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Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

By Justin Ray
Photos courtesy of NEST

Surrounded by stores like Christian Louboutin and Céline to the north and high-end interior retailers to the east and west, the NEST showroom in Miami’s Design District is on the corner of fashion and home. It’s a fitting spot for founder Sara Colombo, a former model who channeled her past career into her new venture: a 2,400-square-foot home emporium where she hopes to give home merchandise as much diversity as clothing. “In the fashion world, cities present a lot of variety at any point in time,” she says. “If you think about New York versus London, even in the same season, their aesthetics differ. However, home decor doesn’t move so much.”

Colombo’s fashion experience influenced her taste for fine European design, a preference she brings to NEST, which stocks a hand-selected collection of European pieces. The brand emphasizes craftsmanship, choosing only the finest materials from imaginative designers, including Alexandra von Furstenberg, Jeremy Cole, and Pinto Paris, among others. Her fashion training also makes her open to taking risks. “I’m not afraid of color or texture,” she says. “I think a lot of people err on the safe side and only use neutral colors.”

Her bold approach appears to have paid off—NEST opened its second location in Bal Harbour, Florida, this spring.

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