I DESIGNED MY DEN WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MODSY — SORT OF (HEAUXSTYLE)
Laying out furniture, whew lord, what a nightmare. Unless you're one of those people who has excellent spacial-whatever or who really likes measuring things, trying to envision what a room is going to look like and what your stuff is going to look like in it is really hard, especially if you're buying new furniture for a space you're not so sure about.
I told you about how my new place has TWO living rooms, which already had me like, what am I going to do with TWO living rooms???
And not only are there two living rooms, the second living room is actually a dining room. And the converted sun porch moment off the kitchen is being used as a dining room, but really, it feels like what should be a mini-open-concept den.
So when I bought this apartment I spent a lot of time agonizing about what to do with these spaces. I understood why the current owners swapped the den/dining room. The actual dining room is one of the largest rooms in the apartment, so great to take advantage of the extra room for a growing family. And the sun porch made an adorable breakfast nook—lots of light and right off the kitchen.
But pretty quickly I decided I would swap them back, mainly because we're a tv-watching, eating food on the couch, casual family and I wanted the kitchen and den connected in an open concept style. Hahahahahahahahaha who do I think I am, a person on HGTV? But, whatever, I wanted to be cooking in the kitchen and talking to my kiddo while he watched TV in the den. And this is about as open concept as a vintage Chicago apartment gets unless I invite Chip and Joanna over to knock down that wall and "put in a really great island."
But once that decision was made, my next thought was, this is a weird ass space to lay out. There's the pony wall (the half wall separating the kitchen and den) to contend with, an entrance from the kitchen, a door leading to the back porch, a big set of windows, and it's not that big of a room. I almost broke my brain thinking about where the hell I would put a couch in this tiny square.
Enter Modsy. Modsy is an online service that for $69 will design your room for you. And not only will they design it, they'll give you 360 3D views of it and a list of all the stuff they put in it so whiz bang you can buy it all and move on with your damn life! Since I was buying all new furniture for my den (all my current furniture is going into Living Room #1) I was really obsessed with getting it right and wanted some insurance and thought Modsy could be just that.
You start by taking super fun quizzes about the room you're working on, your budget, and your style. (According to Modsy my style is "Atomic Industrial" hahahahahaha.) You upload the dimensions and a million pictures of the room, answer questions about what brands you like to shop (West Elm, Crate and Barrel, etc), if you have any furniture you definitely want to use in the room, and in 10-ish days Modsy will send you two designs.
Click click, I submitted all my specs and then continued to obsess over the room and ordering furniture until I just did it all myself without waiting for the Modsy designs. What an asshole I am! Seriously!
Look, I am not super patient. And I knew I was going to order a couch from West Elm and they were like, it's going to take 6-8 weeks, and I was like, I'M GOING TO BE SITTING ON THE FLOOR UNTIL AUGUST??? So it pushed me to make a faster decision.
I spent A LOT of time thinking about it. I'm a spazz, but would argue I'm an effective spazz. I considered L shaped couches along the back wall. A couch with a chaise along the back wall. A couch along the front wall. But none of it felt right to me until finally I realized it was because those layouts don't take advantage of the mini open-concept! And that's when I realized, STATEMENT COUCH IN FRONT OF THE WINDOWS and came up with this layout.
With the couch in front of the windows, guests can hang out and I can be cooking and chatting. In this layout the TV is against the shared kitchen wall, tucking it away rather than making it a focal point of the room. And by axing the chaise or L shape, I made room for chairs and more guests.
So I said a little prayer, handed over my credit card, and ordered all the furniture before I'd even heard a peep out of my friends at Modsy. I pretty much forgot about them entirely. So of course when their designs came back the opposite of what I'd done, I was all dfiuhdighdapoifuasdoifuadpsofiudapoifuadpsoiu!!!!!
MODSY DESIGN 1
MODSY DESIGN 2
I thought these designs looked like beautiful hotel rooms or efficiency apartments. The second one even has a sort of fancy dermatologist waiting room feel. I LOVED being able to see 3D furniture in the space and getting a better idea of what it really was going to look like with furniture in it, but....these lewks are a snooze, amirite? And in both designs I felt like the couch was sort of crammed in and I would feel more claustrophobic than cozy. Like who wants to lay on a chaise right next to the wall? Where am I putting my drink and the Jet's pizza?
But of course I spiraled into an OH GOD I FUCKED ALL THIS UP panic until I remembered you can ask the Modsy peeps to make revisions. So I emailed them and said, can I see a couch without a chaise in front of the windows?
MODSY DESIGN 3
And bam! There it is! I think your girl was right all along. Get an ottoman in there and we're cozy as hell, watching movies, playing games, living our best lives.
So is Modsy worth it?
- Loved seeing the 3D layouts of the room, it makes it so much easier to make informed decisions.
- The style is such a snooze for me, it looks like a newly renovated Hilton.
- Most of the furniture (or similar) I had already seen on websites like West Elm or CB2 so it doesn't necessarily feel like I'm getting access to something I couldn't put together on my own.
Bottom line, I think it's a useful tool if you have an oddly shaped room or are really not sure. But if you just need to figure out dimensions, i.e., will this couch fit on this wall, this 2D West Elm tool is free and DIY.
And what do you think? Did I get it right? I will post pics once the couch arrives, yay!