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At @poppydelevingne and @caradelevingne ’s intoxicating Los Angeles retreat, the sisters’ divergent personal tastes come into high relief in the design of their individual bedroom suites. Cara’s bedroom, above, is a moody affair, reminiscent of a proper gentleman’s club, albeit one with serious sex appeal. “The room feels like the Playboy Mansion with a touch of Art Deco and a David Hicks pattern thrown in for good measure,” Cara says of the heady vibe. Above, an artwork by Jonathan Yeo hangs over a custom sofa. See more of the home from our September issue cover story through the link in our profile. Photo by @trevortondro text by @mayer rus; architecture by @nicologbini styled by @lawrenhowell

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Beauty-industry billionaire @anastasiasoare of @anastasiabeverlyhills has a strong passion for design and is her own interior decorator. Going from room to room in her hilltop estate, a visitor is introduced to splendid pieces from midcentury designers, including Gio Ponti, as well as the likes of Paul Evans and Hans Wegner. She is particularly fond of Evans, saying, “He was such an artist—an American artist. His pieces are so unique and he has two periods: brutalist and cityscape. I like the brutalist.” These pieces are first introduced to Soare’s home and then, after some time, reupholstered to fit the space. In the master bedroom, above, a Federico Munari–designed sofa has been refreshed in moss green, and two Italian chairs have been reborn in crushed velvet. “I thought that I needed some color in the bedroom and the green worked with the green outside,” she says. “I think the two chairs are so cool looking; they look like bugs." The Pucci de Rossi–designed side table is the same color as the crushed velvet. "I thought that worked so perfectly.” See more of the home through the link in our profile. Photo by @samfroststudio text by @elizabethquinnbrown

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When @phoebecalliope and Nicolas de Croisset’s North Fork, Long Island home was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy, the couple opted to build anew, tapping #AD100 architect @toshiko mori to devise a modernist house that would both survive coastal flooding and blend in with the local vernacular. “We are both fans of modern architecture, but we wanted to create something that worked in this context,” says Nicolas. Building on the original cottage’s footprint, Mori devised a two-bedroom, 1,200-square-foot house, with a shingled exterior that nods to traditional East Coast summer homes and an asymmetrical hip roof. “The house looks different from each side, with different proportions, so it’s not static,” says Mori, who elevated the structure eight feet off the ground (well above the flood level ) to create a shaded outdoor room. Inside the home, window walls wrap the beach-facing façade, making you feel, Phoebe notes, “like you’re on a boat.” A square skylight, meanwhile, bathes the mezzanine loft in sun while recalling the work of James Turrell. Take a look inside the home via the link in our profile. Photo by @chrismottalini text by @samuelcochran styled by @colinking

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Sylvie Johnson’s Paris atelier brims with books—more than 700, by her estimate. There’s a 19th-century technical guide to weaving, and reference books that range in subject matter from Japanese textiles to Donald Judd. She credits such volumes—and the mentorship of a haute couture weaver—with teaching her a new craft when she left the art world some 15 years ago. Studying complex techniques, then experimenting on a small hand loom, she eventually created samples that could be produced at large scale by a team of weavers. #AD100 maestros like Lee Mindel, Annabelle Selldorf, and Jacques Grange took notice, becoming loyal clients. And just last year, the rug company @meridastudio tapped her as its creative director. “Without the technique, you don’t have freedom,” says Johnson, who has impressed the artisans at Merida’s Massachusetts mill with her know-how. Four collections in, she has pushed those experts beyond their comfort zone with her approach. Learn more about the design sensation through the link in our bio. Photo by @ambroisetezenas text by @_h_mart_

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“I am a romantic futuristic, not a nostalgic,” says #AD100 interior designer @jacquesgarciaofficiel for him, the past is not just inspiring but forever alive. This is evident in his 17th-century Sicilian monastery, Villa Elena, where exaggeration and elaboration are the rule rather than the exception. Above, the walls of a temple that stands at one end of the property’s glamorous swimming pool have been lushly painted in emulation of the garden room of Rome’s Villa of Livia, and through the doorway, a Jacob-Desmalter daybed wears a velour corduroy. Take a tour of the monastery via the link in our bio. Photo by @obertogili text by @adaesthete

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“We wanted the house to be elevated and elegant, but it had to be a real living space that was not too precious,” explains fashion designer @ullajohnson of the Brooklyn row house she shares with husband Zach Miner and their three children. To help her achieve this delicate balance, Johnson tapped #AD100 architect @elizabeth_roberts_architecture and Peter Marino–trained interior designer @alexisbrowninteriordesign_ In the master bathroom, above, a travertine floor envelops a lounging tub while Ann Sacks tile lines the shower wall. To see more of the space, visit the link in our profile. Photo by @flotowarner text by @janekeltnerdev styled by @martinrbourne

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@anastasiasoare , of @anastasiabeverlyhills , discovered that she is drawn to furniture that subscribes to the “golden ratio”—which is the same rule that she uses when shaping brows. “I didn’t understand why I was so attracted to [Italian midcentury modern designer] Gio Ponti until I found a book about him and learned that his work is based on the golden ratio,” she says. “I use the golden ratio to create the perfect shape on my clients’ faces. And he uses the golden ratio on his furniture.” Soare first purchased the land for her oasis-like home in Beverly Hills, which borders her main estate, to guard her south-facing views. She then constructed this two-bedroom house for entertaining, importing 160 slabs of Italian marble to decorate the surfaces. The light-filled living room (above ) is brimming with midcentury pieces, including a Hans Wegner–designed “Papa Bear” chair and a Vladimir Kagan–designed couch. Visit the link in our profile to take a tour of the home. Photo by @samfroststudio text by @elizabethquinnbrown

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From the AD Archive on @archdigestpro , April 2006 issue: Harmony and proportion pervade a Dallas estate and its gardens, showing that classicism is at home even on the range. Finished on the cusp of the Depression in 1929 and designed by the noted Revivalist architect John Scudder Adkins, the house was occupied by the same generation of the same family of American diplomats and industrialists who originally built it before Nancy Cain Marcus came upon it. After she purchased the estate, the University of Dallas professor tapped New York-based @petermarinoarchitect to brighten the home while maintaining its original bones. “The house belonged to a very good housing stock from the ‘20s and wasn’t in any way a bad copy of a chateau,” says Marino. “The proportions and layout were more American.” Take a tour of the home from the 2006 issue of AD on the new digital archive, exclusively available for AD PRO members. To join the AD PRO insider community, visit the link in our profile. Photo by Matthew Millman; text by Joseph Giovannini #ADArchive

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Even though having a West Coast crash pad wasn’t always the plan, Oscar-nominated director, writer, producer and New Yorker @leedaniels has started to see the benefits of his L.A. home, especially when it comes to entertaining. He’s an avid cook (though he admits that he’s still figuring out his fancy French convection oven ), and he finally has the space to throw a real bash. “The wood paneling is sorta everything,” Daniels says of the kitchen’s serene feel. “It sets the tone for calm and peace as I begin the cooking.” To keep the room simple, the only things he added to the room—other than his collection of @lecreuset cookware—were wooden barstools. Photo by @samfroststudio text by @julievadnal interior design by @roxysowlaty

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When #AD100 interior designer @jacquesgarciaofficiel stumbled across a 17th-century former monastery in Sicily that had gone to rack and ruin in the rolling, rocky countryside, he jumped at the opportunity to restore it. Like Sicily itself, imprinted over 1,000 years by the taste and vocabulary of foreign invaders, from Ostrogoths to Arabs to Normans, the onetime domain of Jesuit monks turned out to be a cultural layer cake. As Garcia observes, “This 17th-century monastery is built on a 12th-century Norman villa, which replaced a 10th-century Moorish palace, which replaced a fifth-century Roman house, which replaced a Greek villa of the third century before Jesus Christ.” Above, pepper trees and a pair of 17th-century vessels that once used to hold olive oil frame an exterior door. Take a look inside the restored and reborn property through the link in our profile. Photo by @obertogili text by @adaesthete

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Interior designer @alyssakapitointeriors , whose alabaster-tinged Instagram feed is as polished as it is popular, has been celebrated as a tastemaker for millennials. Yet one of her most enjoyable recent projects—a penthouse on Manhattan’s Upper West Side—happened to be for a couple of baby boomers. “They were empty nesters who wanted to start again, which was kind of romantic,” says Kapito. “It was great to see them so excited and really involved in picking every piece.” Perhaps more importantly, Kapito and the homeowners were “completely in tune” stylistically, agreeing on a soothing neutral palette and minimalist lines that nodded to classicism. In the living room, classic rolled-arm seats from @romanthomasny paired with a large-scale monochrome by contemporary artist @powerboothe Atop the midcentury bronze-legged side tables are two “croisillon” brass lamps designed in the 1940s by Jean Michel Frank, bought at @phillipsauction See more of the home via the link in our profile. Photo by @stephenkentjohnson text by @whatpaolasees

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To bring their L.A. dream home to life, sisters @caradelevingne and @poppydelevingne tapped architect @nicologbini of Line Architecture. “I wanted to create a true L.A. moment for them, with nods to California midcentury modern, Laurel Canyon bohemia, Beverly Hills swank, surfing culture, and a little Mexico,” Bini continues. “Then we tied all that in with Cara and Poppy’s Englishness to give the house another layer of Delevingne charm.” The exotic olio Bini describes finds eloquent expression in a proliferation of banana-leaf and palm-frond fabrics and wall coverings; striped outdoor umbrellas with a Slim Aarons flavor; and in this powder room above, a Mexican Talavera toilet and sink. To see the rest of the home, visit the link in our profile. Photo by @trevortondro text by @mayer rus; styled by @lawrenhowell

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Much like the easy, effortless, sophisticated take on bohemian style that she’s built her mega successful brand on, @ullajohnson wasn’t driven by aesthetics alone when it came to decorating her Brooklyn home. “When I design clothes, all I think about is, Well, it’s beauti­ful, but how does it make you feel? That, for me, was an organizing principle in this house as well,” she says. The same love of textiles and craftsmanship that suffuses Johnson’s clothing collections also surfaces in hand-loomed, metallic-threaded window treatments and a living room sofa that’s dressed in a nubby abstract ikat woven in California (above ). Designer @alexisbrowninteriordesign_ who helped on the home says, “I always tell Ulla and [her husband] Zach, ‘You’re a young, modern couple. Making this place too old-world isn’t who you are or what you’re about.’” Many of the walls are finished in a blush-hued pearlescent plaster, and the hearths feature colorful marble inlays inspired by Italian mosaics. Take a tour of the home via the link in our profile. Photo by @flotowarner text by @janekeltnerdev architecture by @elizabeth_roberts_architecture styled by @martinrbourne

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Part workspace and part Wunderkammer, the Manhattan office of #AD100 designer William Sofield ( @studio_sofield ) is chockablock with art, furniture, and curiosities, all tracing Sofield’s peregri-nations through the worlds of architecture and design over the past quarter century. It’s no wonder that tastemakers on the order of Tom Ford and Richard Buckley, artists Brice and Helen Marden, Ralph and Ricky Lauren, and Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy have called on Sofield to help forge their particular visions of domestic bliss. Fittingly, Studio Sofield is located in an idiosyncratic New York City design landmark, the Schermerhorn Building, a Romanesque Revival structure built in 1889 by architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, whose résumé includes the Dakota Apartments and the Plaza Hotel. “When we moved in, I stripped the cast-iron columns myself with a blowtorch and a bucket of toxic Strip-Eez,” the designer recalls with a laugh. “I think my brain-cell count diminished by half.” Visit the link in our profile to take a tour of the space. Photo by @gievesanderson text by @mayer rus

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Inside @jacquesgarciaofficiel ’s 17th-century Sicilian monastery, exaggeration and elaboration are the rule rather than the exception. (“I am a romantic futuristic, not a nostalgic,” the #AD100 interior designer says; for him, the past is not just inspiring but forever alive. ) Rooms are frosted with faux marbling and lavished with chairs, tables, and porcelains made for 19th-century royals, among them Napoleon’s brother-in-law Joachim Murat, briefly king of the Two Sicilies, that are used without trepidation by Garcia and his guests. Scalloped silk canopies pour down like waterfalls from high bedroom ceilings. Garcia’s Sicily interiors also bear witness to the architect’s explorations across the island: gilded boiseries from a palazzo in Catania, about an hour’s drive north of Noto, line the dining room. In a sitting room, a Braquenié painted and embroidered silk custom-made by @lamaisonpierrefrey enlivens the space. To see more of the home, visit the link in our profile. Photo by @obertogili text by @adaesthete

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When @phoebecalliope and Nicolas de Croisset fell for a tiny hamlet on the North Fork of Long Island, some 15 years ago, they bought a 1920s fisherman’s cottage there, which they fixed up simply—just in time, as fate would have it, for Hurricane Sandy to all but destroy it. Rather than attempt to rehabilitate it, the couple opted to build anew, tapping AD100 architect @toshiko mori, a friend of Nicolas’s family, to devise a modernist house that would both survive coastal flooding and blend in with the local vernacular. “The community feels very attached to the property because it’s so close to the main beach,” notes Phoebe, director of special projects at @maisonetteworld Building on the original cottage’s footprint, Mori devised a two-bedroom, 1,200-square-foot house, with a shingled exterior that nods to traditional East Coast summer homes and an asymmetrical hip roof. “The house looks different from each side, with different proportions, so it’s not static,” says Mori, who elevated the structure eight feet off the ground (well above the flood level ) to create a shaded outdoor room. Take a look inside the home via the link in our profile. Photo by @chrismottalini text by @samuelcochran styled by @colinking

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To freshen up her parents’ 1913 Manhattan townhouse previously transformed by legendary Italian decorator Renzo Mongiardino in the ‘90s, Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece called on another legendary decorator: @francois_catroux “He has a specific style, which I’ve always liked—not too fussy, rich, or overwhelming,” says Marie-Chantal of the French designer to nobles and billionaires. “We wanted to start with a clean slate and see the rooms for what they were, then decide what kind of furniture could sit nicely in them,” Marie-Chantal explains. She and Catroux began by taking stock of her London home to determine what to bring to New York: all the art, for starters, including works by Jean-Michel Basquiat (above, in the living room ), Damien Hirst, and Rob Pruitt. Her personal acquisitions began at the age of 16, when Andy Warhol asked his then intern if she’d like to sit for a portrait. When a bill arrived shortly thereafter, her parents “nearly disowned me,” she recalls. The Warhols can be found in the master bedroom, where a Juergen Teller photograph of Marie-Chantal as a young swan occupies another wall. Take a tour of the home via the link in our profile. Photo by @minh_ngoc text by @janekeltnerdev styled by @mieketenhave

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When Manhattanites are looking for a weekend home, they typi­cally go one of two directions: Jump into the high-octane social swirl of the Hamptons or head for the hills upstate. Born and bred in the former camp, @evanyurman wanted a little quiet escapism when the time came to plant roots of his own. “There are a lot of people that you know here,” the chief creative officer of @davidyurman says of the historically artistic Catskill Mountains where he and his wife, Ku-Ling, retreat with their three children. “But you never see them.” When the couple found their dream home—an old bluestone quarry (Evan quips that it wasn’t a very productive one ) perched on the side of a mountain with nearly 200 acres unfolding beneath it—they enlisted @moschellarobertsarchitects , with whom they also collaborated on their West Village residence, they redesigned and expanded the existing structure to fit their aesthetic and familial needs, while adding a swimming pool and converting a barn into a poolhouse. See inside the home via the link in our profile. Photo by @chrismottalini text by @janekeltnerdev styled by @colinking

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To update her family’s 19th-century Brooklyn row house, fashion designer @ullajohnson tapped #AD100 architect @elizabeth_roberts_architecture and Peter Marino–trained interior designer @alexisbrowninteriordesign_ “I like to surround myself with female teams,” she notes. The dining area is open to the kitchen, with its rosy Calacatta Vagli marble island and bleached sycamore cabinetry, and the deck and garden lie just beyond. Johnson notes that her husband Zach Miner is an excellent cook, and the couple often squeeze in parties of up to 20 at their custom surfboard-style dining table, which they purchased from architect Arthur Casas on a trip to Brazil. Living finishes, such as unlacquered brass hardware and soap-coated wood floors, add to the layered effect throughout the home. “The touch of these is like velvet,” Johnson says of the Douglas-fir planks laid out in a chevron pattern across the parlor floor. “You don’t get that when wood is polished. You have to embrace that it will ding up, but we like the idea of things having imperfections.” To see more of the home, visit the link in our profile. Photo by @flotowarner text by @janekeltnerdev styled by @martinrbourne

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@evanyurman , chief creative officer of @davidyurman , and his wife Ku-Ling spent years house-hunting in upstate New York before they happened upon the perfect spot: an old bluestone quarry perched on the side of a mountain with nearly 200 acres unfolding beneath it. The base structure had originally been built as a commercial studio for fine-art photographer Hans Gissinger and was converted into a bachelor pad before the Yurmans came into the picture. “It just wasn’t homey,” Evan says, adding with a laugh, “We had to exorcise the place.” Enlisting @moschellarobertsarchitects they redesigned and expanded the existing structure to fit their aesthetic and familial needs. The interior of the home is now wrapped in linear slabs of wood and concrete that simultaneously project coolness and warmth. “I have an allergy to drywall,” remarks Evan of the design choice. He and Ku-Ling collaborated on the decorating, which features a revolving roster of midcentury pieces, from Ib Kofod-Larsen and Hans Wegner chairs to Noguchi lamps, all in honest, authentic materials. In a sitting area, above, a Hans Wegner sofa sits atop a vintage rug. Take a tour of the home via the link in our profile. Photo by @chrismottalini text by @janekeltnerdev styled by @colinking

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Most people lack the patience to search more than four years for the perfect home for their growing family. They’d eventually settle. But most people are not Marlies Verhoeven ( @marlies thecultivist ), who cofounded the global arts club @thecultivist The Belgian-born CEO and her husband, Jacco Reijtenbagh, wanted a West Village townhouse with a traditional exterior and modern interior that would gel with their contemporary art collection. The 1899 edifice they finally snagged is gallery-like in the sense that the entire home was designed for a range of artwork to be shown and lived with at its best, not for a particular piece to shine. The couple tapped interior designer Kati Curtis ( @designerkati )to help distill Verhoeven’s thousands-of-pins-deep Pinterest board—“I had a very particular idea of what I wanted," the homeowner says—into a viable plan. In the formal living room, above, @jonasbrwood ’s Square Red Dot hangs above the fireplace and a canvas by Belgian artist Harold Ancart is seen in the distance. Verhoeven had hunted down the pair of Carlo Hauner chairs on @1stdibs, and Curtis contributed an oft-used, functional, and fun green pouf from @morosofficial to the space. Take a tour of the home via the link in our profile. Photo by @gievesanderson text by @katromeyn

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Marrakech is a city of doors, most of them firmly closed to outsiders. Especially in the historic medina, homes are strictly to be enjoyed by family and friends, so most travelers to the fabled Red City barely skim the surface. But on our AD Access trip, even seasoned travelers will see Marrakech in a new light through private visits to the homes of local movers and shakers, past and present. A previous trip included a private luncheon on the terrace of Villa Oasis, the former home of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, and a special visit to their first home in Marrakech, Dar el Hanch. We also explored the house that Vogue famously photographed in the 1960s when Talitha and Paul Getty were its residents, and walked through a luxurious private garden designed by #AD100 landscape architect Madison Cox. Learn more about the upcoming six-day trip in October led by AD contributing editor @gaygassmann and the founder of @indagaretravel , Melissa Biggs Bradley ( @indagareceo ) and make your reservation today through the link in our profile. Photo of late Chilean artist Claudio Bravo’s elegant riad by Simon Upton; text by @adaesthete #adxindagare

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Yeshwant Holkar, the 14th maharaja of Indore, was heavily influenced by a brief visit to the Paris home of pioneering Art Deco patron Jacques Doucet’s in 1929. He savored the extravagant Eileen Grey and Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann furnishings, the exquisite Pierre Legrain book bindings, and even “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon,” Pablo Picasso’s radical Cubist masterpiece. “The West has always been inspired by the East,” says Olivier Gabet, director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, where “Modern Maharajah: An Indian Prince of the 1930s,” runs from September 26 to January 12, 2020. “But this young guy was one of the very few to do the inverse.” To remodel his own bungalow known as Manik Bagh, or Jeweled Garden, the maharaja and his wife, Sanyogita, hired a friend, German architect Eckart Muthesius, who, at 25, was barely older than his clients. Though the monarch had a well-trained eye, “Manik Bagh was the project of a couple,” Gabet insists. “For him, it was a big leap, trading a traditional Indian lifestyle for European sophistication. It was an even bigger leap for an Indian lady at the time.” The maharaja’s palace bedroom, above, was pure Art Deco upon its 1932 completion and features a Louis Sognot bed and Ivan da Silva Bruhns carpet. Visit the link in our profile to learn more about the unlikely Art Deco oasis. Photo by Robert Descharnes; text by @adaesthete

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In most homes it’s not uncommon to find people gathered in the kitchen most of the time, regardless how impeccably designed as other rooms may be. And in the case of the new office of @margotrobbie ’s @luckychapentertainment , it holds true, too. “People just end up gravitating toward the kitchen benches anyway, or we do at least,” says Robbie, who founded the media production company in 2014 alongside her husband, Tom Ackerley, and longtime friends Josey McNamara and Sophia Kerr, a foursome who were roommates in London. Follow Robbie and Kerr on an Open Door tour of the office through the link in our profile. Interior design by @cyd_morris of @The_Foxalow Interiors; overall design by Sophia Lin @designsilverlake text by @katromeyn

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Much like the sisters themselves, @poppydelevingne and @caradelevingne ’s intoxicating California home offers an object lesson in idiosyncratic personal style leavened with sauciness and humor. “L.A. can be a lonely place. You really have to make an effort to reach out to people. Since one of us was always coming here for one reason or another, being with family just made sense,” Cara says of the unconventional sororal living situation. “This was the chance to build our dream sister house. Miraculously, we’re still talking,” Poppy adds. The setting for the sisters’ family frolic is a gracious but unpretentious 1950s dwelling, centrally located yet discreetly tucked away on a quiet street. “I wanted to create a true L.A. moment for them, with nods to California midcentury modern, Laurel Canyon bohemia, Beverly Hills swank, surfing culture, and a little Mexico,” says architect @nicologbini of L.A.–based Line Architecture who worked closely with the sisters to bring their fantasy to life. To see the rest of the home, visit the link in our profile. Photo by @trevortondro text by @mayer rus; styled by @lawrenhowell

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@bethanlaurawood describes her London studio in two words: “Stuff. Everywhere.” She’s not wrong. Shelves brim with prototypes, found objects, and realized designs, from woven-scoubidou bottles and faux-marble bins that she picked up at the pound shop (dollar store ) to her recent tea set for Rosenthal and table lamps for @nilufargallery “I’m a very visual and tactile person,” Wood explains. “Something from the flea market might inspire my next project.” Since she launched her firm in 2010, Wood’s avant-garde approach to materiality, color, and pattern—a philosophy that extends to her always-theatrical outfits—has garnered a cult following, particularly among the fashion crowd. @hermes requested displays for its U.K. store windows, which she filled with extra-large fruit in 2014. The next year, when @toryburch commissioned a riff on Dodie Thayer’s iconic lettuceware, Wood came back with sculptures made to look like oversize canapés. And just last year, after the accessories brand @valextra tapped her for a line of handbags, Wood delivered squiggly handles and clasps that look squeezed from a toothpaste tube. Take a look inside her creative space via the link in our profile. Photo by @jooneywoodward text by @_h_mart_

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Though the word monastery conjures up deprivation and restraint, inside @jacquesgarciaofficiel ’s Villa Elena—a onetime domain of Jesuit monks dating from the 1600s—the front doors open to a Vatican-style voluptuousness that is wholly appropriate to Sicily, where exaggeration and elaboration are the rule rather than the exception. (“I am a romantic futuristic, not a nostalgic,” the #AD100 interior designer says; for him, the past is not just inspiring but forever alive. ) Rooms are frosted with faux marbling and lavished with chairs, tables, and porcelains made for 19th-century royals, among them Napoleon’s brother-in-law Joachim Murat, briefly king of the Two Sicilies, that are used without trepidation by Garcia and his guests. Scalloped silk canopies pour down like waterfalls from high bedroom ceilings. In a bathroom, above, a neoclassical marble tub anchors the room. To see more of the house, visit the link in our profile. Photo by @obertogili text by @adaesthete

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“We wanted the house to be elevated and elegant, but it had to be a real living space that was not too precious,” says fashion designer @ullajohnson of restoring and decorating her family’s 19th-century Brooklyn row house alongside #AD100 architect @elizabeth_roberts_architecture and interior designer @alexisbrowninteriordesign_ The parlor floor holds the living room, open dining area, and kitchen and exudes warmth and tactility. The same love of textiles and craftsmanship that suffuses Johnson’s clothing collections surfaces in hand-loomed, metallic-threaded window treatments and a living room sofa that’s dressed in a nubby abstract ikat woven in California. Brown says, “I always tell Ulla and [her husband] Zach, ‘You’re a young, modern couple. Making this place too old-world isn’t who you are or what you’re about.’ ” Many of the walls are finished in a blush-hued pearlescent plaster, and the hearths feature colorful marble inlays inspired by Italian mosaics. Above, the artwork from left includes a hanging sculpture by @katieryankatieryan , painting by BenoÎt Maire, sculpture by Ugo Rondinone, and woven wall hanging by @ateliersheilahicks Take a tour of the home via the link in our profile. Photo by @flotowarner text by @janekeltnerdev styled by @martinrbourne

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When #AD100 interior designer @jacquesgarciaofficiel stumbled across a 17th-century former monastery in Sicily that had gone to rack and ruin in the rolling, rocky countryside, he jumped at the opportunity to restore it. Like Sicily itself, imprinted over 1,000 years by the taste and vocabulary of foreign invaders, from Ostrogoths to Arabs to Normans, the onetime domain of Jesuit monks turned out to be a cultural layer cake. As Garcia observes, “This 17th-century monastery is built on a 12th-century Norman villa, which replaced a 10th-century Moorish palace, which replaced a fifth-century Roman house, which replaced a Greek villa of the third century before Jesus Christ.” At one end of the glamorous swimming pool (above ) stands a temple—it incorporates elements of a Greek temple that Garcia already possessed—where the interior walls have been lushly painted in emulation of the garden room of Rome’s Villa of Livia. Take a look inside the restored and reborn property through the link in our profile. Photo by @obertogili text by @adaesthete

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When Crown Princess Marie-Chantal ( @mariechantal22 ) of Greece moved back into her parents' Manhattan townhouse, she called on French designer @francois_catroux to breathe new life into the space. Previously transformed by legendary Italian decorator Renzo Mongiardino in the ‘90s, the 1913 home featured rich bordeaux and emerald velvets on the walls, and heavy wood furniture which cast an imposing air. “We called it the dark ages because there was no light,” says Marie-Chantal. Today, in the formal dining room, the only remaining vestige from the Mongiardino days is an outré English chandelier (its mate hangs in the library ). A large round lacquered table holds court in the center and the artwork is by Walton Ford. Take a tour of the home via the link in our profile. Photo by @minh_ngoc text by @janekeltnerdev styled by @mieketenhave

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Every so often, a building is completed that almost universally turns heads, and in the process, veers the collective practice of architecture in a new direction. Take the Louvre Abu Dhabi designed by Jean Nouvel which features a stainless steel and aluminum dome that's been cut and layered to dazzling affect. When the intense Middle Eastern sun beats down on the dome, light beams come through in the form of star-shaped patterns. It took eight years of construction for the stars to align in this building, which is the largest art museum in the Arabian Peninsula. Click the link in our bio to discover the other 12 buildings around the world that redefined architecture in the past 5 years. Photo by Luc Castel/Getty Images; text by @iamnickmafi

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When Crown Princess Marie-Chantal ( @mariechantal22 ) and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, who married in 1995, decided to relocate their family from London to New York, they settled into the majestic 1913 townhouse that Marie-Chantal’s parents had transformed with the legendary Italian decorator Renzo Mongiardino in the ‘90s. “The house was empty, so we moved in,” she says. Still, the place was brooding and theatrical and didn’t suit her young family. To “freshen it up,” she called on another legendary decorator, one she’d known from childhood: @francois_catroux The French designer to nobles and billionaires had worked with her parents over the years and had collaborated with Marie-Chantal and Pavlos on their London place. The house’s stonework, moldings, and paneling were all preserved, but out went the gilded leather wall coverings, heavy curtains, and red velvet sofas trimmed in passementerie, all dismantled meticulously and placed in storage for some future day. PIctured above, in the entrance hall, lighting by @hervevanderstraetengalerie hangs from the groin-vaulted ceiling, and artwork by @donaldbaechler decorates the walls. To see more of the home, visit the link in our profile. Photo by @minh_ngoc text by @janekeltnerdev styled by @mieketenhave

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At @poppydelevingne and @caradelevingne ’s intoxicating Los Angeles retreat, the sisters’ divergent personal tastes come into high relief in the design of their individual bedroom suites. Cara’s bedroom, above, is a moody affair, reminiscent of a proper gentleman’s club, albeit one with serious sex appeal. Among its eccentricities is a sprawling bed, 11 feet wide, set on a mirrored platform—perfect for communal sleepovers and pajama parties. “The room feels like the Playboy Mansion with a touch of Art Deco and a David Hicks pattern thrown in for good measure,” Cara says of the heady vibe. “I wanted to reclaim the concept of the bachelor pad and make it my own.” See more of the home from our September issue cover story through the link in our profile. Photo by @trevortondro text by @mayer rus; architecture by @nicologbini styled by @lawrenhowell

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Fashion designer @ullajohnson had worked with #AD100 architect @elizabeth_roberts_architecture and Peter Marino–trained interior designer @alexisbrowninteriordesign_ on her Bleecker Street store and continued the collaboration in her Brooklyn home. “I like to surround myself with female teams,” she notes. In terms of the architecture, she and husband Zach Miner didn’t approach it as a preservation project. “We wanted to honor the bones of the building but allow it to adapt to how we live today,” says Miner. That meant painstakingly restoring the ornate lacy plasterwork crowning the living room but juxtaposing it with what Roberts calls “more casual detailing.” Along the back of the parlor floor, they added a solarium wall that kicks out two feet, “creating the illusion of more light and space,” the architect says. The dining area is open to the kitchen, with its rosy marble island, and the deck and garden lie just beyond. Johnson notes that Miner is an excellent cook, and the couple often squeeze in parties of up to 20 at their custom surfboard-style dining table, which they purchased from architect @studio arthurcasas on a trip to Brazil. Discover more of the home via the link in our profile. Photo by @flotowarner text by @janekeltnerdev styled by @martinrbourne

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To hear @ullajohnson and Zach Miner tell it, the process of pinning down the perfect 19th-century Brooklyn row house is a little like dating in the age of swipe left or right. “There are so few properties, and it’s so competitive,” says Johnson, “that you have to woo people.” So when the couple finally happened upon a home that made their heart sing, they didn’t just put in a bid. “We met the homeowners and hung out with their kids. We had so many shared interests—culturally, politically. We’re still in touch with them today!” the fashion designer reveals with a satisfied smile. Dating to the 1850s, the four-story house had plenty of space to comfortably fit a family of five, but not so much that it swallowed them up. “We wanted something warm and welcoming—of a human scale,” Johnson says. It also possessed a gracious, west-facing garden that is bathed in light all day long. For flower-obsessed Johnson, this sealed the deal. See inside the home from our September issue via the link in our profile. Photo by @flotowarner text by @janekeltnerdev architecture by @elizabeth_roberts_architecture interior design by @alexisbrowninteriordesign_ landscaping by @miranda brooks.gardens; styled by @martinrbourne

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When It Brits @poppydelevingne and @caradelevingne decided to set-up house together in Los Angeles, they managed to craft a sophisticated party palace that reflects both sisters’ taste. “This was the chance to build our dream sister house,” says Poppy. “Miraculously, we’re still talking.” Watch their unscripted and uncensored tour through the playful retreat via the link in our profile. Design by @nicologbini

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