My husband and I have done a lot of renovations and repairs through the years. It started in Philadelphia with my small condo, then with the house he rented in the city. Eventually, we bought our first home in Philadelphia, a 135-year-old row house on Centennial Row in the Art Museum Area.
We went wild there, tiling the kitchen floor and bathroom walls. We built a faux stone retaining wall and laid flagstone in our backyard. My brother jumped in installing countless windows, painting the rooms, creating covers for our radiators . . . I could go on and on.
My husband moved to Turkey 6 months before me and rented a small apartment that was conveniently located in the center Ankara. He found a great place, but boy, did one need to have a good eye to see that! The building was constructed in the 70’s, and man did it show!
He painted the entire house before I arrived, laid carpet and laminate floors, and even repaired the wood floors in the living room. But it needed more! Our DIY projects have included new kitchen cabinets, sinks, a toilet, crown molding, and new wall tile in the kitchen.
Now that I am in Ankara almost 6 years, I don’t think I can stand the bathroom any longer! Our bathroom is completely tiled and it is UGLY! The shower is even worse. Even with the new fixtures and cabinet, I just can’t take it.
I’ve been searching for bathroom ideas and came across a great website called homify. It is full of suggestions for home design. There are pages of photos of rooms and products. The bathroom photos are amazing. In addition to the photos, it has links to websites where one can actually purchase products in the photos. It also has a page to ask advice from professionals and to view previously asked questions. Below are some bathroom photos from homify’s website:
The website is in Turkish, but I have little problem with the Turkish language when it comes to decorating the house and shopping! When I do have difficulty, I simply use Google Translate on the page, or flip over to the UK version of the website for general translations.
I appreciate the website for several reasons. First, local stores seem to carry “traditional” Turkish décor which often means a lot of pink and purple tiles for the bathroom. Ick! In addition, nicer and more modern stores are often hard to find and require a lot of travel back and forth to compare prices.
When I finally convince my husband that we should renovate our bathroom, homify will be my one-stop website for ideas, information, and shopping!