Istanbul Diary

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On the streets of Istanbul…

Back streets of Taksim // Rainbow stairs // Mosque details // Kilim stack // Apple tea and Turkish delight in the Grand Bazaar // Patchwork old kilims // Fisherman on the bridge

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Sky High

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As if we hadn’t fallen for India enough, our recent six weeks there just deepened our love for this complex, maddening and inspiring place. I can’t say what it is, but I am addicted. We sadly left Jaipur after spending day in day out with our suppliers and friends, who become somewhat of a second family while we’re away. From our supplier, Bharat, who tells us all our designs are “Marvellous!” (what an underused word that is) to our newly made expat friends in Jaipur, our time in India was incredible.

Of course, in amongst long days working, we found an early morning to do something exhilarating – hot air ballooning over the Amber Fort and surrounds… Exhilarating doesn’t really even do this justice. Magical, astounding, stunning, thrilling – nope words just don’t cut it. In a country of over a billion people, to see India from the air away from the honking horns and hordes of people, is simply unforgettable. We took off near the imposing Amber Fort, before flying over the surrounding Aravalli ranges and villages. This I will certainly never forget! If you ever make it to Jaipur, make sure you do this (details below)…

We’re now in Istanbul on the hunt for kilims, pestemals and other treasures – with a few apple tea and turkish delight breaks along the way. We’ll keep you posted!

Much love xx

Hot Air Ballooning with Sky Waltz in Jaipur. Thank you Richard for a wonderful flight!

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Sweet Dreams

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For those of you who haven’t caught up, we’re back in the land of curries, elephants, chaotic bazaars and the home of beautiful textiles. We’ve been working hard sourcing, designing and having a good old laugh at the weird and wonderful daily happenings – of which there are many! For instance, we stopped into LMB today, a popular restaurant in Jaipur, to find our waiter was most interested in our conversation. He stood next to our table and listened intently from the moment we sat down to the time we left, adding an obligatory nod to anything he found most agreeable and a look of disbelief at the comments he found surprising! A little unnerving to begin with but by the end we were in fits of laughter. Only in India…

Amidst all this activity, we just got up to speed with The Block (a minor miracle given the state of internet here) and spotted our block printed bedlinen along with our Amore kantha linen cushion! Pretty cool! So this week only we’re offering 25% off our luxurious block printed bedlinen… Ends this Sunday and stock is limited!

Bye for now xx

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Raas

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After spending two weeks on the trot, working, visiting suppliers, and having minor meltdowns at some of India’s ways, we finally treated ourselves at the amazing Raas Hotel in Jodhpur… While we couldn’t quite afford a night in the peace and tranquility of this hotel, we were more than happy to dine at their restaurant. With stunning views of the Jodhpur fort and a garden that transports you to another time and place, it was well worth it!

Jemmi x

Images via Raas Hotel website

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Beyond

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If you watch only one thing this week, make it this… Beyond. Blew me away and captures Varanasi’s haunting spiritualism better than I’ve ever seen before. Thanks Jemmi for the tip! x

Image via Joey L. Also see his unbelievable Holy Men photo series.

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Gods and Gurus

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After a particularly hellish week involving all nighters, house-painting, my other half ending up in hospital for five days, and moving house (phew I cannot even believe all this happened in one week!), Bali welcomed us with the peace and time out we so desperately needed. More or less collapsing on arrival, after a full night’s sleep we dove into the spiritualism, hedonism, and rejuvenation that this island so wonderfully offers. Returning home only made bearable by the launch of Sage and Clare and that we’ll be returning next year to get hitched! x

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