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Bright Spot: A Sneak Peek of Susan Hable's New Book on Color

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorMarch 9, 2015

From Thomas Jefferson’s bright yellow dining room at Monticello to Lily Pulitzer’s first sunny shift dresses in Palm Beach, confidence with color comes naturally to Southerners.

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About Face: Emily Leonard Portraits

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorMarch 2, 2015

Portraiture has always held an important place in Southern culture. The carefully rendered images serve as much more than decoration; they are records of family, history, and the personalities that have shaped generations. And Nashville’s Emily Leonard is proving that the familiar, high-traditional oil portrait isn’t the only way to document a familiar face.

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Mod Potters: The Next Generation of Southern Ceramics

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorFebruary 23, 2015

The South has long been home to celebrated ceramic artisans, from the late Mississippi legend Peter Anderson to North Carolina pottery star Matt Jones.

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Wearable Works of Art

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorFebruary 18, 2015

Thanks to advances in digital technology, more and more artists are translating their paintings, watercolors, ink drawings, and more into artful prints for fabrics—from textiles for upholstery to that Southern wardrobe staple: the silk scarf.

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A G&G Jewelry Trunk Show

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorFebruary 10, 2015

It’s no surprise that trunk shows have always been popular in the South—the idea revolves around gathering a group of friends for a party and celebrating one-of-a-kind style, after all. In the past, though, style often traveled South by way of the trunk show, with companies such as Brooks Brothers and Parisian linen label D. Porthault taking their goods on the road below the Mason-Dixon line. Now, in the wake of the pop-up shop craze, trunk shows are more popular than ever, offering a vehicle for young Southern designers and businesses to export Southern style.

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Style Indoors and Out in Music City

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorFebruary 6, 2015

Style in the South is a melting pot from traditional to modern. But a common theme persists amid that diversity: an appreciation of beautiful things with history, whether it's the lineage of a Georgian secretary to the story behind a pedigree Swedish modern leather sofa from the sixties. And there is perhaps no better example of the South’s enthusiastic love of design in all its forms than Nashville’s annual Antiques & Garden Show.

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Social Media, Southern Style: The Peak of Chic

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorJanuary 27, 2015

“Southern style has always been relevant,” says Atlanta-based blogger Jennifer Boles, of The Peak of Chic. “It melds the best of the past with what’s new and modern today. It is rooted in history, yet updated for our modern way of living. I think that sense of nostalgia is always appealing.”

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Social Media, Southern Style: Brothers and Craft

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorJanuary 21, 2015

Last week, we widened our social media circle—and yours—with a profile on food blogger Beth Kirby. This week, meet the brothers behind the men’s style blog Brothers and Craft: Tennessee natives Kirk, Zac, Ryan, and Clay Chambers.

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Social Media, Southern Style: Local Milk

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorJanuary 13, 2015

It’s fitting that Southerners have taken to social media; we’re naturally sociable folks who never meet strangers. We can—and frequently do—talk to anybody, swapping recipes, style resources, what-have-you. So it’s not a particularly big leap from that sort of socializing to scrolling through beautiful photography and inspiring ideas dreamed up by friends online. In that spirit, we're introducing you to some of our favorite Southerners in the social sphere this month.

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A Southern Stationery Wardrobe

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorDecember 16, 2014

Southerners know that sending a thoughtful letter, an appreciative thank you note, or quick message of support or encouragement is often one of the best gifts you can give—any time of year. 

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