15 GORGEOUS HOTELS INTERIOR DESIGNERS ARE BOOKING THIS SUMMER

With summer is warming its engines, jet-setting is most definitely on the brain. While there are those among us who have been planning this year’s getaway since last year’s plane flight home, the majority of us will be racking our brains (and Instagrams) for inspirational destinations worthy of a week-long stay.

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INSIDE THE MAGICAL ARTIST RETREAT OF MÉRIDA, MEXICO WITH DESIGNER LAURA KIRAR

In Mérida, Mexico it seems everyone has a story about how they first arrived in the ancient, sun-soaked Yucatan capital, famous for its crumbly Mayan ruins and airy colonial haciendas. For designer Laura Kirar it was a friend’s birthday party that first made the introduction. “After that experience I became enchanted with the culture, the history, and the old architecture,” she says, “including its exciting potential for restoration and redesign.”

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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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