Space of the Week: This Beachy Bedroom Puts a Patterned Spin on Coastal Style

When Morgan Smith, founder of swimwear company Minnow, moved from Southern California to South Carolina with her husband Joel and their three young kids, they knew they'd be hosting West Coast visitors once they got settled. "We live in Mount Pleasant, which is located on a marsh with a coastal view of Sullivan's Island," she says. "The neighborhood is very sweet and family-focused, and we're able to golf-cart our kids to school."

Morgan Smith Coastal Guest Bedroom with white bedding and striped blue wallpaper
Morgan Smith Coastal Guest Bedroom with white bedding and striped blue wallpaper

Photography by Katie Charlotte Lybrand

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The couple purchased a saltbox-style home, with wraparound windows and wooden shutters, hoping to fully embrace their new chapter with a "traditional East Coast" setting. As part of this fresh start, Smith partnered with One Kings Lane and designer Jess Hutchinson to bring timeless-yet-playful coastal style to each room—which was a particular challenge in the one she planned on being for guests. "The room is tiny!" she says. "Prior to moving into this house, it was used as a playroom for kids. But with all of our future visitors, we needed a guest room."

Morgan Smith Bedroom Before, yellow room with kids yoys
Morgan Smith Bedroom Before, yellow room with kids yoys

Morgan Smith The bedroom before the makeover, filled with kids' toys.

Once the toys and furniture were moved out, the original butter-yellow walls were covered in a coat of white paint. Smith and Hutchinson decided that the room's many windows and water views made it an ideal space for her favorite shade, blue, to be prominently featured. And to keep the palette from feeling too on-the-nose for the location, there would be lots of fun patterns and warm textures to give the space a layered personality. "We wallpapered the room in a blue stripe from Farrow and Ball, which played on the calming coastal element we were hoping to achieve," she says.

The stripes coordinate with the beadboard on the lower half of the walls, and lightly contrast with the subtle prints on the headboard and pillows. "​​We couldn't fit a queen bed in while still having enough room to walk around, so we went with a double," Smith notes. "On the opposite side of the bed, there's a window nook, and we were able to squeeze a settee in there—luckily it fit perfectly!" The settee's floral fabric matches the other blooms in the room, while the taupe shade of the rug, nightstand, and accessories adds in some casual dimension.

The guest room refresh was completed in a couple of months last summer, making it ready for friends and family to come as soon as possible. And once they are welcomed here, Smith wouldn't be surprised if they have trouble leaving. The partially-covered shutters and beautiful view of Charleston Harbor make it especially difficult to leave.

Morgan Smith Bedroom After, Window with White Shutters
Morgan Smith Bedroom After, Window with White Shutters

Photography by Katie Charlotte Lybrand

Get the Look:

The Right Stripes

Blue and cream stripes combine for a subtle pattern that's perfect for seaside spaces. Follow Smith's lead and pair the wallpaper on the top half of the wall with blue or cream wainscoting on the bottom.

Farrow and Ball Blue Stripe Wallpaper
Farrow and Ball Blue Stripe Wallpaper

Night Lights

Glossy bases and white cotton shades introduce low-key contrast to the room. Similar to a hotel room, lamps on each side of the bed allow guests to control the lighting, while creating symmetry in the space.

White Lamps One Kings Lane
White Lamps One Kings Lane

Pattern Play

The guest room mixes patterns big and small in a cohesive color palette. This small cornflower motif reads as a texture from far away, but the pattern appears as you get closer.

Blue Pattern Pillow
Blue Pattern Pillow

Build Your Bed

A tailored, upholstered headboard looks polished in a traditional-style bedroom. Choose from four different colors to suit your space: French blue, flax, brown, and sage.

Blue Pattern Headboard
Blue Pattern Headboard