The Turkish decorator, Serdar Gulgun has made his home in a former pasha's hunting lodge in the middle of Istanbul. The lodge is decorated in classic Ottoman-style, with Murano-glass chandeliers, French fauteuils, Chinese porcelain, luxurious Oushaks and colorful suzanis. I met with Serdar in his home a couple of years ago and was dazzled by both the elegance and opulence of his interior design aesthetic. A new book chronicling this beautiful home, Ottoman Chic (Assouline, $75) contains enough decorating ideas to keep the most avid decorating enthusiast and interior design professional alike engrossed.
Serdar Gulgun's new book, Ottoman Chic
A spread from the book
At Serdar Gulgun's Bosphorus villa, period details abound. This vignette shows a series of antique cushions, including a blue-silk embroidered with silver thread.
A guest bedroom is a riot of pattern: The leopard print coverlet plays off the intricate inlaid checkerboard on the walls, done with faux mother-of-pearl.
The fruit room, featuring a terra-cotta camel from Xi'an, China.