Naomi Stein of Bala Cynwyd's Design Manifest Shares her Décor Muses

Who she admires, which rooms she loves, and why you'll see touches of blue wherever she goes.

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Photo by Jared CastaldiNaomi Stein is the creative arm of Design Manifest, a father/daughter residential design and construction firm in Bala Cynwyd. “I really enjoy working with my dad,” says Stein of the partnership with her father, Andrew. “Nothing beats a great before-and-after. I have the vision, but my dad creates the ‘after.’” Stein blogs about her projects and all things interior design in Design Manifest (

Design style: Traditional with a bohemian twist. “I love the look of classic, timeless spaces with ethnic and eclectic pops that add a bit of dimension and personality. I like rooms tailored and crisp, but still comfortable and warm.”

Favorite room in her house: The living room. “I love that I took a neutral base (white walls, linen sofa, cream rug) and layered on lots of color, patterns, antiques, finishes and furniture styles. And it’s easy to change out the pillows and accessories if I want a new vibe.”

Designer who inspires her: Windsor Smith. “She’s the master mixer. Her spaces are traditional yet eclectic, colorful yet well edited. She always throws a bit of surprise and whimsy into her sophisticated rooms.”

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