Entries in Georgia (175)


The Sandwich Wrap

I just wrapped a four month job and I must admit, I had lunch off site much too often. I spent excess money on sit down meals instead of making my own sandwich each day. So maybe for the next gig, I'll be more motivated to make my own lunch if I buy these aesthetically pleasing sandwich wraps, via Dot and Army

Jennifer Zamudia of Brunswick, Georgia crafted these fabric wraps exclusively for Food52. The wraps are available in black houndstooth, red pin dots, slate canvas, tan pin dots, neutral canvas and gray ticking. Simply lovely.

Order your favorite trio of well designed, self motivating sandwich wraps, here.


Images: Food52   Content: Sweet Peach



Radio Roasters

For the past year, Chip Grabow of Radio Roasters and I have emailed back and forth, always planning to get together for a blog shoot, but for some reason or other, never connecting. Until earlier this week, when we set a date on a Monday morning and I arrived and he was there. Perfect. Now let's have some of that coffee...

Part of the reason it took Chip and I some time to connect was because roasting small batch coffee is not his day job. He's an editor at CNN and does this coffee roasting thing on the side. Except it's not really just a thing- it's a big, ambitious, impressive thing. He does it for the love of coffee and Chip's passion is evident the moment I stepped inside his small roastery in Decatur, Georgia. He doesn't want others to just drink good coffee, he wants them to understand why it's good coffee. As Chip explained, "roasting coffee is an art form."

Coffee, at its origin is a food crop. Like a fine wine, the taste varies based on the soil it is grown in, the care the farmer provides, when it is harvested and how. The farmer who raised the beans now passes the responsibility on to those that roast and ultimately brew those beans. Chip savors the challenge. As he shared, "There are all these flavors locked inside a coffee bean that you don't realize is there."

During my visit, Chip roasted two of six coffee options that he is always rotating, depending what's in season and from where. The first up was Estate PB near Antigua in Guatemala which derives from the small bean known as peaberry-  which, if roasted just right, elicits a full bodied, sweet taste. The other coffee was Banexport from Huila, Colombia which showcases an apple crispness with a sweet, rich body.

It was so nice to have a cup of the Antigua coffee, roasted and brewed by a caregiver's touch. I told Chip, as I work in television studios and sets, I always hide my bad coffee with cream and sugar. But here I had the chance to drink a quality cup and really learn its depth and nuances. It tasted delicious and I learned a thing or two. Mission accomplished for Chip.

I also learned through our time together that Chip was a producer at NPR for 15 years (hence the name of his company). He's a man after my own heart as he loves a good story. And he continues to tell really good stories, whether he knows it or not, with each cup of coffee he serves.

If you live in Atlanta, you can purchase Radio Roasters coffee from Crafted Westside, Sq/ft or in Chip's online shop. As the formula goes, Chip roasts and you brew, so I recommend you check out his brewing tips for crafting a flavorful, quality cup. One that would make him and the farmer proud. 


Images: Whitney Ott, Sweet Peach     Content: Sweet Peach



Philip Juras

In search of more artwork for my home, I had to take a moment to admire the work of painter, Philip Juras of Athens, Georgia. I spied his work on my friend Nan's Instagram account the other day... 

What I love most about Philip Juras' work is that the majority of it showcases my favorite place on earth- Little St. Simon's Island, Georgia. Through my work at TBS, I've been so fortunate to visit this magical, private island a multitude of times. Whatever the reason, (which I gather has a lot to do with how protected and untouched this southern wilderness is) I feel nothing but happiness when I set my feet here- and I get the feeling Philip feels the same way. 

As shared on his site, "Philip focuses primarily on remnant natural landscapes that offer a glimpse of the Southeast before European settlement." Through my dozens of hikes with friend, Kathryn Kolb, I've come to learn first hand how special and fragile our Southern ecosystem is artists like Philip (and Kathryn) who remind us why it's so vital to stand up and protect it. 

See more of the lovely, southern inspired work of Philip Juras, here.


Images: Phillip Juras      Content: Sweet Peach 



Forged and Found

Yesterday, I caught a glimpse of these stoneware wind bells on Instagram, and I had to stop and stare for a moment. They're quite beautiful and unique and because of that, I'm forced to add them to my wish list...

Regina Mandell of Forged and Found in Athens, Georgia spends her days crafting beautiful things for her online shop and a handful of eager retail shops across the country. I like how her collection includes not so obvious things like potion bottles, wine chillers, this lantern or even a series of four cups in different sizes. 

Such lovely things. I bookmarked her site today and look forward to seeing what she's up to next. Click here to see Regina's entire shop, and look out for the bells....hopefully arriving in her online shop very soon. 


Images: Forged and Found     Content: Sweet Peach




As we approach the chilly months, I think of scarves. And if you love them as much as I, you may already know all about Yokoo. This talented artist is based in Atlanta and has carved out an impressive niche for herself, selling thousands upon thousands of her handcrafted oversized scarves. With a global following and a feature in the NY Times, she's a one person knitting sensation.

Her big, beautiful Soopa scarves are 7' in length and each is made with a soft 80% acrylic and 20% wool yarn. Plus, any of her scarves, whether soopa, infinity or chain, are available in 16 color choices. As her creations are bold and innovative, she often uses stitches she invented herself. 

I love this self portrait, taken by Yokoo. It's a glimpse into who she is, which is meticulous, thoughtful, extraordinary, imaginative. As she often spends 15 hours a day knitting, I'm not sure how she keeps up with her photography, videos and her own clothing line, Mother, but I'm eager to make her my role model. To see Yokoo's current collection of big, cozy scarves for the cold days ahead, click here.


Images: Yokoo Gibraan   Content: Sweet Peach 



Charlotte Smith Studios

All I knew when I saw this pic on Instagram the other day was that if this artist was Southern, I'd be quick to share their work on Sweet Peach. Turns out these pieces are made by the hand of Miss Charlotte Smith and she's right here in my city of Atlanta...

Like many a great artist, Charlotte, who was born and raised in Mississippi, allows the creative process to take the lead, without adding force or push back. She rarely works with a sketch in hand or an end goal in mind. She starts with one thought and then lets the porcelain dictate the next. As Charlotte shared, "I think that this is how my best work has evolved, just through thinking about how one detail will balance the other." 

Her cup collection has a cohesive look but each individual piece has its own personality. Charlotte, "I can change one little detail and it's a completely different cup than the one before." When I asked Charlotte what her intention is with these pieces, she replied, "To make something beautiful that functions well." 

What I love too is how Charlotte stamps each finished piece with these vintage metal letters that once belonged to her grandfather. Charlotte, "He had around 13 dogs and these were the stamps that he used for their dog tags." You'll see one of his old stamp impressions above which includes his name and Mississippi address. What a treasure to have these old stamps passed down from one generation to the next. Peruse the entirety of Charlotte's collection of cups, here. 


Images:     Content: Sweet Peach


Melting Sun Apparel

I don't wear a lot of jewelry but I tend not to leave the house without a necklace or two. Granted, my necklaces are the same 5 or 6 in my repertoire but they're my staples, nonetheless. Finding pretty and unique pieces, such as these by Melting Sun Apparel, reminds me how I can, and should, expand my collection...

Lauren Visconti-Beckett began her line of jewelry inside her Atlanta home in January of 2012. Since that time, her collection (and number of admirers) has grown impressively. Most of Lauren's materials are sourced locally and each necklace is crafted by hand. Her earth friendly materials include bones, clay, shells, wood and beads and she's able to infuse her unique voice into each piece. You can spot a Melting Sun jewelry piece from across the room. That's a good thing. 

Her home workspace is dreamy, to say the least. Stark white and organized, full of light and space...No wonder she is continually inspired. Check out Lauren's entire jewelry collection, here. 


Images:    Content: Sweet Peach



The Rabun Gap Tree House

I was happy to discover the other day that my friends Chester and Steven are allowing others to rent this stunning mountain home on Airbnb...and true to their form, it's quite lovely. This is a one bedroom, one bath modern house nestled deep in the woods of North Georgia. The home was designed by Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam Architects. I can't wait to spend a night or two here...See all 32 pics, here. 



So Worth Loving...

I could use a hug today so I was happy to be on line this morning and stumble upon this Atlanta based group whose goal is to remind all of us we're So Worth Loving...

An excerpt from their manifesto, "I am worthy of love. I am not defined by my past. I am prepared because of it. While my own voice and others may tell me different, I will lean into the safe people that affirm this way of thinking. When I encourage others to love themselves, I am encouraging them to treat themselves with kindness, patience, respect and all that embodies love." I think I need to get one tee for me and one for every niece and sister. A wearable hug...


Images: So Worth Loving     Content: Sweet Peach



Salacia Salts

This morning I was wondering which new southern made product I've fallen for this summer...and an answer came to me rather easily. It's the Kiss My Grits lip scrub by Salacia Salts in Savannah, Georgia. It feels good, tastes good and most importantly, it does its job. It's a permanent fixture in my bag, traveling with me wherever I go...

I love my lip scrub so much, I now want to delve into one of Salacia's many other scrumptious skincare creations, which include body butters and washes, salt soaks and aromatherapy cubes- all with a nod to the South. I'm a fan...


Images: Salacia Salts    Content: Sweet Peach