Today we are welcoming Jacqui Saldana to the blog! Jacqui's story is so heartfelt and inspiring. Before her son, Ryan, tragically passed away two years ago, she created her blog Baby Boy Bakery to share stories of motherhood and kid-friendly recipes that she made with him. Since then, Jacqui has dedicated her blog to the special times she had with Ryan in many ways, like creating monthly recipe kits that you can use to teach your children how to cook while making special memories. Her daughter, Mila, was born last month (congratulations!!), and we're so excited to share her nursery tour with you.
Bookcase/The Land of Nod
"I worked with The Land Of Nod to create the perfect space where my little girl, Mila, and I could spend time and grow within. When I started the design process with The Land of Nod design team, I started with thoughts of hope for Mila rather than colors or furniture pieces. I wanted what I hoped and imagined for my baby and her future to guide me in the process of creating her space. I began with how I imagine my daughter—unique, soft and subtle with bright streams of wild running through her. From there I decided on bright pops of color set on a backdrop of light and neutral color with wild gold highlights throughout. To carry out the unique element, I settled on this fun green colored crib first and the rest of the furniture fell into place around it.
"Another gorgeous focal point in the nursery is this fantastic watercolor print. I thought the pink artwork went well alongside the green crib. We had it framed without glass since it was being placed above the crib. The artwork to me is beautifully soft but still makes a fiercely strong statement. Two things I hope my daughter portrays in the future.
"Pop Up Greens brought in a tall fiddle leaf fig tree and small succulent in a hand painted moon pot. I also added a snake plant I planted in a basket last year and a tiny cactus I bought at a craft fair. We have definitely accumulated a bunch of beautiful little lady clothes. One thing I like to do is display a few special baby clothes. In Ryan’s nursery, I displayed the outfit he came home from the hospital in. In baby girl’s nursery, I decided to display deliciously girly green dress by Little Minis and comfy cute sweater by Geo Fox Apparel.
"Even though Mila won’t be able to play inside her teepee just yet, I thought it would be a perfectly fun element to add to her nursery. This beautiful lace teepee with colorful pom pom garland adds a touch of whimsy and I can’t wait to see how she plays amongst it. Right now it sits pretty with a mini gold lounge chair and a handmade dolly waiting to be played with. I also added tiny lights inside for fun nighttime story reading.
Frames/The Land of Nod
"The most important thing for me was to find ways to incorporate my son, Ryan, into his little sister’s nursery. We decided on a gallery wall displaying a few of his art pieces. There are three art pieces Ryan created in the last months he was at preschool—a purple jellyfish made from his small handprint, a bright yellow flying bird and a joyous basket of flowers. The large framed piece is a compilation of artwork Ryan and I did together usually during our craft times on the weekend or before dinner. Now that they are hung, I sometimes go into the nursery and just sit and look at his artwork. I like to think of his tiny hands hard at work creating. I like to think he knew who he was creating these art pieces for. He definitely knew, those flowers were for his little sister.
"My son Ryan and I spent a lot of time at Disneyland. It was a our favorite place. I decided to subtly display Ryan’s Micky Mouse ears in the bookcase underneath the window. On Ryan’s 5th birthday last year, I was about 6 months pregnant. We went to Disneyland to celebrate, and while there, we decided to get ‘Little Sister’ Micky Mouse ears. They are now displayed on the white and gold shelves above the changing table. I hope to share memorable moments at Disneyland with this little miss soon.
"You can see how I displayed my hopes for my daughter and our future together with the pieces in her nursery. In my Mila’s nursery, everything tells a story of what was or what will be. I am thrilled to bring her inside and tell her stories of the past and dream together for her future."
Credits // Author: Jacqui Saldana. Photography: Megan Welker.