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Entries in North Carolina (80)

Thursday
Jun112015

Shelter

As I work long hours, online shops are becoming more important in my daily life. So I was happy the other day to stumble upon Shelter, where owners Karie Reinertson and Rob Maddox have created an impressive collection of quality, handmade goods.

Based in Asheville, North Carolina, Rob and Karie work together in designing each piece and Karie follows through on the production. Her bag making skills are impressive as I love how each piece she crafts feels modern and unique yet timeless in its design.   

Karie, "I like to make things that are representative of how I try to live my life - gently, artfully and with a focus on quality, not quantity." Her thoughtfulness shines through with ease. See Rob and Karie's entire Shelter collection, here. 


Images: Shelter Collective     Content: Sweet Peach 

 

Tuesday
Jun092015

Twine & Twig

It takes a bit of work to find something new and fabulously southern to blog about each day so I'm always more than happy to receive a tip or two. Like this next shop, Twine & Twig, which I first heard about through my bf, Kevin. I had no idea what the shop would be but after I opened the link, I was quick to bookmark it. Perfect for Sweet Peach...

Sisters, Elizabeth Stafford White and Jacquelyn Stafford Buckner live in Charlotte, North Carolina. Together, they design jewelry inspired by nature, their southern roots and extensive world travels. What I love too is how distinctive their pieces are, made up of naturally shed antler, globally sourced beads, found items and neutral earth tones. Plus, many of their pieces are finished off with their signature suede strap. The cuffs above work just as well as a bracelet as they do an anklet.

These eye catching sea glass bracelets are a collaboration between the sisters and Boho Beads. 


 

The pair manages to combine a global feel with an earthy, coastal feel in their work which lends these pieces to be dressed up or down. I can't love them more...

As if their jeweled creations weren't pretty enough, they also sell these adorable straw clutches created by local women in the Bahamas. They're made via a technique called "Plait" passed down by generations of local island weavers. The sisters complete each clutch with their unique beads and accessories. The perfect touch...

 

Images: Twine & Twig      Content: Sweet Peach 

 

Wednesday
Jun032015

Modbox

With an affinity for mid century design, I have nothing but love for the Modbox. It started as a Kickstarter project by Raleigh, North Carolina resident, Greg Kelly. He quickly and impressively raised over $75,000 and his vision for a well designed mailbox reminiscent of the 50's and 60's came to be...

After Greg purchased and renovated a mid century abode, he realized there was a real need in the market for retro style mailboxes. He researched old catalogs and publications to construct a template for his version that not only represented the era well but was pleasing to the eye. 

The Kickstarter campaign allowed Greg to produce an impressive collection, each one painted in an Eichler exterior accent color. The Modboxes are made in Knightdale, NC from 20 gauge cole rolled steel, powder coated inside and out. Super stylish and built to last. 

 

Images: Modbox USA     Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Apr232015

The Farmer's Wife

Next time I pass through Greensboro, North Carolina, I will be making a stop at The Farmer's Wife. I spotted this lovely antiques shop over at the Garden and Gun site and had to share. 

In 1999, Antiques dealer, Dan Garrett bought this three story turn of the century grocery warehouse and has been fixing it up ever since. Part home, part shop, it's a treasure trove of gorgeous pieces and soulful southern design...

There are so many good finds here, like the reproduction images from old seed catalogues, hay forks, antique pizza pans and cutting boards or vintage flour sacks and mortar and pestles... I think I'd spend quite a bit of time here.

The Farmer's Wife needs to be on your must see list next time you pass on by this part of town. Learn more, here and here.

 

Images: Stacey Van Berkel       Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Apr162015

Arrowhead

Someday, I want a home with white washed floors and if i'm lucky, some weathered white brick...and if that dream so happens, I'm purchasing these modern and playful hairpin tables from Arrowhead.

Arrowhead is a small craft operation based in Durham, North Carolina. The team produces a multitude of custom pieces using local, native hardwoods and salvaged heart pine. These blocky hairpin swivel stools quickly caught my eye, made of red oak and mild steel. 

Here in the South, we love a good bench and this one is a true piece of art, made of tornado salvaged walnut and a steel base. 

This porch swing is beautifully constructed without even one fastener...just rope and some crafty engineering. To see the entire current collection of handcrafted pieces by Arrowhead, just click here. 

 

Images: arrowhead-nc.com     Content: Sweet Peach

 

Friday
Apr032015

Crystal Jackson

North Carolina artist, Crystal Jackson aptly named this series of colored pencil drawings and acrylic paintings, 'Crystals.' Such incredible vibrancy created with texture, form and color. I'm a fan...

Crystal describes her work as an "exploration of the micro and the macro. It's an exercise in my fascination with the small, sometimes hidden elements that make up our world, their relationships with the whole and the endless variety that ensues." 

This acrylic painting reveals and changes with time and Crystal's sentiment best captures this piece-  "things are so simple from afar..." 

 

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