Tell Us Your (Name) Story: Kate Berry
Mom to Quinn Rose
As the Executive Creative Director of Domino, Kate Berry views the world through a sharper, more finely tuned lens than the rest of us. While our eyes are taking in a beautifully styled bookshelf, for example, the NYC-based visionary is busy zeroing in on spots that need improvement and plotting her path to perfection. (Sit back and gawk as she removes approximately half of what’s there entirely, slides a small stack of paperbacks to the left, piles three hefty hardcovers horizontally, repositions the agate bookends, then plucks a giant white peony off a bush outside, sticks it in an empty brass bud vase she found in a drawer somewhere, sets it atop a trio of coffee table books, pulls a screwdriver from the pockets of her Lincoln jumpsuit to deftly install a dimmer switch for the lights above it all, and then, finally…#shelfgoals.)
When she’s not zipping around making the world a more beautiful place, she and her husband Ian, an illustrator, are likely tending to their magical rooftop garden on the heels of their six-year-old daughter, Quinn Rose. Which brings us to the reason we’re all here: HOW GOOD IS THAT NAME? We wanted the genesis behind it, so we went straight to the source.
Your daughter’s name is beautiful. How did you land on it?
I’m Vietnamese, and I really wanted her name to have a connection to my roots. When I was in elementary school in Southern California, a Vietnamese girl named Quynh moved to my town. I loved that her name had an English equivalent and was pronounced the same way in both languages. I also just love the letter Q and the way the double N’s and the double R’s in Berry look spelled out.
Her middle, Rose, is perfect with Quinn. Any significance there?
Rose was my husband’s grandmother’s name, and his mom always talked about how kind and loving she was. I’m also a huge flower person, so I just felt like it flowed.
Parents often say they can't imagine their child having any other name. Is this true for you?
Totally. Quinn is historically a boy’s name, but nowadays that doesn’t matter. She completely embodies her name—her spirit, her energy, her wise soul, all of it.
What does Quinn think about her name?
She tags her name pretty much everywhere we go, so I’m guessing she likes it! It started on her graffiti wall in her room, then on the subway windows and on her artwork. Now I’m finding it in places where you’re not supposed to write your name, like on things that don’t belong to her!
Making her mark! Speaking of, you’re one of the most stylish moms we know. What’s it like for you to watch your daughter develop her own sense of style (that may not be anything like yours)?
She definitely has her own style. Some days she wants to be an artist and puts on her painter’s jumpsuit and a beret, and other days she wants to be an animal and it’s all animal prints with furry cat ears. She wore a unicorn horn everywhere for about a year and a half, and then she wanted to get her hair cut and made a mood board with old images of Rihanna with her asymmetrical bob. She was very specific about it being short on one side and longer on the other. I have no idea what inspired the haircut—she just said she thought it would look cool. She’s a very expressive kid.
Got any advice for new parents?
You can’t cage wild animals. Kidding…I think the best advice I can give is that if you can teach your kid to be respectful and compassionate, they’re on their way to being a good person.
Truer words have never been spoken. One problem, though: We can’t wrap up this interview without asking for a shelf-styling tip…
I collect things. (Ok. I’m a hoarder.) So in order to make sense of it all—a box of vintage shopping tags, ceramics, found natural objects, dried sea life, floral and fauna, crystals, silver, brass, glass, tools, boxes and books, so many books!—I organize everything in groups of color that flow together. The books and boxes give it a foundation with lots of different levels and heights, and all the other things add shape and texture that make it visually appealing. It’s a great way to style your things, whether you’re a minimalist or a maximalist like me.