Posted on Feb 11, 2014 in HOT SPOTS | 0 comments
Some of you might remember my studio visit with handbag designer Annie Williams, but since then, Annie’s Germantown space has evolved and you’ll now find Han Starnes of Josi Faye quietly working away in the charming loft above. Josi Faye focuses on knitwear, which is created and knitted by hand or on hand-operated knitting machines, and each piece is produced in limited runs. Keeping minimal design at the forefront, Annie still specializes in leather bag construction where she uses hides from vintage sources or Horween Tannery in small batches, meaning each collection is limited as well.
As you can see, both ladies have a similar aesthetic and their studio spaces mesh perfectly. Combining their talents, the designers have also teamed up to create some unique pieces such as their new home collection.
Be sure to check out Annie’s leather bag collection here and Han’s knitwear line here.
Posted on Feb 7, 2014 in HOT SPOTS | 0 comments
Behold United Record Pressing, the holy grail of vinyl and largest record pressing plant in the United States. In operation since 1949 (formerly under the moniker “Southern Plastics”), this plant dates back to pressing the first 7-inch Beatles records in North America, to now where they’re creating everything from liquid center vinyl, tri-color vinyl and unique sizing such as 5″, 8″, 13″ records — this is just the tip of their rich history and innovation.
Walk into the factory and every artist you can imagine is being sweetly pressed and packaged. Walk upstairs, and you’ll find the “Motown Suite,” a fully functioning apartment-style living space that was created specifically for their top clients (Motown, Vee-Jay Records) being run by people of color during the ’60s when the south was still segregated. The spacious top floor above the factory includes a common area with a bar and turntable, party room, full bathroom, bedroom (complete with a pair of mystery shoes) and kitchen. The best part is, they’ve kept almost all the original furnishings and ’60s decor.
If you’re itching to check out the plant for yourself, they offer tours every Friday at 11AM for only $10. Get ready to see this well-oiled machine roar.
Posted on Jan 31, 2014 in HOT SPOTS | 2 comments
Welcome to Union Station Hotel, which used to be a 19th-century railroad station in downtown Nashville. Both inside and out, you’ll find Victorian architecture and Gothic design in every detail. The original 65-foot stained glass ceiling adorned with gold-leaf medallions, oak-accents and Italian marble floors will make you stop and stare.
Posted on Jan 26, 2014 in HOT SPOTS | 0 comments
Spent a couple hours on Saturday happily exploring around Leiper’s Fork. It’s a small Tennessee town, but full of beauty everywhere you look.
Posted on Jan 22, 2014 in HOT SPOTS | 1 comment
The ever-evolving 12 South neighborhood now has a new Lebanese bistro. Epice (from the French word for spice) resides where Clean Plate Catering used to be, and is now officially open for lunch and dinner. Be sure to try them out if you’re craving some authentic Lebanese home cooking!
Posted on Jan 17, 2014 in HOT SPOTS | 5 comments
Not only is Holly Williams an accomplished musician (who just so happens to be related to country music royalty — ahem, her grandfather is Hank Williams), but she also has her finger on the pulse of emerging fashion, interior design and the culinary world. A woman of many talents poised with style and grace, you’re able to shop her curated selections at H. Audrey in Green Hills or at her latest venture, White’s Mercantile, which pays respect to her mother’s grandfather who owned and operated a mercantile in Mer Rouge, Louisiana.
Housed in an old gas station that was formerly an architecture firm, Holly’s now claimed the white building and filled it to the brim with local to regional goods from a broad range of artisans. Described as ‘a general store for the modern day taste maker,’ you’ll find an assortment of items such as antiques from her trips abroad, must-have coffee table books, a variety of grocery products, table top accents and dozens of other items falling under this new age general store concept.
If you’re in town, set your sights on 12 South this weekend. Grab a bite to eat at Josephine, fill up a growler at The Filling Station and then wander down the street to White’s for a plethora of items to outfit your abode. Who knows, maybe you’ll even see Holly there arranging new pieces and able to lend you some shopping wisdom.