2BR, Astoria, Queens

Mystical objects give a spiritual vibe to Katelan Foisy's digs.

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  • Photograph: Zenith Richards

    Katelan Foisy fills her two-bedroom apartment with a slew of mystical objects and ephemera that reflect her family history and passions: The New England native is a painter, pin-up model and tarot card reader; her ancestors were Gypsies, Native Americans and Massachusetts farm dwellers; and her apartment is bursting with Day of the Dead icons, antiques, altars, feathers and statuary. "I like [the apartment] to be almost like an old study where you've got dusty books and weird things everywhere," she says.

  • Photograph: Zenith Richards

    Foisy has lived in this Astoria rental for six years, sharing the space with various friends in need of a home. Her cohabiter always occupies the bedroom with the actual door, currently being used for storage while her current roommate is in the process of moving out. Foisy prefers the openness of the second bedroom, sectioned off by a folding screen.

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    The multitalented 32-year-old credits her various lines of work, as well as "the bohemian aspects" of her family history, as inspirations for the overall design. She's constantly adding new pieces acquired from family members, friends and the generous home-decor resource that is this city's streets, which she describes as "the best place to find anything."

  • Photograph: Zenith Richards

    The ground-floor pad boasts a private backyard, where Foisy hosts candlelit summer dinner parties and cultivates a garden. Much like the inside of her home, the outdoor area is filled with curiosities, such as Buddhist prayer flags a former roommate strung up and several statues from a Bronx botanica.

  • Photograph: Zenith Richards

    Foisy's love of antiques and strong interest in her family's heritage make this wicker butterfly tray an appropriate decoration for her bedroom wall: "This [tray] was from my grandmother's house," she explains. "I think she brought it with her from Austria."

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    Foisy frequently takes pieces that have played a role in her artistic life and incorporates them into her abode's decor. This vintage typewriter, which sits on a bedside table, is among her favorites. "Someone gave it to me in 2001 because I was just obsessed with them," she gushes. "A couple years ago, I got the idea to take typewriters into the Mars Bar and see how many people we could get to actually work on them. It was basically like a social experiment."

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    This old-fashioned black rotary telephone has been out of order since Foisy lost its cord, but she keeps it perched next to her bed for sentimental reasons: "It was given to me back when I first started getting into pin-up [modeling]. A friend was like, 'Oh, you totally need a phone for one of your props!'"

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    The window frame above Foisy's bed is one of many pieces salvaged from a curb. Foisy brought it home because it reminded her of the windows on the Massachusetts farmhouse where she grew up.

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    Foisy created this altarpiece for last year's Gemini & Scorpio Halloween bash. (She hand-painted a small Ouija board on the surface.) Presently, it serves a more personal and spiritual function in her bedroom."

  • Photograph: Zenith Richards

    "This is sort of a house altar," says Foisy, pointing to the table just outside her kitchen (another rummaged gem). "The little containers were given to me by a woman who just began studying Oshun," one of Foisy's personal favorite goddesses, an orisha (Yoruban spirit) of the river who fosters creativity and art. The vials contain Spuyten Duyvil river water, honey, cinnamon and copper. "[They're] all things that Oshun takes as offerings," she explains.

  • Photograph: Zenith Richards

    Foisy helped carry this Amy Winehouse--emblazoned coffee table into her backyard for a better photo op, but it normally sits in front of the blue velvet couch next to the kitchen. Shortly after the singer's death, Foisy hunkered down at home for two days, meticulously replicating Winehouse's visage after three different friends e-mailed to tell her they'd dreamed that she'd captured the spirit of the songstress in a painting.

Photograph: Zenith Richards

Katelan Foisy fills her two-bedroom apartment with a slew of mystical objects and ephemera that reflect her family history and passions: The New England native is a painter, pin-up model and tarot card reader; her ancestors were Gypsies, Native Americans and Massachusetts farm dwellers; and her apartment is bursting with Day of the Dead icons, antiques, altars, feathers and statuary. "I like [the apartment] to be almost like an old study where you've got dusty books and weird things everywhere," she says.

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