Tea & Pastry...

If you're a friend of mine, you know I have an affinity for tea towels. I often carry them in my back pocket for photo shoots and always stop in my tracks when I happen upon a pretty one...

Deva America of Gainesville, Florida is a triple threat. She is a wax artist, vintage curator and textile designer. Her root vegetable tea towels are now on my new favorites list. These are hand printed on 100% cotton fibers with water-based inks. 

Deva collects lots of vintage home decor items and her textile designs reflect that passion. She has created over 50 tea towels to choose from with lots of luscious colors and retro inspiration. Plus, they're well priced at $10 each. 

Deva has also created quite the buzz with her beautifully curated pastry stands. These are made of various vintage plates that she has collected over the years. Such a sweet idea for a tea party or gal get together- or even a wedding. Unique, memorable, stylish. I told you she was a triple threat... 


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The Old Try Southern Signs...

The Old Try is one of my favorites. Their southern prints are some of the best I've seen and now, they've expanded their shop to include wooden state signs. 

Micah and Marianna Whitson were born and raised in the South. Their intention is to 'connect people to a place they go to in their dreams, or a place they could never convince themselves to leave.' Repurposing old wooden pallets, the pair collaborated with a Charlotte based woodworker to create these sturdy and cool art pieces. 

Each one-of-a-kind, handcrafted piece is made on demand at $135. And if you like the wooden signs, definitely check out Micah and Marianna's entire online shop to see their amazing prints that showcase the best of the South. 


Photos: The Old Try      Content: Sweet Peach


Paper & Clay Studio

As much as I hate the idea of chilly days ahead, I do love the idea of a new mug filled with something warm and tasty. The latest ceramic work by Brit McDaniel of Paper & Clay Studio in Memphis has me thinking of all the possibilities. Her beautiful winter landscape mug has five total glazes that combine a matte finish with patches of glossy ice blue and green along the horizon...

All of her work has a Scandinavian influence with modern, colorful touches...

An avid admirer of Brit's mugs, I'm ready for my drink. Winter, on the other hand, can wait. Check out the entire Paper & Clay shop, which includes pretty pitchers, plates and bowls, here.


Photos: Paper & Clay      Content: Sweet Peach


Dog + Bone

Flora and Leland. That's where it all began...

Years ago, Anne and Ivan Cook adopted two dogs named Flora and Leland. Together, they lived a very active outdoor lifestyle in Austin, Texas...but, their pile of worn and weathered dog collars never seemed to keep up with their adventures. So, they decided to design and produce their own...

These Dog + Bone collars are perfect for the active pup...pups that love the water, the woods and everything in between. Both the snap collars and Martingale collars are constructed from durable nylon webbing with solid brass hardware and super sturdy buckles. And then there's the fabulous bright and poppy colors...

I'm also loving these adjustable dog leashes. They adjust from a 6' length to a 3' length. This feature also allows you to clip your pup's leash around the leg of a picnic table or post. An added D-ring attachment connects waste bags or a light. It all comes back to the adventure and dogs (and owners) on the go. I think we have Flora and Leland to thank for that. See the entire Dog + Bone shop, here.


Photos: Dog + Bone      Content: Sweet Peach


Map of the South

If I ever acquire an official Sweet Peach office, I think this Map of the South would be my first purchase...

Brought to you from the guys behind one of my favorite southern sites, Bearings, this map combines "the stylistic qualities of both antique cartography and contemporary charcoal drawings." And at $40, it's a good deal. 

Each map is printed on thick 100 lbs. French blacktop paper and can be displayed as you desire. A second southern map option is available, against black. I'm a fan, hopefully someday soon i'll be a daily admirer too. 


Photos: Bearings Guide    Content: Sweet Peach


Row on 25th 

Living in the South, I have an affinity for shotgun homes as they just look cool and would be so fun to decorate. Which is why I immediately fell for these brand new row houses built in Houston, Texas... 

Called the Row on 25th, these energy efficient mod homes were made possible by Atlanta based developer, Holden Shannon and the design/build team of Matthew and Tina Ford of Shade House Development. Their intention was to integrate design, development and construction, to control costs and at the same time push both design and quality.  

Each home is an impressive 1900 square feet with the build out costs kept to $170 a square foot. Holden lives in this unit (which he also lived in during the build to tweak design elements as needed). Outfitted by Barbara Hill, the interior design includes the Nook bed from Blue Dot, an Elva Stewart painting and polished brass table lights from Tom Dixon. 

Building nine homes at once helped keep costs down so they were able to spend a bit more on the flooring- available in ash or my personal favorite, reclaimed longleaf pine flooring. These salvaged floors from the 1880's are incredible, bringing so much value and character to the homes. 

The homes are meant to feel light and spacious, with ample room for entertaining. The kitchen cabinetry was designed by the Fords and handcrafted locally. This savings left a bigger budget for top notch applicances, including an energy efficient Asko dishwasher, a Sub-Zero fridge and Bertazzoni gas range. 

The savviest design element is the custom window that covers the height of two floors. Amazing, right? The nine homes rent for $2850 a month and the entire, ambitious project is an important step forward in creating more design minded communities. Sublime...


Photos: Jack Thompson     Content: Sweet Peach


Kendrick Anderson

Perfect is boring. When it comes to home decor, I crave the little imperfections in materials and the imagination in assembly...

Atlanta based woodworker, Kendrick Anderson has the same craving. He crafted this handsome Holloway Bed from two walnut trees struck by lightening over 20 years ago. The trees, from a farm that Kendrick's client grew up on, have been sitting in a barn, drying out, ever since. 

I love the inlaid butterfly keys that take center stage in the middle of the headboard. Every inch of this bed, no matter how you look at it, is visually engaging. Every notch, discoloration, nuance and change tells a story of these old trees...

Kendrick crafts all manner of custom pieces for the home, including tables, consoles, desks, shelving and more. He embraces a minimalist approach and any chance to weave a good tale. Contact him here to learn more. 


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Emily Blincoe

I love a good photograph. And knowing how hard it can be to shoot a good photograph- an image that works and gets your eye to travel in the right direction, I have nothing but respect and admiration for artist, Emily Blincoe of Austin, Texas. 

Emily's wildly popular arrangement photos showcase various collections of food, accessories and mother nature. Colors, shapes, textures, lighting and spacing all play an important role in creating just the right photograph to elicit an emotional connection to each finished piece.

I particularly love Emily's Sugar Series that is a collection of retro and contemporary candies. It takes me back to when I used to buy penny candies as a kid and arrange them according to my favorites. Emily loves the immediacy of shooting digital and tries to instill a bit of her nostalgic, humorous point of view into each image.  

Check out Emily's site and Instagram to see all of her impressive creations, which include some really fun portraits and commission work for Converse, Target and Warby Parker. Plus, find many of these photographs featured here, in print form, starting at just $15 each. Emily hopes to raise enough money to take a year long trip across the US documenting inspiring places and things- like farms and pancakes. 


Photos: Emily Blincoe     Content: Sweet Peach



Luxury lighting sounds like a good idea right about now. Maybe it's because I want to upgrade my home a bit, or maybe it's the all the shimmery warm gold of this pendant that keeps catching my eye...

Mark Moussa of Dallas, Texas started Arteriors in 1987 to create luxury lighting for both residential and commercial clients. They collaborate with artists around the globe specializing in different materials, like leather, iron, brass, bronze, nickel, wood, glass, ceramic and more. Diversity (and quality) is their specialty. 

Moussa, along with his design team, produce 600 new light fixtures and accessories each year, many of which are revealed at the High Point Market in North Carolina. I'm in love with these white and brass pendants ($300) made of hand hammered iron...


Mark is half Egyptian and has traveled throughout the world since he was a young boy. This global influence of design and culture is seen throughout his collection and much of his inspiration is derived from current fashion trends. The above, Zanadoo chandelier, is their best seller. 


How gorgeous are these? At $2100, the Granville Pendant is made of solid brass with a hand hammered surface, finished with an oxidized blue unique to each fixture. The Genova Pendant, at $900, is made of vintage brass. No matter your preference, these are some beautifully constructed light fixtures that instantly enhance a room. I dream, I dream... See the entire Arteriors collection, here. 


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Winslow Taft

Winslow Taft, a graphic designer from Birmingham, Alabama, has incredible style. His home exudes one of my favorite looks as it combines antiques, modern and thrift store finds. A bit of finesse and a great eye ties it all together. 

Winslow's living room is a treasure. It's one of those spaces you find yourself staring at just to try and figure out how he did it. The orange chairs come from Urban Suburban antiques, then reupholstered. The side wooden table Winslow made from a downed tree in his neighborhood. The large wooden lamp is from Plenty Design Co-op while many of the other pieces were found at Atmosphere Home Essentials. 

The dark and worn leather chair, dresser and cabinets are family antiques. The natural light helps showcase the warm tones found throughout the home from the furniture pieces, textiles, paneling and flooring. 

Creative people produce creative spaces, making it eternally fun to be a fly on the wall. I'm inspired...


Photos: Graham Yelton      Content: Sweet Peach