Have you heard of @me__l_i_v_i_n_g and @eduanroos? If not, I strongly recommend you follow their beautiful Instagram accounts. The lovely couple Eduan & Melissa gave us permission to shoot our new lifestyle range in their exquisite home.
Eduan Roos is the Creative Director of Kraak Events and styles and creates magical arrangements for weddings and other events. His soon to be wife, Melissa de Villliers is co-owner of Pajamas and Jam eatery (which she shares with her sister) which is in a restored eclectic warehouse in Somerset West. One of the best eateries in Cape Town that also specializes in all things tasty especially delectable sweets and treats and cakes.
The first time I saw them on Instagram, their beautifully appointed home really resonated with me. I contacted Eduan & Melissa to introduce Summah and discuss our new range of interior lifestyle pieces we are currently exporting from Turkey. I invited my Dad (business partner) to accompany me to this shoot, this was the first time he has had exposure to this type of work and styling that I do. Eduan welcomed us (along with Patchouli, their gorgeous black Russian terrier – who features quite frequently in the shoot too)
Prior to arrival, Eduan had taken the trouble to prepare some food and styled pieces for us – making the space look really ‘lived-in’. His simplistic and minimalistic décor/ styling, made it so easy for us to jump straight in, and shoot away.
A home with character, a combination of structure and informal open spaces. High wooden carved ceilings, painted white slated floors. Natural and neutral palettes – whites, cream, beiges with soft luxurious furnishings and subtle pieces, with touches of whimsical pampas reeds and blooms . Our objective was to keep within the character of the elegant home and add our splashes of colour, to reflect the style of the homeowners. We selected desert, plateau and cacti yellow blankets to achieve this. Our starting point was in their bedroom, where we laid out our cacti beige throw which paired perfectly with their duvet set and linen pillows.
The neat and simplistic bathroom space allowed for a mixture of stripes and neutrals such as crème black, stone and fresh where we could showcase our 100% cotton bathroom towels. The open plan lounge area gave us creative space to add layers and textures to add interest and warmth, to create a luxurious harmony and visual impact. Lastly – the courtyard, where we used one of our cacti yellow throw against their day bed, scattered with woven pillows.
As part of a table-setting, we set up different scenes showing just how versatile our pieces can be. We shot some pieces in their pantry too which is open planned and beautiful leading through the kitchen, dinning room and living room to outdoors. After all the hardwork was done – Eduan treated us to the food he had so carefully prepared for our shoot. We tried to encorporate a soft hue color way with pops of bright yellows, denims and linen. We used figs, lemons and an assortment of bread and cakes to bring a sense of summer to this delightful outdoor space.
Thank You for an amazing time in your home!
S U M M A H x