For being such a visual and creative person, I struggle the most with imagining how a room would look decorated a certain way. My mom and sister can dream up these perfect ideas of how to lay out a space, what it needs and what needs to be taken away, and then execute it usually right there on the spot.
I can’t see things like that. There is some mental block that keeps it from making sense to me.
What I do know, though, is exactly the style of the room that I like. I’m pretty picky about furniture and general design choices (just like my mom) so I know exactly what I like, I just sometimes don’t know how to get it to look that way in real life.
Pinterest was very helpful for me when we moved into this house a few years ago. My sister and I hung gallery walls, and my mom helped me think through furniture lay out for a few of the spaces. My office was set up pretty quickly, and I really enjoyed the space for about 2 years.
A few months ago, I moved my desk to try to get different feel for the space. I liked this newer lay out better, but it still wasn’t totally working for me. Whenever I needed to film anything, I didn’t have a good place set up for that. I’d have to take time moving furniture and setting everything up in a particular spot. Depending on the lighting, I could either set up closer to the window or farther away, but it meant I had to shift a lot of stuff around.
I ended up contacting a few local interior designers, but their cost was beyond my budget. And I didn’t feel good about paying for that whole service when I just really needed some layout help. I knew what kind of furniture I needed and knew where I wanted to shop, so a full design job was much more than I needed.
I was scrolling through BlogLovin’ and came across a post that mentioned Modsy. I can’t remember which blog it was, but I clicked over to Modsy right away and was immediately intrigued. Justin knows how to create 3D renderings of a space, as he just did that for a renovation project we are having quoted right now. So I wasn’t looking for a service to just provide 3D renderings of my office for me to play with. What sold me on Modsy is that it gives you 2 design ideas specifically for your space and utilizes furniture that is actually in stores right now! I purchased a package, took photos and sent measurements, and filled out my design profile.
On the site I read that there was no need to clear out the space or anything like that. Just snap photos, clutter and all, and they will clear it away. And that is exactly what I did.
And then I waited. I hadn’t read carefully that the designs can take up to 10 days to create which was disappointing because I was amped about the process. But thankfully only 5 days later I had the designs in my inbox!
I essentially freaked out with joy and excitement, which you would have seen if you follow along on Instagram Stories, and I was so happy I decided to give Modsy a try. It was beyond helpful to see the space laid out two different ways, and I loved their design choices. I had a hard time deciding between the two designs, but ultimately Design #2 spoke to me. It was completely different from my current set up and I loved that there was a couch included!
I’ll start with showing you Design #1.
Isn’t it beautiful? This felt like such a clean look. I really loved the couch. I didn’t like the desk/bookcase area on the other side of the room.
Then I clicked over to Design #2.
Try and tell me this isn’t the most beautiful version of what this office can be. I bet you can’t.
I love this design. I love the couch and love the computer nook and how the space was essentially divided in half. It made so much sense, worked with the light like I needed it to, and was the immediate winner.
I sent screen shots to my mom and sister basically screaming at them about how excited I was! I clicked through some of the furniture choices, and while they were from stores I chose during the design profile, the grand total of the room was going to be in the several thousand dollar range.
I knew I could do it for cheaper, though, shopping at Target, IKEA, and Home Goods. I started a Pinterest board of similar items based on this design style and was pleasantly surprised to find a lot of similar options at IKEA. I’m also moving a bookshelf that is currently in my command center up here to my office since we are getting my childhood piano from my parents soon. Not only does moving that bookcase make a spot for the piano, but it frees me from purchasing another piece of furniture!
So right now I’m in the thick of building IKEA furniture, finding rugs and art, and removing decor and items from the office that don’t have a place anymore. I’m so excited about the process and can’t wait to share the final look.
This post was NOT sponsored by Modsy – I’m just a regular customer sharing a review! I’d highly recommend checking their site out, though, as it can be a huge huge help with designing a space for under $70!