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Friday
Aug092013

A Friday Cocktail...

I finish up a Lifetime show this weekend and it's just been one of those shows where you need to have a cocktail once in a while. To commemorate its much anticipated conclusion, I've been looking for something smooth and southern. Found via Garden and Gun, this perfect Friday cocktail called The Tallulah comes from Ollie Irene in Birmingham, Alabama. It combines coke, peanut syrup and Jack Daniels. Yum.  

If you grew up in the South, you may remember the hot summer days where you'd place peanuts into a cold Coke to make a sweet and salty treat. Now it's been fine tuned and modernized a bit with some handmade peanut syrup and a jigger of Jack. It's good...and I think I'll be having one or two tonight. Find the recipe over at G & G and happy weekend everyone! 

 

Photos: Garden and Gun      Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Aug082013

R. Wood Studio Ceramics

The last time I was in Athens, Georgia, I stopped by R. Wood Studio Ceramics. I didn't have my camera with me but I loved walking through the big warehouse that was filled with handmade ceramics...bowls, plates, platters, cups, you name it. And all in colorful hues and uncommon shapes. 

Rebecca Wood started the studio in 1991 and it has grown to be one of the biggest pottery studios in the US. As stated on their site, "Renowned for their luscious colors, simple shapes, and inspired by their southern surroundings, they also produce one-of-a-kind pieces that are sought after by collectors."

Rebecca and a dozen of her trained artists craft the playful pottery using Georgia red clay. Each piece is entirely made by hand, inspired by nature and signed by the artist. Pieces of art indeed...

If you're a potter, this is an amazing place to work. Rebecca encourages an open and collaborative atmosphere. Besides the many made-to-order pieces, her artists can create and sell their own work as well. So next time you're in Athens, may I suggest you take a side trip to R. Wood Studio Ceramics. The door is often wide open, beckoning you inside...

 

Photos: R. Wood Studio, Rinne Allen       Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Aug072013

Cat Studio

Delving into various retail over the years, Terrell and Carmel Swan of Cat Studio have found their niche in hand embroidered maps. I particularly love their playful and colorful pillows, which depict all 50 states, plus various cities, regions, national parks and countries around the globe. I'm privy to the Southern locales myself...

Terrell (who grew up in Texas and Mississippi) and Carmel (from Hawaii), found inspiration for their designs from vintage souvenir pillows of the 30's and 40's. Plus, they have a combined love for travel and endless curiosity of the world around us. 

Each pillow is hand embroidered and can take a full week to create. I really love each of these as they are amazing conversation starters to add to your couch, chair or bed and also serve as a reminder of the places you love, or hope to visit. See all of Cat Studio's cozy and fun creations, here.

 

Photos: Cat Studio     Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Aug062013

Revitalized Artistry

Christopher White is an impressive guy. As a junior Marketing major at the University of Georgia in Athens, he's already created an eye catching line of home decor pieces that are as stylish as they are distinctive. 

Utilizing worn and weathered mid century furniture, Christopher gives the pieces he finds a much needed face lift. Adding bone white paint to contrast with the typical shades of brown found in mid century furniture, Christopher creates upcycled home decor pieces that have a unique look and feel. As he shares, "During restoration, I like to infuse my own style within the detail of each piece." 

See all of Christopher's creations here...and bookmark it. He's a designer to watch. 

 

Photos: Revitalized Athens     Content: Sweet Peach

 

Monday
Aug052013

Shaun Garcia

A while back, I visited Shaun Garcia at his home in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He's a Chef de Cuisine by day, master sewer by night, which is just one of the many reasons to love him. His expertly handcrafted mailbags are to be admired. I was reminded of this when he brought a few new bags to sell at our recent Sweet Peach Revival.

These stylish satchels are unique as they are 100% handcrafted by Shaun in his home. For each bag, he utilizes the highest quality Horween leather and materials. As a renowned chef, Shaun shared his take on it-  "As a chef, I've decided to use the best ingredients to cook with, so I also use the best ingredients to craft with." 

There are approximately 23 copper rivets added to each mailbag. All are hand set, hand cut and pounded down by Shaun himself, using an old railroad tie as an anvil. This is how the original USPS mailbags were made, which inspired the entire look of his bags. Shaun, "If you want to make the bag last, you use these rivets." 

It's quickly evident by look and feel that these bags are built to last. In fact, each and every one has a lifetime guarantee. Shaun, "These bags are made to be passed down, generation to generation. It's like a black leather jacket, they're timeless in style." 

Each bag can be custom made, catering to your needs. Sometimes Shaun adds an interior back pocket, a front pocket or a full interior divider. Whatever you desire, he's happy to oblige... 

In early fall, Shaun is planning to handcraft 26 new bags, so they will be available for next day shipping via his Etsy shop. A few mailbags in his next run will feature Horween Derby leather, which is undyed and guaranteed to develop an individualized, natural patina with time. Learn more about Shaun's mailbags at his Etsy shop, or if you're in Atlanta, stop by Belly General Store to see a few of Shaun's beautifully made bags in person. Trust me when I say, you won't be disasppointed.  

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Aug022013

Megan Hurdle

Using a variety of pigments, such as gauche, acrylics, oil pastels and chalk, Memphis artist Megan Hurdle creates colorful and engaging mixed media pieces on paper.

Megan's signature pieces have been her skulls, which explore the masculine side- but she's delved into dresses and costume paintings as of late, shedding light on the feminine. 

Megan, "Ever since I was a young girl, painting till 4am in my grandmother's studio, I've seen the world a little differently. It has granted a perspective that has driven me to create things that elevate the mundane, make beautiful what many might see as ugly and connect, if only for a moment, with the raw, the real, the remarkable." See all of Megan's current works here....& enjoy your weekend everyone!   

 

Photos: Christen Jones    Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Aug012013

Rhianna Wurman

Texas native and Illustrator, Rhianna Wurman has an eye for pretty things. Her drawings tend to make onlookers smile and can fill a need in most any home. Residing now in Asheville, North Carolina, Rhianna finds inspiration from her southern roots as well as her English grandmother. 

Rhianna's illustrations, many of which are about the garden, the kitchen and a positive mindset come in 5 x 7 or 8 x 10's that are digitally printed on heavy weight matte archival paper. And each print is signed- that's the beauty of supporting small, local artists.

I need this print today, it's been a not so fun week so far. Deep breaths...good things are coming. See all of Rhianna's work here. 

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Jul312013

The Dixie Daisy

If you're traveling in or around Austin anytime soon, may I suggest a side trip to Wimberley, Texas...

This incredible retro Airstream, nicknamed the Dixie Daisy accommodates two and is available for rent via Airbnb for just $110 a night. 

Owners, Jennifer and Gregory have created an incredible getaway space that is comfy and relaxing, with all you could ever need. This includes a new queen mattress, a real toilet, lounging areas, an indoor and outdoor shower, plus a fully stocked kitchen with fresh eggs in the fridge. (when the chickens are laying...)

It's the small touches which make the space so great, including the vintage fabrics and retro accessories...

And perhaps the biggest selling point for me is how the Dixie Daisy is set up for a true nature lover's getaway. The Airstream is situated on 12 acres along the banks of Smith Creek. It's meant to explore, to experience the quiet, to find some balance when life gets a little off kilter...   

I love the outdoor deck, grill, shower, hot tub, hammock, the string lights and chiminea. Everything is picture perfect. Except I'm not there. But you can be sure it's on my short list! Marfa, and now Wimberley, here I come...

 

Photos: Airbnb/The Dixie Daisy       Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Jul302013

ReBarn 

After dealing with an unforseen medical diagnosis and brain tumor, Brannon McCaleb left his job in the music industry and made some big changes in his life. He found inspiration in the time he spent as a kid with his grandpa, who lived near the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. As Brannon shared, "His barn was my playground." He wanted to rekindle his passion for barns, for carpentry & the simpler things in life. That's when his home furnishing company, ReBarn, based in Knoxville, was born. 

Using old barn wood, Brannon handcrafts headboards, tables and various items for the home. I particularly like his side tables that quickly add a heap of character, history and texture to a space...

Brannon's headboards can be custom made to your width, height and coloring specifications. This one comes via a 1900's horse farm and has quickly become a shop favorite. I understand their popularity as all of his headboards have an amazing look and feel, plus, they're well priced, starting at just $375. 

It's not easy to transition from one part of life that you know and feel secure in to something completely different, even opposite. But if you're brave and have a little patience- much like Brannon, good things can come. Check out all of Brannon's incredible handiwork here. 

 

Photos: ReBarn; Leah Bullard Photography    Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Jul292013

Causey's BBQ Sauce

John Causey knows his barbecue. Growing up in south Georgia, he tasted some of the best sauces and concoctions around. As Chief Cook for the Vienna Volunteer Fire Dept from 1984-1995, John was able to create and perfect his own vinegar based BBQ sauce and compete in competitions around the state. 

Inspired by good feedback, John opened a BBQ joint in 2007 called "Good To Go." His sauce became so well known and sought after, he decided to bottle it. His popular creations include the tangy original BBQ and a Sweet and Smoky version. Then of course are the spicy BBQ Rubs which are incredible to sprinkle on pork or chicken... 

Learn more about Causey BBQ here. Or try Bourbon and Boots where they sell a 3 piece gift set for $28 and a 5 piece set for $38. Great deal, and easy gift for any meat-loving manly men out there... 

 

Photos: Causey's BBQ      Content: Sweet Peach