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Monday
Dec142015

Holiday Peach Picks: Brandy Schuman

Brandy Schuman of A Sensible Habit is one of those artist's with many tales to tell. She appears to come out with a new and unsuspecting product every month and I'm always impressed with her ever expanding options of pretty housewares, stationery and accessories. I love her aesthetic, so of course I wanted to see what was on her gift list this year. Thank you for these stellar selections Brandy...

1. The 52 Lists Project, $16.95. A perfect gift for ringing in 2016. Moorea Seals' newest release is a weekly journaling book that includes list prompts and challenges to help you take action and make your dreams a reality. I'm picking this up for myself and some of my other business minded lady friends. 

2. Atlanta Pennant, $25. A gift for repping your ATL pride. 

3. Swell bottles, from $25. I love my Swell bottles and they have tons of fun colors and patterns to choose from. It keeps liquids warm for 12 hours and cold for 24. Even better, the jumbo size holds an entire bottle of wine...and speaking of which, I go to 3 Parks where my pal Sarah always steers me in the right direction for that perfect bottle of wine or bubbly. 

4. Glow in the dark pillowcase set, $50. These glow in the dark hand printed pillowcases from Grandiflora Textiles are stylish and fun at any age. 

5. Serving board, from $32. Star Provisions in Atlanta has some wonderful wooden serving boards for under $50. I have a round one and a large rectangular one that I love. They are great for serving food and snacks, then hanging on the wall when not in use. It's the perfect hostess gift for the right person. 

6. Blabla knit dolls, from $44. Blabla dolls are the best and are my go-to baby gift. Beauregard is my current favorite with his boots and red sash. 

7. Private Parts bath mat, $60. I like to have a few things around the house that weird out my boyfriend and make me laugh. 

8. Aesop, from $10. I'm a big fan of Aesop's hand soaps and lotion. Someone nearby almost always comments on how good it smells as soon as I use it. 

9. WKNDLA Wall Hanging, $150. I admire Cindy Hsu Zell's minimalist pieces and the way she mixes materials. I hope to get my hands on one of her wall hangings soon...

10. Blockshop Textiles indigo scarf, $120. I love these beautiful scarves that also make great wall hangings, as they are extra long. 

11. Lapel pins, $8. Adam J Kurtz has lots of hilarious things that you could give to the right person. This guy really cracks me up. 

12. Contour key ring, $16. This is my fave key ring because it easily slips on your wrist. The great price makes it the perfect little gift for a friend or a stocking stuffer. 

13. Bronze coffee scoop, $75. I use a little wooden spoon with my morning coffee but these bronze coffee scoops would make my AM coffee making ritual real pretty.  

14. Gifts for the pup, from $9.50. We can't forget the pups! My personal favorites are a new leash from Found My Animal, a leather collar from Woodlark, or rope toys from Jax and Bones- which my dog, Hendrix, loves to chew to pieces. 

15. Classes and Workshops, from $30. The gift of experience! Last year, after my boyfriend gifted me a month of classes at Mudfire, I started making ceramics and it's been one of the best gifts yet. Preserving Place in Atlanta also has workshops and classes for those interested in canning or cooking. 

 

illustration: Sarah Neuburger of The Small Object

 

Friday
Nov302012

Beth Lord's Favorite Gifts for Gals this Holiday Season...

Beth Lord is the owner of the indie-pendent in Atlanta. It's easily my favorite shop in town. All of the goods in the store are handcrafted with a story to tell. Each item is unique, pretty, colorful and well made. Beth loves to celebrate great artists so I knew she'd be the perfect voice for this year's gift ideas for women. Here's her list...

 

These perfectly southern votives come via Pigeon Toe Ceramics. They are porcelain casts of a real Mason jar and sell for $36. They can be set on the table or hung from above. Beth, "I like that they're sweet and simple."  

 

Beth, "I'm obsessed with tea towels so... I have a tea towel problem." I feel her pain as I share her obsession. These beautiful Four Seasons tea towels come via Claudia Pearson and are sold as a set for $52. Beth shares, "Claudia does all the illustrations herself which fits the whole organic theme of my shop. Plus the towels are bright and colorful which I love." These are certain to brighten up any gal's kitchen. 

 


These incredible jewelry pieces are handcrafted by Meaghan Torbert McCord and are modeled after the floor plans of Basilica architecture. All are made from sterling silver and handcut by Meaghan. Beth carries her necklaces, bracelets and earrings at the indie-pendent. This truly stunning jewelry makes an incredible and unexpected holiday gift. Prices range from $160-$300. 
  


These unusual candles are the result of a collaboration between Pigeon Toe Ceramics and Angela Sands of Luminology. When the candle is done burning, you are left with this beautiful porcelain dish that can be reused. The other option is to order replacement candles. Beth and I's favorite feature is the wooden wick which crackles when it burns. $44 each. 

 

 

Every woman can use a scarf. They're quick and easy and can upgrade an outfit in an instant. These cotton beauties are from ScarfShop and range in price from $15-$60. The scarves are colored by water based dyes, all by hand in small batches. Beth, "They're so versatile and it's nice that they're so lightweight." 

 

HollyBeth Anderson left her corporate job to create unique and effective skin care products based on traditional homeopathic remedies. Her popular HollyBeth Organics line includes Chamomile Cleanser, Grits & Honey Scrub and Orange Peppermint Shea Butter Cream. Any of her items would make a wonderful gift. ($7-$59) Beth also loves the Saipua Soap shop. Bars include Basil, Lavender Oatmeal, Cedarwood and Mango Butter. Beth's absolute favorite is the Coffee Mint. Handcrafted with an olive oil base, each bar is $10. 

 

 

One of the first things you'll notice in Beth's shop are all the colorful, pretty pillows. When I asked why she carries so many pillows, she responded, "Who doesn't love pillows?" I think she's right about that. There's a pillow for every woman here. Leah Duncan, Erin Flett and Looploft are some of the artists she carries and all her pillows range in price from $30-$76.  

 

These plates are instant conversation pieces. They really are just so pretty. Beth, "I love how intricate the patterns are and I love how Cynthia mixes the different patterns in the dishes- they go so well together." Prices are $30, $50 and $90 for the small, medium and large plates. 

All of these items are available at the indie-pendent, located in the Highlands area of Atlanta. Thank you Beth! 

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach. Photo 3: Pigeon Toe Ceramics. Final Photo: Cynthia Vardhan