Parrott Canvas

I like bags made with a specific lifestyle in mind...like this Carpenter's bag made with a removable, covered board to give structure to the bottom. Crafted with wax canvas duck fabric, it's strong and durable, plus it's built to be taken places where it may get wet, dirty, kicked around... do what you will, it can take it. 

The crew at Parrott Canvas, based out of Greenville, North Carolina, have been designing and producing manly totes and bags for over 20 years. These are my favorite of their stylish, functional bags but their shop includes hundreds of options for every carry need. Pick your favorite, here.

 

Images: Parrott Canvas     Content: Sweet Peach


 

We Took to the Woods

When my friend Nan of Firefly in Thomasville, Georgia speaks highly of a new product in her shop, I listen. She has superior taste. Which is why I can't wait to try one of these We Took to the Woods candles, per her suggestion. They're earthy and cozy- perfect for today actually. It's the first day of fall. 

We Took to the Woods is a wonderful home decor shop in Greenville, South Carolina. Their latest foray into candles has been a success. The Alpine Cottage candle is described as flowers blooming by the steps of the porch, with tea rose in the air and In the Glen is reminscent of freshly chopped logs by the cabin with cedarwood and pine predominant. I think I need to try Meet Me in the Meadow as fig, bergamot, white tea leaves, jasmine, sweet heliotrope and sandlewood are mixed for a lovely, fresh scent. See the entire candle line, available in glass or bark containers, here. And enjoy the first day of fall, y'all...

 

Knack Studio

For years I've been following the work of Barb Blair in Greenville, South Carolina. First it was her design blog, then studio, then her vendor space in Antiques on Augusta. Now, it's her picturesque storefront situated in the Village of West Greenville.

After many emails back and forth over the years, it was so nice to meet Blair face to face last month. Her space borderlines on magical as it's bright and welcoming and full of interesting finds. She curates items that are, according to Barb, "unique, small batch and exclusive to this area." 

Barb is well known for her furniture design business. She finds used, neglected furniture pieces and brings them to life with colorful paint, wallpaper, stenciling, spray painting, new hardware or designs. Her intention with each creation is to "make a unique piece that you can design a whole room around." Her book, Furniture Makeovers shares some of her trade secrets with easy, inspiring DIY projects...

So much good stuff...including the lovely ceramic dishes made by Crave Studio just up the street, Love tote bags designed by Greenville artist, Annie Koelle and custom carved whales by Tennessee artist, Gene Claiborne. 

I fell a bit in love for these cutting boards as well, hand made in Greenville from reclaimed lumber and flooring. 

I took an extra moment to read these fabulous dinner napkins by Sir/Madam that showcase Shakespeare sonnets and vintage love letters. Makes me want to create my own...would make such a fun gift. 

Barb took the time to show me her sizeable workshop in the back of her studio. What a lovely space to share, work and entertain in. Go visit Knack Studio next time you're in Greenville, or contact Barb directly for her beautifully curated goods or design skills. Lucky for the rest of us, she ships nationwide...

 

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Maritime Supply



I've worked on a lot of boats during my tv career and I have to say, I'm never that big a fan. I love the water but I hate rocking back and forth far from shore, feeling sick and wondering when I'm going to get off. But- that's me. I have a bunch of guy friends that love to spend time at sea, which is why I'll be emailing them this blog post today. Ian Nigh of Greenville, South Carolina started making anchor bracelets bent out of 6 gauge copper wire and slowly evolved his line into finished pieces like this Flemish (or figure eight) loop. Ian, "Knots like these are invaluable to workers on wharfs throughout the world as they dock ships for loading and unloading cargo."

These buoy bracelets are pretty ingenious. Ian, "Buoys have many uses in maritime culture. From warning signals of rocky perils to markers aiding fishermen in their daily trips." Each buoy is hand painted and distressed with the twisted cotton rope turned in a small American mill. These are also pre-shrunk. (I love these!) 

The Captain's Link bracelet quickly caught my eye. Ian, "In boating, this knot is known as the 'Duncan Loop' and is used to join almost anything to a line while retaining almost the full breaking strength of the line." The highest quality bolo is used to create this Dreadnought bracelet, which I love too. 

With such quality, original work, Ian's shop, Maritime Supply Co. is growing an impressive following. Ian, "A lot of the brand inspiration comes from and was created by Greenville local, Zach Landrum. He designed our Maritime Anchors and the Maritime Supply Co logo." 

This is quite the handsome bracelet for any boat guy. The Maritime Anchor is hand crafted and is one size fits all. The anchor comes in a silver or copper casting which is paired with an antique brown hand-treated leather cord.

 

Ian's Maritime Anchor Necklace is his best seller. As with all his products, his intention is to represent the rustic, old soul of America. It's a beauty...see the entirety of Ian's very manly maritime wares, here. And funny enough, I'm about to go work on a boat today. If only I had a stylish buoy bracelet to make it more fun... 

 

Photos: Maritime Supply site      Content: Sweet Peach


Habitat Une

I love finding new art to share on Sweet Peach. This week it comes via Mark Seagraves of Greenville, North Carolina. In his shop, Habitat Une, he crafts one of a kind pieces that are a play in form and color. As Mark shares, he finds inspiration in "nature, architecture and imagined shapes." 

Mark locally sources reclaimed wood for his creations. He collects pallets from his neighborhood lumber yard or more often from homes and buildings that are being torn down to make way for new structures. Mark, "As those homes, churches and businesses are being raised, they lose what I think makes them special- the original oak flooring, the giant support rafters, cedar lining and framing." Those losses are our gains, including this lovely piece above, inspired by the art deco period. 

I like how Mark mixes up his styles. As he shared, "I really enjoy the whole creative process. My favorite thing is that moment when an idea comes, it's like a spark." His blue Color Block is one of my favorites...

See Mark's entire shop, which inlcudes headboards, wooden wreaths and abstract paintings, here. 

 

Photos: HabitatUne       Content: Sweet Peach


A Man's Knife...

I first saw this knife in Garden & Gun's recent winter issue as it won the coveted Made in the South Awards for 2011. I figured I've done enough soap, manbags and skin care products lately, so it was time to get back to the basics and showcase an item that any man can appreciate. 

This is the Edisto Oyster knife from Williams Knife Co. of Greenville, South Carolina. Created by Chris Williams, the knife has won accolades nationwide for its funtionality and craftsmanship. It's also distinctly Southern, able to open up the most stubborn and small oysters of the Carolina Lowcountry. It took many years for Chris to get this knife exactly how he wanted. As he shared, "It has to have leverage down the spine of the blade as well as through the body because you're twisting and turning." 

From the top, these are the Coosawatchie, Savannah and Coosaw knives. (All of Chris' knives are named after rivers and creeks in South Carolina.) They are hunting and skinning style knives, as well as all purpose knives. As Chris shared with me, "I have folks from plantation managers who work with game on a daily basis that carry these knives to those who simply carry them for everyday chores." 

Even though Chris says his knives are "a tool first and a piece of art second," I can't help but admire the time and care put into making these. The handles are made of mother of pearl, abalone and various types of bone and antlers. And all of the knife sheaths are hand sewn using genuine leather that can be personalized upon request. 

This is the Wando. It's a double edge fillet that is used for carving all manner of fish. It maintains a sharp edge on the main side and a utility edge on the back for removing fins, scales, etc...

Chirs, "The Chechessee is a standard trout fillet that is commonly used for small inshore species fish such as the speckled trout, redfish, flounder, etc... It's equally at home in the kitchen as a great slicing and preparing blade."

Chris has a whole variety of knives to choose from, as you'll see in his online store. And the best part is if you don't see one you like, just email him with a special request. Nothing makes him happier. Thanks Chris! And happy Manly Monday...

 

Photos: Stacy Newgent, Williams Knife Co.    Content: Sweet Peach


Antiques on Augusta

My parents recently moved just north of Greenville, South Carolina. It's a part of the South I had yet to visit so as is customary, I spent some time on line trying to find fun shops to peruse during my weekend trips. Antiques on Augusta seemed like a good fit as it promised vintage finds with a large variety. With 45 vendors in 9000 square feet of space, there is a bevy of wonderful, well priced items to be found here. Owners Sam and John Harrison, Barry McElreath and Bill Bates consider their goods upscale but as John adds, "not scary upscale." With most vendors being local to South Carolina, there is certainly quite a bit of southern primitive furniture here, as well as mid century, modern and traditional.  

One of the first vendors to catch my eye was Teresa Roche, who also has an interior design business and Gallery called Art & Light that I must visit soon. All the items above are hers, excluding the green rustic chair. As soon as I entered her booth, I smiled wide and knew that I'd stay a while. It's her passion that drives her craft. As Teresa explains, "I get so excited about curating my little booth. I hand pick every single item and never buy anything that I don't love." Oh I wish I had a desk like this...

Teresa describes her style as "eclectic but always simple, with clean lines." She admits a love for mid century items and tries to incorporate them whenever she can. 

If you like design blogs, you may have already heard of Barb Blair of Knack. Her booth is located to the right of the front desk and is a proven delight every time I visit. With her aptly named shop, Barb has a knack for repurposing old furniture, giving it a face lift with a pop of color and a touch of flair. 

 

Every dresser has well thought out hardware that updates the piece and gives it personality. She also sells wonderful accessories that lean towards a clean, modern vibe. New and old, old and new... it's a balance of items that Barb pulls off beautifully.

You'll find some great finds throughout Antiques on Augusta, so plan to spend some time here. I liked this set up above, particularly the fabric pieces on the walls and the checkered pieced mirror. Many of the booths offer inspiration on how to add color and texture to your own home which always makes for a fun trip. This shop reminds me of a smaller version of the oh so fabulous Screen Door in Asheville. 

I think the best deal I saw during my two hour visit was this huge 1930's army green quilt box on wheels. Just $195 and it's yours. It's just a wonderful piece if you're looking for something with a little heft and character. I look forward to my next visit as all the booths are constantly changing and evolving. Thanks Antiques on Augusta, Barb and Teresa, you've made visiting the parents that much more fun. I look forward to next time...

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach