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Make the Most out of Your Small Space: Ultimate Oscar Viewing Party Layout Guide

This Sunday the 2017 Oscars are airing, and that means it’s time to host your Oscar viewing party. A great viewing party (of any kind) means there are enough seats for everyone to sit and watch. But say you live in a one bedroom apartment? We know hosting in small spaces can be a challenge, so to help we created the ultimate oscar viewing party layout guide.

So while you focus on fine-tuning your guest list and preparing Pinterest-worthy snacks, we will make sure your living room layout is looking red carpet-ready before your guests arrive. Read on to learn how to create your ultimate Oscar viewing party layout and shop the products in our small-space collection!

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Step 1: Maximize Seating

While “standing room only” might be great for a concert, having enough seats for guests is important. Here’s how we get the most booties in chairs and avoid cluttering your living room at the same time.

Backless Seating:

Benches and ottomans are great ways to add extra seating to your small space without over-stuffing it with bulky furniture.

  • Benches look great in a hallway or at the foot of your bed, and can easily be moved into the living room for extra seating when you need it.
  • You can also use two ottomans to make a bench. Break them up into two smaller seats when you need. The mid-century modern Soto Ottoman (Joybird) is one of our favorites.

Create movie theater rows:

Shorter people in the front, taller people in the back. This goes for seats as well. Place lower seats in the front and taller in the back so everyone has a great view of the TV.

  • Use bar stools to make a back row for your viewing party. In tight spaces we like to reduce the visual clutter by choosing clear options, like the Vapor Acrylic Counter Stools from CB2.

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Step 2: Maximize Surface Area

Now that you have all that seating, you will likely want some surfaces to go with it. We say don’t buy extra tables, but repurpose a few pieces you already have.

Two coffee tables are better than one:

In small spaces, having the flexibility to move your furniture is important. We say opt for two smaller coffee tables instead of one large one.

  • We used two of the Haptic 28” Coffee Tables (EQ3). Keep them together for daily use and separate them when you host to accommodate more people reaching for popcorn.

Pouf-perfect:

We love poufs because they are super versatile. Use them as a footrest or a stool, or even a side table.

  • We like the Braided Hemp Pouf (CB2) because it is substantial enough to support a tray with drinks and snacks.

Snack station:

A sneaky way to add storage behind your sofa, move your console table against an open wall when guests arrive for an impromptu buffet table.

Open bar (cart):

We always love a good bar cart. Chose one on wheels for a mobile drink station and wheel it out of the way when guests are over. We chose the Terrace Bar Cart from West Elm for its sleek design and small footprint.

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Step 3: Final Tricks

A few finishing touches to make your small space work for you.

Throw it on the floor:

Even your floor can be a nice seat if you add a little cushion. We love floor pillows as they are a simple way to add seating and can be conveniently stashed away when you don’t need them.

Mirror-mirror:

Nothing like a large reflective surface to make things look larger! Not so great for pores, but perfect for your living room. You can hang one like the Infinity Wall Mirror (CB2) above your sofa to help visually tie the room together.

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You don’t have to cram a bunch of furniture into your home only to find you rarely use it. Our layout guide is for both before and after the party, because the size of your home shouldn’t dictate your design choices. Share the guide with all your apartment-dwelling friends and shop the collection of small-space approved products below.

 

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You’re Gonna Make it After All

An Ode to Mary Tyler Moore and the Modern American Woman

Mary Tyler Moore, the ultimate lady hero, was an important and influential woman for a lot of people. At Modsy, we are a company founded and run by female leaders, and we would like to thank her for paving the way for us and other fierce females.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show was the first program to feature a single, independent, career-driven woman in a leading role. The show also marked one of the first instances that time prime-time TV turned an eye towards issues such as sex, birth control, and women in the workforce. Mary’s humorous, compassionate, and lively character offered a new depiction of the American Woman to her prime-time television viewers.

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To celebrate Mary Tyler Moore’s legacy and her memory, we designed a modern version of her studio apartment for our twenty-first century single (and career-driven) ladies. Like Mary’s, this apartment, also set in snowy Minneapolis, has an open floor plan that is divided into a living/dining and entertaining space, a small office area, and a bedroom.

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In the living room we selected a golden velvet sofa and the bold floral rug, inspired by Mary’s  studio apartment on the show. We ditched the coffee table in lieu of a small cocktail table that can be used for dining and entertaining – multi-purpose pieces are important for small-space living. The two mismatched side chairs create the sense that the space was designed in pieces with objects collected over time, as the apartments of many young adults are.

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Across from the living room is a small office nook, where we imagined our young career-driven dweller can study, work, or pay her or his bills on time.

For the bedroom we opted for a canopy bed to bring some drama to the space. Studio apartments mean that everything is on display – if people are going to see your bed, why not make it a statement?

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Designed spaces communicate identity; our homes are not only the places where we live, but they embody elements of who we are. In the mid-twentieth century, apart from Mary Tyler Moore and her studio apartment, the only other depiction of women and their homes in the media was of the suburban housewife. By contrast, the alternative home-based identity for males was that of the single, heterosexual bachelor who lived in his trendy, urban penthouse.

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A little seating nook hidden behind the dividing bookcase offers a private space for reading or relaxing with a glass of wine after a work day.

Images of such “bachelor pads” were showcased in Playboy Magazine alongside centerfolds of naked women. These were dwellings created for the educated, tech-savvy, elite male with ample disposable income and sex appeal. Mary Tyler Moore, by comparison, was also a single woman, living in an urban area, and focused on her career rather than finding a husband. Her home, as a trendy studio apartment communicates this, and she provides the female role model to her male, bachelor counterpart. Like the playboy bachelor pad, Mary’s home is open, designed for entertaining, and full of an eclectic mix of Mid-Century Modern and more traditional furnishings.

 

We love Mary Tyler Moore and are continuously inspired by her go-getter, boss lady attitude. Thank you Mary for being the incredible woman that you were, and for paving the way for the rest of us. Together we are going to make it after all.

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