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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


Tuesday
Jun172014

Nannie Inez

I always like to think of names other than my own that would be cool to have. Like Nannie Inez, how fun a name is that? Turns out it's a shop in Austin, Texas that's filled with home decor finds as colorful, worldly and stylish as only a name like that could conjure.  

Co-owners, Deeyn Rhodes and Lonzo Jackson (great names too) travel the world in search of items that, as they say, "promote design as a playful tool of expression, no matter the price point." The handsome Horween leather magazine rack is via Makr of Winter Park, Florida. 

This mint colored cart is so Nannie Inez! I love this fresh and fab rolling cart that works just as well as a side table, nightstand or bar cart. It was designed by Simon Legald in collaboration with Normann Copenhagen of Denmark.   

The lovely gradient glass and carafe are truly mini pieces of art and the Wolfum Triangle Tray, made from Baltic Birch has my heart. As stated on their site, "Use as a serving tray, or as a lovely base to style your bits and bobs." How do you say no to bits and bobs? Oh Nannie...

Each item has function and flair. I personally love the laptop brush made of horsehair. My keyboard would be a better keyboard with this brush...

Last but not least, I'm a bit obsessed with these notebooks that make me want to get out my coloring markers and produce a fashionable man in seconds. This is the kind of nonsensical thing that makes me truly happy. That, and changing my name to Nannie Inez.

Find more fresh finds at the shop, either online or in Austin.

 

Photos: Nannieinez.com     Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
May162014

Chapsmackers

When I was at the Summit C Conference in Charleston a couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Beckie Manley of St. Simon's Island, Georgia. Beckie is the President and Creative Director of JDA, a successful full service advertising and branding agency. When I told her about my southern blog, she was quick to say, "You have to try Chapsmackers." Sounded like a good idea to me... 

Turns out Chapsmackers is a highly addictive jar of pickled jalapenos. Greg Hellinghausen of Belton, Texas was raised on hot peppers and cold beer in the West Texas oil fields. He and his brother spent years searching for the perfect pickled jalapeno recipe and never really loved what they found. Like their mama used to say, 'You can put your boots in the oven, but that don't make them biscuits.' Greg decided to take the best of about a dozen old Texas recipes to come up with his own version.

Beckie was instrumental in branding Chapsmackers through her first ad agency. Beckie, "The Hausen'Pepper Trading Company approached us about naming, branding and packaging their father Greg's pickled jalapeno recipe to take to market. The product was so amazing that people would literally follow their father around Texas trying to buy as many bottles as they could. By the time we were asked to work with the product, it was a huge hit."

Beckie, "After meeting Greg personally and tasting his product, the naming and branding process just came naturally. Chapsmackers was the perfect name and the cowboy we custom created for the label was meant to embody Greg and all his awesomeness. He is a Texas cowboy through and through." 

Greg Hellinghausen has been making these peppers for over 25 years now. While most pickled jalapenos are soaked in brine first, his are not. Instead they are pickled immediately in vinegar, oil and spaces so you really capture the taste and texture of the pepper. Made in small batches with heaps of onion, carrots and garlic, their high quality and flavor stays intact.

Beckie sent a jar in the mail to me and instructed that I put the jalapeno on a cracker with cheddar cheese. I did that and it was good. Then I grabbed another and liked it even more. Needless to say, it stayed in my fridge less than 48 hours before I, and only I, devoured the entire contents of the jar. These peppers taste amazing and have been known to light a tasty fire in creamed spinach and smoked salmon too...plus, the pickled juice makes a killer Bloody Mary. So happy I found Beckie, a new friend in my life and now Chapsmackers, till death do us part. 

 

Photos: Sweet Peach; Chapsmackers site     Content: Sweet Peach

 

Monday
May122014

Super Simple Straight Shoes

Many of you have heard of Marfa, Texas. Located in the high desert in the western section of the state, this popular and remote artist community is populated by a bevy of craftsman who find inspiration in the vast, empty spaces. Because of this remote locale, far from modern amenities and conveniences, many are also inspired by the need to be resourceful. 

Like Joey Benton, a local furniture designer and maker. He recently took his scraps of high quality leather to create super simple, super comfortable shoes. Joey, "They're based on the idea that a couple hundred years ago, all shoes- there was no left and right. All shoes that were mass produced were produced as straights." 

Joey has created three different designs for his straight shoes, which he calls Ned, Kiko and Jesus. These begin stiff as a board, with part of a thin rubber yoga mat placed in the sole of each shoe. But the best part happens next...

These straight shoes completely conform to your feet with just three simple steps. First, take your shoes and place them in water for about a minute, softening up the leather. Next, place your feet into the wet sandals, allowing your feet to mold to the leather perfectly (do this for a minute a two). Third, place the shoes in the sun to dry for 24 hours. Joey, "When you put them back on, they fit just your feet." 

The more you wear these super simple straight shoes, the more soft and worn they will get. Plus, the patina on the leather will change with time, growing darker and deepening its character. I love the idea behind these shoes and how they came to be. Learn a bit more watching this video and check out the entirety of Joey's goods, including some manly and beautifully designed chairs, here.

 

Photos: Silla site, Made Here Video     Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Apr292014

Noshii

I hadn't heard of wood embroidery until I saw the work of Nosheen Iqbal of Dallas, Texas. And now that I have, I'm a bit obsessed...


Nosheen combines thread, paint, wood veneers and bamboo to create some truly stunning pieces of art that she sells from $80 and up. Much of her work is commissioned based or found at local Dallas shops and events. 

Nosheen found much inspiration in her childhood as both her mother and grandmother had impressive textile and thread collections and taught her how to sew at a young age. Nosheen experimented with using wood and thread and slowly she found her own niche in the market, now designing under the name, Noshii. 

This beauty was an installation piece Nosheen did for the Hermes window in the Highland Park Village of Dallas. 

What I love too is her transition from panels to jewelry as she also crafts rings and bangles with wood and thread. Nosheen is currently sold out of these in her Etsy shop but I'd keep a close eye on the shop, or contact her here for more info. 

 

Photos:  Noshii     Content: Sweet Peach

 

Wednesday
Apr162014

mb art studios

I'm in a bit of a hurry this morning as I went to bed at 2am and back up at the crack of dawn to start another day on set. But- I did luckily have some pics saved of some really pretty ceramics that I'd love to share from mb art studios today.  

Mary Burrows is from Austin, Texas and followed her creative passion after too many years inside an office cubicle. Mary, "What woke me up was having a child who didn't fit into the average 'box,' he helped open up my eyes to a whole new world." 

Today, she has let creativity take the lead in her life and passionately crafts all manner of dinnerware and items for the home. Mary, "My grandfather's parents were from Sweden and I seem to gravitate towards modern, Scandinavian design. I love patterns, black and white, color, wood, textiles and imperfection." 

I'm head over heels for this ocean blue and white porcelain plate. Mary, "Black underglaze is swirled onto each piece and reacts in the kiln with our own recipe of a clear, shiny glaze. The result is a deep blue and has a bit of mystery to it." 

It's funny, this plate is so needed on the TV set I'm working on right now. The crazy cast are acting, as expected, off their rocker. Oh lord, too many tales to tell. For now, I'll let this be my mantra for getting through the end of the show. I'm almost there... See all of Mary's truly gorgeous creations, here. 

 

Photos: mb art studios     Content: Sweet Peach

 

Tuesday
Apr012014

B By Brandie

As spring is finally here, I'll soon be having some get togethers on the back porch- which gets me thinking on pretty ways to style a table. I always do a mish mash of vintage and new but these table settings by B by Brandie are a nice alternative too.

Brandie Gehan of Dallas, Texas founded her home accessories line in 2012. It's modern, colorful and made to mix and match. I particularly love her collection of turquoise plates, (includes appetizer, dessert, dinner and charger plates) many of which have a touch of gold. It adds that hint of fun sophistication. 

I like the idea of playing with all these pretty patterns, including the tablecloth. What a great style combination to inspire the rest of us. The gold flatware is a perfect complement too.

 

 

Although I have fallen for everything turquoise in her shop, Brandie's collection has so much more to offer. See the entirety of her home goods shop, which includes dinnerware, flatware, vases, candles, glassware and more, here.

 

Photos: B by Brandie     Content: Sweet Peach