IN PROFILE: LISA KOCH

For a crash course in Old Hollywood glamour, designer Lisa Koch isn’t a bad bet. After nearly three years with the Faena Group in Miami—during which time it’s fair to say Koch earned a doctorate-level education on the power of a leopard sofa and a cabana stripe—Koch migrated to sunny Los Angeles and joined forces with the famed JK Hotels group. There, she undertook the makeover of the Sunset Tower Hotel, transforming the tired Gatsby-era icon into something fresh, yet unquestionably Deco. Next up was the much buzzed-about reinvention of the San Vicente Inn in West Hollywood. Working alongside design style-caster Rita Koning, Koch added her signature to the property’s public 850 Hotel and the not-so-public San Vicente Bungalows.

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HEADED TO TEFAF? HERE’S HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF MAASTRICHT

When you consider that Maastricht is among the oldest cities in the Netherlands, dating back to the time of the Romans, it’s of little wonder that it was picked as the headquarters for TEFAF, the annual fine arts show which touts more than 7,000 years of art history. Populated with historical buildings and bisected by a series underground tunnels dating to Napoleonic times, Maastricht is a city that wears its history on its sleeve. Which isn’t to say that it submits to its past, either. In contrast to its cobblestone bridges and spire-topped cathedrals, Maastricht is a city with a burgeoning culinary scene, innovative design, and forward-thinking redevelopment.

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KIN & COMPANY’S FORMULA FOR SUCCESS IS ALL IN THE FAMILY

If high school geometry gave you sweaty palms and trigonometry 101 left you near stationary with dread, Kin & Company’s circle and wave-driven furniture may incite vexatious flashbacks. Then again, the Brooklyn-based company’s designs might lead you to an unexpected reconciliation with your teenage nemesis. How so? Well, Kin and Company does what your high school teacher never could: they make geometrics feel mesmerizingly cool .

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SORELLE GALLERY ON THE SECRET TO UNIVERSALLY PLEASING (BUT NOT BORING) ART

From elevator music to all beige everything, it seems that far too often the things meant to universally please do just the opposite. Mastering universally pleasing art is particularly vexing. On one hand, we want scenes that exude well-being—sunsets, beaches, sunsets on the beach—but on the other hand, these subjects are so culturally ubiquitous that photographs of them are often posted to Instagram with the sole caption Sorry. Thankfully, there are those like Sandra Pelletier, owner of Sorelle Gallery, who have an eye for procuring art that feels soothing, but not soulless. “The secret is selecting art that moves us,” says Pelletier, who employs a team of all women at her New Canaan, Connecticut shop. Ahead, Pelletier shares how she got started in the business and her best tips for picking art that you (and, yes, everyone you know) will love.

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