30 October 2008

Apartment 9 In Progress

I might not surface for a few days because we are moving this weekend, so there is no better time to show you just what we've been up to in our new apartment. It's 10pm and I'm exhausted but can't sleep properly, and during the daytime I'm making mental lists, real lists, and running back and forth between our rental and our new place. The thing is, it's still not done. So many little things to do, and I had NO IDEA that getting something installed, painted, sawed, drilled, laid, fitted, meant that it still wouldn't be done. Knicks on the walls? Check. Holes where there shouldn't be? Check. Misaligned cabinet pulls? Check. But the point is, as my dear sweet husband keeps trying to tell me daily, is that none of those things prevent us moving in this weekend.

So moving we are, and one minute I am so happy, the next ready for a hankie. Or a drink. But we are pleased, I am pleased, and the colors in our new place make me so happy. We transformed this place from its economic/ecological cement ground up, and I'm almost willing to throw out our possessions and just sit on floor cushions so we can admire the straight walls and non-20-year-old-carpet tiles.

There is still packing/straightening to be done, so that is what I should be doing right now. But after seeing the kitchen installed today and the toilets hooked up, I'm feeling generous and optimistic that somehow it will all work out. I may not have the internet for anywhere from a day to a week, so hopefully I'll come back with some AFTER, if there ever is....

20 October 2008


Now that the ceramic tile has been laid (yea!) we are moving onto flooring, and moments ago just decided on Akçaağaç (how's that for a mouthful... ak-cha-aa-ch) Elegant from Moonloc. Akçaağaç Elegant. This will be in the living room and all three bedrooms. The entryway has tile, as well as the kitchen, bathroom, and half bath. The Before & After photos are still coming, but here are some views from our various windows and the two balconies.

16 October 2008

Nancy Coat

I'm catching up on my posts, here, and adore* the Nancy Coat from BurdaStyle. I think because I'm a brunette and like red lipstick it makes me think I might buy the pattern and have someone make it for me. That sounds so luxurious, but I could use a little bit right about now. I know I'm supposed to make these things myself, but my sewing machine won't cut it, nor will the 1-2 hour window of time a day that I have to work.

I need to think of new adjectives for the things that I like. Even I'm getting tired of adore, love, gorgeous, amazing, lovely....

Dedicated to the one I love*

From my e-Flux mailer for the NY Art Book Fair. E-Flux is what separates me from being completely uninformed about all things art related around the world. *This one goes out to the love of my life, Devrim, for taking a chance on a girl with funny red shoes who lived north of 8 mile in some artist commune, or something.

"I Married an Artist"
by Anne Collier and Matthew Higgs
Signed and numbered edition of 150
C-print, 20 x 16.5 inches
2008 Fall Benefit Edition

11 October 2008

Flocked wallpaper

I love this selection of flocked wallpaper from House Beautiful. While I won't be putting any wallpaper in our new apartment (yet), I do adore these patterns and may look for something similar here to do a corner or a wall sometime in the future. They feel very fall to me.Right now our floors have huge holes from the plumbing being put in. I know very little about cement, except that nearly all buildings here are made with it. It is strange to me to think that to put in a new electrical line one has to drill through cement to do so. Once the walls and floor were stripped of tile, it looked much like a commercial building site... chipped tile powder, lots of crunchy pieces below your feet. I'm getting ready to do the Before of the Before & After, but want it to look teeny bit nicer inside before I do that.

08 October 2008

Angel Wings

Dreaming of drinking Cafe Au Lait out of these amazing Gold Wing Bowls by Sami Rinne.

07 October 2008

Nest interview

Hey, I just realized I was the featured facilitator/designer this month! Take a look!

Nest and Parker Posey

I got a very happy email from Nest today... Parker Posey, the amazing Parker Posey, is a supporter of Nest and their efforts to fight poverty. This is not only an organization I believe in strongly, it is sort of like a child I have watched grow from infancy to adulthood. Having worked with them on so many levels, as designer, loan facilitator, organizer of projects here in Turkey, I feel so proud to watch Nest reach a larger audience.

Take advantage of Nest's generous 25% off while you can!

06 October 2008

All my favorite words...

Word fun thanks to Wordle. Can you figure out the rest?