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.