I’m spending this Thanksgiving week talking about my trip to Turkey! You know me, I’m all for a remodel, but this major restoration and renovation of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul seemed like a bit of a project. Built in 537, I couldn’t stop looking at the incredible bookmatched slabs of marble that encase the walls and the trompe l’oeil painting around it. Can you guess what’s stone and what is masterful paint work?
Let’s talk Turkey, friends. And I’m not referring to the kind we’ll be eating next week. I’m talking about Istanbul! I recently took the trip of a lifetime to Turkey and the surrounding countryside – and I can’t wait to share it with you. Istanbul is a riot of color, vibrant patterns, delicious food, and friendly faces. Nothing inspires me more than standing in the middle of the Grand Bazaar and knowing people have been shopping those stalls in some capacity since it was originally built in 1455.
And the countryside is just as saturated in calm, baked, warm colors as the Bazaar is wild. While I was driving to Cappadocia – a region in the Turkish countryside containing underground caves, rooms, even churches carved into rock- I snapped this photo of the plants and light. Here Faery Chimneys sit beside painted rooms that still hold their glory – even from the 9th Century. Talk about design longevity!
The entire trip reminded me how thankful I am for travel and other cultures. So stay tuned this week for a different sort of take on Turkey talk!
We’ve all got vices, right? Coffee shops seem to call to all of us, but $5 coffee drinks have become a budget busting addiction for many. My theory is that it’s not just the caffeine we’re addicted to, it’s the ritual. A cool coffee house with cozy lighting and comfortable chairs can be just as seductive as the cup of joe you go there to buy.
Photo: HGTV Remodels, Lillian Martin-Hayes coffee-maker
So why not create a coffee drinking corner in your very own home? Here are a few areas of your house you might consider converting into caffeination stations.
I love sweater weather. Nothing feels cozier than wrapping yourself in an extra warm layer as the temperatures drop. The one problem? As soon as I swap out my summer clothes for my winter gear, I remember how much room that stuff takes up. It can be hard to keep your warm clothes both organized and easily accessible.
Photo: HGTV Remodels