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Monday
Aug032015

Bags by Tweeds

Not that I'm ready for autumn just yet, but looking ahead to the cooler months, I can't imagine a better bag to use, adorn, drool over...

Thomas Wages, the owner of Tweeds, designed these gorgeous messenger and weekender bags made from a mix of full-grain buffalo leather, solid brass hardware and high quality fabrics - like this one, made from Harris Tweed via Scotland. 

Every time I go into the Tweeds shop in Atlanta, I find my way over to these bags and just rub my hand over them slowly- part curiosity, part creepy admiration. This makes me realize this morning, how overdue I am in writing this blog post. Thomas created such a unique and beautiful bag collection available in shop or online. Take a gander, here.

 

Images: Tweeds Shop       Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Jul292015

Checking in with Honeycomb Studio...

I'm having lunch with Courtney from Honeycomb Studio today so it gave me the urge to check in with her online shop. And I'm so happy I did...

It's hard to pick a favorite but it's important to note, whichever home decor item of Courtney's you pick, it will have a modern flair and a lovely, timeless quality. It's like the perfect go-to gift too, as I can't think of one girlfriend of mine who would not love one of these pretty porcelain pieces in their home.  

This textured bowl with a gold rim is a personal favorite. Rough and patterned on the outside, smooth on the inside with the prettiest accent. I'll be checking out Court's new studio today so look out for a pic or two on Instagram. In the meantime, peruse and admire her current collections, here.

 

Images: Whitney Ott    Content: Sweet Peach 

 

Tuesday
Jul282015

The Sara Lee Parker Pouch

Ever since I first blogged about Sara Lee Parker's adorable napkins and tea towels, I've been an avid fan. So I loved receiving an email from her last week showcasing a new item in her repertoire... pouches. 

Sara resides in Athens, Georgia with her husband Simon, where together they screen print her fabric designs. These cute pouches, all individually lined in complementary fabric, are made from their off-cuts so every one has its own unique look. 

The prices are good too. This small chicken pouch is $15, the larger fabric pouches featured above are $28. Check out Sara's site to see her expanding textile collection, which includes table runners, cards, prints, aprons and buckets. 

 

Images: Sara Lee Parker      Content: Sweet Peach 


Friday
Jul242015

Leccare Lollipops

It's Friday and I want a lollipop...but only one as tasty and adorable as this one. It's the Birthday Cake lollipop and it tastes like birthday cake with a pinch of cinnamon. But if that doesn't appease, Kimberly Hadlock of Athens, Georgia offers 32 other flavors like Cherry Basil, Salted Caramel, Pear Ginger or Raspberry Lemon Cream.   Yes, please. 

I love how inviting and layered each and every pop looks. Her pretty heart shaped pop (also available in a diamond shape) is Rose & Honey, made of rose water, Georgia mountain honey and fresh ground rose petals. 

I think my heart belongs here though...with fluffy marshmallows and lavender. The pops are well priced (12 of this flavor for $14) and all pops can be made larger, have custom labels or be made for large events such as birthdays or weddings. As Kimberly gains fans, she also continues to expand her selection to over 200 pops that are either sweet, fruity, spicy or savory. As two of my nieces head to college this fall, I think these will be inside their first care package. Pick your favorites, here. 

 

Images: Leccare Lollipops    Content: Sweet Peach 


Wednesday
Jul152015

Treehouse Kid & Craft

I love a good kid's shop and Treehouse Kid and Craft in Athens, Georgia is one of the best. Owner, Kristen Bach curates a bevy of products that are meant to nurture the imagination and soothe the soul. It's a mix of design friendly toys, organic bath products, vintage and handmade kid's clothes, furniture, decor, artwork and my favorite- clever games and activities. 

An I love Athens diorama, how fun is that? This is something I'd love to open and start coloring and assembling. Kristen creates and sells these herself... now we just need an Atlanta one. 

What stands Treehouse out from the rest is their classroom space where they offer a variety of DIY classes, workshops and summer camps. Classes include drawing, super hero, collage, sewing, knitting, printmaking, puppetmaking, stop motion animation and so much more...

Kristen opened Treehouse in 2010 and the good news is she's expanding to Atlanta by the end of the year. A new Treehouse will spring up in Inman Park to showcase all her wares and include lots of cool workshops for the kids. It's a place to explore and to play... all imaginations welcome.  

 

Images: Sweet Peach; Treehouse Kid & Craft      Content: Sweet Peach 


Tuesday
Jul142015

Double Dutch Press

If you're taking a visit to Athens anytime soon, it's always a good idea to make a stop in Normaltown. For it is only in Normaltown that you'll find the Normal Bar, the Normal Hardware and the not so normal print shop.

Double Dutch Press is a print shop, rental shop, workshop and art store all in one. Plus, they just have really great taste...

The ladies of Beauty Everyday recently introduced me to this shop and its owners, Amanda Burk and Katherine McGuire. It was quickly self evident that this shop would land a coveted spot in the new Athens Sweet Peach Sweet Spots paper. An avid fan of paper products, I loved this bright and creative place the moment I stepped inside. For more about the wonderful work they do, just click here to check out what Rinne, Kristen and Rebecca had to say... 

 

Images: Rinne Allen     Content: Sweet Peach 

 

Friday
Jul102015

Sweet Peach Sweet Spots Athens

After many a long night, it's nice to be able to say that 10,000 copies of the Sweet Peach Sweet Spots Athens paper will be arriving in Athens, Georgia this afternoon. Inside, you'll find 50 Sweet Spots curated by the ladies of Beauty Everyday- Kristen Bach, Rinne Allen and Rebecca Wood...and myself. There is just so much to love about Athens right now- from stellar restaurants, vintage shops to cool bars and hangouts, it's the perfect weekend destination about an hour northeast of Atlanta. 

The papers will be delivered to Treehouse Kid and Craft today and over the coming weeks, will be available at all 50 Sweet Spots. Or, if you're not planning to visit Athens anytime soon, download and print the PDF here. A big thank you to Kristen, Rinne and Rebecca, as well as Sarah Neuburger of The Small Object for her amazing illustrations, Bob Conquest and Vanessa Dina for their incredible design aesthetic and direction. I'm such a lucky one... enjoy the weekend everyone. 

 

Thursday
Jul092015

Antique Sale at Bobo

Mark Sage of Bobo Intriguing Objects has been busy. He recently traveled the world (as he does every month) to select and import 6 containers of antiques. Normally he does this for his wholesalers- but this year, for the first time, he's opening it up to the public as well. And the best part is, all the prices will stay at the wholesale rate. 

If you haven't had a glimpse of his 15,000 square foot showroom, you're in for a treat. This is the most packed I've ever seen it. Every inch seems to be covered with something old and cool, and a mad array of items that are one of a kind, not to be found in your average store.

All the antiques at this weekend's sale Mark recently procured in France, Belgium, Sweden and Eastern Europe. 

In the middle of the showroom, you'll find some pretty long tables. The table to the right is 38' long and came from a church in Northern France. The impressive orange pendant lights were once industrial cogs bought in France that Mark then had turned into light fixtures. 

I love these old ladders too. For $135 you can own a ladder that just a few months ago, was sitting in a barn in Ophain, Belgium. 

All I can say is if you're in Atlanta this weekend, don't miss this event. All the details can be found right here. Hope to see you there...

 

Images and Content: Sweet Peach 


Wednesday
Jul082015

R. Wood Studio

If anyone has spent some time in Athens, Georgia, then you need no introduction to R. Wood Studio. In this large retail shop and workspace housed in an old produce warehouse, Rebecca Wood has created one of the largest, most recognizable pottery studios in all of America. 

Every piece of pottery found here is made and painted by hand and instantly feels like an R. Wood creation simply by its shape and color. It all began in 1987 when Rebecca, always an artist and maker of things- from jewelry to clothes, tried her hand at pottery. After purchasing an old kiln at a yard sale and creating pretty dishware with her hands, buyers began to notice...and place orders. The business, like her newfound passion, was organically born. 

When you walk into R. Wood, one of the first things you'll notice is the 1st tables, where a variety of dishware is available for sale. You'll find everything you need to set a table here- from rice and dipping bowls, creamers and cups to baking dishes and antipasti plates.

Then there is the Seconds Room where you'll find slightly flawed pieces sold for discounted prices. All the colors complement each other as Rebecca's pieces are meant to mix and match if so desired. It's more fun that way anyway...

With retailers all over the country and demand for her work for photo shoots and gift shows, Rebecca depends on a steady stream of artists to help her designs come to life. You'll often see them hard at work when you walk in the large front doors...

There are currently eight artists that work full time in the studio, from 30-40 hours per week. This is Michele, who is crafting bowls using a slab and her own handiwork. It's kept southern and local here, even the clay is from just up the way in North Carolina.  

From top left, Michele, Michael and Caden were hard at work the Saturday afternoon I stopped by to take a few pics. As Caden shared, the work here is disciplined and thorough, as many dishes are hand painted with as many as five coats. 

Rebecca is just as you would think- kind, thoughtful, full of vibrancy and creativity. It's been such a pleasure to get to know her a bit as she just recently helped me curate the Sweet Peach Sweet Spots Athens paper, which will be out and available within a week. I hope you check out the Sweet Spots, particularly #49. It's a goodie...

 

Images: Sweet Peach  Final pic:Design Sponge      Content: Sweet Peach

 

Thursday
Jul022015

Athens Road Trips!

In the upcoming Sweet Peach Sweet Spots paper, Athens edition, the women who helped curate the paper- Kristen Bach, Rebecca Wood and Rinne Allen of Beauty Everyday, share some of their favorite nearby road trips. Below are some of their favorite getaways. These spots are a mix of good food, picturesque sights and fun locales to dig around for low cost treasure. I like that I have some new spots to check out. Thank you gals. In their own words...

 

Neat Pieces is one of our favorite junk shops. It's housed in an old downtown strip and is layered with treasures. Building after building, we love to meander through and see what we can find. It is always worth the trip and...

...is just a few miles away from one of the most picturesque covered bridges around. 

 

A great way to spend a Saturday is browsing for plants at one of Georgia's best nurseries and...

...eating good BBQ on the way home. Just to note, Paul's is open only on Saturdays. 

 

Everyone knows how photogenic Madison is but we also love the tiny town nearby called Bostwick, especially in the fall when the cotton fields come in and the little town holds its annual cotton festival.

 

At Georgia's biggest flea market there is truly something for everyone, from plants to antiques to tacos! Located just six miles from downtown Athens. 

 

Athenians head to this nearby river when they want to cool off. You can bring your own kayak or canoe, or rent one and float on down...

 

Images: beautyeveryday.com; roadtrippers.com; Online Athens    Content: Beauty Everyday