The couple welcomed their little girl, whom they nicknamed Belle, on May 2.
While still in the throes of unpacking and organizing their new Los Angeles area home, Martinez — who was burned over more than 40 percent of his body while serving in Iraq — says one room is just perfect. Belle’s nursery “is the best room in the house,” the proud new dad tells PEOPLE.
Custom designed by Southern California-based Little Crown Interiors, Belle’s nursery combines key design elements and sentimental personal touches.
The two-toned mix stationary crib and mix single dresser and changing table, from Young America By Stanley Furniture Company, and the whitewashed hardwood floors by Shaw Floors provide the lamb-themed nursery with eye-catching contrast and opulent appeal.
While there are stuffed animal lambs and a mini plush lamb chair in the corner where Belle can sit and look at one of the many books she received as gifts from friends and family at the baby shower, there’s also a contemporary flair incorporated into the room thanks to the taupe wallpaper on the room’s far wall, and the geranium globe pendant light in the center of the room by Posh Tots.
Slide open the mirrored closet door and it’s clear Martinez’s little lady already has a flair for fashion with more than two dozen pairs of shoes and a variety of colorful dresses to wear for any occasion.
“I love that color,” Gonzales-Jones says, admitting “before Belle was born I’d come in here and sit in that chair. It’s so comfortable.”
At night when the couple get Belle ready for bed, they enjoy the soft lighting the two wall sconces provide. As they lay her down to sleep, Martinez and Gonzalez-Jones are comforted by the sight of the wall mural above Belle’s crib.
Created by artist Chelsea McGraw, the painting depicts Martinez’s sister Anabel, who died when Martinez was a young boy, and Gonzalez-Jones’s sister Lauren, who passed away in January at age 17.
“When we thought about the idea of the sisters looking over her — it’s like we have two angels looking over our little one,” Martinez explains.
While Belle was named after her two aunts, the couple agreed they would spell her first and middle names differently so that “she’d have her own identity,” the actor, 29, explains. “It’s a way to honor our sisters and give her the names of angels.”
Now, every time the couple enters Belle’s room, they feel connected to their pasts and their future. “It’s something that every time we walk in here, we fall in love with it,” notes Martinez. “It’s a beautiful room.”
– Monica Rizzo