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The right side of the house, designed as a private space for the couple, includes this casual living room, an office and a bedroom suite. The living room takes full advantage of the home's stunning Istanbul views, and Pekcan offset the city skyline with warm textures and colors from the couples' South African accessories. The unique light fixture in this room was installed in the ceiling during the home's redesign. The circular shape emphasizes the panoramic view along the edges of this round room.
An office, complete with a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf and red rolling library ladder, sits just past the living room. The TV cables are hidden in the pipe that runs from the ceiling to the floor. This pipe also allows the TV to turn 360 degrees around, which is why Pekcan set it between the living room and the workspace.
Bookcase, work table, ladder: custom by Pebbledesign
Pekcan painted the entire master bedroom — including the floors — in a bright white, inspired by a hotel room the couple stayed in during a trip to New York. The duvet is a hand-me-down from the wife's grandmother. Pekcan placed a sturdy lining underneath the delicate fabric to make it more practical.
The painting above the bed is an original from the Russian painter Tatyana Nazarenko. The only time she visited Turkey was in 1987, when she painted this painting for the client.
Bed frame: Moda Bagno
The couple's collection of antiques and paintings helped define the style of each room. The pendants in this bedroom were another treasure from the wife's grandmother, reworked from older and broken table lamps.
The kitchen is situated on the left and more public half of the unit. Pekcan designed the clean-lined, modern kitchen space to complement the rest of the home's sleek architecture. As she got to know the clients' style, she was able to help them choose colors and materials that they were comfortable living with.
A smart kitchen island incorporates counter seating for casual meals, storage for serveware and a wine refrigerator. The clients love to entertain and spend a lot of time at home, so Pekcan designed a flexible space that would work for small or large groups.
Pendant: Flos, Skygarden; countertops: Corian; cabinets: Dada Kitchen
A separate office sits on the more private half of the unit. Rather than install a standard set of floor-to-ceiling shelves, Pekcan created a sliding shelf unit as a movable and functional piece of art.
In the more formal living room, designed for entertaining, custom-designed cases hold cherished antiques collected from around the world. A traditional Turkish prayer rug sits underneath two silk-upholstered chairs.
The couple wanted to integrate some of their antique furniture in this space, so Pekcan took a bit of a risk and designed it in a more formal style. Working with English-style furniture and antiques for the first time was a challenge for the designer. While the space may look disjointed from the other rooms at first, the clean architecture and glamorous accents help the room flow with the rest of the house.
Couch, table and chairs: Ica; chandelier: Lamp House