By Anna Kocharian

Published on October 21, 2016

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Photography by JENNY GAGE AND TOM BETTERTON

Aurora James

page 124

When it comes to our cover star aurora james there are no shortage of sources for inspiration. From her boho chic Brooklyn apartment to her covetable Brother Vellies collection, James has managed to steal the spotlight this year in both fashion and interior design. An avid traveler, James’s apartment is filled with pieces accumulated from her global adventures. Heavily influenced by the shoemaking craft in Africa, her inspirations spanning across cultures from Morocco to Ethiopia are evident within her works, as well as the design of her space. This is one story you won’t want to miss.

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Photography by PIPPA DRUMMOND

Stephanie Danler

page 118

Chances are, you’ve seen Stephanie Danler’s book Sweetbitter at one point or another. Whether it be at the bookstore or atop a beach throw surrounded by a meticulously thrown-together spread, the thrilling novel has had quite a moment this year. The now LA-based author holds an MFA in creative writing and also boasts a rather impressive line of stints at some of Manhattan’s trendiest eateries. As a self-proclaimed wine enthusiast, Danler laid out a few of her tips in a no-nonsense guide to knowing good wine. Entertainers, take note.

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Photography by NICOLE FRANZEN

Christene Barberich

page 156

As one of the founding members of Refinery29, it’s no secret that Christene Barberich’s home would be anything less than spectacular. We got a peek inside her space, situated in Brooklyn Heights, where natural light and a curated array of vintage finds set the scene. Barberich’s love for fashion and flair for identifying the unique, is effortlessly emulated throughout her colorful home.

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Photography by ALYSSA ROSENHECK

Elsie Larson

page 166

Chances are, you’ve got a project or two of Elsie Larson’s pinned on your DIY board. As one half of the superstar sister duo behind A Beautiful Mess, Larson’s home is a remarkable representation of her vibrant aesthetic. With the motto of “creating happiness every day through a homemade lifestyle” it should come as no surprise that Larson’s space manages to do just that. Through an unapologetic use of color, daring decor picks, and flair for the bold, the DIY maven is an inspiration to say the least!

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Photography by LAURE JOLIET

Erin Fetherston

page 172

Erin Fetherson’s space speaks to the monochrome-lover in all of us. Her sprawling home in Hollywood is only proof that decorating with an absence of color is a challenge that can be done. And well, at that. With cool blue undertones and scattered hints of warm accents, the designer’s personal style is well emulated throughout her space. Paying tribute to her well-known signature style that is so often replicated throughout her various design endeavors, Fetherston’s home is one we simply cannot stop talking about!

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Photography by DOMINO

Cleo Wade

page 182

Poet and artist cleo wade may be known for her large scale public art pieces, but our love for her stems from Wade’s driven pursuit of sending out empowering messages for positivity and femininity through her stunning works.

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Photography by DAVID PRINCE

Taavo Somer

page 112

If you’ve been or lived in NYC, there’s a good chance you’ve brunched at Freemans, an eclectically decorated spot known for it’s eccentric aesthetic and “hidden” locale. taavo somer just happens to be the creative mastermind behind the Manhattan hot spot, along with a rather impressive string of eateries such as Isa and Le Minted. The NYC-based designer and architect draws inspiration from the distinct and the authentic, qualities paralleled throughout a number of his artistic ventures including a new book spotlighting food and design. Two areas he’s certainly managed to succeed in.

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Photography by MEREDITH JENKS

Rachel Antonoff

page 96

Rachel Antonoff’s office just may be the one of our dreams. Sure, we may be a bit biased, but the bold bursts of ombre pink, natural greens, and abstract accents are seriously everything we’re craving right now. The fashion designer invited us into her new office space and showroom, for a redesign that’s about as domino as it gets.

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Photography by DOMINO

Julie Thevenot

page 60

French-born and Brooklyn-based artist Julie Thevenot has a passion for the rather untraditional. Known for her savviness in combining the rustic with the industrial, Thevenot’s fearless approach towards mixed media art has resulted in a number of original works, which accurately reflected the artist’s flair for the original. We took a peek inside her beautiful studio and left with a refreshed sense of inspiration for boundless creativity.

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Photography by FRANCES TULK-HART

Jeff Halmos + Lisa Mayock

page 80

Through their shared love of graphic design, poster art, and vintage t-shirts, CFDA designers Jeff Halmos and Lisa Mayock went on to establish Monogram, a cheeky line of graphic apparel that’s all about reinventing the norm. Their iconic pieces speak to their oh-so-trendy aesthetic, effortlessly replicated within their Clinton Hill apartment, which they share with their newborn baby boy!

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Photography by DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN

Nadine + Matt Abramcyk

page 138

Creative duo (plus husband and wife!) Nadine and Matt Abramcyk have, among the two of them, an extensive portfolio of entrepreneurial endeavors. Nadine co-owns Tenoverten, a non-toxic nail line and salon, establish in Tribeca, while Matt is the restaurateur behind Tiny’s & The Bar Upstairs, Warren 77, and Navy, to name a few. We got a glimpse inside the Tribeca apartment they share with their two kids, and were instantly drawn in by the warmth and comfort of the modern space.

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