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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A QUIET URBAN RETREAT IN MELBOURNE

This stunning modern home is designed by Melbourne-based architectural firm Coy Yiontis. The architects about the design: The new extension is concealed from street view, heightening its privacy and the inherent ‘surprise’ upon entering a contemporary residence through a pretty Federation façade. Upon entry the house becomes completely transparent: the eye drawn through via the pool to its furthest rooms giving the impression of one large continuous yet divided space rather than a series of chambers. Inside and outside merge through the use of sliding glazed panels and continuity of building materials. The two main courtyards are oriented to maximize morning sunlight into the home and permit cross ventilation. Glazed walls open out completely to allow extension of both living areas across courtyards to create one large indoor/outdoor space if desired. The kitchen is a central hub overlooking all: partially tucked behind timber panelling which also conceals a powder room and a screened green courtyard. Stunning travertine features throughout on all new floors internally and externally and encases the island bench and lining the wall of the master bathroom. The timber screen detail flows though and is repeated on the ceiling of the living dining area, connecting these spaces visually. Spaces are serene and introspective: a quiet retreat from busy urban life for a couple and their son.

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FREE PRINTABLE 2018 CALENDAR

This lovely 2018 calendar is designed by This Little Street and the good thing is that you can download it for free. Check it out here!

STYLISH YET CASUAL FASHION ITEMS

I prefer fashion items that are stylish yet casual. The 9 items that I have selected for this post have both qualities, plus all pieces can be combined together. Above: ruffled printed silk shirt.

1. Acne Studios oversized ribbed wool turtleneck sweater | 2. Star-print suede clutch | 3. ruffled printed silk shirt | 4. Isabel Marant Dicker boots | 5. striped wool sweater | 6. oversized checked wool-blend coat | 7. Le High skinny jeans | 8. suede pumps | 9. Isabel Marant leather jacket.