This post has been a long time coming. I left off here 9 months pregnant and ready to pop. Well, Siena Noelle finally made her debut (5 days late) and our lives have never been the same since. Motherhood has been the most rewarding, most challenging journey and job to date, but we are truly blessed with the sweetest little babe. I may be bias, but she is the cutest baby I have ever laid eyes on. Prior to her arrival, we worked tirelessly on her nursery. And I am just now getting around to posting the finished product. There have been minor changes here and there and I personally can’t wait till she can start enjoying it. Siena is 5 months old currently, so she is still a bit too young to fully understand books and toys and appreciate all the little details we added to her room, but everyday brings something new and I love spending time with her in the space we specially curated for her. I must admit, it is my favorite room in the house! All photos, aside from ones noted otherwise, were taken by our dear friend and photographer Gina of GE Creative.
I love a great before and after, so just to remind you of what the room looked like when we bought the house and after we had it carpeted and wallpapered…
Wild what a few upgrades will do, right?!
My inspiration for Siena’s room stemmed from the nursery that Nate Berkus created for his child. The images can be found in the link provided via Arch Digest and they are definitely worth a look! I loved the mix of patterns, that the room was gender neutral, and that it had elements that already tied in so nicely to the rest of our home such as the gilded mirrors and black and white accents. I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it all turned out and I truly believe that having a clear cut idea of exactly what I wanted was so incredibly helpful- especially when my brain was all over the place preparing for a child/motherhood. I normally wing a lot of the projects based on loose ideas I have, and it makes for a longer, more tedious design journey. This nursery proved much simpler because I had the inspiration and concept down at the get go.
A few details I must make mention of is first and foremost, the piece of art above her crib. It is a print signed by THE Martin Haake himself. We had known for awhile that we were naming our daughter Siena… we named her after one of our favorite cities that we visited while in Italy. I knew I wanted to pay homage to the place she was named after and found the perfect illustration of the Palio di Siena. For those not familiar, it is a yearly horse race in the heart of the city. The colors, the whimsy, the beauty of the city event reflected in this art piece I found was exactly what I wanted in her room – a piece that she can grow up with. Long story short, I ended up reaching out to the artist himself and he sent us the size illustration we were in need of with his signature to boot! It is such a treasured item with a fun story tied to it!
I also knew I wanted her closet exposed. We originally had closet doors that we decided to remove. It not only made her room seem a lot bigger, but the baby clothing and accessories on display make the space even prettier and magical in my personal opinion. The book shelves were added to the ledge already cut out in the wall to make the space more practical and the mirrors and gilded decor items on the wall were all thrifted.
In previous #HausofMeier articles, I included a long list of references/links to the products and decor I used in the space. It has been so long AND my time is not as flexible as it used to be, so no long list of links in this article, but please know, I am happy to reply to any messages you may have about a particular item. Feel free to ask away!
*The majority of items were purchased through Amazon Home or Menards.