Friday, July 31, 2009

Turkish Instyle Home

You might have noticed that I truly love magazines. When I´m travelling to Turkey, I love buying the Turkish versions of the magazines I usually buy. Above you see the Instyle Home magazine, that has beautiful items and inspires in every issue.
How about you, do you like reading magazines from other countries?

Monday, July 27, 2009

Biggest ewer ever...

When I was in Istanbul a few weeks ago, I discovered this stunning ewer. This is the biggest ewer I have seen in my life. It´s hand hammered and above you can see the owner of this shop working on another beautiful item. Whenever I see someone working on materials like copper, brass or silver, I am very fascinated and have to watch how everything is done. Mr Atilla Yanik is one of the last masters and he told me, that it took 3 years to complete the giant ewer. An item with that size can be used for decoration, if someone has very much space. In his shop you can also find beautiful handmade hamam bowls and anything you need to cook as well as to prepare tea and coffee. Maybe you just like to find cute items that will remind you of a trip to Istanbul. Thank you Mr Yanik for being so kind and sharing your beautiful work!!!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Baked Swordfish

It´s Sunday - time for a new recipe! Today I´ll share a delicious meal, that everyone can easily prepare. So hopefully you love fish..
Here´s what you need:
- swordfish
- a cup of onion cubes
- sliced tomatoes
- bay leaves
- sliced pepperoni
- olive oil
- sliced lemon
- salt and pepper
- aluminium foil

First prepare a piece of aluminium foil with a spoon of olive oil. Then place the swordfish right in the middle of it (you can use steaks or smaller pieces). Sprinkle some salt and pepper over the fish. Place tomatoes, pepperoni and onions on and around the fish. Use a bay leaf to add some herbal taste and finally top everything with a sliced lemon. Wrap the fish with aluminium foil and bake it at medium heat until it is cooked, but still wet. The swordfish I used needed 40 minutes. This easy and healthy meal works also very well with salmon and other fish.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Hotel costes

Here we have another great lounge music. The Hotel costes series is groovy, inspiring, sometimes calming the senses and sometimes funky. The fifth album is my favorite of this series, it contains lots of smooth vibes. I would say, there is always a song that fits to one´s mood. What is left to say? Enjoy ;)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Designed by Dice Kayek

When I look at magazines I also enjoy looking at the advertorials. I found this beauty in one of the Turkish decoration magazines and I immediately fell in love with it. It´s shows a bottle of mineral water, but I love the idea to use crystals as a symbol of pureness and quality. The Turkish Designer Dice Kayek did a wonderful job for Uludag by designing this navy blue bottle. When I am in Istanbul, I have to get one of this beauty, too...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

More Marie Claire Maison...

Here is the latest issue of the Turkish Marie Claire Maison and it is dreamy...
I love those special summer issues, that seem to capture the sunlight and a great vibe.
This summer editions is also very colorful and full of life. It shows people´s homes as well as
it inspires when it comes to entertain your guests.
Nearly every decoration theme is related to summer, beach, and a relaxing lifestyle.
Although it´s a summer issue, there is always space for great combined antique items.
One of my favorite parts of every issue is the food part. I love everything concerning cooking and I like to get some new inspiration...

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Marinated olives

As a Mediterranean woman I love olives. For many others, olives might be just an appetizer or just a part of the breakfast. I love to cook with olives and use them for a delicious bread instead of eating them just for breakfast (what I also like very much...). Another way to serve them is to marinade them. It is really easy and you will be surprised about the result, which you always can vary by using different ingredients.

And here is what you´ll need:
-olives (due to their color I chose green ones, feel free to use any kind of olives)
-olive oil
-garlic cloves

Chop chili, garlic cloves and the coriander and mix it in a bowl. Then add the olives and mix them with the spices. Finally add some olive oil and let the olives marinade for at least an hour. The marinated olives taste even better the longer they stay in the olive oil.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Turca Lounge

There has been much rain lately, so I thought some relaxing grooves are perfect to chill. If you are a fan of the famous Buddha Bar lounge music, this might be interesting for you. Turca Lounge is a wonderful compilation of old and new Turkish songs. I love the chill out character of this interpretation. On the picture you can see the first album of the Turca Lounge series, I think it´s the perfect cover for this rainy weather :)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Marie Claire Maison (Turkish issue)

This is the june issue of the Turkish Marie Claire Maison. Although every page is beautiful and inspiring, I decided to choose few of them. I chose those pages that show different styles and different emotions. On one picture it might be the fabric, that seems special; on another it may be just a hidden detail. I hope you´ll enjoy them as much as I do.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Iznikium - handmade Turkish ceramics

Good news for all the lovers of those beautiful ceramics: when I was in Istanbul a few days ago, I went to my favourite ceramics shop in the Grand Bazaar. Many of you wanted to know where I had taken this picture and asked for its exact location. This shop is called Iznikium and you can find it here: Kavaflar Sokak No: 20, Grand Bazaar, Istanbul. On their website you can see a fine selection of plates, bowls, tiles and vases. Every item is handmade and has its own character. They look beautiful on pictures, but in reality they are stunning.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Latest Byzance issue


The summer makes us dress and accessorize more colorful, the latest issue of Byzance magazine truly brings color to your home. In this issue you´ll find beautiful arrangements that will inspire you. Stunning fabrics, jars and glasses in various colors and gorgeous furniture will make you dream...

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Treasure chest

And the treasure chest opens, come closer...Here are some of my newest goodies, that I bought in Istanbul. You can see one of the vintage silver tassels and some of the handmade beads I always buy. I did not have much time to spend at the Grand Bazaar, but there are some shops I have to visit when I am there.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


As a real tea-junkie I immediately fell in love with the packaging. When I was shopping with my mother, I discovered this beautiful picture, that reminded me of Turkish tea-times and old traditions. The next day my mother surprised me with this tea and I was very happy about it. I thought about buying it just because of the packaging, but when I tried the tea, it was delicious.