Belle Decor

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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A New Twist on the Tailgate

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorAugust 28, 2013

After a successful career in financial services, Roque Castro never thought he’d wind up back in his hometown of Culpeper, Virginia. But in 2010, he and his wife took a leap of faith and moved to the country, carrying with them big dreams of running a small business. The result is Yesterday Reclaimed, a salvage furniture company that’s getting attention for its unique tailgate benches

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Heirloom Obsession: the Brass Bed

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorAugust 2, 2013

Say the words “brass bed” to anyone over the age of thirty and they’ll start singing the lyrics to Bob Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay.” That includes Pat Hudgins. “It was 1974 and I was a beat up road hippie looking to settle down and get a job. That song had made brass beds the rage for the last several years, so a buddy and I started refinishing antique brass beds and selling them.”

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Profile: Ledbury Made in the South Award Runner-Up

By Blake WelchBelle DecorJuly 25, 2013

Paul Trible and Paul Watson, co-founders of the Virginia shirt-making company Ledbury, weren’t planning on careers in the fashion industry. In fact, both hold masters degrees in business from Oxford University. But after the market crash of 2008 derailed their finance jobs, the former classmates decided to focus on their passion for high-quality tailoring and menswear instead. After honing their skills under the tutelage of master craftsmen in Europe, they brought their efforts stateside to Richmond. Two years later, in 2011, they earned a spot in our Made in the South Awards for their Free Union Belt.

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Heirloom Obsession: Fiestaware

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorJuly 19, 2013

My husband and I recently purchased a home in Charleston, South Carolina and while packing up my kitchen, I realized how worn out my everyday china was. Mom knows I’ve always loved the colors and shapes of retro kitchen accoutrements, so she suggested I replace my old set with some vintage Fiestaware.

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A Word from Past Made in the South Winners

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelle DecorJuly 18, 2013

There are only 2 WEEKS left to enter the 2013 Made in the South Awards, and we want you! Remember, the rules are simple: The awards are open to any Southern craftsman or business with a Southern-made product that will be available through January 2014 and falls into one of five categories—Food, Drink, Style and Design, Outdoors, and Home.

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Red, White, and Blue Berries

By The EditorsBelle DecorJuly 3, 2013

Dress up the dessert table at your backyard barbecue this Fourth of July with these patriotic strawberries. After all, if there’s any holiday where it’s okay (no, encouraged) to go a little overboard with the festive flair it’s the Fourth. Plus, this easy recipe is a great way to use up those extra strawberries in the fridge. We think they’d top a shortcake pretty nicely too

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