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Modsy Customer Living Room Before and Afters

Everybody loves a good before-and-after home makeover story. Think about it: whether you’re watching Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines or you want to Double Down with the Property Brothers, there is just something so rewarding about seeing a space transform before your eyes.

Before and after photos and stories are also a great way to get interior design tips and inspiration (hello Pinterest!) and to vet new interior design services. Particularly helpful (and fun) to see are living room before and afters—perhaps because they are spaces with so many possibilities. With that in mind, we’ve compiled some of our favorite before and after living room transformations of Modsy customers.

Keep reading for a round-up of our favorite living room makeovers, get living room design ideas, and maybe even be able to get started on a living room checklist for your personal design project!

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Seb and Nic’s Eclectic Glam Oasis in The City

The Design Dilemma: When Seb and Nic moved to a new apartment in Manhattan they were excited to create a calming space that would give them a respite from their beloved but chaotic city.  But After years of moving from one place to another the couple was left with an incohesive assortment of furniture that didn’t mesh well in their space.

Mid-Century living room with large artwork and leather sofa

The Solution: Seb and Nic knew they wanted to keep their cherished bar cart and dining table and their designer used the polished mid-century vibe of each piece as a springboard for the rest of their living room design. She added pops of gold across the room paired mid-century modern inspired silhouettes to tie in the glam feel of the barcart and clean line of the danish modern dining table. Finally she added a dark green accent wall and jewel-toned accent items in supple velvet to give the space the restful quality the couple needed in their urban retreat.

What Seb and Nic Had to Say: “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.” – Seb and Nic

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Mary’s Pass-Through Living Room with Demure Contemporary Style

The Design Dilemma: Mary, a busy dietician, was wanting a design refresh for her awkward “pass-through” living area where she kept a baby grand piano. But she didn’t have the time or design expertise to create the right look for her space.

Modsy customer formal living room design

The Solution: Mary’s designer worked with her to select furniture and decor that would compliment but not compete with the stately piano in the corner of the room. By adding an understated white closed storage console, delicate accent chairs, and pops of red and blue they were able to open up the room considerably creating an airy and sophisticated living area where family can gather and play music together.

Modsy customer living room with mid-century accent chairs

What Mary Had to Say: “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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Jeremy’s Tidy Mid-Century Modern Living Room

The Design Dilemma: In March of 2020 Jeremy decided he was ready for a living-room design make-over. Unfortunately for him deciding to empty his apartment—so he could work with a blank canvas—coincided with the first COVID related stay-at-home ordinance. Now he was stuck working from home with a busy schedule in an empty apartment and no way to go shop for furniture in real life.

Modsy customer open living room with leather sofa and arch lamp

The Solution: Using Modsy, Jermey was able to design and shop his entire apartment remotely. His designer helped him create a charming bachelor pad with cozy but streamlined mid-century modern inspired decor that would be easy to clean and not interrupt his busy work schedule.

What Jeremy Had to Say: “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.” – Jeremy

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Marsha and Dan’s Refined Coastal Retreat

The Design Dilemma: When Marsha and Dan became empty nesters, they decided it was finally time to give their beach house a design refresh before making it into their full-time home. But the couple struggled to find upscale, pet-proof furniture that lived up to the formal feel of the space while also having a coastal vibe.

living room with green walls and high ceilings with white beams

The Solution: Working with a Modsy designer, the couple got help selecting furniture that could not only withstand the sandy paws of their beachy dog, Gunner, but also perfectly complemented the architecture of their home and added coastal charm. Additionally, their designer created a formal layout with conversational seating centered around the fireplace—creating ample seating for when the couple’s kids are visiting from college.

living room with green walls and high ceilings with white beams

What Marsha and Dan Had to Say: “Our favorite part of the design process was seeing how our designer took our requests for durable furnishings and a casual beach look and seamlessly married them with the formal architecture.” –Marsha and Dan

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Lisa’s Eclectic Living Room Centered Around Mid-Century Modern Style

The Design Dilemma: Lisa and her family had lived with the same furniture for 18 years—preferring pieces that were strictly functional and sturdy enough for the occasionally chaotic life of raising kids. But when two of their children moved to college, they decided it was time for a style upgrade. However, Lisa didn’t know what style of decor would work best for thier space or how to integrate the family heirlooms she wanted to keep.
eclectic living room with gallery wall over TV

The Solution: Lisa’s designer selected Mid-Century Modern foundational furniture for her living room, which turned out to be the perfect style for her eclectic home. The warm wood tones of the furniture complemented her heirloom belongings, while the sleek modern silhouettes of each piece didn’t distract from her keepsakes.

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

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Sandra’s Cheerful Mid-Century Modern Living-Dining Room

The Design Dilemma: 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.

Deciding a fresh start would help with the grieving process, she gave away most of her mother’s furniture, leaving the home a blank slate. But with limited design experience, thinking through how to fill and design her living-dining room proved quite difficult.

mid-century open living and dining room

The Solution: Using Modsy, Sandra collaborated with a designer who helped her create a space filled with bright white furniture and cheery pops of color. The designer  selected translucent accent items making the space feel more open and airy feeling, giving Sandra the happy and healing vibe she wanted for her home.

What Sandra Had to Say: “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.” –Sandra

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Samantha’s Cozy Contemporary Living Room with a Rustic Twist

The Design Dilemma: When Samatha and her husband moved from a Traditional-style starter home to an open-concept Mid-Century ranch, they were excited for a fresh start. But they soon discovered that most of their old traditional furniture felt fussy and over-crowded in their new open living room space. Knowing she wanted a cozy modern vibe for her new home, but lacking the design knowledge to decorate on her own, Samantha decided to give online interior design a try.

open living room with seating area in front of television

The Solution: Using Modsy, Samantha was able to “try-on” different furniture and layout options in her open living room. Her designer showed her a couple layouts where she floated the furniture in the center of the space and paired it with a large area rug—creating a cozy living room “zone” that distinguished it from the dining and kitchen spaces in the large room. She selected contemporary-style foundational furniture with simplistic forms in rustic organic materials, giving the space the cozy and modern feel Samantha wanted but didn’t know how to create on her own.

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What Samantha Had to Say: “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.” –Samantha

Sarah’s Formal Living Room With a Warm, Rustic Twist

living room before and after

The Design Dilemma: When Sarah’s family moved into a bigger house, they decided it would be nice to have both a formal living room and a more casual space for family hangouts. But Sarah needed help finding kid-proof decor that could stand up to her toddlers while still meeting her style needs.

“We wanted our living room to mostly be for adults and have a separate TV room in the basement for kids to destroy—I mean play in! That said, we are usually all together, so the living room needed to stand up to kids while still having a classic vibe.” –Sarah R.

customer living room with fireplace and seating area

The Solution: Sarah’s designer suggested a symmetrical layout for her living room design, which helped play up the formal quality of the space. Next, her designer selected performance-grade fabric for the traditionally inspired foundational furniture to ensure each piece could handle her kids. Finally, warm wood tones and accents in natural textures added a cozy warmth to the formal living room.

classic style living room with botanical gallery wall
What Sarah Had to Say: “I had great interactions with my designer, the designs were super cool, and the shopping experience was a breeze.”

Amy’s Contemporary Living Room With a Conversational Layout

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The design dilemma: With their sons headed to college, Amy and her husband decided it was time to replace their collection of hand-me-down furniture with all new pieces. But they needed help designing a conversational layout and cozy TV-viewing space that also worked with the room’s unique Spanish-revival-style architecture.

living room before and after

The solution: Amy’s Modsy designer utilized a subtle, neutral color scheme and contemporary style foundational furniture for a minimal and stylish look that wouldn’t distract from the room’s architecture. Instead of a coffee table, they used a storage ottoman to minimize any clutter and floated an oversized sofa in the space for maximum comfort while watching TV. Her designer also added two armchairs opposite the sofa with an additional ottoman for the conversational layout.

living room before and after

What Amy had to say: “Modsy was able to create a beautiful and doable design for our living room makeover. My designer took the stress out of redecorating and online furniture shopping by filling my space with beautiful items at affordable prices. The whole process was fast, easy, and stress-free.”

Zoha’s Kid-Proof Mid-Century Modern Living Room

modsy customer living room after designs

The design dilemma: After moving to a new city, Zoha and her husband started looking into the possibility of expanding their family. They decided the smart choice would be to kid-proof their living room design for their 9-year-old and any future tots. But they wanted to make sure that they found childproof furniture that worked for their new space before making investment purchases for their living room makeover—so they signed up with Modsy.

modsy customer living room design

The solution: Zoha’s designer selected foundational furniture in performance fabrics and included natural textures in the accent pieces (like a jute ottoman). The sturdy organic materials had the dual purpose of standing up to the wear and tear of a young child while also tying in the large stone fireplace’s rustic quality. The designer was also careful to select furniture with smooth edges to prevent any injuries for rambunctious kids. They stuck to mid-century-modern-inspired silhouettes in a light color palette to keep the space feeling open and modern.

What Zoha had to say: “Our Modsy designer was absolutely amazing! She addressed all of our requests and went above and beyond.” –Zoha H.

John’s Contemporary Living Room With Optimal Seating

living room before and after

The design dilemma: When John and his wife decided it was time for a living room makeover, they knew they’d need to find comfortable seating solutions for their family of seven. They had a large sectional in mind but needed help selecting decor in the same contemporary style.

“We had a family room space that we wanted to make more comfortable, so we bought a big sectional sofa to replace the old sofas we had. But we needed help with design ideas for rugs, accent furniture, and wall art. Plus, I really wanted a stylish and unique reading chair.” –John P.

living room before and after

The solution: John’s designer began his living room transformation by selecting a soft gray wall color that complemented the fabric of his family’s new sectional while opening up the room. The designer brought in pops of pale blue for the area rug, wall art, and accent pillows which further expanded the openness of the space. They also added a statement wingback accent chair in the corner reading nook in the same tranquil blue-gray color palette. Finally John’s designer added poufs and ottomans throughout the space to ensure everybody in the family had a comfy place to sit.

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What John had to say: “The entire experience could not have been any easier for my wife and me. Our designer was very responsive and really listened to what we wanted for our space. She offered beautiful and functional options for us to choose from. She even changed the wall colors for us!” –John P.

Sue’s Modern Studio in Rich Jewel Tones

Modsy customer living room before photo

The design dilemma: When Sue retired and moved into a cozy new apartment with an open floor plan, she wanted to make sure that she chose the right layout and furniture. Understanding she would know what she liked when she saw it, Sue decided to try online interior design—so she could “try-on” different layouts for her space in 3D.

living room before and after

The solution: Sue’s designer knew she wanted to see options for her space, so provided two designs with different color palettes—the first having soft neutrals and the second bold pops of jewel tones. In each design, her designer selected foundational furniture with clean silhouettes but kept the finishes organic. This choice gave the multi-functional room a streamlined but organic vibe, keeping the modern space from feeling too austere.

modsy customer living room with blue velvet sofa

What Sue had to say: “The 3D designs were just what I needed to decide the look of my studio space. My designer was great to work with and selected the perfect products to choose from for my home. The whole process was fast and easy.” –Sue G.

Curious about which color palette Sue preferred? In the end she decided that jewel tones were a little more her style, but seeing different options is always helpful for the decision making process. 

Barbara’s Traditional and Comfortable Living Room

living room before and after

The design dilemma: When her two sons left the nest, Barbara decided it was time to spread her interior design wings and try a new style for her living room. She knew she wanted ample and comfortable seating for when her family could come to visit again. But she struggled to decide on a new look for her living room makeover. Especially daunting to her was the task of finding the right decor for her space.

“I’m horrible at room accessorizing and really loved getting some guidance with how to add decorative accents.” –Barbara

living room before and after

The solution: To address Barbara’s request for ample and comfortable seating, her designer created a conversational layout by placing twin sofas on either side of an accent chair. Additionally the designer added a bench and reading nook in different corners of the room. They then filled the seating areas with plenty of cozy pillows and poufs for added texture and comfort. Finally, they added several small, traditionally inspired decorative ornaments throughout the space—like a pot of succulents with a rusted finish—to complement the traditional silhouettes of the foundational furniture.

living room before and after

What Barbara had to say: “I do not have an eye for design, so this was the perfect solution for me. Modsy really hit the mark with my style. I was very pleased with their flexibility, responsiveness, and affordability. It was a fun pandemic activity!”

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My Modsy Story: Finding a Cohesive Home Design to Help Me Feel More Collected

After moving away from a negative relationship, Zora was ready to build a home where she could heal. But she was worried she couldn’t create a cohesive design for her space with so much on her mind.

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Homeowner: Zora V.

Space: Studio Apartment

My Style: Contemporary Minimalist

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The Backstory

“Before I moved into my current home, I was sharing a space with someone that I had an unhealthy relationship with. Because I work as an HIV health advocate and advice blogger, it’s important that I maintain a safe and loving space for myself so that I can continue to help others. So, when I moved I was so excited for a fresh start, but I was anxious about making my new space the place of healing I needed it to be.”

living room and bedroom studio combination space

“When I moved I was so excited for a fresh start, but I was anxious about making my new space the place of healing I needed it to be.”

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The Design Dilemma

“In terms of design, I know what I like when I see it—but having just left a toxic environment, my mind still felt scattered and I was finding it hard to put all my disparate design ideas together to create a cohesive vibe for my apartment. I needed some outside guidance to ensure my apartment design felt whole and to help me make the right investment purchases on furniture for my home.”

“I needed some outside guidance to ensure my apartment design felt whole and to help me make the right investment purchases on furniture for my home.”

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The Modsy Moment

“Before I found Modsy, I had a ton of anxiety about knowing what my apartment design would look like. I didn’t just want a designer to tell me what items I needed for my home; I wanted to be able to see my space before making large purchases. So, when I received my 3D designs it was such a relief—it took all my anxiety away! I felt that the designer really listened to what I wanted, helping me hone in on the right look for my apartment. Suddenly, I was 100% sure that the items I wanted to buy would not only fit in my home but that the entire design for the space went together beautifully.”

“when I received my 3D designs it was such a relief—it took all my anxiety away! I felt that the designer really listened to what I wanted, helping me hone in on the right look for my apartment.”

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The Real Results

“Designing my apartment was a huge investment for me, so I wanted to be satisfied with the outcome without wasting my money on products that wouldn’t work in my space. Using Modsy helped me foolproof the purchasing process by showing me my designs ahead of time. Because of this, I was able to create a space that feels complete. The designs gave me a comfortable landing pad where I feel collected and healthy after a challenging time in my life. Now, I have a healing space to call home that I want to be in every day.”

dining room with round bistro table, bench and two chairs

“Using Modsy helped me foolproof the purchasing process by showing me my designs ahead of time. Because of this, I was able to create a space that feels complete.”

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My Modsy Story: Proof That Pet-friendly Designs Don’t Have to Sacrifice on Style

When Marsha and Dan became empty-nesters they decided it was finally time to finish designing their beach house. They soon discovered it was hard to find stylish, pet-friendly decor that went with their space.

 

Modsy customer beach house

 

Homeowner: Marsha, Dan, and dog Gunner

Space: Living Room

Our Style: Refined Rustic

Modsy customer beach house

Modsy customer beach house

The Backstory

Six years ago, my husband Dan and I purchased a beautiful house located in a tiny town on the Washington coast. It’s our dream home and we hope to move there permanently someday—but for now, it’s our second home where we spend most weekends and any time off we can get.

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The Design Dilemma

Recently Dan and I became empty-nesters, so when the kids aren’t visiting it’s just us and our dog, Gunner. When the kids moved out we knew it was finally time to make our beach house the cozy home we wanted it to be.

“We were struggling to select furniture that was elevated enough to work for the architecture of our space, pet-friendly enough to handle our pooch, and affordable enough to buy on our budget.”

The space is very large and formal but we have a more casual style. We were struggling to select furniture that was elevated enough to work for the architecture of our space, pet-friendly enough to handle our pooch, and affordable enough to buy on our budget. I was also overwhelmed by the tall ceilings and finding decor that went with our color scheme.

modsy living room with green walls

The Modsy Moment

We had heard wonderful things about Modsy, and we loved seeing all the before and after pictures on the Modsy blog and Instagram—so you can imagine how pleased we were when we saw our initial designs. They completely exceeded our expectations. Our favorite part of the design process was seeing how our designer took our requests for durable furnishings and a casual beach look and seamlessly married them with the formal architecture.

“Our favorite part of the design process was seeing how our designer took our requests for durable furnishings and a casual beach look and seamlessly married them with the formal architecture.”

Another thing we really appreciated about Modsy was seeing our designs in the 360-view. This tool was so neat, adding an extra air of realism to our design experience and helping us see what our design could be in real life. It was so easy to swap furniture items from the 3D catalog too. It really helped us find the right pieces for us and the dog!

modsy living room with green walls

The Real Results

Before using Modsy, this room never felt complete and none of the pieces we had went with our house. Now we have a beautiful design that’s cozy but lives up to the grandeur of the room (and the baby grand piano that Dan inherited from his mom). Each piece was carefully chosen so it not only looks beautiful but can handle Gunner and his puppy pals when our kids bring their pets for a visit.

“Before using Modsy, this room never felt complete and none of the pieces we had went with our house. Now we have a beautiful design that’s cozy but lives up to the grandeur of the room. Each piece was carefully chosen so it not only looks beautiful but can handle Gunner and his puppy pals when our kids bring their pets for a visit.”

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My Modsy Story: How I Took a Design Risk to Get My Dream Apartment

Living in New York City, Lauren was excited to start a life all her own in her first studio apartment. She just didn’t know how to design a small space that reflected her new independent lifestyle.

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Homeowner: Lauren M. News Writer

Space: Studio Apartment

My Style: Chic Collector

Customer Studio Apartment

Customer Studio Apartment

The Backstory

I live in New York City, where the COVID pandemic brought reduced rent prices, so when the lease on my shared apartment ended in October, I knew it was the right time to move—for both my COVID concerns and a growing desire to claim my own space.

studio apartment with bright color scheme

The Design Dilemma

I decided to move into a studio–but I was clueless about designing a small space. I didn’t know what decor or layout would make the room flow. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to decide on an overall theme or make sure all my furniture pieces physically fit in the space.

Customer Studio Apartment

Customer Studio Apartment

The Modsy Moment

My sister and mom knew I needed assistance, and after looking for New York interior designers they treated me to a Modsy design package for a housewarming gift. I immediately fell in LOVE with the Modsy iOS app and was so excited to get started designing my space.

The first thing I noticed when I got my Modsy designs was the vivid color palette—it was exactly what I wanted and added that “zest” that completely transformed my plain apartment.. I couldn’t have found the right color balance on my own because I get nervous taking risks with interior design—that’s why I’m so happy my designer took my suggestion and created a bold but doable design for me. Seeing my design in 3D meant I knew everything would work together perfectly.

Customer Studio Apartment

The Real Results

Before Modsy, I had an empty studio where I felt too timid to decorate alone! NOW I LOVE BEING HOME. I recently got over COVID and having a space that reflected my style was really empowering—it helped me feel stronger and more confident during a stressful moment in my life. It just brings me more joy than any other place I’ve lived and I’m so glad I took a risk with my colorful design and tried Modsy.

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My Modsy Story: How my son and I designed a home together

Ready for a new phase of life, a father found an empty house where he and his son could start from scratch. The only problem was finding time to design the new space with his busy work schedule.

Actual Modsy Customer

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The Backstory

“I wanted a fresh start for my 12-year-old son and myself, so I found a new house here in San Francisco. The house is over 200 years old, and before we moved in it was decorated with very traditional decor. My personal aesthetic is much more modern, so I knew we’d start over with a blank slate. But with every room completely empty, I needed to get the space decorated—and fast—so my son and I could feel comfortable here.”

“I wanted a fresh start for my 12-year-old son and myself, so I found a new house here in San Francisco.”

living and dining room combo space with grey sectional sofa

The Design Dilemma

“I know my personal style and I actually know quite a bit about design, as it factors heavily into my work. Having previously worked closely with traditional interior design services in both a personal and professional capacity, I knew plenty of people who could help me tackle my home design project. I could even have done a good job on my own, but I’m so busy that I wanted to outsource the work—and I knew I wanted it done faster than a traditional design service could offer. I’d heard about online interior design and decided I would give San Francsico based interior design company Modsy a try.”

“I knew I wanted it done faster than a traditional design service could offer.”

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Designer Insight:

“In our consult call, I could immediately tell that the client had style and vision but lacked the time he needed to bring his space together. I was determined to give him a well-thought-out design for each room within his tight timeframe.” –Janna, Modsy designer

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The Modsy Moment

“When I had my consult call with my Modsy designer, Janna, I told her I was very busy and I just wanted her to take my input I had for the space and to run with it. The results absolutely hit the bullseye!”

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“What was even more impressive than how well Janna nailed my design aesthetic, was the way Modsy’s 3D designs really took my son and me along for the ride. My son was a really big part of the move, he helped me choose the house and even took part in the lease negotiations (he’s 12!), so it only made sense that he should have a say in the design process, too. He loved seeing his room go from an empty space to a 3D design to actually seeing the room come together IRL. Not only was the process fun for him but it also gave him a sense of autonomy and helped him grow a little.”

“My son loved seeing his room go from an empty space to a 3D design to actually seeing the room come together IRL.”

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green industrial office with black velvet chair

Designer Insight:

“As a Luxe designer at Modsy, one of the highlights of my job is revealing my clients’ designs during our Design Reveal video call. It was a special treat getting to present designs to this client; he was just so pleased to see how quickly his designs came together and was shocked by how little he had to do. And he was really excited for his son’s room, too, which was sweet!” –Janna, Modsy designer

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The Real Results

“Before using Modsy, the space was completely empty, without even a stitch of furniture. Now each room is fully furnished with beautiful furniture and paint selections that perfectly capture my design sensibilities. Janna selected colors and decor for every room that is appropriate for whatever I’m doing. Seriously, every space works for entertaining (when it’s safe to entertain again), relaxing, or even working from home on a busy day. Plus, my son really likes his bedroom design. His mind was blown and so was mine—but in the best possible way.”

“Before using Modsy, the space was completely empty, without even a stitch of furniture. Now each room is fully furnished with beautiful furniture and paint selections that perfectly capture my design sensibilities.”

Actual Modsy Customer

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Designer Insight:

“For this project, I knew it was key to imbue each room with a bit of fun, along with items that felt personal. In the son’s room, I added a large brass t-rex sculpture which was in line with Modsy customer’s cool sensibility, but it felt like something a kid would get a kick out of, too.” –Janna, Modsy designer

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“I was careful to think about the functionality and livability of the space. I imagined the client and his son hanging out together or with friends, and I also imagined that he might want to work in any space in the house and not just his office. Because of this, I chose colors and decor that were bold enough to go with Modsy customer’s style but versatile enough to fit many different occasions and scenarios.” –Janna, Modsy designer

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My Modsy Story: Creating a Joyful Space With Modern Style

Lindsay and her husband had a bold vision for their new family home. They just didn’t have the design skills to bring that vision to life on their own—so they decided to give virtual interior design a try.

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Homeowner: Lindsay B., Stay-at-home mom

Spaces: Living-Dining Room

My Style: Modern

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The Backstory

Lindsay and her family were excited to move into a new house and fill it with joyful memories and decor. But they were a bit overwhelmed at the thought of filling the space.

“When my husband and I moved into our dream house, we were so excited to make it our home. We knew we wanted our living-dining room to be a comfortable yet stylish hangout for us and the kids. We both imaged a space full of high-contrast color, with clean mid-century-modern lines, and a dash of stylish whimsy. But besides an heirloom dining room set, we were furnishing the space from scratch.”

“We both imaged a space full of high-contrast color, with clean mid-century-modern lines, and a dash of stylish whimsy.”

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The Design Dilemma

They knew that they wanted to go bold with their design—but they struggled to find a cohesive look for their space.

“We both love bold colors and unique mid-century-modern pieces, but we are clueless about layout and struggle to make things feel cohesive. I was worried that if we were left to our own devices, our home would end up looking more like a college dorm room than the curated space we envisioned—which is something we’ve run into before. We needed help making our house the home I knew it could be. I’d heard about Modsy, so we decided to give the service a try.”

“We both love bold colors and unique mid-century-modern pieces, but we are clueless about layout and struggle to make things feel cohesive.”

Designer Insights:

“Lindsay’s biggest challenge for the space was creating something that felt really fun while still being refined.” –Cassie, Lindsay’s Modsy Designer

glamorous living room with floral rug and green velvet sofa

The Modsy Moment

Working with their designer, they got a playful color scheme tempered by tasteful mid-century-modern-inspired decor.

“We were completely awestruck when we saw our 3D design for the first time—so much so that our jaws dropped. Our Modsy designer, Cassie, understood what we wanted for the space even more than we did. She gathered a few of our stray thoughts and turned them into a magazine-worthy functional living space that felt so cohesive.

“We were completely awestruck when we saw our 3D design for the first time—so much so that our jaws dropped.”

“The furniture she selected went perfectly with our heirloom dining set and the colors she chose truly brought the space to life. The living room area included the most spectacular rug; I have never seen a better rug in my life! It was a magical moment to see the potential my raw space had. And that potential even included a pink accent wall!”

Designer Insights:

“I wanted to capture Lindsay’s joyfulness in her designs, so I chose unexpected wall color pairings (pale pink in the living area and rich forest green in the dining area) and then I grounded these colors by tying them into the decor. I kept the furniture classic but added in eclectic pillows, rugs, artwork, and accessories.” –Cassie, Lindsay’s Modsy Designer

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The Real Results

Now that their home is coming together IRL, they have a design that lives up to their expectations for the space and provides a joyful feeling for their family.customer dining room with vintage wood dining table

“Before using Modsy, we thought our space had a lot of promise and design potential, but we didn’t know how to deliver on that promise on our own. As more and more items arrive from Modsy and our virtual design becomes a reality, I can feel our home radiate happiness—something I had not planned on. This colorful and chic space is beloved by our entire family. Even the dog seems happier in it!”

“As more and more items arrive from Modsy and our virtual design becomes a reality, I can feel our home radiate happiness.”

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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.

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

Location: Waunakee, WI.

Spaces: Home Office

My Style: Refined Industrial

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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!

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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

San Francisco 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.

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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.

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Homeowner: Lisa H.

Spaces: Living Room and Office

Her Style: Mod Collector

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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.

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“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.”

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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.

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“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.”

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“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! “

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“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!”

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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.

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Homeowner: Sandra

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

Her Style: Mod Enthusiast

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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!”

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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

 

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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

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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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