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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Istanbul, Travel, Turkey

Explore Istanbul: Çukurcuma & Cihangir

July 18, 2016

Çukurcuma, Istanbul
With all the recent unrest in Turkey, it seems strange to be sharing travel tips on Istanbul. However this magical city is like no other and I’m already looking forward to a second visit. 

I’ll be writing about the vibrant Galata area & trendy Karaköy, old world Sultanahmet, the Princes’ Islands as well as general tips so look out for those posts coming up soon. Today I want to begin with what was my favourite day in Istanbul, exploring the greater Çukurcuma area. This area is a mix of residential and old abandoned buildings with interesting shops and cafes dotted in between. 

Start at Tophane tram stop and walk up Bogazkesen Street. This street has some absolutely amazing interior shops as well as quirky little boutiques. Be sure to look out for: Hane 78 Turkish ModernTiftixHamm / Happily Ever Paper
Hamm, Istanbul
Hamm, Istanbul
Hane 78 Turkish Modern Çukurcuma, Istanbul
Happily Ever Paper Çukurcuma, Istanbul
Tiftix, Istanbul

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interiors, Wall art

Hanging up: Mirror wall ideas

July 14, 2016

Mirror wall inspiration
There’s nothing new about creating a statement wall adorned with mirrors but these days we have so many mirror options available that it’s easy to create a really unique and interesting gallery-style feature. A mirror wall can work in just about any room but the key is to choose a variety of mirrors in different shapes and sizes.

My tips on where to find unusual mirrors in Cape Town…

For vintage mirrors: Vamp, Woodstock Vintage 
For round mirrors with chain: Moroccan Warehouse
For round mirrors with leather strap: Dark Horse 
For round and modern shapes: LIM

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1. Tab rectangular mirrors from Urban Outfitters | 2. Petra Bindel via SF Girl by Bay | 3. Milk Decoration | 4 & 5. Photos by Anna Malmberg for Born Collector | 6. Photo by Hans Mossel for vtwonen | 7. Lonny | 8. Industrial wall mirror from Urban Outfitters | 9. Averly mirror from Urban Outfitters

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