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Style Dispatch: Jackets Required

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorSeptember 29, 2014

Nashville, Tennessee, label Peter Nappi is known for creating beautiful, handmade leather shoes, bags, belts, and bracelets, but this fall, the company is adding apparel to that list in the form of four limited-edition leather jackets. It’s a fitting expansion, considering the label is based in a place where denim, boots, and leather outerwear have long been a uniform among the city’s most famous residents, from Waylon Jennings’ weathered leather vests to Jack White’s brooding black bombers. There’s a fine line between commercial and cool in Music City, and the collection strikes the right authentic note.

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Meet the Makers: Southern Wallpaper

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorSeptember 22, 2014

Design trends come and go, but wallpaper has always been at home in the South, from the 18th-century trellis wallpaper hanging in the North Octagonal Room at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello to the Rhododendron wallpaper designed by iconic decorator Dorothy Draper in the 1940s for the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia.

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A New Day for Duck Head

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorJuly 7, 2014

It was 1978 when the first pair of Duck Head chinos hit shelves at the campus store at the University of Mississippi, igniting a trend that would last for the next fifteen years. The khakis—complete with their iconic yellow logo—became part of the Southern frat boy uniform in the eighties, alongside popped collars and braided belts. But the company’s history actually goes back much further, almost 150 years in fact. And now, Duck Head is returning with a renewed focus on its Southern roots. 

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The Original Seersucker Suit is Back

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorJune 11, 2014

Pull out your summer stripes. Today is National Seersucker Day, and this year, fans of the South’s iconic fabric have a lot to celebrate. Haspel, the New Orleans label that introduced the seersucker suit to the South in 1909, has officially relaunched the brand just in time for the summer season under the tutelage of Laurie Haspel Aronson, the great-granddaughter of the company’s founder.

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A Better Beach Chair

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorMay 23, 2014

After fifteen years spent in the beach services industry, carting chairs and umbrellas day-in and day-out, Brad McDowell became unusually familiar with the flaws of cheap construction. Low-grade materials, paired with 248 days of sun, sand, saltwater, meant that McDowell and his Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, staff spent the majority of the down season fixing chairs. In 2012, McDowell started Sunrise Chair Co. with the simple goal of building a chair that could stand up to the elements.

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Last-Minute Gifts for the Southern Mother

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorMay 6, 2014

If you haven’t settled on the perfect Mother’s Day present yet, we’ve got you covered with a list of Southern-inspired gifts, from a cozy gingham pajama set to a stylish strand of Charleston rice beads. And they can all be delivered before Sunday—provided you don’t dawdle.

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The Home Bar Heats Up

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorApril 16, 2014

Judging from the slew of serving carts, free-standing bars, and bottle-friendly armoires at last week’s High Point market, it seems home entertaining is more popular than ever. Held bi-annually in High Point, North Carolina, the market offers a sneak peek at new furniture designs, which means home bartenders will have lots of options this year for serving spirits in style. 

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The New Hickory Stripe

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorApril 9, 2014

Hickory stripe has long been synonymous with durable workwear. Though it was originally used as a cover for pillows and mattresses (the thick fabric prevented feathers from poking through), industrious railroad wives began making caps and other clothing out of the textile. Before long, it caught on with farmers, mechanics, and others who needed clothing that could hold up to hard use.

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Silo-Style: A Twist on the Hunt Cabin

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorMarch 20, 2014

Brothers Rehan and Josh Nana have spent thirty years chasing quail and pheasant on their family’s three-hundred acre ancestral farmland in Missouri. The only problem? With nothing but derelict barns and abandoned outbuildings on the property, the brothers had nowhere to bed down for the night. “We’re from Kansas City originally,” Rehan says, “so when we were younger, Josh and I would load up some barbecue and drive out for the day. But we didn’t have a place to stay, which made for some long drives home.” 

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Entertaining Genius: Flower-Studded Ice Cubes

By CJ LotzBelle DecorMarch 12, 2014

After a cold and snowy winter in the South, spring is finally making itself known. That means it’s time to not only roll up our sleeves and work in the garden, but also to pull out the mason jars and entertain among the flowers. Out this month, Georgia Pellegrini’s new book, Modern Pioneeringa collection of recipes, how-tos, and adviceis inspiring us to enjoy the blossoms beyond the vase.

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