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House call: Pink palace

Designer and illustrator Blair Wear's secrets to living like a big kid, every day.

By Elise Loehnen

"I'm essentially just a tall child," explains Blair Wear, the pink-haired designer behind the graffitied, one-of-a-kind kids' clothing line BlairWear, which appears at Barneys and bar mitzvahs across the country (she does a similarly hued line for adults, too). "I love color and toys, so essentially, I just want my living space to look like a playhouse."

Though she now occupies a spacious Brooklyn two-bedroom, Blair Wear's first NYC apartment inspired her approach to decorating. "I lived at the Chelsea Hotel, and so I had no storage space," she explains. "All my belongings became my wall decor; I would just staple-gun stuff up everywhere." True to these roots, she stores nothing away. "I like to have my collections—fake plastic food, ballerinas, photos of celebs—out where I can see them."

In the living room, which doubles as a studio, Blair Wear airbrushed the walls using giant stenciled lips in neon shades of glow-in-the-dark paint, an effect heightened by the presence of a black light. The bedroom doesn't offer much reprieve from the DayGlo decor: It looks like psychedelic Barbie's love nest, with vintage tutus dangling from the walls. "I hate to see all that stuff just sad in the closet," she explains. Doesn't she get sick of the color? "Hell, no! I need more!"

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