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Small Person, Big Style

Who better to lead the redesign of a baby-to-big-kid room than its color-obsessed inhabitant?


By LAURA REGENSDORF
Photos by JEREMY LIEBMAN PRODUCED BY ELAINA SULLIVAN
5 min

Quinn Berry wants to talk design. Or rather, as a 4-year-old whose aesthetic vision outpaces her vocabulary, she wants to draw it. When it came time to redecorate her bedroom at her family's apartment in downtown Manhattan, Quinn uncapped her markers and sketched out her number one request: a bunk bed with a rainbow ladder. “It will be beautiful and curious!” she says with poetic brevity. Her developed sensibility is understandable, given that her parents are Domino style director Kate Berry and illustrator Ian Berry.

The first step to overhaul Quinn's understated baby room—too quiet for a girl now finding her voice—was determining what would go. Out went the crib and the neutral, alphabet-embroidered textiles, while punkier accents, like a constellation of dip-dyed paper diamonds by the creative studio Confetti System and a graphic Moroccan rug, proved their staying power. Then Quinn laid out her wishes for “hot pink walls with pretend flowers” and the aforementioned bed. With Domino style editor Elaina Sullivan acting as mediator, negotiations began. The walls were softened to pale rose, overlaid with color-blocked sections in Pop pink and orange. Flowers arrived via fabric by Josef Frank (Kate's pick), which Sullivan used to transform the bottom bunk into a theatrical—call it “curious”—hideaway.

More than the culmination of Quinn's budding art direction, the room is also a working laboratory, complete with standing easel, wall-mounted crafts area, and dress-up station stocked with pastel mermaid wigs. “She's taking inspiration from every- where now—it's totally mind-blowing,” Kate says, describing a recent fascination with Yayoi Kusama (those spots, that hair). A polka-dot accent just might be the next design addition.