Decorating a nursery that doubles as a guest room is notoriously difficult. Striking the right balance between chic and charming can be challenging for even the most devoted design enthusiast, so when a Los Angeles-based family of three discovered that they were soon-to-be a family of four, they tasked interior designer Courtney Nye of Courtney Nye Design with transforming a small bedroom in their Santa Monica rental into an elevated half-nursery, half-guest room.
The overall goal was to "create a nursery that was a little unique and playful but not too 'baby,'" the designer tells Hunker. "Babies see more contrast and shapes early on anyway, so this room embraced more of a fun take on that with graphic art and high-contrast pattern." To add a splash of color to the space's predominantly neutral palette, Nye brought in shades of cobalt — a nod to the home's proximity to the beach. The result is a nursery slash guest room that feels modern yet soft and comfortable.
Ahead, the designer takes us on a virtual tour of the space and shares her tips for designing a charming nursery that doubles as a chic guest room. Keep scrolling to step inside.