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Entries in Turkey (3)

Thursday
May012014

Another loft to love

Give me any type of loft, any day of the week and I am on cloud nine. Include a kitchen with exposed brick wall, concrete countertops, reclaimed wood cabinets and Jieldé lights and I am drooling all over my computer. This loft is gorgeous. Via Istanbul-based Vimana Design.

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Wednesday
Nov272013

4 Floors

Four apartments over four floors in Istanbul, Turkey. A contemporary renovation of an historic building by designer and artist Sema Topaloğlu. Within a tradition of craft and craftsmanship Topaloğlu weaves her magic creating an earthy but elegant series of rooms that respect the bones of the building while overlaying it with a new history of bespoke pieces. These beautiful apartments are not locked away from us though. 4 Floors Istanbul provides boutique accommodation where mine host is Topaloğlu's brother Murat. I think a trip to Turkey was just added to my bucket list.

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Thursday
Nov212013

Karaköy Rooms 

Situated in a 100 year old building in Istanbul is the boutique hotel, Karaköy Rooms. The elegant renovation by Turkish design firm RunArchitecture is a modern take on a once grand past. White walls, often with dark grey ceilings, are balanced by wooden floors. Where original mouldings are missing they are simply replaced or referenced with paint. Perhaps the standout feature of each room is the exposed copper piping that carries the electrical supply. Simply modern and historically fabulous.

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