I’m so excited to share my first bnb tour with you today! My Nashville bnb has a cute little living room nook on the second floor at the top of the stairs, between two bedrooms. It’s a really nice layout for the size (1,711 square feet), as this home does a lot including three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, laundry and two open living areas. My goal was to keep it airy, while still fully furnishing the home and making the space feel a bit more cozy.
For today’s post, I partnered with Modsy to show you how their design software helped me create a cozy living room in our open floorplan. Modsy is a tool that you can use to design your space, either using existing furniture or working with a designer to pick out new pieces. One of the things I thought was super useful was that since we were using a mix of old and new furniture, you can use a 3D tool to move things around and swap out the images. Our first rendering looked great, but from it we knew there were a few changes to make to get to our final layout. If you have a challenging room or space it is so helpful to have a chance to have someone help you with it! Modsy also just launched their Minna Home line of sofas and chairs and you should probably check out our Instagram post to and see a fun giveaway we have going on! 🙂
These were the first set of renderings that helped me see what I wanted to change and re-arrange in the room. It was fun to see how they could be updated to get to a final design in place and then bring it to life by moving furniture around. Below is the same set just updated with where the design landed. I really liked using the tool as we were mixing and matching old with new pieces and the layout of this room wasn’t a standard size, especially coming from the stairs.
As soon as we purchased this property, I knew I wanted to add some shiplap to two areas of the home to add some detail. The home was builder grade in every sense. We got lucky and loved the tile and bathroom countertops they selected, but overall the home was lacking in personality and it was up to us to create some charm. I chose DIY shiplap because it’s uber affordable and makes a room feel more cozy without a ton of color or pattern. I like how it just adds a bit of texture … exactly what we needed!
The next step was selecting furniture. We used as much furniture as we could from our previous bnb space, and mixed it with a few new pieces. The biggest addition was the new sofa from Modsy’s team! They just launched their Minna Home Sofas and I love the Taylor sofa in Oyster we picked because it’s oversized but still beautiful, easy to clean (since it’s a bnb we will be using scotch guard to help extend its life) and most importantly—super comfortable!
In a bnb space I think thoughtful details are super important. I don’t know about you, but I’ve definitely stayed in a few bnbs where you could tell the owners never stayed there, and maybe had never even been there. It’s SUCH a bummer when you stay in a bnb that technically has the amenities of a home (kitchen, multiple bathrooms, living spaces, etc.), but lacks common sense details like salt and pepper or a way to make coffee. This is something we try to be really conscious of.
I also try to leave little easter eggs in each room—like these Wes Anderson coffee table books … just little details that show we love this home and care about our guests having a memorable experience.
I always “shop my house” for last minute details and this time I ended up taking over this amazing weaving my friend Erin made. This large cactus also made a perfect little accent for the corner at the top of the stairs.
Sigh! This sofa is so comfy!
If you’re working on designing your space and need a little help, Modsy is a great tool. You can work with designers using existing furniture or you can use it to shop for new pieces. If you’d like to try Modsy you can get 20% off any package with the code, ABM20.
Thank you so much for reading! I can’t wait to share the completed property with you soon. 🙂 xx – Elsie