Leigh Ann grew up in Birmingham and wanted to be an interior designer since first grade, because her best friend’s relative was a designer, who Leigh Ann thought was just “fabulous”. She also sold friendship bracelets throughout elementary school, unknowingly beginning her love of jewelry design. She became an interior designer, but began Sweet Auburn Studio when she was between interior design jobs as a creative outlet, allowing her “to express creativity in ways not involving paint and fabric!” Her mom helps her out quite a bit in her home studio, in particular, heading up Sweet Auburn Studio Kid, a line of “classic and sweet designs for littles.”
We met Leigh Ann Harris of Sweet Auburn Studio at Cottontails Village in Birmingham, Alabama, and were so excited to have her as our neighbor there. We just fell in love with her beautiful jewelry, especially the way she incorporates unique vintage pieces in her designs!
Although Leigh Ann says she can’t choose one single favorite piece of jewelry, she especially enjoys creating the vintage collage bracelets and necklaces. One of her hobbies is looking for vintage pieces in antique shops and flea markets to use in her designs. She has even created pieces for friends using their grandmothers’ costume jewelry!
We’re so excited to carry some of our favorite pieces from Sweet Auburn Studio here at The Southern Mercantile! We love the way Leigh Ann combines so many elements in these vintage collage bracelets to make such beautiful statement pieces.
And, we just adore the look of these necklaces made with vintage pocket knives! Who knew a pocket knife would look so cute on a chain?
Leigh Ann says that, to her, “being southern means being gracious in all circumstances,” and we couldn’t agree more! She fits that definition to a “T,” and we are grateful to add her to our list of Southern Mercantile Maker friends! Be sure to check out her Etsy store to see more from Sweet Auburn Studio! And, if you’re in the Birmingham area, you can look into Burrow Interior Design, which Leigh Ann also owns.
Shop any of the pieces pictured above in our own store! We are excited to begin this journey with Leigh Ann and we can't wait to bring you more of her work!