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Thursday
Aug282014

Nisolo

The one thing my wardrobe currently lacks is an array of good shoes. I tend to spend my money in every other direction but my feet. That's not to say I wear flip flops every day of the summer but I dare admit, I find a bit of bliss in their cozy simplicity. Yet, truth be told I do aspire for something more- something eye catching, well designed and if I'm lucky, made by a true craftsman...

Nisolo in Nashville, Tennessee was founded in 2011 after Patrick Woodyard took a job in Trujillo, Peru. During his stay, he met shoemakers who shared an exceptional talent as well as an inability to find a foothold in the industry. Although highly skilled, they were unable to find consistent work. 

Inspired, Patrick brought in designer, Zoe Cleary, whom after seeing the quality and passion of the Peruvian shoemakers firsthand, quit her job with a major fashion label to help create a company that would empower this group of craftsmen. Their work collectively would have purpose, meaning...and great style. To their credit, Patrick and Zoe have started one of the world's first social impact fashion labels. 

Besides shoes made for both men and women, their fashion label includes classic essentials like bags and accessories. I'm a bit head over heels for these leather totes, all priced under $200. The small leather clutch is $44...

For their producers, Patrick and Zoe facilitate sales, offer skills training, safe working conditions plus pay an average income increase of 300%. These are craftsmen who should be proud of their work and not worry about inconsistent employment or a savings for their family. As I aspire to find more meaning in my day to day work, this special group of artisans offers incredible inspiration. Now, about those shoes...

 

Photos: Nisolo      Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Jun272014

I Dream of Weenie

A walk up lunch spot where you place your order through a screen and wait to hear your name called is a lunch spot near and dear to my heart. So when Ruthie Lindsey posted this pic of community favorite, I Dream of Weenie on her Instagram account a few days ago, I was all smiles. Ear to ear. 

This nationally acclaimed hot dog spot, situated in an old VW van, is located in East Nashville and has a weenie with homemade toppings to satisfy each and every customer. From top left: The Nacho-Cheese-n-Mac Weenie; The Greek Weenie with sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts olive and feta; The Chinese Foo Dog with ginger-hoisin sauce, Asian slaw and crunchy chow mein noodles; The Chili Cheese Weenie; The Bloody Mary Halloweenie.

Owner Leslie Allen manages a steady stream of devout locals and tourists. The tried and true weenies are available on the menu every day as well as a special that changes daily. Plus, she's added a Weenie Brunch for Sunday which, as far as she knows, is the only one of its kind in the world. Just another reason to stop by and say hey and place your order through a screen. Then wait to hear your name called...

 

Photos: I Dream of Weenie      Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Jun112014

Handmade Studio TN 

If you believe in love at first sight then you may believe in my complete adoration for this platter. At first glance, I was smitten. 

Morgan Williamson discovered her clay obsession in Atlanta and now works out of a collaborative artist space in Nashville, called Fort Houston. It is here that she sculpts, fires and glazes incredible pieces for the home that are simple, beautiful, imperfect. 

Morgan offers three equally gorgeous textures for her ceramics: burlap, smooth or lace. You can choose between three glaze options as well: sand, buttercream or white. All of her pieces are dishwasher and microwave safe and each one is meant to be used, admired. 

What fun to have a dinner party with all of her lovely, sophisticated wares. See the entirety of Morgan's work at her online shop, Handmade Studio TN, here. Maybe you'll fall in love too...

 

Photos: Handmade Studio TN     Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Jun092014

Mitchell Bat Co.


I like anybody who takes time to make sports more stylish. I mean, baseball is boring enough, but alas, I perk up at the idea of a well designed, colorful baseball bat. How can that not be a good thing?

Jeremy Mitchell is a visual artist and filmmaker living in Nashville, Tennessee. With a strong love for baseball and design, he's combined his passions to create Michell Bat Co. With his handiwork, the ubiquitous beige bat is finally getting a makeover.

Jeremy hand paints dozens of bats and gives each one a name like The Nashville, The Tampa Bay or The Southsider. Each bat is made of solid maple and is 33" long. Plus, as the bats are made to order, Jeremy can create custom colors of your choosing.  

A portion of the proceeds from all sales will go to mlb.com/rbi, an organization that revives baseball in Inner cities. Love that. 

I love this creation too. It's the Lemon Ball Baseball made from Horween Chromexcel leather. As stated on the site, "Lemon Ball baseballs are classic baseballs inspired by the original lemon peel style base ball from the early 19th Century." For $38 bucks, it's a pretty cool gift.

As I haven't thought about baseball in quite some time, I'm thankful to Jeremy for bringing it back into my awareness with style. If you have a baseball fanatic in your life, may I suggest one of these bats or baseballs to upgrade their game. They may not necessarily play better, but it'll make me (and possibly you) keep from uttering the phrase 'baseball is boring' ever again...

 

Photos: Mitchell Bat Co.     Content: Sweet Peach

 

Monday
Mar312014

Otis James, Spring 2014

When I think of Nashville, I think of Otis James. To me, he represents that innovative, artistic spirit that I can always feel when I visit the city. Plus, he just makes the most luscious manly apparel and accessories for the modern man with a touch of classic nostalgia. It's just all so good...

For spring 2014, Otis is offering his latest collection of fabrics for his trademark bow ties. These handcrafted gems come with hand printed labels and are each individually numbered. 

I bought my dad one of Otis' brawler caps last year and I have to say, it was probably my favorite gift I ever got him. He appreciated the handiwork (the way they used to make 'em) as well as the high quality look and feel of the fabric. Which is why I'm thinking of getting this slugger hat for him next. It's a throwback ball cap with a hand stamped racing flag logo and paisley handkerchief cotton lining. Only 50 were made so it makes for a special gift. 

One of the most fun accessories to add to a guy's wardrobe is a pocket square. It's such an easy way to add a sophisticated flair, either inside a jacket pocket or as a backpocket hanky. I mean, there's always a need for a hanky, why not make it stylish? 

A good tie bar is hard to find. As men often wear them wrong, there are two simple rules to follow- Tie bars should be 3/4 of the width of your tie and be worn between the third and fourth button of your dress shirt. These vintage tie bars are the perfect size, plus pretty darn cool. I love their old school feel and that hatchet is just the coolest thing ever (sold out). Yet, there are so many great ones to choose from as items and fabrics are constantly in flux at the Otis James shop. Check out all the goods, here.

 

Photos: otisjames.com      Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Feb252014

SOÑADORA  

Nashville based artist, Lisa Garcia is making me feel nostalgic. Her handmade wall hangings make me pine for those macrame plant holders my mom had in the 70's. Macrame is back in trend and I particularly like Lisa's unique twist to the artform. 

Lisa uses metal and a wool blend fiber for her pieces, which all stand on their own as one of a kind. Lisa, "It started as a hobby and an exploration of materials but has since grown to be one of my main undertakings. With each piece, I experiment with texture, weight and shape and the results are what I consider to be a modern take on folk fiber art."

Each one is just so lovely, it makes me want to have a crafting night with friends...hmmm, maybe someday soon. In the meantime, find inspiration and some lovely home decor ideas in her Etsy shop, Sonadora. 

 

Photos:  Rory Mohon; Lisa Garcia/Sonadora     Content: Sweet Peac


Wednesday
Feb122014

Anna Forkum

Last week, my friend Christine sent me a link to a lovely home she photographed in Nashville last year, owned by Interior Designer, Anna Forkum. She thought it may be a nice fit for Sweet Peach and of course, she was right. It's a gem.  

What I appreciate with any interior designer's work is a home that feels personal, unexpected and thoughtful but also a bit untamed, lived in and loved. Anna achieves that in spades. I love the laundry room area which includes a collection of her daughter's art. Anna, "I find junk store frames and paint them all the same color. Then add as she produces!" The indestructable stainless steel table works perfect as an art space for her daughter and all the little ones who come to visit.   

Just as stunning as each room is the photography taken by Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson. Christine, "What we wanted to capture in Anna's home is her use of dark, deep rich tones and European styling. It's sophisticated yet there's a playful element at work in her choice of furniture, art and her mix of patterns, textures and color." 

When I asked Anna how she wanted her home to look and feel, she replied, "To be restful and recharging for ME...I know the colors and patterns are not for everyone but it energizes me. I have filled my home with things that I love, which is constantly changing as I try new things and colors. Sometimes I feel like a mad scientist - the ideas in my head are exhausting and the day is too short to get a tenth of them out. I see the possibilities in so many things." 

Anna offered all of us some great advice if and when we work with a designer, "Make sure they ask you how YOU live, what do you need and want out of a space or even if you need it!" I'm drooling over this gorgeous staircase with that incredible rug and mix of interesting, engaging paintings that I'm sure Anna got from here and there over the years...each one with a story to tell. As Anna shared, "Beautiful spaces do take time." 

Oh how I want these bathrooms. The wallpaper to the left is from Graham and Brown. When you have a room soaked in natural light, it's so nice to play with color.  

This porch pendant came via West Elm, which Anna is ready to paint when it's time for a fresh look. I love her mix of colors and textures- particularly the use of pink. Such flirty fun on a southern porch. Thank you Anna and thank you Christine and Owen. I'm inspired and grateful and thinking which room to redecorate next...

**Be sure to check out ReFresh magazine in May to see new additions and finds inside Anna's home

 

Photos: Anthony-Masterson Photography   Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Feb052014

Sweet Gum Co. 

The amount of time I take to blog each day is probably fairly equal to the amount of time I take to browse other blogs- finding inspiration and new connections. I have a running list of bookmarked sites that evolves each day but one of my mainstays is Local Milk, a food blog by Tennessee native, Beth Kirby.

Beth's blog is full of incredible recipes with equally incredible photos. Beth also curates a small shop of southern handcrafted (or found) kitchen items, called Sweet Gum Co. Above are ceramics by Trish Riley of Chattanooga, Tennessee that are each one of a kind and meant to be put to use each day. 

The cutting boards come via Joseph Huebscher of Huebscher Woodworks, also based in Chattanooga. Joseph rescues downed trees to transform the right cuts into stunning, functional pieces. For these impressive boards, he utilized reclaimed live edge pecan (left) and reclaimed black walnut sapwood (right).  

I love the idea of visiting a coppersmith one day to learn more about the craft- and who better than Ben Caldwell in Nashville, whose work is nationally recognized and includes all manner of utensils and dish ware for the home. I particularly love the relish spoon and antler point gravy ladle

And I know it's way too early to think about fresh honeysuckle- but this post has motivated me to buy a honeysuckle plant this spring, if only to harvest the blossoms in the summer to make Beth's recipe, Honeysuckle Biscuits with sea salt peach butter and honeysuckle mint vinaigrette. Speechless... In the meantime, peruse her blog and southern shop to be endlessly inspired and hungry. I bet after a bit of browsing, this site will be one of your mainstays too...

 

Photos: Beth Kirby/ Local Milk & Sweet Gum Co.       Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Jan302014

Ruthie Lindsey

Once again, Instagram is my portal into the world of beautiful, inspiring artists. Perusing Local Milk's instagram posts yesterday, I stumbled upon Ruthie Lindsey Design. Perhaps I'm a bit late to the party but at least I made it. Ruthie has been a designer in demand for quite some time, residing in East Nashville and living and breathing all things aesthetically pleasing. 

Once I found Ruthie's site and blog, I spent a bit of time reading her story. It's haunting and beautiful, deeply sad yet deeply hopeful. She's an incredible spirit and although I do not know Ruthie, I feel connected and inspired. It's amazing what journeys we all go on and if we can find a way to stay the course, through the deep pains and struggles, love still has the power to catch us, to save us and surprise us. 

Through her own struggles, Ruthie discovered she was an artist. After experiencing the loss of her father, being bedridden from surgery and dealing with years of pain, she was ready to do more. She suddenly felt a passion to make her home beautiful and personal and through her budget finds and natural eye for great design, her home became all that she envisioned. And more- as soon thereafter friends and friends of friends wanted her help in designing their own rooms and outdoor spaces. Her interior design career began and many took notice, including Taylor Swift, who shot the album art for RED at Ruthie's house. 

The great part is, after reading Ruthie's story, is seeing all the love and support she has surrounding her. In finding her passion, Ruthie shares through her instagram and blog, some amazing pictures that exude so much joy and creativity. I love it. Especially this incredible backyard party she had that is now getting my ass in gear to create my own porch party sometime this year. I've been thinking of it for years now and as Ruthie says, "just get up and go do life." What am I waiting for? 

So, I hope this post makes you curious enough to check out Ruthie's work and daily musings and finds. Besides her interior decorating services, she also does wardrobe styling, set styling and flower arranging. So much creativity has erupted from her being. This past year she has seen life from a whole new angle and as she shared, "I'm experiencing beauty spilling out of brokenness everywhere I turn." Thanks for the inspiration Ruthie. I'm excited to be your new Instragram follower... 

 

Photos: ruthielindseydesign.com; Sarah Dobbins;  Beth Kirby       Content: Sweet Peach

 

Friday
Jan102014

Soberdough

Over the holiday break, I spent as much time relaxing as I could, which included Instagramming, of course. One company that caught my eye in one of the pics was Soberdough of Nashville, Tennessee...

Veronica Hawbaker has loved to cook for as long as she can remember. As she shared, "I love experimenting and mixing flavors to find something that is totally unique and delicious." With an entrepreneurial spirit and a son who was eager to delve into the business world, the pair teamed up to create a unique product that has quite the universal appeal- beer bread. 

The best part is how simple it is. You take their beer bread mix, add a bottle of your favorite beer to it and bake it. That's it. As so many craft beers have unique flavors- from dark porters to pale ales, as well as specialty components like basil, blueberry or pecan, you can vary the bread taste to your liking. Sounds fun to me.

The beer breads are based on a family recipe of Veronica's. After lots of trial and error, she has taken that recipe and perfected six different breads, including a flavor of the month (this month is Cranberry Orange). 

Veronica and Jordan have also taken some time to share a few combination suggestions on their site. A pale ale goes well with the Rosemary bread, Cinnful Raisin is excellent with a dark porter or a Belgian ale, while their Pumpkin Spice bread pairs quite beautifully with any pumpkin or brown ale. Yum. I think I need to buy a sampler pack and try it all. Check it out for yourself, here. And Happy Weekend everyone...

 

Photos: Soberdough site    Content: Sweet Peach