The Suite One Studio Ring Dish

I tend to bookmark a lot of home decor images and artist profiles from around the South and I have to say, the most common item I bookmark is ceramics. There is so much incredible work in this field these days, I can never get enough of it... the work of one of my favorite Southern artists, Lindsay Emery of Greensboro, North Carolina. Besides her gorgeous dishware, cheeseboards and platters, which I've blogged about before, I'm in love with her little ring dishes, all rimmed in gold.  

Lindsay lets creativity reign as she shapes each dish by hand and adds swirls and splatters of watercolor, making each piece a one-of-a-kind. At just $30 a piece, it's a lovely little ring dish to gift yourself or a friend...just because. 


Images: Suite One Studio      Content: Sweet Peach



Miranda Bennett

If I could be more carefree with cash, I think I'd have a closet full of textiles. I place the blame on artists like Miranda Bennett of Austin, Texas...

Miranda's fabrics are created in small batches and are all naturally dyed. The textiles are meant to be functional, worn day or night. 

Miranda also dabbles in fashion, as she should. Her lovely pieces are simple and classic, with a care for Grecian draping and luxe fabrications. See her entire collection of apparel and textiles, here. 


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An Alabama Dwelling

Ever since I blogged about the old schoolhouse in Atlanta, that was converted into a handful of jaw dropping lofts, I've been a bit fascinated with big brick buildings. This one in Auburn, Alabama, owned by architect David Hill and his wife Elizabeth, was built in 1920 and after a series of renovations, is as cool as it gets...

What's great is David and Elizabeth love to thrift shop. They stay away from antique shops and instead prefer second hand, junk shops and dumpster diving. The end tables found throughout the house are a mix of old card catalogues...

My favorite thing I read about this home, recently featured in Dwell, is Elizabeth's rule for the family. Anyone can buy a chair, anytime, but it just has to be under $10. Its made for some fun hunting and stellar finds. Love that...

As David shared, "There is something so good about living in the South: the culture, the innovation, the values, the thrift." See more pics of their Alabama dwelling, here.


Images: Jean Allsopp    Content: Sweet Peach



Guys and Gadgets

Guys love their gadgetry but, as can often be the case, they don't always put much thought into their protective covers- at least not stylistically. Thankfully, Noah Marion of Austin, Texas has stepped in to add classic, masculine design to the tech world. Since 2006, he's been crafting slim, functional leather holders for lots of manly goods and gadgetry.

Noah relies on and prefers working with untreated, undyed natural vegetable tanned leather. Each piece is meant to patina to a darker brown as time passes on by...

Every time I check Noah's site, I see a new piece added to his collection. He's an artist to watch and bookmark. And if you're lucky to be in Austin anytime soon, I'd head on over to his brick and mortar shop for a visit. 


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Kristen Ashley Artist Shop

When Rinne Allen and Kristen Bach took me around Athens earlier this year to scout possible Sweet Spots, one of my favorites was a new business that had recently opened called, The Kristen Ashley Artist Shop. 

For any lover of a blank page and a tin of markers, you'll understand this instant love affair I had the moment I stepped inside. The space is bright and colorful with lots of spots to peruse and shop or even take a seat and work on your own creative project. 

They've begun a series of art exhibitions in the space and this one is called Artists for Animals. Local artists have donated their animal inspired art and people can buy the originals or prints, with all proceeds going to animal related charities. This exhibit is on display until August 8th. How sweet is that? 

Located downtown on the top floor of what used to be an apartment, the shop is a compilation of open, inviting rooms used for selling art, supplies or as a workshop and rental space. I got a little distracted by all this pretty ribbon. To be expected...

One of my favorite offerings at this shop, that I would use all the time if I lived in Athens, is the Photo Room rental. You know how hard it is to make a pure white background for your product? I shoot as close as I can and then always fix the picture in photoshop. At Kristen's spot, she has graciously set up a photo box with the white walls, lights, umbrellas and tripod already in place. Best part- it's only $10 an hour. 

You'll notice some signature lettering when you walk inside the shop. These items are made by hand by Kristen herself. Her sweet notebooks, cards and collections of stationery make a great gift for a friend or yourself. They are all sweetly made and colorful and just make you happy... If you're heading to Athens soon, be sure to peek in and take a gander. All the details, here.


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Treehouse Kid & Craft

I love a good kid's shop and Treehouse Kid and Craft in Athens, Georgia is one of the best. Owner, Kristen Bach curates a bevy of products that are meant to nurture the imagination and soothe the soul. It's a mix of design friendly toys, organic bath products, vintage and handmade kid's clothes, furniture, decor, artwork and my favorite- clever games and activities. 

An I love Athens diorama, how fun is that? This is something I'd love to open and start coloring and assembling. Kristen creates and sells these herself... now we just need an Atlanta one. 

What stands Treehouse out from the rest is their classroom space where they offer a variety of DIY classes, workshops and summer camps. Classes include drawing, super hero, collage, sewing, knitting, printmaking, puppetmaking, stop motion animation and so much more...

Kristen opened Treehouse in 2010 and the good news is she's expanding to Atlanta by the end of the year. A new Treehouse will spring up in Inman Park to showcase all her wares and include lots of cool workshops for the kids. It's a place to explore and to play... all imaginations welcome.  


Images: Sweet Peach; Treehouse Kid & Craft      Content: Sweet Peach 


Double Dutch Press

If you're taking a visit to Athens anytime soon, it's always a good idea to make a stop in Normaltown. For it is only in Normaltown that you'll find the Normal Bar, the Normal Hardware and the not so normal print shop.

Double Dutch Press is a print shop, rental shop, workshop and art store all in one. Plus, they just have really great taste...

The ladies of Beauty Everyday recently introduced me to this shop and its owners, Amanda Burk and Katherine McGuire. It was quickly self evident that this shop would land a coveted spot in the new Athens Sweet Peach Sweet Spots paper. An avid fan of paper products, I loved this bright and creative place the moment I stepped inside. For more about the wonderful work they do, just click here to check out what Rinne, Kristen and Rebecca had to say... 


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The Turntable

The Turntable, via Richmond, Virginia based company Fern & Roby is a hefty, manly record player designed for optimal sound and satisfaction. Serious audio geeks need only inquire...

Made of 70 pound cast iron plinth, The Turntable is a feat of engineering. Every design decision considered how best to reduce resonance and vibration. As shared on their site, "Our single point bearing and center of mass design is a low contact and low friction concept that takes advantage of the dynamically balanced platter to get the best performance." At $6,500, this Turntable is not for the faint of heart...I'd love to give it a spin though. 


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Sweet Peach Sweet Spots Athens

After many a long night, it's nice to be able to say that 10,000 copies of the Sweet Peach Sweet Spots Athens paper will be arriving in Athens, Georgia this afternoon. Inside, you'll find 50 Sweet Spots curated by the ladies of Beauty Everyday- Kristen Bach, Rinne Allen and Rebecca Wood...and myself. There is just so much to love about Athens right now- from stellar restaurants, vintage shops to cool bars and hangouts, it's the perfect weekend destination about an hour northeast of Atlanta. 

The papers will be delivered to Treehouse Kid and Craft today and over the coming weeks, will be available at all 50 Sweet Spots. Or, if you're not planning to visit Athens anytime soon, download and print the PDF here. A big thank you to Kristen, Rinne and Rebecca, as well as Sarah Neuburger of The Small Object for her amazing illustrations, Bob Conquest and Vanessa Dina for their incredible design aesthetic and direction. I'm such a lucky one... enjoy the weekend everyone. 



Antique Sale at Bobo

Mark Sage of Bobo Intriguing Objects has been busy. He recently traveled the world (as he does every month) to select and import 6 containers of antiques. Normally he does this for his wholesalers- but this year, for the first time, he's opening it up to the public as well. And the best part is, all the prices will stay at the wholesale rate. 

If you haven't had a glimpse of his 15,000 square foot showroom, you're in for a treat. This is the most packed I've ever seen it. Every inch seems to be covered with something old and cool, and a mad array of items that are one of a kind, not to be found in your average store.

All the antiques at this weekend's sale Mark recently procured in France, Belgium, Sweden and Eastern Europe. 

In the middle of the showroom, you'll find some pretty long tables. The table to the right is 38' long and came from a church in Northern France. The impressive orange pendant lights were once industrial cogs bought in France that Mark then had turned into light fixtures. 

I love these old ladders too. For $135 you can own a ladder that just a few months ago, was sitting in a barn in Ophain, Belgium. 

All I can say is if you're in Atlanta this weekend, don't miss this event. All the details can be found right here. Hope to see you there...


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