Interior Designer Zeynep Fadıllıoglu’ s fantastic Istanbul house in bosphorus

Zeynep Fadıllıoglu' s Istanbul ethic home style

Today, we will be visiting Turkish Interior Designer Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu‘ s (owner of ZF Design) fantastic house located in Bosphorus of Istanbul by the beautiful interior images from Vogue Living Australia magazine. The master of mixed ethnic styles Mrs. Fadıllıoğlu exposes her fancy talent and elegant style in her own nest playing with deep colors, textures and layers of fabrics, pillows, textiles, placing unexpected pieces of art pieces and antiques from different parts of the world. I think it would not be wrong to call this house as a representetive of  the world of interiors. Pieces from France, Far East, Anatolia (belong to different areas going back 400  years) they all get together in true elegance and introduce west with east while creating a delightful harmony in the beautiful one of a kind home.

Zeynep Fadıllıoglu' s house

In her design style she loves to mix elements, objects and furnitures of different cultures. She is highly influenced by the Islamic Arts, Ottoman, Seljuk & Byzantine styles and she blends them with European & Far Eastern antiques. On the above guest room image, a large silk screened Arabic calligraphy has been used on the wall as backdrop of a fancy bed decorated by rich fabrics. The little sateen upholstered chair next to bed is from France.

Zeynep Fadıllıoglu' s house in Istanbul

Deep burgandies, purple shades, gold and earthy colors used  next to blues create a dramatic backdrop of  artistic museum quality  interior space. The explosion of colors on rich fabrics, textured walls, carpets and upholstery are truly exciting in this artistic beautiful Turkish home.lineup083-500x703

The house is surrounded by hundreds years of old trees and located in a lush green garden. The natural landscape design of the garden is an extension of the old house. Fadıllıoğlu says she fell in love with the house because of its garden and its natural light in the first place even though the building was in wreck she imagined that a true beauty in her style could emerge from this place. After she bought the house she immediately put it into restoration then the interior styling followed successfully and all the decorational elements she used found their places with no extra effort.


She used furnitures, objects, art pieces from her family and mostly from the places she traveled to. Looking at these images it seems like all of them have been  there since the beginning of the old building. Creating this naturally living spaces is probably Zeynep Fadıllıoglu’ s biggest talent while setting  her soulful design style. On above room, the marble dust was used coloring the walls as most of the other rooms.  The furnitures and design elements are from different parts of the world. The big Bleu Blanc Vase is belong to Ming Dynasty. The large antique door is from Kayseri region in  Anatolia from the 18th century. The card player portrait on the wall is belong to a Russian Artist and the chic velvet sofa and the bamboo desk is French.

Zeynep Fadıllıoglu' s Istanbul home decor ceramics

Antique ceramics belong to Seljuk and İznik dated back from 11th & 12th centuries besides tiles from Damascus and antique metal necklaces from Nepal are displayed on the coffee table on the main room.

Zeynep Fadıllıoglu' s Istanbul home decor

An antique Ottoman textile banner Circa 1700 is displayed on the back of an original Ottoman Divan.

Zeynep Fadıllıoglu' s Istanbul home interior style

Even though, her deep appreciation for historical design elements on her style is too obvious she still describes herself as modernist cause she believes she translates all these ethnic elements setting with a new perspective which I find it very true…

written by Tijen Samuray Öztek (designmixer)

images by Vogue Living Australia

scanned images by Marte Merie Forsberg


7 thoughts on “Interior Designer Zeynep Fadıllıoglu’ s fantastic Istanbul house in bosphorus

  1. Amazing, thank you for sharing with us-as I am working with creators of Ikats and Suzani would love to meet this ultra creative lady!

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