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Wednesday
Jul112012

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...

 

Photos: Tribute 212    Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Jul102012

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


Monday
Jul092012

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


Friday
Jul062012

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


Thursday
Jul052012

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


Wednesday
Jul042012

Holiday

 

 

Photos:  Shelter Pop; Pottery Barn; Candieanderson.com, imsovintage.blogspot.com; apartmenttherapy.com


Tuesday
Jul032012

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


Monday
Jul022012

The Pocket Square

I'm a fan of the Southern gentleman, therefore I'm a fan of the pocket square. I've been seeing some great designs pop up in pockets around Georgia so I wanted to write a quick how-to guide with some links to stylish pocket squares for the summer. 

Now there are some basic rules to the pocket square. The first of which is never to be too matchy. You'll want to find an accent color, using a secondary tone from your outfit and the pattern should have a distinctive contrast to the suit. As stated by author William Briggs, "The more the colors and pattern of the jacket and pocket square are different, the more the patterns on both can match." Mix up patterns but be smart- polka dots and stripes don't do so well together.   

You also shouldn't try too hard as the pocket square should never look too perfect. These gorgeous plaid and gingham patterns are perfect for summer. You can find them through Alton Lane and Sid Mashburn.

All these looks are beautifully done. As you can see the colors of the pocket square complement secondary colors in the outfit and the contrasting pattern helps break up the mass of fabric of the suit. These pocket squares are pleasing to the eye without being overbearing. 

Billy Reid offers some fabulous vintage pocket squares. I think every guy should have at least two or three of these beauties...

I like how effortlessgent.com folded the pocket square in these top two pics, (the Rolled Hem and the Poofy Poof) and then offered a great idea on the back pocket, pocket square. As no matter what, you don't want to be without a hanky once you get in the habit. It can always come in handy and what woman in need wouldn't adore a man that hands her one? I'm liking this... See more of their tutorial here.  

 

 Photos: GQ; Alton Lane; Sid Mashburn; GQ; Billy Reid; effortlessgent.com    Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Jun292012

A Day in Istanbul: Part One

Last Saturday, I had a day off from work here in Turkey, so myself and two friends, Diana and Mellany, headed to Istanbul for the day. Now if you know Istanbul, you know there's no way you can see this huge and culturally rich city in just one day so we decided on our top three locales; The Blue Mosque, the Arasta and Grand Bazaar and the Galata district. 

Our first stop was the Arasta Bazaar, a charming street just southeast of the Blue Mosque. The best part about this street were the textiles. I saw the most beautiful scarves in this one shop but as it was just the beginning of our day, I didn't take any photographs of this particular shop or make any purchases. I figured I would see so much more. But I must say, I wish I had lingered a bit longer here... 

Arasta actually means a series of shops built beneath or near a mosque. The rent received from the shops help restore and maintain the mosque. The shops found here have accomplished owners who care deeply about their goods and services. And they speak a myriad of languages as you stroll on by...

As great as it is to shop here, the Arasta Bazaar is also a fantastic place to stop for a turkish coffee or tea and watch the passerbys. I'm all smiles when I see the outdoor eateries in Turkey as they always tend to include vivid colors with charming, comfy seating, all sweetly arranged. 

We wound our way through the side streets until we found the Grand Bazaar- about a 15 minute walk from Arasta. I had heard this place was a labyrinth of shops where it's easy to get lost, which certainly registers the moment you walk inside. The Grand Bazaar encompasses 61 covered streets with over 3000 shops and up to 400,000 people visit this impressive market each and every day. 

There is no shortage of color or beautifully stacked goods here. You'll find a lot of the same though as this market is full to the brim with textiles, ceramics, leather, jewelry and carpets down one aisle, then the next aisle, and the next...

Turkish lanterns are everywhere you turn at the Grand Bazaar. Most are in the traditional style of glass and brass, fashioned after the lanterns of Ottoman palaces. These work well indoor or out and have a most distinctive silhouette. 

My favorite part (as long as you're in the right mood for it) was how each vendor tried to entice us to his shop with a new pickup line of sorts. This is common in this part of the world but can be annoying to most westerners. I suggest you go prepared for a total invasion of privacy. The moment we came upon a new shop, these creative conversations went something like this;  "Ah, hello Charlie's Angels.... Something for your mother in law? -i don't have a mother in law- ah, something for my mother in law?.... Are you sisters? -we look nothing alike ..  I think you need a new handbag... (To my friend Diana) Are you Columbian?... Are you Syrian? ... Are you Mexican?... Here, come now, you like very much... You need new red shoes??..."

One shop that stood out from the rest was Army of Love. It's a second hand boutique that's a result of four years of the owners acquiring items from various markets in Europe and Asia. All items are Army inspired with a truly unique look and feel. 

They have a plethora of army jackets here that have either been collected or enhanced with second hand materials and their own design expertise. It's a great store to peruse as long as you're just one of a few inside. Like most shops in the Bazaar, it's tiny.

I was surprised how easy the Bazaar was to walk through when we first arrived, around 11am. But after a couple hours, all that had changed. So my advice, which pertains to most tourist attractions in the world, is to go early. Obvious I know, but this visual is a good reminder...

I loved my time in Istanbul with Diana and Mell, albeit it was much too short. This was Part One of our day, I'll post Part Two next Friday....

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Jun282012

Rooms to Drool Over...

With all the design mags and blogs to peruse these days, there is no shortage of pretty places and ingenious ideas to swoon over. Yet there are always a few pictures that make you stop and stare, sigh and savor. For today's post, I wanted to share some of the rooms that have inspired me more than most... enjoy. 

 

Photos: decorology.com; heidiclaire.blogspot.com; apartmenttherapy.com; design-vox.com; desiretoinspire.net (3); Erikson House     Content: Sweet Peach