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Designing Mind


Photo by Michael Sahadi“It was really an exciting project to work on,” says Bryn Mawr interior designer Barbara Blair of her recent work on NBA star Jameer Nelson’s Main Line home. “I was able to incorporate my signature design aesthetic with the demands of a modern family and a nod to the owner’s passion for the game.”

As it turns out, Nelson isn’t the only pro sports player living in the area who’s sought out Blair for her neo-traditional European style. “They appreciate my practical approach,” she says.

Favorite room in her house:
My newly renovated dining room with chocolate walls, recessed-panel wainscoting and an ornamental dome in the ceiling.

Most prized possession: A large tapestry inherited from my great-great-grandfather, which was brought over from his Masonic lodge in Scotland.

Designer who inspires her: Myra Hoffman, who works in Napa Valley, Calif., and France.

Design advice she likes to give:
I always recommend testing a scale model or other sample before committing to something you might regret later.

Color she couldn’t design without: MAB Copper Mine. It’s a wonderful red that I love to use in dining rooms and powder rooms.

Design element she likes to incorporate into a space: Vintage Oriental carpets always add rich flavor to a room.

Favorite design trend of the moment: Eco-decorating—repurposing great vintage finds to keep unwanted items out of landfills. A little paint or new upholstery can be transforming.

Favorite rooms to design: Kitchens and bathrooms, because I love working with tiles and faucets. It’s like jewelry in a room.

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