Friday, 16 August 2019

Patched Up

We scored these 3 chairs quite a while back and they have been in our overfull attic ever since. They are very solid and heavy and have a fancy shape, however, their original upholstery was done with fake leather that was worn down till the thread, at some places there were even holes, even worse was that they were extremely sticky, some kind of chemical reaction to the leather with the heat or something.

They were extremely well upholstered, which was a pain to remove.

And while pealing things off it became clear why they are so heavy, 3 layers of wood! One layer for the feet, one for the seat and then the body as well, very well made (except for the choice of fabric).

The dark brown paint got sanded and then they got painted black.

Each will be different as we are using vintage embroidery for them. They will look great together as well as solo.

To match each embroidery we cut 60 (!!!) pieces of velvet from discontinued fabric catalogs for the back sides of the chairs.

180 pieces of straight cut velvet, it was a mess :)

But the results are worth it in the end, we had a perfectly matching patchwork.

Time to dress up the chair.

What a difference :)

I still had some hand sewing to do.

And time to cover up the ends and staples.

The saw was my birthday gift of this year, yes that was what I wanted :)

It is always the little finishing touches that take the most time.

All nicely covered up now :)

Now time to put all pieces back together!

I've made this chair in 5 different rooms and the terrace, she has traveled and my muscles are getting bigger :)

But the result is satisfying and worth all the muscle aches.

Hard to imagine that this is embroidery! The fabric is white!! Not a millimeter of fabric can be seen with all the stitches.

Cutting those pieces of fabric and painstakingly sewing them together was well worth the effort.

Beautiful from each and every side, one down still two to go!
Available at StarHomeStudio.

Friday, 9 August 2019

Turkish Traditions

Throughout the years we have blogged about Turkish traditions. As expats, it took us a while to get used to them, we now know them but they still are exotic :)

I've listed this table in our Home shop. It is called a sofra in Turkish, it is a floor table. Traditionally there were no normal tables in Turkish homes. A  wooden piece like this or just a round ring would be put on the floor, then a large piece of cloth and on top of that a circular tray with all the food brought in from the kitchen. We have one of those as well in the shop.

Soup gets served in bowls but all the other food is eaten directly from the pans, no one gets a plate. Bread is crucial at the Turkish sofra, a Turk does not feel full without bread :) And plates get al cleaned up with bread. The cloth is where everyone 'goes under', the cloth covers the legs and prevents crumbs to fall on the floor, it is a big sin to step on bread so this is a precaution for that as well as an easy cleanup.

The sofra has no limit on how many people can sit around it. Those that are full get up and those who come later can slide right in. Surprise guests are normal. No chairs mean just sitting a little closer when it gets crowded. The sofra is now seen as the poor's table, they say that you get full quicker as your stomach get suppressed by sitting in such a position. When the meal is over the sofra is hung on the wall, occupying no floor space.

Our sofra is pretty unique, it has hand-painted and torched details. Would look great in a bohemian home with floor cushions.

Nowadays sofra's are made of MDF with collapsable plastic legs, not so pretty, or you even have them entirely made out of plastic :(

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Wanderlust and Terrible Dust

Wednesday morning I headed to Kütahya, if you have been following our blog for 10 years and have an excellent memory, you might remember that we have an old house there.

It is about 500km from our home, normally I take the longer route as it is a highway but I took by accident the shorter one and I ended up in some cute villages which were also fun.

Traffic was mostly a bunch of geese :)

I was in Kütahy till Saturday evening. The house was in a much worse state, we never went there in the past 10 years. I didn't take any photos, everything was covered in a thick layer of dust, windows were broken and thieves even stole the doors and metal work of the windows. Time was not so kind to the building but it was the people who ruined it.

As it is a historic building I went to several governmental offices that might buy it. I also spoke to the new Mayor of Kütahya which is luckily not part of AKparty which is a big improvement and a lucky break. Hopefully, soon they'll buy it and renovate it, I'm not holding my breath but at least I did something about it. I stayed with friend's who are some of the sweetest people we know which was a ray of sunshine in the otherwise somber visit.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Newly Listed: Soft Fluffy Cat Bag

Soft Fluffy Cat Bag - Purple 3d bag, Vintage Embroidery, Velvet, Leather, Kiss-lock by StarBags
Door Photography, Rustic Purple Door Photo, Modern Farmhouse Art Print, Lavender Cottage by StudioSwede13
Flower Photography, Lavender Photograph, Flower Bouquet, Fine Art Photography by BLintonPhotography
Rustic Purple Flower Art Print, Wine Barrel Photography, Winery Print, Home Decor by jessicareisspix

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Reclaimed Trashure

In Turkey having guests is a part of daily life. Very often still, women stay at home and these women often visit each other. Or families visit each other. No call or appointments, I know of families that have every evening a bunch of people over.
Before we had dogs we also got visitors, mostly neighbors, we hated it, lol :) As introverts, guests are exhausting and if those guests are people you have nothing in common with it is just a waste of time. Luckily the guests got less when our dogs became more, these days we get none, which is kind of perfect as we work from home so we really need the quiet and peace to be able to produce.

Why am I telling all this? Well with the number of guests typical Turkish families get, it is a standard thing to have nesting tables in your home. The more guests the more tables you need to put coffee, tea, fruit and such on it to be a good host. The table above was part of such a set, that is why the front is open so the other tables can fit in it. I found it on the curb with a tabletop all swollen by water, but the feet were pretty and solid so it came home. I have found such abanded pieces of such sets before, that is why I wanted to explain a little further, they are very common in Turkey. A good host has at least 4 such tables so when needed she can bring tea and coffee for 20 people at once. (I'm not exaggerating!!).

This sad piece got a makeover. First, the old tabletop and paintwork got removed.
I then cut driftwood and boat wood to create the top.

The wood got staple gunned to the table.

I painted the table itself rustically to match the top.

I added a driftwood branch (cut to size) to fill up the front gap.
And all wood I varnished to smoothen it a little and to protect the paint.

I love how it turned out!

  • Saved table from ending up at landfill - check
  • Cleaned up beach and reused those pieces - check
  • Got a cool table in the progress - check

Yes, I'm very satisfied, I love reusing things and turning them in something functional and beautiful.

This cool one of a kind table is available at StarHomeStudio.

Check our shop for more one of a kind furniture pieces and driftwood decor.