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Tuesday
May062014

Petit Home

I know I'm a southern blogger writing about southern artistry and design- but I can't help but want to share my favorite Instagram account, which is not from the South, nor the US. I follow many home decor sites but I have to say the Instagram feed of Petit Home is my favorite. 

Petit Home is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil and is just one of those accounts that always has the prettiest pics of home decor with interesting color and texture combinations- and artwork I haven't seen before. Petit Home has that international feel that is minimal yet colorful, creative and cozy. It's fun to be inspired by each pic as we can enhance our own design knowledge through the work of others around the world. I hope you decide to follow too...enjoy the pics. 


 Petit Home

 

Monday
May052014

Barn Light Electric

Lights made back in the day of our parents and grandparents were durable, of high quality and built to last. Too often, in the desire to mass market with a lower price point, we've lost touch with the standard that once was and have settled instead for what is. Couple, Bryan and Donna Scott of Titusville, Florida saw this gap in the market and decided to fill it with their own brand of lights using only the highest quality, commercial grade materials. 

Bryan and Donna's shop, Barn Light Electric, focuses on barn style lighting, which, thanks to the desire for handcrafted, American made products and the rise in demand for industrial style furniture, has been a huge success. 

Many of their barn lights are built for exterior walls and porches and just as many work for inside too- to add a cool masculine vibe to an office, workshop, bath or bedroom. So many good ones to pick from, with lots of customizable options too. 

And truth be told- these lights work well for the women too. (Check out their gorgeous Veronica Valencia collection) Plus, their ever expanding line includes desk lamps, wall sconces, chandeliers, pendants and quite a bit more. So check out their site to peruse all the stylish options and feel safe in knowing, whatever you do decide on, it will be of the highest quality and built to last. Just like they used to make 'em. 

 

Photos: Barn Light Electric       Content: Sweet Peach

 

Friday
May022014

Muncle Fred Art

Every Mother's Day I try to come up with a new idea of what to get my mom. Fresh flowers are often the easy choice but they lack originality. So when I set my eyes on the lovely felted flower creations by Muncle Fred Art of Atlanta, I was a happy daughter...

These felted flower bouquets are about as sweet and original as they come. Kayla Stagnaro is the creative brain behind the scenes and she works tirelessly to craft an array of flower choices and color palettes for her customers. 

What I especially love is how creative she is with the display. Kayla, "I am able to offer a flower shop set up that allows people to pick the style and colors of each flower." I think of this as pretty genius...

Kayla sells individual stems but has a strong passion for creating beautiful bouquets for weddings and various events. Brides can pick out individual flowers to go with their theme- which would be amazing for the gal who loves to craft herself or is one to celebrate the arts. Plus, I'm now loving the idea of sending a small bouquet wrapped in her brown paper to friends and family. It's a gift to last and is just this great bundle of joy and creativity. 

As Kayla shared, "I love working with my hands and creating something I know will last in people's homes. I like to think that these felt flowers serve more than a purpose of beauty- they also serve as a symbol of memories, friendship or love when given as a gift."

If you're in and around Atlanta this weekend, you can find Kayla selling her flowers at Serenbe's May Day celebration or both Crafted Westside and Young Blood carry her work. Plus, find lots of bouquet options in her Etsy shop. And Happy Mother's Day shopping...may it be fun, inspiring and if you're lucky, original. 

 

Photos: Muncle Fred Art, Instagram      Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
May012014

Bean and Bailey Ceramics

Last week, I popped into one of my favorite shops, Young Blood Gallery and Boutique in Atlanta and co-owner, Rebecca Hanna pointed out a rather lovely new addition to their shop- ceramics by Bean & Bailey. 

I was instantly smitten with their small bud vases, which are modern yet playful - so perfect for displaying a pretty stem or bloom. 

Jessie Bean and Anderson Bailey are the creatives behind Bean & Bailey. Together, in a small studio in Chattanooga, Tennessee, they craft contemporary ceramics. As stated on their site, "We use colored porcelain slip to construct both subtly organic forms as well as faceted vessels inspired by natural crystals and gems." 

Inside Jesse and Anderson's shop you'll find a variety of vases, cups and bowls to choose from. As the pair are constantly playing with new colors and styles, it's fun to check in to see what has inspired them lately...

These Matte Cups are the prettiest of colors and textures. To achieve this look, the inside of the cup is coated in a clear glaze with the outside left unglazed to show off the raw clay body. At $20 each, they are also dishwasher and microwave safe. 


These last cups are actually a whiskey set. They are just under 3" high and are made to sit upon a wooden tray for serving and displaying. This is such a fantastic, original gift for the whiskey lover and it reminds me of how nice it is to discover a shop such as Bean & Bailey that's filled with quality goods for the home that are both thoughtful and functional- plus, unlike anything I've ever seen before. See the entirety of Jesse and Anderson's ever expanding collection, here. 

 

Photos: Bean and Bailey      Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Apr302014

Kristen Solecki

As I write this early morning, I am getting ready to drive to Charleston, South Carolina to attend the Southern Summit. It's a three day conference to meet and mingle with some southern creatives. It's also a chance for me to see my cousin, walk my favorite streets and buy more Produce Candles. Plus, I could use a heaping dose of southern Charleston charm, which is captured so perfectly in these lovely paintings by local artist, Kristen Solecki.

Kristen's original artwork captures the mood and beauty of this historical city. Kristen, "When I first moved to Charleston, the architecture and color are what inspired me most. There are tons of tiny, beautiful details on the buildings downtown that even when you walk by them constantly, you can always notice something new. Everything has a story and that in itself is inspiring." 

Kristen recently moved from Charleston to nearby Johns Island. Kristen, "Moving there has influenced my work in a new way where the natural elements of water and huge spanish oaks and full trees not only inspire work but also make a perfect environment for creating work." 

Whenever I walk the streets of Charleston, I can't help but notice the architecture, the color, the details, the people. It's a vibrant, inviting city. As Kristen shared, "I create images based off of small moments and stories using strong line work and bold color using acrylics and ink." She captures the beauty and the fun of Charleston and it's actually making me excited to take this five hour long drive right now. Thank you Kristen! See the entirety of her current artwork collection, here.

To see a bit of my trip to the Southern Summit conference and my time in and around Charleston, be sure to follow Sweet Peach on Instagram...

 

 Illustrations: Kristen Solecki       Photos: Faith Briley       Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Apr292014

Noshii

I hadn't heard of wood embroidery until I saw the work of Nosheen Iqbal of Dallas, Texas. And now that I have, I'm a bit obsessed...


Nosheen combines thread, paint, wood veneers and bamboo to create some truly stunning pieces of art that she sells from $80 and up. Much of her work is commissioned based or found at local Dallas shops and events. 

Nosheen found much inspiration in her childhood as both her mother and grandmother had impressive textile and thread collections and taught her how to sew at a young age. Nosheen experimented with using wood and thread and slowly she found her own niche in the market, now designing under the name, Noshii. 

This beauty was an installation piece Nosheen did for the Hermes window in the Highland Park Village of Dallas. 

What I love too is her transition from panels to jewelry as she also crafts rings and bangles with wood and thread. Nosheen is currently sold out of these in her Etsy shop but I'd keep a close eye on the shop, or contact her here for more info. 

 

Photos:  Noshii     Content: Sweet Peach

 

Monday
Apr282014

Wdwrk Co. 


Good kitchen wares are a good investment. Particularly anything handmade by Rob Laliberte from Knoxville, Tennessee. In his online shop, Wdwrk, you'll find a collection of well made, well designed, wooden pieces for the home that stand the test of time. Plus, they just look good...

Rob, "This began with the idea of creating unique and simple pieces meant for the ritual of daily use." Like these handsome black walnut hand carved spoons, perfect for stirring a pitcher of iced tea or anything inside a tall, tall glass. 

All of the items are crafted from locally sourced lumber in Knoxville. I think every kitchen can benefit from the addition of a handmade salt cellar and spoon as well as a small rolling pin...

This is a flat bottomed cocktail muddler in black walnut which is a pretty cool addition to any bar...

Woodworking has always been a passion for Rob, as well as designing and illustrating. It's nice to see his talents mingle with his ever expanding shop of small wares. May this inspire you to inquire further... and happy Manly Monday everyone. 

 

Photos: wdwrkco.com    Content: Sweet Peach

 

Friday
Apr252014

The Commons (+ Heirloom Bookshop) 

A few months ago, I made a trip to Charleston, South Carolina to spend time with my cousin and visit one of my favorite cities. The one place at the top of my list to check out was The Commons. As co-owner Erin Connelly shared, The Commons "expresses a modern point of view on home goods, grounded in our American roots." 

Erin and her business partner, Kerry Speake, seek out American artists that care deeply about their craft - curating high quality, well designed products that can stay in the family for generations. Erin, "We love the concept of handmade, earthy textures mixed with slick and contemporary design." 

This table lamp is a gem, made by Michael Moran of Moran Woodworked. Erin,"The conical bases are charred using an ancient Japanese technique that was developed to preserve wood against rotting and insects. The Moran's have mastered this technique and integrated it into their pieces, not only as a functional finish but to get a specific richness in color and texture." Erin (a clothing designer by trade) added, "I love how these lamps tie back to what is happening in the fashion world today, mimicking the color blocking and ombre trends." 

Last year, I blogged about The Great American Flask by Jacob Bromwell and I loved discovering his equally cool solid copper shot glasses inside their shop. Plus, the macrame...sigh. These two lovely pieces were made by Janelle Pietrzak of All Roads Design. Erin, "She has crafted these beautiful compositions out of vintage jute, cotton and silk, adding hand painted touches in gold leaf."

Erin is based in Charleston as Kerry helps curate the shop via her home base in Seattle. Erin (above) has done a beautiful job displaying all their found wares as there is so much to look at and appreciate - yet each piece gets its own territory to live and breathe in. And space is at a premium here, as The Commons is acutally situated inside another must-see gem of Charleston, The Heirloom Bookshop.

Carlye Jane Dougherty is the mastermind behind this incredible collection of rare and vintage cookbooks that exude a wealth of food knowledge and history-  and in their own special secondhand way, are fantastic conversation pieces. Erin, "Her clients range from home enthusiasts to world-renowned professional chefs." Which is why The Commons and Heirloom Bookshop complement each other so beautifully. As Erin shared, "Our customers understand the value of a cutting board carved from one piece of wood and the elegance of the most functional salt and pepper grinders. Our product mix is indicative of the lifestyle of our clientele." 

I'm a lover of books of all kinds, particularly vintage ones that speak to another time and place. My favorite of the bunch the day I visited was Corned Beef and Caviar. I was quickly drawn to the added info, "For the Live-Aloner" and "Author of Live Alone and Like It." That's just too good. 

The space for these two shop owners to mingle in is small, but Erin and Carlye utilize every square inch much like a master chef would. It's tidy, fluid, organized, enticing and full of really good surprises...

If you visit Charleston soon, I sure do hope that you make your way to The Commons and The Heirloom Bookshop, located down a sweet little alley way in downtown Charleston. Come curious and carefree for once inside, you'll be staying a while. Trust me...

 

Photos: Sweet Peach; First pic: Olivia Rae James     Content: Sweet Peach

 

Thursday
Apr242014

Little River Designs

I have a soft spot in my heart for growth charts as I've always thought they were just the most fun thing ever- especially the ones made by Little River Designs of St. Simons Island, Georgia. 

Each ruler is handcrafted and meant to hang six inches from your floor to ensure accurate measurements. Why didn't we ever measure all our dogs we had in our house growing up? I love this idea...

The growth chart ruler is available in white or natural and can be personalized with up to 20 characters. 

Sara Alread started the company after her nephew, River was born. Sara, "He became our inspiration and little mascot." And subsequently he has a design business named after him...it's a good start in life. Check out the Little River shop, here.

 

Photos: Little River Designs; Chris Moncus Photography     Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Apr232014

Atlanta Vintage Map

One of the perks of being a design blogger are the emails you get with links and pics of cool projects in the works. Like this one, just completed by Jeanee Ledoux of Finely Crafted. It's an art print that showcases her favorite vintage shops in Atlanta. Jeanee, "I tried to capture the spirit of each shop and our city as a whole- note the kudzu on the signpost!"

Jeanee recruited the talented, Cindy Tomczyk of Paper Parasol Press to design the map. Jeanee, "I did the research and art direction and she made the drawings in her signature atomic-era style."

I love Jeanee's layout. As she shared, "We were stumped for a few days on how to treat the numbered list of shops. It was a boring sidebar and didn't look integrated with the drawings, so I came up with the idea to turn the headline and list into a diner-style sign." Too fun...

An artistic collaboration is a pretty beautiful accomplishment. The process itself --if successful-- takes the ego out of the equation and allows two parties to bring their best skill sets to the table and challenge their individual abilities in a new way. I'm inspired by the work of these two and excited to see who Jeanee will collaborate with next. (Check out Jeanee's last collaboration with Leah Duncan)

Jeanee and Cindy's vintage map is motivating me to finally check out the Starlight Six Swap Meet this weekend. It's just down the way from my house, I've always wondered about it and as you can see, admission is 25 cents. Oh, I'm all over that...

 

Photos: Jeanee Ledoux; Cindy Tomczyk      Content: Sweet Peach