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Profile in Style | Bringing Up Bébé

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes… bébés in de Buci. Maya Nairn is the woman behind de Buci Baby, a line that weaves European style with American made quality. The debut collection features crib sheets, blankets, teddy bears and sleep sacks in petal pinks, powder blues and toile with plum piping.

Nairn's new line has an understated air of Parisian panache – and rightfully so – the city has a special place in her life. 10 years ago, while attending cooking school in Paris at the Ecole Ritz Escoffier, she met the man who would become her husband. She was living on Rue de Buci, which has fittingly become the collection’s name, symbolizing the place that started a new life chapter rich with marriage and motherhood. “That’s really where this part of my life began,” says the mother of two with a third on the way.

After her first child was born, Nairn found herself searching for items that complemented her own understated design aesthetic and neutral color palette, which is inspired by her European years and the simple sophistication of that culture and lifestyle. A failed attempt to find a plain white sleep sack amongst other items inspired Nairn to design her own line. And voilà, de Buci Baby was born.

Throughout the collection, Nairn uses sumptuous fabrics like Japanese cotton, while working with a manufacturer in Austin. (All of her products are made in America.) “There’s something really fun for me having bolts of fabric sent to my house and taking them to the manufacturer,” she says. From dropping off fabrics to picking up products and testing them with her own family, Nairn is an active participant in the process.

This fall, the designer will unveil a linen collection in soft, breezy neutrals while introducing more kinds of items, like burp cloths. As the line grows, Nairn’s mission to create baby products that are both functional and stylish will remain the same. “There’s no reason it can’t be practical and also beautiful,” she says adding, “That’s what I’m trying to do.”

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1. De Buci Baby is crafted using high-quality fabrics from across the globe, and manufactured right here in Austin. 2. Details like fresh flowers and luxe scented candles gives owner Maya Nairn’s home a sophisticated — yet lived in — feel. 3. Nairn says she is inspired by european design and her years living in Paris.

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1. Says Nairn about baby products, “There’s no reason [they] can’t be practical and also beautiful.” 2.Though her palette tends to be understated, the art work displayed in nairn’s home offers fresh pops of color. 3. Nairn’s kitchen has a farmhouse feel. 4. The designer's love of neutral color palettes and understated elegance is evident in her living room decor.

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Photography by Chelsea Laine Francis.

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