GET 50% DISCOUNT ON UNIQUE HOME DECOR ITEMS

Le Souk will be having a unique 2 day sale during which you get 50% discount on beautiful & unique items such as vintage kilim rugs and handmade cushions. Customers and subscribers to the Le Souk newsletter will receive a code which will give a 50% discount on all items (including items that are already on sale). You can subscribe to the newsletter through the Le Souk website (there is an option to leave your email address at the end of the home page). The code will also be available for The Style Files readers but subscribers to the newsletter will get the code one day earlier and will have fist choice.

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A BOHO CHIC BEACH HOUSE IN CALIFORNIA

A chic boho beach house in California, that was built in 1940, was renovated two years ago by Corre Marie Larkin and her husband Matt. Corre owns Corre Marie which sells antique and vintage rugs and also provides interior design and interior styling. She gave her own home a boho chic design with rooms filled with treasures that were collected from all of their travels and adventures. Corre’s design philosophy is that every room should tell a story. Her idea was to weave their past and current histories and experiences into their everyday life. And as the couple share their home with two kids, they designed their home to be by adults as well as kids.

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WISHING YOU A WONDERFUL 2018

I wish you all a happy 2018 with much peace, love, happiness, good health and laughter!

THE TRAVEL FILES: HOTEL SAN CRISTOBAL, MEXICO

Hotel San Cristóbal Baja (named in honor of Saint Christopher, patron of travelers, surfers, sailors and protector during long journeys) overlooks the white sand beach on the coast of Todos Santos, in Mexico’s Baja California Sur state. The stylish hotel consists of 32 rooms and suites situated around a central pool and lounge that were beautifully designed by architects Lake | Flato to complement the beauty of the surrounding nature. All rooms are peaceful, airy, light-filled abodes, channeling the town’s peaceful atmosphere. They feature colourful textiles from Guatemala, furniture from Guadalajara, and fixtures and accessories made by craftspeople across Mexico. This beautiful hotel definitely made it to my wish list of places to visit!

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A BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN HOME IN THE FRENCH ALPS

This beautiful mountain home in the French Alps is designed by Studio Razavi Architecture. In this highly preserved Alpine valley, stringent architectural guidelines allow for very little freedom of architectural expression. Everything from building height/width ratio to roof slope, via building material and window sizes are strictly controlled to enforce what is locally perceived as patrimony protection but de facto creating camp architecture, endlessly mimicking traditional mountain homes. The architects: “n order to circumvent these limitations we took great care in analyzing historical buildings as to understand what their forms accomplished and how they shaped the local architectural culture. We then integrated this information into our design, simply avoiding all artificial and/or obsolete elements while making sure that the building was entirely code compliant.”

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WONDERFUL WINTER WHITES

I love a white sweater for winter. My favorite is this wool-cashmere cable turtleneck from Everlane. I like the oversized fit and the quality is really good (the sweater keeps its shape after washing). Everlane is well known for their affordable & transparant prices and this beautiful sweater is only $130. I also love their woolen mittens featured below.

Source: Everlane.

AN BRIGHT SEA SIDE HOME IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

This bright two-room home is located in Clifton Beach, a beautiful area of Cape Town in South Africa. The small apartment is set over two floors and hangs over Clifton’s 1st beach. The sound of the sea is loud and constant, the light ethereal and the location, prime, but it needed a lot of work. Essentially, the team of Michele Throssell Interiors had to set about redoing what was a previous shoddy renovation, in order to achieve the vision of the client- to open the space up, bring-in the light and maximize on the view. The homes and apartment blocks in this hillside neighbourhood present an interesting set of challenges because of the uneven and steeply sloped terrain. Michele Throssell Interiors: “The fun really began with the sourcing of furnishings and finishes which were all variants of white, off-white, cream and beige. But white spaces need definition and without compromising the request of the client to maximize the light and not detract from the views, the team started the layering process of rich textures. From the rattan furniture, white washed wooden floors, plush white rugs and crochet throws, amongst others, the inspiration of sea ‘treasures’ washing up on the shore below was a big influence to the team.”

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