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Inside Creative Mogul Cordelia de Castellane’s Eclectic Country Home

It’s a bit mix and match, but every piece has a story,” says Cordelia de Castellane of the eclectic assemblage of treasures inside her enchanting country house about an hour north of Paris. Although she hails from an aristocratic family that counts numerous statesmen and aesthetes in recent generations, the artistic director of Dior Maison and Baby Dior is anything but stuffy and old-fashioned. So it comes as no surprise to find that her personal retreat, festooned with climbing pink roses and chock-full of family heirlooms and flea-market finds, is a dreamy, effortlessly chic getaway.

<div class="caption"> A Braquenié print envelops the boudoir. Cordelia de Castellane often draws at a desk that belonged to her grandmother. </div> <cite class="credit">Matthieu Salvaing</cite>

A Braquenié print envelops the boudoir. Cordelia de Castellane often draws at a desk that belonged to her grandmother.

Matthieu Salvaing

<div class="caption"> De Castellane in an efflorescent alcove next to her boudoir. </div> <cite class="credit">Matthieu Salvaing</cite>

De Castellane in an efflorescent alcove next to her boudoir.

Matthieu Salvaing

De Castellane has been steeped in the fashion world since youth. She went to work at 16, cutting her teeth with fashion

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SpaceX’s first crewed mission is headed back to Earth. Here’s every step that must go perfectly for 2 NASA astronauts to come home safely.

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley practicing a full simulation of launch and docking of the Crew Dragon spacecraft on March 19.
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley practicing a full simulation of launch and docking of the Crew Dragon spacecraft on March 19.

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Two NASA astronauts are currently orbiting Earth in a SpaceX spaceship and about to embark on a fiery fall through the atmosphere, into the ocean.

Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley became the first people to fly SpaceX’s brand-new spaceship, the Crew Dragon, on May 30. It was the first crewed launch from American soil since July 2011 and the first-ever launch of a commercial spacecraft with humans inside. The ship docked to the International Space Station the next day, and Behnken and Hurley have since been conducting science experiments and spacewalks there.

But now comes the hard part: bringing them back to Earth.

Behnken and Hurley must hurtle back through the atmosphere — a voyage that will require the spacecraft to weather temperatures up to 3,500

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Explore an Art-Filled Connecticut Family Home That Balances Comfort and Sophistication

As the quintessential country retreat for some of the 20th century’s most affluent families—with surnames like Rockefeller, Gimbel, and Post—the tony Connecticut town of Greenwich is littered with sprawling estates that wear their traditional aesthetic like a badge of honor. But in their 22,000-square-foot home, one West Coast family of five decided to shake off the dust of the old and infuse the house’s iconic structure with a dose of contemporary vigor.

“The house had such a strong point of view when we entered the project,” says New York–based designer Sara Story of the classic shingle-style property, which was originally designed by renowned architecture firm Shope Reno Wharton in 1996. “It felt really heavy and dark, and it was chopped up in an unusual way. But the scale was really nice. We just needed to give it a little bit of a facelift.”

She began by knocking down walls and

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St. Frank Debuts a Furniture Collection, Major Design Auctions Take Place, and More News This Week

From significant business changes to noteworthy product launches, there’s always something new happening in the world of design. In this weekly roundup, AD PRO has everything you need to know. 

Product Launches

St. Frank and Others Make Notable Debuts

For several years, St. Frank has been carefully placing bespoke pieces of furniture throughout their retail spaces. Now, they’re expanding that effort with a full-on collaborative collection. “We’re thrilled to to be introducing our first offering of upholstered furniture in partnership with Forsyth,” St. Frank founder Christina Bryant says to AD PRO. “This collaboration allows us to bring our signature printed textiles to one-of-a-kind furniture pieces as well as bespoke ottomans and poufs.” Beyond such items, fans of midcentury modernism should look out for vintage efforts as well, such as a pair of indigo Eero Saarinen chairs. 

The interior designer behind Kelly Martin Interiors has launched a furniture collection by the

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