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The Turquoise Port Summer 2021 Playlist

Hello from Germany everyone!

If you follow my stories over on Instagram and Facebook, you’ll know that I’m busy decorating our new tiny house in the village I grew up in. We finally got to lay our eyes on on the place more than a year after it was completed. 😅

With the music on full blast, we spend our days assembling furniture and unpacking numerous boxes containing things that make a house a home.

Listen to the Turquoise Port Summer 2021 playlist 🎶

Hope you are well,
Alex x

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This month I’m … August 2021

FINALLY SEEING
Our tiny house in Germany!

The place was built last summer and we were meant to be there for it, but Japan had closed its borders for non-Japanese visa holders. I just cannot wait to walk through the door and start decorating! 

DECORATING
That tiny house

Internet connection permitting, I will post videos and pictures on my Instagram and Facebook stories as I go along. Did I mention I’m mega excited? 😅

WATCHING
“Physical” (Apple TV+)

I’m a couple of episodes in and love it!

“Sheila Rubin is a quietly tormented housewife in ’80s San Diego. Behind closed doors, she battles extreme personal demons and a vicious inner voice. But things change when she discovers aerobics, sparking a journey toward empowerment and success.”

READING
“What Could Be Saved” by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz

“An enthralling, redemptive novel set in Bangkok in 1972 and Washington, DC, in 2019 about an expatriate child who goes missing, whose family is contacted decades later by a man claiming to be the vanished boy.”

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This month I’m … July 2021

WATCHING
“Peaky Blinders” (Netflix)

We got absolutely hooked on this Netflix series.
It’s a fictional story based on the real life Peaky Blinders, a notorious gang in Birmingham, England who were active in the city from the 1890s to the early 20th century.

Expect brilliant acting combined with a great soundtrack.

READING
Old Filth by Jane Gardam

FILTH = Failed In London Try Hong Kong – is, in a nutshell, the life story of an English lawyer, born in Malaya during the British Empire’s heyday, his schooling in pre-war England, his professional success in Southeast Asia and his return to England toward the end of the millennium. I loved this book and I was sad when I turned the last page.
But hurray: It’s the first of a trilogy so I will keep on reading!

LEARNING
How to make my own clothes!

I’ve always loved fabrics and tend to collect them on my travels wherever I go. Melanie Uematsu offers sewing & pattern making classes in her atelier in Oyamadai – 5 classes later I’ve already made a skirt and I’m half way through sewing a top to go with the skirt.

PLANNING
Our trip to Germany

I haven’t seen my family in 2 years and after postponing our flight 5 times, we keeping our fingers crossed for our mid-August departure. Travelling used to be fun – I’m currently buried neck-deep in Covid-related rules & regulations…

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This month I’m … June 2021

WATCHING
“Halston” on Netflix

Ewan McGregor is absolutely fabulous in the role of fashion designer Roy Halston who dictated American glamour in the late 1960s and 1970s. 

LISTENING TO
The “Superwoman Wellness” Podcast

If you only listen to one episode, make it EP 218 – Bras & Breast Health. It’s truly eye opening.

EATING
Lots of yummy summer fruits

Click here for the recipe of this refreshing Mango Lassi Bowl recipe – a summer breakfast favourite in our house

SPENDING
My mornings on our tiny little balcony

To watch the fun little 30 second balcony styling video I made a couple of weeks ago, click here.

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This month I’m … May 2021

GETTING
My strength back after surgery

A nodule had to be taken out of my lower left lung a couple of weeks ago; I talked about it here: Video

WATCHING
The Mosquito Coast

An idealist uproots his family and moves them to Latin America.
Apple TV+ is currently releasing one episode each week and we are hooked! 

SAYING
Sayonara to some dear friends & customers

The Sayonara season is upon us…

READING
The Midnight Library
by Matt Haig

I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction and autobiographies lately and can’t wait to get started with this story:

“Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?”

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This month I’m … March 2021

HOSTING
The Turquoise Port annual sale

Check your inbox on Friday, 12 March at 9am to get the early access link for email subscribers.

Not on the mailing list? Sign up here: https://turquoiseport.com/mailinglist/

EAGERLY AWAITING
The 2nd season of Interior Design Masters on Netflix

Hop on over to Netflix if you haven’t watched the first season yet

READING
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
by Christy Lefteri

I’m about 1/4 into this heartbreaking yet beautifully told story and can highly recommend it.

LOOKING FORWARD TO
The 2021 cherry blossom season

I’m already super excited just seeing those plum and early cherry trees bloom 🌸

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This month I’m … February 2021

WATCHING
Crash Landing on You

I had asked for TV show recommendations over on my Facebook page a couple of weeks ago – thank you so much if you were one of the ones commenting! We’ve got a great list to watch our way through now 🤩

DECLUTTERING
The Turquoise Port HQ


The Turquoise Port HQ (aka my office) is in dire need of a declutter – it has become a bit of the dumping ground for all sorts of things and it’s driving me mad!

READING
Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted
by Suleika Jaouad

“A searing, deeply moving memoir of illness and recovery that traces one young woman’s journey from diagnosis to remission and, ultimately, a road trip of healing and self-discovery.”

GETTING
Ready for my annual sale

which will happen in early March – my lovely email subscribers will, of course, get early access to the goodies! Not on the list? Sign up here!

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This month I’m … January 2021

WATCHING
Schitt’s Creek

I know, I know – we are a bit late to the party. Schitt’s Creek has been out there for a loooong time. Hilariously funny and great escapism from the real world.

COOKING
Comfort food


Is there anything better than yummy comfort food on a cold winter’s day? I’ll share some recipes later in the month.

READING
A Burning” by Megha Majumdar 

This book has been on my list for a while now – can’t wait to get into it!

GETTING
Cozy indoors

’cause lets face it: we are not going anywhere anytime soon…

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This month I’m … November 2020

WATCHING
The Queen’s Gambit

We are about half-way through this totally addictive series and LOVE it! 

GETTING COZY

with those beautiful cotton throws that arrived from Thailand a few days ago! 220 x 110 cm, ¥4,000
I’ll add them to the online store sometime next week – please get in touch to purchase before they go up online!

LOOKING FORWARD
to the Holiday Pop-In with Bikudesigns & My Moniko!

Save the date! 26th November @ the Showroom. Further details to follow!

READING
Pomegranate Soup

Beneath the holy mountain Croagh Patrick, in damp and lovely County Mayo, sits the small, sheltered village of Ballinacroagh. To the exotic Aminpour sisters, Ireland looks like a much-needed safe haven. It has been seven years since Marjan Aminpour fled Iran with her younger sisters, Bahar and Layla, and she hopes that in Ballinacroagh, a land of “crazed sheep and dizzying roads,” they might finally find a home.