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New cushion covers!

If you are on my mailing list you will have received an email a couple of days ago announcing my new cushion covers!

They were supposed to be part of my 2020 collection that never came about because of the current situation out there.¬†I hope you love them as much as I did when I first laid my eyes on them¬†ūü§©

Happy weekend!
Alex x

Want to find out when new products are released?

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Free shipping in August! ūüíô

The rainy season has FINALLY ended in Tokyo and someone switched the heat on as soon as the rain stopped! It isn’t quite as hot a in previous years (yet), fingers crossed it stays that way.

I’ve been busy adding more products to my online store and¬†I’m offering¬†free shipping¬†to¬†my lovely newsletter subscribers based in Japan¬†throughout the month of August!¬†

Sign up if you are not on my list yet!

Wishing you a fab weekend and keep smiling,
Alex x

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This month I’m … July 2020

And July it is.
Half of 2020 is gone and what a strange year it has been so far. I can’t help but wonder what the second half will bring.

The start of the summer school holidays usually goes hand in hand with quite a bit of change – families moving across continents to start new adventures elsewhere or return to their home countries. This year is no different. I said goodbye to a number of good friends and lovely customers but without sayonara parties/drinks/dinners this time round.

In the meantime I’m enjoying the somewhat cooler, albeit rainy, days before the summer heat arrives.

Keep smiling,
Alex x

BINGE WATCHING
the lastest season of Queer Eye on Netflix. Love it!!

HOPING
for the numbers to go down again so we can go on a road trip…

READING
The Henna Artist”¬†by Alka Joshi
* I’m on chapter 2 and can’t stop reading!!

GETTING EXCITED ABOUT
receiving some of Ilana Dashe (dasheprints) fabulous artworks to display in the Showroom! 

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Headbands, fritters & a fake Russian choir ūüėÉ

It was fab to see some of my lovely customers last week¬†at my¬†first¬†Showroom Open Day in ages!¬†I was a bit worried about my rusty¬†communication skills after not having seen people in the flesh for quite some time¬†ūüėČ

Lovely Victoria from Bikudesigns dropped off some new stock a few days ago Рscroll down for a peek!

Also included in my update today are my favorite links from the last couple of weeks as well as a couple of recipes I enjoyed.

Keep smiling,
Alex x

Some of my favorite links

Can’t travel this summer? Here are some armchair travel¬†ideas
Travel the world with 11 of far-flung TV shows

The Foo Fighters are my fav band ever and I’m loving this all-star version of “Times like these”¬†
Live Lounge Allstars – Times Like These

Fancy a bit of quick & easy DIY?
4 low-cost ideas to update your home this weekend

The impact of the global pandemic on interior design
How is COVID-19 shaping design trends?

This cracked me up!¬†ūüėÄ
How Australia’s ‘fake genuine Russian choir’ Dustyesky went viral during the coronavirus pandemic

A bit of fun! I scored 68%
How perfect is your colour vision?

Bikudesigns restock

Vintage Kimono Headbands
¥3,500

Large Vintage Kimono Pendants
¥4,000

Small Vintage Kimono Pendants
¥3,000

Vintage Kimono Earrings
¥3,000

Vintage Kimono Cufflinks
¥4,000

Eat (and cook) your heart out

Corn fritters

I love fritters. In any shape and form. These ones feature quite frequently on our weekend brunch menu:

1 egg
1 tbsp water
125g flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt and pepper
1 can (410g) creamed corn
2-3 tbsp vegetable oil 

  • Lightly beat egg with the¬†water.
  • Sift in flour and baking powder, add salt and pepper and stir to achieve a medium batter (add more¬†water if needed). Make sure the mixture is not too thin.
  • Add the can of cream corn, season and stir.
  • Heat half the oil in a frying pan to a medium heat and add spoonfuls of the batter in the pan.
  • Flip the fritters when they start to bubble on the top (1-2 min),¬†but test they are cooked through before removing them.
  • You may need to add a little more oil after each lot is taken out of the pan.

I like to serve the fritters with cherry tomatoes, avocados, sour cream & Thai sweet chilli sauce. 

**vegetarian**

Soft baked lemon cookies

So simple
So quick
So yum

Recipe 

**vegetarian**

Roasted carrots with coriander yoghurt & nuts

This one elevates the humble carrot to new heights!
I usually replace the peanuts with chopped and roasted hazelnuts or almonds.

Recipe 

**vegetarian**

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This month I’m … June 2020

And June it is – the rainy season upon us followed by Tokyo’s relentlessly¬†hot and humid summer.¬†
Isn’t it¬†odd how quickly the last few months have gone whilst life in general notably¬†slowed down? Something to ponder about …

Right about now I had planned to launch my 2020 collection. Covid-19 stopped me right in my tracks by cancelling my last sourcing trip as well as orders coming from outside of Japan.

So instead of presenting a half-completed collection I’ll just show the beautiful pieces I found during the next few weeks over on Instagram & Facebook as well as via my mailing list.

Alex x

GETTING EXCITED ABOUT
opening my Showroom again!
I’ve made quite a few changes & can’t wait to show them off!

STARTING TO WORK ON
a series of home styling videos with Cherie Jones of Cherie Jones Design. Stay tuned!

READING
“The Clockmaker’s Daughter”
by Kate Morton
* I’m over 1/2 way through and addicted to the story! Great summer read.

RECEIVING
new Bikudesigns stock including a selection of fabulous vintage kimono fabric headbands!

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Ceramics release – finally!

My latest newsletter containing all the details of those ceramics from my last sourcing trip just went out to my email subscribers.

I meant to release those beauties at the end of March, but we all know that ceramics were nobody’s priorities back then! ūüėÖ

Please drop me a line if you would like to get that email or sign up for my newsletter here.

Hope you are well,
Alex x

P.S. I’m looking to re-start my Showroom Open Days in the second week of June – so stay tuned!

JUST SOME OF THOSE FAB CERAMICS I JUST RELEASED:

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This month I’m … March 2020

Well hello everyone,

Right – what’s going on in the world??
The last couple of weeks have been … interesting … to put it politely.
Event cancellations left, right and center, closed schools & museums, travel restrictions etc.

I hope you are all okay out there. Keep up the spirit! (I’m finding that one a bit difficult, especially on rainy days like today, but hey…)

Despite the current turmoil I’ve decided to keep on going with my Open Days for the time being, but will let you know if things change.

Stay healthy & happy
Alex x

READING
“The Silent Patient”
by Alex Michaelides

EXPLORING
the Izu Peninsula. This is rather last minute and I haven’t done any research. We had booked to go to Bangkok, but a certain virus messed up our plans…
Would love your recommendations!

GETTING EXCITED ABOUT
the amazing ceramics I found on my last sourcing trip Рavailable in the Showroom at the end of March

REPLANNING
a whole bunch of trips. I usually go sourcing in spring, but that’s probably not going to happen at this stage…¬†ūü¶†

BEAVERING AWAY 
on my online shop. I’m hoping to have the first set of products up & running at the end of the month!

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Introducing: ‚ÄúThis month I‚Äôm‚Ķ‚ÄĚ

Turquoise Port was founded and is run by me, myself & I.
My personal life and my life as a small business owner are very much intertwined so instead of just talking about my products, events and releases all the time, I thought I’ll share a few more personal things with you on a regular basis.

This is the first instalment of ‚ÄúThis month I‚Äôm‚Ķ‚Ä̬†

READING
City of Girls
by Elizabeth Gilbert

GETTING EXCITED ABOUT
new arrivals of Vietnamese pom pom cushion covers – available in the Showroom at the end of February

EXPLORING
Kobe, Japan
Any recommendations?

MAKING 
a bunch of different muesli / granola recipes
Got a good one? Please send it to me!

I’d love to know what you are up to Рcomment below or send an email to let me know.

Alex x