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Thursday
Jun182015

The Grey

Someday soon, I need to make a visit back down to Savannah, Georgia. Not only has it been too long since my last stay, but I keep reading about new, incredible spots to visit. Like this one, The Grey, an old art deco Greyhound Bus Terminal converted into a gleaming and gorgeous new restaurant. 

Parts and Labor Design undertook the preservation/conservation effort as well as the stellar interior design which is a mix of old and new. Chef Mashama Bailey is at the helm (formerly of Prune in NYC) and one can expect a mix of elevated southern, soulful food here, like Sizzling Smoky Pig and Catfish Tagine.

The space is divided into four zones; the oak paneled bar in front, the main dining area in back, then two private dining rooms. 

The Grey is now officially on my to-do list, much like Hugh Acheson's new spot, The Florence. So many spots, so little time...but at least they're on the list. 

 

Images:  Emily Andrews; davelandweb.com; The Grey     Content: Sweet Peach 

 

Wednesday
Jun172015

Y'allsome

Tees available in both a men's and women's cut that are super cozy and well designed have my immediate stamp of approval. Then throw in the added bonus that the brand celebrates the South and 15% of each sale helps foster children in the South find permanent homes and I'm reaching for my credit card...

Soon to be Nashville based, husband and wife duo, Megan and Craig Evans started Y'allsome to produce goods that represent the Southern experience with designs that are simple, fun and clever. The tees are so soft because they source their cotton from Ronnie Burleson, a 3rd generation cotton farmer in Richfield, North Carolina. 

Megan was gracious enough to send me the Sweet T tee and as soon as I tried it on, I kept it on. I loved it and I loved Y'allsome even more as I researched their company and efforts to create a brand totally unique to the South. As Megan shared, "We wanted to create a product that was completely made from scratch in the South to support Southern business. Besides making an incredibly soft, heavy-duty shirt that oozes quality, the benefit is that it supports local industry and in doing so, the environment, as the shirts don't have to travel far to be printed." 

Georgia based artist, Ginny Givens stitches custom embroidery on every hat sold at Y'allsome. Just another southern local sharing their skills and love of the South. Check out all the Y'allsome goods, which includes their incredibly inspiring work for foster kids, here. 

 

Images: Y'allsome      Content: Sweet Peach 

 

Tuesday
Jun162015

Rustic Brand

At just 26 years old, Trevor Brown has created an impressive niche for himself. Creative Director of his own on line company, Rustic Brand, based in Alexandria, Louisiana, he crafts high quality, rustic minded necklaces and bracelets that are catching a lot of people's attention...

All the dog tags used are hand cut from raw aluminum then rounded and sanded, the brass is naturally aged and hand embellished and the leather is of the highest quality, all hand treated and waxed by Trevor himself. The goal is to create lasting, impressionable pieces that have their own unique character. Trevor also allows you to customize pieces with monogramming or short phrases which he hand stamps individually using metal lettering and a good 'ol hammer.

A true craftsman, Trevor revels in the fun and challenge of sourcing and working with various metals, jewels and leather. It's an ever evolving craft and I'm excited to keep track of his journey. See his latest venture into apparel, here and click here to see the entire Rustic Brand collection. 

 

Images: Rustic Brand    Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Jun152015

Misc Goods Co.

I love a good Kickstarter story... and this one is particularly inspiring. Dead broke and in need of a job after his wife had a child, Tyler Deeb borrowed $1200 from a friend to keep the bills paid. After playing with the idea of designing a deck of cards, he decided to give it a try and start a Kickstarter campaign. He was asking for $6250 to manufacture his cards. After just 20 days, he raised $146,596. 

His campaign went viral primarily because he was giving a face lift to something that sorely needed it and the design was incredibly cool. Quality was paramount and each set of cards are printed on Bee paper, which is the highest quality coated playing card stock. The handsome tuck case is printed with black ink, silver foil and is embossed. And I love the option to have a hard case, made by hand with cherry and walnut wood. The leather strap is tanned and the button is brass. 

Tyler fulfilled those 10,000 orders and then instead of expanding his card line like many expected, he went on to create a variety of innovative, cool things, hence his shop name... (here's his ceramic flask, which I blogged about a few months ago) 

This dark brown leather wallet is made with the modern, minimalist guy in mind. It's big enough for your cards and loose bills without adding too much heft to your pocket. Tyler burned some safe keeping instructions as a fun, added touch as well. See what else Tyler is up to in his Louisville, Kentucky workshop, which you'll never guess on your own, here...

 

Images: Matthew Stevenson, Molly Roberson, Misc Goods Co     Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Jun122015

Awl Snap Leather Goods

A bag is an important part of our everyday life. It carries all of our important things... we rely on it, bring it everywhere, care for it, depend on it. So taking time to pick the right one makes a lot of sense. One southern bag maker that currently has my rapt attention is Erin McRoberts of Richmond, Virginia... 

At her studio, Awl Snap Leather Goods, Erin and her team of designers and fashion students craft some really beautiful bags for both men and women. Buttery soft leather is sourced throughout the world, including Italy, Mexico and Germany and each handcrafted piece comes with a lifetime guarantee. 

I love the second adjustable leather handle on Erin's Tesser Tote. Why don't more bags have this feature? I want, I want...

And just because it's a really good idea, the team created this fantastic hand stitched leather beer holder with vintage bottle opener. Which reminds me, it's Friday and I'm more than ready for happy hour. Enjoy the weekend y'all...

 

Images: Awl Snap    Content: Sweet Peach 

 

Thursday
Jun112015

Shelter

As I work long hours, online shops are becoming more important in my daily life. So I was happy the other day to stumble upon Shelter, where owners Karie Reinertson and Rob Maddox have created an impressive collection of quality, handmade goods.

Based in Asheville, North Carolina, Rob and Karie work together in designing each piece and Karie follows through on the production. Her bag making skills are impressive as I love how each piece she crafts feels modern and unique yet timeless in its design.   

Karie, "I like to make things that are representative of how I try to live my life - gently, artfully and with a focus on quality, not quantity." Her thoughtfulness shines through with ease. See Rob and Karie's entire Shelter collection, here. 


Images: Shelter Collective     Content: Sweet Peach 

 

Wednesday
Jun102015

The airbnb of Rebecca Rebouche

Boutique hotels are great but I'm starting to love airbnb even more. The chance to live in someone else's space for a minute feels more local and adventurous and obviously, more personal. And if you're lucky, you can book the home of one of your favorite artist's...

Rebecca Rebouche is an artist based in southern Louisiana. Her paintings are playful, distinctive and deeply influenced by mother nature. If you spend any time in Anthropologie, you'll see her work appear on bedding, scarves, bags, stationery, curtains, books and more. I'm personally in love with all her dinnerware.

The great thing is Rebecca occassionally rents out her lofted treehouse cabin in the woods (just an hour north of New Orleans) and it's every bit as rustic, cool and creative as you would think...

The loft is three stories, one bedroom, one and a half bath surrounded by trees and a little frog pond in the front. It's the perfect getaway spot where the stress falls away, replaced with balance and calm. 

As Rebecca shares, "My hope is that the house will play host to the great writers, artists, photographers, musicians, philosophers, architects, theorists, poets, actors and entrepreneurs of our time." The cabin rents for $165 a night. Book it here.

 

Images: Rebecca Rebouche, airbnb    Content: Sweet Peach

 

Tuesday
Jun092015

Twine & Twig

It takes a bit of work to find something new and fabulously southern to blog about each day so I'm always more than happy to receive a tip or two. Like this next shop, Twine & Twig, which I first heard about through my bf, Kevin. I had no idea what the shop would be but after I opened the link, I was quick to bookmark it. Perfect for Sweet Peach...

Sisters, Elizabeth Stafford White and Jacquelyn Stafford Buckner live in Charlotte, North Carolina. Together, they design jewelry inspired by nature, their southern roots and extensive world travels. What I love too is how distinctive their pieces are, made up of naturally shed antler, globally sourced beads, found items and neutral earth tones. Plus, many of their pieces are finished off with their signature suede strap. The cuffs above work just as well as a bracelet as they do an anklet.

These eye catching sea glass bracelets are a collaboration between the sisters and Boho Beads. 


 

The pair manages to combine a global feel with an earthy, coastal feel in their work which lends these pieces to be dressed up or down. I can't love them more...

As if their jeweled creations weren't pretty enough, they also sell these adorable straw clutches created by local women in the Bahamas. They're made via a technique called "Plait" passed down by generations of local island weavers. The sisters complete each clutch with their unique beads and accessories. The perfect touch...

 

Images: Twine & Twig      Content: Sweet Peach 

 

Monday
Jun082015

The Airport Code

City pride takes various forms, but lately I've noticed love via airport code. These tees, via Pilot & Capt., have great design and superior comfort. Made of a special poly-blend, they feel lived in the moment you put 'em on...

And CJ Adams and Ben Lancaster of Alabama based shop, Aviate, produce bold hats with airport codes. Both the hats and tees are created with the well traveled, adventurous ones in mind who can't help but feel a bit of city pride...

 

Images: Pilot and Capt., Aviate      Content: Sweet Peach

 

Friday
Jun052015

Playing Cards by Karla Pruitt

I was lucky enough to hear from one of my favorite artist's recently, Karla Pruitt of Athens, Georgia. The last time I featured Karla on Sweet Peach, we shared her gorgeous wallpaper and art prints. So I was smiling ear to ear when I saw her latest creative endeavor...playing cards. 

Karla designed her first card set from a few of her prior patterns for a beach trip but after receiving much fanfare, she realized the retail potential. Karla, "The biggest challenge was finding the time to draw out all the numbers and characters. It's almost like creating 52 little pieces of artwork." 

I love it when an artist finds their niche in the market place. I've never had a set of beautifully designed playing cards and I can't wait to order some. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Karla raised enough money to design two different packs that incorporate original hand painted patterns and illustrations. 

These Windsor Playing Cards showcase the loveliest floral pattern while featuring a regal queen, king, jack and some mischievous corgi joikers. 

Her second option is just as eye catching and fun. The Islet Playing Cards are comprised of queen flamingos, seagull jokers and king alligators. The remainder of cards show off more of Karla's illustrative skills as the back of the deck is covered in banana leaf prints and colorful geometric designs that happily remind me of my favorite vacation spot- anywhere tropical. 

I just can't love them enough. Karla's cards are so beautifully done and what an inspiration it is to have an idea, fund it on Kickstarter and then produce them for all the world to see. To add a pretty card pack to your purse or coffee table, just click here. And thank you so much for sharing with Sweet Peach Karla! It just makes me wonder... what's next? 

 

Images: Karla Pruitt    Content: Sweet Peach