April 28, 2011

Eastern Inspiration: Istanbul Abounds with Beauty You Can Bring Home

Istanbul is one of my favourite cities, and Sam and I have just spent a fabulous week shopping, sightseeing and gathering inspiration for our next projects during the first annual Istanbul Shopping Festival.


So as I enjoy a glass of Turkish wine on the nine-hour flight home (Istanbul direct to Toronto on Turkish Airlines, which even have its own chef on board), I thought I'd share some of my favourite ideas with you.

Istanbul is a design hotbed, an amazing destination for apparel and home fashions, materials and ideas. It's one of the best-kept designer secrets, and we love to shop for textiles, antiques and home decor products in the Cukurcuma district.

What did we buy? We found a carousel horse that I am having shipped home for our dining room. I plan to set the top half of the horse on one of my tables and have the bottom half set on the floor – very avant-garde.

We also found some amazing wooden signs, old chair frames, stone pots and old wall stones, great to simply set on the ground inside or outside of a home.

Many of the antique stores also had beautiful antique mirrors that would be fabulous additions to any bathroom or powder room. We feel strongly that it is the diversity – the juxtaposition of textures and colours, the contrast of modern and antique – that makes a room exciting. It is the diversity that creates the drama that creates the best spaces.

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