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Born in Europe and raised in Africa, art dealer @helene.nguyen_ban resists categories and descriptions. She gives new dimension to the phrase "doing it all"—from her peripatetic childhood in a Vietnamese-Alsatian family to studying in Paris to her current roles raising a family, running a Paris art gallery, and maintaining homes in London, Paris, and Megève (France). In her equally unconventional brick townhouse in Kensington, in central London, Nguyen-Ban had very little freedom with the structure of the building, being designated a Grade II National Heritage building and thus protected by the guardians of English architecture. In compliance, she settled on what she describes as "cosmetic work—I repainted, redid the floors, and not much else." But, at the same time, its well-kept condition was what attracted her to the property. "I tried to preserve the maximum of the original elements," she comments. "To these, I only added a few antiques and my contemporary art." In the master bedroom, a portrait of Nguyen-Ban by her friend Jean-Baptiste Huynh, a Franco-Vietnamese photographer, hangs over a Victorian mahogany bed. See more of the home through the link in our profile. Photo by @helencathcart; text by @gaygassmann

When Prince Harry married Meghan Markle this past weekend, he gained not just an American wife but also a very British title: Duke of Sussex. A lesser-known corner of southeastern England, the sprawling area comprises the dual counties of East and West Sussex and offers an array of delights spanning the undulating green-and-white chalk hills of the South Downs to the festive seaside pier of Brighton. From east to west, Sussex is dotted with ample castles, and boasts one of the world’s premier polo fields, picturesque villages, and more sunshine than anywhere else in the U.K. Learn how to take advantage of Britain’s newest dukedom via the link in our bio.

French decorator Jacques Grange (@beaujolais1944) celebrates his 74th birthday next month, but take note: He’s no lion in winter. “There is no wrinkle in my work. I’m like a good wine,” laughs the silver-tressed French interior decorator. “The more it ages,” he continues, “the better it is.” Case in point? This rambling, Depression-era stucco villa in Palm Beach that’s absolute olé!—barrel tiles, cinquefoil arched windows, wrought-iron balconies, coats of arms both carved and painted, and polychrome tiles that were sourced on trips to Seville and Barcelona. The near-century of decors that followed the house’s completion in 1930, though, tended to be stiffly thematic. This time around, Grange whipped up a light-handed, dégagé makeover that complements original architects John L. Volk and Gustav Maass’s mint-condition floor plan for La Loma. And in some cases he amplified and improved on it while respecting, without hesitation, its Hispano-Moorish architecture with the help of @laberge_and_menard. Original details, like painted beams, tiled stairs, and trefoil arches over stained-glass windows, give the house its Hispano-Moorish flair. See more of the home through the link in our profile. Photo by @minh_ngoc; text by @adaesthete; styled by @mieketenhave

“People tell me I move quickly, but I don’t notice,” Liz Swig says from her new Manhattan apartment, which she and her designer, @robertstilin, furnished in just 2 months. A few efficient shopping trips were all it took to round up the necessary pieces to complement her playful art collection. (“Speed decorating,” Stilin calls it.) For her, everything comes down to a simple mantra: “I see something, I focus on it, and I bring it to life.” Making things happen, often at lightning speed, is what Swig does best. Through her creative matchmaking company, @lizworks, she has persuaded @jeffkoons to do a porcelain collection, @vikmuniz to design sunglasses, and a dream team of female artists (including Rachel Feinstein, @lauriesimmons, and @mickalenethomas) to string together a charm bracelet for @ippolitajewelry. “I like to give traditional objects a contemporary voice,” she says. Same goes for her pockets of her home, including the bathroom which she had painted by artist @shantell_martin and covered in a shaggy green carpet. See more of the home and her latest collaborations through the link in our profile. Photo by @stephenkentjohnson; text by @_h_mart_

When It-model and actress @caradelevingne called upon her friend and designer @tombartlett99 of @waldoworks to help outfit her new London home, they had to adapt to a more unconventional working style. “Most of our clients, we sit them down,” Bartlett says. With Delevingne, design meetings generally took place via FaceTime from across different continents and time zones. “The DHL people were chasing her around everywhere. It was quite a modern approach,” he recalls with perfectly British understatement. The actress was starting from scratch as far as decor went, and wanted a space that echoed her punkishly cool sensibility, but also one that she could grow with. “Cara’s an individual—she’s always had that strength of character,” says Bartlett. “We wanted it to reflect the way she lives there. Like if you were a 25-year-old, it’s about having friends around, going to sleep jet-lagged and feeling in a cocoon” but also starting to explore a more domestic life. Does Delevingne cook? “I think she probably heats stuff up,” Bartlett deadpans. But that doesn’t mean they skimped on the kitchen. "We wanted to continue the Memphis vibe in the kitchen, so we did a pink terrazzo counter,” notes Bartlett. The custom fluted Iroko island is topped with Terraconti terrazzo and is complemented by bespoke shelving and cabinetry by @waldoworks with Benbow Group. See more of the home through the link in our profile. Photo by @skylerrsmith; text by @janekeltnerdev

The elements that comprise the perfect beach vary by traveler. Some yearn for the sugary sand and crystal waters of the Caribbean, while others seek the unique beauty of lush foliage and water-worn rock formations dotting parts of the Mediterranean coast. Each of the 30 most gorgeous beaches around the world possess unparalleled characteristics that make visiting them a bucket list experience. Navagio Beach on Zakynthos island in Greece, for example, is nicknamed “Shipwreck Beach” for the rusted ship named Panagiotis that crashed on its shore, which was thought to be smuggling cigarettes. The iconic image of a ship run ashore quickly drew tourists to the stunning coastline. See more of the best beaches in every country through the link in our bio. Text by @hannahchuber

“We saw five ugly houses, and this was the only nice one,” French decorator Jacques Grange explains of this 1930s Palm Beach villa he revived for a longtime client. “The garden is magic, too.” So magic, in fact, that foliage prints in rich greens creep indoors like errant vines: fig-leaf upholstery by @peterdunhamtextiles in the living room, cactus-motif curtains in the master suite, shingle-plant leaves on the breakfast-room cushions. In the living room, succulent plants, butterflies, fish, and a praying mantis are woven into a 1950s tapestry screen (divided in two for the occasion) by French artist Jean Lurçat. “I love Lurçat, but nobody knows him!” exclaims Grange, who also placed a Marina Karella hibiscus-flower cocktail table here in the same room. “She created a lot of flower furniture in the 1970s, and Pierre [Passebon, the adventuresome Paris gallerist who is Grange’s life partner and design accomplice] rediscovered her.” Get a closer link inside through the link in our profile. Photo by @minh_ngoc; text by @adaesthete; styled by @mieketenhave

“I entertain enormously,” says fashion designer @mishanonoo, who is one of the rumored matchmakers behind Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (Nonoo is attending today’s royal wedding.) When she was looking to refresh her Greenwich Village duplex (formerly owned by @nateberkus), Nonoo called on longtime friend and designer Andre Mellone (@studiomellone) to adapt the space to her lifestyle. Since the previous layout “created a stilted flow,” says Mellone, he relocated the dining room alongside the kitchen and turned the former dining area into the library. Now Nonoo can host intimate dinner parties or big cocktail-and-canapé affairs. Mellone also went hunting for “beautifully curated pieces of different styles,” among them this 1970s Belgian travertine table and 1920s Arno Zoetmulder side chair. “My aesthetic has evolved to become more pared back,” says Nonoo. “There’s no place in my life for tchotchkes.” See more of the home through the link in our profile. Photo by @nicole_franzen; text by @janekeltnerdev; styled by @michaelbargo

When French jewelry designer @mariehelenedetaillac moved into Jaipur’s Narain Niwas Palace hotel permanently, she enlisted the help of Dutch interior designer Marie-Anne Oudejans (@m.a.jaipur), a longtime friend who also lives in the hotel to make the suite feel more personal. Structural changes happened first: the addition of a bathroom, the modernization of the kitchen. Then came color. As Taillac notes, “Color is everywhere in Jaipur. Between blue and turquoise, there are 50 variations, and each has a name—some untranslatable because they don’t exist anywhere else.” Many of the furnishings are pieces she had brought from Paris in the 1990s. Everything else she commissioned in Jaipur. “You can have fabrics printed or furniture made by the miller,” she says. “I call him and, two days later, I have it in my home, and the price is affordable. In Paris, that would never happen.” The master bath’s marble screen, stair rail, and vanity were designed by Oudejans while the mirrors were made custom by @ecruonline. See the rest of the home through the link in our profile. Photo by @francoishalard; text by @danathomasparis; styling by @casamota

When French decorator Jacques Grange (@beaujolais1944) approached this rambling, Depression-era stucco villa project in Palm Beach, he whipped up a light-handed, dégagé makeover that complements the original 1930s mint-condition floor plan. And in some cases he amplified and improved on it while respecting, without hesitation, its Hispano-Moorish architecture. “The balance between the two spirits is happy and comfortable, not traditional,” says Grange. Centered on a grand banyan tree that spreads its baroque branches among red and orange bougainvilleas, cycads, camellias, and other subtropical species, the walled garden (created for the previous owner by by @marionievera and Keith Williams of Nievera Williams) seems to flow inside. “The garden is magic,” notes Grange. See the interiors of the home through the link in our profile. Photo by @minh_ngoc; text by @adaesthete; styled by @mieketenhave

This year, @_sightunseen_ founders Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov approached their fan-favorite fair #suoffsite a bit differently, pulling several exhibitions from the main fair and presenting them in satellite locations. This bold choice allowed the fair to sprawl out—from one confined space to the whole of New York City—and become more integrated with @NYCxDesign. That said, there was still plenty to see at the fair's hub at 201 Mulberry Street, which is now open to the public and runs through May 20. Besides a project that paired designers with celebrities in the entertainment, food, and fashion worlds, there were launches, collaborations, and activations aplenty. Sisters Lily and Hopie Stockman of @blockshoptextiles, for example, expanded their portfolio with a new line of rugs, launched at the show. Riffing on the traditional styles of dhurrie and Berber carpets, the Stockmans present theirs in bright, modern colors. See more of the highlights from this year’s Sight Unseen Offsite fair on #ADPro through the link in our profile. Photo by @laurejoliet; text by @hadleykeller

A typical day at the Perrin family compound in Comporta, Portugal is everything you could ask for in a summer getaway. “We wake up quite early—around 6:30 or 7:00 a.m., which isn’t very Portuguese,” explains Patrick Perrin. “And I walk my two English springer spaniels around the garden that I love. Almost every day I meet some friends in a little café in Carvalhal where we drink superfresh orange juice, and then we ride our bikes through the pine forest or on the beach when the tide is low. We’ll stop into the fish shop in Carrasqueira to buy a big sea bass or turbot to grill later. Back home it’s time for a shower, a dip in the swimming pool, lunch, siesta, and, around the end of the day, a long swim in the ocean on a beach that’s usually completely empty—even on the 15th of August holiday!” Perrin is an ardent gourmand—his annual truffle dinner is a winter treat for the dozens of friends he invites—and meals chez Perrin are truly convivial affairs featuring grilled fish as well as vegetables and fruits from their own gardens. Lunch is usually eaten out-doors on one of the terraces, even during the winter months. If there’s a chilly breeze coming off the Atlantic, just over the dunes, dinner might be served in the kitchen-dining pavilion. Though there’s a Portuguese cook on hand, well versed in all kinds of cuisine, guests are often asked to take on some aspect of meal preparation, so that by the time the food is on the table, everyone is ready to keep the conversation going—the perfect end to a day in paradise. See more of the idyllic family home through the link in our bio. Photo by @matthieusalvaing; text by @mariedabadie; design by @suduca_merillou; styling by @carolinairving

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