Using Modsy for My Parent’s Living Room

For starters, I wish I was cool enough to have this be a sponsored post, but it’s not. I’ve been dying to makeover my parent’s entire house pretty much since the day I moved out. And I’m happy to report that it’s time the 90’s yellow pine, the unnecessary soffits and burnt forest color palette get a bit of an update. What I’m not happy to report, is that my mom doesn’t trust me to design it for her. Whomp whomp.

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My mom thinks that I don’t know how to capture her Pottery Barn meets hand-me-downs and elements of Shabby Chic (think plenty of hand-painted signs and tchotchkes) style. So, for Christmas, I got my parents a room design by Modsy.

If you don’t know what Modsy is, basically it’s a full-service online room design service. You take a style quiz, set a budget, submit pictures, pay a small fee and voila, in a few weeks they send you two CADs of your newly designed room and a full spec list of the products they’ve used.

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After your room designs arrive, you can use the tools to remove, replace or switch out furniture items to further customize your space. Or, you can ask a stylist to make further edits for you.

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I wrote to our Modsy stylist and asked her to fill up the room a bit more, to add some color, some additional seating that weren’t floor poufs (because we really don’t expect their 55-year-old guests to use those) and make the couch larger for the space.

So we got the second round back:

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I like the results a lot – funnily enough, they reflect the two floor plans I’d initially given my parents as options. However, I do think they stray away from the results of my parent’s style quiz. I guess with a name like Modsy you’d expect a little bit of a modern vibe. While there are lots of elements that my parents like from the designs, I don’t think it wowed them enough to break away too much from their current layout. I also found it funny that they spaced the same West Elm rug I have in my living room.

This following layout is the one I’m really pushing for but with the chaise/ottoman on the opposite side of the sectional, the piano in its original location and a bigger TV. I think I like the formality of this layout a little better but it will still offer the coziness a living room should have for Netflix nights. With the chaise moved, the focal points of the TV, the view to the backyard and the piano won’t be competing. I also think having to walk into the space creates a move intimate atmosphere.

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In the end, I do like the designs but will swap out some of the elements for more traditional designs. I wish they were better able to help with the flow of the space, everything still feels kind of segmented from one another. But I think that I might just be as locked into the room as my parents since this is the home I grew up in. But whatever my parents decide to use from Modsy, it’ll be a huge help to the room overall.

What do you think? Would you use Modsy? What would you change in my parent’s living room?

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