Serena Mitnik-MillerOn finding room for creativity.

Serena Mitnik-MillerOn finding room for creativity.

  • Words George Upton
  • Photography Justin Chung

In 2015, Serena Mitnik-Miller moved away from San Francisco in search of a slower pace of life. The artist had founded a design boutique, General Store, in the city in 2009, stocking the work of local craftspeople and artists. The concept coincided with a moment of greater consciousness about what we buy and bring into our homes: “It took off quicker than we imagined,” says Mitnik-Miller. As early as 2012, she and her co-founder, designer Mason St. Peter, had been able to open a second space in Los Angeles.

Despite General Store’s success, Mitnik-Miller found she longed for the more mindful lifestyle that was embodied by the handmade objects she sold. Here, she explains how her life has changed since swapping the city for a cabin in Topanga Canyon, and how she found more time a...

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