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Friday
Mar202015

First day of Spring...

If you read this blog, you know I abhor the winter....so today is a very good day. I thought the best way to celebrate the first day of spring was with this stunning painting by one of my favorite artists, Katherine Sandoz of Savannah, Georgia. It's called Rose Peony and it's perfect. Enjoy the day, it's a new beginning...

If you're in Atlanta over the next few weeks, be sure to see an exhibit of Katherine's work at the Hagedorn Foundation Gallery, open till April 11. 

 

Tuesday
Mar102015

Michael Lane Walker

Wooden jewelry always feels timeless to me. I just don't see it ever going out of style, particularly with a collection of wearable designs as classic and cool as these...

Lane Walker of Michael Lane Walker Designs in Alpharetta, Georgia crafts bracelets and rings from both domestic and exotic woods like walnut, cherry, ash, oak, maple, mahogany and granadillo. Each piece has been well thought out and meticuously executed. Minimal yet complex...I like that. 

As Lane is in the process of creating his online shop, you can find his wooden jewels at various festivals and art shows throughout the year. Or, you can always contact him directly. In the meantime, check out his impressive photo gallery of wearable art pieces, here.

 

Images: michaellanewalker.com    Content: Sweet Peach

 

Tuesday
Feb102015

Lovelane

For one of her holiday gift picks this past December, Libbie Summers (via Salted & Styled) chose the work of Lane Huerta of Lovelane in Savannah, Georgia. From the very first glance at Lane's colorful capes, hats and superhero cuffs for kids, it's easy to see why...

Offered in various bright colors and playful designs, these moto helmets are as adorable as it gets. I think it's my new favorite kid gift cuz I'd want to wear it too.

If you believe your babe is a little superhero, upgrade their wardrobe options at the Lovelane shop. You'll find the perfect collection of goods to let a child's imagination fly...

 

Images: Lovelane    Content: Sweet Peach

 

Wednesday
Feb042015

Garnish & Gather, for Valentine's Day...

I personally tend to avoid restaurants on the weekends as I'm not a big fan of crowds and commotion. Consequently, this also pertains to holidays, like Valentine's Day. So, when Danielle Moore of Atlanta based organic dinner delivery company, Garnish & Gather emailed me last week to share a sneak peak of their easy to prepare dinner kits for the upcoming holiday, I was smitten. I kinda love this idea...

For Valentine's Day, you can choose from three different meals: Heart Shaped Stuffed Pasta with Short Ribs & Smoked Ricotta, Spice Lamp Chops with Beet & Carrot Farro or Hot & Sour Shredded Pork with Bok Choy, Mushrooms and Grits. You can also add appetizers and desserts like Fondue or Lava Cake. The majority of the ingredients are certified organic or certified naturally grown, with the meals taking anywhere from 10-40 minutes to prepare. I'm already starting to feel the love, aren't you?  

As V day is next week, you'll need to place your order for a holiday meal by midnight tonight, Feb 4. It can either be delivered to your door or be available for pick-up. 


For some added fun, Garnish & Gather will be surprising five lucky couples dining at Empire State South in Atlanta on Valentine's Day. You'll have your entire dinner paid for, plus go home with a ready to cook dinner kit created by ESS's Executive Chef, Josh Hopkins. If you're not based in Atlanta, there are many excellent companies that provide a similar service closer to your locale. (google 'meal delivery' for your city) If, like me, you're smitten with this idea (and ATL based), peruse the entire Garnish & Gather kitchen, here.  

 

Images: Heidi Geldhauser for Garnish & Gather    Content: Sweet Peach 

 

Monday
Feb022015

Res Ipsa

In November of last year, I walked into Crafted Westside in Atlanta and the first thing I saw was about a few dozen of these original, colorful and eye catching men's loafers. Shanna, the store owner, saw my immediate admiration and said, "Aren't these great?" I just love a good find...

These beauties came to life because of two Georgia lawyers who saw a need for more modern, classic menswear in the office. As they shared, "We concluded that just because you work in a conservative environment doesn't mean you have to dress poorly or surrender your personality." Their wool loafers are inspired by British dress slippers, each pair covered in vintage hand woven Turkish rugs. How cool is that?

Expanding their brand to include women's shoes, neckwear and bags, Josh Moore and Odini Nwakuche are an impressive duo who travel, source, design and oversee their company...plus still keep their day jobs. Add some unique flair and fun to any men's outfit, here. 

 

Images: Res Ipsa; redclaysoul.com

 

Thursday
Jan292015

Little Barn Apothecary

Simplicity is a very nice thing. Joshua Morgan and Brad Scoggins think so too, which is why they started a skin care company of their own, called Little Barn Apothecary. It's built on the philosophy of combining pure, simple ingredients, or as Joshua sums it up, "We do more with less."

 

Their premiere collection is an impressive one and includes soaks, salves, scrubs and oils. Joshua, "When we think of the South, we think farmers, fields and gardens. We take our inspiration directly from the earth and the South holds a pure, unadulterated palette of organic raw ingredients right in our own backyard." 

When I asked the boys (who are based in Stone Mountain, Georgia) which products they'd recommend for a relaxing spa night, they were quick to come up with a plan. First, slather your face with cocoa cardamom rose detox mask, then soak in orange clove bathing milk. Follow up with the body oil and finish with a few drops of the simple, sumptuous face oil. 

Life partners as well as business partners, Joshua and Brad are a true team. Joshua spent 16 years in the beauty, spa and wellness arena while Brad has extensive expertise in marketing, hospitality and brand management. Joshua, "We literally do it all and we do it all as one. Brad photographs while I create the set and hold the lighting. He stirs, I pour, then he labels..." Ahhh, cuteness overload.

I got a hold of a few Little Barn products a couple weeks ago and had a spa night of my own. I began with their Simple Coffee Scrub (fair trade organic coffee beans, real cane sugar, sunflower seed oil, coconut oil, hemp seed oil). The combined oils work to moisturize and soften, are anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. I loved the rich smell of coffee and it was a very effective exfoliator. The older I get, the more I like and appreciate these simple, natural ingredients on my skin.

Then I tried their Detox Mask (organic cocoa powder, Kansas organic blue cornmeal, ground cardamom seed, rose essential oil). The organic cocoa is full of antioxidants while the cornmeal is another excellent exfoliant. The cardamom is antibacterial and helps improve circulation as the rose essential oil smooths the skin. Plus, the rose aroma strengthens the heart both spiritually and emotionally. I loved it and my skin felt so soft. The added bonus is you need to use very little of this mask (and the scrub) with each use, so the shelf life is excellent.

I'm a sucker for a good logo and these guys hit it out of the park. It represents their brand philosphy to a tee. I highly recommend trying a few Little Barn Apothecary products. This impressive little company is less than a year old, with well designed products that incorporate high quality, purposeful ingredients, all bottled with love. It's just that simple.  

 

Images: Little Barn Apothecary; Sweet Peach    Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Jan152015

Me Speak Design 

I love a good surprise- like this website I stumbled upon the other day that showcased some really beautiful, unique items for the home. Crafted by husband and wife team, Lori and Eric Wright of North High Shoals, Georgia, their housewares are handmade in the rural south with a Japanese aesthetic. 

I love all their creations but I have to say, I'm a bit taken by this hand forged bottle opener. Lori and Eric allow the steel to dictate the shape of the opener so each one is truly an original. Just love it- and I love them. Peruse more of their site, here.

 

Images: mespeakdesign.com 


Friday
Jan092015

Blackberry Patch



Tonight, I'm having dinner with my friend Nan Myers, owner of Firefly, based in Thomasville, Georgia. That got me thinking of my favorite jams, salsas and syrups, also from Thomasville. At Blackberry Patch, they make the most delicious small batch, edible concoctions. And I'm not alone in my adoration. Oprah Winfrey just picked Blackberry Patch's syrups as one of her favorite finds for 2014. Impressive...  
 

Founded in 1988, this company has grown to offer over 60 different products. Their success can be contributed to their commitment in utilizing real, local fruits and following time-honored southern techniques and family recipes.

If you're not convinced to try one of their tasty toppings, their recommended list of recipes may convert you. These include Turkey, Cheddar and Apple Butter Sandwiches, a Maple Praline Smoothie or Mayhaw Glazed Pecans. It's all just so good. Peruse their online shop to pick a favorite... 

 

Images: Blackberry Patch


Tuesday
Jan062015

The Finger Puppet...

I can't help but love a well designed wooden finger puppet, can you? I first saw these figures in fab fabrics at an ICE Atlanta event last year and knew I had to learn more... 

Atlanta artist, Kel Cadet-Lyons is the artist behind each handmade puppet flaunting an authentic Liberty of London fabric. Kel finds inspiration in patterns and colors and vintage travel ads. Just love em... Check out her entire collection, which also includes jewelry and wallets, here. 

 

Thursday
Dec112014

Peach Picks: Nan Myers

There's something about the deep South that is a bit more distinctive, wild, beautiful. And Nan Myers, owner of one of my favorite shops, Firefly (of Thomasville, GA), has her pulse on it all. Her holiday Peach Picks this year are particularly good. All are centered on high quality products that are also stylish and wholly southern. I'm in love with each and every one...Thank you Nan! 

Nan: I love the IDEA of entertaining, but for the most part it is not very realistic during the holidays. However, I will embrace it next weekend when I have 10 adults and 8 kiddos coming over for Sunday brunch. I will be using these cloth napkins (from $12 a bundle), some festive owl placemats, $29,  and all of my R. Wood pottery, from $22. I will also cheat a little with heating up some yummy Callie's Biscuits, $40. 

Animal Coat, from $140. Artist, Marty Goodall, a stay at home mother at the time, was frustrated when her two year old son refused to wear the hoods on his coats. Searching for a creative solution, she designed and made the original Ferocious Felt Lion coat to inspire him to put his hood up in the cold. Friends commented, orders were placed and Little Goodall was born. Yes, she does make adult jackets and yes, I got a Fox one for myself.

Message Booklet, $12. Sideshow Press/StitchDesign Group is a daring little letterpress factory and design studio based in Charleston, SC, with an extensive line of clever gift items ranging from all things letterpress to horseshoe cocktail picks. These little pads of 25 calling cards come in a range of sayings. Love You More and A Little Happy are my absolute favorites. 

JJ's Knife Kit, $9.95. Gene Jameson first made his son JJ a wooden pocket knife back in 2008. He quickly realized not only the appeal of a wooden pocket itself, but the process of crafting it. Shortly thereafter, JJ's Knife Kits were born. As a mother of two stinky boys, I can't wait to put these in their stockings. 

L Pax Mary Janes, $42. One of my sweet assistants asked me one day if I would be interested in seeing some shoes that her friend Lauren was making. "Sure" was my response. Well, minutes later Lauren and her baby strolled right in and her first 'real' order was placed and a children's brand was born. If interested, please call the store, as we have a large inventory with multiple choices. Firefly 229.226.6363

Blackberry Patch Syrups, $6.99. These syrups are locally made here in Thomasville, and have only three ingredients- berries, lemon juice and cane sugar. It is truly a simple pleasure, and my cool sister-in-law, Haile Mccollum of Fontaine Maury redid their packaging, so it is visually wonderful too!  

Short Stack Cookbook, $14 each. I am pretty excited about this little series of cookbooks. Each book tackles one ingredient by one expert chef. Yesterday, I attempted poaching my first egg and I was successful. Ian Knauer, author of the first edition, Eggs, gave me the 'pep' talk that I needed. Sweet Potatoes is my next read.

Hand forged Oyster Knife/bottle opener, $40. I love oysters. I love to eat oysters. I love raw oysters. I love steamed oysters. I love fried oysters. Needless to say, I will be roasting oysters this Christmas come hell or high water. To inspire my husband to enjoy this process, I bought him this oyster knife from Carolina Shuckers.

Crap Taxidermy book. $11. I just completed a wedding this fall where the dance tent was covered up in roadkill taxidermy, lovingly collected and scraped by the Bride's mother for over two decades. No, I am not kidding and it was absolutely wonderful. This book just makes me laugh and is accurately named, as it is full of serious 'crap' taxidermy. 

Ceri Hoover bag, from $134. I missed the girl gene that is attracted to fancy designer bags. I just don't get it. So when I find myself attracted to a bag, it's for a very good reason and these bags are Bad Ass. Pardon my French but Ceri Hoover of Nashville is just that and these bags appeal completely to my sensibility. 

Mark Lexton Jewelry, from $55. Mark "Lex" Matthews is a master goldsmith. How many folks can say that? His collections are called Oysters, Fox Mask, Equestrian and Low Country, which automatically draws one in. However, it is the craftsmanship and timeless, classic beauty that hooks you.

John Cleaveland Painting, from $800. Art is deeply personal. It either speaks to you or not. John Cleaveland's oil paintings have always spoken to me and I am happy to be representing his work at Firefly. 

Local Restaurant. I think one of the best gifts is treating someone you love to a local or regional restaurant. Two Georgia restaurants that are on my current radar are the Seabear Oyster Bar in Athens and The Florence in Savannah. I am a huge fan of the wickedly talented (and nicest guy ever), Peter Dale of Seabear. And I can't wait to meet Patrick Stubbers of The Florence, who has an impressive food background, including the infamous Supper Club, The Fourcoursemen. 

 

Top Illustration: Rob Wilson of Silas Tom    Photos: Respective artists     Content: Sweet Peach


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