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Tuesday
Jun252013

Checking in with Blabla...

I'm starting to think that every kid's gift I'll ever buy from here on out will be from Blabla. I just love everything they do - and they keep coming out with new, adorable things. How can I not love them so? 

The traveling play pads are part of their new Petit Home collection. Each one is super soft with incredible style. They come in a handful of sweet designs and are made of 100% cotton with a polyfill. The play pads are screenprinted by hand and are, as any mom or dad would love, machine washable. 

The Handkerchief bean bags are another new addition to the Blabla line and of course, the design is clever, thoughtful and inviting. These also have a handle for easy travel and each one has a removable, washable cotton cover. 

 

I just love you so Blabla. Lucky for us, they're an Atlanta based company and they have been incredibly generous to Sweet Peach. Brandy, from the Blabla office, is donating the giant monkey, above, for our upcoming auction on our Revival's opening night, July 5. (sign up here) Plus, we'll have a basket full of their knit dolls for sale that will make you ooh and ahh. I can't think of a better kid's gift. To be overwhelmed by adorable, peruse the entirety of their shop, here. Thanks Blabla.

 

Photos: Blabla Kids      Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Jun242013

Brothers Rich

John Rich of Oakleaf & Acorn has two brothers, Paul and Jim. Like minded in many ways with complementary talents among them, the Rich Brothers have decided to collaborate on the creation of a bike line, aptly named Brothers Rich. The first of the series is called The Charleston. It's a bike with a vintage frame (and feel), but updated to be a modern day road racer. 

Inspired by Gent's Road Racers from the 20's and 30's, Paul sourced new and old parts for bike #1 and built it from scratch. Paul, "The Raleigh DL-1 used for the first bike was found at a garage sale. Parts were sourced from bike shops nationally. The Charleston Green paint was expertly applied by Tommy Barse in Baltimore, Maryland." 

Paul, "In a world that's become overly complicated, bikes are simple. That's not to say they aren't complex, there is a difference. I have built a simple bike. It shares equally its designated space on the living room wall to be admired as it does under foot, blasting down city streets or country roads." 

All of the brothers put thought into the design of the bike but Paul, being the architect, led the way for the build. He wanted simplicity and beauty in form. Paul, "The pride comes into play when someone on the elevator that has not ridden a bike since they were a pre teen says to me 'Beautiful Bike.' That's what makes it unique- people from all walks of life, all backgrounds can appreciate it."

Over the past six months, the Rich brothers have been sourcing enough money and materials to produce 15 models of The Charleston, to be sold exclusively through John's shop. But... the best part is The Charleston will make its debut at the Sweet Peach Revival July 5-7, along with John of course, who has helped to curate our incredible Southern Market. Please come on by, see the bike, talk to John...stay a while. 

 

Photos: Nicky Lubis     Content: Sweet Peach

 

Friday
Jun212013

Sweet Peach Revival Prep

I never knew how much work goes into putting on an event but after pondering, planning, brainstorming, deciding, booking, ordering and all the rest of it (as my dear friend Elena would say), the hard work is starting to pay off. 

With just two weeks left until the Sweet Peach Revival, things are beginning to take shape. The talented Stefanie Carter has been working on the Belly General Store window all week. She hand drew the design, scanned it, printed it, drew it again and is now painting it in primer for all to see. She's done an amazing job and I am so grateful for her time, talent and meticulous effort. When I asked her which part of designing the window was the most fun, she replied with a smile, "All of it." 

To help get the word out around town about the Revival, Stefanie also created a two sided flyer I can place at coffee shops and boutiques. Beth Lord, who is putting on this event with me is pretty ingenious when it comes to low cost marketing. No matter your budget, she reminds me that you can be creative with what you have.  

So, to save money, we printed the flyers in black and white. Beth and Stefanie also designed it so two flyers could fit per sheet. Then we had them printed on white card stock at the Office Max on Briarcliff Rd. (little known fact that they're an amazing resource for printing with an excellent price point- 20 cents less per sheet than anywhere else I found) They even cut all of the sheets in half for just $1.18. 

Then I bought a kid's watercolor set and spent a couple hours painting either the peach or the leaves. I got this idea from Beth, as the current flyer she has for her indie-pendent shop has a colored stitch from her sewing machine along the bottom. It's truly adorable and it's this type of special touch that makes people pick up the flyer and talk about it. Plus, it showcases the essence of what our Revival will be- handcrafted, thoughtful design from right here in the South. Stay tuned for more Revival prep photos. We ain't done yet...

For more info on the Revival, please click here. (Remember- Friday night is free but you must register in advance to be on our private guest list) 

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Jun202013

Summertime at Manyfold Farm...

You may remember last year, I posted about the lovely Manyfold Farm in Palmetto, GA. Ever since that time, I've been wanting to visit in person and last Friday, I did. 

Ross and Rebecca Williams are high school sweethearts. They both have a lifelong passion for the farm life and even though they knew little about it when they began, they dove in and learned all they could about how to care for animals and the land. Today they have 200 sheep, three dogs, a cat, 400 chickens and a baby girl.  

Ross and Rebecca have become known for their cheeses. They are the only makers of sheep's milk cheese in Georgia. Rebecca believes there are only three others in the South and ten in the US. Rebecca is surprised at the low number, "It's such a wonderful milk to work with, it wants to be cheese." Sheep's milk cheese is creamier, has a higher level of protein without the animal flavor you may find in other cheese. 

Their sheep are very well taken care of, as Ross and Rebecca's daily goal is to "educate the public and to be an example of sustainable, regenerative farming in the South." On this Friday afternoon the sheep were eating dinner while being milked. It didn't take much time at all before they were on their way back to relax in the fields.

The Manyfold summertime cheeses are; (from top left) Rivertown, Brebis, Garretts Ferry and Condor's Ruin. Rebecca describes Rivertown as soft and creamy, "like melted butter and hazelnuts." She was eager to talk about Brebis too, "It tastes good on everything. I spread it on a bagel with a slice of tomato. It's divine." Having tasted each one, I can attest that all of their cheeses are truly sublime.

On my visit I was able to see the cheeses in various phases of development. It made me want to have cheese rooms throughout my own house, sigh...

On this afternoon, Rebecca was making some ricotta. She does this each time she makes the Tomme cheese (to be ready in the fall) by utilizing the leftover whey. It's easy to do and as she shared, "Why not?"

It was a pleasant surprise to walk into their lobby/office area and find some cheese for tasting and a little retail shop with great books, cheese paper, knives and such... 

Rebecca was more than generous showing me around the farm. Thank you Rebecca! If you get a chance to visit the farm, I highly recommend it. (Just about a mile away from Serenbe) Friday afternoons they have tastings or you can find them at the Grant Park and Peachtree Rd. Farmer's Markets. For those out of state, contact the shop directly to have some scrumptious sheep's milk cheese sent to your door. It truly is something special...

To see an even better profile of Manyfold Farm (and other young farmers who care deeply about sustainability) check out Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson's excellent documentary, GROW! 


Photos and Content: Sweet Peach  Stylized cheese shots & eggs pic, Anthony-Masterson Photography   

 

Wednesday
Jun192013

NoraJane

As someone who loves to play, create, cut, paste and color, I have to say, I love a good stamp. A good stamp always feels a bit unexpected and one of a kind.  

Mollie Flatley of the NoraJane Etsy shop creates the most creative and fun stamps I've seen in a long time. Living in rural North Carolina with her five daughters, Mollie is obviously inspired by her little ones and the wilderness that surrounds them. 

Mollie has some fun, inanimate subjects in her stamp arsenal as well like this cup 'o joe or can of beans. 

What I like about Mollie's stamps is that they are made of real rubber (so they are built to last), plus they have a placement line on the side to help you see exactly where your image will appear on the paper. 

Handmade from start to finish, Mollie, along with her large family, has created over 200 stamp designs. See them all here...and happy crafting. 

 

Photos: Nora Jane     Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Jun182013

A Touch of Pink

 

Photos: Sf Girl by Bay; Apartment Therapy; Desire to Inspire; Oh Joy; Lush Bella; decoration.d1g; Kitchen Clarity; Fox and Beau; whoarange.net; Fritz Hansen; lolalina.com  Content: Sweet Peach

Monday
Jun172013

These Are Things

Whenever my guy friends are looking for art for their home or office, I always send them a ton of links in hopes that just one artist catches their eye. Recently I found a new shop to add to my ever growing list, called These are Things. 

Jen Adrian and Omar Noory in Brooklyn have teamed up to create stylish art prints for every state. Of course these aren't just for the men, but these prints are a quick and easy way to add a bit of unique style to a guy's space. As they share, they "design for adventurers, travelers and dreamers."

As shared on their site, "Using simple forms, vintage textures and a touch of humor, we bring complex data and concepts to life through our signature crooked style."

Find all the lovely Southern states here. And if you have some time, peruse Jen & Omar's site to see their city Neighborhood maps, World maps and greeting cards.

 

Photos: These are Things      Content: Sweet Peach


Saturday
Jun152013

If you haven't done so already, sign up for our Revival....

Friday night is free but you must register to be on our guest list...Saturday, a day of demos and our Southern Market is also free but no need to register. Then, on Sunday don't miss our incredible Bourbon, Bacon & Biscuit Brunch from talented Atlanta chefs who have been featured on Sweet Peach. Tickets are $25. Have a great weekend everyone...

 

Friday
Jun142013

Frozen Chocolate and Berry Goodness

The other day I went over my friend, Paul Russo's house for a haircut. As always happens, his ridiculously talented chef/wife, Tessie, was creating tasty dishes in the kitchen. Tess was happily preparing biscotti, a garden salad, Thai burgers (incredible dish, I loved it so much I made it the next day) ...and then these incredible frozen clusters for dessert. They're so easy to make, I just had to share. 

This recipe only calls for two ingredients, chocolate and blueberries. Tessie chose these two bars from Trader Joe's which are 72% and 85% dark chocolate. 

First step is to melt the chocolate...

Then add in a bowl full of fresh blueberries.  

Mix all together, then scoop cookie sized pieces onto a baking tray. 

Place in freezer for a couple of hours and that's it, you're done. 

It's dark chocolate and blueberry goodness- which actually is good for you. At least that's what I kept telling myself when I grabbed for a second one, then a third... So good, thank you Tessie for sharing. And happy weekend. 

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Jun132013

Sarah Tuttle

Sarah Tuttle is an interior designer. She loves her career and she loves where she lives...I can see why. Her gorgeous 775 square foot apartment in Washington DC is homey and smart, alive and engaging. 

Sarah is a big believer in shopping vintage, creating artwork yourself and being a little risky in your choices from time to time. As she shared, "If you make a mistake, you're not stuck with it. Sell it on Ebay or Craigslist." 

I love the slightest shade of blue on the walls, complemented with a pop of pink here and there. Her cat, Oscar, is quite content on his stylish perch...

Sarah tends to keep the main pieces in her home a neutral color, allowing the personality to shine through the accessories, artwork and paint choices.  

Sarah's kitchen makes a statement with her bold choice of navy paint. This allows the standard white cabinetry to no longer be boring or outdated. For a more in depth post on Sarah's space, including some great design tips, check out the ivillage story which inspired today's post, here.

 

Photos: Stacy Zarin-Goldberg     Content: Sweet Peach