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My Modsy Story: Creating My Dream Home After Years of Moving Apartments

Anna, a product designer from Colorado, had just bought her first condo. After years of moving from one apartment to another, she was ready to create a space to call her own. But Anna worried she’d never get the home she yearned for when the furniture she owned failed to create the organized and elevated aesthetic she wanted.

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Homeowner: Anna C.

Spaces: Office and Living Room

My Style: Mod Collector

Modsy customer photograph of living room before designs

 

Modsy customer photograph of living room before designs

The Backstory

I had just purchased my first condo and was really excited to make it my own. Because we were in the middle of the pandemic, I knew I had time to design the space in the organized and stylish way I wanted. Since it was my first home, I was eager to get started right away—transforming it from a blank canvas into a beautiful space for work and entertaining post-pandemic. I wanted to set it up so that when I could have people over for the first time, they’d walk in and say, ‘Wow!”

Since it was my first home, I was eager to get started right away—transforming it from a blank canvas into a beautiful space for work and entertaining post-pandemic.

Modsy customer living room in mid-century glam style

The Design Dilemma

“I’ve moved almost every year since I’ve turned 18, so I’ve never gotten to really make a space my own. I really wanted my first real home to be special. I have an eye for interiors and had some decor I brought with me. But after I was all moved in and ready to start designing my house, I discovered I struggled to bring my things together in a way that felt practical and beautiful.”

Modsy customer living room in mid-century glam style

“I was having the condo drywalled and painted, and having it in disarray made me feel like I’d never make it the home I wanted it to be. I needed a way to visualize the space so that I could find a style that worked for me—something functional but also attractive enough to impress friends and family when they came to visit. But mostly I just wanted to feel excited about my new home again.”

Modsy customer design with glam living room

I needed a way to visualize the space so that I could find a style that worked for me—something functional but also attractive enough to impress friends and family when they came to visit. 


Modsy design of customer\'s home office in a glam style

Modsy design of customer\'s home office in a glam style

The Modsy Moment

Because I was getting drywall and paint done and my house wasn’t so beautiful yet, I was really excited to receive my 3D designs and see what my home could look like once everything was done. Seeing what my designer put together for me made me realize what potential space had and helped me keep going! Every piece she selected for my home felt useful but beautiful too. It felt like form followed function with the pieces she chose, and because I’m a product designer that’s so important to me.

Because I was getting drywall and paint done and my house wasn’t so beautiful yet, I was really excited to receive my 3D designs and see what my home could look like once everything was done.

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Modsy customer home office with trendy pink sofa

Modsy customer home office with trendy pink sofa

The Real Results

Now that the furniture I ordered from Modsy has arrived and space is all set up, it really feels too good to be true. I am loving how everything came together and that I was to take this condo and make it a practical and beautiful home using Modsy!

Now that the furniture I ordered from Modsy has arrived and space is all set up, it really feels too good to be true.

Modsy design of customer\'s home office in a glam style

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My Modsy Story: How I Created an Attached Bedroom and Office That Perfectly Reflects My Style

When Luisa moved her family into a new, more spacious home she was excited for the opportunity to create a space that celebrated her tastes and reflected her inviting personality. But the furniture she had felt tired and failed to capture the welcoming vibe she wanted in her conjoined bedroom and office.

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Homeowner: Luisa F.

Spaces: Bedroom and Office

My Style: Rustic Warmth

Modsy customer home gym/bedroom space

The Backstory

My family recently moved into a new, larger, house and we were all so excited to be able to spread out a bit and create a home that felt personal and welcoming.

I was particularly excited about my new bedroom with a conjoined office. It’s a really beautiful and unique space with lots of windows to bring in the Colorado sunshine. I really wanted this room to reflect my personality and be an inviting space I could enjoy throughout the workday and before I went to bed at night.

Modsy customer bedroom with seating area

My family recently moved into a new, larger, house and we were all so excited to be able to spread out a bit and create a home that felt personal and welcoming. 

Modsy customer\' bedroom with home office

The Design Dilemma

I really wanted my new bedroom and conjoined office to convey my personality through design, but the furniture I’d gathered over the years failed to make a cohesive statement about who I am. It was mismatched, mostly worn-out, and definitely sending the wrong message about who I am and the kind of space I like. I consider myself friendly and inviting—I wanted my space to feel the same—but I had no idea how to illustrate that with design on my own.

I really wanted my new bedroom and conjoined office to convey my personality through design, but the furniture I’d gathered over the years failed to make a cohesive statement about who I am.

Modsy customer bedroom with seating area

The Modsy Moment

Seeing my Modsy design for the first time was amazing. It looked like something out of a design magazine and I was in disbelief that my space could look so good. It was also so flattering because I really saw myself in the design. A lot of the items my designer selected weren’t things I would have chosen on my own, yet  I recognized them as being my style—they just felt like me.

Modsy customer\' bedroom with home office

Seeing my Modsy design for the first time was amazing. It looked like something out of a design magazine and I was in disbelief that my space could look so good. It was also so flattering because I really saw myself in the design.

Modsy customer bedroom with seating area

The Real Results

I was so happy with my design experience, I gifted modsy to the entire family so they could all create personalized spaces for themselves. Not only has it been a great way for each family member to create designs that reflect their personal taste but working with the same designer ensures each room still goes together.  It’s been so rewarding seeing our rooms come together in real life. I just loved the whole experience from start to finish and I’m so happy my family does too!

Modsy customer bedroom with seating area

It’s been so rewarding seeing our rooms come together in real life. I just loved the whole experience from start to finish and I’m so happy my family does too!

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My Modsy Story: Creating a Restful Retreat in Busy Manhattan

When Seb and Nic moved into their Manhattan apartment they wanted to create a calming space to escape the chaos of busy city life. But their mismatched furniture failed to capture the serene vibe they wanted in their space.

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Homeowners: Seb and Nic

Spaces: Bedroom and Living Room

My Style: Mod Collector

Modsy customer bedroom before photograph

Modsy customer open living room before design

The Backstory

My partner and I are both from Buenos Aires.  We moved to New York four years ago and have been trying to find a space we truly loved in the city for a while. When we moved into our new apartment we were really wanting to create a space that felt like an oasis away from hectic Manhattan life. But after years of moving from one place to another—while we each maintained busy work schedules—we were left with an incohesive assortment of furniture that failed to provide us with the relaxing shelter we so desired.

When we moved into our new apartment we were really wanting to create a space that felt like an oasis away from hectic Manhattan life. But after years of moving from one place to another—while we each maintained busy work schedules—we were left with an incohesive assortment of furniture that failed to provide us with the relaxing shelter we so desired. 

Modsy customer bedroom with dark walls and walnut bed

The Design Dilemma

Nic and I liked some of our furniture but we also owned items we’d grown tired of. Everything we had acquired over our many moves had become so random and we didn’t know how to make anything go together in our new space. We wanted to take this opportunity in our new apartment to keep only the items that we really loved, using those pieces as a springboard to reinvent our style and make our apartment a place of relaxation. We knew we needed professional interior design help so we signed up for Modsy.

Mid-century customer bedroom with velvet green accent chair

We wanted to take this opportunity in our new apartment to keep only the items that we really loved, using those pieces as a springboard to reinvent our style and make our apartment a place of relaxation. We knew we needed professional interior design help so we signed up for Modsy. 

Mid-Century living room with large artwork and leather sofa

The Modsy Moment

Seeing our spaces in 3D was a real wow moment for us.We really liked the design options right away, and the changes we requested were just small details which our designer found solutions for very quickly. She even found very similar items to a couple of key pieces in our space—like a hexagonal bar cart and our dining table—allowing us to see how the items we loved would work with the new designs they were helping to inspire. She was also so responsive it was the same level of service you’d expect from any great New York interior designer. 

Modsy customer bedroom with dark walls and walnut bed

 

Seeing our spaces in 3D was a real wow moment for us. Our designer even found very similar items to a couple of key pieces in our space—like a hexagonal bar cart and our dining table—allowing us to see how the items we loved would work with the new designs they were helping to inspire. 

Mid-Century living room with large artwork and leather sofa

The Real Results

Working with our designer was a great experience. She understood exactly what we were looking for from the first time we connected and the end result was excellent. We’re very happy with how the designs turned out. Our apartment has become the restful oasis we wanted thanks to the cohesive design we got from Modsy. The space feels so pampering, like a luxury hotel where every piece of furniture and decor was selected just for us.

Modsy customer apartment with dining room in bay window

Working with our designer was a great experience. She understood exactly what we were looking for from the first time we connected and the end result was excellent. 

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My Modsy Story: Creating a Restful Bedroom For Us and Our Newborn

When repeat customers Gema and Kev became pregnant with their second child seven months after their first, they decided it was time to return to Modsy to create a main bedroom with both a crib and luxurious style—ensuring they could keep an eye on their newborn while feeling relaxed by a pampering space.

Modsy master bedroom design with neutral colors and a crib

The last time we spoke with our customers Gema and Kev, they had just moved into their first home with a newborn baby. They had finished creating beautiful designs from scratch for their living-dining area and their guest house. We featured those spaces on our blog and absolutely loved the unique designs Gema and Kev had made with their Modsy designer—so when we heard that they had returned to Modsy to design another room, we were excited to get the scoop. Read on to hear from them on their experience designing their bedroom.

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Homeowner: Gema and Kev

Spaces: Main Bedroom with Crib

My Style: Rustic Traveler


Before space of Modsy customer space

Before space of Modsy customer space

The Backstory

“Within seven months of moving into our first home with our newborn, Kevin and I discovered that we were pregnant for the second time. We had just completed the designs for our living-dining room and guest house, and all of a sudden we needed to design our empty bedroom.

We both felt excited about our growing family, but we were also overwhelmed that we had more work to do in a short amount of time. We really enjoyed working with Modsy in the past and were optimistic that we could recreate that same magic with our new design project.”

Modsy master bedroom design with neutral colors and a crib

The Design Dilemma

“I (Gema) am a Spanish teacher. I speak English fluently but it’s still my second language, and I sometimes have a hard time communicating certain concepts or ideas with English-only speakers. In the past, Kev and I had struggled to communicate what we wanted for our space with a traditional interior design service. Obviously it’s so important to feel understood when you are relying on someone else to help you create your home.

It was extra important that Kev and I felt understood when designing our bedroom, because we suddenly had two babies and really needed a space that felt relaxing so we could feel rested enough to take care of them. Of course, this meant that we needed to have the same great communication and design experience we had with our first Modsy project. We were slightly nervous about getting lightning to strike a second time with a new design project.”

Modsy master bedroom design with neutral colors and a crib

The Modsy Moment

“Any doubts we had about getting the same quality design as our first Modsy project were immediately put to rest when we spoke with our Modsy designer. I knew within a couple of minutes of our design consultation that our designer understood exactly what we wanted for our bedroom. She was even able to help me articulate what I wanted for space when I couldn’t find the right words in English.

She listened to us so closely and really paid attention to our needs. She created a design that was aligned with the unique style we had in our living/dining room by tying in the same colors and materials. But she also selected items that made the space feel elevated and made us feel pampered—because I’d told her I wanted the room to feel like an upscale hotel. She actually found a crib with clear acrylic details that feels so glam! When I saw it I was so excited—I had no idea something like that even existed.”

Modsy master bedroom design with neutral colors and a crib

The Real Results

“Now that our space has come together, we feel so relaxed and at ease. Working with Modsy a second time has left us knowing we have a service we can rely on for any future design projects. I’ve even started to learn some design tricks from our designer and have applied them to finding accessories for other rooms in the house!”

Modsy customer neutral bedroom with nursery

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My Modsy Story: How I Solved Multiple Design Projects in My Home

Mary had three rooms in her home she needed to design and each presented a unique design challenge that she struggled to solve on her own. Read on to learn how she collaborated on designs for each space that she loves.

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Homeowner: Mary C.

Spaces: Multiple Spaces

My Style: Rustic Warmth

Modsy customer before photo

Modsy customer before photo

The Backstory

Mary, a busy dietician, was wanting a design refresh for three rooms in her house. But she didn’t have the time or design expertise to create the right look for each individual space and, to top things off, she needed a different kind of help for each room she wanted to be designed.

Her office needed better lighting and storage so it would look organized for Zoom calls with her clients. She felt her bedroom had good bones but she needed help finding decor that would tie her foundational furniture into the space and making it feel complete. Finally, the biggest design challenge Mary wanted to tackle was finding a layout that worked for an awkward “pass-through” living area where she kept a baby grand piano.

“I felt like nothing in my space really went together and I struggled to make the individual rooms feel whole. In particular, the living area felt neglected—we rarely used the space outside of our Christmas decorating and celebrations and I wanted to make the room a place my family and I could enjoy throughout the year.” –Mary

Modsy customer living room with mid-century accent chairs

The Design Dilemma

Mary had tried to find the right layout for her living area but could never find the right approach; she wanted to find a way to see different layout options for the space without having to push heavy furniture around the room. Meanwhile, in her office and bedroom, she wanted to select items that would make each individual space feel complete. However, she had trouble imagining what accents and lighting would do the job.

“I had tried many configurations for my living area and could not find anything that looked right. I just had no vision for any of the rooms!” –Mary

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Modsy customer glamorous bedroom design

The Modsy Moment

When Mary saw her 3D designs for the first time, she was not only blown away by how realistic they looked but also impressed with her designer’s attentiveness and attention to detail.

“I absolutely loved the visuals and how real the designs looked. I also really enjoyed working with my Modsy designer, who showed me layout options for my living area I would have never thought of alone. She really helped me hone in on a vision for each room so I could bring my home to life.” –Mary

Modsy customer home office design

Modsy customer living room with blue sofa and grand piano

The Real Results

Once Mary had a design plan for her rooms, she finally had the power to start putting her home together in real life and on her own time.

“I loved that I could complete my project on my own time, putting each space together when it worked for me. Though I do have to say, I was excited to start purchasing furniture in my living area! It’s nice to know that this space that frustrated me for so long is finally one that I can enjoy.” –Mary

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My Modsy Story: Creating a Design That Captured the Beauty Of Our Home

When Alberto and his partner moved their family into a Manhattan duplex, they loved the airy feeling of the space and wanted to make sure their decor complemented it perfectly.

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Homeowner: Alberto A.

Spaces: Living Room and Bedroom

My Style: Mod Enthusiast

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Empty photo of customer\'s living and dining room

The Backstory

When Alberto and his partner bought a duplex in Manhattan, they were excited for their family to have a bright and open space in the city.

“We had just bought the duplex and we wanted to make sure we kept the open feeling that we fell in love with. But we struggled to find furniture that would fill the open floor plan and maintain that sense of openness while also making space feel inviting.” –Alberto

Mid-century modern dining table with tapered walnute legs

Mid-century modern dining table with tapered walnute legs

The Design Dilemma

Alberto and his partner wanted to find decor that captured the airy vibe of their family’s new home, but they worried about investing in foundational furniture they hadn’t seen in the space beforehand.

“We wanted to try the furniture in the setting before we actually bought it so we would be comfortable with size and scale.” –Alberto

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After photo of customer\'s bedroom with eclectic gallery wall above the bed

Bedroom with gallery wall over bed and exposed brick wall

After photo of customer\'s bedroom with eclectic gallery wall above the bed

The Modsy Moment

Working with a Modsy designer allowed Alberto and his partner to see their open concept living room and their bedroom with decor that not only fit in the space but also complemented the open feel of their house—creating two inviting rooms with an eclectic-meets-mid-century-modern vibe the couple loved for themselves and their family.

“Modsy was an essential service when it came to decorating our home. We wanted to know the scale of each item in the design and how those items worked together and seeing our room in 3D allowed us to do that. We also loved that the 3D designs we received were filled with items from popular brands like West Elm and Design Within Reach.” –Alberto

Modsy customer design in open living and dining room

After photo of customer\'s open living and dining room

The Real Results

Now that Alberto and his family have a home filled with decor they love, they are excited for when they can entertain again.

“Our Modsy designs work great in our space. We love having people over to show it off and can’t wait to entertain again.” –Alberto

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My Modsy Story: How I Transformed My Home Office Into a Glam Sanctuary 

When E moved into a new house they were determined to turn a drab room into an inspiring home office that reflected their personal creativity and bold style. Knowing they needed help, E. took the plunge and started their design process with Modsy.

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Homeowner: E. (That’s right, —just E.)

Spaces: Office

My Style:  Glam Collector

Customer before photo of bedroom space

Customer before photo of bedroom space

The Backstory

“When my spouse and I moved from a one-bedroom apartment in LA to a three-bedroom home in Tucson, AZ, we finally each got the chance to truly have our own space. Aside from being excited by how much more space we had—anything is big after living in a 700 square foot apartment during a global pandemic—I was excited to have a dedicated home office space. I knew I wanted my office to have a warm and luxurious feel and blend old-school glam with some funky and eclectic choices. But the office had carpet we weren’t ready to rip up, and the walls were also this neutral yellow-beige—but it really just looked like the color of nicotine-stained walls from smokers.”

Contemporary home office with yellow walls and black and white desk

 “I’m a writer, and I make my living telling stories on the page—and I needed help from someone who tells stories through decor.”

The Design Dilemma

“I know my strengths and interior design ain’t one of them! With this in mind, I knew right away I’d need a little expert help for creating the glam office I wanted. In particular, I needed a designer to show me what I could do with color throughout the room—everything from selecting a wall color that would work with the carpeting to finding decor that would really shine in the space. I’m a writer, and I make my living telling stories on the page—and I needed help from someone who tells stories through decor.”

Aqua blue sofa with large mirror above it

The Modsy Moment

“I had no idea how the online interior design thing was going to work out. I wasn’t sure a 3D design could incorporate everything I wanted for my space, or if a stranger on the internet could find decor I loved that felt like ME. But I knew I couldn’t create what I wanted for the space alone, so I gave Modsy a try. I was blown away when I first saw my designs. When I showed them to my partner, he said, ‘Dang, that’s super fancy. It looks just like you.’ And then I proceeded to copy the sharable link from my Modsy project and send my office designs to my closest friends, who all squealed with delight.

“I just loved how my designer took my general ideas and put them to work in a design I love. She even mocked up designs using different wall colors so I could see how different options looked!  She was also able to help answer incremental questions along the way as I was debating different furniture options. I couldn’t have asked for more from the whole experience. And it’s super fun to know that everyone loves this desk I bought, too!”

“I was blown away when I first saw my designs. When I showed them to my partner, he said, ‘Dang, that’s super fancy. It looks just like you.’ And then I proceeded to copy the sharable link from my Modsy project and send my office designs to my closest friends, who all squealed with delight.”

Contemporary home office with yellow walls and black and white desk

The Real Results

“I walk into my office every day and spend anywhere from 8-9 hours there. I just love being in the space. I’m not rich, but my glam office makes me feel super posh and luxurious. I love what I do, but I bust my butt for a living. And my designer has made the space I bust my butt in a total delight.

“Modsy gets a bonus six out of five stars from me, especially since my glam office coordinates with the other two rooms we had designed! And our designer even incorporated my spouse’s and my widely divergent tastes to a tee. I feel like we have a real home now—not to mention some sweet rugs that really tie the room together!

Aqua blue sofa and side table with lamp

“Modsy gets a bonus six out of five stars from me, especially since my glam office coordinates with the other two rooms we had designed!”

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My Modsy Story: Creating an Uncluttered Space to Help Me Unwind

At the beginning of lockdown in 2020, busy attorney Jeremy found himself working from home in an empty apartment, with no time to decorate and a strong desire to get organized so he could unwind after a stressful day.

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Homeowner: Jeremy J.

Spaces: Multiple Rooms

My Style: Mod Enthusiast

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customer kitchen before photo

The Backstory

“I work as a finance attorney and keep very long hours—so, I like to keep my home very orderly so I don’t have to fuss over tidying and can relax after a long day. When the first lock-down started last year and I began working from home, it became especially important that my space felt well organized and inviting.”customer design in dining room

“When the first lock-down started last year and I began working from home, it became especially important that my space felt well organized and inviting.”

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The Design Dilemma

“Unfortunately for me, when the pandemic began I had completely emptied my apartment of everything in preparation for a change in decor. Bad timing. Now I was stuck working from home with no furniture, in the middle of a global crisis. I felt completely overwhelmed and needed all the design help I could get.”

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customer open floor plan modsy design

The Modsy Moment

“I know what I like when I see it, so when I found out about Modsy I was excited to try a design service where I could see the entire design for my exact space before making purchases. I found the style quiz to be incredibly in-depth and helpful—letting me know that my designer would pick out decor that was exactly what I like.

Collaborating with my designer was great. Together we created the orderly, neat, and uncluttered look I love while still keeping the space warm and inviting through the color scheme and the lighting.

They were especially helpful with the design of my open living-dining room—creating a design that delineated my living area from my dining area while still keeping the whole look cohesive and feeling open. My designer took my feedback and made my apartment feel like a home.”

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“Collaborating with my designer was great. Together we created the orderly, neat, and uncluttered look I love while still keeping the space warm and inviting through the color scheme  and the lighting.”

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The Real Results

“Now that my furniture has arrived and the space is complete, my apartment makes me feel better than I’ve ever felt in any place I’ve lived. Especially during the pandemic, it’s been so important to me that I feel comfortable and at home in my apartment. I couldn’t be happier with the design and the pieces picked out for me.”

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Customer home office before photo

“Now that my furniture has arrived and the space is complete, my apartment makes me feel better than I’ve ever felt in any place I’ve lived.”

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My Modsy Story: Creating a Home That Reflects Our Love of Traveling

When Faith and her husband moved into their first house they wanted the decor to reflect their shared love of travel and respective heritages—but they didn’t know where to start.

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Homeowner: Faith J.

Spaces: Office and Bedroom

My Style: Rustic Traveler

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empty view of customers living room

The Backstory

When Faith and her husband moved to their first home, they were excited for the opportunity to create a space that brought together their respective heritages and their love of traveling.

“My husband and I recently moved into our first home and we were so excited to decorate. We both love to travel and have international backgrounds. I am from Guyana and he has Polish and Hungarian ancestry. We wanted our home to reflect our passion for travel and illustrate our roots.”

“We wanted our home to reflect our passion for travel.”

global style bedroom with cane headboard bed and gallery wall above bed

The Design Dilemma

Faith knew she wanted her home to reflect her and her husband’s love of travel but she was unsure of how to get started or if she’d ever find the time to decorate with her busy schedule.

“We knew the general look and feel we wanted for our home, but we have zero design experience. We were also so busy with work and had little time to find decor on our own—leaving our house feeling empty and impersonal. I knew we needed outside help, so I decided to try online interior design.”

global style bedroom with cane headboard bed and gallery wall above bed

The Modsy Moment

Working with her designer, Faith was able to collaborate on designs for multiple rooms in her house—creating curated spaces filled with decor that reflected the eclectic, well-traveled, and global vibe she and her husband were looking for in their home.

“We so enjoyed working with our designer. She really listened to what we had to say and paid attention to the things that were important to us—taking our thoughts and transforming them into designs that we can feel truly happy with.”

“Our designer really listened to what we had to say and paid attention to the things that were important to us.”

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The Real Results

Now that Faith and her husband have designs that reflect their unique style, they feel a new sense of ease in their home.

“Since working with our Modsy designer, our lives feel more organized and everything in our space just flows together better. The experience made us feel special because there was so much thought and care put into the design process. Our designer helped us make sense of our empty house—transforming it from a blank canvas into a work of art that we can call our home.”

“Our designer helped us make sense of our empty house—transforming it from a blank canvas into a work of art that we can call our home.”

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Celebrating Black History Month: 10 Black Interior Designers You Should Follow

The interior design community has long had a diversity problem. When you look at lists of famous or iconic designers, the list is usually centered around white European or American designers. And, frankly, a lot of men. Even shelter magazines which highlight the work of current interior designers tend to feature white designers, designing spaces for white clients. This is not a new problem, unfortunately.

Historically, the staff of many design schools and institutions where interior design and art history were taught were dominated by white men. Furthermore, 95% of textbooks in these programs are written by white men. The result has been an entire industry shaped by a fairly singular perspective. And that doesn’t exactly breed diversity. So it’s not a huge surprise—though it is a disappointing one—that as of 2019 the American Society of Interior designs reported that Black designers accounted for less than two percent of its membership.

But we think things are slowly starting to change for the better. In the wake of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers, 2020 was a year when we saw major protests across the country surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement. These events caused institutions, organizations, and individuals to reckon with their own implicit and explicit racism, to reexamine their values, and to more thoughtfully explore whose stories they’re choosing to listen to and tell. And it’s also ushered in a new focus on Black creatives and supporting the work they do.

At Modsy, we know we have work to do in our corner of the world. We often talk of the famous designs of Ray and Charles Eames, Dorothy Draper, and even designers today like Nate Berkus and Joanna Gaines. But this doesn’t tell a full story of the design world. So, as an organization, we’re seeking to do a better job of diversifying the stories we tell.

So, in honor of Black History Month, we’re highlighting 10 Black interior designers—both well-established and up-and-coming—who are making bold moves in the field, along with some of our favorite spaces they’ve designed. The work of these designers is quite diverse—ranging from bohemian to classical, glam to brutalist. We hope you’ll find some new designers to follow on this list, along with lots of inspiration! Keep reading to get to know some of our favorite Black interior designers in the field today.

10 Black Interior Designers You Should Follow

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Sheila Bridges

Sheila Bridges founded her design firm, Sheila Bridges Designs, Inc. in 1994 and has worked on numerous high-profile projects throughout her career—including designing the Harlem offices for former President Bill Clinton and his staff. She holds degrees from Brown University and Parsons School of Design, has been named “America’s Best Interior Designer” by both CNN and Time Magazine, and has been featured in numerous national magazines. Sheila is also the author of two books: Furnishing Forward: A Practical Guide to Furnishing for a Lifetime, and The Bald Mermaid, a memoir documenting her childhood, professional life, and her alopecia diagnosis.

In 1996, she launched a sister business, Sheila Bridges Home, Inc, where she designs furniture and home furnishings. Her collections have been sold at national retailers, including Anthropologie and Bed, Bath, and Beyond. She also hosted four seasons of a design show called “Sheila Bridges Designer Living” for the Fine Living Network—showcasing her practical design wisdom and hands-on advice.

Why We Love Her

Sheila has designed some pretty stunning residential and professional spaces—including her own Harlem apartment, which we have featured below. But her talent doesn’t stop there. In fact, Sheila’s Harlem Toile designs have become wildly popular, especially as wallpaper. Her Harlem Toile de Jouy wallpaper is a unique take on traditional French toile patterns, but instead of pastoral French scenery, they showcase the African American experience. On her website, Sheila writes, “As an African American living in Harlem, I have always been intrigued and inspired by the historical narrative of the decorative arts, especially traditional French toile with its pastoral motifs…but after searching for many years for the perfect toile for my own home, I decided that it quite simply didn’t exist.” So, she created Harlem Toile, which has garnered such a following that it’s included in The Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum’s permanent wallpaper collection.

“It’s important to have a home that makes you feel safe and comfortable, at ease and relaxed.” –Sheila Bridges

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Our Favorite Design

Talk about personality! When Sheila designed her New York apartment—located in Graham Court, one of Harlem’s landmark buildings—she didn’t hold anything back. You get to see so much of the designer’s personality in this playful but sophisticated space. We can’t get enough of the cheerful colors and animal portraiture throughout the space!

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Justina Blakeney

Remember this Tropical Boho home tour? Full of Jungalow vibes, it was deeply inspired by Justina Blakeney’s designs. Justina is the founder and creative director of the home decor brand Jungalow® and is the author of The New Bohemians book series. Her design style leans tropical and maximalist, balancing color, pattern, and lots of plants to create spaces that are both lively and comfortable. Justina was named one of “The 20 Most Famous Interior Designers Working Today” by Architectural Digest.

Why We Love Her

In the design world, the 2010s were all about crisp neturals and minimalist spaces. But we love how Justina Blakeney broke onto the scene and broke the mold with her bright, bold, maximalist designs. We love the way she mixes new and vintage pieces for spaces that are truly one-of-a-kind.

“I like to bring in items that stimulate senses other than just sight—things that you touch, things that you smell, things that you hear.” –Justina Blakeney

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Our Favorite Design

There’s a lot going on in this space. But, while it is wildly eclectic, it doesn’t feel messy or cluttered. The clean lines of the sofa and shelves help ground the look so that all of the fun patterns and colors in this space can do the talking.

P.S. While Justina has designed some killer spaces, what we really can’t get enough of are her collaboration with Loloi rugs. Her collabs with national brands like this are an easy way to bring some of her signature style into your home. (You can even shop her Loloi collab through Modsy!)

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Anishka Clarke & Niya Bascom

Anishka Clarke and Niya Bascom are the design duo behind Ishka Designs. Before becoming a designer, Anishka worked in finance, both in Jamaica and on Wall Street. But in 2006 she began pursuing her passion for interior design. Niya, the firm’s creative director, cut his teeth in the film industry, working in set design and in studio art departments, in addition to his work as a photographer. In 2019 and 2020, Ishka Designs was named to the Elle Decor A-List.

Why We Love Them

Niya was born in England to Jamaica and Guyanese parents and raised in New York City, while Anishka was raised in Jamaica by her Guyanese mother. Together, they bring a global perspective to their work, which makes their designs incredibly unique. They work with clients around the world, and we love that they seek to develop relationships with local partners, vendors, and artisans, holding an awareness of the impact of their projects.

10 Black Interior Designers You Should Follow

10 Black Interior Designers You Should Follow

Our Favorite Design

The Ishka Designs portfolio is so varied, we couldn’t choose just one design! So, we chose two wildly different spaces to highlight the incredible versatility of this design duo. First, you’ll see their Discovery Pitstop Daycare, a space that’s a remodeled thrift shop. We love the bright, vibrant, youthful vibe of this space—perfect for kids—and yet it still manages to feel sophisticated. The second design is a beautiful example of modernist pieces in a traditional setting. It’s rare for a designer to not only do high-end designs like this, but also pull off fun and funky designs like the Discovery Pitstop Daycare. Anishka and Niya have an incredible breadth of style!

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Iris Martin

Iris Martin is the founder of and principal interior designer at Iris Simone Interiors. Iris first discovered a love for interior design as a teenager in Accra, Ghana, when her mother gave her the opportunity to help design their home. She was able to help design different spaces in their home and restyle spaces as the years went by. This eventually led her to pursue a career in interior design and ultimately launch her own business.

Why We Love Her

Iris has a passion for creating spaces that truly reflect her clients’ styles and personalities, while ensuring that every space she designs is both functional and well-styled. We love when a designer takes a very attainable, livable approach while still giving spaces that designer’s touch!

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Our Favorite Design

This “comfortably chic” space strikes that hard-to-achieve balance between being both glam and super livable. With transitional style at its core, this space feels wonderfully stylish but still super livable.

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Darryl Carter

Believe it or not, famed designer Darryl Carter began his career as an attorney. But even then he dabbled in design and recreationally flipped properties. Eventually, he began to formally pursue a career in design. He’s a big believer in creating timeless, livable spaces. His designs are far from trendy—but they do feature a unique blend of classical and modern elements, usually with neutral but considered color palettes. He tends to use a mix of antique and ornate with simple and modern to create these timeless designs. He’s the author of The New Traditional, which unpacks his signature style, as well as The Collected Home.

Why We Love Him

Sure, traditional design might be having a moment right now—but Darryl Carter was designing traditional and classical spaces way before it was cool. And, while his designs have an air of formality, they’re certainly not stuffy. In fact, Darryl creates spaces to truly be lived in and to reflect the individuality of the person who lives there.

“I think your home should be an individual expression of yourself, so I have a hard time getting my head around generic objects. And when I say this I don’t mean precious or expensive, I mean thoughtful and original.” –Darryl Carter

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Our Favorite Design

This space perfectly captures the Traditional American aesthetic—but it also has an organic overtone, which brings traditional design to life in a way we haven’t seen before. Being surprised by traditional? We love that. The juxtaposition of the white-washed chairs in a formal silhouette perfectly sums up this vibe.

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Denese Butler

Denese Butler started her career as a wardrobe stylist but found her true passion in the world of interior design. The daughter of a carpenter and wife to an architect, she feels a career in interior design was inevitable. She launched her design firm, The Perfect Vignette, a couple of years ago and has amassed a beautiful portfolio of both residential and commercial spaces.

Why We Love Her

Denese believes that a person’s space should feel like a safe haven and embody their lifestyle. We love her personalized approach, which results in spaces that are both functional and timeless.

“When it comes to interior styling, there isn’t a right or wrong way. I believe that it’s intimate, personal, and how you choose to live.” –Denese Butler

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Our Favorite Design

This dining space is a Jewel Box Room if we’ve ever seen one! We love the dark color that covers not only the walls but the trim, molding, and even the fireplace! And we’re very into the mash-up of traditional and modern in this space—with the antique-style table and the mod dining chairs, along with the sputnik-style chandelier. It can be tough to create a space that feels both trendy and timeless—but this one nails it.

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Kesha Franklin

Kesha Franklin launched her interior design firm, Halden Interiors, in 2006 and has made a name for herself as a designer of luxury interiors. Before becoming a designer, she had an established career in couture fashion, working as a backstage production manager and wardrobe stylist for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. This helped her sharpen her eye for details and develop her profinity for luxury. Kesha has been featured in a number of national magazines and was named a Designer to Watch by the Black Interior Designer’s Network.

Why We Love Her

While Kesha has a very high-end look (and clientele), we love how simple her approach is when beginning a project with clients: “As a designer, I start the process by listening, and then I keep listening.” Her highly personalized approach results in spaces that truly reflect her clients’ style and goals for their space.

“The definition of diversity means a state of being diverse, having variety; being composed of differing elements. To me, that is the essence of interior design: bringing together a mix of furnishings, colors, time periods, materials, and cultural stories of the individuals who dwell in the spaces. Our designs may represent the beauty of diversity, but as an industry we lack variety in the representation of the many faces that create that beauty.” –Kesha Franklin

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Our Favorite Design

We love the way this living room plays with color without being too in-your-face. The overall look is pretty dramatic and bold—and yet, when you zoom in on some of the foundational furniture, it’s fairly restrained. This leaves a lot of breathing room for statement pieces, like the coffee table, to take center stage.
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Tiffany Thompson

Tiffany Thompson worked on the creative team at Nike for almost 10 years before taking the leap into interior design. When she did, she founded Duett Interiors. She credits her New York City upbringing for exposing her to art and culture from a young age, and uses the “melting pot” of styles and perspectives she encountered there to inform her style and approach today.

Why We Love Her

We love Tiffany’s unexpected style. A mix of brutalism and modern minimalism, with a wabi-sabi aesthetic, her spaces have a new-age vibe that you don’t see everyday. But she hasn’t stopped at interior design. Last year she launched a contemporary home decor product line, featuring handmade plastic-covered throw pillows (with truly beautiful fabric underneath) inspired by her grandmother.

“Chasing perfection is not the ethos I mirror my style on. It’s imperfection that is beautiful and using materials and objects that have stood the test of time.” –Tiffany Thompson

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Our Favorite Design

Neutral boho and glam is not a style combo you see every day—and it’s certainly not one that’s easy to pull off. It’s really hard to hit on styles that are on such opposite ends of the spectrum—with boho being super relaxed and organic and glam being very polished and refined. But this space brings the combo to life in such a beautiful way. And those pampas hats on the dining room wall—talk about a statement! We love.

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Mikel Welch

Mikel Welch is a well-known celebrity designer who’s become more of a household name as a TV personality. Some may know him as a former on-air personality of TLC’s Trading Spaces. But today, he’s a host and design expert on Quibi’s Murder House Flip. On the show, he shows viewers how to design sophisticated spaces at affordable prices. Off-camera, he runs his own interior design business, Mikel Welch Designs. In 2020, he was named as one of House Beautiful’s 2020 Next Wave Designers. His designs have been featured on HGTV, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Good Morning America, and in numerous national magazines.

Why We Love Him

Despite his rising star and growing list of celebrity clients (he’s designed VIP green rooms for Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Halle Berry, to name a few), Mikel maintains an air of total approachability. Outside of his client work, he’s passionate about helping everyday people achieve luxury looks in their home—which is actually what his new Skillshare class is all about.

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10 Black Interior Designers You Should Follow

Our Favorite Design

Mikel has designed so many stunning spaces—but our current favorite might be his own home. This space embodies that “Traditional Comfort with a dash of British charm” style we’re really into right now. We love that it’s so comfortable and liveable but with clean lines to keep the look more current.

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Delia Kenza

Delia Kenza fell into interior design somewhat by accident. A lawyer by trade, when she and her husband bought their first place in upper Manhattan, they renovated it themselves. And then she agreed to do the same for a neighbor. And just like that, she’s been in the design world for a decade, working on both her own real estate investments and client projects. She operates under Delia Kenza Interiors, and specializes in complete renovations of urban dwellings.

Why We Love Her

Delia operates in bold, clean lines and neutral palettes—but uses plenty of natural materials and choice color accents to warm things up. We love the balance that her designs strike, and the way they celebrate both a modern aesthetic but with a subtle nod to the past.

10 Black Interior Designers You Should Follow

10 Black Interior Designers You Should Follow

Our Favorite Design

These two rooms flow so beautifully together. With a Scandinavian-inspired vibe, the crisp neutrals give this space a clean, minimalist feel. But pops of bold earth tones and that wooden dining table make this space feel so warm and inviting. We love the way the wall moldings and wall decor play off of each other in the living area. There’s a playfulness in the off-centered mirror, which makes your eye bounce around the space and take in all the lovely details.

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