Spring Break...

I have a two week break before I start my next tv gig, so I'm heading east, far east for some much needed r & r. I was compiling a few blog posts but I think this time, it'll be best for me to leave my laptop at home and disengage for a bit...

I'll be in Bali for the first time so if anyone has any suggestions on places to go, things to see, restaurants or shops to try, please leave a comment here. I have a few hotels booked but I'm leaving quite a few days open to just see where each day takes me. Although I won't be blogging, I can't give up Instagram, so you can follow my Indonesian finds and daily wanderings here. I'll also be doing a giveaway or two of some Bali finds with Instagram followers. I shall return the first of June for an all new Manly Monday. See you then, enjoy the rest of Spring y'all...



The sweetest birdhouse...

In Star, Mississippi, you'll find some crafty craftsman making the sweetest birdhouses. When I saw this one, the Bluebird Bunkhouse, I knew I needed it for my backyard to attract one of my favorite songbirds. As bluebirds have suffered a decline in the US, small efforts like this can make a real difference.

My friend Bob helped me place my blue bunkhouse securely in the yard and he kindly brought over some wood shavings to start a nest. Then I waited... It took about a month but then, just like that, a nest was born. It appears to belong to a catbird which makes just as lovely a song...It's okay, I get it. Finders keepers. Welcome to your new home catbird. 

As if the Bluebird Bunkhouse wasn't sweet enough, there are dozens and dozens of fabulously designed birdhouses for all kinds of wrens, chickadees and songbirds in the Heartwood shop. They all came to be because of two Mississippi brothers, Larry and Jerry Glass. Their innovative eye for aviary home design has quickly caught the eye of many and now, stylish birdhouses have taken residence in thousands of backyards across the nation.

My other two favorites include this Lady Bug Loft and the S.S. Birdsong- so perfect for a beach house. And if that's not enough, check out Larry and Jerry's bird feeders, butterfly houses, bat houses and even beekeeping equipment. It's all right here.


Images: Sweet Peach blog and



Yield Design Co.

Good design just takes a second to spot. Like when you click on a link to Yield Design Co. based in St. Augustine, Florida, it's just an instant before you realize this is a shop to stop and meander in...

The shop contains a few dozen of beautifully designed pieces for the home and person. I can't help but eye the leather and steel cup set as I've had quite a few instances as of late where these would of really come in handy...

These affordable, rugged and chic bags are made of water resistant duck canvas. I love their sleek, minimal style, which is a signature for all Yield Design products, including the handsome canvas and leather apron, above. 

Yield Design Co. began in 2012 by Rachel Gant and Andrew Deming. Their union is obviously a destined one because what they've been able to design, manufacture and accomplish in less than three years is quite extraordinary. As they share on their site, "We bear a responsibilty to create timeless pieces that last. Buy for keeps or please do not buy at all." Count me in for buying for keeps...


Images: Yield Design Co.   Content: Sweet Peach 




I'm a fan of any retail on wheels, particularly one as sweet as this. According to its founder, Ayla Gurganus, Soulflowers is "a floral cart striving to pedal petals with purpose- the purpose being to cultivate community while adding a bit of sunshine to someone's day."

Ayla's purpose began with an old tricycle, gifted to her by a close friend. It needed some TLC  but she fixed it up with a new paint job and accessories, then designed the pure white, modern cart that her husband subsequently built. 

Based in Atlanta, Ayla is springing up throughout the city with her pre made bouquets both large and small in tow. Her current arrangements range from fresh cut ranunculus and peonies to a wildflower mix. I absolutely love this flower cart and will be an enthusiastic customer first chance I get. To find out where Ayla is pedaling petals to next, just follow her on Instagram, here. 


Images:      Content: Sweet Peach


Wheat & Co.

Even though it's not official, summer in the South appears to be in full swing. This makes me smile ear to ear- just like when I came across this fab men's shop over the weekend called Wheat & Co., out of Nashville, Tennessee...

Founder Dan Rouse wanted to create a brick and mortar plus an online shopping experience that showcased the best in apparel and lifestyle. I particularly like his men's shop, not only for its stylish pieces but for my introduction to new artists and companies across the country. 

To experience all of Wheat & Co, just click here or even better, visit the small, beautifully curated boutique in person next time you're in Nashville. 


Images: Wheat & Co    Content: Sweet Peach 



Very Fine South  

Laura Shope of Very Fine South has a great aesthetic. I first started to see her beautifully made, minimally chic bags around Atlanta spring of last year. Since then, I've been a stalker of sorts, always wondering what she's up to as her work marries high quality with killer design. The cool thing is she just launched a new line and sent over a few pictures to share on Sweet Peach. Introducing the ENSO collection...

Enso is Japanese for 'circle.' As Laura shared, "In Zen Buddhism, the enso symbolizes strenth and elegance. Each piece in the ENSO collection incorporates a full circle in its design. Known for thoughtful simplicity in their design style, Japanese tradition was a naural inspiration of form." The Circle Clutch is made from buttery soft leather, available in six different colors and is fully lined.

Laura wisely subscribes to the 'form follows function' approach to design. As a student at Georgia Tech, she was greatly influenced by the works of Charles & Ray Eames, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and Raymond Loewy who were designing to not only fulfill a need, but to do so in a way to bring pleasure and simpliticy into the lives of everyday people. Laura, "The simple and elegant designs that the early mid-century is known for have always made the most sense to me." 

The timeless, classic quality to her pieces that still feel modern is what I love most about her work. I mean, the Cutout Tote, what's not to love? The cutout circular handle allows you you to hold it in your hand or fold it over and slide your wrist through. Dual functionality is always a good thing...

Besides the four pieces in her Enso collection, Laura has a couple limited edition pieces that I just had to share. This includes the stunning Springbok Clutch made from the soft mohawk hair of the South African antelope...or the Deerskin Fringe Clutch made of buttery soft deerskin. They each represent original, handmade works that are truly the show stopper of any outfit. I want, I want, I want... To continue to drool and pine over Laura's goregous works of wearable art , click here.  


Images: Claudia Bost for Very Fine South      Content: Sweet Peach 



Kate Waddell

Someday when I have a new place with lots of natural light (I barely have any now, sadly) I aspire to own some colorful art that matches the happy feeling I get when streams of light fill my home. So, I think the first order of business will be to buy a painting by Charleston based artist, Kate Waddell.

Kate was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia before moving to Charleston for college and calling it her home. I love her distinctive broad stroke paintings in acrylic and gauche. Subjects range from animals and still lifes to nudes and portraits - she's such a talented one. 

If you're in Charleston tonight, (Thursday, May 7) head over to Candlefish at 71 Wentworth Street for her art show from 6-9pm. I wish I could be there to see her work in person, but someday soon is the hope, when the natural light comes streaming in...



Rose and Twill...

After spending much of last week in Charleston, South Carolina, I was happy to discover some local, new artists to blog about on Sweet Peach- one of which is Caitlin Pape of Rose + Twill. 

With a love for graphic design and crafting, Caitlin has found a nice niche for herself. Her vibrant colored quilts are beautifully thought out and executed. I love her aesthetic, as each and every fabric combination seems spot on, don't you think? 

All of Caitlin's quilts are heirloom quality and machine washable, plus she'd be happy to make a custom one of your liking. Just drop her a line, here. 


Images: Rose and Twill     Content: Sweet Peach 



Romina Bacci

A nature girl at heart, I have a soft spot for the work of Romina Bacci of McKinney, Texas. A photographer and graphic artist, Romina combines her many talents into the prettiest collection of botanical art. In her Etsy shop, you'll find a plethora of well designed cards, prints and accessories, all inspired by mother nature...

Her botanical photographs are impressive. A few years ago, I blogged about some of her early pieces. Born in Argentina, Romina created this series of photographs to document her own visual diary of life in both North and South America. Her work continues to impress...

I'm a sucker for a good calendar and Romina has many good ones to choose from- either individual monthly cards or one complete yearly art print.

As Romina is multi talented, her shop is multi faceted, including an enchanting driftwood mobile and hand dyed, hand stamped cotton scarves too. She's an artist to watch and admire... Click here to see her shop, Miles of Light, in its entirety. 


Images: Romina Bacci      Content: Sweet Peach



The Moore & Giles Shoe Shine Kit

When you get older, you miss some of the things from your childhood. I miss the wooden box and shoe shine kit my mom had. All the essentials were inside the box and there was a place for your foot angled just so, on top. It was fun to use, plus I was able to make some good side cash as I polished shoes for my pops. Nowadays, they've modernized the kits a bit and this one, I have to admit, is pretty sweet. 

Made by Moore & Giles of Forest, Virginia, this lux shoe shine kit comes with one black and one brown jar of shoe polish, two small applicator brushes, one large buffing brush and one premium quality polishing cloth. It's missing the cool wooden box but that's okay, their fine brown leather case has me a bit weak at the knees. See all of Moore & Giles manly gear and bags, here.


Images: Moore & Giles    Content: Sweet Peach

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