethany explained that she was “really struggling with layout and how to fit ALL THE THINGS in this room with it still looking cute and cohesive.”

Modsy ExamplesShe teamed up with Modsy to come up with a game plan. Bethany had a few things she knew they were keeping (like the bunk bed, rug and the bright orange chair) but outside of that needed cute and functional pieces and layout ideas!

The result? Colorful designs with ample space to play, study, and lounge. We can’t wait to see the final reveal.

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Moody Home Office Makeover with 17Apart

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The Blog: 17Apart

The Room: A bedroom turned home office

Her Style: Atomic Industrial

The Challenge: Reimagining their son’s old bedroom into a functional office

A well designed home office should bring peace, productivity and inspiration – right?

Unfortunately, that couldn’t be said about Tim and Mary’s office, which had been a “holding ground and storage space over the last several months.” 

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The space, which was originally a bedroom for their son, hadn’t evolved since he moved out.

Tim and Mary were huge fans of Chris Loves Julia, so when they heard about Modsy’s exclusive collection, they knew they had to sign up. They were most excited about seeing the office in a completely new way, and designed in a style they loved.

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Bringing a Nursery to life with Practically Functional

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The Blog: Practically Functional

The Room: A nursery for her second baby

Her Style: Rustic Warmth

The Challenge: Incorporating a hand-made crib and vintage dresser into a new nursery design.

With a baby on the way, Jessi was looking forward to creating a beautiful nursery but needed help putting all of her ideas together. She knew she wanted to keep the crib her father had made and a gorgeous old dresser, but otherwise she had no clue where to begin.

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Being able to see those two pieces in her exact room (in 3D of course), alongside decor and other nursery staples recommended by Modsy was a total game-changer. Jessi loved the pastel color palette and open layout, making going to-and-from the crib as simple as possible.

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