For the past six years, designer Athena Calderone has devoted her professional and personal life to creating modern, minimalist spaces with just the right amount of warmth and romance. With two major renovations in the last year alone—both her Brooklyn Heights apartment and Amagansett beach house underwent complete overhauls—Calderone has also managed to carve out a place for herself as a go-to designer for chic children’s spaces (she reinterprets high-end modern interiors for the under-10 set). An interior designer by trade, her innate sense of style has also made her a natural muse for designer friends like Dolce & Gabbana, who created her wedding dress. Rounding out her tight-knit trio is husband, Victor (he’s a DJ who has collaborated with Madonna and Beyonce) and surf-obsessed son, Jivan.

Jivan, eight years old, September 2011