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Monday
Sep222014

Kendrick Anderson

Perfect is boring. When it comes to home decor, I crave the little imperfections in materials and the imagination in assembly...

Atlanta based woodworker, Kendrick Anderson has the same craving. He crafted this handsome Holloway Bed from two walnut trees struck by lightening over 20 years ago. The trees, from a farm that Kendrick's client grew up on, have been sitting in a barn, drying out, ever since. 

I love the inlaid butterfly keys that take center stage in the middle of the headboard. Every inch of this bed, no matter how you look at it, is visually engaging. Every notch, discoloration, nuance and change tells a story of these old trees...

Kendrick crafts all manner of custom pieces for the home, including tables, consoles, desks, shelving and more. He embraces a minimalist approach and any chance to weave a good tale. Contact him here to learn more. 

 

Photos: kendrickanderson.com     Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Sep192014

Emily Blincoe

I love a good photograph. And knowing how hard it can be to shoot a good photograph- an image that works and gets your eye to travel in the right direction, I have nothing but respect and admiration for artist, Emily Blincoe of Austin, Texas. 

Emily's wildly popular arrangement photos showcase various collections of food, accessories and mother nature. Colors, shapes, textures, lighting and spacing all play an important role in creating just the right photograph to elicit an emotional connection to each finished piece.

I particularly love Emily's Sugar Series that is a collection of retro and contemporary candies. It takes me back to when I used to buy penny candies as a kid and arrange them according to my favorites. Emily loves the immediacy of shooting digital and tries to instill a bit of her nostalgic, humorous point of view into each image.  

Check out Emily's site and Instagram to see all of her impressive creations, which include some really fun portraits and commission work for Converse, Target and Warby Parker. Plus, find many of these photographs featured here, in print form, starting at just $15 each. Emily hopes to raise enough money to take a year long trip across the US documenting inspiring places and things- like farms and pancakes. 

 

Photos: Emily Blincoe     Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Sep182014

Arteriors

Luxury lighting sounds like a good idea right about now. Maybe it's because I want to upgrade my home a bit, or maybe it's the all the shimmery warm gold of this pendant that keeps catching my eye...

Mark Moussa of Dallas, Texas started Arteriors in 1987 to create luxury lighting for both residential and commercial clients. They collaborate with artists around the globe specializing in different materials, like leather, iron, brass, bronze, nickel, wood, glass, ceramic and more. Diversity (and quality) is their specialty. 

Moussa, along with his design team, produce 600 new light fixtures and accessories each year, many of which are revealed at the High Point Market in North Carolina. I'm in love with these white and brass pendants ($300) made of hand hammered iron...

 

Mark is half Egyptian and has traveled throughout the world since he was a young boy. This global influence of design and culture is seen throughout his collection and much of his inspiration is derived from current fashion trends. The above, Zanadoo chandelier, is their best seller. 

 


How gorgeous are these? At $2100, the Granville Pendant is made of solid brass with a hand hammered surface, finished with an oxidized blue unique to each fixture. The Genova Pendant, at $900, is made of vintage brass. No matter your preference, these are some beautifully constructed light fixtures that instantly enhance a room. I dream, I dream... See the entire Arteriors collection, here. 

 

Photos: Arteriors     Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Sep172014

Winslow Taft

Winslow Taft, a graphic designer from Birmingham, Alabama, has incredible style. His home exudes one of my favorite looks as it combines antiques, modern and thrift store finds. A bit of finesse and a great eye ties it all together. 

Winslow's living room is a treasure. It's one of those spaces you find yourself staring at just to try and figure out how he did it. The orange chairs come from Urban Suburban antiques, then reupholstered. The side wooden table Winslow made from a downed tree in his neighborhood. The large wooden lamp is from Plenty Design Co-op while many of the other pieces were found at Atmosphere Home Essentials. 


The dark and worn leather chair, dresser and cabinets are family antiques. The natural light helps showcase the warm tones found throughout the home from the furniture pieces, textiles, paneling and flooring. 

Creative people produce creative spaces, making it eternally fun to be a fly on the wall. I'm inspired...

 

Photos: Graham Yelton      Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Sep162014

Plenty Design Co-Op

Plenty Design Co-Op has a cool aesthetic. The furniture pieces crafted by Andrew Thomson and Jared Fulton of Birmingham, Alabama, are modern and minimal with a smidge of quirky...

Being resourceful is an important value to the Co-op team. Much of the wood used by Andrew and Jared is sourced as scraps from other projects. This scrap oak wood became a desk lamp, and the lamp itself was inspired by Japanese joinery. No need for glue or fasteners - gotta love that. 

The clean, colorful pencil trays make organizing stylish, while the Right Angle tray looks great by itself or paired with another to create a full rectangle. I like the idea of any of these trays hung on the wall for eye pleasing shapes and shelving. 

The legs on this floor lamp are tapered at 10 degrees to create a sturdier base without using extra materials. As stated on their site, "Little waste occurs due to the trapezoid shape's repeated nature." I personally love the red accents in the legs as well as the red cloth cord...

Andrew and Jared are currently working to create their own online shop to showcase all their beautifully made creations. In the meantime, contact them here for any inquiries or to request your own custom conversation piece. 

 

Photos: Plenty Design Coop; Hilary Duke     Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Sep152014

The Mifland Rucksack

I can't even tell you how many friends I have over the age of 40, many of them executives and CEO's, who still bring beat up backpacks to work every day. Who takes a guy seriously with a backpack? My thoughts on a perfect upgrade begins with a Mifland Rucksack...

Tobi Egberongbe of Atlanta, Georgia knows style. He's designed over a dozen high quality, leather rucksacks that are each assembled by hand with quality waxed thread stitiching, solid brass and hand picked premium leather. 

These are perfect transition pieces from the standard backpack as they are made to weather the elements but also embody a sophisticated ruggedness. They still got an edge, just not that edge which says "I'm still a teenager." It's a bag for men. 

These American made bags will stand the test of time in both quality and style. Tobi offers so many color variations from bright green and yellow, to camouflage, two tone and worn brown leather. See all the current offerings, here

And if you're a man still dragging a backpack to work, what exactly do you think you're doing? Let's just stop all the nonsense, shall we? Time to be a manly man...

 

 Photos: Mifland Leather Goods      Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Sep122014

The Idyll/Wilde Apron...

Nadene Mairesse and Brandy June Flowers are southern gals with a lot of soul. With a love for textiles and design, the pair were thrilled at an opportunity to create aprons for a local restaurant called Odette in Florence, Alabama. Inspired by the process (and feedback), the friends decided to produce and sell an entire line of aprons. Brandy June handles all sales and merchandising while Nadene is the design guru and creative force behind the brand.  


Nadene has created six options in her online shop, Idyll/Wilde, including the Little Helper for the young, aspiring chefs, and the Gingham Butcher Apron for those that seek a bit of culinary style. 

I'm a fan of the bistro apron, made of flecked gray organic cotton and recycled hemp. Northwest Alabama has miles and miles of cotton fields so it always just feels right when designers are inspired by local materials. Plus, the burgeoning food and design scene has really expanded with Natalie Chanin, Billy Reid and others.

All of Nadene's handmade garments, which include women's and children's clothes, are made from start to finish in her small workshop in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. I hope to have a chance to visit one day as I'd love to check out that part of Alabama- just so much creativity happening in that northwest corner of the state. Must be the water or the soil or something southern, stirring and feeding the soul... See the entire Idyll/Wilde shop, here. 

 

Photos: Idyll/Wilde site    Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Sep112014

The Bobo Warehouse Sale

If I encourage you to do one thing this week, let it be a visit to BoBo Intriguing Objects' first ever warehouse sale in Atlanta. Doors open this Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13, from 10am-6pm. 

Mark Sage has been in the business of buying vintage and designing antique reproductions for a couple decades now. And his massive 100k square foot, full-of-this-and-that-warehouse, proves it. He's the guy with the dream job, as he travels each month internationally to seek out the unique and unusual in remote villages of Argentina, Poland, Belgium, France, Sweden, Vietnam, India and more. 

As one of the major suppliers to Restoration Hardware, Mark has over 18 fixers around the world that keep an eye out for original pieces to buy or be inspired from. With a close working relationship with dozens of factories internationally, Mark also has an infrastructure and network unlike any other. Up until this Friday, his doors have never been open to the public, only to dealers and designers. So trust me when I say, this is a real treat. 

You'll find thousands of antiques here as well as antique reproductions designed by Mark. Many are one of a kind prototypes he had made but never sold. As his marketing guru, Aysan Balkhanian says, "You can find just about anything in here." 

Lighting is an important part of the BoBo line and you'll see hundreds of original fixtures dangling from the ceilings. 90% of their lighting is made in Poland and materials are usually raw- like driftwood, wine barrels, metal and unfinished wood.  

I particularly liked the hundreds of vintage Belgian school chairs stacked in the back part of the warehouse...

This was my first BoBo purchase- a few stacks of Vietnamese rice bowls dating back to 1886. They were recovered from a sunken ship - how cool is that? Each one has a different shape and coloring. Some lie flat, others are a bit rolly polly. And at just $3 a piece, such a steal...

You can also choose from dozens of deer horns sourced from the Czech Republic...

Aysan, "Mark is the person who finds items where people say, 'Where did you even get that?' He has an eye." 

It's true. You can find anything in here, even Mel Gibson. There will be significant markdowns with prices ranging from a few bucks to over $10,000. Even if you don't buy a thing, it's so much fun just to peruse Mark's diverse and valuable collections, both new and old, sourced or inspired from all over the globe. His dream job turns into our dream afternoon...Here's the flyer, now go check it out! 

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach

 

Wednesday
Sep102014

Canopy Studio

I love today's post, as it's a perfect example of how you can add pretty artwork to your home on a budget. These geometric patterns by Kat Webster of Canopy Studio in New Orleans are modern, colorful and super stylish. 

At just $16 a piece, these pieces look great hung by a clip or framed with metal or wood, whatever your desire....

With a masters degree in architecture from Tulane University, Kat has an innate and attuned sense of balance, color and design. Plus, she's in trend. Find all her fabulous geometric prints, here.

 

Tuesday
Sep092014

The Franklin Bag

Love. That's the only word I can think of when I look at this bag. You can just tell what this gorgeous Horween leather feels like, the smoothness and sturdiness of it. Then, there's the hand stitching and rivets...

Erik Holmberg of J Stark in Charleston, South Carolina is the self taught craftsman behind the Franklin bag. With sheer determination, he's honed his skills and created an online shop that now includes wallets, pocket squares, watch straps, bags and iPad sleeves. 

But it's the Franklin Bag that has stolen my heart. It's beautifully made with such an original feel and design. Love. 

 

Photos: Erik Holmberg     Content: Sweet Peach