In 2013, Blair Farris set out to create and publish a lifestyle magazine honoring her late grandmother’s zest for life and love for all things beautiful. A huge influence on Blair, her grandmother “Peachy” had a big, bold and eclectic style and loved to make a statement with fabulous jewelry and purses, bright colors and creative hats. Peachy’s love for the arts has always inspired Blair, and she instilled in Blair and other family members a passion for living a good and meaningful life.
The product of Blair’s beloved Peachy’s inspiration is Peachy the Magazine. Now beginning its fifth year, Peachy is a digital publication that takes readers inside gorgeous homes, walking them through verdant gardens, enticing the taste buds with delicious food and drinks, inspiring readers with the latest style trends and showcasing beautiful art and architecture, plus so much more.
Blair has also been a garden designer for more than 20 years. With a true love for thoughtful design whether it be traditional or contemporary, she creates meaningful, lush spaces for clients of Blair Farris Designs. She recognizes the necessity of collaborating with clients in the process of designing a master plan that will then become the art of garden making: “I love working with the client to create a vision that will blossom into a unique outdoor space for their family and friends to enjoy.”
Blair and her husband Rip are proud parents to Sydney (19 and a Peachy contributor), Duwe (17) and Oliver (15). They live in Charlotte, North Carolina’s Myers Park neighborhood.
TAMBERLYN DOBROWSKI | ENTERTAINING A self-taught cook and working mom with a passion for food and entertaining. Her love of the kitchen started at a young age when she cooked Southern fare in the kitchen with her mother and grandmother. She brings a “no fear” attitude and eclectic palate to the table.
LESLEY HOLLAND DOWNEY | BEAUTY Obsessed with all things beautiful. She worked in the makeup industry for more than 10 years and has done the makeup of countless friends, brides and other willing participants. Lesley is thrilled to join the Peachy team to do exactly what she has always wanted to do.
SYDNEY FARRIS | ON-THE-CUSP STYLE A runner, style fashionista and blogger. She loves to shop for great finds, special pieces, and up-to-date looks whether it be edgy chic or school girl cool.
DELIA MCMULLEN | ASSOCIATE EDITOR As content coordinator for three local magazines, Delia loves working with words and talented people. She is also a freelance writer/editor with a background in corporate communications. She is a native Charlottean and a graduate of Davidson College. Delia is married with two adult children and a high schooler.
BEK MITCHELL-KIDD | CONTRIBUTING EDITOR AND PARTNERSHIP DIRECTOR With almost 20 years of communications experience at some of the nation’s top non-profits, Bek has a particular interest in advocacy and community building. With a passion for writing and storytelling, Bek works wonders with words, branding and developing partnerships to bring inspiration and the best product to Peachy subscribers.
NANCY PALERMO LIETZ, MD | HEALTH AND WELLNESS An OB/GYN physician for 22 years, she recently left conventional medicine to practice functional medicine, which looks at the root cause of disease and aims to change outcomes through diet, exercise, stress management and lifestyle factors. Advocating a preventative, personalized approach to health care, she has trained in nutrition, alternative medicine and functional and preventative medicine. thrivecarolinas.com
LAURA THOMPSON | GARDENS and INSPIRATION A freelance writer in Charlotte, focused on her passions—the arts, education, and social issues. A midwestern native and a graduate of Colby College, she is the proud mother of three energetic boys who, whenever possible, loves to indulge her passion for travel.