When I told my friend Shannon that our little family would be expanding, aside from squeezing me in a hug and making me tear up for the tenth time that day, she said, do you remember what you told me you’d do if you ever designed a nursery? I didn’t, as this was something I apparently told her when she announced the she was pregnant with her first girl – more than 6 years ago! She continued, you said that your dream nursery would be all white. No color, just a serene room with nothing but white, white, white. I had to laugh at that, because it further confirms that I’m the most predictable and consistent person I know. (My favorite colors, bands and authors are still those that I declared more than half my lifetime ago!) It was true, Scott and I had already been toying with a few ideas, and for the most part, many of our choices were shades of ivory and cream.
Although we had a general direction and feel we were going for in the nursery, we knew that we were leaning so heavily towards a quiet base palette so that we could ultimately inject color with artwork, accessories, books and, eventually, baby girl’s toys. Below, you can see that we already laid the groundwork with off white walls and bright white trim (remember when it looked like this? Holy cats!), and for the past few weeks, we’ve been shopping for the staples of the room – a crib, rocker and some sort of storage – but we were having a hard time visualizing rugs with curtains, and we were continually asking ourselves would this be too safe?
Our narrow room had us nervous that anything more than a crib and a chair would feel too cramped, and it was around this same time that Modsy reached out to us and asked if we would be interested in using their design service to help us bring our room to life. We were familiar with their service, but we only got it once they sent us the first set of 3D room models piecing together all the various items on our wish list. PS: We’re sharing a 20% off promo code with all of you, too! Details at the bottom of this post.
The idea is simple enough: You send Modsy photos and basic dimensions of your room (phone photos are fine, and yes, so is clutter!), and they create a 3D mock up of an empty space. At that point, Modsy will offer you room designs based on your preferences, and you can then work on your own, adding and/or deleting items to the room while shopping from the most popular home brands. Items are all to scale, so you get a real sense of height and how one item relates to another – that’s huge! (How many times have you ordered something online, and when it arrived, you were shocked at the size?) You also have the option to speak one on one with a design consultant, which helped us tremendously. Through an online chat, I watched my designer’s screen as she swapped out rugs and upholstery fabrics, and afterwards, she sent me the renderings so that I could compare them with Scott!
The rest of the photos below are all Modsy room renderings (not photos!), but you guys, that’s our nursery! Everything down to the detail in our trimwork and the hardware on the doors is to a T, and the mirror you see hanging above the crib is the one we picked up from a local salvage shop; I sent them photos and dimensions, and they created a render of the item! All of the designs include this crib, this bookcase and this rocker with wool pouf and side table, but Modsy helped us to visualize the larger textiles in the room as well as our final upholstery choice. Let’s dive in!
Due to the room’s narrow 7′ width, we love that this rug is available in a 6′ x 9′ size, which has been surprisingly hard to find! We like that it has a subtle pattern, and it looks so pretty with the rocker upholstered in ivory velvet. Speaking of the rocker, this is our little Goldilocks of chairs – not too wide, not too deep, and we’re crossing all our fingers that it’s just right in softness. (We sat in several others from the same brand, and they were so, so cozy!)
The Anastasia rug has been a longtime favorite, and with its subtle hints of plum mixed with ivory, we thought this might be the perfect application for it. The rug pairs so sweetly with these blush velvet curtains, and as much as we love the overall look here, we have closet plans that might make this room feel too pink overall (if that’s even possible!).
This is the most neutral rug in the mix (also available in 6′ x 9′!), but it’s also the thickest and the most cushy. To bring in a teeny bit of interest, we opted for these pom pom curtains, which also have the most subtle stripe pattern running through the panels. Instead of the rocker in ivory, we also took a look to see how it might look in a putty basketweave.
In the end, we’re leaning towards design 1, but we’d swap the white curtains for the pom pom panels in design 3 – they’re just too cute! We’d love to add some greenery with plants, and we’ve been stashing away artwork that has been earmarked for this room for far too long. We’ll be treating the closet as the extension of the room, and it’s in there that we’ll see color(!) and a changing table, and we’re brainstorming storage + function for the long haul, too. More on that soon!
If you’re ready to whip one of your spaces into shape (just in time for all the family and friends that’ll be visiting for the holidays?), Modsy has design packages that start at $69, and as you can see, they’re so much more than the room planners we’ve seen before. With unlimited design revisions and the opportunity to chat one on one with a style advisor, it’s truly a fun and interactive experience! Use promo code YBH20 for 20% off your first design package, and let us know how it goes!