turkish bath towels

I have a new towel rack in my bathroom...well, it's not new actually it's vintage. I haven't shown you any pictures yet because I still need to patch up the holes in the wall where the old chrome towel bar was. I also think I need to purchase some new towels for it. We've been hanging our old, white towels on it which we received as wedding presents about 7 years ago and I have to admit they are looking kind of tired. The edges are frayed and they're not quite as soft and white as they use to be. What I would really love to replace them with is some new Turkish bath towels. Le Souk

Do you know about Turkish bath towels or Pestamal as they are called in Turkey? They are lighter and thinner than standard towels and as a result try much faster which is an added advantage in humid weather. They also come in the most beautiful textured and striped patterns with that great fringe along the edge . The only problem is they can be exorbitantly expensive, especially on this end of the world.


Enter my husband, who briefly lived in Turkey after high school. He suggested we contact one of his Turkish friends and see if she could pop some in the mail to us. Within a few days she had sent us a Turkish website to look at and towels to choose from (see above). Yesterday, the package was sent. I can't wait to see them!  Of course, once they arrive and the wall is patched up and painted I will show you. Apparently, I'm not the only one hankering after Turkish bath towels. I just spotted them on Anna of Door Sixteen's It List over at sfgirlbybay. I'm in good company!

the friday files

This week started off with the first heavy snowfall we have had all year and ended with much of the same thing. I loved reading Katy Elliott's post about her futile attempts to keep her sidewalks cleared in much snowier Massachusetts. Even better though was the link she provided for Peanut Butter Crispy Bars topped with chocolate. I can't wait to give this recipe a try. With all of this snow on the ground, I couldn't help but notice this beautiful calendar of full foliaged Toronto trees on one of my co-worker's desk. I know what you're thinking... trees + calendar, I've seen it before....but you should really check this project out. There is definitely some kind of love affair going on! Speaking of love affairs, thanks for all your comments about updating my blogroll. As Kelly commented it really is a hard task to do. It is definitely a work in progress so I will continue to add to it over time. Finally, I really enjoyed seeing Abbey's house from Aesthetic Outburst over on sfgirlbybay. As you know I love a good house tour and Abbey's was a delight to see. I'll leave you with a few images from a house I found over at Light Locations. Isn't this pairing of minimal white kitchen with warm, worn wood floors and sculptural stools beautiful? And how about that sherbet coloured room with the expertly hung art arrangement. Wouldn't you love a room like this in your house to escape to especially during the grey days of winter?

victoria's parisian flea markets

Today's guest blogger needs no introduction. It's none other than Victoria from sfgirlbybay! I pretty much fell off my chair a few months ago when she asked me to guest post on her blog. I couldn't believe she even knew who I was. She also mentioned something about returning the favor if I ever needed her help! So I asked her. Of course, she willingly obliged. Not only has she gathered together a great post for all of you but she has given me some shopping advice as well. Thanks Victoria!

Hello Marion House readers! It's Victoria from sfgirlbybay, stepping in for Emma while she's off jaunting about in France. Ahem, are we not just a tad bit jealous??? I thought so! Well, here we are, so today I thought I'd share one of my obsessions, Paumes Books. And this one in particular, because it's all about Paris Brocantes, or markets and shops specializing in vintage and antique wares.

Paris Brocante is written in Japanese, so I can’t read it, but I do like to look at all those pretty pictures. Fortunately, the shop names and addresses are all listed, so should lucky you be making the trip to Paris soon, you will be able to locate the over 45 shops and markets listed in the book.

You can find all kinds of Paumes titles on their English website. I don’t know when my next trip to Paris might be, but I hope Emma can take adventage of this book and we can live vicariously through her travels. Bon voyage!

pin it forward

Well, we're almost at the end of another blogger mashup. There's only two days left after today for the Pin It Forward campaign. If you haven't heard by now, Victoria over at sfgirlbybay has organized this amazing lineup of bloggers to talk about 'what home means to them'. We're doing this by using this nifty new program called Pinterest that acts like one big virtual pin up board. You literally click on any image you like and it is saved to one of your inspiration boards. So easy. And the best thing is that it records and links where you got the image from. Perfect!

Now, to the topic, "what home means to me", not an easy question to answer! I've been thinking all day about what to write. I seem to do my best thinking on my bike rides to and from work and I realized that what really makes a home is the experiences and memories you have within it.

Like learning to bake. I can remember doing it for the first time when I was quite young. The hot sweet smell of the kitchen, the taste of the uncooked batter on the wooden spoon and that feeling that somehow as the maker of these cookies you were going to get more out of this experience than anyone else. I mean, who else gets to eat as much raw cookie dough? Not to mention all of the love and adoration that comes from making such a treat for others. It's probably why I come back to baking time and time again. It's a ritual that makes everything right.

Growing up, we were always told that home was not a matter of place or location but simply the connection between family members. Home was where ever the five of us were. And oftentimes, that was in the back of a car taking off on family road trips. There is nothing quite like cramming your entire family dynamic into one small, tight space to find out what makes everyone click. When home is two square feet in the back of a car you quickly realize what really matters.

For as long as I can remember, mornings have always started off in our house with a cup of tea. I think from about the age of six onwards (maybe younger) a cup of hot sugary tea would be waiting for me at the breakfast table. Now, thirty odd years later I still start the day the same way. These little rituals which are so comforting and familiar are what a home is built around. It's like making that same family recipe for strawberry pie each summer or going on the same walk each fall and collecting specimens along the way.On that note, I think I would find it hard to live in a place that didn't experience four seasons each year. I love wintery days with time spent skiing and skating as much as I love the hot days of summer swimming in lakes and catching up on my reading.

Finally, as a child I spent a lot of time travelling. As soon as we had a break from school my mum and dad would pack us all up and off we would go for weeks or even months at a time. I loved all of the adventures we went on. Some of them to very remote and faraway places. There is nothing quite like being in other parts of the world to learn about life and humanity. But sometimes it takes being away from home to realize and appreciate how much it means to you. I remember my sisters and I would play a game where we would fantasize about what our first meal would be when we got back home. Whether it was hamburgers or milkshakes or a green salad there is something to be said for your own bed, your own food, and your own surroundings. Home is sometimes best appreciated from afar.

My Pin It Forward board over at Pinterest has more images and credits for all the above photos. You can also check out my other inspiration boards. Thanks to Cassandra over at Coco & Kelley for posting yesterday and please be sure to visit Dew Drop Inn's Pin It Forward post tomorrow. Thanks again, Victoria for introducing us all to Pinterest and organizing this mashup.