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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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Southern Letterpress Valentines

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorFebruary 5, 2014

Few things are as treasured as the handwritten love letter. And thanks to a growing crop of letterpress artisans here in the South there’s no better way to deliver your message this Valentine’s Day than putting pen to paper.

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Winter Wear from Southern Hands

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorDecember 13, 2013

With temperatures predicted to reach record lows this winter, we thought you might be on the hunt for some accessories to keep you warm over the next few months. Here are three artisans doing their part to keep the South’s rich textile tradition alive by crafting winter accessories the good old-fashioned way.

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A Look Inside the Big BoBo Tent

By The EditorsBelle DecorDecember 6, 2013

When Mark Sage, design guru and co-owner of BoBo Intriguing Objects, an Atlanta design firm specializing in antique reproductions, agreed to participate in our first Jubilee Made in the South Weekend we knew we were in for a very special treat.

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An Outdoor Thanksgiving

By Claire GibsonBelle DecorNovember 23, 2013

When temperatures cool off, we often ditch the deck and head for the dining room. But the South’s mild fall weather makes it possible to entertain outdoors well into the holiday season. We consulted Nashville designer Lauren Ledbetter for her suggestions on hosting a successful Thanksgiving dinner al fresco.

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Trendspotting: Natural Wood

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorOctober 29, 2013

Thousands of new products are introduced at High Point Market, North Carolina’s twice-a-year furniture show, and after three days spent jetting between appointments, I came away with a camera loaded with photos of new designs. In recent years the market has seen a flood of colorful, lacquered bistro tables and bar carts, but what especially stood out to me this year was the work designers are doing with natural wood. The five pieces below—made of poplar, walnut, hickory, teak, and maple—all showcase the innate beauty of wood in surprisingly fresh and versatile ways.

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Inside Beautiful Botherum

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorOctober 17, 2013

You may recognize Jon Carloftis's garden (below) from our Great Southern Spaces feature in the October/November issue. Since 2012, the garden designer has been restoring the grounds of his nineteenth-century cottage in Lexington, Kentucky, known as Botherum, to their former glory. But what you didn't see were the equally charming—and no less overhauled—spaces inside the historic home.

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DIY Weekend: Spanish Moss Wreath

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorOctober 11, 2013

Decorating my front door in October has always been a conundrum for me. Wreaths covered in fall leaves and berries will carry you through Thanksgiving, but they aren’t exciting for a trick-or-treating crowd. I wanted to find something that would work for Halloween and transition into November. On a recent drive home it hit me: Spanish moss. In the daylight the strands are a beautiful and iconic Southern sight. But at night the moss becomes downright creepy, casting shadows in every direction.

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Silhouettes: A Lowcountry Tradition

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorSeptember 26, 2013

South Carolina native Clay Rice has spent the last thirty years traveling across the South cutting children's silhouettes, those must-have mementos that are a rite of passage for every Southern mother. But it’s the Lowcountry that inspires his most personal and awe-inspiring work.

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Southern Style: Lyle Lovett for Hamilton

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorSeptember 5, 2013

Times are always changing, but if there’s one thing that still holds true in the South it’s that clothes make the man. Texas crooner Lyle Lovett has had his shirts custom tailored by Houston-based Hamilton for years (read our story on Hamilton from the April/May 2012 issue here). This week he’s stepping into the style spotlight with the launch of his own limited edition collection, a line of twenty-three dress shirts that feature subtle western detailing— curbed yokes and matching pocket flaps, three-button barrel cuffs and a slightly slimmer fit—all signatures from Lovett’s custom orders.

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