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Entries in North Carolina (74)

Friday
Mar062015

Thrive and Prosper

I love that moment when you stumble across something truly unique and beautiful. Such was the case when I clicked on the Thrive and Prosper site to find Cicely Siller's stunning concrete and reed baskets. 

Raised in the Netherlands and Germany, Cicely now calls Cameron, North Carolina her home. As she wanted to create something that celebrated her new, local community, she found inspiration through North Carolina's storied history of basket weaving. As she lives nearby a basket weaving supply house, she paired that idea with her love of concrete to create a myriad of beautiful conversation pieces. 

From crafting the mold and mixing and pouring concrete to weaving and adding texture to each piece, Cicely's process is a true labor of love. But well worth it. For one, Cicely is an artist influenced by both Scandinavian and German design, who is also inspired by southern basket weavers- so her work is wholly, uniquely her own. Plus, how can you not love any piece of art with a southern twist? 

See Cicely's entire concrete and reed basket collection, here. 

 

Images: Thrive and Prosper    Content: Sweet Peach 


Friday
Feb202015

Carriage Oak Cottage

As the winter doldrums have really started to get me down, I find myself counting down the days to daylight saving time. The spring makes me think and dream of vivid, poppy colors. Which is why I love these vases, created by Kristin Malaer of Raleigh, North Carolina.  

Kristin loves to play with color and texture and therefore chose to cover these glass vases in her own mixture of stucco and cement. The result is something unique and intriguing to the eye. This set of three would look lovely on my front porch, side by side, filled with spring flowers...sigh.  

Kristin is a busy bee, getting ready for spring herself as she now has hundreds of colorful vases to choose from on her site. Sounds like a good plan to beat the winter doldrums... Enjoy the weekend y'all. 

 

 

Wednesday
Feb112015

Checking in with Element Clay Studio

Ever since I first blogged about Heather Knight of Element Clay Studio four years ago, I've been following her evolution of work with awe and admiration. Although she creates all manner of pretty ceramic pieces in her Asheville studio, it's her wall tiles that leave my mouth agape, dreaming of where I'd hang each one...

The majority of her lovely porcelain wall tiles pertain to the sea - like barnacles, reefs, urchins and sea anemones. But her recent works delve into nature's lovely florals, like rosebuds, camellias and dahlias.  

And then there's Heather's new Curio Collection, made of elegant dishes with yellow or white gold hand painted trim. I personally love these above, each molded from an actual tortoise shell. My awe and admiration continues...

 

Images: Element Clay Studio     Content: Sweet Peach  


Tuesday
Jan272015

The Nesting Trivet

A picture has power. Like this one, which is beautifully composed and highlights a product I can't help but want to know more about. I saw this on Instagram yesterday and knew I had to share. Turns out, Erin Connelly and Kerry Clark Speake of The Commons in Charleston recently collaborated with Durham based company, Arrowhead, to create these stunning walnut and brass nesting trivet sets.

As shared on their site, this trivet serves three functions; "As a classic trivet set for your hot pots, nested together to create a sculptural fruit bowl or simply as a decorative work of art on your kitchen table."

It's a beauty- and what a wonderful gift idea too. It's the type of household item to covet and use year after year after year. Incredible work guys. To continue to be awed by Erin and Kerry's originality, check out the beautiful goods they've created and curated for their impeccable shop, The Commons, here.

 

Images: Megumi Shauna Arai; the-commons.us   Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Jan232015

Friday Fun...

Today is Friday and it's a chilly, rainy day in Atlanta. As I continually think of warm, sunny days, I find solace in sites that remind me of summer, like Bomisch. Based in Asheville, North Carolina, Bomisch is a bright and quirky online neighborhood shop, self described as offering goods that are both bohemian and aesthetically pleasing. I like that...

Morgan Fender is a curator with wanderlust. Through her travels, she collects her favorite must-haves for the Bomisch shop. I particularly like this Retro Modern Bar Essentials Set, which is all you need to dress up a cute bar cart. 

You can tell Morgan is a curious one who finds pure delight in her discoveries- like a lucky #7 tray, pure beeswax bars, shaggy dog cards, brass tip spoons and vintage floral coasters. The list goes on...check out her shop to see much more. And happy weekend y'all - I'm off to Athens for some Sweet Spots research and a little r & r ! 

 

Images: bomisch.com    Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Jan152015

Savage Supply Co. 

Last week, I received an email from a guy named Alex Chernopiskiy of Charlotte, NC. Alex wanted to share a Kickstarter project he just started, where his goal is to raise $10,000 to craft a line of canvas and leather goods. I like his style so of course I wanted to share...  

Through his company, Savage Supply Co., Alex and his team has created an impressive first collection of goods. Their handiwork isn't flashy or trendy...but functional and classic, meant to get better lookin' as time passes by. 

Alex, "Our mission is to mix practicality with soul." I think this Knife Roll is a perfect example of that sentiment. It unravels to hold 8 knives, made with oil tanned leather and lined with pig suede. Click here to learn more about the Savage Supply Co. Kickstarter project and please donate if you can. More men and women need to adorn a Savage Supply Co. bag, don't you think? 

 

Wednesday
Nov122014

Half Light Honey

The imperfections are always the best part. Ceramic artist, Samantha Carter of Brasstown, North Carolina agrees. Her pottery is functional, well designed and uniquely her own. As Samantha shares, "The asymmetrical compositions and organic shapes are small reminders of the hand that made the work." 

Samantha began working with clay at Florida State University. She soon found a love for functional ceramics and played with styles before she found her signature one. She is known for her black and white handcrafted design of table and hanging planters but she continues to expand her wares to include bowls, plates and jewelry. 

Samantha, "I make pottery that is useful with aesthetics and design always in mind. As a lover of drawing first and foremost, I try to incorporate the hand drawn line into most of my work via the technique of sgraffito, in which painted clay is carved into while still wet, revealing the natural clay color beneath." 

Samantha loves the contrast of working in black and white and I personally love her various versions of it, each so different from the next. Peruse her online shop, Half Light Honey to see her continue to play with texture, color, shape and design. All the while, never forgetting to embrace the imperfections...  

 

Photos: Half Light Honey       Content: Sweet Peach

 

Tuesday
Nov042014

Checking in with Suite One Studio...

It always feels good to watch the careers of your favorite artists as they continue to challenge themselves and grow in their craft. Lindsay Emery of Suite One Studio in Greensboro, North Carolina is one of those artists. She's an incredible talent in ceramics, so when I saw her new pink and gold plates on her Instagram account, I realized it was something special. I had to share...

Lindsay refers to these as supremely glamorous dessert plates and rightly so. The plates are painted with her handmade pink glaze inspired by watercolor paintings- plus the edge of each hand-formed plate is painted with genuine gold. Can't get more glam (and pretty) than that. 

 

Lindsay, "The glazes I formulate have a natural, flowing variation and they always have. I decided in the last six months or so to really celebrate this variety as the uniqueness that it is. I've begun letting the glazes naturally do what they will without my interference. The watercolor aspect is important to my business because it speaks to a switch in my overall methodology- rather than work against the variety my handmade glazes bring, why not embrace this quality?" 


And after you drool over the pink and gold plates, you can peruse the rest of her lovely wares. This serving platter with a navy brushstroke is Lindsay's modern interpretation of antique silver serveware. Or try the dessert plates and bowls in white and gold for a simple, lovely look. 

What I love is Lindsay's obvious love affair with texture and watercolor. Each piece is one of a kind and perfect in its imperfections. It makes me want to have one of those big, all-white kitchens with open shelving to display each and every one...

Lindsay's splatter bowls and plates are gaining a big fanbase. I just spotted these in this month's Southern Living magazine...how great is that? I can say with certainty, I can't wait to see what she dreams up next. See the entirety of Lindsay's beautiful collection, here. 

 

Photos: Suite One Studio      Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Oct062014

The Grifter Glove



Grifter USA, based in Washington DC, has crafted some very cool glove options for the active guy. The Rangers gloves peaked my interest as they're made with distressed bison skin and American Cone white selvedge denim from North Carolina. 

These are made to fit snug and are popular with motorcycle riders. The fabric back allows the glove to breathe while the bison leather is some of the toughest protection you'll find. 

Check out the entire Grifter shop, which includes more gloves, hats and tees, here. Manliness required...

 

Photos: griftercompany.com       Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Aug252014

The Carraway Concept

A well dressed southern man always has my attention. And if I notice a lapel flower, I'm smitten, appreciative, happier, knowing there are men such as these...

Rashon Carraway of Charlotte, North Carolina has a love for design- both in home and fashion. Rashon was a regular guest expert on The Nate Berkus Show and has both an interior design blog and an online shop where he sells these colorful, cheerful lapel flowers. 

These handcrafted lapel flowers, which range from $10-$20, are a quick way to complement an outfit. It's a fashion accessory with the added benefit of spreading a little joy- for it's gals like me that may notice you from afar, smile and think, 'Now, that's a good man...'  

 

Photos: The Carraway Concept site; Donald Wilson/ first pics    Content: Sweet Peach