Friday, 24 July 2020

Newly Listed: Vintage Trunk Coffee table

Vintage Trunk Coffee table, End table with Wooden Legs, 1910s Suitcase Furniture, Pre WW1 Footlocker Side table by StarHomeStudio
Virginia Beach Pier Photograph Deep Teal, Wall Art Night Ocean Shore Seaside Pier Photography beach by KalstekPhotography
Watercolor World Map No. 6 by JessicaIllustration
Bronze Abstract, Nails, green, teal, blue, aqua, circle, line, urban, bokeh, 8x10, photograph, fine art by shyphotog

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Newly Listed: Sea Urchin Pearl Ring

Sea Urchin Pearl Ring, Pale Pink Duo Ring US size 7 by StaroftheEast
Fairy Tale Woodland Photo "Baby Birch" Ethereal Forest - Fine Art Photograph Print by missquitecontrary
Large ocean wall art Water landscape photography prints, Sea wave art print, nautical decor by RivuletPhotography
Nature Photography, Tree Photo, Spring Landscape, Pastel Pink, Dreamy, Wall Art by KateRyanFineArt

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Proof of Life

Things have been quiet on our blog, life has been crazy and hectic.
We are still moving!!! It has been 10 months since we bought the house but we are finally almost done.

Between weekend lockdowns and restrictions we have been juggling to get things done, while also keeping our shops updated. While most of our stuff is now moved and the workspaces are all there, the garden is not finished yet. In about 2 weeks once that is done we can take our pack of doggies and move to the new house. There won't be grass for less work and less water use, it all took longer than expected and cost more than anticipated but the ending is in sight.

I will blog about the house soon but in the mean time here is a finished ottoman which I did between going back and forth to the house so it took much longer than it normally would.

I had taken a before photo but it got lost somehow, it had fake leather and was all ripped and dirty. Everything had to go off which is always the part of reupholstering which takes a long time but you never see.

To create a rounded effect it got several layers of various fillings and batting.

The foam first got upholstered with a cream fabric as the kilim on top has little weaving holes.

Something most people don't do but with a slight case of OCD we kind of feel like we have to :) Covering the under staples with a trim.

This kilim was a large piece but we used the remaining parts of these chairs, we had been careful while cutting to keep the round part intact with an ottoman in mind.

I love how this cutie turned out, available at StarHomeStudio.

Another project that has taken ages, 4 months to be precise is this knitted jacket. You saw the start back in February.
The yarn wasn't enough, 3 times and then we ordered it at various places where it turned out to be out of stock, it was a struggle not to mention very hard to knit, but it is finished and turned out very special.

It has a weight and is super toasty.

I love the kind of woven basket effect.

This one is available at StarsWear, we have a few other new pieces but this one specifically deserved some extra attention :)

Friday, 15 May 2020

Turkish Bath

If you've ever been to Turkey you might have been to a Turkish bath, Hamam.

Almost all of them have amazing architectural structures, and often the main bath area is round with a domed roof which has glass holes for light to get through as the Hamams have no windows for obvious reasons.

In the middle of the main bath area is an area where you can lay on (sometimes they are heated from underneath). The stuff that will come off you will shock you, black old skin you normally don't get off will roll-off, and you will feel kind of embarrassed :) It is quite the experience, I remember my first Turkish bath visit very well.

Turkish bath started during the times that running water was often not in houses and heating water was a very large task so the entire family would instead go to the Hamam once a week or so.
These days it is more a tourist attraction but some people do enjoy it from time to time, it is like a spa, just less fancy and more practical.

Everyone has his/her own sink which you fill with water. You then have a bowl to pour the water over yourself. The Turkish towels (peshtemals) were originally made for these places and are traditionally red and white, nowadays you see them online a lot and often made in more trendy colors and patterns.

The shoes for Hamams are also unique. Although this one above is very fancy, high, and elaborate they are still now made of wood and are high so that water can flow under them.

There is always handmade olive oil soap, marble sinks and gorgeous brass faucets.

We have a set of original old Hamam faucets in the shop :)
Photos that are not mine were taken from Pinterest.

Friday, 24 April 2020

Newly Listed: Triangle wrap Scarf

Triangle wrap Scarf, Knitted Textured Scarf, Stripe Textures Cowl, Wool and Polyamide, Beige, Burgundy, Rainbow by StarsWear
Barn Owl Photography dreamy fairy tale forest woodland fall autumn  pastel pink mint aqua  photograph print by BokehEverAfter
Love reflections Taj Mahal print Agra India travel love monument architecture blue red pastel fine art print, home decor by NiceLittlePrints
Surreal Carnival Photography Carousel, Black birds, Pale Pastel Pink Silver Blue Yellow Wall Art by KalstekPhotography

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Get the Look Vol.20

Mid-century brass decor pieces are always sleek yet warm and cool. I always love how LeftCoastRevivals stages her pieces, and our Mid-century seagulls are from our last Florida trip.

It seems like anything collectible is being collected by someone, even brooms :)! But these are beautiful handmade ones. You could start your own collection with this beauty from the far east.

I love old trunks, they are always so full of character. The one above is triple-locked and clearly heavy-duty, our trunk turned coffee table is pretty cool too!

This does show how a statement lamp can change the entire look of a room. Our lamp is a very cool vintage Egyptian lamp made with hand blown glass grapes, the color gives it a very warm light.

I love the weird combo of heads and mirrors with a dog in the center :) Our mirror would look great there, it has amazing hand carved details, a rare find.

I had taken this photo a few years ago in Nevada City, California. The Tramp art below reminds me a lot of the street lamps they had there!

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Newly Listed: Knitted Textured Scarf

Knitted Textured Scarf, Stripe Textures Cowl, Wool and Acrylic, Teal, Gray, Burgundy by StarsWear
Rustic Industrial Wall Art Decor, Teal Pittsburgh Engraving Print, Canvas Art by LisaRussoFineArt
Undertow . giclee art print by ClareElsaesser
New Orleans Print, Fine Art Photography, Travel Photo, French Quarter, Architecture, Wall Art by briole

Thursday, 2 April 2020

A Lost Craft

Not that long ago you would see shoeshiners on the street, anywhere in Turkey. With the amount of leather shoes getting less with sport shoes on the rise and also stricter rules for street vendors they have practically disappeared.

Back in October at the Flea market in Izmir we scored a shoeshiner's box, a cool and rare find.

It did not have its bottles which we found online (second hand) and it was pretty oxidized and dirty so I've cleaned it up and did some repair for many hours.

The shoeshiner would carry this along with a stool for himself and the customer, a heavy job fr not much money. Nowadays people usually leave their shoes at repair shops.

In its drawers it still had some stuff like shoe polish, a shoehorn and those plastic pieces are to prevent socks from getting dirty.

This guy has almost the exact same box, please also note their sleeves the wear to prevent getting their clothes dirty.

I wish I had taken photos of how it was when we got it, I love repairing and reviving old forgotten things, I find it very satisfying.

A man has carried this box for many years to feed his family, I think such a piece deserves some respect and care.

Some of them would be adorned with pretty ladies :)

The photo below I took about 10 years ago in Izmir, I think he actually might have been the last polisher I've seen but I'm sure there are still some in larger cities.

Our lovely shoe shine box is available at StarHomeStudio.