Our ELLE DECORATION Editor Laureen Rossouw is packing for a short, snappy business trip to Istanbul. These are some of the beautiful things she’ll be seeing, courtesy of Cape Town designer Jaco Janse van Rensburg who shared these personal snapshots of a holiday in Istanbul – and the beautiful memories they inspire.
The last holiday I spent with my mother before she passed away was in Istanbul. Ten pattern soaked days spent in mysterious spaces with bold colour and inspired compositions. We were true tourists, seeing every sight imaginable. The Hagia Sofia is probably the most extraordinary space I have ever entered. It made me understand that you can experience the divine on earth.
I took these images in some of the most incredible spaces I had ever visited: The Topkapi, The Blue Mosque. I will always make space for emerald green, soft teal and mercurial gold in my home. She loved these colours and this particular shade of burgundy was always present in her home. She believed more was always more.

You have not lived until you have experienced a real turkish bath – the mother of all spas.
These images of Kristen Stewart are from the latest shoot by Mario Testino for Vanity Fair magazine and have put me in a maximalist state of mind.
I immediately thought of the work of Tony Duquette – the godfather of contemporary maximalist interiors. His famed home in Beverly Hills, Dawn Ridge, was the stuff of Technicolour dreams.

Jim Thopmson fabrics have launched a new range of fabrics, all inspired by Tony Duquette and available at T&Co.
And when it comes to couture, no one has ever been able to achieve the heights of Alexander McQueen. RIP.
Makes me want to roll out a carpet from Gonsenhauser, have a picnic and invent a Turkish Delight cocktail. Cheers mum.
– Posted by Jaco Janse van Rensburg www.jacojansevanrensburg.com