interiors, Istanbul, Travel, Turkey

Day trip to the Princes’ Islands

July 26, 2016

Princes' Islands
Let’s escape this wintry weather with a bit of armchair travel and visit Büyükada one of the Princes’ Islands in Istanbul. Even if you are only in Istanbul for a short time, a day trip to one of the Princes’ Islands is a must. We took a ferry over to Büyükada which is the largest and most popular of the nine tiny islands, being a Sunday, the island was full of life with a mix of locals and holidaymakers.

What makes these islands so special is that motorised vehicles are not allowed. Instead you’ll see plenty of bicycles, electric bikes and horse-drawn carriages. The main sea front is lined with restaurants and super busy but if you head down one of the narrow side streets, you’ll discover more rustic and authentic eateries and shops. The incredibly beautiful wooden mansions took my breath away. Next time round I’d visit on a week day to avoid the crowds and hire a bicycle to do some proper exploring. Apparently Heybeliada is well worth a visit too as it’s less busy.

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House Tour, interiors

Vintage meets modern boho house tour

July 25, 2016

Eclectic colourful house tour
I recently photographed a beautiful home in Vredehoek belonging to a young creative couple. Lian is a brand strategist and personal style consultant and her flair for decorating and combining different styles is evident straight away. Vintage meets modern bohemian with white washed wooden floors and puddled curtains. I don’t know about you but I could move in right away!

Hop over here to view the full house tour and be sure to click on “Open House Tour” to see all the images.

Eclectic colourful house tour
Eclectic colourful house tour
All photography: Lana Kenney ©

interiors, Lighting

Copper Lighting: Get the Look

July 20, 2016

Domayne copper lights
Are you still loving rose gold and copper as much as I am? Even though these metallic hues are still very much on trend, I think they have great value and if done right, they can create a timeless look.

Copper hues add instant warmth and a touch of glam. Today’s post shows you where to get your copper lighting fix, happy shopping…

Domayne copper lights
Copper Inspiration
Copper Lighting

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Istanbul, Travel, Turkey

Istanbul travels – Galata & Karakoy

July 19, 2016

Cafe Arada, Istanbul
No matter how much research you do, finding the right accommodation in a new city is often a hit and miss affair. We were so lucky that our accommodation in Istanbul was right near a very central tram stop and super close to the Galata Tower and Karaköy which turned out to be my favourite area!

One of the elements I loved most about our trip to Turkey, was that the interior design was so diverse. None of the cafes or eateries that we went to had the same look or feel. Here in Cape Town, I’m afraid everyone has sold out to the same hipster/industrial look. It was so refreshing to see a mix and even a clash at times and yet it all worked.

Istanbul streetlife
I loved all the Turkish cheeses especially Çeçil Peyniri, a very stringy, salty cheese. This was a breakfast at Cafe Arada, such a cute spot.

Cafe Arada, Istanbul
Istanbul streetlife
Istanbul streetlife
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, Istiklal Avenue was a bit too mainstream for me but still nice to have a wander down. I prefered the shops nearer to the Galata Tower which were a mix of local brands and touristy shops selling knick knacks, Turkish towels and all things hamam related. If you’re heading down Galip Dede Street from Istiklal, be sure to take a left down Serdar-i Ekrem Street. This street is full of  awesome little boutiques and cafés.

Look out for Snarl dükkan, a cute gift shop and café.

Snarl dükkan
And Lunapark is a must! Such an awesome shop stocking a selection of beautiful locally made goods from more than 100 turkish designers. Further down this road you’ll find NYKS who make the most stunning candles. Sadly they were closed on the day I visited, I’ve been dying to get my hands on some of their candles.


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