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Friday
Feb272015

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: saksajuen.com     Content: Sweet Peach

 

Wednesday
Feb182015

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. 

 

Tuesday
Feb172015

Spotted...

I'm back in town after a long weekend out west and have a bit of time to share a few pretty things that caught my eye on the flight home. My endless gratitude for Gogo inflight...

I'm currently searching for more artwork for my own home that is original yet affordable. Painter, Lynne Millar was raised in McLean, Virginia, and sells her floral-themed oils on paper at such great prices. ($80 or $40 for these....) 

Then, there's the gorgeous water cut candles I spotted over at JM Dry Goods in Austin, Texas. These eye catching candles come in 8 different colors for $62. 

And checking back in with my favorite Mississippi shop, Amelia Presents, I spotted this gorgeous hand painted clutch for $60 that is offered in blue, green or pink tones (or simply request your favorite color). It's exlusive to Amelia and I dare say, such a good find. 

 

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