Aniko’s designer collaborator Elizabeth Balish followed up on furnishing details, like compiling reports on the restoration and storage of all original rugs and fabrics, wooden case pieces and antiques. Although the residence had been refurnished partially and intermittently over the past 40 years, it was in need of a complete and systematic refurbishment remarked Aniko with her trademark flair: “All the paintings, the brass and gilded work were dark brown or black. They look absolutely gorgeous now.”
Now complete, the current residents feel privileged and honored. “With its unique blend of Eastern and Western architectural flourishes, this mansion is the embodiment of Turkey,” uttered Ambassador ?ensoy as he turned to his private quarters. “My wife and I are truly privileged to be the first to occupy the residence following this unprecedented restoration work and look forward to sharing this gift with those who believe in building bridges between our two great nations.”
Certainly, they won’t be the last Ambassadorial couple to feel just as privileged.