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Friday
Sep202013

R. Riveter (includes a special discount) 

My passion is, oddly enough, to share the passions of other artists. I love discovering someone new- either by a text from a friend or browsing a shop or scouring sites online, then sharing them with all of you. I found out about R. Riveter some time ago and have been meaning to write about them. Then, last weekend, I saw their booth at the Root City Market and realized, I need to get on with it...

What makes R Riveter so special is two fold. First, the bags they make are made by military wives. As military spouses have to relocate quite a bit, holding a job can be hard to do. By providing them with a handcrafted task they can be proud of, the spouses can do this job no matter where they are in the world. Secondly, the bags are made using upcycled military materials, such as duffle bags, wool blankets and shelter halves. 

Cameron Cruse and Lisa Bradley started the company out of frustration in cultivating their own career path. Based in Dahlonega, Georgia they decided to combine their talents and create their own company to fit their ever changing lifestyle. In December 2011, they founded R Riveter, named after the iconic Rosie the Riveter painting. 

Every bag style is named after a famous military wife, such as the Mrs. Grant or Mrs. Lee

The large Mrs. Buford diaper/travel bag is made with vegetable tanned leather and part of an upcycled US Army tent. As stated on their site, "As the canvas was once used as a soldier's tent, it is durable and water resistant." 

And perhaps my favorite feature is the fabric lining inside each bag. Such lovely pieces by such lovely women that I think we'd all love to support. Learn more details on how they make their stylish bags, here. And a bit of good news- Amy from R Riveter is offering free shipping for Sweet Peach fans. Just enter the DISCOUNT CODE: Sweetpeach and you won't pay one dime on shipping costs. Great deal. Thank you R. Riveter...and happy weekend. 

 

Photos: Kelly Ivey @ Lovely    Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Sep192013

re:loom

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the re:loom offices and workshop in Decatur, Georgia. Lisa Wise is the inspirational, hard working woman at the helm who started first with a mission to create affordable housing in 1990 for those in need. The weaving of beautiful, one of a kind rugs came much later...

After helping to break the cycle of poverty by providing housing, Lisa realized she needed to create employment opportunities too. She knew the best thing to do was to teach a skill, like weaving, and after years of searching for funding, she got it. The grant she received from Health and Human Services was used to pay salaries and offer full health benefits. The Chattahoochee Handweaver's Guild provided the teachers. And the fabric to weave? It was, and still is, 100% donated. 

Lisa showed me how they make the balls of fabric to be used on the looms. For items such as shirts, the collars and sleeves are taken off, then the reamaining fabric is folded into a square and cut in a long, vertical pattern, creating 1/2" strands or so. When stretched out, this becomes one long piece of fabric that is then rolled up into a ball. Depending on the color and pattern of the shirt, or sheet, or tablecloth (whatever has been donated) determines the look and number of the fabric wraps.  

At the re:loom workshop, there are hundreds and hundreds of various sized fabrics cut and ready to be placed on a loom. The weaver determines the look of each item to be made based on how many of the same balls of fabric they have to work with. If they like one ball of fabric a lot but there is only one, maybe that one becomes an accent color. It's all up to the weaver to design a piece of their own choosing and as Lisa shared, "they all end up having their own signature style." 

There are currently ten weavers employed at Lisa's Weave House. They are either homeless or at risk, three of which are refugees from Bhutan. Those that have already learned the craft of weaving, teach the others, and together they continually produce truly beautiful rugs, bags, placemats, table runners and more.  

I found Fred at the largest loom. He likes the challenge of creating a large sized rug and is an incredibly hard and talented worker. His mom was a drug addict and he came to Lisa as a kid who needed a purpose, a direction. He found it here. As stated on their site, "With a stable salary, 100% healthcare coverage, and opportunities to engage in the operation of the weavehouse, employees gain a financial foundation, leadership skills and a sense of purpose and accomplishment."

Leila has become a pro at weaving with plastic bags. I couldn't believe how cool her (waterproof) rug was, which would work great outside or in a bathroom. 

Lisa continues the good work everyday. As she shared, "I get up every day to make a difference in a person's life." If you live in Atlanta you can find re:loom at Atlanta Made, Wild Oats & Billy Goats and Belly. Or just peruse the shop online. I'm so happy to have met Lisa and the fabulous weavers at the weave house. They weave their stories every day- crafting gorgeous, unique pieces to be proud of, to build upon...

 

Photos: Sweet Peach, endsinstyle.tumblr.com, southernfinds.worpress.com,  Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Sep182013

Towels and Totes

My friend Emily knows that a well designed tea towel is pretty much guaranteed to bring me happiness. And Jessica Wells, who designs and creates pretty totes and towels from her home studio in Austin, Texas is one of those artists that routinely brings a smile to my face. Jessica prints each item to order using environmentally safe water-based inks on organic materials. Love that...

All of the tea towels are made from a super soft 100% cotton and are printed on unbleached flour sacks, approx 28" x 29". 


I have a strange affinity for squirrel art lately so I'm a fan of this sweet towel- two squirrels, some acorns and oak leafs. I smile....

 

Photos: Eleventy-Five        Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Sep172013

IceMilk Aprons

Much of the handcrafted movement is inspired by a need to make things with meaning and staying power, able to be passed down generation to generation. Add to that high quality and a feeling of nostalgia and you'd be describing all the reasons Ashley Leckey Schoenith created IceMilk Aprons. 

Inspired by her grandmother, Ashley, born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida, has created a stylish gourmet line of heirloom aprons in both full or waist size. I love that she made the aprons classy and sophisticated, like many of my favorite Southern women. 

Now residing in Atlanta, Ashley is proud of her Southern roots and even more proud to honor her grandmother who, besides being a masterful seamstress and entertainer, at one time produced a line of luxury gentlemen's ties. A good eye for classic, timeless design appears to run in the family...

These aprons are a great go-to gift as they have that unique style you want in a present. Ashley offers adorable child versions as well and all her aprons can be monogrammed. Plus, each apron is packaged inside a glass preserves jar or kraft bag. It's an apron to use, to love- to be passed on, generation to generation.

Learn more about IceMilk Aprons here. 

 

Photos: Ice Milk Aprons        Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Sep162013

The Sensible Hanky...

When I traveled to Phuket, Thailand earlier this year, I decided to design a gift for my cameramen that were working on the tv show along with me. Since tailoring is such a big business here, I came up with the idea of a pocket square/lens cleaner. That's something the guys may actually use...

I found my tailor at the local Nai Yang Beach- it's a small strip of shops and restaurants along the ocean, not far from where my hotel was. 

In all honesty, every tailor shop looked about the same and carried very similar fabrics. I was hoping for some better fabric choices, as many were conservative and there were a ton of stripes and checks. But it's all good, who am I to complain... fussing over fabrics in southeast Asia? This is a fun project, however it ends up. 

I bugged my wonderful Tech Supervisor on the show, T-Bone, to hand over some of his extra lens cleaners. He had them in one size in both blue and yellow. 

After picking out some complementary fabrics, I explained to the tailor my idea- which took a lot of time to translate as it was not your traditional project. As much is lost in translation, the pocket squares came out fairly well but the font was not the one I chose, the letters a bit too big, the stitching on the back was supposed to be hidden...but ah, again, how can I complain? These stylish hankies would be a great reminder of the time we all spent together one hot summer in Thailand...

All the cameramen and AC's got a Sensible Hanky with their first initial on them. I'm thinking of refining the look a bit and making some more here and selling them. The lens cleaners are great for computer screens, eyeglasses, sunglasses, cameras...What do you think? I'd love some feedback...

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach

 

Friday
Sep132013

A Custom Address Stamp...

The other day on Instagram, I saw Sarah Neuburger of The Small Object post a pic of her new custom address stamps. Needless to say, I was smitten. It's a brilliant idea...

The idea came from Sarah's mom and Sarah quickly realized its incredible creative potential. The way it works is you take a photo of the exterior of your home and email it to Sarah. She creates a miniature version of it in her own signature style. Sarah asks that you then allow one week for a proof and then 1-2 more weeks for production of the stamp before shipping. 

If you're familiar with Sarah's work, you already know how amazing all her stamps are. See the entirety of her shop here. I just sent this link to my sister who recently earned her Realtor's license. How perfect of a gift is it for clients? Or new home and business owners, interior designers, newleyweds...for birthdays and anniversaries. I love it. But I must admit-  I love everything Sarah (and her mom) dream up...   

 

Photos: The Small Object      Content: Sweet Peach

 

Thursday
Sep122013

A Birmingham Retreat... (Part 2) 

Yesterday, I posted about a Birmingham condo owned by John and Janet LeGrand that I had the privilege of staying at last weekend. The space is so wonderful, I wanted to share even more pics today...

The dining room is located in the center of the home, which until I saw this layout in person, I realized is actually a very cool thing. As the dining room is the communal space to share food and stories and laughter, I love that it is in the very center of things. John built the table from white oak and made the top with white Portland cement. John smoothed it out to give it a whitewash look, then stained and distressed it. The rug is from Bungalow Classic in Atlanta. 

From the dining room, you can access the guest bedroom. From the living room, you can access the master bedroom. Then both bedrooms share a bathroom, which is a very smart use of space. Janet found both the table lamps and headboard for the master at Bungalow Classic. 

The bathroom is a wonderful mix of whites and grays with a heaping dose of natural light. I love the tile work...and the shower curtain, via West Elm. The lovely mixed media wooden artwork is by Rachel Austin of Portland, Oregon. 

The kitchen is truly a work of art, recently remodeled by Janet and John. Last year, I posted all about it. See the entire post, which includes before and after pics, here. 

What makes the condo even more special is how it is situated in this beautiful courtyard, just steps from Mountain Brook Village. I could eat, drink and shop 30 seconds upon leaving the front door. During my visit, John informed me that he's currently working on a greenhouse and root cellar for his farmhouse. He showed me a few pics of the project and it looks incredibly cool. I'm crossing my fingers I get a chance to blog about that too. A big thanks to John and Janet for letting me stay at their incredible Birmingham retreat. I feel so lucky...

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Sep112013

A Birmingham Retreat... (Part 1) 

Last weekend I had the pure pleasure of visiting Birmingham, Alabama for the first time. And what made it even better was having the keys to this incredible condo, right in the heart of Mountain Brook Village. It's owned by John and Janet LeGrand, who spend about 5 days a week at their farmhouse in Northern Alabama, then head down to their city retreat for the other couple of days. Dreamy. Even dreamier, I spent two nights here...

This condo is meticulous. Every square foot has been given much thought and care. John is a self taught carpenter, Janet is an architect and together they know design. Gus the Goat hangs to the left of the archway and is actually a mountain goat from Mongolia that Janet's father shot. It was a passion of his and Gus now stands guard.

The living room painting is by Jinni Thomas, which the couple recently found at the Karan Ruhlen Gallery in Santa Fe. John immediately felt a connection to it, which is an important factor when choosing any piece of artwork. Wanting something with a pattern, they bought the yellow chairs at Lee Industries in North Carolina (as well as the couch) to help tie in the yellow and golds of the painting. 

The entryway had me at hello. As John and Janet create masterful works with upcycled wood and paint (they're currently taking a break from the shop), you'll find their absolutely stunning, modern art pieces throughout the condo (It's impossible to pick a favorite). There is a small dish at the entryway filled with the best smelling potpourri (via Saks Fifth Avenue) I've ever had the chance to experience. John wanted that first moment you open the front door to be a good one. It is.   

What may be hard to convey through these pictures is the incredible layout of the condo. There are no hallways and it's all a bit unexpected and charming. The sunroom is one of my favorite rooms as it's an inviting space, not to mention flawlessly put together. 

John was inspired by a lamp he saw at CB2 and set out to make his own version. He glued together some pieces of pine and added red cord and paint. The lamp shade he had custom made by Fenchel Shades

I love these Merino wool blankets I had read about but had never seen before. John and Janet have one in their living room, another here in the sunroom. They are from Nordt Family Farm in Virginia. And the pretty pillows are from Thomas Paul. 

John continues his craftsman domination with this wonderful coffee table that is the perfect scale for the small sunroom. He had one antique milk crate already and found a matching one on Etsy. Next, John cut blue stone to the dimensions he wanted and rigged it all together, painting and distressing to his color preference. The zigzag rug is via West Elm. 

John and Janet bought this rope pendant from Bungalow Classic in Atlanta. As the sun fills the room each morning, no extra light is needed. It's a pretty special place to begin the day...

The bowling pin lamp on the desk was found in an Atlanta shop and the desk itself John made from Ipe wood, then paired it with custom legs he had made by Modern Legs in Erie, Colorado. 

The bookcase leads into the sunroom where my eye was immediately drawn to the custom made lamp. John used collected driftwood he had found in Oregon and paired that with some leftover scraps of wood. Then he painted and sanded- his usual magic. The bookshelf itself John carefully crafted from sinker cypress wood, which John informed me are found logs that have been sunk- common in Louisiana. Sigh, it's all just so good...

Please be sure to check back in tomorrow for Part 2 of the Birmingham Retreat. 

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Sep102013

Yoni Alter

If you have a space in your home or office that could use a bit of color, may I suggest these art prints by Yoni Alter. He creates a myriad of bold city illustrations, both national and international, but I'm privy to the South...

Yoni is a son of an architect and grandson of a structural engineer, so shapes and buildings are in his blood. He picks a handful of iconic buildings to best visually represent each city he illustrates. All are accurate to scale and a thoughtful combination of bright, poppy colors. 

Peruse Yoni's Etsy shop if you get a chance. He has some really great designs for international cities as well as a few showcasing his play with shape and color, like this one, called Cityscape. 

 

Illustrations: Yoni Alter       Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Sep092013

The Carr Amp

Have guitar, will travel...and hopefully with an amp as nice as this one. These are some incredibly stylish amps made by Carr Amplifiers that range in price from $1150-$3350. 

The founder, Steve Carr, in Pittsboro, North Carolina wanted to create amps that are as functional as they are inspirational. As stated on their site, "Discerning guitarists continue to enthusiastically embrace the tone, reliability, and versatile nature of our amplifiers. Perhaps it's because we view guitar amps as being as much an instrument as the guitar itself, and we truly believe that an amplifier should become a personal extension of every player."


As I'm sadly not musically inclined, I can't tell you the key differences between one amp and another. But I can tell you, the Carr amp is revered for its high quality components, thoughtful design and as I've read time and time again, their incredible tone and versatility. Plus, they look good. Learn more about Carr here.

 

Photos: Uncrate.com; Carr Amp     Content: Sweet Peach