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Maya Nairn's Austin Abode is Where Design Finds Purpose

Maya Nairn's Austin Abode is Where Design Finds Purpose

With a distinct design aesthetic and stylized sensibility, Maya Nairn took motherhood and brand building in stride, launching de Buci Baby with a curated collection of baby items that blend elegance with ease. Whether it’s an eye-catching linen teddy bear or blanket, every item within the world of de Buci Baby makes one thing clear: these are not the baby basics that you’re used to. Her home in Austin follows suit, bringing together elements of practicality with timeless whimsy and classic design to create a space unlike any other. We sat down with Maya to glean more on the musings of motherhood, finding balance with an entrepreneurial spirit, and the essentials in cultivating a home filled with purpose.

Rip & Tan: Rooted in neutral tones and inspired edits, de Buci Baby is a brand after our own hearts. Where did the initial idea to create de Buci Baby stem from?
Maya Nairn: After my first baby I found myself surrounded by blankets, nursing pillows, burp cloths…I struggled to find items that blended into the rest of my house and noticed myself tucking things away when people would come over. I thought it might be really lovely to have baby things that I actually enjoyed seeing everywhere, so I made some!
Rip & Tan: Mother, business-owner, inspired leader—you’re the modern day multi-hyphenate. How does this inherent multiplicity influence your work with de Buci Baby and beyond?
Maya Nairn: Multi-tasking is a skill that becomes very well honed in parenthood and translates pretty beautifully into other aspects of life.
Rip & Tan: What’s important to keep in mind when creating a home filled with purpose?
Maya Nairn: I think it’s as simple as deciding what the purpose of your home is and sticking to it when decorating. I wanted my home to be serene, comfortable for the kids, and ready for entertaining so I think about those things when I’m adding or changing anything.

"Multi-tasking is a skill that becomes very well honed in parenthood and translates pretty beautifully into other aspects of life."

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Rip & Tan: What’s important to keep in mind when creating a home filled with purpose?
Maya Nairn: I think it’s as simple as deciding what the purpose of your home is and sticking to it when decorating. I wanted my home to be serene, comfortable for the kids, and ready for entertaining, so I think about those things when I’m adding or changing anything.
Rip & Tan: How does motherhood continue to impact your creative inclinations?
Maya Nairn: My sister, who is my partner in de Buci, is also a mother and we are constantly bouncing ideas around based on our own experiences and encounters with other parents.
Rip & Tan: From rolling out business plans in the office to entertaining in the living room, when do you feel the most centered and empowered?
Maya Nairn: I am recently divorced which has created a real duality in my life. It’s half intense alone time and half intense parenting time. Both require self-reliance which I have rediscovered and have found to be incredibly empowering.

"I wanted my home to be serene, comfortable for the kids, and ready for entertaining, so I think about those things when I’m adding or changing anything."

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Rip & Tan: Whether it’s a teddy bear or blanket, you fuse sophisticated form with undeniable function. Why do you think we oftentimes feel as if we need to choose between the two?
Maya Nairn: I think when something looks nice, and it’s a little pricey, perhaps we try to treat it a little more delicately. But cotton is cotton and you can get the stains out just as easily. I certainly choose to live with the beautiful things, get them dirty and clean them up.
Rip & Tan: How does the de Buci Baby world both reflect and carry over into your overall design aesthetic?
Maya Nairn: The fabrics I choose reflects my own personal aesthetic. Part of me loves hyper minimalism and then another part of me loves toile on toile on toile on toile.
Rip & Tan: From mornings with your children to days in Austin, where do you turn to for creative inspiration?
Maya Nairn: Instagram (is that terrible?!), I find a lot of design inspiration through Instagram. And traveling, just going to other cities and looking at art and design.
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"I find a lot of design inspiration through Instagram. And traveling, just going to other cities and looking at art and design."

Photos by Minta Maria