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Tuesday
Apr162013

Succulent Bouquets

I'm a bit passionate about succulents. As I tend to travel a bit, I like their ease of care plus their various shapes and textures that look so pretty in pots or planted amongst pebbles or gravel. Which is why when deciding on a bouquet or flower arrangement, succulents are a stellar choice. 

What is great about incorporating succulents into a bouquet is not only are they a sweet surprise and available year round but after you're done with them, you can reroot them back into the soil. Sustainable and eye catching is a good combo... 

To incorporate succulents into a bouquet, here's a great how-to I found on Poppytalk from one of my favorite florists, Flora Grubb. 

Succulents add a modern touch to a bouquet. Many have dramatic silhouettes and range in color from the lightest green to the deepest purple. 

Repeat the same plant for a dramatic yet cohesive look, then add contrasting succulents for depth and texture. The fun part is picking flowers to complement your succulents. Light pinks and peaches look so pretty with the soft greens...

But don't be afraid to be daring with your flower choices. Because of their versatility, succulents pair just as easily with the softer flowers as they do with the bright, eye popping ones. Experiment and play, see what works. 

Good southern flowers and pods to incorporate into your bouquet can include cotton, fiddlehead ferns, pitcher plants, magnolias, gardenias, bluebonnets, calla lilies... the list goes on. 

 

Photos: Theknot.com; blog.weddingwire.com; leucadiasucculents.com; thebridescafe.com; theexcitedbride.com; greenbridgeguide.com; besthomedecorators.com; weddinggraces.com; erinheartscourt.com; NK Photography; onewed.com; blog.myheritage.com; chicvintagebirdes.com; theclaytononthepark.com   Content: Sweet Peach

Monday
Apr152013

The Bourbon Glass


As Southerners, we love our Bourbon and know where to buy our favorite bottle. Funny thing is finding the right bourbon glass can be a much tougher mission. As I am partial to the Bufala Negra cocktail, I particularly like the wide glasses. This well designed version by Schott Zwiesel has my vote... 

Crate and Barrel offers some good rock glass options. These have wide mouths which make it easy to add ice. The way to smell a bourbon is to stick your nose in the glass, parting your lips as you inhale. It's a way of 'tasting' it as you smell it. 

 

Many bourbon enthusiasts like to experience every nuance of 'the nose,' picking up notes of vanilla, toasted nuts or cinnamon. The Glencairn Scotch Whiskey Glass is a good choice for bourbon lovers who like their aromas concentrated. 

 

 

The wide Glencairn glass is another good option. It's easy on the grip and allows for full appreciation of the color and aroma. 

Whichever glass you prefer for your bourbon, the important thing is to swirl, smell and taste. Drink slow and savor it. If done just right, it's good for the Southern soul...

 

Photos: Amazon, salon.com, Crate & Barrel     Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Apr122013

Pixel Impress

Sometimes you like to keep your favorite shops a secret. You want to covet them all your own so no one else will know about them. But where does that really get you at the end of the day? I'm happy (although I admit a bit slow) to share one of my favorite artists, Pamela Sherry. For a few years now, she's made my stylish calling cards that are mini conversations pieces all their own. 

In her shop, Pixel Impress, you'll find notecards, gift tags, invites, calendars and calling cards- all with great color and design choices. 

My favorite are her calling cards. I use the chevron style, seen here on the left, for my personal business card and had all my info placed along the bottom third. I love the design just as much as I love the perfectly square shape- which still fits great in a wallet by the way. 

When my mom mentioned that she wanted some notecards for her birthday, I knew to go to Pamela's shop. I bought her these cards with a dragonfly design in this pretty and bright yellow. Beautifully made with quality, sturdy paper...and she loves them. 

I loved my work calling cards so much, I had Pamela custom make some cards for Sweet Peach. Vanessa (who created my site) designed them and Pamela printed them with ease- and at a great price. Check out her shop to purchase your own unique cards. But shhhh...let's not tell too many people. 

 

Photos: Pixel Impress, Sweet Peach     Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Apr112013

Honeycomb Studio 

Courtney Hamill has a pretty good gig. Working full-time in her backyard studio in Atlanta's West Midtown district, she handcrafts porcelain and stoneware pottery. I particularly love her antler series. Starting from above left is a real springbok antelope antler, Courtney's slip cast mold of it, then the final glaze with her signature gold tip. 

Courtney has found her niche in the market. As she recently shared, "There are very few well done ceramic horns and I don't know of anyone making porcelain antlers like this." Each antler is left hollow and is lightweight, making for a beautifully unique and decorative piece. This one is a small white-tailed deer antler

For this past holiday season, Courtney also crafted these decorative Turtle Doves, which have become quite popular. She particularly likes how good the doves look in multiples. Find them in black or white, here. 

Her studio is a work in progress but with the skylights and large windows, it offers incredible natural light. It's a tranquil area for an artist to work- and it's just a few footsteps from her back door. 

Courtney continues to expand her line of wares and has been playing with various sized vessels and holders, all of which I'd love for my own home. With an impressive collection created in just the past year, Courtney is an artist to watch. See her entire collection here.

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Apr102013

Sara Azani

I recently came across these pretty pics on theeverygirl.com. Real Estate Agent and Blogger, Sara Azani lives in Washington DC and has created a lovely, inviting home with a clean, modern feel. 

Sara loves to thrift and find a good deal, relying on HomeGoods for many of her decor basics. She spent two years decorating her home and I think it's so important to be patient with your design and to find pieces that work, without breaking the bank. Her dining table is made of reclaimed wood from an old barnyard she found at Miss Pixies in DC. I really love the cherry red rug that pairs beautifully with the curtains.

Sara describes her home style as rustic-chic. As her style is constantly evolving, she likes to keep the walls white, adding color and texture in the furniture and accessories. Sara, "I try to keep the colors in the same family, whether it's golds, blues or reds. The trick is to not use more than three to four colors in your home." 

I love Sara's modern, cozy abode as it inspires me to mix things up in my own home. If you have some time to peruse today, check out Sarah's blog, High Fashion 4 Less. I think I need to take a trip to HomeGoods...

 

Photos: Yvonne Rock      Content: Sweet Peach

 

Tuesday
Apr092013

Pretty Dishes...

Like many women, I like pretty dishes. A small holder for my jewelry, my change, my excess stuff...all looks better atop a pretty dish. Wish is why I like the modern, natural forms found in Hope Johnson's ceramics. 

Based in North Florida, Hope is inspired by the organic shapes and colors of nature that surround her home.  

Hope's smallest dishes measure 1" wide, 3.5" tall and can be used for dipping sauces or as a place to hold your littlest things. It also looks pretty all by its lonesome on a bookshelf or table. 

Peruse Hope's entire shop here, which includes cups, bowls and dish sets. 

 

Photos: Hope Johnson      Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Apr082013

The Smuggler's Belt


It's always fun to have a hidden anything...door, hideout, treasure box- which is what makes Barrett Alley's Smuggler's Belt so appealing. 

Barrett, of Dallas, Texas knows how to handcraft gorgeous leather products. For his latest endeavor, he created a belt with a hidden inner pocket that will stay closed while the belt is buckled, only revealing itselft when the belt is taken off.

The buckle is made of iron and is individually hand forged by a skilled American blacksmith. The leather is tanned only via vegetable elements and will darken beautifully with age. As stated on his site, "Barrett Alley meticulously cuts the leather to perfection and hand sews each belt in his Texas studio." 

It's a good gift for a guy. Not only is it a cool belt, it's got a hidden place to stash your stuff. Find yours here...

 

Photos: Barrett Alley        Content: Sweet Peach

Friday
Apr052013

Curry Ketchup 

Chef Ron Eyester of Rosebud restaurant in Atlanta has a staple ketchup that he's been using in his kitchen for years. Lucky for us, he's decided to bottle it and sell it.

With the help of Emily Myers of Emily G's, this Curry Ketchup can now be a staple in our own kitchens too. Ron originally developed the recipe to go with his scrumptious and popular eggplant chips. He describes the ketchup as having curry and clove flavors up front, which then mellows out into the ketchup flavor we all know and love. 

Recently, Ron was gracious enough to whip up some incredible dishes that highlight how the Curry Ketchup can be used. Em was there with me and after I took some pics, we quickly licked our plates clean. 

Ron uses San Marzano tomato paste as his base but there are a plethora of ingredients that he's added to give America's favorite condiment a modern, delicious twist. Yet, as with all of Ron's creations, there is nothing pretentious or intimidating with his approach. It's all about simple clean flavors.  

If you've tried an Emily G's jam or sauce, you know her concoctions are incredibly tasty and addictive. And I'm happy to report, her first collaboration with Chef Ron continues her knack of bottling ingredients that satiate and surprise. The newly launched Curry Ketchup is available online - but if you're in Atlanta, you can also find it at the Rosebud, Pine Street Market, Lucy's Market and Beehive Atlanta. 

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach 

 

Thursday
Apr042013

A Vintage Kitchen...

A good vintage shop is like a diamond in the rough. The Old Red Hen Etsy shop out of West Palm Beach, Florida has lots of scrumptious vintage goods for your kitchen- some for use, others for decor... 


A primitive copper pot looks amazing against an old, weathered table.

I've always wanted to find a vintage dish rack at a yard sale but no luck...good thing I found The Old Red Hen shop. Peruse the entire gathering of vintage kitchen goods here.

 

Photos: Julie of The Old Red Hen       Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Apr032013

Freaker USA 

The team at Freaker USA, based in Wilmington, North Carolina, makes a product that claims to prevent moist handshakes and sweaty beverages. They've created drink insulators with style and swag. And that's not so easy to pull off...

This truly is a one size fits all type of koozie. Each Freak will cover a sippy cup all the way up to a 40 ouncer. They are machine washable and as they say, Made in the Freakin' USA.

Founder, Zach Crain (who you may have seen on Shark Tank) believes his freaker is a lifestyle brand, with each insulator created to fit into your own personal style in a laid back, cool way. Their marketing exudes this philosophy and they've done an incredible job communicating the message- koozies are cool.  

They have well over a dozen vibrant and stylish designs to choose from. It's actually hard to pick a favorite. 

What I love about Freaker USA is how they embrace their inner freak so well. How incredible is this shot? I don't do Christmas cards but if I did, this would be my inspiration. Love them. Get your freak on here. 

 

Photos: Freaker USA      Content: Sweet Peach