Entries in Texas (96)


Romina Bacci

A nature girl at heart, I have a soft spot for the work of Romina Bacci of McKinney, Texas. A photographer and graphic artist, Romina combines her many talents into the prettiest collection of botanical art. In her Etsy shop, you'll find a plethora of well designed cards, prints and accessories, all inspired by mother nature...

Her botanical photographs are impressive. A few years ago, I blogged about some of her early pieces. Born in Argentina, Romina created this series of photographs to document her own visual diary of life in both North and South America. Her work continues to impress...

I'm a sucker for a good calendar and Romina has many good ones to choose from- either individual monthly cards or one complete yearly art print.

As Romina is multi talented, her shop is multi faceted, including an enchanting driftwood mobile and hand dyed, hand stamped cotton scarves too. She's an artist to watch and admire... Click here to see her shop, Miles of Light, in its entirety. 


Images: Romina Bacci      Content: Sweet Peach



The Cell Block  

A good hotel room is worth paying a little extra for but truth be told, some are better than others. Like The Cell Block in Clifton, Texas- a two-cell jail from the 1930's converted into a one room, one bath boutique hotel, complete with a rooftop deck and two complimentary alcoholic libations upon arrival. 

This may just be the kind of solitary confinement you can handle. It's spacious, inviting, smartly designed and private- you can't help but feel safe and secure behind these doors. As an added touch, the resident record player spins prison related tunes only ... just think Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. 

And like any good boutique hotel, The Cell Block has a cool shop of takeaways, like the Don't Drop Soap or the cooly designed matchboxes. It's good all around. Book a trip to the stylish slammer, here.


Images: The Cell Block    Content: Sweet Peach 


Little Low

I'm not sure why, but I'm always a sucker for a pretty, floral illustration. Caitlin McClain of Little Low in Austin, Texas has my attention and admiration with her modern and playful art prints...

I like this one too, reminding me of the bare necessities during an outdoor adventure- and I need another one soon. Being stuck in an office lately has me in dire need of some fresh air. I'd just draw a mattress inside that cute tent and then I'd be all set. See all of Caitlin's work, here. 



The El Cosmico Shop...

The one southern city I really want to visit is Marfa, Texas. I'm always reading about it and I love the idea of driving out to the desert, far away from home, shutting off my cell phone and getting lost under the stars at El Cosmico. I will stay in one of their amazing yurts one day. And now, come to find out they have a gift shop featuring lots of amazing artisans. Even better...

A devout fan of colorful blankets, I can't help but love these beauties made of South American wool- each and every one unique from the other in both pattern and size. 

The shop is, as you'd expect, full of color with a hip, retro feel. Goods include apparel, jewelry and camping gear. See their entire shop, here, or better yet, take a trip to this west Texas desert town. Disconnect, discover, reflect...then go shopping. 


Images: El Cosmico     Content: Sweet Peach



The Reuben Wallet

Every time I see the handiwork of Dallas, Texas based artisan, Barrett Alley, I'm reminded why I'm such an avid fan. His mix of handcrafted leather and vintage Japanese or German cloth is as good as it gets...

His latest creation, the Reuben Wallet is 2.5" x 3.5" and meant to hold up to 8 credit cards or a mix of cards and cash. It's not a carry all by any means- just there for you when you want to keep it simple (and stylish).

I like to think the Reuben Wallet is a manly necessity, functional yet modern and classic. Purchase your favorite, here. 


Images: Barrett Alley;    Content: Sweet Peach


Bold MFG

Besides white washed floors, another item I yearn for in my home is a cool mailbox. Someday, I suppose. Until then, I will lust after the steel, modern beauties made by Bold MFG in Austin, Texas. 

Each style can be chosen with or without a lock feature. Made of raw steel, the mailboxes will develop a brown patina with time, looking weathered and lived in. I like that...

I particularly like their offerings with the classic 'Post' or numbering- and for some of the models, when the light hits it just right, will shed a cute shadow on the wall. See all of Bold MFG's creations, which include larger scale steel mailboxes and house numbers, here. 


Images: Steel House MFG   Content: Sweet Peach



The recipe for success is elusive, ever changing, subjective...but when I read about Austin based artist, Shay Spaniola, I can't help but think she's got it all figured out. 

Shay has a keen eye for color and design, plus she loves to travel and be inspired. To better understand marketing and retail, she was once a part of Anthropologie's visual team as well. Combined, her many talents allow her to stand out amongst the fray. Her work feels original and visually engaging. And my hunch is it's only going to get better and better...

In Shay's shop, Bunglo, you'll find these gorgeous pillows with her hand painted patterns as well as artwork, ceramics and furniture to name a few. Color and energetic patterns are her niche but there's a softness to it. As she shares on her site, she seeks to transform "residential and commercial spaces into meditative environments with light, soul-lifting patterns." 

These sweet jewelry dishes are a collaboration with Bunglo and Kristen Saksa Juen- an incredibly talented Austin artist I blogged about last week. 

And then there's the original Knoll tulip chair. How great is this? Shay found this vintage gem in disarray and gave it a much needed makeover with fabric of her own design. It's tasteful yet modern and fun. It's a piece with staying power too, just like Shay. If I had to guess, both will be around for a long time to come...


Images:   Content: Sweet Peach 


The Hinkley Barstool

I have admiration for a good barstool. I spied this one over at Arteriors in Carrollton, Texas. The Hinkley barstool combines wood and iron with a swivel seat and natural wax finish. 

These stools add a modern, sophisticated charm to a space and stand tall at 34.5". 

I just love the look of these handsome beauties lined up one after the other. Barstools to drool over... see many more manly pieces for the home over at the Arteriors site, here. 


Images: Arteriors;    Content: Sweet Peach 



Kristen Saksa Juen

One of the joys of having my own blog is hearing from the artists themselves. What is their process? What are they inspired by? For ceramicist, Kristen Saksa Juen of Austin, Texas, it starts with natural forms. 

Kristen, "I am deeply inspired by the textures, forms and tiny details that I find in nature and there is so much to discover here in the South!" Based in Austin, Texas, Kristen molds modern, organic forms by hand. Her process is open and free forming, never rigid or absolute.

Kristen, "I prefer to design without patterns or guidelines in order to keep exploring new ideas. For me, the creative process builds on itself. Sometimes a 'failed' idea spurs several other successful designs. I push myself to design with a healthy does of randomness which ultimately gives my work its unique, organic look."

Kristen finds pure joy in her work and I have to say, I find pure joy in this trio of precious, earthy bowls. See more of her work and be inspired too, here.


Images:     Content: Sweet Peach



Kia Neill

I love when an artist expresses their wholly original point of view. Like Kia Neill of Houston, Texas who creates seductive and fantasized versions of mother nature. 

Nothing is literally 'drawn' in her drawings but images come to life in a very slow, deliberate yet spontaneous way. Kia, "To produce my drawings, I use a hairdryer to manipulate puddles of thinned down pigment on paper. The hot air current speeds evaporation and moves the puddles around. The process is unpredictable and induces a type of meditation."  

She continues, "As I gradually layer the marks from the dried puddles, I recognize form and pattern similar to what I see in nature, such as the ridges of clam shells, linear folds of sedimentary layers or jagged tree lines of alpine forests." 

Such beautiful images to get lost in...see more of Kia's impressive work, which includes sculptures and installations, here.