The Hometown City Pillow

As I continue to work to update my home, I'm reminded of how many more pillows I need. I recently saw this cotton canvas pillow during my search and love it for its clean, pretty simplicity- via West Elm. 

The city pillow covers are $39 each and can be customized with your favorite font and thread colors, or add a monogram. Too sweet...

Find the hometown city pillow here, and may I suggest checking out West Elm's entire pillow collection. There's quite a few gems in there...

 

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West Elm Local Grant

My friend Bradley Odom, the Director of Design Education at West Elm, recently shared something fun from his employer....This fall, West Elm will be offering a $25,000 small business grant to one local artist, maker or designer. 

As you may remember, West Elm kicked off their nationwide initiative, West Elm Local, late last year in Atlanta. Our southern city was the test market and after a successful run, it was launched in almost two dozen other cities across the country to date. To continue their commitment to local makers, this grant has the potential to truly enhance one person's artistic career.

Submissions close September 9, with finalists being selected by a team of judges. The public will choose their favorites online from September 30 - October 14. 

As every struggling artist trying to jumpstart a career in their garage or living room workspace knows, $25,000 can ease the burden of budget concerns, freeing up valuable time and stress. This is such a great opportunity, plus it's so easy to enter. If you could use an extra push in your career to help get you to that next level, enter to win the West Elm Local Grant, here.

 

Saturday @ West Elm Atlanta

Tomorrow is my first event at West Elm. I'm thrilled to be able to share some of my favorite artists featured here on Sweet Peach. These ten artists will all be at the Atlanta location so I hope many of you can come by to meet them, peruse their fabulous wares and hang out for a bit...

We'll have incredible gift ideas for the holidays (many are one of a kind), plus a giveaway and tasty cups of hot chocolate...And my favorite cake ladies from Cake Hag will come by in the afternoon to showcase some of their scrumptious desserts. 

And if you haven't been to a West Elm lately, it's worth a look. They just debuted their West Elm Local initiative in the Atlanta store which includes Georgia artists Rough South Home, Rinne Allen, Honeycomb Studio and Andover Trask, to name a few (they would of been part of this event too but their fabulous goods are already featured at the shop). Good, quality design matters at West Elm which is refreshing to see. Come check it out for yourself, tomorrow between 10a-5p. And please, say hello...

 

Sweet Peach Picks @ West Elm Atlanta

It's a good day when I can announce my first collaboration with one of my favorite shops, West Elm. On Saturday, November 23, between 10am-5pm, I will be showcasing 10 of my favorite Georgia artisans at the West Elm Atlanta store. I hope many of you can come by to check out their beautiful wares and show a little love and support to all the artists. Plus, it's a perfect time to start your holiday shopping...

All of the artisans I chose have been featured on Sweet Peach before. This includes Re:Loom; Soma Goods; Katherine Sandoz; R Riveter; Shannon Goines; Prospector Co., Oakleaf and Acorn; Willow and Co.; The Small Object and even some tasty treats via my favorite ladies at Cake Hag. 

I'm also excited to have Laura Iarocci from Faith Flowers join the group on Saturday to share her beautiful floral arrangements. Plus, she'll be at West Elm the night of November 22 to offer a 90 minute workshop on how to create pretty tablescapes for your Thanksgiving and Holiday tables. Stay tuned for the details, and I do hope to meet many of you in a couple of weeks. Until then, save the date...

 

A Birmingham Retreat... (Part 2)

Yesterday, I posted about a Birmingham condo owned by John and Janet LeGrand that I had the privilege of staying at last weekend. The space is so wonderful, I wanted to share even more pics today...

The dining room is located in the center of the home, which until I saw this layout in person, I realized is actually a very cool thing. As the dining room is the communal space to share food and stories and laughter, I love that it is in the very center of things. John built the table from white oak and made the top with white Portland cement. John smoothed it out to give it a whitewash look, then stained and distressed it. The rug is from Bungalow Classic in Atlanta. 

From the dining room, you can access the guest bedroom. From the living room, you can access the master bedroom. Then both bedrooms share a bathroom, which is a very smart use of space. Janet found both the table lamps and headboard for the master at Bungalow Classic. 

The bathroom is a wonderful mix of whites and grays with a heaping dose of natural light. I love the tile work...and the shower curtain, via West Elm. The lovely mixed media wooden artwork is by Rachel Austin of Portland, Oregon. 

The kitchen is truly a work of art, recently remodeled by Janet and John. Last year, I posted all about it. See the entire post, which includes before and after pics, here. 

What makes the condo even more special is how it is situated in this beautiful courtyard, just steps from Mountain Brook Village. I could eat, drink and shop 30 seconds upon leaving the front door. During my visit, John informed me that he's currently working on a greenhouse and root cellar for his farmhouse. He showed me a few pics of the project and it looks incredibly cool. I'm crossing my fingers I get a chance to blog about that too. A big thanks to John and Janet for letting me stay at their incredible Birmingham retreat. I feel so lucky...

 

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