Atlanta Vintage Map

One of the perks of being a design blogger are the emails you get with links and pics of cool projects in the works. Like this one, just completed by Jeanee Ledoux of Finely Crafted. It's an art print that showcases her favorite vintage shops in Atlanta. Jeanee, "I tried to capture the spirit of each shop and our city as a whole- note the kudzu on the signpost!"

Jeanee recruited the talented, Cindy Tomczyk of Paper Parasol Press to design the map. Jeanee, "I did the research and art direction and she made the drawings in her signature atomic-era style."

I love Jeanee's layout. As she shared, "We were stumped for a few days on how to treat the numbered list of shops. It was a boring sidebar and didn't look integrated with the drawings, so I came up with the idea to turn the headline and list into a diner-style sign." Too fun...

An artistic collaboration is a pretty beautiful accomplishment. The process itself --if successful-- takes the ego out of the equation and allows two parties to bring their best skill sets to the table and challenge their individual abilities in a new way. I'm inspired by the work of these two and excited to see who Jeanee will collaborate with next. (Check out Jeanee's last collaboration with Leah Duncan)

Jeanee and Cindy's vintage map is motivating me to finally check out the Starlight Six Swap Meet this weekend. It's just down the way from my house, I've always wondered about it and as you can see, admission is 25 cents. Oh, I'm all over that...

 

Photos: Jeanee Ledoux; Cindy Tomczyk      Content: Sweet Peach


Finely Crafted

Great shop owners have a photographer's eye. When displaying their wares, they're good at spacial relationships, color and composition...like Jeanee Ledoux who curates her lovely shop, Finely Crafted (inside Paris on Ponce) in Atlanta. 

I particularly love all the beautiful textures and colors mix and matched in her space. As Jeanee shared, she looks for items that are "modern, joyful and bright." There is great natural light in the building that she shares with over 30 other artisans, which makes her little slice of prettiness all the more cozy and inviting. I appreciate that even though there's so much to look at, her space doesn't feel packed to the gills. 

Jeanee started to become more serious with design when she started a blog years ago, but craving something more, she opened Finely Crafed in October, 2012. It's just about 100 square feet of space but it's packed with wonderful home decor items like pillows, tea towels, artwork and dishware. She calculates 75% of the items are handcrafted and they come from all over the map, including Australia. 

I'm loving these animal pillows by Laure Designs of Atlanta...

Jeanee had the idea to collaborate on a project with one of my favorite artists, Leah Duncan of Austin, Texas. Jeanee, "Her botanicals have a joyful nature, like they're dancing. Plus, they're not too scientific." Leah and Jeanee went back and forth on new botanical designs and ended up with these bold and graphically pleasing prints...so lovely. Find them at Jeanee's shop or through Leah's site.  

Jeanee just celebrated her one year anniversary in business. Her hunch was right to try something new and exciting, albeit challenging. Jeanee, "I love that this space constantly changes. I get bored easily and it gives me structure for my creativity that I was lacking before." Her online shop goes live at noon today, so even if you're not in Atlanta, you can still check out her favorite picks. Each and every one is thoughtful and enticing...much like a pretty picture. 

 

Photos: Sweet Peach; Leah Duncan     Content: Sweet Peach