What’s inspiring designer Nina Nash right now

“Even a little bit of blue and white elevates any space.”
Nina Nash

Photograph by Ryan Hayslip

Nina Nash
Nina Nash

Photograph by Kimberly Evans

“As an interior designer and buyer with Mathews Furniture + Design, I’m fortunate to travel the world: Paris, London, New York, Asia, the Middle East. This exposure inspires me to mix different styles. I adore combining classic richness with something exotic and bold. Fashion is also a big influence on my work. I just love Lee Jofa’s newest Oscar de la Renta collection. It’s modern, elegant, and chic, but it also has a little island flair that hints at Oscar’s native Dominican Republic. I want to wear this room! Finally, my longtime design mentor, Don Easterling, has taught me to appreciate the versatility of blue-and-white Chinese porcelain. Even a little bit of blue and white elevates any space.” —Nina Nash

Nina Nash

Photograph by Ryan Hayslip

Nash was drawn to the indigo of this hand-carved Baule tribal mask that depicts the face of the moon.

Nina Nash

Photograph by Ryan Hayslip

Gilded cannabis leaf by Tommy Mitchell.

Nina Nash

Photograph by Ryan Hayslip

The folk art zebra by Outpost Original was handmade by beaders in South Africa.

Nina Nash

Photograph by Ryan Hayslip

Nash found this necklace at Scott Antique Markets. Natural stones, gems, and crystals radiate energy, she says.

Nina Nash

Photograph by Ryan Hayslip

This reproduction ginger jar looks like an antique but costs a fraction of the price.

Nina Nash

Photograph courtesy of Baker Furniture at Mathews Furniture + Design

This braided swivel lounge chair was designed by Nash’s friend Laura Kirar for McGuire.

Nina Nash

Photograph by Ryan Hayslip

“Burma” in indigo by Sister Parish Design, Travis & Company.

Nina Nash

Photograph by Ryan Hayslip

Nash finds inspiration in coffee table books about travel and design. “I’m always at book signings.”

Nina Nash

Photograph courtesy of Visual Comfort at Mathews Furniture + Design

Clemente table lamp in hand-rubbed antique brass, Visual Comfort.

Nina Nash

Photograph by Ryan Hayslip

RedBank hand-made tile from Waterworks adds an organic yet modern touch.

Nina Nash

Photograph by Ryan Hayslip

This Addison Weeks brass and lapis box is like jewelry for a room.

Resources
Oscar de la Renta fabrics for Lee Jofa, ADAC leejofa.com; “Berber” in camel/onyx, “Caravan” in indigo, “Grand Tartar” in red/navy, “Makassar” in green. Bunched fabric “Hollyhock” in jet by Clay McLaurin Studio, claymclaurin.com. Grasscloth “Maldives Weaves” in “Island Vibes,” Phillip Jeffries, ADAC, phillipjeffries.com. Necklace and Greek dish Designer’s own. Unless otherwise specified, other products are available through Mathews Furniture + Design, mathewsfurniture.com, including calligraphy brush with ivory; Ethiopian Highlands by Lizzy Manola, Assouline Publishing; black-and-white bowl, Cubisme Collection, L’Objet.

This article originally appeared in our Fall 2017 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.

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