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updated 9/7/2011 7:49:46 PM ET 2011-09-07T23:49:46

Casa do Morro, Trancoso, Brazil

New York–based interior designers (and reality-TV stars) Cortney and Bob Novogratz gave their sprawling five-bedroom plantation-style house in the up-and-coming beach town of Trancoso an earthier, more tropical look than their usual urban-bohemian aesthetic. But it still has their signature mix of modern and vintage furniture (note the 14-foot-long reclaimed-wood table) paired with statement-making contemporary art. The couple’s favorite piece: a life-size rendering—in buttons—of Swedish tennis star Björn Borg, by British artist Ann Carrington.

Rent It: From $7,500 per week; 011-55-21-8111-4405.

“There is something amazing about visiting museums like the Picasso and Carnavalet, and staying in a building with a similar sense of history,” says Jorge Almada of the 18th-century Paris apartment he owns with his wife, Anne-Marie Midy. Like their artisan-made-furniture company, Casamidy, the two-bedroom pied-à-terre—designed by Louis XVI’s architect, Claude-Nicolas Ledoux—honors the past with a decidedly modern approach. The Third Arrondissement space is filled with both French antiques and playful contemporary pieces, such as Casamidy’s own wrought-iron Symi lanterns.

Rent It: From $1,850 per week.

Insider Tip: “Our go-to spot for dinner is nearby Café Charlot(dinner for two $45). The Chateaubriand with pepper sauce is divine.” —Anne-Marie Midy

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