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Friday
Apr192013

Cathead Vodka

Cathead Vodka is based in Jackson, Mississippi and is the first legal liquor produced in the state since 1907. Richard Patrick and Austin Evans, who were college friends at the University of Alabama, began the company in 2010 to showcase a love for their Southern roots. Their stylishly packaged vodka, which comes in regular and Honeysuckle, is corn based and crafted in small batches. 

Richard and Austin chose the name Cathead as cats is a common blues singer slang for musicians. Their logo was inspired by cat artwork that Delta blues musicians made to supplement their income. What I love most, besides their homage to the Mississippi blues, is that a dollar from each 750ml bottle sold goes to support live music in the Jackson area. 

I recently got together with my friend Wendy Binns from the Atlanta Intown Paper to prepare a couple of Cathead cocktails. I particularly like Cathead's concoction called Blues Cat, where the first step is to muddle together 10-15 blueberries. 

Add to the muddled berries 3 oz Cathead Vodka, 1 oz. fresh lemon juice, 1 oz. simple syrup and 5 basil leaves, muddled. Shake well then strain. 

Add ice then garnish with blueberries and a basil leaf. So good... 

I love the idea of Honeysuckle Vodka and Richard and Austin are the first distillery to attempt this combo. Honeysuckle is a Southern vine, growing plentiful in Florida, southern Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The Cathead brand is all about Southern roots, afterall...

To make a pitcher of Honeysuckle Lemonade, mix together 4 cups of Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka, 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (5-6 lemons), 1 cup basil simple syrup and 4 cups of water. 

Pour your lemonade into 8 oz mason jars filled with cracked ice, then garnish with a mint sprig and lemon wheel. And then may I suggest sipping this tasty beverage on your front porch with a little music playing in the background. Blues music, of course...

Learn more about Cathead Vodka and the Mississippi Blues, here.

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach   2nd Pic: Clarion-Ledger


Thursday
Apr182013

Antebellum Abode...

I have little time to put together a blog post today but wanted to share these photos from a Garden & Gun article I loved so much. John and Carolyn Malone have spent decades restoring four antebellum dwellings on their 55 acres of old cow pasture near Madison, Georgia. It's a farm they've named Summershade. All of the log cabins (circa 1840's) were purchased and hauled in from other southern states like Kentucky and Tennessee.  

It's been a labor of love reassembling these structures and restoring them to their current state.

Carolyn is an interior designer and brings her many skills to this decades long project. As shared in Garden & Gun by writer John Kessler, "She decorates Summershade with understatment, favoring the natural tone and gently warped surfaces of weather-stripped wood. There's not a shimmer of varnish anywhere in sight, much less an embroidered throw pillow." 

John crafts all manner of furniture for the four structures, like this rustic bed made from a tree he cut down on the farm. 

This dwelling is a small cabin from Appalachian Virginia that was attached to the main house by a breezeway. The open shelves, rustic lamps and sturdy bowls gives off a sense of utilitarianism, probably much like the cabin's first life. A fig vine found its way in through the roof and Carolyn let it have its way, as it adds a sweet, natural touch. 

It's too bad it's not a B&B, I'd sign up for a room tomorrow. Such lovely, inspiring work showcasing how passion and time, when brought together, can produce phenomenol results. 

 

Photos:  Emily Followill, Garden & Gun       Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Apr172013

B. Inspired: The Kitchen Island & Bar

When I visited Bryce over the Christmas holiday, (seen here with his manager, Genna) one of my favorite pieces in his shop was this Kitchen Island & Bar he constructed.  

The idea for the bar came when Bryce stumbled upon the entire top piece at Habitat for Humanity. (date on bottom of tile was 1978) Inspired to build something around it, he bought the top tile with brown scalloped edging for just $65. 

Using just $50 in lumber, (a combination of leftover plywood and new pine) it took Bryce just one day to build it. And in typical Bryce fashion, he started painting it the same day and was done with the entire bar by the following morning. 

Bryce was very thoughtful in the design. He wanted this to be a multifunctional piece and made a removable shelf for one side. This offers the option to use the cavity differently, such as hanging pots and pans. He also added wheels and made sure there was ample room for two bar stools on the opposite side. 

It's a great piece and available for sale at his lovely shop, Curious. Or maybe you'll be inspired to make your own island creation...Thanks Bryce. 

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


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