Ojai based designer Susie Herr’s studio, Mend, never shies away from bright color, bold pattern, or hand-crafted details. This is visible in the nursery she recently completed for a young couple expecting their first child. This skill for layering color came from a background in the apparel industry, followed by seven years at an interior design firm before setting out on her own to start Mend.

What was the inspiration for the nursery?
At the start of the design process, I knew my clients were expecting a baby boy. Allowing the architecture to inspire the design, we went with a youthful retro chic feel. I knew I wanted to wallpaper the crib wall, so when we landed on the perfect, not-your-typical-boy-blue paper for the nursery, it provided a jumping off point for the rest of the space.

How do you balance creating a youthful space with creating a beautifully designed space?
When designing nurseries and children’s rooms, I always try to design a space that the child can grow up with, nothing too ‘theme-y’. Kiddie spaces are an opportunity to have just a bit more fun with color and pattern, but the palette still needs to be cohesive, so same principals of designing an adult space, but more playful.

The graphic wallpaper on the crib wall and the rocking chair corner are some of my favorite parts of this nursery. I love all the natural light in that little nook, a perfect place to rest with baby, and as the baby grows, a perfect place to read to the baby and to watch him play.

Click through the slideshow for the impressive before & after!