28 July 2007

Turquoise Summer

Just when I think my favorite color will be replaced (by a bright spring green or citrus) this impromptu little still life happened. It makes me think of my three summers in Turkey (so far), the way the light reflects off the sea, the bright warm sun, etc...

The tiles in this photo are from Iznik, a city famous for its tile work in Turkey. The tiles have a historical legacy in Turkey. Handpainted tiles are still sought after too, and when visiting palaces, mosques or other public places, Iznik tiles can be seen everywhere in Turkey. We bought these tiles in February of 2005, three months before Devrim and I got married. They were the first purchase we made for our home, and after buying them, they sat in our closet for nearly two more years. One day I came home to a gorgeous surprise in my living room... Devrim had the tiles made into a table top, based on a design we sketched out two years before. I love the bright contrast of turquoise and red, the flowers an abstract tulip design, and the line work an intricate web.

On the table:
Handmade turquoise necklace by Meral Tuncer
Beautiful cardinal locket by Parlour Boutique
A turquoise ring from Cappadoccia, a gift from Devrim
Polka dot headband from Boncuk Dunyasi (Bead World) in Izmit, 3ytl ($2.50)!

27 July 2007

Shop Nahil Istanbul


The Limited Edition 50% off sale continues! And in other exciting news, I'll be selling my bags for the first time in a little shop in Istanbul! It's located in Taksim (which means square) in Beyoglu, a hip and fashionable part of Istanbul on the European side. Here's a little glimpse into the shop! It's called Nahil and they support women by selling their handmade goods and by contributing to organizations for low or no-income women. The "tree" pictured is called a bridal tree and its adorned with jewelry, sachets, and other lovelies. By the way, I found the most gorgous lavender-filled velvet sachets (or pincushions) with beaded detailing. I'm tempted to go back and scoop them up... they are only 10ytl each (about $8.00)!

10 July 2007

Huge Sale!

Hi friends! All Rose Deniz Limited Edition bags are 50% off! Make way for fall and add some pretty prints and velvet to your collection. All shoulder bags, pouches and clutches are on sale. We have some new projects in the wings that we need to make room for!

As an added bonus for those serious shoppers, buy any two LE bags and get 25% off a future order through December 2007. Get a little discount on what is to come!