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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

 

Thursday
Sep252014

Dog + Bone

Flora and Leland. That's where it all began...

Years ago, Anne and Ivan Cook adopted two dogs named Flora and Leland. Together, they lived a very active outdoor lifestyle in Austin, Texas...but, their pile of worn and weathered dog collars never seemed to keep up with their adventures. So, they decided to design and produce their own...

These Dog + Bone collars are perfect for the active pup...pups that love the water, the woods and everything in between. Both the snap collars and Martingale collars are constructed from durable nylon webbing with solid brass hardware and super sturdy buckles. And then there's the fabulous bright and poppy colors...

I'm also loving these adjustable dog leashes. They adjust from a 6' length to a 3' length. This feature also allows you to clip your pup's leash around the leg of a picnic table or post. An added D-ring attachment connects waste bags or a light. It all comes back to the adventure and dogs (and owners) on the go. I think we have Flora and Leland to thank for that. See the entire Dog + Bone shop, here.

 

Photos: Dog + Bone      Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Sep232014

Row on 25th 

Living in the South, I have an affinity for shotgun homes as they just look cool and would be so fun to decorate. Which is why I immediately fell for these brand new row houses built in Houston, Texas... 

Called the Row on 25th, these energy efficient mod homes were made possible by Atlanta based developer, Holden Shannon and the design/build team of Matthew and Tina Ford of Shade House Development. Their intention was to integrate design, development and construction, to control costs and at the same time push both design and quality.  

Each home is an impressive 1900 square feet with the build out costs kept to $170 a square foot. Holden lives in this unit (which he also lived in during the build to tweak design elements as needed). Outfitted by Barbara Hill, the interior design includes the Nook bed from Blue Dot, an Elva Stewart painting and polished brass table lights from Tom Dixon. 

Building nine homes at once helped keep costs down so they were able to spend a bit more on the flooring- available in ash or my personal favorite, reclaimed longleaf pine flooring. These salvaged floors from the 1880's are incredible, bringing so much value and character to the homes. 

The homes are meant to feel light and spacious, with ample room for entertaining. The kitchen cabinetry was designed by the Fords and handcrafted locally. This savings left a bigger budget for top notch applicances, including an energy efficient Asko dishwasher, a Sub-Zero fridge and Bertazzoni gas range. 

The savviest design element is the custom window that covers the height of two floors. Amazing, right? The nine homes rent for $2850 a month and the entire, ambitious project is an important step forward in creating more design minded communities. Sublime...

 

Photos: Jack Thompson     Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Sep182014

Arteriors

Luxury lighting sounds like a good idea right about now. Maybe it's because I want to upgrade my home a bit, or maybe it's the all the shimmery warm gold of this pendant that keeps catching my eye...

Mark Moussa of Dallas, Texas started Arteriors in 1987 to create luxury lighting for both residential and commercial clients. They collaborate with artists around the globe specializing in different materials, like leather, iron, brass, bronze, nickel, wood, glass, ceramic and more. Diversity (and quality) is their specialty. 

Moussa, along with his design team, produce 600 new light fixtures and accessories each year, many of which are revealed at the High Point Market in North Carolina. I'm in love with these white and brass pendants ($300) made of hand hammered iron...

 

Mark is half Egyptian and has traveled throughout the world since he was a young boy. This global influence of design and culture is seen throughout his collection and much of his inspiration is derived from current fashion trends. The above, Zanadoo chandelier, is their best seller. 

 


How gorgeous are these? At $2100, the Granville Pendant is made of solid brass with a hand hammered surface, finished with an oxidized blue unique to each fixture. The Genova Pendant, at $900, is made of vintage brass. No matter your preference, these are some beautifully constructed light fixtures that instantly enhance a room. I dream, I dream... See the entire Arteriors collection, here. 

 

Photos: Arteriors     Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Sep042014

Far Fetched

Far Fetched is a good name for a shop that sources its goods from around the world. Based in Clifton, Texas, this brick and mortar (and online shop) caters to those who crave a bit of unexpected style...

Melissa Johnson is the owner of Far Fetched and she has an impeccable eye for uncommon yet tasteful home goods. Each beautifully designed piece seems to evoke a question or comment- they're conversation starters in the best way possible. 

In Melissa's shop, you'll find furniture, jewelry, home goods, men and baby gifts. I particularly love all the textiles sourced from Peru, Italy, New Zealand and Australia. 

This weekender canvas and leather bag is an attractive, functional bag to own, while the canvas storage baskets have a cool, original look that are perfect for pretty storage. Melissa also offers a monthly goodie box for $22 which I suspect is really good... No matter where you are in the world, see the entire Far Fetched shop, here.

 

Photos: Far Fetched    Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Aug202014

Designed by Artists 

Insun Hong is the creator and designer behind Designed by Artists, based in Houston, Texas. As she recently shared, "As a full time designer, one of the biggest tasks I have is to make marketable products that sell and this rule often conflicts with what I desire to do as an artist at heart." Her philosophy is to design products that are made with the soul of artists. 

Insun's plan is to introduce new designs every six months with special editions for popular holidays. Her current series features toddler blankets... 

Insun, "My blankets are made with 100% cotton, super soft fabric that is perfect for toddlers." Her 30" x 36" lightweight blankets have an original design (unlike traditional repeat patterns) that catch your eye with their color and originality. Her blankets are for moms (and babes) that care about good style. 

This is a fun concept and I look forward to seeing what Insun's next lineup will be. An artist to watch- keep track of her work and whereabouts, here.

 

Photos: Designed by Artists    Content: Sweet Peach

 

Monday
Aug182014

Noah Marion

Oh, vacation is over...such a sad sad thing. But, alas, I'm refreshed and refocused on the blog and ready to share some wonderful new finds from the South. There's a lot I have in store for part two of 2014 including some fun collaborations and more editions of the Sweet Spots paper. But first, I begin with these handsome leather goods that recently caught my eye, by Noah Marion of Austin, Texas. 

Noah has created a rather impressive collection of bags, belts, home goods and accessories but I particularly like his wallet selects for the men. Each one is classic, clean, durable, attractive... 

After inheriting a sewing machine from his dad, Noah taught himself to sew using found fabrics and other recycled materials. Having a love for timeless, well made goods, his leather line was born organically. 

Oh how I love a good dopp kit. These are smartly made from a simple one piece construction, available in natural or black. You can add a cool monogram too...nice holiday gift actually. 

These manly goods are made with untreated, undyed, natural vegetable tanned leather. Check out the entire line, here or if you happen to be in Austin soon, check out Noah's brick and mortar shop at 2053 S. Lamar Blvd. 

 

Photos: noahmarion.com     Content: Sweet Peach

 

Monday
Jul072014

Dedicate Brand


With America on my mind this weekend, this cool trucker hat caught my eye, by Dedicate Brand. 

This company has great intentions. As stated on their site, "We make functional gear for those who like classic style and who don't want to be walking billboards for the corporations." They've design each item to be used and abused- lived in, thrown in backpacks and back pockets. 

Although based in Wyoming, they have some quality options for the diehard Texan. See the entirety of their manly wares, here.

 

Photos: Dedicate Brand     Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Jun252014

Travaasa Resort & Spa

I'm a nature girl. The more I'm outside, the better...plus, a little luxury never hurts. So it's safe to say this scene from the outdoor pool at the Travaasa Resort in Austin, Texas appeals to me.

Travaasa is situated on 210 acres of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve which overlooks Lake Travis. This destination proves to be a perfect resting ground for those looking for some relaxation or restoration time. 

There are 70 guest rooms to choose from at Travaasa, each decorated in a simple Texas farmhouse style with lots of rich, earthy tones. Each room has a private deck or patio to better immerse oneself in the Texas Hill Country. There are seven lodges of private rooms in all, connected by trail paths. 

For the adventuring type, they have ziplining, Outward Bound climbing walls, horse stables, fitness and culinary classes, archery, campfires and guided hikes. Recently adding a farm to the grounds, they also offer hands-on classes in seed germination, plant identification, composting and how to raise chickens to name a few. 

If you like nature and aren't one to shy away from a bit of pampering and self indulgence, I think it's safe to say you'll like Travaasa too. Click here to learn more. 

 

Photos: Travaasa     Content: Sweet Peach