The word "nursery" tends to conjure up images of muted pastels, zoo animals, and lollipops. But unsurprisingly, given her penchant for bold fashion and design choices, Refinery29 global editor-in-chief Christene Barberich took a more unexpected approach when designing her newborn daughter, Rafaela "Raffi" Rose's first bedroom. With moody walls, graphic prints and throw pillows, and a hot pink velvet couch that announces "It's a girl!" in the coolest way possible, it feels like the kind of place we'd like to curl up in. And ultimately, shouldn't that be the point of a nursery?
In a cover story for Domino magazine, Barberich — who recently released a home furnishings collaboration with The Inside — walks us through her process of crafting the space from a "quasi-laundry/guest room" in the Brooklyn Heights apartment she shares with her husband, architect Kevin Baxter. Ultimately, it was an exercise not just in blending whimsy with a bit of edge, but in making an 8-by-12 foot area feel like so much more. Small space dwellers, take note.
"It's true," Barberich writes, "Nothing about this room screams typical nursery — in fact, if it weren’t for the sleek mini crib and bassinet, some colorful picture books, and a minimalist mobile, you might not realize that a baby resides here. But she does. And no doubt, she’ll continue to make it her own as she grows up and makes our space feel more like a home than ever before."