Charcoal Gray. A Manly Color...

Dark painted walls offer depth, mystery and if done well, stylish manliness. I love this color and would paint a room charcoal gray if I weren't so deprived of natural light in my own home. I've dug up a few photos to offer a little inspiration. If you're thinking of redoing a room, think charcoal gray...


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International Inspiration...

I've been traveling around the globe a bit on this show I've almost completed for MTV and in so doing have read about some really wonderful designers that live outside the US. Because they've inspired me, I wanted to share some of my favorite finds that are perfect for the summer...

One of the great things about traveling internationally is the design magazines at the airport. There are so many titles you haven't read and so many great ideas packed inside each one. I've had 8 flights in two weeks so far, so I've used the magazines to help get me through hours of travel. I read them slowly, very slowly... My absolute favorite has been Real Living magazine, from Australia. I don't think I've seen a better design mag on the market. Anyone know how to get this in the States? 

Many of you have heard of Skinny Laminx, based in Cape Town, South Africa but I hadn't seen Heather Moore's new fabric collection called Flower Dreams. This design began with a paper cut out flower with a '60's pop feel. Hard not to love...

Her designs come in various colors and are screen printed using a durable multi use cotton and linen blend basecloth. They are woven in South Africa. See more of Heather's delicious designs and products, which include tea towels, cushions, aprons and paper goods, here.

Ingrid Jansen of the Netherlands has my heart. As she shares, "A few years ago I designed my first recycled wooden stool with a crocheted cover for my home. After some requests, I decided to make custom made stools for other people and that is how it all started." 

What I love about homemade items is that no two will ever be exactly alike. These stools are each unique and handcrafted with a true care and passion. You can request your favorite colors and Ingrid will create something magical and instantly charming for your home... She also has expanded her shop to include pillows, garlands, blankets, hangers and frames. 

This could be a good DIY project as well as Ingrid offers lots of inspiration...

I have a thing for textiles so I was quickly smitten when I saw the work of Maria Tanygina based in Sydney, Australia. The designs are bright and pretty, each offering up a personality all their own...

All of her work just makes me think of summer- a desire for a lovely tablecloth, a pair of tea towels... 



Skram Furniture Company

If you're familiar with the furniture scene of North Carolina, then you're familiar with Skram Furniture. They craft furniture pieces that are timeless and modern utilizing natural materials such as timber, leather, stone and metal. 

Rocking chairs are a constant feature of the South. And I love when I find a modernized version that still looks comfy and inviting. This is the V5 rocker and I think I need a pair of these for my back porch...

The Vidalia Vase is Skram's modern take on the flower vessel, made from either santos rosewood, fiddleback sycamore or figured European beech. Wood and metal always make my happy so I'm liking this Piedmont Cafe Table made in walnut. 

I'm truly in love with these console tables that offer so much versatility- plus they are just beautiful to look at and admire from afar. 

I like wine but I'm not the type to ever have enough to warrant a wine cellar. I think this Linground Tower would be perfect as it allows you to showcase a few bottles and provides enough storage for a few extra behind the walnut timber doors. 

This may be my favorite item by Skram, the Lineground Round Mirror and Entry Shelf. It comes in various shapes and sizes in either European beech or walnut. Simply beautiful...

A. Jacob Marks, who was recently named one of the top 50 young designers of the Americas, serves as principal and lead designer for Skram. Learn more about his work and style here. 


Photos: Skram   Content: Sweet Peach



Crafting the Rustic, Farmhouse Kitchen....

Heidi of Huntsville, Alabama is a Southern girl at heart. Through the years, she has collected vintage items for the home that speak to the images many of us love and hold dear here in the South... an open, airy and inviting kitchen, rusticity, cooking barefoot, windows open, breeze blowing, friends and family close. 

On the hot days of summer, a vintage fan in the Southern kitchen is a must have. 

I'm in love with this canvas apple picking bag. I never knew there was such a thing. It's well worn with a lovely, natural patina. Glass jars and ennamelware are also essential for the rustic, farmhouse kitchen. 

I've been wanting to find a collection of vintage bottles for a little while now. I love the idea of grouping these as is or adding clippings from the garden and using them as a centerpiece for the kitchen table. Just lovely...


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Vintage Tags

Priscilla of Blossom and Twig in North Carolina has a passion for crafting lasting memories. As she states, "I fell in love with the idea of creating paper goods that people can use to express their love, gratitude and good wishes to one another- things that can be kept to remember people you love and good times you've had" 

All of her tags have a vintage look and feel, making them truly unique keepsakes. 

As a Southern gal, it's hard not to love these mason jar tags. These would be perfect to add to homemade canning gifts, such as pickled peaches, vidalia onions or lemons. Click here to see Priscilla's entire collection, which include holiday tags, stickers, bookmarks, bags, boxes and envelopes. 


Photos: Blossom & Twig   Content: Sweet Peach


Sixteen Tons

A good mens shop is always so satisfying as they are few and far between. If you live in Baltimore, Maryland or plan to pass through there soon, may I suggest you check out Sixteen Tons. As they state on their site, they stock "a variety of clothing, accessories and accoutrements that are timeless in their look, feel and purpose. 

They stock a variety of manly labels that cater to the modern gentleman. These include Propector Co, Makia, Ivy Prepster and J Fold. 

Every good mens shop cares about grooming. I love this old fashioned wet shave jelly they carry by Portland General Store. This has a real masculine scent without any harsh chemicals. Some notable ingredients include aloe juice, organic lemon extract, bilberry extract and witch hazel. 

I hope you get a chance to see Sixteen Tons in person. Without wasting much time you'll find what you need and be pleasantly surprised at what you can add to your wardrobe and dop kit...unique items with a lot of style and swagger. And I know every manly man can appreciate that.


Photos: Sixteen Tons    Content: Sweet Peach


A Day in Istanbul: Part Two

A little over a week ago, I had the opportunity to spend just one day in Istanbul during a day off from work. Click here to see Part One, which included the Arasta and Grand Bazaar. For Part Two today, I'll show you a small peek into the Galata District, known for its good shopping and charming side streets.

Without a doubt, one of the many images that will forever remain in my brain when I think of Turkey are the rows and rows of gorgeous fruit stands. You find them everywhere you meander and they never disappoint. The colors are vivid, the displays well crafted... How can you not want a pomegranate after passing by these freshly cut beauties with their dark green leaves still intact?


The Galata district is easily found by locating the Galata Tower. It's one of the oldest and most important towers in the world. Originally made of wood in the year 507, this tower has had various lives over the centuries including as a dungeon and fire station. Today it is a tourist attraction with food, drink and shows for your entertainment.

I like walking on the side streets that surround the tower, known as the Soho of Istanbul. It is where you'll find emerging Turkish designers and a bevy of unique boutiques.

One of my favorite shops (and I admit, we had a little less than two hours to explore this district) was Lomography. Now this shop is a global shop, found in many parts of the world but it was my first experience. I was intantly smitten when I saw their clever, stylish cameras, all thoughtfully displayed.

They specialize in analogue cameras that each offer a single photographic effect for your photos. These cameras are generally low fidelity and inexpensively put together. You can play with saturation, light leaks and various distortions. Too fun...

Just a few steps down from Lomography, you'll find Luna Park, a shop that specializes in Turkish designs and products.

I loved how stylish this little alcove of a shop was, with every square foot of space having a purpose and a plan. You'll find many home decor items here including Turkish teacups, food jars and lighting fixtures.

Color is abundant in Turkey so this grouping of four distinctly Turkish pendant lights was no surprise to see...yet I really love how these lights play so well together. They'd be pretty in an all white room... 

We had less than 8 hours to spend in Istanbul so we saw very little time but enough to want to come back for more. Particularly to try more of the restaurants. We popped into three throughout the day, either for coffee, a cocktail or a quick bite and each time, the cafe we found ourselves in was modern, stylish and hip- a mash of culture and vibrancy. One of my favorites was The House Cafe on Istiklal Avenue.

My friend Diana and I tried the Martini Bianco and were pleasantly surprised to have such a colorful, delicious cocktail for the afternoon. I was so happy, I just kept staring at it...and would of kept buying them if they weren't so spendy. But overall, it was a perfect ending to a perfect day.


Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


Cloth and Ink

I appreciate a good artist just as much as I appreciate a good photograph of their work. Helen Peterson of Houston, Texas and Etsy shop, Cloth and Ink, creates original illustrations for primarily organic and recycled fabrics. The end result is simply beautiful table runners, lampshades and pillows.

Much care is placed into each product that passes through Helen's hands. For these modern lamp shades Helen explains, "I screen printed the design by hand using eco friendly inks." Much of her work is inspired by the outside world which include beaches, fields and mountains. Click here to see all her lamp shade designs and here for her eco printed pillows.

I like the quirkiness of this design Helen calls, Toy Box. As she explains, it showcases the "tumble of toys tossed in a child's toy box after a day of play."

Helen certainly has a passion for textiles. As she shared, "My love of fabrics began at a young age from hanging out in my grandma's fabric store and playing mannequin for my mum, who was always sewing something." See her entire repertoire of pretty goods at her Etsy shop.


Photos: Cloth and Ink   Content: Sweet Peach





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Pine and Main Vintage Goodness...

Katie of Pine and Main, based in North Carolina, has slowly created a vintage shop on Etsy that many others would like to emulate. Her goods are beautifully curated, her photography spot on... I just always love to see what new finds she's unearthed for our viewing and buying pleasure. 

You'll find a lot of kitchen and tabletop pieces, as well as a myriad of planters and vases at Pine and Main. I'm liking the idea of finding different vintage glass bottles for your window sill that you can fill with clippings from your yard or street. I should start with one of Katie's...

Although I'm an Atlanta girl and embrace anything vintage Coca Cola, I can't help but love this old Pepsi Cola crate. This would look great on a side porch or atop a kitchen shelf. Love, love... Peruse all of Katie's finds, which are updated continuously, here. 


Photos: Pine and Main   Content: Sweet Peach