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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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?