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Wednesday
Nov132013

Nan & Greg's Thomasville Home

Nan and Greg Myer's home is so thoughtful and sophisticated, I know that I could never invite them into my own home. 

It's impeccable. As Nan owns the fabulous shop, Firefly in Thomasville, Georgia, her great taste carries through in her lovely abode. When I asked Nan to describe her home style, she replied, "It's definitely reflective of the natural world with an eclectic mix of primitive Chinese antiques, Southern antiques, art and hand me downs." She continued, "Everything has a story, whether it be the pottery that we eat on, the chair that we sit in or the soap that we bathe in." 

Their expansive and inviting kitchen is my favorite room in the house. Nan, "It is definitely the heart of our home and I love the combination of the kitchen and den as one great room." You'll quickly notice the faux taxidermy above. Nan and Greg have 11 Java Deer that are native to the islands of Java, Bali and Timor in Indonesia. It's a symbol of protection in Bali and these now stand guard in the Myers household. 

Eyes are also quickly drawn to the framed art above the fireplace. Nan bought this piece that showcases dozens of found arrowheads at Brunk's, an auction house in North Carolina. She believes the arrowhead collection is native to North Carolina as well. Nan, "We grew up with a father who avidly collected arrowheads from our neck of the woods, so I come about my fascination with them quite naturally." 

The Palm Beach lantern centers the dining room and I'm a fan of any bowl of collected antlers...

When I noticed the custom curtains in the living room, I had to smile. Nan had a friend make them, adding an edging inspired from a magazine picture she saw years earlier. Such a great touch...

I particularly love the beautiful tree painting that was a wedding present to Nan and Greg from their friend, John Cleaveland of Farmington, Georgia. (I think I'll need to blog about him soon.) The living room couch is from Lee Industries.

Their bedroom has an immediate calming vibe which is inspiring. Nan, "I love the wall color and have used it in a couple bedrooms and unfortunately it is a Benjamin Moore mix or I would share. It is the perfect pale gray, green, blue and is very neutral." 


All the elements in the bedroom are purposefully subdued. The gorgeous headboard is an Indian block print and white Tai Chi Chinese fabric covers their slipper chair (which once belonged to Nan's grandmother). The bedside lights come via Robert Ogden. Nan and Greg's dog, Bleu, grabs a glimpse outside. But he's pretty content to be inside...I would be too. 

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Nov122013

Habitat Une

I love finding new art to share on Sweet Peach. This week it comes via Mark Seagraves of Greenville, North Carolina. In his shop, Habitat Une, he crafts one of a kind pieces that are a play in form and color. As Mark shares, he finds inspiration in "nature, architecture and imagined shapes." 

Mark locally sources reclaimed wood for his creations. He collects pallets from his neighborhood lumber yard or more often from homes and buildings that are being torn down to make way for new structures. Mark, "As those homes, churches and businesses are being raised, they lose what I think makes them special- the original oak flooring, the giant support rafters, cedar lining and framing." Those losses are our gains, including this lovely piece above, inspired by the art deco period. 

I like how Mark mixes up his styles. As he shared, "I really enjoy the whole creative process. My favorite thing is that moment when an idea comes, it's like a spark." His blue Color Block is one of my favorites...

See Mark's entire shop, which inlcudes headboards, wooden wreaths and abstract paintings, here. 

 

Photos: HabitatUne       Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Nov112013

Tucker & Bloom



Good shoes are important on a man, but so is a good bag. David and Case Bloom, a father and son duo from Nashville have combined their talents to offer some beautifully, well constructed bags that are first and foremost, functional and durable. 

David Bloom learned traditional bag making skills from European artisans in the early 1970's, and he hasn't stopped since. Over the years, David has designed bags for Perry Ellis, Valentino and at one time, he spearheaded the travel line for Coach. His son, Case is tech savvy and has been essential in allowing his father's line to thrive online. From top right, The Tokyo Duffle Bag, Canvas London Duffel Bag, Cosmo Baker North to South Messenger Bag and the Canvas Swiss Laptop Backpack.

A black leather laptop bag with an orange nylon interior is a handsome choice. It's the kind of bag that will endure for years to come and if you ask me, is an amazing gift. 

This cowhide messenger bag, along with so many of David's bags, is extremely roomy and built to last a lifetime. In fact, all of their bags, (via their shop, Tucker & Bloom) come with a lifetime guarantee. Peruse the shop to see over a dozen more choices. Any man who loves practicality, durability and some classic style will be quite the happy man with one of these draped across his shoulder...

 

Photos: Tucker & Bloom      Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Nov082013

Sweet Peach Picks @ West Elm Atlanta

It's a good day when I can announce my first collaboration with one of my favorite shops, West Elm. On Saturday, November 23, between 10am-5pm, I will be showcasing 10 of my favorite Georgia artisans at the West Elm Atlanta store. I hope many of you can come by to check out their beautiful wares and show a little love and support to all the artists. Plus, it's a perfect time to start your holiday shopping...

All of the artisans I chose have been featured on Sweet Peach before. This includes Re:Loom; Soma Goods; Katherine Sandoz; R Riveter; Shannon Goines; Prospector Co., Oakleaf and Acorn; Willow and Co.; The Small Object and even some tasty treats via my favorite ladies at Cake Hag. 

I'm also excited to have Laura Iarocci from Faith Flowers join the group on Saturday to share her beautiful floral arrangements. Plus, she'll be at West Elm the night of November 22 to offer a 90 minute workshop on how to create pretty tablescapes for your Thanksgiving and Holiday tables. Stay tuned for the details, and I do hope to meet many of you in a couple of weeks. Until then, save the date...

 

Thursday
Nov072013

Susan & Guy Chancey  

Ever since I met Interior Stylist, Susan Chancey of Lost and Foundry in Asheville, I've had the thought, "I wonder what her home looks like. I bet it's amazing..."

Turns out I was right. Susan and her husband, Guy recently had their home photographed by Country Living and I was thrilled to see the final shots. In her living room, she sought a calming vibe but, in her characteristic way, she wanted to keep things interesting. Her table lamp is actually a steel lamp base forged from a car jack and her coffee table was handcrafted by Amish carpenters in Pennsylvania. 

Like typical Southerners, Susan and Guy love to entertain. Their dining room is such a great space. I love the two rugs that flank the sides of the table, which I don't think I ever would have thought of. The Mid-century inspired chairs and light (influenced by an 1800's surgical light) were designed by Susan's friend, Robert Ogden. 

I absolutely love the two hutches in the dining room. A girl after my own heart, Susan replaced the glass panels with chicken wire. (i'm still on a hunt to incorporate chicken wire into my own home) She also added drop cloths inside the lower doors. The fun part about that is you can change out the fabric for different colors and patterns if you ever need a change of pace...

What's wonderful about this home is how in each room, there is so much to look at and be inspired by. The pendant light on a rope...the planter that becomes a trash can...the texture of the vintage mirror...the gorgeous floor tile...the towel holder...the open metal cabinet. I wonder what's in the baskets...

Ahhhh...if only my home could be half as inspiring as this one, I'd be a happy gal. But the best part is, we've all been let in the front door and can leave with a bit of inspiration and admiration. And maybe jealousy... Learn more details about Susan and Guy's incredible southern home, here. 

 

Photos: Aimee Herring/ Country Living      Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Nov062013

Matt Weaver's Hand Painted Tote

I got my eye on Matt Weaver. The more I see his handiwork, (the sophisticated leather and canvas bags from his shop, Andover Trask) follow his Instagram account and see sneak peaks of his lovely home, the more I realize this is a supremely talented and meticulous artist with a keen eye for design. 

Gifted at drawing, Matt decided to hand paint a couple of tote bags himself. Matt, "The process is simple. I cut a piece of canvas to the size of the body of a bag, use painters tape (which is the yellow you see in photos) to create some margins for the painting, and then I free hand the design. After the paint dries and is set (the paint is laundry safe), I finish the construction of the bag." 

The final construction includes the addition of Horween leather straps and hand hammered rivets. Matt created the X bag too, and both bags quickly sold for @ $85 each. I think he's on to something...

Peruse Matt's shop to see all of his beautifully constructed bags. And keep an eye out for more hand painted canvas creations to pop up in his shop when the inspiration strikes. You just gotta be quick, they won't last long... 

 

Photos: Matt Weaver       Content: Sweet Peach

 

Tuesday
Nov052013

Southern Trendsetters

Yesterday, I was happy to have my article accepted at Huffington Post for my current favorite Southern Home Decor Trendsetters. It was a fun challenge to put together and hopefully it's one of many more articles to come...

I looked for Southern artists that continued to push the envelope in home design and create thoughtful, impressive work- work that was in trend and in demand, whether that was their original intention or not. Enjoy the article and please feel free to share the link... These incredible artists deserve a bit of extra love and fanfare today! 

 

Monday
Nov042013

Nordt Family Farm

 

Every man needs a wool blanket. Especially the ones created by Dianne Nordt of Nordt Family Farm in Charles City, Virginia. 

At the family farm, Dianne, along with her husband, raises a flock of Merino sheep on 400 acres. Their sheep produce fleece in a variety of natural colors, including white, tan, chocolate brown, black and gray. Dianne, "I also experiment with coloring the wool using natural plant dyes such as black walnut, indigo and coreopsis." 

She expertly uses this soft, cozy wool to hand weave the blankets on her home loom. It's a labor of love which is quickly translated the moment you touch one. For Dianne, it's all about quality, not quantity- "I don't have aspirations to build up something big. I'm very content to make one blanket at a time." 

Dianne weaves about 85 blankets with each spring shearing. With a timeless design and incredible softness, these blankets will last a lifetime- and then some. See all current wool blankets in stock, here. 

 

Photos: Nordt Family Farm      Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Nov012013

Firefly

A couple of weeks ago, I took a road trip down to Thomasville, Georgia with Emily Myers. Em was offering a tasting of her jams and sauces at the Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop and it was a good excuse for me to finally see Thomasville, Georgia- a small town I've heard about but had yet to visit. 

One shop on my must-see list was Firefly, owned by Nan Myers since 1996. When I asked Nan to describe her lovely shop in a sentence or two, she replied, "It is definitely reflective of my eclectic taste and living a creative life by surrounding yourself with beautiful handmade objects." 

Nan keeps true to her vision as her shop is a visual feast. It's the kind of place you could easily spend every dollar of your weekly paycheck. I kept walking around, seeing so much, wanting this and that...before realizing I pretty much would be happy to buy the entire store. Nan carries quite a few artists that have been featured on Sweet Peach, which is always fun to see, including Himalayan Trading Post, Honeycomb Studio and the Mason Shaker

One thing you'll quickly notice inside Firefly are all the luscious books, many of which showcase food and home decor. Every one of them is packed with beautiful visuals and inspiration. To Nan, books are a vital necessity. As she admits, "I kind of have a 'book problem.' In my life, reading represents slowing down and being inspired with what lies between the pages." 

I bought Chickens, Ducks and Geese for my contractor (who is currently remodeling my kitchen), as she has 11 chickens. The book illustrates all the different chicken breeds and their colorful eggs. To me, finding the right book, whether for yourself or a friend, is a little slice of heaven. 

This shop truly spoke to me as it was filled with unique items I've never seen before, plus gorgeous antiques and artwork. As Nan has a deep love for mother nature, so much of what she displays is inspired by land and sea. 

Her kid's section, located at the front of the store, is also beautifully curated with quirky books, stuffed animals, dolls, blankets and artwork. All of Firefly exudes that feeling of a comfortable, inviting and endlessly inspiring neighborhood shop. I'm so happy to have visited. 

If you haven't been to Thomasville yet, may I strongly suggest that you do. Their main street is packed with individually owned shops to peruse, which includes some fantastic antique stores and the always popular, Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop. Also, the first Sweet Grass Dairy resaturant, called Blue Coop, is set to open very soon. Which is just another good reason for Em and I to hop back in her truck and head on down to south Georgia. I can't wait...

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Oct312013

Happy Halloween! Let's make a cocktail..

This fall, Cathead Vodka of Jackson, Mississippi has released two new flavors, Pumpkin Spice and Pecan. And both are incredibly tasty, if I do say so myself. A couple days ago, my friend Wendy Binns was kind enough to lend a helping hand to style a few shots...

We both absolutely loved the Itsy Bitsy Spider cocktail, which was all the more fun to make in the fabulous Mason Shaker. After making it, then photographing it, I drank it. Then quickly poured myself another...

 

The Dark & Spooky is a low key kind of drink, perfect for a bewitching Halloween night. To make the brown sugar vanilla syrup, mix one cup of brown sugar with one cup of water, add a vanilla bean, (learn how to prep the bean, here) then stir over medium heat until all the sugar is dissolved. Let cool, remove the vanilla bean and store your syrup in a mason jar inside the fridge. 

I love a seasonal vodka and happy to discover two new ones this month which taste as good as you'd hope they would. If you make a cocktail with one of these Cathead vodkas, please Instragram me a pic as I'd love to see any and all crafty concoctions. Here's to your Halloween being dark, spooky and full of terror- and a cocktail. 

  

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach     Syled by: Wendy Binns