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. 


Photos: Arteriors     Content: Sweet Peach


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


Plenty Design Co-Op

Plenty Design Co-Op has a cool aesthetic. The furniture pieces crafted by Andrew Thomson and Jared Fulton of Birmingham, Alabama, are modern and minimal with a smidge of quirky...

Being resourceful is an important value to the Co-op team. Much of the wood used by Andrew and Jared is sourced as scraps from other projects. This scrap oak wood became a desk lamp, and the lamp itself was inspired by Japanese joinery. No need for glue or fasteners - gotta love that. 

The clean, colorful pencil trays make organizing stylish, while the Right Angle tray looks great by itself or paired with another to create a full rectangle. I like the idea of any of these trays hung on the wall for eye pleasing shapes and shelving. 

The legs on this floor lamp are tapered at 10 degrees to create a sturdier base without using extra materials. As stated on their site, "Little waste occurs due to the trapezoid shape's repeated nature." I personally love the red accents in the legs as well as the red cloth cord...

Andrew and Jared are currently working to create their own online shop to showcase all their beautifully made creations. In the meantime, contact them here for any inquiries or to request your own custom conversation piece. 


Photos: Plenty Design Coop; Hilary Duke     Content: Sweet Peach


The Mifland Rucksack

I can't even tell you how many friends I have over the age of 40, many of them executives and CEO's, who still bring beat up backpacks to work every day. Who takes a guy seriously with a backpack? My thoughts on a perfect upgrade begins with a Mifland Rucksack...

Tobi Egberongbe of Atlanta, Georgia knows style. He's designed over a dozen high quality, leather rucksacks that are each assembled by hand with quality waxed thread stitiching, solid brass and hand picked premium leather. 

These are perfect transition pieces from the standard backpack as they are made to weather the elements but also embody a sophisticated ruggedness. They still got an edge, just not that edge which says "I'm still a teenager." It's a bag for men. 

These American made bags will stand the test of time in both quality and style. Tobi offers so many color variations from bright green and yellow, to camouflage, two tone and worn brown leather. See all the current offerings, here

And if you're a man still dragging a backpack to work, what exactly do you think you're doing? Let's just stop all the nonsense, shall we? Time to be a manly man...


 Photos: Mifland Leather Goods      Content: Sweet Peach