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Wednesday
Sep172014

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


Tuesday
Sep162014

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


Monday
Sep152014

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


Friday
Sep122014

The Idyll/Wilde Apron...

Nadene Mairesse and Brandy June Flowers are southern gals with a lot of soul. With a love for textiles and design, the pair were thrilled at an opportunity to create aprons for a local restaurant called Odette in Florence, Alabama. Inspired by the process (and feedback), the friends decided to produce and sell an entire line of aprons. Brandy June handles all sales and merchandising while Nadene is the design guru and creative force behind the brand.  


Nadene has created six options in her online shop, Idyll/Wilde, including the Little Helper for the young, aspiring chefs, and the Gingham Butcher Apron for those that seek a bit of culinary style. 

I'm a fan of the bistro apron, made of flecked gray organic cotton and recycled hemp. Northwest Alabama has miles and miles of cotton fields so it always just feels right when designers are inspired by local materials. Plus, the burgeoning food and design scene has really expanded with Natalie Chanin, Billy Reid and others.

All of Nadene's handmade garments, which include women's and children's clothes, are made from start to finish in her small workshop in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. I hope to have a chance to visit one day as I'd love to check out that part of Alabama- just so much creativity happening in that northwest corner of the state. Must be the water or the soil or something southern, stirring and feeding the soul... See the entire Idyll/Wilde shop, here. 

 

Photos: Idyll/Wilde site    Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Sep112014

The Bobo Warehouse Sale

If I encourage you to do one thing this week, let it be a visit to BoBo Intriguing Objects' first ever warehouse sale in Atlanta. Doors open this Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13, from 10am-6pm. 

Mark Sage has been in the business of buying vintage and designing antique reproductions for a couple decades now. And his massive 100k square foot, full-of-this-and-that-warehouse, proves it. He's the guy with the dream job, as he travels each month internationally to seek out the unique and unusual in remote villages of Argentina, Poland, Belgium, France, Sweden, Vietnam, India and more. 

As one of the major suppliers to Restoration Hardware, Mark has over 18 fixers around the world that keep an eye out for original pieces to buy or be inspired from. With a close working relationship with dozens of factories internationally, Mark also has an infrastructure and network unlike any other. Up until this Friday, his doors have never been open to the public, only to dealers and designers. So trust me when I say, this is a real treat. 

You'll find thousands of antiques here as well as antique reproductions designed by Mark. Many are one of a kind prototypes he had made but never sold. As his marketing guru, Aysan Balkhanian says, "You can find just about anything in here." 

Lighting is an important part of the BoBo line and you'll see hundreds of original fixtures dangling from the ceilings. 90% of their lighting is made in Poland and materials are usually raw- like driftwood, wine barrels, metal and unfinished wood.  

I particularly liked the hundreds of vintage Belgian school chairs stacked in the back part of the warehouse...

This was my first BoBo purchase- a few stacks of Vietnamese rice bowls dating back to 1886. They were recovered from a sunken ship - how cool is that? Each one has a different shape and coloring. Some lie flat, others are a bit rolly polly. And at just $3 a piece, such a steal...

You can also choose from dozens of deer horns sourced from the Czech Republic...

Aysan, "Mark is the person who finds items where people say, 'Where did you even get that?' He has an eye." 

It's true. You can find anything in here, even Mel Gibson. There will be significant markdowns with prices ranging from a few bucks to over $10,000. Even if you don't buy a thing, it's so much fun just to peruse Mark's diverse and valuable collections, both new and old, sourced or inspired from all over the globe. His dream job turns into our dream afternoon...Here's the flyer, now go check it out! 

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach

 

Wednesday
Sep102014

Canopy Studio

I love today's post, as it's a perfect example of how you can add pretty artwork to your home on a budget. These geometric patterns by Kat Webster of Canopy Studio in New Orleans are modern, colorful and super stylish. 

At just $16 a piece, these pieces look great hung by a clip or framed with metal or wood, whatever your desire....

With a masters degree in architecture from Tulane University, Kat has an innate and attuned sense of balance, color and design. Plus, she's in trend. Find all her fabulous geometric prints, here.

 

Tuesday
Sep092014

The Franklin Bag

Love. That's the only word I can think of when I look at this bag. You can just tell what this gorgeous Horween leather feels like, the smoothness and sturdiness of it. Then, there's the hand stitching and rivets...

Erik Holmberg of J Stark in Charleston, South Carolina is the self taught craftsman behind the Franklin bag. With sheer determination, he's honed his skills and created an online shop that now includes wallets, pocket squares, watch straps, bags and iPad sleeves. 

But it's the Franklin Bag that has stolen my heart. It's beautifully made with such an original feel and design. Love. 

 

Photos: Erik Holmberg     Content: Sweet Peach

 

Monday
Sep082014

Heartwood Forge

I admire a handcrafted item, skillfully made, that will stand the test of time. These handsome knives, made by Will Manning of Jefferson, Georgia are designed for daily use, to be cared for and passed along to the next generation. 

Will learned the art of woodworking from his dad and found a passion for metal just after high school. He studied his craft at Florida State and SCAD, later working with blacksmiths who would teach him even more. After meeting his girlfriend, he realized his love for being in the kitchen. Together they drew some sketches for a kitchen knife and thought they may be on to something here...

I highly recommend that you watch his video that shows Will's process of making a knife, which is incredibly informative when you have no idea how it's done. It's quickly evident how much labor, focus, experience and patience is needed. 

Will hand stamps each blade with his initials. After all the creating, heating, hammering, refining, I believe he should.  

Recyling is important to Will. He uses only reclaimed lumber from saw mills in the Southern Appalachian region. The edges and angles are refined according to the needs of each knife (or knife owner). 

I love oyster shucking so I naturally love any oyster knife that makes the process easier. Made of carbon steel, this super tough tool is crafted to open even the most stubborn of oysters. Each knife, no matter your preference, is an investment for your kitchen...See the entirety of Will's shop, Heartwood Forge, and learn how you can order your own custom knife, here.

 

Photos: Heartwood Forge    Content: Sweet Peach

 

Friday
Sep052014

The Sweet Peach Chambray Shirt

I feel flattered, grateful. That's the best way to describe my reaction to a recent phone call I received from Thomas Wages of TWEEDS, who created a new shirt for women with the Sweet Peach blog in mind. 


Thomas decided to use a peach colored fabric he really liked and create another version of his popular The Guy Shirt for women, which he released this summer. This shirt, named The Sweet Peach Chambray, is 100% cotton, made in the USA with a tailored fit and elbow patches. It's a very limited run of shirts available in store only. 

Shanna Kenyon of nearby Crafted Westside (one of my favorite new shops) was gracious enough to model the shirt for us and she quickly fell head over heels for it. It's stylish, cozy and just an all around fabulous shirt, if I do say so myself. 

The Sweet Peach Chambray joins the other Guy Shirts for women which TWEEDS recently launched to much fanfare and adulation (this photo via Southern Living). These gorgeous ginghams- in blue, navy, pink or red are available in store and online. Thank you Thomas, I'm flattered, grateful. I like it when you're inspired...

 

Photos: Sweet Peach; Final photo: Robbie Canponeto for Southern Living     Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Sep042014

Far Fetched

Far Fetched is a good name for a shop that sources its goods from around the world. Based in Clifton, Texas, this brick and mortar (and online shop) caters to those who crave a bit of unexpected style...

Melissa Johnson is the owner of Far Fetched and she has an impeccable eye for uncommon yet tasteful home goods. Each beautifully designed piece seems to evoke a question or comment- they're conversation starters in the best way possible. 

In Melissa's shop, you'll find furniture, jewelry, home goods, men and baby gifts. I particularly love all the textiles sourced from Peru, Italy, New Zealand and Australia. 

This weekender canvas and leather bag is an attractive, functional bag to own, while the canvas storage baskets have a cool, original look that are perfect for pretty storage. Melissa also offers a monthly goodie box for $22 which I suspect is really good... No matter where you are in the world, see the entire Far Fetched shop, here.

 

Photos: Far Fetched    Content: Sweet Peach