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Monday
Sep302013

A little color is a good thing...

Too often, men decorate in grays, blacks, dark greens and boring beige. I think it's important to brighten it up a bit- and happily, I think this is a trend happening in bachelor pads across the country. You don't need to go crazy with it but a pop of orange, yellow, green or bright blue added in manly decor....ah, it's just so good. 

It can be as easy as a throw pillow, a blanket or coat of paint, but adding color shows a bit of personality and a care for how things look. Girls like that. 

I hope these pics inspired at least a few manly men out there. Maybe it's sad to say, but if I met a guy with this yellow sink, I'd have to give him a hug. 

 

Photos:  totallypinteresting.com; firsttimefancy.com; living etc; design sponge; desire to inspire; apartment therapy; hgtv; decoist.com; chicago tribune; japanesetrash.com;        Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Sep272013

Paint by Numbers

I have to admit, I have a thing for paint by numbers. I used to do them when I was a kid and I love finding them at yard sales and seeing friends (although there are only a couple) who have incorporated them into their wall art. I just love em...

This unique love affair may explain why I smiled ear to ear when my friend Jeremy showed me a custom paint by numbers he had just received in the mail. He had uploaded a photo of his dog on easy123art.com (based in Louisville, Kentucky), who then created a paint by numbers outline for him on an 8" x 8" canvas with all the paints he needed to create his own paint by numbers art piece. 

You can upload any photo you desire and have its outline printed on an 8 x 8, 11 x 14 or 16 x 20" canvas. I love giving a unique gift such as this- plus, either you or them get to bring the image to life by playing with paint...that's a good day, don't you think? 

 

Photos: first photo unknown; easy123art.com    Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Sep262013

"Send me food!" 

My oldest niece, Cassie started college a few weeks ago up in Boston. I saw her dorm last week and had a lot of memories of my first time away from home. You forget it takes time to adjust to a new bed, new food and people, let alone all the distractions. When I passed by her mailroom, I told Cassie I'll have to send her a package. Her eyes lit up as she was so excited... "Send me food!" 

During my trip, I learned that Cassie has never had a macaron. She wondered what they tasted like so it was then that I realized her first college gift package should be a colorful mix of macarons from Sweet Sarah. Oddly enough, the last time I blogged about Sarah she was based in West Palm Beach, Florida. She's now in New Milford, Connecticut where both Cass and I grew up. Small world...perfect gift. 

Another great gift idea comes from my cousin, Michele based in the lovely Charleston, SC. She owns Sweet Bottom Cookie- chocolate chip cookies that are dipped in chocolate fudge along the bottom. Michele is a workhorse and as hard as it is to get a new food company off the ground, she's done an amazing job. Besides movie theatre chains, her latest coup is getting into huge college football stadiums. 

Michele sent me a box of Sweet Bottoms (you can order 3, 6 or 12) and I enjoyed mine with some vanilla ice cream and more chocolate chips. I can't imagine any college kid not loving this. See her site and fun gift sets, here.

If you really want to take chocolate to the extreme, one of my favorites is Dude, Sweet Chocolate in Dallas. Master chocolatier, Katherine Clapner keeps coming up with one tasty concoction after another. I think every single college kid needs a Tub of Love at some point. (hazelnut & chocolate spread)

There is a lot in her shop to choose from- like chocolate granola, salami and toffee. Whatever you decide on- it is pretty much guaranteed to be met with a heartful thank you from a (slightly homesick) college student. Keep your eye out Cass, something fun is comin' in the mail....

 

Photos: Sweet Sarah, Sweet Peach, Dude Sweet Chocolate     Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Sep252013

Kreeger Pottery 

About a month ago I was perusing one of my favorite Atlanta shops, Star Provisions and found this lovely pottery. Whenever I find new things to love, I look to see who made it, hoping it's southern so I can share it on Sweet Peach. So many times, I find amazing items from Brooklyn or Portland...this time, it was Kreeger Pottery in Austin, Texas. Yes! 

Keith Kreeger has been crafting pottery for over 15 years. He started on Cape Cod, becoming one of the premier craftsman there- then moved to Austin with his family in 2009. My favorite collection of his is the Essential Collection, seen here, which is the most modern and restrained. There's so much beauty (& craftsmanship) in simplicity...

Keith, "I think that a meal with friends that you've spent hours preparing calls for dinnerware crafted with the same care. I think flowers picked fresh from your garden look better in a vase you've picked as well." 

Peruse Keith's impressive collection of pottery, here. Or stop by Star Provisions if you're in Atlanta. I promise, you'll have a hard time picking a favorite... 

 

Photos: Kreeger Pottery        Content: Sweet Peach

 

Tuesday
Sep242013

Midwinter Co. 

Married artists, Caelen and Samantha Bird have decided to combine their respective talents to create a small business handcrafting modern, colorful home decor. It's called Midwinter Co. 

Their online shop, based in Wilmington, Delaware is a mix of new and vintage and specialty items that are made with care and a keen eye for design- like this black walnut side table crafted by Caelen. 

I love their planters as well, made with real birch wood bark. They offer four different versions, never one quite like the other. 

I love how paint by numbers artwork is making a comeback. This vintage kitty has all the right colors or if you prefer a more modern approach, check out the cicada, hand drawn by Caelen.  

 

Caelen and Samantha also offer leather and canvas bags, scarves, jewelry and more. It's a mix of all they love- a marriage, you might say, made in heaven. Click here to peruse all the goodness.  

 

Photos: Midwinter Co.      Content: Sweet Peach

 

Monday
Sep232013

Gadgets and Glass

Guys and gadgets seem to go together. This is particularly true for Dan Cordero of Charlotte, North Carolina who likes to repurpose vintage items into something practical for everyday.

I think it would be fun to design a guy's office. If I had the chance, I'd add a light by Dan as they're just cool, like this vintage flashlight lamp or explosion proof cage, which make excellent desk lamps as well as great conversation pieces. 

Dan offers a dozen different glass pendants as well that are hard not to love. They're priced well - starting at $110, and each is meant to showcase the ever stylish edison bulb. See the entirety of Dan's lighting collection that includes all manner of gadgets and glass, here.

 

Photos: Dan Cordero     Content: Sweet Peach


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