Better Together: Coming Soon Founders
Better Together: Coming Soon Founders

Our newest Better Together features Helena Barquet and Fabiana Faria, founders of the furniture design and gift shop on the Lower East Side–Coming Soon. Known for curating beautifully-designed furniture, quirky home accessories, and dynamic collaborations, the founders’ showroom is one of our favorite sources of inspiration. Read more to learn about their unique approach to nail art and their love for each other (the couple got married this Valentine’s Day atop the Empire State Building!).

How do you pick your nail color combinations?

Helena: I usually do something natural because I chip my nails so much.   Doing a red nail is a big treat so even when I do it, it’s is usually just pinkie, ring, and middle finger. And I keep the pointer and thumb more natural because they chip the most. That is my favorite combination: red and natural pink.  

Fabiana: It's just a mood. Favorite duo was Like Wonder and Like Wild.

In one word, how does a manicure make you feel?

Helena: Well kept.

Fabiana: Clean.

What’s your earliest nail memory?

Helena: I remember getting nail art (a Christmas scene) on one nail when I was about 9. I didn’t want to wash my hands in fear of messing it up.  

Fabiana: Well, I grew up in Venezuela, and women go to the salon over there three times a week. So I got my first manicure when I was really young, like 7 years old. And it just then got incorporated into my routine. Once I became a junior in high school, we would get out at noon on Fridays. So every Friday I'd go get my nails done. 

What role do you play in your business?

Helena: We are a small business, so we all do a lot of different things all the time but F is primarily the Instagram brain.   

Fabiana: We share most of the creative decisions at the store, but I'm definitely more of the "editor" of all the crazy things Helena comes up with. I also do all the book side of things like pay bills, etc.–and for some reason I manage our employees more, like they ask me first about things–so even though Helena is totally the boss of our house you could say I'm a bit more of the boss at work.

In one word, how would you describe your partner?

Helena: Home

Fabiana: Magic

What makes you better together

Helena: We share a lot of similar tastes but come from different experiences in acquiring those tastes. That helps when working with clients and relating to different sensibilities. 

Fabiana: I know I wouldn't be doing this without her–so it's not even a questions of better it just wouldn't exist. 

How do you get your best ideas?

Helena: The best ideas come from being relaxed and doing other things like seeing a museum show or a great movie or book.  

Fabiana: In the shower and really everywhere.

Three things you’re into right now?

Helena: The color lime green, recycled plastics, and flowers.

Fabiana: Men’s fashion, Bullet Journaling, the NBA finals­–obsessed with the Toronto Raptors–and Pete Buttigieg. 

How do you press reset and relax?

Helena: Just a day off at home usually does the trick. Just doing your laundry and getting ready for the week ahead is sometimes all I need to regroup. Certainly a day in nature does the trick, too.  

Fabiana: I work out and then watch TV–if not nothing like the beach.