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Tuesday
Oct292013

Textiles, please...

Every once in a while, I like to check in with Mockingbird Domestics of Austin, Texas to see what fun, local fare they have for sale. I was happy to find Constance Garza textiles- via Garza Furniture in Marfa. So scrumptious...

At Mockingbird, you'll find a nice selection of Constance's hand dyed and sewn fabrics that would look so sweet upon a dining table. Particularly with your favorite cheese, wine and tasty tidbits... 

Perusing the Mockingbird site further, I found these herringbone guest towels that I may just have to purchase. I've been wanting to update my towel selection and after spending a couple months in Turkey last year, I've grown to love these super absorbant textiles that are so slim and stylish. These Turkish towels work excellent in the bath or as a tea or dish towel in the kitchen- via Scents & Feel of Miami.

Jeff and Laura Daly, the owners of Mockingbird Domestics, continue to amaze me. I'm blown away by their beautiful selection of goods- which also includes furniture, lighting, art and ceramics. I hope I can visit Austin someday soon, for when I do, my first stop will be here. In the meantime, their incredible site shall suffice. Enjoy...

 

Photos: Mockingbird Domestics     Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Oct282013

Hand Tools, by Moran Woodworked

Michael James Moran of Moran Woodworked in Charleston, South Carolina has been practicing his craft of woodworking for over a decade. His love of local materials and fascination with wood grain make his homage to the hand tool series incredibly impressive...and important. 

Michael plays with the reversal of materials, utilizing iron for handles, walnut wood for the heads. It's a wonderful study of functionality that showcases the simple beauty of these tools which are deeply entrenched in our history. 

All of the wood used in his creations are harvested from local, sustainable forests. Using a single board of black walnut, this Walnut Bow Saw is striking and may I say, very cool. These tools, which would look amazing displayed in a home or workshop, don't come cheap. This saw alone costs $4500. 

These are tools to be coveted and admired. They would make an amazing gift for any lover of carpentry and woodworking. I'd just start filling the piggy bank up now... See all of Michael's gorgeous handiwork in his homage to hand tools, here.

 

Photos: Moran Woodworked      Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Oct252013

Shake

Ever since I bought the mason shaker, I've wanted to make lots and lots of cocktails. Next thing you know, the same crafty entrepreneurial duo, Eric Prum and Josh Williams who designed the shaker, release a cocktail book. It's smartly called, Shake. Now I have even more reason to shake and sip to my heart's content...

Their intention for the book is to share simple, tasty drink recipes we can all make at home for family and friends. They took a year to travel around, create and taste test- which sounds like a fun plan. As they share, "What resulted is one part photo journey through our year of cocktail crafting and one part inspirational pep talk." 

I appreciate how they divided the recipes up into seasons. When I checked out the fall drinks, I, unsurprisingly, gravitated towards the one with bourbon in it. They call it The Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour. Yes, please! All you'll need for two servings is 3 shots of bourbon, 1 1/2 shots fresh lemon juice, 3/4 shot dark amber maple syrup, 1 large sprig of rosemary plus two smaller sprigs for garnish. 

Crush the large sprig of rosemary in your hand and add it to your mason shaker. Next, add the bourbon, lemon juice, maple syrup and ice to above the level of the liquid and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain the mixture into rocks glasses containing large cubes of ice and garnish with remaining rosemary sprigs. 

Simple, tasty, stylish and impressive is a good combo and I'd say this fall cocktail delivers on all counts. Thanks Eric and Josh for sharing your recipe. I have a feeling I'll be making (and sharing) many more of these. If you don't own a mason shaker or their incredible book, Shake yet- what are you waiting for? Click it and get it. Cheers! 

 

Photos: W&P Design   Content: Sweet Peach

 

Thursday
Oct242013

The No-Carve Pumpkin

A few days ago, I started remodeling my kitchen. Needless to say, my life (including house, dogs, clothes, furniture) is all a bit of a complete mess. So, when thinking of creating some pumpkin themed decor for Halloween next week, I'm wondering what's stylish but also super easy? Here are some ideas found around the web...

I first saw this chalkboard paint how-to on my favorite blog, Swiss Miss- which they found on Fair Goods. Here's the tutorial, which can be easy or elaborate...

 

This idea I love- if you have washi tape on hand, create an overlapping plaid pattern on your favorite pumpkin. As they share on the Good Housekeeping site, "Becuase you aren't cutting them, the pumpkins stay fresh much longer- working as a centerpiece throughout the fall." 

And if you have a fun design in your washi tape collection- like houndstooth, you can cover your entire pumpkin with it. 

Or, if you're patient, try your hand at decoupage. This may be my no-carve pumpkin of choice but I have a feeling I couldn't get it to look even half as good as these. But- I like the inspiration. It's stylish and fun, and helps me forget I'm surrounded by dust...

 

Photos: blog.fairgoods.com; Good Housekeeping; Country Living       Content: Sweet Peach

Wednesday
Oct232013

The 2013 Southern Living Idea House

Ever since my nieces made me join Instagram, I've been a bit obsessed. I check it at least 3x a day as it offers an amazing glimpse into people's daily lives- the people I know and love as well as many more that I don't know from around the world. I was particularly excited when I saw some gorgeous home pics on Nan McCollum's account (of Firefly in Thomasville, Georgia). When I asked her where she was, she replied "the new Southern Living Idea House in Tennessee." Perfect to blog about...

An enormous undertaking, the Southern Living Idea House team was assembled which included interior designer, Phoebe Howard and Historical Concepts as architect. For the 2013 home, the team decided to- in their words, "design, build and decorate the ultimate Southern farmhouse on the grounds of Fontanel, former home of country legend Barbara Mandrell."

The living room is the first impressive room you'll find, made of wide plank wood floors, spruce planked walls and wood beams that were salvaged from an 1890 Tennessee barn. Phoebe created a soft color palette too, which, as she shared, "reflects the surrounding sky and hills." 

As I just started a remodel of my kitchen, I'm acutely aware of what others now do in their own kitchens. This one is almost completely symmetrical, so it offers a nice sense of balance while the wood counter is a warm, inviting touch. 

Off the living room is a small and cozy study where Phoebe preferred filling the bookshelves with lots of books rather than knickknacks. (The paint color is Palm Leaf by Sherwin-Williams.) This guest bath utilizes lovely Ann Sacks moss green tile with a carrara marble sink and granite vanity top via artisan-counters.com. 

For some reason, I've never had a nice bed frame and I've always wanted one. This grand spool bed is a bit of Southern fun, first made popular in the mid 19th century. The master bath, which also includes Ann Sacks tile, is absolutely stunning with this nook and painted dresser located between it and the bed. The large mirror is meant to reflect the natural light that is so well received in the bedroom. 

Perhaps my favorite part of the home are the two 'Bunkies' that are on the edge of the property. These pair of guest homes mimic each other and include a porch, bedroom, kitchenette and full bath. 

Phoebe chose a pretty blue and white palette with paisley wallpaper and tufted headboards for the 'Her' Bunkie- inspired by the work of fabric designers, Peter Fasano and Elizabeth Hamilton. This is just a glimpse into the entire compound. Click here to see a full tour, which includes video and more detail. (The Vintage Farmwife has great pics too) And thank you Instagram (and Nan), I love to be inspired...

 

Photos: Laurey W. Glenn   Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Oct222013

Lulie Wallace

Lulie Wallace has a pretty name and an even prettier artistic style. Based in Charleston, South Carolina, she creates one of a kind, acrylic-on-birch paintings with truly stunning color combinations. 

Lulie was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia and in Charleston, she's found her new home and supportive network. She currently paints at a non profit community art center called Redux, with over two dozen other artists. 

Lulie is passionate about color and is always thinking up the next palette of complementary hues. Lulie, "I am constantly looking around at successful color combos in my everyday life, whether that be in a spectacular blouse or an amazing Charleston sunset. But, I currently have two favorite colors: one is a mint green and the other is like a magenta mixed with white." 

I particularly like her backdrops which look like wallpaper that I'd love in my own home.  

Lulie is drawn to flowers and landscapes that showcase the beauty of mother nature. Yet, like many great artists, she knows it's the imperfections in life that are the good stuff. Lulie, "The less perfect the subject, the more beautiful the finished product." 

On Lulie's site, you can find original paintings and limited edition prints. Look for her work in Anthropologie too...

 

Photos: Lulie's paintings;  charlesoncitypaper.com     Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Oct212013

Alabama Craft Beer

Alabama used to have some tough beer laws on the books, making it nearly impossible for small breweries to try their hand at crafting their own scrumptious libations. Luckily, in the past few years, the laws have been loosened for the state, (thanks in part to the Free the Hops organization) and the outcome has been very, very encouraging...

Back Forty in Gadsden is one such brewery to quickly make a name for itself. Their name derives from an old agricultural term that refers to the 40 acres of land situated furthest from the barn. This land was often overlooked as it was the hardest to maintain- hence, land that is now rich and feritle. At Back Forty, they've utilized this soil to create five incredibly tasty microbrews, along with a few seasonals.

Back Forty is smartly packaged and embraces their southern heritage. As for naming Fence Post Session Ale, they state- "Fence posts have been used for centuries to keep people apart. But in the Deep South, fence posts bring people together. They're a place where neighbors and friends can take a break and chat for a while..." 

When I was last in Birmingham, I was hoping to make a visit to Avondale Brewing Co, but of course I arrived on the day it was closed. But peering through the windows of their large tap room, I admired the modern, inviting space. And the bold and graphic packaging of Avondale is just too good...

Brothers, Coby and Hunter Lake founded the brewery just last year and offer five beers year round, as well as some seasonal favorites. All their beers are named after popular folklore of Avondale, Alabama. I personally like their Vanillaphant Porter Ale, named after Miss Fancy, the elephant who found a home in Avondale Park after being offered to the town by a down on his luck circus owner. This ale has the traditional flavors of chocolate and roasted nuts, with the added touch of vanilla. Yes please. 

Good People Brewing Co. also has excellent beer and memorable branding- like Snake Handler Double IPA, made with five different hops and Coffee Oatmeal Stout, which is brewed with coffee from Primavera Coffee Roasters in Birmingham. They have been brewing ales "from the heart of Dixie" for four years and so far, so good. Alabama is quickly making its move. In the past, they were known as the wasteland of craft beer. Now, they're the ones to watch...

 

Photos: Back Forty Beer Co, Avondale Brewing, Good People Brewing Company    Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Oct182013

Race & Religious

The best part about Friday is that it often denotes the start of a weekend getaway. I'm actually on my way to Thomasville, Georgia with Emily Myers to blog about Sweet Grass Dairy and the Firefly shop- which I'm very excited about. And it got me thinking of Airbnb. When I started perusing their site, I found this amazing complex for nightly rental in New Orleans. It's called Race & Religious. 

Named after two streets that intersect closeby, Race and Religious consists of two antebellum homes, three courtyards and a pool. Plus, the passion of the place ensures you have never stayed anywhere quite like this before...

Over the course of thirty years, owner Granville Semmes (the founder of 1-800 Flowers), restored and renovated the properties built in 1836. Inside, you'll find the original masonry made of bricks from Mississippi River clay. Granville also preserved 95% of the moldings and details. The loveliest mismatched rugs have been placed throughout as well as a mix of old Italian and antique country French furnishings. 

There are four bedrooms total as well as two bars, two kitchens and numerous sitting rooms and reading nooks. Every door and window is unique and there are endless purposeful details throughout both homes that will keep you transfixed and inspired...

You'll notice a bridge (with a trap door) that connects one of the antebellum homes to the old slave quarters. Granville transformed the space into a sitting area. 

Steeped in antebellum tradition and southern nostalgia, the Race & Religious compound is often refrerred to as a love song to New Orleans. If you're traveling with a group, I do believe this would be an amazing place to stop and rest your weary feet. Learn more about the Race & Religious experience, here. I hope this inspires you to get out and explore this weekend. I'll be with Emily, causing trouble no doubt. Made even more fun as we'll be stuffing our faces with wine, cheese and jam the entire time. And why not? It's the weekend afterall...

 

Photos: Air bnb; Race and Religious site; Final pic, Michael Caswell       Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Oct172013

Shop Rethink

Just last month, I blogged about an incredible beach house in Tybee Island, Georgia. The designer of that lovely home, Joel Snayd, along with his wife, Erika, have recently created an online Etsy shop to showcase some of their favorite things they've either designed themselves, or found along the way. It's called Shop Rethink.

It's obvious that the pair love a good dose of color and it's well received on this blog. I love each of these everyday items that combine basic functionality with incredible modern style. 

I have to say, I have a weakness for a stylish bottle opener, and this certainly fits the bill, selling for $18. 

These metal drawer pulls (or wall hooks) were designed by the Rethink team and fabricated by a local metal worker. Each pull was carefully powder coated, in fun colors of course, and sell for $75 a pair. 

 

Photos: Rethink Design Studio    Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Oct162013

David Arms

David Arms is a visual artist, born and raised in Tennessee. He's resided in Nashville ever since his early twenties and found a love for painting after he had married. David smartly nurtured this emerging talent and has created quite the portfolio- and following, ever since. 

David is a man of faith who has a strong connection to mother nature- which you see throughout his works. He spends his days drinking coffee and listening to classical music while working in his studio that is rich in natural light. I've always wanted to be a painter because of this exact idyllic picture...I know it's easier to think the grass is always greener but in David's case, maybe it's at least a little bit true.

David uses many symbols in his acrylic based work including nests, birds, eggs, fruit, vessels and hummingbirds. As he shares, birds are the everyman symbol, "We live our lives doing many of the same things- we build our homes, we have our young, we provide for our young, we do everything to protect this home and the family in it. It should be our place to feel safe and protected." 

Lucky for us, we can go visit David's Gallery at the Barn in Leiper's Fork. What I love is how homey and inviting the space is, a mix of old and new, found items and thoughtful art. As described by writer, Emme Nelson Baxter, "The interior space boasts an Amish poplar floor, beams from a tobacco barn, metal schoolhouse lights and walls of bead board with vestiges of paint and paper still adhering." 

The barn resides on a large pasture so you are immersed in mother nature everywhere you turn. If you're in Tennessee and find yourself in that part of town, visiting David's Gallery would be a wonderful way to pass an afternoon on by... 

I love this quote that David shares on his site. It is from one of his favorite books, "Jayber Crow" by Wendell Berry; "I can remember those early years when it seemed to me that I was cut completely adrift, and times when, looking back at earlier times, it seems I had been wandering in the dark woods of error. But now it looks to me as though I was following the path that was laid out for me, unbroken, and maybe even as straight as possible, from one end to the other, and I have this feeling, which never leaves me anymore, that I have been led." 

See David's entire portfolio, here. 


Photos: davidarms.com      Content: Sweet Peach