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Thursday
Feb132014

Silas Tom @ Society 6

Clever is the first word that pops into my head when I see a Rob Wilson creation. All of his design work is bold, playful and without fail, clever. Always. Which is why you need to follow his Instagram account if you're not already. It's fun to see what his ingenious mind thinks up next...

I've been following his stationery line for a couple years but now it's nice to see many of his illustrations picked up by Society 6. There, you can purchase his work, now feartured on clocks, totes, canvases, shirts and pillows. 

I'm personally loving the clocks as a perfect way to add something bold into your space. Above is Hounds Tooth + Teal and Mister Hipster.

As I'm looking forward to spring and still wondering why I don't live closer to the equator, Rob's work offers that extra dose of sunshine I need- especially now, as Atlanta and much of the South deals with another freezing cold week. Warm up, here

 

Photos: Silas Tom       Content: Sweet Peach

 

Wednesday
Feb122014

Anna Forkum

Last week, my friend Christine sent me a link to a lovely home she photographed in Nashville last year, owned by Interior Designer, Anna Forkum. She thought it may be a nice fit for Sweet Peach and of course, she was right. It's a gem.  

What I appreciate with any interior designer's work is a home that feels personal, unexpected and thoughtful but also a bit untamed, lived in and loved. Anna achieves that in spades. I love the laundry room area which includes a collection of her daughter's art. Anna, "I find junk store frames and paint them all the same color. Then add as she produces!" The indestructable stainless steel table works perfect as an art space for her daughter and all the little ones who come to visit.   

Just as stunning as each room is the photography taken by Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson. Christine, "What we wanted to capture in Anna's home is her use of dark, deep rich tones and European styling. It's sophisticated yet there's a playful element at work in her choice of furniture, art and her mix of patterns, textures and color." 

When I asked Anna how she wanted her home to look and feel, she replied, "To be restful and recharging for ME...I know the colors and patterns are not for everyone but it energizes me. I have filled my home with things that I love, which is constantly changing as I try new things and colors. Sometimes I feel like a mad scientist - the ideas in my head are exhausting and the day is too short to get a tenth of them out. I see the possibilities in so many things." 

Anna offered all of us some great advice if and when we work with a designer, "Make sure they ask you how YOU live, what do you need and want out of a space or even if you need it!" I'm drooling over this gorgeous staircase with that incredible rug and mix of interesting, engaging paintings that I'm sure Anna got from here and there over the years...each one with a story to tell. As Anna shared, "Beautiful spaces do take time." 

Oh how I want these bathrooms. The wallpaper to the left is from Graham and Brown. When you have a room soaked in natural light, it's so nice to play with color.  

This porch pendant came via West Elm, which Anna is ready to paint when it's time for a fresh look. I love her mix of colors and textures- particularly the use of pink. Such flirty fun on a southern porch. Thank you Anna and thank you Christine and Owen. I'm inspired and grateful and thinking which room to redecorate next...

**Be sure to check out ReFresh magazine in May to see new additions and finds inside Anna's home

 

Photos: Anthony-Masterson Photography   Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Feb112014

Make It or Buy It: Valentine's Day  

SweetPeachValentinesDay from Sweet Peach blog on Vimeo.

I've worked in tv for quite some time but never thought of making a video for Sweet Peach until recently (the blog has always been an outlet away from that world). But, making this video reminded me of all that I love about producing. It's been a blast playing with this idea from concept to post and to collaborate with good friends. This is the first of hopefully more to come. I'm calling it Make It or Buy It to showcase some of the things you can make or buy for Valentine's Day. Click above to play...

Most of our Make It features don't call for a tutorial. Check out Alabama Biscuits to make homemade treats for that someone special. And here's the recipe for our Valentine cocktail that was a smidge strong and super tasty...adjust as you like. 

  

 

1. Andover Trask Canvas Tote  2. Freshie & Zero jewelry  3. Rifle Paper Co. Calendar  4. Otis James tie  5. Emily G's Jams  6. 3 Parks Wine Growler  7. Katherine Smith jewelry  8. Sweet Grass Dairy cheese  9. Cathead Vodka  10. Mason Shaker  11. A New Turn in the South; Try This At Home

 

So many people to thank for this video. First off, I thank Mr. James for his tireless efforts in shooting and editing this video; Sarah Neuberger of The Small Object for her incredible, adorable illustrations; Beth Lord for her set styling, biscuit making and master crafter ways; Bob Conquest, Andy Cleary, Sarah Pierre, Tiffany Santiago and Bradley Odom for giving up a Saturday afternoon to be willing guinea pigs in my latest concoction; Andrew Gawdun for his musical guidance... and all the southern designers and artists that inspire me each day. 

 

It was such a thrill to have Sarah of The Small Object create custom illustrations for the video. I am such a fan of her work and was so overjoyed to have her say yes, without hesitation. How lucky am I? Click here to see her incredible shop and blog if you haven't already. And Happy Valentine's Day prepping everyone...

 

Monday
Feb102014

Sweets for Dudes

Valentine's Day is Friday and for those looking for a scrumptious and unique gift, one of my favorite go-to shops is Dude Sweet Chocolate in Austin. The Laphroaig Truffle is one of their most popular manly options, made with Laphroaig Scotch Whiskey, condensed milk, molasses and 73.5% dark chocolate. 

Any food item named Crack in a Box is a winner. To make this ridiculously addictive concoction, whole hazelnuts, almonds, macadamia and soy are tossed in egg whites, powdered sugar and sea salt, then candied in the oven. A glob of 72% South American chocolate with raw cocoa nibs is added, then it's poured into slabs and cut. 

Stag Party Fudge is made with Jim Beam Red Stag Black Cherry Whiskey, walnuts and sea salt. 

And for the ultimate chocolate lover, send the Gift Box that includes chocolate truffles, toffee, fudge and potion plus Crack in a Box and Chubby Nuts. And it's just $35. Great deal... Click here to see all of the Dude Sweet Chocolate offerings which can be mailed quickly, via FedEx. 

For an offering that is a tad sweeter, Audrey over at Tiny Buffalo Baking Co. just introduced a Valentine Box for $15 which includes cranberry vanilla granola, cherry white chocolate scones, salted chocolate shortbread and salted caramels. That sounds pretty amazing...

If you're in Atlanta, Audrey will be at two pick up points for the Valentine boxes on Thursday and Friday. Click here for more details. Or click here for more tasties from her shop to be shipped nationwide. Plus, her classic and colorful aprons (hand made in a barn) are all on sale for $28. Sweet...

 

Photos: Respective sites      Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Feb072014

Methane Studios

Mark McDevitt and Robert Lee have been friends since college. After graduating, they did their own thing, designing for screen printing companies and t-shirt shops, as well as creating engaging illustrations for various local and national brands. After doing a bit of their own work on the side, they realized the potential of teaming up together. In 1998, Methane Studios was born. 

Much of their early work still sustains them- silk screen prints for music gigs. They've created incredible artwork for hundreds of artists, which ultimately caught the attention of the Dave Matthews crew. Since 2005, the pair have been the go-to guys for all of Dave's show prints, illustrating between 40-70 a year. 

While visiting their Atlanta studio, this one, titled Moth Leopard by Robert was one of my favorites. I'm drawn to the bright, bold colors and graphic print. 

These two prints by Mark have garnered a lot of attention as they can fit so well with so many decor styles. Mark found inspiration from a 1930's mug shot for the guy silhouette, and for the mrs.- a vintage German actress from that same time period offered the right look. 

Maybe I'm a bit biased as I live in Georgia but this is my personal favorite, which is available as a print or a limited few are sold on wood. I bought the wood version for my kitchen and it works well as a strong focal point.

 

Even knowing who designs what, it's hard to tell their artwork apart. Their styles are very complementary, which makes them a strong, creative force with an equally strong brand. As Robert shared, "We're both very illustrative with a retro flair and comtemporary feel." 

On the day I visited, they were printing another Dave Matthews print- no surprise there. And I have to say it was really interesting to watch the screen printing process to see these illustrations come to life before your eyes, one by one. 

All of Mark and Robert's prints are limited edition and priced right, averaging at just $30 each. And the nice part is they sign each and every one by hand. 

I want to thank Mark and Robert for showing me around their studio and hanging out for a bit. They were incredibly kind and generous with their time. To see these two in person and peruse their ingenious creations yourself, visit them in Nashville at the Cabin Fever Heyday event this Sunday, February 8 or in March at South by Southwest in Austin.  

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Feb062014

Chocolate dipped Peanut Butter cookies with Pomegranate salt....

My schedule today is a bit maddening as I have appointment after appointment scheduled and with all the plans and priorities to keep, I have not utilized my time all that well the past 24 hours. So...I'm in need of a quick post today. And did I mention I'm hungry? I never eat well when I'm busy. And when I'm hungry, I want carbs and chocolate. Specifically anything made by teenage phenom, Izy Hassock. 

I love to check out Izy's food blog, Top With Cinnamon, to see what she's concocted next- and photographed so beautifully. These Chocolate dipped peanut butter cookies with pomegranate salt stopped me in my tracks as the flavor combo just sounded so good. I could easily eat a dozen in one sitting right now...

Check out her blog post to learn a few of her recipe tidbits which include how she came up with pomegranate salt, why she used oat flour and baking powder instead of baking soda. Every ingredient has a rhyme and a reason in Izy's world. She's a gem doing what she does at just 17. And luckily for blogs and social media, she can share her talent with all of us. See the entire post, here. 

 

Photos: Izy Hossack    Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Feb052014

Sweet Gum Co. 

The amount of time I take to blog each day is probably fairly equal to the amount of time I take to browse other blogs- finding inspiration and new connections. I have a running list of bookmarked sites that evolves each day but one of my mainstays is Local Milk, a food blog by Tennessee native, Beth Kirby.

Beth's blog is full of incredible recipes with equally incredible photos. Beth also curates a small shop of southern handcrafted (or found) kitchen items, called Sweet Gum Co. Above are ceramics by Trish Riley of Chattanooga, Tennessee that are each one of a kind and meant to be put to use each day. 

The cutting boards come via Joseph Huebscher of Huebscher Woodworks, also based in Chattanooga. Joseph rescues downed trees to transform the right cuts into stunning, functional pieces. For these impressive boards, he utilized reclaimed live edge pecan (left) and reclaimed black walnut sapwood (right).  

I love the idea of visiting a coppersmith one day to learn more about the craft- and who better than Ben Caldwell in Nashville, whose work is nationally recognized and includes all manner of utensils and dish ware for the home. I particularly love the relish spoon and antler point gravy ladle

And I know it's way too early to think about fresh honeysuckle- but this post has motivated me to buy a honeysuckle plant this spring, if only to harvest the blossoms in the summer to make Beth's recipe, Honeysuckle Biscuits with sea salt peach butter and honeysuckle mint vinaigrette. Speechless... In the meantime, peruse her blog and southern shop to be endlessly inspired and hungry. I bet after a bit of browsing, this site will be one of your mainstays too...

 

Photos: Beth Kirby/ Local Milk & Sweet Gum Co.       Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Feb042014

Charlotte Lane

Brass is in trend. At first I was a skeptic, but the more I've seen it pop up over the last year, the more I've been liking its resurgence. This striking brass bowl is one very good reason why...

Atlanta based couple, Kristine Cholakian and Kenneth Cooke have combined their passions for curating and creating to recently open an online shop called Charlotte Lane, which features home decor items that are accessible, well made and playful. Together they scour antique markets, auctions and yard sales to find one of a kind items, which they then add to in some way- often with a coat of paint. 

Their shop also includes plain and poppy pocket squares, which I'm always a sucker for. These are colored with fabric dye, handstitched and can easily be customized to your liking. I love the idea of any of these vibrant hankies tucked inside a guy's jacket pocket or back pocket this spring...and for just $12 each, there's no reason why that can't happen.  

I appreciate any shop with lots of vibrancy and color. It makes me think the people behind it are really happy. Check out the entirety of Kristine and Kenneth's online shop here, which also includes a lovely mix of hand painted stationery and gift tags. 

On the site too, you'll find a link to Kristine's day job- running the event planning company, Simply Charming Socials. And Kenneth keeps busy with his own branding company, K Cooke Designs. Amidst all the madness and creativity, they have found a shared passion, and a shared shop...that is both happy and by the looks of it, in trend. 

 

Photos: Paige Jones Photography & Buffy Dekmar Photography     Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Feb032014

Form Function Form

On the Form Function Form site, you'll find this description from founder Shawn Reed which helps describe the philosophy behind the brand, "In good design, there is a symbiotic relationship between the aesthetic perception of a thing and its use; neither is primary, both feed off of and inform each other. As a designer, as a human, I believe that something within us loves, even needs, beautiful things in our lives." 

Shawn adds, "A product that is both beautiful in form and resiliently practical in function is a quality piece." He and his team in Orlando, Florida offer four Timex models with various styles of their signature button-stud strap; the Weekender, the Sport, the Weekender Mini and Easy Reader. (bands start at $48)

To achieve a high standard, the Form Function Form team utilize Horween leather from Chicago. My favorite feature, however, is the button-stud strap. It's sturdy, practical and beautifully designed as the stud can be worn on the outside or the inside of the band. It makes one wonder why it took so long to make a watchband like this.

I'm happy to see that Shawn extended his wrist wares to also include stylish bracelets. And on closer inspection, the top one, called The Strap-On, doubles as a camera strap. Pretty ingenious. The other wrist offerings all showcase manly hardware and gorgeous leather. I think this just became my new go-to gift for guys....

To take quality to the next level, Shawn also offers a Premium watch collection, starting at $3400. These watches are actually a good deal as they are all preowned (and sometimes never worn) watches from a trusted local source. It turns out, their button-stud band works well with a selection of Rolex and Omega models which you'll find featured on the site. Click here for more details. And thank you Shawn for caring so much about form and function...

 

Photos: Form Function Form site      Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Jan312014

Sturdy Brothers

The other day, I received an email from Alison Wilson who works in tourism for the city of Thomasville, GA. She wanted to pass along a cool Kickstarter project that involved two talented brothers, Spencer Young (from T'ville and a founder of Grassroots Coffee) and Ben Young of Wake Forest, NC. With a shared fondness for locally made, high quality products, the siblings wanted to join the growing community of American handcrafters. They aptly named their new venture, Sturdy Brothers.

On the Sturdy Brothers Kickstarter page, you quickly see their talent (and potential) for crafting leather and canvas goods. My favorite piece is this waxed canvas apron with leather straps. It's simple, practical, built to last and the adjustable leather strap with clasp is my favorite touch. It makes a lot of sense, plus it just looks cool. 

Another of their offerings is this versatile, unisex tote bag. It has double reinforced canvas along the bottom and embodies that classic, utilitarian look. 

I'm not a person who would really ever use a tool roll but I must say, it's one of my favorite handcrafted creations I've been seeing from various artisans. This one looks like it will stand the test of time and as they say, only get better with time. 

The great thing is the brothers have achieved their initial goal on Kickstarter of raising $3500. This money will pay for an industrial sewing machine, a heavy duty dryer and a leather logo stamp for all their goods. There are a few weeks left on their funding page and you can still donate to the cause, here

The generosity they receive  from all of us only fuels their dreams and ambitions for Sturdy Brothers. Plus, with each donation, you will receive one of their handcrafted goods and more importantly, be a part of their company's inception. Like the feeling they have when completing a newly handcrafted piece- made right here in the USA, it's something you can be proud of...

 

Photos: Sturdy Brothers        Content: Sweet Peach