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Tuesday
Mar042014

Paper & Clay Studio

I've had the privilege of passing through Memphis, Tennessee a couple of times. The first was when I was driving to Los Angeles from Atlanta, and the second was with work, filming a tv show there for a couple days. It's a city with this wonderful retro feel that I really love- it just feels good whenever I'm there. That may be why I was quick to smile when I saw that these lovely mid-century inspired ceramics are hand made in the heart of Memphis...

Potter, Brit McDaniel is the creator of this lovely line of kitchen friendly creations. Brit, "The concept for my studio was formed from the desire to create handmade utilitarian ceramics with a modern aesthetic. Drawing inspiration from Scandinavian and American mid-century design, each piece is hand thrown and glazed with careful attention to detail." 

Her color choices are especially appealing as each item feels soothing and inviting. I'm not sure how she does that...

To see more of Brit's work, check out her studio, Paper & Clay, here. And you can bet next time I'm passing through Memphis, I'm going to stop and say hey to Brit- in hopes to better know a potter...and better know a town. 

 

 Photos: Paper & Clay     Content: Sweet Peach

 

Monday
Mar032014

Fulton & Roark

Solid cologne has been around for ages but they tend to be scents for the ladies...until now. Kevin Keller and Allen Shafer of Fulton & Roark in Winston-Salem, North Carolina have created the ultimate guy's provision, as it's well designed with high quality ingredients. Plus, it's practical and fulfills a need.  

They currently have three scents available: Shackleford, which is a sophisticated blend of sandalwood and warm amber; Hatteras, a fresh and green scent with light spice; and Tybee, a brisk white musk accented with rosewood and cedar. 

The best part is the sleek and slim containter that fits easily right into your jeans or coat pocket.

I found these at Tweeds in Atlanta but click here to see where it's carried in your state. Or check out their shop to buy online. It'll be fun to keep an eye on these guys as they're already concocting their next manly creation with a Fulton & Roark Shaving Cream. Yes, please...

 

Photos: Fulton & Roark/ Metaleap Creative/ Sweet Peach     Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Feb282014

Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

For two days now, I've been craving chocolate chip cookies. I normally don't eat them as I'm allergic to eggs but sometimes I give in and deal with the consequences...but, then I found this recipe on Katherine Dinger's site, goudamonster.com. Katherine is based in Dallas and is an experimental vegetarian chef. She loves things to taste delicious but also errs on the healthy side of things. She recently concocted this delicious pairing of oatmeal, dark chocolate and vanilla soaked cherries - in a cookie. This makes me happy...

I think these cookies are a perfect treat for Oscar night on Sunday. Make 'em for yourself or pack 'em up in a brown box and bring along to a friend's house. They'll be devoured in no time. Find the scrumptious recipe here, and enjoy the weekend everyone! 

 

Photos: Katherine Dinger      Content: Sweet Peach

 

Thursday
Feb272014

Capps Carriage House

A beach house has been on my wish list for years but now I need to add another item to that list - a carriage house. Specifically one designed by Jim Poteet of Poteet Archtitects in San Antonio, Texas. 

This beautifully restored 1890's home is located on the property of a Victorian manor in the King William Historical District of San Antonio. What I love is all the bright whites and natural light that streams in...and a lavender bathroom with a complementary sink is pretty darn fantastic. The original hardwoods, painted black, contrast well and bring a lot of vitality to the space. It's inviting and charming and I must say, the perfect place to be a guest...

These tin ceiling tiles were present when they started the renovation. They were not original to the house but Jim bought the same pattern to finish the entire ceiling, painting it all a glossy white. The ceiling as well as the wainscoting and beadboard got the same uplift with white paint. Jim, "We wanted them white to emphasize the texture and the play of light, particularly in the small spaces." 

The white backdrop to the house allows for all the lovely pops of color found throughout the house. This attractive floor was once Saltillo tile, which the owners and Jim did not wish to keep. A solution was found in applying gray epoxy over the tile which made it smooth and reflective, helping the light carry throughout the space. Beautimous...

 

Photos: Poteet Architects     Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Feb262014

A black & white kind of day...

Today I'm feeling a bit uninspired and unmotivated as I've been searching for a way to create a new career path for myself but things are not moving forward- or backward. I'm just as stuck as can be. And i'm tired of it and subsequently, uninspired, which is quite unusual for me. So, in deciding what to blog about, I seem drawn to all things black and white...particularly these shadow puppet pillows, which make me feel a bit happy in their creative simplicity. 

Modern Market is a home decor shop in New Orleans, Louisiana where you'll find the work of emerging product designers. Not all are Southern but I do like owner, Sherrie Hope's selection of artists in her pretty shop- (which is more colorful than this post, I assure you.) I actually have a back porch that I decorated in black and white and I'm drawn to all of these gray scale items in her shop today, like this cozy and warm wool and cotton chenille blanket.

...and these pillows for $89 each. 

Whenever I do get out of this rut and find that job I've been searching for, a few new rugs are in order. Check out Sherrie's impressive selection, here. Until then, I'm gonna go head outside for a walk and try to embrace the cold and whatever this new day reveals itself to be... in black and white, and all the colors in between. 

 

Photos: Modern Market      Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Feb252014

SOÑADORA  

Nashville based artist, Lisa Garcia is making me feel nostalgic. Her handmade wall hangings make me pine for those macrame plant holders my mom had in the 70's. Macrame is back in trend and I particularly like Lisa's unique twist to the artform. 

Lisa uses metal and a wool blend fiber for her pieces, which all stand on their own as one of a kind. Lisa, "It started as a hobby and an exploration of materials but has since grown to be one of my main undertakings. With each piece, I experiment with texture, weight and shape and the results are what I consider to be a modern take on folk fiber art."

Each one is just so lovely, it makes me want to have a crafting night with friends...hmmm, maybe someday soon. In the meantime, find inspiration and some lovely home decor ideas in her Etsy shop, Sonadora. 

 

Photos:  Rory Mohon; Lisa Garcia/Sonadora     Content: Sweet Peac


Monday
Feb242014

Tweeds

Tweeds is the kind of shop that grabs your attention the moment you walk inside. The space is great, the offerings are varied, distinctive and well made. It all just makes a lot of sense, much like the union of its owners, Kirk Stafford and Thomas Wages. When they met, they quickly realized their mutual love for design and men's apparel and decided to go into business together. 

With incredibly similar interests and aesthetics, Kirk and Thomas sometimes feel like they have the exact same brain (and often dress alike). Their 2300 square foot space on the west side of Atlanta (that was once a horse stable) is open and welcoming. The shop has ample space to meander, with couches and chairs to relax on, plus a steady rotation of great tunes playing. And for us home decor lovers, everything inside the store is for sale, including all the tables, props and display pieces. Thomas, "The whole store is a living breathing thing that's always evolving." 

Tweeds is filled with men's apparel and provisions handmade by small craft companies from across the globe. And yes, that is an Andover Trask bag I spot... 

I quickly became a fan of the luxury boxers, Royal Highnies. According to the makers from Flintstone, Georgia, these are handmade, "including a spacious ballroom with full seating and a sturdy front entrance so that no one slips out unexpectedly." The blanket and strap come via Yellow 108 in Los Angeles and the attractive leather belts are part of their ever expanding Tweeds line...

One of the top two reasons to shop at Tweeds is for their hand stitched suits. Thomas, "Our handmade suits are a third to a half the price of our competitors." The handsome Tweeds brand suit sells for $895.

The second top reason men seek out Tweeds is for their shirts. They have a nice selection from Ernest Alexander of New York as well as the recent introduction of their own line. 

Thomas showed me a couple special features, including their split placket across the back which allows the shirt to hang better on the shoulders. The quality of their material is superb- plus they add elbow patches, which I can't help but love. 

Kirk and Thomas were a pure pleasure to hang out with. They promise me big things are happening at their store this year, including their own denim line, more shirts, pants and provisions under the Tweeds label as well as an expansion of their store...and some more things that they were keeping mysteriously mum. But, they assured me that whatever shenanigans they were up to, it was something really good. Well, like I said earlier, they got my attention.

Check out the Tweeds shop, here.

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Feb212014

Jordan Grace Owens

I've always been a fan of unique, unsuspecting gifts. Durham, North Carolina artist, Jordan Grace Owens must have the same sentiment as she's created one of the best gift ideas I've seen in a long time...custom paper dolls.

The way it works is you email her a pic of yourself, pets, friends or family in the clothes you'd like replicated and she'll illustrate all of you into moveable paper dolls. They are about 6" tall and hand colored with marker, ink and colored pencil. Love this idea....plus, the packaging is great. 

Another brilliant creation of hers are these mid century style couple portraits...

Just send Jordan the pictures along with your pick on background colors and she will create custom drawings enclosed in a double vignette mat and vintage gold frame. This is a great idea for yourself and significant other and perhaps even better as a wedding or anniversary gift. Just email Jordan soon if you're up for it as her waiting list is now a few months long. But, if you love the idea of giving that unique, unsuspected something, it's a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Happy weekend...

 

Illustrations: Jordan Grace Owens      Content: Sweet Peach

 

Thursday
Feb202014

Gunner & Lux

My favorite part of being a design blogger is telling stories. Products come and go but what connects all of us to an artist and their work is knowing a bit of their background, their passions and quirks. What is their story?  For John Petersen, his design story begins in Atlanta, Georgia where he lives with his partner, William and their exuberant four year old daughter, Riley.  

John has always been the creative type with a love for crafting and styling. He recently decided to collect jewelry pieces for Riley in anticipation of her wanting to play dress up. From friends, antique and thrift shops, John soon amassed a large collection of new and vintage jewels. John, "I decided to try my hand at crafting a one of a kind necklace for a friend. My daughter wanted to watch and before I knew it, she was helping me create the necklace." 

Like many people who discover a passion, John decided to delve deeper. His one necklace became two necklaces, then dozens and dozens more. He loved curating the jewels, crafting new, original pieces and was encouraged by the positive reception. 

I have to say, it was very sweet seeing Riley practice making her own necklaces alongside her dad. The little time I was at their home, Riley was learning how to count, spell, tie a knot, use her imagination and better know her dad. When it's jewel making time, the two sit side by side at the dining room table- John with his supplies on one side and Riley with her supplies on the other. 

Riley creates necklaces for herself and friends- or their lemonade stand in the summer where she sells her colorful creations for $1 a piece. Good deal.  

John sells his jewelry in a few boutique shops as well as in his new online shop, Gunner & Lux. And as John reminded me, what makes his necklaces so special is there can never be two the same. The jewels are primarily ornate and vintage, both bought and found, making each completed necklace a unique statement piece with its own collection of stories to tell...

We now know the basics, plus a bit more detail and insight into this lovely family of three. For John and Riley, they've begun a journey of imaginative, artistic play that feeds and thrives off the other. I'm not sure where the story goes from here but it's fair to say, their Once Upon A Time tale has just begun...

 

Photos: Sweet Peach, Gunner & Lux      Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Feb192014

Guest Post: Matt Weaver

The South used to be full of impressive pre-civil war architecture, built from the bounty of the region's lucrative plantation economy and sustained by generations of forced free labor. From the Louisiana low country to Virginia's rolling hills, the Southern landscape was dotted with high style structures designed in the vernacular of the region. Randing from primitive to extravagantly ornate, the architecture of our ancestors captured the spirit of the time and place in which it was built, and it told a story about the people who inhabited it. 

One of the most recognizable pieces of Southern architecture is the grand plantation house with whitewashed limestone walls, soaring columns and winding staircases. These houses were symbols of industry and oppression and they began to fall apart in the late 19th century along with the institution of slavery that made them possible to begin with. 

When slavery was abolished, it became too costly to maintain many examples of iconic Southern architecture. Sprawling plantation houses were slowly boarded up, and intricately bricked cotton warehouses sat empty. By the early part of the 20th century, automobiles began to creep across the nation, supplanting railroads and making it possible for Americans to move away from cities. The small Southern towns that had grown up around railroad tracks began to fade and soon many of our best examples of Southern architecture were crumbling. 

Fortunately for us, the architectural photographer, Frances Benjamin Johnston saw the old South crumbling around her and in the late 1920's she began recording the remaining examples of early Southern architecture.

The Carnegie Corporation funded her project to document over 1700 structures and sites in the rural and urban South and the Library of Congress acquired the collection after Johnston's death. Now the entire collection is available online. 

I have always been architecture obsessed and this collection has intrigued and inspried me for years. I've spent hours exploring the images, sketching my favorite buildings and fantasizing about the history these buildings witnessed. Later this month I'm going on a road trip to visit a few of the remaining structures on this list so I thought this would be a good time to share this incredible resource with you. You can see the entire Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South, here. 

 

Photos: Frances Benjamin Johnston      Content: Sweet Peach


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