Entries in Thomasville (5)


Holiday Peach Picks: Nan Myers

The best benefit of having this Southern design blog are the people I meet. I have made many friends over the last four and a half years through Sweet Peach that I will cherish for a lifetime. Like Nan Myers of Thomasville, Georgia. Owner of Firefly, one of my favorite shops, Nan is as cool and unassuming and wonderful as they come. An eye for great design, she thrives on travel and adventure and loves to be outdoors surrounded (and inspired) by mother are just as likely to find her at her lovely shop as you are in the corner of a restaurant reading a good book. She's a true champion of the South who can organize stunning Southern supper clubs or design and plan a jaw dropping, beautiful wedding, like this one, featured in Garden & Gun. I do this blog because of the artists that continue to inspire me. So here are Nan's Holiday Peach Picks that will most certainly inspire you...

1. Unicorn Horn, $20. Always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn. Then always be a unicorn. This horn is 5" tall and 1.5" wide at the base. A thin elastic headband is sewn onto the base of the horn which is perfect for the very active unicorn. It is super cute and guaranteed to turns heads as you trot down the street. 

2. Lovelane Capes, Crowns, Hats and Cuffs, from $24. It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Lovelane! We are smitten with these adorable Super Hero accessories created in Savannah, Georgia by Lane Huerta. I've been known to rock the tiger cuffs during shop hours. They make me wrap better :) 

3. Sugarfina Champagne Gummy Bears, $20. I remember vividly when my sister, who was 13 at the time, came back from visiting friends in Germany. She brought back Lacoste sweat bands, metallic blue heart shaped sunglasses, a record of some fabulous, strange band called The Police (Zenyatta Mondatta) and gummy bears. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I still love gummy bears and to find these, made with Dom Pérignon Vintage Champagne?! How fun is that? We are carrying a range of Sugarfina's products as we think the whole line is pretty darn sweet. 

4. Plumdog, $16.99. This book by Emma Chichester Clark makes me want to move to London so that my Bleu girl (black lab) can be BFF's with Plum. This is a collection of Plum and Emma's daily doings told through Plum's eyes and Emma's charming illustrations. I had to limit how much I would read each night, which was an extreme exercise in willpower. 

5. Betsy Olmsted's tea towels, $26. These tea towels are the perfect gift for the hostess, a friend or for yourself! Printed to look hand painted, Betsy Olmsted's textiles start from her original watercolor and gouache designs. Printed and finished in the USA. 

6. Antler Slice earrings, $86. Artist, Megan Proctor, who is originally from my neck of the woods, now resides in Charleston, South Carolina. She creates nature inspired jewelry kicked up a handsome notch or two. Her pieces are stunning and so easy to wear. These antler sliced earrings are just a teaser of her beautiful line. 

7. Wood necklace, $46. I love the simplistic nature inspired pieces created by Georgia artist, Courtney Weil. Her jewelry is a winner winner chicken dinner with my teens. 

8. We Took to the Woods Candle, from $42. I met Mary and her family this summer at the Atlanta AmericasMart and later visited their lovely store in Greenville, South Carolina on my way to the mountains. I love their genuine Americana style and they are as nice as the day is long. Enclosed in tartan containers with wonderful scent options, these candles are a perfect fit for Firefly. We immediately sold out of our exclusive "Walk in the Piney Woods" and Three Wood Shirts, pictured here, is also a personal favorite. 

9. Scottish Wool Carpet bags, from $118. I am a Scot-Irish 6th generation T'villian who loves some tartan. Needless to say, I was thrilled to find these Scottish wool carpet bags. We have a nice assortment at our brick and mortar store so call and we will be glad to text you some options. We stock them in both medium and large. 

10. Porcupine necklace, $15. Another beauty by Courtney Weil...every necklace is a genuine porcupine spike collected at a local farm, as the quills naturally fall off on their own. 


Illustration: Sarah Neuburger, The Small Object 


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


Sturdy Brothers

The other day, I received an email from Alison Wilson who works in tourism for the city of Thomasville, GA. She wanted to pass along a cool Kickstarter project that involved two talented brothers, Spencer Young (from T'ville and a founder of Grassroots Coffee) and Ben Young of Wake Forest, NC. With a shared fondness for locally made, high quality products, the siblings wanted to join the growing community of American handcrafters. They aptly named their new venture, Sturdy Brothers.

On the Sturdy Brothers Kickstarter page, you quickly see their talent (and potential) for crafting leather and canvas goods. My favorite piece is this waxed canvas apron with leather straps. It's simple, practical, built to last and the adjustable leather strap with clasp is my favorite touch. It makes a lot of sense, plus it just looks cool. 

Another of their offerings is this versatile, unisex tote bag. It has double reinforced canvas along the bottom and embodies that classic, utilitarian look. 

I'm not a person who would really ever use a tool roll but I must say, it's one of my favorite handcrafted creations I've been seeing from various artisans. This one looks like it will stand the test of time and as they say, only get better with time. 

The great thing is the brothers have achieved their initial goal on Kickstarter of raising $3500. This money will pay for an industrial sewing machine, a heavy duty dryer and a leather logo stamp for all their goods. There are a few weeks left on their funding page and you can still donate to the cause, here

The generosity they receive  from all of us only fuels their dreams and ambitions for Sturdy Brothers. Plus, with each donation, you will receive one of their handcrafted goods and more importantly, be a part of their company's inception. Like the feeling they have when completing a newly handcrafted piece- made right here in the USA, it's something you can be proud of...


Photos: Sturdy Brothers        Content: Sweet Peach



Nan & Greg's Thomasville Home

Nan and Greg Myer's home is so thoughtful and sophisticated, I know that I could never invite them into my own home. 

It's impeccable. As Nan owns the fabulous shop, Firefly in Thomasville, Georgia, her great taste carries through in her lovely abode. When I asked Nan to describe her home style, she replied, "It's definitely reflective of the natural world with an eclectic mix of primitive Chinese antiques, Southern antiques, art and hand me downs." She continued, "Everything has a story, whether it be the pottery that we eat on, the chair that we sit in or the soap that we bathe in." 

Their expansive and inviting kitchen is my favorite room in the house. Nan, "It is definitely the heart of our home and I love the combination of the kitchen and den as one great room." You'll quickly notice the faux taxidermy above. Nan and Greg have 11 Java Deer that are native to the islands of Java, Bali and Timor in Indonesia. It's a symbol of protection in Bali and these now stand guard in the Myers household. 

Eyes are also quickly drawn to the framed art above the fireplace. Nan bought this piece that showcases dozens of found arrowheads at Brunk's, an auction house in North Carolina. She believes the arrowhead collection is native to North Carolina as well. Nan, "We grew up with a father who avidly collected arrowheads from our neck of the woods, so I come about my fascination with them quite naturally." 

The Palm Beach lantern centers the dining room and I'm a fan of any bowl of collected antlers...

When I noticed the custom curtains in the living room, I had to smile. Nan had a friend make them, adding an edging inspired from a magazine picture she saw years earlier. Such a great touch...

I particularly love the beautiful tree painting that was a wedding present to Nan and Greg from their friend, John Cleaveland of Farmington, Georgia. (I think I'll need to blog about him soon.) The living room couch is from Lee Industries.

Their bedroom has an immediate calming vibe which is inspiring. Nan, "I love the wall color and have used it in a couple bedrooms and unfortunately it is a Benjamin Moore mix or I would share. It is the perfect pale gray, green, blue and is very neutral." 

All the elements in the bedroom are purposefully subdued. The gorgeous headboard is an Indian block print and white Tai Chi Chinese fabric covers their slipper chair (which once belonged to Nan's grandmother). The bedside lights come via Robert Ogden. Nan and Greg's dog, Bleu, grabs a glimpse outside. But he's pretty content to be inside...I would be too. 


Photos and Content: Sweet Peach



A couple of weeks ago, I took a road trip down to Thomasville, Georgia with Emily Myers. Em was offering a tasting of her jams and sauces at the Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop and it was a good excuse for me to finally see Thomasville, Georgia- a small town I've heard about but had yet to visit. 

One shop on my must-see list was Firefly, owned by Nan Myers since 1996. When I asked Nan to describe her lovely shop in a sentence or two, she replied, "It is definitely reflective of my eclectic taste and living a creative life by surrounding yourself with beautiful handmade objects." 

Nan keeps true to her vision as her shop is a visual feast. It's the kind of place you could easily spend every dollar of your weekly paycheck. I kept walking around, seeing so much, wanting this and that...before realizing I pretty much would be happy to buy the entire store. Nan carries quite a few artists that have been featured on Sweet Peach, which is always fun to see, including Himalayan Trading Post, Honeycomb Studio and the Mason Shaker

One thing you'll quickly notice inside Firefly are all the luscious books, many of which showcase food and home decor. Every one of them is packed with beautiful visuals and inspiration. To Nan, books are a vital necessity. As she admits, "I kind of have a 'book problem.' In my life, reading represents slowing down and being inspired with what lies between the pages." 

I bought Chickens, Ducks and Geese for my contractor (who is currently remodeling my kitchen), as she has 11 chickens. The book illustrates all the different chicken breeds and their colorful eggs. To me, finding the right book, whether for yourself or a friend, is a little slice of heaven. 

This shop truly spoke to me as it was filled with unique items I've never seen before, plus gorgeous antiques and artwork. As Nan has a deep love for mother nature, so much of what she displays is inspired by land and sea. 

Her kid's section, located at the front of the store, is also beautifully curated with quirky books, stuffed animals, dolls, blankets and artwork. All of Firefly exudes that feeling of a comfortable, inviting and endlessly inspiring neighborhood shop. I'm so happy to have visited. 

If you haven't been to Thomasville yet, may I strongly suggest that you do. Their main street is packed with individually owned shops to peruse, which includes some fantastic antique stores and the always popular, Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop. Also, the first Sweet Grass Dairy resaturant, called Blue Coop, is set to open very soon. Which is just another good reason for Em and I to hop back in her truck and head on down to south Georgia. I can't wait...


Photos and Content: Sweet Peach