Kiki Slaughter

I like any work of art that I can get a little lost in... where I stare, meander and get out of my head for a bit. The work of Atlanta based artist, Kiki Slaughter has succeeded in getting my full attention. I can't help but want to know more...

Kiki is a southern gal, rasied in Charlottesville, Virginia. As shared on her site, "Her paintings are best described as an experiment with the fundamental process of painting. She pours, scrapes, layers and otherwise manipulates paint on the canvas to create works that are rich in both color and texture." 

She creates large abstract oil paintings that feel wholly inspired and layered in meaning. Like many great artists, she's a storyteller at heart. As Kiki shared, "When I begin a painting, I do not always have an idea of the finished product in mind. Instead, I find painting to be an organic process in which the act of painting itself and the phsyicality of materials I use are both muses and methods for my work." 

As one may suspect, Kiki is very inspired by the color and forms of the natural world. She is tuned in to her instincts - able to create a cohesive piece of art that draws us in, not by luck, but by an intuitiveness for form, light and balance. As my friend Kathryn Kolb would say, it works. There's always a reason to why we stop, stare and stay awhile...

Learn more about the work of Kiki Slaughter, here. 




Damm Studio

Husband and wife team, Robert and Brenda Zurn who recently opened their studio, DAMM out of St. Petersburg, Florida, believe good design incites conversation and inspiration. They seek quality in craftsmanship and care for their aesthetic as they continue to expand their unique and lovely lighting collection. 

These Hombre pendants are my favorite design of theirs...made from defunct lighting parts. Robert and Brenda enlisted local finisher, Scott Farrell (a custom motorycycle painter), to hand paint an ombre fade on each fixture. Too pretty...

Their Theorem desk lamp was inspired by the hypotenuse of a right triangle. The solid ash base is paired with a solid brass neck in either natural or black. And having a deep love of Italy, I loved reading about their Piazza lights, inspired by the Piazza del Duomo of Milan. 

The Noland was inspired by an Italian garden rotunda. It's nice to see how each piece is beautifully thought out with a keen attention to detail and form. I'm a fan... check out all their lighting pieces, designed and built to order in their charming Florida studio, here. 


Photos: DAMM Design     Content: Sweet Peach



In the mood for Indigo...

Indigo is everywhere. It's been a trend in the making for quite some time but now its got me wrapped around its finger. I'm on the lookout for all things indigo these days. Deep, dark, moody, layered, beautiful. I can't resist falling under its spell... 

The nice thing is there is no shortage of indigo home decor items or inspiration at our disposal. Search Google images for 'indigo pillows' or 'indigo bedroom' and there's a ton of great links. Plus, you can peruse so many fab Pinterest collections, like this one. When I get a little extra time, I'm definitely going to try this DIY for Shibori Indigo Pillows. 

Here's a few of the many home decor indigo items that caught my eye - Shibori wallpaper by Scion of UK; mudcloth indigo pillow; Indigo plate by Marimekko; Fluidity wall covering by Porter Teleo;  Indigo sheets via Jayson Home; short striped cup by BTW Ceramics for Steven Alan. 

And then of course is Maura of Folk Fibers who handcrafts the most insanely beautiful quilts and pillows, dying all of her fabrics on her own, the natural way. The results are truly stunning. Oh indigo, you've got me... 


Photos: Apartment Therapy; Desire to Inspire;;; urban outfitters;;;;  Folk Fibers;     Content: Sweet Peach


Lineaus Athletic Company

I love products that have an old school touch. Classic, traditional design is popular with the men, which is why I know they'd love anything made by Lineaus Athletic Company of Marfa, Texas. 

These football and rugby balls are as gorgeous as they come. Made with full grain baseball glove cow hide, each one is made super sturdy, using three cords of polyester thread, double locked-stitched. 

Then there are the heavy balls, available from 1lb to 5 1/2 lbs, along with this impressive and ultra cool medicine bag. I also really like this squat bar, because why not make it stylish? No matter which manly thing you desire, each product from Lineaus is custom made, ensuring a beautifully constructed, highly functional product to stand the test of time. Old school.   


Photos: Lineaus      Content: Sweet Peach



Knack Studio

For years I've been following the work of Barb Blair in Greenville, South Carolina. First it was her design blog, then studio, then her vendor space in Antiques on Augusta. Now, it's her picturesque storefront situated in the Village of West Greenville.

After many emails back and forth over the years, it was so nice to meet Blair face to face last month. Her space borderlines on magical as it's bright and welcoming and full of interesting finds. She curates items that are, according to Barb, "unique, small batch and exclusive to this area." 

Barb is well known for her furniture design business. She finds used, neglected furniture pieces and brings them to life with colorful paint, wallpaper, stenciling, spray painting, new hardware or designs. Her intention with each creation is to "make a unique piece that you can design a whole room around." Her book, Furniture Makeovers shares some of her trade secrets with easy, inspiring DIY projects...

So much good stuff...including the lovely ceramic dishes made by Crave Studio just up the street, Love tote bags designed by Greenville artist, Annie Koelle and custom carved whales by Tennessee artist, Gene Claiborne. 

I fell a bit in love for these cutting boards as well, hand made in Greenville from reclaimed lumber and flooring. 

I took an extra moment to read these fabulous dinner napkins by Sir/Madam that showcase Shakespeare sonnets and vintage love letters. Makes me want to create my own...would make such a fun gift. 

Barb took the time to show me her sizeable workshop in the back of her studio. What a lovely space to share, work and entertain in. Go visit Knack Studio next time you're in Greenville, or contact Barb directly for her beautifully curated goods or design skills. Lucky for the rest of us, she ships nationwide...


Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


Ceri Hoover

As autumn is upon us, I'm on the lookout for the perfect brown leather bag. When I saw these beauties online the other day, designed by Ceri Hoover of Nashville, Tennessee, I had to learn more...

Ceri's background is in interior design. A couple years ago, after crafting her own cute clutch, Ceri received rave reviews from friends. So she decided to go all in and design an entire collection of bags for the wholesale market. 

Ceri launched her business in 2013 and is now in 100 boutiques nationwide. She feels her bags are sexy, not flashy. Ceri, "They resonate with women from 16 to 60. People want classic design and nothing I design is overstated." 


Many of her functional, classic bags include her signature look of mixing cowhide with a camel colored leather. The bags have a relaxed, edgy style that feels natural and unforced. Her collection is slowly expanding to include a men's line as well. I can't wait for that... until then, check out Ceri's entire shop, here.


Photos: Ceri Hoover      Content: Sweet Peach



Jessica Durrant

A love of travel and maps goes hand in hand as it's hard not to love one without the other, right? As a huge fan of both, I was instantly smitten by these watercolor maps by Atlanta illustrator, Jessica Durrant. 

Jessica, whose work has been featured in Target, One Kings Lane, Gilt and more, has a deep passion for her craft. Much of the collection follows her love of fashion and wandering the globe, in search of those moments that instill awe and gratitude. 


What I love about these world maps is they are available in sizes ranging from 5" x 7" to 36" x 48". Plus, it's hard not to love anything watercolor these days. Maybe I need to take one of her watercolor classes too... Find all of Jessica's daydream inducing works in her Etsy shop, here. 



Hotel San Jose

Whenever I travel, I seek out the small, independent, boutique hotels with lots of personality and Hotel San Jose in Austin, Texas. 

This cool locale came into existence in 1936 as an ultramodern motor court before it was transformed into the 40 room bungalow-style hotel it is today. Owner and entrepreneur, Liz Lambert had the vision (she also owns the scrumptiously good Hotel Saint Cecilia, El Cosmico and Hotel Havana). 

Liz enlisted the very talented sustainable design firm, Lake/Flato in San Antonio to help bring her incredible vision to life. Concrete floors, minimalist decor and locally made furniture all help create a cool, Texan vibe. 

These fab chairs I quickly recognized, from artist Jamey Garza of Garza Marfa. 

Besides fun pluses like hippie blankets, kimono bathrobes and Malin + Goetz products in the rooms, all dogs are more than welcome at the hotel. Gotta love that...

And then there's the popular local joint, Jo's, located in the hotel parking lot, where you can find good coffee, beer, tacos and more. It's all a part of the many reasons why boutique hotels are worth every penny. Next time you're headed to Austin, check out the Hotel San Jose, here.


Photos: Hotel San Jose     Content: Sweet Peach


The Grifter Glove

Grifter USA, based in Washington DC, has crafted some very cool glove options for the active guy. The Rangers gloves peaked my interest as they're made with distressed bison skin and American Cone white selvedge denim from North Carolina. 

These are made to fit snug and are popular with motorcycle riders. The fabric back allows the glove to breathe while the bison leather is some of the toughest protection you'll find. 

Check out the entire Grifter shop, which includes more gloves, hats and tees, here. Manliness required...


Photos:       Content: Sweet Peach


The Zombie Apocalypse

If zombies really are the mindless, dangerous, flesh-hungry undead, how will you survive an outbreak? 

Ryan McArthur of Design Different has a plan. These Zombie Safe Zone maps highlight which cities are most prone to an outbreak and where to flee in case of an all out, panic stricken attack. 

Each safe zone has a natural abundance of water, fish and forestry that is isolated to help you survive. This map is a must for any who fear the flesh eating undead. Plus, it's fabulously stylish. Learn how to best protect yourself, here. And please, if you flee, don't look back... 


Photos: Design Different      Content: Sweet Peach