“Being in the fashion industry honed my sense of style and attention to detail,” says Sara Colombo, former model and the founder of design boutique Nest Casa. “The traveling it required also developed my aesthetic.” These experiences, along with having lived in Paris and London, stood Colombo in good stead when she renovated her own home—the 1926 Carl Fisher estate—with husband Ugo. “The furnishings were shipped from Italy, and the concept for Nest Casa was born,” she says about her 2,400-square-foot showroom in the Miami Design District that carries European furnishings sold primarily to the trade. But there are also lines exclusive to Nest Casa, such as Pinto Paris, the brainchild of the late Alberto Pinto. This collection sells in numbered limited editions, bridging furniture and art, and supporting her vision for her shop. “Good home design is about taste and lifestyle, but it must include timeless pieces,” says Colombo. “My philosophy is to invest in beautiful objects that will stand the test of time.”
LX: Design icon:
SC: Muriel Brandolini. She is a self-taught designer with eclectic taste. Architect Peter Marino is another person I admire, though very different in aesthetic; he is constantly evolving and using unique materials.
LX: Favorite hotels:
SC: The Ritz Paris. I love the tradition and the old Parisian style. I am curious, and a little nervous, to see the renovated Ritz. I also adore the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc—there is nothing like the French Riviera.
LX: I always carry:
SC: By Terry Baume de Rose, my iPad, La Roche-Posay sunscreen SPF 60 and pictures of my kids.
LX: Greatest influences:
SC: My husband has a great eye for detail. And I’m often inspired by women with amazing style and substance, like Jackie O, Coco Chanel and Christy Turlington.
LX: Dream collaboration:
SC: I would love to work with Karl Lagerfeld and design a home collection.