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Monday
Dec212015

Stocking Stuffers...

We're reaching the final hour as far as Christmas shopping is concerned. Often, the stockings are the last thought, but to me, stockings are the most fun to fill. Here are some ideas you can buy wherever you live. For manly things, grab some beard oil, cologne, pocket squares or ties at your local men's shop. And bar items are always a hit. I personally love these bourbon cocktail cherries by Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Treats are another quick and easy stocking stuffer. I'm a bit obsessed with these Duck Fat Caramels and Champagne filled Bubbles... Always support your local chocolate maker and if you gift this Santa Salt by Beautiful Briny Sea, you will be appreciated. 

We all love bath and body products. Kiss My Grits lip scrub is one of my favorite finds this year, as is Lip2Cheek which I've been an avid fan of ever since I spied it at Fig & Flower in Atlanta. Soap! Everyone loves good smelling soap and it's everywhere. For something different, try this loofah soap by Revive Bath + Body. Organic skincare is important so I encourage you to buy HollyBeth Organics, one of a handful of artisans in the US whose entire line is USDA organic. Her face and neck elixir is my only skincare must have. And jewelry is one of the best gifts to receive. These options come via Asha Patel, Melting Sun Apparel, Form & Function and Luna Litka. 

Your local bookstore or stationery shop has endless options for stocking stuffers. I'll always love to receive a pack of playing cards (especially ones as pretty as these by Karla Pruitt), or a set of everyday notecards, like the Flower Pow cards by Dallas artist, Rob Wilson...then there's always washi tape, pom pom keychains or a rolled up art print, like this one via Old Try. And small and stylish notebooks will be a hit, these via The Small Object, Rifle Paper and A Sensible Habit. 

And then of course, are the no fail stocking stuffers. These are gifts everyone should love, like lottery tickets, gift cards, mini liquor bottles or just cold hard cash. I know many of us would love a candle or an on-the-go iPhone charger. And a puppy. Everyone loves a puppy. 

 

Thursday
Dec172015

Holiday Peach Picks: Rob Wilson

One of my favorite things about Instagram is being able to get a sneak peak into the lives of artists I admire....like designer and illustrator, Rob Wilson of Dallas, Texas. He draws the most ingenious and aesthetically pleasing things and as his style feels a bit mid century and Scandinavian to me, I love him all the more. If you follow Rob, you know he has a cute dog, Maisie, who is often featured in his Instagram posts. So when I asked Rob to share his Peach Picks for this season, he happily did so. And happily for the rest of us, his picks are....

all about dogs. 

1. Hair of the Dog Flask, $24. What can I say? It's the holidays and we all need extra gulps of Christmas cheer. 

2. Chewed, $25. My dog Maisie and I have mourned many chewed up toys and this book reminds me of many of them. 

3. White Dog sweatshirt, $145. Designer Nicole Musselman's sly wit shines through in this bold, stylish sweater. 

4. Eleonor Bostrom ceramics, from $24. We are 1976 is one of my favorite stores in Dallas- you never know what owners Vynsie, Julie and Derek have found on their world travels. These quirky ceramic dogs from Eleonor Bostrom in Sweden caught my attention. They're almost like two dimensional scribbles come to life. (available in store only at We are 1976

5. Throne Dogs print, from $150. Juliette Borda is one of my favorite illustrators. I see her charming work regularly in the New York Times Style section. 

6. Dog luggage, $40. I definitely would've wanted this as a kid. Instead, I had a giant and furry cat head overnight bag. 

7. Letterpress card, $5. The handsome craftsmanship of this letterpress stationery, all made in Dallas, is a signature of designer, Lily Smith + Kirkley.  

8. Maison de Pawz dog treats, from $5. These dog treats are lovingly made in New York. And they have the cutest mascot, Tyler, whose adventures I follow on Instagram. 

9. Pets Behaving Badly prints, $150. I recently created this boxed set of 10 risograph prints called "Pets Behaving Badly" for Erin Cluley's gallery. It's a limited edition of 50 sets, printed by Constance Studio in New Orleans. The mixed media illustrations are drawn from my personal experiences of having cats and dogs. (I won't tell you the outcome of the cat meeting my parakeet) 

 

Friday
Jan232015

Friday Fun...

Today is Friday and it's a chilly, rainy day in Atlanta. As I continually think of warm, sunny days, I find solace in sites that remind me of summer, like Bomisch. Based in Asheville, North Carolina, Bomisch is a bright and quirky online neighborhood shop, self described as offering goods that are both bohemian and aesthetically pleasing. I like that...

Morgan Fender is a curator with wanderlust. Through her travels, she collects her favorite must-haves for the Bomisch shop. I particularly like this Retro Modern Bar Essentials Set, which is all you need to dress up a cute bar cart. 

You can tell Morgan is a curious one who finds pure delight in her discoveries- like a lucky #7 tray, pure beeswax bars, shaggy dog cards, brass tip spoons and vintage floral coasters. The list goes on...check out her shop to see much more. And happy weekend y'all - I'm off to Athens for some Sweet Spots research and a little r & r ! 

 

Images: bomisch.com    Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Oct102014

Knack Studio

For years I've been following the work of Barb Blair in Greenville, South Carolina. First it was her design blog, then studio, then her vendor space in Antiques on Augusta. Now, it's her picturesque storefront situated in the Village of West Greenville.

After many emails back and forth over the years, it was so nice to meet Blair face to face last month. Her space borderlines on magical as it's bright and welcoming and full of interesting finds. She curates items that are, according to Barb, "unique, small batch and exclusive to this area." 

Barb is well known for her furniture design business. She finds used, neglected furniture pieces and brings them to life with colorful paint, wallpaper, stenciling, spray painting, new hardware or designs. Her intention with each creation is to "make a unique piece that you can design a whole room around." Her book, Furniture Makeovers shares some of her trade secrets with easy, inspiring DIY projects...

So much good stuff...including the lovely ceramic dishes made by Crave Studio just up the street, Love tote bags designed by Greenville artist, Annie Koelle and custom carved whales by Tennessee artist, Gene Claiborne. 

I fell a bit in love for these cutting boards as well, hand made in Greenville from reclaimed lumber and flooring. 

I took an extra moment to read these fabulous dinner napkins by Sir/Madam that showcase Shakespeare sonnets and vintage love letters. Makes me want to create my own...would make such a fun gift. 

Barb took the time to show me her sizeable workshop in the back of her studio. What a lovely space to share, work and entertain in. Go visit Knack Studio next time you're in Greenville, or contact Barb directly for her beautifully curated goods or design skills. Lucky for the rest of us, she ships nationwide...

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach