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Photos by Jess Baumung

For our first meeting of the new year, we wanted to switch things up a bit. So we decided to meet up at one of the guy’s places instead — I don’t think it comes as any surprise that Lauren, Sasha and I have very similar taste. Akil welcomed us into his east end home and I was immediately struck by how minimalist and masculine it was.

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Zafu Meditation Pillow, food by Fix and Co

With his prized possession hanging on the wall by the leather couch — a Do The Right Thing poster — and an open space in front of the TV for spontaneous dancing, I loved seeing how Akil decided to spruce his place up for our morning discussion of Designing Your Life.

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Faux Fur Throw Grey Fox, Superbleached Denim Pillow, Textured Linen Pillow.

Basically, he went with the theme of comfort. With tons of pillows (including a meditation cushion) and a faux fur throw, his modest decor immediately became cozier, which was ideal for all of us curling up on his couch to talk about life. Of course, he did add a globe to the mix, which I personally think every home should have.

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Atmosphere Lighted Globe