Hotel San Jose

Whenever I travel, I seek out the small, independent, boutique hotels with lots of personality and Hotel San Jose in Austin, Texas. 

This cool locale came into existence in 1936 as an ultramodern motor court before it was transformed into the 40 room bungalow-style hotel it is today. Owner and entrepreneur, Liz Lambert had the vision (she also owns the scrumptiously good Hotel Saint Cecilia, El Cosmico and Hotel Havana). 

Liz enlisted the very talented sustainable design firm, Lake/Flato in San Antonio to help bring her incredible vision to life. Concrete floors, minimalist decor and locally made furniture all help create a cool, Texan vibe. 

These fab chairs I quickly recognized, from artist Jamey Garza of Garza Marfa. 

Besides fun pluses like hippie blankets, kimono bathrobes and Malin + Goetz products in the rooms, all dogs are more than welcome at the hotel. Gotta love that...

And then there's the popular local joint, Jo's, located in the hotel parking lot, where you can find good coffee, beer, tacos and more. It's all a part of the many reasons why boutique hotels are worth every penny. Next time you're headed to Austin, check out the Hotel San Jose, here.


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The Grifter Glove

Grifter USA, based in Washington DC, has crafted some very cool glove options for the active guy. The Rangers gloves peaked my interest as they're made with distressed bison skin and American Cone white selvedge denim from North Carolina. 

These are made to fit snug and are popular with motorcycle riders. The fabric back allows the glove to breathe while the bison leather is some of the toughest protection you'll find. 

Check out the entire Grifter shop, which includes more gloves, hats and tees, here. Manliness required...


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The Zombie Apocalypse

If zombies really are the mindless, dangerous, flesh-hungry undead, how will you survive an outbreak? 

Ryan McArthur of Design Different has a plan. These Zombie Safe Zone maps highlight which cities are most prone to an outbreak and where to flee in case of an all out, panic stricken attack. 

Each safe zone has a natural abundance of water, fish and forestry that is isolated to help you survive. This map is a must for any who fear the flesh eating undead. Plus, it's fabulously stylish. Learn how to best protect yourself, here. And please, if you flee, don't look back... 


Photos: Design Different      Content: Sweet Peach


The Reading Nook

Working as a producer in reality TV is anything but glamorous. Our days are minimum 13 hours, 6-7 days a week. So when I'm in the middle of shooting a series, I miss reading. My current book, by Paul Theroux, is sitting on my hotel bed, and is sadly, largely ignored until the series draws to a close. So, as an ode to what I yearn for, here are some cozy, relaxing reading nooks to daydream about...


Photos: Simon Maxwell;; Ngoc Minh Ngo;  Remodelista; Latte Lisa;  Dream Home; Design Hunter UK; The Lettered Cottage     Content: Sweet Peach


Josephine House

I recently read an article about Josephine House in Austin, Texas and I was intrigued to learn more. It's a cozy, eye pleasing cafe located in the Clarksville Historic District. Situated in a picture perfect cottage from the 1930's, this sister restaurant to Jeffrey's is owned by Larry McGuire of McGuire Moorman Hospitality.

This beautifully designed space looks so fun to visit. The central dining room has a painted farmhouse table with George Nakashima chairs and walnut tables.

The perfect touch is the small marble bar for coffee or cocktails. I can easily envision myself and my friend Vanessa at this bar, ordering our favorite drinks and being happy to just be exactly where we are- soaking in the scrumptious food and decor.

The restaurant is an ode to Josephine de Beauharnais (first wife of Napolean Bonaparte) who had a passion for roses, which she collected from all over the world. I love the whitewashed shiplap walls... 

Chef Alex Manley and her team switch up the menu daily, always highlighting quality, local ingredients. Options are healthy, with lots of freshly picked vegetables. Every Monday night is steak night with a pre-fixe menu that includes wine, salad and dessert. What a perfect spot to stop and stay here to learn more. 


Photos:; Michael A Muller       Content: Sweet Peach



Tea & Pastry...

If you're a friend of mine, you know I have an affinity for tea towels. I often carry them in my back pocket for photo shoots and always stop in my tracks when I happen upon a pretty one...

Deva America of Gainesville, Florida is a triple threat. She is a wax artist, vintage curator and textile designer. Her root vegetable tea towels are now on my new favorites list. These are hand printed on 100% cotton fibers with water-based inks. 

Deva collects lots of vintage home decor items and her textile designs reflect that passion. She has created over 50 tea towels to choose from with lots of luscious colors and retro inspiration. Plus, they're well priced at $10 each. 

Deva has also created quite the buzz with her beautifully curated pastry stands. These are made of various vintage plates that she has collected over the years. Such a sweet idea for a tea party or gal get together- or even a wedding. Unique, memorable, stylish. I told you she was a triple threat... 


Photos: Fresh Pastry Stand       Content: Sweet Peach


The Old Try Southern Signs...

The Old Try is one of my favorites. Their southern prints are some of the best I've seen and now, they've expanded their shop to include wooden state signs. 

Micah and Marianna Whitson were born and raised in the South. Their intention is to 'connect people to a place they go to in their dreams, or a place they could never convince themselves to leave.' Repurposing old wooden pallets, the pair collaborated with a Charlotte based woodworker to create these sturdy and cool art pieces. 

Each one-of-a-kind, handcrafted piece is made on demand at $135. And if you like the wooden signs, definitely check out Micah and Marianna's entire online shop to see their amazing prints that showcase the best of the South. 


Photos: The Old Try      Content: Sweet Peach


Paper & Clay Studio

As much as I hate the idea of chilly days ahead, I do love the idea of a new mug filled with something warm and tasty. The latest ceramic work by Brit McDaniel of Paper & Clay Studio in Memphis has me thinking of all the possibilities. Her beautiful winter landscape mug has five total glazes that combine a matte finish with patches of glossy ice blue and green along the horizon...

All of her work has a Scandinavian influence with modern, colorful touches...

An avid admirer of Brit's mugs, I'm ready for my drink. Winter, on the other hand, can wait. Check out the entire Paper & Clay shop, which includes pretty pitchers, plates and bowls, here.


Photos: Paper & Clay      Content: Sweet Peach


Dog + Bone

Flora and Leland. That's where it all began...

Years ago, Anne and Ivan Cook adopted two dogs named Flora and Leland. Together, they lived a very active outdoor lifestyle in Austin, Texas...but, their pile of worn and weathered dog collars never seemed to keep up with their adventures. So, they decided to design and produce their own...

These Dog + Bone collars are perfect for the active pup...pups that love the water, the woods and everything in between. Both the snap collars and Martingale collars are constructed from durable nylon webbing with solid brass hardware and super sturdy buckles. And then there's the fabulous bright and poppy colors...

I'm also loving these adjustable dog leashes. They adjust from a 6' length to a 3' length. This feature also allows you to clip your pup's leash around the leg of a picnic table or post. An added D-ring attachment connects waste bags or a light. It all comes back to the adventure and dogs (and owners) on the go. I think we have Flora and Leland to thank for that. See the entire Dog + Bone shop, here.


Photos: Dog + Bone      Content: Sweet Peach


Map of the South

If I ever acquire an official Sweet Peach office, I think this Map of the South would be my first purchase...

Brought to you from the guys behind one of my favorite southern sites, Bearings, this map combines "the stylistic qualities of both antique cartography and contemporary charcoal drawings." And at $40, it's a good deal. 

Each map is printed on thick 100 lbs. French blacktop paper and can be displayed as you desire. A second southern map option is available, against black. I'm a fan, hopefully someday soon i'll be a daily admirer too. 


Photos: Bearings Guide    Content: Sweet Peach