Here at Clever, we talk about decorating struggles All. Damn. Day. Everything from small-space layouts, to the best rug size to where to hang your art (answer: anywhere!). But there’s no mathematical equation to a perfectly designed home which means a whole lot of trial-and-error has to happen before that “aha!” moment hits and a room just looks right.
Thankfully, 3D-room-design company Modsy allows us all to mess around with furniture and decor virtually, complete with accurate furniture-to-room proportions and lifelike renders. (Don’t buy that new sofa before you’ve seen it in your home on screen!) Now you can get in on the action, too, with Clever Design Service, powered by Modsy, here to solve all of your pesky decorating struggles, one click at a time. Learn more about how to Clever-ize your home here.
Don’t lie: You love to look at celebrities’ homes. We all do. It’s fascinating to see how some of the most public figures in the world decorate their most intimate space. Of course, it’s normally just eye candy since they’ve hired a celebrity decorator and can afford to buy celebrity artists’ work, and live in celebrity proportions (i.e., larger than life). But every once in a while, we come across a celebrity home that feels actually not so out of reach.
The latest example is actress Mandy Moore’s new L.A. home, on the cover of the Architectural Digest July-August issue. Like any good millennial, Mandy worked with interior designer Sarah Sherman Samuel to fill the midcentury gem with a mix of high and low furniture and decor that feels true to the 1950s architecture, but not too precious or tied to any decade.
Best of all, the rooms aren’t so massive that you can’t imagine re-creating the look in your own home. So, we did just that! With our friends at Modsy, we reimagined a few spaces in Mandy’s home with furniture you can actually buy online, so (yes, you guessed it), you can get the look of her Cali-cool-with-a-midcentury-twist home, the Clever way.
One of the most impactful elements of Mandy’s design scheme is the use of curved furniture, best seen in this sitting area. When mixed with straight lines from the sideboard on one end of the room and the brick partition (not click-to-buy, unfortunately) on the other, the round edges of the sofa, coffee tables, chairs, and table lamp come off bold, not bubbly.
SHOP NOW: Cela shagreen panel triple-door sideboard by RH Modern, $2,995, rhmodern.com. SHOP NOW: Gold black orb wall art by Dawn Sweitzer, $898, anthropologie.com. SHOP NOW: Pomona table lamp by One Kings Lane, $229, onekingslane.com. TKTKT chairs SHOP NOW: Kate coffee tables by Statements by J, $1,149 each, wayfair.com. SHOP NOW: Collins leather bench by Serena Lily, $1,298, serenaandlily.com. SHOP NOW: Keanna rug by Lulu and Georgia, $1,799, luluandgeorgia.com. SHOP NOW: Moon 2-piece pearl sofa by CB2, $2,698, cb2.com. SHOP NOW: Overarching metal shade lamp by West Elm, $230, westelm.com.
Other Living Room
Okay, so we can’t all have two living areas like Mandy. But we love the balance between comfort and sophistication in this room, and it represents a tried-and-true living room layout with a standard sofa size. Also to note is the mishmash of textures from leather to canvas to velvet which is one key to a non-boring decor scheme.
SHOP NOW: Distrikt triple-seat sofa by Artefakt, $3,190, artefakt.studio. SHOP NOW: Lancelot pivoting floor lamp by Aerin for Visual Comfort, $569, lumens.com. SHOP NOW: Gola accent table by Project 62, $59, target.com. SHOP NOW: Rhys leather chairs by Anthropologie, $1,698, anthropologie.com. SHOP NOW: Carved stool by Jayson Home, $750, jaysonhome.com. SHOP NOW: Footed deco bowl by Aerin, $275, aerin.com. SHOP NOW: Modern abrash rug by Woven, price upon request, woven.is. SHOP NOW: Dorset bench by Serena Lily, $1,898, serenaandlily.com.
We’re all about a good bed hack (exhibit A, B, and C). But sometimes you just have to get a friggin’ gorgeous bed, like this wood and leather one Mandy used in the guest bedroom. Think of the investment as one that will save you on intricate pillows, because any plain old bedding will look rich on this bed frame.
SHOP NOW: Leather Rhys bed by Anthropologie, $2,698, anthropologie.com. SHOP NOW: Textured Indira pillows by Anthropologie, from $68, anthropologie.com. SHOP NOW: Tassled Padma duvet cover by Anthropologie, $188, anthropologie.com. SHOP NOW: Curved side table by CB2, $399, cb2.com. SHOP NOW: Geo vapor rug by Jaipur, $799, shop.nordstrom.com. SHOP NOW: Envoy swing arm sconce by Schoolhouse Electric, $289, schoolhouse.com. Art, from left: SHOP NOW: Last Tuesday by Jennifer Daily, $254, minted.com. SHOP NOW: The Layers Beneath by Lauren Packard, $254, minted.com. SHOP NOW: History Repeats by Jennifer Daily, $254, minted.com.