Feels Like Home...

I think everyone has an idea of what their ideal home would be. For others, it is revealed to them upon first sight, smell, feel... they just know it's right. Which is how it happened for William H. Dean when he visited the Northern Neck section of coastal Virginia, five years ago.

When William set his sights on 16 acres of land by the Chesapeake Bay- land that was deforested and depleted from decades of farming and misuse, he just knew he wanted to build there as well as restore the beauty of the bay. It took years in the making but the result is a 4,145 square foot home that is divided into two structures- one for private quarters, another for entertaining. The two areas are connected by a glass enclosed bridge and over 100 wooden pilings were used to raise the house above the floodplain. 

This impressive looking home has an equally impressiver interior. The large walnut and stainless steel dining table was designed by Dale Overmyer Architects (who also designed the home). The striking snowflake pendant is from David Trubridge while the fireplace is made with oyster shell encrusted concrete which was salvaged from the Oyster Plant that once stood on the site. I always love when new homes take a bit from what once was...

William's interior designer was Elizabeth Hague of Washington DC, who chose these pretty bedroom sconces from Palmer Hargrave. The grand tub comes via Jason International; faucets are Hansgrohe Axor Starck; Light from Moooi.

William smartly spent over a million dollars restoring the land around the home. Truckloads of fresh, nutrient-filled soil were brought in to allow the native plants, marsh grasses and shrubs to thrive. Landscape architects from Oehme, van Sweden oversaw the careful restoration which also included the planting of 220 new trees. 

This is a pretty nice place to kick back and relax and absorb all the beauty mother nature has to offer. I'm eternally jealous of William's accomplishment but also inspired to find my own piece of paradise. I'm keeping my eyes open...


Photos: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times       Content: Sweet Peach




It's hard not to be smitten with dcoybrand upon first glance. They craft incredible men's items from handwoven, vintage deadstock fabrics and only make as many pieces as each found fabric will allow. Some are even one of a kind, like this multi-striped linen pocket square. 

Based in New Orleans, Louisiana, dcoybrand was created by Hunter Monsour. Hunter found inspiration from his grandfather, Horace, who had a love of repurposing materials and sewing his own clothes to ensure nothing went to waste.

Hunter offers pocket squares, bow ties and neckties for men (as well as a few items for gals and tots). Each men's piece is stamped with the dcoybrand logo and packaged beautifully in a natural wood carrying case. You'll also find a small card insert that tells you how many pieces were made from a particular vintage fabric.  

Hunter obviously has an impeccable eye for incredible fabric choices. Check out the dcoybrand site for his ever changing stock which is diverse and well priced. And happy Manly Monday...


Photos: dcoybrand      Content: Sweet Peach


Sweet Peach Revival Pics

The Sweet Peach Revival has come and gone but I wanted to share a few photos to help hold on to the memories. Beth Lord, who was my partner in crime all weekend, did an incredible job painting our logo on the burlap and I helped her make these pretty paper flowers that were cut, painted, glued, dried, folded- then stapled into position about 5 minutes before the doors opened. I barely had any time to eat the entire weekend, let alone take pictures- but I was able to steal away a few here and there. Enjoy...

I need to give a special thank you to the Knitterati members, Sandy M. Tyler and Julie Jeffers Rivard who shared a crocheted and knitted art piece of beautiful peaches and vines. This will ultimately be a part of an upcoming installation on the Atlanta Belt Line. So we were so happy to be able to debut it first...thank you! 

Our food vendors were amazing too- they included Emily from Emily G's, Sweet Grass Dairy, Ross from Cathead Vodka, mini peach pies via Cake Hag, wine growlers from 3 Parks and Mr. Shaun Garcia who came all the way from Greenville, South Carolina to cook for us and sell his incredible leather goods. Perfection...

A few fun pics of our vendors which included Kendall of Billy Reid Atlanta, Courtney of Honeycomb Studio, John Rich of Oakleaf and Acorn and Olivia who also donated her time to help us at the door...

Our Live Auction may have been my favorite part. A big thank you to Robin Huff who donated her time to be our incredible auctioneer. Linda Guy was also there to represent our charity of choice for the night: CASA of Fulton County. We made $3200 dollars by the end of it, thanks to our generous guests and all our donated items. So much good energy in the room that night...

Sunday's Bourbon, Bacon & Biscuit Brunch was crazy packed and fun and amazing- but sadly I never had one second of time to take a picture. These pretty pics come via Sarah Buckner....thank you Sarah. Jeff Santiago from Asheville came down to sing a few songs for us as well and we are so grateful for that- and equally grateful for Laura of Faith Flowers for donating the gorgeous flower arrangements. 

And a big thank you to the wonderful, adorable Otis James who stopped by to see us on his trip back from Charleston to Nashville. When the whole idea of this Revival began, both Beth and I wanted to have Otis come and ride around the streets on John Rich's bike to promote the event. We just laughed about it- and then it somehow just happened as we were about to close shop on Sunday. A nice end to a picture perfect weekend. A big thank you to all involved, too many to name here but I have hopefully addressed each of you individually. I am forever grateful for your support. I hope to have y'all join us for the next one. 

Happy Weekend! (and if you're in Atlanta, stop by Belly- quite a few of our vendor goods are still for sale...) 



Native Bear

Just this past week I discovered Leela Robinson online. She handcrafts stamps, totes, tea towels and stationery with style, right here in Atlanta. 

Leela, "All of my images start with a little inspiration, a little coffee and a hand drawn sketch." Her stamps include custom addresses, pretty images, popular messages (like 'thank you') and customized save the dates, which I really love...

Check out the entirety of Leela's ever growing Etsy shop, Native Bear, here. Funtional art? More please...


Photos: Native Bear      Content: Sweet Peach


Reformed Wood

I've been searching for a reclaimed wooden crate bed for my pups for a while now and as it turns out, it's being made just across the Georgia border. Artist, Kevin Mulrooney of Birmingham, Alabama has been working with reclaimed wood for years- and has created some impressive pieces to show for it. 

I can see this chalkboard crate working just as well on a General Store shelf as it would atop your office desk or to organize a kid's room. And this wine crate has a worn, stylish cool that makes it work for any myriad of uses, from storage to display. 

I think my favorite piece of Kevin's is this side table that he handcrafted from old barn wood- an old Alabama horse barn to be exact. It has steel hairpin legs with a gray/silver patina that complements the worn wood quite beautifully.  


Photos: Reformed Wood      Content: Sweet Peach


Shotwell Candy Co. 

Handcrafted caramels with sea salt. Say no more. I'll take a whole box. 

Jerrod Smith of Memphis, Tennessee is an attorney by day and a candy maker at night. The candies are named after Jerrod's great grandfather, L. Shotwell George, who owned and operated a general store in Aliceville, Kansas. Grandpa Shot, as they called him, sold classic candies in his shop, which always included caramels that family members loved to sneak from the bins. 

After finding success with his handmade salted caramels, Jerrod created more flavors, like these hand crushed espresso caramels. The caramel is infused with espresso beans, house made Tennessee whiskey vanilla extract and almond extract. Then of course, a sprinkling of espresso beans on top. 

"Old Fashioned" Cocktail Caramels are another favorite, infused with aromatic bitters, Kentucky bourbon whiskey and orange extract. 

I love the basic brown stamped bags reminiscent of those you'd find in a general store way back when. I think one bag filled with salted caramels would be just perfect for a midday stroll...

For those giving the caramels as gifts, Jerrod offers custom notes on a vintage recipe card. Like his Grandpa Shot knew well, an added personal touch goes a long way. Check out more of Shotwell Candy Company's southern goodness, here


Photos: Shotwell Candy Co.       Content: Sweet Peach


Summertime with Fox & Brie

This past weekend's Sweet Peach Revival was an incredible success and I am so thankful for everyone's time, enthusiasm and participation. I'm just blown away by the support and I loved meeting so many new people. And one of my favorite moments was our live auction, which raised $3200 for CASA. I think Beth and I are now addicted to auctions. So, for all those who participated, donated, hung out, supported -we thank you! Pics to come later in the week. Right now, I'm taking a breather and chilling on my porch swing to enjoy a bit of summer. And who better to soak in the summer with than Fox & Brie? 

Jess Decelle started making stylish men's wear just three years ago at her home base of Austin, Texas. Within that time, she's amassed quite a following. Perhaps it's the natural fibers of her apparel items? Or maybe it's the super stylish fabric designs she chooses? Whatever it is, I'm a fan. 

This is pure scrumptious, manly goodness. Every man should celebrate summer with a little Fox & Brie, don't you think? See all of Jess' sunny creations for the season, here.


Photos: Fox & Brie       Content: Sweet Peach


Last Chance...

It's your last chance to sign up for the Sweet Peach Revival. If you're in Atlanta this weekend, we would love for you to come see us at the Belly General Store. Tonight's grand opening starts at 7pm and is absolutely free but you must register to attend. Mini peach pies from Cake Hag, Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese, Emily G's Jams, Cathead Vodka, an auction, trunk show, an incredible Southern Market of made in the South goods, live music and so much more. Come on by and see us...



See it at the Revival...

Find all this and so much more at the Sweet Peach Revival. Our kickoff party is tomorrow night at 7pm. I'm spending all day today with Beth at Belly to finish our set up so come on by and say hey. Click here to be on our guest list for Friday night, and Happy July 4th everyone...I hope the rain lets up. 



The Stylish Vegan

One of my favorite potters, Jeanette Zeis has come out with a vegan-centric line. As she shares, it's ceramics "made for vegans, by a vegan." 

Jeanette has created dishes and bowls in various sizes that display the vegan name, all with her signature style and pretty pastel palette. 

It's funny, I give my dogs nutritional yeast every day, but I know it's good for me too. This may prove a good reminder of that as I love the inspiration. Thanks Jeanette. See all of her vegan-centric products plus her beautiful signature cake stands and salt cellars here.



Photos: Jeanette Zeis Ceramics      Content: Sweet Peach