Oh Happy Day...

It's chilly with gray skies for most of the country today but there's a couple rays of sunshine to hold on to. First, it's a Friday of a long weekend, so that's a good thing. And secondly, I just found this shop called Love Ding, and it's nothing but happy, beautiful, colorful things. I can't help but smile ear to ear...

Denise Roberts has always had a love for finding, arranging, sprucing and finessing both vintage and new home decor pieces, so she smartly created a space to let her passion flow and share with others. Love Ding is located in Austin, Texas as both a brick and mortar and an online shop. 

Denise's shop carries a bevy of well designed, pretty things- from dishware, pillows, tables and chairs to blankets, artwork, tea towels, clocks and dressers. Vessels too, like these beauties from my friend Courtney at Honeycomb Studio. So much to smile about. Happy long weekend everyone...


Images: Love Ding


Me Speak Design 

I love a good surprise- like this website I stumbled upon the other day that showcased some really beautiful, unique items for the home. Crafted by husband and wife team, Lori and Eric Wright of North High Shoals, Georgia, their housewares are handmade in the rural south with a Japanese aesthetic. 

I love all their creations but I have to say, I'm a bit taken by this hand forged bottle opener. Lori and Eric allow the steel to dictate the shape of the opener so each one is truly an original. Just love it- and I love them. Peruse more of their site, here.




Savage Supply Co. 

Last week, I received an email from a guy named Alex Chernopiskiy of Charlotte, NC. Alex wanted to share a Kickstarter project he just started, where his goal is to raise $10,000 to craft a line of canvas and leather goods. I like his style so of course I wanted to share...  

Through his company, Savage Supply Co., Alex and his team has created an impressive first collection of goods. Their handiwork isn't flashy or trendy...but functional and classic, meant to get better lookin' as time passes by. 

Alex, "Our mission is to mix practicality with soul." I think this Knife Roll is a perfect example of that sentiment. It unravels to hold 8 knives, made with oil tanned leather and lined with pig suede. Click here to learn more about the Savage Supply Co. Kickstarter project and please donate if you can. More men and women need to adorn a Savage Supply Co. bag, don't you think? 



Jewel Tones

I try not to hate anything in life but I can't help it, I hate the winter. I hate cold, gray days. There's no color and it's not fun to be I'm finding solace in colorful pics such as these. I like the idea of jewel toned decor. It's pretty, shimmery and luxurious. Plus, it helps me think of brighter days...

Silver, gold, amethyst, sapphire, emerald green, ruby... pick your favorite saturated color to add something bold and decadent to a space. Or better yet, combine them, as seen in many of these rooms. Jewel toned colors represent the sea, the sky, the fields and flowers and elicit a deeper emotion than any white room ever could. 


Images: henry bourne;;; Design Sponge;;; mademoisellebagatelles; fengshuidana


HollyBeth Organics: Eye Serum

I've been a big fan of HollyBeth Organics ever since I first blogged about it two years ago. Its mastermind, HollyBeth Anderson, handcrafts the only USDA Certified Organic skincare line in all of Georgia- based purely on her incredible passion for producing products that are hydrating, soothing and effective....and good for you, inside and out. This latest product may be her best work yet...

HollyBeth has crafted various formulas for eye creams over the years, but this one changes the game. Her newly released Eye Serum is comprised of black cumin, carrot seed and pomegranate seed oils that work to diminish fine lines and wrinkles and fade dark circles. And because of these super nourishing, organic oils, her serum brightens, hydrates and protects. It just can't get much better than this...

Oh, but it does. My favorite feature of this eye serum is the cooling steel roller ball applicator, which means you don't need to use your fingertips on the most sensitive part of your face. Brilliant. Find it, here.


Images: Sweet Peach


Wrong Side

If you're one of my guy friends, you know I like pocket squares. I smile whenever I see one and then tell all surrounding men why each of them should own one. Pocket squares add style and swag to an outfit, how could they ever be a bad idea? 

This weekend, while perusing Instagram, I found Wrong Side in Austin, Texas. Founded by brothers, Sam and Josh Newman, the Wrong Side pocket squares are all sourced from recovered materials. With the intention of making something new from old, the brothers find many of their fabric remnants at local, high quality, shirt making companies like Hamilton and Dos Carolinas.

Ah, it's just so good... Find, or gift, a stylish Wrong Side pocket square, here.  


Images: Wrong Side; Hamilton Shirts 




I saw my savvy friend, Nan Myers of Firefly this weekend and as usual, I questioned her on all her current favorite product lines. One that she shared was this candle company- simply called, Wax. 

Hand poured and packaged along the Mississippi River in Helena, Arkansas, Wax Candle Company offers a fab selection of manly scents... like Boot, Oak Moss, Lakeside, Smoke Fir, Tobacco Leaf and The Gentleman. And at $18 a jar, there's no reason not to buy two or three. I want...


Images: Wax Candle Co


Weekend Links...

This Magnolia Wreath is a good DIY weekend project.

I love this Paper Garden Print by Brown Parcel Press in Sparta, Georgia. 

A Teepee Motel in Texas. Who knew? 

The best chewy chocolate chip cookies you'll ever eat. 

I think I need this fun packing tape in my life. 

I don't care how fattening it is, I'm making this Three Cheese Spinach Artichoke Dip for the Patriots game tonight. 

Another leather bag to add to my wish list.

Something fun to do this weekend in Charleston.





Blackberry Patch

Tonight, I'm having dinner with my friend Nan Myers, owner of Firefly, based in Thomasville, Georgia. That got me thinking of my favorite jams, salsas and syrups, also from Thomasville. At Blackberry Patch, they make the most delicious small batch, edible concoctions. And I'm not alone in my adoration. Oprah Winfrey just picked Blackberry Patch's syrups as one of her favorite finds for 2014. Impressive...  

Founded in 1988, this company has grown to offer over 60 different products. Their success can be contributed to their commitment in utilizing real, local fruits and following time-honored southern techniques and family recipes.

If you're not convinced to try one of their tasty toppings, their recommended list of recipes may convert you. These include Turkey, Cheddar and Apple Butter Sandwiches, a Maple Praline Smoothie or Mayhaw Glazed Pecans. It's all just so good. Peruse their online shop to pick a favorite... 


Images: Blackberry Patch


The Perfect Winter Hat

I first found this hat when Marianna and Micah Whitson from Old Try put it on their Sweet Peach gift list in 2013. Ever since then, it has stayed fresh on my mind. So as soon as the days and nights became chilly this winter, I decided to buy it. And it's hands down my favorite hat, ever. Slouchy, warm, cozy, comfy, red. It's perfect. 

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