Habitat: A Light and Lofty Space in Northern Liberties
A beloved Main Line interior designer gets to experiment with luxe boho style in her own city loft.
The good news about Naomi Stein’s Northern Liberties loft is that it’s a big, light-filled space. The bad news? “Open-concept is a real challenge to decorate,” she says. Her building, a former factory, still retains some original artifacts — iron hooks, exposed metal — and features odd alcoves and nooks throughout. Stein, an interior designer and creative director at Ardmore’s Design Manifest, decided to use these quirks as starting points for creating distinct “rooms” within the 1,400-square-foot space. In one niche, pictured below, she painted a wall blue. “It’s the only wall I painted — the rest of the space is white — so that helped give the area purpose,” she explains.
Because this was her own place, Stein was able to experiment with her design in ways she often can’t in her clients’ homes. “I let myself be free to break the rules,” she says. The outcome, as she describes it, is a “clashy-matchy,” personality-driven patchwork blending old and new, thrifty and luxe, pattern and color, all tied together with a neutral base. “It took me a full year of collecting, editing and mixing to see it all come together,” she says. “It was my passion project.”
Published as “Habitat: Light and Lofty” in the December 2017 issue of Philadelphia magazine.