When we were putting together the nursery for the One Room Challenge, I was struggling in one big way. I’m the kind of person that doesn’t want to buy a rug and chair and crib and dresser and decide on paint colors and lighting fixtures–basically, make all the decisions for a room in one afternoon. I prefer to do one thing at a time, over time, allowing rooms to evolve. However, with a 6 week deadline for the challenge, that luxury just wasn’t possible. We were working with Modsy on a few ads for our podcast, and a light bulb went off–THIS IS THE BEST IDEA EVER! Let’s use this!
If you haven’t heard of Modsy (I was just recently introduced to them myself from this article in People Magazine), they are a service that allows you to “try on” furniture in your room and visualize it before you buy anything. This quote from the article really hit home, “Sure I can make a 2D mood board and fill it with complimentary pieces. But will the side table be too high for the sofa? Will a piece of art look lonely on that giant wall? Will I be falling out of bed trying to put my phone on a pint-size night stand?” Modsy is better than a mood board and it’s not a flat, floor-planner or Ikea kitchen planner type of mock-up. The renderings are so life-like and real–you might have a hard time discerning which is a photograph and which is their mock-up.
The 3D rendering we made using Modsy is on the right and the final image of the room is on the left! Pretty crazy, right?
You can play with unlimited different layouts and products. And if you’re not sure where to start with designing your room, they have quizzes and experts to help you along the way, too. Here’s how it works:
1. Upload a few photos of your room (don’t worry about clutter–they’ll clean everything up in the renderings ;).
2. They’ll create a 3D model of your room to scale and design two custom layouts based on your project details and style preferences. Your designs literally look like professional photographs of your room – it’s crazy.
3. You can then make revisions directly with their Style Editor tool and render your new designs yourself. So if you aren’t happy with the scale of the lamp or the color of the rug or anything else–you can easily switch it out, which is one THOUSAND times easier than making a return. And infinitely faster, too.
Ready to see it in action? These are the actual renderings we received from Modsy when Chris and I were designing the nursery.
And our final shot from the reveal:
One of most of the room:
And one more!
They’ll even provide you with a bird’s eye view so you can see spacial renderings (I mean, even the floor vent is in the right place–c’mon!):
It’s such a helpful service that I think is really going to change the interior design industry and also the way people shop for furnishings. It takes all the guess work out of it! And takes you 10 steps further than creating a mood board–we’re hooked.
Ready to give it a try? Modsy is just $69 per room for a 3D model of your space, 360 degree room visualization, 2 custom designs based on your style and goals, unlimited design revisions, and all the direct links to the merchandise. You can use code CLJ20 for 20% off your first room! Excited to hear how this helps so many of you in designing your own homes.
Trim – Metrie | Wallpaper – Cole & Son’s Nuvolette 97/2004 Wallpaper | Overhead Light – Rejuvenation | Area Rug – Rejuvenation | Wool Flannel Blackout Flat Roman Shade in Azure – The Shade Store | Crib – AllModern | Tassel Crib Skirt – PotteryBarn Baby | Crib Sheet – PotteryBarn Baby | Blue Crib Pillow – McGee&Co | Pink Striped Crib Pillow – McGee&Co | Cat Stuffed Animal – PotteryBarn Baby | Light Blue Pom Pom Throw – Annie Selke | Mobile – West Elm | Floor Lamp – AllModern | Pouf – AllModern | Graham Glider – West Elm | Pink Tassel Pillow – Urban Outfitters | Side Table – Target | Book Basket – Target | Wooden Rattle – Target | Dresser – The Land of Nod | Table Lamp – Target | Custom Ultrasound Print – Baby Blue Print | Acrylic Frame – Crate & Barrel | Vase – Jill Rosenwald | Hamper – Serena & Lily | Mirror – Target | Burt’s Bees Striped Changing Pad Cover – Amazon
We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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