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Interior designer Kate Hart. (Photo by Jared Castaldi)Wayne-based interior designer, home stager and occasional Main Line Today contributor Kate Hart loves a challenge. So naturally, she was thrilled when a local news anchor Nydia Han enlisted her help in transforming Han’s fiancé’s Philadelphia condominium into a glamorous retreat that appealed to both of them. “In under three weeks, we blended their different tastes and styles, and created a space for entertaining,” says Hart, whose design work and staging advice have been spotlighted on the Fine Living Network, CNN, HGTV.com and Every Day with Rachael Ray.

» Personal decorating style: Eclectic traditional with trendy pops.

» Favorite room in her house: My hot-pink dining room.

» Most prized possessions in her home: My almost-threadbare antique dragon rug, my chinoiserie desk and my pedestal soaking tub.

» Designers who inspire her: Carleton Varney, Dorothy Draper and Kelly Wearstler.

» Design advice she loves to give: Don’t be afraid of color.

» Color she couldn’t design without: Latte by Sherwin-Williams. It’s the perfect warm beige to balance big bursts of color.

» Element she loves to incorporate into a space: Lots of layered textures.

» Favorite design trend of the moment: Mirrored furniture. It adds sparkle and glamour to any room.

» Favorite room to design: Family rooms. They’re the heart of the home and the central gathering place for families.

» Her definition of good taste: Simple, clean lines; warm, light-filled rooms; elegant accessories; and striking color.

» Biggest decorating faux pas: Wall-to-wall carpeting that’s a different color or pattern in each room. It cuts the home up into tiny, little pieces.

» Three words that best sum up her design style: Comfortable, fun, accessible.

» Best part of her job: Never doing the same thing twice.

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