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Tuesday
Nov112014

DIY Flower Boutonniére or Corsage

When deciding what holiday DIY to share in my next Sweet Peach Sweet Spots paper, I stopped in to Adaptation Floral Design to see what Liz Gudmundsson was crafting. She showed me one of her floral boutonniéres she was assembling and I was smitten. It's perfect. Here's an easy step by step for a sweet and sophisticated floral boutonniére or corsage...

 


 

Monday
Nov102014

Pocket Square Subscription

A stylish pocket square always make me smile wide- especially a mix of vintage, modern and reclaimed ones handcrafted by the talented, Danielle Romero of New York to Nashville.

Danielle scours the small towns and back roads of Tennessee to find unique fabrics that catch her eye. Besides the individual pocket squares available in her shop, I really love her 3 month or 6 month subscription offering. It makes the perfect gift... 

Each month, you (or a lucky loved one) will receive one uniquely handcrafted pocket square delivered to the front door. These are all limited run, small batch fabrics that will help any man stand out in a crowd. Sometimes Danielle only has enough fabric to make a few, which is part of what makes her creations so special. I'm such a fan... See her entire shop, which includes bandanas, scarves, suspenders and more, here. 

 

Photos: NY to Nashville   Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Nov072014

The Alchemist

In search of the perfect holiday cocktail, I recently headed over to my favorite neighborhood bar, H. Harper Station. Upon hearing my request for a festive cocktail that embodied warmth and joy, owner Jerry Slater mixed up The Alchemist. His impressive creation is a treasure trove of fantastic, nostalgic flavors. Every sip offers a bit of allspice, nutmeg, apple, cinnamon and overall herbacious goodness. This is a cocktail with depth and character that'll warm you up and have you asking for another. And another... Cheers! 

 

 

Thursday
Nov062014

Luxury in Lake Martin...

I have an early call at work this morning so I wanted to quickly share a house I bookmarked the other day. It makes me think of my friend, Bradley Odom, who dreams of a sophisticated, manly lake house some day. This one, in Lake Martin, Alabama, is one I think he'd approve of...

This lake home, built by McAlphine Booth and Ferrier, and interior design by Susan Ferrier, is a bit of a jaw dropper. The layout and decor draws you in and takes hold. I love the moody deep blue tones, the artwork, cypress paneling and overall mix of organic shapes and textures. As this is a modern home, Susan chose newer decor pieces with clean, straight lines. 

In the bathroom- wood, metal and porcelain reign supreme. Susan, "Using varying elements in an interior challenges you to take a leap from one of the elements to the next and in that dynamic arc or middle ground, you experience a completely individual and personal way to see a space." 

Susan carried the moody tones of the living room into the bedroom but in lighter shades to welcome and soothe. Ah, moody sophistication, I could use more of that...

 

Photos: McAlpine Booth and Ferrier     Content: Sweet Peach

 

Wednesday
Nov052014

Alanah Textiles

I have one drawer in my kitchen reserved for tea towels but alas, it's full and getting hard to close. I blame artists like Kristen Chandler for this common kitchen based ailment. Her beautiful textiles leave me wanting more. Is that so wrong? 

As my love of indigo runs deep, I'm wide eyed over these hand-dyed shibori tea towels that can also double as square placemats. These are perfect paired with white plates...

It's fun to see Kristen play with different dying techniques, like hand marbling these tea towels and pocket squares. I love how Kristen finds most of her natural dyes by walking out her back door to fetch ragweed and pokeberries. She likes to experiment with natural dyes, creating interesting patterns without a heavy hand. 

Kristen lives just outside of Athens, Georgia, where she continues to play in her craft and expand her collection. I just found her and I look forward to following her here on Sweet Peach. I'll just have to grow up, do the right thing and clear out a second kitchen drawer...

 

Photos: Alanah Textiles site     Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Nov042014

Checking in with Suite One Studio...

It always feels good to watch the careers of your favorite artists as they continue to challenge themselves and grow in their craft. Lindsay Emery of Suite One Studio in Greensboro, North Carolina is one of those artists. She's an incredible talent in ceramics, so when I saw her new pink and gold plates on her Instagram account, I realized it was something special. I had to share...

Lindsay refers to these as supremely glamorous dessert plates and rightly so. The plates are painted with her handmade pink glaze inspired by watercolor paintings- plus the edge of each hand-formed plate is painted with genuine gold. Can't get more glam (and pretty) than that. 

 

Lindsay, "The glazes I formulate have a natural, flowing variation and they always have. I decided in the last six months or so to really celebrate this variety as the uniqueness that it is. I've begun letting the glazes naturally do what they will without my interference. The watercolor aspect is important to my business because it speaks to a switch in my overall methodology- rather than work against the variety my handmade glazes bring, why not embrace this quality?" 


And after you drool over the pink and gold plates, you can peruse the rest of her lovely wares. This serving platter with a navy brushstroke is Lindsay's modern interpretation of antique silver serveware. Or try the dessert plates and bowls in white and gold for a simple, lovely look. 

What I love is Lindsay's obvious love affair with texture and watercolor. Each piece is one of a kind and perfect in its imperfections. It makes me want to have one of those big, all-white kitchens with open shelving to display each and every one...

Lindsay's splatter bowls and plates are gaining a big fanbase. I just spotted these in this month's Southern Living magazine...how great is that? I can say with certainty, I can't wait to see what she dreams up next. See the entirety of Lindsay's beautiful collection, here. 

 

Photos: Suite One Studio      Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Nov032014

Barrett Alley's Indigo Wallets

Indigo is not just for pillows, duvets, scarves and bags. Barrett Alley of Dallas, Texas works with skilled artisans to create a handful of sumptious, indigo wallets

Barrett's popular Devilish wallet is now available in plant-derived indigo, hand cut and sewn from a single alum tawed calfskin. Over time the indigo will slowly rub off, creating a cool fade pattern, similar to a pair of jeans.  

The Destiny 5 pocket flip wallet, like the Devilish wallet, is lined with with an antique Japanese cotton boro textile, dyed with natural indigo. As both these wallets are limited editions, there are just a few left to get your hands on...

These wallets are meticulously made by hand, never by machine. Each one is constructed using a traditional saddle stitch, which is more durable than a machine stitch. As described on their site, "If a hand sewn saddle stitch breaks, the thread is only loosened on one side and the stitch on the other side of the material continues to hold the materials together."

Each Barrett Alley wallet is individually numbered. My personal favorite perk is the antique fabric (sourced globally) that gives each piece a unique feel and character. Sigh,...our collective indigo obsession continues. See the entire Barrett Alley shop, which includes belts, pouches and jewelry, here.

 

Photos: Barrettalley.com       Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Oct312014

Halloween with Libbie Summers

If you ever get a chance to spend some time with Libbie Summers, you'll be in a really good mood. Based in Savannah, Georgia, Libbie cooks and bakes the prettiest and tastiest food. With every dish, she exudes joy and fun and I really do just adore her. When I was thinking of what to post for Halloween, I had to send her an email to see what she was up to. Turns out it's a very spooky (and adorable) Skull Cake...

I love making anything that involves construction paper and scissors. This easy recipe can translate into whatever spooky image or saying you'd like to share...

Libbie has a knack for taking everyday items and incorporating them into her baked goods- like bubble tape and gumballs to create a Bubble Tape Mummy Cake. It's another easy recipe that's fun and playful, just like her. She likes to present her mummy cake in a nun's costume but this is an optional component. See, just like that, I'm in another really good mood. Happy Halloween everyone...

 

Photos: Chia Chong/ libbiesummers.com     Content: Sweet Peach

 

Thursday
Oct302014

Pink Cheeks Studios

Every family can be made cute and cool in the hands of Nichol Brinkman of Thibodaux, Louisiana. Her soft toy creations, which include wall hangings and mobiles can be custom made for yourself, friends, your favorite couple or family.

As Nichol dresses up these figures however you like, her individual wall hangings with a banner make a great gift. One of these is perfect for a child's bedroom door or to take your average office cubicle up a notch...

The custom family wall hangings and mobiles are some of my favorite works of Nichol. Add personal flair, accessories, dogs, cats, fish...whatever makes your grouping of humans special and fabulous. 

Nichol once took a traditional marionette workshop in Prague taught by a Czech puppet master. She spent weekends at puppetry museums and animation studios- you can see the influence. Although she started in wood, she turned to her passion of sewing to bring her quirky characters to life. 

Nichol starts her creative process by drawing with micropens in Moleskine notebooks. Nichol, "When I think a drawing will transfer nicely to stuffed form, I draw the shape onto cardstock for my basic pattern." She then takes time curating the right fabrics, patterns and textures for each piece, then sews her beings both by hand and machine. 

I think I need a stuffed and stylishly accessorized family mobile soon...who doesn't? Check out Nichol's etsy shop here for all her lively creations and here to follow her fun blog. And don't worry, no matter how dysfunctional your own family is, y'all will look cute and cool in the hands of Nichol...

 

Photos: Pink Cheeks Studio     Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Oct292014

Bloody Band-Aid Cookies....for Halloween 

When my friend Sarah Neuburger of The Small Object posted this pic on instagram the other day, I was impressed but not surprised of her creative baking skills. She's the mastermind behind the cutest stamps on the planet- plus the illustrator of Sweet Peach Sweet Spots. These cookies are a really fun Halloween treat... 

Sarah suggests following your favorite sugar cookie recipe. Then take gel food coloring and follow the instructions for achieving the light brown Band-Aid color. (Sarah notes the dough looked more purple before baking but turned out perfect once baked.) Refrigerate dough. 

Next, roll out dough on floured surface. Use your preferred kitchen tools to achieve a rectangular cut for each cookie (Sarah used a pizza cutter and a ruler). Try an angel food cake cutter to add rows of holes for each Band-Aid. Bake cookies, cool. 

Make your favorite icing recipe. Place the icing in a piping bag or plastic bag with a cut hole in corner. Dab white icing into shape of a square in the cookie center, then add red spot either with an icing writer or another piping bag with red dye (after white icing has dried). Let the cookies sit out a bit and harden, making them stackable for your serving plate. So cute...and scary. Thank you Miss Sarah.

 

Photos: Sarah Neuburger; yourhomebasedmom.com; onesweettooth.com; vintagerevivals.com    Content: Sweet Peach