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

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

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Homeowner: Nicole G. Marketing Rep.

Location: San Francisco, CA.

Rooms: Open Living Room

Their Style: Contemporary Connoisseur

modsy design for customer living/dining roomThe Backstory

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

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

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

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The Design Dilemma

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

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

modsy design for customer living/dining roomThe Modsy Moment

I heard about Modsy through searching for San Francsico interior designers  I delighted that they serve people all over the country and was impressed by their 3D designs and the fact that my designer would continue to work with me until I was 100% happy with my design. So, I decided to give it a shot.

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

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

modsy design for customer living/dining roomHow Modsy Helped Nicole

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

modsy design for customer living/dining roomThe Real Results

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

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

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

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

Real Customer Story

 

Homeowner: Jeff M., Recovery Specialist

Location: Plano, TX

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

Their Style: Rustic Warmth

The Backstory

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

The Design Dilemma

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

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

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

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

The Modsy Moment

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

How Modsy Helped Jeff

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

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

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

Real Customer Story

Real Customer Story

The Real Results

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

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

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

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

Customer Story

 

Homeowner: Jennifer D, Entrepreneur

Location: Troy, NY

Room: Dining Room

Her Style: Contemporary Connoisseur

Customer StoryThe Backstory

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

Customer StoryThe Design Dilemma

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

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

Customer StoryThe Modsy Moment

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

Customer StoryHow Modsy Helped Jennifer

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

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

Customer StoryThe Real Results

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

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

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

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

 

Homeowner: Gina W.

Location: Charlotte, NC

Room: Living Room

Her Style: Rustic Warmth

Customer Story

The Backstory

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

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

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

The Design Dilemma

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

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

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

The Modsy Moment

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

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

How Modsy Helped Gina

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

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

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

The Real Results

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

 

 

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My Modsy Story: How We Found the Time for Design

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

Customer Story

 

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

Location: Moraga, CA

Rooms: Living Room and Home Office

Their Style: Reclaimed Visionary

Customer StoryThe Backstory

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

The Design Dilemma

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

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

Customer StoryThe Modsy Moment

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

Customer StoryHow Modsy Helped Helen and Nate

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

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

The Real Results

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

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The Changes Our Designers Are Making at Home in 2020

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

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

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

Refresh Your Room With a New Coat of Paint

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

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

small bedroom design 2020Get Creative With Design Solutions

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

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

Upgrade Your Bedding

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

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

small bedroom design 2020Cut Down On Clutter

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

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

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

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

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

small bedroom design 2020Add Layered Lighting

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

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

small bedroom design 2020Make Room To Move + Breathe

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

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

Add A Bedroom Seating Area

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

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

small bedroom design 2020Use Multipurpose Furniture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Homeowner: Julia of Lemon Stripes

Location: Stamford, CT

Room: Home Office

Her Style: Chic Collector

The Backstory

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

The Design Dilemma

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

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

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

The Modsy Moment

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

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

The Real Results: Tour Julia’s Office

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Backstory

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

The Design Dilemma

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

The Modsy Moment

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

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

Our design for the master bedroom

Our design for the family room

Our design for the guest room

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

The Real Results

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

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

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

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

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

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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

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

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

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

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

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

Customer Story

 

Homeowner: Daezsha W., Middle School Counselor

Location: Long Beach, California

Room: Living Room

Her Style: Contemporary Connoisseur

The Backstory

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

The Design Dilemma

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

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

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

The Modsy Moment

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

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

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

How Modsy Helped Daezsha

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

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

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

The Real Results

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

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

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

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

Customer Story

Homeowner: Dr. Anastasia M., Endodontist

Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Room:  Living Room and Sunroom

Her Style: Industrial Visionary

The Backstory

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

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

The Design Dilemma

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

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

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

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

The Modsy Moment

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

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

How Modsy Helped Anastasia

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

The Real Results

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

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

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

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