Our Family Room Design with Modsy

I’m so so so excited to be revealing the plans for our family/TV room with you today. I’ve been keeping this whole room process a secret because of the partnership but we’re making really good progress and I can finally show you what we’ve been up to.

Modsy reached out to me about using their online service to design one of our new rooms and I was hesitant to even discuss a partnership because I had a bad experience with an online design company in the past. Plus there has been a lot of bad press about another online design company lately so I was nervous for sure.

But they showed me how their process worked and I decided to give it a try. I have been blown away by how great they’ve been to work with and already convinced three of my friends to use them too!

What is Modsy?

Modsy is an online interior design service that delivers super realistic 3D designs of your exact room filled so you can virtually “try on” products and designs before you buy them. Seeing furniture and certain colors together in the space is so so cool!

And the price tag is much more affordable than working with a traditional interior designer. It starts at $49 for basic service and that’s the only fee you pay in the process. And Lemon Stripes readers can take 20% off any design package with code JULIA20 (valid through 10/31/19).

My personal favorite part of how they work is that they offer unlimited revisions for your project like a traditional designer with all their packages except for the classic. That was what I was most nervous about using an online company and the fact that they have taken the time to make our room perfect has been really nice.

The other thing I was nervous about was sizing. The last experience I had with an online service was a hot mess because the designer didn’t measure anything and nothing fit correctly in the space. But, because I’m the most Type A, I actually checked the work that our Modsy designer did and she was spot on with all the measurements.

We’re on our second revision now and I will for sure share with you our progress as we finalizing the designs and actually start decorating the space. The only reason it’s not totally done is that we decided to go with a darker sectional and use more of our own art so they will be incorporating that into the next revision.

Our Family Room Plan:

Anel and I wanted a cozy room where we can watch movies together at night, cozy up with a glass of wine after Amalia goes to bed, and snuggle up as a family on weekends. Right now it feels very cold and random.

The designs we’ve seen look warm, inviting, and pretty, all while staying within our budget. After going through their design quiz and sharing our goals with them, I have to say they nailed it. I’m SO happy with how this has turned out and can’t wait to see the room come to life. But with the 3D renderings here, he understood the vision right away and even went for the blush pink curtains (I’m shocked!) after seeing them in the design.

We originally wanted to put built-ins along the wall with the TV, and when I told our Modsy designer that, she suggested an entertainment center from Crate and Barrel which is awesome because it’s a fraction of the cost but still looks like built-ins. We wanted space for books and family photos on the top (and an opening for the TV) and then cabinets on the bottom where Amalia can keep her toys. It’s perfect.

That built-in look mixed with the soft cozy hues of the room feel just like us. For the next iteration, we will be removing the little round table on the side of the couch (I had sent it to them because we have it, but I don’t think we need it there) getting a darker grey sectional (we sat on approximately a million couches and landed on the Pottery Barn PB Comfort upholstered roll-arm which is currently 20% off!), and using our own art and mirrors for the walls.

How Modsy Works:

1. Share your space: Take photos and measurements of your space, clutter and all.

2. Tell them about your project: Take the Modsy Style Quiz and share more about your project needs, existing furniture and budget.

3. Get your design plans: Modsy Designers create and deliver two custom design plans for your room in 3D, with layout, furniture, and accessory recommendations.

4. Revise your designs: Work with a Modsy Designer (or use Live Swap and Modsy’s 3D Style Editor) to fine-tune your designs until they’re just right.

5. Start decorating: Shop directly from your design plans in one easy checkout and earn exclusive discounts.

Take 20% off any design package with code JULIA20 (valid through 10/31/19).

Products pictured above:
Pottery Barn sectional (Shown in Basketweave Ivory but we bought it in Performance Slub Light Grey)
Crate & Barrel entertainment system
Safavieh rug (very affordable!)
Sunpan swivel chaircb2 round coffee table
West Elm curtains (on sale)
Crate & Barrel curtain rods (on clearance)
cb2 console table
West Elm side table
Thank you to Modsy for sponsoring this post and the design process. All furniture/decor will be purchased by us. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own.

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  1. Kristin said:

    How time consuming is this? I love the concept and the price is right, but don’t think I have the tolerance to spend tons of time on it.

    Can you manipulate the virtual setting yourself or do you have to work with the designer on it? I think I might like playing with certain portions myself during parts of the process.

    9.27.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      The only thing that took some time was measuring out the space but it was pretty painless. The online quizzes and everything there took under 20 minutes.

      I don’t think there is any way to play with certain portions yourself during the process but you can tell your designer what you’re thinking and he/she can change it fairly quickly.

      9.27.19 · Reply
      • Kristin said:

        Ok cool. I mean you have to measure anyway so that’s not a deal breaker. How did you engage with designer? All email, calls, texts, etc.? Sorry for being OCD but I’m kind of into this, but also a bit afraid to be disappointed.

        We have a difficult space that’s oddly shaped with an angled stone fireplace and some unique transitions. I would love some designer help but not sure how well this type of service could work. I’ve never heard of this type of service before!

        9.27.19 · Reply
        • Julia said:

          All over their platform so you get updates on email and you can respond there. I totally get it… I was so nervous too. I do think they could help and the investment is pretty low (especially with my discount code) so it’s worth a shot. At the very least you’ll get some new ideas for how to style an oddly-shaped space.

          9.27.19 · Reply
  2. Megan said:

    I have that light fixture! Make sure to get it out on a dimmer. It’s so pretty in low light.

    9.27.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Ooooh good call, thank you!

      9.27.19 · Reply
    • Cate said:

      Where is the light fixture from?

      11.21.19 · Reply
  3. Sarah said:

    I am so so excited about this!! I had heard about Modsy and was super interested in it but wasn’t sure how it would all work.

    I am definitely going to give this a shot because I am SO BAD at interior design. Thank you for your tips!

    9.27.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Yay! So happy to hear it. I think you’ll love it. I certainly have!

      9.27.19 · Reply
  4. Kristen Kells said:

    LOVE how this turned out! I just moved into our first home the same week as you, and I have been debating between Havenly and Modsy. Trying to do research on both and cant decide, but love your final plans- my hesitation with modsy is I find they tend to stick with very specific brands (they love west elm and crate and barrel). Did you ever consider Havenly, or did this opportunity just came along and strike the right note?

    9.27.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      I can 100% say with certainty that Modsy is the way to go. And not just because they paid me to work with them. You can tell them the brands you love and say what you want to stay away from.

      9.27.19 · Reply
  5. Irene said:

    I just signed up for Mosdy and I’m so excited! Thanks for sharing this, I had no idea this service existed! Can’t wait to see your final product too!

    9.27.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Yay! Enjoy it!

      9.27.19 · Reply
  6. Stephanie said:

    Hi Julia,

    Thanks for sharing your home decorating journey!

    Can you clarify- did Modsy just sponsor the design, or did they gift the furniture as well? It’s not clear in your post.


    9.27.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Just the design! I will add a note in the post to clarify.

      9.27.19 · Reply
  7. It’s such a delight following along with your decorating choices for your new home ! I have home envy ! Your style is one of my favorites.

    9.28.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Thank you so much, that means a lot!

      9.28.19 · Reply
  8. Leah said:

    I love your design! Especially the entertainment center. I had my eye on the PB Aubrey EC, but love the CB one better! What grey color did you pick for your sectional? I am torn between white and grey for ours.

    9.30.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Thanks! I just love how simple and clean the CB one looks. We went with performance basketweave light grey. See them in person thought bc they look totally different than they do online.

      9.30.19 · Reply
  9. Kellie said:

    Hi Julia! Thanks for sharing this. I was so excited to use this service to help figure out the layout for our new apartment. Just as an FYI, the classic package now starts at 79$ (63.20 after your code). Not sure if they have increased their prices since this post or perhaps the cost is higher in different states (I’m in CA)? Just wanted to share this info in case it was helpful to others!

    Thanks again!

    10.15.19 · Reply
  10. Beth said:

    Hi, your family room is absolutely beautiful. We are purchasing the same couch from pottery barn ( super comfortable). I was wondering if you could suggest a fabric color. Our walls are a medium tone cool gray and I didnt know if a gray color couch would be okay or to monotone. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

    4.5.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Hi Beth, thanks so much! I would go with an offwhite/eggshell color for gray walls but if you have kids or dogs and you’re afraid of that, would you consider a darker color like navy?

      4.5.20 · Reply