For Nadine Ferber, co-owner of zen-chic nail salon tenoverten, impeccable design sense is in her DNA. At just 26 she opened the beloved boutique Mick Margo, which quickly became a go-to shopping destination for discerning women looking to discover new designers while also stocking up on hard-to-find favorites. Now, she’s doing the same thing for manis and pedis as she did for boutique shopping: she and partner Adair Llyinsky have turned something ordinary into a memorable experience. The second you walk into either one of their Manhattan salons—filled with custom furniture and rustic antique touches—a feeling of calm instantly washes over you. The same can be said for the TriBeCa loft she shares with her toddler daughter and restaurateur husband, Matt Abramcyk (former owner of the infamous Beatrice Inn and current owner of Tiny’s and Super Linda). With a new baby on the way, an impending move to a larger apartment, and a third outpost of tenoverten in the works, life is busier than ever. Despite her hectic schedule, Nadine admits that motherhood has given her the ultimate clarity: “As a mom I’ve learned to become more selfless and yet feel more true to myself than ever.”

Zoe Lee, seventeen months, January 2013