We live in a small apartment. It’s a good size for our city, but small by most U.S. standards and we have to work pretty hard to keep it from getting too cluttered. This means that when we travel, instead of bringing home tchotchkes, we try to find mementos that are beautiful but also functional.
Our apartment has parquet floors throughout, and we’ve been in need of a few rugs to keep our toes warm and help cut down on the noise for our downstairs neighbors. We sorted through stacks and stacks of vintage rugs, searching for just the right colors for our decor. We also picked up a few pillows for the couch and bedroom, and a vivid embroidered scarf for me. We even found a small Turkish coffee pot for the Mister–he’s a bit of a coffee nut.
Around the corner from our Istanbul apartment we found a small shop that sold hand woven Turkish towels, and simple, beautiful throws that would be perfect for keeping warm in the winter. We picked up a a few towels and a throw for us, and a few for birthday and wedding gifts for family.