Turkish Towel Obsession

"Wrap yourself in cozy luxury today. You deserve it!"

Turkish Towels are all the rave right now, and we want you to get in on the trend! We picked up a line of Turkish towels from a Los Angeles based company, Smyrna Collection, that we are swooning over, and you are sure to love them as soon as you see them and try them!


What is a Turkish towel? Why are Turkish towels so hot right now? What makes Turkish towels so great and different? What uses do Turkish towels have? How do you care for your Turkish towel? Who is Smyrna Collection and why did Sanctuary South decide to pick this company?

What is a Turkish Towel?

Turkish Towels are hand-loomed with 100% Turkish Cotton. Turkish cotton is a long-fiber cotton that makes for fewer joins in manufacturing/looming. Fewer joins lead to stronger and smoother cotton, which makes for a very soft and functional towel. Turkish towels only become softer, fluffier, and more absorbent with use and washing cycles. 

Why are Turkish towels so popular and hot right now?

Turkish towels have become popular in recent years for many reasons. The quick-drying, lightweight material help keep the towels from mildewing and becoming unusable so quickly. These towels are easy to travel with and store as their fibers are less; this allows for the towels to fold compactly. Besides the beautiful colors these towels tend to boast, those who use the towels rave about the softness and comfort. Although these qualities have helped to make Turkish towels popular, the qualities are also what make Turkish towels so different. 

How & Where can you use your Turkish towel?

Turkish towels have so many different uses. We did not even realize all of the different uses until we dug a little deeper into this trend. The obvious uses would be to utilize the towel after a shower/bath or while laying out at the pool or beach. As we mentioned before, the towels dry tremendously faster than terry-cloth towels, making them great for a long day in the sun or drying off after a shower. Some other uses we found include: a picnic blanket/table cloth, a throw/blanket on your sofa or bed, a pillow/blanket while traveling, and a sarong/cover up at the pool or beach! 

How do I care for my towel?

Part of what makes Turkish towels so fabulous is the fact that they are hand-loomed. Towels that are made so specially and with so much love require a little more care when washing. Turkish towels are made for daily use, so they are very strong, however, a blogger from www.housetweaking.com recommends washing the towels on a cold gentle cycle and drying on low to medium heat. Smyrna Collection recommends a cold gentle wash cycle as well, but would suggest air drying if possible (imagine the smell and feel after you leave your towel to air dry outside on a spring/summer day!).  

Who is Smyrna Collection?

Smyrna Collection is a luxury Los Angeles based textiles brand. They strive to bring a mix of California bohemian with a little bit of Turkey. Smyrna Collection designs each piece in Los Angeles, while the actual products are manufactured by artisans in Turkey. The company was established in 2012, and has since brought these great products that can go between home, bath, beach, gym, and everywhere in between! All of their products are hand-loomed with eco-friendly cottons. Their pieces are inspired to make the customer feel stylish, elegant, and comfortable. We chose this brand, because we loved their designs and that their products are made with 100% Turkish cotton, opposed to a blend of polyester & cotton that some larger companies use.

What are people saying about their Turkish towels?

"A towel is a really personal belonging... You use one everyday, multiple times a day... Because Turkish towels get better with use, they become part of your routine. A part of your home. A part of your life." - Grace Druecke

"Jennifer Anniston, Beyonce, Johnny Depp, Rachel Bilson, Kate Moss, & Gwyneth Paltrow are a few who are obsessed, and have been seen using these towels" - Smyrna Collection Blog

"I love using them in different ways. They make a great tablecloth, and look pretty as a throw on the sofa. I always have them hanging somewhere in my house. They are great just to display on hooks or stacked in a pretty basket. I use them also for props in my photos.  They have a great natural feel and look that I love." - Angie Wendricks, Stylist & Blogger



Give Credit where Credit is Due:

https://smyrnacollection.com || http://www.housetweaking.com/2012/12/19/the-peshtemal-plunge/ || https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/what-the-internet-is-saying-about-turkish-towels-224777 || https://thebalimarket.us/blogs/turkishtowels/everything-you-need-to-know-before-you-buy-turkish-towels

January Brings New Arrivals

Where do we even begin? Market is such an incredible experience for anyone, especially at AmericasMart in Atlanta, Georgia; it's such an exciting time to see all of the new items that will be available for the new seasons, while also trying to control one's delirium after a long day of running from vendor to vendor buying the perfect items for your customers. I think any store owner/buyer would agree that it is extremely hard to predict what will be the big seller of the season, but that's what makes Market so fun! You truly get to pick out the items that you love, with the help of a few cocktails and/or beers. 

At Sanctuary South, we really kept our customers in mind throughout the whole Market experience. Our goal this trip was to find new items that are unique and exciting. We want our customers to have those exclusive items that they are thrilled to show off! We have to admit, you are going to love all of the new merchandise coming to our store!

Some of the categories we had in mind to re-vamp and spice up: 

  • Baby- We love your precious babies that come into our store, and want them to have the best clothes & accessories. Stay tuned for the new brands & items that will be coming in!
  • Home & Design- Did you know that Co-Owner & Lead Designer, Chelsea-Skye will now be working in-store? We have set up a fabulous new area where she can work and meet with clients inside the store! PS- Chelsea-Skye found some stunning pieces & brands for her design work!
  • Gifts- We love that you think of us first  when you need a gift, and we want to make sure that you have the perfect gift for everyone! We had a great time picking out new lines that are sure to excite and make you feel proud of your gift.
  • Kitchen/Barware- Oh. My. Gosh. One of our favourite categories to shop for! Kitchen and barware is so exciting, as it truly changes with every season! Honestly, the spring collections are amazing, and we can't wait for you to see all that we picked out. 

This January market, our manager was able to join us, and we had such a great time! Keep reading to see fun photos and displays that we were obsessing over!


This iron firewood holder makes us dream of snowy days with a warm fire going in the fireplace! We can't believe how pretty & functional this is! Here's to not going outside to grab more wood to keep the fire piping hot! 

This iron firewood holder makes us dream of snowy days with a warm fire going in the fireplace! We can't believe how pretty & functional this is! Here's to not going outside to grab more wood to keep the fire piping hot! 

Okay, these tables are to die for!! Each space within the vendors own booths were setup so perfectly with tons of design inspiration pouring into our minds. 

Obviously, we had to take this photo-op with Ryan Gosling... #HeyGirl 

Obviously, we had to take this photo-op with Ryan Gosling... #HeyGirl 

We must admit, one of our favourite parts of market was the yummy cocktails that were served! The displays each vendor had made it hard to resist a fun little cocktail.

We must admit, one of our favourite parts of market was the yummy cocktails that were served! The displays each vendor had made it hard to resist a fun little cocktail.


Cheers to a great Market Trip!

Stay tuned for weekly blog posts! We are thrilled to let you into our creative process! 

A Look Into Sanctuary South

dream comes true

Sanctuary South has been a dream in the making for many, many years. Although we were not sure what exactly would come to fruition, we have been so thrilled to finally see Sanctuary South become a reality and something that we are truly proud of. At Sanctuary South, we strive to find items that meet our customers wants and needs, while creating an atmosphere that is comparable to none. Our Christian music, light hues, high ceilings, and beautiful paintings create an atmosphere in which our customers feel relaxed and in a place that they can dream and peruse, while creating relationships with our Sanctuary South team. We wanted to give our friends a sneak peek into the brilliant minds behind our safe-haven and find out what it takes to make your dreams a reality; below, we interviewed our owners to get the scoop!

Chelsea-Skye Netter + Suzy Mills make up the mother-daughter duo behind Sanctuary South; here are their thoughts on their dream-come-true business.

*When did you start dreaming of owning your own store?

CN: I started dreaming of owning my own store during my mid-teenage years.

SM: As soon as I bought a house in Westhaven, I had a dream of opening a store and helping Westhaven be an amazing community. 

*Why did you choose the name Sanctuary South for your store?

CN: We wanted to provide a place that felt like a sanctuary + our deep love for the South; we aim to provide items that will allow our customers to create a personal sanctuary.

SM: Being located in Westhaven, we had some inspiration; a synonym for "haven" is "sanctuary". We really felt that "Sanctuary South" embodied the store and our dreams for the store perfectly.

*What makes Sanctuary South different from other home + gift stores?

CN: We love to support local vendors from the South that keep our heritage running deep throughout the store, while also bringing in items from larger vendors to make sure we are providing many options for every taste. We genuinely care about our customers, and we want to form a relationship with each one!

SM: We are very involved in our community, and we enjoy meeting our customers who come far and wide to see us. We love feeling that our customers feel safe and happy in our store. We are always here to pray for our customers and lift them up! 

*Why did you choose your location, and what makes it so great?

CN: We have lived in Westhaven for 11 years and have dreamed of opening a store here for many of those years. We are truly blessed to be located in a community that we call "home" and experience the support from our neighbors. 

SM: Westhaven is a large development that is continually growing and gaining attention; this has seemed like the perfect location to set up shop! We are so excited about the growth of this community!

*What is your favourite part of owning Sanctuary South?

CN: It's like Christmas everyday with all of the new shipments that are constantly coming in--who doesn't love that?! I thoroughly enjoy getting to meet everyone that comes into Sanctuary South, and we love our vendors who help to make this store possible!

SM: I love that we can provide a go-to place for our customers when they are getting ready to host guests, or need a gift. It is so fun and special to help our customers pick out that perfect gift or the perfect home accessory! 

*What do you hope comes out of opening and owning your own store, and how do you hope it impacts your customers?

CN: Through the personal relationships we build, Sanctuary South doesn't even feel like work; my hope and goal for this store is to continue to grow and to be present in the minds of our customers and future customers as not just a store, but as a brand--a relationship, a true safe-haven. We strive for our team to be the best and to meet the wants and needs of our customers. As I am going to be offering my Interior Design services in the near future (stay tuned!), I hope to further help my customers! 

SM: I hope this store impacts our customers positively and that they truly feel our mission every time each one steps through our open doors! This has been such a dream for us to pursue, and we can only hope that we will be around for many, many years and events to help you prepare for!