A Modern, Beach-y Nursery

updated May 4, 2019
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Project by: Susie Ho of Mend
Location: Long Beach, California

When I started this nursery project with parents James and Jaclyn Munzer (Founders of Tide & Pool), this space was a guest room that didn’t get very much light and lacked personality. This room still needed to function as a guest room when necessary, but it also needed to be a room that the baby could grow up with. Since I didn’t know the sex of the baby, I designed the nursery in such a way that a baby girl or baby boy could happily live in the space (no traditional unisex yellow here!).

As owners of a designer beach towel company, James and Jaclyn live a lifestyle that revolves around either the ocean or pool. I wanted to infuse this lifestyle into the nursery so my approach was playful, beach-y, and modern. The walls were painted two tones of aqua which completely brightened up the space. An otherwise useless corner behind the entry door was transformed by built-in shelving for children’s books.

Almost all the furnishings in the room have a multi-functional use: the daybed is great for mama and baby to lounge, but is also a place for guests to sleep and will eventually become the primary bed for when the baby grows up, while the changing table provides storage and will eventually become the dresser for the room. My clients were delighted with how the room turned out.

BTW, it’s a girl!

Thanks, Susie!

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