The Great American Flask

The Jacob Bromwell company of Chattanooga, Tennessee has a storied past. Established in 1819, the company crafted tin cups, popcorn poppers and frying pans for those adventurous souls traveling west. Almost 200 years later, it's still going strong. This copper flask is hand soldered from pure copper, based on the original design way back when. It's as authentic as it gets, which perhaps explains its reputation as The Great American Flask.

As they share on their site, "Our historically correct design is as old as bourbon itself, and acccurate right down to the American Birch stopper." The classic, manly flask has a lifetime guarantee. As it's resistant to corrosion and rust, it can be polished to maintain its beauty and shine or left to age gracefully... 

Winter Session, based in Denver, Colorado has crafted a handsome, hand-stitched cover for the Bromwell copper flask. Utilizing high quality Horween leather and Irish waxed linen thread, it's offered in Chestnut Dublin or Burgundy Dublin. The Jacob Browmell flask is a gift with a good story to tell. My favorite kind...


Photos: Jacob Bromwell, Winter Session      Content: Sweet Peach



Ice Cream Cupcake

Last week I took some time off to visit my old stomping ground of Hermosa Beach, California. I was there with two of my nieces, Cassie and Kristen. Since Cassie is an ice cream fanatic, she wouldn't leave without trying the Ice Cream Cupcake offered at Frosted Cupcakery. And how can I blame her? Cassie chose the royal white with vanilla buttercream, filled with strawberry ice cream. 

This delicious concoction is almost twice the size of a normal cupcake and will pretty much make any niece or nephew smile from ear to ear.... it's good. 

While Cass happily finished off the cupcake, I snapped a few shots of her in Bryce's adorable kitchen. I'm in love with this wallpaper which reminds me of my own house growing up... (Bryce found it at Vintage Modern in Charlotte) 

Although Frosted Cupcakery is located on the west coast, there are many bakers creating their own versions here in the South. And if they're not- perhaps you could put in a special request to the baker. Afterall, ice cream and cake were meant to be together. Forever and ever. 


Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


David Boyd, Jr.

As I start to take my home more seriously, I'm starting to take my art more seriously. I want more pieces that take me somewhere within my brain and heart... art that I feel viscerally connected to. David Boyd, Jr. is a painter from Newnan, Georgia and I really like his work.

Growing up in rural Georgia, David is inspired by nature and items that inhabit an old school cool. Whether it's vintage cars and tractors or mid century signs, he likes to paint objects or landscapes with a worn and weathered feel. Plus, he fears the pull of time and the loss of things he holds dear. David, "As a nod to my childhood memories as well as the passing of time, I want to preserve Southern American life in its current state of decay." 

David is a man after my own heart as the painting to the left is inspired by his stay at El Cosmico in Marfa, Texas, which has been on my wish list of places to visit since I started this blog. The painting to the right was inspired on a ranch road just west of Marfa. The road goes all the way to the Mexican border and as David shared, "It is one of the top five drives I have ever taken. The scenery is unadulterated and wild!" 

Such incredible work- and the above pieces are just a small sample of the hundreds of paintings David has created over the years. So I think I need to start saving my money to purchase a painting... The problem becomes, which one? 


Paintings: David Boyd, Jr.      Content: Sweet Peach


Orbix Hot Glass

The older I get, the more I like giving away all the stuff that fills my kitchen cabinets and allowing room for less. I want more room for glass and dishware that can tell a story or have a specific beauty and functionality to them. Orbix Hot Glass, based in Fort Payne, Alabama is all about making each piece count...

Glass artist and owner, Cal Breed has spent years refining his skills. Along with his small team of helpers, they have greatly refined their 'glass dance.' Together, they've learned to work at the perfect temperature, going through each step of the delicate glass making process with focus and coordinated ease. Their goal is to touch the glass as little as possible so they are left with as pure a glass as possible. 

My favorite pieces of Cal's are his pitchers and vases. They come in a multitude of stunning colors and styles that would look amazing displayed on a counter or shelf with a bit of natural light streaming through...

Next time you're in Northeast Alabama, you can check out Cal's work studio and gallery...or visit their impressive online shop, here. 


Photos: Orbix Hot Glass       Content: Sweet Peach


B. Inspired: Mix & Match Tabletop

Time in Hermosa Beach means time spent with Bryce, my old neighbor and lifetime friend. I'm heading back home to Atlanta today with great memories of my short vacation here. Bryce is a constant inspiration who keeps me laughing and active- as he has more energy than 4 people combined. His latest creation in his backyard workshop came via a mix match of hardwood flooring, stained and unstained that was given to him by a neighbor. What to do with it? It took him a sec, then he got to work...

Bryce found this old parlor table base for $5 at Habitat for Humanity. He spray painted it red and then organized his mix and match pieces of flooring.   

In a traditional table, the grain of wood would run in the same way. Bryce did the opposite, mixing the direction of grain as he arranged and put the pieces together like a puzzle.  

To enhance the patchwork look, Bryce sanded and rounded the edges of each piece so you can feel the difference between the cuts. Lastly, he added a clear coat....

...then attached the tabletop to the base using wood screws. 

With the leftover stained wood, Bryce made this two-top table for his kitchen. It just took him a couple hours total. Impressive as always...and inspiring. Thanks Bryce. 


Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


Tomas Gets a Haircut 

A few months back, I traveled to Phuket, Thailand to work on a cable TV show. For 7 weeks, every day, my fellow crew and I drove to set, passing by this small house along the way. A handmade sign on a post caught my eye that first day and made me smile. It simply said, in English, Man Haircut.

As soon as I saw it, I knew it was a future Manly Monday segment...but who would be my victim? I chose Tomas, a good friend of mine from Argentina, who is a cameraman on the show. His hair had gotten long by the end of the shoot and was open, as many of my traveling colleagues are, to a new experience, however off kilter that may become. Perfect.  

When we arrived, this older man appeared. He didn't speak a word of English but as is often the case when traveling, much could be communicated through body language. Tomas sat down, pointed to his long curls and the only thing we knew for sure was, he was about to get a man haircut. 

My friend Manwe lives in Thailand and he was kind enough to go back a week or so later and ask the man a few questions. His name is Charoun Songdeng but goes by the nickname Nui. He's 65 years old (Manwe noted it took a minute for him to remember how old he really was) Nui has been a barber in his local Nai Thon village for over 20 years. Before that, he was a construction worker and a farm hand. 

Nui only does men's hair and says his prices are way cheaper than you'll find down at the beach, about a mile away. (He charged Tomas $3) Most of Nui's clients are regulars. Manwe, "As I was interviewing him, a taxi driver drove past and shouted that he will be back in half an hour for a haircut." 

It took about 30 minutes from start to finish. Nui was slow yet purposeful, quiet and kind. When Manwe asked Nui what he liked or disliked about his job, he replied, "I can't think of anything I don't like. It's all good and keeps me busy." 

My initial fear was that Nui would cut Tomas' hair too short but rest assured, it was the perfect length. We thanked Nui in Thai- hands held together in prayer pose, offering a slight bow in gratitude. 

It was here, on the side of the road in a small Thai village, that words carried little weight. All that mattered was all we had- a shared understanding of a man who needs a haircut.  


Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


Sweet Peach takes a break...

Just for one week, I'm taking a much needed break away from blogging. I need to spend less time in front of a computer screen for a bit. I'm off to Hermosa Beach with my two nieces in tow...should be fun. I'll be back with brand new posts starting Monday, August 19. Enjoy your week everyone...



A Friday Cocktail...

I finish up a Lifetime show this weekend and it's just been one of those shows where you need to have a cocktail once in a while. To commemorate its much anticipated conclusion, I've been looking for something smooth and southern. Found via Garden and Gun, this perfect Friday cocktail called The Tallulah comes from Ollie Irene in Birmingham, Alabama. It combines coke, peanut syrup and Jack Daniels. Yum.  

If you grew up in the South, you may remember the hot summer days where you'd place peanuts into a cold Coke to make a sweet and salty treat. Now it's been fine tuned and modernized a bit with some handmade peanut syrup and a jigger of Jack. It's good...and I think I'll be having one or two tonight. Find the recipe over at G & G and happy weekend everyone! 


Photos: Garden and Gun      Content: Sweet Peach


R. Wood Studio Ceramics

The last time I was in Athens, Georgia, I stopped by R. Wood Studio Ceramics. I didn't have my camera with me but I loved walking through the big warehouse that was filled with handmade ceramics...bowls, plates, platters, cups, you name it. And all in colorful hues and uncommon shapes. 

Rebecca Wood started the studio in 1991 and it has grown to be one of the biggest pottery studios in the US. As stated on their site, "Renowned for their luscious colors, simple shapes, and inspired by their southern surroundings, they also produce one-of-a-kind pieces that are sought after by collectors."

Rebecca and a dozen of her trained artists craft the playful pottery using Georgia red clay. Each piece is entirely made by hand, inspired by nature and signed by the artist. Pieces of art indeed...

If you're a potter, this is an amazing place to work. Rebecca encourages an open and collaborative atmosphere. Besides the many made-to-order pieces, her artists can create and sell their own work as well. So next time you're in Athens, may I suggest you take a side trip to R. Wood Studio Ceramics. The door is often wide open, beckoning you inside...


Photos: R. Wood Studio, Rinne Allen       Content: Sweet Peach


Cat Studio

Delving into various retail over the years, Terrell and Carmel Swan of Cat Studio have found their niche in hand embroidered maps. I particularly love their playful and colorful pillows, which depict all 50 states, plus various cities, regions, national parks and countries around the globe. I'm privy to the Southern locales myself...

Terrell (who grew up in Texas and Mississippi) and Carmel (from Hawaii), found inspiration for their designs from vintage souvenir pillows of the 30's and 40's. Plus, they have a combined love for travel and endless curiosity of the world around us. 

Each pillow is hand embroidered and can take a full week to create. I really love each of these as they are amazing conversation starters to add to your couch, chair or bed and also serve as a reminder of the places you love, or hope to visit. See all of Cat Studio's cozy and fun creations, here.


Photos: Cat Studio     Content: Sweet Peach