MARRAKECH

MARRAKECH

Marrakech

Written by Kirst Gordon

Our Visual Journal of our trip to Marrakech, one of the best most beautiful places we have ever visited. Marrakech – ” the pink city” the name given to by its locals is vibrant, chaos and a burst of senses. We visited some of our favourites such as LRNCE , EL FENN, RIAD L’ATELIER where we had the pleasure of staying at. We explored the vast gardens or “jardin” in French.

A list of things to do and see and try :

ATAY CAFE , CAFE DES EPICES , SAAIDAN TOMBS , MARRAKSHI LIFE , JEMAA EL FENA , JARDIN MAJORELLE , YVES SAINT LAURENT MUSEUM, LES JARDIN SECRET , LE JARDIN , MAX + JAN , LRNCE , NOMAD RESTAURANT , BAHIA PALACE , EL FENN HOTEL , RIAD L’ATELIER

Happy wandering,

S U M M A H X

AT HOME WITH ME LIVING

AT HOME WITH ME LIVING

At Home with Me Living

Written by Summah .Co

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 

KAROO

KAROO

Karoo

Written by Summah .Co

KAROO

Our collection is inspired and based on tactile pieces that bring a feeling or emotion when being touched or used.  We chose to shoot with Paige Wood and packed a car full of props and suitcases filled to the brim with towels, throws, blankets and padkos. We went into the Karoo to shoot our campaign and new Autumn Winter collection.  “The Karoo is a semi desert natural region of South Africa. No exact definition of what constitutes the Karoo is available, so its extent is also not precisely defined”. A place known for being an in-between place slicing through the great Karoo between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

We drew inspiration from the vast open spaces, clay like sand, open plains, dry grass, clear pink skies and the coziness of being wrapped up in doors with tea and marmalade toast. We stayed at Richmond café and rooms in Richmond, visited padstals and ventured out to Cornel Strydom’s Pink Hill. Vibrant colors of the ever-changing sky, the silence in the morning, wrapped up in layers and dancing in robes in the field. Open planned bathrooms, grandeur bath tubs and massive showers. Lathered in soap and cleansed with sponges, dried off with a plump absorbent 100% cotton flat woven Turkish Towel. Hand-picked cacti, pops of yellow and still moments.  

Everything about this trip instilled a sense of calm and grounding for us. Being South African and living abroad, I always love coming home to “my roots”. The Karoo is something I have been fascinated with for quite some time and when the opportunity arose to shoot there I thought it was destiny. We drove up early Monday morning and returned late Wednesday afternoon. We will do another blog post behind the scenes of our road trip and where we stopped off along the way aswell as the landscape more in detail.  

 S U M M A H   X

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HAMAM

HAMAM

Hamam

Written by Summah .Co

A Turkish bath (hamamArabicحمّام‎, ḥammām) is a place of public bathing associated with the culture of the Ottoman Empire. 

Kılıç Ali Paşa hamam is one of our favorite spots and treats in Istanbul, bursting with culture and history. It is a 16th-century hamam restored into a luxurious bathhouse. Kilic Ali Pasa Hamam is our hidden gem where you can unwind and get pampered. A Turkish hamam is used for social gatherings for women and men, the timing is split by gender, allowing women to bathe between 8:00 am – 4:00pm and men-only between 4:30 pm – 11:30 pm.

 

Typically, you are given and covered with a thin Turkish towel called a “peştamel / push-te-mahl”. The Peştamel is the authentic Hamam Towel that is a flat-woven 100 percent cotton, hand-tied fringe. It is an essential element of the legendary Turkish bath house experience.

The ritual starts by being escorted by a bathing attendant  (natır  for ladies) and tellak for men)  to a steamy space with a high dome and soft, low light room.  The dome is filled with hand blown glass sky lights that stream in natural light from the outside .

Your attendant will take you to the next phase, to the Kurna (the marble water basin) where silver bowls are filled with warm water that used to rinse you prior to lying on a heated marble platform “Göbektaşı,” This relaxation room is heated by a continuous flow of hot, dry air, allowing the bather to perspire freely. 

She continues to massage you with a soap foam called Köpük (bubble soap) which is then followed by intense scrubbing with a rough “kese” mitt to remove your dead skin cells. You are rinsed and cleansed from head to toe, and re-wrapped in the softest absorbent “peştamel” and taken back to the cool room where you are rehydrated with tea / water – where you relax for the rest of the morning.

 S U M M A H    X