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My Modsy Story: Giving Our Home Office the Update it Deserves

Quarantine during COVID has presented many unexpected challenges for everyone. For spouses Rebekah and Jack, the extra time at home meant seizing the opportunity to create an office space they loved.

Homeowners: Rebekah and Jack T. HR Consultant and Pharmacy Manager

Location: Waunakee, WI.

Spaces: Home Office

My Style: Refined Industrial

The Backstory

Shortly after moving into their house 10 years ago, Rebekah and her husband Jack had their first son. They had another son three years later and never had the time to really personalize their home office space.

Between work and our growing family, we were unfortunately left with little time to invest in our home!

“Between work and our growing family, we were unfortunately left with little time to invest in our home office! With the pandemic this year, we were finally able to devote some time to spurcing things up.”

The Design Dilemma

Spending more time at home this year not only made it evident that it was time for some updates—but also provided time and motivation to do it. But Rebekah and Jack weren’t quite sure where to start.

“We know what we like, but we were afraid to make a mistake by putting things together that did not belong. As a result, we did nothing for quite a while.”

Designer Insights:

“I wanted to create a home office that was functional for Rebekah and Jack but also felt personal and relaxing. We honed in on their style and I gave them a design that would be simple to implement.”– McKenzie, Rebekah + Jack’s Modsy Designer

The Modsy Moment

Knowing they needed some expert help with designing their office, Rebekah and Jack turned to Modsy–and were so excited with the transformation they saw in their designs.

Our first reaction with all the office designs was how well our style was captured with so little direction.

“Our first reaction to the home office designs was how well our style was captured with so little direction. It was like our designer could see what was in our heads and just brought it to life in our space!”

Designer Insights:

“I love that Jack and Rebekah were so open to pops of color and texture through the accent wall, rug, and other decor. Those elements really give this office space a cozy and layered feel! I added a wall shelf for them to layer family photos and personalize the space. And adding some leather chairs opposite the desk created a comfy reading nook where Rebekah’s kids could curl up with a book while she worked!”–McKenzie, Rebekah + Jack’s Modsy Designer

The Real Results

Rebekah’s designer created a space where their family could both get stuff done and relax—while also offering plenty of storage space. It’s now a space in which they love spending time.

Our favorite part of using Modsy is how good our design makes us feel.

“Our favorite part of using Modsy is how our design makes us feel. Before using the service, we were embarrassed about how the space looked. Now, with our designer’s expert help, we’re proud of how the room looks and love that we’re able to honor the beauty of our home.”

Designer Insights:

“I wanted to make sure to give Rebekah and Jack plenty of function and comfort in their home office design. I focused on scoring items for work and relaxation while also being family-friendly.”–McKenzie, Rebekah + Jack’s Modsy Designer

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My Modsy Story: How Modsy’s VP of Style Designed a Small Nursery With Major Style

When Modsy’s VP of Style, Alessandra Wood, found out she was pregnant, she was thrilled—both by her growing family and her chance to design a nursery with historical style.

 

Name: Alessandra Wood

Occupation: VP of Style at Modsy by day, Design History professor by night

Location: Pacifica, CA

Her Style: Less is More Chic with a whimsical antique flair

Real Home Nursery Design

The Backstory

My husband and I purchased our home 2 years ago. It was our first home together, and we knew it was the place where we’d start our family. We loved that there was this tiny room off the main bedroom that we hoped one day could be our nursery.

Like many women, I experienced challenges getting pregnant, so the room began to take on a sense of heaviness. The space was supposed to be our nursery, but it was still just a dressing room.

Before I got pregnant we used the space as a dressing room, which was nice, especially after years of living in a tiny, 495 square foot apartment in San Francisco. But, like many women, I experienced challenges getting pregnant, so the room began to take on a sense of heaviness. The space was supposed to be our nursery, but it was still just a dressing room. Fortunately, after a lot of meditation, a little luck, and a good dose of science, I finally found out I was pregnant in March of 2020!

The Design Dilemma

Once I knew I was having a baby, I quickly began the process of transforming this space into a nursery. The biggest challenges were the size of the space and, after years of waiting for this moment, the pressure I put on myself to make it perfect.

Once I knew I was having a baby, I quickly began the process of transforming this space into a nursery. The biggest challenges were the size of the space and, after years of waiting for this moment, the pressure I put on myself to make it perfect.

Not only do I teach design history, but I’ve worked in tech and interior design at Modsy for over 5 years. I knew using Modsy’s life-like 3D designs would help me find the right layout and furniture for my nursery and alleviate the pressure I was putting on myself.

Real Home Nursery DesignMy vision was to create a space rooted in classic design with a few modern pieces sprinkled in for a collected vibe. I also wanted to buy furniture that would last for years so my baby could grow-up with beautifully crafted pieces that had ties to the past while being part of her future. But I struggled to decide what pieces I really needed in the room—did I want a regular size crib or a mini crib to save space? Did I need a changing table? What about a glider? I clearly didn’t have room to squeeze in both.

I also had a few unique pieces in mind that I wanted to see designed into the space to make sure I loved how it looked. The first was an antique-inspired brass crib. I knew it would fit perfectly in the space based on measurements, but I wasn’t sure if it would look too big or bulky. The second was a gorgeous William Morris wallpaper called Pimpernel. As anyone who’s listened to my podcast, The Render, knows, I’m a huge fan of Victorian-era design, and Morris is one of my all-time favorite designers.

One of my favorite details is the nursery’s pièce de résistance—a Picasso print of two doves that my mom, Ermelinda gave me. 

Lastly, one of my favorite details is the nursery’s pièce de résistance—a Picasso print of two doves that my mom, Ermelinda gave me. Doves symbolize peace, love, and fidelity, so including this gift from her in the space really brought home the importance of surrounding the baby with art and storytelling.

Real Home Nursery Design

The Modsy Moment

As both a design expert and someone who’s used the tech, I can tell you that seeing your space in 3D with all the design elements in place is really empowering and was really reassuring for me with this important project.

Seeing the Modsy 3D designs made everything feel so much more real as we waited for the furniture (and baby) to arrive.

The best part was the 3D designs made it easy for me to share my vision with my husband, so we were both invested and happy with space. Plus, his parents wanted to gift us a crib, and being able to show them the antique-inspired brass one we wanted via the 3D design was a great way to share our vision and excitement.

Seeing the Modsy 3D designs made everything feel so much more real as we waited for the furniture (and baby) to arrive.

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The Real Results

Now that the designs are complete everything in the space feels specifically chosen for our baby. I wanted her to be surrounded by good design and imagery that would shape her childhood memories as well as pieces that could be in her room and our home for decades to come. Using Modsy, I was able to fully ensure that my design vision was realized and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Using Modsy, I was able to fully ensure that my nursery design vision was realized and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

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My Modsy Story: Rediscovering My Old Self With a New Design

When her two eldest children left the nest Lisa decided she wanted a fresh design for her space with ties to her past. Using Modsy she was able to bring the old and new together.

Customer home makeover

 

Homeowner: Lisa H.

Spaces: Living Room and Office

Her Style: Mod Collector

Customer home makeoverThe Backstory

Lisa and her husband were living with the furniture they bought when they moved into their house 18 years ago. After raising three kids in that home, their furniture was a bit worn, to say the least. When two of her kids moved out of the house this past year, Lisa decided it was time to freshen up the living room and turn one of the kid’s bedrooms into her office.

“When we first moved into our house, we had two little kids and just wanted something sturdy—the furniture was just about function. By the time they moved out, I was sick of our space, and I actually started looking at new houses online. But then I was like—I don’t need to move, I just need to re-decorate!”

“By the time the kids moved, I was sick of our space, and I actually started looking at new houses online. But then I was like—I don’t need to move, I just need to re-decorate!” 

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The Design Dilemma

Knowing she wanted a fresh, more grown-up space for her husband and herself, Lisa was ready for a brand new style. But, she didn’t know what that style should be or how to source new furniture that would fit with the pieces she wanted to keep.

Customer home makeover

“I had no idea what my style was. This space had been about our kids—but with two of them grown and one teenager, we decided it was time to make our space feel more adult. I knew I’d be spending money on furniture, and I wanted to foolproof that investment to make sure I was buying the right items. I just wanted extra guidance for the process. Since I wasn’t sure how to pull it off on my own, I decided to try Modsy.”

Customer home makeover

The Modsy Moment

Using Modsy, Lisa worked one-on-one with a designer who helped her find furniture that fit perfectly with the items she wanted to keep in her home—like a Korean cabinet and some artwork from her grandmother. Lisa’s Modsy designer managed to create a new design that felt both fresh and personal.

Customer home makeover

“When I opened up my designs, I was stunned. They were nothing near what I expected, but totally perfect. My designer did a great job of seamlessly integrating my belongings into the design. She took my valued items, all cherished but stylistically disparate, and merged them together in a way that looked cohesive with the new furniture.”

Customer home makeover

“My designer even incorporated my love of travel photography into the designs and selected artwork that reflected that interest.”

“My designer even incorporated my love of travel photography into the designs and selected artwork that reflected that interest. The art she chose actually inspired me to go back into my own travel photography archives and find meaningful photos to hang in my office space. The whole Modsy experience helped me tap into my own creativity and bring more of my own vision and personality into my living room and office design. I literally bought everything I needed for the space in a single day! “

Customer home makeover

 

“The whole Modsy experience helped me tap into my own creativity and bring more of my own vision and personality into my living room and office design. I literally bought everything I needed for the space in a single day!”

Customer home makeover

Customer home makeover

The Real Results

Before using Modsy, Lisa never spent much time in the living room and never had a dedicated space to call her own. Now that the living room is redesigned, Lisa finds herself relaxing in it constantly. As for the office, she couldn’t be happier to have a space that reflects her style and interests.

“Both of these spaces are everything I hoped for and more. The living room is so nice now. I love how we got our grown-up space that ties together the old and the new in a meaningful and pleasing way. And I absolutely love my office. It’s the first time I’ve had my very own space in this house. Before, I was taking Zoom calls from the bar counter in the dining room. Now, I have a dedicated workspace that’s also home to my personal interests. It’s so much MY space. My sewing machine, knitting projects, books, and travel photos all have a home in this room. After so many years of our home being geared toward our kids, who I adore, it feels special to have a space that’s all my own.”

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My Modsy Story: Creating a Place of Peace in a Season of Grief

After her mother’s death, Sandra wanted to redecorate her childhood home as a way to process her grief. Her Modsy designer helped transform her home, preparing her for the next phase of life.

 

Homeowner: Sandra

Spaces: Living Room, Family Room, Office, and Bedroom

Her Style: Mod Enthusiast

The Backstory

When her mother passed away, Sandra was overcome with a tremendous sense of loss. She found herself alone in the home they had shared for many years and was reminded of her mother everywhere she looked. She knew that making space her own with new designs would help her with the grieving process—but she had no idea how to get started.

“I wasn’t sure what my design style was, and I had given my brother most of the furniture. I was completely stressed and overwhelmed!”

The Design Dilemma

Since she had given away most of her mother’s furniture, the home was a blank slate. But thinking through how to fill and design the main rooms proved quite difficult.

“I have limited decorating experience and honestly didn’t know how to decorate a house. I was frustrated and overwhelmed and I couldn’t decide how to furnish the rooms on my own.”

“I was frustrated and overwhelmed and I couldn’t decide how to furnish the rooms on my own.”

Designer Insights:

“Sandra is slowly redecorating her childhood home and wanted to make this space truly her own. My goal was to provide her with personalized designs for her space that she could bring to life over time, as her budget allowed” –Ciara R., Sandra’s Modsy Designer

 

The Modsy Moment

Unsure of how to begin, Sandra was relieved to hand over the reins to her Modsy designer, Ciara. In the end, she was thrilled with how Ciara virtually transformed her space.

“I was in absolute awe when I saw my Modsy designs. It was so fun to see the actual rooms in my home, designed virtually with new furniture. I loved the results!”

Designer Insights:

“Sandra liked the idea of using a lot of whites in her design—but she wanted to make sure her space didn’t feel too cold. I added pops of colors through the rugs, pillows, and some golden decor accents. Incorporating some small wood elements also helped add some warmth to her space.” – Ciara R., Sandra’s Modsy Designer

The Real Results

Sandra’s designer kept her mother’s memory alive by working with the architecture of her home—but it got a stylish upgrade that reflected Sandra’s style and needs for the space.

“Modsy changed my life. My mother was my best friend. After she died, I was not only heartbroken and grieving, but I was overwhelmed with making my childhood home my own. Every room reminded me of my mother’s presence. My Modsy designer assisted me in transforming every room, giving me a home that feels personalized and special. It’s now a place of peace. I’m grateful for the inspirational design changes that have taken place and will continue to consult with my Modsy designer to enhance the environmental peace in my home.”

“My Modsy designer assisted me in transforming every room, giving me a home that feels personalized and special. It’s now a place of peace.”

Designer Insights:

“Using a white color palette in every room helped create a sense of cohesion throughout Sandra’s home—and definitely showed off her personality.

“In her home office, I added a fur rug to the reading nook to help separate this space from the rest of the office and make it its own cozy section. Since this workspace is in the basement and gets limited natural light, I also added some plants, which bring some life into the space.” –Ciara R., Sandra’s Modsy Designer

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Our Modsy Story: How We Created a Perfectly Cohesive and Cozy Mountain Getaway

Yates & Liz wanted to carve out a little slice of heaven for people to get away during hectic times. For them, that meant finding a design service that could turn a dated farmhouse into a cozy retreat.

 

Homeowners: Yates & Liz

Space: Multi-Room Vacation House

Our Style: Modern Rustic

Views from outside the farmhouse rental

Read on to learn how Modsy designer Becky S. helped the couple find the look for their mountain getaway.

The Backstory

When Yates & Liz bought a private farmhouse atop Old Forge Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains, they did so with the vision of creating a beautiful vacation rental retreat where guests could hunker down and relax. The house was entirely empty and they needed help coming up with a design that would ensure the interior of the house was as beautiful as its scenic surroundings.

Views of the farmhouse rental before Modsy

“It was important to us that the entire house be designed all at once because we wanted a cohesive look for the entire space instead of piecemeal looks for the individual spaces that wouldn’t flow together.”

See Yates’s & Liz’s space transformed in 3D 

The Design Dilemma

Yates & Liz knew from the beginning that they needed an expert eye to help them achieve the look and feel they wanted for thier farmhouse.

A design for the living area of Yates & Liz’s vacation rental

“The space was super large and dated. It easily could have become a hodgepodge mess even with lots of love and great intentions. Getting help from a professional designer was so important.”

View of the living area in Yates & Liz’s vacation rental

Designer insight:

“From the beginning, I knew Yates & Liz wanted the space to function as a vacation rental, so the goal was to make every room cohesive but still fun and inviting. The biggest challenge (though, a really fun one!) was making sure each room had a unique look and feel but that they all still visually worked together as a cohesive whole.” –Becky

Design for a reading nook in the vacation rental 

The Modsy Moment

When the couple discovered Modsy, they knew they’d found the answer to their design conundrum. Bundling each room into the same project and collaborating with the same designer was exactly what he needed to achieve a cohesive look for his entire farmhouse.

The reading nook in real life

“Having the ability to see designs for each room before making purchases was key. This helped us feel confident that, as we purchased pieces, they would fit a cohesive vision for the whole house.”

Bunk beds in a design for a shared kids room in the vacation rental

The space in real life

How Modsy Helped Yates & Liz

Yates & Liz loved that their designer, Becky, was not only able to make each room in the house work together but also that she took their ideas in new directions that they wouldn’t have thought of alone.

A design for a sunroom in the vacation rental

“Once we saw my designer’s plan, we started getting really excited about bringing it to life. We loved that we were able to contribute ideas—like using a green sofa in the main living space—and our designer was able to incorporate them and take the idea to the next level.”

The same sunroom in real life

Designer Insights:

“Layering colors and textures is key when you want a cozy, lived in, yet very unique and interesting space. For Yates & Liz’s house, I focused on artfully mixing colors, textures, and materials in a way that made the spaces feel intentional. And speaking of color—the green sofa is one of my favorite parts of the whole design. That, paired with a lot of natural textures in accent chairs and fun pops of colors in rugs is what stole the show!” –Becky

A design for a master bedroom with a work area

The same bedroom in real life

The Real Results

Yates & Liz ended up with an upscale private farmhouse rental with a mid-century-meets-cozy vibe. The house’s relaxed and fun atmosphere makes it easy for guests to soak in the bucolic Blue Ridge Mountains scenery. If you ever find yourself staying there, you’ll have the option of visiting the many nearby towns, but you may find it hard to leave this charming mountain retreat.

“We’re thrilled with how everything turned out. It’s better than we could have imagined, and working with our Modsy designer, Becky, on such a large project helped us achieve what we never could have done on our own.”

View of a nightstand in a master bedroom in the vacation rental

Designer Insights:

“One thing I love about working at Modsy is  having the opportunity to work on so many different types of spaces. Yates’ project was exciting because he wanted his rental to be full of fun, vibrant, and cozy vibes, and we were able to make that happen—making each room feel unique while keeping a cohesive vision for the whole house!” –Becky

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My Modsy Story: How I Filled My House with Cozy Curated Style

Without the curatorial skills to create the cozy feel she wanted for her home Deana was left with an empty house and no idea where to get started.

Read on to learn how she filled her empty house with designs she loves and get key insights from the Modsy designer that brought her space together.

 

Homeowner: Deana

Room: Whole House

My Style: Rustic Warmth

The Backstory

Deana loves home decorating shows and feels passionate about design. But, like many people, when it came to putting together a new home, she found herself stooped.

“I’m a big fan of HGTV, and I always have strong opinions on every space they do. I’ll either say, “OMG, I love that,” or “ew no, that’s gross,” but I never react impartially to any design. That said, I’m not a decorator, so I’m sure you can imagine that when my husband and I moved from a 425 square ft apartment to a 2,600 square foot house with no furniture, I didn’t know where to start.”

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The Design Dilemma

Deana knew 2 things at the outset of her design journey. 1 she had trouble putting a space together alone, and 2 she’d know a good design when she saw it but she needed some outside help to get started. Determined to find a great design for her new home, she started researching online design.

“I’ve never been a natural at getting the home look I am going for. For example, I like a cozy vibe in my spaces, so I tend to overcrowd rooms when I design them on my own.”

“I’ve never been a natural at getting the home look I am going for. For example, I like a cozy vibe in my spaces, so I tend to overcrowd rooms when I design them on my own. But for my new home, I knew I wanted something that felt curated but cozy without being crowded. So I started looking for help online.

My search for interior design services took me to a Facebook group. People there raved about Modsy. After deliberating for a while, I decided to purchase 6 rooms.”

Deana’s livingroom

Designer Insights:

“Deana was having trouble selecting and coordinating the right items for her home to create a cohesive look. So I helped her “try on” many different options for her rooms and showed her various wall colors to land on the perfect style for her home.” –Cassandra, Deana’s Modsy Designer

Deana’s entryway

The Modsy Moment

Once she had sent all her Modsy project details, Deana was very excited to see the results.

“I couldn’t picture how things should look on my own. But, when I saw the designs, I was in love!”

“I’ll be honest, I was a little nervous waiting for my Modsy designs to come back. I just wasn’t sure they’d be able to deliver on all my hopes for the space, especially when I couldn’t picture how things should look on my own. But, when I saw the designs, I was in love! They were exactly what I had asked for but couldn’t visualize on my own. I began ordering furniture almost immediately.”

Deana’s entryway with view credenza

Designer Insights:

“Deana has a really cozy personal style, and I kept that in mind when putting all her rooms together. I wanted to elevate that coziness with some more traditional foundational furniture in each space to really help create a cohesive and inviting feel to her whole home.

For example, in her living room, the sofa and love-seat are from the same Crate & Barrel set. They add a touch of formality to the room, but the armchairs and poufs feel more fun and casual. Together these items create a look that elevates the space without making it feel stuffy.” –Cassandra, Deana’s Modsy Designer

Deana’s bedroom

The Real Results

Now that Deana has used Modsy she’s having a real HGTV “OMG I love that” moment of her own.

“I loved my entire Modsy experience, I especially love the design of my bedroom vanity area. My designer used a lovely desk with lots of storage, a cozy highback chair, and a beautiful mirror with mother-of-pearl inlay to bring the space together.”

“I loved my entire Modsy experience, I especially love the design of my bedroom vanity area. My entire life, I’ve gotten ready hunched over a mirror in the corner of my room, and I’ve never had a dedicated space just for getting ready. My designer used a lovely desk with lots of storage, a cozy highback chair, and a beautiful mirror with mother-of-pearl inlay to bring the space together. (I’m a huge fan of pearls, so I was delighted that they included the mirror–it is SO beautiful.) Having a cozy and pampering space like this is incredibly wonderful. It really epitomizes how my whole house feels after using Modsy–like a home.”

Deana’s bedroom vanity 

Designer Insights:

“It was truly such a pleasure bringing this space together for Deana. It’s wonderful knowing she gets as much joy out of living in her space as I did helping her create it.” –Cassandra, Deana’s Modsy Designer

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My Modsy Story: How Modsy Transformed My Entryway Into an At-Home Coffee Shop

Nicole knew she wanted to do something special with her entryway foyer—but she wasn’t sure how to bring her ideas to life in a way that had a cohesive look and feel.

Homeowner: Nicole C. Non-profit Director + food blogger

Location: St. Charles, MO

Room: Entryway

Her Style: Reclaimed Visionary

The Backstory

When we moved into our new house, we had almost no furniture. Our space was kind of sad and empty—but we knew it had great potential! We just weren’t sure what to do with it. We were especially struggling with the entryway area right off the front door. We didn’t want it to be just a large entryway foyer, but we also didn’t want it to be a sitting room. But other than those two options, we didn’t know what else to do with the space!

The Design Dilemma

My husband and I have both been WFH since COVID started and we wanted to make our entryway into a space we both loved since we’re there all the time now. I started digging around Pinterest and came across some great ideas for at-home coffee bars. I’m a food blogger, so I liked the idea of having my passion for good food and drinks inspire this space. The only problem was I couldn’t visualize how the space could come together and I felt overwhelmed by the thought of sourcing all the products and creating a cohesive look and feel on my own. So, I turned to Google, and that’s when I found Modsy!

“I’m a food blogger, so I liked the idea of having my passion for good food and drinks inspire this space. but I was having a hard time visualizing how it could come together and felt overwhelmed with sourcing all the products and creating a cohesive look and feel.”

The Modsy Moment

I was completely blown away when I got my first designs. I was so excited that I immediately texted them to a few friends! I loved how our designer sent us some layouts to consider for our “coffee shop” before picking out all the pieces that would go in the space. That extra step gave us clarity on what we wanted and needed for the room.

“I was completely blown away when I got my first designs. I was so excited that I immediately texted them to a few friends!”

The Real Results

I’m so happy with our new space. Our designer did an awesome job! I never would have been able to make our little coffee shop on my own—at least not without some major headaches! And Modsy lets you easily buy everything at once, which saved me so much time and energy.

“I’m so happy with our new space . . . I never would have been able to make our little coffee shop on my own—at least not without some major headaches!”

I can’t tell you what it means to have a space that feels like a daily getaway just a few feet away from my bedroom door. Having an at-home coffee shop/office is really helpful especially during COVID when daily rituals have become so important to creating a sense of security. We feel so blessed to be in this home and are so happy we used Modsy, which we also used to help with our living room and dining room designs because we enjoyed the experience so much—we basically never want to leave any of these spaces!

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Our Modsy Story: How We Found the Perfect Design For Our Unique Style and 2 Spaces

Gema & Kev had 2 new empty spaces to make feel like home with a unique Cayman Islands style vision. But they had no idea how to execute their design ideas.

Read their story and learn how their Modsy designer, Mckenzie, turned their island dreams into a real paradise.

 

Homeowners: Gema & Kev

Rooms: Living-Dining Room + Guest Studio

Their Style: Rustic Traveler

Views of the couple’s guest studio before Modsy

The Backstory

We were moving into our first home, with our newborn and first puppy (!) so it was really important to have an elegant design that worked for the entire family. Plus, we had an extra studio space downstairs that we wanted to use as a vacation rental and place to host guests. But we didn’t want to just buy a bunch of random furniture and call it done. Kev and I both wanted to make our home feel modern and welcoming so our family could feel at home. We knew we needed an expert opinion to help us get there.

“We didn’t want to buy a bunch of random furniture and call it done. Kev and I both wanted to make each space feel modern and welcoming so both our family and our guests would feel at home.”

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The Design Dilemma

We had no idea how to design either the guest space or our living-dining room. But we did know the style we wanted to achieve, which was kind of a modern world traveler influenced by living in the Cayman Islands. A super specific vision to say the least, but we hoped the right designs service could help us make our ambitious vision a reality.

Gema & Kev’s living-dining area entryway

Designer insight:

“Gema and Kev came to me with some really amazing ideas for their spaces. But they, like many clients, had trouble replicating the bright and airy look they envisioned without it feeling stark or cold.” – McKenzie, Gema + Kev’s Modsy Designer

Gema + Kev’s guest studio sleeping space

The Modsy Moment

Our jaws dropped when we saw the 3D designs our Modsy designer, McKenzie created for both spaces! Everything just looked so real. The best part was knowing that all the pieces in our designs were actually ready to be bought!

“Our jaws dropped when we saw our designs for both spaces!”

The couple’s living room and dining area

Designer insight:

“I had so much fun putting together Gema and Kev’s designs, selecting products I knew they’d love, and that would work for their unique spaces! I used a lot of natural materials and light colors for them to get the Cayman Islands feel which was the perfect combo with all of their tropical plants.” – Mackenzie, Gema + Kev’s Modsy Designer

Entry and clothing storage for the guest studio

How Modsy Helped Gema & Kev

Our designer did an amazing job putting both spaces together. She incorporated our taste and made some great suggestions, like acrylic furniture which we never would have thought of but now I’m obsessed with! The acrylic stools in our living room look amazing.

Our designer incorporated our taste and made some great suggestions, like acrylic furniture which we never would have thought of but now I’m obsessed! It looks amazing in our dining room.

The couple’s open living-dining space

Designer insight:

“Acrylic is one of my favorite materials to use in small spaces because its clean look lends itself really well to minimalistic designs and balances out the more organic woven items.”  – Mackenzie, Gema + Kev’s Modsy Designer

Guest studio living and sleeping spaces

The Real Results

What can I say? Before Modsy our house was just an empty space. Now it’s a wonderful home for our family.

Gema + Kev’s elegant dining area

Designer insight:

“Striking the right balance between modern and warm can be a little intimidating for clients, but it’s really just all about using a variety of textures. Bringing their vision of two airy yet cozy spaces to life is why I love designing for Modsy!” – Mackenzie, Gema + Kev’s Modsy Designer

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My Modsy Story: How I Found a Style to Complement My Modern Ranch Home

After moving from a traditional house into a home mid-century style ranch house, Samantha struggled to find a modern yet cozy style that worked for the new space. 

Finding style to match your space

 

Homeowner: Samantha March

Location: Des Moines, IA

Room: Living Room

Her Style: Rustic Warmth

Real Customer Story

The Backstory

I’m a literary blogger, make-up vlogger, and author, so I’m not without strengths. However, interior design is just not one of them. So when my husband, puppy, and I moved from our traditional style starter home into a modern ranch house, I knew I needed a little help with the decor. I just didn’t realize how much help I needed until some friends came over, and after seeing our new space with our old things, asked: “So, when are you going to do something with this room?” Ouch!

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The Design Dilemma

Because our new house is a Mid-Century-Modern ranch with an open concept, our more traditional furniture looked very out of place. We knew we wanted to stay in the new house longer than our starter home and wanted more “grown-up” modern feeling furniture that fit with space.

In addition to more modern furniture, I wanted the living area to feel cozy and find a way to distinguish it as its own space within the open floor plan. I just had no idea how to make it happen on my own.

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The Modsy Moment

I heard about modsy through my sister-in-law, who shared Modsy’s refer a friend program with me to try out the service. I’m so glad I took her advice.

From the moment I saw my designs, I knew I was in love with Modsy—I wish I could try every design they showed me and have a different living room look for each day of the week. But seeing the different design versions in my room virtually was the next best thing!

The Modsy design process was so great! It let me see what the final room would look like before I even purchased anything. The designer even showed me how to “zone” the living space by picking the perfect rug to make it feel cozier with our open floor plan.

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How Modsy Helped Samantha

Seeing what my space would look like before purchasing furniture made me feel confident that the furniture purchases I made were the right ones. We liked the process so much I purchased a second package for help on redesigning our primary bedroom!

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The Real Results

The room feels completely different. Before our Modsy design, my husband and I were never in our living room, and now we both love sitting in there, watching TV, or reading. Our dog loves the new space too—she’s a big fan of the rug, so she’s not on the cold floor, and the room is so much more inviting and open.

 

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My Modsy Story: How Modsy Helped Me Bring My Vision to Life

Carlos had ideas of what he wanted for his new home—but he wasn’t sure how to bring it all together.

 

Homeowner: Carlos F. Software Sales Rep

Location: Manor, TX

Rooms: Open Living Dining Room

His Style: Atomic Industrial

The Backstory

When I moved into my new house, I wasn’t sure what to do with my open living room/dining room. It was totally empty, which offers a great blank slate for design. But I had so many ideas of what I wanted and couldn’t visualize how to bring them all into one space. Honestly, I had no clue how to fill the space.

Customer Story

The Design Dilemma

I’m good at choosing furniture pieces that look good individually, but then I get stuck because they don’t look good together. When it comes to coordinating colors, styles, and overall vibe I get totally lost. When I’ve attempted it in the past, things end up not matching or going together. So, when it came to my new home, I didn’t know where to start and how to choose the furniture for the atmosphere I wanted to create.

I’m good at choosing furniture pieces that look good individually, but then I get stuck, because they don’t look good together.

The Modsy Moment

Knowing I couldn’t tackle this on my own, I did a quick Google search for solutions—and that’s when I came across Modsy. I loved the designs I saw on Modsy’s website and how flexible they were with taking into account existing furniture. With the ability to see the concept with my actual room and layout, I knew I had found my solution.

With the ability to see the concept with my actual room and layout, I knew I had found my solution.

How Modsy Helped Carlos

Before working with Modsy, I was frustrated that I didn’t have the design savvy to pull my ideas together and bring them to life in my space. So, I had trouble imagining that Modsy could make the process easy and fun. But I’m happy to report I was wrong! I loved how quickly the initial designs came through and how easy (and fast!) it was to work with my designer to make changes.

The whole process was smooth, quick, and painless—and, best of all, cost-effective. It was so much better than I thought it would be, and with a wonderful result. My designer knew what they were doing. I would have never been able to come up with such a good layout on my own!

My designer knew what they were doing. I would have never been able to come up with such a good layout on my own!

The Real Results

I love my new space! It feels really chill and versatile. I can have a nice dinner date at home or enjoy a relaxing cup of coffee in the morning. I love how the living room and dining room feel like different spaces, even though it’s an open layout. But the whole design also feels really cohesive.

I especially love the decorative wine rack and the accent chairs. I would have never thought of something like those wine racks, and guests always comment on how nice they look. And changing out the light fixture made a massive difference in the space. The layout wouldn’t be complete without it!

My designer really captured my style and helped me figure out how to bring in pieces I already had with new furniture and decor that I wouldn’t otherwise have found. The concept is exactly what I was going for.

My designer really captured my style and helped me figure out how to bring in pieces I already had with new furniture and decor that I wouldn’t otherwise have found. The concept is exactly what I was going for.

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Modsy Story: How I Got Help Designing a Restful Bedroom Haven

Customer Story

 

Homeowner: Koula B.  Voice over artist

Location: Aledo, TX

Rooms: Master Bedroom

Her Style: Chic Collector

 

The Backstory

My husband and I have two sets of twins under the age of two, so to say life is a bit hectic is an understatement!  We had just built a new home, so we decided we needed to decorate the master bedroom first. In our previous home, we decorated the rest of the house and never got around to finishing the master bedroom because our first set of twins arrived, and life got much busier! There were always other things to do or spend our money on. Also, our cat had shredded our previous headboard, so we knew we needed some new furniture anyway.

We wanted our master bedroom to be our sanctuary and between the twins and the cat, we were due a bit of tranquility. However, during the building process, we found out we were expecting our second set of twins. At that point, I was adamant our bedroom would be decorated before the babies arrived, as I would definitely need a peaceful place to grab a few minutes rest now and again!

My husband and I have two sets of twins under the age of two, so to say life is a bit hectic is an understatement! So, we wanted our master bedroom to be our sanctuary.

Customer Story

The Design Dilemma

Since we were building our house, the room was a blank slate—but that actually made it overwhelming, and I wasn’t sure where to start. I generally like colorful, vibrant hues but thought those might be overwhelming in a bedroom. I wasn’t sure how to strike the balance of what I naturally gravitate toward while still making our bedroom a restful place. On top of that, I had one set of twins and was pregnant with another set, so I really didn’t have the bandwidth to think about how to design our master bedroom.

I wasn’t sure how to strike the balance of what I naturally gravitate toward while still making our bedroom a restful place.

Customer StoryThe Modsy Moment

We used Modsy at our previous home to plan the nursery for our first set of twins. There’s so much I appreciate about Modsy—the 3D renderings, being able to switch out items, the price point! I had such a good experience picking out the layout and decor of the nursery. So, when it came to designing our master bedroom, I was excited to work with a Modsy designer again.

There’s so much I appreciate about Modsy—the 3D renderings, being able to switch out items, the price point!

Customer StoryHow Modsy Helped Koula

 Our designer helped us land on a layout we love and they picked out furniture that’s beautiful and fits in our space. But I did want to adjust the color palette a bit after getting our initial designs. So, I had a call with my designer, she understood what I wanted right away, and the next design she sent me was perfect, and the one we ended up using.

Customer StoryThe Real Results

I love my master bedroom design. It is exactly the haven I need to escape from the madness of having two sets of twins under the age of two. This space is beautiful and helps remind me of the “me” I was before I was a mom. Our master bedroom isn’t generally a room that other people see, but I really enjoy spending time in my restful sanctuary every day. And even though my husband doesn’t care too much about design and decor, I’m happy he has a relaxing space, too! I would highly recommend Modsy to others.

I loved my master bedroom design. It is exactly the haven I need to escape from the madness of having two sets of twins under the age of two. This space is beautiful and helps remind me of the ‘me’ I was before I was a mom.

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My Modsy Story: How I Transformed My Living Room into the Perfect Coastal Retreat

Nicole and her husband are busy, so they wanted their home to feel like the perfect coastal retreat—but they needed some help getting there.

 

Homeowner: Nicole G. Marketing Rep.

Location: San Francisco, CA.

Rooms: Open Living Room

Their Style: Contemporary Connoisseur

The Backstory

When getting ready to move into our new home, my husband and I knew we needed some help with the design. I enjoy home design and wanted to be hands-on with the process—but since I work full-time I knew I couldn’t do it myself. And I just didn’t have the time for a traditional design service.

Plus, I’m pretty picky with interior design. I know what I do and don’t like, but I don’t always know how to bring that vision to life. My husband and I both work a lot, so we wanted our home to have a vacation vibe—a place that felt comfortable and pulled together, where we could really relax at the end of the day.

My husband and I both work a lot, so we wanted our home to have a vacation vibe—a place that felt comfortable and pulled together, where we could really relax at the end of the day.

The Design Dilemma

The space was completely empty when we started thinking about the design. The blank slate made it full of possibility—but also made it really overwhelming to think about how it could all come together into a finished space! Plus, I was just too busy to tackle the design on my own.

I had tried Havenly, a different online interior design service, before and I wasn’t thrilled with the results. I felt limited and uninspired by their flat, 2D style boards and felt like they didn’t really capture my vision. If I was going to invest in another online design service, I knew I wanted one where I had more options and could be more hands-on. I didn’t want to put money into it if I wasn’t going to end up with a design I really loved.

The Modsy Moment

I heard about Modsy through social media and was impressed by their 3D designs and the fact that my designer would continue to work with me until I was 100% happy with my design. So, I decided to give it a shot.

I liked my first two designs but knew they weren’t exactly what I needed for the space, so I started experimenting with my designs using the 3D style editor, which let me swap out items in my design and try out other ideas. I loved having the ability to try out different design ideas with the 3D style editor. Some of them worked and some of them were a total bust! But, it kept me from getting stuck on an idea that would never work for my space. And my designer took my ideas to the next level, in a way I never could have done on my own!

I loved having the ability to try out different design ideas with the 3D style editor . . . And my designer took my ideas to the next level, in a way I never could have done on my own!

How Modsy Helped Nicole

With Modsy’s life-like 3D designs, I was able to feel confident in what my space would really look like in real life—something that was missing with my experience with Havenly. Having the ability to make design changes empowered me to make the right purchases, and guidance from my expert designer helped bring my ideas up a notch. She was so receptive to my ideas and suggestions, and she built on them to make them better. I loved the additional perspective from my designer, and she had some design ideas that I never would have thought of on my own. I was so relieved that we were able to land on a design that worked for our space and that my husband and I really love!

The Real Results

I love my new space! The open living room is now just what I was looking for—a space that feels like an endless vacation! It’s cozy and relaxed—a perfect getaway from my busy life, complete with a beachy vibe. I love how my living room turned out—and it feels so good knowing I explored all the options for my space before landing on the final design. That gives me so much confidence that this is the right layout and design for my space. It’s exactly what I want! Every time I walk into the room, I feel transported, like it’s my own private oasis.

The open living room is now just what I was looking for—a space that feels like an endless vacation! . . . Every time I walk into the room, I feel transported, like it’s my own private oasis.

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My Modsy Story: How Modsy Helped Me Design a Refuge for Recovery

When Jeff opened a transitional living house, he knew how to help his residents heal—but he needed help designing a safe space where their healing could happen.

Real Customer Story

 

Homeowner: Jeff M., Recovery Specialist

Location: Plano, TX

Rooms: Living Room, TV Room, Breakfast Area, Dining Area, Sunroom

Their Style: Rustic Warmth

The Backstory

I run Fireside Recovery, a transitional living house for men transitioning from inpatient substance treatment. Our house gives them a place to live; build community; and have the accountability, support, and resources they need on their recovery journey before going back into independent living.

The Design Dilemma

As someone who’s been through the recovery process myself, I know first-hand the important role an environment plays in recovery. Because of that, great interior design was key to this healing space.

This home was a new build, filled with empty rooms, which gave us a blank slate. We wanted to create a space that would make our residents feel comfortable and at home. We had five main community rooms in this home that we wanted to be relaxing for our residents and we also wanted to make all the rooms coordinate and flow together.

I had a hard time visualizing how to fill a whole house with furniture, art, and accessories, and make it look beautiful and cohesive.

To say I was overwhelmed at the thought of tackling this on my own is an understatement. I had a hard time visualizing how to fill a whole house with furniture, art, and accessories, and make it look beautiful and cohesive. Plus, I was so busy getting the business side of Fireside Recovery up and running that I had no time to think about interior design.

The Modsy Moment

I’ve worked with a traditional design service in the past and knew we needed something faster as residents were moving in soon. It was also important that the space was well designed, which I knew I couldn’t do on my own. I had heard about Modsy on Instagram and learned that they could deliver great designs with less turnaround time—so I decided to give them a try.

How Modsy Helped Jeff

Honestly, I could not have done this on my own. In my past experiences of working with interior designers, a lot of time was taken up by shopping together and going to various stores, and it was difficult to work within a budget while getting everything we needed.

I love how Modsy streamlined the interior design process. It saved me so much time and energy. I was able to decorate the whole house without ever leaving my home!

I felt comfortable from the very beginning with Modsy, and I love how Modsy streamlined the interior design process. My designer sent me design ideas in a virtual version of our exact room, and I was able to ask for tweaks and changes until each room was just the way I wanted. Then, I was able to easily shop each of the room designs to get the furniture and decor that I needed. It saved me so much time and energy. I was able to decorate the whole house without ever leaving my home! With Modsy’s help, I was able to focus my energy on Fireside Recovery’s mission and programming, ensuring we’d be ready for guests when we opened.

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Real Customer Story

The Real Results

Modsy’s designers were so patient and accommodating and helped create the recovery home of our dreams. Each space flows into the next and is designed in a way that I never could have imagined on my own. We now have a residential recovery home where our residents can really feel at home. I feel so happy knowing the space is comfortable and welcoming, making it easier for residents to focus on healing and growth.

I feel so happy knowing the space is comfortable and welcoming, making it easier for residents to focus on healing and growth.

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My Modsy Story: How I Found a Design Worthy of My Remodeled Home

After working hard to complete a big remodel, Jennifer wanted a design that matched her beautiful space. But she struggled to find an interior design that lived up to her expectations.

Customer Story

 

Homeowner: Jennifer D, Entrepreneur

Location: Troy, NY

Room: Dining Room

Her Style: Contemporary Connoisseur

Customer StoryThe Backstory

My husband and I were going through a lot of firsts when we decided it was time to redecorate our home. Not only had we recently bought our house, but we also completely remodeled the first floor, and we had a baby, all in a year! Once the dust had settled and our whirlwind year was complete, I wanted to decorate the dining room space that I’d worked so hard to remodel.

Customer StoryThe Design Dilemma

After the remodel was complete, I found myself at a loss—I just didn’t know how to find items that lived up to my expectations of what the dining room should be. I was so invested in my home that I’d lost the ability to successfully decorate it on my own. I wanted an expert eye to look at my space and give me ideas on what would work for my space. I knew I’d never settle on a cohesive look alone, and I was so busy with the new baby I just didn’t have time to figure out what I needed.

I found myself at a loss—I just didn’t know how to find items that lived up to my expectations of what the dining room should be.

Customer StoryThe Modsy Moment

I first heard about Modsy through an ad on Hulu. I wasn’t 100% sure what I was signing up for, but the ad intrigued me. I knew I had all this space that I needed decorating, and I was still too busy to use a traditional design service, so I took the leap.

Customer StoryHow Modsy Helped Jennifer

I would never have come up with the design ideas that our Modsy designer gave us. They were everything I wanted but never could have pulled off, dreamed up, or sourced myself. They even took into account the baby and added pieces that are totally childproof! It was these kinds of details that made me feel I could trust Modsy’s expertise to make making my home feel complete.

It was these kinds of details that made me feel I could trust Modsy’s expertise to make making my home feel complete. 

Customer StoryThe Real Results

Now I absolutely love my dining room! Throughout the whole experience, I felt like my Modsy designer was as invested in the space as I was. Honestly, I know I’m capable of a lot, but I’m so grateful I let someone else take the wheel on this final part of the journey to making my house a home.

Throughout the whole experience, I felt like my Modsy designer was as invested in the space as I was.

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My Modsy Story: How Design Changed me from a Nomad to Domestic Diva 

After working internationally for years, Gina decided it was time to lay down roots. She just didn’t know how to bring her worldly style and her new home together.

 

Homeowner: Gina W.

Location: Charlotte, NC

Room: Living Room

Her Style: Rustic Warmth

Customer Story

The Backstory

After working abroad for many years, I got a job back home in the states. I’d always loved traveling and considered myself a bit of a nomad. But at a certain point, the globe-trotting made me feel up-rooted.

I was ready to set down roots and create a home that really reflected my tastes and interests.

Though the cities I was living in felt exciting, every apartment felt the same. They all had the same nondescript corporate apartment feel. I was ready to set down roots and create a home that really reflected my tastes and interests. The only problem was I’d been living in pre-furnished places for so long I didn’t know what my style was anymore, let alone how to bring it to life in the cute new house I’d bought.

The Design Dilemma

Since I’d been living in pre-furnished places, I didn’t have any furniture of my own. Plus, my new house was bigger than the places I’d been living in for the past few years, so there was a lot of space to fill. I really didn’t know where to start or what would work with my new space.

I knew I wanted to fill up my walls with art and photos from my travels, but I had absolutely no how to arrange my wall art!

I knew I wanted to fill up my walls with art and photos from my travels, but I had absolutely no how to arrange my wall art! I needed another pair of eyes to figure out what furniture would go in my home and where my wall art should live!

The Modsy Moment

I think I heard about Modsy through Instagram. I remember being really excited about seeing my space in 3D and “trying on” different designs for my living room. I knew that seeing my space in 3D would be especially helpful for figuring out how I should hang the art in my room.

seeing my space in 3D would be especially helpful for figuring out how I should hang the art in my room.

How Modsy Helped Gina

There were so many ideas that I loved—I wish I could try everything and have a different living room look for each day of the week. But seeing the different design versions was the next best thing!

It was so amazing seeing my designs when they arrived in my inbox.

My Modsy designer was so great, and she found art from the Modsy catalog that looks similar to what I have for my space. I can’t tell you how helpful this was, not only did she select the right furniture for my home she also showed me great ways to hang the art in my place. Being able to see exactly how to arrange my wall art was a total lifesaver.

The Real Results

I’m just so happy that Modsy was able to help me select furniture that goes with my art. The pieces they picked draw out the colors perfectly and really let each piece shine. It’s like they built a bridge between my exciting former life as a traveler and my new life as someone who’s putting down roots and building a home! I’m so glad to have arrived at this final destination.

 

 

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My Modsy Story: How We Found the Time for Design

This busy couple struggled to balance career, family, and designing a new home. Fortunately, they found help in the nick of time.

Customer Story

 

Homeowners: Nate and Helen, Software Engineer and Director of Product Strategy

Location: Moraga, CA

Rooms: Living Room and Home Office

Their Style: Reclaimed Visionary

Customer StoryThe Backstory

Shortly after our son was born we decided to move into a new home. He was only 3 weeks old at the time, so it was a challenging move, as I’m sure any new parent can understand. Still, between feedings, diaper changes, and zero sleep, my husband and I were determined to make our first home feel special for ourselves and our baby boy. Of course, making our house feel both cozy and functional became even more critical once shelter in place happened, and we found ourselves home 24/7!

The Design Dilemma

Juggling new parenthood and work meant that we had zero time to do anything, let alone design our new house. We were just so busy with our careers and the baby that we hardly had time to unpack! We were living out of boxes in a space that didn’t feel like ours. My home office was still totally empty and desperately needed help. Meanwhile, our living room felt too impersonal. We needed it to feel relaxed and tranquil to help us handle the stress of our hectic dual role as parents and professionals, especially when the world outside was so intense.

We were just so busy with our careers and the baby that we hardly had time to unpack! We were living out of boxes in a space that didn’t feel like ours.

Customer StoryThe Modsy Moment

I’d heard about Modsy through a friend who also works in tech, and the name stuck with me. After we moved and I realized we desperately needed some remote interior design help with minimal hassle, we decided to sign up and give Modsy a try. We were a little nervous when at first because we’d used another online design service that neither of us really loved. Still, we decided to move forward anyway because we definitely needed the help.

Customer StoryHow Modsy Helped Helen and Nate

When we saw our designs, we were so impressed. All the worries we had from our last online design experience went right out the window. It was honestly so refreshing to see a design neither of us could have imagined. Plus, being able to see our room online in 3D helped so much. The reality is, if we didn’t use Modsy, we would haven’t gotten past the decorating phase of selecting the bare essentials. Their designs really brought the space to life and made us feel safe and confident in making purchases online. This was great because neither of us had the time or ability to go out and purchase home goods between work, the baby, and quarantine.

When we saw our designs, we were so impressed. All the worries we had from our last online design experience went right out the window.

The Real Results

It’s safe to say that after working with Modsy we finally feel at home in our home. Honestly, I know it sounds silly, but that’s the best way to describe it, especially now that our new furniture has arrived. The space is so open and minimal. It feels relaxing and uncomplicated, which is the perfect counterpoint to our sometimes complicated and hectic lives. It makes us happy to spend so much time here and raise our new baby in such a beautiful and serene space.

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The Changes Our Designers Are Making at Home in 2020

2020. What a year, right?? Most of us are spending more time in our homes than ever before. We’ve talked about how to transform your dining room from day to night, how to set up a home office for two, and how to design a kid’s workspace for those who will be homeschooling this fall. We’ve even walked you through how to design an at-home gym! But what about giving your bedroom some love? Now is the time to give some serious thought to bedroom design ideas.

With our homes becoming multi use spaces to the extreme, our bedrooms have become somewhat of a sanctuary for many people. When you have nowhere else to go, this intimate space becomes your oasis and respite.  But for those of us with small bedrooms, you have to get extra clever with how you use your space.

Modsy customers aren’t the only ones struggling to adjust to the new reality. Our designers are also making changes at home to make their bedrooms to make them more relaxing—whether they’re tiny, small spaces or spacious master bedrooms. We polled our stylists to get inspired by the changes they’re making to their bedrooms—and we’re making some changes based on their tips! Read on to get inspired with our first-hand tips on small bedroom design 2020!

Refresh Your Room With a New Coat of Paint

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: a fresh coat of paint can completely transform a room. It’s one of those simple bedroom design upgrades that makes a huge difference. So, whether you want to jump on the bold colors trend or decorate with neutrals, simply giving your walls some fresh color can refresh your room and give you a new perspective on the space.

“Quarantine finally gave me the excuse to finish my bedroom almost a year after moving in. I bought a can of paint (Naval, Sherwin-Williams’ color of the year!), a pair of sconces, and a new nightstand to complete the other side of the bed. It feels like a whole new space! It was so easy but the reward was huge.” – Mackenzie R., Modsy Designer

small bedroom design 2020Get Creative With Design Solutions

When you have a small bedroom, every square inch counts. And that often means getting creative with design problems and solutions. Start by considering your layout. Is it giving you the space you need? Or would putting the bed on a different wall open up the space differently? Then, think about your furniture. You can save room by choosing a bed without a footboard. And, if a traditional bedside table would make your space feel cramped, opt for a small, low-profile side table instead. You can even hang your curtains in a way that makes your ceiling look taller or your windows seem larger!

“Every inch counts in our small downtown Chicago master bedroom! To optimize the layout we positioned our bed in front of the window and hung layered curtains to give the illusion of a larger window beyond it. A small side table takes the place of a traditional nightstand and still provides surface space for necessities. Since there is no room for a lamp here, we suspended raw bulbs that hang over the curtain rod—no electrician or drilling required!” – Rebecca S, Modsy Designer

Upgrade Your Bedding

If you want to up the relaxation factor in your small bedroom, upgrading your bedding is a great place to start. Choose a color palette that brings you a sense of calm, and create cozy layers—whether that’s through a sheepskin throw, loads of pillows, or maybe a linen duvet for that perfectly relaxed look and feel.

“Painting our wall a mid-toned blue/gray color gives the space a sense of calm, while light bedding brings contrast and adds airiness. The layers of textured pillows to drive home the cozy feel and tie it all together.” – Rebecca S, Modsy Designer

small bedroom design 2020Cut Down On Clutter

To make your room into more of an oasis, simplify your space and cut down on clutter. By cutting down on what’s in your space, you’ll have more mental space to relax and unwind at the end of the day. It may even inspire you to carve out time for meditation or mindfulness—something we could probably all use a bit more of these days.

“My bedroom has become a sanctuary space where I enjoy my coffee in the morning and meditate in the evenings. I decluttered my room to make it more peaceful, and swapped out my nightstand for a small stool so I would have more floor space” – Katherine T, Modsy Designer

small bedroom design 2020Hang A Favorite Piece Of Art In Your Bedroom

Often, when we get a new piece of artwork or decor, we’re tempted to put it in our main living spaces to show it off. While there’s nothing wrong with that, we love the idea of saving some of your favorite pieces for your bedroom—helping to make this space more personal and inspiring.

“When I got my stimulus check this spring, I decided I was going to use some of the money to support small businesses that I love. With that, I finally pulled the trigger on buying a print I had admired for months from an artist that I love. I was going to hang it in my living room, but then I thought: how lovely would it be to hang it right over my bed, so it’s one of the first things I see in the morning and one of the last things I see at night. It’s brought me so much joy to have it in this space!” – Amy O, Modsy Designer

small bedroom design 2020Add Layered Lighting

Layered lighting can help your bedroom feel extra cozy in the evening. And, if you’re working in your bedroom during the day, changing the lighting can also help you transition from work mode to relaxation mode. If you don’t have extra floor space or surface areas for lamps, consider installing sconces. They’ll give you the layered lighting you deserve, without taking up any extra space!

“I gave my room a refresh to stay sane. I added a pop of color to one wall, added sconces, and changed up a few accessories.” – Cristina R, Modsy Designer

small bedroom design 2020Make Room To Move + Breathe

These days, it’s more important than ever to prioritize your mental health. While we’re all on different wellness journeys, taking time to pause and connect with our bodies is something we could probably all benefit from. So, we love the idea of making space in your bedroom to roll out your mat and meditate, stretch, deep breath—and ultimately just take time each day to connect with and care for ourselves.

“My small 9×11-foot bedroom is not only where I sleep and now work—it’s also become the space where I roll out my mat and do some low-key workouts and stretching since my gym closed. I arranged my room so that I have space to the side of my bed to do some at-home pilates, mindfulness, and stretching.” – Amy O, Modsy Designer

Add A Bedroom Seating Area

If you have space for it in your master bedroom, we love the idea of adding a loveseat or apartment-size sofa to your bedroom (one of our favorite small apartment furniture ideas). Or, for a smaller room, you could simply add a small armchair. Regardless of the size, it’s just nice to have a little corner where you can take a breather during the day—in a space that’s not your bed. Make this seating area extra cozy with a small side table and a pouf for kicking back and relaxing. Or, at the very least, add a sheepskin rug for extra coziness underfoot.

“I added a sofa into my office to use more as a TV room where I can get some ‘me time’ and relax with a glass of wine and Netflix.” – Cristina R, Modsy Designer

small bedroom design 2020Use Multipurpose Furniture

For those of us who have really small spaces and tiny bedrooms, you have to get creative in how you make room for both work and relaxation in your home. If you’re in a studio apartment or don’t have room for a home office outside of your bedroom, this can be especially challenging. One of our favorite small bedroom design tips is to use multipurpose furniture to make the most of your space when you’re looking for small home office ideas. Find furniture where your desk can pull double duty—whether that’s through a wall-mounted bookshelf/desk combo, nixing your nightstand and placing your desk beside your bed instead, or opting for a secretary desk that can double as a dresser.

“Both my roommate and I are working from home right now, and since we live in a small place, there isn’t room for either of us to have a proper home office. She’s working from the dining room table, so I wanted to create a separate workspace for when we’re both on calls—and the only place to do this was in my bedroom. I don’t have space for both a desk and a dresser in my small bedroom, so I use an antique secretary desk that gives me both drawers for my clothes and a desktop for my work!” – Amy O, Modsy Designer

small bedroom design 2020small bedroom design 2020Create Intentional Moments Of Calm

The reality is, not all of us have the luxury of making our whole bedroom into an oasis. But that doesn’t mean you should give up entirely. Even if it’s just one small corner of your room, turn it into an intentional space that brings you joy. That might mean decorating your nightstand with objects you love, since it’s the first thing you see each morning. Or perhaps it’s committing to buying fresh flowers for your dresser each week or decorating a shelf with your favorite photos and decor. Even in the smallest spaces, create intentional moments of calm in the midst of the chaos.

“Since my boyfriend and I are both working from home now, our bedroom has turned into a full-time office and gym, so there is not very much space for calm! So, I made my nightstand my one sanctuary in our bedroom, with a collection of objects I love.” – Karina L, Modsy Designer

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Lemon Stripes X Modsy: Julia’s New Home Office Reveal

When Lemon Stirpes blogger Julia moved into her new home she knew exactly where her office would go. She just needed a little help putting it together.

 

Lemon Stripes

 

Homeowner: Julia of Lemon Stripes

Location: Stamford, CT

Room: Home Office

Her Style: Chic Collector

The Backstory

When Julia, of Lemon Stripes, and her husband were looking for a new home, she says that she immediately fell in love with the sun-drenched room off the front entrance of the house that is now their home. She knew that if they ended up with that house, that that little room, separated by French doors, would be her office. “It was a perfect size—and the light! Oh the light,” she says.

The Design Dilemma

Well, they did get that house, and Julia started out strong with decorating her home office. She found a few key pieces she wanted to include, as well as a few pieces she already had but didn’t know what to do from there.

“The room is long and very thin, so laying it out felt like a major challenge and I didn’t know how to fit my large filing cabinet into it.”

“I picked out this pretty blue rug and show-stopping coral grasscloth wallpaper pretty quickly, but then I felt totally stuck,” Julia says. “The room is long and very thin, so laying it out felt like a major challenge and I didn’t know how to fit my large filing cabinet into it.”

The Modsy Moment

Julia and her husband had worked with Modsy before, on their family room design a few months prior. So, when she told us about her layout dilemma, we were happy to help again! She sent us photos of the space, along with her design preferences.

“My designer came back with different layout options and two totally different designs using the furniture that I already had. Ultimately, I chose the layout with my desk in the middle because this position makes me feel like such a boss!” Julia says.

The Real Results: Tour Julia’s Office

Ready to see how Julia’s home office turned out? Keep reading!

As she said above, one of the designs we gave her included “floating” her desk in the middle of the space. Pulling it away from the walls, especially in such a long and narrow space, felt like the right move—and gave her those boss-lady vibes.

“I love that they added bookshelves so I can display photos and some of the pieces I inherited from my grandmother in the room that I spend most of my day in,”

We wanted to keep her necessary paperwork within reach, so we tucked her file credenza behind the desk—which also created a perfect surface for propping her inspiration board and a plant! We also added shelving in her office, where she could display some of her favorite objects and store some additional organizational boxes.

“I love that they added bookshelves so I can display photos and some of the pieces I inherited from my grandmother in the room that I spend most of my day in,” says Julia.

And, since Julia had already picked out a stunning, textural wallpaper, we wanted to make sure that nothing took away from that. We also used that wallpaper as the foundation of the color palette and kept everything else more neutral and bright.

“I decided not to hang a lot of artwork in here. Instead, I’m treating the wallpaper like art and keep it really simple,” says Julia. “I tend to go overboard on wall art and then regret it so, for now, it’s staying this way and it feels very calm and serene without too much going on.”

“This is the most ‘me’ room of all time. It is bright and cheerful and truly makes me motivated to work hard every day!”

And, of course, you can’t forget the large mirror! It’s not only perfect for selfies that show off Julia’s stunning outfits, but it helps reflect light and make the small space feel larger.

“This is the most ‘me’ room of all time. It is bright and cheerful and truly makes me motivated to work hard every day,” says Julia. “Before the space was done, I would find myself working from the kitchen counter or the living room couch quite often, but now I get excited to ‘go to work’ with my mug of tea and spend all day in this beautiful office. The finishing touches pulled it together and made it mine.”

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How Modsy Partnered With the St. Jude Dream Home® Giveaway To Raise $477,600 in Billings, Montana

Each year, the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway is conducted in over 40 markets across the country, raising over $40M annually for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. A standard of the campaign is to host open house weekends for the public to tour the home; however, out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19, all open houses were transformed to virtual events. Without the ability to stage and physically show the homes, the team got creative…and that’s where Modsy came in!

The Backstory

The St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway is one of the largest fundraising programs for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This nationwide program is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and has cumulatively raised over $500M for St. Jude. The St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway involves selling a limited number of $100 tickets to win a newly constructed, or newly renovated, home with an estimated value typically ranging from $300,000 to $600,000. This is the 4th house that has been given away in Billings, MT, which has cumulatively raised $2.3M from the generous support of ticket buyers.

The Design Dilemma

St. Jude was going to physically stage and host open houses for the Billings St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway this spring. But then COVID-19 hit and plans had to change. They didn’t want to postpone the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, but they were also faced with the conundrum of showcasing the beauty and craftsmanship of the newly renovated home’s design without people visiting the house in-person.

The Modsy Moment

After learning about our design services, St. Jude asked Modsy to partner with them on the Billings St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway to virtually design and furnish the interior of the home.

“One of our staff members was a St. Jude patient growing up,” says Alessandra Wood, Modsy’s VP of Style, which made this a very special project for our team. “We are always looking for opportunities like this, where we can leverage our expertise and what we do best to help people or places in need.”

Our design for the master bedroom

Our design for the family room

Our design for the guest room

Utilizing our 3D design technology, we created custom, to-scale 360-degree designs for each room to help bring this home to life. This allowed interested potential ticket buyers to experience a realistic, 3D look at the entire St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house before reserving tickets.

The Real Results

With the virtual design images included on the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway website, dreamhome.org, anyone could tour the Billings St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house. It made for a safe and seamless way to continue to support St. Jude during the coronavirus pandemic. And people loved the design—as evidenced by the 4,776 raffle tickets sold, and the $477,600 raised. This is so impactful, as all proceeds will help ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

We were so excited to have the opportunity to help give back to families in need. Our goal at Modsy is to help bring more happiness into the home and we hope that we accomplished that through making this house feel like the ultimate dream home.

On June 25, the raffle winner was selected, and Janet Sanchez of Billings, MT became the lucky new owner of this newly renovated house. And guess what? This is actually Janet’s childhood home, where she spent the first five years of her life. She was randomly selected as the winner, out of the thousands of entrants.

“I can’t wait to bring my siblings here and have them share stories with me,” she says. “Yeah, it’s a dream. It’s a dream home.”

In love with this dream home? You can shop these designs, too! Check out the great room, master bedroom, basement family room, and guest room designs.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Our purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.®

As the only National Cancer Institute-designated, Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children, treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. And we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.

By freely sharing discoveries, every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook (facebook.com/ stjude), following us on Twitter (@stjude) and Instagram (@stjude) and subscribing to our YouTube channel (youtube.com/user/MyStJude).

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My Modsy Story: How I Made a Cozy Home for My Sister and Myself

After finishing grad school, Daezsha and her sister, De De, were ready for a grown-up apartment that they could be proud of.

Customer Story

 

Homeowner: Daezsha W., Middle School Counselor

Location: Long Beach, California

Room: Living Room

Her Style: Contemporary Connoisseur

The Backstory

After I finished grad school and secured the career I’d always dreamed of, I decided it was time to improve my space. A big motivator for me was my younger sister, who lives with me while she’s in school studying sociology. She works so hard, and I wanted her to have a beautiful place to come home so she could focus on her studies and not on our embarrassing hand-me-down furniture.

The Design Dilemma

The furniture we had in our space was a cobbled-together mix of pieces that we’d bought second-hand to save money. I was so excited that I could finally afford some nicer stuff. The only problem was we’d been living with strictly functional furniture for so long that we’d each forgotten what our design style even was. We really could not envision what we wanted for our space.

The furniture we had in our space was a cobbled-together mix of pieces that we’d bought second-hand to save money

Another big challenge was deciding a color scheme, since our living room has a large gray/purple accent wall, and the kitchen counters are a very bright redwood. We were stumped on which colors would help tie all of those elements together in a stylish and cohesive way.

The Modsy Moment

I first learned about Modsy through a friend, who showed me their Modsy designs. After seeing what Modsy could do, I was convinced the service would work for my space. I signed up for a package and submitted my project to Modsy that same day!

I first learned about Modsy through a friend… I signed up for a package that same day! 

I was so excited about my designs that I passed the time reading a ton of the design stories from other customers on their blog! They really reassured me that my Modsy designer would get my style right.

How Modsy Helped Daezsha

Before Modsy, I would say my open living-dining room felt like a thrift store. Some cute stuff, but no cohesive personality, and too jumbled together to ever feel homey. Now the style is totally cohesive and mature because our designer really picked pieces that brought all the colors in our space together beautifully. Our living-dining room is something we can really be proud of. It’s so wonderful for my sister and me to have a beautiful space like this.

Now the style is totally cohesive and mature because our designer really picked pieces that brought all the colors in our space together beautifully.

The new design really helps alleviate the tension of work and study. Now, that our space feels so put together, my sister can focus more on her studies and I can rest assured that our home looks professional for the many Zoom calls I take for work.

The Real Results

Overall, the design experience was amazing. Modsy really helped us hone in on our style and seeing our design come together IRL has been truly magical. Because of their help, we now know how to make a space that is fitting for two mature and ambitious women. I’m so happy that my sister and I get to share this wonderful home where we can grow and prosper together.

I’m so happy that my sister and I get to share this wonderful home where we can grow and prosper together. 

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My Modsy Story: How I Used Modsy to Bring My Family Closer Together

When Anastasia moved in with her boyfriend, she wanted an inviting design to bring both families together in a new space.

Customer Story

Homeowner: Dr. Anastasia M., Endodontist

Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Room:  Living Room and Sunroom

Her Style: Industrial Visionary

The Backstory

My boyfriend and I had been seeing each other for a while when we decided to move in together. It was a big deal because not only did it mean combining both our styles, but we were also combining our families… You see, I have two kids (Lucas, who’s 10 and Michael, who’s 16) from my previous marriage. Meanwhile, Paul (that’s my BF) had been living on his own for quite some time.

My boyfriend and I had been seeing each other for a while when we decided to move in together… which was a big deal because we were also combining our families.

The Design Dilemma

As I mentioned, Paul and I have two distinct styles—I enjoy a slightly eclectic mid-century vibe, and he is a total minimalist. So when it came to interior design, I knew it would be hard to please both of us.

But my design dilemma was more than wanting a beautiful space. I felt it was important to make the transition into our shared house as seamless as possible because I wanted our home to show my sons how well we worked together as a new family.  I wanted our home to be a safe haven where we could grow together as a family, and I knew that we’d need a cohesive design to do that.

my design dilemma was more than wanting a beautiful space.  I wanted our home to be a safe haven where we could grow together as a family

And then to top everything off, both Paul and I are busy professionals who work long hours. Neither of us had the time to scour through a million websites in search of items we’d both like. What we really needed was someone else to do all the searching for us and show us a design we could react to. But how?

The Modsy Moment

I’d heard about Modsy from a friend who used it to design her space and loved it. At first, I was excited but also, I’ll admit, a little dubious. I just had a hard time envisioning how someone could virtually design a space without setting foot in it. It sounded too good to be true. But I also knew a little professional design help would go a long way, and I really wanted my family to feel comfortable in our new house, so I gave it a try.

I knew a little professional design help would go a long way, and I really wanted my family to feel comfortable in our new house, so I gave it a try.

How Modsy Helped Anastasia

Not only was the Modsy experience fun and easy from start to finish, but we were also floored by how great the designs were. Each design our Modsy designer sent us was as thoughtful as it was beautiful—they really brought our styles together in just the way I wanted. I could tell they really cared about making a livable space for my family. It’s beautiful and really does reflect how well our styles (and us!) go together.

The Real Results

We both are so happy! My entire family uses the living room regularly. Paul and I will often listen to music together in the evenings or enjoying a drink together in the space. The kids use it for homework and hanging out too! It’s so nice to have this space that we all enjoy.

I am so glad we used Modsy for our family home is has truly become our serene sanctuary for all of us.

I am so glad we used Modsy for our family home, especially during social isolation. Our home has truly become our serene sanctuary for all of us. I’d encourage all my friends to use Modsy, especially if they need to make their place feel homey.

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My Modsy Story: Making Our Traditional House Work With Our Modern Style

After moving from a trendy loft to a Craftsman house, Mike and Carrie struggled to make their modern aesthetic work in their new home. See how Modsy helped them merge their style with their space.

Real Customer

Homeowner:  Mike and Carrie, Software Engineer; Non-Profit Executive

Location: Oakland, CA

Room: Living Room

Their Style: Mod Collector

Real Customer

Real Customer

The Backstory

After our daughter was born, we decided it was time to move from our trendy modern loft space in San Francisco to a house in Oakland. Our new place was a Craftsman home built in the 1910s, and we were so excited to have such a beautiful place to put down roots as a family.

we were both too overwhelmed to handle the daunting task of making our new-old house into the cozy modern home we wanted for our family.

 

The Design Dilemma

While we loved our new house, we didn’t know how to make the traditional space work with our more modern design style. On top of that, like a lot of families, we both have demanding jobs and share parenting responsibilities, which meant we didn’t have a lot of time to think about interior design. Long story short, we were both too overwhelmed to handle the daunting task of making our new-old house into the cozy modern home we wanted for our family.

The Modsy Moment

Initially, we’d worked with a local designer who had an excellent style. Still, the design experience wasn’t great because we struggled to visualize what the end result would be. We knew we needed to be able to see what the design looked like in our space before we could settle on the right look for our home. Luckily we have a friend in the interior design business who recommended Modsy. That’s when we decided to give it a try.

How Modsy Helped Mike and Carrie

Working with Modsy was great because we were able to see designs come to life in our exact room! After they sent us our first two designs we played around with Modsy’s Live Swap tool to explore a few ideas on our own. This was great because, instead of communicating through a long email, we could show our designer exactly what we were thinking. From there, she refined our ideas into a beautiful design for our new home.

Working with Modsy was great because we were able to see designs come to life in our exact room!

This process really helped us figure out what colors and pieces would bring our modern style together with our more traditional space. We love the way the warm wood tones in the end table and chair legs complement our flooring while pops of blue add a modern edge to our space.

The Real Results

Another thing we really loved was our designer’s attention to detail. She was able to take our sometimes confusing notes and turn them into a cohesive vision. She even chose a sofa from Design Within Reach that came in a childproof upholstery—it was perfect for us. It turns out Modsy is what we needed to make our home and style come together, we love it!

Our daughter Zoe, is particularly pleased with our sofa which she loves converting into a pillow fort every night!

Because of social distancing we, like many families, are spending double the time at home. This means we are getting twice the normal use out of our living room design. That’s why we are so thankful for our Modsy design which has provided us with a comforting space to get through these tough times. Our daughter Zoe, is particularly pleased with our sofa which she loves converting into a pillow fort every night!

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Katie Stevens X Modsy: Designing the Star of “The Bold Type” Katie Stevens’ New Nashville Home

Homeowner: Katie Stevens of “The Bold Type”

Location: Nashville, TN

Room: Living Room + Bedroom

Her Style: Rustic minimalist with an eclectic twist

The Backstory

Katie Stevens stars in Freeform’s The Bold Type and lives in Nashville with her husband, Paul DiGiovanni, the guitarist for Boys Like Girls.

After getting married this past October, the couple bought their first home together. They’d lived together for several years prior to getting married, so they weren’t starting from scratch when it came to combining their lives, home, and possessions. But, for this new space, they wanted to be really intentional about the design and make sure it reflected their combined styles for this new chapter of their lives.

Katie StevensThe Design Dilemma

Katie and her hubby knew they both liked a minimalist aesthetic, free of excess objects and busy designs. They also wanted to go with a more neutral, black and white color palette so they could add pops of color here and there. But that’s where they got stuck.

They weren’t sure how to effortlessly combine masculine and feminine elements. Plus, in past homes, Katie says she had bought a lot of stuff that she didn’t end up loving, and she didn’t want that to happen again. She wanted to avoid a lot of trial and error with decorating, so the space would feel like home more quickly. So she turned to Modsy for some help.

“I know myself — I buy a bunch of things and then don’t really love any of them… I didn’t want to make that mistake with this house.”

Katie StevensKatie StevensThe Modsy Moment

With our style quiz and design services, Katie and Paul were able to drill down to their shared aesthetic and design style, then think through layout options for both their living room and bedroom—the two spaces they wanted to focus on first.

Katie StevensKatie StevensThey also asked our designers to incorporate a couple of special pieces they already owned and wanted to keep, into their designs. Specifically, their sofa and coffee table, which had both been passed down from Paul’s grandmother.

Katie StevensHow Modsy’s Designs Helped Katie

Working with Modsy allowed Katie to see how masculine and feminine style elements could be combined—and gave her and Paul design ideas for their space that they never would have thought of on their own, like layering rugs under the kitchen table for some added texture and warmth.

“It was really important to me that the home be perfect because this is the home that Paul and I are starting our life in.”

Katie StevensKatie says she loves more feminine touches but wanted to make sure those didn’t overwhelm the space. She wanted the design to feel balanced since the home belongs to her and her husband. “We’ve balanced it out through little touches, like the different textures that we have, or the rugs that we chose or the side tables being a little more edgy,” she told PEOPLE magazine. “This beautiful wood table in the corner of our breakfast nook adds a little bit more roughness and masculinity to the room, which I really love.”

Katie StevensThe Real Results

Once Katie and Paul finalized their designs, they implemented the ideas throughout their home, even adding a little breakfast nook to their open living room/kitchen. We designed both that space and their bedroom in a black-and-white color palette that spoke to their minimal, neutral aesthetic—but added some natural wood, leather, and gold touches to warm up the spaces and inject some personality. We also added plenty of pops of natural greenery to make it more approachable!

“We come home every day and we sit on the couch and I look around and there’s nothing that I would want to change.”

Katie StevensKatie StevensKatie says that they love how their space has come together and can see themselves starting a family in this home someday. In fact, there’s one design element that especially has her thinking of the future: “We have this really cute reading nook in the corner and we put a chaise lounge in there,” she explains. “My mom used to have a chaise kind of like that in one of her dressing rooms, and I just remember I used to sit on that when I was little and I would read books with my mom or I would watch her get ready. Now, I look at our little nook and wonder if I’ll be there reading to my kids, and my kids will be watching me.”

Katie StevensShe says that when she and Paul are home together in the evenings, they look around their home and feel like there’s nothing they would change. “It feels like our personalities blended together, and I think that that’s the best thing because it’s symbolic of what is actually happening in our life.”

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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

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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