This 6585-Square-Foot Rental Makeover Took Our Breath Away, Literally

We've written about decorating rentals on MyDomaine before and the one thing we continually harp on about is that you don't have to compromise on style just because it isn't your permanent home. Besides, it is your space after all regardless of whether you live there for one year or two. The key is to invest in classic pieces that stand the test of time so you can move from one rental to the next and not always have to buy new each time. That's what this family did when they moved into this 5 bed, 7.5 bath home in Santa Monica, California.

This proved a fun challenge for their interior designer, Courtney Nye who set about fusing their modern aesthetic with the home's Cape Cod transitional architecture using a mix of existing décor (such as their Serge Mouille ceiling lamp) and new furniture pieces that felt timeless and special enough to continue with them to their next house. The plan is to stay in this rental for two to four years, long enough to really set a foundation and a space that feels like home.

Being much larger than their previous house, Nye knew she needed to add a lot of new furniture that wasn't necessarily specific to this space, just complimentary. Given all of the obstacles, we think you'll agree that Nye really smashed it out of the park with this one. Prepare for your retinas to dilate as you scroll through this stunning space photographed by the talented Amy Bartlam.