Category Archives: OUTDOOR

A PATIO PERFECT FOR SUMMER ENTERTAINING

Bri Emery (aka Design Love Fest) recently had her patio redesigned by Sarah Sherman Samuel. Bri does a lot of traveling and Sarah wanted to make her patio feel a bit like a boutique hotel while giving her a staycation space she wants to hang out and entertain in year round. The pink cushions, upholstered with special outdoor fabric, give a sunny vibe to the outdoor space. If you would like to add some pastel touches to your outdoor (or indoor) space you can add a few kilim cushions in pastel shades for a sunny, boho chic vibe. The lovely umbrella featured in the last image was a DIY project, you can find instructions here.

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A RUSTIC MODERN HIDEAWAY IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE

This is the home where Brigitte and Thierry Benkemoun go to when they want to escape from their city lives in Paris. Brigitte’s father bought the rustic 17th-century farmhouse around 40 years ago. Brigitte and Thierry inherited half of the property 15 years ago. On weekends and holidays they traveled to their home in the Provence with their now adult children. Two years ago, when they inherited the other half of the house, they decided to renovate the house and make it their own. They installed a polished concrete aggregate floor downstairs, changed the design of the simple concrete stairs leading to the second floor, and added black steel-framed doors that open from the living room to the terrace. In the kitchen IKEA cabinets were fitted with iron fronts. The result is home with a rustic charm but with all comforts of modern living.

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BOHEMIAN OUTDOOR AREA IN MANHATTAN

Can you believe that this bohemian style balcony is located in the heart of New York city? I love that Kari has created her own boho outdoor retreat on the 12th floor of her Manhattan apartment. You can see more of her home on her instagram account. You can create a similar vibe by using lots of (tropical) plants and kilim cushions. Le Souk has a large collection cushion covers from Turkey and you now get 10% off on all orders with discount code THESTYLEFILES10OFF.

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A LUXURIOUS RETREAT ON SALINA ISLAND, ITALY

Boutique Hotel Principe di Salina is located on Salina Island, one of the Aeolian Islands close to Sicily, Italy. This luxurious refuge with 12 rooms has recently been renovated. The elegant rooms are decorated with locally-made furnishings and rustic touches. Each room has a private terrace overlooking the Aeolian Sea where quests can unwind at the end of the day and experience the stunning sunsets, with the island Stromboli and Panarea on the horizon. Are you ready to jump on a plane to Italy? Then visit the hotel’s website for more information.

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A MEDITERRANEAN PARADISE ON THE SPANISH COAST

I love the outdoor areas of this Mediterranean paradise in Javea, Spain. You can see more of the house, which is the summer home of a Dutch couple, here at Nuevo Estillo. The interior is styled a little bit too much for the photo shoot but I like the use of natural materials and the use of various textiles such as the kilim cushions.

Source: Nuevo Estillo

THE TRAVEL FILES: CASA IMPALA ON HOLBOX ISLAND, MEXICO

Casa Impala is an exclusively private retreat on beautiful Holbox island, Mexico. This unique island hideaway is ideally located in a luxuriant palm grove, just a few steps from the beach and a few minutes from the town center of the island. The two level property has a loft style living space and a roof top sun deck and bungalow on the third level. The beautiful decor is a mix of tropical and influences from Morocco and the Mediterranean. Casal Impala can be booked via AirBnb.

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A SUMMER HOME WITH VIEWS ON LAKE GARDA, ITALY

This stunning private holiday home in Italy has gorgeous views on Lake Garda. The house, designed by German architect Titus Bernhard, is built on a steep slope about 300 metres above the west shore of the lake. The old ‘rustico’ was rebuilt with traditional dry-stone walls in order to keep the original character and for the building to fit into the surrounding landscape. A spectacular infinity pool was added to the site. The result is a sophisticated home with a rustic atmosphere.

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