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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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Heirloom Obsession: Enid Collins Handbags

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorMarch 8, 2014

On a recent antiquing excursion to Charleston's Six Mile Antique Mall, I was drawn to the back corner by a cluster of jewel-encrusted handbags. Wild with color and whimsical drawings, the purses had a kitschy glamour that had me hooked from several strides away. When I got close enough to read the words painted on the front of each bag–Money Tree, Road Runner, Humdinger–I realized I’d stumbled on the work of a designer with a sense of humor. Her name was Enid Collins.

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Mardi Gras's Master Mask Maker

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorFebruary 25, 2014

Dollar-a-dozen beads and plastic disguises may be the norm on Bourbon Street these days. But for a true work of art that looks just as good on the wall as it does worn on parade, consider the beautiful Mardi Gras masks of Venice, Italy’s Franco Cecamore.

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The New Southern Huntboard

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorFebruary 18, 2014

North Carolina craftsman Chisolm Leonard has been working with antique Southern furniture for decades, restoring pieces for some of the South’s most esteemed historical museums and landmark homes, including the Museum of Early Decorative Arts and Charleston, South Carolina’s Heyward Washington house. But of all the types of furniture that he’s worked with over the years, one piece stands out. “The huntboard has always been my favorite,” Leonard says. “I like the lines. I like the height. And there’s something masculine about them and their connection to our hunting past.”

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