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Dream Home Ideas: A Pure Haven of Rustic Warmth

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When it comes down to it, our signature Rustic Warmth style is defined by its cozy vibes and comfy furnishings that truly make a house a home. A perfectly curated rustic-relaxed mix sums up the look. Think family-friendly upholstery, warm wood tones, sleek industrial elements, and a dash of antique charm. It all adds up to a home that would even make Chip and Jo swoon.

If you love the Rustic Warmth style but don’t know how to bring the look to life, don’t fret. These rooms are always guided by comfort, so as long as you keep that in mind as your north star, you’re sure to nail the look. And pulling together the right furnishings and accents are actually much easier (and faster) than it seems.

Get inspired by the rustic haven our designers dreamed up below. And to help you get started on your own project, we’ve broken out each room with tips for bringing the look into your own home. Come along for the Rustic Warmth style home tour!

rustic warmth entryThe Entry

It’s easy to know when you’ve stepped inside a Rustic Warmth styled home. Starting with the entry, it has the look and feel of that elegant, light-filled farmhouse you’ve seen a million times on Instagram and Pinterest. It also has a way of immediately establishing a sense of ease with big comfort. Cozy accents abound, from durable rugs to inviting art and textiles, and a neutral palette plays up a calming air.

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rustic warmth entryThe Key Entry Elements

Start With Function. For as good as rustic interiors look, they’re always designed for comfort and function. A slender console and spindle bench turn this entry into the perfect welcome spot. The console serves as a convenient catchall while the Windsor-style bench, a contemporary take with washed light wood, makes for the ideal pass-through seating.

Go Big on Rustic Accents. No need to hold back even if it is the entry. Rustic Warmth style is all about layering in small accents that play up cozy patterns. So pile on the plaid and mud cloth pillows, global-style rugs and natural fibers, and botanical art and weather wood frames. Just remember to keep everything cohesive with a neutral color palette.

Mix Warm and Sleek. To instantly set the Rustic Warmth tone in your home, play up a mix of metals and warm textures. Consider hanging a sleek metal pendant light to start. Then mix in a woven lamp and baskets galore, which will add functional storage as well as dial up the warmth.

living roomThe Living Room

The Rustic Warmth living room isn’t all rustic. What defines it is a considered blend of comfortable upholstery along with relaxed accents. It’s the kind of space you can spend hours in with kids or host an evening gathering with friends. The pieces have a way of putting anyone at ease.

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living roomThe Key Living Room Elements

Set a Strong Foundation. A sturdy and comfortable sofa is essential in the Rustic Warmth living room. It’s a grounding piece that prioritizes comfort and makes way for piles of plush pillows. Ditto the armchairs and accent seating you pull in to go alongside the sofa. These should be generously sized with deep seats, and if they have vintage appeal, even better! Crisp white upholstery never fails to add to the overall welcoming vibe.

Get into Your Materials. And this isn’t limited to just textured pillows; it extends to all the small details. Consider raw unfinished wood furniture frames, linen upholstery and throws, a jute rug and woven ottomans, and even hefty metal accents. It’s all the materials and textures you’ll find in your dream farmhouse space.

Finish With Lush Touches. With so many materials and textures at play, lively greenery and botanical notes will round out the look. Think tall eucalyptus branches in floor vases for corners and a healthy array of landscape and the floral art, which will further add rustic charm.

dining roomThe Dining Room

Ease and elegance are at the heart of the dining room, where traditional farmhouse style and industrial elements are the focus. But the mix is far from formal. Instead, a cozy palette along with large-scale furnishings make this a perfect gathering spot for casual family meals and big dinner parties with friends alike.

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rustic warmth The Key Dining Room Elements

Try a Modern Rustic Palette. With the dining room, creating a space that feels warm but not too farmhouse-like means leaning into a crisp, modern color story. For the Rustic Warmth look, a combination of black, white, and warm wood tones is a surefire formula that always delivers. Go with chairs that have black metal details and mix it with white slipcovered seats; bring in black-and-white equestrian photography and pair it with a patterned jute rug in similar shades. Then be sure to use large wood anchor pieces, as in the console cabinet and dining table here.

Multiply Your Light Sources. Fixtures above the dining table are a given, but they’re often not enough. To play up the rustic look, some metallic sconces and a table lamp will give the dining space the same homey feel as the rest of the space. Last but not least, don’t forget that a mirror can also act as a great light source since it reflects rays around the room. Choose a round mirror for maximum effect.

Think Beyond Dining. What makes a Rustic Warmth style dining room stand out is that it’s not a space designed purely for entertaining and dining. Comfy living room elements, such as a settee, woven side table, and a spindle chair are great additions for further instilling a homey atmosphere.

rustic warmth The Office

What we love most about this home office is the shiplap walls, which sport a coat of gray paint that switches the look up from its normal white-washed vibe. It creates a cozier atmosphere that’s more in line with the Rustic Warmth look. Coupled with all the natural light, this home office is at once an inspiring workspace and hideaway.

The Key Office Elements

Contrast With Warm Tones. While everywhere else in the home is all about cozy neutrals, the office is a space where you can layer in warmer tones to keep it from feeling too formal of a workspace. Try a rustic, cozy red rug that instantly gives the space a welcoming, lived-in vibe. A dark bookcase will help to emphasize the beautiful contrast.

Pull in Lots of Chairs. Resting spots defined by different comfy seating will do wonders to elevate and ease up any home office space. The idea is that it will inspire and encourage breaks from your work desk. Try mixing it up with an office chair, a plump armchair, and even a rocking chair, which will add lovely antique elegance that adds more contrast.

Get Personal With Accents. More than any space in the home, your office is the place to put your favorite personal objects on display. Whether it’s meaningful photographs or books, display them as decor in your home office. If you want to take the rustic look to the next level, try covering your books in paper to give your shelves a streamlined monochrome look.

rustic warmth bedroomThe Master Bedroom

For the perfect Rustic Warmth style bedroom, it’s all about pieces that have major rustic style. They don’t have to be large, but they should make a bold rustic statement, be it a metal-and-wood framed bed or a captivating photo or a floor-length mirror. Likewise, you want to layer lots of soft textures to play up outsize comfort.

bedroomThe Key Master Bedroom Elements

Lean into Industrial. There’s room to go for a slightly more industrial take on rustic in the bedroom, where statement furniture pieces can add plenty of warmth. Sleek designs with strong angles, such as the clean-lined bed and nightstands along with the dresser, give this master bedroom a warm, inviting look that’s far from steely.

Soften Sharp Lines. With so many bold angles, you’ll want to layer in lots of soft textiles (even a woven bench) for a soft touch that takes the edge off of the sleek silhouettes. Take all materials into consideration, from wool to leather to knit textiles. These details will work nicely alongside their industrial counterparts.

Make Minimal (a little) Colorful. It’s all about having a neutral or little color with the Rustic Warmth look, but it never means stark black and white. As you saw with the dining room, warm wood tones and leathers can make for natural colors that add immense warmth. Use those to ease up the sharp furniture shapes in the bedroom. If the all-white bed is starting to look too crisp, a pop of pink or blue or bright primary shade can work wonderfully. Just one bright hue, though!

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Stress-Free Hosting: 7 Things Every Great Guest Room Needs

guest room essentialsHosting season never seems to end! And with Fall gearing up, Thanksgiving and hungry guests are just around the corner. Whether you’re hosting an intimate get together or the whole family, being the host with the most extra bedrooms is no easy feat.

But fret not, the secret to stress-free hosting isn’t skipping town for the weekend, it’s a well-prepped guest room that’s sure to impress.

Since you probably already are familiar with the guest room basics like a bed frame, comfy mattress, and clean linens, here are 7 of our favorite ways to whip your guest room into shape, all before your in-laws arrive.

1. Set Up a Place to Unpack

After they lug their suitcase up the stairs, your guests will appreciate having a place to park their luggage and unpack.

Try placing a bench or a pair of poufs at the foot of the bed. This also doubles as a great place for them to take shoes off or get ready for the day.

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2. Keep Guests Feeling Cozy

No matter the season, give your guests the hotel treatment by readying your guest room with a basket stocked with extra linens, pillows, and blankets.

Think cozy cashmere throws, cable-knit blankets, and fluffy pillows for winter, or linen sheets and cotton throws for the warmer seasons.

3. Dress to Impress

Sometimes it’s those finishing touches that truly round out the guest room ambiance.

A full-length mirror is just the accent piece that brings a luxe look and feel to the space. Place one against a wall for your guests to use while they get dressed for breakfast or dinner.

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4. Start a Conversation With Art

Tell your story to visitors through the art and objects you display in your home.

While this might not seem like an essential, showcasing unique art and accessories is a great way to make your guests’ stay more memorable.

Not sure what to pick? Think about choosing pieces that will spark a conversation – photographs from your trip to Iceland? Perfect. A woven plate that looks better on the wall than in the kitchen? Yes please!

5. Make Storage Easy

Set your guests up for success with a handy place to stash clothes, toiletries, and even surprise hostess gifts (wishful thinking?).

A stylish dresser and pair of nightstands is a great place to start! Also consider pulling in a woven hamper for your guests to easily toss used towels and linens. This simple addition majorly ups the hospitality factor.

6. Ensure Ample Lighting

Place a pair of reading lamps on the nightstands, but don’t forget to think about lighting for the rest of your guest room as well.

Sconces above a dresser or on the wall opposite the bed can be a light-touch way to add more sources of illumination, while a floor lamp by a window will cast a warm glow that can help cozy up the ambiance for your guests.

7. Make Room for Personal Space

Give your guests a place to relax and unwind with a cozy reading nook or desk area. This is a great, no-pressure way for them (and you) to enjoy some personal space during their visit.

Add a bookcase with old and new tomes for guests to peruse, and even include a tray stocked full of goodies like coffee, tea, and snacks.

It’s these finishing elements that can truly make a space feel homey for visitors.

 

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Layout Guide: Two Ways to Fill a Large Open Living Room

large open living room layout ideasIn our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Often the trickiest part of designing a space, finding the right layout for your room can be a challenge. This week we’re looking at a large open living room and finding two layouts that make use of the open space.

The Space: A 20×25 large open living room

Style: Rustic Warmth

The Challenge: Designing a large open living room with a fireplace and floor to ceiling windows on every wall.

We talk a lot about the trials of designing small spaces – but large, open rooms can be just as tricky! Filling a big space requires some smart planning to make sure that the space feels functional, has flow, and doesn’t feel like a large empty room. In addition to having the right furniture for a large, open living room, you also want to find a layout that makes the best use of the space. Check out the following ideas for outfitting this huge living room with a layout that works.

large open living roomIdea #1: The TV Viewing Layout

Layout #1 for our large open living room, centers around a 4-piece sectional sofa – the perfect solution for a room of this size. Instead of pushing it against the wall (which might be your first instinct), we floated the sectional in the middle of the room. This not only helps fill up the space, but it also better accommodates TV viewing by moving the seating closer to the TV.

In addition to the large size, all the walls in this room have windows, which is a real design challenge. Pulling the sofa away from the walls is a great solve for this conundrum. Plus, you can use the space behind the sofa for a kids’ play area that’s part of the main living room action but doesn’t take over the space.

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Why This Large Open Living Room Layout Works

We chose an L-shaped sectional because it creates the ideal layout where both the TV and fireplace are focal points of the room. To make use of the open space diagonal from the sofa, we included an intimate conversation corner. This makes use of the open space next to the fireplace and provides extra seating.

Additionally, the swivel chairs offer flexibility to the design. They chairs can face each other, turn toward the fireplace, or swivel toward the center of the room. It’s the perfect living room layout for creating flow and functionality in a large living room.

large open living roomThis Is Great If You…

  • Want a living room with plenty of seating options.
  • Like an ideal setup for TV viewing and cozying around the fireplace.
  • Need a tucked away space for kids to play.
  • Love maintaining the wide, open flow of the space.

large open living roomIdea #2 – The Entertaining Layout

If you love entertaining at home, this is a great setup for you. The design makes use of two sofas and two armchairs for plenty of comfy seating. The twin sofas feel more formal than a sectional, but provide just as many seats.

This layout for our large open living room directs the focus to the center of the room so that the fireplace and view outside are on full display. A great multi-purpose space hack, the backs of the sofas also help divide the room and create a distinct “living zone” even while the room is completely open.

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Why This Large Open Living Room Layout Works

A bench behind the sofa adds extra storage and helps create distinction between the living room and the space behind it. And you can always pull the bench into the main living area for extra seating in a pinch! The two poufs can be used as footrests for the armchairs or as additional seating as well.

Potted plants on opposite sides of the room help to fill the empty corners and add a pop of color to the space. The layered rugs are a great choice for a large room because the smaller rug on top adds pattern and color, while the jute rug underneath helps add coverage and texture. Plus, jute is much more affordable, especially in sizes as large as this room calls for.

large open living room layoutThis Is Great If You…

  • Need a room with tons of seating.
  • Love to entertain at home.
  • Don’t want a TV to be the center of attention in your living room.
  • Like a clean, uncluttered look with neutral tones.
  • Want a more formal vibe than a casual sectional sofa provides.

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5 Ways to Master A Rustic Bedroom Design

rustic bedroom ideasA common misconception about rustic style is that it’s always just some variation of the log cabin look. But if you’ve seen some of our favorite rustic bedroom designs, you know the style is far from one note – and it can work beautifully in a number of different ways.

For instance, there’s the refined rustic look, which is all about comfort, soft neutrals, and elegant furnishings with a classic bent. Then you have rustic farmhouse style, a mix of traditional and industrial design elements. And finally, a rustic minimal look strips out all ornamentation in favor of clean-lined pieces and very little styling.

All to say, nailing a rustic look in your bedroom isn’t exactly a simple formula – but it’s also not as difficult as you think. To get you inspired (and started) on your own rustic bedroom design, we’ve rounded up five of our most popular rustic looks. Read on to get our tips for bringing each bedroom look home.

rustic bedroom designThe Look: Rustic Warmth

Warm and inviting, this look is anchored by contemporary furniture with rustic notes. It’s one of our most popular design styles as it brings together modern designs that feel cozy rather than sleek and spare.

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The Key Elements

Rustic Warmth is all about streamlined furnishings that are welcoming. Think dressers and nightstands in darker wood tones, a hefty wood bed frame, a classic rug in updated colors, and accents that lend a livable vibe.

It’s Perfect If You…

Love a house that feels like home, meaning your spaces are guided by comfort and function first. This look might also appeal to you if you love the rustic look but still want your bedroom furniture to be modern and of-the-moment. Also, if you’re not one for lots of color and pattern, Rustic Warmth’s muted palette will feel just right.

coastal bedroom designThe Look: Rustic Coastal

In a nutshell, the rustic coastal look evokes a breezy beach cottage by the ocean. It’s casual and layered and the vibe is welcoming, lived-in, and down-to-earth.

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The Key Elements

This look is defined by a stylish mix of natural materials that add texture. Think natural-fibers, like sisal and jute, rattan, light weathered driftwood, relaxed linen upholstery and lightweight throw blankets. It also pulls in coastal elements, such as a palette of blues and whites that plays up a sense of serenity and recalls the ocean, as well as ocean-inspired accents and shell art.

It’s Perfect If You…

Are drawn to California’s rustic coastal homes or simply enjoy the laid-back vibe of those spaces. This look will also likely resonate with you if you love a room that feels relaxed but still chicly put-together.

rustic farmhouse bedroomThe Look: Rustic Farmhouse

This is probably the look that’s most like what you might traditionally imagine rustic style spaces to be. It has classic and industrial elements that recall farmhouse interiors and more than a hint of vintage.

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The Key Elements

The Rustic Farmhouse mix is comprised of handcrafted designs (metal sconces and wooden bench), vintage-style finds (candelabra chandelier, weathered-wood round mirror), and barn-like furnishings (spindle bed, rocking chair, weathered armoire). Carved details and small accents that give off an antiqued sensibility also add to the overall farmhouse feeling.

It’s Perfect If You…

Appreciate the perfectly imperfect, old-meets-new look, where traditional-looking pieces are arranged in a fresh, contemporary way. This might also be the look for you if you find beauty in well-crafted designs and spaces that convey a sense of history.

rustic minimal bedroomThe Look: Rustic Minimal

Think of this as the perfect blend of cool and warm, where pared-down vintage elements are combined with a calm, monochromatic palette. This is also the place where clean-lined design meets a touch of rustic charm.

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The Key Elements

Rustic minimal style is exactly what it sounds like: Streamlined furniture in rustic materials that lend depth and warmth to the room. There’s also an organic approach to furnishings and accents that are highly curated – think a perfectly slender metal console, a round wood mirror, mid-century-style stools in a distinct fabric, sparkling porcelain table lamps. Every detail and material is carefully chosen to have both simple and cozy appeal.

It’s Perfect If You…

Mostly prefer minimally styled spaces that still feel warm and inviting. If you don’t like having a lot of “stuff” but appreciate well-designed furniture and objects, this curated approach might appeal to you.

rustic bedroom designThe Look: Refined Rustic

Formal and elegant, this look presents rustic in a slightly more feminine and elevated light. With a bedroom, the refined rustic approach conjures up the feeling of a serene and sophisticated hotel in the countryside.

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The Key Elements

Keep to rustic furnishings that have a classic, formal twist. Design details, such as natural textures like linen, rattan, and weathered woods, help to play up the look. Look for pieces that have traditional silhouettes, like a nightstand with drawers and decorative pulls or a bench with turned legs. Finally, add accents that have vintage appeal, such as botanical art and ticking-stripe pillows. Just be sure to stick to soft hues for your palette.

It’s Perfect If You…

Like classic formal spaces but want them to feel slightly more approachable. This look is pure elegance with perfect ease to match, and it’s ideal for someone who prefers a space where rustic notes appear in more delicate and subtle ways.

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Dream Home Tour – A Collected Approach to California Casual

california casualIt’s no secret we’re fans of the chic modern spaces that capture the calm, collected California casual look. It’s a style we currently can’t get enough of – think blissful rooms with comfy furnishings, a blend of natural textures, and soft neutral hues.

With all that inspo in the air and summer just around the corner, our design team couldn’t help but imagine what our perfect California home would look like. So, we got to work designing this dream home to showcase that laid-back, West Coast style we just can’t get enough of.

Get ready to see lots of relaxed designs, a mix of classic and rustic elements, layers of textures, and lots of eclectic accents. We’ve thoughtfully curated every room to reflect our idea of the perfect California casual home, with pieces that you can find directly through us to recreate the exact look and feel in your own space.

Come along for a room-by-room tour of the home along with all the design tips and key design elements you’ll need to bring the look home.

The Entry

california casualSetting an Airy Tone

The entry introduces the overall laid-back vibe in the home. To make it truly inviting, a bit of symmetry can go a long way. Bring in a statement piece, such as a modern credenza, to anchor the focus, then round it out with classic designs for stylistic contrast. To polish it off, layer in lots of woven details and accents. It really is as simple as it sounds!

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california casualThe Key Entryway Elements

Start with a showpiece. The contemporary credenza has a woven leather front that adds both texture and intrigue. A big piece like this is also great if you need to define a pass-through space, which flows into the living and dining rooms.

Mix in classic design notes. This look is all about playing with contrast. And nothing makes modern pieces stand out more than being surrounded by Old World-inspired designs, like this classic-shaped mirror and traditional patterned rug with European influence.

Natural textures are your friend. Natural woven elements and details help play up the California casual feel, so don’t be afraid to go big. We flanked our console with a woven accent chair and a basket planter, and we also brought in a woven pendant light to top it all off. These pieces not only help frame the space but also offer balance. Another note: Don’t hesitate to add a natural-fiber rug for even more texture.

The Living Room

california casualLead With Comfort

For the living room, we envisioned a welcoming gathering spot with an open layout that’s unfussy, rooted in comfort, and suffused with light. We also worked in beachy accents, organic touches, and rustic elements that emphasize relaxed living (think seagrass-wrapped chairs, stone tables, and a hefty chandelier).

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california casualThe Key Living Room Elements

Foundational pieces first. It’s always good to start with furnishings grounded in comfort, such as a big sofa in a dark gray that is both livable and durable. Likewise, the cushioned armchairs and benches offer practical extra seating. Once you’ve settled on your main comfort pieces, you’ll find it easier to mix and match designs to go with them.

Play up vintage vibes. A little Old-World rusticity pairs nicely with foundational furnishings, be they a washed-out rug that adds soft color or a European-style chandelier that brings an antique element. Looking to start small? Try a dark-wood mirror or a vintage wood side table.

Keep hues easy on the eyes. Neutrals and nature-inspired hues are at the center of rooms with a relaxed style. Opt for contrasting warm and cool neutrals for a palette that calms and eases the senses. Think a gray sofa grouped with crisp white fabrics, light woods, and natural fiber tones.

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Marry function and beauty. Livable design also means maximizing your storage. Whether that takes the form of baskets and bins, a credenza, or built-in shelving is up to you! These pieces offer both smart storage and style, and they’re part of what gives the California casual home its charm.

Get beachy. You can’t have a beach-inspired home without textures that recall the coast, right? From the rattan floor lamps and seagrass-wrapped chairs to the woven benches and patterns on the pillows, we didn’t skimp on materials that bring elements of the beach indoors – and you shouldn’t either!

Nod to Nature. Keep to natural materials to add texture with minimal color impact. Designs like the stone-inlay table, woven rattan lighting, and natural-fiber details on the credenza facade, can help unify different furnishings in a room given their organic appeal. Similarly, stick to art that brings the outdoors in, such as botanical and fish prints.

The Office Corner

california casualPutting Style to Work

Home offices are great, but if you’re tight on space a vignette within a larger room can be just as effective. In large living rooms a small nook or corner dedicated to work not only expands your room’s function, but it also offers an unexpected focus area.

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california casualThe Key Office Elements

Lean traditional. Unless you’ve decided on a contemporary look, traditional furnishings, like a classic-style desk, a spindle bench, or a faded rug, perfectly complement comfy foundational pieces. A good rule of thumb? Pair a classic-style desk with a modern chair for an old-meets-new approach that is practically always a win-win.

Take note of gold. Accents in gold and brass are great buffers for adding a glint of polish and warmth to neutral spaces. A work desk is a great opportunity for layering in these shiny touches. This can take the form of a task lamp, a picture frame, or the hardware on the drawers.

Go for height. Distinguish your workspace by optimizing the vertical space surrounding it. Hang a large painting – we chose an abstract piece with undulating lines that recalls the beach – and pull in a streamlined bookcase that helps to play up a vignette and give it elevated focus without distracting from the rest of the room.

The Dining Area

california casualMixing It Up

Like the living room, the California casual dining space is anchored in comfort, so we imagined a room that combines a wide range of furnishings and styles that emphasize ease. A large table in light wood keeps the space from feeling cramped, while cane dining chairs make for casual and stylish companions.

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california casualThe Key Dining Room Elements

Get high-contrast. A collected dining space is all about uniting contrasting elements in a harmonious design. In addition to the light table and dark chairs, we opted for a dark metal sideboard and a dark wood cabinet to further anchor the space. The key is to layer in various materials and design styles that add warmth and personality to a space that’s normally considered for functional use only.

Think industrial. Since the centerpiece of any dining room is a large table, pulling in industrial pieces can provide good heft. Not to mention, industrial accents with worn finishes can add that Old-World touch – an element you’ll find in every room of this dream home – and balance out more coastal-inspired pieces.

Liven things up. It’s rare to find a room without plants or some sort of foliage in homes nowadays, and the dining space is no exception. It’s also a great place to try out trees and greenery with branches that can bring a little height and dimension to the space.

The Bedroom

california casualCreating a Serene Oasis

To conjure up the casual elegance that’s often found in California bedrooms, we created a space that’s enveloped in luxurious neutrals and textures. To get the look, consider plush seating, nubby textures, and a bed so comfortable you never want to leave. 

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california casualThe Key Bedroom Elements

Find calm in multiples. A balanced bedroom is a comfortable bedroom. You can achieve a calming look and feel with furniture and accents in pairs and multiples. Matching nightstands, table lamps, and artwork create symmetry that will bring a sense of order and serenity.

Opt for plush pieces. If we’re talking luxurious comfort, nothing beats an upholstered bed with a tall headboard, which grounds this bedroom. Extend that sumptuous look and feel by adding a sophisticated bench or armchair for extra seating that’s inviting and practical.

Texture, texture, and more texture. Whether it’s piles of pillows, a cozy throw, or a soft jute rug, the more fluffy, tactile accents you bring into the space, the more warm and welcoming it will feel. If you’re looking to give your bedroom a quick spruce up with big impact, start here.

 

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My Modsy Story – Downsizing our Space, and Up-Leveling our Style

downsizing our home

After downsizing from a single family home, Leann and her husband were ready to invest in a design they loved.

Homeowner: Leann M, Executive Assistant

Location: Santa Clara, CA

Room: Living Room

Her Style: Rustic Warmth

The Backstory

After downsizing, this couple was ready for a design change

Four years ago my husband and I decided it was time to downsize. So we made the move from our single family home into a townhouse, which was the perfect size for just the two of us.

But we soon discovered that our old furniture wasn’t going to be as easy to move as we’d thought. The pieces we had were just too big and didn’t fit well in our new space.

We finally had the funds to make a redesign happen, so we decided it was time for us to make a change.

The Design Dilemma

A tricky living room layout threw her for a loop

When I started thinking about a design for our new space, I realized I had no idea where to start. Our new living room is an odd shape and I was at a total loss when it came to finding a layout and furniture that worked.

“I wanted it to be the best. But actually figuring out how to do that was overwhelming.”

Additionally, since I knew we wanted to make an investment in our new design, I wanted it to be the best. But actually figuring out how to do that was overwhelming.

downsizing our living roomThe Modsy Moment

Diving headfirst into a new design solution

Actually, I first heard about Modsy on a podcast, Young House Love, and decided to give it a go. I really wasn’t skeptical at all – the process seemed pretty straightforward and the cost was so reasonable I figured that even if it didn’t work it was worth a try.

When I got my first set of designs back I was so impressed with how they were able to recreate our living room in 3D. I loved the suggestions but wanted to see a few more ideas.

My designer was great and showed me that if I increased my budget slightly I could get the look I wanted. She also encouraged me to purchase pieces over time, which I thought was really nice.

downsizing our living room

downsizing our living room

How Modsy’s Designs Helped Leann

Discovering ideas that highlighted their new home’s features

I loved that my design was so cohesive with our actual space. We have a large brick fireplace and rustic barn door, which my Modsy designer incorporated into our design. We purchased pieces we never would have thought to on our own, and the results are amazing.

Moving the television to another location was also such a good idea that we never would have thought of on our own. The new location makes our space feel so uncluttered and we love it.

“We purchased pieces we never would have thought to on our own, and the results are amazing.”

I also loved the fact that I was able to purchase all my new furniture in one cart with exclusive discounts through Modsy. I was not prepared for the amazing follow-up from Modsy on the status and delivery of our items. It was so nice to hear from the Modsy team, who continued to check in on us to make sure we were happy with the deliveries.

downsizing our living roomThe Real Results

The unexpectedly easy way she brought it all to life

Now I think our space looks amazing. It feels so open and light, and both my husband and I LOVE the new look.

“Modsy exceeded each and every one of my expectations and made downsizing so easy.”

From taking the style quiz to seeing my 3D designs, Modsy exceeded each and every one of my expectations and made downsizing so easy. I don’t usually feel so pleased with a choice, but I am so happy that I decided to try Modsy.

We now have quality furniture, in an extremely functional living room layout, all in a design style that fits us perfectly. What more could you ask for? Thanks Modsy!

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rustic style

Style Spotlight: 9 Easy Ways To Nail The Rustic Warmth Look

rustic styleDo you love the look of spaces with a rustic style paired with trendy touches? Would you count Chris Loves Julia among your favorite home design blogs? And do you still have a soft spot in your heart for shiplap, along with everything else Chip and Joanna Gaines style? If so, your style might be what Modsy calls Rustic Warmth.

Rustic Warmth is our second most popular style at Modsy (right behind its more modern and minimal counterpart, Mod Visionary). Our take on a rustic style starts with a foundation of comfortable furnishings to create a warm and inviting space. Then, we say tweak your accessories to make the style yours. Some people lean more industrial, while others prefer modern. Sometimes rustic can be cozy, and other times it can push more trendy.

Here, we’ve pulled together some spaces that showcase our 2018 take on the Rustic Warmth style. Get inspired by these rustic spaces and pick up ideas for bringing a cozy, rustic style into your own home. Not sure what your style is? Take our Modsy Style Quiz to find out.

rustic style1. Mix Rustic & Modern

Rustic furnishings are more versatile than you think, meaning they work great with a range of different design styles. Try mixing a chesterfield sofa with updated armchairs and a contemporary natural fiber rug for a totally welcoming rustic style living room.

rustic style2. Mix Rustic & Industrial

Similarly, rustic furnishings can work great with industrial pieces. Try pairing yours with a steamer trunk, a stone-top carved table, or even a steel pendant. This combination results in a rustic-style living space that makes a statement but still feels inviting.

rustic style3. Make Rustic Kid and Pet-Friendly

A style that’s all about comfiness, the Rustic Warmth look is an easy style for kid- and pet-friendly homes. Swap the coffee table for a plush leather ottoman. Mix function and style by layering a cowhide over an indoor/outdoor rug. And throw in some fun accent pieces like cute baskets and kid’s chairs to make the space more family-friendly.

rustic style4. Make Rustic Feel Relaxed

You can’t go wrong combining rustic style with beachy vibes. Furnishings like a woven chair, a light-wood coffee table, and blue and white pillows are a surefire way to give any living space that relaxed-rustic, beach house look.

rustic style5. Try a Formal Rustic Look

You can also veer towards darker tones with rustic furnishings if you want a look that’s a tad more formal. The farmhouse-style bed mixed with black nightstands and an armoire, give this rustic style bedroom a more elevated atmosphere.

rustic style6. Try a Streamlined Rustic Look

Sometimes all you need are a few rough-hewn rustic touches to ground a space. It’s also the approach you want to take if you’re looking to mix in a few contemporary pieces. Here, the woven chair and basket and the wood-and-steel bookcase help to balance out the streamlined desk and rug for a charming yet cool work space.

rustic style7. Take a Bright Approach With Rustic

Most rustic furnishings come in natural and neutral shades – think back to the open leather armchairs, the woven poufs and sisal rugs, the gray and white pillows. Rustic furnishings go great with bold patterns and color. Not sure where to start? Try using blue and white with rustic pieces to brighten up a living space with rustic furnishings.

rustic style8. Take a Layered Approach With Rustic Style

Try layering different textures and materials to create a rustic look. Think cowhide rug and a jute rug, leather armchair and a carved wood-and-stone-table, a neutral sofa with pops of yellow. Mixing these different materials, colors, and elements will help create a warm rustic atmosphere in a room.

rustic style9. Go For Classic Rustic Warmth

If you’re looking to create that classic rustic style in your living room, pull in a mix of modern, industrial, and formal elements. This living room combines a modern rug and art, an industrial floor lamp, and a formal coffee table and armchair, which are all mixed together with a neutral sofa and a leather pouf. The result is a perfect cozy rustic living space that’s warm and inviting.

 

Not sure if that’s the style for you? Take our Modsy Style Quiz to discover your decor style.

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9 Easy Ways To Nail The Rustic Warmth Look

Find Your Style: 5 Bedroom Designs to Inspire Your Own

New year, new you, right? After a pretty rough 2017 – AKA the worst year ever – we hope we’re not the only ones resolving to take a little better care of ourselves in 2018.

And what better way than to finally turn your bedroom into that comfy, post-work day haven you’ve always dreamed about? The problem is, pulling together a bedroom that suits your style and gives you those cozy, self care-infused vibes, isn’t always a piece of cake.

To help make things a little easier, we dreamed up five fresh looks that will take your bedroom from snooze-fest to dream escape it 2018. If inspiration strikes, try on your favorite style in a 3D model of your actual bedroom. New year’s resolution, done.

The Look: Discerning Collector

bedroom designsWhy We Love It:

Maybe the new year inspired you to to become a minimalist, but you just can’t shake your love of boho spaces. We’d like to introduce you to the Discerning Collector style.

A clean and minimal style that let’s it’s eclectic touches shine, this look is about pared-down forms with just a few bold accent pieces mixed in.

bedroom designsHow to Bring This Style Home:

Contrast is key when it comes to creating the Discerning Collector look. Choose a handful of sleek modern pieces like a mid-century bed frame or industrial wood desk, and offset them with some unique gems that bring a little personality and drama.

Keep the color scheme neutral while you pile on the patterns and textures. This will inspire a minimal look that still shows off its boho touches.

Take a 360 spin through the Discerning Collector look

 

 

 

The Look: Mod Enthusiast

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Why We Love It:

An approach to contemporary design lets you enjoy the look of modern interiors without fully committing to living in them. Here, comfort and style add up for a look that’s both trendy and inviting.

bedroom designsHow to Bring This Style Home:

Look for furniture with streamlined forms with a mid-century influence. The Mod Enthusiast style flaunts tapered legs, natural wood grains, and no-frills pieces, but never strays from being comfortable.

Invite a little color with the addition of bright artwork, pillows, and even a geometric rug. The result is a even distribution of eye-catching and inviting designs.

Take a 360 spin through the Mod Enthusiast look

 

The Look: Rustic Warmth

bedroom designsWhy We Love It:

It doesn’t get cozier than this bedroom outfitted in our latest Rustic Warmth collection. It’s a look that takes a light and airy approach to rustic style, and mixes in just the right amount of cozy comforts. You’ll be so snuggly you’ll never want to leave. bedroom designs

How to Bring This Style Home:

The key to the Rustic Warmth look is to have a mix of contemporary furniture, rustic touches, and cozy accents. Furniture with clean-lines is your friend, along with antiques that show a little visible wear – we never saw a patina we didn’t like!

If you want a slightly more contemporary look, keep to natural woods in lighter shades. Earthy tones, and natural textures, such as woven baskets, rugs, and hides are also great.

Top it all off with a few layers of lush greenery!

Take a 360 spin through the Rustic Warmth look

 

 

The Look: Reclaimed Visionary

bedroom designsWhy We Love It:

The ultimate power couple, strong lines with industrial materials-who-mean-business, give Reclaimed Visionary it’s refined boldness. If you’re someone who likes to blend warm and cool notes in your space, this might be the look for you.

bedroom designsHow to Bring the Style Home:

Look for foundational pieces that are made with raw materials – metal bookcases, a robust wood bed frame and dresser, a few sculptural table lamps, and some leather accents. Embrace a spare look balanced by pieces with crisp lines and major presence.

Keep to a palette of black, brown, and gray for a more edgy and moody ambience.

Take a 360 spin through the Reclaimed Visionary look

 

The Look: Rustic Traveler

bedroom designsWhy We Love It:

This eclectic-meets-rustic look appeals to your inner love of vintage pieces and doesn’t apologize for it’s boho vibes. Every piece has a story and they all work together to create a collected and personal space.

bedroom designsHow to Bring This Style Home:

You’ll want to hunt down a few vintage and one-of-a-kind pieces and pair them with unique worldly accents. Pile on the patterns, colors, and plants, which are the shining stars of the Rustic Traveler style.

Let the stories behind each piece shine; it will in turn give your space a sense of richness and warmth.

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Take a 360 spin through the Rustic Traveler look

 

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Bringing Hygge to Your Bedroom

Hygge, the Danish concept of living cozily, is the talk of the town last Winter. More than a way to decorate your home, hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is about slowing down, taking stock, and creating a sense of comfort and simplicity. Plush sofas, pillows galore, natural materials, and softly glowing candles are key to building your perfect hygge hideaway.

hygge bedroom

To help turn your home into a cozy, warm escape, read on to learn how we transformed this simple studio apartment into the perfect hygge hideaway.

How to Get the Hygge Look:

hygge bedroom

Build a simple base:

Start with the largest pieces of furniture in the room. Your bed or sofa lay the foundation of your design, so look for pieces with clean lines to let the accessories shine. We like the Piper Bed Frame from Room & Board and the Modular Cloud Sofa from Restoration Hardware.

Keep it neutral:

Hygge is all about keeping it calm. Limit colors to the accessories and opt for soft shades of beige, cream, grey, and brown.

Go natural:

Organic pieces give texture to your environment and lend warmth to the space. Look for jute, animal hide, unfinished woods, wool, and sheepskin. We love the Natural Cowhide Rug (Cowhide Imports) and the Acacia Storage Bench (CB2).

hygge bedroom

Add texture:

Now it’s time for the fun part, let’s add some texture to the mix. Look for chunky, fluffy, soft… in a variety of fabrics and materials like a palooza of patterned pillows that are scattered throughout the room (even on the floor). Artwork can add texture too! We chose pieces with organic patterns, like the Peaceful Dot series from Natural Curiosities. Even the Woven Wall Decor above the bed (Urban Outfitters) adds a textural pop with its woven nubby wool.

Layer it up:

Our final tip for getting your hygge on, is to pile on layers. Layer rugs, pillows, and artwork everywhere to give your space texture and coziness. We like the pop of pattern the Boldstripe Dhurrie Rug (Anthropologie) gives layered on the Chunky Wool & Jute Rug (Pottery Barn).

hygge bedroom

Now all that’s left is to light some candles, brew up some coffee or tea, and slip into your comfiest PJ’s. Welcome to your hygge-filled home! We hope you never want to leave.

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Modsy Customer Review

My Modsy Story: When Having More Space Made Furniture Decisions More Difficult

Modsy Customer Review

Kristen’s struggle could be any of ours. As her large master bedroom proves, a big space can sometimes be the most difficult to furnish.

 

Homeowner: Kristen B, Director of Marketing

Location: Atlanta, GA

Room: An oddly sized, super-spacious master bedroom

Her Style: Rustic Warmth

The Backstory

Rethinking a personal space that stayed true to her style and how she lives

I live in a house with my family, and I wanted a beautiful, put-together bedroom, something really bright and crisp that matched my taste but also worked for my daily routines. I wanted to keep a headboard I built and upholstered myself, so getting a design around that was really important to me.

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modsy customer review

The Design Dilemma

Struggling to warm up a vast bedroom with the right size furniture

My room was a very awkward size and I had a really hard time figuring out what to do with all that space—specifically how to make it feel homey but not cluttered, and also not too vast and vacant.

Additionally, I’ve never been good at determining sizes, like what size artwork looks right, and where to put things to maximize a space and make it all work and look good together. Ultimately, I needed a new furniture layout and some art and decor recommendations for the room.

The Modsy Moment

Finally being able to see her space from a new perspective

I found out about Modsy from this blog post on The Small Things by Kate Bryan. I knew I needed to try it out, but I was worried that I wouldn’t be happy with the design, which I thought might be totally different from my taste.

When I got my Modsy designs I was blown away. Seeing the furniture in my space really helped me understand that it would work and I felt confident in how it would look. This is such a key difference between Modsy and all the other online design services—I’ve had friends use other e-designers and, by comparison, Modsy is far and away the best.  

Modsy Customer ReviewKristen’s Modsy Design 1

How Modsy’s Renderings Helped Kristen

Landing on a new layout that feels balanced with furniture she truly loves

I was so impressed by the 3D representation of my room. The designs really matched my taste and gave me a completely different idea of where to place furniture. I never would have considered the layout that Modsy suggested. And it worked SO much better!

The designed showed me I could use the length of my room in a much better way by moving my dresser and mirror. Because I had all my furniture crunched on one side of the room, it made the other half seem so empty. It was amazing how the designs helped me get a sense of my space from a whole new perspective.

Modsy Customer ReviewKristen’s Modsy Design 2

As an added bonus, Modsy was also able to include my custom headboard in my designs. It’s a special piece that I built and upholstered myself because I couldn’t find one that I liked in my budget. Being able to see my headboard in the context of these new designs was a big plus for me.

In the end I chose the first design that Modsy created; I loved that layout and I especially loved the bench they used at the foot of my bed. I did make a few modifications, but I’ve since bought the mirror, artwork, and some decor items from that bedroom design.

Take a 360 Spin Through Kristen’s Favorite Modsy Design

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Living Room Ideas

Transform Any Space With These Paint Color Ideas

Paint Color Ideas

Maybe you’ve finally figured out your furniture or just landed on the best layout for your space, but somehow your room still feels a bit lackluster and even empty. Chances are you’re in need of a little wall color to help brighten and warm up your space.

Consider painting your walls, which will not only set the mood of your space but also provide you with a unique backdrop that enhances the look and feel of your furnishings. It may seem like a big commitment, but painting your walls is a simple update that’s guaranteed to be well worth your time in the long run.

We’re looking to rooms painted in cozy fall tones for a little inspiration. Read on to learn how a simple wall color change can totally transform the look and feel of any space.

 

The Mood: Cool & Calming

Paint Color: Wolf Gray

paint color

Why the Color Works:

If you’re not quite ready to make a bold color commitment with your walls, try painting them a cool grey tone.

This shade, while a far cry from your standard white – which can appear too crisp or stark – still acts like a neutral tone that lays a calm foundation for the space.

Walls painted a cool gray help foster up a soothing and inviting atmosphere and provide you with a neutral backdrop blends seamlessly with a wide range of furnishings and materials.

 

 

The Mood: Elegant & Formal

Paint Color: Sharkskin

paint color

Why the Color Works:

A deep green with grey undertones, this color creates an elevated look and an enveloping feeling in a room.

Because it’s a little more vivid, this deep hue works nicely with warmer wood tones and dark leathers, but also brings attention to the lighter tones, such as the sofa and neutral rug in this living room scenario.

If you’re looking for a wall color that’s just dark enough but still easy on the eyes, try a green that skews slightly grey in your space.

 

The Mood: Classic & Cozy

Paint Color: Incense Stick

paint color

Why the Color Works:

For a room that feels polished and cozy, try painting your walls in rich taupe.

With purple and gray undertones, taupe walls are a great way to make both neutral-hued furnishings as well as darker pieces stand out in the room.

It’s a somewhat bold color choice if you’re not used to more saturated palettes, but taupe has the power to give your space a classic and refined look that will still feel fresh years later.

If you’re after a room that highlights traditional comforts, this wall color might be the one for you.

 

The Mood: Bright & Warm

Paint Color: Golden Retriever

paint color

Why the Color Works:

If you’re looking to warm up and energize a space, consider painting your walls a bright color, like this deep beige-tinged gold.

Yellow, in any shade, is certain to enliven and invigorate a living space, and all your furnishings will pop against walls painted in a saturated yellow shade like this one.

Specifically, any accents or furnishings with touches of gray will help to balance out yellow walls as the two make for a naturally stylish color pairing, as in this living space.

If a deep yellow is too bold, try a softer, buttery yellow for a more neutral effect.

 

The Mood: Earthy & Welcoming

Paint Color: Deep Poinsettia

paint color

Why the Color Works:

Earthy colors, such as this burnished red, can create a richly warming atmosphere when used on the walls in a room.

Hearty reds like this one have the ability to add impact as well as warmth, and it can draw focus to the natural materials in a space, as in the light and dark woods and the woven pieces here.

The effect can also be a room with rustic appeal. If it’s bold and eclectic comfort you’re going for, this strong color choice will surely help you achieve it.

 

Want to try out some wall colors in your home? At Modsy, our designers can show you how different paint colors will look in your room, so you can see your space transformed, before you make the commitment.

 

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Style Spotlight: Rustic Warmth

Rustic Cozy Living room

 11 of our Favorite Cozy and Rustic Living Rooms

 

Do you crave a space that is inviting and cozy, traditional but still completely livable? Then chances are your style in Modsy terms is Rustic Warmth. One of our most popular styles, it’s a look that makes any house a home.

Browse through some of our favorite customer rustic living rooms to see if Rustic Warmth is the style for you!

Rustic Cozy Living room

1. Two symmetrical sofas fill this open living room and create the perfect cozy conversation space.

 

Rustic Cozy Living room

2. For this customer’s space we opted for a live-edge, wood coffee table with hairpin legs to add a modern flair to this traditional living room.

 

Rustic Cozy Living room

3. A busy, patterned rug adds texture to this dining room. Also a great option for hiding any spills that might occur!

 

Rustic Cozy Living room

4. Have a small space? Try an open-base coffee table like this customer did, to give your room an “airy” look and keep it from feeling cramped.

 

Rustic Cozy Living room

5. Two button-tufted leather chairs keep this living room traditional, while their swivel bases and sleek shape add some contemporary notes!

 

Rustic Cozy Living room

6. Pops of warm metals against neutral linens keep this living room feeling cozy and rustic.

 

Rustic Cozy Living room

7. We opted for light and medium woods in this customer’s space to keep the space feeling warm, but not too heavy.

 

Rustic Cozy Living room

8. A leather bench with a minimal shape gives this entryway a pop of warmth without looking too heavy and cluttered.

 

Rustic Cozy Living room

9. A pile of patterned and textured pillows alongside a buttery leather ottoman make this living room the perfect place to curl up and get cozy.

 

Rustic Cozy Living room

10. This long horn steer is the perfect way to add a rustic crown to your sofa.

 

Rustic Cozy Living room

11. Reclaimed woods alongside hammered metals give this living comfortable space the perfect rustic hideaway.

 

Want more Rustic Warmth? Try it on in your own space today!