When the London-born, New York-raised artist Jemima Kirke decided to have a child, she wondered how easily motherhood and creativity could coexist. Almost a year later, this young mother is proving that the two can mesh peacefully. The Brooklyn Heights home she shares with her husband has a decidedly romantic feel; vintage treasures fill the eclectic space, while a beguiling mix of art—from Robert Maplethorpe to Alfred Wertheimer—cover the walls. A RISD-trained painter, she became an accidental actress last year when her childhood friend, filmmaker Lena Dunham, persuaded Kirke to star in her indie hit film, Tiny Furniture, as well as the highly-anticipated Judd Apatow-produced HBO series, Girls. Artist, performer, mother, wife—Kirke deftly moves between each role with effortless charm.

Rafaella, 11 months, September 2011