Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Newly Listed: Soft Pastel Striped Cowl

Soft Pastel Striped Cowl, Knitted Textured Scarf, Stripe Textures Cowl, Silk and Wool by StarsWear
Barn Owl Photography, dreamy fairy tale forest, woodland pastel photograph print by BokehEverAfter
Fairy Tale Woodland Photo, Ethereal Forest, Light Whimsical Photography by missquitecontrary
Nature Photography, Tree Photo, Landscape, Dreamy, Pink Sky, Romantic Mauve, Wall Art by KateRyanFineart

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Shabby Flea Market

This past Sunday we went to İzmir again for a second trip to IKEA, but we went on the busiest day as we wanted to combine it with a visit to the Flea market which is only on Sundays. Izmir is more than a 3-hour drive so we usually combine a few things.

The Flea market had moved to a new location, and it couldn't be shabbier. Absolutely adorable, the way to it was a very narrow road, and looked totally like a village but Izmir is a huge city with more than 6 million people!

A few vendors were on that street

Among laundry that was not for sale :)

But most activities were in an old factory building.

All kind of stuff was for sale, lots of total junk but there were also some great treasures.

Despite the shabby place lots of vendors were asking too much, still we had lots of fun and found a few pieces.

A very attentive cat selling drills :)

It was busy and messy but super fun and had a great atmosphere. Izmir is the most democratic city (and province) of Turkey and has a pretty relaxed and warm vibe.

It was worth getting up at 6am and we are definitely going to do it again!

There was also a woman making Gözleme, a typical Turkish food, thin dough filled with cheese, or vegetables or both, it was warm and fresh and the woman was hilarious.

Turkey keeps us surprising of the fun and exotic places we keep seeing. Izmir is always super messy, shabby but loads of fun.

Friday, 25 October 2019

Happy Coincidences

A few weeks ago we saw an L-shaped couch that seemed perfect for our new home. It was somewhere between our old and new home, pretty high in the hills. It wasn't as soft as I hoped it would be and it turned out to be brown not gray as it seemed in the pictures. However the same lady had also this coffee table and when I said I liked it, it turned out she was selling that too so I didn't leave empty-handed.

Of course, I loved its legs and bought it to turn in to a big statement ottoman.
The top was of course very securily attached like everything that needs to be removed. The top was the exact right side for a table we have, I still need to paint it but it is already attached.

The legs I sanded and then painted in a distressed gray and then varnished it.

I had to do everything twice as things didn't go as planned first time around.
But with many layers, linings it finally worked out.

Deciding last finishing touches.

Tadaa! The top is made with a kilim we bought this Summer during a small local auction, the size was PERFECT for it (just like its original top was perfect for another table.

I love the color combo, and the happy coincidences of all the perfectly sized things were extremely satisfying.

Although it seems just gray it also has the same pink and mint green as the kilim in its paintwork, but very vague.

I upholstered the foam first with gray fabric as the kilim has weaving holes, the gray fabric now pops through giving it an extra pattern.

This one of a kind beauty is available at StarHomeStudio.

With all the moving this will most likely be our last furniture project for this year, but we have plenty of pieces in the shop.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Newly Listed: Pebble Fish Decor

Pebble Fish Decor, Paper Weight, Nautical Beach Decor, Pick Your Favorite by StarHomeStudio
Ocean photography, Beach home decor, seashore, summer decor, beach photography, seagulls by VintageChicImages
Sand Photography, beach photo neutral wall art seashore print coastal photograph, Sandy Shore by CarolynCochrane
Whale Tail Photo, Ocean Water, Whale Art Print, Coastal Wall Decor, Beach Decor, Ocean Waves Art by GoodVibesHotel

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Home Progress

We finally managed to fix the table that has been lying upside down on the floor for weeks. The feet are new and putting everything back together took many hours. This table was our table in the Netherlands but had been in Kütahya (the old house that I mentioned a while back) for more than 20 years, besides the middle part which was in our attic, nice to have it all back together again.

The chairs are all mismatched vintage beauties, the house is pretty modern so it is nice to have some warm and playful furniture. Slowly the house is becoming a home, and with the table, the odd large L-shaped kitchen makes much more sense. We also went to IKEA for some new beds, still working on those!

We also made good progress on the atelier. Just moving a home is a lot of work but for us it is the ateliers that are the biggest task, both are fully packed, and we still are on the first!! But we are getting there.

Every time we go we fill up the car till full capacity the house then becomes a mess which we then clear up. It all takes a lot of time and effort but in the end, we will hopefully have a great working space!

The sewing side is looking good, but there is still loads of fabric to move!

Friday, 4 October 2019

Newly Listed: Whimsical Embroidered Scarf

Whimsical Embroidered Scarf, Fairytale Wrap, Mori Girl, Vintage Embroidery, Dwarfs, Mushrooms, Flowers by StarsWear
Abstract Nature Print, Colorful Nature Photo, Magical Forest Trees Art, Modern Wall Art by KateRyanFineArt
A magical fine art photographic print of a Fly Agaric toadstool on the forest floor by GreenManPhotography
Whimsical Forest, Tree with Door  Winnie the Pooh Digital Backdrop Digital Background by 4PhotogsByaPhotog

Friday, 27 September 2019

Newly Listed: Antique Wire Egg Basket

Antique Wire Egg Basket, Farmhouse Basket, Rustic Shabby Kitchen Home Decor 1920s - 1930s by StarHomeStudio
Farmhouse Print or Canvas Art, Rustic Home Decor Print, Bird's Nest Print, Shabby by LisaRussoFineArt
Chicken Art, Farm Photography, Farmhouse Decor, Shabby Chic Art, Rustic Country Kitchen Art by StephanieSchamban
Feather art, Rustic Farmhouse decor, nature print, bird feathers, feather art print, wall art decor by semisweetstudios

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Get the Look Vol.17

I love these wooden panels, it gives so much depth and warmth. But most are pretty much the same as they are new. We had a beautiful old chest, while the front was in pretty good condition with gorgeous hand-carved wood, the rest of the chest was made with cheaper wood and wasn't in good condition at all. So I removed the rest of the chest and made it ready for hanging. The original keyhole is perfect to hang it.

I love unusually shaped furniture pieces. The one on the top is a small new piece with fun shapes.
Our coffee table will fit much more stuff, plus it is an original mid-century piece made with reverse painted glass, bamboo and metal in a very cool shape.

Elephants in Hinduism and the Indian Culture are a symbol of intellectual strength and sturdy earthy mental strength. It is a sacred animal and is considered the representation or the living incarnation of Ganesha, the elephant-headed deity riding a mouse. Therefore there are many elephant sculptures from India in the shape of elephants, often very decorated. The one on the top is a beautiful new piece. The elephant available in our shop is from the 1970s entirely handmade.

Some collect teapots or teacups, but there are also tea stainer collections. Aren't these adorable?
We are selling an instant collection of vintage kitchen tin pieces.

I love the colors and quality of 1950s toys, the blue, turquoise, pink and red combo is still pretty today. We have a whole stash of old new stock handmade doll chairs from the 1950s, very primitive but pretty.

I love earthy handmade pottery, love the combination on these shelves with pottery, plants, wood and stones. I think this clay vase would fit right in.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Newly Listed: Bird Bag

Woodland Bird Bag - Golden Oriole, Vintage Embroidery, Blue Green Colors, Patchwork and Leather Bag by StarBags
Completely coincidental: the bag we've made has the exact kind of bird as my new friend (hope she's doing alright). The embroidery is vintage, funny how things fall in place sometimes.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Kitchen Update

I finally got a little visible progress in the kitchen.

Removing the protective stickers already helped a lot.

The table is another project that I hope to finish this week. It is a gorgeous table which was our table in the Netherlands but it has been in the house in Kütahya for 22 years to it got some water damage. You'll see soon how that turns out.

I bought a special tile paint, it shines like tile and keeps the texture.

Ahhhh so much better, wish I had cleared things up before taking the photo but I had been painting for 4+ hours by then and just wanted to go home. The kitchen feels much more like it belongs to us. The shiny handles wouldn't be our choice either but we can live with those :) In the future we want to move the kitchen to a room that for now will be our office, a closed kitchen will be more practical with the dogs, but that is a big (expensive) change that will have to wait some years. The kitchen is also not designed very practical, I think there is like 8-9 meters between the fridge and the stove :D The kitchen is the only place we are not happy with of the house, but it is huge so that makes it up quite a bit.