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Monday
Jan262015

Side Project Skateboards

Jake Eshelman is a meticulous kind of guy. Just check out his wall of tastefully framed art, his tailored shirt and well groomed self...or more importantly, that gorgeous, carefully crafted skateboard he's holding. That perhaps speaks loudest of all. 

Jake grew up in Houston, Texas, at a time when skateboarders were well traveled on the main and side streets of the city, often barefoot, bold and spirited. It inspired him to craft his first skateboard - and then another...until word got around and he had a good side gig. Now, through his company, Side Project Skateboards, Jake continues to craft one of a kind skateboards by hand in his home town of Houston. 

Reclaimed Cherry, Maple, Walnut and Ash all make repeat appearances in Jake's shop and he relishes working with the various grains, colors and idiosyncrasies the natural woods provide. I don't have a current need for a skateboard, but if I did, I know exactly where I'd buy it... here.

 

Images: Side Project Skateboards    Content: Sweet Peach 

 

Friday
Jan162015

Oh Happy Day...

It's chilly with gray skies for most of the country today but there's a couple rays of sunshine to hold on to. First, it's a Friday of a long weekend, so that's a good thing. And secondly, I just found this shop called Love Ding, and it's nothing but happy, beautiful, colorful things. I can't help but smile ear to ear...

Denise Roberts has always had a love for finding, arranging, sprucing and finessing both vintage and new home decor pieces, so she smartly created a space to let her passion flow and share with others. Love Ding is located in Austin, Texas as both a brick and mortar and an online shop. 

Denise's shop carries a bevy of well designed, pretty things- from dishware, pillows, tables and chairs to blankets, artwork, tea towels, clocks and dressers. Vessels too, like these beauties from my friend Courtney at Honeycomb Studio. So much to smile about. Happy long weekend everyone...

 

Images: Love Ding


Monday
Jan122015

Wrong Side

If you're one of my guy friends, you know I like pocket squares. I smile whenever I see one and then tell all surrounding men why each of them should own one. Pocket squares add style and swag to an outfit, how could they ever be a bad idea? 

This weekend, while perusing Instagram, I found Wrong Side in Austin, Texas. Founded by brothers, Sam and Josh Newman, the Wrong Side pocket squares are all sourced from recovered materials. With the intention of making something new from old, the brothers find many of their fabric remnants at local, high quality, shirt making companies like Hamilton and Dos Carolinas.

Ah, it's just so good... Find, or gift, a stylish Wrong Side pocket square, here.  

 

Images: Wrong Side; Hamilton Shirts 

 

Monday
Dec012014

Helm Boots

Quality craftsmanship is always appealing- and readily apparent inside the Helm retail shop on the east side of Austin, Texas. 

At the core of Helm is their specialty creation... boots. All their boots are made in the USA with high quality materials like soft, durable leather and are designed with clean, classic lines. Each pair includes a signature white midsole and are built to be used and abused, for the working man...

Joshua Bingaman is the man behind the brand. An adventurous soul, Joshua cares deeply about creating quality shoes that stand the test of time - shoes that will get us from one place to the next with reliability and swagger, during our own personal adventures around town or across the globe. 

The Helm retail shop looks like an incredible place to visit. Opened in 2013, the shop includes their current selection of boots and a plethora of accesssories for both sexes that are carefully curated, of high quality and made in the USA. Quality, attractive craftsmanship appears to be the mantra. Gotta like that...

 

Photos: Helm Boots; Michael A Muller;  Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Nov032014

Barrett Alley's Indigo Wallets

Indigo is not just for pillows, duvets, scarves and bags. Barrett Alley of Dallas, Texas works with skilled artisans to create a handful of sumptious, indigo wallets

Barrett's popular Devilish wallet is now available in plant-derived indigo, hand cut and sewn from a single alum tawed calfskin. Over time the indigo will slowly rub off, creating a cool fade pattern, similar to a pair of jeans.  

The Destiny 5 pocket flip wallet, like the Devilish wallet, is lined with with an antique Japanese cotton boro textile, dyed with natural indigo. As both these wallets are limited editions, there are just a few left to get your hands on...

These wallets are meticulously made by hand, never by machine. Each one is constructed using a traditional saddle stitch, which is more durable than a machine stitch. As described on their site, "If a hand sewn saddle stitch breaks, the thread is only loosened on one side and the stitch on the other side of the material continues to hold the materials together."

Each Barrett Alley wallet is individually numbered. My personal favorite perk is the antique fabric (sourced globally) that gives each piece a unique feel and character. Sigh,...our collective indigo obsession continues. See the entire Barrett Alley shop, which includes belts, pouches and jewelry, here.

 

Photos: Barrettalley.com       Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Oct272014

Son of a Sailor



I love manly things with a care for style. Like this Charlie Knife by Son of a Sailor in Austin, Texas. It's a small folding knife that comes in six color choices, inspired by signal flags. Handcrafted for rugged, everyday use, each knife has a beech wood handle and stainless steel blade.  

Or there's the swanky cool India Knives. The total length of these is 9" (compared to the Charlie knife at 3 3/4"). It's just one of those perfect guy gifts that you know will get a great response... 

Billy Knopp and Jessica Tata are the talented husband and wife team behind the brand. They have a similar aesthetic and are drawn to wood, leather and brass. They also have a keen eye for color and minimal, geometric design. This Victor Shaving Kit is just so fun and cool, right?  

This pretty pic showcases one of Billy and Jessica's India knives, plus their hand carved walnut cheese board. It includes a genuine leather handle with a brass screw rivet, a nice touch for easy storage. 

The London Valet caught my eye too. Each one is hand carved from a single piece of walnut and is built to prop up your phone, store your change, letters and things. I've just picked a few of my favorites but check out their shop to see more manly (and womanly) things made with a care for style- which includes jewelry, clocks, flash drives and yo-yos. 

 

Photos: Son of a Sailor      Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Oct242014

Good Vibe Friday...

Samantha Priddy of Houston, Texas exudes good vibes. In her shop, Sharp Tooth Studio, you'll find short and sweet uplifting messages on mini banners. I'm not sure about you, but I immediately felt better when I saw this tiny Happy Place banner...

Samantha offers over two dozen different mini banners ($27 each) that are made with heavy natural canvas and black embroidery thread. 

Embodying the soulful message of her shop, Samantha donates a portion of each sale to The Haiti Orphan Project and children in the Houston child protective services. 

Samantha also offers pennant flags that can be customized in either black or color felt lettering. It's all just so sweet and adorable- and uplifting. After a rather long week for myself, perusing her shop is a good way to jumpstart a Friday. Check out all of Samantha's good vibe creations, here.

 

Photos: Sharp Tooth Studio     Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Oct222014

Caprock Vintage

It's been a while since I featured a vintage shop on Sweet Peach but in my opinion, a while is way too long. Through her collected vintage finds, Iylana of Caprock Vintage in Lubbock, Texas tells a story of her life in the wild west of Texas. 

As brass gains in popularity, I love finding small pieces that would look pretty atop a table or credenza. Iyanla features three dozen vintage brass items in her shop. The bottom is a fly trinket box which makes me think of my friend Bryce...he has a similar one that he uses as an ashtray for guests on the porch.

Iyanla recieves much help from her friend and fellow vintage shopper, Nylece. Together they find objects that have history and style. As Iyanla shares, "We love how objects from the past can connect you to the events you read about in history books and the stories you've heard of your ancestors. These are items we search for and hope to bring to you. They're not just objects, they're part of your history." 

I must admit, I have very few holiday decorations in my home as I'm never in Atlanta during that time. But, I always have one or two items placed somewhere. I can't help but be a bit head over heels for this vintage stained glass Christmas tree votive for $8. I may just have to get it. In the meantime, I'll be perusing more of Iylana and Nylece's fabulous finds, here. 

 

Photos: Caprock Vintage    Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Oct072014

Hotel San Jose

Whenever I travel, I seek out the small, independent, boutique hotels with lots of personality and style....like Hotel San Jose in Austin, Texas. 

This cool locale came into existence in 1936 as an ultramodern motor court before it was transformed into the 40 room bungalow-style hotel it is today. Owner and entrepreneur, Liz Lambert had the vision (she also owns the scrumptiously good Hotel Saint Cecilia, El Cosmico and Hotel Havana). 

Liz enlisted the very talented sustainable design firm, Lake/Flato in San Antonio to help bring her incredible vision to life. Concrete floors, minimalist decor and locally made furniture all help create a cool, Texan vibe. 

These fab chairs I quickly recognized, from artist Jamey Garza of Garza Marfa. 

Besides fun pluses like hippie blankets, kimono bathrobes and Malin + Goetz products in the rooms, all dogs are more than welcome at the hotel. Gotta love that...

And then there's the popular local joint, Jo's, located in the hotel parking lot, where you can find good coffee, beer, tacos and more. It's all a part of the many reasons why boutique hotels are worth every penny. Next time you're headed to Austin, check out the Hotel San Jose, here.

 

Photos: Hotel San Jose     Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Oct012014

Josephine House

I recently read an article about Josephine House in Austin, Texas and I was intrigued to learn more. It's a cozy, eye pleasing cafe located in the Clarksville Historic District. Situated in a picture perfect cottage from the 1930's, this sister restaurant to Jeffrey's is owned by Larry McGuire of McGuire Moorman Hospitality.

This beautifully designed space looks so fun to visit. The central dining room has a painted farmhouse table with George Nakashima chairs and walnut tables.

The perfect touch is the small marble bar for coffee or cocktails. I can easily envision myself and my friend Vanessa at this bar, ordering our favorite drinks and being happy to just be exactly where we are- soaking in the scrumptious food and decor.

The restaurant is an ode to Josephine de Beauharnais (first wife of Napolean Bonaparte) who had a passion for roses, which she collected from all over the world. I love the whitewashed shiplap walls... 

Chef Alex Manley and her team switch up the menu daily, always highlighting quality, local ingredients. Options are healthy, with lots of freshly picked vegetables. Every Monday night is steak night with a pre-fixe menu that includes wine, salad and dessert. What a perfect spot to stop and stay awhile...click here to learn more. 

 

Photos: josephineofaustin.com; Michael A Muller       Content: Sweet Peach